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My RPG History

I started with AD&D2e and Palladium's TMNT in the late 90s, and have moved through 3.5 to 4e (both of which I considered to be improvements over their predecessors), with brief detours in Kobolds Ate My Baby, Big Eyes Small Mouth, the old d6 Star Wars, d20 Modern, 4e Amethyst, and Roll for Shoes. While I haven't played much of it (only some generic/Hunter nWoD), I've read up on most of White Wolf's stuff (oWoD & nWoD, Scion, Exalted) because I like parts of their systems and love their fluff (especially Exalted & oWoD). I DM from time to time but prefer to be a player. I've also had some fun with Microscope.

Current Games

My main group recently built our own system, a blend of 4e combat, the FORGE system from Iconoclast for skills, and GURPS advantages, because we want something in between 4e and 3.5 and we all agree that DnD Next looks like it's going to be terrible (you can tell Mearls just doesn't understand why anyone might want a playstyle other than his own; polling has let him know that many people don't like what he likes, but he has no clue why, or how to appeal to those people). We made our own setting using Dawn of Worlds (warning, PDF!). Lately though, we've been looking for a change in tone and have been trying out Roll for Shoes, FATE Core, and Legend.

I'd like to try 13th Age, and am looking forward to Red Aegis.

Current Distractions

Currently Reading: Hugh Howey's Wool

Currently Playing: The Secret World, Warframe, FTL, Penny Arcade: Gamers vs. Evil

Currently Programming In: C#

(updated August 11, 2013)


Oct
16
comment How to challenge epic level characters?
4e doesn't have Wish. For 3.5 I'll just point out that the Wish spell's description explicitly calls for the DM to twist the result in ways the players didn't intend if it's not used to produce one of a few specific effects.
Oct
16
comment How to challenge epic level characters?
This should be tagged with a specific edition (probably 3.5 from the description). The utility capabilities of epic characters varies wildly from edition to edition, and some editions don't even have a concept of "epic".
Oct
6
comment Booming Blade: Initial damage is what damage type?
@Admiralshlork Correct, because Thunder's Rumble says its bonus applies to "thunder damage rolls". Something like Raging Storm, on the other hand, would give its feat bonus to initial damage roll, since its bonus applies to "damage rolls when you use a power that has the ... Thunder keyword", and Booming Blade does indeed have the Thunder keyword.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
reviewed No Action Needed Can a default Duuk-Tsarith perform the Stone-To-Flesh spell for creation of a Watcher?
Sep
29
reviewed Reviewed Shatter spell versus mundane weapons and armor
Sep
27
reviewed Leave Open What's the deal with Pazuzu?
Sep
27
reviewed Reviewed Why is spellcasting not improvisational, like martial combat is?
Sep
25
comment Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?
Retracting close votes has some complications. It may be better to wait until it's closed before editing.
Sep
21
reviewed Leave Closed Are any 5e multiclassing options particularly strong compared to the base classes?
Sep
21
reviewed Reviewed What is the typical range of high ability scores in D&D 3.5?
Sep
21
comment What is the typical range of high ability scores in D&D 3.5?
What do you mean by "drawing the line"? Are you a DM & considering limiting your players? Are you a DM and trying to plan for what your characters might do? If you're considering limitations, what are you trying to accomplish with them?
Sep
20
comment Can Lodestone Lure be used on adjacent targets?
Correct. If it meant you couldn't target adjacent foes the power would explicitly say so.
Sep
18
reviewed Leave Open RPG With Character Moral Growth and Corruption?
Sep
17
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
9
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
6
comment What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?
@MatthewNajmon 1) I didn't make the list, I merely reposted it; note the links at the top of the list. 2) Fighter is probably tier 5 because, used properly, all those feats let you specialize in something that lets you be not completely useless, such as tripping (a tripping fighter is better than a tripping monk). 3) I'm not the resident 3.5 expert; I recommend going to chat & asking for KRyan if you really want to discuss this.
Sep
4
comment Can a character change alignment and deity during the campaign?
Note that you can also change your alignment and keep the same deity. Your deity might not like it, but that displeasure is expressed through plot consequences (priests and angels coming to chew you out) rather than through mechanical consequences (such as losing spell casting or other features).