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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 Reconciling Conditions with Flaws?
Let me see if I understand: Your ST doesn't want to use conditions or beats. Nevertheless, there's a condition that you want to take because it suits the character precisely on a mechanical level. Do you still want the XP boost that would ordinarily come from a flaw/condition, or is it just the 9-again/no-10-again that you want?
Apr
10
comment How can we play up the full scope of “queer content” in Monsterhearts?
@SevenSidedDie They use the first name "Avery" now. (I got the chance to meet them at a con called Maelstrom in New Jersey this past weekend.)
Apr
10
comment Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?
There you go. :) I seem to recall discussion on the subject that took place online in various fora before Book of Shadows was released, but that seems to have codified it. I do stand by my answer, though, as to the way the section header gained currency and "spread so fast."
Apr
10
comment What is the “whiskey flask” problem with Paradox?
"Harass Yonder Passerby," by the way, is: Find someone on the street outside where you're gaming and ask them if they'd believe your proposed magical effect to be plausible. If so, coincidental. If not, vulgar.
Apr
10
comment Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?
I couldn't find it either, @HeyICanChan; it's why I didn't upvote.
Apr
10
comment Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?
I've posted the answer to your question, and I'm linking it above.
Apr
8
comment How late in history can I set a campaign based in the US without cars and telephones being widespread?
@MarcDingena What an interesting idea! I hadn't given much thought to post-catastrophe gaming; maybe something like Apocalypse World or Numenera would be interesting.
Apr
3
comment How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?
Moved most of this to the answer for when the comment thread inevitably gets purged.
Apr
3
comment How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?
Particularly good at being able to pick up the rudiments of skills easily after spending some time in study and using tools? I'd call that "high Attributes." Buy your Intelligence, Dexterity, and one of Presence or Manipulation up.
Apr
3
comment How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?
You know what? I wouldn't even bother with a merit for that; you're taking extra time and using a tool for an Equipment bonus, which will overcome any -1 or -0 penalty you might have for doing it unskilled. I'd say "take the time, spend a Willpower, and have done with it."
Apr
3
comment How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?
There was a merit like that in the old World of Darkness called "Jack of All Trades"; it was a five-dot merit in most of its incarnations because it gave you a "phantom die" in anything you had no dots in. Are you looking for something like that? (You know, on reflection, that would be harder to accomplish in nWoD. The flavor you want is "instant expert," and gaining +3 dice in any Mental skill after a little study fits in with that. The Physical and Social skills don't have the same penalty, so the feeling of expertise isn't there.)
Apr
3
comment How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?
What do you mean, @Pureferret?
Apr
3
comment How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?
I've had some experience using the "Good Brain" merit, so I've used it in my answer. I haven't tried "Scientist's Sense," nor have I used Common Sense much (ha!) in my games, so I don't know how well that would work in practice.
Apr
3
comment Is XP spent at character creation treated the same as • spending?
I say that the rules as written don't cover the area sufficiently well, and that the Storyteller needs to fill in the gap, as she should once the decision to add extra XP is made.
Apr
3
comment What do asset skills actually do, in Hunter: the Vigil?
@Pureferret Mostly. It's meant more for Tier 1 characters who want a bit of an edge; once you get into higher tiers, the relative benefit is less.
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.