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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.


May
8
comment How does nWoD's Secret History chapter relate to the other core books?
@OpaCitiZen Oh, yes. Once I acquire the full GMC rules, I'll update my answer accordingly. Right now, I've just got the rules update, which is in itself an astounding bit of work.
May
4
comment Approval levels for retainers and allies in NWOD venues
Just to be clear: we're talking about MES approvals here, for the Requiem venue?
May
3
comment Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry?
Are you counting the distribution-retail network as part of the industry or not?
Apr
25
comment How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?
Welcome to the site, SP!
Apr
25
comment How to discourage players from roleplaying out of their alignment when using a 3.5e alignment system in a 4e game?
Only as commentary: I like the 5-alignment system, but only when I switch the ends around. Lawful Good is less "good" than Good, and Chaotic Evil is less "evil" than Evil. This allows for righteous-but-flawed paladins and bad guys who'd rather party than rule. (Spike vs. Angelus, if you know Buffy.)
Apr
25
comment What are the major changes made to Vampire: The Masquerade for its 20th Anniversary edition?
@Flamma There's no way to buy them with XP. After character creation, the only way to add Merits is to petition the Storyteller to add them to your sheet. (p.479) So I'm guessing you either get all the languages you want at character creation (possibly with the help of the Natural Linguist merit) or roleplay your way through it.
Apr
25
comment What are the major changes made to Vampire: The Masquerade for its 20th Anniversary edition?
This is kind of what I had in mind.
Apr
25
comment Is it a single or double run?
Baseball is off-topic for this stack. :)
Apr
23
comment I'm fairly new to D&D but want to GM; where do I go from here?
@tex Most of what he's got is D&D 4E Essentials books. I might recommend the 4E DMG or DMG2, but he's already dropped enough money on gear as far as I can see.
Apr
23
comment How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?
When it comes to Chaotic Neutral, my rule of thumb is, "What would Captain Jack Sparrow do?" It's served me pretty well.
Apr
22
comment Can I use old Masquerade supplemental material in Vampire: the Requiem?
The list of what books can and cannot be used is available in the Universal and Requiem Addenda. You can find the new Addenda on this page: mindseyesociety.org/information/next-chronicle-addendums
Apr
22
comment Can I use old Masquerade supplemental material in Vampire: the Requiem?
The problem with your solution in the first paragraph is that merits work quite differently in Masquerade than they do in Requiem. The storyteller would need to come up with a custom background dot cost, and as a member of a sanctioned LARP chronicle, he's not empowered to do that.
Apr
19
comment Idiot Savant Magic-user
@Bobson That's true, but Awakening relies so much on Rotes that not having access to them is a much bigger hardship. When all your difficulties are 8, you want as many dice as you can muster.
Apr
19
comment If someone is “Out of Ammo,” can they still shoot until compelled?
And, as if by magic, there's an article on faterpg.com today that addresses all these issues. Look for "Richard's Guide to Blocks and Obstacles In FATE Core," or click the link in my entry.
Apr
18
comment If someone is “Out of Ammo,” can they still shoot until compelled?
@SevenSidedDie: From your description, it sounds like firing a weapon on autofire empties the clip, making it Out of Ammo. However, I haven't seen Diaspora, so I can't speak to that definitively.
Apr
18
comment If someone is “Out of Ammo,” can they still shoot until compelled?
Rob Donoghue has written on the subject: rdonoghue.blogspot.com/2010/10/hard-and-soft-tags.html and faterpg.com/2012/fire. In this case, I'm drawing an analogy between "on fire" and "out of ammo" -- both are things that are true, can be taken advantage of, and are removable by the target.
Apr
18
comment If someone is “Out of Ammo,” can they still shoot until compelled?
The "fiction before physics" ethos of FATE means that. once the Aspect is successfully applied, it's literally true until something changes to make it untrue-- what matters during the exchange is whether it's relevant. You're out of ammo until you find a way to overcome that obstacle.
Apr
17
comment Should long Aspects be split?
@SevenSidedDie Fair enough; I could certainly see those two as aspects in the right game. I'm standing by the statement that having GIisop&p as one aspect is too few.
Apr
10
comment Creating NPCs from Real-Life People
I think I've got it. In this game, his DM often populates encounters with NPCs to round off a party that's underpopulated. He'd like to have some of these NPCs inspired by people he knows, but built to be combat-capable, not ordinary humans. Since this is a 4E question, it's not as easy as it might be in 3.X D&D, where NPCs and PCs use the same creation rules.
Apr
8
comment In-game reason for no multiple supernatural templates in nWoD
Welcome to the site, André! It looks as though your answer concerns the old or classic World of Darkness. This question concerns the new World setting: Requiem, Forsaken, Awakening and so on.