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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
10
comment What system would be the most interesting to run as a recorded, solitare Let's Play?
Although those elements are certainly important for a successful game, they don't address the core issue of the question: "which game would be best to play out in an audio/video recording where one person plays all the parts."
Apr
8
comment Does No-Key the Mushroom King appear in any Exalted 2nd Ed Sourcebooks?
I like using headers for one word answers. I think it lends them a certain amount of gravitas.
Apr
5
comment Looking for resource material for a dream world
Hi, Amy. You might find some of the advice given as answers to this question helpful. rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/3203/…
Apr
5
comment Character Build - “Bad Luck” Theme
In Yiddish, this would be the "schlemiel" build. Which I think is hilarious.
Apr
2
comment Adding an explosive dice mechanic to the One Roll Engine
As you choose, but I think it's a good solution.
Mar
30
comment Adding an explosive dice mechanic to the One Roll Engine
@gomad - Actually, that might be a feature, rather than a bug. Skilled characters are reliable, time and time again. Novices mostly fail, occasionally get into deep trouble, and occasionally get beginner's luck — so you can't discount them entirely. If you're looking for the kind of moments that an "exploding" system offers, that's not bad.
Mar
30
comment Adding an explosive dice mechanic to the One Roll Engine
The usual definition of "exploding dice" is "reroll and add/subtract." In ORE, you neither add nor subtract — you simply look for matches. But that does suggest an idea. Editing.
Mar
30
comment Adding an explosive dice mechanic to the One Roll Engine
So your friend wants to add additional rolls to the One Roll Engine?
Mar
28
comment Are characters aware of monster abilities' effects?
You're right; I've been playing too much Pathfinder lately.
Mar
3
comment Maximizing Bluff
What's the class and race of this character? Also, has the character been played up to 12th level, or are you creating one at that level? (That is, can we suggest at-creation things like backgrounds?)
Feb
25
comment What are the most important errata for a new D&D 4E group?
The recalibration of DCs for skill checks strikes me as very important as well.
Feb
23
comment How does the Cortex System RPG differ from more traditional RPG rulesystems like D&D and nWoD?
@gomad - I will, once I've gotten my first read-through.
Feb
21
comment How does the Cortex System RPG differ from more traditional RPG rulesystems like D&D and nWoD?
The Cortex system is fairly traditional; are you also interested in hearing about Cortex Plus games like Leverage and Smallville, which go further into weirder territory?
Feb
19
comment What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition?
I'm pretty sure that Celerity has changed in every single edition, so odds are it was different in 1e, too.
Feb
17
comment What are the major differences between Vampire: the Requiem and Vampire: the Masquerade?
@aramis: Lo'oris has the right of it. Check out page 192 of VtM Revised (aka 3rd Edition) and see for yourself.
Feb
7
comment Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?
@Adriano In that case, I would probably establish a baseline of "no stat at 16 or above" as "too low."
Feb
7
comment Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?
I'm curious as to why you permitted this player — or any of the players — to roll for their stats in this game. The rules for 4E no longer consider this a valid method of character generation.
Jan
31
comment Any advice for playing characters who are older (much older) than the player?
That presumes an ethos based on competition, rather than on — say — leisure, or contemplation, or something that doesn't have a skill rating. It's possible that the things you get amazing at are things that don't get leveled in your system. ("I'm a phenomenal husband and father; how many ranks do I get in Profession: Dad?")
Jan
8
comment Glossary of Common Dungeons & Dragons Terminology
Surprisingly, yeah. It's an older term that's been carried forward, and was opaque to me until it was explained.
Jan
7
comment Can a sire feed from his childer without risk of the vinculum / blood bond?
There's a rule about this in The Blood, too, although it requires a Willpower expenditure.