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Does a hidden creature trigger powers from those it's hidden from?

Of what I searched in, I haven't found a clear indication as to the answer of this question: When a creature is Hidden from another creature, let's call them "Heidie" and "Attacky" respectively, does ...
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Star System Summary Sheets

I'm updating my Star Wars notes (from hastily scribbled notepads) to a more organised format in a binder and I'd like to make a page that summarises each star-system with helpful information, like ...
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If my Initiator Level is high enough, can I take Stances of a level higher than 1st when I take my first level in a martial adept class?

Usually, a martial adept’s Initiator Level is equal to his class level, plus his class level in any maneuver-granting Prestige Classes, plus half his level in all other classes. This means a ...
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Druid: how to obtain rage?

I'm building a druid character for an upcoming E6 game, and I'm wondering if I can get myself rage along with 6 levels of shapeshift variant druid. Unfortunately, shapeshift is obligatory, which ...
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Software to manage AD&D characters

Is there some software out there (beside core rules) that does character management? Really what I am looking for is a way to fill out the sheet and remember the information so I can update it and ...
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Recommendations for murder mystery party

I want to run a murder mystery party. Basically, a party where, in addition to all the drinking and dancing, there's also a murder investigation LARP going on. At first, I was thinking of designing ...
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Do specters gain angst using arcanoi?

The Wraith: the Oblivion supplement Dark Reflection: Spectres tells you how to play with spectres (evil wraiths). Spectres can use dark arcanoi and regular arcanoi. I understand that they fuel their ...
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Melee Combat in Moldvay's D&D Basic

I'm working on a CRPG, written in Python, that will hopefully re-create some of the fun from the original D&D Basic Set (Moldvay's 1981 red-box edition), and so I'm getting into some pretty ...
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How does non-magical healing work in AD&D 2nd Edition?

I'm unclear on how natural non-magical healing is supposed to work in AD&D 2nd Edition. In the Dungeon Master Guide, Chapter 9 : Combat, in the section titled "Natural Healing" it states : ...
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How to factor the xp cost of poison/magic weapons into an encounter

I'd like to design a 4E encounter with some monsters using poisoned weapons, but I am a little unsure of how to factor this into the XP budget. The DMG (pg 50) gives the GP cost and level for various ...
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Memory After Death

A recent campaign started with the death of the party and reincarnation of the party with the premise of "we brought you back to find those who killed you". One player was concerned that these people ...
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Creating rules for jumping or climbing onto monsters?

Partly inspired by this thread's discussion about creative role-playing and one answer there referring to stunts, I wanted to adapt a similar concept to the fairly rules-strict D&D 4th Edition. ...
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A system for tactical magic duels with low handling time?

I'm trying to cobble together a solely magic-based campaign that will have a really flexible system of magic. I've always been a fan of the D20 system, but it does have its limitations: for this ...
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Running a Norse campaign

I am about to start running a Norse themed Pathfinder campaign set around 800 AD, most likely in Norway. I am looking for ways to make the characters feel as though they are part of the culture of the ...
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Do Druid animal companions go up in size with HD and gain size-based stat increases?

I have an animal companion which has just gained its 5th HD. On page 291 of Monster Manual 1, the Improving Monsters section says that an increase in Size also changes stats. Do animal companions ...
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How do I encourage player-GM storytelling collaboration without “breaking” my game?

I've DM/GM'd for several gaming groups, young and old, and have found that one of the things that separates my younger players from older players is their eagerness to elaborate/collaborate in the ...
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What are the legal issues for making a fan RPG of a licensed property using GURPS?

There are a lot of great franchises which don't have tabletop RPGs for them and I've seen that GURPS can handle, or give a valiant attempt at least basically anything, and I've seen for example ...
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Differences between FASA's 1993 hardcover and softcover Earthdawn (#6000 and #6001)

Were there significant edits between the hardcover (#6000) and the (second printing of the) softcover (#6001) editions of FASA's original Earthdawn from 1993, or did they just fix typos? :)
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What is the scale of the map of Rokugan?

Is anyone aware of the scale of the map for L5R? They talk about the sorts of tribulations of travel, but not what sorts of travel times are to be expected for any range and inquiring minds (my table) ...
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Does sustaining Mountain's Might allow an extra attack?

The Level 9 Shaman power Mountain's MightDDI (Dark Sun Campaign Setting) does the following: Primary Target: One ally Effect: Your spirit companion disappears. Until the end of your next ...
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How many times does “Hammer of the Gods” deal extra damage?

The Cleric level 3 Encounter Power Hammer of the GodsDDI (Divine Power) states: Hit: 1[W] + Strength modifier radiant damage. When any ally hits the target before the start of your next turn, the ...
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Are the Monster Lore paragraphs from the printed manuals available online?

I got a subscription for DD Insider and have been especially satisfied with the online compendium: being able to quickly open the relevant monster entries in seperate tabs during an encounter has ...
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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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So, a mage of the Pentacle and a Seer of the Throne walk into a bar

So, a mage of the Pentacle and a Seer of the Throne meet in a bar. I know this is very subjective and depends on a lot of in-game and character factors. Let's just assume that we're talking about ...
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If I create a character with 2 Psionic Classes does he get bonus PP Per day From both?

I have a Wilder/Psiwarrior Character I have just created and I have a question. Does this character get bonus PP Per day based on both his Wisdom and Charisma? I was unsure when I was reading this and ...
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Can a horse start a grapple?

I know it defies suspension of disbelief, but what official rule can I show a rules lawyer player that "proves" a horse can't start a grapple? If the answer needs to distinguish between animal ...
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Rend on fleshless opponents

The rend special attack of (let's say) a cave troll deals additional damage against targets hit by both front claws. The description includes the following: "it latches onto the opponent’s body and ...
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How does off-hand spellcasting with two implements work?

With the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat, you can add the off-hand implement's enhancement bonus to damage rolls. 1) What if you cast a spell with the off-hand implement? Do you get nothing from the ...
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Games that use Mongoose Traveller's Game Engine

I've read (the free version of) Worlds Apart - a fantasy system using "Traveller System Reference Document Copyright © 2008, Mongoose Publishing". I.e. an adaptation of core Traveller mechanics (as ...
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How do I change the numbers on my character sheet when I level up?

I've just started playing D&D 4e using the starter kit. Our group has gotten to the point where we level up for the first time, and I'm confused about how to alter the numbers on my character ...
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Tips on playing a character whose goals run contrary to his outward actions (to the other PCs)

So, in one of the previous campaigns I played, I had a character whose own personal goals often ended up at odds with the rest of the party (who all agreed with each other). It was difficult to ...
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Can a flying creature with Hover be knocked prone?

If a creature is flying and has the Hover keyword, what happens to it when an attack power inflicts the prone condition on it? (created to discuss the issue as raised in Would flying monsters ever ...
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Why is there a limit on the number of good and bad outcomes in Fiasco scenes?

In Fiasco, dice are used for several different things. During the actual play, they are used to signify whether or not a scene ends well or poorly for the character based on the die colour. For each ...
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How can I convert monsters from 4e back to 3.5?

For Christmas this year, I got the Monster Manual Three. Only problem is, this one is for 4e and I play almost exclusive 3.5. However, I started flipping through the pages anyway out of curiosity. ...
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How do significantly differing male and female lifespans change my setting?

I am currently creating a dryad-themed fantasy setting and want it to feature a matriarchal society. My patriarchal-raised brain (needlessly) needs a reason for why this is so, and so I have created ...
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How would I quickly put together a believable map of an area?

As part of my "Closed Circle" campaign, I'm looking for ways to quickly put together a believable map of a college campus and surrounding area, complete with believable building placement. "Quickly" ...
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What can a player do to force down a flying creature?

Dakeyras' answer in this thread got me thinking about how a player would/could counter an enemy that used hovering flight to its full advantage. What specific items/powers/etc. can a character use to ...
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How do I use Shamans as opponents in Shadowrun?

I don't understand the point of Shamans in Shadowrun. In a world full of technology and magic, I don't see how the Shaman tradition can be roleplayed and mentioned without making the players scratch ...
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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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How can I adjust the difficulty of a scene on the fly?

I was a DM for the first time yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and all things considered, I think I've made a pretty darn good first session. It was, however, too difficult. I've based the various ...
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What happens if I get a skill from my background and class?

As part of a playtest, Magician and I rolled up "typical" (for us) characters in the latest (December 17) playtest of D&D Next (commentary here). I went with a trickster cleric with spy ...
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Is there any way to get non-Class Skills as class skills without Multiclassing?

The Situation behind this question is I want to Get Knowledge Planes and Use Psionic Device on a Kobold Wilder so that A.) he can Prestige into Anarchic Initiate and B.) So I can use Dorje that have ...
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How to fix sorcerors getting shafted by spell point variants?

Using the spell point variant, sorcerors lose a lot of their strength in comparison to wizards (and druids and clerics, but let's stick to arcane for now). They are left with 249 points at 20th level ...
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The mechanics of Aspects on weapons/armor?

Fate Core suggests one way to differentiate weapons and armor is by giving each one an Aspect. Daggers could be Quick, for instance, and maces could be Armor Piercing. I really like this idea. My ...
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Does armor still apply double the penalty to Swim in Pathfinder?

I can't find anywhere that you take double the penalty for swim checks when wearing full armor. Does it apply in Pathfinder?
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Are 4e monsters compatible/level equivalent without adjustment in Gamma World?

I plan on running a brief Gamma World campaign with my group, and I am wondering if 4E monsters are compatible between systems without any sort of level adjustment? From a quick perusal, it seems like ...
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If I use a Dorje with a power that's on my class list, but that was crafted by a class that has it at a lower level, must I make a UPD check?

I was recently buying magical items for my Kobold Wilder and I wanted to get a Dorje of Body Adjustment to have backup healing. I looked at the price of a level 3 dorje(11,250gp) and it was a bit out ...
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Is there a list of optimised characters for D&D 3e? [closed]

Is there a site, page or other online resource with a comprehensive list of optimised characters for each main role (e.g. Tank, Healer) or class (e.g. Bard, Fighter) in D&D 3e? I'm not looking for ...
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Creating (Aspect) Advantages in Conflicts

I'm somewhat familiar with Fate v2, and I recently backed the Fate Core Kickstarter to get an early PDF of the rules. I have a couple questions concerning "Creating an Advantage" in a Conflict, ...
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In-game reason for no multiple supernatural templates in nWoD

Is there an in-game reason for the exclusivity of supernatural templates in the new World of Darkness? (Why can't a werewolf or a vampire awaken and be a mage as well, for example?) If there is, where ...

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