Writing Fantasy Gumshoe!
Done. We'll use this as a house rule.Maybe not rules correct, but this is how I've always played it too, treating everyone else as "blind" in re: the invisible person. Makes it a lot easier to get off those stealth checks.
Both problems last game were pretty much my responsibility:
- During a character sheet transition between levels, Strontium's divinatory orb from the ghoul chapel had fallen off his character sheet. Since Strontium is played by KidCthulhu, my wife, I'm typically the one who updates the sheets. I felt a little silly when the group was hunting for the Riverlimbs and I had to say "I think there's something that should be on your sheet and isn't." That's better than the alternative, though.
- Well, hell. Of course the ritual used by Lord Tomberlin, which destroyed all paper in the house, would affect the PCs' ritual books. I wish I'd thought of that first, though. My intent hadn't been to screw them over with something they couldn't foresee.
Some other comments:
- The house rule "describe your attack to gain +1 accuracy" has been a massive success. Not everyone uses it every round, but enough people do to make it really fun. Gilran and Bramble in particular are adding vibrant detail I hadn't been picturing.. and Caldwell's description of his new healing utility is inspired.
I've been giving the expertise feat for free, usually reducing the monsters' defenses by 1. At Paragon level, when I would normally reduce defenses by 2 to simulate how the expertise feat scales, I'll probably be just reducing them 1 and letting the description/accuracy bonus pick up the slack. Unless.. hmm. I could leave defenses alone and just give a +2 bonus to hit on a well-described attack. The math works out the same, I have to do less work, and there's a bigger incentive to think cinematically. Worth considering.
- When the group was forcing Lord Tomberlin's confession and telling his story to the townsfolk, their diplomacy score was through the room. 35, I think? As Elizabeth Bathory could tell you, that sort of a story gathers momentum.
Now, only three more sessions to Paragon Tier. Time to up my game.