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Given how much I enjoy Baldur's Gate, I decided to have a look into a long term curiosity of mine... PnP D&D. I got some questions to begin with though:
1) Obviously I know BG is based on 2nd Ed. D&D. But for PnP Players, is there a 'most popular' or default edition that people use, or do you all just update your gaming system as new ones are released?
2) Having read a few of your D&D stories from the 'Memorable PnP characters' thread in this forum, it seems like you can do all sorts of quirky and some VERY specific things in your games. How does that work? Like say you get attacked next to a river by an angry Ogre, and your warrior says 'I will use my shield as a flotation device to escape... how would this situation resolve? I don't imagine there can feasibly be a book somewhere that can list all the specific and creative things players might think of.
3) If a DM is technically the 'enemy', what prevents him from just engineering an encounter that gives the heroes no chance? Imagine if Charname had been pulled into the Planar Prison just after leaving Candlekeep. He'd have just become another drone. Is there a competitive side to D&D, and if so, how is it managed?