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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 nothing • Playing D&D 4eScheming Earthdawn 3eReading Designers & Dragons (2014) by Shannon Appelcline


Dec
19
answered Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
Dec
19
comment Do level bonuses in D&D 3.5 accurately simulate learning curve with combat skills?
Do real-world stats for a concrete "combat skills learning curve" even exist to compare D&D to?
Dec
19
revised What do the terms “lines” and “veils” mean?
edited tags
Dec
18
comment When giving out magic item treasure, do I replace or supplement what characters have?
@WolfmanJoe It resembles a tabletop MMO to an outsider, kinda like a foreigner hearing Portuguese might mistake it for Spanish—both impressions are superficial and really wrong. 4e could be called a tactical-combat storytelling adventure game. I dislike it strongly, but it's very good at fulfilling its valid design goals.
Dec
18
comment What is the limit of the DM's power over the PCs?
@mxyzplk It's an answerable question followed by a rant. By all means, edit to remove the rant if you think it should be—what's left will still be answerable—but I think it's context that demonstrates where the asker is coming from, however misguided.
Dec
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
18
comment Can a blinded witch still use her Hex ability?
Hm. Good question. Does a hex need line of sight, or just line of effect to a target for it to be a legal target? I'm not sure.
Dec
18
comment Smallest practical party size in Savage Worlds
You've already intuited most of what I'd answer. "a GM and one player [is possible] ... less than appealing ... [no] minimum set in the rules". It's all taste, and there's nothing in SW that really alters that: more is better for enjoyable group dynamic reasons, but not really system reasons.
Dec
18
comment Smallest practical party size in Savage Worlds
Also related: How many members make up the typical Savage Worlds adventuring party?
Dec
18
comment Smallest practical party size in Savage Worlds
Related answer to a similar question: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/30586/321
Dec
17
revised How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?
pretty links
Dec
17
revised How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?
just one example
Dec
17
revised What is the etymology of the term 'Gish'?
edited tags
Dec
17
comment How many epic spell seeds can you know?
+1 for answering the direct question. As a suggestion, you could extend this by explaining how seeds are gained/known/tracked.
Dec
17
comment How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?
@KRyan Fixed link!
Dec
17
revised How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?
fix broken link
Dec
17
revised Should players be allowed to act outside their characters' boundaries when it suits them?
fixes for punctuation, typos, and sentence clarity
Dec
17
revised Star Wars Saga Edition for the 3.5 player
fix username
Dec
17
reviewed Leave Open What is the limit of the DM's power over the PCs?
Dec
17
revised What is the limit of the DM's power over the PCs?
note the difference between just taking away stuff, and stuff going away for in-game reasons