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I am a Ph.D. student in Mathematics. I have been playing Table Tops for about 10 years. Started with my dads first edition DND, playing both DM and PC, not understanding the rules. I eventually joined a group and have played off and on since. I normally DM, using a homebrew. My favorite campaigns involve 90% role-playing and 10% combat.


Jul
28
awarded  Yearling
Oct
6
comment What is the best place to get quality polyhedral dice?
The Dwarven are super nice, they are what I was going to recommend. They feel and roll very very well.
Sep
26
comment What are the pros and cons of having a party leader?
Heh, that is also a good point!
Sep
26
comment What are the pros and cons of having a party leader?
This is a good list, but I would like to emphasize one advantage, giving the party a bump when necessary. This falls under your category "makes large party play much faster", but even when the party is not large, sometimes they will deliberate endlessly over sometimes even trivial decisions. I find that a party leader(official or unofficial) will often eventually get fed up, and get things moving.
Sep
26
comment What are the pros and cons of having a party leader?
@C. Ross Honestly IDK?! :) I have a difficult time with the SO rules, and sometimes completely misinterpret. I suggested it primarily based on experience with other questions. I would go out on a limb here and say that you know this community better, so your call is probably much better. :P
Sep
25
comment What are the pros and cons of having a party leader?
Since this has no one correct answer: CW?
Sep
22
comment What online collaborative communication tools have the most components for roleplaying away from the table?
You might want to look here: gobby.0x539.de/trac
Sep
22
comment Are there any RPG systems specifically designed for larger numbers of players (10+)?
I really like this suggestion(and have used it in the past) but it should probably be comment rather than an answer. :/
Sep
22
comment Are there any RPG systems specifically designed for larger numbers of players (10+)?
This is a great answer really. I have ad similar experience, and it was pretty much standard protocol to move to 2nd Ed when the party grew.
Sep
22
comment How do you handle player wishlists?
Along these lines, this is why throwing npcs at the party often works out better than monsters. It is much easier to work these kinds of things into their loot.
Sep
20
comment I'm creating an original setting for D&D—where do I start?
I agree with Stefano, I think it is hard. And frankly, I am jealous that you have build so many nice ones. :(
Sep
20
comment What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel
@Jeremiah, I respectfully disagree. I don't see how this is part of the above answer. I could have added this to the list, but the general practice for CW questions on SO sites is to not do this, but instead add a separate answer. I am not saying that aramis above doesn't agree with my answer or know this themself, just that aramis did not mention it. Perhaps I am misunderstanding you though, sometimes I have difficulty understanding what people mean on these sites. :/
Sep
20
comment What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel
why -1? Do you disagree that a character with purpose is a positive step a player can make?!
Sep
20
answered What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel
Sep
19
comment How do I deal with GM burnout?
This is a great answer
Sep
19
comment What are best practices for the use of flowcharts in RPGs
Personally, I try to make the events such that they don't depend on party decision, however semetimes this is impossible. I do branch, but as little as possible. I find that the more I branch, the more time I waste on useless info, and the less creative I can be in responding to their actions.
Sep
19
comment What props or other tools can I use to improve pacing?
Yes you can easily very a metronome's tempo, if you go analog, the sound is eerie as hell, but digital would be fine also. And thanks!
Sep
19
awarded  Teacher
Sep
19
awarded  Commentator
Sep
19
comment Team cleric, team warrior, team mage
Playing a theives guild is always fun, but as Wil says below, the campaign must be engineered towards them. The most hilarious homogeneous party I have ever participated in, was the non-combatants. We didn't last long, but it was super while it lasted.