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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 Apocalypse WorldPlaying D&D 4eScheming Earthdawn 3eReading The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding


Oct
22
comment Problem with Raise Dead?
@detly Corpse Gate specifies "at least the tip of a finger". Does Raise Dead do similar? I don't have erratad books.
Oct
22
revised Ranged accuracy
textdump formatting for that
Oct
22
comment Problem with Raise Dead?
Hair isn't really "part" of a corpse, if that's all you have. I don't have dust bunnies composed of human corpses under my couch, right? Make it require flesh and then see how long this strategy lasts...
Oct
22
revised Overly strong level 1 barbarian
format
Oct
22
comment Differences Between Freeform and Rules-heavy Roleplay
"No such thing as D&D" is such a great article. Thanks for reminding me it exists.
Oct
22
comment Can a cleric turn an undead swarm?
I think you've got CR and HD mixed up.
Oct
22
comment Can a cleric turn an undead swarm?
@Tridus Good point in the general case. In this case the finite number is HD and not targets, so for this case this answer is on-point and nicely clears up what appears to be the crux of confusion in the question.
Oct
22
comment Too many magic rings and trinkets
@KRyan Optimised and following-CR 3.5e is high magic. It's not the only way the game is played.
Oct
22
comment Identify a fantasy / cosmic horror game from its gods
Or just Lovecraft.
Oct
21
comment Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e
The way a fail is supposed to work "ideally" is that it simply switches the events path from the "easy" fork to the "more interesting" fork. However, this isn't systematised in any way, so it's left to the DM to devise "fail forward" outcomes for failed skill challenge rolls. A way to systematise this would be a good addition to the 4e toolbox.
Oct
21
comment Save against a spell thought to be harmless
I'd go with this interpretation. It's nice and RAW, and it makes the rules work much more smoothly at the table, but it also nicely jibes with genre fiction. You never hear about it at the table, but in fiction a spell almost always feels like something while it starts to take effect and during the effect settling in, and it's in those moments that the hero (picturing Conan here) either relaxes into the beneficial spell or grits their teeth against the palpable evil that is invading and tearing at their being.
Oct
21
comment Save against a spell thought to be harmless
@mxyzplk Depends on the game. "Betrayal is cool and totally awesome roleplaying" and "Betrayal is absolutely verboten and a jerk move that ruins the game" are both acceptable social contract items. Making this clear at the start of the game would be ideal, of course. (Obligatory Same Page Tool link.)
Oct
21
comment Save against a spell thought to be harmless
You imply but don't explicitly say that the choice to willingly fail the saving throw is made at the time the save would be made (that is, when the spell takes effect), so that may be worth clarifying. It's that gap of time between agreeing and the moment of the saving throw that's important to understand for a GM who's trying to sort out how this might work within their world's established how-magic-looks fiction.
Oct
19
comment How to counteract an Anti-Gravity Spell
Note that astronauts require long training to be able to move around in microgravity. Someone with no experience manoeuvring while weightless actually is close to helpless.
Oct
19
comment Does a buckler's defense apply to the PC while shooting arrows through a bow?
Historically they were used as protection by archers for when they were attacked and needed to drop their bows to draw their long knives / shortswords. They were worn, but not used, while using the bow.
Oct
19
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
19
revised How to counteract an Anti-Gravity Spell
more descriptive title
Oct
18
reviewed Approve How do I handle moving to someone's back and attacking in GURPS?
Oct
18
revised What to do about a morally ambiguous character heading towards evil?
replace blockquote formatting with something more appropriate