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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.


Nov
19
comment How do I play in a system with rules that aren't written down?
I had to read that several times before I got it, but are you saying that a "nomothetic" person relies on specified rules, where an "ideographic" person relies more on what makes sense in the narrative? Would it be possible to explain that in a less dense form? The quote from your whitepaper is a bit hard to grok.
Nov
19
comment What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/26515/…
Nov
13
comment How to prolong a spell in absence?
If you really do need Charm Monster specifically, could you tell us what level you are, what kind of resources you're willing to spend, and how long, exactly, you need the spell to last? If you're going to come back every 3 weeks guaranteed, then it's an easier problem than if we have to account for several month long absences.
Nov
13
comment How to prolong a spell in absence?
You might get more useful answers if you asked about your specific problem, rather than your solution. It sounds like your problem is that you need someone loyal to guard your stuff for an arbitrary period of time, not that you specifically need Charm Monster to do it. If we came up with a way for a loyal ally to guard your stuff for a while that didn't use Charm Monster, would that be an acceptable answer? If so, you might want to alter your question.
Nov
11
comment When wielding a two-handed weapon in one hand, how much benefit does Power Attack confer?
-1: You ignore the contradiction between the dev posts. The 'lance' post says "such as a lance", which says that they're asking the question about other cases like this other than the lance. If you were to expand the part of your answer where you say that the lance question only referred to lances, I'd remove the downvote.
Nov
7
comment Does the Ring of Animal Friendship allow a save?
Yeesh. That's a really crappy way to spend 10K, then.
Nov
7
comment Is a Summoner wearing Mithral Breastplate subject to ASF?
Nope. He'll be getting a -1 ACP in Mithral Breastplate, but I don't think that matters, as far as ASF is concerned.
Nov
7
comment Is a Summoner wearing Mithral Breastplate subject to ASF?
-1: I'm aware that the ASF would be 10%, but it would also be light armor. Summoners ignore ASF from light armor. If you're saying that Summoners take this ASF even though the breastplate counts as medium, could you please make that a bit clearer, and explain why?
Nov
3
comment Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner
@Rob I don't like cooldowns in tabletop games, personally. I feel like the 'limit total summons out at once' option accomplishes the same thing, without the clunkiness of a cooldown.
Nov
3
comment Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner
@Kelvin The Protection from Good thing is in response to the player using Summon Good Monster, specifically. Making the player summon neutral or evil monsters is totally cool; in fact, the point of using Protection from Good is to accomplish exactly that.
Oct
24
comment Did my clothes catch fire?
I hereby nominate this question title for "Best Non-sequitur Question Title".
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.