What are the gambling games in the “Black Box” edition of Basic D&D?

I have a vague memory of my father teaching me about dice probabilities from a “mini-game” within the Black box set, at the beginning of being in jail in the salt mines. The other prisoners, is willing to gamble with me, but we use different combinations of dice to see who will roll the higher number. From what I can remember it was from the Escape from Zanzer Tem’s dungeon adventure.

I’m looking to find what exactly those combinations of dice were, and what the rules of the gambling game were.

Suitable deities for a drow paladin from the Underdark in 3rd edition dnd?

I want to make a drow paladin in 3.5 edition from the forgotten realms, however I am having some trouble picking a deity.

My DM has already told me that I cannot make a paladin of Elistraee because (1) she does not have any paladins in 3rd edition, and (2) she is a chaotic good deity who does not support order. In 3rd edition Paladins must be lawful good, so they should not worship a chaotic diety.

Are there any other Underdark deities that are neutral good, lawful good, or lawful neutral, that an outcast drow paladin might follow in 3rd edition?

Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition Spreadsheet

Build Point systems tend to be math heavy, and that makes it especially difficult when playing with kids. Even with advanced degrees, I prefer to let computers to my math for me. Over the years I’ve used several spreadsheets for several systems, such as the Shadowrun Character Generator Spreadsheet at the bottom of Aaron’s Shadowrun Resources Site. It not only keeps me honest, but it means I don’t make silly arithmetic mistakes.

Does anyone know of such a beast for M&M 3.0?

Note: I’ve found Hero Lab, and I would shell out the money it but I run Linux and the demo I downloaded from their site has a tendency to crash under wine. I don’t know if it does the same under Windows, or if the licensed version similarly crashes, but I hate spending money on software that crashes.

Might have found a “Rare” edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons?

I found this hard cover book and wasn’t really sure on what it was. So I called a friend and he said it was "a rare edition" and that I could get quite a bit of money out of it.

Front Cover Inside Cover

the back cover and the inside are printed with the following:

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. Special Reference Work. 4th Edition, August, 1979. Hard Cover.

An alphabetical compendium of all the monsters found in advanced Dungeons & Dragons, including attacks, damage, special abilities, and descriptions.

By Gary Gygax 1977, 1978 -TSR Games

Gently used. Binding is in perfect condition. No rips, tears, or folds.

Over 350 Monsters This book provides a complete alphabetical listing of all "monsters" encountered in the various works which comprise the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game system. It is an invaluable aid to players and dungeon masters alike!

How is explosives damage determined in Shadowrun 2nd Edition?

In Shadowrun 2nd Edition, damage for grenades decreases from 10S in power level by 1 per meter for offensive grenades and by 1 per half meter for defensive grenades. The book gives an example to illustrate this on page 97 saying

a target standing three meters away from an offensive grenade blast would be subject to a base 7S damage, while a target standing six meters away would be subject to a base 4S damage.

Blast effects for other kinds of explosives aren’t described on this page.

The ratings for Plastic explosives is listed on page 257 enter image description here

Damage for Plastic explosives is described on page 242 as being the rating of the explosive with a severity of D so for example 1kg of Plastic, Compound XII would have a damage of 12D.

The Damage Code is (Rating)D per kilogram.

The page goes on to explain how the damage is reduced the further from the explosion the target is.

The Power of the blast is reduced by the base Rating per meter.

Does this mean that 1 meter away from detonating 1kg of Plastic Compound XII the damage is 12D and 2 meters away it’s 0D? This seems unlikely given how different "-12 per meter" is from the "-1 per meter" for grenades.

How do you calculate damage from Plastic explosives at a given distance from the explosion in Shadowrun 2nd Edition (2e)?

The Design of Invocations in D&D 5th edition

I been working on a supplement for D&D 5th edition using the 5e System Reference Document as foundation.

Has Wizards are one of authors of D&D 5e system posted about how Warlock Invocations are designed.

Invocations often have a prerequisite. Sometime is a requirement that the Warlock have a specific pact, other times it is a level requirement. There are hints of a pattern but nothing conclusive.

For example some invocations allow you to cast a 1st level spell without expending spell slot. Then there are invocations that allow you to cast a 2nd level spell without a spell slot but they have a level requirement.

So I am wondering if there been any posts put out by Wizards that talk about how they designed the invocations.

Is there a not-advertised “Windows 10 for Rich People” edition?

When Windows 10 was not yet released, a spokesperson from Microsoft stood on stage talking about how important privacy is to Microsoft and literally ended with:

Because you are our customersnot our products!

(Loud applauds, and understandably so.)

Well, I probably don’t have to tell you what happened once it was released, but every time I have to reinstall my computer system, I’m absolutely appalled by the insane number of cryptic and ever-changing steps I have to take to force my Windows 10 Pro (the version I bought) into something that could be considered "just barely usable, if you forget all about privacy". Every last bit of joy has been sucked out of computers in the last 20 years.

It strikes me that this cannot possibly be what rich people see on their computers. It simply cannot. There must exist some kind of not-advertised Windows 10 version (possibly having existed since Windows 8 was first released or even before) which has all of this spying and insultingly dumbed-down consumer madness turned off/removed by default. I imagine that their version of Windows brings them immediately to a truly clean desktop and can instantly start installing whatever third-party software they need, without first having to go through this long ritual of steps from a long "laundry list" of objectively user-hostile defaults.

Basically, I’m convinced that there must exist a "Windows basic platform engine" with some sort of professional, polished GUI running on top of it which is quite different from the big, ugly mess that is presented to the general public as Windows 10. Something which, to the user, never or very rarely changes.

I simply cannot imagine that a rich person, who doesn’t like or want to use Apple/Mac computers (or simply need to use one or more of the numerous Windows-exclusive software products), goes through what I go through every time they set up a new computer or reinstall my current one. It’s a scene I just cannot believe happens. Just like a rich person would never put up with my living conditions, I don’t believe that they would put up with my "computing experience".

Maybe you’ll say that they probably just hire an expert to do it for them, and while that sounds reasonable for somebody who can afford it, would such a person really trust somebody else to set up their personal computer, this highly personal and central machine, for them properly and not make any mistakes or even add their own spying software for personal blackmail purposes?

I certainly would never let anyone, even if they have a big diploma from "Privacy University", install and set up Windows 10 on my "rich man’s" PC even if I had as much money as Bill Gates; there are many GUI-accessible settings related to updates and sending "samples" (personal files) to Microsoft by default related to the anti-virus product built into Windows, for example, which most people would more than likely miss even if they were tasked with this job and got paid dearly for it. And it keeps changing.

It simply doesn’t add up. Something is missing from the equation.

I assume that Bill Gates himself has a private build of Windows, but of course most rich people are far from his wealth and he also is the founder of the company, so it’s meaningless to focus on him for this question which is about "rich, intelligent, important people" in general. Take Elon Musk or somebody like that. (And please don’t try to convince me that he’s running Linux…)

Please note that I’m not talking about a "clean" copy of Windows 10, that is, one without all the extra garbage added in by the PC maker, pre-installed on most PCs you can buy in stores. I’m talking about a "clean ISO" directly from Microsoft. The most "vanilla" Windows 10 that you can get. The "intended" OS, which is so full of nonsense by now that I just cannot imagine having a secondary computer and having to maintain two of these things. There’s just too much stuff to disable and (attempt to) block.

Of course, I don’t think it’s actually called "Windows 10 for Rich People", but what do such people do? Just like they pay for so many other annoying/unpleasant/privacy-invasive things to "go away" for them, surely this must also be the case with computers?

PS: I’m aware of the "Enterprise" and "Enterprise LTSC" editions, but they are very specifically for mass-installations in companies, cannot be purchased normally and, having tried them out myself, are only very marginally better than the home/"Pro" editions in terms of spying, unwanted bloat and (lack of) polish, so I cannot accept these as the versions I’m referring to.