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Computer addict since the C64, Software Engineer since 2000.

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May
24
awarded  Yearling
May
12
comment How to prevent conflict between characters from becoming conflict between players?
It can help to agree on a somewhat "off" term for calling a timeout. A magic word, if you will. In German, at least where I have been playing, we are calling "Zeit-Aus", a literal translation of "timeout" which is highly uncommon in everyday talk (compared to the "correct" translation, "Auszeit"). That lends additional "signal value" to the call -- especially important in LARP environments, but useful at the table as well. "This is important, I need to have everything on pause right now.
Apr
27
answered Should I warn my players when they're about to do something stupid?
Mar
20
comment Do you break concentration on your current sustained spell if a new concentration spell you try to cast fails?
Out of curiosity: DnD actually allows to do anything in addition to holding concentraction on a sustained spell? I'm asking because that's wildly different from the systems I have been playing so far, where you'd usually lose the sustained spell as soon as you start casting something else, do combat, receive a hit etc.
Mar
13
comment Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?
@HighlandRat: We're more of a story-focussed bunch, i.e. my players aren't "treasure hunters", but I can say that the occurence of a genuine gold doubloon is something "special". (Basically a coin that says either "nobility", "filthy rich merchant" or "pirate". ;-) ). And having "real" coinage to relate to helped the story along several times: money changers, strange old / foreign coins being the clue in a mystery, that kind of stuff.
Mar
12
answered Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?
Jan
30
revised Is it common for D&D characters be moved to or reused in different DMs' campaigns?
added 619 characters in body
Jan
30
answered Is it common for D&D characters be moved to or reused in different DMs' campaigns?
Jan
7
comment How do I handle a shapeshifter in disguise when the players go into “everyone's a doppelganger, let's murder everyone” mode?
Why did 3) make me think of "Under Siege" ("I am only the cook...")?? Anyway, knocking out minions could not only attract the attention of the lord, but of other minions as well. I don't know much about DnD, but aren't there "mob" rules in there somewhere? ;-)
Dec
19
comment In Pathfinder can spells target invisible opponents?
I find the Rolemaster wording to be more realistic: In order to target an opponent, you need to be able to detect him/her. Sight is obviously the standard, but you might have a "detect invisibility" spell active, or a "bat ears" charm, infrared vision, seeing his shape in a could of dust, you get the idea. Not RAW, not even Pathfinder, that's why I state this as comment instead of an answer.
Dec
19
comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Tables for modifying list prices based on market saturation, regulated or black market, bargaining skill, and luck, potentially resulting in theft, fraud, or authorities taking an interest. Rules for healing naturally, at rest, with herbs, and with magic. Rules for determining the exact price of a magical item with 1..n special abilities. Individual tables for resolving juggling, jumping, acting, public speaking, pole vaulting, ... Movement maneuvers ranked at anything from "trivial" to "virtually impossible", with individual table columns (including fumbles, partial and >100% success)...
Dec
18
revised Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
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Dec
18
revised Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
added 108 characters in body
Dec
18
answered Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
Dec
18
revised How to DM mind control effects without angering my friends?
Oh, it's permanent? That changes things a bit...
Dec
11
comment Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?
Err... I kind of agree with "First" (although being that blunt is certainly difficult for a shy person), but I certainly disagree with "Second". Plotting to be disruptive to some other player -- as in, "designing a character to kill him" -- is being disruptive, no matter the motives. You just descended to his level.
Dec
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
6
comment Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?
@Sumyrda: The basic message here was, "those other groups might be a hell of a lot friendlier than you think, while this group has only a very slim chance of not being toxic", i.e. "try the others".
Dec
5
revised Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?
added 467 characters in body
Dec
5
answered Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?