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Feb
27
comment How to handle spell components in AD&D 1st edition
@starwed You could even do both for a single spell: If the wizard discovers a bat-cave in an area with a lot of hot springs and binds a minor demon to teleport stuff back and forth, by all means, let him have his infinite fireballs.
Feb
27
comment Is It OK To Sic Assassins On My PCs?
@Scrollmaster In the OP's example, I suspect the answer is "Because they would immediately cause an effectively unavoidable TPK and thus end the campaign in an unsatisfying manner." I believe the OP is trying to reconcile the meta-goal of ensuring enjoyable and satisfying play with a conflicting desire to maintain a realistic and believable world-setting, without sacrificing too many interesting potential narratives.
Feb
27
comment Is It OK To Sic Assassins On My PCs?
In most games where assassinating player characters would be detrimental to play experience, the most enjoyable part of discovering there are assassins after you is discovering the assassins and foiling their assassination attempts. Depending on your GMing style, this might mean that assassination attempts simply don't target player characters in your campaign - or it might mean that any assassins that do appear happen to give away their presence or intentions through sheer bad luck or carefully-designed incompetence.
Feb
26
comment How do I set the base price in a barter system?
@CatLord True, a carefully-implemented skill system could sole the issue, but it'd need to take into account 1) Varying levels of personal familiarity with item value based on social class, item rarity and etc., and 2) Mechanics for describing exactly what happens when an NPC fails their roll - Players can just make a rough guess, but the GM probably knows the correct answers, and needs a way of emulating the error. It's doable, but tricky.
Feb
25
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Feb
25
reviewed Reviewed Does cover also grant concealment?
Feb
25
reviewed No Action Needed If I am using 2 weapons, can I trip with one and attack the tripped target in the same round?
Feb
25
comment Is water/beverage included in Trail Rations?
One thing worth mentioning is that in many settings, water is essentially free and easy to come by: Unless your player characters are adventuring in an arid desert or similarly uninhabitable environment, it's reasonable to assume they can refill their waterskins at various unremarkable streams, wells and lakes that they pass.
Feb
25
comment How do I set the base price in a barter system?
THe problem with this approach is that it means that the players have no firm idea what anything is worth, but every NPC does: As a result, players will likely get the short end of the stick every time they head to the market.
Feb
20
comment What makes a character/creature/power/ability/etc. over-powered?
+1 for tying the overpoweredness of a Thing to the number and variety of situations that Thing is capable of overcoming, doing so in a way that is can be applied by any group, and for providing an easy-to-use mechanism for applying the metric to any game.
Feb
20
comment How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?
+1 for the get-out-of-jail-free card: A simple, universal solution that cuts to the heart of the problem.
Feb
18
comment What is the best way to do search, or spot test when players knowing the result of their roll will colour their perception of the result?
Just be sure to decide which result is auto-success and which is auto-failure before the die is cast. It's easy to fall into temptation and decide the outcome should change if it doesn't fit with your plans.
Feb
14
comment Tips and pitfalls for a variable-size group
@Tacroy DF is a modern setting, and it's a rare PC that actually adventures full-time.
Feb
13
comment Tips and pitfalls for a variable-size group
The first half of your opening sentence worried me, but the rest of this answer is solid advice. I'd give you +1 for 'built-in reasons for absence' alone.
Feb
12
comment Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?
It's worth noting that there's no mechanical disadvantage to going without food for less than two days, so even if they do have to roll each day's check they'll be OK unless they have a run of bad luck.
Feb
12
comment How can I use the skill system from D&D3e in AD&D2e?
Don't forget the overlap between some 3.X skills and Thief skills!
Feb
11
comment What are the differences between Shadowrun 3rd and 4th edition that I should know about?
Well, you won't need to bring the entire bucket of dice.
Feb
8
comment Should the DM try to actively fix party wealth in a sandbox game?
So... Your answer is a no, then?
Feb
8
comment How can I invoke actual fear in my players?
@KRyan Yeah, fear-with-certainty is every bit as effective as the uncertain kind. It's a bit harder to arrange, though, and I've never actually managed it, so I didn't have the experience to include it in this answer. Maybe I should re-write it to make that clearer...
Feb
7
answered How can I invoke actual fear in my players?