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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
As for the Q in its current, general form being answerable by only a list: I don't think so. Witness all the answers it already has.
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
@JoshuaAslanSmith The OP, petex stated here in a comment that he's not considering this a 4e specific Q. You may have discussed the topic with him in chat with 4e in mind, however, the Q is not about that any more. You can't expect regular users (not the OP and not those who answered) to go and look up obscure chat logs to understand why a general Q has system specific answers. If you insist on the 4e tag, do suggest an edit to the Q to reflect that, but do so in a way that doesn't invalidate all the As that answer the Q as it is now.
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
Yes, and there's this too. +1
Apr
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
1. It takes time, but you can build the kind of trust that lets you "cheat" in extreme edge cases with your players' consent. But it depends on the kinds of persons the party is made of, of course. 2. Sure, you could rule that he survived the open & fatal damage roll or offer a choice (slightly discrediting the system, btw), but in your A you recommended not to roll at all. Again, the golden rule, imo, is to be on the same page, and establish limits everyone trusts, preferably before you start gaming (though that's hard with newly formed parties, obviously.)
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
@AlexP That's okay, but the Q is always higher priority than any A, obviously. If the OP is looking for general information, not wishing to limit the As to any specific system / edition, As answering so will be better. Joshua could always ask and answer (immediately) a system specific version of this Q separately. :)
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
I'm not sure why not rolling and making up an arbitrary, railroading-like ruling ("your PC has fallen unconscious") would be better than a white lie (which doesn't break suspension of disbelief either, unlike a forced explanation.) Also, it's weird if my PC has 8 HPs left and you, the DM, having rolled a hit, skip rolling a 2d8+4 damage and tell me my PC has fallen unconscious, fearing that your result could kill my PC. I say (and would, as a DM) roll secretly, and - should the story need that - adjust the damage to a believable score. I guess it's best if you talk through this w/ the party.
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
I boldly went ahead and removed the 4e tag. @petex, do add it back once you explained in an edit why this is 4e specific. :)
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This Q has nothing 4e specific, it's a general GM technique issue. Removed the tag.
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knot, sure, not know :)
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comment Is there an official rule set for for unstable magic in 3.5 edition?
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