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I live in Lymington, Hampshire, and work in the Law Courts, which may have made my English slightly pedantic. I realize that Americans and other ex-colonials labour under a disadvantage, and regard it as an holy duty to assist them in speaking (and thinking) clearly.


Jul
11
comment How to make players carry a bomb and not know anything about it
@Christian: That is so perfect an Evil Shadowrun Scheme that before sitting down to game with you I would insist on examining your head for a datajack.
Jul
10
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
9
answered How to make players carry a bomb and not know anything about it
Jul
2
revised How can I organize my counter collection?
new point
Jul
1
answered How can I organize my counter collection?
Jun
30
comment Repurposing magic items in crafting
@KRyan: I think that comment could be a good answer. The DM may decide that the +1 sword you found only requires a few days' work to turn it into a +2 cheaply: or he may rule that having a +1 sword is the minimum necessary to start with, and the crafting will be full cost; or (likely) somewhere in between, depending on the needs of the campaign.
Jun
27
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
23
revised How do I discourage or work with “nuke it from orbit” solutions?
clarified/English
Jun
23
suggested suggested edit on How do I discourage or work with “nuke it from orbit” solutions?
Jun
22
revised What is the best RPG system for realistic combat?
typos
Jun
21
answered What is the best RPG system for realistic combat?
Jun
13
answered Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?
Jun
5
comment How many enemies can one Lvl 1 PC handle?
OIC. But that will certainly take more than the 1-3 encounters that OP asked about, and the real problem is how to keep an unsupported level 1 character alive long enough to draw conclusions.
Jun
5
comment How many enemies can one Lvl 1 PC handle?
How can anyone notice he is 'doing better than average' if this is literally his first encounter? I would go with 'you remember what your teacher suggested about Cure Light Wounds against undead' myself; if you choose not to give them a tutorial, the characters will only learn by trial and error, so you will need some way to make their errors non-fatal.
Jun
3
comment Are the money pumps described in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 legal under 3.5 rules?
In point 3, you forgot that buying price and selling price are not the same in any economic situation. (To be fair, I don't think the PHB is trying for either; just a right-order-of magnitude standard.)
May
23
comment How To Divide Up Loot?
I strongly disagree here. The fact that the characters are placing other factors ahead of party effectiveness isn't a problem that needs to be solved; it's called roleplaying. Encounters are supposed to be interesting and engaging for the party as it is, not 'a party of your level could have beaten that if they had done X Y and Z'
May
23
comment How to get new a new player to understand the time investment of a table top RPG
I wouldn't recognize this experience as an RPG at all; more of a course of study. It obviously works for you and your players, so good luck; but it's not universal.
May
22
comment In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
I'm sure Conan and others faced similar situations. Normally, at the start of the next book (or arc), they were evading search parties from the evil lord who had usurped the kingdom (politics doesn't stop happening, you know) and a choice of filling the saddlebags with gold or with food and water...
May
20
revised What benefits do I get from sneak attacking a knocked out enemy with two-fisted shooter?
coup de gras sounds fun, but is not canonical