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May
19
comment What good is Friends?
And forcing people to talk frequently yields awful info. They'll say anything they think you want to hear, even without resistance training.
May
18
comment How to make extremely lethal stories in Fate
+1 for pointing out that Ned Stark didn't lose a combat, he lost a social conflict and was taken out by an opponent that was willing to kill him.
May
11
comment As a GM, should I use Fate points in a scene with no other characters?
Fate is a big system with a lot of variants - which Fate are you talking about? Fate Core? FAE? Strands of Fate? Diaspora?
May
6
comment Zombie point calculations seem to be inconsistent
Oh, it was absolutely worth asking! I'm just saying that my experience both as a player and designer is that rules are more likely to be correct than examples.
May
6
comment Zombie point calculations seem to be inconsistent
It is a good rule of thumb that if the rule contradicts the example, it is the example that is wrong. This is because updating each example after every rule tweak is an error-prone process.
May
4
comment As a fighter human is it possible to have a pixie as a companion?
Play 13th Age and choose "pixie companion" as your One Unique Thing? :)
May
2
comment How does one drop lowest and reroll ones/lowest in the context of multiple sides of dice?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the desired functionality of an app which does not exist.
Apr
9
comment Need to play D&D on a budget, at least for now
You are aware that there are other, similar games, right? I want to make sure you don't eliminate others accidentally. Like you could if you asked which Coke was best for you - you'd never hear about root beer.
Mar
30
comment What published adventures are available for D&D 5e?
I feel like this is basically the only answer that won't be out-of-date essentially instantly.
Mar
28
comment Is the same page tool overkill for brand new players?
@Lohoris - the unfilled copies were only to keep me from having to read unselected answers out loud again.
Mar
26
comment Which significant games quantify personality traits?
I don't see the distinction you're making reflected in the question.
Mar
25
comment Which significant games quantify personality traits?
And you're not adequately covering the Cortex+ landscape here. MHR is Cortex+ Action. You're missing out entirely on Cortex+ Drama, which powers Smallville. C+D uses values and relationships as stats - so you might roll Duty + Ruth to see if you are able to do something that is driven by your duty to Ruth. There's more to it than that, but you get the gist.
Mar
18
comment How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?
@Nerevar - And how did he get Inhuman Speed? Is he not human?This character seems abusive and imbalanced because he is.
Mar
18
comment How can I make “Empty” rooms interesting?
Very nice! I came here to answer, "Empty rooms contain information," but this answer does a much better job of it.
Mar
18
comment How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?
Actually, the character is not valid. But the points you make here are good anyhow.
Mar
17
comment How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?
Welcome to RPG.SE. As a note, it is usually a good idea to wait a couple of days before accepting an answer. It tends to attract more and better answers.
Mar
17
comment Handling a dead PC in D&D 5e Starter Kit adventure
D&D comes with a whole raft of expectations which may not be made explicit, even in the newest rules; which are the best ever (D&D rules) for bringing people into the game without a human guide (RPGs were traditionally transmitted orally). What you have discovered is that one of the expectations is that low-level PCs are fragile. There are other games with different expectations, and some of them make their expectations very explicit. Maybe this will prompt another question because it is easy to mistake D&D for RPGs as a whole, just as it is easy to mistake the web for the whole internet.
Mar
16
comment Roleplaying games for political intrigues, mass battles
Useful answers may be found in this not-quite-duplicate: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/57661/696
Mar
5
comment What is a good game for a conflict-avoidant, disaffectionate player
@BESW - yes, I had forgotten exactly how play worked and was answering on my tablet. I was answering from memories of ease and appropriate emotional, mechanical, and setting-and-character investment level.
Mar
4
comment Is Microscope a good game for a conflict-avoidant, disaffectionate player?
In all seriousness - does she want to play any RPG? In all seriousness - do you want to play with her? Decision making is sort of the cornerstone of all games, from tic-tac-toe on up. Really - with no desire to engage with characters or settings, and an aversion to options and decision making, I'm genuinely asking what the motivation for play is and where it comes from.