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Dec
5
comment How best to progressively reveal the layout of a location to players?
If you're good at quick sketching, the Chessex mats are excellent. Draw terrain, mark areas of effect, annotate anything improvised so you don't forget the mechanic you just made up, etc.
Nov
11
comment Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?
This just happened to us. I wish I'd found this before spending two encounters just flailing about with a stick because I thought I couldn't use healing word.
Nov
11
comment Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?
For the sake of anyone else who was confused by the ambiguous wording of the Red Box booklet (or just wants a RAW ref), p62 of the PHB says "Without a holy symbol, a cleric can still use these powers, but he or she doesn’t gain the bonus provided by the magic implement."
Nov
1
comment Will Wizards offer a Character Builder for D&D 5e?
DungeonScape has been axed, it seems.
Oct
29
comment How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?
See also What is 'my guy syndrome'?
Oct
23
comment How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?
@G0BLiN's comment was basically going to be my answer to this. Are your players capable of getting their explosives mixture correct within some tiny margin of error? Roll for not having your arms blown off! What's the dexterity check required to machine a gun barrel to 10µm precision in the middle of a dungeon? DC 120? How did you keep all that potassium nitrate dry? Because wax paper isn't going to cut it in a dank dungeon... and so on. That's not even starting on the economics of producing gunpowder in a world full of people who can just make magical fire...
Aug
20
accepted Does a Medic's Weapon's action include the extra channel divinity action?
Aug
19
asked Does a Medic's Weapon's action include the extra channel divinity action?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
May
15
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
1
comment How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?
One way I avoid spamming improv attacks is to always make it a check (eg. DEX vs REF), and give a penalty after the first one (because, hey, they'll see it coming). Also make it count for an action - even a minor action means a player might have to choose between that and eg. switching weapons or sustaining an effect.
Mar
16
accepted Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?
Mar
16
asked Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?
Jan
28
comment How do I read the Attack line on power cards in D&D 4e?
Might be good to comment on the "half your level", "proficiency" terms too (and so on).
Jan
2
accepted Do half-elves have the Elven Accuracy power?
Jan
2
comment Do half-elves have the Elven Accuracy power?
So while it's not technically an error, it is still useless to take it (although I think it would make sense to have Elven Accuracy be an explicit prerequisite for Elven Arcane Precision). I presume there's no other way for a half-elf character to otherwise obtain Elven Accuracy?
Jan
2
asked Do half-elves have the Elven Accuracy power?
Dec
26
awarded  Yearling
Nov
20
comment Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?
But I agree, your point is the same either way :P
Nov
20
comment Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?
@BrianS - I see what you're saying, but I'm not so sure it really counts as a house rule so much as a G/N/S playing style difference. For example, a healing potion costs 50gp, but you can't just buy one at the bottom of a dungeon. But then a G-type group might just say "well, let's pretend you went back to the town, got the potion, had a sandwich, and came back to meet your pals...".