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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.


Jul
24
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
22
comment Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?
As for your list of advantages, I suspect they are more than counterbalanced by increased weight, different balance, and more likelihood of being unintentionally caught on something making you lose control of the weapon.
Jun
22
comment Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?
Good spears were more complicated than that and spears were often used as the primary weapons of even those that could afford good swords. Those people at least could easily have afforded tridents, but didn't.
Jun
22
comment How do I deal with aggressive/disrespectful criticism?
To emphasize, roleplaying is a hobby. Bad roleplaying is worse than not role playing. If you aren't having fun with someone, talk it out. If that doesn't fix it, find people you will have fun with.
Jun
22
comment Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?
I am skeptical of tridents having a combat advantage in real life. Spears were used extensively in real life by every society lacking in fire arms. Tridents were rarely used in real combat (excluding certain gladiator matches) by armies. They were used more for fishing.
Jun
14
awarded  Nice Answer
May
13
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
12
revised How do significantly differing male and female lifespans change my setting?
added 96 characters in body
Jan
6
awarded  Yearling
Dec
4
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
23
revised How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?
fixed grammar
Sep
23
comment How to GM and Play a Character fairly
I started to write an answer, but realized it was coming out almost identical to one I wrote for: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/44753/… Do the answers to that question resolve your issue? If none of the answers there answer your question, could you clarify a bit more on how this situation is different?
Sep
18
comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@Falco I agree with Flamma, but even if he is a guide that knows the terrain, way, and enemies does not mean he knows strategy or tactics. It is possible to have someone know all of those things but only really be able to give the PCs information (which may not always be right) and not able to give them good advice.
Sep
18
comment what breaks using nWoD rules with classic WoD cosmology?
This is really a side note, but I have always had trouble incorporating mages into a game with vampires and werewolves. Vampires and werewolves play relatively well together, but mages break a lot of assumptions, especially after some experience has been built up.
Sep
16
comment How Can I Play A Fighter Dual-Wielding Shields In DnD 4e
@MatthewNajmon Thanks, that is interesting.
Sep
12
comment How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?
@Lohoris I largely agree. But given a system that was not designed to realistically simulate economics, I think using inflation due to the advantages of magic as a rationale for why peasants have a lot of gold makes sense. Still, I see where you are coming from.
Sep
11
comment How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?
@Lohoris Could you expand on those comments? Handwaving is how most games handle it and unless you want realistic economics to be a major part of your game, it seems to work. The Inflation seems to me what would really happen if gold were more easily extracted and resources more easily acquired due to the existence of functional magic. I'd be interested if you could explain why you don't like handwaving or why inflation is not both realistic and able to resolve at least a large portion of the issue.
Sep
10
comment Is it appropriate to tell players the expected outcome of a throw?
I think "fudging" is a very bad idea. If a certain is necessary for the plot, don't roll and just declare the results.
Sep
5
comment Is a Staff with Finesse balanced?
Personally, I would think that a fighter, while having lots of training will generally have the wrong type of training. Flavor wise, that style seems to fit better with Monks or just possibly rogues.
Aug
31
reviewed Leave Open How can I assassinate someone and make it look like an accident?