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I tried DnD 3.5 in high school for one adventure, and then years later in 2013 started playing a 4E Eberron campaign, which went through the Heroic tier.

I'm currently the DM for a 4E Neverwinter campaign.

I'm a Forensic Software Engineer at a private test lab, but I used to be a math teacher.

My name is David and I'm a guy, so go ahead and use male pronouns.


Dec
9
comment Readying an action before combat
@Zachiel Okay, that's a good point about still having move and minor actions. Still though, you're not doing a whole lot without any standards. As far as the ATM goes, A) you're not a PC so we'll forgive you, B) not being surprised when you're expecting a fight is not an extrapolation from real life, it's taken from the rule books.
Dec
8
answered How to deal with overly cautious players?
Dec
8
comment How to reveal plot hooks & other information when NPCs' survival depends on secrecy?
I'm extremely tempted to downvote this, but I think I mostly just have a different opinion. If you have some gameplay experience backing up the notion that investigations are bad in RPGs, then including that would help a lot.
Dec
8
revised Readying an action before combat
trivial typo
Dec
8
comment Readying an action before combat
I don't understand how this has any upvotes. It's a mixture of unsupported and false statements. The quote doesn't even suggest you can't ready actions outside of combat. Your PCs won't have actions readied all the time, they can't. Actions expire after a turn and they take a Standard to set up. If your characters have actions ready all the time, then they are standing still re-readying all the time. No, you can't be surprised if you're expecting a fight, surprised means that you're not expecting a fight. If you're expecting something, it doesn't surprise you.
Dec
5
comment Readying an action before combat
@waxeagle But he doesn't get to go until the start of the next round, which is after the end of the first round, which is where he would have gone without the readied action. The result is a single action going off because they were prepared and planned well, and him going slightly later than he would have otherwise.
Dec
5
comment Readying an action before combat
@waxeagle If the PCs like giving up their first turn every combat for the opportunity to run blindly into a room they haven't even looked in that may or may not contain enemies and traps, then they can go right ahead. That's a terrible idea.
Dec
5
comment Can you command an unseen servant to open a door?
@waxeagle Thanks for sharing that. I disagreed with the accepted answer, so I wrote my own: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/51718/12011
Dec
5
revised Readying an action before combat
Added a note on my experiences
Dec
5
comment Readying an action before combat
This seems mostly correct, but it seems a bit confused where the surprise round is concerned. I added a more technical breakdown as another answer, might be helpful.
Dec
5
answered Readying an action before combat
Dec
5
comment What happens when you fall prone in water?
+1, This looks like the correct RAW answer as well as a perfectly reasonable justification for not house-ruling it.
Dec
4
comment How do I keep the game moving without undermining player agency?
There are a lot of good points in here (especially "you asked the group for a consensus before giving them any feedback on their individual issues. If you do that a lot, it's probably the main reason things get stalled."), but it's way too long.
Dec
4
comment With a Driving Attack, can you attack a target you did not push?
Somewhat related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/38319/…
Dec
4
comment Can you command an unseen servant to open a door?
I'm surprised by the statement "you can't ready actions outside of combat". We ready actions outside of combat all the time, and I don't see anything about this in the 'Ready an Action' section in either the Player's Handbook or the Rules Compendium.
Dec
4
awarded  Quorum
Dec
4
comment How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions?
It might be possible to give an objective answer by comparing the situation with the definitions of each alignment in the Pathfinder rulebook, but I'm told they're a bit vague. Sounds like you're probably going to need a meta to get it re-opened, if you care that much.
Dec
4
comment How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions?
@SevenSidedDie It's unfortunate you're not in chat right now. That's not debate, that's feedback on the reason why I downvoted, which is that I think he's wrong, which is why I would downvote any answer on any question. There are actually a limited number of answers here (9), so we'll vote and the one with the most votes is right. So far lawful good is not winning, but then again the question is closed so we only have two options. I don't see the problem.
Dec
4
comment How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions?
@SevenSidedDie Not neatly enough. Please elaborate. Seems to me like it demonstrates that the format is working, so I'm clearly missing something.
Dec
4
comment How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions?
-1 after the edit: Did I miss the population of the town somewhere? 500gp seems like a lot of tax revenue to me. Even a few silvers would be a nice help for most families. If a riot is caused by outrage against an evil act, then it's not necessarily evil.