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How to manage long journeys as DM

I recently started running Hoard of the Dragon Queen as a DM and this is the first time for me. During the campaign there are a lot of journeys that take several days, even weeks, and in some cases ...
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How do you deal with a player slowing the group because of excessive RP?

The campaign is set in an open world, giving the players lots of freedom, including the option to split up. This specific player was unfortunate enough to become plagued with a terrible illness, and ...
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What happens if a Summoner's Eidolon is sent 100 years into the future?

Halfling Summoner lvl 9 in Pathfinder, with a big problem. GM "killed" my Eidolon the only way he knew how: send it into the future a hundred years. It was planar locked, so when it got knocked out, ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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How does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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What can happen in a month? [closed]

So at some point, my players decided that what was supposed to be a mostly nameless starting city for them to use a base of operations until they ventured out had to become their own personal ...
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Determining Rounds out of combat

I want to run a module that focuses a lot on time related traps and encounters. Example: There are four candles in a room if they are extinguished in anyway, or burn out in 2d6 rounds, the trap will ...
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What in-game time span was covered in the various Forgotten Realms campaign settings?

since I am fairly new to FR I was wondering what time span was covered in the different edition-spanning campaign settings for FR. Specifically, what was the default starting year of the AD&D 1st ...
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How to run short sessions?

I am currently DMing for a group of people whom I only recently met. We've been playing for some time, but we have a bit of trouble getting together regularly, but since everyone seems to enjoy that, ...
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How to handle time in D&D 5e

I want to run a campaign where time is a central factor, in the sense that NPCs will be certain places at certain times, and learning these patterns is important, but I'm not sure how to handle it. In ...
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How does Wish remove the Time Warp of the Feywild?

The Dungeon Master's Guide provides optional rules for Feywild magic. One of these is Time Warp, where 1 day in the Feywild ranges from 1 minute to 1 year "everywhere else in the multiverse" (p. 50). ...
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How should I talk about temporally active events with my players?

So, I really like Anima, and I've had a lot of fun playing it. I'd like to GM it but it seems a bit overwhelming compared due to the high powered nature of the game. I've GMed Amber before, but Anima ...
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How Can I Undestand Anima's Cosmology, Particularly with Regards to Time

So, I really like Anima, and I've had a lot of fun playing it. I'd like to GM it but it seems a bit overwhelming compared due to the high powered nature of the game. I've GMed Amber before, but Anima ...
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Puzzled about buff durations

I've just recently become interested in playing Pathfinder. I like the role of a cleric as the backbone of a group that makes sure everything goes smoothly and has a great role in controlling a ...
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Keeping track of in-game time, and multiple timed events

Background As newbies to RPGs, 4 friends and myself have decided to play Bunnies and Burrows, 2nd ed. It looked like it would be, and certainly has been a blast thus far (we played one session ...
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How to keep track of campaign timeline?

Introduction I've been playing table top RPGs for some twelve years now, both as a player and a frequent DM. During this time, I've had maybe half a dozen campaigns and none of them have been ...
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Arbitrary timer on a breach and clear style scenario

I'm writing up a scenario base on the idea of a breach and clear of a hostage situation. I imagine it being a failure if it lasts more than about 30 seconds and as a round is about 5 seconds i ...
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What are the consequences of different speeds of time interacting?

How do different flows of time interact? In a moment of improvisation, I created an extremely dangerous orb that is frozen in time by a spell. The next session will be in a couple of weeks because of ...
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Making travel time meaningful?

The party wishes to leave the village and go to the dungeon. This will require a few hours of venturing through a forest. How do I keep the passage of hours meaningful to the players? I want to avoid ...
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Keeping track of time in AD&D 1e

I notice while reading the AD&D 1e manuals there seems to be a heightened importance on the tracking of time compared to when I was playing 4e. I agree with this, I think it helps the game world ...
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How to handle players who take a long time to take their turn?

Problem There is a player in my current group who takes a long time to take their turns. A painfully long time! Typical exchange Me: Okay John*, it's now your turn to act. The serpent is coiled ...
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How does time elapse during crafting?

I understand that in order to craft something I convert its worth into silver, multiply the dc by your roll, and subtract that number from it's worth in silver to determine your progress. This ...
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How does a DM handle time limits in-game?

An upcoming arc I have planned requires a thirteen-hour time limit to escape from an area. How do I plan for that in game time, and how do I keep the players aware of the time? I usually run six ...
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In D&D 3.5e, how do turns interact with long actions (hours, weeks, etc)?

I'm trying to understand D&D a bit before taking part in a forum based game. A turn lasts 6 seconds for each player right? Or is it 6 seconds total and everyone acts in the same time? (Which ...
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Passage of Time within a Rope Trick spell

My question is rather simple and has to do with the extra-dimensional space* created by a Rope Trick spell. *Note: It is not clear to me whether this kind of space is a Demiplane or not, but should ...
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Turns vs. Rounds playing time in Moldvay D&D 1981 Ed

In D&D (Moldvay 1981 Basic rules) turns are 10 minutes each, used for normal adventuring time. When an encounter occurs, time shifts to rounds (10 seconds each). This means 60 rounds equates to ...
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How do I estimate puzzle durations?

I'm looking to run an immersive/ARG style LARP and I'm trying to block out the time that I'm estimating players will spend on different tasks. One part of this is going to involve puzzle solving, and ...
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Measuring time in dnd 4e

How is time measured in forth edition? Like, are months still called January-December? Days Monday-Sunday? Or is time measures in some other way? What about years?
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How can I resolve dangerous journeys without playing out every battle in detail?

Here's the situation: The PCs are investigating a mystery far from town, in the dangerous wilderness. Against my expectations, they decide to go back to town, recruit some help, and return to continue ...
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What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?

As per title, what is or should be the average time length in real time of one combat encounter in each tier of a DnD 4E game? I've noticed between heroic and paragon tier combat length starts to ...