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Dec
24
reviewed Close Stealth and invisibility
Dec
24
comment Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception
Do you have a reference for your first paragraph?
Dec
23
comment How specific does “beast you have seen” have to be for Wild Shape?
If the spell works based on what the druid thinks the target shape looks like, wouldn't that allow druids to transform into beasts they haven't seen by taking their best guess at it?
Dec
23
comment Can I benefit from magical armour while using Mage Armour?
I second SevenSidedDie's comment. Sooner or later someone is bound to introduce a spell that lets you wear armour without donning it.
Dec
22
comment How to house-rule re-locking a door using a lockpick?
@SevenSidedDie I agree completely.
Dec
22
comment How to house-rule re-locking a door using a lockpick?
For reference, the "why" is that the process of picking a barrel lock is one of shifting the pins into the correct positions so that the barrel can be turned. This process is exactly the same regardless of whether the lock's barrel starts in the "open" or "closed" position, so the difficulty shouldn't change. (Of course, if you've picked a particular lock while opening it, you should presumably have an easier time picking it while closing it, as you've already picked the lock once before.)
Dec
18
reviewed Reviewed Is “The One Ring” suitable as an introductory game?
Dec
18
comment Is “The One Ring” suitable as an introductory game?
Welcome to RPG.SE, Nathan. Unfortunately, it's a bit hard for us to answer this question without knowing more about your friends; All we can offer as-is is opinions and speculation, and neither will really help you out. If you could tell us more about your friends, or explained why you're concerned this RPG might be too hard for beginners, we might be in a better position to help.
Dec
17
comment When should I make my players actually roll for stuff?
+1. Rolls are only a thing to be avoided if failing them results in the game grinding to an unsatisfying halt, or if there is no meaningful difference between success and failure. In all other circumstances, they're exciting.
Dec
17
comment Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?
@ZanLynx If I recall correctly, the 2e draconomicon answered that exact question by describing dragon law as being largely extrapolated from "your right to throw a punch ends where my nose begins."
Dec
17
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
I thought SR3 used more dice than SR4 - I guess I've gotten confused. Which was the anniversary edition based on, again?
Dec
16
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Ars Magica has a very strong focus on researching and improvising new spells, and the mechanics of doing so can definitely get complicated. +1.
Dec
16
comment How much do I tell new players about new monsters?
+1 "What the character knows" is the key here. If you decide that goblins are common in your world, it'd be weird if players didn't know about them - but if your world had humans as its only intelligent race until the Day of Rifts came, those hideous malformed creatures could be anything...
Dec
15
comment How can you deal with players asking the wrong questions?
@SteveJessop Hmm. I don't really state it as an absolute, though - I mention four approaches to running a game, and state that the bolded phrase is true for three of them. Should I this in my answer, somehow?
Dec
15
comment How do I GM a character immeasurably more intelligent than myself?
@Bankuei You can fake perfection for very short periods of time - steering the conversation away from topics that would reveal flaws in your portrayal and so on - but it's a real tightrope walk; Any slip-up could ruin it.
Dec
15
comment How do I GM a character immeasurably more intelligent than myself?
@SevenSidedDie That's a very appropriate metaphor, really - The mind of God is supposed to be so complex as to be incomprehensible and ungraspable for us mere mortals, so everyone who touches it having a different-but-correct-in-context interpretation makes a lot of sense.
Dec
15
answered How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?
Dec
15
comment How do I use God as an NPC while being sensitive to players' real-life religious beliefs?
@Nagora Even within Christianity, interpretations of God's character differ greatly from sect to sect and from individual to individual.
Dec
11
comment What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?
@BESW Ah! I think I see what you're getting at. If I think about this as a system-recommendation question with highly-specific requirements ("Must be Eclipse Phase" and "Must have support for clearly-definable horror genres") then it seems like it should be on-topic.