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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)


Sep
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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).
Aug
25
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
14
revised Can the Monk Feature “Stunning Strike” be used with Martial Arts?
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Aug
10
reviewed Close Are the Old Deities really coming back for D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?
Aug
9
revised Using a Readied Action to avoid Opportunity Attacks
that was really bothering me
Jul
31
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
26
reviewed Reviewed Can a tiefling rogue sneak attack from magical darkness?
Jul
26
reviewed Leave Closed Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?
Jul
21
accepted When can I make opportunity attacks?
Jul
21
accepted How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?
Jul
15
revised How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?
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Jul
15
comment How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?
@mxyzplk It was a real question that came up when I ran a group through the starter set adventure. 5e uses the same terminology as previous editions but has changed their meanings and mechanics in subtle but important ways. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the entire purpose of providing some of us copies of the starter set was to seed the site with some questions?
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revised How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?
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Jul
15
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revised How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?
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15
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