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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 Is repeated playing the only way to test system balance?
You can always take it to a bunch of hardcore optimizers (I don't know of community of such for Savage Worlds but is entirely possible that there is one) and see what they have to see. If there are any such rules it's likely that they've been internalized by such people rather than explicitly listed out. You're very unlikely to find cross-system rules, as different systems have very different intended playstyles.
Oct
16
comment How to challenge epic level characters?
4e doesn't have Wish. For 3.5 I'll just point out that the Wish spell's description explicitly calls for the DM to twist the result in ways the players didn't intend if it's not used to produce one of a few specific effects.
Oct
16
comment How to challenge epic level characters?
This should be tagged with a specific edition (probably 3.5 from the description). The utility capabilities of epic characters varies wildly from edition to edition, and some editions don't even have a concept of "epic".
Oct
6
comment Booming Blade: Initial damage is what damage type?
@Admiralshlork Correct, because Thunder's Rumble says its bonus applies to "thunder damage rolls". Something like Raging Storm, on the other hand, would give its feat bonus to initial damage roll, since its bonus applies to "damage rolls when you use a power that has the ... Thunder keyword", and Booming Blade does indeed have the Thunder keyword.
Sep
25
comment Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?
Retracting close votes has some complications. It may be better to wait until it's closed before editing.
Sep
21
comment What is the typical range of high ability scores in D&D 3.5?
What do you mean by "drawing the line"? Are you a DM & considering limiting your players? Are you a DM and trying to plan for what your characters might do? If you're considering limitations, what are you trying to accomplish with them?
Sep
20
comment Can Lodestone Lure be used on adjacent targets?
Correct. If it meant you couldn't target adjacent foes the power would explicitly say so.
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).
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?
Jun
19
comment Where can I find a complete timeline of the history of Points of Light?
That seems to me like it would be a better question.
Jun
19
comment Does Sorcerous Blade Channeling grant the weapon's proficiency bonus?
I'm afraid this is incorrect. Melee attacks do NOT automatically have the Weapon keyword. If a power does not already have the Weapon keyword (and very few sorcerer powers do), then turning it into a melee attack with Sorcerous Blade Channeling will not give it the Weapon keyword.
Jun
17
comment Can you hijack a Tenser's Floating Disk by killing the caster and taking his body?
Powers end when their casters die, but rituals aren't powers.
Jun
17
comment Can you hijack a Tenser's Floating Disk by killing the caster and taking his body?
What makes you think there's a RAW answer?
Jun
15
comment How can I represent significant racial abilities?
@JoshuaAslanSmith Yeah, I looked into DFRPG. My main concerns with a lot of that stuff are 1) it's built for Fate Core rather than FAE, and 2) at least half of my players have never played any variation of Fate and I'd like to keep FAE's simplicity to help introduce them to the mechanics.
Jun
14
comment Are there any good guides on how to roleplay, regardless of system?
My problem with this question is that it presupposes that 1) everyone plays RPGs the same way, and 2) it's possible to learn how to play RPGs without actually playing them.
Jun
10
comment How to make my mount travel more in one day
What is the rest of your party using that you're the slowest?
May
28
comment What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?
@starwed I'm not familiar with its origins, if you have a link where I can read about them I can add a summary to this answer.
May
27
comment What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?
@SlatzG Our concern is that whatever is being linked to might disappear, then we have an apparently good answer that actually provides no information whatsoever. It's OK to provide a link for an answer, but you should always summarize the important bits in the answer as well, just in case.
May
26
comment What items/feats improve the bonus from Total Defense?
1) Mark of Warding only boosts defense bonuses from powers; items need not apply. 2) Total Defense isn't really worth optimizing, since it takes a standard action and tends to encourage monsters to just go attack someone else.