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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. Particularly fond of GMless and short-form games because they suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running Dungeon WorldPlaying D&D 4eReading The Guide to Glorantha


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reviewed Leave Closed Are there other RPGs with the phenomenon where the class that is stereotypically the best at something isn't the best at all?
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reviewed Leave Open How do I analyze and improve myself as a GM?
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comment Why is there such a big cost difference between Trap Crafting and a simple Bear Trap?
What's a Bridget? (Nice answer BTW.)
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comment Why is there such a big cost difference between Trap Crafting and a simple Bear Trap?
The spoiler markdown is apparently a bit hacky, so it doesn't handle multi-line spoilers automatically like normal quote markdown do. It either has to be all one line, or have the markup in front of every line.
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revised Why is there such a big cost difference between Trap Crafting and a simple Bear Trap?
fix spoiler text
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revised Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E
edited tags
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comment What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?
Spell effects are the most mysterious of things in D&D. They can be different and create ad hoc effects if they want to. It's possible that they meant to leverage the temporary HP mechanics for aid, but that's guesswork and the fact is they didn't in Basic v0.1.
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comment What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?
They don't work like temporary hit points from any edition at all though. As the question says, temporary hit points don't go away last, they get used up first in 3e and in 5e too. If they're all gone later, you don't lose them again after the granting spell expires. These though, do.
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reviewed Leave Closed Arch-enemy or situational obstacle?
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awarded  Nice Answer
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revised What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?
edited tags; copyedit
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comment What living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
Meta question about this question: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/4822/…
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comment Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?
@Thunderforge The core of 5e isn't a Mechanical Object Activation engine (that's 4e, and a little 3.x), it's an engine for resolving declared action, so such things are not built into its foundation—allowing people to avoid those things unless they like them. Fighters and rogues will probably always be boring to that person; but expect more complex mechanical toys in other PHB classes.
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comment What living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
Sadly, this is becoming just a big ol' list question.
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revised How do I prevent my players from hopping on a railroad when I'm not railroading?
overhaul the question to be about what the comments say it's supposed to be about, as distinct from the possible duplicate
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comment Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?
@waxeagle And that combo actually might be something you can improvise, but have to work for to set up outside the character-advancement subsystem. First: how does he accomplish that, actually and physically? How could those physical actions be replicated in a description of mundane bodily movements and use of tools? Break it down into the actions (codified) and motions (improvised) that constitute it. If it's superheroic it might not be possible still in one round, true, but no character has ever translated to a new game with their precise mechanics intact.
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revised How can I include Dresden-Files-style vampires in my Pathfinder game?
replace code formatting with prose formatting, http://meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/1483/is-there-a-functional-purpose-to-putting-things-in-code-text-here
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comment How can I include Dresden-Files-style vampires in my Pathfinder game?
Since the Black Court is the Bram Stoker vampire and in Pathfinder that's the Nosferatu, perhaps that would be a better equivalence than the standard PF vampire?
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comment Does the Augmented Humanoid subtype count the creature as humanoid for spell effects?
@Arkhaic There are two answers here to vote on, you don't need to argue the point in comments. I'm not going to reverse this answer's point to match the other answer.
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comment Does the Augmented Humanoid subtype count the creature as humanoid for spell effects?
@Arkhaic Those articles are often considered to be wrong in a lot of ways, and even WotC don't consider them official FAQ/errata for the game. (It doesn't say it's a "single subtype" anyway, for whatever that matters; its argument works differently.) For the purpose of polymorph I can see why it would be sensible to rule that way; but for undead humanoids + Enlarge Person it's counter to what's sensible. I suspect this is one of those rules that is broken in the sense that it doesn't work well or as intended in all circumstances.