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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


2h
comment Does good alignment on characters mean they are not supposed to do unlawful things (for example stealing)?
@ZeissIkon In a word: yes. For one data point, druids are no longer restricted to True Neutral. If that is no longer true, just imagine how much else about alignment could have changed. (Also: this a normal danger of answering an unclear question; why it's discouraged; and why fixing it after the question is clarified is encouraged.)
2h
comment Earthdawn dice roll probabilities
The link to "The Bare Bones" article is dead now (and no Wayback Machine copy exists), but I've tracked down and contacted the author to see if they have an unencumbered copy of the article that can be hosted somewhere.
6h
comment How to house-rule re-locking a door using a lockpick?
This might be the start of a good answer. It provides only suggestions though, without any support for why the specifics suggested are worth adopting. Since anyone can just make up a house rule for a situation, the quality of the "why" separates the good answers from the "huh?" answers.
8h
comment How to house-rule re-locking a door using a lockpick?
I managed to Google-fu some real-world information on this (not authoritative, but good enough to move past the IRL issue and get on with the game stuff), and rewrote the question to just be about implementing house rules for it. That should make it solidly on-topic now.
20h
comment What was the first D&D Module?
@doppelgreener Ah! I didn't know it was part of Blackmoor before becoming DA2 a decade later.
22h
comment What was the first D&D Module?
DA2 Temple of the Frog was published 7 years after B1, so definitely not the first ever.
22h
comment What was the first D&D Module?
Are you counting only TSR-published modules?
2d
comment Does Amber's bidding process have known issues, and if so, how can they be fixed?
Title fixed, and Amber experts probably know about the well known issues enough to answer this usefully, so voting to reopen. (Besides, it was closed with our bad-old close reasons. Today it would at best be held as "unclear", but yeah, it's likely clear to Amber experts.)
Dec
19
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Interesting! For reducing the hassle of using actual coins, Ubiquity dice (which emulate coin-flip probabilities) would come in handy.
Dec
18
comment What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconcious?
@Dan That second link is for a different game though.
Dec
18
comment Pathfinder encounter building checklist
Can you tell us what is preventing you from creating such a checklist based on the things you personally forget and later remember?
Dec
17
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Rather than using comments to kibitz, how about a chat room: The Most Complicated RPGs?
Dec
17
comment What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character?
Though this was a well-received question during RPG.SE's early days, it's really two (or three) questions and isn't really up to where our standards have since stabilised. I'm voting to close now. (I suspect there's some way to redeem it, since the individual questions are solid, but I'm not sure exactly how right now. In any case, I hope casting that vote brings more eyes to this.)
Dec
17
comment How much do I tell new players about new monsters?
@MooingDuck Back in the day (before Internet access was common) I would sometimes show them the MM illustration after their PCs had had enough visual exposure to warrant it.
Dec
16
comment What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?
This is RAW in the DMGs, +1. (Whatever meta-messages people take from WotC's publishing schedule due to Hasbro's fiscal-report demands, those are not RAW.)
Dec
16
comment How long would take for a brilliant person to decypher/crack an alien language and how to use its technology?
Yeah, we really don't do speculative stuff here. If you want to answer this in terms of a practical scenario you're developing, we can help with that (if we know what game you're playing). But if it's just "I wonder, let's ask the make-believe experts", then we don't accept such questions.
Dec
16
comment How much do I tell new players about new monsters?
"This wording is unnecessarily divisive and could be improved while retaining its point, here's a meta about why, and how to fix it."
Dec
16
comment Limitations of bluffing a PC on the bluffed PC's actions
Given the past few days, probably just misunderstanding the concept of post ownership at SE.
Dec
16
comment How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric?
@user3735278 Have you read the PHB yet?
Dec
16
comment How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric?
Those are both 3.x archetypes for clerics. On what are you basing the idea that they work for 5e clerics? (They might, but might not.) Giving us some idea of why you're asking for what you're asking for would help a lot. "I'm just assuming this is a good idea" isn't a great way to try to get an optimised character, after all. What are you basing your character direction on?