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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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answered A player takes half a standard action, what am I supposed to do?
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comment Is there a way for a ranger's pet to deal magic/ranged damage?
No need to break or even bend the rules for this. Just give the player a magic item, that the player wears, that gives bonuses to the pet. You can make up your own magic items.
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comment Is there a way for a ranger's pet to deal magic/ranged damage?
You could also create a magic item that the player wears that explicitly says "Your pet does fire damage" or has minor powers to toggle the pet's damage type, like a Sunblade.
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comment Do bonuses to damage rolls apply to each attack in a round?
In other words, apply your static bonuses once to each damage roll (the whole roll, not each die).
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comment How do I avoid making a taciturn character?
This seems like a plan. In most RPGs, tabletop or otherwise, my first character is basically just myself in that world, and then I branch out with subsequent characters once I'm more familiar with the system and setting. Makes it easier to put myself in someone else's shoes once I've been there myself.
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answered Building a New Character
Jul
21
comment Why can't my monk use the Frost Unarmed Attack +1?
Ah, okay then. I'd suggest that the player talk to the DM about getting a custom ki focus that does cold damage.
Jul
21
comment How can I help my players be interested in others' characters?
+1, I've had this work before. One of my players indicated that their character was friends with an NPC in the campaign guide. Later, another player indicated that his character was a monk-assassin, but needed a reason to be in town with everybody else. I gave him a list of assassination targets. First on the list: the NPC. This caused months worth of dramatic tension, and we're still working through the aftermath of the successful assassination (while impersonating the other character, no less).
Jul
21
comment Why can't my monk use the Frost Unarmed Attack +1?
I haven't played a monk, and I'm not going to go through all the rules right now, but I have some familiarity with ki focuses from the Executioner class. Can a monk use the enhancement bonus and properties on their ki focus when attacking with an unarmed strike? Seems like that would make more sense than getting a frost weapon and pretending that it's not there.
Jul
21
comment Can an evil character worship a good deity?
Sune has an exarch named Sharess that you might be interested in.
Jul
15
comment How can I recreate an “ambush in the night” scenario?
There are also existing powers that let players roll for stealth after making an attack. No reason you couldn't add that to some enemies. Example: Shadow Strike and Shadow Steel Roll from Martial Power 2.
Jul
15
comment How can I recreate an “ambush in the night” scenario?
-1, What does this have to do with 4E's stealth rules?
Jul
15
comment How can I recreate an “ambush in the night” scenario?
@Jakob You can make your own enemies and give them whatever abilities you feel like.
Jul
11
revised How to deal with feuding characters derailing the game?
broke up the text and highlighted the main points
Jul
11
comment How do you resolve conflict when an absent player's character is played “differently” by another player?
+1, Looks like a team effort, but this is a very nicely written question.
Jul
11
answered How to deal with a GM who does not tell us everything?
Jul
9
comment How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?
Well obviously you can't stop him from DMing other groups. So, you're saying to stop letting him DM the game that they are playing in, but let him continue to play in that game when they are DMing? I'm just clarifying because your first bold statement sounds like you would kick him out of the group altogether, both as player and as DM, which seems excessive.
Jul
9
comment How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?
If you refuse to participate in-game, then you're already not playing. This seems kind of passive-aggressive.
Jul
9
comment How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?
Are you suggesting that they stop letting him be DM, or that they stop playing with him altogether?
Jul
9
comment Battlemind using at-will ability for opportunity attacks
+1, Good answer. Worth nothing that Eldritch Strike can be used on an opportunity attack even if it's an encounter power. Only once per encounter though, of course.