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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 4E, not missed any major edition in-between), Runequest, Rolemaster, Werewolf The Apocalypse.


Aug
17
comment How can I create a world with realistic demographics that won't overwhelm my level 1 PCs?
Your definition for "realism" is sometimes called verisimilitude - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verisimilitude_(narrative) and I take it to mean "believable due to self consistency". It's important in any RPG, no matter how wildly fantastic, there needs to be some grounding in events - often in fantasy works this is about motivation and believability of actions taken by characters given what they know and how the world has affected them.
Jul
30
comment Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?
@PaulHutton: Whilst true, it is harder to narrate what each skill roll represents. I also find it encourages players to spam skill rolls, with "I try again", whilst I prefer an in-game justification such as a description of what the PC is doing extra or differently for each roll.
Jul
29
revised Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?
added 45 characters in body
Jul
24
revised What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?
added 102 characters in body
Jul
24
revised What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?
added 31 characters in body
Jul
23
answered What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?
Jul
22
revised Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?
added 315 characters in body
Jul
22
answered Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?
Jul
16
revised Do readied actions dissappear when falling unconscious?
deleted 6 characters in body
Jul
16
answered Do readied actions dissappear when falling unconscious?
Jul
13
revised How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest
Easier to give specific formula for negative n
Jul
13
revised How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest
best not to use "advantage" when discussing D&D 5E odds, unless it really means the game rules term
Jul
13
comment How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest
It is 1/8. It is actually 1/400 * 1/2 * 100 combined for (1 in 20 * 20 for all 400 combinations of the 2 dice) times (factor of 1/2 in triangular number formula) times (100 to convert probability to percentage)
Jul
13
revised How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest
added 434 characters in body
Jul
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
13
answered How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest
Jul
11
revised Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?
added 270 characters in body
Jul
11
revised Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?
added 25 characters in body
Jul
11
answered Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?
Jul
4
comment What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
@GMNoob: In what way does that imply facing? The orientation of the creatures could be anything and that rule would apply. The rule only uses positions. I think wax eagle is making correct interpretation here i.e. mechanics don't account for facing, but it is reasonable to use it sometimes as rationale for success/failure. However I also agree with SevenSidedDie, it's an important enough detail that it should be in the rules (as it was in 3E and 4E)