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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.


Jan
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comment Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
That feat only relates to spells, not to weapon attacks, which the question is about. In any case, none of my players have taken that feat, so it is not an issue for my own game.
Jan
26
revised Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
added 143 characters in body; added 1 characters in body
Jan
26
revised Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
added references to the relevant rules
Jan
26
comment Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
Why does the surface of a liquid act like a wall of force against weapon attacks? Surely this makes the harpoon a pointless weapon. IMHO, water should grant a nonmagical displacement effect: "The creature benefits from a 50% miss chance as if it had total concealment. However, unlike actual total concealment, displacement does not prevent enemies from targeting the creature normally." This is how spear fishermen catch their meal: they train themselves to adjust their aim to account for the refractivity of water, so that they spear the fish instead of stabbing themselves in the leg.
Jan
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revised Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
edited tags
Jan
26
comment Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
That being said, I would love to know where they got this rule from. I was surprised to find that it is the same in Pathfinder as in vanilla 3.5
Jan
26
answered Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?
Jan
20
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
14
answered How do I help my players not get caught up on smaller plot points?
Jan
13
answered Can hide in plain sight, melee, spring attack, hide work together?
Jan
13
comment How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
The list of the world's most expensive single objects on Wikipedia puts a wealth bonus of +70 into perspective: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… (Three Gorges Dam was $25 billion; aircraft carrier $8 billion; Large Hadron Collider $6 billion)
Jan
13
revised How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
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Jan
13
revised How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
deleted 1 characters in body
Jan
13
revised How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
Scatterplot of purchase DC against dollar equivalent, on logarithmic scale
Jan
13
revised How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
example for character with +64 wealth bonus
Jan
13
answered How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
Jan
13
comment How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
when I last played D20 Modern, one of the player characters did focus his character on improving his wealth bonus. He didn't quite get to +100, but the party did construct a very impressive base of operations (Thunderbirds are go!)
Jan
6
answered How does telepathy work
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awarded  Enthusiast
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