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Dec
20
comment What system increases skills based on skill use?
@namandixit yes, characters tend to find roles as the game progresses because they have advanced specific skills and skill sets and others have advanced others (some of the advancement is random, but failures allow advancement to be at least somewhat non-random). I've only played this in a single session form, but it has interesting possibilities for longer form games
Dec
19
comment Can a prone immobilized creature stand up?
@CadenRaikoujinIyori I've added this to the accepted answer, thanks for the reference.
Dec
18
comment When giving out magic item treasure, do I replace or supplement what characters have?
Random loot is not a good strategy in 4e where power progression is closely tied to the PCs getting items they intend to keep.
Dec
17
comment What is the limit of the DM's power over the PCs?
Hi and welcome, it would be much more helpful if you described a specific situation and asked about how to handle it than what you've asked about here. You're asking several different questions and you'll likely need to split them for good answers (though the second one is a duplicate I'm sure, and the information you seek in the first is widely available in several questions here).
Dec
11
comment How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?
@SevenSidedDie ooh I like it, and will steal that :)
Dec
11
comment How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?
That'd definitely be your 3 failures result, I'd make each failure before that modify the price. You succeed x times with no failures you get the best price, fail once you get the mid, fail twice you get the high. Fail thrice and you get the scrubs at the high price :).
Dec
11
comment How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?
Sounds like an excellent use for the skill challenge system :)
Dec
10
comment How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?
Gah, why isn't this stuff in the compendium :(. I may have to lay hands on that particular book after all.
Dec
9
comment How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?
@Mykroft if that's going to be per diem, it might get unreasonable after just a few days (you might go with the minor purchase rate instead). As a per job rate a major purchase makes sense and is financially viable.
Dec
9
comment Will changing an artifact sword to another weapon type impact game balance much?
@mastermicio more info here: What are the commonly accepted definitions of reskinning and refluffing?
Dec
7
comment How can I politely ask a player to leave my game?
This is also just a bad way to handle a player, it ends with the player feeling picked on and leaving the group in a huff with absolutely no chance to salvage a relationship. This looks like a playstyle difference, and punishing it with passive aggression is a bad way to deal with people.
Dec
6
comment Sometimes, losing a big conflict is the better plotline. For D&D, how do you encourage this result?
A big part of this IMO is having alternate win conditions in play for combat. A straight win/loss scenario in combat really doesn't work well (at least not in 4e) as it takes a long time to kill characters, specially at higher levels. There are good ideas in these questions: How do I get players to assign alternate tactical goals? How do I signal that alternate tactical end states are possible?
Dec
4
comment How is shooting into water handled?
Note that 4e even makes a modification for attacking in water.
Dec
4
comment How is shooting into water handled?
@GamerJosh you're correct. +/- 4 is closer for more of the (dis)advantage spectrum in that 40-75% range where D&D lives. I don't think that really changes my answer much though.
Nov
24
comment Does the DM Kit Work With the Core Books?
@Jack, they each have a different set of classes in them. Take a look at the class list from each and figure out which ones you need.
Nov
22
comment Does the DM Kit Work With the Core Books?
If you're just buying a few books, I'd recommend skipping the DM Kit (it's currently hard to find anyways), and picking up the Monster Vault, Heroes of The Fallen Lands/Forgotten Kingdoms, and the Rules Compendium.
Nov
21
comment Antithesis for an elf ranger?
This is still incredibly broad. We don't even know if your Elf Ranger is melee or ranged, but more than that we need to know your setting, your characters abilities, any other backstory that's been developed already, and you're going to use this antithesis for etc. etc etc.
Nov
20
comment What methods can I use to get fuller class features than the multiclass feats provide?
I will say that this particular perspective on MC ignores one of the strengths of the feature and focuses on the weaknesses. the big strength of MCing is that you get access to basically the entire feat list for a class in addition to most of it's paragon paths. Choose your MC not just for the features, but for the possible feat and PP synergies.
Nov
19
comment Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?
for broken magical items, Make Whole, works but is...rather expensive.
Nov
19
comment Which background and theme fits a Razerclaw Shifter Ranger (Archer)
@ExoWaltz if no backgrounds are prohibited then Auspicious Birth/Born under a Bad Sign is a good one, though a bit wasted on a ranged ranger.