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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    Yes, I realize that that's the default position that most people have, which I'm suggesting I know that I'm unusual for rejecting outright. In such a game run by me, there wouldn't ever be a hook that led to a full-on dungeon crawl.
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    I suppose now we get to the point where we get to hear about how the word "mood" isn't actually being used in the way that it's normally used. I was starting to miss that phase of the discussion. Look, nobody thinks that in the kinds of games y'all are describing that your character wakes up...
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    D&D General D&D's Evolution: Rulings, Rules, and "System Matters"

    Yeah, I think that's a pretty good slightly more detailed explanation of what I mean when I say that I'm not old school, but I am old fashioned. It's the principles of OSR play vs the actual rules of OSR play that I like. The actual rules I tend to not like. Tim Kask explained it in more...
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    Creating a retro-futuristic, swashbuckling Space Opera

    @Dannyalcatraz Railguns don't have to be any bigger than todays light weapons; pistols, carbines, rifles, etc. All it takes is a more efficient power source to generate electromagnetic energy from smaller battery.
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    eh, don't read too much into that. My wife complains about this about me a lot too. Strong words is just how I talk. Everything is dramatic and extreme and superlative. Except it's not really. I just talk that way, and I have for almost fifty years now, so I think the behavior patterns are too...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    Well, I mostly meant it as a joke. But that's another possibly weird affectation of my personal taste; I actually think PC v PC is a lot of fun if the players buy into it. How many books, movies, TV shows, etc. have you watched where a somewhat adversarial relationship between two or more...
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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    I'm not talking about tone and theme. And I'm not talking about classes, races and sourcebooks. I agree with you 100% on that. I'm talking very specifically on the idea that if the players don't build a "balanced party" then their chances of failure increase, because the game the GM has in mind...
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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    I will point out that I'm making this statement from the perspective of a gamer who sees himself primarily as a GM rather than as a player. Obviously, I've done loads of both, but my stance on this is based on my GMing.
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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    From my perspective, the question is backwards. Why is the GM thinking that he's going to run a dungeon crawl with a party of all wizards? Again, I admit to having extremely strong preferences towards the concept of player sovereignty including "making the character that you want to make, if...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    I didn't say it was GENERALLY superior. I went out of my way to provide context on my preferences so that it would be clear that superior in this case meant superior to me with regards to my preferences. All of that context, which I notice you don't quote. Hmm... I suppose in hindsight that...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    I'm interpreting, maybe, a difference between PvP and PCvPC here....
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    Uh... what? Again, filling in the blanks. Pointing out that I have preferences, and talking a bit about what they are hardly qualifies as saying that they're superior. Except with regards to a game that I PERSONALLY would enjoy, of course. This seems like projection to me, or at least some kind...
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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    I recognize that my EXTREMELY strong feelings on this regard are unusual, so I don't try to harp on it too much. I'm a very strong believer in the ideas of GM sovereignty and player sovereignty. Building the characters that you want to is one of the hard and fast rules of player sovereignty that...
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    D&D General D&D's Evolution: Rulings, Rules, and "System Matters"

    While this is true, I think it's also equally true that a stated and clear design goal of 3e (and even AD&D, for that matter) to take trust somewhat out of the equation by minimizing the impact of DM judgement and fostering a reliance on rules-as-written. In the D&D-sphere, that's been true...
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    D&D General What is adversarial DMing?

    Mostly, a non-adversarial DM looks at his group of players, and wants to have a good game with them, so he accommodates to at least some degree what makes the game fun for them. An adversarial DM is one who refuses to do that, for various reasons, including his holding on to ideas about how the...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    Hmm... You've obviously filled in a number of blanks about me (incorrectly) that are making this more difficult than it should be. Let's try and address some of this in turn. Not at all. Those other mechanics suck too, and if there were any other reasonable way to resolve them other than...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    Just like the repetition that "making choices" or "being surprised" has anything to do with character exploration, character engagement or "learning something" doesn't make it true that any of these buzz phrases have any relation to each other. I know debates aren't like democracies, because...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    OK, so we got rid of explore, but now we are likely to be stuck on "learning something." If you had mechanics like Dogs in the Vinyard, and I admit to not being super familiar with the social conflict rules of that game, only having read them once years ago and never played with them, but if I...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    Well... yes, they are. I guess I don't know what else to say about this then. So, for that matter, is almost all fiction, or all fiction that's any good. When I was younger and I used to read a lot of books by science fiction authors about science fiction authorship, almost all of them made this...
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    D&D General Styles of Roleplaying and Characters

    I didn't miss those examples. I didn't see them presented in such a way that they were conducive to the discussion of "I like this kind of thing, here's how it works in XYZ" They were presented, rather, in the context of "I'm redefining a common phrase that has a common meaning, and here's an...
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