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Long time Java programmer. Currently work on software for cable boxes and DVRs, mostly Java some C/C++

Feb
15
answered Is my DM a killjoy, or am I just a whining player?
Jan
10
answered How can I play dumb?
Dec
19
comment How do underground tunnels stay up? Is it possible to dig under a castle wall without magic to support the tunnel?
Look for an old musical called "Paint Your Wagon", that's the theme of the whole movie! :)
Dec
9
answered An RPG with less emphasis on 'acting'
Nov
28
comment I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?
If you try a few game stores around you some are still running "Encounters Groups". These are free and open to all (although they may ask you to let them know if you will be there). It's not optimal, but it might give you and idea of how it can be played (At least 4th edition D&D, which is much more tactical and less RPGish than any of the others)
Nov
8
answered Guide to writing an RPG - Examples inline or at the end?
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
May
31
comment What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
@Adraino Perhaps ExTSR's explanation of this is better--simply that it's gone from "Anything not forbidden is permitted" to "Anything not permitted is forbidden" making much less choice for the DM. I wasn't saying it was bad or good or that the DM shouldn't override rules, I was just saying it was a different approach.
May
31
comment What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
@Adraino What I mean is that the rules are so well specified that the DM CAN BE as restrained as the players and that makes it easier for the DM. It doesn't mean you have to or should play like that, it just means that the rules specify much more detail than in other RPGs I've played, to the point where if the DM wants to constrain himself to the rules as written, he can go all out with a monster and still not kill the characters. In other editions there is always a lot of "Well, it looks to me like you have cover" and "I don't think ou can hit him because of the angle"--none of that in 4th.
May
25
revised What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
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May
25
revised What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
added 44 characters in body
May
17
accepted Gamma World - Can a Doppleganger use salvaged omega tech?
May
15
asked Gamma World - Can a Doppleganger use salvaged omega tech?
May
4
answered How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?
May
4
accepted Can the rogue feat “Two-Fisted Shooter” allow you to shoot a crossbow twice?
Apr
30
comment Can the rogue feat “Two-Fisted Shooter” allow you to shoot a crossbow twice?
I think what you are saying is that it's not possible for a free action to go between an action and another action that triggers it. I mostly agree with this but can't free actions be used anywhere? I'm not even sure that there is wording that says that a free action can't happen during another action. However I tend to think you are right.
Apr
30
revised Can the rogue feat “Two-Fisted Shooter” allow you to shoot a crossbow twice?
added 462 characters in body
Apr
30
asked Can the rogue feat “Two-Fisted Shooter” allow you to shoot a crossbow twice?
Apr
30
awarded  Commentator
Apr
30
comment Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?
Although since blocking terrain blocks line of sight, wouldn't that also conceal?