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A SQL Server DBA that dabbles in Python, Linux, and math. On the rare occassions I have time, I play Go.


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answered How much custom content is too much
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comment Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?
As a house rule, I kind of like this. Though the question does ask for a "legal by the rules" analysis, so I think the question wants RAW.
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awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
11
answered What is the feasability of having substitute players?
Apr
10
comment Do critical failures always act as event triggers?
To expand, "fumbles" of call kinds do happen in real life and freakish accidents happen, especially in battle. One the more minor end, which I've had GMs impose in shadowrun, a gun can jam and cost you a turn and those things certainly happen in real life. Bug in "reality-plus" they can happen more often and more spectacularly and IMHO that is a good thing. Also, I love the line about archery ranges being sad places.
Apr
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awarded  Notable Question
Apr
7
answered How can I let one of my players secretly be a lot stronger than they know?
Apr
2
comment How can I decide whether being the GM is right for me?
If this is your first exposure to RPGs, you may want to try being a player first, if that is an option.
Mar
31
comment How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?
I did a lot of this stuff with AD&D 2e. It worked well there, but even then you had to gaurd against abuse. In 4e (or even 3.4) it seems much harder to pull off without breaking things.
Mar
31
answered How do we tell our new GM that we don't like some elements of his campaign?
Mar
28
comment Tracking down an adept with facial sculpt
All of these are excellent. To Expand a little, the opponent may try to lay a trap instead of trying to track him down. Does he have loved ones? Something else he wants very much? A particular type of job he would be drawn too?
Mar
27
comment Granting the Gentle Gift through original research
The footnote alone deserves an extra +1, including the fact you used a footnote.
Mar
26
comment What happens to a levitating character catching something heavy in 2nd Edition D&D?
@SevenSidedDie I see where you are coming from, but I am not sure it is "a common-sense interpretation" or at least not the only possible one. I'm inclined to agree with Jeff about the DM improvising, and if I were DMing I would have gone with "falls slowly".
Mar
26
comment How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?
You want answers for handling the fight, but these are vampires. I think the better approach is to avoid the fight. Get someone else to kill him for you, lending only indirect support you could deny later if things go wrong. If you can't pull that off, go for a more subtle revenge against his childer, his assets, his standing and reputation. Vampires are at their best when manipulating things quietly.
Mar
25
comment How can I let the players be what they want in AD&D 1e?
@HeyICanChan Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't have the book handy and forgot it was official (though we did allow it for all classes). It worked well for us.
Mar
25
comment What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?
I agree with all, but want to emphasize the lack of miniatures. I simply prefer a theater of the mind type experience, and avoiding both the expense and complexity of miniatures was a big deal.
Mar
25
comment How can I let the players be what they want in AD&D 1e?
In my experience, just rolling the dice was extremely frustrating. In different groups, I have used point buy, or a system where you rolled, but then got to adjust things up to the minimum for the class you wanted if you didn't roll well enough. But your mileage may vary, it depends a lot on the group.
Mar
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revised Can Bards attack while Performing?
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Mar
24
answered Can Bards attack while Performing?
Mar
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comment What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?
I must respectfully beg to differ. If I have a spell like that, I fully expect to be able to teleport my enemies into horrible places. For me, that would be the main purpose (and its a common trope. Look at Blink in the Exiles/X-men). If the GM wants to limit it to willing subjects, that should be part of the spell (possibly with a major reduction in spell level since that is a MUCH weaker spell).