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What is the difference between a Subplot and a Goal?

In Storium there are Subplot cards and Goal cards. A Subplot is chosen by the player for his character at character creation. And a Goal is a card that can be picked up or give to the player by ...
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Why can't I play cards on another challenge?

In a Storium game I am playing in I made a move in a scene against a challenge and now when I go to "make another move" I can not choose a challenge card or play any cards of any kind. In particular ...
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Can players join mid-game?

In Storium a narrator can only start his first scene once at least one player has had their submitted character approved. However, it is not clear if once the scene and story has started if other ...
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Stain Upon the Soul and Unconventional Wound Ranks

During a recent game, I had a monk character use the Kiho "Stain Upon the Soul", which makes the target act as though they have a number of wound ranks filled as the attacker's Air. The opponent, ...
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How to handle player weapon modification

In a game it got brought up that a frost creature is vulnerable to fire. Me being GM they ask if they can quote "drip their arrows in oil and light them on fire" to produce more damage against someone ...
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How do I convert traps from older modules to fit D&D 5e?

I recently acquired a bunch of old modules for 2nd and 3rd edition. Most of the module has been very easy to convert, however there is one thing I'm a bit stuck on. Traps. It seems that some of ...
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How do creature skills affect combat

Just trying to get a great grasp on creatures for better GMing and I ran across creature skils. I know players have skills and things like modifiers but how does telling me a creatures skills help me ...
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How to read creature attack stats and defense stats

I am trying to setup a game for my players (GM). I am new to this and I am trying to figure out what some of these creature stats mean. Melee short sword +3 (1d6+1/19-20) Do I divide by 19-20, ...
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Why is a dice roll required when doing a creature hp check?

I am GM and trying to setup a Reign of Winter story for my players. I came across the small ice elemental's and they have hp that reads hp13 (2d10+2). I am still new to Pathfinder and wondering: what ...
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In D&D 3.5, do wild shaping druids gain the senses of the new form?

In D&D 3.5, do wild shaping druids gain the senses of the new form? The rules for the Alternate Form ability (on which Wild Shape is based) explicitly state that the shape-changing creature "does ...
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If we can exchange one feat per level up, then can those feats be racial or class feats?

Can you replace feats that you get as class features, but that you'll never use for reasons unique to your character? Can we, for example, take those useless feats at a rate of one per level and ...
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How do Feats work?

From what I understand from the Dead Winter RPG Rules Guide, all characters receive a Racial Feat at every even-numbered level, and a normal Feat at every odd-numbered level. What's the difference ...
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What to model the behavior of D&D's chaotic evil Orcs on?

Instinctively, I find myself modeling a tribe of Dungeons & Dragons Orcs as similar to Klingons from Star Trek, or Vikings, or even a gang of bikers or skinheads. But none of these models truly ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack?

In the DWRPG Rules Guide, there's a bunch of gear that gives Damage Reduction. In fact, almost every non-light armor (even skinplates) gives at least a bit of DR. This is also true for most ...
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Does Power Pact of Spirit Pact quality use character or spirit ability?

On page 108 of Street Magic, the Power Pact quality, it allows the character to use one of the spirit's powers. What it doesn't specifically say is the strength of the power when wielded by the ...
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ROF, Auto, Ammo and Shots

So from what I understand any weapon with a ROF over 2 without the auto keyword is treated as a full auto weapon and unable to fire in single shot mode. For example a Gatling gun from the SWD rules ...
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Ways for a Sorcerer to cast Spells he doesn't “know”

A Wizard prepares and casts Spells from his Spellbook and can therefore cast pretty much any Spell he has the appropriate Slot for and can get a Scroll to learn it from. I'd like to have a similar ...
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Balancing Spellcasters; Spontaneous Casters versus Prepared Casters

So ask any optimizer and they'll almost always tell you the same thing: in 3.5 classes that prepare spells are better than spontaneous spellcasters. It's generally not thought of as even a contest. ...
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Does Damage Resistance count twice for different types of damage? [duplicate]

The Rune Priest in my group grants DR4 to anybody next to him. Not a problem. But then, my players heard me say: "He swings his axe against the paladin of Khalmyr and: 15 damage plus 8 cold damage." ...
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Mage the Awakening: magic map creation arcana involved

Let's say a player wants to create a map to locate nearby vampires and give it to his mates in order to better protect themselves. I think that Space, Death and Matter are involved: Space to locate ...
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What feats grant both weapon proficiency and bonus damage, without a race requirement?

Turathi Weapon Training (Tiefling), Githzerai Blade Master (Githzerai), and Xen'drik Weapon Training (Drow), and a couple others I think I'm forgetting—Proficiency and (a lot of) bonus damage ...
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Where can I advertise for players for my play-by-post game?

I just started a roleplaying site that hosts my play-by-post game of Prometheus and want to attract players. The sites I've found that allow game advertisements want to be paid, they don't even allow ...
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What describes the portion of the social contract that describes explicitly-permitted controversial themes?

I am working on drafting the table culture guidelines for an upcoming game, and I plan to use the lines and veils methodology to lay out content boundaries. Lines and veils are a subtractive element: ...
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What is the difference between non-dimensional space and extra-dimensional space in DnD 3.5?

Can someone please explain to me the difference between non-dimensional space and extra-dimensional space in DnD 3.5?
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How should I handle retconning (or not) a session with a drunk player and character deaths?

What Happened Tonight, one of my players began the session pretty drunk. That's not the problem I need help with; it hasn't happened before, and if it becomes a thing then I can deal with that. But I ...
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What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?

My D&D 3.5e character is a half-shark/half-man, and I want to give him a boost ability that allows him to indulge in his frenzy or instinct and gain bonuses during battle. Doing so, however, would ...
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When a wizard is damaged below zero hit points from lethal damage, does he lose the spells that he has prepared?

When a wizard is brought below zero hit points from lethal damage, does he lose the spells that he has prepared? I have always played this way. The 3.5e PHB states under Injury and Death that: A ...
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Can you get the benefit of Last Legion Officer without spending a healing surge?

The feat Last Legion Officer reads as follows: Benefit: When you use a power that would enable an ally to spend a healing surge, that ally can also choose to shift 1 square as a free action or ...
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Where can I learn Marvel Heroic Roleplay?

I've read the rule book, got the cheat sheet and watched some people play online, but while Marvel Heroic Roleplay seems easy enough, I still don't feel like I "get it". Where is a good place to play ...
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Simulating samurai duels in Pathfinder

Samurai duels are an important part of any Japanese themed campaign, and I'm looking for a good method to run such duels in my own campaign. Ideally, such a system should include: Pre-duel phase: ...
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Show off your Character Sheet Designs

Notice: This thread has a associated meta-thread, If you want to discuss if it is on topic please do so there. This is a chance to show off the great character sheets you have created. Rules: 1 ...
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Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?

I have been using the D&D Insider character builder recently to help my group streamline leveling up and keep their powers better organized. I noticed that a carefully statted-out character at ...
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Trait maximums for Werewolves

What are the maximum dots for a Werewolf's traits? I know at least their physical attributes can increase past 5 with various forms, Gifts, and probably a few other things, but those are temporary. ...
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How to present players with options without railroading them?

We're playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition. I'm a new GM, mastering a party of mostly new players. I take campaign design rather seriously, and I hate railroading. I love coming up with crafty ...
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What is the garment worn under armor that boosts AC by one in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, I seem to recall a specific type of undergarment beneath armor increases AC by one. It is not the armored kilt, and it does not increase armor penalty. From what I recall it's a ...
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At what level should you start players joining an ongoing game?

I've been DMing my first ongoing D&D 3.5 game that has been playing together weekly for about a year. We lost a player to real life responsibilities and have another interested in joining the ...
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Good sources for creating a poison and blackmail-based character? P&P

I am in the process of creating a character for Pen & Paper roleplay, and I have decided to play a more complicated character whose skills I am far from having or understanding fully, yet, and I ...
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D&D 4e Stealth Ambush Question

Okay so I am rather confused about a particular part of the stealth mechanic in regards to Elves of the Valley Adventure from Dungeon Mag #178. In the 1st encounter, it says the elves (enemies) get a ...
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How do you determine the challenge rating of an encounter in 4e?

Recently my players decided to make the game as hard as possible for themselves by planning a jailbreak that will make them fugitives before they complete their mission to spy on the King. To make ...
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Making skill-based feats attractive

So everyone knows that the feats that give bonuses to skills are... lackluster at best. I was wondering if anyone has tried implementing any changes to these feats to make them more attractive choices ...
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How can I create a Cleric that uses grappling moves and martial arts?

I'm a complete newcomer to the RPG hobby. I was invited to a D&D session and when I was asked to create my character I was completely blanked. But when I came up with the idea of a martial-artist ...
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Can a PC be any monster from the MM?

I was looking through the 3.5 Monster Manual, and started noticing something. Some monsters had a 'This monster as a character' section, apparently telling the players how to adjust their stats to ...
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What could replace the fear of dying in a spirit world?

I'm planning an adventure where after death, the PCs go to a kind of shadow world, as spirits. What would replace the fear of dying when you're already dead? What should I do to avoid a horror ...
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Can a wizard cast spells while paralyzed?

The wizard in our party, got into this big argument (one could actually call it a tantrum) about if he is able to cast while paralyzed. He had this feat, sudden still spell, which works exactly like ...
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Daylight vs Bright Illumination vs Shadowy Illumination

Primary Questions Is there a difference between "daylight" and "bright illumination"? Where is the dividing line between bright and shadowy illumination? My Interpretation Daylight seems pretty ...
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Can a stunned character do anything at all?

The stunned status on 3.5 reads like this: A stunned creature drops everything held, can’t take actions, takes a –2 penalty to AC, and loses his Dexterity bonus to AC (if any). So in strict RAW ...
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Throwing versatile weapons two-handed?

Most of the time, when you think of throwing a weapon like an axe or a spear, it's done with one hand. However, some weapons like the trident are versatile... is there anything that says you can or ...
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What is the background of Christian resistance to role-playing?

While in high school, a classmate introduced us to MAGUS, a fantasy RPG popular in Hungary. We played a simplified version with no dice-rolling and stuff; basically it was one person telling a story ...
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What are good resources for playing Lizardfolk characters?

Are there any good official resources (racial feats or class substitutions) for Lizardfolk characters in 3.5? Races of Eberron threw goblinoids and orcs a bone but nothing for the poor denizens of ...
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How do Incarnate-class chakra binds interact with Warforged armour?

I'm considering taking a level of Incarnate, and my race is Warforged, so it'd be good to know how chakra binds would deal with the fact that I'm permanently wearing armour everywhere. Magic of ...

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