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Roleplaying author best known in the 1980s (over 25 million copies sold). Former active contributor on this site. Received "Top User Swag Package" from StackExchange.

Haven't been here much lately. I have plenty of RPG websites to visit, and this site is actively hostile to old-school gamers (including me). Moderators encourage it and even participate in the abuse. Example: One moderator refuses to rephrase his question: "In most RPGs, PCs become inured to murder..." Not in my 35 years of experience, sonny. That's like saying 'this banana is rotten so all bananas are rotten.' (And there's lots more negativity around here, and very few old school questions.)

To add insult to injury (literally), I was publicly derided/insulted by Community Coordinator Josh Heyer (aka Shog9), in blatant violation of the alleged policy (link below).

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/05/a-theory-of-moderation/

::shrug:: I don't need the abuse. Look me up on other sites (user name ExTSR almost everywhere).


Jul
7
comment How can PCs stop a fleeing foe without opportunity attacks?
Note that in BECMI I also added nonlethal weaponry (such as a Net) which of course facilitates captures without damage. Did they keep that in 3/3.5/4?
Mar
13
comment Do you get a save vs Falling Damage?
Found a relevant reference (pls pardon the 13-month delay): DMG 81, Magic Armor and Saving Throws: "Saving throw rolls WILL receive an armor bonus against: Falling Damage" (amidst the 5 categories itemized).
Oct
24
comment The first sold copy of D&D was to Chaosium's founder: were Chaosium's games influential on early D&D?
Stafford's "Original Copy" has been sold on eBay. Stafford says in the attached Certificate of Authenticity that it's a 3rd printing and that is was his first copy of the game. So how could it be the first copy ever sold? (otoh, promotion of sheer falsehoods by virtue of popular vote is not unknown hereabouts.) :(
Sep
22
comment What's the deal with alignment languages?
So it's a magical function but isn't magical (doesn't detect as nor radiate magic, nor produce magical results)?
Jul
12
comment How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?
This was addressed decades ago; you can't have all the pieces grow trolls or else there will be troll farms. In any edition, the pieces crawl together; any that are missing die off and are regrown by the single primary creature.
Jul
1
comment Medieval problems in a magical world
"traditional fantasy is maintained simply by ignoring much of the potential impact of magic. Treat it as a genre convention" -- perhaps, and certainly fueled by lazy or unimaginative authors. :/
Jun
23
comment Which RPGs primarily reward roleplaying your character?
But praps a valid expansion of the question, pointing out that 'all RPGs can be run in ways that actively reward roleplaying.'
Jun
23
comment Any good resources for would-be authors of a line of gaming products?
Thank you so much for skipping the request part (eg "could you clarify please, or rephrase it to more specifically answer the question?") and going straight to the downvote.
Jun
8
comment Helping new players learn a setting on the go
I certainly agree with the concept, and have used it myself. ;> Just saying that for the info to stick -- and to be easily referenced on a regular basis -- I've had to use handouts. My players have complex lives, and we only play every 2 weeks. Play more and I'm sure your way works fine. :)
Jun
7
comment Helping new players learn a setting on the go
So players should be taking extensive notes (and asking for spellings of course) during such a narrative, to the detriment of the atmosphere you're creating?
Jun
1
comment Should a GM be a Player?
Applause. Tho apparently our out-of-the-box views run contrary to more orthodox pov's. And yes, you have to be a good DM to avoid the obvious pitfalls, and really good to compartmentalize. But obviously you 'get it'. ;>
May
27
comment What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
It is perhaps more fair to say that -- disregarding trivial milieu-based limits (e.g. you can't use a pistol 'cause they haven't been invented here) -- in much of NewSchool players & DMs are trained to think within the rules matrix and to not imagine more broadly, while Old School is the reverse. Both extremes have their plusses and minuses.
May
25
comment What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
I suggest you join the growing Old School movement, and not chase the fleeting 'current standard' (which will change as 5e, 6e, and more appear in the future).
May
24
comment How do you kidnap a PC?
Edited to include 4e tag (but system still downplayed) since Psion and Power are system-specific and the links don't work unless you're registered @ WotC.
Mar
2
comment Inter-planar Merchants of D&D
Pfft, they're only about 5' across. Teeny. ;>
Feb
15
comment How do you help players not focus on the rules?
Since you're not using a published game, does that clearly say "DM is god & game designer both" (a possible turnoff)?
Feb
14
comment In early D&D, why would chainmail ever be preferred over plate armor?
+1, and the roleplaying consequences are oft glossed-over
Feb
11
comment Can AD&D Thieves Wear Studded Leather Armour?
Sorry, there's no "armor check" in 1e.
Feb
8
comment Was Original D&D an Historical Wargame?
There was indeed a great deal of compromise for playability, and Gary's Swiss historical bias shows. But imo you make too much of a word choice (re plate mail) by a writer who invented and reapplied lots of other words too.
Feb
8
comment Was Original D&D an Historical Wargame?
Good grasp of history as usual...