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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.


Mar
3
accepted Is resistance/vulnerability applied before damage is transferred with Nusemnee's Atonement?
Feb
28
comment Are Divine Sanction and Divine Challenge the same thing?
The question was whether or not they can coexist ON A CREATURE. I suppose I should have been more explicit in my answer that they cannot coexist ON A CREATURE.
Feb
28
comment Are Divine Sanction and Divine Challenge the same thing?
Unless otherwise specified, a new mark always overwrites (removes) an existing one. In this case, the two Divine marks cannot coexist and applying one removes the other.
Feb
28
answered Are Divine Sanction and Divine Challenge the same thing?
Feb
25
comment Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs
Unfortunately, 4th edition's focus on tactical combat was poorly handled by many designers at Wizards, resulting in material that focuses on story over challenge. Having read most of the published material, including Dungeon magazine, I'm resigned to the fact that Wizards was unable to successfully coordinate adventure design and game design principles, leaving DMs with the unfair prospect of having to custom build adventures if they want a meaningful challenge for their players.
Feb
25
awarded  Enthusiast
Feb
20
comment Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?
I suppose it's the same as attracting volunteers to any event: what value proposition are you offering? Can you convince players they'll have fun playtesting your monsters? I've seen some interest in one-offs and they have a large pathfinder-based guild for testing combat scenarios, as well as lots of other quirky things, though I've yet to see a monster playtest specifically. If you try, I'd love to know if it works out :)
Feb
19
awarded  Custodian
Feb
19
reviewed Approve Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?
Feb
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
18
answered Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?
Feb
18
revised What makes a character/creature/power/ability/etc. over-powered?
Included discussion of comments.
Feb
17
answered What makes a character/creature/power/ability/etc. over-powered?
Feb
17
awarded  dnd-4e
Feb
16
revised What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
Clarified Essentials design concepts.
Feb
16
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
I'd also point out that there is no power poaching in Essentials: Half-Elves no longer have Dilettante, nor are there hybrid or multiclass options. So while defenders now make basic attacks ala Combat Challenge as Opportunity Actions (not Immediates), they also can't augment their Basic Attack through feats or features. So if you love combining powers through granted attacks, Essentials gets rid of both combining powers and granting attacks... I'll update the story on Essentials to reflect this.
Feb
16
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
On the other hand, basic attacks were meant to be BASIC. If granted attacks were meant to have at-will functionality, why not simply grant at-wills? The other problem with enhancing the MBA is that it enhances it for all types of uses, even types where simple damage dealing would be preferable. Essentials takes a very different approach to basic attacks: it standardizes (and slightly improves) them all, but it also does away with granted attacks. The combination of both systems results in inconsistent fundamental design concepts.
Feb
16
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
Apologies if the tone was more abrasive than intended; my "vinegar" is more against the fact that "basic attacks" have become anything but, rather than the power of exploits. That, and I like a bit of dramatic exaggeration in my long-form essays :)
Feb
16
answered What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
Feb
16
revised How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?
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