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  1. Pseudopsyche

    4E Late to the 4E party

    To adapt an encounter designed for 5 players to 4 PCs, you could always just remove a level from every monster. The math should be about right. This approach is particularly useful for combats involving solos or elites, where you can't just remove one standard monsters. I'll second the...
  2. Pseudopsyche

    4E JamesonCourage's First 4e Session

    FWIW, I think clerics do have it rough in 4E skill challenges. They typically have armor penalties compounding mediocre Str and Dex scores. The only class skills that build upon their Wis are Heal and Insight, and they don't get Endurance to build upon their Con. Half their class skills...
  3. Pseudopsyche

    4E JamesonCourage Is Starting A 4e Game; Looking For Pointers

    Sounds like you have a nicely balanced core party: monk, warpriest, knight, sha'ir. Should be fun! I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes.
  4. Pseudopsyche

    4E JamesonCourage Is Starting A 4e Game; Looking For Pointers

    How about some kind of divine artifact, a sacred relic of Kord, that can summon a fierce warrior some number of times per day? Perhaps some kind of war horn that summons valkyrie-like warrior maidens. The summoned warrior can become more powerful as the PCs level up and their concordance with...
  5. Pseudopsyche

    3E/3.5 the worst thing about 4e is the best thing about 3e...

    So even after D&D Next launches, should WotC continue releasing adventures in the manner of Murder at Baldur's Gate: system-neutral books with system-specific game material as a free download?
  6. Pseudopsyche

    4E best 4e adventures?

    You are thinking of Heart of the Forbidden Forge, Dungeon 155. I am fond of that one too, although I never ran it.
  7. Pseudopsyche

    4E Running Dark Sun and 4e for the first time

    I would be tempted just to use Essentials, assuming none of the players feels a strong need to have psionics. Why not let the mage be arcane and explore the social consequences throughout the campaign? The biggest limitation is that the only leader (healer) class would be the druid, assuming...
  8. Pseudopsyche

    4E WotC's 4E Setting approach - was it a mistake?

    Possibly he was referring to this article: His conclusion seems to be that TSR simply did none of the market research that it needed to. But he suggests that perhaps the market didn't want all those settings: Earlier in the article is another reference to the number of settings, when Dancey...
  9. Pseudopsyche

    4E 4e MMs? Which should I get?

    Get MM3. It has much more in the way of lore and fluff to help you transplant the monster to a different system and campaign.
  10. Pseudopsyche

    4E 4E with the wife & kids

    I'm not surprised you decided to cut the hit points. For a party of 2-3 PCs, a standard monster probably has the "grind potential" of an elite monster facing 5 PCs, and presumably an elite monster against 2-3 might invite grind the same way a solo would against 5. I suspect this effect is part...
  11. Pseudopsyche

    4E Trying 4E Again

    I agree with most of the advice you've already received, but I'd like to emphasize a few points. DDI is not necessary. As you figured, the Stealth errata is the one most likely to come up. The skill challenge DCs changed too, but HS1 already uses the new numbers. You can pattern your own skill...
  12. Pseudopsyche

    4E Skill Challenge DC questions for a new to 4E DM.

    I look at it this way: DCs of 5/10/15 assume a baseline of a random character at level 1: with a +0 bonus, you have about a 50-50 shot on a moderate check. The original 15/20/25 DCs assume a baseline of an optimized character: with +4 ability score and +5 training, you have a 50-50 shot on a...
  13. Pseudopsyche

    4E Running player commentary on PCat's 4E Campaign - Heroic tier (finished)

    I've toyed with the idea of implementing "diminishing returns" in my skill challenges too, so I would love to hear more of your thoughts on it. Do you think the cumulative +2 increase in DC was about right for this skill challenge? Do you think a single rate of DC increases could be generally...
  14. Pseudopsyche

    4E Running player commentary on PCat's 4E Campaign - Heroic tier (finished)

    Did the PCs adjust and focus on eradicating the minions first? Or did all the strikers power through the rotpriests' pseudo-insubstantial protection? I don't think the insubstantial trait is intrinsically bad, but I think it's much more fun when there's a way to disable it (as there was in...
  15. Pseudopsyche

    Why 30-level adventure paths?

    I love the idea of adventure paths, but I quail at the formidable challenge of keeping a group going for all 30 levels. So why don't we see more adventure paths (or plans for such) that span only one or two tiers? The advantages of a shorter path seem considerable: primarily a reduced...
  16. Pseudopsyche

    4E Tripping, Disarm, and other maneuvers in 4e

    This solution seems a good fit for the particular situation that the OP described. In this case, the PCs don't want to disarm opponents as a regular tactic; they just want to disarm this particular opponent in this particular encounter. A skill challenge, in which the PCs must achieve some...
  17. Pseudopsyche

    The new Kindle DX: good for gaming?

    In case you haven't heard, today Amazon announced a new Kindle with a 9.7" screen. It can display PDFs in grayscale. To be honest, I don't know much about these Kindle things, so maybe you can tell me. Will this be good for reading the DDI magazines in bed? For navigating notes at the game...
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    4E Running player commentary on PCat's 4E Campaign - Heroic tier (finished)

    I must have missed the thread discussing these expertise feats. If you allow all your PCs to have expertise in their chosen weapon/implement as well as to improvised attacks, why not just decrease the AC of all the monsters instead? Is it just to discourage PCs from switching liberally among...
  19. Pseudopsyche

    adding plot/intrigue to KotS (in Eberron; spoilers)

    This week I will start a new Eberron campaign with Keep on the Shadowfell, and I'm worried that even the Eberron conversion from Dungeon 155 doesn't add enough intrigue. My players have voiced a preference for "more story" than a dungeon crawl, but I would really like to make some use of the...
  20. Pseudopsyche

    how to avoid player information overload in Eberron

    I'd like to adopt the Eberron setting for my upcoming campaign, but after learning the design philosophy behind the Points of Light default, I'm worried about overwhelming my players with background information. For example, the Five Nations sourcebook describes the average citizen's opinions...
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