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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.


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.
Feb
24
comment Is the Good Lich template is a character template or a lich template?
"Are you a good lich, or a bad lich?" — Glinda, making her Knowledge: Religion check.
Feb
12
comment Can a Wraith perceive the Shadowlands when emboding or skinriding?
Regarding your edit: I don't have access to Spectres: Dark Reflections, so I don't know if "ghost vision" is a power that spectres have that wraiths do not. I still believe that my answer is correct, based on my experience with the line as a whole. You're right, however, about the implication; I simply think it's a poor choice of words on the author's part.
Feb
8
comment Can a Wraith perceive the Shadowlands when emboding or skinriding?
@Flamma The same roll one would make to act across the shroud, based on its difficulty.
Feb
8
comment Can a Wraith perceive the Shadowlands when emboding or skinriding?
@Flamma There's no book that explicitly says it that I've found, but my reasoning is this: wraiths can see wraiths not because they have a power that lets them do so, like a "sense ghost" ability, but because they exist in the same plane of being. They can see them with their eyes in the Shadowlands because that's where they are. Once they leave the Shadowlands, they cannot see wraiths any more than they could see any other kind of spirit entity, or the astral plane.
Feb
3
comment What happen to a Wraith's belongings when it falls into a Harrowing?
No worries. And the reason I focused on the destruction harrowing is, to my mind, that's the only one where the outcome is in question. In harrowings targeting a fetter or a passion, it's certain that you can bring your gear. Of course, since the goal of the harrowing isn't to destroy the spectral actors, but to roleplay out a scene involving what matters to you, the sword is unlikely to help.
Feb
3
comment What happen to a Wraith's belongings when it falls into a Harrowing?
That text isn't there in Second Edition: what it says instead is, "With even her tenuous hold on the reality of the Shadowlands being eroded, she stands on the verge of total dissolution." I think that, with the new edition, they strove to fix this problem; a Harrowing either moves a wraith bodily into the Labyrinth, or just triggers the roll. And I checked about the Corpus thing. "Success snaps her back to a Fetter (if she has any) or to a random part of the Tempest where she immediately recovers a single point each of temporary and permanent Corpus.
Jan
14
comment What content and format does a MET: VTM character submission need?
@SevenSidedDie I believe you are. There was a policy some years ago that White Wolf had regarding its LARP groups, the use of their material for for-play games, and a bunch of politics that are a decade old. None of that stuff is extant now. The link you've provided is to the publisher, By Night Studios, promoting the event that I referenced in my edit. It's possible that the questioner is about to play in a global chronicle game, but if she didn't say so, it's not quite correct to assume that.
Jan
14
comment What content and format does a MET: VTM character submission need?
When you say "sanctioned," what organization are you playing with?