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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


Feb
6
comment Can you use Warp to escape a Binding?
Yes, that's a good caveat. I was working with the fictional setups of Spiderman and Nightcrawler, but a binding that, say, paralyzed the target's muscles would not prevent a warp, but would still be in effect at the destination.
Feb
6
comment History of the Wish Spell
@SteveED I'm not sure that "since a player character could purchase one in the first OD&D books" is accurate. As far as I'm aware, the default before 3e (barring the DM introducing a house rule) was that magic items could not be bought. Otherwise, great research!
Feb
6
comment History of the Wish Spell
@tpg2114 D&Ds prior to 3e used table inches for all measurements, a holdover from when combat used the Chainmail wargaming rules. Since the rules used different scales inside and outside, table inches were retained as the base unit of reference long after miniatures were no longer used for combat. Inside a table inch is 10 feet, outside it's 10 yards. So they could create a 30-foot-tall whirlwind in the dungeon, and a 30-yard-tall one in the wilderness.
Feb
5
revised How do I make players appreciate roleplaying fluff and their surroundings?
fix quote format; typo
Feb
5
comment Setting up a food pantry/orphanage?
@GMJoe I believe there are building/castle construction rules somewhere outside the core three books. If you find them though, a reference would improve this!
Feb
5
answered Can you use Warp to escape a Binding?
Feb
5
revised Can you use Warp to escape a Binding?
tweak technical term capitals
Feb
5
revised Can you use Warp to escape a Binding?
copyedit
Feb
4
comment Setting up a food pantry/orphanage?
@MatthewNajmon I have. We're not talking first-world, growing teenagers here, we're talking stunted nutrient-starved orphans. And we're not talking sedentary, office-working adults in comparison either, a "poor tavern" is going to be selling to dock workers, sailors, and other people who do hard labour from sunup to sundown. They eat a lot.
Feb
4
comment What happens after I grapple as Attack of Opportunity?
When you try to grapple as an Attack of Opportunity, a rupture in space-time is caused by the sharp corner cases of the rules and the Far Realms are unleashed upon the world.
Feb
4
revised Setting up a food pantry/orphanage?
fix missing link; fix unclear sentence
Feb
4
answered Setting up a food pantry/orphanage?
Feb
2
revised What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?
edited tags
Feb
2
comment What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?
Things like this were definitely a legacy of AD&D, where most everything was designed to be DM's call. The original 3e design was never meant to change the way the game was played, only unify its mechanics. They thought they were making a small change; they really had no idea what they began.
Feb
2
comment Where is a website that lists non-traditional genre RPG scenarios and systems
@user2617804 Yes, "traditional" is the majority. RPGGeek isn't just traditional games, but since it aims to catalogue all RPGs, of course you will see more traditional genres there. Keep digging. May I suggest using the "Social" genre filter with the "Core Rules" item filter? The results are much less traditional.
Feb
2
comment What happens when you step off the battle map?
Hi, I did an edit to rearrange this, so that the basic answer comes first and the commentary is removed. (The comparison to our clueless ancestors probably will draw ire and argument.) If you think it's improved it, great! If no, do feel free to revert the edit using the edit history.
Feb
2
revised What happens when you step off the battle map?
put answer first, elide commentary
Feb
2
comment Is it legal to “use” (reference) copyrighted material in a way that requires ownership of its original publication?
@LitheOhm Mechanics would be the domain of patent law, but the US Patent Office has said that game mechanics cannot be patented. (The written description of mechanics is the domain of copyright. So you can duplicate mechanics, so long as you describe them with your own words.) Classes are less clear. Just naming them though, should be nominative use under copyright law.
Feb
1
revised Recommendation for first-time-ever RPG group
added 23 characters in body
Feb
1
revised Recommendation for first-time-ever RPG group
copyedit & formatting