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12:29 AM
Q: Should we close questions where the asker is looking to double check their understanding of basic rules?

LovellA user has recently asked these two questions: What is included with a character's proficiencies when they become a dhampir Understanding how to play a wizard In both questions, they articulate the rules of the game quite clearly, and then ask the stack to clarify that their understanding is co...

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5:33 AM
@BESW I know this isn’t particularly my discussion, but I actually disagree
Right in the middle of the pandemic, the local newspaper gave away a bunch of their old news distribution boxes — you know the ones you put coins into to get the paper out of — to anyone who wanted them, as long as they were making little free libraries out of them.
There’s one around the corner from my grandfather’s house, and it’s become a community Thing. There’s some kids who draw on the sidewalk next to it all the time with chalk, and the owners leave little notes on the door sometimes for anyone who wants to read them. I see a lot of people smiling when they pass it and stopping to consider books
Oh yeah, it absolutely can be a community-building node.
I'm just saying that public bookcases don't have the community-building element built into them the way a traveling library usually does.
5:48 AM
@BESW point.
There’s a few others around the neighborhood here that are less of a community project and more of a book repository, but I see people carrying books to and from the one on my street all the time. Sometimes people say things like “wow, this book is perfect for me! I wonder who put it there” and then they leave more books, but it’s not really a community
And the possibility for anonymity in a public bookcase can be a feature which traveling libraries can't offer--making books available to people who don't want to interact with people to get them--but even then, more and more people are putting video feeds in "their" public bookcases because they want to police how the public is using the bookcase.
Traveling libraries tend to produce group ownership models more organically.
I'm really glad that you've got a successful public bookcase, they can be awesome.
I've just seen too many people online saying that they're taking down "their" public bookcases because "people are stealing books from it" and the like.
@BESW Umm. I thought the point of the bookcase was to encourage people to take books?!?
But only the way the sponsor thinks they should.
Like "only take one at a time" and "you have to put one back for every one you take." I often see complaints that "homeless people are selling the books."
Ugh, people.
Like... that's still getting the books read, and somebody's able to eat because of it too!? Sounds like a win to me.
We repotted our pothos today.
One of its vines is ten feet long.
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7:50 AM
@BESW My family has a book swap shelf outside of our house. Books will appear and disappear, and it's where most of my new reads are coming from. I very rarely put anything there, though, because I have a very hard time getting rid of books.
It's overflowing seriously, though... two full bookcases triple-shelved... not enough people are taking.
Q: Understanding how to play a wizard

Victor BI apologize in advance, as I fully admit that this post is asking for the community to help me overcome some of my reading comprehension problems. However, with the success I have had with this community, I am very hopeful for the results in my 1 year study of the wizard class. What gets me the m...

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9:05 AM
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10:54 AM
A: Should we close questions where the asker is looking to double check their understanding of basic rules?

doppelgreenerThis category of question is on topic. Stack Exchange's Q&A doesn't just take the form of question and answer. It also takes the form of problem and solution. This principle is why our topicality help says “You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face...

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3:18 PM
it's quiet in here
That's because there's nobody here but us chickens.
Bawk bawk.
@Yuuki thought of another common house ruling: spells damaging objects even when they can't target objects. E.g. shocking grasp or acid splash.
Probably a lot of that with warlocks in a campaign. Those are usually eldritch blast for days.
Kill an attacker? eldritch blast. Stop something from fleeing? eldritch blast. Negotiate a truce? eldritch blast. Get the milk from the table over there? eldritch blast? Tie your shoes? eldritch blast.
@Yuuki Using spells that can only target creatures against objects may be another.
oh yeah, i've seen that a lot
3:28 PM
Ignoring crossbow loading happens.
Don and doff armor times are frequently eschewed.
I'd say sleeping in armor, but I don't think there are any rules for that (outside of xanathar optional?)
The amount of crap a character can carry & quickly access often ignored.
Although outside of encumbrance weight, I don't think that's really a rules issue?
Common sense, yes.
Encumbrance rarely got tracked when it was pencil & paper only. Spreadsheets and VTTs have probably increased the amount of tracking that actually gets done at tables.
@NautArch IIRC, encumbrance is an optional/variant rule?
3:31 PM
@NautArch Common sense was suspected dead for a few decades, but the last of it was confirmed to have gone the way of the dodo in 2020.
@Yuuki There is an encumbrance and variant encumbrance.
@Yuuki There's the you can carry as much as a Hercules of your size and the you can't carry as much as a Hercules
I started using the variant rule to prevent the clerics from using STR as their dump stat and still strutting around in full plate like it's no issue.
But in both, if you can carry the weight of 3 glaives, 2 greatswords, and all your requipment, you can.
@GcL yeah, i don't want to have to manually calculate my encumbrance every time i pick up an item but i'm more than willing to play inventory management if total weight is automatically summed
@GcL There's a STr req for heavy armour though isn't there? Don't remember what the penality is
3:36 PM
Q: True Seeing into Ethereal plane in Fog Cloud, what is seen?

WakiNadiVellirTrue Seeing spell allows, among other things, this: and can see into the Ethereal Plane, all out to a range of 120 feet. Assume that True Seeing doesn't allow one to directly see through the Fog Cloud fog, which is actual conjured fog and not an illusion, and creates a heavily obscured area. I ...

@Someone_Evil It's a movement speed hit.
It's 10' of movement penalty if the character doesn't have the str requirment, plus another 10 feet if they're encumbered by the weight.
10 feet of movement isn't nothing, but I suppose it isn't that bad
Basically, you can't go traipsing around in full plate armor and a 50 pound pack.
@Someone_Evil It's 20 if they're under the str requirement and above the encumbered weight.
65 lbs for full plate means at least a 13 str just to wear it and nothing else without being over encumbrance. To be fair, have to apply that to NPCs as well which took a bit of work. Unless they're on duty, soldiers, mercenaries, town watch, etc... aren't going to wear their heavy armor around town.
Which is pretty signigicant. Ray of frost would bring them to a full stop (unless a base speed of 35+)
Gives an in town advantage to monks and rogues who don't have to walk around being overtly armed and looking like they're heading to battle.
@Someone_Evil Oooo... good one. Didn't think of that.
3:50 PM
I don't usually play with encumbrance either, we haven't had an issue with stuff carried for the bookkeeping to be worth it, but I like the idea of a slot based system as a compromise. Don't worry about minutia, or pool them as a backpack item.
@GcL Which also makes a lot of sense.
4:09 PM
@Someone_Evil It was getting ridiculous with a couple of my players. cleric with 13 str in full plate, shield, hammer, and all the kit in their backpack. Kinda stepping on the toes of the str builds.
Also, having all their potions/scrolls/weapons available as a free interact with object in the same way drawing a weapon.... just too much.
Potions and scrolls usually specify "as an action" to use them.
@MikeQ Yeah, and you don't have all of them on hand either. So action to dig them out of your pack, plus action to use them. We eventually settled on up to 6 items (including weapons) a character could have ready to draw.
Wouldn't it be a free interaction to draw, but an action to use?
@MikeQ This.
Makes the descriptions of NPC intent a bit easier too, but more involved. The martial characters or those with military background get to recognize when someone is kitted out for a fight. E.g. essentially wearing tactical gear and more armed than the civil situation would call for.
@MikeQ Not if it's in your backpack.
4:14 PM
> withdraw a potion from your backpack
An example of something you can do with your object interaction.
> Here are a few examples of the sorts of thing you can do in tandem with your movement and action:
So taking a potion from your pack is explicitly stated to be something that can be done with your free interact.
Yeah, if a character does something that basically just rearranges the position of an object in their "inventory" (in an abstract sense, e.g. moving a potion from a backpack to a hand) then it may as well be a free object interaction.
@ThomasMarkov that's because the game puts potions on the hotbar automatically, right?
@ThomasMarkov Good point. Must be a houserule then.
4:45 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword in answer, bad keyword with email in answer, bad phone number in answer, email in answer, messaging number in answer, +2 more (543): Are Psychics arcane casters? Can they prestige into Dragon Disciples and do they suffer Spell Failure? by gladys wynn on rpg.SE (@Rubiksmoose @ThomasMarkov)
Well that was quick. Smokey zapped that in 27 seconds
Fun fact, Critical Role's original Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting is now going for $300 on amazon
Holy overpriced content, Batman!
It's out of print with the new one coming out later this year.
Check your local game stores, you might be able to make a profit on a flip.
cheapest ebay listing is $250
@ThomasMarkov Are there digital copies to be purchased somewhere?
4:58 PM
@GcL Nope.
5:14 PM
If anyone wants to work on their SQL chops, I have a SEDE assignment for you
@ThomasMarkov I've dabbled
not sure how helpful I can be though
Recall that at the end of June last year 700+ protected questions were unprotected.
I need some help gathering stats on those questions.
thats going to be beyond me
there IS a SEDE chatroom
I might just make a meta post.
that chatroom might be helpful, @rene is often there to help
gotta dash now though
ciao for niao
5:21 PM
There are some existing queries on one of the meta posts on that, but I assume you've already looked at those
@Someone_Evil I was looking for them and couldnt find them
Q: How has RPG.se used protection? (crunching the numbers on spam and protection)

RubiksmooseVery soon we intend to start a discussion about how protection is used on this site going forward. To inform that discussion, I've tried to dig deep and find some data that could help guide this discussion. It got so lengthy that I decided that posting it as its own post was probably the best way...

Also I think getting what I want will be beyond my ability to hack together a query
@Someone_Evil Thanks, I'll start here.
5:55 PM
@ThomasMarkov If you're looking up how to get a query working, the SEDE dialect is TSQL. Some of the aggregation and bits like common table expressions are different than SQL.
@GcL See, shows how much I know.
More than half of getting something done is just knowing the names of stuff to google.
6:28 PM
You rang?
@rene Oh hello
@rene Context
I'm going to see what I can figure out using some of the queries in this meta post, but if I get lost, I might come find you for some help, if you don't mind.
7:19 PM
@V2Blast argghh, I already have core and 13 true ways, maybe I'll get the bundle and send you the core? I don't have any adventures beyond Eyes of the Stone Thief.
7:54 PM
@V2Blast Don't threaten me with a good time!

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