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Computer addict since the C64, Software Engineer since 2000.


Aug
25
comment Does “each creature in blast” include allies?
@DaleM: Friendly fire... isn't. ;-)
Aug
25
comment Is rolled death during character creation ever OK?
"Traveler" did this, and it did not work well IMHO. I fully agree with your reservations about dice rolls during character generation; it needs to be done very carefully, it is very easy to end up with very unbalanced groups. Imagine one of the players is a good friend of the GM and basically gets unlimited re-rolls, while another player is shy and has only a couple of minutes to get his rolls done -- he'll probably opt out of any "risky" backgrounds. You end up with an elite mercenary and a farmer... not fun.
Aug
25
comment Choosing equipment options at character creation
"He wasn't happy" is usually not a good way to start a campaign. Did you talk it over? If in doubt, go with the GM, not against him...
Aug
25
comment Choosing equipment options at character creation
I know of many GMs that happily put such "initial outfitting" into game prep time, so they won't start the campaign with a bunch of players shopping for... uh... soap, and fishing equipment, during "table time". However players should be aware that the campaign might take an unexpected direction -- if you are off into the desert, you won't need fishing equipment, and would like to have some money to buy additional waterskins. ;-)
Aug
14
comment Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
Same caveat I added to kadu's answer: Try getting yourself burried at the beach. Most soils become packed, forming a small hollow around you and making the weight of the soil above you a non-issue... at least up to the point where you need to get free on your own.
Aug
14
comment Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
A full lung is more like three or four L. However, both when sleeping and when meditating, you are not using your full lung capacity -- rather about the 500 ml you mentioned.
Aug
14
comment Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
Weight of earth isn't that much of an issue. Unless we're talking fine, dry sand, earth gets packed, basiclly forming a hollow around the body. (Try it the next time you're on the beach.)
Aug
12
comment Go Coup de Grace your self
@SevenSidedDie: I prefer to think the GM isn't the only one to apply his common sense to RPG things. ;-) But a good point. I started to think it's a D&D thing (never played that system myself).
Aug
12
comment Go Coup de Grace your self
OT, if a character wants to kill himself, and has the means to (a knife, poison, a cliff, ...), the most I'd ask for (being completely ignorant of the Pathfinder rules, mind you) would be something akin to a "Discipline" / "Self-Control" roll to find if the character can overcome his fear of pain / death. Of course it's possible to kill yourself.
Aug
12
comment Go Coup de Grace your self
This site leaves me at somewhat at a loss with its frequent occurrences of, for loss of a better word, "rule jockeying". I (and the people I game with) always understood RPG rules to be in place for those situations where the outcome is unclear, i.e. when there's opposition, or your skills might not suffice for what you are attempting to do. But there seems to be a different game culture that seems to take RPG rules like a computer game engine: If it's not in the rules, you cannot do it. I feel that must make for a rather sad gaming experience...
Jul
4
comment What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
It is surprisingly easy to hide simply by not standing out. Think clothing that blends in with the background, and not moving while in the opponent's field of vision. Think being just another face in a group of people. I don't know about the D&D ruleset, but that first list seems... silly. I've successfully "hidden", and not just once, by leaning against a tree and averting my face, while half a dozen people were actively searching for me no more than ten steps away. In LARP as well as in army field training. (Doesn't work all the time, so that's where skill vs. perception comes into it)
Jul
2
answered Is summoning undead evil? Why?
May
24
awarded  Yearling
May
22
comment How to handle player weapon modification
(ctd.) The power of even a 80-100 lbs bow will not carry a real rope further than a few yards. And you will break the arrow, rip the tip off, or rip the tip out of the target long before you can pull a (resisting) person towards you. And no, the ripping will not do more damage; at least not more than what you lost by making the arrow travel slower by trailing the rope / string in the first place.
May
22
comment How to handle player weapon modification
Seconding this. I am a medieveal reenactor and archer, so I've got some first-hand experience here. The "shooting rope" trick doesn't work at all. What you can do is to attach a string to an arrow, shoot that over an obstacle, and use the string to pull up a piece of rope. The rest is Holywood. -- As for "dipping in oil", the release of the bow will snuff the flame (tried it, personally). It takes purpose-build arrows with special tips, e.g. pitch-dipped cloth, to carry flame to the target.
May
13
comment How to Fix a Terrible Lapse in Judgement
I'd like to second Tridus: "don't beat yourself up too much". You made the judgement that this event would be OK with all involved, and later realized that it was not. That's the important part: You didn't say "but I told you", but immediately acknowledged her problems. You are not a bad person for attempting to play it this way. We are playing out poverty, death and gore every session, and what you played there could have made a really strong scene -- and has, in other groups I've been part of. It didn't work out for you; that's bad, so fix it like the "same page" failure it is.
May
10
comment How to Format a DM's Notebook for an Open World Game
I usually combine this with character scetches on the back of an NSC's index card. This seriously helps the players to remember the NSC in question, much more so than "Brian, the peddler from Greenvillage".
May
10
comment How to Format a DM's Notebook for an Open World Game
So you'd actually log in if you need to check some detail? Right there at the gaming table?
May
5
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
19
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
Anecdote: I always roll behind the screen, for various reasons mostly mentioned below. Once, I rolled a very serious critical against an already heavily injured PC, and decided to fudge the result in his favor to avoid a use- and needless PC death. One of the players peeked behind the screen and blurted out: "00... that's a crit, isn't it?" -- I basically had the choice to cheat openly or let the PC die in what was nothing more than a chance encounter gone wrong. This made it on to the Canonical List of Famous Last Words, but I am sure the player would have preferred to keep his character.