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Newbiespud 5th Feb 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: ChrisTheS

Guest Author's Note: "I have no idea if these tweaks would actually work. I went looking to see if anyone had put up house rules for 4e PvP and these were the only ones I could find.

All of RD's 'bad GM' moments are personal anecdotes. I don't really like memorizing rules, so I tend to leave that to the people who prefer such things, and either deferring to them on rules calls or overriding the rule if it doesn't make sense in the moment. This works fine most of the time... up until you try to play Paranoia."

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Digo Dragon 5th Feb 2019, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
There's an interesting development that has occurred in one of the RPs I'm in. My character decided to support this one local lord's plan to take over a region, because it would mean my character gaining influence and contacts (two things that served my own goals of owning a lucrative business) through his support of propping up the lord as a king. Another PC decided they want to take over the region themselves, which necessitates that this PC eventually assassinates the lord I'm supporting.

We're discussing these plans OOC in order to try avoiding a potential pvp incident, since their PC assassinating the lord I support quite likely means I'd come to the lord's defense. We've found one work-around so far, and that is if the other PC can prove they're the better choice to rule the region. It'll take work, but the first steps are already being taken, so we'll see how that goes.
ChrisTheS 5th Feb 2019, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Extended commentary

On an unrelated note, if you or anyone you know has any dragon or griffon characters that they would be OK with me using as background color in the next issue of Pone Wars, feel free to contact me with a description or reference pic.
Digo Dragon 5th Feb 2019, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
What method of contact do you prefer?
ChrisTheS 5th Feb 2019, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
DA message, ideally, since it makes looking it up again easier (plus when I credit the guest appearance I have a DA username to link to). But if you aren't on DA I can be reached at christhes(at)yahoo.
Kirby 5th Feb 2019, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Poyo! Poyo!
Winged Cat 5th Feb 2019, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Ah yes, when the players get so involved they even take over the rulings, so the GM gets to sit back and watch. The best reaction is not to opt out because you have nothing to do, but instead to accept that you need to monitor for anything too extreme, and use that as an excuse to sit around and enjoy what's being produced in front of you. (If you're the type who needs such an excuse, as RD seems to be here.)
Jennifer 5th Feb 2019, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
I have no idea what's going on here, but at least it looks good.

I can't memorize rules either, so am still an improviser when it comes to gaming. I run XD20, where the only real rule is: "The GM tells you what to roll."
ChrisTheS 6th Feb 2019, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
The gist of the page is RD loses her grip on the GM hat as the other players start making up their own rulings (as indicated by who has speech boxes vs bubbles) and eventually gives up to go play Smash Bros by herself.
CrowMagnon 6th Feb 2019, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
I think part of what RD's running into in this mini-arc is the creeping realization that the GM isn't supposed to be the main character of the story.
nlinzer 6th Feb 2019, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Based on the comic where Rd's Player was stating how they wanted Fluttershy's player to have fun and this one, I would say RD has the makings of a good DM (The focus is players having fun (which she cares about) and having a cool adventure (which she's got in spades). But she doesn't care about knowing the rules at all (which if it was a purely story based game would be fine), and she still wants to be part of the story not simply the storyteller. And once you have a DMPC which the DM worked really hard on and is attached to then you get an invincible fun ruiner who is the main character.(Because most of us would make our characters invincible and the protagonist if we could, we love them).
ChrisTheS 7th Feb 2019, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Part of it is also that she wants to have all the fun and not do any of the work. Which I can sympathize with, but there are better ways to do it.