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I'm a 20 something computer scientist studying at the University of York in the UK. I'm into Linux, HCI, sci-fi & fantasy, tabletop gaming, diving, walking, cycling and a whole bunch of other stuff.


Aug
4
comment Can effects or abilities raise the difficulty of a task above 10?
The task is still level 10, it's just modified (down to five by the character putting in effort) then back up to six because despite their effort they're still dazed. I'd think a task that was normally nigh on impossible should still get a bit harder if you're dazed when you try it so I think I'd rule a difficulty ten task may become a difficulty eleven (or higher) after modifiers.
Jun
26
comment Can I roll for a PC in secret?
In a game I play in the DM has several modifiers written down so he can make rolls. I have abilities that let me add my level to saves by spending from a pool of points and so he just asked what to do then. I decided that unless I said otherwise I wouldn't spend the points (thus wouldn't get the benefit). I can always change this though - "This dungeon seems scary, I'm going to use my points on saves that surprise me all the time" kind of thing.
Jun
26
comment What happens when an Uruk gets an elvish sword?
The sword won't do any of those things if it's not intelligent. If it's "just" a magical sword imbued with the power to glow when orcs are near as a warning then it may well just glow as it was built to. Then again, Uruk-hai are a new breed or orcs created by Sauruman by breeding orcs and men. The sword may not glow in the presence of Uruk-hai, instead only glowing for Mordor orcs and the goblins from Moria. I can't remember if the book establishes a precedent for this.
Jun
23
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Jun
23
awarded  Commentator
Jun
23
comment Dealing with players of vastly different skill levels?
@MatthewNajmon this is a low level game (at the moment) and at low levels the tiers don't really have much of an impact. In fact, fighters are often stronger than wizards and better able to face the typical challenges of a low level game than a wizard is anyway.
Jun
23
comment Dealing with players of vastly different skill levels?
Regarding your first point, the OP has already said that the world is a harrowing world where times get hard and people die. Having the royal guard sweep in, a miracle from a deity occur, or an NPC wizard save the day really doesn't fit with the world that's being described (and that the player chose to play in). If the game is meant to involve hard decisions about saving your own skin or risking it to save innocent strangers from an overpowering goblin horde then those decisions must have meaning and consequence without a deus ex machina if the players make the choice you didn't expect.
May
30
revised Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?
Added part of the backstory back in so answers make sense.
May
30
suggested suggested edit on Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?
May
11
comment How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?
If you're a wizard you shouldn't be getting hit by things that often. Certainly not often enough that the chance of a commoner critting with a scythe should worry you (not to mention the fact that at levels 1-4 at least toughness is no use against that scythe). Play careful with movement in combat and grab a better feat, even if it's not that useful straight away, because when you hit 3rd level you want to be taking even better feats, not something you put off until later. If you really want the extra hitpoints grab the toad familiar.
May
9
comment How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?
@agradine does have a point when he says there's no such thing as a trap. Yes there are some classes that are weaker than others but if you want to play an armoured warrior slinging around blasty spells the warmage is a pretty easy way to do it. You could spend a bit of time making a wizard that can do the same kind of thing and that might be worthwhile if you enjoy planning out characters but if you just want to play a blasting wizard in armour the war mage is exactly that. No, it's not as powerful as other casters but that doesn't matter if it's the character you will enjoy playing.
May
9
comment How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?
Really? Toughness as a recommended feat? There are so many better feats you could take that would still help once you get past level 2 and your hitpoints are high enough for you to survive a stray unlucky arrow. Until then just stay well towards the back with your crossbow and ensure you have a vaguely decent constitution score if possible.
Apr
24
comment How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?
Sorry, I meant the first of the 3 numbered options in the original question. I hit the comment length limit and had to cut some things to fit everything in. Essentially, the rules seem to make it pretty clear that if you have 3 or more arms the only real difference is you don't need to be as dextrous to master fighting with all your arms (Multiweapon Fighting only has a Dexterity requirement of 13, not 15). I guess having all those limbs is assumed to give you some practice.
Apr
24
comment How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?
I think that of the three options the first makes the most sense. Pathfinder's wording of the Improved Two Weapon Fighting feat even sets it up for this as you would get a second additional attack with an off-hand weapon and it's already said (in Two Weapon Fighting) that every non-primary hand is an off-hand and so would qualify. The authors seem to have tried to simplify things so Multi Weapon Fighting can share the Two Weapon Fighting feat chain but in the process things have become more complicated.
Apr
18
comment Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?
+1 for highlighting that she won't get the bonus seventh level spell slot until she can already cast 7th level spells.
Apr
18
answered How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?
Apr
18
answered Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?
Apr
18
answered Location generation system?
Apr
14
awarded  Editor
Apr
14
revised Can a Swordsage become a Lich?
Added link to SRD rules on Lich.