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May
4
comment What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare?
Note: When sharing your whole screen, beware of the recursive video effect. That's when you bring up the image of your desktop in an app window on your desktop. The cascade of endless images updating within images can be difficult to get out of on some systems.
May
4
comment Should the DM allow characters an equal opportunity to flee or avoid an encounter?
My guy syndrome isn't really about "my guy", despite the name. Nor is it about being a jerk. Often the "My Guy" action seems perfectly rational from everyone's view, but it still ruins the game. It's really about letting yourself get tunnel visioned in on a particular aspect of the mindset of a character to the point that you believe you have no choice as a player, or for that matter as a GM, because any other choice wouldn't be true to the character. The escape from that trap is to take back player agency that you've surrendered to the fictional character and find a better solution.
Mar
26
comment Which significant games quantify personality traits?
@HeyICanChan Yeah, that occurred to me. The rest of the character traits in C+ are dials, so the system rang true for me on assigning values to abstractions. Unfortunately in this specific case the personality elements are handled differently than everything else in the system. Having said that, Cortex+ is all about hacking the mechanics. There's no reason you couldn't assign a die to your Distinctions for use in the positive cases instead of just taking a flat d8.
Mar
26
comment Which significant games quantify personality traits?
@gomad I didn't include those because the Values aren't character specific, they're setting values, like traditional D&D Strength, Intelligence, etc. I suppose once you combine them with a relationship they're a bit more tailored, but I interpreted the OP as looking for character-specific personality qualities. And the use of Distinctions is consistent across C+ Action, Drama, and Heroic.
Jan
22
comment Does Darkness cast a shadow?
It could be argued that the light doesn't illuminate the interior or anything within it, hence no shadows. The light passes though that area unimpeded, with no interaction or loss.
Jan
21
comment How to make your players hate your villain, but not your game
Justin Alexander recently wrote a really nice article on this topic, complete with ties to published and game table experience citations. thealexandrian.net/wordpress/36383/roleplaying-games/…
Dec
17
comment How to build an evil campaign
Also, see here for some good discussion on managing evil groups.
Sep
23
comment How can we fish an indestructible item out of lava?
I think I'd be more concerned about the fact that I'm a lot cooler than lava, and lava hardens when cooled. Ever stick your hand in melted candle wax? I suspect that as the lava around you rapidly hardens into a rocky shell, swimming will become problematic...
Aug
21
comment How do you encourage group decisions over individual actions?
And depending on the situation and the system, if Player 1's actions required a move, since you've moved into a melee paradigm between the two, Player 2 might get to employ whatever Attack of Opportunity rules you have to stop Player 1's movement and force them to engage Player 2 first...
Jul
22
comment Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?
I assume unconscious creatures are ignored because they're not awake, which may or may not have anything to do with their hit points. Remember, 0 hit points makes you unconscious, but being unconscious doesn't mean you have 0 hit points. You may just be sleeping...
Jul
11
comment How to design and determine CR of a respawning horde encounter?
All I can hear in the back of my head is "Elf shot the food!"
May
8
comment What would be the weight of the Tome of the Unicorn?
Yeah, although I suspect there's little practical difference between a half-ton book and a one ton book. Plus if it's got less than a dozen pages you're gonna need a friend to help you turn them...
May
8
comment What would be the weight of the Tome of the Unicorn?
@SevenSidedDie Sorry, but in the link, you've typed "squared", not "cubed". Not to mention the fact that, online calculators aside, it's 3 ft by 2 ft by 4 inches, so it's well under 1 cubic meter.
May
8
comment What would be the weight of the Tome of the Unicorn?
Wow, tough day for the math, I guess. 3,456 cubic inches is actually 56633 cubic cm, putting the weight more in the 680 kg to 900 kg range.
Apr
22
comment Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?
And the I guess changing their positions would follow the same restrictions as though they were moving in the spaces around the target, with the exception that they're not restricted by the occupants of those squares, although I suppose they'd subject themselves to AoO from those creatures as they moved. Of course, if you stuff too many little creatures into this model, I suspect it'll come apart in your hands. ;-) At that point, anybody in the mix who has an ally is probably flanking everybody else...
Apr
1
comment How do we tell our new GM that we don't like some elements of his campaign?
Good answer. When delivering this kind of news, I use LCS. "L" Here's what we Like about what you're doing. "C" here's some Concerns we have. "S" here are our Suggestions for how we can all have more fun.
Feb
27
comment Storytelling with lie detection
In addition to uncomfortable and obvious, you might add "socially unacceptable" or even down-right illegal in some cultures, perhaps lumped in with mind-reading and charms.
Feb
19
comment How I figure what dice I need to attain a certain curve?
Just in case your "Related" list didn't pull this one up, you can also check out this post: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/15971/…
Feb
3
comment Coming up with a numbering system for an 'omni-die'
Not sure how much more fiddling this needs, but I noticed that you can reduce it to only 4 faces with 2 pairs if you replace row 5 with (1 5 5 5) and row 13 with (1 1 5 1), and replace row 6 with (2 2 6 2) and row 14 with (2 6 6 6).
Jan
31
comment Am I handling Natural Weapons incorrectly?
@ KRyan I confess, the bulk of my experience stops at 3.5. Hadn't seen the Natural Attacks table with the Secondary/Primary listings. Thx for the head's up.