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How do I quit a game gracefully?

I've been in a game for a while and I've been distracted for several sessions because the game simply hasn't been very interesting to me. The setting and story set by the GM aren't very gripping and ...
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Anyone know of a good generic moral/alignment tracking system?

More specifically, system for tracking a characters morals/alignment, like Humanity in Vampire or darkside points in Star Wars. I'm looking for a system that's either designed to be generic, or could ...
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What happens when a spell fails?

I was running a campaign the other evening, and I ran into a problem. One of the players wanted to cast 'color spray' on a creature. The player did not know that the creature was undead, but suspected ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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Are characters aware of monster abilities' effects?

Is a character aware of the consequences of a monster power or trait? For example, does the party leader know that healing an ally within a KlurichirDDI's Malign Influence is useless? Or does he ...
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How does an Invoker with Hand of Fury interact with summons and persistent dailies?

Hand of Fury: Benefit: When you miss all targets with a daily invoker power, you can use hand of radiance as a minor action once before the end of your turn. A sample power: Angelic Protector: ...
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Is there a way to make the damage system in 4e more like previous editions?

I have been playing 4e for almost 3 years now and have noticed that the average character has the capacity to take massive amounts of damage each day without any ill effects the next day. I have even ...
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What does “move on an initiative of X” mean?

The Young White Dragon (Monster Vault page 67) has the following trait: Instinctive Rampage On an initiative of 10 + the dragon's initiative check, the dragon can move up to its speed as ...
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Where can I get ready-to-play characters for D&D 3.5?

The last time I played D&D was about 10 years ago. Now I've decided to show it to my university friends, who have never played it before but are pretty excited. For that first game, nobody would ...
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Concealability of a Hidden Arm Slide

Does the "Hidden Arm Slide" weapon accessory modify the concealability of a weapon at all? The brief description in the rulebook only discusses drawing the weapon as a free action but doesn't touch ...
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Where's is defensive strike in the Compendium?

We built our very first D&D characters based off of the new Red Box. I rolled a halfling rogue, one of the at-will abilities I have is Defensive Strike. This week I signed up for the compendium ...
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Where are the DnD 4e rules for perceiving burrowed creatures?

Are they limited to the Perception rules, or are there burrowing-specific rules that I can't find?
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In D&D 4E, can a changeling change its biological sex?

Simply put, can a Changeling change its sex... physically? Specifically, I had an incident where a female PC tried to change into a male but I told her that a Changeling can't change 'reproductive ...
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How to keep track of statuses and conditions?

Every round someone is getting dazed, marked, bloodied, quarried, cursed, blinded, slowed, penalized, buffed, stunned, or taking ongoing damage... the list goes on. At paragon tier with a six-player ...
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Is there a playable undead race?

Is there a playable race of undead in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5? I would prefer a race that isn't a vampire or lich. If possible, please share their stats.
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Sources of Stability - What's the real rule?

In Fear Itself, you have to select a Source of Stability for every 3 points you invest in the Stability trait. Sources may be personality traits, activities, or people. The rules state: You may ...
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Can you use 2 metamagic rods to improve a single spell?

I was just wondering, I have a cleric and he has a Greater Metamagic Rod: Maximize, I was thinking of picking up a Greater Empower Rod as well, would they two rods stack, or can I only use one? I ...
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Out-Of-Control Characters

As I review the suggestions in the D&D 4E DMG (pg32), I wonder what other suggestions that are realistic. I know that if a player is out of control (ie: killing masses for no reason) a DM would ...
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What are some quality low-magic d20 (3.5e/PF) systems?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm getting ready to run a very low-magic (but high martial combat/adventure) Pathfinder campaign, and am looking for any systems to draw mechanics and inspiration ...
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Does bringing a minion to 0 hit points count as bloodying it?

Does killing a minion trigger abilities and feats that work when someone bloodies a creature? Example: Markings of the PredatorDDI Prerequisite: Goliath, any primal class Benefit: When you ...
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Non-heroic Post-apocalyptic systems

I am slowly preparing to start my first campaign in a non-DnD setting, and I wanted to start something in a post-apocalyptical setting. I have thought about using modern d20, I like that there are ...
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Collections of two-player free-form adventure ideas?

I'm planning a short two-person (one PC, one GM) free-form session. Is there a good quality compilation of adventure outlines tuned for one-on-one play somewhere? The theme doesn't matter much, but ...
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How to use intelligence in Scion?

I wanted to know how to use or what is the point of intelligence in Scion? The Scion game I am playing in I have my character with high intelligence but have no idea what to use it for.
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In Gamma World, what is the difference between a short and extended rest?

From the Gamma World rulebook: Short Rest A short rest requires about 5 minutes. During a short rest you renew your encounter powers, refresh your Alpha Mutation(s), and regain all your hit ...
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Do you lose concealment when you attack?

In D&D4E if you have concealment and make an attack, are you still concealed? As a specific example, a Warlock gains concealment from his Shadow Walk power, then wishes to make a ranged attack. ...
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How do you track the PCs' reputation?

I'm currently planning a game with a significant amount of intrigue. I envision the players undertaking actions and adventures that will endear them to one group, and anger others. It occurs to me ...
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901 views

What is the SURGE event in Shadowrun?

The Shadowrun 4E background material mentions an event called SURGE, which seems to be similar to UGE or Goblinization. SURGE is mentioned twice in SR4A, and at least once in the Sixth World Atlas. ...
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359 views

Has White Wolf ever faced bankruptcy?

I get the impression that WW is one of the few companies that made RPGs that is still financially viable without relying on some other product line (Munchkin in the case of SJGames), but that could be ...
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In FATE, what is the relative value of each characteristic?

There are a lot of FATE variants out there, but most have a few common types of characteristics in common: a number of aspects, a base number of fate points (refresh), skills/abilities, stunts, and ...
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One-sheet Savage Worlds adventures: do they only require the core rules?

Do the one-sheet Savage Worlds adventures only require the core rules, or do they generally use some setting-specific rules?
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In Toward One, when does the game/session end?

Considering the formalized nature of Toward One, and the line: The scene cycle continues until the game ends. Create new Jinn as called for. I expected some criteria of "session end" or "game ...
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In Toward One, are scenes played in series or parallel?

Baker's Toward One is a fascinating and strongly-structured game. His scene sequence is slightly confusing. It reads: Scenes, in Esteem+Renown order: a. Some number of regular scenes; b. ...
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How do I make a dungeon the party will not know they are getting lost in?

I would like to build a dungeon that serves to muddy the plot line and the heading of the party in the campaign that I am running. A kind of mega-dungeon meant to get the party lost inside, or going ...
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Dark Sun 4E: Is Religion a useless skill?

1. Is Religion a useless skill in 4E Dark Sun? I know the Divine Power classes are out (aside from house rules) and was thinking that Religion as a knowledge class is of limited or virtually no ...
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collections of free online pregenerated wilderness maps?

Am looking for (out of curiosity, to begin with) collections of premade, at least medium quality wilderness maps available legally for free (published under gpl, gnu, creative commons, or a similar ...
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What exactly are advances in FATE?

I'm looking through my copy of Legends of Anglerre for this, and also searched the Spirit of the Century SRD, and I'm completely stumped as to exactly what an "advance" is. In both instances the terms ...
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How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action?

The party I am GMing has three characters over 6' tall with 20+ strength as well as a halfling and a kobold, both small and about 3' tall. A couple of times, they have wanted the big characters to ...
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How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?

I've been doing a lot of planning of a new campaign, and I'm very happy with the setting. I've made a large and satisfying list of themes, plot hooks, and potential stories. The problem -- if it ...
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Semi-random name generator

Does anyone know of a good online name generator that can be set up to create random names with culture-specific flavour? (Meaning, for example, names that sound like Russian, Norwegian etc etc.)
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A summary of visibility?

Does anyone have a pointer to a good (plain and simple, quick to use) guide to visibility ranges, or could someone please give me (us) a brief, basic summary of visibility? (How far can you see on a ...
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Is 'Charge' broken?

I was awestruck when I saw a PC take his movement action; then perform a charge. Growing up in D&D3.5 I assumed that he was wrong. In D&D3.5, the rules states clearly that you cannot perform ...
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What are the rules for forced movement into and out of water and flying?

The rules say that pulling, pushing and sliding is normally horizontal movement. However that changes in water or for flying creatures, where the forced movement can be in any direction. What about ...
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Does the ability Sudden Raystrike work on rays cast from a Wand?

One of the abilities that the Spellwarp Sniper gains at 2nd level is Sudden Raystrike (p64 of Complete Scoundrel). The description says: If you can catch an opponent when he is unable to ...
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How do I explain the concept of “staying in character” to a newly starting player?

I've always had difficulty trying to explain the concept of "staying in character" to newly starting players. Typically, what we end up doing is just start playing the game. Sooner or later (often ...
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What are the core tropes or assumptions of D&D?

After an interesting discussion with my local GM, I was left wondering What are the core tropes and assumptions that players bring to a game of D&D? Specifically the ones that are different from ...
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Dystopian sword & magic settings

Actually something that just came to my mind and something I've never encountered before. Are there any settings or systems centering about dystopian worlds, but without technology, nothing more ...
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Overcoming realism and uniqueness block

Whenever I am developing a plot-line, location or an NPC, there are two primary factors I take into account: Realism - Locations should be believable (no redundant corridors, random unfitting ...
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Random Island Name

I know about several random island generators. What I would like is a table or program to generate names of islands randomly. I found a Greek island version but would like something for English ...
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What action type is retrieving an item in Pathfinder?

I couldn't find references about the action type(s) of the following acts (standard, move, full-round, etc.) nor if they provoke attacks of opportunity. Retrieving an item attached to the ...
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How can my party be effective without a dedicated healer?

Here is my current group makeup: Cleric - Pacifist Healer Warlord - Focuses on movement and tactical positioning Wizard - Mostly area damage and locking groups down Warlock - single target ...

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