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Jul
10
awarded  Commentator
Jul
10
comment How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?
+1 There are a lot of places where features are phrased like this, and I assume it's intentional, because there are plenty of other places where features are phrased the other way ("feature X now does Y").
Jul
7
comment How to kill yourself in 4e?
@okeefe: Haha, I just assumed it was there. PHB page 8 says that the DM is a "referee: when it's not clear what ought to happen next, the DM decides how to apply the rules and adjudicate the story." That's much weaker than Rule Zero, but it easily covers my answer's claim: the DM should figure out what happens if the rules cannot cover the situation, and the fact that the rules don't cover a legitimate definitely-possible action doesn't mean the DM has to rule it impossible to do.
Jul
7
revised How to kill yourself in 4e?
added 187 characters in body
Jul
7
answered How to kill yourself in 4e?
Jul
6
comment +1 from Versatile Weapons
Brutal and related effects are very unusual; they aren't good models for understanding the rest of 4e.
Jun
8
answered What does a perception check really signify? Can they be repeated?
May
31
comment Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?
@Adriano: Frequently. Every stat is used somewhere for any given type of attack. For example, two out of the four Paladin at-will melee attacks and many of the encounter and daily melee powers use Charisma for their bonuses to attack and damage - and no, you do not get a bonus to these attacks based on Strength. I seem to recall that many Rogue melee attacks also use Charisma as a bonus to damage.
May
31
comment Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?
My contrast was with the idea of using charisma for physical abilities, which is much odder than using it for magical abilities. I mean, you can stretch it that way, and 4e certainly does, but it's much easier to say that a mental attribute is affecting a traditionally mental activity.
May
31
comment Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?
Magic is usually mental in the Western, Tolkien-based world view that D&D draws on, so it's a more natural fit for a charisma-based ability.
May
31
awarded  Editor
May
31
revised Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?
Cleaned up wording.
May
31
answered Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?
May
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awarded  Critic
Apr
20
answered What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?
Apr
19
comment Squares vs. hexes on battle mats
+1 because I think this is a great idea. Don't forget that it will subtly alter game balance in small ways. You'll need to work out clear definitions of how to change areas of effect, flanking, etc. 4e uses squares to imitate circles, while the rules for diagonal movement in 3/3.5 basically turned circular AoEs into octagons with points at the eight compass headings. You'd have a nice compromise with hexagonal "circles" for AoEs, I think.
Apr
19
awarded  Teacher
Apr
19
comment How do I deal with an experienced player who doesn't interact well with my group?
It sounds like he has problems that you may not have the patience or ability to deal with. I don't know what they are, but if he can't even follow basic behavioral ground rules, then you're not going to be able to get him to behave better in-game. This is no longer a DMing issue as much as it is a social-relations issue.
Apr
19
comment How do I deal with an experienced player who doesn't interact well with my group?
If I were playing with three totally new people, and I were looking to make sure they keep playing, then I'd spend my minmaxing efforts on their characters instead of mine. EDIT: Just to be clear, I think it's a decent answer, just not to the OP's particular situation.
Apr
19
answered How do I deal with an experienced player who doesn't interact well with my group?