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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
28
comment Good source for D&D 3.5/Pathfinder siege warfare rules?
Not a direct duplicate, but you should check out some of the rules mentioned in this question: Combat rules for large battles
Aug
23
comment Looking for local colour for a Cyberpunk set in Brazil
Regional accents and slang are an important aspect of Brazilian Portuguese: although it is my second language, I can recognize a Carioca accent as soon as I hear it. Baianos also have a distinctive style of speaking, or so I'm told - I'm not able to pick up on it, but native speakers can.
Aug
22
comment Looking for local colour for a Cyberpunk set in Brazil
This Wikipedia page has a list of homicides per 100,000 population for major Brazilian cities from 1997-2007.
Aug
22
comment Looking for local colour for a Cyberpunk set in Brazil
Here is one source (in Portuguese) and some related commentary. The UN figures cite the Minister of Justice, National Secretary of Public Security as the source, but I'm not sure if the data by city is publicly available on the web.
Aug
22
comment Looking for local colour for a Cyberpunk set in Brazil
Paulistas and Cariocas are famously adamant that their own city is the best (perhaps like the rivalry between NY and LA?). The soccer example is also a major one - Brazilians are very proud of their regional soccer team, eg. Mestre Pastinha using the Ypiranga team colors as the uniform for his Capoeira school.
Jun
16
comment What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?
the Revised System Reference Document (RSRD) is a good resource for prestige classes such as Arcane Trickster, since it is 1. official 2. free 3. legal
May
20
comment Any good premade campaigns for beginners?
The majority of those adventures are for 4th edition (WotC), 1st edition (Dragonsfoot) or system-agnostic (the 5 room dungeons)
May
11
comment Does the spell “Control Weather” create a mobile effect?
I guess if it was supposed to move with the caster, then it would be an emanation, like Magic Circle against Evil
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
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
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
26
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
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
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
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
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!)