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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.


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comment How can I allow one character to sneak off and assassinate an NPC without boring the other players?
All the characters get the same XP every session, regardless of their or their player's actions. The party does not share a strong bond of trust, and we're all surprised the assassin is still alive. Anti-social and amoral behaviors not coexisting with the rest of the party is kind of the whole point of the character. When the character was created it was known that there would be a lot of friction with the other characters, and he wasn't expected to last this long.
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comment How can I allow one character to sneak off and assassinate an NPC without boring the other players?
There's some interesting and potentially useful advice in here, but very little of it actually applies to my group or this particular situation. The player isn't choosing targets. I gave him a list from his temple when he made his character, and I already know exactly why all the targets are to be killed and how they fit together. We almost never mess around with skill challenges, choosing to RP these situations instead (with a couple die rolls when they're relevant). The player made up a reason to be gone, so party's perception is irrelevant.
Aug
31
comment Dice probabilities when rolling more dice than needed
It looks like you're trying to give the same answer I already gave. Is there something you're adding?
Aug
31
comment Dice probabilities when rolling more dice than needed
This is all wrong. It's possible it may make sense given a misreading of the question, but the logic is described vaguely enough I can't tell for sure. No idea how (3x2x1) = 5/216.
Aug
25
comment Paragon Paths for Lazy Warlords
@diego That depends on the party. I'm running a campaign where one of the players is using mostly these kind of powers. His party members are mostly Essentials characters with powers that trigger off their melee basic, so his turn can be pretty damaging. Recently, at level 8, he let the party's slayer attack 3 extra times in a round, which was kind of a big deal.
Aug
25
comment Can a Glaive be stowed in a Ruby Scabbard?
The RAW part is correct.
Aug
25
comment How does Inexorable Shroud work?
When I first read that feat, I thought it was clear that you could only move the shrouds if you didn't invoke them. You don't actually say that in your answer, but it looks like you would agree (by RAW)?
Aug
24
comment How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?
I don't want to get into a philosophical discussion in comments. If you understand the criticism but don't think it's valid, then don't edit the answer.
Aug
24
comment How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?
+1 fore the advice about what to do after coming to a group consensus about Tim's DMing. I'm not sure about taking a vote.
Aug
24
comment How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?
Passive Aggressive behavior: "the indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullenness, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible". You have an out-of-game problem, so rather than address it directly, you're suggesting being stubborn and deliberately refusing to do something you've agreed to do: play the game everybody else is playing.
Aug
15
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Aug
14
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
14
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
14
comment Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?
+1, Flowing time is very clearly a reference to the kind of situation I'm imagining.
Aug
14
comment Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?
That sounds pretty good. I was looking more for a reference to a specific adventure or novel or something, but this works too. The malfunctioning portal bit seems pretty relevant.
Aug
14
revised Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?
elaborated on current situation
Aug
14
comment What and where was the Cloak Tower?
@GMJoe I actually found a copy already. I'll probably take a look at it and these other resources and write some kind of answer before my next session, unless somebody beats me to it.
Aug
14
asked Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?
Aug
13
comment What and where was the Cloak Tower?
@Miniman I found this article about the tower in Neverwinter Nights. There's not much there, but it says it's in the Castle District. I also ran across this forum discussion, which quotes something called Volo's Guide to the North as saying that "At the spot where the Neverwinter River flows into the city stands the Cloaktower(42). This is the meeting place and citadel of the Many-Starred Cloak". The castle is where the river flows out of the city though...
Aug
12
asked What and where was the Cloak Tower?