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Sep
4
answered Noble drow possibilities to not be seen by them (if one has a magic item/spell active)
Feb
22
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
6
comment How should I inform players about 'meta-objectives'?
@SevenSidedDie: In my view, if players tend to ignore such details, that means this style of play isn't what they're playing for, and perhaps focusing on the combat rather than the reputation mechanics (playing "kick-in-the-door style," as described in the 3.5 DMG) is more appropriate for them anyway.
Jun
30
comment What do I do when I suspect players may be fudging rolls online?
That figure of 70 million doesn't consider how many of those games were played in a system where dice rolls are trusted to the player. It is far more likely to see cheating in a game like this than one in person or using a synchronized dice roller.
Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Dec
12
awarded  Commentator
Dec
12
comment What are the pitfalls when swapping characters between players?
Instead of describing it as "you're confused", why not just go all out and say "The gas caused everyone to swap bodies?" I think that would solve the problems described below of players taking risks or using magical items with other people's characters- they would be handled in character, and comedically so! ("Xanthor, don't eat so much, it'll go right to my thighs!")
Oct
28
comment How to deal with players who like to use the local authorities to solve their problems
One other suggestion about getting the guards' help- in the first encounter, have several of the guards (who are probably weaker than the party) die bravely. Perhaps the authorities still support his quest, but the bard may begin to feel guilty about endangering weaker soldiers as part of his mission, and factor that in. If such missions continue, perhaps the local guard union gets upset...
Oct
28
comment How to deal with players who like to use the local authorities to solve their problems
I'm a little surprised that a bard would so quickly run to the authorities. Most bards I've heard of have a healthy distrust of authority- being nonlawful traveling musicians, bards are basically the medieval equivalent of hippies.
Aug
10
accepted Is the DC for the first hour of a forced march 10 or 12?
Aug
6
asked Is the DC for the first hour of a forced march 10 or 12?
Apr
19
comment What is the best way to compose/express a resurrection wish in D&D?
@user867: "I wish he was alive again," would, of course, work only if you have his corpse. Don't do it if he's been buried!
Apr
19
comment Domains for a Sorcerer with Domain Access
Why would a Sorcerer want the War or Metal domains?
Mar
16
awarded  Scholar
Mar
16
accepted How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?
Mar
14
comment How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?
Mordenkainen's private sanctum would also mean that anyone looking into the area from outside "sees only a dark, foggy mass." That would put a damper on your average gladitorial match. And if the audience is included in the private sanctum, I think they would still be able to use divinations (it can't penetrate from outside, but the spell doesn't say anything about divination spells cast within the sanctum fizzling)
Mar
14
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
13
comment How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?
Of course, having an AMZ in a gladitorial arena would be pretty unfair to any battling spellcasters :) but otherwise I see the appeal
Mar
13
comment How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?
While this is in a homemade universe, I think the same problem and solutions would apply to any setting (unless you can think of a counterexample)
Mar
13
awarded  Student