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How do I play a paladin without being a stick in the mud?

What are some tips for/examples of an epitome-of-good type paladin who does not disrupt the 'sinful' fun of the rest of the group? As an example of the type of paladin I'm talking about, one of the ...
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How does non-attack-power targeting work, particularly with feat-enhanced Flurry of Blows?

Flurry of Blows powers are features, not attack powers, with a range of Melee 1 or 2. Although it's clear melee attacks can target squares rather than creatures, I've been ruling that Flurry doesn't ...
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How do 'no action' powers interact with the events that trigger them?

I'm not sure how to generalize this question, so I'll give the specific example my player is concerned with. Hope it's not too chatty. A monk, adjacent to a single enemy, lands an attack such as ...
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What is a good way to explain the difference between a Chaotic Neutral character, and a character who is just crazed?

When I first started playing with a group of completely new players, one of the first things I did was to explain the alignments as best I could at the time. When describing Chaotic Neutral, my exact ...
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How do I handle a player who plays his character far differently than the character was originally presented?

I'm not asking how to make every character be played as I would play them. I'm asking how to handle a situation in which the character that the player presents to me as a GM (with complete back-story, ...
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Mechanics and methods for playing a quantum-superposition of worlds

I'm looking for game mechanics and story telling methods that convey the atmosphere that characters don't just live in one world, but in a multiverse adhering to something similar to the many-worlds ...
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Does Somatic Weaponry apply to invocations?

I am aware that the Somatic Weaponry feat in Complete Mage allows you to use spells with somatic components while your hands are full, but does this apply to a Warlock's invocations, or spells ...
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Deepwood Sniper's Take Aim

I have recently taken some interest in the prestige class Deepwood Sniper from Masters of the Wild, a 3.0 book. I am planning to use this class in 3.5 campaign and my DM was ok considering it doesn't ...
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Thaumaturgy power gathering

So if I have this right, when one of my characters is using a thaumaturgical ritual, lets say creating wards, then the ward strength and length are determined by how many shifts of power, in total, ...
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A fantasy game with a good Noble class?

I'm looking for a system, class based preferably, which allows me to play a noble (i.e., the son of a lord baron, etc., forced to adventure). I am looking for something along the lines of SW Saga's ...
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How can I have a mixed game of nWoD without having a thematic mess?

I'm planning on starting a full-on mixed nWoD game, but I don't know how to avoid having it feel like a fantasy kitchen sink, since that can easily destroy the feel of a game. What are scenarios or ...
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How would you play test an RPG before all of its rules are complete?

I've been writing my own RPG, mainly to address some of the flaws / frustrations I've come across in other games. Luckily, I've found a few willing participants to help test the rules and mechanics in ...
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How can I murder people and lie about it?

My character is a Halfing Rogue specializing in lying and ranged sneak kills with a concealed crossbow. With the Childlike and Pass for Human feats plus max ranks in Bluff I'm crazy good at a ...
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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...
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Ongoing damage while dying in 4th edition

Similar to Regeneration while dying in 4th edition, does a character continue to take ongoing damage when dropping to 0 hp? Also, does he continue to make saving throws for all effects while dying?
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Inventiveness vs. breaking the game; How do I encourage one, without enabling the other?

So, recently, I had an issue where I had to make a call on a custom-made weapon, and I'm not sure I handled it very well. The player was using a human alchemist, and instead of throwing 'bombs' every ...
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Regeneration while dying in 4th edition

I recently started DMing after playing 4th edition D&D around 10-15 times. While going over player and DM books I started to wonder if regeneration works while a PC is dying. For example, a level ...
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A level 18 wizard's heritage (treasure) in D&D 3.5

To cut a long story very short, the campaign's opening story ends with the following: The party's mentor, master, and "step-father", a level 18 neutral evil wizard who dabbled in shadow magic, is ...
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Looking for a nice magic system to convert to FATE

I'm playing around a lot with the FATE system at the moment (particularly with Diaspora) and I'm now looking at how I might apply it to a fantasy setting. What I'm looking for is a nice magic system ...
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Needing a Plan to Win [closed]

I am new to D&D and I am joining a campaign that automatically starts me in level 6. We are playing 3.5 version. I am a half-elf fighter with an alignment of chaotic neutral. I want to play my ...
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Can you fire a double barrelled shotgun at two different targets in one action?

In Savage Worlds a Double Barrelled Shotgun has a Rate of Fire of 1 or 2. Under the descriptive text is says that you can fire both Barrels together and roll to hit twice. One of my player wanted to ...
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How to optimize a bard's ability with a bow in Pathfinder?

Specifically, the question would be for a halfling bard whose main combat role I want to have is ranged with the bow—as no one else seems to be taking any interest there. More interested in accuracy ...
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How do spell effects stack when determining the DC to disbelieve an illusion?

Classic tactic; You use a ghost sound spell to make your Silent Image seem more life-like. It's such a standard tactic for low-level casters, that it's actually pointed out in the spell. That said, ...
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1answer
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What are some good unusual races for Shadowmancers?

I have an idea for a Shadowcaster/Child of Night character, but I'm not sure what race would work best for it. I kinda wanted to use one of the more exotic playable races or even something playable ...
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What options are available for a Sentinel Druids Animal Companions item slot?

I read in an answer to Druid (Sentinel) Animal Companion Armor that there was at least one item (Companion's Defender) which could be given to a Sentinel Druids Animal Companion, but as I am not a DDI ...
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How common is Detect Evil in the Forgotten Realms? Roleplaying VS Game Mechanic

I was about to make an evil non-Lloth Drow for my AD&D group. Most of the players have never played AD&D before, so they don't know much about the alignment system. But the player and the GM ...
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What is the probability for a thousand with 3 D10

I'm trying to figure out what is the probability with 3 D10's if I were to roll them one after another."001" is one and "000" is a thousand. Would every number have the same probability or doubles and ...
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Looking for an evocative high fantasy rpg setting

I've been searching all over RPG sites for this kind of setting, but I didn't find anything similar until now. Well: High Fantasy: I mean something not from this dimension, out of ordinary, but not ...
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1answer
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Can an Essentials Sentinel move when their animal companion charges?

In last weeks game, I needed to move both my Essentials Sentinel Druid and his animal companion as far as they could go. I used his move action to move them and then used his standard action as a move ...
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3answers
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What is a good way to handle a multi-plane adventure?

Any advice for a group/GM that's new to the concept when it comes to adventures across multiple planes? Ways to make the game more fun, issues to avoid, and potential hazards we may come across, both ...
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How do Native Outsiders respond to Summoning spells?

Can an Outsider with the Native subtype be summoned with a spell? If so, under what conditions, and what spell? If not, why? Other than needing to be summoned to a plain different to the one it's ...
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1answer
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How do non-Outsiders respond to other planes?

Would humanoids and the like become outsiders when they travel to another plane, and if not, then why do all of the other planes only contain outsiders, and not material-plane equivalents? Example: A ...
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1answer
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How do Outsiders respond to their own planes?

Does an Outsider gain the Native subtype while on its home plane, and if so, what does that mean, exactly?
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How do Outsiders of the Native subtype react to different planes?

One of my favorite races to play in pathfinder is Aasimar. Recently, however, this has caused something of a conundrum in my group, as no one is quite sure what happens when an Outsider with the ...
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If a Paladin purposefully goes bad, can they still atone and return to prior status?

This question is for research purposes. I am writing a piece of fan fiction set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In the series, it had been established that Andrew plays D&D, but never ...
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How do I deal with two players who dislike each other and disrupt the game?

I have lately had a problem with some players in a campaign I am running. Basically, they don't get on well together, for various reasons. I don't really understand it, but then again, I am looking in ...
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Is there a fantasy RPG system which does not try to be old-school?

I'm a relatively new player who was introduced to Fantasy RPGs with DnD 3.5 and have continued with 4th edition. Now I'm active on forums and I know how they are developing 5th edition, but honestly I ...
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2answers
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What's the minimum number of players necessary for a Dread game?

I've just finished reading the Dread manual. While it suggests 5 or 6 players as a "normal" group, and also suggests making a number of pulls before starting for every player missing from that number, ...
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Do implement attacks made through a weapon get the weapon's proficiency bonus?

I am making a bard in 4e and am using a +2 Songbow (Superior Crossbow). If I become proficient with Superior Crossbows (+3 to attack) and that weapon is my implement, would essentially get +5 to ...
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2answers
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Thrown Object vs. Swarms

I have a very specific problem. Someone in my 4th ed. game wants to lift a barrel (they're strong enough, that's not the question) and smash it on a rat swarm. I don't see how this falls under the ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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5answers
554 views

What field-specific puzzles can I give to engineering and psychology students?

A few sessions ago, I gave my players a puzzle that involved converting a decimal number to binary to figure out the correct sequence to open a door. Since my group consists primarily of computer ...
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What is this player planning?

I'm running a Pathfinder game for a few friends (using core + UM + UC + APG). Last session the party thief said that he was planning on buying a called anchoring adamantium axe. What I want to know is ...
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1answer
565 views

Why can't I pick the Staff of Defense option for my Wizard?

I am using the dnd insider to create my level two Wizard (Mage - enchanter) and I'm noticing that I certain abilities, feats or spells that were recommended I take in the Wizards handbook (such as the ...
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1answer
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Level 2 Wizard powers and Spellbook question

I am a little confused on how a wizard's spellbook works.. I used the dnd insider to help me create my character so I am assuming it knows what it's doing.. anyway, it's allowing me to take 3 at ...
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What's an appropriate gift for a Faerûnian Dwarven girl?

I have a rough idea what I could give a Human or Elven girl to improve their opinion of me - flowers work pretty well in most cases, maybe one of those crystal flowers for a Drow, though with them an ...
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How does a spell resolve when the target changes places before the spell is finished?

Here's what happened: We've reached the end of the campaign, with only the last wave of minions standing between us and the dark sorcerer who's been flooding the local farms and villages with undead. ...
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2answers
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What is the relationship between minotaurs and dwarves?

I'm creating a minotaur barbarian and I want him to be wielding a Mordenkrad that slowly increases in magic level (DM permissible) I read in the description that the mordenkrad come from dwarven ...
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3answers
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Who are the movers and shakers in any larger city in Vampire: the Requiem?

I'm making a list of influential vampire NPCs that will exist in any but the smallest of cities. I do this because I wish to start a sandbox campaign in Vampire, and as such, the players will need to ...
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What types of damage are affected by the lance special rule?

When using a lance while charging on a mount, the rules say that it deals double damage. My question is, what all damage is doubled? From what I can find, the die roll and strength bonus are doubled, ...

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