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    Is the DM the most important person at the table

    Makes an assumption that an RPG Group has social function outside the game. While that has been the norm, it's When that's not true, tthe GM than also usually is the socially most important party. This can be caused by the group being friends of the GM but not each other (tho' that changes(...
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    Is the DM the most important person at the table

    I'd argue it's not one skill, but a collection of skills... at least one of which is communication in general, and at least one is system specific knowledge.
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    Is the DM the most important person at the table

    In 40 years of gaming, I've only had one campaign taken over by someone else... but that was fine, because I got to play, and in one of the settings I prefer to play rather than run: L5R. I've had only a couple groups that continued to play together after I quit running... but one of those. the...
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    Judges Guild and the Wilderlands

    From a legal point of view... Doesn't matter that the current Bledsaw isn't the originator; he's the owner of the IP. And is entitled to compensation if anything within that IP is used. Even if he's a freaking Nazi.
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    S/Z: On the Difficulties of RPG Theory & Criticism

    In Re AW and the Forge... Having tried several "Forge Games" and read many more.... It's a reaction to the forge overall... but it also walks away from the Forge's overall evolution. The Forge wasn't bad early on. The examination provided by the GSN model in the early days is, in point of...
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    Judges Guild and the Wilderlands

    Almost all of HPL's work has exited copyright protections due to age. A good chunk of his contemporaries' works have, as well.. Bledso's work is all still under copyright, and if it's used, Bledso is entitled to compensation.
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    Any old timers out there willing to help with a Master's thesis?

    I started in 1981, late summer. (between gr 6 and 7.) Started GMing later that year.
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    Game Design Masterclass: James Bond 007

    I found it cumbersome and unintuitive at the tie I got it (86-ish)... mind, I'd been running FASA Trek and RuneQuest 3E... RQ had multiple levels of success, and states the default roll conditions for various skills. FASA had explicit rules on skills as well, and a default of no combat nor time...
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    Fantasy Flight Games Discontinuing RPGs?

    One last thought from me on this today: Disney could just decide to take and put the extant games, all of which they own the copyrights on, and make them available via POD-only. No development cost, very little layout cost. Be a total **** move, but cancelling the MHRP license was, too. MHRP...
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    Fantasy Flight Games Discontinuing RPGs?

    Maybe, maybe not. All the copyrights are Disney's, not FFGs. It's quite possible that a licensee could ask for permission to use the FFG game, and make a new edition thereof. While we've not seen it often, we know Disney let FFG reprint WEG's initial 2 books. FFG was very clear that Disney...
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    Fantasy Flight Games Discontinuing RPGs?

    I strongly suspect Mongoose will try for it again.
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    S/Z: On the Difficulties of RPG Theory & Criticism

    I've yet to see that level for sports in the laws of the sport. Rulebooks for sports usually specify the field, and the numbers of players and their allowed range on the field, and then a whole raft of "don'ts"... The rules/laws for Rugby don't tell you that you should be passing backward...
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    S/Z: On the Difficulties of RPG Theory & Criticism

    To some, no amount of similarity trumps their perceived differences. Sometimes even delusional perceptions of difference. I'll point you to D&D for Dummies, Moldvay's D&D Basic, Mentzer's D&D Basic, and Denning's D&D Basic set (the big black box. And to all three editions of WEG Star Wars. And...
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    How to address racism in a fantasy setting without it dragging down the game?

    There are several approaches. Tolkien's Orcs are born of evil and incapable of intentional good. Thus, slaughtering them is justifiable. Meanwhile, the D&D Orcs merely have a propensity for evil; it is wired in but able to be overcome. It's variable by setting whether or not the "evil races"...
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    Why no d18's?

    Actually, the ones Gygax ordered originally lacked the d10. While the modern shape d10 was patented in 1907, it wasn't widely used, and wasn't readily available, until the 1980s; even into the 80's, many 20-sided dice were numbered 0-9 twice. Space Opera, for example, included 1cm d20's with...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    The player could have said, "My master left and I don't know why." In which case the secret is why, and they know to look for it. It can be a driving personality element, with the details/resolution left to the GM. So, that there is a secret is known to the player, but the content isn't. Secret...
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    Why no d18's?

    Not common enough, for the limited play I had of 3.x, to justify a physical, especially since the cases where it was needed, it wasn't usually combined with other dice. But some, especially halfling players, might be using it enough to want it. Hero, however, often has 4.5 or 5.5 or some other...
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    Medieval weapons: why so many? And how do they differ?

    Slings are not hard to use for enfilade use... an afternoon or two to get the skill down to putting bullets into an enemy formation. I've seen dozens trained by a reenactor group I was part of (not the SCA, either). more than half could hit a 4x8' plywood sheet from 2nd base on the baseball...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    Anything which can be used can be used in a principled manner. It's not a "can" question, it's a "should" statement, and "will it be used in a principled manner by the current GM?" Edit: given Manbearcat's redefinition which I'd previously missed, the deleted text was erroneous.
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    Why no d18's?

    The games I've seen using d5's tend to use only d10's... albeit often in d100 mode and occasionally d1000 mode The BI/FFG 40K line uses only d10's... and did so as an outgrowth of... WFRP 2E.... which moved to d10's only... FASA Trek d10's only. Most games using d3's are either d6 only, d6 &...
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