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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
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.")
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
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
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
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.
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
18
comment Hacking into a mesh insert in Eclipse Phase
@BrianBallsun-Stanton Draupadi had found the right place, but missed the other use - besides going from Spotted to Covert, you can use Upgrading Status to escalate privilege from Covert to Hidden. Hidden intruders have effectively rooted the system; they act with admin access rights but need not show up as an admin-level user.
Jan
24
comment Can temporary character banality be lower than permanent?
It's page 152 in the second edition, and it's not mistranslated: the book says temporary banality causes you to slip into the Mists. However, permanent Banality affects the difficulty of Enchanting, and cantrips are ambiguous. (While not a mistranslation, I suspect it is an error, because I agree this seems silly.)
Jan
22
comment What is “GM/DM Fiat?”
A fiat is an order, or decree, by someone in authority. I hope that makes the phrase clear; it's not actually a roleplay-specific term. (So I'm not answering, because I suspect this question really belongs on English.SE.)
Jan
20
comment Shouldn't The Doctor almost always be an NPC?
+1 for "or writing an all Time Lord game", a solution I'd completely neglected but now really want to play.
Jan
12
comment How do you have interesting events happen after a success?
@AlexP is right. That last part is exactly what I meant by "Make them awesome, then skip to the drama", except that your example is better than mine.
Dec
21
comment What are the most important features needed in a shadowrun 5E character generator?
@MadMAxJr I think this question might be salvageable, as tools for running RPGs are on-topic even though development isn't; it just needs rephrasing. Welcome to the site, Demonnic. We'll be better able to give you a meaningful answer if you can edit to be more specific about what you're looking for, in roleplay terms. (Do you want a feature list from players about what's important in character creation? A wish-list for GM automatic NPC creation? You'll need to let us know what would constitute a "correct" answer; we don't cover general discussion here.)
Dec
8
comment What's a good class and race for beginners?
Hello, Zerocaliber, and welcome to the site. This is an interesting critique and a great first answer. +1.
Dec
4
comment Too many divergent side quests. What do I do?
Hello, and welcome to the site. As you clearly realise, this is really two separate questions, and they probably have separate answers. You're likely to receive much better results if you edit this post to ask only the first question, and ask the second as a new question. This lets people address each part of the problem in the depth you need.
Dec
3
comment What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?
Are you concerned only with the D&D-original deities (Corellon, etc.) or should the answer handle D&D's sometime inclusion of Norse / Greek etc. pantheons as well? (@AnsisMalins: If your campaign involves plane travelling or divine intrigue, taking the mystery out of gods is a functional necessity.)
Dec
1
comment Homebrew special ability for invincibility in 3.5
A quick clarification - is it important that the problem is solved using the teleport trick, or is another form of invulnerable-until-later acceptable? (I ask because the teleport creates an additional problem - if the creature can immediate action teleport 30', it can almost certainly outrun the party. So the party will need reason to believe they can get away.)
Nov
30
comment Adding and balancing a new Stress Track?
@ProfessorLokiCaprion: Hello, and welcome to the site. This is a great first question, and as a FATE fan and old-hand Torg GM I'm glad to see it. Once you've earned the minimum 20 rep, please feel free to join us in chat for further discussion.
Nov
29
comment Player as animal companion?
It should be pointed out that Druid is a Tier 1 class, and then some. You can take away 1/3 of its power and it's still even against most characters. The animal companion might have a power problem; the druid won't.
Nov
14
comment What are the Differences Between the Original and Revised Versions of Star Wars d20?
I planned to contrast with in-game experience, but don't need to, because you've covered all the important points. +1 to you.