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Jul
15
comment How to deal with lack of downtime as a wizard?
Possibly in theory, but in practice it amounts to the same thing - messing with a player arbitrarily. To throw a variant example, it's no different in my mind than starting a game then telling the archer that there are no arrows in stock in towns. Ever. Can't buy 'em. (But I will edit the question to make clearer).
May
20
comment I'm running a Pathfinder adventure using 3.5E rules - what should I watch out for?
Marking this as accepted since this is matching my experience - we're around level 7-8 now and once the characters (and players) got their bearings, things have swung to the opposite problem - I have to start upscaling things so it's not a cakewalk. ;)
May
12
comment When does a character get fatigued?
And the 6-hour rule really only exists to declare the length you have to rest for an extended (vs. the 5-minute short rest). And for evil DMs, it opens the door for orcs attacking every five and a half hours...
Mar
31
comment How can I offer players a balanced opportunity to take powerful races, without adjusting their level?
@medivh - But if Everyone is getting free levels, it should balance out (to the limitations of normal game balance). It'd be like starting the campaign at level 4, but requiring everyone took 3 levels of racial stats.
Mar
26
comment Can an attack made while falling be treated as set against charge?
Agreed - I suppose you could choose not to attack, but I don't know how you could attack without moving very fast when the movement is forced.
Mar
26
comment What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?
+1 for point out different style vs "better".
Mar
26
comment Does D&D 3.5 DM material contain information applicable for Pathfinder GMs?
Semi-answer: if you're looking for practical advice, I'd suggest DMG2 from 3.5, rather than the DMG. DMG2 had a lot more advice in it IMHO.
Mar
19
comment D&D high-difficulty / technical character build suggestions
@KRyan I'll agree that the casters are generally better-served single-class, but you don't have to stray too far into the splat-books to find caster-friendly prestiges. Radiant Servant for clerics, for example, is pretty much just Cleric+.
Mar
19
comment What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party
+1 for an option that's not "print out the CharOp boards".
Mar
13
comment What is “the d20 bust,” and what does “post-d20 game” mean?
Another part of the bust was that since it was so easy (and inexpensive) to create "D20" material, there was a lot of bad material being created to cash in. (To say "poorly tested" is to give them far too much credit). The bust also included all those companies (incl. the good ones) having trouble when players stopped buying 3rd party material.
Feb
28
comment What happens when Water Breathing is dispelled underwater?
+1 for "Surprise" - the most important part of making someone drown. :)
Feb
27
comment Storytelling with lie detection
Not long enough to be an answer: You cast Detect Lies on Bob and tell me he's lying. Why should I trust you? :)
Feb
26
comment Are class and feat based proficiencies cumulative?
@corsiKa I suppose Boolean (true/false) works just as well as binary (on/off). I'll edit the answer.
Feb
21
comment Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs in D&D 3.5?
@RobertF Specifically, it's self-defeating to try and control other players this way. Because in the end, no rule will prevent them from just getting up and leaving.
Feb
3
comment Dealing with players smarter than me?
@TimothyAWiseman I don't know if there's a practical difference between making up your own variant and cribbing from a different creature (other than it's easier for a new DM to change a name than create a creature from scratch). But the key point remains that the easiest way to deal with a player who memorized the rulebook is to change it. :)
Jan
14
comment How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?
Aside: if they're never using the rulebook, are they really playing D&D? To my ears it sounds like they're playing a homebrew that just steals liberally from D&D (which would justify the "nothing in the rulebook counts" attitude). But in your place I'd ditch too. Triple-especially since you're already in other groups, so it's not a "this or nuttin" situation.
Oct
7
comment What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?
+1 for the rules piece - there's almost always one rules lawyer at the table (usually me), and why not have them working for you? :)
Oct
4
comment Can we add trains in D&D without breaking the world
If you're adding trains at the beginning of a campaign, you wouldn't even need to change the economy from RAW - those numbers just become the "after" (and presumably stuff was more expensive in the before-times)
Sep
28
comment How do I roleplay an intelligent character?
@Yandros That could be a mismatch of expectations, though - just because PCs are supermodel astrophysicists doesn't mean the players will enjoy solving physics equations while showing off this season's new swimwear. ;)
Sep
27
comment How do I roleplay an intelligent character?
@Yandros The flip side of that is you can end up punishing a player for not being as smart as his character. (to use the classic example, you don't force the fighter's player to carry 200 lbs before he can use his high STRENGTH)