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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 Apocalypse WorldPlaying D&D 4eScheming Earthdawn 3eReading The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding


Jul
5
comment Where does the elven “trance” come from?
Clearly, elves are descendants of dolphins.
Jul
4
comment What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
@waxeagle That it asks for DM discretion to implement how eyes work is kind of my point. All the caveats ("most" creatures "usually") and rolling vision and hearing together in Stealth and Perception indicates to me—lacking the assumptions carried forward from 4e's super-dissociated hiding mechanics—that hiding works like hiding does in reality and it gives a few loose rules for implementing the fiction as required, rather than providing a closed system that can be implemented without reference to what is happening in the non-mechanical events of play.
Jul
4
comment What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
@Grubermensch That's in combat, and in combat systems without mechanical facing, that is a common ease-of-use abstraction. Hiding isn't only done in combat though. Outside of combat, unless it says so outside of combat, where someone is looking matters and they don't have all-around vision. In fact, Hiding (61) refers to active searching, and actively searching (62) requires looking in relevant places and directions or suffer automatic failure.
Jul
4
comment Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e
There's also this that might be worth mentioning, in the vein of "nothing official, but here are some non-WotC releases".
Jul
4
revised What if a divine spell targets “allies” and your allies aren't who you think they are?
replace code formatting with prose formatting
Jul
4
comment What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
Can you cite that? Giving creatures all-around vision by default is something that needs to be explicit, and I can't find it in the text.
Jul
4
comment What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
I notice facing isn't in the first list. The system doesn't include facing for combat reasons of course, but the overall style seems to convey that fictional leverage (like "they're looking the other way") does matter regardless of whether that leverage is systematised explicitly. Do you think facing and similar visibility factors should be in the first list?
Jul
3
revised How to optimize a rogue for highest attacks/round and damage/attack?
copyedit; rm tangential tag; put the operationalised definition of "powerful" into the title
Jul
3
comment How to communicate with your summons?
@tex Yeah, pointing them out has merit, to avoid looking in vain for a special meaning in the text. But perpetuating the myth that, once identified as being non-technical terms, they are somehow hard to understand, is... misleading?
Jul
3
awarded  Guru
Jul
3
comment How to communicate with your summons?
@Scrollmaster Of course, ignoring the technical uses of words in the rules would be equally silly. But saying a word is unclear because it's not a technical term is nonsense.
Jul
3
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
3
comment What's a good way to deal with Random Encounters inside Dungeons?
I can't quite tell: is the problem just that they're not interesting? Are the players uninterested? (how do you know?) Are you bored by the random encounters? Or are you asking what to do with non-combat random encounter results?
Jul
3
revised What exactly is blackfire?
edited body
Jul
3
revised What exactly is blackfire?
Fixit
Jul
2
revised What is the caster level of a wondrous item's effects?
edited title
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
revised How to manage unarmed combat?
"unarmed" combat. "Disarmed" means having a weapon taken away.
Jul
2
revised Can Asmodeus' AD&D and 3.5e backgrounds be merged without losing anything?
rewrite title to be about overall question rather than one detail