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Sep
23
comment How can we fish an indestructible item out of lava?
I wouldn't actually call 3e the "grandfather" of Pathfinder. More an older brother, which the younger is influenced by and tries to emulate and even prove itself better. But I'd save "grandfather" for 1e at the newest. :)
Sep
21
comment Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?
@Hennes Which only makes it less likely to hit the exact average. It increases swinginess, which is exactly the opposite of relying on the average. It does mean that it can be real bummer if you roll low, but also a real win if you roll high.
Sep
21
answered Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?
Sep
15
revised Creating elder magi
added 21 characters in body
Sep
15
revised Creating elder magi
added 558 characters in body
Sep
15
revised Creating elder magi
edited body
Sep
15
answered Creating elder magi
Aug
25
awarded  Announcer
Jul
28
comment Looking for RPGs without character-classes
@Ferox It's a good start, but it's still a very broad question. I can easily think of several answers that fit thebill (Ars Magica, Dresden Files, and others) none of which will be the correct one, which doesn't really fit in well with Stack Exchange's "concrete answers to concrete questions" goal.
Jul
28
comment Looking for RPGs without character-classes
@Ferox We've put your question temporarily on hold until we can focus it better. It's not punishment, just a temporary hold until we can make sure the question generates good, relevant answers.
Jul
17
reviewed Approve What are the limits of Mage's Magnificent Mansions?
Jul
16
comment Number of GURPS 4th Edition Source Books
Forums posts like this suggest that the differences between the 3rd and 4th editions aren't huge (like D&D 3.0 vs. 3.5), so it's possible SJG didn't want to waste time and money reprinting nearly identical books.
Jul
16
comment Why does the Folk Hero get a shovel?
Shovels are useful. You can dig a trench. You can clear ground for a sleeping bag. You can cook on it.
Jul
14
revised How is treasure determined randomly for CR 21 or higher creatures?
Erased links to copyright infringements.
Jul
14
answered Where does the “apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order” rule come from, if it exists?
Jul
11
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
9
awarded  Convention
Jul
9
comment Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?
Again, the concept of hit points or damage dice are an out-of-universe model we use to describe the varied vagaries of combat. For someone to be able to classify his own reality the way would require a huge leap of logic and willingness to accept that things are radically different than they seem - which is what my last paragraph is about.
Jul
9
comment Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?
But you'll have to make the entirely out-of-play decision to group these exact events as a miss, as opposed to (say) rolling 1 on the damage die, which is a hit, but with almost the same in-world effect as a miss.
Jul
8
comment Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?
The basic assumption in most games is that this pattern exists in the mechanics, not the story. We might bundle a bunch of stuff under "miss", but for the wizard, you have fizzles, and misses, and it-hit-but-the-guy-shook-it-off, and any number of distinctly different scenarios.