December 20th, 2005


RPing in another language

I may get myself blasted for this, but here goes...

If a writing-intensive game (journal, BBS, PbEM, etc.) game is being played in English, is it fair for the GM to require the players to have at least a reasonable command of the English language? I applaud the efforts of people who want to RP in a second (or even third) language, but if other players can't understand what they're posting (or the GM can't make heads or tails of their character application), it's probably not going to be fun for anyone involved (by the same token, I'm not about to play in a game where I don't know the language, for the same reasons).

Am I being too picky?
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Improvised/Freeform Magic

Okay, here's what I'm looking for...

Does anyone have any decent rules for improvised or freeform spellcasting in D&D 3e/3.5e and/or D20?
I kind of want to break away from the set spells for a while, let the players create their own.

I'm trying to come up with a system of my own, using some ideas from other systems (GURPS has rules for this concept, and I found some online for HERO as well), but in trying to get it into D20/D&D may be tough without hampering the character too much.

Any ideas are welcome.

(x-posted to dnd_games, dnd_creations, dnd3e, d20modern, d20games, roleplayers and my LJ)