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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).


Feb
6
comment As a DM is it better to focus fire on defenders or on a weaker target?
Absolutely. Ditto if the party has become Infamous ;> and/or if they've been researched (like by the Guild you cite). As I say tho, in most cases that isn't so. With good DMing, the differences in uptake (how fast the monsters assess PC assets) may be an important party clue.
Feb
2
comment House Rules for AD&D Character Generation (1e+)
@PatLudwig: btb, yep they get % if Ftr/sub. With 75 total that means dumpstats lol... No prob tho, imho it gets them into more trouble/combats via arrogance, self-balancing. ;>
Jan
29
comment What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D?
The chits version was an attempt by certain management (Blumes) to decrease costs, which obviously backfired severely.
Jan
29
comment In early D&D, why would chainmail ever be preferred over plate armor?
Low-level adventurers do often prefer to invest that encumbrance in protection. So why would chain ever be preferred, as you asked? Whenever versatility outweighs a minor AC difference (or when your game isn't mostly combat).
Jan
29
comment Is there any popular contemporary “classic” D&D material?
And the RC (BECM+) is the only time the entire D&D game was in a single volume.
Jan
28
comment What non-RPG hobbies are complementary to the RPG addiction?
See "Jumpers", a multigenre RPG written by a vocal coach and cast member.
Jan
28
comment Is there a significant market for collector's versions of role-playing paraphernalia?
...and the Collectible (and semi-) sessions are each evening, the rarest & best being on Friday (so deep-pocket buyers have covered their most-wanteds, leaving Saturday to plan purchases within their remaining budgets.)
Jan
20
comment Does color spray affect undead?
Don't just omit that part; a single creature with HD equal to or greater than the caster can be affected. (Got that direct from Gary, but it was never official corrigenda, alas.)
Jan
8
comment Concealed door vs Secret door
I commonly rule that a Thorough (time-consuming) Search automatically finds all Concealed doors, but Secret portals require the usual die-roll checks.
Dec
6
comment Biggest GM pitfalls for new GMs?
But would this not be a matter of preferred style, rather than pitfalls/errors per se? A more accurate pitfall might be failure to find out what level of description is best for the group. fwiw, my group prefers color when color is more useful and appropriate, as in settings & clues... but not during melee.
Oct
4
comment Using 2x on d12 instead of x on a d6 in OD&D/Classic D&D/Clones
The d12 would work fine, and very easy to convert from d6. It may be a question of short-term ease vs long-term options as well as use in multiple types of checks. Your call. :)
Oct
4
comment What are the consequences of changing the ratio of XP to GP?
Very true. But we've learned a LITTLE bit about Fun since then. :)
Sep
22
comment Where can I get fantasy public domain art?
That's exactly what I do, typically at a high dpi. Most are plain black & white. I heard a rumor that Dover had some compilations in digital form, but haven't found any yet. :/
Sep
21
comment Which RPGs primarily reward roleplaying your character?
Thanks; hoped you'd be back. ;> Yah, 7th Sea is a good one.
Sep
20
comment What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel
I very much like the emphasis on being considerate of others and their opportunities (vs hogging the spotlight). Tho Aramis includes such, this is a different focus. (@ JeremiahGenest, I think you're overreaching.)
Sep
9
comment How to give directions to megadungeon locations without giving players too much info?
Fixed. ;> Been using 'em since the late '70s; they're fun to make (as DM) and fun to use. You can 'upgrade' by finding some scroll-type paper at the local office supply, very cheap and very effective. Tear (instead of using scissors) for optimal effect.
Sep
4
comment What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D?
I'll endorse this answer. :) --FM (Tho it's depressing to be the sole survivor of the three.)
Aug
31
comment Tips for starting a TORG campagin
TORG is an underdog; a bit hard to comprehend at times, but overall an outstanding game. I still can't figure out why it faded to such a niche level. The game and all the support products are readily available quite cheaply. This is an 'oldie' worth investigating. (And see Reuben's answer for lots of great pointers.)
Aug
30
comment Specific Items In A Group Social Contract?
Addedum to 6: Personal hygiene, a notable factor.
Aug
21
comment AC differences between AD&D 1E and Basic D&D?
otoh some players are rather insistent about that 5%.