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Hacking into a mesh insert in Eclipse Phase

I've read the hacking chapter of the core book repeatedly, and while I think I understand how individual parts of the system work, I have trouble putting it all together. Assume I'm walking down the ...
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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?

The Invisibility spell states: If the subject attacks directly, however, it immediately becomes visible Who is the attacker when a familiar delivers a touch spell? The familiar, the spellcaster ...
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Pricing items as a DM

I seem to be struggling with pricing items that players can purchase. In particular magic items such as scrolls/potions ect. I read the rules and have scoured the internets to try figure it out but ...
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Do luck bonuses stack?

I know that usually you pick the highest value bonus of the same type, but I see a lot of D&D threads where people are stacking their luck bonuses. Let's say I cast Divine Favor (You gain a +1 ...
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Can Mass Lesser Vigor be persisted?

I am creating my cleric character and considering taking feats persistent spell and power it up with Divine Meta magic. Now, the question is: can I make Vigor, Mass Lesser persistent? The ...
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Using a ranged weapon in melee

In the last Rogue Trader session I ran, one of the PC's wanted to use the butt of his pistol in an attempt to 'pistol whip'. This came about because I told him that ranged weapons cannot be used in ...
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Club as a Two-Handed Weapon?

So I'm building a two-handed weapon character in Pathfinder and was planning on using a longspear, however if I get pinned down, I want a good backup two-handed weapon. Someone suggested a club, as I ...
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When wielding a reach weapon can you use armored spikes to make Attacks of Opportunity?

Something showed up in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 (a HP & D&D 3.5e fanfiction) and I was wondering about application in pathfinder: When wielding a two handed reach weapon (or 1 handed ...
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What feats should a velociraptor animal companion have to fill the “scout” role well?

I'm a level 5 Druid and my group consists of me, the DM and a level 5 fighter. I am unsure of what feats my companion should have. I'm having it fill in the role of a scout. It knows common, and its ...
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Precision damage and damage reduction

So reading through the rules on damage types and damage reduction they read as the following summary Bludge\Peirc\Slashing yadda yadda these can have damage reduction Then it says energy - Not ...
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How can I get people to play a “diceless system”?

I have a wonderful game that I love very much, “Lord of Gossamer and Shadow” by Rite Publishing, and I loved the idea, worldwalking, and that the game is a spiritual successor to Amber (so it’s an ...
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What do the different levels of the magic item quicken spell rod do?

I am using http://www.d20pfsrd.com for most of my pathfinder rules but it's entry on rods has three tiers but it does not clarify what the different tiers do. ...
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Druid's wild shape natural attacks and magical item

I'd like to have some details about the Druid transformation in D&D 3.5. Ok, you have reached level 8, so your BA is +6/+1 and let's say that I want to transform into a lion; according to rules I ...
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How to ensure players spend XP on both short- and long-term benefits in Numenera?

I recently bought the core rulebook for Numenera. As well as reading through it to learn the system, I've been reading online reviews. It seems from reading what other experienced Role-Players think, ...
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Can temporary character banality be lower than permanent?

In Changeling the Dreaming, can a Changeling's temporary Banality be lower than its permanent? Or does it always starts from the permanent one?
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How many times a round does a creature take damage from Force Shard?

Force Shard does your charisma mod damage to anyone in its area. but here is an interesting line from the power in the Psionic Power book: An enemy can take this damage only once per turn. Is ...
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Misdirected Mark Bard At-Will Clarification?

Misdirected Mark from PHB2 states ...and the target is marked by an ally within 5 squares of you until the end of your next turn. My question is what player gets to choose who marks the target? ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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How much resistance is dragon shield worth?

There is an epic destiny called "Dragonheart" in Martial Powers 2. The utility power for this epic destiny is called "Dragon Shield". The power is defined as follows: Daily ✦ Martial, ...
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How exactly does the Web spell work?

A player in my group plays a Wizard who favors terrain controlling spells. One such spell that he uses is Web. Up to this point he would cast Web and it would spread on the ground, with it's effects ...
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2answers
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What does it mean to designate something as “prey” in the Bravo Feat?

From the online compendium: Bravo [Multiclass Bravo] Benefit: You gain training in the Intimidate skill. Once per encounter, as a minor action, you can designate one creature you can see ...
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Ways for a Bard (or other +3/4 BAB class) to get early access to Dazzling Display

I'm considering building a controller bard, as described in Treatmonk's Guide. Given that Weapon Focus is a requirement for Dazzling Display, and that you can't take Weapon Focus until you have at ...
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1answer
292 views

Any house-rule for buying negative qualities after character creation?

During character creation, Shadowrun 4E allows player to buy negative qualities such as Infirm in exchange for additional Build Points. Some negative qualities are heavily background-related, so I ...
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Unhate-able Villains

There are so many guides on how to make a villain your players will truly hate, but I am trying to make a villain that the characters will feel for. How can I create a "good" villain, like someone who ...
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1answer
622 views

Can I use the Deadeye Shot feat with ranged-touch spells (rays)?

I was wondering if I can use the Deadeye Shot feat (Dragon Compendium) with a spell like scorching ray (ranged-touch) for example. The feat description says that you have to ready action a ranged ...
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1answer
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Does the 4e Feat Diabolic Soul only replace Infernal Wrath after receiving a critical hit?

The way I currently understand it, the feat appears to imply that the transformation power replaces infernal wrath only after receiving a critical hit. Am I correct in this? The relevant piece of the ...
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Does the Fencing Master feat stack with the 5th level extra attack?

Do the extra attacks from the Fencing Master feat and the extra attack 5th level class benefit stack? Do I get to attack 3 times in one turn when having both of these?
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Can I make a worthwhile one-handed paladin?

I would really like my pally to use just ONE weapon, and wield nothing in their other hand (or at least appear to do so), but I don't really see any thing that makes it beneficial at all. Using 2 ...
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2answers
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Can someone explain what the “proficiency Bonus” is in D&D Next exactly?

I am reading the final playtest rules, and I keep seeing how you can add proficiency bonus to Attack rolls checks with weapons you are proficienct and skill checks in skills you are proficient in, but ...
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Can someone explain haunts to me?

It seems like haunts are just souped up traps. My problem is according to the book, they have some ridiculous requirements for getting rid of them. How would my party even know the very specific ...
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How do I adapt enemies to the current party's level?

My party is currently quite strong in combat (specially thanks to an Ogryn Arch-Militant), so it's been hard to make them sweat in combat. The "default" enemies the main corebook gives have laughable ...
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994 views

Are there any good alternatives to the Move Silently skill, preferably magic or spell based?

I want to create a spellcaster who specializes in stealth. I know that I can substitute spells like Invisibility for the Hide skill, and I can use either the Mindsight feat or the Tremorsense spell to ...
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0answers
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How do you play a character of the opposite gender effectively? [duplicate]

Without coming off as either a gender swapped version of a character (with no differences other than its gender), or being overly feminine/masculine? For example i am currently playing a female mage ...
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Can I play a Witch (the class) who is male and call him a Warlock?

I am looking to play a Witch in Pathfinder, but I want to play a male witch. Can I do that, and if I can does the name matter? I'd like to call him a Warlock—can I do that?
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Permanently hiding items/objects

I'm curious how one might go arranging for an item or object to become permanently lost, and completely inaccessible to everyone (I would prefer a method that's reasonably secure against even divine ...
3
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1answer
313 views

Legend of the Five Rings Jiujitsu Alternate Rules [closed]

I love L5R. The setting is in depth and has just the right mix of different Asian cultures. I'm gearing up to play 4th edition and I'm excited to see what changes are in effect. The only problem with ...
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How can I roleplay my evil character properly?

I have started playing as an evil character in a group of neutral and good characters. We are traveling in a caravan through an undead-ridden world. No teleportation or plane traveling possible. We ...
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1answer
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What stops you attempting to cast minor and significant formula spells repeatedly until you succeed?

The rules for casting spells state that if you fail in casting a minor or significant spell, you don't lose the magical charge. There also do not seem to be any other drawbacks to rerolling until you ...
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2answers
805 views

Embedding and attaching double weapons to Warforged, specifically spiked chain

Regarding embedding and attaching weapons as warforged components, p. 114 of the Eberron Player's guide Weapons can be embedded or attached components. Two-handed weapons cannot be attached or ...
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1answer
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Alchemist starting formulas

An alchemist begins play with two 1st level formulae of his choice, plus a number of additional forumlae equal to his Intelligence modifier. Just want to make sure I'm getting this right. I ...
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5answers
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What is “GM/DM Fiat?”

While I explore this site, I occasionally see the phrase "GM fiat" (or "DM fiat", for D&D questions and answers), but I don't know the exact meaning of that. I want to know the meaning of that ...
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What are the major innovations in Dungeon World compared to D&D 3.5/Pf/4e?

In various comments on this site, DW was mentioned as [Dungeon world/Apocalypse World] is really more required reading for any designer today working on innovation in mechanics Having read the ...
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2answers
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Does Evard's Black Tentacles affect the spell's caster?

Recently in a game the issue arose of whether a Wizard is affected by his/her own casting of the Evard's Black Tentacles spell. We all agreed that both enemies and allies alike that are located within ...
3
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2answers
4k views

Call of Cthulhu 6th or 7th edition?

I am trying to put together a couple of Call of Cthulhu games for my local gaming group and to run some games at Mid South Con. Now I am not familiar with the system or anything, I have heard older ...
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What does increased caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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1answer
371 views

How can I wield two swords in prehensile tails?

Is there a feat tree I could take that would allow me to wield two custom made katana using multiple prehensile tails? (The multiple prehensile tails are already taken care of by a custom race in our ...
7
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1answer
319 views

Ways to Overcome Damage Reduction in E6

Aside from using the requisite materials (Such as silver or adamantine) or fulfilling the right conditions (such as using a piercing weapon or a good aligned weapon) are there any ways other than the ...
2
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2answers
178 views

Creative Problem Solving Combat System Suggestions [closed]

Here it goes, I am working on my own RPG system and I need some suggestions for a combat system that promotes creative problem solving. One of the key aspects to this system is that its not ...
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383 views

Can dark vision see in pitch darkness?

In D&D, some creatures and player races have dark vision. Can a character or monster with dark vision see in pitch blackness? In real life animals with dark vision see by reflecting the light off ...
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3answers
214 views

How can I implement multiclassing?

My party is composed of 4 players, a Rogue Trader, an Arch Militant, an Astropath and an Explorator. While to me this number is perfect, as it's not too much and not too few, I can see there are some ...

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