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  1. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    No we didn't agree. Something can be libelous without meeting the high standards of what can be proven in court.
  2. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    Written defamation of character? It would be if he put it on the front page.
  3. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    No, that's the exact opposite of what I did. What I actually argued is that things could in fact be a very big deal, even if no one was actually triggered in a clinical sense. Your characterization of what I wrote is libelous.
  4. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    Guys creeping on pretty girls? Pretty common. Actually incorporating sexual violence into a game? I would hope that it is rare, but there are a lot of high profile incidents.
  5. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    I have watched her statement. And "hit her VERY hard" is not the same as being triggered. If a friend who I trusted got creepy with me and ruined a game I was enjoying, it would "hit me VERY hard". It would not "trigger" me. If my boss hit on me or sexually harassed me at work, it would...
  6. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    @Hussar : What would I ever do without you to demonstrate?
  7. Celebrim

    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    I really have no desire to fight, but I think the whole "triggered" argument is mostly a strawman. Mostly, because sure, it does actually happen that some one has some sort of PTSD and can in fact be triggered in the clinical sense, but that mostly that word is appropriated to describe a wide...
  8. Celebrim

    D&D 2E Edition Experience - Did/Do you Play AD&D 2E? How Was/Is It?

    You don't really have an option that captures my experience. I have both never played and at the same time have played 2e AD&D. That's because the groups I was in persisted in playing 1e AD&D, but treated 2e AD&D as a sort of supplemental rules set of optional rules that we could pick and...
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    Game Design Masterclass: Alien

    I know this isn't a review thread, but I have a friend that wants to run this game and I've resisted for two reasons: a) I haven't had good experiences with sci-fi games from a social perspective. Can and do characters cooperate and is there anything going on other than combat? b) More...
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    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    I don't deny that it might be possible to "trigger" someone at some point. But then again, I don't disagree that the real and more serious problem is that it was crass and distasteful. And so far as I can tell, no one was actually "triggered" by this incident - they found it crass and...
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    How to avoid RPG dumpster fires like the Far Verona controversy

    Yeah, this does not seem to be an area you'd want to go in to without explicitly discussing this sort of thing with your players. And, honestly I think the biggest problem that the GM had wasn't even that, but his attitude to the scene wasn't, "I'm taking this game to a very dark place and very...
  12. Celebrim

    D&D General Differences Between D&D Boards

    Everyone believes that anyone who doesn't believe something pretty close to what they do is an extremist. Everyone likewise believes that there own extremism is always well justified.
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    D&D General Differences Between D&D Boards

    Wow. I think maybe 12 players is the most I've ever seen a GM try to handle at once. Takes a lot of skill to keep that many players entertained. I'll echo and reinforce what ad_hoc said earlier that how many people you have playing together is probably the biggest determinate on what sort of...
  14. Celebrim

    On Behavioral Realism

    So let's up the bet. Last 50 posts by the winner upvoted?
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    On Behavioral Realism

    Would you like to place a bet of some sort on that? I believe I can prove to you that there is at least one RPG that has rules for everything. Small bet perhaps. I get upvoted if you agree that I won. I'll upvote you if you think I haven't.
  16. Celebrim

    On Behavioral Realism

    That's the point. Yes, an 18 CHA PC can say, "Your garden is lousy." to a King with far less risk of making a mortal enemy of the King than an 8 CHA PC, but as you say there is a limit to that. The trouble is that the 18 CHA Player has a much clearer understanding of what the consequences of...
  17. Celebrim

    On Behavioral Realism

    It can, but then it will tend to be less reified in its transcript. Unless combat is very rare, then combat modeled with a very simple system will tend to not produce descriptive play. No one tries to shove, trip, grapple, and so forth if there isn't some sort of system that supports that...
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    On Behavioral Realism

    Well, yes, I do feel it's very hard for people without a lot of charisma to play a character that has a lot of charisma. You can get part of the way by having a mechanic that allows successful interaction based on a die role, but you can't get all the way and actually also have a realized...
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    On Behavioral Realism

    I think that there is a huge hole in this thesis and it has to do with the difference between modelling the physical skills of a player character versus modeling the mental skills of a player character. If you have a physical skill like "jump" or "run", then a the players physical skill is...
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    D&D General What Compels YOU to a new RPG?

    A good RPG will have a compelling setting, well conceived gameplay, and be mechanically sound especially in its fundamentals. The RPGs that have impressed me over the years are D&D 3.0, Call of Cthulhu (4e, 5e), WEG Star Wars (1e, 2e), and Chill 2e. I'll happily play or run those games. I'm...
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