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In The Beginning Was The d20. Daniel is a long-time computing geek who spends his days spreading this good word. Interests include painting, medieval swordsmanship, and every conceivable form of game design.


Nov
19
comment How common is Detect Evil in the Forgotten Realms? Roleplaying VS Game Mechanic
+1 for getting to the real problem.
Nov
19
comment If a Paladin purposefully goes bad, can they still atone and return to prior status?
@SevenSidedDie: Good point (I greatly prefer 2nd to 1st myself), but I think it's very unlikely for Andrew. He's essentially a very weak personality, a follower, for most of the series. The main reasons to prefer 2nd to 1st are logical organisation, tidier rules mechanics, art, and an expanded idea of 'roleplay'; Andrew isn't the type to stand his ground on a minority preference for those reasons. He's more likely to go with the crowd (either 3rd, or whatever edition Warren prefers), or stick with the dusty manuscripts of 1st (remember, he's an actual demon-summoning warlock.)
Nov
18
comment What alternatives to hit points are there for abstracting wounds?
A similar, but more complicated, hybrid system was used for West End Games' later Torg. That had wound levels as above, plus a hit-pointy system of stress that caused unconsciousness when you ran out, plus a 'K O' system that knocked you out instantly if you received both a K and an O, but did nothing otherwise - allowing for instant-knock-out nonlethal attacks.
Nov
18
answered If a Paladin purposefully goes bad, can they still atone and return to prior status?
Nov
18
reviewed Close Purchasing old GURPS and other out of print games online
Nov
18
reviewed Reviewed What effect does the size of a shield have in AD&D 2nd Edition?
Nov
18
comment What effect does the size of a shield have in AD&D 2nd Edition?
Hello, Jon, and welcome to the site. While your answer is completely true, and useful, it does not directly answer the question. I suggest you edit it to include a summary of the actual shield bonuses in a first paragraph, before going on to discuss the shield proficiency.
Nov
18
reviewed Reviewed Do implement attacks made through a weapon get the weapon's proficiency bonus?
Nov
16
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
15
comment Is a stake in the heart really this difficult?
@Pyrodante: Hitting somebody's heart in a fight is also beyond the scope of most mortals, both in our world and the WoD.
Nov
15
comment Who are the movers and shakers in any larger city in Vampire: the Requiem?
@Undreren: Dresden Files has been a big influence on me lately, with it's player-aided design of characters the PCs don't know about. Of course, some surprises belong to the GM.
Nov
15
answered Who are the movers and shakers in any larger city in Vampire: the Requiem?
Nov
15
comment Who are the movers and shakers in any larger city in Vampire: the Requiem?
One comment: don't detail all the vampires in control of larger territories. Leave yourselves room to grow or add. (Or build a still-contested territory into the design.) Sandbox campaigns gain from detailing-as-you-need-to, so write up the vampires in control of the larger territories that are near to, or influential upon, the players.
Nov
9
comment What should I consider when creating a time travel adventure?
Two games worth looking at that are specifically about this: Feng Shui (where characters messing with the timeline is part of the point) and if you can find it, Continuum (where all PCs are epically powerful time travellers, but dare not alter their own futures, lest more powerful future time travellers take care of the paradox for them.)
Nov
7
reviewed Reviewed How does one become a god?
Oct
27
awarded  Yearling
Oct
23
comment Shifts in aspect assessments
I agree totally, but in this case I don't forsee any bad consequences for our fun level. (Our house policy is "rules as written/intended, except where we've decided a specific reason to change it" - which we do frequently. So we'll try it the official way, and revert if somebody dislikes it.)
Oct
23
revised Shifts in aspect assessments
Important update discussing that this answer is now officially wrong.
Oct
23
awarded  Custodian