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Mar
12
revised Damage type of quarterstaff thrusts
Minor spelling and composition corrections.
Mar
12
answered Damage type of quarterstaff thrusts
Mar
12
revised Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?
Clarified the wording of the section about frequency change versus average value change.
Mar
12
answered Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?
Mar
12
comment Locking dimensions together; immovable rods and bags of holding
@user18037 A bag can have force exerted directly on it by a knife, as evidenced by there being rules for what happens if one is pierced. Also, as it's possible to retrieve an item from the bottom of a nearly-empty bag without climbing inside, we can assume that for some reason it is always possible to reach the far side of a bag from the entrance regardless of the length of the object doing the reaching. As such, I'd be very surprised if a stone block pushed partially into the bag wasn't pushing against the far side - and thus straining it - already. (Just a tangent, don't mind me.)
Mar
12
comment How can a GM give treasure to DnD players who overcome challenges without combat?
I was once like this GM, trying to give the players the loot indicated by the WBL chart at exactly the point where I'd intended them to get it. The obsession with correct timing wasn't because I had OCD, but because I had a bad memory: I knew that if I didn't give it to them then and there, I'd likely forget to include it later - or at least, forget to include the "right" amount. Fortunately, I have since removed the influence of that accursed chart on my campaigns.
Mar
12
comment Do characters tend to get used for a while nowadays, or disposed of and replaced regularly?
@mxyzplk On first point, it's not obvious that the other question answers this one unless you've already read the other one's answers to find out, and you wouldn't know to do that unless you'd already read them. You're right that there's no way to answer this objectively, though.
Mar
11
comment What are the best barbarian/heavy player races from a narrative standpoint?
Ah, the Forgotten Realms is a well-defined setting, and while I'm not personally familiar with it, I know it contains a number of cultures well established as barbarian-producing. This should be answerable now, so I'll remove my close vote. (You might want to remove the [gurps-4e] tag, though, if it's not relevant to the question)
Mar
11
comment What are the best barbarian/heavy player races from a narrative standpoint?
This is so setting-dependant as to be unanswerable without your specifying a setting. We need to know how the setting you're using defines a 'barbarian,' which, if any, of the societies in that setting produce barbarians, and what race(s) make up those societies. Unless this information is available in a published source that we have access to, but you don't, we're not in a better position to answer this question than you are.
Mar
10
comment Should “resistance to damage from non-magical weapons” continue to affect monster CR once the party has magical weapons?
@GatesVP If I were a monster only vulnerable to magical weapons, disarming people would be my favourite trick.
Mar
9
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Why not just hire a guy named Jeeves to open your door for you?
Mar
6
comment Can a wizard who has been dead for 100 years be raised as a Lich?
I remember being told that one way of getting rid of a Lich whose phylactery had been enchanted to be indestructible was to throw it into some plane where there was little-to-no incidental matter for it to form a new body from when destroyed. Perhaps Egan could've put his phylactery on such a plane himself as a security feature, without realising it was such a bad idea?
Mar
6
comment Are there any RPGs with an insane amount of stats?
There are many, many games which require you to track large numbers of numbers, and they all deal with it in different ways and for different reasons. Some track numbers that only come up in obscure edge cases, while in others, all the numbers are used regularly. Some have resolution mechanics that require numbers to be added or otherwise combined in complex calculations, while others track very large quantities of stats precisely to reduce the amount of calculation required to resolve some situations while still maintaining playability. What exactly are you looking for?
Mar
6
comment Punishing a player for instant-actioning
+1 for order-of-operations not being dependant on order-of-speaking. In a way, this is the other side of: GM: "You open the door and see a gold goblet-" Player: "I run in and grab it!" GM: "-suspended 40 feet away over an alligator-filled chasm..." Letting a player react to information before their character would normally react often leads to implausible outcomes.
Mar
4
reviewed Reopen Is an unchangable character bad roleplaying ettiquite?
Mar
4
comment How can I revitalize an open sand box campaign?
Also, this opens up the possibility of the shire being taken over in your absence, either by the person left in charge or by some new usurper.
Mar
3
comment Are there predefined Military awards in d20?
If you do this, beware of players trying to guarantee their characters' survival by claiming they don't yet have offspring.
Mar
3
comment How specific does “beast you have seen” have to be for Wild Shape?
I just don't see how you can justify limiting the druid to only animals they've seen if they can make bits of any animal up. "Oh, I've only seen a rabbit's hindquarters, but I imagine the front end has razor-edged vorpal tentacles and lasers. I turn into that." is functionally identical to "I've never seen a sheep, but I assume they have razor-edged vorpal tentacles and lasers. I turn into that." I guess we're just two different kinds of GM.
Mar
3
comment Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?
@Miniman More seriously, there are styles of play and GMing where it is encouraged to find creative uses for spells based on their described properties. However, to avoid suspension of disbelief being broken in such a game, it has to work both ways: NPCs need to be able to work around or exploit described properties of spells, too. I've heard people say that this can lead to an arms race, but in my experience, exceptions like the elemental-slips-through-your-fingers one are rare enough that it isn't a problem.
Mar
3
comment Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?
@Miniman Really small creatures are what Bigby's swatting hand is for. Admittedly, neither spell is great against swarms. I learned that the hard way, and since then I've always been sure to carry Tenser's flyspray.