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  1. JonM

    Dragon Reflections #47

    I worked with Kim for years, during my days as a TSR freelancer, and he was never anything but a gentleman, to me. Smart and good at his job, too. He was certainly never a jerk. Others may have had a different experience, but, honestly, I would find it difficult to credit a really negative...
  2. JonM

    TSR Just when you thought it was all over.... now there’s a fourth TSR!

    I'm going to say the same thing that I said on YouTube, when I saw the vid: I think Jim may be missing the point. Nobody is saying Giantlands is "evil" - most people have no opinion about it, at all, since there is so little information available (you might want to work on that). It's TSR they...
  3. JonM

    D&D 5E In Scarlet Flames/The Hidden Page: 2 of 5 Free D&D Adventures from WotC

    WotC needs to learn how to compress pdfs. 116 MB for 14 pages?!
  4. JonM

    Dragon Reflections #45

    We had a lot of fun with it, in the day, but my copy disappeared during a move, years ago (and was kind of falling apart, anyway - those old cardboard counters just weren't meant to last). Sadly, I missed the 2002 reprint, with all 2000 copies having been sold before I even heard about it...
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    D&D 5E New WotC Survey! Learn About A New D&D Product!

    BTW (and I can talk about this, since it's pre-NDA), the survey questions, themselves, seem problematic, since there are never any "whys?" or comment spaces. I'm sure some of my ratings don't come off quite right, since I couldn't explain them. Seemed kind of useless, gathering-info-wise.
  6. JonM

    D&D 5E New WotC Survey! Learn About A New D&D Product!

    Just did the whole thing, NDA and all. Yawn. Really. Just, yawn. One strange thing, though. The questions seem to vary, somewhat, for different people. Especially, post-vid. I got none, other than to confirm that I could watch and hear it. Odd. Publicity stunt, anyone?
  7. JonM

    The Story Now Discussion

    Neat! As you said, it would probably need some reworking for a whodunit sort of scenario, but it feels like there is a kernel of something quite useful, here. I find it interesting the way the flow chart bottlenecks around the Key Subject, because it seems to me that this would help create an...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Yup, that was exactly my intention. That was how I ran Dungeon World, and it worked wonderfully. I went into the first session with, effectively, zero prep (everything environmental grew up around the heroes and required little effort on my part). At one point, when a player asked a question, I...
  9. JonM

    The Story Now Discussion

    Or there's Cortex Prime, if you can't. I have both (and you're right: Marvel is a great game), and, from what I can see, it is quite easy to mimic Marvel in CP. Which is not really surprising, given their very shared DNA. BTW, while I'm not going to go into an item-specific reply, here, due to...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    This really intrigued me. I'm still mulling it over, trying to see how best it could be accomplished, but it sure feels like there is something workable, here.
  11. JonM

    The Story Now Discussion

    Probably Scum & Villainy, since I keep meaning to try it. Not for constant investigations, I mean, but for occasionally having one. Dungeon World has been my primary Story Now experience, so far, even if I didn't think of it as such, at the time, but S&V would bring me more interestingly out of...
  12. JonM

    The Story Now Discussion

    Yes, that's the feeling I'm getting, at this point. Really, in that sense, the answer is obvious and applies to any approach: you will generally be happiest if you play to an approach's strengths. Having said that, maybe I will try, again, to run some sort of Story Now investigation, if not an...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    That does seem like a good test, although, as you said, the focus is slightly different. I'd be quite curious to know how it works out, if you would like to post about it, later.
  14. JonM

    The Story Now Discussion

    I should clarify. I didn't mean that the GM would just arbitrarily decide that. I meant that whatever system you were using would have a baked-in "nope, not this time" chance. The GM would just roll with it, like everyone else. As for your earlier example, I'm sorry if it seemed like I was...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Re-reading what I just wrote, I think I could have been even clearer, as regards how any of this fits in with your questions. In particular, your hitpoint comparison got me to thinking about the actual mechanics involved and how they are interpreted and interact. In a traditional Mystery, it...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Don't worry - there was no apology coming. (Just assuming I'm going to apologize and then nobly absolving me of the need to do it? Wow... just, wow... No, not elitist, at all...) Right. Second try. I do think you've made your questions much clearer this time, but I think they demonstrate that...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Good point. He doesn't quite fit in with the others, in that regard. There is sort of sub-genre of mystery where, as a viewer/reader, you're not trying to figure out a solution (you may even have been given it, already) but how our hero will figure it out. I guess that doesn't really translate...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Well, I can't answer the first one, because I can't even figure out what you're getting at (the odd use of parentheses may not be helping). BTW, a piece of objective advice from someone who has been reading related posts (which far too often devolve into arguments), on these forums, for a while...
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Sherlock Holmes, Murder She Wrote, Castle, Columbo, etc. etc. ad nauseum. Honestly, I didn't think I was being that vague....
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    The Story Now Discussion

    Okay, this is more what I'm getting at. Unfortunately, what you are describing is pretty much exactly the way I was doing it, when I was doing what I called improv mysteries (I didn't even know about Story Now, then), and, while it did work, it was kind of lacking, compared to the planned ones...
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