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Introducing System Mechanics to new players

Context Hello, I'm assembling a DnD/Pathfinder group, and all the players are new to tabletop rpg. All they know is rpg is about storytelling, dice rolling [ and macabre rituals <- just kidding, ...
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1answer
646 views

How can GMs quickly calculate the effects of level drain?

I've GM'ed a few Pathfinder games, and while I really enjoy the setting, I just can't wrap my head around some of the crunchy mechanics. In particular, how do you (quickly) deal with effects like ...
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3answers
446 views

How do I keep me and my player happy in a one-on-one game?

As a GM, my comfort zone is a group with about 3-5 players. I like the diversity of having multiple players. When I only have a single player, I feel I can already predict my player's actions, and we ...
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1answer
332 views

Can you redo a failed skill check?

If I were to fail a dexterity roll to unlock a chest, could I redo it next time? I know that if you fail a skill challenge it is permanent, but are skill checks the same, or can you redo them? If you ...
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1answer
373 views

Can a wizard make an Unarmed Strike?

Obviously, yes, they can. However, is a wizard Proficient with an unarmed strike? I was writing up a wizard for a campaign, and when I was going over them I noticed that they don't just get simple ...
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2answers
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Resonance Realms - Why bother?

Why as a player should I care about resonance realms? I understand that the actual character would be totally into hanging out in them, but from a gameplay point of view, why should I care?
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2answers
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Technomancer's Dragon Hoard - What to do with all the credits?

Problem I noticed that as a Technomancer I end up with a hoard of credits and I'am having trouble figuring out how to spend it. I have High Lifestyle, A fair safehouse with luxury level security, ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between Skill Challenges and Skill Checks?

I was reading the DMG (p 72 to be specific), and I noticed that "haggling with a merchant" is just a simple Diplomacy check and not a complete skill challenge. How does a "skill check" differ from a ...
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Faster technomancer play — what dice formulas should I have on hand?

Motivation I am new to Shadowrun 4th and am playing a technomancer. Both the other players and the GM are getting annoyed with me having to look up my rolls for things, so what I was wondering is if ...
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1answer
241 views

Are two creatures sharing one square adjacent to each other?

If a Tiny creature (like a Pixie) shares a square with a Medium creature (say human), are they considered adjacent to each other? Adjacent Squares: Two squares are adjacent if a side or a corner ...
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1answer
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Does a Tiny creature have size modifiers to its carrying capacity?

DMG 222 is pretty clear that you use one carrying/lifting/dragging calculation for all PCs. Am I missing an exception for Tiny creatures, or are Pixies just that incredibly strong?
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5answers
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Character turn mechanic that is both detailed and handles long actions

We play according to a homemade-ish freeform-ish system. I, as a GM, have a lot of fun with the system as I morph it. And the benefit for the players is that the whole thing is a one-pager. But we ...
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1answer
244 views

At the end of my rope: trying to inspire someone with no healing surges left to greatness?

At the end of the 7th encounter for the day, our group has basically no surges left and no option but to keep going. We have a Battle Captain Warlord: Battle Inspiration (16th level): When you ...
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1answer
153 views

Can the MBA provided by Repel Charge be made at reach?

A player in my group is building a PC with a reach weapon With a reach weapon, a creature can make melee attacks against enemies that are 2 squares away from it as well as adjacent enemies. Even ...
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6answers
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What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?

If a player wants to do something a little out of the ordinary such as punching down a wall with his bare fists, what should I do? Do I make a DC for it? Do I make it so that no matter how much he ...
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4answers
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Ambient Sounds (not music!)

I'm currently running a campaign with highly interactive players who do a lot of exploring, debating, politicizing, weaving intrigues, etc., etc. (We rarely have real fights, maybe once every 5-10 ...
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4answers
231 views

Is altering the adventure to suit the players the purpose of the DM in D&D?

I was reading page 18 of the DMG under One Hour Preparation. The 4th bullet point described a way of adding bits in an adventure to make a player feel more involved: Consider how each of these ...
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4answers
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How do I deal with absent players?

If a player is absent and nobody chooses to play this absent character and instead I let it vanish for a while with a suitable reason or excuse, does this missing player gain levels and XP with the ...
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5answers
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Can a lich be controlled by control undead?

If it is possible, which to me just does not seem at all fair to a lich, are there ways to avoid this silly little thing? If you have the feat or spell and the lich rolls badly, he is essentially ...
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988 views

How can I create a megadungeon in a futuristic/post-apocalyptic setting? [closed]

I play a lot of AD&D 2e, and I really enjoy creating dungeons and megadungeons. However, in a futuristic/postapocalyptic setting, how can I thematically create a megadungeon? Obviously, I couldn't ...
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2answers
765 views

Can a tiger do Kung-Fu?

Other than the sheer absurdity of it (read: real world limitations), is there anything stopping a multiclass Monk/Druid from using flurry of blows while in wild-shape?
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6answers
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How much can/should a single owned item be worth at most?

How much can any single possession take up a character's wealth? For this question, I'd like answers that operate under the presumption that wealth-by-level isn't a minimum but instead a target. I've ...
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1answer
292 views

Is the Penny Arcade adventure preceding Storm Tower published?

In 2008, Christopher Perkins ran an adventure with four players, named "Penny Arcade and the Tower of Storms". The adventure was recorded as season 2 of the Penny Arcade podcasts, and in the following ...
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2answers
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Does the Executioner Assassin apply dexterity to its melee basic attacks?

I am trying to figure out if the Executioner assassin (Heroes of Shadow) applies its dexterity to its melee basic attacks. The Attack Finesse Class feature says: You can use Dexterity instead of ...
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1answer
336 views

What's the benefit of using two-handed/dual weapons instead of a shield?

I was reading through the book, and I noticed that there is no weapon quality for two-handed weapons in Legend. Reading through the Weapon Overview section, I found the following: Weapon Overview ...
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2answers
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Balance between planning and improvising [closed]

What is the ideal balance between planning out an entire session of playing, complete with music scoring and conversation detailing, and winging the entire thing? As an example, I'll cite one of the ...
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3answers
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Can two-hand weapons be dual-wielded by something with four arms?

I was considering playing a Summoner in my next Pathfinder campaign, and I decided that I wanted my Eidolon to be a a four-armed giant (the character being a Gnome with a height complex). Well, I ...
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3answers
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What action is it to switch between holding a weapon two-handed, and then wielding it one-handed

I'm planning on building a Gish for the next game I play in, and I was wondering how to best plan the build. I want power attack so I can do damage in combat, and I want to wield the weapon ...
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18answers
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How do I not cheapen death, while also respecting my players' time?

I DM for a group of very busy people, for whom the commitment of several hours a week is a real sacrifice: that’s a sizeable chunk of their free time for the week that I’m asking for. ...
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1answer
622 views

Does Improved Natural Attack (Claw) apply to all my claw attacks?

I have a totemist who took Improved Natural Attack to boost the damage of the Claws from the Soulmeld Sphinx claws, and then decided to shape a different soulmeld that also gave claw attacks. (In this ...
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1answer
234 views

How many things can a player do on his or her round?

I'm just starting out DMing in D&D, using the Moldvay basic rules from 1981. A player encounters a monster that is 100' away. The player wins initiative and wants to do the following on round 1: ...
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2answers
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Pathfinder monster races: Broken?

I've played an ogre barbarian/fighter with a one-hit-one-kill concept, and he can put out more damage than anything in the party. I've played a serpentfolk wizard whose DCs were so high, creatures 10 ...
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2answers
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Damsel in Distress seeking creative escape from Ravenloft to Mystara

My group is trapped wandering the Mists of Ravenloft currently and I am looking for creative suggestions on returning to our home in Mystara ASAP. In the current realm we are in, there isn't an ...
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4answers
535 views

Recommend a published encounter for 4e to demo its strengths to newbies!

I'm looking for recommendations for a published (but not necessarily WotC), fun, single encounter to introduce some friends to D&D 4E. We'll be using a virtual tabletop (Roll20 specifically) for ...
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1answer
148 views

Does having access to a chakra bind from one class allow you to bind another class's soulmelds to it?

I am currently playing a totemist. I was hoping to expand my damage and versatility through multiclassing into Incarnate to gain access to some more damaging powers, and I came across a question I ...
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1answer
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Is Dragonblood Sorcerer worth it?

Dragon Magic presents a system of substitute levels of various classes for characters with the Dragonblood subtype. One of which, Dragonblood Sorcerer, provides the following benefits: 1st level: ...
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3answers
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Turns vs. Rounds playing time in Moldvay D&D 1981 Ed

In D&D (Moldvay 1981 Basic rules) turns are 10 minutes each, used for normal adventuring time. When an encounter occurs, time shifts to rounds (10 seconds each). This means 60 rounds equates to ...
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1answer
157 views

What should I look out for, when scaling a late heroic published adventure for late paragon/early epic tier?

I will be including a level 9 published adventure in my campaign soon. The thing is, the four players will be somewhere between level 18 and 24 when they hit the dungeon. Aside from obviously scaling ...
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1answer
315 views

Moldvay Basic D&D - Mapping using Charater Movement Rates

I'm dusting off the Moldvay Red Basic Rulebook (1981) and taking a stab at figuring out some of the rules that I, frankly, didn't fully understand when I was a kid. On B19, under the MOVEMENT ...
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1answer
191 views

How can I make a magic, subtle, universal translator?

My players are journeying to many different lands in mythic europe. Their magi, and covenant, speaks Latin and various dialects of Italian. However, the middle of eastern europe has many more ...
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1answer
434 views

Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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1answer
128 views

Feint checks in Mutants and Masterminds

In the combat section, "feint" is described as a use of Bluff to confuse the opponent into leaving an opening, treating the next attack as a surprise attack. (So feint is basically Bluff vs. Sense ...
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1answer
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When & How often do 4e Monster powers recharge?

How often should I roll power recharge rolls and at which point in the monster's turn do I re-roll them? I'm trying to find the official definition of the recharge mechanic in the online compendium ...
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3answers
475 views

Setting the level for custom spells in Pathfinder

I want to create new spells in Pathfinder inspired by the status effect cards. One version would be a single target with a save vs. Will or Fortitude, depending on the effect. The other version would ...
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3answers
2k views

How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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4answers
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How do I GM an encounter where all characters are effectively blind?

I would like to include an encounter in my campaign that involves a battle between the PCs and a group of monsters where they are all effectively blind. To take away the race abilities that allow for ...
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1answer
326 views

Can you start your turn when you're dead?

In my epic game, I am playing a level 30 Keeper of the everflow. Keepers have a level 24 feature: Life Overflow (24th level): Once per day when you start your turn at 0 hit points or fewer, you ...
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2answers
527 views

Are there any Mechanical differences between the Eberron and D&D Home Settings?

In D&D Insider's character builder, both Eberron and D&D Home campaign presented as separate options when creating a character. Does choosing Eberron vs. "D&D" actually make any changes ...
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5answers
407 views

How can I stop a large level disparity from being a problem?

In my campaign, my players each have several different characters at the home base. Every session, they pick which one they want to play. However, some players always use the same one and so have more ...
5
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2answers
457 views

Intangibility in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

I am playing the Breakout event, as Spiderman (stop reading if you don't want spoilers!). We just met Zzzax, and I decided to attack him by web-throwing a huge metal pipe through him. I managed a ...

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