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Roleplayer, lapsed blogger, and full-time dad.

Have been playing and GMing D&Ds since AD&D 1e up through D&D 4e, with side-quests into even older editions. Becoming a fan of indie games and the OSR in the mid 2000s expanded my horizons. Fond of GMless and short-form games that suit a busy schedule and are good for enticing non-gamers into the hobby.

Running Apocalypse WorldScheming Hillfolk RPG and RuneQuest 6 GloranthaReading everything by C. J. Cherryh


Mar
24
comment Can I use a Familiar or a Ranger Companion as temporary mount?
@Voj I'm not sure what you're asking. Are you asking if a drow can physically ride a dire wolf, or are you asking if your DM would allow it? If the first, then I've pointed you at the PHB page with the answer. If the second, only your DM can answer that.
Mar
24
answered Can I use a Familiar or a Ranger Companion as temporary mount?
Mar
24
comment Can an Immediate action be taken after an attack hits but before damage is rolled?
Yep, it's a practical quality-of-service/content concern rather than a hard rule. Multiple questions in one question-post lead to the answer being spread across multiple answer-posts, and the voting system doesn't handle that well. Just split it: Cut the last two paragraphs and past them into a new question called "Does casting Wave Shield provoke Attacks of Opportunity?"
Mar
24
revised Is there a way to browse Scabard's characters, irrespective of their campaign?
edited tags
Mar
24
comment How do I determine an NPC's skill levels?
I think it's a useful question that will gather good answers, though possibly not the kind of answers you'll find applicable to your need. I would consider asking a new question specifically about needing to make political opponents with tuned difficulty for "social combat" situations. If you do, I'd give it a day or two to gather answers before self-answering, too, to see what comes in.
Mar
24
revised Can an Immediate action be taken after an attack hits but before damage is rolled?
more descriptive title
Mar
24
comment Using downtime activity to research spells
Yeah, I don't think this works. You do need to know the spell before creating any magic item involving that spell.
Mar
24
comment How do I determine an NPC's skill levels?
Ah. That explains it. As a rule of thumb, you should always ask about your real problem and not try to make it more general. Notice how the other answers don't help you at all with how to build NPCs that offer a balanced political "combat" opponent. That's what artificially making a question more general does: produces answers that are useless to you.
Mar
24
comment How to replace the party's face?
It sounds less like the problem is that nobody would want to step up and be the Face, and more that… something… is wrong with not having one. What is that something? Is it that there won't be a proactive player? Or that lacking social-focused skills will be a mechanical problem? Something else? Why do you think someone need to step up and become the new Face?
Mar
24
comment How to replace the party's face?
I'm unclear on which of the two problems this is about, and what the problem with it is. Is the problem how to get the quiet player to be more active, or is it how to find a new player? Which one are you concerned will cause "grinding gears"? And, if you please, could you replace that metaphor and tell us what you're concerned about happening?
Mar
23
answered What kind of people would I need to crew a trade caravan?
Mar
23
comment Specific charming rules?
@TobiasFizzlewig Don't discount that being charmed is a fact describing the fiction you've established; it doesn't have to begin and end with being an effect with rules. You can let them just be bare rules and that's a totally valid way to use the game, but if you're looking for "more", the more is in the fictional meaning.
Mar
23
comment How do I fix an overpowered character in a party?
Related (from the player's side): What to do when your character is just too good?
Mar
23
comment Using downtime activity to research spells
Great question! This is a core downtime activity of wizards in earlier editions that, like 5e, put a lot of emphasis on characters' between-adventure goals and activities, and those editions provided detailed systems and DM guidelines for researching existing and new spells. That they're missing from 5e (so far) is a big opportunity to fill a need.
Mar
23
comment Using downtime activity to research spells
In many other editions, "spell research" means any spell you don't already know, not just ones that don't exist yet; so that's not really a valid counter point.
Mar
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
23
comment How do I determine an NPC's skill levels?
Are you using PC or NPC rules to stat them?
Mar
23
revised Can you use assistance actions in combat?
added 4 characters in body; edited tags
Mar
23
comment Pushing enemies into/over difficult terrain or cliffs in 5e?
@fortuna Yes, absolutely!
Mar
23
awarded  Enlightened