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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)


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.
May
20
comment How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?
@Ravn If they're a single damage roll they're treated the same by resist all. They're not treated the same by typed resists, but that case is covered fairly clearly by the rules.
May
16
comment How do you determine the challenge rating of an encounter in 4e?
Keep in mind that solos, especially solos published before MM3, tend to be easier than their XP value indicates.
Apr
20
comment How to get the most out of an encounter by combining foes
Related: Standard monster tactics for 4E D&D combat
Apr
5
comment Will using NPCs as allies overshadow my PCs?
While this is all great advice, I think the asker was actually looking for help giving the NPCs combat stats.
Apr
1
comment What does “advanced simple template” mean in the context of a creature?
What terrible phrasing...
Mar
14
comment Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?
Exactly. Alternately, it might have said, "This power can be used in place of a basic attack," in which case it would not have benefited from Deft Blade.
Mar
3
comment What happens to effects when their origin dies?
I didn't down vote you, but I'm not up voting either. While I think you're correct, there should be a definitive answer to this in the rules. There should be either a rule explicitly describing what happens to effects when their originator dies, or a counter example where an effect explicitly does or does not end when the originator dies (implying that normally the opposite would happen). 4e is heavily based on "what the rules say" rather than common sense; it jettisons simulationism to preserve balance (and reduce corner cases and GM fiat).
Feb
28
comment Does Avatar of Vice grant free uses of Dread Smite if I don't know it?
The important part here is: "If you start your turn available of your dread smite power..." You don't have a dread smite power, so that section doesn't apply to you.
Feb
27
comment Are there any skill rank house rules?
This question is ok, but it needs a title that better describes what you're looking for. My first thought on seeing the title was, "That's gonna get closed for being too broad." It also is unlikely to help other people with the same problem find this question.