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I write computer software for a living, mostly in Perl. I give away lots of it. Share and enjoy!

In my spare time, I tell my daughter stories about Batman, read books, watch movies, play video games, and try desperately to play D&D even though nobody I know wants to.


Mar
18
answered What ebook readers work well with roleplaying PDF?
Mar
16
comment What is DDI (D&D Insider)?
WoTC has announced that going forward, book releases and Compendium updates will be in sync: community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/27252609/…
Mar
16
comment What is DDI (D&D Insider)?
This is no longer the case. The Character Builder is now written in Silverlight, which also works on Mac OS X and at least some Linux systems. The other Adventure Tools are due to be released as web applications soon, as well.
Mar
16
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
16
comment What is the minimum set of books a group should have to play 4e?
Agreed, a duplicate. Should be merged.
Mar
15
accepted How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
Mar
14
comment How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
I haven't tried running it yet. I am starting from the assumption that it's possible, as I've never tried. If you think it's just untenable, though, say so!
Mar
13
comment How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
That sounds reasonable; no answer accepted until tomorrow night! (Sorry, Bael, I'm just following orders. ;) )
Mar
13
comment How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
Wow, those are superb. Thank you, I will read each and every power now, making notes to pass along to the players.
Mar
13
comment How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
Having gone back to the books to review some of this, the one thing I think worth noting here is that Skill Powers are still Powers. That is: they're almost entirely about combat encounters. I think they're great, and will encourage them, because it will be a reminder to think about Skills, but they're basically a combat tool. (Some, esp. in Thievery, seem like non-combat, until you realize that they exist only to move a normal action from standard to minor, or minor to free.)
Mar
13
revised How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
minor elaboration and clarification; nothing of substance
Mar
13
comment How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
This isn't really what I'm looking for. I've run low-combat games many times, over and over. I enjoy the heck out of. I don't have any lack of ideas for the games. In fat, as I said in my question, the problem is that I have too many ideas for low-combat games. This is basically a mechanics question: how do I keep the game mechanically interesting, when so much of 4E's diversification is in Powers, which are almost entirely a combat mechanism?
Mar
13
comment How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
Thanks, these are all helpful suggestions. They also make my shake my fist at the sky that it's such a pain (or impossible) to house rule characters in the new character builder...
Mar
13
asked How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?
Mar
8
awarded  Tag Editor
Mar
8
revised character-builder wiki excerpt
added 203 characters in body
Mar
8
revised
added 116 characters in body
Mar
7
comment How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?
Thanks. One of the players did mention having a projector, but I thought it would be impractical. That page makes it look at least worth considering!
Mar
7
comment How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?
I could, but the problem is that Tact-Tiles, while really nice in many ways, are dry-erase, and will lose their markings in transit. Arriving early is something to look into. I've also wondered whether wet-erase maps might not be a good investment so that I can prep at home.
Mar
7
awarded  Editor