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Sep
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comment As a GM, what minimal geographic knowledge should I have to make realistic maps?
Keep in mind that to create "realistic" terrain, you need to keep your audience in mind. Otherwise you need to know a sizable fraction of human knowledge about the planet: "Argh, the volcanos are on the wrong side of the subduction zone, how unrealistic!" "Argh, everyone knows that tree ferns can't survive winters colder than -10C!" "Oh for crying out loud, the river can't start there--there won't be any moisture left to condense after the air mass moves over that other mountain range!" Etc. etc.
Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
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awarded  Critic
Sep
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comment Casting Feather Fall on an ballista bolt
+1 for pointing out that featherfall must be on a free falling target. -1 for poor reasoning on what happens afterwards. Net: 0.
Aug
27
comment How worldly is a polymorphic elf?
@GMJoe - Where would the shadows go? They're incorporeal but not extraplanar. The PCs should contract some seriously talented magical construct makers: no chance of making more shadows, pretty much immune to the shadows' main attacks, and still able to hurt them. (Surely the dragons aren't too thrilled with the shadows. Dragons need to eat.)
Aug
27
comment How worldly is a polymorphic elf?
@GMJoe - That context is useful, thanks. If disposing of tens of millions to billions of shadows is within the capabilities of the players, I do wonder why they don't just export every remaining elf off-planet until the shadows are gone and then, when it's clear, bring them all back on. (Also don't understand how they could have let it get so bad.) But, anyway, you're right: at this point it's not an answer to your question.
Aug
26
comment How worldly is a polymorphic elf?
@GMJoe - It provides a solution to the scenario you gave as background which renders the question irrelevant. "You shouldn't be asking that question because accomplishing your goal this way is better" is a reasonable, if not always helpful, way to answer a question. (Granted, it's more useful in the context of programming; with gaming, you can always decree that you want the plot to go a certain way and arbitrarily much will be bent to accomplish this end.)
Aug
24
comment How do initiative passes and multiple actions work?
An initiative pass allows a complex action.
Aug
24
answered How worldly is a polymorphic elf?
Aug
22
answered What are the books for the various Sixth World cities and countries
Aug
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comment What are the books for the various Sixth World cities and countries
FWIW, California Free State is pretty lousy. It reads like a laundry list of tired and uninteresting stereotypes about California.
Aug
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revised Low-random, low-dice fantasy rpg system
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Aug
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answered Low-random, low-dice fantasy rpg system
Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
16
comment How challenging is “challenging” in Shadowrun?
@MrJinPengyou - You can do it that way also, if you're more comfortable making a "sample character" be your standard. (They're generally better at the best thing they do than a "typical" expert; they've been min-maxed a bit.)
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revised How challenging is “challenging” in Shadowrun?
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answered How challenging is “challenging” in Shadowrun?
Jul
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revised Fantasy and magic in a primarily realistic setting
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Jul
30
comment Fantasy and magic in a primarily realistic setting
@Alex P--Took some examples from a sourcebook I own; I had thought you'd not buy the book but glance through it next time you were in a gaming store. Though I guess these days maybe such things are in short supply.
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