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Where do I find a 3.5 update for the Sha'ir from Al Qadim?

Where do I find a - preferably official - 3.5 update for the Sha'ir from Al Qadim (the boxed setting for AD&D 2nd ed.)? (Not about to DM the setting just got curious about the d20 adaptation of ...
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Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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What 3.5 book has the body of power feat?

I remember a previous DM of mine mentioned that he had a book where characters add body augmentations like power of body or power of mind and i was wondering if anyone knows what book it is from?
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Is leather and/or hide proficiency sufficient to wear studded leather?

In D&D 4e, is a proficiency in leather and/or hide sufficient to wear studded leather? Or are these distinct base armor types? I am finding conflicting sources of information. For some ...
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Diceless miniatures? [closed]

I've seen diceless systems for narrative-focused role playing. But do any diceless combat tactics games exist, possibly based on miniatures? I'm thinking of personal-level combat where a single unit ...
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902 views

Battle Song Expertise - what bonus do I get?

The feat Battle Song Expertise states that "you gain a +1 feat bonus to attack rolls you make with any weapon or wondrous item that has a property allowing you to use it as an implement for ...
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Replacing Dilettante power with a level 13 encounter power

My players just hit level 13 and get to replace one old encounter attack power with a new level 13 power. Is there any reason why a half-elf player couldn't choose to replace his Dilettante power?
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Systems that have rules for covert magic (Occult type magic)

What games system out there have a good ruleset for a covert magic system. For the lack of a better word I use covert in meaning that magic isn't obvious. Not that the magicians would have to hide, ...
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Expand the numeric scale of Strands of Fate

I haven't played any of these narrative focused games like Fate but would like to. My players are very used to other more hands-on type of game where the numbers are plainly what your character is. ...
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Calculating attack bonuses when fighting with two rapiers

In my current campaign the rogue has decided to take Two Weapon Fighting and Improved Two Weapon Fighting. What should the attack modifiers be during a full attack? His current attack with one rapier ...
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If a foe's perception check beats your stealth check, do you still get CA against them?

If a character is stealthing, let's say in total concealment, and its target perceives it by beating its stealth roll, then does the stealthing character have CA against the target?
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Does 2 handed multiplier apply to Dex mod with Weapon Finesse?

I have a rogue with Weapon Finesse. This allows me to: When making a melee attack with a light weapon or rapier, you may use your DEX Mod instead of your strength Mod on the attack roll. Since ...
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Variants of letting players shop for items

During a game (at least during DnD), there always comes a time when characters need to re-supply, sell stuff, and buy or upgrade their items. I've seen a couple of different variations of how to do ...
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Would Star Indigo Seed dyes penalize stealth?

In D&D 4e, would a player marked with ink from star indigo seeds (which are said to shine as bright as candle) be penalized when trying to sneak through the dark or elsewhere? This is from the ...
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Languages and Knowledges

We were running our Dungeon World campaign, and the time came to confront the goblins about their evil ways and interrogate them for what they knew. At this point, we hit a snag; how can we know if ...
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How to have a realistic set of languages without making adventuring prohibitively difficult?

"Do you speak Common?" "Of course I do! Everyone speaks Common..." My group is starting a somewhat experimental campaign. We're using a setting that is neither canon (e.g. described in a book) nor ...
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Armor's effect on skills

If I read this correctly then it means that the armor I choose will affect my Dex and Str based skills. Any armor heavier than leather, as well as any shield, hurts a character's ability to use ...
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What is the ritual component cost “set of focuses”?

In D&D 4th edition, the Alarm ritual has a component cost of "5gp, plus a set of focuses." What does "set of focuses" refer to here?
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How do I help my players figure out how to stay alive in a realistically-deadly sandbox campaign?

Related: What to do when a player character goes suicide and How can DMs effectively telegraph specific dangers in D&D? I like playing sandbox-style RPGs (whether pen and paper or ...
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What to do when a player character does something suicidal?

Every now and then a player character does something extremely risky because "it would be fun." What are some good ways to handle this as a GM, for the different styles of play? I like playing ...
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Mechanical ways to handle dark power temptation

In many settings there are light and dark versions of powers. Dark force and light force in Star Wars, Defilers and Preservers in Dark Sun and so on. In this post I will use the term dark power for ...
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While swimming during combat, do “double moves” allow/require 2 swim checks?

A PC is in water during combat and requires a swim check to move. Say, a PC chooses to use the move action first, performs their swim check and fail, sinking 5 feet, are they then allow to use their ...
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Is Improved Trip / Combat Reflexes / Elusive Target / Spiked Chain overly powerful?

I have been leading by example and using enemies and custom monsters to show off combat strategies and builds to my players. This has worked pretty well so far – my players have been much more ...
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Is there the equivalent of a “Skill Check” in Dungeon World?

So in Dungeon World, everything breaks down to 'moves'. What about situations where a move is not available, but a check of some sort is called for, such as in the case of a non-fighter who wants to ...
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2answers
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What is the size or scale of the world of Greyhawk?

I'm looking to run a campaign in Greyhawk, but I'm not sure of the actual size of the place. I have found several maps online, but not one map has a scale of any kind that I can see. I know I've ...
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176 views

Catching Spirits

Is there a way in Pathfinder to catch a spirit or bind it with your PC? (hopefully for the benefit of the PC) I am hoping it is possible to possess a scroll or magical charm or something as my ...
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337 views

Mystic Armor and magical attacks

So I've been running a lot of 4th Edition Shadowrun recently, and I'm curious as to some adept abilities, but the one that's been bugging me a little is Mystic Armor (SR4 197); does anyone know if it ...
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1answer
326 views

Combat and exp/gold reward equations

I have a pen and paper game that I'm creating, but I'm running across issues in keeping the ratios between high and low level players similar in the battle and reward equations. Obviously a higher ...
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How do I get the PCs to visit scary places at night?

Sometimes when I design scenarios, I realize that my mental image of the adventure is only exciting because it takes place at night. When the players actually play through the adventure, they might ...
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Is casting the spell Blood Transcription an evil act?

A player of mine in a recent game of Pathfinder was playing a Lawful Neutral Magus and was about to drink blood from a fallen spellcaster to get his prepared spells for the day by using the spell ...
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How to fit Shadowrun into a one-shot

I want to run a shadowrun game, but alas, I don't think my players or I have the time or the commitment to have an on-going campaign. So, a one-shot it is. Or a series of one-shots interspersed ...
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303 views

Free action/no action encounter power available to all players?

The DM I play with for encounters passes out these power cards that are either a free action or a non-action (can't remember) encounter power that lets you add to a skill check roll, add a damage die, ...
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1answer
151 views

Necromantic Life Sight vs. Mirror Image

Necromancers and several undead creatures have the Life Sight ability. It's described as BlindSight" except for "life". So how does this interact with an illusion spell like Mirror Image? Clearly ...
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Fantasy and magic in a primarily realistic setting

I'm running a game that's best described as "medieval fantasy," in the sense that we're actually trying to have the lives of people in the setting strongly resemble the historical Middle Ages. There ...
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2answers
377 views

Can Black/Red Dragons talk in Pathfinder?

In the Pathfinder Beginner's Box Gamemaster guide, it states that Reefclaws can understand language, but can't talk. I can't find anything in particular in the Gamemaster Guide that explicitly states ...
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Does combat while swimming affect anything other than movement?

Does combat while swimming affect anything other than movement speed? I assume that melee/ranged combat is affected if a PC is underwater after failing a swim check or choosing to dive? Do these ...
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1answer
245 views

Can a player ask if an immediate interrupt blinding attack will force a miss?

I believe that when a Wizard uses Staff of Defense or Shield, which are both immediate interrupts, she may ask the DM if the power will prevent the attack from connecting. Does the same hold true ...
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Is there a spell managing program/app for D&D 3.5e?

I'm playing a necromancer wizard in a D&D 3.5e game via Roll20. I've found that it's very tedious to manage and choose my spells because I have to look in the list of the wizard/sorcerer spells ...
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179 views

Do you get one or two saves when pushed into a pit?

Does a character get one or two saves when pushed into a pit by Forced Movement? Reading the Rules Compendium, one is one mentioned in the section on Hindering Terrain, p.207, and another in ...
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Dungeons that aren't dungeons

I'd like to make a "dungeon" for my party to explore, but it needs to be something other than an old-school "dungeon". Underground hallways and rooms with creatures in them have been overdone for us. ...
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Introducing an unorthodox setting the players know NOTHING about

Just a while back, there has been a question concerning GMing a setting the players know better than the GM. Now, let me ask you sort of an inverse of that question. I.e. how to introduce and ...
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When to apply XP in Pathfinder?

I'm running a Pathfinder game from the beginners box, I can't find anywhere that states when to apply the XP earned from encounters. The Game Master's guide states in Wrapping up a session (p21): ...
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Can a Monk use a Full Discipline move without the attack?

One of my players in my 4e game is playing a monk. He opted to use two move actions in one turn. He used the move action of one of his Full Discipline powers - such as the power Crane's Wings - twice ...
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How do you keep the party on the map?

I'm running a fairly sandbox game, where the party can wander around easily from place to place. When the party visits areas I've prepared something for, they generally have a good time. When they ...
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In 3.5e, does one have to be a martial adept class to use maneuvers?

I'm preparing for a 3.5e game, and I wanted to be a fighter or a marshal, but I also want to be able to use the maneuvers for martial classes. It does not say that one must be a swordsage, warblade, ...
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55 views

Does half-level get added to damage in d&d 4th edition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the half-level modifier contribute to damage? In 4th edition, half of your character's level is added to ability checks, does this mean that the damage from all of ...
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What's my initiator level for maneuvers from Martial Study?

I'm building a Warblade/Master of Nine using the rules in Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords. To qualify for MoN, I'm using the Martial Study feat to take maneuvers from disciplines that a Warblade ...
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Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?

I've been a DM for a while for 3.5. I've run many NPC characters, however only a small fraction of monsters out of the books (comparatively). Also, I like to use templates liberally as well as advance ...
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364 views

Making an actual system for “playing war”

When I was a kid, we used to play soldiers on a field outside the school. We would make our own toy guns out of wood and make camps, sniping each other in the tall grass. It was a bit like a ...
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How much plot guidance is too much?

I've played in many games that were extremely railroaded. There was basically only one feasible course of action and we, as players, were expected to take that route. (The GM would get very upset if ...

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