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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:


Jun
19
answered How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?
Jun
15
comment Can you heal a split black pudding?
A bit tangentially, the NetHack computer game, which draws heavily from early D&D editions, implements black pudding splitting exactly like this. And, yes, the consequences are predictable.
Jun
15
comment How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army
While reading the title, my mental parser paused briefly at the first parenthesis, leaving me thinking of giant zombies...
Jun
9
comment Upkeep of a fortress?
A relevant question here is how (in)conveniently located the fortress is. From the OP's description, it doesn't sound like it would have much if any strategic significance; with no nearby settlements or trade routes, it might be a decent shelter for a band of brigands (or, you know, adventurers), but nothing much more. Given that, I could indeed see a local / nearby king agreeing to reward the players with official title to the fortress (maybe even with no obligations for taxes or levies), on the condition that they agree to swear fealty and keep any less savory characters from settling in.
Jun
9
comment Does a Dread negate its own immunity to fear?
I suppose the obvious follow-up question is, what happens if there are two Dread within 10 feet of each other? And does it matter whether they're considered enemies of each other or not?
Jun
5
comment How do I create a “mole”-ish campaign?
@Realdeo: The "obvious" system choice would be Paranoia. Although it isn't really designed for campaigns with just one mole...
Jun
3
answered Ways to minimize the negative effects of miniature use on immersion
May
26
comment What effect would removing the confirmation roll have on the game?
Compared to how the game was presumably intended to be played (and we all know how often that works out in practice), it sounds like your players are celebrating prematurely. I'd assume the intended reaction on rolling a nat 20 would be more like "Ooh, cool, I get to try for a crit!" than "Ooh, a crit! ...wait, no, I still need to confirm it." What your players are doing is a bit like celebrating a goal in soccer when you've just been awarded a penalty kick -- it turns the anticipation of a potential success into the dread of a potential letdown. Such habits can be hard to unlearn, though.
May
26
comment Would multiple daggers, strapped to a character blades-out, count as multiple attacks?
@KRyan: I'd sort of assume that was the point of the answer.
May
26
comment Would multiple daggers, strapped to a character blades-out, count as multiple attacks?
Hilarity. Hilarity and mayhem. That's what should happen.
May
24
awarded  Good Answer
May
22
awarded  Nice Answer
May
22
revised How do you play D&D when we don't have dice to play with?
um, wait, that's backwards... why did I write that?
May
22
comment How do you play D&D when we don't have dice to play with?
The diagonal board method actually simulates an Nd2 roll (with N = 4 in your image). As you note, the fairness of the rolls also tends to depend heavily on the quality of the construction.
May
22
revised How do you play D&D when we don't have dice to play with?
add a few more methods from other answers, to make this an actual summary
May
22
answered How do you play D&D when we don't have dice to play with?
May
13
comment Can one Wild Shape into a Swarm?
KRyan posted a pretty nice-looking homebrew Swarm Druid variant class for 3.5e, complete with a "Swarm Shape" ability, in a related thread; maybe it could be adapted for Pathfinder.
May
3
comment What's a GM to do when the party is intent on killing each other?
What system are you using? I'm guessing some edition of D&D, but even there, the edition matters. (AFAIK, 4E is much less suited to PvP combat than earlier editions.) And, as Rob notes above, there are even RPGs (like Paranoia) where such behavior is perfectly normal and desirable!
Apr
30
revised Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities
fix list formatting, misc. copyedits
Apr
30
suggested suggested edit on Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities