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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
9
comment What do I do about PCs using Con damage to “nuke” bosses?
Absolutely so. Let them enjoy their triumph. Let the bards sing of it. And the next smart bad guy they face... listened to the bards, and hired a necromancer.
Oct
11
comment What do I need to keep running D&D after finishing the Red Box?
@waxeagle: While I'll agree that there are many good starting out 4e questions, it's much harder to find a discussion of the Core/Essentials split than I'd guessed. rpg.stackexchange.com/q/1173/862 is almost a dupe, but that question doesn't expressly discuss the difference between Essentials and Core. The only answer I could find that comes close to doing so is rpg.stackexchange.com/q/1023/862, which is arguably too comprehensive to answer the question. I'm therefore voting to leave open.
Oct
10
comment Character creation phases for a new character
@JohnCraven: Thanks; you've made me realise that I made this sound longer and more involved than it should be. If you're doing it right, it need only take ten or fifteen minutes while you weave the new character's story in. I'll consider how to edit.
Aug
15
comment How do I run Paranoia for just one player?
+1 for an interesting approach. And yes, "Brazil" is required viewing.
Jul
15
comment Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core?
Hello, and welcome to the site. It's always good to have an official answer!
Jul
12
comment What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?
I know player hp maximum values just so I have a vague sense of how much damage my monsters are doing compared to what the party can take. Yes, players often have conditional defences, but they also usually don't, and it's nice not to have to ask "did they hit?" every time. YMMV though, so I'll edit that point in.
Jul
9
comment What skill should a Tech-priest use for reprogramming machines?
@lunadir: I think you can reprogram machines to do other tasks (or "Suborn the Machine Spirit to abandon it's duties"), but it should be treated the same way as repair of that machine would be. What you can't do in 40k is write a general-purpose virus or program - it's strictly one device at a time. (Again, Tau probably could.)
Jul
9
comment Setting up a new world scenario, any good planetary system references?
Hello, randomblink, welcome to the site. Because we're an expert Q&A resource our rules are tighter than on most sites, and this question is likely to be closed as "too broad" - it invites lists of resources, rather than a definitive "right" answer. I'd recommend rephrasing it to ask more about exactly what your world is like and what you need; this should let someone give you a single answer that fills your needs.
Jul
7
comment What skill should a Tech-priest use for reprogramming machines?
@lunadir: Sure, there's software involved, but the skill to roll in game should be based on the hardware. 40k people learn programming as part of the handling of specific devices, not as a general abstraction. It's not that they have everything precooked; it's that they don't have .Net or Java, just cruder embedded languages. (This is getting kinda involved; can you explain what needs improving in the answer directly, or should we take this to chat?)
Jul
6
comment What skill should a Tech-priest use for reprogramming machines?
@lunadir: There's no evidence that 40k has a standard network protocol, just a mass of individual protocols used by specific gadgets. Much less an office suite as we understand it. It's generally going to be Tech-use, but the key is: forget that it's software, use whatever skill is appropriate to do it in hardware. "Write addon to office" should be viewed as "use the computer that you're running office on" for skill purposes. There is no generic algorithmic coding, because they've lost the concept of generalised algorithm.
Jul
6
comment When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?
@wraith808: This would be a good question, but it's not a good comment. And yes, Dresden invokes are more complicated, but the basic idea of the split between the two was correct, and is only more so in Fate Core.
Jul
6
comment When changing a PC's actions based on an aspect, is it better to Compel or Invoke for Effect?
@Ryno: Probably better to ask in chat than in comments. But yes, that's correct; invoke/tag adds the usual +2 or reroll to a roll; compels force actions/inactions that suit the aspects.
Jun
21
comment For a group of 20-50 people, what would be some apocalyptic survivalist LARP set ups that would work with the group size and skill level?
@called2voyage: No major differences from SO. Our standard of "factual" has to be a little fuzzier sometimes, but the usual SE rules about answerable questions and examples from practical experience apply.
Jun
21
comment How Fate games could go wrong and how to prevent that
+1 for amazing. I feel like the back half of this answer is a full and important answer in its own right to a much more general question about social contracts and avoiding triggers, and I'd love to see it widely read.
Jun
21
comment How Fate games could go wrong and how to prevent that
@Flamma: The question is specifically about transitions from D&D, where the GM is extremely adversarial compared to Fate. In a D&D game it's hardly unusual for figuring out how the NPCs are trying to kill the party to be most of the GM's job for a session. In Fate it's 5% of the job, or less. (D&D also has a more hostile world than most Fate games; there's little Fate equivalent to "dungeon crawl".)
Jun
20
comment How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?
@okeefe: Depends how sneaky your GM is. There's no easier way to fool people than with the truth.
Jun
19
comment How can a GM prevent growing disillusioned with their own game?
This. Not railroading doesn't mean the world is open, it means the consequences are. (Railroading is when the party gets the feeling that their decisions don't matter. You can drop them into any situation you care to contrive and they'll let it go, as long as they still feel they can change the outcome.)
Jun
16
comment What are the critical differences between WEG's Star Wars 2nd Ed. and Star Wars 2nd Ed. Revised and Expanded?
+1 for saying what I was about to. It think it's worth nothing that R&E is a prettier, more usable book - the index, for a start. There's little difference as a game, but as a publication the R&E is much improved.
Jun
13
comment What ebook readers work well with roleplaying PDF?
+1 solid answer. It's worth editing now: Android tablets are out in the same form factor as the iPad, and the Nexus 10, Asus Transformer or Samsung Galaxy are also solid choices for reading large PDFs.
Jun
1
comment Are there any magic items to crash a wall?
+1 for Kord's Force; probably the most appropriate solution for a barbarian.