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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
21
reviewed Reviewed What is the most accessible edition of Traveller?
Oct
21
reviewed Close Non-magical wilderness (forest) threats
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Open What is expected from NPC profiles that are written for-profit?
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Open What modifiers are and are not included in a DnD 3.5e critical hit?
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
7
comment How do you make 4th Edition Rituals more accessible?
Seconding this one. My group went with a 50% reduction in cast time and a 90% reduction in resource cost (except for item enchanting) & learning cost, and we saw a lot more use of rituals.
Sep
7
reviewed Close How to roll perception checks for characters who aren't actively looking?
Sep
7
reviewed Leave Open What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?
Sep
1
comment Post MM3 adventures
/agree with @waxeagle, Essentials should have zero impact on adventures.
Aug
30
comment Good starting levels for a one-shot?
Is someone familiar with the system making pre-gens, or are new players making their own characters?
Aug
25
comment Replacing Dilettante power with a level 13 encounter power
@GuardNo.67: Only by taking the Reserve Maneuver feat.
Aug
24
comment How does Chainmail Agility work?
@GuardNo.67: This isn't really the right place for that; you might try asking at community.wizards.com/go/forum/view/75882/135802/…
Aug
24
comment How does Chainmail Agility work?
Also, you can always take any feat you meet the prerequisites for. If you have an epic tier character, you can still take heroic & paragon tier feats. Whether it's a good idea to do that depends entirely on your character, but it generally the more complex your build is, the more likely it is that there will be some good heroic tier feats that you either don't have room for until epic tier or don't have all the other pieces to combo with the feat until epic tier.
Aug
24
revised How does Chainmail Agility work?
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Aug
24
revised Do Improved Initiative & Superior Initiative stack?
edited tags; edited title
Aug
24
answered How does Chainmail Agility work?
Aug
24
comment Do Improved Initiative & Superior Initiative stack?
To clarify what Joshua said, every time you gain a level, you're allowed to replace 1 feat you have with any feat you currently qualify for (as long as the feat you're ditching isn't a pre-requisite for anything else you've taken); alternately, you can instead replace any power you have with a power of the same level or lower.
Aug
24
answered Do Improved Initiative & Superior Initiative stack?
Aug
24
reviewed Looks OK Optional but official rules that balance “instant death” threats in DnD3.5?
Aug
23
revised Does the Rhythm Blade shield bonus work with an existing shield?
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