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Jul
16
comment How do I rein in a character's backstory without discouraging the player?
+1 for explaining why the goal is a Bad Idea in-setting. Having a vendetta against the Emperor is like having a Vendetta against Apollo: You're unlikely to have any opportunity to do anything about it in the course of the game, and if the object of your vendetta were to actually notice you, you would immediately suffer any fate he chooses for you. It's worth mentioning that every surviving entity who has a vendetta against the God-Emperor is a xeno race with vast numbers and significant advantages over humans, backed by one or more gods, and/or so insignificant as to escape notice.
Jul
16
comment How can I help the GM make investigation engaging for the whole party?
@MumblesCrzy I suspect it's the "most" that KRyan has trouble with; In my experience, while some GMs do play the way you describe, they're a minority. That being said, I suspect everyone's only got anecdotal evidence to rely on, so I agree with his assessment that this answer is good.
Jul
14
awarded  Sportsmanship
Jul
11
reviewed Close Does a psion need a ranged basic?
Jul
11
comment How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?
It's worth mentioning that the list of spells a wizard knows isn't necessarily equal to the list of spells in her spellbook, though I must admit the distinction is blurred and poorly defined.
Jul
10
comment Am I too new to try DMing once?
There's no such thing as a "Dungeon Apprentice." Everyone jumps in at the deep end (there is no shallow end); You'll make a few beginners' mistakes, but you'll get over them. There's no real negative consequences for error that you don't have the power to fix.
Jul
10
comment In Pathfinder, do magical weapons automatically overcome damage reduction?
It's worth noting that no amount of bonus will allow a magic weapon to overcome damage reduction as if it dealt a different damage type; If a creature has DR 10/bludgeoning, for example, a +5 dagger is still not going to do more damage striking with the pommel as an improvised weapon than if used as the maker intended.
Jul
10
comment How does damage reduction work with falling damage?
I could've sworn that falling dealt the same kind of 'Crushing' damage dealt by rooms with walls that slam against each other, and that those were the only two sources of the 'crushing' damage type mentioned in the rules. Maybe I'm thinking of 3.5?
Jul
10
comment Does DR apply to damage from Diehard?
I could've sworn that falling dealt Crushing damage. Maybe I'm thinking of 3.5e?
Jul
10
comment Does DR apply to damage from Diehard?
@Jason_c_o There's also no reason to suspect that DR represents 'hard skin.' In most cases, there is no fluff for what DR represents; Only a few creature descriptions so much as mention it in passing.
Jul
8
reviewed Reopen What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?
Jul
8
reviewed Close New Campaign Advice for a Small Party (1DM, 2PC)
Jul
8
reviewed Leave Open What exactly is the Dragonborn template?
Jul
8
reviewed Leave Open Trivial Knowledge vs Kirin Path
Jul
8
reviewed Reviewed Character wealth by level for 4E?
Jul
8
comment What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?
+1 for talking to the GM about it. This GM clearly has some problem with your use of augury and desires to punish you for it, but without any explanation as to why, the punishment won't necessarily alter your behaviour in the way he intends; Finding out exactly what it was that annoyed him about your actions will help you both enjoy the campaign.
Jul
8
comment How relatively strong is a character of a given level
This isn't a full answer, but 3.5rd edition's Dungeon Master's Guide had some basic rules for determining the population of a settlement by class that heavily implied that characters of any given level were significantly rarer than characters of the level directly below. As some of the answers below have said, though, it's setting-dependant.
Jul
7
comment How is Paranoia - High Programmer different in play from Paranoia - Troubleshooter?
This doesn't really answer the question. It does say that there are differences between High Programmer and Troubleshooter, but it doesn't actually describe what those differences are.
Jul
7
reviewed Close How do I balance the starting equipment of my players?
Jul
7
reviewed Leave Open Advice for making an adventure entirely based on “boss” battles?