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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)


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revised As a caster, is this homebrew crossbow worth using?
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reviewed Close Optimized Dex-Based Character vs Spellcasters
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27
reviewed Leave Open What better not to use Fate Core for?
Jun
26
reviewed Reviewed When is part 10 outt?
Jun
26
comment When is part 10 outt?
Hi James! Unfortunately we can only answer questions about RPG products that have been released. We don't have any special connections to Mongoose Publishing, and we don't deal in rumors/speculation.
Jun
21
reviewed Leave Open Is Dungeons & Dragons the origin of “Bahamut” as a dragon?
Jun
20
reviewed Reopen What does the paladin spell list hold for an already versatile caster?
Jun
20
reviewed No Action Needed Can a Half-Elf reach Charisma 22 naturally?
Jun
20
reviewed Leave Closed How does a creature's size affect their ability to use different sized weapons?
Jun
20
reviewed Leave Closed A pen-and-paper RPG with a “Save Game” function (and how that works)?
Jun
16
comment Upgrading from D&D Adventure System to a full D&D Campaign
It's worth pointing out that of all the D&D editions, 4e is by far the closest to wargaming. It's the only edition that pretty much requires minis (3.5 takes a little finagling but you can do without) and it's the only edition that emphasizes tactical positioning. Whether something close to war-gaming is what the asker wants is, of course, a separate question.
Jun
15
reviewed Leave Open What's the most effective way to maximize skills as a character of any class?
Jun
15
reviewed No Action Needed Upgrading from D&D Adventure System to a full D&D Campaign
Jun
15
reviewed Reviewed Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?
Jun
13
reviewed Close How should pets/summons/familiars be handled in Fate?
Jun
13
reviewed Close What's the point of the character sheet?
Jun
11
revised What paragon path should I choose for my Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage?
clean up & additional commentary
Jun
10
answered What paragon path should I choose for my Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage?
Jun
7
comment Does Hunter's Mark chain to multiple creatures
Note that the spell explicitly limits its duration to 1 hour; you can concentrate to get up to 1 hour duration, but not more than that.
Jun
4
reviewed Approve How do I implement a deferred pain stunt into dresden files?