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Mar
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answered Average mage power level in Mage: The Awakening
Jan
25
comment Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?
@Tetra, at the risk of sounding exploitative, I think a lot of us would be curious about who you felt going through this experience. Most RPGs have situations where a character can be "out of his/her head" to some extent, but you've really been there in a way. If you've blogged about this somewhere, I'd love to see the link. Good luck on your recovery!
Jan
25
accepted What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
Oct
12
comment What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
@SevenSidedDie: Oooh, that looks just about perfect, free-form and extensible. And with a PHP back end, a crusty old fart like me can work with it! I've downloaded it and will test. If you'd like to give that as an answer, we may have a winner.
Oct
12
comment What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
@Edgerunner: I hang my programmer's head in shame, but I have not used either. All the cool kids are talking about RoR, but I barely know what AJAX is.
Oct
9
revised What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
Added examples of desired output
Oct
9
comment What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
@edgerunner: If you have code handy for something like this, I'd be delighted to use it. My only web language is PHP, but if you work in ASP or Python I may take this as my queue to learn something new. But I draw the line at Perl :P
Oct
9
comment What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
That's a good start; it has the wiki collaboration, and I gather from a quick browse that you could set up categories for "Fire" and "Necromancy" plus "level 1", "level 2" and then view by either category. However, just the names in a list isn't a lot of info. It would be helpful to show columns of key fields. I'll add an example to my question.
Oct
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awarded  Commentator
Oct
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comment What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
So you have a central store, but it's only available from a single computer. Or more specifically, a single network, though I've had enough problems using MS Access in a multi-user small business environment that I'd probably favor another platform. Does PBworks offer a feature where you can sort and filter a list of entries?
Oct
9
comment What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
@SevenSidedDie: Thanks for the comments; I've expanded a little. Regarding the time required, at the office, with all my favorite tools, I could probably match that time. For personal projects I have a halfling-sized impediment to productivity. But someday he'll be another gamer to fill the ranks.
Oct
9
revised What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
Added a wish list
Oct
9
asked What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?
Oct
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awarded  Critic
Oct
2
comment Which roleplaying games feature realistic combat?
-1. Sure, no system is perfect, but saying there is no answer isn't helpful. There are almost a dozen on this page, and one of them may meet the OP's needs.
Sep
27
awarded  Teacher
Sep
27
answered Pre-modern farming: What percent of the population is in agriculture?
Jul
12
comment How to communicate to the players that an encounter can be solved also through diplomacy?
Old post, but very valuable. I'd like to throw in an example of a scenario where fighting is going to be very risky: daytime in a city. Even if the players don't care about collateral damage, the town watch does! The risk of having their gear confiscated and spending months in jail should get their attention.
Jul
12
accepted Does a Portal's mana cost cover the sympathetic nature, or is that another +1 mana?
Jul
12
comment Does a Portal's mana cost cover the sympathetic nature, or is that another +1 mana?
I'm not asking about creating both ends of the portal remotely, I'm just talking about a vanilla portal from hither to yonder. By "target" I simply mean the destination. So your interpretation is that an ordinary use of Portal costs one mana, and using it to travel to a place within sight, where sympathetic magic would not normally be necessary, still costs one mana? Sounds reasonable. Thanks!