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bio website CaseySoftware.com/blog
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Ancient times: Classic ASP, worked at the Library of Congress to answer the Ultimate Geek Question

Olden times: more ASP, lots of Java, some PHP, a little Rails

Recent times: lots of PHP, co-founded web2project, started working with php|architect

Now: I work for Twilio where we work towards world telephony domination and lead web2project

Also: I've worked with startups ranging from a founding member to being a late stage employee. My personal strength is with groups and products in backend business/operations systems.


Jul
7
comment “Retiring” a maxed-out party
I really like this approach. The idea of fleshing out some of the supporting characters and understanding their motivations within the larger group is really intriguing. Thanks for that tip.
Jan
28
comment How can I add story to every encounter so that they don't seem like I'm just piling monsters on the characters for xp?
I used an archvillan to harass the party for almost a year. He rarely engaged in the fight himself and preferred proxies and henchmen.. or to lead the way spreading highly specific lies about the party. All the while, he was developing tactics to counter their strategies. He once ambushed them in a creek bed to neutralize the lightning bolt happy mage. Dense woods to counter their archer. Attacking right after they rescued refugees who needed healing to make sure the cleric had few spells. My favorite was a catapult of burning pitch hitting their ship just as they left port..
Jan
28
comment How can I add story to every encounter so that they don't seem like I'm just piling monsters on the characters for xp?
Well said. I'd also throw in: Does the King know they're coming? If so.. those random encounters can be way more fun. Are all the refugees who they seem? Are the King's men leading them down false trails? Are survivors escaping to warn the men further along about your capabilities and tactics?
Jan
28
comment How do I make a story based campaign revolve around a megadungeon?
I really like option (a) with an added twist to cover the creatures, etc. We just have to look at the Mines of Moria in LOTR.. the dwarves built a megapolis that was at the height of its power until they dug a little too deep and found goblins and a Balrog. It can explain why a city disappeared.. because the inhabitants were fighting to save their homes and refused to surrender.
Jan
28
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
18
comment The effects of saving throws on mind reading
I always used the rule of thumb that the closer they came to failing it, the more likely they were to detect the attempt. Think of it like this.. if they shrugged it off trivially, it wasn't strong enough for them to notice. If they just barely passed, there was probably a struggle or challenge. Of course, how that manifests is up to the DM.. I would never say "someone just tried to read your mind" and instead reflect it as a cold breeze only felt by them.. a whisper in their ear.. something crawling up their arm.
Jan
8
comment How does a DM deal with characters leveling up too quickly for the module, due to side-quests/ random encounters?
When in doubt, teach them fear. The DM should give them reason to hesitate and not think things are quite as they appear. For example, that lowly-looking fighter that they're not taking seriously deftly disarms the lead character, drops another character, and mocks them as he escapes. Or that cleric they rescue and offers to heal them and casts Cause Light/Medium Wounds instead.. which triggers the ambush. Of course, he should get away too. Or that thief's dagger was coated with poison.
Jan
8
answered Supernatural abilities and spell duration
Jan
1
comment How would I quickly put together a believable map of an area?
I've even messed around with parties and used the campus and/or buildings we were in at the time. They never caught on. :)
Jan
1
awarded  Teacher
Jan
1
answered So, a mage of the Pentacle and a Seer of the Throne walk into a bar
Jan
1
awarded  Supporter
Jan
1
awarded  Autobiographer