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Entrepreneur, sometime hacker, blogger, writer, chef and fan.


Oct
16
comment What makes grease a good spell?
Disarm is an underused tactic but can really help against a wide range of enemies and a party can't have too many ways to help key members get out of grapples - for many low-bab characters being grappled can be extremely deadly (say when there is water nearby for example)
Jan
1
comment What is the purpose of slow experience gain in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?
It is also the case that depending on where you are there may not be a lot of other players in PFS with characters at a given higher level - so you might choose slow advancement to stay at the level of play available near you for longer.
Nov
15
comment What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the Summon Monster spells?
hmm - good to know. Confusing however as the dog, riding is notably better than most of the other level 1 (and even many of the level 2) monster options
Nov
15
comment What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the Summon Monster spells?
actually I was using the d20PFSRD website but that's the one that is apparently slightly off - I was told that per discussion board comments the dog, Riding in the Level 1 list is an error - it should just be a basic dog (which is a lot less useful). I hadn't seen the iPhone app, I'll look at that! Thanks!
Oct
19
comment What is a good starting point for GMing Pathfinder Society Games?
just speaking as a player (I haven't yet DMed for the Pathfinder society, still familiarizing myself with the rules) the first two scenarios suggested - Mists of Mwangi and Penumbral Accords have some elements which are pretty brutal and nasty (and in parts risk TPKs) so I don't know if I would suggest either as your first PFS module to DM. I think the current First Steps are far better introductions. Mists of Mwangi in particular has a first encounter which involves an element I personally think shouldn't be in PFS play (and mostly isn't)
Jun
13
comment How to design an RP-balanced party?
Ah - the "build the comment" phrase implied to me that you were asking from the GM's perspective. I think much of my advice still stands but I'll see what I would add/change from a player's perspective - mostly I'd suggest adding exploring roleplaying with your fellow players to your more mechanical solutions (i.e. talking with each other, building up your backgrounds and using that the engage with the world your GM creates etc)
Mar
18
comment Where can I find actual play podcasts for RPGs?
there are many other actual play podcasts not on that list but it is a good one - my personal favorite Critical Hit (from the folks at Major Spoilers (see majorspoilers.com) for example is missing from that resource. As are, unless I missed them, the fantastic Penny Arcade live play podcasts (video) published by Wizards of the Coast themselves
Feb
4
comment Would it be possible to use old Judges Guild items in a modern campaign (D&D 4e for example?)
Thanks! Very helpful - I've been following a bunch of 4th ed live play podcasts so have gotten a good sense of the range of monsters and minions and the other possibilities but it is good to hear that the conversion isn't all that tricky.
Feb
3
comment When did the concept of Striker, Controller, Leader and Defender enter into the gaming lexicon?
okay - clearly the terminology has changed more than I thought - AOE I assume means "area of effects" but what does "CC" mean in this context? and what does "DPS" stand for?
Feb
2
comment What technologies are useful to modern-day gamers and DMs?
well since I work in tech (at my own startups & as a tech blogger & consultant) I have a lot of technology - iPhone, MacBook - no iPad yet but expect to have one or two soon) but I am looking at getting a new printer soonish (and a scanner) - I've usually gotten Laser printers in the past to minimize ink costs & maximize time between replacing inks.
Feb
2
comment What technologies are useful to modern-day gamers and DMs?
thanks I've seen many of those posts but the full list is great - however these are mostly focused on software (and mostly PC though some are cross platform). I'm very curious about what hardware (if any) people are using - another answer talks about using a cheap picoprojector for digital maps which is a cool idea. Are there printers people prefer for high quality/reasonable cost for printing out maps & other PDF resources? Do people use iPhones or iPads on the game table?
Feb
1
comment How to get back into gaming?
I'm in the same situation as the person who asked this question - I'm in my late 30's, going to a gaming group at a local college feels a bit odd and I haven't (yet) had luck finding a group to play with via Meetup or a local game store - do you have any other suggestions? I'd probably like to find a group to play 4th ed with here in SF but am flexible - though I've only tried 3rd ed (or 3.5 not sure) once before and didn't really like it). I didn't play much in college (early 90's) then got into MtG and some live action games (mostly World of Darkness) in the mid-90's and early 2000's b