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How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?

So, the last session I tried to make an encounter where my players had to escape from a burning house. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boring bunch of pass-or-suck checks. How can I make this ...
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How to force a group to choose a leader?

We have a LARP group which is composed of experienced players but has a major drawback, it has no leader. It kinda works for the group, but every decision which needs to be made yields lengthy ...
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Injury Poison vs Temp Hit Points / Damage Reduction

Specifically looking at poisons of type Injury: Injury: These poisons are primarily delivered through the attacks of certain creatures and through weapons coated in the toxin...One dose of ...
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What published resources give good examples of Adventure Fronts?

I have recently started running a game of Dungeon World, and now that the first session is out of the way I am trying to get my head around how Fronts work. I am finding Campaign Fronts relatively ...
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Most levels of Cleric recommended?

There are classes in 3.5 that, in the view of the optimization community, simply fail to continue to deliver value after a certain point. For example, the monk class: the first two levels have a lot ...
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How many Medicae First Aid tests can you perform in/out of combat?

Medicae has 2 special uses: First Aid and Extended Care. First aid description states: Special use: First aid The Medicae Skill performs first aid for the injured, removing a small amount of ...
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Can you use someone as a human shield?

With human shield I mean grabbing someone like this and using him as a mobile cover while you can still shoot your enemies. I thought this would be covered in the Grapple rules, but to my surprise ...
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How do I deal with my players not roleplaying at all? [duplicate]

I know I should "let them have fun" or something, but the game isn't really working. I'm GMing a pathfinder campaign, but this isn't system-dependent. My players aren't roleplaying at all. Ok, they ...
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What's the inspiration for the owlbear?

The standard explanation for the owlbear in-universe is "A Wizard Did It." Which is fine, as far as it goes, because the trope of "madman tinkering with bizarre mutations" is part of our speculative ...
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646 views

Creating custom preparation rituals and boons for Pathfinder

Ultimate Magic has a section describing several pre-built spellbooks that PCs may use and some of them include preparation rituals. These rituals grant a boon to the caster if a minimum number of ...
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Investigating suspects and evidence in a D&D3.x based world

First of all, I know there's been a question titled Crime Investigation in a fantasy world. My question is only partially similar to that, though. The problem: In a DnD3.x based world (including ...
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Tree based tool to create dialog

I see many questions on here for helping a GM run a game in the general sense but I'm wondering if anyone has used or knows of a tool that will aid in creating branching dialog. What I'm looking for ...
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What exactly does Paizo consider Product Identity

What I am trying to do: I am building a character sheet application for use on my phone or tablet and would like to be able to make a few bucks off of it should it turn out handy during my own game ...
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602 views

What are the costs of having multiple/alternate spellbooks?

I know wizards can get a certain number of spells in their spellbook for free as they level up, but does that specifically cover having them written down in one spellbook? If you plan to maintain a ...
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Does a Wizard need a spellbook to cast spells, or just to prepare them?

I had recently gotten into an argument with a fellow player on the subject of how spellbooks work. Specifically, does a Wizard require access to his book in order to cast spells, or just to prepare ...
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Manyshot and weapon special abilities

I can't find a good rule source for whether or not to apply the additional damange dice of weapon special abilities like Holy and Frost for each arrow when using Manyshot. Conceptually, it makes ...
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Easy-to-learn system that supports one-on-one play [closed]

The Situation I'm looking for a system that I would be able to GM and have my wife as my only player. I am experienced with RPGs; she is not. She joined a D&D 4e game with me and my friends ...
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Can an enemy overrule your dominate feature with another dominate attack power?

In General Players handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide does not provide any answers on situations where a target get affected by the domination condition from two conflicting sources at the same ...
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How to deal with players asking for an “infodump”

I read some questions about how to have players ask questions, but I happen to have the opposite issue. While players asking questions is nice, I often am in the situation where they ask too much ...
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Is negative energy (or chanelling it) necessarily evil?

I'm building a Lawful Neutral cleric of Abadar, and picture her channeling negative energy as "Abadar's rebuke of the unjust". In my case, she'll use the Rulership variant channeling rules, cutting ...
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2answers
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Trail of Cthulhu Combat Question

Sorry if it seems like a stupid question but I'm genuinely confused. On Page 62 of the core rule book it says: Once the fight has begun, if a combatant wishes to do something else besides ...
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1answer
511 views

Breath of Life and hp based Death Effects

The spell Breath of Life says quite explicitly: Creatures slain by death effects cannot be saved by breath of life. But I have some issue regarding what "slain by death effects" means. Let's say ...
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1answer
215 views

Myth Adventures Series RPG?

Is there an RPG system based on Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye's Myth Adventures series? I'd also be interested in any adaptations of the setting for a pre-existing system, like GURPS.
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Adding characters to the party once the story has started

Character creation in Dungeon World is done cooperatively, and part of the process involves establishing bonds between the different characters. World creation is also heavily driven by the players as ...
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Why is time-dilated simulspace not an I Win button?

First, a bunch of relevant quotes to set the stage. What is simulspace? Virtual reality overrides the user's physical senses and places them inside an entirely computer-generated environment ...
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Does Adaptive Style really let you recover expended maneuvers?

You can change your readied maneuvers at any time by taking a full-round action. If you’re a crusader, your current granted maneuvers are lost and you gain new granted maneuvers as if you had ...
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Are 3.5 homebrew races compatible with Pathfinder?

I want to use the Angel race. It is for D&D 3.5, can I use it on Pathfinder? If not, what do I need to change to make it compatible?
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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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2answers
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Is there a difference between a Hack and a Clone?

I was recently thinking about cyberpunk-2020 and how much I'd like to update the game while maintaining the features I like best about it. This led me to realize if I did embark on such a system ...
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464 views

Recommend large, complex, logical dungeons

I did not find the right question, so if this has a duplicate, simply relink this question. As a treat for my players I would like to master a very good dungeon. Good means: It should be free or so ...
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Is a license required for each weapon, or does one cover all?

During character creation, are characters required to purchase multiple licenses for their restricted weapons, or does one license cover them all? In the provided examples it looks as if one does ...
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Seeking a specific D&D retro-clone

I'm fairly sure this game exists, but I can't figure out for the life of me which one it is. I know it's not Darker Dungeons, Labyrinth Lord, or LotFP, because I just checked them before posting this. ...
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Are licenses required for melee weapons?

One of the things that has come up during character creation and item purchasing for my group is if you need separate licenses for carrying guns and melee weapons, or if melee weapons are handled ...
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2answers
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Why does detect magic last more than 3 rounds?

The spell "detect magic" lasts for 1 minute/level. It says: You detect magic items and spells, or identify a magic item. On the round you cast it, you sense if any are in range. On round 2, you ...
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1answer
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What happens if one's petrified while Enlarged (or Polymorphed)?

If one were under the effect of Enlarge Person (or some temporary polymorph effect) and then get petrified, what happens when the spell expires? I could imagine: The petrification creates a statue ...
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547 views

How much is a Second roll worth in Modifier Bonus

That is to say, the value of a second roll, how much of a bonus value is it worth. For example: when you make a saving throw, attack or check roll, when does +bonus to the roll and rolling twice ...
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Creating a campaign everyone can DM in?

So I have a group of players I'm playing D&D 4e with. Two of them are hardcore gaming nerds, my brother and his friend. His friend actually has a job but it's not intensive, my brother on the ...
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398 views

Losing limbs in Shadowrun

I'm looking for official rules for Shadowrun 5th edition (4th would be close enough) for damaging and losing limbs. Specifically I'd like to know how some augmentation would help a character survive ...
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1answer
146 views

Does changing Skins reset the advancement tick-boxes?

Say I start a Fae character with Hot 2, Cold -1, Volatile -1, Dark 1. In play, I spend one of my advances on take "Add 1 to Dark (max 3)," bringing my Dark to 2. A session later, we unlock Season ...
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5answers
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Generate an engaging and “realistic” tribe of orcs (also one of ogres)

My players recently turned a slaughter of low-level orcs & ogres (separate situations) into a massive recruitment drive. Given the choice between death and lucrative mercenary work, most chose to ...
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1answer
215 views

draconic champion prestige class requirements are vague [closed]

I am a half orc, barbarian 4 fighter 1 and would like to get the draconic champion prestige class but the requirements are vague. How do you interpret them? Entry Requirements Base Attack ...
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2answers
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Readied actions in Dresden RPG

I just ran my first Dresden Files game the other day. One thing I couldn't figure out how to adjudicate correctly was readied actions. There were a couple occaisions in combat where a PC went first ...
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2answers
804 views

Kingdom building. Multiple farms in one hex

Ok so the kingdom building rules here http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/kingdom-building#TOC-Farm- States the following (Emphasis mine) Terrain improvements are changes to a hex ...
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3answers
278 views

homerule for experience sharing between party members

There are possibly huge gap between caster and non-caster characters in a party. Caster have plenty of options of getting rid of own experience in exchange for various boosts. Item creation, wish ...
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4answers
676 views

Can I choose not to defend against an attack?

Playing D&D4e, I have a situation in mind where a character could reasonably WANT to get hit with a normally harmful attack. Is there anything in the rules allowing the character to purposefully ...
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3answers
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Are there any rules for creating your own prestige classes

Hey you might remember the Druid from my last question well while him and I were talking we got on the topic of prestige classes.He said wanted something like a witch doctor.We looked in our core ...
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6answers
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How to improve physical attractiveness of a PC with low Charisma?

I am currently playing a female swashbuckler and considering using the new Bluff skill seduce to learn secret use that @Hey I Can Chan suggested to me on this question about special effects suited to ...
5
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2answers
774 views

What product(s) do I need to start with the Pathfinder Campaign setting?

I am interested in exploring the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line of products. What is the best order to buy them in?
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13answers
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What are the benefits of owning a physical book? [closed]

I have seen this question about updates of the D&D 4th Edition books, and it got me thinking. Since I got my Kindle I have not read a single paper novel; they have fewer drawbacks compared to ...
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2answers
597 views

Can a Sire be blood bound to his child?

I remember that the most important exception in Blood Bond relationship is that Sires cannot be bound to their childer. I have in mind that some Elders create childer only to feed from them, because ...

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