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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 The Guide to Glorantha


2h
comment How does Empowered Evocation work with Magic Missile?
Actually, given the wording of the spell doesn't combine the darts when the target of the three missiles is the same, I'm pretty sure the damage rolls remain distinct. You still have three targets, just the same creature targetted three times by three missiles. This reading is consistent with both the "once per target" Mearls tweet and the existing once-per-damage-roll wording of Empowered Evocation, whereas the "all missiles at one target means one bonus" requires a rewrite of the ability (as people are complaining on twitter).
3h
comment Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?
@Chryckan Sleeping in clothes is even less encumbering, but if you've every fallen asleep in your day clothes you've noticed that it's not exactly quality sleep. Armour would be worse, including padded.
1d
comment How to avoid arguments with a player about what “should” happen?
No need to guess, Lady Blackbird can be downloaded right here.
1d
comment What does “Strength modifier damage” mean?
@mxyzplk It's not a duplicate. It's not misunderstanding what a strength mod is, it's not understanding what the non-existent "str mod damage" is, because they're misreading the words and it's a non-existent game object. (See my answer.)
1d
comment Can I get innate precognition abilities without psionics, religion, or being a sorcerer?
Wikipedia article on the mutant trope in fiction.
1d
comment Tricks allowing continuous narration during a fight
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about wanting to have a discussion on a subject.
1d
comment How best to include a 4-5 year old in a D&D 5e game
-1: Experience with bored adults isn't relevant—4yos don't behave like adults.
2d
comment How can I recognise when a Scene should be skipped?
NB the name of this technique you're looking to develop skill with is "aggressive scene framing." General information on "scene framing" is also helpful to read about.
2d
comment How can I assassinate someone and make it look like an accident?
Does it have to look like an accident to everyone, or is it OK if the other PCs learn what is going on?
2d
comment How can I clean a stained battlemat?
Can you elaborate on how exactly you used it, and how it worked? Did the ink dissolve instantly? After soaking for three days? After rubbing it in? By carefully wiping it off with synthetic rabbit fur? Etc, etc: Tell us a story, paint us a picture, so that it can be reproduced. Don't make us guess how you accomplished this! :)
2d
comment Detect magic (drows) and invisibility (spells)
I believe how it works is that drow nobles have it constantly on, but to use it they must still concentrate. But, that question isn't mentioned anywhere above. If that's what you really meant to ask, you should ask that directly instead of asking about attacking an invisible target.
2d
comment Detect magic (drows) and invisibility (spells)
This appears to be answered by the answers on the question you link to. How is this question different?
Aug
30
comment Dungeon World Leveling at level 10
@iraserd Supernatural mental ones (Wis), pain (Con), being seduced (Cha or Wis), etc. But it's ok to be a ninja—being competent is good, and you're there to be a fan of the PCs: "challenge them" is explicitly not in your Agenda. But also remember: GM moves don't necessarily trigger Defy Danger. Separate them? They're separated. Deal damage as established? They get hurt. Giving them a DD is a soft move, you don't have to make soft moves if you've already set up a later hard move, or they give you a Golden Opportunity (ignoring a danger or missing a roll).
Aug
30
comment How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?
Though one use of keeping at bay in that situation I could see, is three spear-holders: two to keep it at bay, one to stab it. Result: safely at bay and not a threat, the two aren't leaving openings, and the other can safely stab without a move.
Aug
30
comment How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?
@iraserd yeah, no point in making it complicated. The problem is that what move trigger depends very sensitively on the exact situation's circumstances and details, as well as the precise fictional action(s) being attempted and towards what end. And that's by design, to put the emphasis on playing the fiction, not the mechanics. It makes it very easy to have a variety of answers as to which move fits a hypothetical situation.
Aug
30
comment How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?
@iraserd Yes, you're missing an important point. If the end point of an action or series of actions is stab the goblin with a spear, futzing around trying to get an "optimal" move or chain of moves is counterproductive. Just stab the goblin. The only reason to hold the goblin at bay is if that's what you want to accomplish in the first place, for some other reason. Like, interrogate it, or keep it from grabbing the jewel without using lethal force, or make it stay still so a friend can take the jewel from its hand, etc.
Aug
30
comment How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?
@iraserd What does "easier" have to do with anything? If they don't trigger H&S, they don't trigger H&S. If they want to avoid multiple moves, they have to take actions that don't trigger multiple moves. Yes, keeping a goblin at bay with a spear is not safe, because it's not helpless, just kept at a distance. If you want safe, do something else.
Aug
30
comment Dungeon World Leveling at level 10
@iraserd It would take 35 level-up moves to get +3 in all your stats, which would be exactly 6th level in your fourth class. That is incredibly unlikely to happen in a real game due to how long the campaign would have to go on without that PC dying or choosing to retire/mentor. And even a +3 only means you don't miss 8.3% of the time. So perhaps I overstate the concern about ability score in the beginning. :) If someone is that devoted to a PC and manages to play smart enough to live to 6th level in their fourth class, they've earned getting full hits on 83.4% of moves!
Aug
30
comment How much does it cost to hire a Hireling?
@iraserd I don't see the conflict there. Yeah, maybe worth a question, then.
Aug
30
comment How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?
@iraserd Not no move, just not H&S. If you've got a goblin safely at bay and nothing else threatens you, you're not in melee and stabbing at it isn't H&S. But! If you have it safely at bay at then go to stab it, you might do it well and stab, or poorly and give the goblin an opening: defy danger, the danger being the goblin gets away/ducks inside your thrust/shouts an alarm since its life is ending anyway/etc.