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Aug
27
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
26
comment Would being stickler for material components break the game?
A joke? Nonsense. I can't speak for 3.5, but I have the 1st Edition PHB in front of me, and this is where material components were first codified for D&D. They're limited - not every spell has them - and quite reasonable. Feign Death requires a pinch of graveyard dirt; Dancing Lights requires a glowworm; Feather Fall requires... a feather. There's nothing to suggest that these were added as a joke, unless perhaps they were made such in 3rd edition.
Jul
19
comment How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?
Are you committed to D&D? 4th edition in particular is... finicky. There are many other RPGs with more streamlined and narrative-focused systems.
Jul
4
revised When do mortals get a chance to sense a vampire's nature?
added 929 characters in body
Jul
3
asked When do mortals get a chance to sense a vampire's nature?
May
6
awarded  Yearling
May
1
comment What game elements are essential for a playtest?
-1. You make some good points, but over-sell them. I'm an analyst by trade, and I adore the mathematical modeling part of game design. But to say "You...need to prove that every given combination of elements fits your intent" is ridiculous, and likely to scare off some less mathematical designers.
Apr
29
answered Are Strength and Dexterity balanced in Vampire the Masquerade? If not, how can I fix it?
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.