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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)


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comment How should I reward xp to my players in my game of Dark Heresy in Stars Without Number?
And if you are abandoning the normal SWN method, a brief discussion of why you've chosen to abandon it would be helpful.
Jun
16
comment Upgrading from D&D Adventure System to a full D&D Campaign
It's worth pointing out that of all the D&D editions, 4e is by far the closest to wargaming. It's the only edition that pretty much requires minis (3.5 takes a little finagling but you can do without) and it's the only edition that emphasizes tactical positioning. Whether something close to war-gaming is what the asker wants is, of course, a separate question.
Jun
7
comment Does Hunter's Mark chain to multiple creatures
Note that the spell explicitly limits its duration to 1 hour; you can concentrate to get up to 1 hour duration, but not more than that.
Jun
3
comment How can I balance the power of loot between players?
Can you explain what advice you imagine receiving in an answer beyond, "If someone is too powerful, don't give them good loot for a while"?
May
12
comment How much does a potion weigh?
However much you think a small (1-3 fluid ounces) glass vial of liquid ought to weigh, really.
Apr
15
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
This is pretty entertaining, but I have concerns about accidentally drawing a chicken when I try to pull out my revolvers...
Apr
8
comment Does a Daily gained from a feat count against my current 3/day limit?
More specifically, that limit is for daily attack powers. The power granted by Diabolic Soul is a racial power and not an attack power and therefore not subject to that restriction, the same way that daily utility powers are not subject to that restriction because they're utility powers rather than attack powers.
Mar
23
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
@Shoat Because I know the DM is going to throw some actually moderately challenging fights at us. The enemies may be absurd, but they won't be pushovers. It's a lot easier to do the optimization up front and then turn down the effectiveness of your tactics if it turns out you overdid it than it is to no-op your character and then try to pull something out of your butt when you discover you're dead weight.
Mar
21
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
Can you recommend a class, feats, magic items, etc?
Mar
21
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
@ThomasJacobs I expect the DM to veto any uses that revolve around enormous quantities of chickens (using them to fill a chasm, etc), so builds should focus around having a use for each and every chicken "procured".
Mar
21
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
@doppelgreener Hmmm, I might be able to sell the DM on them being itty-bitty raptors...
Mar
9
comment In order to use a Genasi racial power, must I be in the appropriate manifestation?
To reinforce this point, there is an epic-tier feat, Dual Manifestation, that allows you to manifest 2 different elements at once.
Mar
1
comment Where does the D&D concept of a dwarf come from?
Could you perhaps go into more detail?
Feb
23
comment When is a power considered “used” or “expended”?
The expend/regain stuff and the opportunity attack stuff should be split into separate questions, as they're not about the same thing.
Jan
18
comment How do spell/magic immunity and spell/magic resistance work in 5th edition?
Does anything have spell resistance or immunity? Those concepts may not even exist in 5e.
Jan
4
comment How many Actions are allowed per round in DND 5e for a 2nd level Rogue
Welcome to the site, and great first post!
Jan
3
comment Is there a good way to boost monsters with character levels?
So you want the NPC to feel rogue-like, but also clearly be a doppelganger, and not just some rogue with the Disguise Self spell? Can you edit those constraints into the question?
Dec
28
comment Is there a way to use a standard action power when its not your turn?
This feels like an XY problem. What are you trying to accomplish by using Riposte Strike twice?
Dec
28
comment Is there a way to use a standard action power when its not your turn?
Isn't the 2nd attack of Riposte Strike an immediate? You only get one of those a round, what's the benefit of Riposte Striking more than once in a turn if you can only make the 2nd attack once?
Dec
26
comment Can a necromancer be made in 4E?
Can you summarize the build here? We prefer to not to have answers that are basically, "Follow this link." If the linked site goes under we're left with a useless answer.