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In many rules sets, there is the concept of rules that are essential to the game, and optional but official rules that can be used if desired.

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Does the Necromancer's Skeletal Minion prevent familiars gained from other sources?

Among the Wizard's Necromancer variants is the Skeletal Minion feature, which says (among other things): A 1st-level necromancer using this variant can begin play with an undead minion (a human ...
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How do I deal with exploding dice ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?

We love playing with Super Powers companion 2nd Edition since it gives us all the flexibility for character creation we want while preventing the usage of the simplistic Powers found on the base core ...
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Take your opponent's weapon

How do you take your opponent's weapon in combat? I couldn't find rules about it in the books. There is a chapter about "knocking a weapon away", but this isn't what I want. I want to grab the weapon ...
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Is there a better way to run a “rules light” or “beginner” D&D 4th edition game?

I've been attempting to play 4E with my two kids for a while now. I've had some false starts trying to run very simple adventures partly due to lack of DM experience/prep time (demanding job for Dad) ...
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Is it possible to work a Spiked Chain as a collar?

I had an idea for a spiked chain-wielding Barbarian character, but instead of the usual warrior brute I thought I'd try something different; he was some kind of escaped slave or something that had ...
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How does using the Armor as Damage Reduction affect other rules such as touch attacks?

I'm wanting to use the optional Armor as Damage Reduction rules, but there is nothing listed as how it interacts with rules based on AC such as touch attacks and the like. I know that touch attacks ...
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Is there an alternate rule to allow different stats for Male/Female characters?

I want to introduce a variant rule that allows for stat adjustments for men and women, but I would like something more in-depth than just a bonus and penalty to stats. Are there any existing variants ...
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Is that blackguard riding a dragon? Nope, but their pony sure looks evil

In Elder Evils, there is a bodak blackguard who has a really cool mount. It's a flying construct with a nightwing's essence bonded to it. Very reminiscent (perhaps borderline steal?) of the Hobgoblin. ...
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When should hit locations be determined randomly in GURPS 4e?

I may, once again, be drowning in the details, but would like to know when GURPS 4e calls for random hit determination. Do attacks always default to torso? I have run a combat with hit locations ...
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What variant rules can promote a less kick-in-the-door mindset?

My group has long had a very kick-in-the-door attitude towards combat. Characters were min-maxed for DPS, and there was very little strategy to any combat. Characters would charge in, hit it till it ...
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What are the rules for called shots?

The d20pfsrd presents variant rules for called shots here. The source information for this page claims they come from the core rules, but I can't find them in the Core Rulebook. What source can I ...
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Using Pathfinder's variant “Wounds and Vigor” rules

I am in the early sessions of running a science-fantasy Pathfinder game. I'd like a grittier feel to the game and came across the "Wounds and Vigor" variant rules. For those who have used these ...
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Anyone know of a good generic moral/alignment tracking system?

More specifically, system for tracking a characters morals/alignment, like Humanity in Vampire or darkside points in Star Wars. I'm looking for a system that's either designed to be generic, or could ...
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Optional rules to replace various XP costs in DnD3.5?

Are there any official optional rules to replace various XP costs (that characters have to pay for things like potion making and so on) with something else in D&D3.5? If not, do you have any ...
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How do you improve Death Saves for the character?

I don't know if my group is particularly incompetent in combat or if its our own feckless dice at fault, but we frequently find ourselves locked in desperate combat, with multiple members of the party ...
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Which issues of Paizo's Dragon magazine had alternative rules to replace 3.x familiars?

I've seen this mentioned under this question: Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X, and I do remember having read, ages ago, an issue or two (?) of Paizo's Dragon that dealt with optional rules that ...
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Optional but official rules that balance “instant death” threats in DnD3.5?

I'm looking for optional rules from (semi)official publications that offer players (and their characters) a chance to avoid "instant death" threats (such as the petrifying gaze of a (CR7) medusa) ...