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Peter Seckler (Peter_Seckler on this site) has been playing D&D in one form or another since 1978. Although he originally joined the RPGA in 2000, he didn't get very involved with any of the official campaigns until the Xendrik Expeditions campaign came out. When he isn't DMing, he works with "something involving computers" and lives in a world dominated by 8-bit music, fuzz pedals, analog synthesizers, his 50cc honda scooter, and his unexplainably hot girlfriend, who also happens to be a drow warlord.


Feb
12
comment Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition?
You are right, 2nd edition does not seem to be included.
Feb
11
comment What is the real difference between D&D 4th Edition and Essentials?
"Actually all the classes are in essentials and all of the races." -- this is simply not true. What you get in the Essentials books is a fraction of the whole, and there will not be any new Essentials books.
Feb
3
comment What are good techniques help remember the interrupts of DND 4e monsters?
+1 for No Takebacks! It's ok not to pull of the perfect move, to attack the ranger when the paladin had you marked, or whatever else. It's ok for monsters to make mistakes.
Jan
18
comment What is an appropriate nerf for an Epic Ardent using Demoralizing Strike?
I want to agree with this. I also think that monsters taking a hit on their defenses- even a huge one- is the DMs best friend. It gets you through an encounter quicker.
Jan
16
comment How do you improve Death Saves for the character?
I upvoted some options below, but if this happens very frequently your DM should adjust, or you should learn to avoid certain battles.
Jan
7
comment Does a Pacifist Healer using a non-damaging attack who crits with a magic implement… do damage? Does he have to?
The definitive answer at last.
Jan
7
comment Does a Pacifist Healer using a non-damaging attack who crits with a magic implement… do damage? Does he have to?
I upvoted but I want to entertain alternate possibilities. As a DM I love the idea of involuntary astral backlash. By a strict reading of the rules that damage occurs. unless someone can point out where it says it doesn't.
Jan
7
comment Does a Pacifist Healer using a non-damaging attack who crits with a magic implement… do damage? Does he have to?
Nope, these are in fact attacks. Astral Seal has an attack roll, and is used against hostiles, and must beat a defense. Astral Seal is kinda the iconic one, but I use Hymn of Resurgence as an alternate example. since the power doesn't do damage I think you do make a good case for their not being crit damage, (and I feel pretty comfortable making rulings like that myself) but I was wondering if there are principles at work here. Because there is something kinda of interesting that happens when a pacifist attacks a bloodied creature, even accidentally- he gets stunned.
Jan
6
comment How often can a fighter benefit from Avenging Spirit?
Correct! But the nature of this feat (it provides a situational AP that has to be used in the same turn..) might be an exception (I would treat it as one). LFR Adventuring Company APs work like that as well.
Jan
4
comment What is the real difference between D&D 4th Edition and Essentials?
This is simply not true. The errata part is true (errata is incorporated into the Rules Compendium) but you only get a tiny selection of whats available with 4e with Essentials. Most of the classes, most races, most items, the multiclassing rules, the hybrids.. most everything.. are in the other books. Essentials is great, but it's only a basic version of the game.
Jan
1
comment How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?
I guess my point is..the use of the term "hand wave". Really, it's no differnt than any edition of D&D (or any RPG, really..). There might be skill checks, or negotiations for gear, or roleplaying scenes in a general way.. but that's just as in any game. There was no system to conduct bargaining or research checks in Basic D&D, but those did take place (of course) and nobody ever called them 'hand-waving'.
Jan
1
comment How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?
Your comment "From a 4E perspective, you hand-wave the stuff in between the encounters, unless you're engaging with the skill challenge system, but simulationist minutiae is not part of "the 4E perspective." is simply not true.
Dec
30
comment Calculating encounter level with mixed CR enemies?
Aww, your first answer (pre-edit) was better. This one is now about XP rather than Encounter Level.
Dec
22
comment Are there serious drawbacks in being Deafened?
I really don't see why not. Have you ever heard the tale of Odysseus versus the Sirens? The sailors intentionally deafen themselves. If this were AD&D we wouldn't give it a second thought, so why should we work so hard to negate it in 4th Edition? In the end, DMs still get to decide whether something is allowed or not.. I would allow it, personally. I have to chuckle. Not a single upvote!
Dec
22
comment Are there serious drawbacks in being Deafened?
Well, yes and no. I don't see that as abuse really if a player suddenly says "Hey, I shouldn't be affected by the harpy song.. I just got deafened!".. that seems fine to me as a DM. As always, DMs have the ability to step in and overrule when necessary..but as a DM I try not to simply negate any clever moves on the part of the players. Complicate them, yes, but not negate them.
Dec
17
comment Where can I find “Backgrounds” for D&D 4e?
Of course, then you have to roleplay that your character hails from bleeding Akanul...
Dec
17
comment Does the DM tell the players when a skill check can be used in a conversation?
Skill challenges aren't actually the primary use of skills in conversation (although that might be how you are using them). Skill challenges are just a way to assign an XP award to a complex scene involving more than one skill check. Skill checks are just skill checks.
Dec
17
comment How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons by myself?
If you think he's talking about playing solo you have a different interpretation of what he said. (I realize that is what most people have interpreted). But it's a social game. A person can be alone and still want to get into the game, and that entails finding a group.
Dec
15
comment How to turn an AD&D thief into a con-man?
This page should also provide a lot of help for writing plots. Using AD&D. --> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_confidence_tricks
Dec
15
comment How should one properly roleplay a Kender?
So the answer I made here is based on the background of the question as written- he had already started playing and found out it was "wrong". But I'm saying, ok, maybe you weren't wrong. maybe you were just fine for your character.