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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)


Aug
19
comment Does a proning opportunity attack end movement in the square a creature was moving from?
@waxeagle: Heck, by epic tier fighters can daze on OAs with the right feats.
Aug
18
comment Does a proning opportunity attack end movement in the square a creature was moving from?
This isn't actually all that over-powered. That feat is one of the few strong points of the minotaur race (which is otherwise underpowered), and while prone on OAs isn't easy to come by, slow is (and is almost as good).
Aug
18
revised In D&D 4e powers with effects based on a stat, does 1/2 your level count for the effect?
edited tags
Aug
17
reviewed Close How do I politely decline to hear a gaming story?
Aug
16
answered Alternatives to Extended Rests
Aug
16
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
16
revised Movement Practices in L5R 4e
edited tags
Aug
16
comment Preventing saturation in a horror campaign
/agree on the false scares. That's a big part of what made Doom 3 so scary. There would often be little noises nearby or a pipe would burst and spray steam, or something else creepy would happen, and about half the time this would immediately be followed by something attacking you. Having the other half not be associated with an attack keeps you on edge because you know every time something happens you might be attacked.
Aug
16
revised Preventing saturation in a horror campaign
deleted 2 characters in body
Aug
16
revised Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters
added 906 characters in body
Aug
16
revised Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters
added 1256 characters in body
Aug
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
15
comment Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters
Limiting rules questions to the player's own turn (during combat) is reasonable. The real solution to a high frequency of these questions is to make your players actually read the rules; my experience has been that the only people who ask tons of rules related questions are either 1) people who didn't bother to actually read the rules, or 2) rules lawyers who want your ruling on every single ambiguity they've discovered (which my answer above should handle).
Aug
15
reviewed Looks OK What’s an organized storage solution found for miniatures?
Aug
15
reviewed Looks OK How can I encourage my group to seek success, rather than entertaining failure?
Aug
15
comment What POD services are available for printing & selling custom card decks?
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Aug
15
comment Can Berserker's Fury be ended before the end of the encounter?
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Aug
15
reviewed Looks OK Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the triggering enemy?
Aug
15
reviewed Leave Open Does a double attack described as “make an X attack against two creatures” violate a defender's mark?
Aug
15
reviewed Leave Open How to help players settle down and focus?