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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.


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 Suggestion withdrawn.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.
Mar
19
comment How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?
@Pureferret About the bounty: this is a new-world-of-darkness question currently, which means it wants 1e answers. Do you think it's worth asking a new question that has a 2e focus?
Mar
17
comment What might “The Demiurge” be?
What do you think of the idea that the Principle of Promethean: the Created is the Monad? There appears to be some evidence for it.
Mar
4
comment I want to run an RPG inspired by Monáe's 'Metropolis' concept series
@Polisurgist You wouldn't be the fellow I shared a room with at Gen Con a year or two ago, would you? ;)
Feb
26
comment What happens to ritual components when a ritual is cast?
Losing the components might be a suitable consequence for a Botch, too.
Feb
14
comment Do Vampires need Auspex to see in the dark?
@ThomasE. I am; this is detailed in the section titled "Tricks of the Damned," along with things like Blush of Health and Physical a Intensity. These are things any Vampire can do.
Feb
5
comment Extended rolls never fail?
Before I can answer this question: You are using the Extended Actions rules from GMC page 187, right? I want to make sure we're on the same page.
Feb
5
comment “Investing in Failure” in Fate
@harlandski I wish I had a good worked example to present to you. Hopefully someone else will deliver on that score.
Jan
28
comment Is a dead creature's body considered an “object”?
@SevenSidedDie Fair enough.
Jan
20
comment Is there any way a mortal could see through “Cloak Of Night” (Obfuscate 3)
@VolkanUlukut Closer to the second. His facial features will be blurred, but his height, build, and clothing will be perceptible. It won't conclusively identify him, but it could give people something to work with. (Investigation checks on behalf of the museum staff will, of course, modify the situation — or Larceny checks on the part of the vampire.)
Jan
12
comment Should you communicate the number of Doors required?
You often do reveal that, though; it's common to have a social roll resisted by the opponent's Resolve or Composure, which will take a particular number of dice out of the actor's pool.
Jan
8
comment Joining a Legacy in Mage the Awakening
The OP's referring to a particular legacy in that second paragraph; he's just misspelled it. I've added a link.
Jan
6
comment Are there rules for torture?
There's a reference to it in one of the scenarios in the GMC.
Jan
4
comment Using nWoD dice system in V20
I'm surprised you were surprised. V20 was very much a test case to see whether new oWoD content would still find an audience. It was developed as a nostalgia product, a capstone to the line and a comprehensive resource. Changing as much as they did was radical; adding a "new" resolution system would have been a basically new line.