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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 been branching out more in the past few years.


Jun
26
comment Does a White Mage Arcanist need to Use Magic Device to activate a Wand of Cure Light Wounds?
I think you misunderstood my misunderstanding. I'm saying that if being able to cast a spell from an item lets you make a magic item, then being able to cast a spell without a magic item works exactly as well in meeting requirements. The important part is that you can cast the spell, not where you got the ability to cast the spell.
Jun
26
comment Does a White Mage Arcanist need to Use Magic Device to activate a Wand of Cure Light Wounds?
You can already make wands just by being able to cast the spell. The crafting rules say "(although access through another magic item or spellcaster is allowed)". If you can meet a prereq by having a magic item cast the spell, you can certainly meet it by casting the spell yourself.
Jun
21
comment Name of a feat, race, or something else that lets a character intimidate more types of monsters in Pathfinder
Related: Are undead immune to intimidate/demoralize
Jun
15
comment Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?
Aha. Quoting rules from the wrong edition generally gets a lot of downvotes around here. I'd suggest either significantly editing your answer so it addresses 3.5, or deleting it. If you delete it, those downvotes will disappear.
Jun
15
comment Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?
Could you provide a reference to where you're finding this text? The version on the SRD doesn't mention being able to spend an action to move the disk.
Jun
6
comment AnyDice Help: ORE-Like Resolution
What if a single die is higher than any matched set? Like, if I rolled 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 6, could I take the 6, or am I stuck with the (1 + 1 + 1) = 3?
May
31
comment How far away can you see light?
Different edition, but related because the light rules are similar: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/60253/…
May
30
comment Can the Minor Conjuration ability gained by Wizards of the School of Conjuration be used to summon rare, expensive, consumable spell components?
I don't think that ability checks would change anything. It's an at-will ability with no real cost outside of some combat action economy considerations, so ability checks would just slow down play for no real benefit. I don't think that giving suggestions for how to limit abuse of this feature other than "don't allow material components" would make the answer better.
May
30
comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
I'm accepting this answer because it's the system that I ended up using. While the homebrews that you link all have baggage that make them unsuitable for my purposes, the system in general does everything that I want, while being a lot easier for me to grok than a game like Fate.
May
26
comment Does Muleback Cords' effect apply to something/one slung over my shoulder?
One thing is unclear to me here: Did your GM disagree because you were carrying him over your shoulder, and that doesn't count as 'carrying' to your GM, or did your GM disagree because a person doesn't count as "equipment or material"?
May
24
comment How do you calculate your character's Maximum Hit Points in D&D 5th Edition?
-1: This is a pretty thorough answer, but it's sort of long and complicated for a player who is new to the game and is trying to figure out the basics, like the querent seems to be.
May
15
comment What does “overwhelming” mean in context of magic items?
In most cases, the "the spell ends" clause is redundant. The detect spells require concentration, and you can't concentrate while stunned, since you can't take actions while stunned. In the past, I've seen DMs rule that a permanent detect evil doesn't end when you get overwhelmed, it just breaks your concentration and you don't get any more rounds of info while looking at that source.
May
6
comment Does going outside of range or line of sight after casting a spell have any effect?
Related: Is heat metal too powerful?
May
4
comment Conditions of readied actions
The specific wording of the readied action isn't important for the purposes of this question. "When X takes any action" might be a better wording, but the question isn't about the specific wording.
May
4
comment What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
I think that the existing answers cover the ground pretty well. I was just trying to make a joke about the Jacobellis v. Ohio Supreme Court case: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_it_when_I_see_it
May
1
comment What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
@aramis No matter where the line is, it's pretty clear that the line is fuzzy. The best 'definition' that we're likely to find is still going to have some edge cases that give unexpected results. The games that you describe are the immediate predecessors to modern RPGs, so it makes sense that they straddle that line a bit.
May
1
comment What is the best way to increase AC as a Monk?
Hello, and welcome to RPG.SE! It looks like your answer is more a forum-style response than a standalone answer. Your answer doesn't really say anything that the current accepted answer doesn't, and it's likely that you're going to attract some downvotes because of that. I'd suggest taking a look at the tour and help center, and maybe adding something to this answer that gives more detail into what you think makes your answer different from the other answers.
Apr
30
comment Can You Plane Shift to a Plane You Never Visited?
Is it? That's odd, I've never seen it ruled that way. The 'tuning fork' doesn't have a gold cost, and "Assume that focus components of negligible cost are in your spell component pouch." There is similar wording on the 3.5 SRD. I've never played in a game where the 'tuning fork' was a thing that mattered.
Apr
30
comment When you gain equal SR from two sources, how does the “overlap” ruling work?
I changed the example to be more clear about what I meant.
Apr
29
comment Digital character sheets?
Hello, and welcome to RPG.SE! Take a look at the tour and help center if you want to get a better idea of exactly how this site is different from most forums. Your answer is pretty good, but you probably want to link to the specific google sheet template that you use, or the site that you found the sheets on. As it stands, your answer basically says "build your own sheet on Google", which isn't very helpful. If you add a link to the sheet you use, this will be a much better answer.