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Advice for running a non linear storyline on a sandbox?

As a game master, I'm used to linear campaigns with pre-set plots, I plan my stories as TV episodes, but I usually give my players a sneak peak of what's coming next so they decide which adventure to ...
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If a Psion of 15th level or higher with Psicrystal Affinity uses Channel Power to manifest True Mind Switch

Channel power states that "The owner of the psicrystal can manifest powers through the psicrystal to a distance of up to 1 mile. The psicrystal is treated as the power’s originator, and all ranges are ...
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How compatible are D&D 4E core and essentials in terms of hybrid characters?

I know that in terms of actually running a campaign that they can go side by side very well, with one side doing some things honestly better than the other like the monster vault...However, a person ...
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In Star Wars: Age of Rebellion, what is an weapon/armor “Improvement”?

In the Star Wars Age of Rebellion Core (not beta) rule book, for the Ace: Gunner talent tree, one of the listed options is Jury Rigged: Choose 1 weapon, armor, or other item and give it a ...
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How do I compensate players who do not get to use the potent plot-important artifact?

Situation: the campaign deals around the players lugging around a plot-important artifact that makes the user significantly more powerful than their peers (like the Rod of Seven Parts, a fragment of ...
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Does the mark end immediately or can immediate reaction prevent this?

Last game, during an encounter, a player which created a mark took a few to many hits and went below 0 hit-points. The bard used an immediate reaction to bring him back to the action, but for a split ...
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Can a character with 'Winged Boots' equipped still fall?

According to DMG p.47+: A flying creature can crash under certain conditions, e.g. being knocked prone while flying. Crashing itself is descried as falling and taking damage. The item 'Winged Boots' ...
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Opportunity attacks during flying on a mount

According to DMG p.47 on the FLY: MOVE ACTION No Opportunity Attacks: A flying creature cannot make opportunity attacks This makes sense to me, so if a character is flying (e.g. using 'Winged ...
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Can I give the blinded condition through an improvised action?

Under the rules for contests it says that anytime you wish to do something that is opposed by another you make a contest ability check. Later in the combat rules it says that you can use a shove ...
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Using step up feat on moving npc

I'm playing pathfinder with the core rulebook only for my campaign. I wanted to take the step up feat for my monk, and I was wondering if it applies to every movement like a full movement/withdraw or ...
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What can a Cleric actually summon with their Summon Monster spells? [on hold]

I'm a relative newbie to D&D, and am playing a level 3 neutral good cleric. I would LOVE to use the spells to summon a monster, but am not certain what kind of monsters can be summoned. How does ...
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Fighting in the dark

When a PC is fighting in the dark and rolls a natural 20 is there still a 50% chance of a miss? The rules say the following about fighting in the dark: All opponents have total concealment from a ...
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When playing a magus do you add any modifier to spell damage

Ok so I am a little new to playing a magus and was wondering if you added anything to the damage rolls of his spells or if the only way to increase the spells damage is through arcanas or by leveling ...
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Any tips on how to build my first and highly hostile Hexcrawl? [on hold]

I'm starting to develop my first sandbox campaign ever, I'll be using 5e to run it and I'll start the game in October, so I'm taking these two months to prep everything. I'm using Hexographer as my ...
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More Optimized Warblade Build (3.P)

So, I have these two Warblade builds, and I'm trying to decide which one to take. The second of these builds is more theoretical because I didn't know about the Legacy Champion until rather recently. ...
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Starting a campaign with travel for new players

I'm starting a campaign with a new group, most of whom have never played a tabletop RPG before. Typically, I'd start with a good old-fashioned dungeon crawl, but due to the overarching plot I'm ...
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How can I build a sea witch character without using the archetype? [on hold]

I'm in the process of building for a seafaring Pathfinder game, and I'm planning on playing a sea witch character. Problem is, the Paizo sea witch archetype is not specific to how I want to play the ...
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How to design and determine CR of a respawning horde encounter?

I wish to design an encounter where players must reach a place or press a kind of switch while waves of enemies attack them. Enemies should continue respawning as players pursue their objective. The ...
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What are the soak, armor, and health levels for vehicles in cWoD or V20?

I searched though the V20 PDF but couldn't find any advanced statistics (anything beyond maneuverability) for vehicles in V20. I'd like to have some armed players participate in a car chase and I'm ...
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Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?

I am a dwarf fighter with a +1 greataxe, and Dwarven Weapon Training (+2 damage). For a 1[W] damage I assume I roll 1d12+3, but for a 2[W] attack do I roll 2d12 and add 6? Any help on this would be ...
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How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability

The exact example I am using is a Headband of Vast Intelligence and the spell Fox's Cunning and the headband and Crimson Sphere Ioun Stone Both combinations grant an enhancement bonus thus normally ...
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What would be the minimum human population to sustain a single vampire indefinitely?

As per question in the title. I recognise that there are numerous criteria that would affect this, however, I am looking for a baseline estimate that could be modified as per specific vampire (his ...
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Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?

I have always assumed that for an urban region (including the suburbs) the ratio between vampire and human population was about 1:10k and 1:50k for the biggest, capital cities. The rural region would ...
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Do ghouls get their master's clan flaw?

I am aware of the fact, that a ghoul does not get his master's clan flaw in full, as they are not Embraced and do not possess the Beast. However, some fluff suggests that in many cases subtle changes ...
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What are the requirements to use a Smartgun System to its full extent?

So I understand that if a gun has a Smartgun System installed then it can be connected to goggles/glasses with the Smartlink Vision Mod to grant +2 Accuracy and +1 Dice Pool bonus. However the ...
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What does an average monster in the Starter Set look like?

Based on the monsters that have been previewed so far by WOTC (we've seen 4 from the starter so far, 3 are easily found here). We've only really seen a small range of Challenge levels (all 3 in the ...
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Is there any way I can make an effective Rank 1 Yojimbo who is not a Shiba?

Is there some combination of mechanics available at character generation that would make a reasonable substitute for the Shiba's Rank 1 Guard as a Free Action technique? This technique allows the ...
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Are initiation and submersion intended to have such a major Karma disparity?

The cost to initiate as a Magic user is 10 + (Grade × 3), so for the first five Grades, the costs are: 13, 16, 19, 22, and 25; totaling 95 Karma. Initiation provides a single benefit from a ...
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Savage Worlds Deluxe: Joker - for players only?

The RAW of Savage Worlds: Deluxe seems to say that drawing a Joker card for initiative affects only players: When a player draws a Joker, his character can go whenever he wants in the round ...
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Do proficiencies stack?

In D&D 5e it is possible for a character to receive proficiency in the same skill, tool, weapon and/or armor from Class, Race, and/or Background. Do any of these proficiencies stack, thereby ...
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Which Fighter (TWF Fighter vs. Great Weapon Fighter) is better optimized for Dealing Damage?

With Basic's release the Fighter is given six different Fighting Styles to choose from at level 1. Each fighting style offers a solid mechanical benefit to the fighter, but both Great Weapon Fighting ...
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When do skills count as class skills when you have multiple (prestige) classes?

If you have multiple classes and/or prestige classes, what happens to the lists of class skills you have? Do they exist seperately and you use them when you take a level of that skill, or are they all ...
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How should I do unimportant crits?

What I mean is if a character gets a crit on something like a appraise check should I reward them or say the just know the history about the weapon. I have a character who got a crit on appraise and ...
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Good easy lvl 5 module/quest [on hold]

Can anyone give any suggestions of 3.5 modules/quests that are easy to run but not necessarily easy to play? The players have been playing for years, but I have only been playing for a couple of ...
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Is there a system for PC reputation in D&D 3.5

I'm looking for an optional, 3rd party or well defined homebrew reputation for 3.5. I want to be able to track the impact of my player characters interactions with the environment, their access to ...
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Does a psion need a ranged basic? [on hold]

I'm putting together my first psion. The race will be human, and the focus will be telekinesis. While choosing powers, I've keyed on the special feature of the "Kinetic Trawl" power: "You can use this ...
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Is there any book dealing with Dungeon Design?

I got this old book from a friend, titled "Central Casting: Dungeons" yesterday night. My friend is my player and he's noticed how much I struggle to make decent dungeons. Though the book is actually ...
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How effective are foreshadowing cutscenes that PCs would be unaware of?

So in most story mediums, you will get "cutscenes" that the characters are unaware of, a figure in shadow gives an order to do something, you see the swat team enter the building but the characters ...
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How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?

Complete Arcane has rules for alternate spellbooks, including tattoos (P. 186-187). While this is less economical than just putting on a Ring of Regeneration, cutting your fingers off and carving the ...
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Immortality and Psionics

There are several ways to become immortal in DnD - like creating a phylactery to become a Lich, or eating chunks of starmetal to gain Construct traits. The most of those methods apply to arcane users, ...
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How do you calculate an average damage when damage is conditional on circumstances?

I'm trying to compare two rogue builds to each other. The first rogue is easy. It's a wood elf with a long bow in a wilderness campaign, doing 1d8+mod damage and always being hidden with SA damage. ...
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Are Maneuver Pre-Reqs like Feat Pre-Reqs?

I have a level 19 character that has 16 levels of Warblade and 3 levels in non-initiator classes. Due to the way initiator levels are determined, I qualify for my first 9th-level maneuver at this ...
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Archer from Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance in D&D 3.5

I have a friend of mine who will be joining a 3.5 campaign I'm hosting, and the character he's describing to me sounds an awful lot like the archer from Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. I know that the ...
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Numenera, The Basics [on hold]

I've been interested in Numenera for a bit after watching some YouTube videos and I want to know where I can basically find player guides etc. So that I could join a group.
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Wanting to play d&d but have no clue [duplicate]

So I've been highly interested in D&D through watching streams of it but unfortunately no one plays D&D anywhere close to me. I don't have a clue on how to make characters etc. So if anyone ...
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Does untyped damage overcome all DR?

According to a Pathfinder designer, untyped damage overcomes all DR. The comments are recorded in the last entry in this d20pfsrd FAQ section (just before "Blink and Mirror Image (4/22/10)") and comes ...
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Magus Kensai - Iaijutsu

Iaijutsu (Ex): At 7th level, a kensai applies his Intelligence modifier as well as his Dexterity modifier on initiative rolls (minimum 0). A kensai may make attacks of opportunity when ...
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What materials/information would I need to construct a gameworld? [on hold]

I'm planning on creating my own game world and I was wondering what specifics should I be looking at to help with its accuracy, detail and playability?
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How can I deal with players who don't consider the narrative?

I am currently GMing a D&D Next game and, so far, we're having a blast. However, I noticed that I have a group of players who hope to have everything served to them, require several explanations ...
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Am I too new to try DMing once?

I am pretty new to Pencil and Paper RPG's, at this point I have been playing a loose interpretation of D&D3.5 for a couple of months. Probably about 6 sessions. But I don't know a lot of the RAW ...

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