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Apr
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
1
comment How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?
Not trying to start a religious war here, but I dare say this is a big part of why some people were frustrated with 4E. It may be a great tactical wargame, but it's not well-suited to the OP's ideas of creative combat.
Feb
26
comment What is the maintenance cost of a starship?
Wow, thank you! I'm glad my insomnia could help someone!
Feb
26
awarded  Revival
Feb
26
answered What is the maintenance cost of a starship?
Oct
24
awarded  Excavator
Oct
24
revised What is/are the basic mathematical models for skill-check based systems?
Added examples for nWoD, Savage Worlds, and Burning Wheel; tweaked two numbers for d20 that looked low by 5%, my apologies if my math is wrong
Oct
24
suggested suggested edit on What is/are the basic mathematical models for skill-check based systems?
Oct
23
awarded  Civic Duty
Oct
23
comment Why is the GM usually the driving force in RPG?
+1000; this should be on the first page of every "how to be a GM" article. Not understanding this is probably the leading cause of poor GM-ing, particularly railroading.
Oct
8
comment How do I teach people the combat system from Burning Wheel?
Sad panda: the link 404-d. If you can incorporate some of the key points from the strategy book into your post, it will stand up to link rot.
Sep
10
comment What's the up side of aquatic campaigns in Pathfinder?
There's some discussion on TVTropes about the difficulty of making a long-running underwater story interesting: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AtlantisIsBoring.
Sep
5
comment My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
Separately from game system, I strongly recommend that you use a familiar setting. Everyone knows what a Jedi or a hobbit is (probably; do confirm!), but if you spend half the session explaining about how the Xorkanians are lizards skilled at fire magic and the Rosgoba are actually aliens with list technology, you'll lose people. Good luck!
Sep
5
comment My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
+1 for a simple and fun game. I've successfully used this game with brand new players. I'm fairly experienced, so I can't really speak to new GM plus new players, but I expect it would work well. One surprising advantage over D&D: players always know the dice to roll (well, except for damage).
May
19
answered Handling many modifiers on a probability curve
May
6
awarded  Yearling
Mar
31
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
23
comment Question about Wonders
The spatial drive you describe would be a Skafoi device integrated into a Prostasia wonder: no problem per page 140. The lightspeed fist would be a "Grafted" (page 151) Katastrofi weapon with unique color, and as you say self-damage would be a great weakness for it.
Feb
23
comment Question about Wonders
Those all sound reasonable to this Storyteller. Pg 156 mentions that Apokalypsi includes scanning across time. Using teleportation or time distortion as a mechanism for armor is just a matter of color, and it opens up the possibility of teleporting through a minor obstacle like prison bars - though if you do allow this, you should probably add a comparable weakness, like a chance of splinching if used in a cluttered environment.
Feb
23
answered Question about Wonders