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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)


Mar
16
answered Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?
Mar
14
comment Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?
Exactly. Alternately, it might have said, "This power can be used in place of a basic attack," in which case it would not have benefited from Deft Blade.
Mar
12
revised Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?
added 33 characters in body
Mar
12
answered Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?
Mar
11
answered Is rolled death during character creation ever OK?
Mar
7
reviewed Leave Closed What are the benefits of owning a physical book?
Mar
7
reviewed Leave Closed Online Post-Apocalypse Generators & Aides
Mar
7
reviewed Close How much is a Second roll worth in Modifier Bonus
Mar
3
comment What happens to effects when their origin dies?
I didn't down vote you, but I'm not up voting either. While I think you're correct, there should be a definitive answer to this in the rules. There should be either a rule explicitly describing what happens to effects when their originator dies, or a counter example where an effect explicitly does or does not end when the originator dies (implying that normally the opposite would happen). 4e is heavily based on "what the rules say" rather than common sense; it jettisons simulationism to preserve balance (and reduce corner cases and GM fiat).
Feb
28
comment Does Avatar of Vice grant free uses of Dread Smite if I don't know it?
The important part here is: "If you start your turn available of your dread smite power..." You don't have a dread smite power, so that section doesn't apply to you.
Feb
27
comment Are there any skill rank house rules?
This question is ok, but it needs a title that better describes what you're looking for. My first thought on seeing the title was, "That's gonna get closed for being too broad." It also is unlikely to help other people with the same problem find this question.
Feb
25
answered Can you get the benefit of Saving Inspiration without spending a healing surge?
Feb
24
comment Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”
Worth checking: does the player object to being evil, or do they just feel their character wouldn't become evil? If it's the latter, their character can become an NPC foe of the party and the player can just roll a new (more villainous) character.
Feb
24
comment Armour rating inside an iron safe
One wonders what the rest of the party is doing while all these NPCs stand around and bang on the safe...
Feb
24
comment How can I build a Sorcerer who focuses on debuffing and debilitating effects?
I strongly endorse fluff/crunch separation. I'm of the opinion that crunch shouldn't even have names that imply fluff, much less flavor text.
Feb
23
reviewed No Action Needed Coming up with a numbering system for an 'omni-die'
Feb
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Do I need to take turns outside of encounters?
Feb
23
comment How can I let undead stirges keep blood drain?
I personally would recommend the Handwaving DM Fiat template.
Feb
23
reviewed Reviewed Background music for a modern thriller table
Feb
22
revised Is Wild Magic a Prerequisite for a Chaos Sorcerer?
added 25 characters in body