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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.

I started programming (in AmigaBASIC) when I was 10 years old. Nowadays, I'm most comfortable using Perl, C and JavaScript. I know Java and PHP too, but I can't really say I like them. I also know some Python, but not as much as I'd like.


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I tend to answer a lot more questions than I ask. Some answers I'm rather proud of:


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this question is not really about preparing for a session, except insofar as *all* questions here are
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revised Can you light magically created grease on fire?
this has nothing to do with being a GM
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comment How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?
@Scott: Well, sure, but it'd still be cool enough to let slide in a game with super heroes and giant snake monsters. ;-) If necessary, it might be justified by the music being magical, or by the monster not being a real snake. And besides, even if the attempt to charm the monster with music fails, at least the player got to try using their skill.
Aug
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comment Can I Dodge before a combat starts?
For some reason, your question reminds me of this Goblins strip...
Aug
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revised How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?
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revised How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?
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answered How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?
Aug
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comment How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?
@Culyx: IME, the way to make obscure skills relevant without making it seem artificial is to encourage the players to come up with uses for those skills, and just go along with anything the suggest if it's halfway plausible. If they're as creative as the OP's players seem to be, they'll come up with something.
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answered Can a bard directly take the Improved Familiar feat?
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comment How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?
I think it would help if you told us a bit more about what kinds of situations this problem occurs in. In particular, does it happen mostly in or out of combat, or both?
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comment How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?
@mxyzplk: A real NPC friend has free will, and, if their role in the party is non-negligible, should be played by the DM. An eidolon has a constant telepathic link to the summoner, and (played the way the OP's group seems to be playing it) effectively only as much free will and independent personality as the summoner wants it to have. But yeah, if the other characters are willing to tell the disguised eidolon "Sorry, Eddie, you don't count, you're just a henchman / hireling / NPC," then there's no problem. It just didn't seem to me that was the case.
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comment How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?
@mxyzplk: True, but (assuming that the other characters know what an eidolon is), it gives them an in-character excuse to say things like "No, your eidolon doesn't get a vote." or "No, your eidolon definitely doesn't get a share of the loot." or "You already know the plan, so I'm not going to waste time explaining it to your eidolon too, even if he was in the other room while we planned it."
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revised How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?
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answered How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?
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comment How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?
One major difference between the OP's case and your pirate game is that, in the OP's game, that one player essentially gets to play two characters, and the others don't. I suspect the other players would find it considerably less unfair if they also got to play an extra party member sometimes.