My Players often come to me and ask:
- "How does this ability work?"
- "This example contradicts the text, which is correct?"
- "How do these abilities interact?"
Generally I have a fairly solid response to them, and generally these are good questions.
RPGs can be notorious about being unclear -- or clear in places you don't need clarity and unclear when you do. This is not surprising every group is different.
Once I have taken alook at the rule they are asking me about, I often end up typing out a clarification and adding it to my list of House rules/Clarifications.
If I believe I have a canonical answer to "How does X work"? should I post a self-answered question?
Taking into account that the questions tend to be about systems that are not heavily represented on this site. So are the kinda questions we need more of, to increase our presence in that system's area.
What if my answer is not canonical?
For example a player came to me and said "This ability says Use the rules for X from the other book, but the example is different".
Another player/GM took a look and said "I know its weird, but the example makes more sense than the original rules. I would house-rule the example as being canon for all instances of X"
I was sceptical but I took a look and said "I see what you mean, the rules referenced are far less elegant. But actually I'm not happy with either, I'm going to rule it is instead done using method Z (based on the example, but modified to be more like the base text)"
I am confidant my solution is not what the authors intended, but is better than either.
Should this Question/Answer be posted? Perhaps this should be posted just as a question?
I suspect if I asked this just as a question, someone would suggest a house-rule like I did. But self answers are held to a higher standard, than the answers of others.