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Currently DMing the War of the Burning Sky for D&D 3.5, as well as playing a bard in 4th edition.

I started out with the Jedko Games printing of Frank Mentzer's red box (the 'B' in BECMI), which was quickly followed by the 2nd edition AD&D Player's Handbook. After a long hiatus, I started playing D&D again after the release of the Baldur's Gate PC game renewed my interest in the pen and paper version. Likewise, I only started playing 3rd edition after I was solidly addicted to Neverwinter Nights.

I've played (and GMed) a lot of Palladium games, particularly Robotech and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My roleplaying group were also fans of R. Talsorian Games' Cyberpunk and Cyberpunk 2020. I've also played Rolemaster and HARP, as well as Earthdawn.


Feb
26
comment Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters
Despite the mechanical difficulties of converting everyone's stats, I think this is a great concept for an Urban Arcana campaign: a fish out of water tale reminiscent of Enchanted or that movie with Jean Reno (Just Visiting) ... keep in mind the adage that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"
Feb
25
comment Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters
The gritty, low magic rules of Grim Tales aren't really suited to the gonzo, drow-with-uzis-riding-motorbikes style of Urban Arcana. However, I agree that Grim Tales would be a great alternative for a contemporary fantasy campaign that was more noir than bizarre.
Feb
18
comment Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters
that's impressively thorough - like a D20 equivalent of GURPS
Feb
18
awarded  Altruist
Feb
15
awarded  Civic Duty
Feb
13
answered Can Minor Healing be used multiple times to cure a medium or serious injury in HARP?
Feb
13
revised Can Minor Healing be used multiple times to cure a medium or serious injury in HARP?
edited tags
Feb
13
accepted Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?
Feb
11
asked Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?
Feb
8
revised Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?
minor edit - natural weapons
Feb
8
revised Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?
Two-weapon fighting penalties
Feb
8
comment Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?
I think you mean attack bonus, not BAB. Your attack bonus with a melee weapon is: Base attack bonus + Strength modifier + size modifier
Feb
8
revised Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?
the number of attacks with natural weapons is not based on BAB
Feb
8
answered Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?
Jan
31
comment Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
@jaye1234 the guns that they tested were all supersonic (> 1,126 ft/s muzzle velocity), which is probably why the bullets disintegrated on impact with the surface of the water. At that speed, treating it as a brick wall is not at all unrealistic!
Jan
31
comment Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
@blueberryfields I agree that nonmagical displacement (50% miss chance) would be a much better mechanic than total cover, in this situation. In 3.5, ranged weapons are -2 to hit for each 5ft of water the ammunition passes through
Jan
28
comment Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
@mxyzplk You only have line of effect to the parts of the person that are above water. Essentially, the surface of the water is treated as a "solid barrier" in these circumstances. That is why they have a cover bonus to AC when they are partially submerged.
Jan
27
accepted Can you ready a charge?
Jan
27
answered How does d20 Modern handle having someone at gunpoint?
Jan
26
asked Can you ready a charge?