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Are temporary hit points able to make you concious?

Last game a character dropped unconscious with exactly -1 HP. The party's paladin used on his turn 'Beacon of Nobility' to give the unconscious character 5 temporary hit points. The Rules Compendium ...
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Looking for RPGs without character-classes [on hold]

Right now I'm playing Shadowrun4, I know that there don't exist classes which restrict your character developement. Are there any other P&P RPGs out there, which also don't have classes? That ...
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How should I handle gang casualties in Apocalypse World?

In Apocalypse World, many characters have gangs or other followers. In my current game, one of the player characters is a Hocus who, in an act of desperation, ordered his followers to attack a group ...
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How many shifts are needed to take out a character with a single blow?

I am aware of the fact that Fate emphasis is on the narrative aspects of the play, but still we are rolling dice and using numbers to measure the outcome of some actions. I am trying to figure out how ...
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Is there good ways of distributing pregen characters?

I am preparing for a game with a bunch of new players, with a mix of varying familiarity with the setting/system and RPGs in general. To get them to taste the setting ASAP I decided to play a one-off ...
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Where can I find pre-painted plastic miniatures for Sci-Fi games?

I love the plastic d&d and pathfinder miniatures. No assembling, no painting, lightweight, cheap(ish) and most importantly you can throw them in box together without worrying about them chipping ...
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Can a 6th level character do forced march forever?

If a character fails a Constitution check while doing a forced march, they take 1d6 nonlethal damage and become fatigued. Eliminating the nonlethal damage also eliminates the fatigue. However, ...
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Would there be issues with porting the 3.5e Breaking & Entering rules and object tables to 5e?

Would there be any major balance concerns with porting the Breaking & Entering rules (specifically the tables contained within, but also possibly adjusting DCs) from 3.5 to 5e?
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What are Ketephys' subdomains?

Is it written anywhere in an official source what Ketephys' subdomains are? Google only responds with a single wiki and about 20 different people quoting that wiki, but not listing a source. I'm ...
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Good sources for free/open source published campaigns [on hold]

I've played many sessions of D&D 3.5e over the years as a player, but haven't played in about 7 years. I've decided it's time to start again, but this time as a DM. I've got a group of 3 players ...
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Dungeons and dragons maximum hit points [on hold]

I am new to D&D and wanted to know if there was a maximum number of hit points a character reaches where no more can be earned? For example, can a character earn an infinite number of hit points ...
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How many hp does a starting eidolon have?

Does a level 1 summoner's eidolon start with maximum hp just like a PC or is there a rule I missed somewhere?
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A fast rule to replace iterative attacks

In D&D 3.5, higher-level players and monsters get iterative attacks. This can slow down the game sometimes. Therefore, I am looking for an alternative rule that fulfills the following requisites: ...
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1answer
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Can Edge Be Reduced to 0?

I am about to start a campaign using SR5 rules. One of the things that I love about Shadowrun is that the threat of PC death is very real. Combat is often quite deadly. As a GM who likes to constantly ...
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Where are the rules for “magic” pools?

Encountered a problem in a game the other night, no one had written down their "magic" pool. I looked under quick character creation sections, and may have skimmed over it, but couldn't find it. By ...
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Withdraw mechanics for large+ creatures

Which square or squares are considered starting for a large creature trying to withdraw from combat? Can it withdraw from a medium opponent (5' reach) threatening it from the front? What if it is ...
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Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?

I would like to introduce my friends to role-playing games. I have played some D&D and a few parlour LARPS organised by other in the past, now I'm thinking about organising something for friends ...
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Are there other RPGs with the phenomenon where the class that is stereotypically the best at something isn't the best at all? [on hold]

D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder have a particular phenomenon that is evident in their tier system (3.5e's is defined here, for reference): there are many classes that have a stereotype about what they're ...
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How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting? [on hold]

Most of my group and I share a trait: We all hate the idea of monsters who can be talked or negotiated with, it kills the scary, dangerous part of a monster; that combined with the fact I suck at ...
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2answers
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Is there a quality “adept”?

Working myself though the quick start rules, I notice that the archetype combat adept has a quality adept. Looking at the core rulebook, I did not find adept in the list of qualities on page 73. My ...
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Can a multi-armed eidolon get the multiweapon fighting monster feat?

Can a Synthesist whose eidolon has multiples of the evolution limbs (arms) pick up the monster feat Multiweapon Fighting?
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Duelist and shields

The fighter Duelist package doesn't seem to state anything about shields, stating that the character can only wield one weapon while fighting to gain the benefit. Does a shield count as a weapon or ...
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How can I make puzzles a challenge for the character, rather than the player? [on hold]

I'm designing an adventure, in which at one point the party meets a giant who will only let them pass if they solve some puzzles. However, the problem is that the riddles are a test for the player, ...
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How do I analyze and improve myself as a GM?

I'm pretty new to tabletop RPG and recently started to GM a campaign with a group of friends. None of us has much experience, so it's a learning curve for all of us. I've found myself completely ...
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2answers
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Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in pre-CoC D&D?

I'm interested in the appearances of elements of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in D&D previous to the publication of Call of Cthulhu in 1981. Is there a comprehensive, detailed list available ...
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How do you make an encounter actually match its CR level?

I recently started using encounter generators and tables. I've noticed that there are encounters like "8 Cave Spiders" or similar. While the number of enemies will result in an encounter that "should" ...
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3answers
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Can a tiefling rogue sneak attack from magical darkness?

I'm new to Pathfinder, and I've been putting together a build for a Tiefling rogue. I'm wondering what happens if I use a wand of darkness (or the Tiefling racial ability) to cast darkness on my ...
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Is it known or suspect from which dismembered god The Seven Mothers made The Red Goddess?

The heroes who would become known as The Seven Mothers in the Lunar cult at some point learned of a dead and dismembered god whose parts had been secretly scattered across the world in some previous ...
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Power level limits on saves: Which interpretation is correct?

This question has been confusing me, since the relevant text on power levels says Fortitude, Reflex, and Will Saves: Your hero’s total Fortitude, Reflex, and Will save modifiers cannot exceed ...
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3answers
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Why Does Spellcasting Have Levels?

I was reading this question, and it occurred to me: I don't know why the designers of 5e chose this magic system. There are a lot of spellcasting systems out there, and I want to know why they choose ...
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5answers
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How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?

I'm preparing to run my first session as a GM (Pathfinder but I don't think it matters for this question). I love the world building side of things, so I'm not too interested in pre-published ...
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2answers
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What are the important weapons characteristics for a rogue?

There are several characteristics that affect a damage weapon, here I am specifically concentrating on: the weapon base damage (say, 1d6 for a Short Sword) the weapon critical range (usually 20) the ...
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5answers
792 views

Are there any RPGs that realistically prioritize speed and reach in melee? [on hold]

I took up middle-ages reemnactment for a hobby for a little while, the sort of fighting that you do with actual steel swords and spears, not the rubber versions used for LARP. I was very surprised to ...
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How should I handle Brash Assault?

Brash Assault is a 1st level Warlord at-will power, the Hit line is equivalent to a melee basic attack, but the Effect is more interesting: Effect: The target can make a melee basic attack against ...
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3answers
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I'm looking for a good Coup de Grace weapon for my sneaky dude for when he needs to get up close and personal with someone, any suggestions?

Of particular interest are weapons that can be used one-handed, hidden relatively well, and are light, but I'll take a look at everything that's suggested. Weapon proficiency is not a problem for me ...
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2answers
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Isn't wielding inappropriately large weapons pretty powerful?

Inappropriately Sized Weapons: A creature can't make optimum use of a weapon that isn't properly sized for it. A cumulative –2 penalty applies on attack rolls for each size category of difference ...
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Which splatbook describes horse breeds in the Forgotten Realms?

I clearly remember one of the Forgotten Realms manuals having a list of made-up breeds with stat modifiers for each. Which splatbook are they in?
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Is bringing a major villain back from the dead a bad idea? [on hold]

I have a major villain that the players killed a long time ago* in a previous campaign. Is it too clichéd to bringing her back? Is there anything I should avoid if I do so? Is it just lazy? I am ...
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2answers
455 views

Is there a OGL or GSL license for D&D 5e?

With the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Basic Rules being a free PDF, they are practically the SRD. But is there a license available for content creators that want to create commercial products ...
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1answer
330 views

Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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1answer
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How does the Hacker's Master Key I ability actually work when creating codes?

When creating a code, the Power Rating is determined by the number of challenges rolled in creating it. But, you can continue to attempt challenges until certain conditions are met. So, the PR isn't ...
3
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1answer
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
3
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1answer
363 views

Can a cleric cast Firestorm as a L8 spell, even if it doesn't have an “At higher levels” entry?

Many spells have "At higher levels" that provides for more targets or more damage. For example Magic Missile can be cast as a second level spell and shoot 4 missiles instead of it's 3 as a first ...
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1answer
83 views

How many projectiles from a single attack can you catch with Snatch Arrows?

Certain ranged attacks involve shooting multiple projectiles at once, but it's still a single attack. So what if you are shot by, say, Manyshot, or that one monster from the ELH who can throw 50 ...
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6answers
1k views

What are possible ways to deal with a player who frequently switches characters?

I have had problems in the past with players who are serial character creators. What I'm referring to are the players who cannot seem to stick with a character more than two sessions at a time without ...
3
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1answer
39 views

in Psionic Item Creation how does power augmentation work?

If i wanted to make a Psionic item that once per day allowed me to manifest Fate Link (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/psionic/powers/fateLink.htm) at an 7th Manifester Level, which means normally it could ...
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2answers
96 views

Wild Shape + Master of Many Forms + Spellweaver = Sorcerer casting?

first time posting. I encountered a spellweaver for the first time last night, and now I'm trying to figure out how to be one as a PC. Five levels of Druid and you can Wild Shape to turn into ...
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1answer
317 views
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Can I use modified playtest characters in my 5e game?

I understand that some of the information will change, and that there are some important differences between the last playtest package and the basic rules. For player characters I see the major ...
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2answers
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Bonded Object and Fashionable Trait

A question from one of my Pathfinder Society players: "...I want to take the fashionable trait for Taldor, and if I had a (bonded item) ring or amulet would that count towards the gold needed to be ...
5
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1answer
198 views

Can you teleport someone else out of a grapple?

An interesting idea struck me during a combat in a recent game; we were being attacked by a Chuul and our hapless gnome had been caught and grappled by the beast. A crazy idea came to my mind, that ...

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