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

Apr
30
revised Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?
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Apr
30
comment Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?
@GWLlosa Partial Concealment--Hidden Sniper. Which means I'm almost certainly wrong about it stacking with Wilderness Skirmisher--Hmph. Also makes it much harder to get in daylight--inside it shouldn't be too hard because it's usually dim light.
Apr
28
awarded  Scholar
Apr
28
accepted Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?
Apr
27
comment Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?
@Brian I think that checkbox has been removed--I couldn't find it.
Apr
27
awarded  Student
Apr
27
asked Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?
Apr
27
answered What class does the most damage overall?
Apr
25
answered Is this charge-based build legal?
Apr
25
answered What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
Apr
25
awarded  Editor
Apr
25
revised Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?
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Apr
25
awarded  Teacher
Apr
25
answered How does disarming a monster affect its statistics?
Apr
25
comment What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?
That's an interesting approach, but it seems like it would be brutal on the DM. If you have 5 monsters and 5 players, the monsters will still all be calculated in serial... It might be interested to see how this works with a DM assistant that could do some of the attacking. Also, how do you work moving, does everyone move minis at once, or do you just do abstract short/mid/long range combat and forgo tactical (which would make this tough to implement in 4e)
Apr
25
answered Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?
Oct
27
comment Can you use a mirror to get line of sight?
While a Magic Missile might not bounce off a mirror, it would easily be expected to make a 180 degree turn around a barrier.
Oct
26
comment What's the maximum number of minions for an encounter?
I was thinking that. Given the right circumstances, a single mage could take on pretty much an infinite number of very high-level minions using a guaranteed hit attack. A few that come to mind available to first level mages would be flaming sphere and wall of daggers, either can make a narrow hallway impassible to minions and the flaming sphere can be maintained from an angle such that most (all?) minions could never get an attack in without taking the damage--the minor sustain means it wouldn't even limit his ability to respond to non-minions.
Oct
26
comment What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?
Great answer. I would add Keywords. The first edition did not rely on keywords at all. When moving to 4e pay attention to keywords, they convey a lot more information than just reading would intuitively provide--they use it to pack a lot of information into a small space.
Oct
26
comment How can I make monster knowledge checks fun?
This seems really wrong, especially in the context of 4E. You absolutely cannot assign features to monsters through an informational check, it simply finds out info about monsters. In fact, you'd have to roll pretty well just to find out that a monster has an existing lightning vulnerability.