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Roleplayer, lapsed blogger, and full-time dad.

Started playing with AD&D 1e and GMing with AD&D 2e. Ran D&D 3.x, 4e briefly, then became a fan of indie games and the OSR and expanded my horizons from there. Fond of GMless and short-form games that suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running nothing • Playing D&D 4eScheming Earthdawn 3eReading Designers & Dragons (2014) by Shannon Appelcline


5h
comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
@Shalvenay So basically, have them hold a holy symbol that just happens to have a shield glued to it. That gets heavily into the realm of individual DM rulings. So now that's it's a personal-judgement hypothetical, at best I-as-the-DM would say sure, but it wouldn't function very well as a shield; and at worst I'd say it's an attempt to rules-lawyer away an inconvenient rule and I'd dismiss it as bald BS. Depends on the player. Here though, where I'm not making a ruling as DM but answering a question about what the rules say: no.
5h
comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
@Shalvenay Painted, embossed, cut-away — it doesn't matter. If the holy symbol is not the shield, then you can't circumvent this. You can circumvent this by following a god whose holy symbol is a shield. Anything less, and you haven't achieved identity between shield and symbol, and they remain separate things. Your DM may vary, but your DM's choices don't impact the rules that everyone else uses.
7h
reviewed No Action Needed Looking for three specific Magics & Powers in GURPS 4E
12h
comment Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?
Mind that "better" depends on your needs: if you need to disable someone or a group of someones non-lethally or without damaging nearby machines or spirits, Ball Lightning is worse than Blast.
13h
revised What to do when you seem like you do not fit in with a group?
grammar, punc, formatting
23h
comment Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?
No problem! It's a common enough mistake, as the writers of the online text (aka System Reference Document aka SRD) never thought it would get used alone and never thought to include text mentioning its limitations. I'm afraid I may have written too sternly there; but all's well that ends well I guess. :)
23h
revised Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?
deleted 139 characters in body; edited title
23h
comment Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?
Unfortunately, the online texts and the actual books are quite different. Although the rules are the same, the books are written as teaching documents, while the online text is a reference for those who already know how to play and it's hard to learn how to play from it. Now that the question has been cleared up I expect this will be reopened and a helpful answer posted for this one point of difficulty, but I strongly recommend getting a copy of at least the Player's Handbook — it will make your learning experience much easier and more pleasant, and answer many questions you will have.
1d
revised How to DM mind control effects without angering my friends?
more informative title; tag overhaul
2d
comment Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?
@anaximander Just so! That's the spirit of 5e. :)
2d
comment Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?
@anaximander "I'm going to ready a trip attack for when So-and-so Enemy attacks MyFriendRanger (after I have decided that I will do this thing)" slices that pie well enough. Point is, yes, there's a gray area where the attack action might represent continuous melee, but that gray area is a rabbit hole of infinite depth, that should probably not be followed. Anything that's reasonable and based on something perceptible should both avoid ridiculous rules contortion and unbelievable character paralysis.
2d
revised How to make D&D-like Alignment work
edited tags
2d
comment Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?
@anax Yeah, that's all fine. I didn't say "single perceivable event", I said "perceivable circumstance."
2d
revised Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
edited tags
Nov
25
comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
If nothing else, it's worth reading up on the very many ways fictional time travel might operate, many of them with their own entire models of chrono-physics. Even knowing the method of travel is just a clue, and can't decisively determine the relationship between the destination time and "home" time. At the very least, reading up on the variety of time models should reassure you that you don't need to be having headaches. :)
Nov
24
revised Do Permanent Shadow Points Ever Go Away?
title redundancy
Nov
23
comment Solo or 2 player adventures for 5e
It's a lot more fun than you might think. Here's a related question about exactly that aspect: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/19329/…
Nov
23
comment Transforming the Book of Artifacts to 5E
@Korack Can we refine/clarify the question, perhaps? Right now it asks for help converting the BoA material. From this comment exchange though, it sounds like you just need a reference for what the original spells do, and then you'd be able to handle the conversion fine from there. Is that right? If so, I don't think anyone is grasping that from the question currently, and it could be edited to be more useful to your needs.
Nov
23
comment Transforming the Book of Artifacts to 5E
@Korack If what you need is not a conversion guide but a guide at all to what AD&D spell names mean, that has been published: the AD&D Player's Handbook. (They're cheap on eBay.) There are also retroclones, free and paid, that define the spells more-or-less the same, but naming and linking them all is beyond the scope of a comment.
Nov
23
comment What is a “funnel”?
More effective would be posting and self-answering a question about the other kind(s) of funnel. We still expect answers to answer the actual question, not a question that a reader might mistake its title for.