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Jun
10
comment In early D&D, why would chainmail ever be preferred over plate armor?
I can attest to this. The average starting gold is roughly 105gp, which makes for some hard choices in terms of getting the best weapon, best ranged weapon and best armor. I break it down for B/X here: redvan.wikidot.com/best-equipment
May
30
comment Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?
I agree, it doesn't detract from the question at all. Still, the point made back in the meta thread is worthwhile: SE isn't in the business of enforcement, so maybe we ought to just warn posters and let them decide as a policy. I dunno, I'm pretty new to rpg.SE.
May
29
comment Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?
Update, via Meta: from WotC: "You can talk about your current and previous playtest experiences and even talk about the rules and mechanics as long as you don’t directly quote text." That may mean you need to remove the part of your question where you excerpt the Rage power. But as also noted on meta, SE isn't in the business of enforcement.
May
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May
28
comment Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?
I'm not either, but the language specifies that you can discuss your "thoughts", so I read that as "don't publish actual mechanics, just what you think about them". I really don't know for sure though.
May
28
comment Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?
IANAL, but the Online Playtest Agreement (wizards.com/dnd/files/DNDNextPlaytestingAgreement.pdf) prohibits "publishing" anything from the playtest materials. I suspect this means you can't excerpt the rules on SE.
May
22
comment Do Sleeping or Otherwise Helpless Targets Get Reflex Saves in 3rd Edition D&D?
Thanks! FWIW I upvoted yours too, because "reality" based play is very, very satisfying (and avoids a lot of the rules exploits/lawyering endemic to modern D&D).
May
21
comment Do Sleeping or Otherwise Helpless Targets Get Reflex Saves in 3rd Edition D&D?
Addendum to my answer: personally I'm torn between SevenSidedDie's approach and the approach that allows a chance for miraculous escape. As a DM and impartial arbiter of the game world, I prefer the idea that some sort of baseline "reality" should be consulted before rolling dice. But as a player, I prefer the idea that there should be some chance for survival, no matter what the odds. Split the difference and give penalties to the roll, is my advice. :)
May
21
answered Do Sleeping or Otherwise Helpless Targets Get Reflex Saves in 3rd Edition D&D?
May
11
answered What variant rules can promote a less kick-in-the-door mindset?
May
7
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May
7
comment Randomly-generating weather for a sandbox campaign
great answer by the way. I've been looking for something like this for AGES.
May
2
answered Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?
May
1
comment Overview of D&D retro-clones
AFAIK Starships & Spacemen is not a Traveller game, it's a Star Trek game.
May
1
comment What to do when your PCs skip an important part of the story line
I have two questions about motivation. Why did you expect the player to want to have his PC sneak onto the farm? Why does the NPC want to keep his mine secret?
May
1
comment Randomly-generating weather for a sandbox campaign
Is the text in your example for Day 5 wrong? A 5 on table 2 is "precipitation", so why the heat wave?
Apr
26
comment Does a magic weapon's bonus increase Parry as well as Fighting?
Great answer. @Pete, if you like this answer, make sure you accept it.
Mar
27
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Feb
17
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Nov
18
comment How does d20 Modern handle having someone at gunpoint?
I don't disagree with you--that certainly would be one way of modelling the situation. However, surprise is a pretty specific situation. Certainly IRL, someone could walk into a room, and I would have heard them coming--thus I'm not unaware--but then discover that they have a gun. So in d20 terms I wouldn't be surprised, but I would be at gunpoint.