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Aug
20
comment Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?
Reach is an attribute of a entity. Normally it based on the creature's size. But it can otherwise if the entity wields a weapon with reach or has some other attribute (like long tentacles) that give is a longer reach for its size. Attacks of opportunity work within a entity's reach period. Finally what Polearm master does, among other things, is grant opportunity attacks when creatures ENTERs your reach. This is a benefit on top of the existing rule as it does not normally happen.
Aug
13
comment Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?
Murderhobo has a history of being a loaded term that is used by many to criticize what many perceive the stereotypical playstyle of past edition. As with all stereotypes while it has some truth it is near useless in judging the specific of a situation or how a individual plays. I bring this up not to criticize its use but to remind people not to color their judgement when reading 5e adventure. In the two released adventure I noticed a liberal use of defeat and similar terms that I believe tells the referee (and players) that there are more options than killing.
Aug
13
comment Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?
@waxeagle, note the liberal use of the word defeat instead of killing. For example the party gets 150 XP for defeating the Skeletons in room 4 (The Crypts) on Page 22. It doesn't say kill but defeaut. If the party was of evil alignment and seized control of the skeletons that is a defeat as much as the Paladin and Cleric of Life smashing them to bits.
Aug
11
comment Are there any systems similar to Pathfinder's Kingmaker that are more complex and realistic?
Yup apparently when you log in your download page is a mix of what you paid for and what free my bad. Fixed my answer.
Aug
10
comment Wild Magic Sorcerer
Yeah I missed that and modified my answer.
Aug
10
comment When leveling - Is the hit die only added to the maximum?
It is defined on page 196 and it says. A creature's current hit points (usually called hit points) can be any number from the creature's hit point maximum to 0. This number changes frequently as the creatures takes damage or receives healing. I believe this support the OP's ruling that current hp doesn't increase as a result of leveling.
Aug
1
comment Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?
Again the problem is that they left focus with an open ended list with the "or some similar item". That RAW as well. I don't view the two in conflict as I view the Equipment List as a reflection of a implied setting behind the rules. Equipment are an implementation detail not rules. Katanas are not on the equipment list either but doesn't mean they can't exist in a 5e setting. All just means that the referee has to do the work in defining the stats for a katana.
Jul
31
comment Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?
I think this the way to go without a debate over what is a wand like piece of wood or similar object. The only physical requirement is that the caster has to have his hands free to use the focus. So this means a bow (or other weapon) with a focus embedded can only be used as one or the other.
Jul
31
comment Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?
The only problem I see with the idea that wooden weapons don't count is the part that goes " a wand-like length of wood, or some similar item". Also there are improvised weapons rules. Which means a Arcane Focus Staff could be used as a weapons like any other random object.
Jul
18
comment System Recommendation: Traders/Truckers Spaceships Sci-Fi
Various editions of Traveller also exist in multiple languages
Jul
13
comment Can I give the blinded condition through an improvised action?
The DC check is just to spot something that you can use. It is a two part mechanic. Part 1 Spot something, Part 2 hitting somebody with what you find.
Jul
5
comment Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e
When they flesh out the Basic Rules with a Bestiary. Right now it just character generation.
Jul
5
comment How can a goblin attack and hide in the same turn?
If you have a gamestore that part of the Wizard Play Network (i.e. they host organized play events). You can get it now.
May
7
comment Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
Having run a game store campaigns for a number of years, when I have 10 or more people playing, having a caller streamlines things considerably. Reading accounts of of the first sessions it felt like large groups were the norm rather than the exception for a long time in the beginning.
Apr
2
comment Slavic AD&D Campaign Setting Resources
Also you can contact me through my Google Plus Profile (link below) and I will be glad to send you the raw text and map images. I would be greatly interested in your comments and impression. plus.google.com/116753362008267799901/posts/p/pub
Jan
29
comment Infinite wish combo using 3 items
@RobertF, the Rod of Beguiling is what makes it foolproof provided that the caster treats the efreet as a valued friend reinforcing the initial charm.
Oct
28
comment Why is the GM usually the driving force in RPG?
When you are playing your character "as if they are really there" the game is an experience not a story. Like hiking Yosemite park is an experience. The story is about the experience. Sometime the experience makes for an interesting story and sometimes it doesn't. What makes for an interesting experience doesn't always make for an interesting story. Because this the setup for one approach doesn't automatically work for the other approach. As for the question the referees in the original tabletop RPGs were managing an experience not managing a collaborative story.
Jul
29
comment Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?
How you setup a VTT to run your campaign is a common question I get from friends. The technology is relatively new so many don't know where even to begin. Plus it is a growing aspect of tabletop roleplaying so it will come up more and more. So I don't consider to be overly broad at all.
Feb
15
comment Infinite wish combo using 3 items
If it is three items. It likely involves the following. 1) The Candle, 2) the Iron Flask of the Efreet which compels the imprisoned being to service for 1 turn. However the Iron Flask requires the efreet to fail a saving throw. 3) So the third item is something that cause the Efreet to fail their save when the Iron Flask is used.
Feb
15
comment Infinite wish combo using 3 items
I doubt it is real reference considering it was written in the 2000s. Stuff like that has a habit of getting different eras mixed up. The method I outlined has the virtue of using only the items in the original DMG.