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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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awarded  Yearling
May
17
comment Does a buckler's defense apply to the PC while shooting arrows through a bow?
@Julix: The timing is still a consideration (you don't get the bonus immediately, and you do have to stop making attacks with the bow), but it does not cost an extra action to deploy the shield once you have put the bow down/away (it would for a small shield)
May
12
answered How can I run a game with some players online and others at the table
May
11
comment What are the legal/ethical considerations of republishing old adventures for new editions?
@ilinamorato: Usually someone owns the copyright, even for a discontinued company. They might not be in a position to notice or approve use, and sadly that does mean old and good content can be lost for many years to legal use, due to inability for anyone to obtain the rights.
May
5
comment What do I do when I suspect players may be fudging rolls online?
. . . or a couple of other ways to put it: "I bet you $10 that your next roll won't also be 754563" - what should I think if you get it without me seeing the dice? How many times would you make that bet if you were playing honestly? The Higg's boson would of been declared as "discovered" when there was a 1 in 3.5 million chance of the same experimental results so far happening by chance (the discovery has since gone well beyond those results). Several hundred experimental physicists were willing to stake quite a lot on probabilities not far removed from the OP's observations in a game . . .
May
5
comment What do I do when I suspect players may be fudging rolls online?
@thedarkwanderer: if you had, prior to rolling, declared that to be the one result that you were going to get, then yes I would suspect some kind of trick. Whilst any series of numbers is equally likely, a bias towards only "good" results, with a vested interest in achieving them, plus opportunity, is suspicious.
May
1
comment Is it really this easy for a rogue to flank?
I just noted the same second part in comments on the question (deleted once I saw this answer that explains it better). The optional rule for flanking does not add new sneak attack opportunities, but does change what the best tactics are for melee - as it is easy to move around opponents in 5E, it can also make Advantage happen more often in general, which the OP may or may not want.
Apr
28
comment How would one create a balanced dragon PC?
@Cirdec: OK, I see. As the question is primarily about balance, then I think it could still do with addressing. A by-the-book dragon of a suitable CR is different from the same beast plus keeping all the Sorcerer levels. I haven't played high level 5E yet, but I would be concerned about balance in the latter case.
Apr
28
comment How would one create a balanced dragon PC?
Worth pointing out the consequences to the character's Sorcerer abilities . . . i.e. these are all pretty much gone now, unless with some DM generosity there are any dragon abilities that make sense to trade in like-for-like.
Apr
27
revised Can Mage Hand be used on the turn it is cast?
added 156 characters in body
Apr
27
answered Can Mage Hand be used on the turn it is cast?
Apr
26
revised Can you use an action point while Dazed to take another standard action?
added 107 characters in body
Apr
26
answered Can you use an action point while Dazed to take another standard action?
Apr
21
comment What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?
@SevenSidedDie: Oh I see, it actually says "the transformation becomes permanent". I guess that is stronger natural reading than I originally thought. However, "what does that mean" is the main point of the OP's question, and I think this answer is still valid because Duration: Permanent is a game mechanic thing explained elsewhere, whilst "permanent transformation" is more wooly
Apr
21
comment What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?
. . . I have left a lot in that I think actually detracts from this answer (and may explain downvotes). OP is not looking for the full interpretation, but really just wants to know how to read "permanent". The worked through examples and clarification for objects are IMO not necessary.
Apr
21
revised What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?
deleted 19 characters in body
Apr
21
comment What is the meaning of 'permanent' in description of True Polymorph?
From the spell text, I agree with this interpretation more than the other answer (which has to discount the other end conditions with only weak support from the text IMO). The trouble is "permanent" can serve double meaning, same as "immortal" (can't be killed vs does not age). So both interpretations have merit. This answer could do with tidying up a little for spelling/grammar . . . feel free to revert anything . . .
Apr
20
comment Can the creature created by a Simulacrum spell be affected by healing magic?
"The rules for repairing it are in addition to this and serve to provide a method for restoring HP that does not require magic." - have you any explanation why those rules are then so heavily skewed against the non-magical healing? If magical healing is allowed, then the repair rule seems way off in terms of balance, to the point of being useless.
Apr
14
comment Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action?
A compromise, non-RAW house rule, would be to give a Half-Elf advantage on the saving throw.
Apr
6
awarded  Caucus