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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.


Jan
4
comment Can I default to Swimming?
Not always; sometimes there are lateral paths.
Jan
3
comment How well does “attractiveness” work as a stat?
An interesting take. Although I agree that I tend to view "stat" as a synonym for "attribute," it's not because of importance, but ubiquity. A stat is a rating that every character has -- every D&D character has a Charisma score, even if it's low.
Jan
3
comment What are the rules for combining multiple Fighting Styles?
They existed as a concept in oWoD, but as specialty skills like Do and Kailindo, and the bizarre constructions in WoD: Combat. Mundane techniques rendered as 5-dot merit trees are an nWoD thing.
Jan
3
comment What are the rules for combining multiple Fighting Styles?
@Pureferret Judging by the date, I'm guessing that it's because the person has migrated from RPG.SE. (The OP hasn't been back since February.) I am sure it's been tagged correctly -- the question references Fighting Styles, which are merits that were introduced in the nWoD core.
Jan
3
comment Balancing a mixed game in nWoD
Definitely worth the +1. I'll note, though, that Luke is an untrained mage in A New Hope and "just out of apprenticeship" in Empire. It's only in Jedi that he has access to his full capability; at that point, he's no longer facing the same challenges as Han, Leia and the non-magical crew.
Jan
2
comment Mitigating conflict in a 'mixed' nWoD game
Wow! Those are some heavy fault lines; I'm not surprised the group cracked.
Jan
2
comment Mitigating conflict in a 'mixed' nWoD game
Hard to say without more information. You don't mention what the group's points of division were -- when they decided not to work together, what did they do and say to reflect that?
Jan
2
comment Balancing a mixed game in nWoD
Yes. Especially if it's one that is, as you describe, more focused on intrigue than on conflict.
Jan
2
comment Balancing a mixed game in nWoD
It's his contention that there's no amount that could make those two equivalent; the sheer scope of the Arcana to which mages have access rapidly dwarfs the capabilities of a vampire. His suggestion would be to use something like the rules from World of Darkness: Second Sight or Hunter: Witch Finders, which give the feel of magic users without the power of awakened mages.
Jan
2
comment Mitigating conflict in a 'mixed' nWoD game
That's good to hear; I know that it can sometimes cause problems, so I'm glad you and your group avoided it.
Jan
2
comment Mitigating conflict in a 'mixed' nWoD game
As it's not directly related to the question, I'll put it as a comment -- you've got some vastly different power levels there, which can cause some tension in mixed games. There are few problems that can challenge a mage that won't completely outclass a vampire, unless the vampires are extraordinarily experienced or well connected and the mages are barely out of apprenticeship.
Dec
30
comment How can multiple sclerosis be represented in nWoD?
@Pureferret Thanks. It occurred to me that, when undergoing a flare, it's not that he'd be performing those tasks poorly; it's that he'd be too sick to do them at all. The solution followed from there.
Dec
30
comment How can multiple sclerosis be represented in nWoD?
Perhaps my most recent edit would be helpful to you?
Dec
30
comment How can multiple sclerosis be represented in nWoD?
I think your emphasis on "unreliable" is a little misplaced. It's an NPC, which means your Storyteller will be handling the rolls. Good roll? Good day. Bad roll? Bad day. Random chance and no specialties will give plenty of variance in results.
Dec
30
comment Using NWoD as general game system
An artifact of the way Amazon handles books it can't easily find. White Wolf has moved from traditional books-on-shelves publishing to a combination of electronic and print-on-demand manufacturing. The highly inflated price reflects that the book isn't in the distribution chain anywhere, which makes Amazon think print copies are rare. You can get one sent to you at a reasonable price through DriveThruRPG, here. drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=82477
Dec
19
comment Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?
An impossibly perfect, beloved-by-all heroine. It comes originally from Star Trek fandom, but has grown to a commonly used trope in the SF/fan community. tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MarySue
Dec
18
comment Pros and Cons of giving my party a spell based on the Portal Gun from the Portal video game series?
@GMNoob I was guessing that the surface needn't be perfectly flat; those are hard to find in a medieval setting.
Dec
13
comment Can I acquire cantrips with the Wizard multi-class feat?
+1 for not hating on gnomes.
Dec
11
comment “Phys-repping” a large creature at a LARP?
Something like this. 2.bp.blogspot.com/_8cf3ZIrX12w/SWtzKee_RiI/AAAAAAAABr0/…
Dec
8
comment How can I do conversions from OD&D to nWoD?
@Cthos Good going! Upvoted.