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Jan
23
comment Are there rules for building underground structures?
This definitely sounds more generally useful than Ultimate Rulership's answer. There's really nothing to match the Guide.
Jan
23
answered Are there rules for building underground structures?
Jan
13
comment How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?
@JackLesnie - Trap options? The archer archetype isn't nearly as much of a boost compared to a regular focused fighter as some other archetypes can be, but I wouldn't say it's a trap. And the Quinggong monk is a really strong option, despite (because of?) how poorly its written. The Crit focus ones, I'll admit, can be pretty underwhelming.
Jan
12
comment How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?
+1 for addressing the list of classes, rather than the explicit question. This could easily be an XY problem.
Jan
12
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Jan
12
answered How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?
Jan
12
comment How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?
I wrote up a whole answer about fixing their power levels, then realized you wanted help with their options. oops.
Jan
12
comment Creating truly alien, intelligent NPC races
See also: Creating convincingly alien viewpoints on Worldbuilding
Jan
9
comment What game made leading questions a GM technique?
I'm not sure that any game had to make them popular - it seems like a very natural thing for GMs to do on their own. Codifying the asking of them will be very interesting to see an answer for, though.
Jan
7
comment Golarion deity closest to Dionysus?
Just to add to the alternate take idea: There's a reason that clerics generally just need to be within one step of their deity. A CN worshipper of Caylean could certainly embrace "darker" fun than most worshippers do.
Jan
6
comment How do I make interrogations interesting?
As a followup to the "Preventing the Yes-No Loop" section, I suggest watching some crime dramas on TV (such as Law & Order). Very often, the person being interrogated doesn't know what the cops think they know, but when pushed they break down or lose their temper and snap out something that points in a whole new direction for questioning. For example, something like: "I don't know! I DON'T KNOW! Why do you keep asking me that!? Melvin always handles that stuff." Cops look at each other, then ask, "Who's Melvin?"
Dec
22
comment How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
@mxyzplk - I think that's a false comparison. There's no special rules for levels 1-3 that only come up once every few sessions, let alone a whole complicated subsystem's worth of rules. The closest would be rule systems (such as environment) that have spells which let you ignore them later, but those are rarely complicated. I do agree about the expected fate, though.
Dec
22
comment How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
@mxyzplk - I had that thought, but then it becomes "Why use the rules at all?" It's a very large subsystem to use for a very small percentage of the game. At some point, it just becomes easier to handwave the first few months/years of growth, then start the PCs with extra BP to represent that time.
Dec
22
answered How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?
Dec
18
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Dec
18
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
This sounds more like a farcical version of D&D than an actual system. A writeup of a "So bad it's funny again" game. Given it was in Dragon Magazine (a TSR/WotC/Paizo production), that's more likely than it being a totally unrelated system.
Dec
18
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
@Baka-Mastermind - I can second the power of the spell creation system... and also note that there are so many spells between the SR4A core and the magic splat books that I've almost never felt the need to use it. Just because the published ones cover almost everything already. A cautious spellcaster can also use low-power magic for almost everything, all day long, too.
Dec
17
answered Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Dec
8
comment Should players be told to make a listen check when an enemy is sneaking about?
+1 for pre-rolling the numbers. That's just what I was going to suggest.
Dec
3
comment How best to progressively reveal the layout of a location to players?
Are digital answers acceptable, or do you want physical maps?