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I'm a Master of Information, an MMORPG expert, and in my spare time I dabble in Dungeons and Dragons, mainly 4th edition. I secretly aspire to re-write 4e into AD&D 4.5 and fix all those niggly issues I have with it.


Dec
21
comment Adjusting Combat Balance
"Please help! I'm worried the players are as bored as I am with the drawn-out combat encounters!" If they're showing up each week to play, they're probably not bored ;) They may really truly enjoy soundly defeating monsters. It's like how people play games with cheat codes to win every time. Sometimes the challenge of setting up a guaranteed win and seeing it play out is the fun of the game.
Dec
19
comment Are there rules for drowning in 4e?
Also, quick point, monsters have 1 healing surge per tier. So level 1-10 monsters have 1 surge, 11-20 monsters have 2 surges, and 30+ monsters have 3 surges.
Dec
17
accepted How do movement restrictions on a rider affect its mounted movement?
Dec
16
asked How do movement restrictions on a rider affect its mounted movement?
Dec
16
comment Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?
I suppose one answer is that, unless the crossbow has the versatile property, you can't use the versatile mechanics with it. More precisely, versatile weapons can be USED with two hands, but you're still technically only wielding them with one hand, so wield-related actions don't apply to the transition between both states. A discussion on Swordmages seems to suggest they can indeed use their versatile swords with two hands for the bonus damage and maintain all their defensive benefits for a free hand, EXCEPT during the attack (eg: immediate interrupt, OA).
Dec
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?
Dec
16
revised Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?
added 573 characters in body
Dec
16
answered Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?
Dec
7
comment Movement and sight
Also worth noting that if the enemies did not make a stealth check to become hidden or their check was lower than the highest passive perception in the party, you would know where they are / put their minis on the map even if they are not illuminated. Being out of the light source only gives them total concealment, but players still know their positions. Incidentally, walls always fail their stealth checks, so players always know the layout of all walls, even in the darkness!
Nov
26
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
25
revised What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?
Added reference to Tenser's Lift.; deleted 1 characters in body
Nov
25
comment Does liquid count as ground?
Can the explicit question of water be added to the original question, and the answer revisited?
Nov
25
answered What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?
Nov
18
answered How should a DM act with the Avenger's Avenging Echo power?
Oct
25
comment Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e
I disagree. I think a skill challenge should only be used in order to advance the plot. You should never use a device as complex as a skill challenge when there is the outcome of a null possibility. You should never go through all that role-play and dice rolling and say "Oops, you rolled badly, the end. No treasure for you."
Oct
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
22
comment Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e
One unofficial alternative I've used is a challenge that requires players to reach a certain "total" of skill rolls. For example, a locked door that requires a total of 100 thievery to unlock it. Players can make thievery checks as standard actions on their turn, but the monsters are attacking them. They have the choice of fighting and leaving the check until after the battle (auto-success, no thievery rolls) or trying to unlock it to evade the monsters (requires standard actions and multiple rolls). Is this what you're looking for?
Oct
22
answered Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e
Oct
15
accepted When does a creature “Deal Damage”?
Oct
7
comment Does Deep Shroud affect the Sorcerer's own attacks?
It is worth pointing out that while it may seem intuitive that lines of sight traced through obscured squares (especially when described as "heavy fog") should be in some way affected, they are not. Thus, even if there is a wall of heavy fog causing total obscurement in those squares between you and a target, you actually see that target just fine!