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by Stormcrow
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)

He's not just called "The Beardless" though, he is actually beardless. He is actually beardless when Guilin, commander of the guardians of the elf-path, cut it off, but we don't have any idea how long ago that was. His character description in The Heart of the Wild assumes the year 2946, and it inc...
by Stormcrow
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Introductions and Tolerance
Replies: 25
Views: 656

Re: Introductions and Tolerance

My main takeaway from this part of the discussion is that it is up to me to make Tolerance matter. It's up to your players to make Tolerance matter. Don't force them to exceed Tolerance just to activate this particular rule. Any role-playing game requires a careful balance between the challenges be...
by Stormcrow
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Frár's Beard (...or Lack Thereof.)

I would not find it at all strange for someone's cognomen to stick around long after the characteristic it describes no longer exists. Frár the Beardless would have gotten that nickname while beardless, but as his beard grew back—at a normal rate—people would have continued to call him that, at firs...
by Stormcrow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Introductions and Tolerance
Replies: 25
Views: 656

Re: Introductions and Tolerance

Can I take it then that your own experiences contradict the general impression I've received from others (and my own limited experience) that Tolerance is not a meaningful aspect of the rules? Do your players concern themselves with its implications? When I run the game, my players are less aware o...
by Stormcrow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Introductions and Tolerance
Replies: 25
Views: 656

Re: Introductions and Tolerance

That said, I don't believe my players ever ended up failing an Encounter... This seems to be a common observation, which suggests to me a weakness in the RAW. Why put rules in the way of play for something that generates no suspense or interest? Probably because the suspense or interest in encounte...
by Stormcrow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice
Replies: 31
Views: 686

Re: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice

I asked Francesco about this once. He confirmed that the correct interpretation is exceed, not equal. When your failures equal the Tolerance, you are still in the encounter.

Since an encounter has a minimum Tolerance of 1, every encounter can tolerate at least one failure.
by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice
Replies: 31
Views: 686

Re: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice

I actually think that's likely to be more of a problem with players who are used to other games like D&D and expect the difficulty of fights to be tailored to their abilities. Inexperienced roleplayers are less likely to assume fights are winnable and therefore tend not to try something suicidally ...
by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice
Replies: 31
Views: 686

Re: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice

Consider putting less emphasis on combat. It's only a small part of adventures in Middle-earth. "The Marsh-bell" is an adventure designed to showcase the rules of the game, so combat is involved, but in an ongoing campaign the recommend frequency of combat is once every other session. I'd sooner add...
by Stormcrow
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Tasks and Tests question
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Tasks and Tests question

A player failed their stealth roll, and you failed with a 6. You can spend hope and succeed and use the tengwar to help them succeed as well. Just to avoid confusion: using great or extraordinary successes to help a comrade with a task or test is a common house rule. There are a couple of instances...
by Stormcrow
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Thranduil's court?
Replies: 18
Views: 643

Re: Thranduil's court?

Thranduil is a kind of benevolent tyrant, in that he likes to keep absolute control over his realm. When the text talks about law, it's HIS law, not the realm's or the elves'. When you're an immortal elf, you don't carry on the accumulated traditions and laws of previous kings: those are YOUR laws ...