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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.


Apr
23
comment Alertness feat, Perception and being surprised
This is not an answer, but worth mentioning: you never roll passive Perception. Your passive Perception is just your ordinary perception - with an assumed "take 10" as the die roll. It's noted down precisely to avoid having to make actual die rolls. So anything that boosts the skill boosts the passive as well; there's no difference.
Apr
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I roleplay an intelligent character?
Apr
21
comment How can you model giving skills in Kerberos Club FATE?
Don't be concerned. Fate takes plot changes in stride. "Oh no, I can't shoot fire! Now I feel really motivated to run like hell." Or if the change is coming soon, make the character leave the points "banked" until they get to reallocate them to the new skill. (We're starting to ramble; I'll try to edit all this into the answer later, so we can delete comments.)
Apr
21
comment How can you model giving skills in Kerberos Club FATE?
Yes, give skill points back for reallocation when they lose skills, and charge them when they take new ones.
Apr
21
comment How can you model giving skills in Kerberos Club FATE?
Technically, it's an Extra rather than a custom trapping. But since it's a GM-controlled plot-driving Extra, you don't need to care about the details - just declare that the ability exists. Then go with the first approach. The end of the Christmas special is pretty much the definition of a Major milestone. So let the players reorganise their characters as need be, and your NPC is just the plot-enabling-excuse for being able to rearrange their powers.
Apr
21
answered How can you model giving skills in Kerberos Club FATE?
Apr
19
comment How can I create more compelling villains?
Not quite a duplicate, but look at this question on fantasy villains.
Apr
19
answered Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party
Apr
19
comment Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party
Hello, Shifter, and welcome to the site. This is a great first question.
Apr
11
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
11
reviewed Leave Open Are mortals from after the God-Machine rules update more powerful than before?
Apr
6
reviewed Leave Closed Why even bother with XP?
Apr
6
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Will using NPCs as allies overshadow my PCs?
Apr
6
revised Will using NPCs as allies overshadow my PCs?
Added dnd-4e back in to derp's edit, as question asks about combat screen time for NPCs, to which system is *extremely* relevant.
Apr
3
answered Stress Tracks and Beast Change
Apr
2
comment Can a bound outsider disobey its orders?
Plane shifting is not a good solution, however. The advantage of using Planar Binding to negotiate with devils is that you only have to negotiate with one at a time.
Apr
2
comment Can a bound outsider disobey its orders?
Surely some archons don't mind being bound in order to help with a good cause. (Especially as the only requirement is for them to adhere to a lawfully negotiated deal.) And according to the Bestiary, devils "willingly serve and bargain with those who conjure them, but always seek to pervert their orders to serve the greater agenda of Hell" - I'd guess that evil, legalistic entities would rather be in the world with opportunities to pervert their orders than locked away in other planes where they can't do anything to procure souls for their infernal masters.
Apr
2
comment Can a bound outsider disobey its orders?
+1 for a wonderful answer. I'd like to add only one point: some outsiders like being summoned and doing deals with mortals - it gets them chances to act on another plane. An outsiders that wants more chances to do this may keep to the spirit of the agreement because it cares about its reputation. (Until the character offends it, and suddenly it becomes the demon of reading-the-fine-print-very-carefully. "I swore to return the lost gem of fire to the McGuffin clan. I never said in what year.")
Apr
2
answered How to secretly talk to one of the players while DM'ing?