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Devon
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May 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Devon
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I just created a Google Docs Form and linked it in the show notes. You can now answer the Episode 100 Trivia Questions! So, click the Episode link up top, and hit the Trivia Questions link in the show notes.


I have no idea how long I'm going to let it run. At least a couple weeks. And, we'll pick a winner and have a prize for them.

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May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ray Williams
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I really like the idea of the increasing the challenge – starting at say a 5 and working your way up to to 20 or whatever it’s like a mini game inside the game, make it feel more like a contest between two people.

With Dump stats -One thing they my group does in my group is we really role play it up- eg

I was a cleric great healer and wise but had no Charisma – so I play a guy who looked like the hunch back of Notre dame – I was bullied by people when I first entered a new town, and even though I was extremely nice it would take a few encounters with NPC before they would treat me with any sort of respect.

While another person in the group didn’t want to be ugly he wanted to come from a good family and be very good looking so he played a complete Prat who thought he was better then everyone and had no problem pointing it out to them. So while the first time they meet him they were nice after a few encounters it got hard and harder for him to deal with people because they would just start to hate him.

I liked both of these ways of handling it in game because it didn’t mean that just the most charming person spoke to people you meet and everyone else stood in the back ground it was like small challengers throughout the game and could be great to play on.

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May 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ray Williams
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haha just looked at these questions I think there is 1 maybe 2 that I don't know off the top of my head.

 

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May 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Devon
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Lol. That's because you're a raging 'Boner, Ray.

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May 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Alex Swingle
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Sadly, I am but a lowly boner when it comes to Shark Bone. My poor bone-fu shows that since I cherry picked episodes between 1-60 before being an almost weekly listener.


As per your request, I didn't do any research on the questions and will suffer any prize potential because of it. The prize is a bonus for me, not the reason though.

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May 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Devon
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We did say it's an open book "test", Alex. I suggested everyone do it without doing any research, but after further talk, Jarvis said anyone can look through the past episoes, if they want.

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May 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Alex Swingle
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Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. Devon is the chief boner and what he says is right. When you suggest something, it is a demand. Besides, we know Jarvis loves to break the spirit of a game, and I would not allow that when doing a simple test of trivia. It would be easy to get everything right if I spent around 30 minutes looking up all the answers, but it wouldn't be right.

It's like getting taking out your smartphone in the middle of a riddle when it wasn't a big deal.

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May 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

chrisshorb
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You guys really covered a key element of dump stats - rolling against your stat to be able to achieve something.

Specifically, in some GURPS game or other, I was playing someone with very low IQ. Every time I as player would come up with an idea, I'd first roll vs IQ. If I succeeded, I'd share with my fellow players.  Otherwise, I'd let it go.  It was fun.  And then I got to smash stuff later with my strength.


Trivia - took it once from memory, and then again with itunes open.  But some of them were pretty tough regardless...

chris

May 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Alex Swingle
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I've almost forgot this, but Chris helped me in regards to acting your stat. I find a lot of it to be bullshit since there are different ways to measure a stat and all because you feel a lowered stat should be represented one way, doesn't mean a player has to act that way.

A person with low intelligence could be terrible at explaining their plans due to his understanding of the language, not just having a low IQ. It's the same as a foreigner not speaking the same tongue as everyone else; they are as smart as what people can understand.

I do believe people should at least be clear with how they are going to roleplay their character based on severely low/high stats. That will eliminate the GM from teaching the player a lesson for doing a 'bad job' roleplaying and the other players won't cry foul when the character with a low stat isn't roleplayed correctly.

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May 25, 2012 at 4:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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