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25 year programming experience.


Jul
23
comment Should encounters be adjusted to a full-magic party?
@Santreim, I realize that. I modified my answer to make it clearer
Jul
9
comment Help Identify a Medieval City
@doppelgreener I disagree in that developing settings are part of RPGs. A lot of setting prep involves kitbashing real world information. Given this I felt I had a good shot of finding an answer as it happens there are two good answers on this question. And in the past I had negative experience trying to ask these types of question on the history forums. Even something as simple as "What are medieval sheepfolds used for in herding?" got closed. My view is that given the flexibility of RPGs these question are on-topic as long as they are clearly related to prep which this one was.
Jul
9
comment Help Identify a Medieval City
@doppelgreener Prep work for many RPGs involve looking at real-world historical and geographical research. The difference is that the answer that historians give is not always in a gamable form. Asked here it likely will be in a form useful to a game. This site is a Q&A is about RPGs which are not just a bag of rules but also involves developing, prepping, and running campaigns, setting, and adventures. I was working a city for a RPG campaign and wanted an answer useful for a game hence I asked it here.
Jun
16
comment How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
@KorvinStarmast Because there is a distinct difference between core book only OD&D and OD&D plus Greyhawk. Unlike Blackmoor and Eldritch Wizardry, Greyhawk not only expands the games but alters it into the form that most people recognize as classic D&D.
Jun
4
comment How to deal with anti-authoritarian player characters?
@Superbest, in my experience trying to deal with it out of game is problematic for most. In short is nearly always messy as it obvious the bottom line is "If you don't change you can't come here and play." However unless other social activity the one are talking about revolves around playing a game. Because of this it can be manipulated by a skilled player to show why maddog behavior is self defeating. A lot of people talk about how player metagame the rules for bad reason but they forget they can be metagamed for good reasons.
May
22
comment Can you witch bolt the bad guy you're grappling?
@Killer_Kelly, the thing is the spell is only has a 30' range versus the typical movement rate so pinning down the target is useful. It may not be this method but you are on the right track.
May
4
comment Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?
@PurpleVermont, I did get into specifics "I find this somewhat ludicrous as a they also state on page 157 of the PHB that an aristocratic lifestyle can cost 10 gp per day." There are other items like the cost to craft an item, etc. But I felt I got my point across.
May
2
comment Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?
@PurpleVermont because the pricing in the DMG do not make sense in terms of the assumptions they laid out. It is obvious they were biased towards the idea that Magic item are special and the rules of even D&D 5e economics don't apply. What usually happens is the players will pick up on the inconsistency and for a few it impact their enjoyment of the game.
Apr
24
comment Stealthing and hiding
@DCShannon correct. You get the following in a round of combat. 1 Action, 1 Bonus Action, 1 Reaction, 1 Interaction. You can't freely exchange Bonus Actions with Actions. What allows the Rogue the choice is the fact Hide is a actions for all characters but the Rogue has a class feature that allows him take a Hide Action as a bonus action.
Apr
24
comment Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcane + Illusory Reality?
@SevenSidedDie I going to have to disagree otherwise the authors would have written the spell similar to Hallucinatory Terrain with a larger AOE. Consider that other illusion spell are able to make "real" effects like the 5th level spell Creation. Could it be clearer sure but the wording indicates that Mirage Arcane isn't just a Hallucinatory Terrain with a larger area of effect. But a temporary alteration of terrain within the limits of the spell.
Apr
24
comment Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcane + Illusory Reality?
Also Hallucinatory Terrain, a 4th level spell, makes an explicit point about how the tactile characteristic of the terrain remains unchanged. While Mirage Arcane explicitly adds in the tactile element.
Apr
24
comment Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcane + Illusory Reality?
"but only because it feels real and interacts with you magically-intelligently. A precipice can appear to be a gentle slope — but you will still fall vertically if you try to walk down it." That is not clear from the spell's description because of the initial statement that the changes feel as if the terrain is real. Ruling that you fall over a precipice that been changed to a gradual slope is contradiction because falling doesn't not feel like there is a gradual slope. Keep in mind it is after all a 7th level spell.
Apr
23
comment Can you take the same feat multiple times?
@DrewS, Considering how the action system work in combat, I find it hard to think taking Magic Initiate:Cleric, Druid, etc multiple times is unbalancing considering there is multi-classing and you are foregoing an ability increase. It smells like a space saving move to me.
Apr
23
comment Can you take the same feat multiple times?
@GamerJosh well that further ammo to consider each class section of Magic Initiate as a separate feat in of itself.
Apr
15
comment Is expanding foam a suitable material for LARP weapon construction?
@Racheet, I didn't examine all the possible different types of spraycan applied foam. The one I find readily available and have experience with are just not suitable for anything other than for props. The foam has durability issues and safety issues.
Apr
8
comment Would “Detect Magic” reveal a sorcerer?
This is the not the same question as the one it is a marked a duplicate of. It is similar in that is about spellcasters and using detect magic to detect them. However this one deals with whether sorcerers or warlock are inherently magical thus detectable. The other one asks about whether wizards with prepared spells are inherently magic. Not the same question at all despite their focus on detect magic.
Feb
27
comment Can you make a grapple attack as an Attack of Opportunity
Some would argue that by the plain reading of the rule 'can use X' does not imply 'must use X'. However the rules goes on to state 'If you’re able to make multiple attacks with the Attack action, this attack replaces one of them.' In my view this makes your interpretation the correct one. As grappling has special limitation over and above other types of melee attacks.
Jan
19
comment Why can't Cure Wounds heal necrotic damage done by powerful undead, but sleeping can?
@AlexisWilke it is a specific power granted to the vampire's bite not a function of necrotic damage itself.
Jan
16
comment What should happen when a player does not follow his class at all? (i.e. plays his role badly)
@Miniman it is a consequence of his in-game behavior. The key is wherever were the limits defined beforehand? If not and the referee wants to ret-con it during the campaign than the fair thing to do is allow the player a re-write. As it would have been a factor during initial character creation. A paladin violating his oath, a cleric going against the strictures of his religion. A ranger violating his ethos all have similar negative in-game consequences for the player's choice as his character.
Dec
19
comment Game that Teaches RPGs effectively “by itself”
I read and played MSH RPGs.