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comment Where can I find resources to create a realistic castle dungeon?
I love the Gies’ books and have used them for exactly this purpose. Highly recommended!
Apr
18
awarded  Civic Duty
Apr
18
comment Plausible explanation for large number of armed adventurers in fantasy RPG setting?
Highwaymen and other brigands are an excellent example of “adventurers” in historical Europe. They were often bands led by or composed of minor nobles who had too much time on their hands and not enough money to go adventuring or crusading elsewhere. (Those who did have enough money were out stirring up trouble with neighbors or distant enemies.) Jack’s answer also alludes to this.
Apr
17
awarded  Yearling
Apr
3
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
1
answered Looking for game with a specific initiative system
Mar
31
comment Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?
+1 for recognizing that the OP is probably not using tank in the D&D jargon sense (defender).
Mar
26
comment What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?
These limitations of AD&D help the DM in another way, in that it requires much less DM prep time when there's less customization available to your NPCs and monsters. One of the things I liked least about D&D3 is that it took too long for me to prepare feats, spells, etc. for major NPCs and some monster (like dragons).
Feb
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
7
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
29
comment Could Belief in Little Fears: Nightmare Edition cause the dark side of the moon to really be dark?
I'm confused – there seems to be an unstated assumption here that the dark side of the moon is not actually dark. But the dark side of the moon is in shadow from the sun. Perhaps you're thinking of the far side of the moon (which is not the same thing)?
Aug
28
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
6
comment When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?
I expanded my answer to explain why I interpreted this as a limitation (decision-based) compel – but I think it would still be a complication (event-based) compel even if it were just about circumstance and not agency.
Jul
6
revised When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?
Add detailed explanation of my ruling.
Jul
6
accepted Subverting the Competence Pillar in Fate
Jul
6
accepted How can I contribute to the game and have fun after my PC dies?
Jul
5
answered When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?
Jul
3
comment What is a sci-fi system that would feel familiar to reluctant Pathfinder players?
Rifts uses a 20-sided die, but it's not a D20 System game.
Jul
3
comment One-off simple game with little to no character creation?
If you play Fiasco with the “John Hughes movie” variant rules from The Fiasco Companion, it's (potentially) much lighter in tone.