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I've been involved in one aspect or another of the adventure games hobby for the past twenty-five years. Started playing in 1987. (First game? Champions, followed by CyberSpace, the Iron Crown cyberpunk game for Space Master, their sci-fi Rolemaster spin-off.) Was hired by InQuest Magazine in 1996, where I started my editorial career. Since then, I've done work for Green Ronin, Malhavoc Press, Dream Pod 9, and White Wolf. I managed two different game stores in the metro Boston area in the 2000s, and am now working primarily freelance. Still gaming after all these years.

I have a weakness for good coffee and bad puns.


Jun
30
comment What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?
@Eregrith: You're welcome. If it helps, think of splitting your die pool as doing two things at the same time, whereas Celerity is doing things at a faster speed.
Jun
30
comment What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?
@Eregrith By my reading, it is not. The rules for splitting actions specify that they must be two different actions, and that would be the same action twice. (Otherwise, the notion of "choose the lowest die pool and distribute dots" would be worthless, since there would be only one die pool.) Plus, since you're swinging your only sword, ambidexterity and double-wielding wouldn't come up.
Jun
23
comment What's up with the Siberys dragonmark?
"sih-BEAR-is." As in, "Ze bear is coming at me so quickly, I should activate this dragonmark." (Actually, Keith Baker has said that variants are acceptable — even desirable — as regional dialects. "Cyre," for instance, is pronounced "See-ree" by Baker, but he accepts "Sire," "Seer," "Khai-er" and others as valid.)
Jun
17
comment How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?
@SevenSidedDie My answer would be "All of it is true, except the things that cannot be true to preserve the integrity of the chronicle's secrets." On a critical success, I'd drop hints that say, "That is indeed what you've read. However, you remember from your studies that this one detail here didn't seem to add up with this other one. There may be more here for you to discover."
Jun
17
comment How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?
@SevenSidedDie Well, there are two things happening in tandem: 1. The player gets the information they need -- the contents of the letter, for example. 2. The player's conception of their character as an expert in Lore is reinforced by their ability to know and fill in campaign backstory. Consider the "speak 'friend' and enter" scene from Lord of the Rings. Gandalf knew all the relevant Lore and was instrumental in solving the puzzle, but the first check was still a failure — someone else had to make that last connection.
Jun
17
comment How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?
@SevenSidedDie My personal experience has been with your second choice — the lore the player has spouted was once correct but is now outdated, or was based on an erroneous translation, or was misinformation promoted by the enemies of the people under discussion. Because I'm a soft touch, I usually correct the player, reinforcing that it's "bad sources," not bad ideas. On the other hand, a more strict GM could keep the information hidden until another relevant Research or Knowledge check was made.
May
23
comment Can a werewolf regenerate lost limbs?
@ThomasE. Added to the body of the post.
May
19
comment What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?
@Tritium21 I don't have the Revised text to hand, but even if the details of how Celerity works and how multiple action die pools are calculated are different -- and they are -- the premise that the not-Celerity action can be split even if the Celerity actions cannot still stands, I believe.
May
17
comment What is affected by different levels of Changeling: the Dreaming's Nature Realm?
The trouble with the second interpretation is that anything that behaves "like a person" falls under the Actor realm.
May
16
comment What is affected by different levels of Changeling: the Dreaming's Nature Realm?
I fully expect this to be settled in C20, but kudos for putting this up.
May
10
comment How many dots does the player need to buy at once when improving scaled merits and styles to their next level?
@frank I know. I believe that to be a copy/paste artifact.
May
9
comment How many dots does the player need to buy at once when improving scaled merits and styles to their next level?
@frank That's to stop people in 1e from buying a single style ability as a flat cost merit, which they might be tempted to do.
May
6
comment (How) Can two players of contrasting videre enter the same Umbral area?
Your question doesn't explicitly say it, but are you assuming a party of mixed-splat PCs each entering the Umbra their own way? As in, Gary Garou steps sideways while Meg the Mage uses Spirit?
Apr
8
comment Do specialties stack?
@Pureferret Okay. I have learned of a new thing. If I knew more about firearms, I could figure out whether revolver shotguns should share a specialty with revolver pistols or with the other kinds of shotguns. As I do not, I'd still probably look askance, but with less skepticism.
Apr
6
comment Can you put high-power aspects on starting characters in Fate Core?
@Robert Sure, he could. He's a billionaire; buying a new car or a plane is probably not even a challenge for him. Buying a house, or a crate of guns, or uranium? Those could be challenges for anyone, billionaire or not. He'd have to use his Resources skill, and then, if he didn't like the outcome, he could spend the Fate Point and remind you that he's "a lovable billionaire" and get the +2 or the reroll. And if you disagree with where I put the benchmarks, that's fine; you're the GM and you should set them where you feel comfortable.
Apr
2
comment Do advantages in Fate Core just “wear off?”
@Cthos No, it's in the back of the Core Book. Page 277, as an example of Extras.
Apr
2
comment Do advantages in Fate Core just “wear off?”
@Robert Even in games that don't use them, the fiction-first nature of Fate means that having a sword allows you to do things you couldn't do if you didn't have one. Can't fence without a blade, for example, and fists don't do cutting damage. It shapes the kinds of Attacks you can make and the Advantages you can create.
Mar
30
comment is there any risk of exploited gadgets causing compromise?
You're right, xeno. Suggestion withdrawn.
Mar
25
comment How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?
@Pureferret There you go. A top-level update.
Mar
19
comment How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?
@Pureferret Okeydoke. Just wanted to see whether it would be warranted.