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May 14
About Dan Helmick
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Ex-D&D guy. R&D, D&DI, sometimes author, sometimes producer, sometimes researcher.
About Me:
Worked for D&D Insider for a while. Contributed some magazine articles and did some work on a few projects like the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide and Out of the Abyss, and some work on projects that will never see the light of day. Came to the D&D R&D team as a contractor in June 2014, left in 2015. I was sort of a "black ops" R&D guy. Except without a silenced pistol.

Also wrote a few AL adventures, a couple of web articles, and playtested and contributed to a bunch of stuff. No big whoop.
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Renton
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Washington
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USA
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I play a lot of games with both old friends and industry mainstays. It's good to get the perspectives of both.
My Character:
In 5e rules, I'm a 10th level Rogue (arcane trickster) with the Sage background. But I wish I were a 20th level warforged Bard (College of Lore) named Groove-o-Tron.

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Town:
Renton
State:
Washington
Country:
USA
Game Details:
I play a lot of games with both old friends and industry mainstays. It's good to get the perspectives of both.
My Character:
In 5e rules, I'm a 10th level Rogue (arcane trickster) with the Sage background. But I wish I were a 20th level warforged Bard (College of Lore) named Groove-o-Tron.

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Tuesday, 14th April, 2015

  • 09:02 PM - Patrick McGill quoted Dan Helmick in post [UPDATED] WotC Gives You Some Official 5E Modern Armor!
    Hey everyone. I see a few questions regarding my shorthand term of "DR" in the article. I'm trying not to laugh out loud as I type this, so please forgive the occasional typo. This article is part of a larger doc I wrote some months ago, for a campaign I'm running set in a modern, urban fantasy setting. A few weeks ago, someone asked those of us in the department if we wanted to write articles about our own campaigns. That someone heard that I was tinkering with a modern ruleset, and asked me if I would be interested in contributing. So what you're seeing is part of a larger doc that has been dissected into article-length features. Due to the word count of the feature, much expository text was cut, by me, for the sake of brevity. The DR bit was just shorthand to explain that damage of the type listed is reduced by the armor in question. I had hoped that this was easy enough to figure out given the sentence following the chart, but I can see that it has confused 3e aficionados. My apologies. Reg...
  • 06:56 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Dan Helmick in post [UPDATED] WotC Gives You Some Official 5E Modern Armor!
    Regarding armor: I had hoped, again in error, that those interested in the article would go ahead and assume that pieces such as the tactical vest had armor plates in order to confer AC bonuses and damage resistances. A tactical vest is just nylon. Again, descriptions were cut for the sake of space, so you got me there. It was more important to me that everything fit in a table that was easy to reference. Most armors in the table were taken from the d20 Modern Corebook and the d20 Future book. Regarding simulationism (and lack thereof): It is more important to me to preserve game balance than to worry obsessively about varying armor types, penetration values, etc. This article is simply a hack allowing the reader to inject modern armor into a D&D game if they so choose. I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel or create a whole new game. (Not that I wouldn't, but that is really not up to me!) If simulation is more important to you than the pick-up-and-play sensibilities of 5e D&D, I suggest you pi...
  • 08:38 AM - CubeB quoted Dan Helmick in post [UPDATED] WotC Gives You Some Official 5E Modern Armor!
    So did I. ;) Even if you didn't use the default setting, the combination of Modern + D&D Style Fantasy is kind of compelling. My current UA style game forgoes the Shadow, the gift of Lethe, and all of that stuff. Everything is out in the open. Including the evil overlord that followed the fantasy races that everyone is currently in open war with. It allows for certain interesting twists on certain tropes. (Paladins as Media Celebrities! Illusions mixed with pro-wrestling! Warforged as Captain America!). Though, in both 5e and 13th Age, I found things work best just by refluffing. (My main concerns with 5e were difficulties implementing a subsystem intergral to the plot. Also I just love 13th Age)

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