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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


Sep
4
revised Para-elements by mixing two Classical Elements
sp. also, "thixotrophic" is an awesome word
Sep
4
comment Para-elements by mixing two Classical Elements
I think this may suffer from being primarily opinion-based, which might see it closed. My own suggestions would be: mud sounds water-dominant, so try soil for earth-dominant instead of mud? Same for water + wind: make that frost (a bunch of water, influenced by a bit of wind) or something, while water + wind = fog. (Ever seen fog when the wind is "dominant"? The fog doesn't last. Fog works best in still air.) That leaves fire + wind... perhaps a furnace wind without flame (flame, presumably, covered by Fire in its unmixed form)? In short, re-examine your sets and see if there's room left.
Sep
4
comment Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
@JohnW Ah, yeah, hopefully they're clear in that version! I don't have DDI either, so I only have my first printing of the core three books as reference.
Sep
4
comment My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
Dungeon World is one of the ones I was tempted to suggest but eventually rejected the idea: it allows (but also demands) a lot of creative authority from the players, which may be ill-received after their first experience with that kind of play.
Sep
4
comment Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
@JohnW 4e is actually designed the same way TCGs are: the text on the cards (powers) is a modification of the default rules, but they will often not make sense or be useful without consulting the relevant default rules. I'm just emphasising that you have to go to the source (the rules on sustaining) to understand the power, which fact you seem to have been steadily rejecting in the preceding comments.
Sep
4
revised My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
link to two useful questions here
Sep
4
comment Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
@JohnW The Sphere's text doesn't need to say that, because (like everything in D&D 4e) you obey the general rule first, and only disobey the parts that the power changes. The text only changes the duration (end of encounter instead of 5 minutes) compared to the default rules, so you use the default rules with only that change. You can't play the game by only reading the text on the powers—you have to also know the general rules.
Sep
3
answered My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
Sep
3
comment My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
A clarifying question: do you think having examples of what to do when the dice aren't rolling would be the right kind of help, or do you think an RPG that gamifies the non-combat parts of play would be more helpful?
Sep
3
comment Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
@JohnW Have you read the rules for sustaining? PHB (original printing) p. 278 describes it: a sustain allows you to take an action every round to continue the effect. Normally this is limited to up to 5 minutes duration, but it can say otherwise. So "You can sustain this power until the end of the encounter" is changing the maximum time limit, it's not the effect of a single sustain action.
Sep
3
comment My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
Quite aside from system recommendations, I'd recommend downloading a copy of Greg Stolze's "How to Run Roleplaying Games" and its companion "How to Play Roleplaying Games". (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the download links.) The former is good advice that a GM can usually find in the GMing guide for their system, but is still good on its own (especially since you haven't picked a system yet); while the latter would be helpful to your fellow players so they can have some idea of what to expect and do during a game.
Sep
3
comment Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
@JohnW Nothing in D&D works that way, though?
Sep
3
comment Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
@JohnW Do you have any reason to believe that you can't repeat the sphere's attack each round at the cost of a standard action? Why?
Sep
3
answered Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?
Sep
3
revised My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?
fix name
Sep
3
comment When Are Aspects Not Necessary?
It's worth noting that Fate Core significantly changes how situations like this work. The "Aspects Are Always True" rule means that all the players can use the columns for free (they provide an obstacle that the opposition has to deal with) and can tag them for extra explicit effect as is sensible. I wouldn't mention this here except that this is apparently how Fred Hicks always intended Aspects to work, and only now is this being explicitly made clear, contrary to how everyone has been playing them.
Sep
3
comment What tools are available to create custom dungeon maps?
(Last, I'm only one user. If you don't like my attempt at constructive criticism or think that my opinion is an outlier here, you needn't pay it any attention.)
Sep
3
comment What tools are available to create custom dungeon maps?
On the subject of Gamecrafter, if it is an excellent answer in principle, some description of how would be useful. As it stands, it sounds like it's merely a site where people can purchase pre-made tiles or upload their own, not a site that offers tile creation tools. If it offers tools, then it does in fact answer this question, and mentioning the actual tools would be helpful.
Sep
3
comment What tools are available to create custom dungeon maps?
If a mere warning against careless self-promotion—not a censure, not a demand to remove it (which is not necessary anyway)—is enough to put you off the site, then I am not convinced that the warning is inappropriate. We are a self-moderated community, and acceptance of that is kinda necessary to participate. Incidentally, I'm unable to figure out how to add a grid or hex overlay in Gliffy, which makes it hard to use for this purpose without a more detailed explanation. That's the kind of oversight I'm warning against in thinking promotion first, community service second.
Sep
3
comment How would I run a game of Legend without a Battlemap?
Unless you're comparing it to 4e, this is off. Legend and D&D 3.5e have some significant differences in how important the grid is. In particular, 3.xe was designed explicitly to have the grid be optional.