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  1. Okay, yep, changing my answer. Action Points...

    Okay, yep, changing my answer. Action Points inspired my version of Hero Points, because what can't you do with action points? Well, extra actions was pushing it a little bit, but still, so much...
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    I was pondering a similar question: are people...

    I was pondering a similar question: are people ready for the dice recognition software that Xaelvaen mentioned? I mean, the founding Dungeon Masters would roll in their graves at the privacy issues...
  3. D&D has a rule that prevents dungeon masters from...

    D&D has a rule that prevents dungeon masters from killing Vin Diesel's character, which is pretty badass.

    And +1 for WOIN's countdowns. I've been wanting to use it for bow ammunition, but haven't...
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    Try Giant in the Playground? Otherwise just post...

    Try Giant in the Playground? Otherwise just post here. Start a Community, and invite those you see posting about homebrewing. Good luck with the beta testers, though.
  5. Aha. See, now I'm picturing you wearing a green...

    Aha. See, now I'm picturing you wearing a green beret somewhere in Africa. The locals are having political problems, and bringing D&D games into their village is how you will lift the oppressive...
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    So GURPS, or the GM's intended complex game, just...

    So GURPS, or the GM's intended complex game, just needs some training wheels to get new players into it?


    This is my concern. Is a gateway RPG the solution here, or might that just muddy the...
  7. From the "Why do you play games other than D&D"...

    From the "Why do you play games other than D&D" thread, I believe.


    D&D's new slogan:

    "At least some sort of baseline."

    Seriously though, that makes sense. If I'm not going to know the...
  8. I only run D&D when I need to establish a player base

    I found the titular assertion intriguing. The D&D part is obvious - there are 40 million D&D players out there (is what I read, anyway).

    What's this establishing-a-player-base? Do you, as GM,...
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    Was really hoping that "muggle" was a portmanteau...

    Was really hoping that "muggle" was a portmanteau of "muppet" and "fraggle." Still, it's a good one to know.


    First, playing a game other than D&D tells players "this is going to be different...
  10. Legos? No, wait! Get a red dragon puzzle. ...

    Legos? No, wait! Get a red dragon puzzle. Throw the pieces on the table, and tell the PCs they're weaving together a portable hole to the next room.
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    OMG I totally forgot about D&D 3.5... 1)...

    OMG I totally forgot about D&D 3.5...

    1) Alignment. A rule that allows you to clearly tell your party members, "hey! Don't pick my pocket! I'm a good guy! Now let's go murder...
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    Oh, well then I'm with Blue: that's just poor...

    Oh, well then I'm with Blue: that's just poor design. The game isn't scaling well when you're spending your time reading dice instead of role-playing.

    But since that doesn't solve OP's problem......
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    +1 for POW. Every game should have that...

    +1 for POW. Every game should have that attribute.

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    Does this mean that the DM takes the wheel after the roll has been made? Because I feel much more immersed when I stay in the...
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    Yeah: don't. The average result of a d10 is...

    Yeah: don't.

    The average result of a d10 is 5.5. That times 40 is 220. I personally guarantee that your rolled results don't vary more than 20 points from that.
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    What, you weren't happy with the fast, light,...

    What, you weren't happy with the fast, light, universal, tabletop role-playing game that I uploaded to ENWorld? That's cool. Can't make everyone happy... :)



    By the way, are Smileys due to...
  16. Thread: Recycling 5e

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    Hmm. Looks like that 6 is still waiting to be...

    Hmm. Looks like that 6 is still waiting to be recycled. New idea: the DM can recycle that roll for you too, but only for opponents with advantage or disadvantage, that are rolling against you.
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    +1 for Gauntlet reference. And thank you. ...

    +1 for Gauntlet reference.


    And thank you. There may be "no chance of success," but that doesn't mean that there's also no chance of having fun, and it doesn't mean there are no options.

    But...
  18. Thread: Recycling 5e

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    Recycling 5e

    Fifth edition D&D is probably the greenest D&D yet, being recycled from the rules of 3.5e and 4e, as well as highly available in digital format.

    How can we make it greener?

    I thought some...
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    Give it to Mikey. He reads everything!...

    Give it to Mikey. He reads everything!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYEXzx-TINc

    I thought I'd add Microlite20 to my list. Not because of the super-elegant monster stat blocks:
    [Hill Giant...
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    107349 Well, in Modos RPG, you wouldn't tell...

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    Well, in Modos RPG, you wouldn't tell the player that she failed. Success/fail is just as old as Prince Valiant. You'd tell her that she got an unfavorable result (a "Con"), and then...
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    It might not. It's just one way to look at...

    It might not. It's just one way to look at things. But for the exercise, it's pretty easy to wink. Softening hearts sounds a bit more difficult. Especially when your name is, say, Quasimodo.
    ...
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    Maybe try viewing this through a different lens...

    Maybe try viewing this through a different lens or two?

    1) Player control is based on difficulty. Clutching a sword is easy. Swinging a sword (at least the first few times) is easy. Attacking...
  23. Just get a speed bag and hang several eye-stalks...

    Just get a speed bag and hang several eye-stalks from it. Give your sparring partner a shirt that says "orc." What would be best, though, is to wear some LARP armor that has actual weight to it,...
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    [/LIST] Is non-random a bad thing? Sounds...

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    Is non-random a bad thing? Sounds like it has potential.

    Also, potential. Of a very different kind. I wonder if this would be like D&D, but the players actually believe in Pelor?
  25. 20 years of grid-based combat? Are you excited...

    20 years of grid-based combat? Are you excited about starting your ninth battle, then? [/snark]

    The (un?)interesting thing about grid battles is (I just finished watching several MMA bouts) that...
  26. Just one. Feel free to wake him up. 107305 ...

    Just one. Feel free to wake him up.

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    Or a small gnome clan, whose only purpose is to create and maintain the numerous traps installed on the property. (Love/hate relationship.)
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    This thread contains a poll. Thanks...for answering for me? Correctly, as it...

    Thanks...for answering for me? Correctly, as it happens (it's more metagamey). I don't believe that I said I'd reject the request "outright" though...


    If all this boils down to, "hey player,...
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    This thread contains a poll. Interesting point: if the player's score is lower...

    Interesting point: if the player's score is lower than the character's score, asking for a specific approach borders on unfair. While I wouldn't accept "I'm rolling Survival to find out more about...
  29. The player, until she makes the game less fun for...

    The player, until she makes the game less fun for other players.




    The point was that I didn't refer to player failure, and I didn't say that the game depends on players pretending that they...
  30. There's an important consideration here, at least...

    There's an important consideration here, at least for the characters who aren't complete idiots: trolls that are capable of speech are probably smart enough to know that fire-prevention is a good...
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    And here I thought he was just a statue that...

    And here I thought he was just a statue that haunted my childhood...

    Sure, it's a brand (was?), but I think the Green Giant may have been a friend of Paul's, and might make a good Mythological...
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    Haven't you ever played Final Fantasy? Once an...

    Haven't you ever played Final Fantasy? Once an enemy flees, combat is over. There aren't any bow shots, no magic missiles, no point; the opponent is just gone.

    Which is really lame from a...
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    That was my sentiment. I don't think that...

    That was my sentiment.

    I don't think that vampire-unpopularity is a problem though, because Hollywood can pretty easily pop something out and turn that around.

    I'd pay to see Gary Oldman in...
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    Bloodthirsty PCs, much? You'd better help out...

    Bloodthirsty PCs, much? You'd better help out your excellent adventure module writer by giving the villain a nice failsafe - like only she knows which well a PC's family member is stuck in, or the...
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    I can't say that I would complain about a '90s...

    I can't say that I would complain about a '90s anything. Heck, the closely-related '80s zeitgeist is working nicely for Stranger Things...but anyway.

    You might scare away other communities by...
  36. Signs that an article is good: reader feels a...

    Signs that an article is good: reader feels a twinge of regret for not being there. :(
  37. Sure, sure. Infinity makes any other amount look...

    Sure, sure. Infinity makes any other amount look like zero. Or actually zero (not sure). I see Schrodinger's Pie as a finite one. And you don't know how much control pie the GM has until the...
  38. Oh. Then I guess my chart would have a footnote...

    Oh. Then I guess my chart would have a footnote describing player agency as "GM-like control over plot and setting." At 100%, all players share this control, and there is basically no GM. At 0%,...
  39. C'mon. Some players are already afraid of doors...

    C'mon. Some players are already afraid of doors and paneled floors. You're going to add graduated hallways to that, too?

    I like the trapped alcove/recess idea, but I'd go with a simple lever:...
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    I feel obligated to defend Truenaming since I...

    I feel obligated to defend Truenaming since I mentioned using Tome of Magic earlier...
    Not sure where you're getting the "additional layers of die rolls," unless you're referring to the...
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    I'll take any and all games conforming to these...

    I'll take any and all games conforming to these ideas.

    And for good measure, from Modos RPG:
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    Opposing d20s aren't terribly wild unless you're...

    Opposing d20s aren't terribly wild unless you're using degrees of success. Head over to anydice.com and check it out.

    I don't see a good reason for fighters to have a grappling edge. If...
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    That lost SO much of its kick when the image...

    That lost SO much of its kick when the image didn't load for me. Now it rocks!

    Here's hoping everyone is loading up on free RPG goodies today!
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    Free RPG Day, Modos RPG, and You

    Free RPG Day is tomorrow, and who doesn't love free stuff? I can't make Modos RPG more free than it already is, so I wrote up a couple of Lists to help make your game more...

    Brütale

    107049...
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    Pssst: Witcher "Easy Mode" available on Free RPG...

    Pssst: Witcher "Easy Mode" available on Free RPG Day? This might alleviate some of our "crunch" worries.
    https://www.freerpgday.com/
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    Systems You'd Never Play after Reading Them

    What about after writing them? I wouldn't be too interested in a Modos RPG game without adding some modules - something for psionics, an encumbrance system, maybe steal some ideas from Tome of...
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    Well then. We've just found a justification for...

    Well then. We've just found a justification for this:



    As far as this goes,



    This is pretty easy. Since NPCs suffer no handicaps until they reach zero hit points, the tortured balks at...
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    Here, here! More fuel for my 3e reboot...

    Here, here!


    More fuel for my 3e reboot theory...


    Oh, gods! Not THAC0! That was horrible! SUBTRACTION? Argh!! ;)
    2e wasn't perfect, but that didn't stop me from keeping a 2e monster...
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    Just one? Fine. ::groans:: Symbaroum. It's...

    Just one? Fine. ::groans:: Symbaroum. It's right up my alley:


    See?


    Aww. AWWWW! Get ye to a Numenary! I have the same problem.

    OP should also state that our homework is to go over...
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    As a non-GURPS player, the idea of making a "300...

    As a non-GURPS player, the idea of making a "300 point build" sounds pretty intimidating.


    So, Bill Stoddard?

    Me, I'd love to get into a game of Zweihaender, but the rules overwhelm me. It's...
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    Mystic, huh? I'd go with humble, reverent, and...

    Mystic, huh? I'd go with humble, reverent, and very generous in his delivery of boots to the head.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfMcxmOBmpk
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    That's good. I notice that D&D has a breakdown...

    That's good. I notice that D&D has a breakdown of what DCs should be in five-point increments, which is much better than stressing over the difference between a 13 or a 14. Still, I find it odd...
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    Sure, there are exceptions, but if a DM is...

    Sure, there are exceptions, but if a DM is spending time assigning different DCs to different characters or determining DCs for rolls that don't even need to be made, that DM is spending less time...
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    So you got 'em to GURPS? Congrats! Just had a...

    So you got 'em to GURPS? Congrats!

    Just had a thought, when dbm mentioned range penalties: since D&D 5e is a sort of 3.5e-lite, could 5e be a precursor to a 3.5e reboot? Is WotC already trying...
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    May I add some items to this request/list? How...

    May I add some items to this request/list? How much for:

    A ballista that fires dragon-spears?

    Mounting said ballista on the bow/stern of a ship?

    Is there a bulk discount?

    How much to...
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    This is, stated in the rules or otherwise, a GM's...

    This is, stated in the rules or otherwise, a GM's job. But I think there's a turning point, when managing the rules FOR the players becomes counter-productive. There are also the players (like me)...
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    Long-time players (or just friends?) can develop...

    Long-time players (or just friends?) can develop some pretty strong preferences. Were they averse to any new games, or just HERO?


    Could be any reason. The GM has a preferred game, some players...
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    How do you get to GURPS?

    Recent ENWorld comments like these beg the question: how do you condition your gaming group for increasingly complex RPGs? I use GURPS as the titular example because it's the first system that comes...
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    My ability scores make excellent bookends. ...

    My ability scores make excellent bookends. Especially Charisma.

    How about this: your score is your new critical roll? That gives PCs with low scores something to look forward to.
  61. He didn't examine the wizard's bed very well. ...

    He didn't examine the wizard's bed very well. You know, the one poised under a torch, ready to light the whole room on fire?
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    This happened to me when I made the mistake of...

    This happened to me when I made the mistake of starting a game of Modos RPG that would be "similar" to D&D...



    Lesson learned: don't mention D&D if you're not running D&D!
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    This thread contains a poll. Syntax error. Can't say I've ever bought a...

    Syntax error.

    Can't say I've ever bought a bundle of anything, but I am keenly interested in blurring the line between rulebook and adventure module. Isn't that sort of what D&D has been doing...
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    This thread contains a poll. What if these were full-blown RPGs? That would...

    What if these were full-blown RPGs? That would be new.
  65. Talk about a dry spell. Stephen hasn't done it...

    Talk about a dry spell. Stephen hasn't done it for about 30 years!
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    Modos RPG: Free, modular, open-source. Anything...

    Modos RPG:
    Free, modular, open-source. Anything goes.

    Skyrim campaign:
    Dragons and Nords. FUS RO DAH!


    Because, poetry? Or because Weird Al tried it once:
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    Probably not a good idea to force save-or-stupid...

    Probably not a good idea to force save-or-stupid saves on PCs. Especially if there's nothing at stake.



    I was thinking that players govern self-control, not saving throws. The issue...
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    Good question. I suppose that the answer is that...

    Good question. I suppose that the answer is that falling is one interpretation of "no progress." I don't think that free-climbing is a very good example though, because who looks at a climb-or-die...
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    Are we talking about the same game, here? Part...

    Are we talking about the same game, here? Part of me likes the idea of putting the GM in a prestige position (and one way to do that is by making GMing a difficult task), but another part says that...
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    My copy of the PHB says that a failure means you...

    My copy of the PHB says that a failure means you make no progress or you make progress with a setback. That's hardly "falling to your death."


    You are now safe to resume climbing, Saev.
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    Nope. This is the Internet. There is a good...

    Nope. This is the Internet.


    There is a good point here, although I'm about as happy with the packaging as Umbran is. Advancement by (conflict resolution) failure means there's no advancement...
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    I'd actually like to see 6E pick up where 4E left...

    I'd actually like to see 6E pick up where 4E left off, where some other games currently are, and make the GM role more mechanical - putting more narration in the hands of the players. I would expect...
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    Ouch. Well, the HBO GoT writers do have a lot of...

    Ouch. Well, the HBO GoT writers do have a lot of wrapping up to do in a limited amount of time. But I'm with you on the GMed (George Martin-ed) part of the show being more...captivating.

    The...
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    Badmouthed on the internet: heard, understood,...

    Badmouthed on the internet: heard, understood, and acknowledged. But part of the point here is that today's games are addressing the drawbacks of being a GM, and in the process, blurring the GM/PC...
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    Fair enough. I must have a pretty good filter; I...

    Fair enough. I must have a pretty good filter; I haven't noticed too many crazy posts lately. Or Umbran is doing a kick-ass job at moderating?

    The OP (now) asks how you feel about the separation...
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    RPG Trends That Undermine the Traditional GM Role

    Fine, there's the new title, in case your Troll-Tolerance is set below 20. (I recommend mid-range, around 125 or so.)

    I'll just go update the OP...

    BTW Spencer Crittenden DMed Harmonquest. ...
  77. Hey! I wrote that! Just kidding. Or...

    Hey! I wrote that!

    Just kidding.


    Or someone was under a corporate deadline...nah. Elder Scrolls 6 is at seven years and counting, so I don't think things are terribly rushed around there.
    ...
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    You forgot heels. I could work some wonders with...

    You forgot heels. I could work some wonders with heels.

    Umbran: ask, and ye shall receive:

    Spencer Crittenden: not seen since 2017. Wil Wheaton: no Titansgrave since 2015.

    Looks like...
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    GMs are an endangered species!

    The situation is dire, friends. The world is running out of GMs, and we might never get them back. Just look at the cute, little things, in their natural habitat:
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    Let's look at the...
  80. Thread: Trudvang

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    Nope. O'Doyle rules.

    Nope. O'Doyle rules.
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    The re-evaluating player might be unavoidable. ...

    The re-evaluating player might be unavoidable. Actually, there's one solution. Give that player a character that gets only one option in combat. Even if the player quits, problem solved! :devil:...
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    Interesting how 4E's combat became a "hassle" in...

    Interesting how 4E's combat became a "hassle" in reference to 13th Age!

    I'm curious about the role-playing that occurs when the succubus shows up. On second thought, nevermind. :angel:

    Good...
  83. Erm, my suggestion was NPCs, not NDBs. This...

    Erm, my suggestion was NPCs, not NDBs.


    This is one of my pet-peeves. You can't close with an enemy while also attacking from range and not expect friendly fire to occur. Yeah, sure, the wizard...
  84. Several posters have given you three good...

    Several posters have given you three good solutions. I can do it in three letters: NPC.

    Doorway: you might have a habit of thinking of "monsters" as cannon fodder. Mindless. Put an "NPC" in the...
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    There's a question between the lines of this...

    There's a question between the lines of this quote: how much time, regardless of what a round is, does combat take before it gets dull or wasteful? For Vampire, three rounds might represent the...
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    Lots of issues, even more context, so I might be...

    Lots of issues, even more context, so I might be stabbing in the dark, here. If so, feel free to ignore me :devil:

    One problem here, which I always see as a problem, is trying to put "success"...
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    Some things you might want to consider (and some...

    Some things you might want to consider (and some you probably already know):

    - Murphy's Law of GMing states that players will always do what you don't expect them to do. The only protection...
  88. +1. Players who know too much are your friends,...

    +1. Players who know too much are your friends, not your enemies. You can ask them to inform you when you get to a rough patch, or you can ask them to actually narrate part of the story/setting. ...
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    Sleep works around corners for PCs, but not for...

    Sleep works around corners for PCs, but not for NPCs. Reason: keeping players happy. Just to explore a bit, there's no reason why having a fetish related to the target wouldn't allow a spell to...
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    Impossible odds? That's when D&D players throw...

    Impossible odds? That's when D&D players throw up their hands and say "well why don't you just kill my character then?" I've seen it happen. Heck, I've probably done it. So I'm expecting the game...
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    You could go the Elder Scrolls route and charge...

    You could go the Elder Scrolls route and charge something a little more precious: souls. If a PC doesn't want to collect someone else's soul for enchanting an item, that PC can just give up a level...
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    I'm pretty sure that as soon as a PC casts Raise...

    I'm pretty sure that as soon as a PC casts Raise Dead, it's an Easter-themed game. Or is it the other way around...

    Werehares sound cool and all, but this is my default bunny encounter. Hands...
  93. I'm a huge fan of these chairs. Or maybe it's...

    I'm a huge fan of these chairs. Or maybe it's just the people in them... Anyway, it seems they're not gonna get used again :(

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    Huh. My takeaway from the clip was that humans...

    Huh. My takeaway from the clip was that humans are ignorant. To each his own, I guess :)

    Regarding Modos RPG, if you're not saying that it falls into the trap, I will! It's supposed to be a...
  95. Hmm. I started thinking Bloodweaver, except that...

    Hmm. I started thinking Bloodweaver, except that I'd interpret macabre to mean "gruesome." Then the Gemini looked cool, since it might involve playing different personalities on any given day...
    ...
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    Haven't played Vampire in, um, decades, but it...

    Haven't played Vampire in, um, decades, but it looks like the dead horse has been thoroughly beaten by now. . .

    Providing a three-round rule as an option seems sort of pointless; doesn't the...
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    Fixed it. You can't have too many rules for...

    Fixed it.

    You can't have too many rules for zero-or-less hit points, because at zero HP, the player starts taking stress damage. They don't handle rules very well when that happens.
  98. +1 Hasbro point. Just for kicks, think about...

    +1 Hasbro point. Just for kicks, think about switching to the ENWorld Patreon?

    Food and drink for Game of Thrones parties.

    I've cast a pretty good anti-spending ward on myself. My RPG is...
  99. Hmm. This could be an interesting exercise... ...

    Hmm. This could be an interesting exercise...


    RPGs are a form of play. True.
    RPGs have objectives or goals that players work to achieve.Depends on the GM and the PCs.
    RPGs have rules....
  100. Would anyone like to summarize "narrative...

    Would anyone like to summarize "narrative gameplay" for those of us who don't want to, um, spoil the surprise by reading the pre-release version?
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