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Typical amount of time for a Story Arc to complete

Background: I'm new to tabletop role-playing games, with D&D Next being my first. I like the idea of tabletop role-playing and thought I'd give it a try. The group on average meets about 3 times ...
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What is a good/solid contemporary (near future)-Sci Fi rpg setting?

I'm looking for an RPG setting that is contemporary (near future)- mechanics/system is not a consideration. I want to run a campaign in a world inspired by the ideas in "Pattern recognition" by ...
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Can impact driven thrown weapons be treated as Brawn instead of Agility?

Looking through the rules for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire role-playing game, I noticed that thrown weapons such as grenades and nets are agility based being Ranged (Light). I was wondering why it ...
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Gumshoe investigative ability pool sizes

I'm trying to get my head around how the gumshoe system works, and although most of it is relatively straightforward, there was one thing I'm not absolutely certain on. A player spends points to gain ...
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In Pathfinder, do magical weapons automatically overcome damage reduction?

Let's say I have a monster with DR 10/Adamantine. Would it be correct to say that if a PC attacks that monster with a +3 non-Adamantine weapon, the monster's DR would not be overcome? The general ...
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When do spells expire?

When casting spells with a duration longer than instantaneous, at what point in the round does the effect expire? Say for example you cast a spell with a duration of 1 round, does that mean the spell ...
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Teaching Polaris for a single session game

I run weekly gaming sessions, with variable players. As a result, we play single-session, zero-prep, no-GM, story-games. I've been told that Polaris: Chivalric Tragedy at Utmost North is great for ...
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As a GM, how can avoid pitfalls common to Generic Point Build Systems?

I'm well aware that point-buy systems (HERO System, GURPS, Mutants & Masterminds, Wild Talents) tend to have a set of common pitfalls associated with them. Players will usually choose Combat ...
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How do I make my fights more interesting? [closed]

Sometimes my combats are too boring, just a bunch of dice rolls. I want my fightings to be fast and various. Often is all about "you See the enemy, roll the dice a few Times, go on". This takes too ...
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What happens when you trip a flying target with Good or Perfect maneuverability?

According to the Rule Compendium, "A winged creature can be tripped, and if it is, it falls as if it didn’t maintain its minimum forward speed." (P. 145) But if the target has good or perfect ...
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Class Skill and Skill Focus as requirement for feat

The answer is probably, "no you have burn another feat for this," but I wanted to ask the community anyway. I am looking at taking the Eldritch Heritage feat with my Dhampir Oracle and one of the ...
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Tracking down an adept with facial sculpt

Is there any way for law enforcement to hunt down a wanted adept who can change his face at will? I have a player with a rather large bounty on his head, and a very powerful enemy (yeah, he made more ...
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Leveling up a non-companion animal

Our level 4 rogue did an amazing diplomacy/handle animal check and befriended a shadow mastiff. The group as a whole thinks the shadow mastiff is awesome, and gave it a name. They want to level it up ...
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Main differences between the 1st and 2nd editions of Unknown Armies

I have the 2nd edition of the core rulebook for Unknown Armies, and copies of most of the accompanying splat books, most of which were written before the 2nd edition was published. I have noticed a ...
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The evasive shulassakar: origin and resources

The shulassakar crop up in Eberron materials for both 3.5 and 4e, and they have a brief uncited mention in the Wikipedia article on yuan-ti. However, the rainbow serpent folk never seem to get much ...
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How can I make my allies & myself regularly benefit from Mark of Warding?

I'm playing a Tiefling Paladin and I've picked up Mark of Warding, which as a secondary benefit increases all defence bonuses granted by any of your powers by +1. At as low a level as possible, how ...
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How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e?

I'm new to D&D and roleplaying games in general, so I thought I'd ask here. On page 29 of the Player's Handbook for 4th edition, it says I get the class features, racial traits, 1 feat, 2 ...
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Can a player mark two different targets?

I have a player who plays a multi-class swordmage/warden. Each class gives him the capability to mark a target. Last encounter he used the marking ability of the swordmage as well as the marking ...
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How does the Shadowrun SR4 combat mechanic work?

I have recently played the Shadowrun Returns PC game and the expansion Dragonfall, quite liked the character system, and that got me thinking about playing Shadowrun tabletop too. Before I buy the ...
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Who is the Compiler?

In many of the Vampire: the Requiem sourcebooks, there are mentions of someone known as "the compiler". Since I don't own every book, I wanted to know if you all might know more than me about this ...
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Melee touch attack with two weapons?

I have a Rogue/Swordsage that fights with 2 daggers and has Two Weapon Fighting (TWF). I'm considering taking Fire Riposte (Tome of Battle, 53) which grants the ability to do an immediate melee touch ...
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What do I have to roll to make a horse squeeze through a tight space?

I ran into an issue in my last session - my party headed into an area that is only accessible via tight tunnels. My horse is physically capable of passing through them, but it would have to "squeeze" ...
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Does changing a creatures type change its traits?

I was wondering: If I change, say a vermin into an dragon with the half-dragon template, does its traits change? The template says that the half-dragon retains all special qualities of the base ...
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What Are the Movement Limits When Maintaining a Grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in ...
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Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?

The cleric attack 'Halo of Consequence' hit text includes: ...and after the target attacks you or any ally, it is dazed until the end of its next turn. Does this use of the word "attacks" mean ...
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Dark Heresy Situational Corruption points

I am currently GMing a campaign where, in one particular session, the party found a book that describes dark rituals, interrupted a summoning ritual and encountered some Horrors. I'm new to the ...
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Community-created dungeons for Pathfinder?

Just finished playing the Pathfinder Beginner Box Set adventure with my sons (as a first experience for us, and it was great fun). It would be fun to continue this, but building a whole dungeon after ...
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1answer
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Do these Elemental summoning items function infinite times?

They do not list charges or uses per day. Only that the first Elemental has to die (or be dispelled or dismissed) before a new one can be summoned. The summoning only requires one round so you could ...
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Crafting in the Wilderness

We've started a campaign recently where we are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Our characters are fairly low-level and do not have any starting equipment other than the clothes on our back As such, ...
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What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?

Firstly, a quick anecdote. In our most recent Pathfinder session our cleric jokingly mentioned he will soon be able to summon 1d3 dolphins. Another player then mentioned that some dolphins (orca) can ...
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How much experience should players earn when fighting in a war? [closed]

I just finished a quest where the players were able to help determine which side won a war. How much experience should they receive for this?
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How do I encourage new players to be more descriptive in their actions and intents?

I have a party of new players, who are enjoying a sporadic session of Fate Accelerated. I'm learning a significant amount from the experience, and I hope they are too. In addition to some problems ...
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Item Creation Without Experience Points

Suppose you're playing an RPG with item creation rules that require you to spend experience points as part of creating the item, such as D&D or Numenera. Suppose further that your gaming group has ...
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How did Robilar plunder the Tomb of Horrors?

I was reminded last time on how evil the Tomb of Horrors dungeon is (instant death traps, an absolute necessity in one room is gruesomely fatal in another room). Sure, Gary Gygax constructed it to ...
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What are the rules of using a ranged weapon while flying?

What are the rules (if any) on ranged weapons while flying? (I'd assume that the rules would be similar to using ranged weapons while running, but I just want to know if there are any actual rules on ...
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Does Entangling Shot involve one duration roll or one per target?

Does each target in the AoE of an Entangling Shot roll independently for the 2d4 rounds of entanglement, or does the PC roll one duration shared by all who fail the reflex save?
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Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?

I'd DMing a 4th Edition game, and one of my players is playing a Rogue/Paladin Hybrid and wants to take "Deft Blade" as his 11th level feat, but only if it would affect his Virtuous Strike. Would it? ...
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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Which D&D artist drew the cover art for the Warriors of the Eternal Sun Genesis game?

The Warriors of Eternal Sun Sega Genesis game had a small portion of a full-sized poster by a D&D artist. I have seen the full-size art in some D&D art book back in the day, even saw someone ...
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Getting bogged down in combat with Dungeon World

I ran my second session of Dungeon World today, which lasted just under three hours and at least an hour of this was made up with a single combat. They were a party of four facing 12 small mechanical ...
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Spending Hold whilst shapeshifting as a Druid

When a Druid shifts shape, they get a certain amount of Hold with which to carry out actions. An issue came up in the session I ran tonight with exactly what this means. The player in question was of ...
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Where it says longsword +3 and short sword +2, what does the +3 and +2 mean?

In the following example character, in this case Valeros: http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/npcCodex/iconic/valeros.html What does the +3 and +2 mean in relation to his weapons? Are these ...
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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Effects of war on everyday life and adventuring

Yesterday in my new game of Dungeon World we determined that we are in a great empire under attack by hordes of goblins and as I was taking note of this, I realized I have no clue how to effectively ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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Are the orcs of the D&D core canon not above eating sentient humanoids?

Are the orcs of the D&D core canon cannibals, i.e. not above eating sentient humanoids? As far as I can remember, Tolkien's orcs seem to have no qualms about doing so (thanks for the link, ...
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Any real hard science rpg systems?

I'm trying to find a roleplaying game system that lends itself to hard science fiction. To quote another stack exchange user, "Hard science fiction is defined by scientific rigor." I'm looking for ...
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Paranoia playable with just two Troubleshooters?

Are two troubleshooters (+ me as GM) really enough for Paranoia? I believe the rules do not forbid this, but would you recommend this? Have you experienced playing Paranoia in a rather small group? ...
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Removing XP as a requirement to level

I was reading on geek-related.com that there is a large debate on the effectiveness of using experience ("XP") as a means to level up for DnD Next. I want to start using a non-XP method of ...
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What are the implications of having a bone token spellbook?

I am working on a Wizard character that used the bone tokens mentioned in Complete Arcane as his spellbook, with the idea that he was a jeweler by trade and made special bone jewelery to store ...

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