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comment How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
If you manage to find a balance between existing (known) powers and custom ones, you can even reward that player a bit. He might still know some things (which gives the party a minor advantage), but not the main powers (which is what you want).
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answered 4e Essentials with the Kids - options for sourcing Essentials?
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answered Introducing new players to a Campaign
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answered Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?
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comment How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies
I am a big fan of Planescape and have previously run a planescape campaign for more than a year. However, the adventure mentioned in the question is set during the thirty years war in Germany, and a planescape-like cosmology would simply not fit; while there is magic and supernatural stuff, anything from another plane is more like Cthulhu: insanity-inducing horrors far beyond human understanding. Finally, religious conflict between Catholics, Lutherans and Calvinists is an important theme, and something like Elysium would answer too many questions about who's right and who's not.
Nov
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comment How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies
I am running a specific adventure (as mentioned in the question), and some of the save-or-dies are amazingly funny, or just really really weird in so many great ways, so I feel I can't really cut them out without making the adventure less interesting. And even without that, players making too many mistakes have to be punished, or the tension is lost - few things make combat as tedious and un-fun as the certainty that you have plot armour.
Nov
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comment How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies
I like your analysis, even though I disagree in a few points. And your solutions...well... I feel that the luck points are not so different from 'purchasing life' - both require to spend limited resources to solve the 'death problem'. And my problem with killing characters is more that some players wrote elaborate backstories and really give life to their character - two characters would just split that effort (as time for rpg prep is limited). Still, great answer. +1
Nov
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comment How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies
That is a great idea, and would work nicely for the current D&D Next rules.
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answered How to calculate cantrip damage
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comment How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies
But that only really works once. And if not, if the player knows their god will rez them, it's similar to the 'friendly priest' example above...
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