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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.


Dec
2
comment What does the soldier role mean in Gamma World?
Good answer. Another weakness of the soldier is that they're melee-focused, which means they suffer at range.
Nov
29
comment Do crystal dice offer any advantages or disadvantages?
In the early runs, the crystal d20s had a design flaw that ensured that one of the numbers could not be rolled — the face was opposite an edge, and the die would roll to one of the numbers beside it.
Nov
26
comment How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?
Wouldn't the massive damage threshold take care of the hit point problem? (In d20 Modern, your MDT is equal to your Constitution, rather than an arbitrary number like 25 or 50.)
Nov
23
comment What software utilities provide support for playing Microscope?
Holy cow, that's awesome. Thank you for sharing that.
Nov
14
comment Difference between a crit and extra attacks
Not to the best of my knowledge. They might be a different type of action, but a critical hit allows you to cause twice (or more) the usual damage with no more investment than chance.
Nov
10
comment Is there a method for sliding seamlessly from one system into another during a campaign?
I've been through one of these where I felt really put out by it afterwards, and I'm contemplating doing something similar by going to the latest edition of a game I'm running. Looking forward to the answers.
Nov
8
comment What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?
@GWLlosa I cover that in the last sentence -- it's possible to make a declaration concerning an Aspect with an appropriate roll instead of a Fate Point expenditure. Check the cited pages for the details.
Nov
8
comment What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?
@GWLlosa You'd certainly be justified in vetoing a "finishing blow" declaration — see the guidelines on page 20 about the Doctor and his heart attack.
Nov
8
comment What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?
In #3 and #4, they certainly could -- and, as per page 107, the PC doesn't get their Fate Point back if they do. (Also recall that an NPC or other character compelled by a PC gets to keep that Fate Point. Every time you do this, the opposition gets stronger.) #2 is a little trickier, as I don't see textual support for the idea that you can declare an Aspect like that in combat.
Nov
1
comment What is the term for points that can be added to any roll?
@GMNoob They don't add on a "one-for-one" basis, as in the OP, but they do add to the roll.
Nov
1
comment Is there a “lite” version of nWoD's Storytelling system with no padding?
Fair enough. Reading the comments that followed suggest that the reviewer's idea of "padded" refers to things covered by system that he believed should be left up to Storyteller discretion. (The durability rules, for example.) But I'm willing to accept the premise.
Oct
31
comment Is there a “lite” version of nWoD's Storytelling system with no padding?
Got references for that? I don't recall seeing that as a criticism when it came out? (The big points of contention were one-roll combat and the need to buy two books when all you wanted was to play Vampire.
Oct
31
comment What is the term for points that can be added to any roll?
In d20 games, they typically add 1d6 to an already-rolled d20.
Oct
28
comment What is Exalted Paranoia Combat?
@sebsmith Let me see what I can do.
Oct
16
comment Recommendations on how to coach an inexperienced roleplayer in playing Changeling: The Lost
Is she part of one of the Courts at this time?
Oct
14
comment Film Noir D&D Setting
@mghicks I think that (d20 Modern) would be a great choice, second only to d20 Call of Cthulhu. On the other hand, it's possible he's not interested in learning a new system, but adapting the one he's got to new uses, and I think that's a respectable goal.
Oct
14
comment Film Noir D&D Setting
Would there still be elves and dwarves and other fantasy trappings, though? Keith DiCandido's novel Dragon Precinct does something similar with hardboiled cop procedurals.
Oct
14
comment Film Noir D&D Setting
Noir has been out of print for fifteen years, never had a particularly large run, and to my recollection wasn't a very good game. It would not be a better choice than d20 Modern, or even d20 Call of Cthulhu.
Oct
10
comment Does killing an enemy in combat count against morality in World of Darkness?
@AceCalhoon Few; there's the risk of accruing Derangements, but they don't have the same kind of social penalties and there's no equivalent of "time in torpor" or "rising after sunset." I think the idea that killing people — not just planning it, but actually successfully ending lives — is something that takes no toll on your character emotionally is probably an indicator that your character concept is "bestial" at best. Remember that each hit only lowers you one step; you've got to do it three times and fail each time to degenerate that far. Don't want to play a low Morality PC? Kill less.
Oct
10
comment Does killing an enemy in combat count against morality in World of Darkness?
@okeefe It's so. It's also true that SWAT teams have access to police psychologists to help them deal with the stresses that come afterward, and that even SWAT members aren't regularly killing people. (If they are, in a World of Darkness game, that's going to take a hell of a toll on them.)