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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.


3h
comment Does good alignment on characters mean they are not supposed to do unlawful things (for example stealing)?
I've taken a run at editing the question to be more objectively answered by focusing less on "is stealing not CG" and being more about the general problem of how a DM determines if an act fits an alignment and what they do about it.
4h
comment How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
I guess, though one might as well handwave levels 1-3. And I think "unrest death spiral" is pretty much the expected fate of a goblin city. But the downtime rules, also in Ultimate Campaign, do have rules on building and organization creation that could be used as a higher resolution starting point to dovetail into this (for building the initial inn, etc.).
4h
comment How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
Though I think for "goblin tribe" that is a desirable rate - is it really a good thing that "woot, the goblins have built a city the size of Magnimar in a year?"
7h
comment How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
I understand what he means, but that is a false dichotomy. The rules can if carefully used go up from 0 BP. A PC is less likely to die if started at level 5; so if a level 1 PC dies is that "the DM's fault for not giving them more levels"?
9h
comment How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
The rules are just as tenable starting low - if you don't make it profitable, you will go down regardless of initial investment.
19h
comment Effect of jade contact on tainted individuals
Do keep in mind that either approach has the later challenge of provability - "grinding up something and putting it in the tea and then a couple people get hurt from it" could get them arrested for poisoning just as easily as getting the tainted individuals fingered, depending on who believes whom (and in Rokugan crime has a lot more to do with station and honor than "the truth of the matter"...)
19h
comment Does good alignment on characters mean they are not supposed to do unlawful things (for example stealing)?
Do not debate. This question is on thin subjective ice anyway - add your own answer if you disagree with someone's interpretation.
Dec
18
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
This comment thread will be deleted, please add anything of worth to the answer.
Dec
17
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Crappy answers in comments are still answers in comments. Don't do it.
Dec
17
comment How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?
Based on other iterations of this question my understanding it's pretty much modern real world + post-apoc.
Dec
16
comment Stealth and invisibility
I tend to disagree - what the rules say here is pretty clear, and so trying to restate the rules so that they click with you is a legitimate approach. I'm unclear why you have the question otherwise - yes, the bonus is only +20 when moving.
Dec
16
comment How much do I tell new players about new monsters?
May I suggest that commenters and answerers not do so if they're not familiar with 5e? I suspect we have plenty of site users that do use 5e that can give actual expert guidance rather than guesses based on other editions. Thanks. Also, take discussion about whether it's OK to scope this question to 5e to Meta.
Dec
16
comment How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?
I am not sure this answers the question - he's running a game in the real modern world, which is a pretty common thing, and changing all God references to "Steve" is going to be bizarre and jarring long before this comes up. This would work in a clearly alternate/fantasy world but isn't very satisfying for real world settings.
Dec
16
comment Limitations of bluffing a PC on the bluffed PC's actions
Why roll this back to the less coherent version?
Dec
16
comment How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric?
I concur, asking an optimization question without even reading the PHB is off topic and a poor use of peoples' time. This question will remain closed, come back and ask specific questions based on what you find when you have learned the game system.
Dec
12
comment Action economies, two-handed weapons, and spells with Somatic components
What makes this not a duplicate of rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/51994/…?
Dec
10
comment Do Area Spells really not affect anyone you can't see?
Please do not answer in comments,
Dec
9
comment What is the most widely used safety standard for larp weapons?
In the US or the whole world?
Dec
8
comment How does power attack interact with multiple attacks from a high BAB?
Added a note to that effect.
Dec
8
comment A “perverted” guide to morality?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about basic human psych questions not really specific to the RPG scope. Going to put it on hold a minute so we can discuss. You may want to be checking psychology.SE - what about this question do you want to be specific to an RPG?