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RPG player and DM since 1981. Game systems too many to name, but biggest influences are D&D (Basic set with B1 to 5E, not missed any major edition in-between), Runequest, Rolemaster, Werewolf The Apocalypse.


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comment Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic
IIRC, magic users must create their own "focus" in game time, have to roll+decide what it is made of (with rarer more-expensive items being easier to enchant), then must make many iterative attempts to convert the base materials into magical ones. It took me a day to create a magic user with their focus and initial list of spells.
Dec
14
comment Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?
. . . or if someone realises what the druid is doing and stops them. There are several concentration spells which seem to have very high damage output until you see this and realise there is a good chance that they end early unless the spell caster is heavily protected.
Dec
3
revised Cursed items are being Identified too easily
added 44 characters in body
Dec
3
revised Cursed items are being Identified too easily
added 44 characters in body
Dec
3
answered Cursed items are being Identified too easily
Nov
26
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
23
comment How is counterspell a fair spell?
@Miniman: For impact, we are comparing 0% (no counterspell used), 35% (3rd-level slot used) or 100% (9th level slot used).
Nov
23
revised How is counterspell a fair spell?
added 83 characters in body
Nov
23
comment How is counterspell a fair spell?
@Miniman: Counterspelling using Dispel Magic was relatively easy. I agree not easier than it is now, but then that is what I am getting at - it needs to be easier, because it wasn't happening under the old rules. Will try to make that clearer.
Nov
23
revised How is counterspell a fair spell?
added 83 characters in body
Nov
23
answered How is counterspell a fair spell?
Nov
21
comment Can an Unseen Servant be used as a scout?
I missed the stats (new in this version?). I think that backs up your interpretation, and you should add that to the answer.
Nov
21
comment Can an Unseen Servant be used as a scout?
I think this over-interprets the spell (but once it is interpreted as a kind of summons-lite, then it makes sense). To me, Unseen Servant is just Mage Hand with automation.
Nov
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
20
comment RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting
Use of props to make the game more accessible is great idea to reduce book-keeping, and could be expanded. Most of the more rules-lite games will not provide or even suggest those props, but they are easy to add to make them feel even less numeric.
Nov
19
accepted Anger management: How to keep raging
Nov
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
18
comment Best way to port 4th edition characters to 5th edition
@panietoar: IMO 5E is too different from 4E to maintain the same style of play. It's like switching a movie style from "The Matrix" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" with the same characters and ongoing plot. I think a good answer will point to the stylistic changes you can expect in the conversion - I still think it should be possible to have a feel of continuity, and keep a favourite campaign going, but the game itself really does change quite radically.
Nov
18
comment Anger management: How to keep raging
@JasonSmith: Yes sometimes it fits, and maybe just needs a bit of "spin". The oddity is that the character's best option is to move as close as possible first, so he may be only 10 feet away, and moving as quick as possible. The most obvious thing for me when I have a character in that position is to move up right next to enemy so I threaten them, and attack next turn. It feels odd to stop a headlong rush towards a foe, switch weapons and attack at range. It's just a wrinkle in the game mechanics (crossing 10 feet should take <1 second, so in character why mess about?) Because turns.
Nov
17
revised Can NPCs tell I am casting Command?
added 11 characters in body