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Have Played: D&D 2-5, Pathfinder, Palladium's TMNT, Kobolds Ate My Baby, d6 Star Wars, d20 Modern, nWoD Hunter, Numenera, Roll for Shoes, Savage Worlds, Microscope, Fiasco

Have Read Rulebooks But Not Played: oWoD Vampire/Mage/Werewolf/Changeling, nWoD Vampire/Mage/Werewolf/Changeling/Demon, Scion, Exalted 2e, 13th Age, Legend, FATE Core, FAE, Iconoclast, Shadowrun 5e, Unknown Armies 2e

(updated July 28, 2015)


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comment My DM asked me to betray the party; How do I beat them?
@Brian Rationally, you're right; they would get mad at the DM, not you. In real life, however, rationality rarely plays a role in interpersonal conflict, and a betrayal TPK is a great way to burn friendships. I'll edit my answer to cover how to beat them, but it largely comes down to DM help.
Aug
27
comment Just how problematic is a controller/defender-heavy party relying on Lifespirit Warden for healing?
I'm dubious of the amount of mitigation you'll get from defenders/controllers at level 6; most of the true lockdown combos don't kick in until early paragon. You'll probably have some luck keeping foes from focusing fire, but you won't actually negate very many attacks.
Aug
27
comment Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?
@user902383 Look at all the different sects of Christianity and their different beliefs about how people should live, how to worship God, how to get into heaven. Do you really think Cthulhu's followers are going to be more organized than that? My non-child-sacrificing Cthulhu-follower would probably say that you're the one who is refusing the god's will, which has only been made clear to her.
Aug
26
comment Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?
@user902383 The character can be good by not sacrificing children. Whether they simply refuse to do it for their god or don't agree that it's required by their god is irrelevant. Nothing in 5e requires your character to 1) like their god and support their god's goals, or 2) agree with anyone else about how that god should be worshiped.
Aug
25
comment Can the melee attack of Skald's Armour be further than the actual melee range?
I'll try to remember to dig through the RC to look for the rules on this tonight. Either B can be targeted and the attack fizzles because B is out of range when the attack resolves, or B can't be targeted and the power can't be used that way.
Aug
25
comment How strong are raw charisma bonuses?
Relevant: How can I best make use of a high charisma?
Aug
25
comment How does Inexorable Shroud work?
@DCShannon The first part of my answer says that yes, I think the RAW is that you can only move shrouds if you don't invoke them (or if someone else lands the killing blow, which obviously wouldn't involve you invoking).
Aug
23
comment How does Inexorable Shroud work?
@MikeKellogg That's not an unreasonable argument, though I would still take the side that the shrouds vanishing and the target dying happen simultaneously as results of the attack, and that moving the shrouds takes place afterwards (when there are no shrouds left). As I said, though, moving them on kill is something the assassin ought to get for free; using RAW to nerf their feat tax is just adding insult to injury.
Aug
23
comment General guidelines to be a good DM
Welcome to the site! Unfortunately (for your question), we're not a forum, so we like specific, answerable questions rather than open-ended discussion topics like this one. If there are specific aspects of DMing that you're having trouble with, those might make better questions here.
Aug
21
comment Does your strength modifier impact your ability to draw weapons?
Low-strength characters are usually casters anyway, so they're most likely using a crossbow or quarterstaff, which means they'd be carrying their weapon "drawn" pretty much all the time anyway.
Aug
21
comment How do level adjustment and racial levels work?
@mike32 Good catch. I thought for sure we must have a duplicate around but I couldn't find one. It sounds like the asker needs level adjustment (since I assume hound archons have one) and racial levels covered, and that question is just about level adjustment.
Aug
21
comment How do level adjustment and racial levels work?
Welcome to the site! This is a good first question, but it's really specific to your case. I'm going to clean it up a little so it still covers your case but is also general enough to be useful to other people.
Aug
14
comment How does a Beastmaster Ranger acquire his Animal Companion?
1) Get drunk. 2) Wander around in woods or other available wilderness. 3) Wake up days later with new animal companion.
Aug
14
comment Can Monks use Shortbows?
@KorvinStarmast Did you warn them?
Aug
13
comment Is there any way to cast non-cantrip spells without taking a level in a spellcasting class?
@BulrattheViking Taking a level in a spellcasting class is how the game represents being trained as a spellcaster. The feats KRyan mentioned basically boil down to "I once read a book about it".
Aug
12
comment Alternatives to Kevlar Vests ignoring AP of bullets
Negating 8 AP still sounds somewhat high. I might go with 2/4 or 3/6 rather than 4/8. Even the inserts won't help much against an anti-materiel rifle or a vehicle-mounted heavy machine gun (to say nothing of vehicle-mounted autocannons). Another approach might be to negate AP less than a certain value but do nothing against AP that meets or exceeds that value. So an AP3 attack becomes an AP0 attack, but an AP5 attack is still AP5.
Aug
12
comment Alternatives to Kevlar Vests ignoring AP of bullets
Note also that simply coating a normal bullet with teflon reduces its ability to penetrate armor. Teflon coating is normally used on armor piercing ammunition because the harder metals used in those rounds can damage gun barrels.
Aug
12
comment Alternatives to Kevlar Vests ignoring AP of bullets
Making kevlar reduce AP rather than negating it is more realistic. The US military uses kevlar armor with hard plate inserts because kevlar alone isn't enough to stop a high-power rifle round except at long range.
Aug
11
comment How much fire damage would contact with/submergence in lava/magma/molten metal do?
This. 4e doesn't attempt to simulate the world; rather, for any given thing, that thing's mechanics are based on its role in the story.
Aug
11
comment Are there any benefits to being a small character?
@JonathonWisnoski 4e left out the explicit bonuses/penalties based on size that 3.5 had. Most small creatures have or can get special bonuses related to dodging, but they aren't mechanically tied to being small.