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I'm a game designer that's been playing tabletop games since the early '00s. Most of my experience is with the D&D 3/3.5/Pathfinder ruleset, but I've bee branching out more in the past few years.


Oct
16
comment Do Nightsticks stack with themselves?
This isn't a terribly useful answer. In 3.5, wands have a limited number of charges that are permanently expended on use, not spent per day. In addition, I'm specifically asking for answers that are backed up by the RAW. I'm well aware of how a DM should reasonably play this item, but I'm looking for rules citations that support one or the other interpretation.
Oct
4
comment Does 3.5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?
Would you be okay with homebrew solutions in answers, or do you only want RAW? I've got a couple potential solutions to this, but all of them are at least partially homebrew.
Sep
11
comment Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?
I disagree that the way monks get 4 attacks per round is worse than the way fighters get them, especially with how cool the Way of the Open Hand stuff is. I'll go into more detail with why I think that's still good later on, once I have time to edit my post more. If you disagree with me that much, however, then post your own answer from a more optimization-focused perspective. Admittedly, I'm not terribly great at that part of the game, so my analyses are a bit lacking when it comes to high-optimization games.
Sep
3
comment Can Wall of Stone be cast on dirt?
There are likely rocks scattered throughout, but a few rocks here and there hardly counts as "solidly support[ing]".
Sep
3
comment How does a PC make a permanent extradimensional space in 3.5?
Also, are you only interested in spells? If there's a magic item or class feature or something that grants the ability to make a permanent extradimensional space, is that acceptable?
Sep
3
comment How does a PC make a permanent extradimensional space in 3.5?
Are you looking for RAW answers, or is it alright if the answer has a touch of homebrew? Personally, I'd allow Permanency to work with Magnificent Mansion, but that's not RAW. Alternately, custom spells might solve your problem. Are you okay with reasonable, non-RAW answers?
Sep
2
comment Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?
If you're specifically looking for RAW mechanical penalties, could you add that to your question?
Aug
23
comment What methods exist to get your AC higher than 20 without magic items?
Could you spell out how you make a Barbarian with 21+ AC, just for clarity's sake?
Aug
18
comment How can I implement legacies for PCs?
In general, this is a good post, but Weapons of Legacy has nothing to do with passing weapons down to children. That book is basically just a way to have equipment that levels with you, using super-weird rules and a crappy name. While you could pass down a legacy weapon (just like you could theoretically pass down any weapon), there are no special rules for that in the book.
Aug
18
comment What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?
-1: While this is the closest that an answer to this question has come to a good source, Something Awful isn't a isn't a really reliable source for quotes. I especially feel that the post you link is likely misrepresenting Skip Williams' words, and has a tone that conveys a lot of disrespect towards him, making it more likely that the poster is overemphasizing the negativity in the statement.
Aug
13
comment Does a character with 10 Constitution only need to eat every 4 days?
-1: You use some incorrect math here, and you don't answer the question. Characters with a 0 Con mod need to eat every 4 days, according to the rule I quote, which means that "characters with a CON mod of less than +1 need to eat more often than once per 4 days" is incorrect, since 'less than +1' includes +0. You're correct that the character with a -5 Con mod needs to eat more often, but that's not what I'm asking. I'm specifically asking for clarification for the case where a character has a Con mod of 0, and assuming that I can extrapolate the rules from there.
Aug
10
comment Wild Magic Sorcerer
A couple things: Prestidigitation can't cause a surge, only level 1 or higher spells can do that. Also, surges don't happen with every spell; the DM determines if the player should even roll, and even then, the player needs to get a 1 on a d20 to trigger a surge. It will be startlingly rare for more than one surge to happen in a single combat.
Aug
9
comment When leveling - Is the hit die only added to the maximum?
Where does it say that you only get an increase to your max HP, and not current hp, when you level?
Aug
7
comment Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?
Xylitol is both an artificial sweetener and a really awesome wizard name.
Jul
23
comment When you Obtain a Cohort through the Leadership feat is it per the MM Entry or is it statted as a character?
That would be an absolutely reasonable houserule. :)
Jul
22
comment Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting in 5e?
That solution seems... really cheesy. In that case, the "right after the trigger finishes" text is meaningless, since you could reasonably apply the "when they start to X" trigger to any readied action, which doesn't seem like it's the intended behavior.
Jul
22
comment When a Sorcerer with the Maestro Bloodline casts verbal+somatic spells, are they affected by Bloodline Arcana?
Nope! Foci are foci. The line says that the spell can't have somatic or material components, but it doesn't say that the spell can't have a focus, so you can cast spells that require foci at +1 caster level all day long.
Jul
12
comment How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability
That last part is actually true, because Barkskin also applies an enhancement bonus to your natural armor. However, if you have a bonus to your natural armor from two different sources (say, racial and enhancement), then it stacks just like anything else would. The definition here makes it pretty clear: d20pfsrd.com/basics-ability-scores/…
Jul
12
comment How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability
One thing you have incorrect here: An Amulet of Natural Armor doesn't give a natural armor bonus, it applies an enhancement bonus to your existing armor bonus. In the example you give, the character with a racial +2 Natural Armor bonus would have a total +3 Natural Armor bonus with the amulet. The text says: "... an enhancement bonus to his natural armor from +1 to +5..."
Jul
11
comment How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?
Maybe, but there's very little evidence that the canvas would stay once you shifted back. The polymorph rules say that you turn into a typical member of whatever race you're turning into, and a typical creature doesn't have spell tattoos. This is certainly in the realm of "maybe your GM will allow it because it would be so cool", though.