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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.


Aug
12
comment How do I deal with a DM who restricts my character options?
Only use comments for clarification of the question please.
Aug
12
comment How to begin a role-playing scenario in medias res?
This gets to the heart of it. A real narrative game is one where the exposition isn't required because it's collaboratively generated. Tacking a single narrative technique on an otherwise-simulationist game will be more problematic.
Aug
12
comment How do I deal with a DM who restricts my character options?
This question now appears to be legit and on-topic. The question (how to deal with the DM) is what the existing questions addressed. Please proceed normally, answer or don't.
Aug
12
comment What published adventures are available for D&D 5e?
This answer is fine, the question asks for a resource and this provides a resource. Including an actual list inline would be problematic.
Aug
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
11
comment Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin
Ah, whoops! Name collision! Does he mean Great Weapon Master feat?
Aug
11
comment Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin
I think in its final form this might be a duplicate of How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average? - the answer is "about +1, but more if smiting, using weapon superiority, or otherwise using multiple dice", so it would better than a +1/+1 from STR only if you had other dice to stack on.
Aug
11
revised Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin
added 17 characters in body
Aug
11
revised High Level (16-20) Adventures
added 386 characters in body
Aug
10
comment Can any creature elect to make touch attacks or ranged touch attacks?
The existing rule about being able to do nonlethal with melee weapons might be relevant: d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/combat#TOC-Nonlethal-Damage
Aug
9
comment How to politely explain that a player's character doesn't fit the role as well as they think it does?
I think this answer is upvoted because it's the only one that recognizes people play characters to have fun, not to fit into a defined role someone else wants them to. While there may be some weaknesses to that, most people don't like the implications of the opposite approach that tell people "they're doing it wrong" when they don't hit some book or Internet Community (tm) definition of what "their class" is supposed to be.
Aug
9
comment What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros
1. "Might be helpful" doesn't meet our guidelines as you know. 2. Yes, Back It Up! indicates that either you or someone else has used the game to play a kind of campaign the OP proposes. So documentation of someone else running a Westeros-esque, mod-low complexity, quick combat, low magic, grim and lethal, etc etc. game is valid. Given that Apoc World is pure narrative and the complete opposite of sim, but that's a reason to disagree with an answer, not to declare it "not an answer."
Aug
9
comment What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros
This answer does not meet the requirements of our game-rec guidelines, which are based on the Back It Up! principles of having done or seen done what the OP proposes with the game.
Aug
9
comment What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros
This answer does not meet the requirements of our game-rec guidelines, which are based on the Back It Up! principles of having done or seen done what the OP proposes with the game.
Aug
9
comment What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros
This answer does not meet the requirements of our game-rec guidelines, which are based on the Back It Up! principles of having done or seen done what the OP proposes with the game.
Aug
9
comment What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros
It doesn't have to get as specific as "Westeros," but so far this answer does not meet our game-rec standards as it does not describe experience with a game sufficiently like the OP's request (it does describe it with a non-magic-using D&D, but that still deviates from the request significantly - grim and gritty, no levels, etc.).
Aug
8
comment Where do I find a “monster level” for monsters in the AD&D 2nd edition manuals?
Yeah, DMG p.174 is Appendix C, which I cited in my answer already.
Aug
8
comment Why were AD&D modules designed for so many player characters?
Yeah, worth mentioning that the rules were a lot lighter back then so 6-8 was feasible; in 3e+ groups also got smaller because running more than 4-6 made a single combat take an entire game session.
Aug
7
comment How should pets/summons/familiars be handled in Fate?
Please do not answer in comments. Help get the question fixed and opened, then post an answer.
Aug
7
comment Low-random, low-dice fantasy rpg system
Answerers: Remember our game-rec guidelines. You need to demonstrate that you have used the system you are recommended for the given use the OP proposes, or have seen it done, so that your answer isn't "I hear this might be good" but "Using this in that way has the following results."