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What information do creatures passively gain from constant “Detect” spells?

Consider the Night Hag. The Night Hag has "constant detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, and detect magic." However, each spell reveals additional information for each round "you study ...
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Does the spell Nondetection offer protection against all divination spells?

Does the spell Nondetection (and therefore the Unseen Seer ability Guarded Mind) protect the target from all divination spells or just the ones given as examples in the PHB (see quote)? The ...
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7answers
671 views

Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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2answers
512 views

How can I introduce Life Paths to character generation?

The first time I played* Traveller, I found myself blown away by the detailed character creation, featuring year by year (4 year chunks actually) break down of how your character got where they are ...
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3answers
287 views

Ending a Campaign Gracefully (With a Newbie In Tow)

My Shadowrunners have been going on a five (real-life) month streak of destruction and have gotten immensely powerful to the point where they are near gods, but also gotten incredibly shafted due to ...
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3answers
441 views

Fleshing out a background and roleplaying it

I am a big fan of fleshed out, rich, interesting backgrounds, that give the feeling that the character is real. For that reason, I really like to give characters traits that everyday people have, ...
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12answers
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“Punishing” characters for stupid actions

I'm currently running a 6 person World of Darkness campaign, which is heavily social based. 5 of the players I am happy with, but one of them keeps doing stupid things, such as pushing himself to the ...
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8answers
694 views

Creating emotions

In the group that I GM, I ran an adventure a few months back that was generally considered very good by everyone involved (Including myself, which does not happen often). It included a little girl ...
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7answers
645 views

How can I convey the nonsensicality of a dream world?

Soon I will be GMing a campaign that allows the players to move freely back and forth between the "real" world and the "dream" world. I do not want this to be a secret or try to confuse the players; ...
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383 views

Is a Warlock's Curse damage Psychic?

Does the damage from the Warlocks class feature Warlock's Curse get the Psychic? ... we've just had a combat and the monsters have Vulnerability Psychic
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What options in the Laundry system might make a character significantly more powerful than his group?

What skills sets are a game breaker and would make one PC much more powerful than the rest? Or How would you optimise a character so that they were incredibly more powerful than a "standard" ...
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163 views

Would the adventures in the Black Bag Jobs be a good starting point?

Were I new to GMing, would the the adventures in the Black Bag Jobs Laundry supplement be good as starting points or should I look elsewhere?
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359 views

New GM to a Laundry RPG game [closed]

What should a new (and not so experienced) GM watch out for when starting to run a game set in Charles Stross's Laundry universe? Note that all this could be applied to a Call Of Cthulhu game as well ...
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What square does a medium sized rider occupy when mounted on a Large creature?

What square is used to reference the location of a medium-sized rider on a large-sized mount, and furthermore, how are melee attacks (range 1)resolved from adjacent foes? This is an offshoot of a ...
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How do I use minions effectively?

I'm a newbie DM. It seems that minions in an encounter benefit the PCs more than they benefit me: The Barbarian can kill them for free THP and a Swift Charge (I thought they were supposed to slow ...
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5answers
348 views

Dealing with leaving players

Somewhat similar to this, but this is a different case with different answers (Or so I hope). I've been playing "the dark eye", my PnP of choice, for a few years now and have recently taken up GM'ing ...
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How do I deal with a Technomancer who uses a *lot* of sprites?

We have a Technomancer in our party who has a bunch of registered sprites. When something interesting happens - let's say the characters fight some attackers off and send them running away - he simply ...
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1answer
627 views

Does a large creature that occupies 1x2 squares require a move action to rotate its facing?

I know that in 4E D&D, there is a rule that states creatures are facing 360' at all times. I understand the nature of this when a creature occupies a square 'footprint' ex: 2x2, 4x4. But, when a ...
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1answer
184 views

TDE / DSA - Koschbasalt / Blaubasalt vs Magic Traps

I hope there are even Das Schwarze Auge/The Dark Eye Players around here... Is it possible to neutralize magic traps (Traps created by applicatus or similar spells, not arcanovi) using Koschbasalt ...
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10answers
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How can I prevent a TPK without obvious Deus Ex Machina?

I've gotten into a situation in my Pathfinder game where I will certainly kill my entire party (perhaps excepting one or two who can flee quickly) if I let the situation play out. We arrived in this ...
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4answers
422 views

Is there a game that places a similar amount of emphasis on the creation of worlds by player characters as the Myst series?

A major part of the premise of the Myst series is that a number of characters in the setting can 'write' worlds (mostly ones you could walk across in a few minutes). The gameplay of the series is ...
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1answer
293 views

What is an Corporeal spell?

The definition of Incorporeal Pathfinder SRD declares An incorporeal creature has no physical body. It can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons or creatures that strike as ...
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2answers
1k views

Are there any rules for wrestling / submissions aside from grappling?

I'm DMing a paperless campaign loosely based on the d&d 3.5 ruleset. One of my players wanted to play a wrestler (a la Hulk Hogan). As of now I've been winging it but, even through this particular ...
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2answers
596 views

Does attacking with a gauntlet provoke an attack of opportunity?

From the Player's Handbook: Gauntlet: This metal glove protects your hands and lets you deal lethal damage rather than nonlethal damage with unarmed strikes. A strike with a gauntlet is ...
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4answers
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“Epic Level” Shadowrun

Recently I've run into an issue with my Shadowrun campaign for a number of reason, the most key of which is that my players have hit the 180-250 karma level where they've started to ascend to levels ...
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1answer
163 views

If you lose healing surges, will they count for Strongheart Tattoo

The Strongheart Tattoo DDI has the benefit ... When you spend a healing surge, you regain extra hit points equal to the number of healing surges you have spent since your last extended rest. Will ...
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8answers
845 views

My necromancer keeps dying (and can't raise himself)!

Sometimes in the course of running an adventure you will run into an encounter that calls for a summoner to bring on a horde of undead (often minions). I have a simple problem: My summoners die in ...
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3answers
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Can a necromancer be made in 4E?

A player wanted to build a necromancer in 4E, but as far as I know there isn't a way to do it. Is there a way to model a necromancer in 4E? By Necromancer I basically mean "somebody who raises ...
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2answers
253 views

Does “Grit” give temporary hit points for heals that say “as if you had spent a healing surge?”

My question is about the interaction of a feat called Grit and effects like the daily item power on Dwarven Armor. Grit: When you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you also gain ...
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2answers
315 views

A Cheap Seeing-Eye Droid?

After a discussion with my GM for our Star Wars Saga edition, I'd like to get a seeing eye droid to help convince my party and NPCs that my Miraluka is actually a blind human. But as I was informed ...
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1answer
553 views

Is every attack against a weapon/shield a sunder attempt? (Also, Mountain Hammer relation to this)

The first question is self-explanatory, and if the answer is yes, is Mountain Hammer and it's upgrades usable on such items without counting as sunder attempts? If not, can they be used instead of an ...
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2answers
875 views

What is the closest system to Star Wars Saga edition that's still in print?

I'm playing a game of Star Wars Saga Edition with friends, but I was horrified to find that due to ownership of names, and systems etc the book is no longer in print, and getting hold of a copy is ...
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3answers
2k views

How do I calculate my probability of success in Vampire the Masquerade?

How can I calculate my chance of success given my ability + skill vs a difficulty? How is this complicated when the difficulty is rolled as well?
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1answer
88 views

Who published the game Challenge?

I'm trying to dig up info on a game I played years ago, here's what I think I know: The name was most likely Challenge. Made use of premade character cards in some way. Mark Rein·Hagen may have been ...
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3answers
929 views

Challenging Talkers in SIFRP

I have a Song of Ice and Fire (SIFRP) game running right now. Each player has 2 PCs: An adventurer - a character designed for traditional RPG activities like fighting and sneaking and hunting A ...
10
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2answers
689 views

Are there any examples of modeling “Competence Porn” in FATE?

I was reading Leverage, and listening to a podcast on it, and came up with the idea of modeling this in FATE, or perhaps even in the non-critical parts (non-magical and non-combat) of my Dresden Files ...
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9answers
526 views

What to do when you end up duplicating another players character?

Frequently I seem to roll up characters who are the spitting image of someone else's character. Most recently I rolled up a Utility Force Wizard for Star wars: Saga edition, which matched someone else ...
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2answers
153 views

Best practices for balancing separate enemies in an encounter?

I'd like to run a game where a Mage has killed a necromancer, who has re-animated himself and is after the mage. The mage himself is evil. The necromancer makes up the majority of the session. The ...
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10answers
5k views

Making weapon choices that count, and more realistic/interesting weapons

Due to the nature of DnD core its tropes and builds, weapon types rarely count. Enchantments, especially at higher levels, are what count. Your weapon damage die and type rarely count, and the game ...
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2answers
488 views

Thunder Hooves Issue

In the following scenario, does the barbarian get the extra 1[W] damage from rage of thunder hooves? Setup: Powers: Pressing Strike At-Will Standard Action Melee Weapon Target: One Creature ...
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8answers
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Can a vampire survive sunlight exposure?

In Vampire: The Masquerade is there a reliable way for a vampire to avoid being damaged / killed by exposure to sunlight? Anything would go, be it a Discipline power, a technology device or anything ...
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1answer
396 views

Dancing/Raging Mongoose and Time Stands Still synergy?

So, let us assume we have a level 20 swordsage with a two hander, and with access to Time Stands Still and Raging Mongoose manoeuvres. Using a swift action to initiate Raging Mongoose, and then ...
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1answer
4k views

Help me optimize my 4E pyromancer

I built a L13 (essentials) Fire-Genasi Pyromancer. Primary ability INT, secondary ability STR. The goal is to create a powerful blaster, so I rather have more damage than control effects. Feats I ...
4
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1answer
690 views

Does Novice Power let you retrain your Paragon Path encounter power?

The Novice Power feat reads You can swap one encounter attack power you know for one encounter attack power of the same level or lower from the class you multiclassed into. Note: If you have ...
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7answers
1k views

Do any resources exist which cover player governance of a population

I have some players who would be interested in managing their own city. Is there any literature out there which covers the ins and outs of PCs governing a populace? Some example scenarios: The PCs ...
5
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1answer
347 views

Can an Elementalist benefit from “sorcerous reserves?”

Elementalists receive no daily powers. As a sorcerer, they qualify for the paragon feat Sorcerous Reserves: Benefit: When you have expended all your sorcerer daily attack powers, you gain a +1 ...
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2answers
108 views

What kind of fires are “controlled by a creature?”

The oh so delicious Control Flame manipulates "non-living fire ... that is not controlled by a creature." Do zones, non-sustained zones, environmental effects, and/or torches count?
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3answers
256 views

What happens when I ignite the curtains and use Control Flame?

Elementalists get a really nifty utility, Control Flame: You take control of each nonliving fire in the burst that is not controlled by a creature. Choose one of the following options for each ...
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4answers
568 views

Can a thief sneak attack with an implement power?

Inspired by this: If a thief with ki focus proficiency (via a theme) finds herself wielding a ki focus enhanced dagger and an implement power that qualifies as a melee basic attack, does the thief ...
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6answers
830 views

Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?

I've frequently heard the Basic Role-play system and Dark Heresy described as deadly from a combat perspective. I think those are both percentile systems. Is that typical of percentile systems or is ...

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