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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 WorldPlaying D&D 4eWriting Broken Swords RPGReading RuneQuest 6


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comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
Actually, "all editions have the same core goal" isn't true. But if you're just looking for either 4e or 5e and you're new to RPGs in general, those two are close enough I suppose. What about Pathfinder, which is quite popular and a variant of 3rd edition D&D? Adding/eliminating that may make a big difference in how many groups near you are possible options. I'm not just asking to be a pain either: the [dungeons-and-dragons] tag means all editions here, and I'm pretty sure that's not what you want to have on the question, so I'm trying to figure out what tags it should have.
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comment What other living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
@KRyan Person #11 isn't forbidden from using their single allotted vote just because people #s 1 through 10 have already used theirs. Besides, once a Q has been closed and reopened once, the pool of remaining voters is already that much smaller, so a single vote is less likely to find four more. That one vote is meaningless on its own and no reason to panic, dissuade voting, or spill over to meta.
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comment What other living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
@JonathanHobbs As I understand it, the suggested embodiment is literally importing the Pokemon character Mewtwo into a high-fantasy Rolemaster campaign.
33m
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
Further on the issue of tagging this right: are you specifically looking for any edition of D&D (including old editions that people still play), the current edition of D&D (as used in Encounters, which is 5th edition), or are you looking for a roleplaying group in general? Put another way, does what game they're playing matter to you, or is finding a group with a good schedule what's important?
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comment Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD?
I dunno about that, it looks like it answers the question just fine. You ask if you're missing anything more than just "wordiness and pretty pictures", and it says you are missing more than just that if you have anyone who needs to learn the game via reading.
47m
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
Are you not interested in a group with a regular play schedule they've made up, if they don't play Encounters?
50m
comment Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?
Web is Dex because the save is to avoid being caught by it. Notice that it uses a Str check to try to escape it after you've been caught. (Saves are reactive, checks are active.) So it works exactly how you think it should already. The nature of Str saves is a DM-facing issue (as players never choose to make a certain save), and since Basic v0.1 contains no DM-facing rules, expect Str saves to be explained explicitly in the DMG and Basic v-later. And this is still not the place to argue with the designers.
1h
comment Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?
This isn't the place to argue with the 5e designers. Besides, as I've said, ad hoc uses of saves is RAW, is "in the system". Believing otherwise is to have a significant misunderstanding of the saves rules as written.
1h
comment Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD?
You're asking what's missing… but the problem you're trying to solve is whether it's worth buying the book(s). Having the same problem, even worded differently, is how we define duplicate. (In fact, a different wording for a duplicate is valued.)
1h
comment Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?
@GregRos I'm not. The Oberoni fallacy only applies if discussing game subsystems that attempt to be balanced. Balance has nothing to do with why there are six saves. Six saves exist as a foundation for future design space and for ad hoc rulings—in a game where making ad hoc rulings is part of RAW, note. When reading 5e, assuming that balance is the alpha and omega of every rule you read will only mislead you. The design paradigm used in 5e is to provide useful and fair tools that DMs can use to adjudicate any situation, so that is the reason for most rules' existence.
2h
comment Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?
@GregRos Only on paper. The true importance of a saving throw is obviously during the game, not when reading the rules. Other saves will be important or not exactly as the DM's world makes them important. That's why every class gets one save that looks "useful on paper" and one that looks "useless on paper", so no-one optimising for the "on paper game" is hosed by DM's use of the full range of saves.
3h
comment How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?
Nah. Game time and real time have never been exclusively 1:1, and has always moved at different speeds when convenient or necessary. This fix for this problem is not doing anything unusual regarding time, certainly not unusual enough that it needs in-world justification before doing it.
3h
comment Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting in 5e?
@Zachiel 5e isn't locked down that way. Anything a PC can react to in "real" life can be stated as a trigger. (Yes, readied actions happen after the trigger is observed by the PC.)
6h
comment As a GM, how can I stop killing my games?
And regarding "plan less", this Alex Schroeder article is excellent advice for running a sandbox game with very little up-front planning.
7h
comment As a GM, how can I stop killing my games?
This might be superficially a solution for not killing off campaigns, but it doesn't solve the underlying problem of boredom and never finishing the stories the players have invested in. With that problem still intact, this would just result in a never-ending world-hopping parade of hyped-up but incomplete plots and campaign premises.
7h
comment Can PCs hide motivations from the DM?
Yeah. It's not even LE—swearing oaths with the intent of breaking the spirit of the oaths while obeying their letter is textbook Lawful Evil, but this is swearing with intent of breaking both letter and spirit. I'm going to (very IMO) call this Neutral on the L-C spectrum. Maybe even NE.
8h
comment What other living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
We don't hate fun, we're just very suspicious of it. ;) In line with the post @KRyan linked to, "absurdly useful" does tip this into leave-open territory. But to balance that and discourage it from becoming a never-ending list: use your downvotes! Lots of answers so far are borderline or outright bad. Bury them if you want to see questions like this in the future, or its answers will be used to justify closing this question and others like it.
8h
comment What other living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
How is a (demi-)god an appropriate leader of a worldly faction? Surely the high priest of its cult would be the actual worldly leader?
8h
comment How do different classes affect the damage output and thus balance of the adventuring day?
Could you clarify where you're reading these adventure day guidelines? I'm unaware of XP budget math outside the playtest. And given many conversations on the internet I've observed, many people are misreading those to say something they don't say, which I'm hearing echoed in your comments about meaningful/less-ness.
9h
comment How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?
@Falco Normally I would agree, but this is specific to the problem being asked about. The purpose here is to solve the problem of the players being slow, by increasing the in-game time the players' slowness costs the characters.