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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
3
comment How do free contacts from Professional Training work?
Er, yes. Professional Training •• allows you to roll Manipulation + Persuasion or Socialize to find information from members of two groups, both of which need to be connected to your area of professional expertise. This mirrors the effect of Contacts ••. Whatever number that is closest to is correct.
Apr
2
comment Are there any restrictions on what rolls can benefit from 'Good time management'?
@Pureferret I wouldn't allow GTM to be used in the hacker/counterhacker situation you describe; that's more like combat than an contested challenge. If you and the other hacker were trying to both hack different computers, or were hacking the same computer and wanted to see who got in first, then it'd be appropriate.
Apr
2
comment Are there any restrictions on what rolls can benefit from 'Good time management'?
@Pureferret That's not how a car or foot chase works; as per page 65 of the nWoD core, both the pursuer and the pursued are striving to reach a number of successes equal to the pursued's Speed total. If the pursued reaches the total without the pursuer exceeding his successes at any point, they escape. There's no tie between successes in the chase and the velocity of the traveller.
Apr
2
comment Are there any restrictions on what rolls can benefit from 'Good time management'?
@Pureferret Why "steely nerves"? It's a reflection of the original merit, which mentioned "training in a corporate environment" to deal with unexpected changes. Since you've clarified that you're using the GMC version, which strips that, I'll remove the reference.
Apr
2
comment Are there any restrictions on what rolls can benefit from 'Good time management'?
I've included your comment in the answer and updated it.
Apr
1
comment Upgrading Null Mysteriis to be on par with third tier Hunter organizations
@Nigralbus Yeah, but the NM are Dana Scullys; they reject belief in favor of the scientific explanation as a matter of course.
Mar
31
comment Can I start with multiple dots in a merit?
@Pureferret Oh, I figured. But points and dots (and now, with GMC, beats and experiences) all mean different things. Just wanted to be clear.
Mar
30
comment Upgrading Null Mysteriis to be on par with third tier Hunter organizations
@Pureferret Not completely, no. The trouble is that NM has a paradigm that really requires buy-in from the Storyteller and the other players to not end up "the guy who's wrong about everything nearly all the time." This measure will help ensure that you're useful and relevant while establishing your theories and doing research that helps the group, but Tier 3 is basically full-on supernatural-level power, meant to beat monsters on their own level, and you're not there.
Mar
28
comment Are Paradox effects optional or cumulative?
That's what I believe the book says, yes. Paradox always hurts and warps you, but may optionally hurt and warp those around you.
Mar
28
comment Upgrading Null Mysteriis to be on par with third tier Hunter organizations
Can you unpack "pushing to the next level" a little bit? What is it you'd like to be accomplishing in this game that you fear you won't be able to? What "weight" do you think you should be punching at?
Mar
27
comment How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?
@Flamma That's true, too, although blood denial is a strategy that works remarkably well on elders, too. Healing agg in combat isn't really a viable choice, so I'll amend the entry to reflect that.
Mar
27
comment Watching an obfuscated vampire from the umbra
@Flamma Technically, it's only the Periphery, I think — the place closest to the Real World. Also, Psychic Projection limits the number of disciplines you can use while in astral form, and Obfuscate is not among them, making it outside the scope of this question.
Mar
26
comment How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?
@C.Ross The greater issue of "how do I, as a neonate, not die in a physical fight against an elder vampire" is beyond the scope of this answer. :)
Mar
26
comment Watching an obfuscated vampire from the umbra
Interesting. I'm guessing an editorial mismatch due to the span of time between those two books being published. Let's see if a new WW20 book covers it at all.
Mar
26
comment Watching an obfuscated vampire from the umbra
I can't imagine a circumstance where vampires would be in the Umbra. (Barring some truly ridiculous crossover. :)) The situation I posit is a werewolf in the Umbra looking at a vampire in the physical world, and all the things that might be seen.
Mar
26
comment How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?
Also, I don't quite understand why the urge to remove the context from the question. The answer I have in mind is going to rely on it, so I'm apt to roll that back.
Mar
26
comment How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?
Seems pretty clear to me. (What you may be missing is that Fortitude is the name of a vampiric power; it's the one that gives extra dice to soak damage. Bypassing Fortitude is a reasonable thing to want to do.)
Mar
22
comment Can etheric rounds be made for any weapon?
This might be better as an elaboration on the question you've already asked about proton packs.
Mar
21
comment Are there any mechanical effects of being at zero Willpower?
If you've got access to the God Machine Chronicle, this might be a good place to use a Condition.
Mar
17
comment Who is the Compiler?
@HeyICanChan You'd think -- but that's a red herring this time. W.H. isn't Wilhelmina Harker either.