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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
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?
Mar
31
answered Spaceship Combat in Fate Core
Mar
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can you touch up to six objects as a full round action when casting a touch spell?
Mar
19
comment Gumshoe investigative ability pool sizes
I still have a private copy of the sample characters - catch me in chat and I'll send you the saved web page.
Mar
19
answered Gumshoe investigative ability pool sizes
Mar
11
comment Why is time-dilated simulspace not an I Win button?
KRyan is correct, Slothman, especially as the brain your alpha fork is running in is probably an even more efficient synthetic brain. It's the signal traffic which will give you away. (P.S. Thanks @Sardathrion; coming from you that's very high praise indeed.)
Mar
11
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
8
comment Why is time-dilated simulspace not an I Win button?
@Klaim: I considered saying that, but deliberately rejected it, because I'm not sure it's true for hacking. Yes, a hack is a dialogue - but the limiting factor on the speed of that dialogue is usually the hacker, not the target system. The response time of the target is usually significantly more than 60 times faster than the hacker, if we can use modern intrusion as any kind of example. (Does make social engineering attacks impossible, though. Software exploits only.)
Mar
8
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
7
comment Why is time-dilated simulspace not an I Win button?
I think that's a fair assessment of the issue, @Sardathrion. It's certainly the problem I've tried to address in my answer.
Mar
7
answered Why is time-dilated simulspace not an I Win button?
Feb
21
comment Exactly, what is an encounter?
@Flamma Exactly so. Anything that would be one scene in a play or film is probably one encounter in a game.
Feb
20
reviewed No Action Needed Unconcerned Players (Players getting bored / distracted)
Feb
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How I figure what dice I need to attain a certain curve?