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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 World (on hiatus) • Playing D&D 4eReading Designers & Dragons (2014) by Shannon Appelcline


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answered Are there zones that affect shadow weavers the way dead magic zones affect regular weavers?
Dec
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comment Realism of Poisoned Weapons
@waxeagle I think it's less broad than that since it describes the kind of model of interest (fast, effective, useful on weapons) and that narrows it down to one common model that is familiar to many of us, regardless of specific RPGs.
Dec
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comment Realism of Poisoned Weapons
You have to get into a more social game before realistic poisons are gameable: then the hit on your reputation and possible trial (for the upper classes) or the risk of swift execution on the mere suspicion of being a poisoner (for the lower classes) make using easy poison simply less appealing and therefore far less common.
Dec
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comment Realism of Poisoned Weapons
So: poisoned weapons are generally slow, rather than fast as they're usually modelled in RPGs.
Dec
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comment Are there zones that affect shadow weavers the way dead magic zones affect regular weavers?
@Lord_Gareth I'm afraid you have the wrong end of the rules and the fluff: the Shadow Weave exists independently of the Weave, and works in DMZs.
Dec
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comment Are there zones that affect shadow weavers the way dead magic zones affect regular weavers?
@Lord_Gareth You disagree with a statement that is qualified with "IMO the primary" (not only)? And in your disagreement you don't even argue that better DCs are actually primary, or that the dispelling difficulty is primary, just that it's "a big deal"? Those are some rather small quibbles about one sentence that's just tangential to what the question is about.
Dec
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comment Adjusting Combat Balance
There is an easy fix for the problem (real or perceived) that you have bad dice luck: have your players roll the attack and damage dice when a monster attacks them.
Dec
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awarded  Good Answer
Dec
20
comment What rulebooks should I get for an E6 campaign?
E6 often incorporates non-core stuff, but for specifically a group new to 3e and playing E6 for the heroic-ness (rather than build challenge), sticking to core is excellent advice.
Dec
20
comment Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
@TimLymington We get a lot of questions from people who don't realise that they need to mention the game they're playing. Universally these have turned out to be about D&D 3e, 4e, or Pathfinder. The phrase "Int check" is typical of those games/cultures too. Take those together, and I'm 99% sure this is about a D&D variety (if I include D&Ds named "Pathfinder"). I think the D&D tag is a very safe bet as an interim / if the OP never returns, but I'd definitely prefer them to clarify.
Dec
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comment Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
@Flamma I am 99% sure they're talking about D&D 3e, 4e, or Pathfinder, since "an Int check" is a phrase common to those games and less common to others with "Int" stats, and because we very often see 3/4e/PF questions from people who don't really realise there are any other games and they need to actually say what game they're talking about.
Dec
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comment Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream
@HeyICanChan It's only a piece of a puzzle I haven't completed. In D&D, rounds/turns don't get used outside of durations or combat. "Restarting a turn" is a weird way to phrase a power, which ties it to a mechanical thing that is not always present to be tied to. (I suspect it's just poorly written, either failing to say that it's only useful in combat, or failing to define it outside of combat turns.) I don't have a full answer to make out of those pieces, though.
Dec
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revised Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
connective tissue
Dec
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reviewed Leave Open Do level bonuses in D&D 3.5 accurately simulate learning curve with combat skills?
Dec
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
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comment Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
Do you have a particular game system in mind, or are you deliberately leaving that out to get "systemless" answers?
Dec
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comment Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream
"A round is equal to 6 seconds" is not the same thing as "any 6 seconds is a round".
Dec
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comment PCgen domain specific spells
Have you read the Pathfinder rules? Playing around with PCGen won't teach you how combat works or how casting spells works, because those are not part of creating a character.
Dec
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comment Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream
Are you drawing from the deck during combat? Or do you have a house rule that says combat turns exist outside of combat? I don't see any other way for the ability to "restart [your] turn" to be relevant to the deck.