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Earthdawn dice roll probabilities

After ad-hoc running Misguided Ambitions with my regular DnD 4E group - because one guy was MIA - I had a discussion with one of the players about Earthdawn's dice mechanics. The player argued that ...
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What are the changes in the third edition in Earthdawn?

I like Earthdawn and own the second-edition rulebooks from Living Room Games. There seems to be a third edition. Is it worth it to buy these books too? To answer this question for me, I want to know ...
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Role of games within games

Sometimes my players want to engage in gambling or other games of chance within the role-playing game itself (I know, vaguely meta). The question is two-fold: How can I approach this without ...
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Mechanics for implementing Earthdawn magic items in D&D 4e

I'm a big fan of the Earthdawn take on magic items. When you find a magic item, in order to use it you need to learn some of it's history, and spend legend points (Eathdawn XP) to bind it to you. As ...
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Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors?

Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors in Earthdawn (1st ed.)? Or... does a single mark give access to the person to any Horror that "sees" it? (Yes, this is a straight to the point Q.)
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Effects of Horror Corruption

So I've been reading through Earthdawn again thanks to people talking to me about Horrors, and it occurred to me that I don't know very much about how they mechanically work- I know for a fact that ...
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Differences between FASA's 1993 hardcover and softcover Earthdawn (#6000 and #6001)

Were there significant edits between the hardcover (#6000) and the (second printing of the) softcover (#6001) editions of FASA's original Earthdawn from 1993, or did they just fix typos? :)
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Is Horror Marking permanent or temporary?

When a Horror Marks a character, is the loss of ability to complete Artistic tasks a permanent effect? Once a character is marked by a Horror, do they lose the ability to ever create a non-tainted ...
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What character creation tools exist for Earthdawn?

I am looking for a character builder for Earthdawn, preferably 3rd edition. As the editions are not that different, this is not an important detail for me. I downloaded the Earthdawn Character Editor ...
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Earthdawn: What are Barsaive's jungles like?

I used to GM Earthdawn (1st edition) a lot, quite a while ago. However, I'm still rather doubtful about what Barsaive's jungles are like (and, for this reason, all my stories took place in non-jungle ...
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Earthdawn: Barsaive Name Giver and adept population

How large is the population of the various Name Giver races of Barsaive? ...and how is this population distributed in the province? What percentage of the population are adepts? ...and what's ...
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Two Handed weapons for Trolls

In the Third edititon Player's Guide the most damaging two-handed weapons that a Troll can use are also usable by Humans. Kind of pointless being three times as heavy and half agains so tall if you ...
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Can a human wizard use Versatility to get an extra spell matrix?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. As part of the limitations of it it states: (p120 ED First Edition) Characters with ...
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Can a human spellcaster using Versatility learn any spell of their circle?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. The only limitations to casting spells are: (ED r2, p152) Your character must have learnt ...