For this Friday's open question, I thought I'd go with something a bit more meaty, namely the subject of refereeing philosophy.
As you know, in my campaign, gnomes are an "accident" in the process by which dwarves carve their own sons from living rock. According to the rules I've established to govern this process, only a critical failure (a roll of 1 on 1D20), followed by a roll of 1-2 on 1D6 creates a gnome, making them quite rare.
So, here's the question: suppose the player of a dwarf character wants his son to be a gnome, because he thinks it'd be fun to introduce such a character into the campaign. Do you forgo the rules and allow it? How about if you, as referee, think it'd a nice addition to the campaign? Do you arrange things so that a gnome comes to be or do you stick to the rules as let the dice fall where they may? Explain your reasons.
Have fun. I'm offline till tomorrow, as usual.