The process by which a character gains competence upward or laterally.

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Roll For Shoes - Does the advancement system work for longer campaigns?

I'm about to start in on a new campaign with the Roll For Shoes system, but I'm concerned that the characters will swiftly outstrip basic and intermediate challenges as they grow in dice. In the ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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How necessary is mechanical character advancement?

I've been fiddling around with a game system for some time (ever since the 2010 Game Chef competition) that's based around characters that are shape-shifters. Because of this, characters have a fluid ...
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In what circumstances (if any) is Fighter 3 a good level to take?

I've heard a lot about how Fighter 3 is a bad level to take. However, are there ever any circumstances in 3.x where it is a good idea for optimisation purposes? I'd appreciate hearing the reasoning ...
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What's the nicest way to handle lycanthropy when it comes to XP?

I've been running some published adventures in D&D 3.5 and two of the PCs in the party have contracted lycanthropy (they're now were-rats). They've had their first night of the full-moon. While ...
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I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?

Three years in the past my character and the rest of the party were level 1. At that time, our selfs from 30 years in the future traveled through time and possessed us for two years. We don't remember ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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What is the upgrade path for characters generated with the Red Box Starter kit?

After creating a character using the Red Box and convincing my gaming group, all newbies to RPG's, to roll characters using the Red Box, I discovered that the Red Box doesn't seem to have an upgrade ...
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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Dresden Files: what is the long-term endgame potential of Mere Mortals?

My group is about to start a long-term campaign in Dresden Files. We know that long-term character advancement is important to us, with an eventual high-power endgame story arc. Most of the ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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Is a character obligated to advance in level?

Kind of a crazy question, but I was wondering if there were any written rules on the obligation of a character to advance in level? The reason I'm asking is this: since this summer, I have created ...
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How often should players be advancing?

My players are advancing at a rate of about once every one to two sessions. Is this normal, or am I being too nice with more often than not highlighting their major stat?
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Neverwhere game with Dresden rules

I want to run a Neverwhere style game (kind of an underworld fantasy) where players start as regular humans trapped in the Neverwhere where their refresh is their connection to the mundane world but ...
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Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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Plot granted special ability standards?

For the campaign in question, I'm running one person through a dungeon inspired by Vagrant Story. Clearly some things from the video game can't be emulated, and many of those are integral to the game: ...
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How can I add Character Advancement in Diaspora Without Breaking the Game?

How can I add some measure of mechanical character advancement in Diaspora without breaking the game? I'm considering using Diaspora to run a game idea I've had for a while. I really like many of ...
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What does it mean to “master” a path of magic?

In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, magic is divided up into paths, some of which are opposed to each other. The rules quite clearly state that it costs twice as much to advance along a path opposed to one ...
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Does changing Skins reset the advancement tick-boxes?

Say I start a Fae character with Hot 2, Cold -1, Volatile -1, Dark 1. In play, I spend one of my advances on take "Add 1 to Dark (max 3)," bringing my Dark to 2. A session later, we unlock Season ...
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Differences between point-based character advancements and class/level-based character advancement?

What are some of the differences between using point-based character advancement systems (like Mutants and Masterminds, or Hero System) and class/level-based advancement systems (like in DnD or ...
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How does damage dealt increase as you level up

I've recently taken over as GM in my group. We are all new to RPGs except for our original GM, so they decided to run an adventure path so it would be easier to change GMs if they had to stop ...
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Does a Paladin 3/Fighter 1 get the level 4 ability score improvement? [duplicate]

I'm about to level up in a fifth edition campaign and so far I'm a level 3 paladin. I'm thinking of multiclassing into a fighter instead of increasing my paladin level to 4. I am wanting to know, if I ...
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Do I add the Warlock's “Cantrips Known” number to what I already know each level?

When I as a Warlock get to level 3, do I still only have 2 cantrips, or do I have 6? Looking at the table on page 106 of the PHB, will I only have 4 cantrips known from Warlock levels at 20th level? ...
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Can College of Lore magical secrets be traded at level up?

The Player's Handbook says that a spell can be traded at level up for any other spell in any slot that you can cast. I'm wondering if I can trade a spell learned from magical secrets and if the new ...
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What is the general pace of advancement in Monster of the Week?

I've picked up Monster of the Week (Revised edition), an Apocalypse World spin-off, and I'm excited about running it, but I'm concerned about how fast characters advance. It only takes 5 experience ...
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How can I balance practical spells with RP spells?

I'm playing a warlock in our DnD 5e campaign. Near as I can tell, this is sort of specific to warlocks because they have so few spells known (correct me if I am wrong). Either way, I still have a ...
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What happens if a commoner takes a prestige class?

I'm currently in a 3.5/pathfinder campaign. (Mostly 3.5, but since it's steampunk we're borrowing liberally from pathfinder as we find the need.) We started as commoners, the idea being that we would ...
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How do I calculate proficiency advancement for multiclass characters?

My question is about my multiclass character, a cleric/thief. I read that the cleric class gains 1/4 weapon and 1/3 nonweapon proficiencies, while the thief class gains 1/4 for both kinds of ...
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Is it possible to take a prestige class level 1?

I would like to take levels in Forsaker (we're importing it from 3.0) and the only requirements are Feats: Great Fortitude , Iron Will , Lightning Reflexes If I take those feats at level 1, can ...
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What should I consider when levelling a multi-classed character?

Following up on my last question about a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character. What's the best way to pick which class to level up in a multiclassed character? Is it better to stick with one class ...
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My campaign calls for characters of a certain level for the final boss fight. How do I best get them there?

In a custom 5e campaign I've designed, the big boss is a very powerful entity. It is not stylistically reasonable for the players to fight it below level 17. They are currently level 6. My planned ...
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD

I'm interested in whether it is possible to play certain (monstruous) humanoids from MM without adding their racial HD, whist at the same time preserving balance. What exactly would I need to do to ...
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Should I put a Bard's ability score increases all in Cha or spread them out?

This is my first Pathfinder campaign and I was wondering how one would spread their additional ability points they get while leveling. I usually play straight caster or melee but the bard seems to be ...
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How can I effectively advance Perception, Faith, or Resources?

In Burning Wheel (Gold, also Revised), there are some stats — specifically, Perception, Faith, and Resources — that only advance when you succeed at a test. This makes advancement much ...
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How to train a commoner to a level 1 character

A player in my game wants to train some commoners to be a level 1 character. How long would this take and how much would it cost?
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What changes between 2E and 3E D&D, if any, made standard XP progression appropriate?

In editions of Dungeons & Dragons up to and including AD&D 2E, each class has its own progression rate, so that at 3,000 XP you could have a level 2 fighter, or a level 3 thief. In 3E, 4E, ...
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Can a Warlock take Hexblade powers/feats/etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials class powers? When a Warlock levels up, can they diversify into Hexblade Powers (etc) or does this ...
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Paragon Paths for Lazy Warlords

A Lazy character is one using powers that don't allow any attack or damage roll by the attacker. The most basic example of such power is Commander's Strike. I have a player in my table that is ...
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Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?

I was looking through the Dungeon Master's Guide and I'm having trouble finding a table on how much XP is required for the player characters to level up. Which page is it on, or is it in one of the ...
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How do I calculate my Black Blade's skills?

I am playing a Bladebound Magus in a campaign with very quick level advancement, necessitating frequent recalculation of my stats. The only part of my character advancement that's confusing me is ...
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Experience and levels in Pathfinder

According to answers to this question some levels require more experience than they did in D&D3.x: Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder How much experience do different levels require ...
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How do multiclass characters' Nonweapon Proficiency slots advance?

I would like to know, if possible, how a multiclass character non weapon proficiency works after level 1. In the players handbook its not clear at all. It just states: If the optional proficiency ...
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With street grimoire out are there more ways by which mystic adepts can gain power points?

As mentioned here: How do mystic adepts gain power points in Shadowrun 5? mystic adepts can gain power points at character creation. Later on they can only gain them by not choosing a metamagic ...
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Do I get back the feat slot spent on proficiency if I get it from a class level later?

If I take Medium Armor Proficiency feat and Martial Weapon Proficiency feat, then later take a level in barbarian, what happens to the feats? Do I "get them back" so I can reuse them? Did I just waste ...
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What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?

D&D 4e loves its experience pools in encounter building, and, because it is a system that inherently cares about party balance, carefully has laid out the math for experience - to encounter level ...
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How to Balance Magical vs Non-Magical Classes

From my experience non-magical classes in Rolemaster, i.e. combat-focused warriors and the like, do the majority of their advancement in the first couple of levels - say 1 to 6. After that the combat ...
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Does Divine Strike feature for Tempest Cleric increase to 2d8 at 14th level if 3 of the levels are Fighter?

I found that my spell casting proficiency increases for my cleric even when I multiclass as a fighter. The Divine Strike description says "When you reach 14th level, the extra damage increases to ...
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Mastering Telekinetic Discipline?

The book says about mastering a psychic discipline: Once a psyker has purchased 8 psychic techniques from a single Discipline, he has attained mastery of that Discipline, and the Psy Rating for all ...
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Do your Power Points ever increase past 10?

If you have the Arcane Background (Miracles) Edge, how can you get more than 10 Power Points? There are some powers that take more than 10 PP, but I can't find out how you'd get that much. I feel ...
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Which of the Martial Archetypes or multiclassing as a Druid will increase my versatility the most?

In our DnD 5e game, my character is (currently) a level 3 Dragonborn Fighter. Currently, his stats are not something to shake your head at (for his level). 30+ health 17 STR Greatsword (2D6 damage ...