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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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What should I look out for, when scaling a late heroic published adventure for late paragon/early epic tier?

I will be including a level 9 published adventure in my campaign soon. The thing is, the four players will be somewhere between level 18 and 24 when they hit the dungeon. Aside from obviously scaling ...
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Moldvay Basic D&D - Mapping using Charater Movement Rates

I'm dusting off the Moldvay Red Basic Rulebook (1981) and taking a stab at figuring out some of the rules that I, frankly, didn't fully understand when I was a kid. On B19, under the MOVEMENT ...
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How can I make a magic, subtle, universal translator?

My players are journeying to many different lands in mythic europe. Their magi, and covenant, speaks Latin and various dialects of Italian. However, the middle of eastern europe has many more ...
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Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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Feint checks in Mutants and Masterminds

In the combat section, "feint" is described as a use of Bluff to confuse the opponent into leaving an opening, treating the next attack as a surprise attack. (So feint is basically Bluff vs. Sense ...
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When & How often do 4e Monster powers recharge?

How often should I roll power recharge rolls and at which point in the monster's turn do I re-roll them? I'm trying to find the official definition of the recharge mechanic in the online compendium ...
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Setting the level for custom spells in Pathfinder

I want to create new spells in Pathfinder inspired by the status effect cards. One version would be a single target with a save vs. Will or Fortitude, depending on the effect. The other version would ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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How do I GM an encounter where all characters are effectively blind?

I would like to include an encounter in my campaign that involves a battle between the PCs and a group of monsters where they are all effectively blind. To take away the race abilities that allow for ...
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1answer
321 views

Can you start your turn when you're dead?

In my epic game, I am playing a level 30 Keeper of the everflow. Keepers have a level 24 feature: Life Overflow (24th level): Once per day when you start your turn at 0 hit points or fewer, you ...
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Are there any Mechanical differences between the Eberron and D&D Home Settings?

In D&D Insider's character builder, both Eberron and D&D Home campaign presented as separate options when creating a character. Does choosing Eberron vs. "D&D" actually make any changes ...
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How can I stop a large level disparity from being a problem?

In my campaign, my players each have several different characters at the home base. Every session, they pick which one they want to play. However, some players always use the same one and so have more ...
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Intangibility in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

I am playing the Breakout event, as Spiderman (stop reading if you don't want spoilers!). We just met Zzzax, and I decided to attack him by web-throwing a huge metal pipe through him. I managed a ...
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3answers
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Does the +2 (or+4) for Striking Looks apply to an Awe roll?

When making a roll on Majesty to Awe people, is a Vampire permitted to make use of the +2 (or +4) social bonus for the merit of being exceptionally attractive?
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How can I balance an enemy that my players might encounter at different levels?

My story revolves around 8 angels that my players must defeat. The thing is I want them to look for them in no particular order. How can I balance an enemy easily in advance, since they may encounter ...
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How can I increase tension during roleplaying?

In my games, I tend to run into a problem at least once per session. My players just seem to follow the dice and make no effort to either engage with combat or chase adventure. They let the dice fall ...
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1answer
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Do I need both DMG1 and 2 to create adventures?

I'm working on my first custom campaign for my players and I am wondering if I should read both DMG1 and 2 or if it's possible to just use DMG2 as a guideline. I have previously run modules out of ...
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1answer
449 views

Help turning a 3rd lvl fighter into a warblade

Ok so I have a 3rd lvl fighter with the stats str-18,dex-16,con-16,int-15,wis-15,cha-15. I got the ok to start making him a warblade but im not sure what feats and such i should take or how to ...
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Origin of the word “Soak” for avoiding damage

If anything ever boggled my mind in role playing, then it is the term "soak", as in "soaking damage". Soaking brings pictures of wet clothes to mind, as making stuff wet is what the word is in fact ...
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Need help with Sorcerer build options

Ok, so I'm working on a Spellscale Sorcerer with a gambler theme; he will eventually be taking levels of Fatespinner and Fortune's Friend (he doesn't consider this cheating any more than an athlete ...
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1answer
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Do all spellcasting classes get unlimited cantrips?

I at least know that Wizards get to use level-0 spells an unlimited number of times a day, but is this a class feature, or are all cantrips unlimited use? I ask this because some spontaneous ...
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What simplified house rule grappling systems exist for AD&D 2nd edition?

I've heard horror stories about various methods of resolving grappling attacks, and I've been in situations like that before. The grappling system in many games is so broken it's a long-running joke. ...
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1answer
343 views

Are there rules for or against unusual or alternate weapon types?

In DnD 3.5 and Pathfinder, are there any provisions for characters wielding weapon types not on the given lists, like meat cleavers or swordcanes? Are those not allowed, do you use them as equivalent ...
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What is a challenge to a Perfect character?

Solars are Perfect at whatever skills they choose to develop and use. This doesn't make the job of the storyteller easy. Perfect in this case means a charm that allows them to avoid a roll entirely ...
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Is there any system which lets me play an astrologer mage?

Is there any system which has a mage class/magic system dedicated to astrology so I could play a court astrologer using the planets and constellations to divine the future? I would like to mention ...
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211 views

What's Dread Gaze range in Vampire?

Last session in a Dark Ages game I wanted to scare a hunter with my dread gaze (Presence level 2). But the Storyteller told me that I wasn't close enough. We were in a quite big room, but he told me ...
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How is the celestial template applied to a paladin's mount?

At 11th level, a paladin's mount (if he took one) gains the celestial template. Most of it is straight forward; it gains darkvision 60ft., it would have 9 HD at the time, so it would gain resistance ...
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Monsters of Encounter Levels below 1 in Legend

In legend, antagonists/monsters/loot-on-legs are made the exact same way as PC's, though less restricted. I have always loved hordes in epic fantasy, but the rules make this hard to portray at lower ...
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Do “Forwards” Stack?

So, I'm in love with Dungeon World, but I have a quick question about forwards. Do they stack? The +1 suggests that they do, but I just want to be sure.
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1answer
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Shadowrun dice pool size

I am new to both Shadowrun and GM in general. I want to run a one-shot of Shadowrun with four players. In that aspect I was asked, how many dice should be needed for a basic run. Based on the examples ...
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1answer
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Blurred Step + multi-shifting

If a baddie next to me shifts x, and I can shift x with blurred step, what is the interaction like? Does he declare his shift one square at a time, so that I can just follow the first shift (and then ...
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Creature death and save conditions

When a creature dies, does it continue to suffer from conditions? The reason I ask is because of the Item Daily Power on the Orb of Fickle Fate: A target within 10 squares of you takes a -2 ...
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2answers
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Should a Spellscale caster bother with metamagic feats?

I know the Spellscale's Blood Quickening ability can grant you temporary feats for a day, including limited-use metamagic feats, but would this make it worth forgoing the actual feats themselves?
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Increasing ranges due to high level in Legend

In Legend, the range of a character's attacks increases every 5 levels, which kind of makes sense for ranged attacks, since it represents a increase in skill. This is all fine and dandy, but I have a ...
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How would a monk go about throwing a charging enemy?

Everyone's seen that scene in king-fu movies, right? Someone charges the good-guy, and he flips him tail over teakettle. Sometimes the baddy in question gets tossed a foot or two, sometimes he gets ...
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Creating solo monsters

One thing I haven't found in 4th edition online is a plethora of solo monsters. The idea of these fights are fascinating! Sadly though, all the products in 4th focus on multiple opponent fights (with ...
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Can a Void Disciple see the area around a sensed object?

The Void Disciple prestige class (Complete Divine) gains an ability called Sense Void as their primary class feature. This ability allows them to observe an "area, person, or thing" at a distance. A ...
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1answer
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Earth (and surroundings) in the near future

I am looking for the best sources for a consistent setting of a near-future Earth, extrapolating whatever one can conceivably extrapolate from the current state to something around 50 years into the ...
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1answer
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Does a Sorcerer that takes a prestige class that adds to arcane caster levels count as advancing as Sorcerer?

I noticed that many prestige classes for caster classes allow an increase in one of the player's caster class levels, but doesn't provide the benefits/class features of taking a full level in that ...
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1answer
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Genius: The Transgression house rules

I gather that work on the Genius: The Transgression fansplat has ceased, since there haven't been updates in 2 years on the official site. However, I'm having trouble with some of the gameplay and ...
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How does “failure” work in Dungeon World? How does it move the story forward?

I am having trouble understanding the specifics of failure Dungeon World. According to the rules, a GM should "make a move" against players when they fail, and that's alright, I get that. What I ...
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How do I teach my players to (covertly) gather intelligence?

In my Ars Magica game, the focus is on the "problem of the week." Given the capabilities of magi, once the problem is identified, it's generally solved with a spell or two. (Or the magi flat-out run ...
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1answer
659 views

How do level-dependent abilities increase in Pathfinder?

While making a character, I noticed that a lot of the rage-powers the barbarians have are vague on level requirements. The Renewed Vigor ability, for example, states that the barbarian must be at ...
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Does zone damage count as a hit with a power?

In this case I am talking about a specific scenario involving the following feat and power combo. I have a level 9 Invoker who has Mark of Storm: Mark of Storm [Dragonmark] Benefit: Whenever ...
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What throwing weapons are treated as light weapons?

So according to the book, the two weapons fighting rules applied to thrown weapons are: The same rules apply when you throw a weapon from each hand. Treat a dart or shuriken as a light weapons ...
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Is it possible to multi-class to Shaman and acquire the healing spirit power?

Is there anyway for a character to take Shaman as a multi-class feat, and acquire the Healing Spirit power?
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1answer
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How many XP points should an enemy have?

How can I assign an amount of XP points to an enemy that I have created for a campaign that I am writing? What would be a good way to decide, and still be fair? The campaign that I wrote is for the ...
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Crime Investigation in a fantasy world [closed]

I am writing a campaign which relies heavily on crime: investigating it, clues, leads, witnesses, evidence, corruption, etc... The setting is fantasy, low-tech, and for the time being - let us leave ...
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Question about D&D 4E bonus stacking

I have a question related to D&D 4E bonus stacking, specifically related to overlapping type stacking. I understand that in general similar types do not stack, however I'm wondering if there are ...

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