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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


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comment What's the reasoning behind the weapon restrictions on AD&D 2e's mage?
Judging by how much arging with the answers and comments you're doing, you don't seem to like what you're hearing, or you're not hearing what you want to hear. If you're looking for validation from us that AD&D is wrong and should be different, you've come to the wrong site. If you want to commiserate with people who agree with you, don't ask a Q&A site for what is "right", ask a forum for ranting-sympathy.
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comment Creating an easily-defeatable dragon
These would be nice run-up activities while levelling up to the point of taking on the dragon physically, too.
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comment What is the maximum HP of a Ranger's animal companion?
I believe that's what the Crawford quote is saying already.
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comment What is the maximum HP of a Ranger's animal companion?
Re the last paragraph: DMs are not required to choose one or the other for the entire campaign, they can choose per-creature as they wish.
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comment Does reincarnation affect magic ability?
@DavidWilkins Yes. Though they're not really lost, just overridden: you get those back as soon as you clear the negative levels, such as via the 4th-level spell restoration. Contrarywise, if it was being reincarnated that directly lost you the hit points, there'd be no way to get them back.
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comment What's the reasoning behind the weapon restrictions on AD&D 2e's mage?
@Rob In later editions, they also learn how to cast infinite cantrips and maybe even cast spells while wearing armour. What's true in a different edition/game is not particularly relevant.
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comment Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?
Hey there, and welcome to RPG.SE! Check out our tour for an idea of what we're like. This answer is nice and clear and to the point, but there's one quibble I have to make: there is no "above" or "below" here, because of those sorting buttons at the top of the list of answers, so nobody knows that you mean by "the post above". In general, it's best to not comment on other posts, and just focus on answering the question as best you can.
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comment Who published the game Challenge?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a game that is not an RPG.
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comment What's the reasoning behind the weapon restrictions on AD&D 2e's mage?
Note that "easy to use" and "requires little or no training" are not the same thing at all. Crossbows do require training—just not years of it. Also, crossbows need significant strength to load, or extra training with a separate drawing device.
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comment How do I deal with exploding dices ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?
"But this game became too furious and fast to be even fun." Could you clarify who is not enjoying this? Is it you, you players, or both? It's relevant because the solutions to each of those can be very different.
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comment Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?
That's just what wish uses to constrain your selection. And considering that it's entirely normal in 5e to cast a spell using a higher-level slot, it's not so weird to think that the slot being expended to create the spell effect is the slot that the spell references for its effect.
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comment Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?
Third interpretation: you're casting a 9th-level spell, the effect of which is "replace this spell's effect with the effect of [another spell]", at which point it continues taking effect as a 9th-level spell with the selected effect.
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comment Title of small press Space Colonization-Faring RPG
I can't find anything likely in the RPGGeek database under Liz Danforth's entry. If it's her art, she must not be credited, or it's a really obscure item.
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comment Charnel Houses of Europe: Geist Dread Domains/Dark Kingdoms
I still can't tell what the question is.
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comment Creating an easily-defeatable dragon
AFAIK, the arrow was first put into D&D precisely because of that part of The Hobbit.
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comment Charnel Houses of Europe: Geist Dread Domains/Dark Kingdoms
What is the actual question? "What parts of the book could be used..." doesn't seem to be a question for someone other than yourself to decide; or am I misunderstanding?
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comment Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?
@MatthewNajmon That mule won fair and square, no fudging, and of course there's luck (called dice), but the odds were overwhelmingly in its favour. As for level 5+: you're assuming monsters scale to the adventurers in 5e, when they don't, and you're ignoring the adjacent advice to keep the mule out of the fight normally. (Mules taking on skeletons is a fluke, not advice!) Don't bring a mule to a dragon fight, and it'll stay alive.
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comment How to ease down the munchkin factor?
You start with the term "Armchair Strategist", but end up describing a certain kind of Turtling behaviour [edited to provide more relevant link]. I think equivocating (intentionally or not) armchair strategising and turtling is harming this answer.
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comment In Nomine Superiors for a Psychological/Surrealist Setting
"Best" usually involves personal judgement or taste. Can you define what "best" for this means to you, so that answers could have a chance of meeting that critierium without having to guess what makes a superior "best" to you for this?
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comment Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue
How much gun detail are you looking for? There's a wide spectrum in RPGs, from "every pistol is the same in game mechanics" to "every pistol and variation on that pistol has its own detailed stats."