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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 What is the average outcome of this opposed roll resolution mechanic?
Also with skill of 2, a fumble seems not to matter as well (any roll on 3d6-1 below 9 would score 0 anyway). Removing both the crits and fumbles should make a first look a the dice roll mechanic in AnyDice more feasible.
Sep
18
comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@Tain: OK, in that case I would not worry about mentions of GMPCs and problems with them. A typical problem with a GMPC is that the DM wants to play, and can abuse their position as DM in order to favour the character. There is no evidence from your question that this is the case. I think it is a good question, and maybe later we can work on fixing the title, to avoid "noise" about GMPCs.
Sep
18
comment Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?
@Tain: It is worth clarifying whether the DM does consider this their PC, or considers the character an NPC. Sometimes the lines are blurred, and DnD 3.5E uses the same stats/rules for all characters, so the stat block will look like a PC regardless. The (downvoted) answers suggesting this is a problematic GMPC are probably off-target, but the question is attracting those answers because it has "our DM [is] also has a PC" . . . a red flag to people who have experienced bad variants of GMPCs
Sep
14
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
12
comment What happens when an invisible creature is detected?
One thing worth adding (although the OP already knows it, it is key). Being invisible means you continually qualify for the conditions to become hidden. Its one Stealth check away to upgrade and gain protection from being targeted, even after you have been "detected". So an initial fail could/should mean you can be targeted directly, but it is relatively quick to recover (shame about giving away the alarm though!)
Sep
2
comment Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?
In the spirit of encouraging with a carrot rather than punishing with a stick, I would consider instead house-ruling some benefit to characters who rest without wearing armour.
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?
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Jul
24
revised What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?
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Jul
24
revised What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?
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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?
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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?
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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
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