Published or player-created game worlds in which ongoing adventures take place.

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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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Is there a compilation/timeline of the default 13th Age setting history?

I would like to run a game of 13th Age after working with my players through a worldbuilding session of Microscope. In order to have some prompts and framework for us to build on (or replace), I ...
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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Is there a world map for the core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

This question derives from: "Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?". The answers provided there were excellent and extremely helpful. Even more so when I saw that the board game Conquest of ...
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What “tier” are Thieves' World casters?

Having never been satisfied with the way the core magic system works, either for player fun, thematically, or even logically, I began looking for alternatives. What I have become enamoured with is the ...
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What is the Warhammer Fantasy RPG oneshot/campaign set in an inn?

I was recently told about a WFRPG campaign set entirely in an inn. But I can't remember the name of it. Does anyone know it?
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How much do players need to know before a campaign [closed]

My friends and I are soon going to start a short campaign. The DM is wondering how much information he should give us at the start. Any tips? We are pretty new to DnD.
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Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue? [closed]

I'm looking for a fantasy campaign setting with the following elements: Savage Worlds or Fate. But I'm open to hacks or others rules systems that match this requisites: Rules light, narrative flavor ...
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Is there a way to play a mage in Dragon Age that won't be bossed around, locked up, or killed?

In Dragon Age canon, mages are controlled by the Chantry, who assigns Templars to watch them. They stay in the Tower unless given a specific mission, and when they leave it is with a Templar to guard ...
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What types of undead exist in Z-Corps?

Recently I stumbled over the existence of Z-Corps, a French zombie RPG based on the D6 system. As intriguing as it is... it is only available in French and Spanish at this time and the English ...
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In the Eclipse Phase setting, is there a solution to continuity of identity? How does it impact the setting?

By continuity of identity I mean the classic teleportation problem: when you teleport, do you arrive at the destination, or do you die and your clone arrives? The problem being that no-one other than ...
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What is the SURGE event in Shadowrun?

The Shadowrun 4E background material mentions an event called SURGE, which seems to be similar to UGE or Goblinization. SURGE is mentioned twice in SR4A, and at least once in the Sixth World Atlas. ...
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Do any studies exist that show what the most popular RPG setting genres are?

Have there been any studies or polls about the most popular RPG setting genres, across systems? Intuition tells me that High Fantasy would top the list, but there are a bunch of strong contenders for ...
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What is the full list of official D&D settings?

What are the official Wizards of the Coast / TSR D&D campaign settings? The ones I know of off hand are the following, also would be good to know what rule edition they initially started in and ...
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An RPG Setting for Low-Powered Space Opera [closed]

I'm looking for a setting that's well suited for adventures similar to what we see with Han Solo in Star Wars, or Mal's gang in Firefly. It should be the kind of galaxy where it makes sense for a ...
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Para-elements by mixing two Classical Elements [closed]

I am building a system in which the physics (and metaphysics) are based on a Western Classical Element system: the four basic elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth can intermingle with each other ...
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Is it legal to write and publish a novel based on a pre-existing campaign or setting?

I have read over the OGL and researched copyright laws, but I still am not sure how much of what I want to do is legal. What if someone wanted to write a story about a pre-existing campaign, such as ...
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Is it legal to write and distribute adventures or campaign settings for D&D 3.5?

I am considering writing and selling adventures and/or a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons v3.5 and I am wondering if it is legal to do so. Also what am I allowed to use from the official ...
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What resources detail other planets in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting

I recently came across the other planets of the Pathfinder Campaign setting. I see that they are only briefly described in the setting book. What other resources exist that describe the other ...
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Adapting classes for a game in a world become newly magical

Civilisation prospered in the world of Ishtar. The world was separated into many countries, but war was rare and trade was flourishing. Harvests were not always abundant, but the good years more ...
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Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM

The problem What are the best practices to overcome that certain “complexity paralysis” that may strike a GM when trying to learn and immerse himself in a setting that has a lot of intricate ...
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Is there a template to create a Savage Worlds world

I just saw Mad Max Fury road and I figured that it would make an excellent 'world' to game in. I was thinking, what does it take to build enough material to make a convincing world? And how do you ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder?

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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Duration of the first Wizard's war and the plausibility of Atlantis's downfall taking an abroad mage by surprise

Consider a campaign starting around the time of the downfall of Atlantis. Would (or could) it be plausible for a young mage to be away from Atlantis and suddenly discover things have drastically ...
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How can I retain a classical (rather than medieval) feel in my game?

I'm running a campaign (D&D 3.5, moderately houseruled, but my question is general) set in a world in a classical era. You might compare it to the Han dynasty, or to the Roman Republic--Roman ...
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Are there any RPGs released based on the world of Bas-Lag?

Bas-Lag is the great world of some novels from the British author China Miéville. Does anyone know any RPG based on this world?
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What Paragon-Tier modules can I use to showcase the Underdark?

My group is going through the Underdark top to bottom to get to Menzoberranzan. I'm looking for recommendations for Underdark themed modules - starting with near-the-surface (no- or lite-Drow) dungeon ...
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Is there a map for the feywild equivalent of Faerûn?

It is stated somewhere between the books in D&D 4e that the Feywild is a lot like Toril when its about its geographical shape. Even though, it isn't the same. And I'm looking for those small ...
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Is there an area of Feywild in the Underdark?

I'm considering running a campaign where I want the players to transition from the Feywild to the Underdark. I've read through the Faerûn campaign setting and I can't see anything. The reason I want ...
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Looking for “high dark” fantasy setting

I'm looking for a fantasy setting which should fit these rather specific key points: Overall dark feeling. This will be a Monster Hunters game, so heroic sillyness, a comic-book feel, and so on are ...
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What about the areas without description in the Forgotten Realms?

I've noticed places in Toril without any sort of description. When I searched about it online, not even the Forgotten Wikia had anything about some of these places. Let's use the Kryptgarden as an ...
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How should I handle including features from a settings book when they might cause problems for me? [closed]

I have a player of a gnome who tries to get almost everything from campaign setting books. Should I grant him these thing without including the entire book? For example: He tried to get the feat ...
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Demons vs. Devils? [closed]

I come across Demons in 13th Age, and Devils in the 13 True Ways, and sort of know that such distinctions exist in d20 games. In D20 games, what are the differences between demons and devils, and do ...
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Good RPG for pirate-oriented setting

What good, popular setting you have used for "Pirates of the Caribbean" types of adventures? What makes it good for running a pirate game?
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How can I set up a villain with a really, really, long scope to his plans? [closed]

In the near future I will be running a campaign where the plot, very roughly goes as follows: It's the year X. The world has been destroyed in a process that has taken a long time. Most people ...
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What should I include in a setting book for an RPG? [closed]

My original question was too broad, so I hope this is a better question for what I'm looking for. What is the absolutely necessary information for a setting book to have to be published as a complete ...
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How can PCs defeat a magical Necrotic Cyst-based surveillance state?

In his excellent answer to this question, Brian Ballsun-Stanton posited a horrifying surveillance state using, at its core, a handful of powerful creatures, the feat Mother Cyst (LM 28), and a ...
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What is the Post-Cataclysm Population of Neverwinter?

This question is specific to the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Campaign Setting. I know Neverwinter was decimated by the spellplague and then the cataclysm, but Neverember has been ...
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Does the “Primordial Soup Kitchen” Campaign from Andy Hopp's “Low Life” need much updating for Savage Worlds Deluxe rules?

I'm planning to introduce my players to the Low Life setting, and I'd really like to go through the "Primordial Soup Kitchen" campaign that is in the back of the old setting book. Since that book came ...
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Is a victim of the Mind Control Power from Necessary Evil ever aware of their plight?

In Necessary Evil for Savage Worlds, the Mind Control power gives no indication of whether the victim is aware, either before or after the fact, that they have been controlled. However, the Mind ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy?

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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How to brief a party on WoD setting

I am not sure what a good method for briefing a party in WoD is. When the players are just before the character creation stage, is it standard to tell the party what city they will be starting in, if ...
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What to do when my players want vanilla?

I'm interested in creating my own setting, but my players want to use published, old-school deities, more or less types of Greyhawk planes, and have not expressed interest in anything but a ...
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What monsters and races are from the Shadowfell?

I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list ...
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Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

I'm completely new to RPGs in general, so I apologize in advance if this is an odd question. There's such an overwhelming abundance of lore on all the different campaign settings for DnD that I've ...
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Attributes - how to determine them in a setting-specific manner? [closed]

Attributes, what are they? They're some things ... things, that are related to the core of the game mechanics rather closely. Yet when one refuses to go the bland way of generic ruleset, attributes ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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Slavic AD&D Campaign Setting Resources

In the future I would love to play AD&D in a campaign setting based off of the mythologies of Eastern Europe, specifically that of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Similar to the idea that was ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

I'm currently in the middle of DM'ing a city campaign. I've found it's quite a bit more difficult than a dungeon. I have the city mostly planned out (type of city, the ruler, the districts, centers of ...