March 11th, 2005


Alternate terms for GM-less games?

Having played in a number of GM-less games, I'm beginning to think that these sorts of games need a better designation than "free-form."

From what I've seen, "free-form" seems to mean "no rules, no holds barred, bring in whatever you want, do whatever you please." A number of GM-less games I've played in, however, don't really fit that mold. They have rules, certain expectations, restrictions on character types, and all the other things you'll generally see in any moderated game. The only thing they don't have is a GM. Describing these games as "free-form," however, leads to problems, as people try to bring their Assamite/Fenrir Methuselah Abomination into a Changeling game, or try to shoehorn character type from other spheres into a one-sphere game ("Yeah, I know it's a changeling/mortal-only game, but I'm gonna play my Kinfolk Hunter with the mage best buddy, who talks to the Wraith of his great-great-great-grandfather, who was a Gypsy hero!"), which leads to all sorts of problems as we try to explain that in this case, "free-form" does not mean "free-for-all."

I think that games without a GM need another description besides "free-form." I've been using "player-run;" does anyone else have any other ideas?
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Prop help?

Does anyone know of a web site or a piece of software that can translate a selection of text from English into other languages, and then produce a printed document in the other language?

A bit of explanation - I'm running a game involving Japanese characters set in the sixth century A.D. I'd like to include documents written in Japanese as props. The problem is, I have no way of producing Japanese text with my computer.

Any suggestions?

(x-posted to gmworkshop)