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Roleplayer, lapsed blogger, and full-time dad.

Have been playing and GMing D&Ds from B/X to D&D 5e. Becoming a fan of indie games and the OSR in the mid 2000s expanded my horizons for both trad and indie games. Fond of GMless and short-form games that suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running RuneQuest 6 GloranthaPlaying D&D 5eScheming Hillfolk RPGReading everything by C. J. Cherryh and King of Sartar by Greg Stafford


Oct
30
comment Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?
Hey there, and welcome to RPG.SE! Check out our tour for an idea of what we're like. This answer is nice and clear and to the point, but there's one quibble I have to make: there is no "above" or "below" here, because of those sorting buttons at the top of the list of answers, so nobody knows that you mean by "the post above". In general, it's best to not comment on other posts, and just focus on answering the question as best you can.
Oct
30
comment Who published the game Challenge?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a game that is not an RPG.
Oct
30
revised Old school dungeon with undead toads
edited tags
Oct
30
comment What's the reasoning behind the weapon restrictions on AD&D 2e's mage?
Note that "easy to use" and "requires little or no training" are not the same thing at all. Crossbows do require training—just not years of it. Also, crossbows need significant strength to load, or extra training with a separate drawing device.
Oct
30
revised Does any of the material in Kobold Press' Sunken Empires clash mechanically with Alluria's Cerulean Seas?
added 4 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Oct
30
revised Title of small press Space Colonization-Faring RPG
quote as blockquote; image description
Oct
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
30
answered Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?
Oct
30
comment Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?
That's just what wish uses to constrain your selection. And considering that it's entirely normal in 5e to cast a spell using a higher-level slot, it's not so weird to think that the slot being expended to create the spell effect is the slot that the spell references for its effect.
Oct
30
comment Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?
Third interpretation: you're casting a 9th-level spell, the effect of which is "replace this spell's effect with the effect of [another spell]", at which point it continues taking effect as a 9th-level spell with the selected effect.
Oct
30
comment Title of small press Space Colonization-Faring RPG
I can't find anything likely in the RPGGeek database under Liz Danforth's entry. If it's her art, she must not be credited, or it's a really obscure item.
Oct
29
comment Creating an easily-defeatable dragon
AFAIK, the arrow was first put into D&D precisely because of that part of The Hobbit.
Oct
29
comment Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?
@MatthewNajmon That mule won fair and square, no fudging, and of course there's luck (called dice), but the odds were overwhelmingly in its favour. As for level 5+: you're assuming monsters scale to the adventurers in 5e, when they don't, and you're ignoring the adjacent advice to keep the mule out of the fight normally. (Mules taking on skeletons is a fluke, not advice!) Don't bring a mule to a dragon fight, and it'll stay alive.
Oct
29
revised What does the Battle Cleric's Lore +2 shield bonus mean when I'm not proficient with shields?
copyedit; more descriptive title
Oct
29
revised Creating an easily-defeatable dragon
edited tags; copyedit
Oct
29
revised Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue
given the added personal experience, swap hypothetical "should" for decisive "does"
Oct
29
comment How to ease down the munchkin factor?
You start with the term "Armchair Strategist", but end up describing a certain kind of Turtling behaviour [edited to provide more relevant link]. I think equivocating (intentionally or not) armchair strategising and turtling is harming this answer.
Oct
29
revised How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?
edited tags
Oct
29
comment In Nomine Superiors for a Psychological/Surrealist Setting
"Best" usually involves personal judgement or taste. Can you define what "best" for this means to you, so that answers could have a chance of meeting that critierium without having to guess what makes a superior "best" to you for this?
Oct
29
revised Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue
SWAT (and police in general) ≠ military