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I’m a thirtysomething dad and IT professional living in the Austin, TX area. I started gaming way back in the day, 1982, with the TSR space opera game Star Frontiers. Since then I've been an avid roleplayer. I went to 5 Gen Cons, was a regional Triad for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk campaign, helped start a gaming club (the FORGE) in Memphis, TN, et cetera.

I GM and play a variety of RPGs; currently Pathfinder is in heavy rotation as well as various non-D&D-based games.


Sep
10
revised How can I deal with a 'bump on a log player' who doesn't really do anything except when told?
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Sep
10
comment Game with Interesting Combat that is Crunch Heavy and is built to not Require a Grid?
I think that contention is disproven by the answers, which have little in common except being "every system anyone likes."
Sep
10
comment Game with Interesting Combat that is Crunch Heavy and is built to not Require a Grid?
Please incorporate anything useful from this comment-thread into the answer so I can delete it. All, comments are not for discussion, please take it to chat.
Sep
9
comment What GM-less RPGs exist and are the mechanics adaptable to other systems?
Warning, potentially a list question.
Sep
9
answered Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?
Sep
9
comment Can a Warforged add his Slam attack damage to a shield bash attack?
Also, please read meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/942/… on how to make a constructive house rules question on RPG.SE, it may help.
Sep
9
comment Can a Warforged add his Slam attack damage to a shield bash attack?
Do the rules work that way? No. Being a 270-lb magical robot is taken into account in the Strength bonus. Can you make a house rule that does that? Yes. Is it a good idea? Likely not, unless you really want to boost shield use and your group is fairly hapless in terms of rules optimization - to hardcore 3.5'ers this is a door to another 100 points of damage...
Sep
9
revised Is casting the spell Blood Transcription an evil act?
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Sep
9
comment Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?
Also, the difference between this question and rpg.stackexchange.com/q/22504/4398 is that this one is asking about IN GAME experiences to get players to expand on their characters' background. Answers about "here's questionnaires I like to send my players" should be on that question (or another appropriate one, check the background tag) instead.
Sep
9
comment What alternatives to hit points are there for abstracting wounds?
Got a flag about this being a list question. It kinda is, possibly grandfathered because it's old. As discussed a couple times we mods don't like doing things directly about this - community, either vote to close or express support (I think there's an argument to be made that since it's not a completely unbounded list it has some value, plus it's very highly rated...) But a better question around this would have a direct design goal so there'd be a best answer. Discuss amongst yourselves!
Sep
9
revised What's the up side of aquatic campaigns in Pathfinder?
improved question
Sep
9
revised Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?
made less listy
Sep
9
comment Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?
I've edited this question a little. List questions are not on topic on RPG.SE, so answers that are "here's one specific implementation" are not good. Please answer the more general case.
Sep
8
comment What happens when a player burns spiderwebs?
Although anecdotally, I learned the hard way that tent-caterpillar webs at least are super flammable as a kid... A big wad of it went up WHOOMP in a manner disconcerting even to an experienced WD-40+lighter pyro... Also cobwebs are considered a fire hazard by inspectors.
Sep
8
comment Help me build my blaster sorcerer!
Questioner and answerers, please keep in mind our site guidance on build questions.
Sep
8
revised My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
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Sep
6
comment Where does mounting/dismounting start/end?
"Dumb" can also be interpreted as "goes without needing to be said..." It doesn't say there has to be a mount! It doesn't say it can't be size Tiny or Colossal! It... Assumes a human being is playing it!
Sep
6
comment Correctly deploying Smokestick
Yeah, we just assume they are strike-to-smoke, like a tindertwig but with a bigger delivery of smoke. It's the only thing that makes sense given how they work.
Sep
6
comment D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM
So you're not looking for any canned adventure, you're looking for something almost more like the old Red Box intro solo adventure, that totally holds your hand and says "Blah blah happens, now roll X here."
Sep
5
comment Does flaming sphere always need a move action to attack?
Could we not use comments as an infinite length discussion thread please? Take it to chat if more's needed.