Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Where are they taking the hobbits?

I blundered into this at DM of the Rings...which I often read these days when I should be doing other things. At 3:45 this morning, that other thing was sleeping. I may have liked this more than I should have because I am under the effects of half a Tylenol PM...so be warned.

Also be warned to turn you volume down if you don't want to get fired, but to 11 if you want to get fired up. As Shamus says, this is awesomely annoying.

The original source is haibane.


Blogger Shandar the Ashen said...

"There is nothing more destructive to the story than a DM temper tantrum, which explains why players have such enthusiasm for causing them."

2:59 AM  
Blogger Shandar the Ashen said...

"While planning your gameworld, it should be noted that no matter what you do, the players are going to route around those aspects of the world into which you have poured the most detail and filled with the most interesting characters. They will skip right past those locations and insist on exploring the blank areas of the map.

Then they will grumble about the threadbare nature of the campaign.

If you prevent them from doing this, they will accuse you of railroading them."

3:05 AM  
Blogger Shandar the Ashen said...

"Never try to scare a call of Cthulhu player. Those guys are insane."

3:18 AM  
Blogger Shandar the Ashen said...

The Truth About 20-Sided Dice:

There are a limited number of “twenties” in any given d20. That is, no matter how many times you roll a d20, you cannot roll another twenty once the supply has run out. These twenties can only be replenished by rolling a corresponding one with the same die. Thus every gamer is duty-bound to protect their supply of good rolls. If a friend rolls a twenty using your die, not only have they stolen your good roll, but they have doomed you to the extra one required to replenish the twenty.

Some players get excited when they roll several twenties in a row, concluding the dice are “hot”. Don’t make this blunder! This is like driving your car for 400 miles without gassing up, and then concluding that your car is a perpetual motion machine. After a few good rolls, pass the die off to an unwitting companion and let them charge it up for you.

Statisticians have known about this behavior for years. They call it “the probability seesaw”. Unlike the bell-shaped curve, in the seesaw system the odds of rolling high or low is directly proportional to what has been rolled in the past. They usually pretend this isn’t true. If a statistician hands you a die insisting that “any given roll has the same odds of rolling a one or a twenty”, it means he’s handing you a depleted die in the hopes of taking advantage of you. Don’t fall for it!

(A final bit of wisdom from DM of the Rings before the half a Tylenol PM takes full effect...zzzzz)

3:40 AM  

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