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What's the up side of aquatic campaigns in Pathfinder?

Everything I've found about aquatic campaigns would suggest that they are inherently more difficult than traditional campaigns, for the GM and player both. The Rules Difficulties For one thing, ...
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Can Iron Heart Surge remove a Necrotic Cyst?

Plain and simple, by RAW can the Iron Heart Surge maneuver from the Tome of Battle remove a Necrotic Cyst, a spell from Libris Mortis.
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Are there any tutorials/educational courses for learning roleplaying games?

Recently, I've been working on a side project to get myself acquainted with Moodle (since I'm a future educator) that's essentially a nine-part tutorial on how to get started with tabletop games and ...
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Where can I find rules for creating pocket dimensions?

I have a powerful mage as the BBEG in my next campaign, and part of what makes him powerful is that he can travel around, and move lots of other people, using magic. While Teleport and Teleport ...
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Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?

I'm a new DM playing with a group of 5 new players. (We're playing D&D 4e but more general answers are acceptable.) So far we have done 3 sessions, where we've mainly focussed on learning the ...
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What happens when a player burns spiderwebs?

What happens when spiderwebs are set alight? Though page 69 of the DMG lists spiderwebs as a special terrain it doesn't talk about the effects of fire. I'm about to run in encounter with a LOT of ...
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How can I establish a permanent travel route between two planes?

I have a character who wishes to establish a permanent connection between the material plane and another plane of existence. This other plane happens to be a Demiplane. He must be able to travel back ...
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How do I safely break stereotypes in my games?

In the LARP system I play, there are some stereotypes heavily in-grained into the player base. For instance, goblins are squeaky-voiced, hyperactive, and (often) violent humanoids. These sorts of ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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How can I use two ranged weapons against two different targets?

Ok, so in our DnD 3.5 campaign we're using a custom setting with reduced magic but includes early firearms e.g. flintlocks, revolvers, muskets, Dwarven Hand Cannon (prototype shotgun). My character ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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How to represent streetwise skills?

Some game systems have a Streetwise skill. Here are things that it's usually related to: Knowing about urchins, pick-pockets and urban gangs, their organization, codes, behaviors Knowing who's where ...
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Where does mounting/dismounting start/end?

I want to get on my mount. Where should my character be for this to be possible? I initially thought being in any adjacent square was enough but I've read an article for 3.5 which suggests you need to ...
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D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM

I am brand new to D&D I bought the Player's Handbook, DM Guide and Monster Manuel.. Along with Monster Vault and The Dungeon Master's Kit.. I also got the Starter Red Box... What I am looking for ...
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So I think I've found a caveat to Lesser Geas' limits

Provided your target fails his saving throw, the description of Lesser Geas states that it lasts until the target completes its specified objective or, should the task not have a definite end to it, 1 ...
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Does Swordmage Warding benefit a multiclassed wizard's summoned creatures?

Okay, I looked around online and read both Forgotten Realms and Arcane Power, but am unclear on if Swordmage Warding benefits a Wizard's Summoned creatures. I'm a wizard who has the Blade Initiate ...
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An adventure RPG that can be played in only author stance?

My family and I mostly play board games, and like strategy and cooperative games, but I want to branch out into RPGs. We like to play games generally the same way. Which is, we don't really like to ...
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How long does a Binding last?

The Binding advantage in GURPS allows a character to hold another character in place, in a way similar to being grappled by a creature with ST equal to the level of your Binding. My problem is that ...
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Can a shaman have 2 spirit companions?

I'm making a Shaman in 4th edition and I'm trying to make him be one with the spirits. I was wondering if a shaman can have 2 spirit companions. It would be cool if I had a Phoenix as one spirit ...
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How can I distill “Expedition to the Barrier Peaks” down to the best 7 or 8 encounters to fit inside one hour? [closed]

On Friday I'll be doing a role play demo for 13 Montessori students between 12 and 14 years old. It's a one hour deal, and this is my second time to do it. Since it is such a short time frame, and ...
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Correctly deploying Smokestick

I've been trawling the handbook and google for information on the correct deployment of Smokestick. The reason being that I currently have a character "on the run" evading a much stronger CR enemy ...
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Dual cursed mis-fortune revelation

Misfortune (Ex): At 1st level, as an immediate action, you can force a creature within 30 feet to reroll any one d20 roll that it has just made before the results of the roll are revealed. The ...
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Does flight warrant Move Silently checks?

I just had a thought concerning a Half-Fae Warlock I'm building: if the Half-Fae template grants him butterfly wings for flight, and butterflies aren't exactly known for having audible flying sounds. ...
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Why does a character earn fate points when conceding?

I am new to Fate, and TRPG in general. Today when reading the Fate Core book, I was confused by how conceding worked. IMHO by conceding, a player would avoid the more severe outcome that is being ...
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Game with Interesting Combat that is Crunch Heavy and is built to not Require a Grid?

As an alternative to trying to play a game that normally requires a grid, I'm looking for an RPG that Has mechanically interesting combat (plenty of depth, not necessarily high complexity). Has a ...
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Does flaming sphere always need a move action to attack?

A Flaming Sphere will 'attack' anyone it rolls into the same square as: If it enters a space with a creature, it stops moving for the round and deals 3d6 points of fire damage to that creature, ...
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looking for advice on miniatures and RPG [duplicate]

can anybody offer any advice on what path to follow for solo playing games. I have been looking at different aspects of gaming. I have looked at a lot of board games and have recently bought Arkham ...
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Para-elements by mixing two Classical Elements

I am building a system in which the physics (and metaphysics) are based on a Western Classical Element system: the four basic elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth can intermingle with each other ...
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Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?

I have a question as to the sustaining of Flaming Sphere. I know that it only needs to be sustained once, but in the Sustain Minor effet, it reads: "You can sustain this power until the end of ...
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My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions? [closed]

My friends and I are trying to get into tabletop RPGs but have ran into some difficultly finding a system/setting that fits. We gave Eclipse Phase a shot but found it to have a pretty high barrier to ...
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Multiple attacks [duplicate]

If a feat or power gives you two attacks, is that two attacks per BAB, or is is two attacks total? Here is the power that prompted this question: Lesser Beast Totem
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Downtime: separate building checks vs summed bonus

The earnings passage under Rooms and Teams states If you have multiple buildings or organizations in a settlement and they can generate the same kind of capital, you don't have to roll for ...
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Incapacitation wound modifiers

When a character takes more than three wounds do all of the wounds apply for a penalty? For instance if a character somehow took 10 wounds would that character have to make the roll at -10?
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Dominate and interaction with environment

Here's the situation: the player had a creature dominated. The module gave the list of standard, move, and minor actions the monster had in the standard monster block. But, there was a separate ...
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Wizard's Fury grants a second attack per turn?

I was wondering if it was possible to chain the effect of Wizard's Fury's power on following turns (after the turn I activate it) with other attack spells for a secondary attack each turn, seeing as ...
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How do attunement and consorts work?

In Wraith the Oblivion, I fail to fully understand a rule as basic as attunement and consorts. Consorts are defined as the people (or object) a Wraith attunes to. Attunement consists on expending ...
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Are there any pbp sites left? [closed]

I was once a regular user of RPOL.net. I left for several years and came back to find it a fraction of what it had been. And not a very large fraction at that. Are there any good play-by-post sites ...
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How to handle player run taverns?

Inspired partly by this question I have noticed that the natural progression of my campaign has led to a path that could potentially land my players with the oppurtunity to take ownership of a tavern. ...
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Can a Giant Flytrap in Pathfinder engulf a medium creature?

For a Giant Flytrap in Pathfinder, the rules text indicates: "If a giant flytrap begins its turn with an opponent at least two size categories smaller than itself grappled..., it can close its jaws ...
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Fortifying & Defending a shop in a city

When they're not adventuring, the PCs in my campaign own a magic item shop in a very large city. They have a staff, inventory, marketing, and in general it operates like you'd expect an item shop to ...
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Looking for a battle map designer with ice-themed objects

I am looking for an online map designer I can use to make a battle map for Pathfinder. The theme is supposed to be icy and harsh. I already tried Dungeon Painter Online, and I found in terms of ...
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Does Perfect maneuverability need Fly checks?

I can't seem to find a detailed breakdown of how to use Flight as a PC beyond what to expect of different maneuverability levels, but whenever flying is mentioned I sometimes come accross mention of ...
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Designing challenging combats for Mythic PC

This is related to my earlier question, Superman in Dresden Files. Cliff's notes, my players in DF take the building block powers, and I wanted to know why and what to do about it. That gave me a ...
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120 views

Improved Beastmaster?

I have a player who has the beast master edge and also a minor pacifist hindrance, in my last game he asked to do an intimidate test of will to try to setup his dog for a defensive attack on a bandit ...
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Can a flying creature that has been knocked prone fly away without standing up?

Focus of my question is given in the title. More generally, which movement options a prone creature has? I am aware of the 5-ft. crawl and the stand up (both move actions that provoke an attack of ...
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What bonuses apply to Flame Spiral's Effect line?

I'm trying to figure out which bonuses apply to Flame Spiral's Effect text: Effect: Until the start of your next turn, any enemy that enters a square adjacent to you or starts its turn there takes ...
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Are there rules for creating animated objects?

Craft Construct allows player characters to create their own homunculus, golem or shield guardian. Other than by the spell animate objects with permanency, are there any rules allowing the creation of ...
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Does a Creature's Advancement Trump Its Text?

The Monster Manual explains that a creature's Advancement entry "shows how tough a creature can get in terms of its extra Hit Dice. (This is not an absolute limit, but exceptions are extremely rare.)" ...
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Shadowrun SIN changing/qualities

I'm new to Shadowrun, I'm only reading 5e at the moment, and I don't understand at the core what a SIN physically is (not the database and all that). I'm thinking of making my character as a corp born ...
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Knowledge (Local) or Diplomacy to Gather Information?

So, according to the Knowledge page, Local is used to pretty much find out things about a town whether that be notable figures, folklore, or the like. Isn't Diplomacy to Gather Information pretty much ...

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