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How should GM deal with 'standing orders'?

I once got this scenario. This is what the player says as he infiltrates an enemy NPC's mansion. I am always checking for trap wherever I go. Assume that I am always looking around me wary and ...
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Can a sorcerer cast other spells while in the shape of an Air Elemental?

I have a character who is a sorcerer with the Elemental(Air) bloodline. She's now 9th level and can thus cast Elemental Body (it's a bonus spell at that level). It hasn't come up, yet, but I foresee ...
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Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?

This question could be also How to avoid teleport/drop bomb/teleport back attacks? or How to avoid the use of Dimensional Shamblers as bomb carriers? Background Recently my group of players thought ...
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Do AOE attacks deal Sneak Attack damage to all targets?

There are attacks that target an area (bursts, blasts, etc.); if I use an AOE attack and hit multiple enemies that I have combat advantage against, do I deal sneak attack damage to all of them?
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Effects of Horror Corruption

So I've been reading through Earthdawn again thanks to people talking to me about Horrors, and it occurred to me that I don't know very much about how they mechanically work- I know for a fact that ...
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What is the LA when only the ECL is listed?

If a class or race has an ECL but no LA value, does that mean that the ECL is the LA, or that it just has a LA of 0 and your character is just that much more powerful with no drawbacks? For example, ...
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Is the blinding effect of Glitterdust effective on mindless undead?

We have just started a new pure Pathfinder campaign and I'm playing a Witch, one of only two arcane casters in the party (the other is a knowledge-based Bard). It looks like the campaign might involve ...
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Can a beastmaster have a beast and a minion at level 1? (4e D&D)

A friend of mine made a multiclass ranger (beastmaster) / cleric. I'm pretty sure in order to multiclass, you need to feat for it. Is it possible for a beastmaster to control a beast companion AND a ...
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How do I fix this plot hole?

I started my zombie apocalypse campaign in a rather low-budget and low-powered way, mostly to avoid having flame throwers and incendiary grenades be the go-to solution for zombie hordes. When the PCs ...
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Is having multiple Power Jewels overpowered?

I found a Potion Bandoleer (Holds 6 pots and use them as minor act) in our game and had enough gold to buy 6 Power Jewels. Can I use this bandoleer with the Power Jewels? Is having more than one Power ...
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Is there an online service to convert play transcripts into narrative fiction?

Question Does anyone offer an online, session story telling service? I would like to submit transcripts/records of game sessions, and receive story-fied versions of them back. Context I'm DMing for ...
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How does Pyrokinesis work?

How do the mechanics for the pyrokinesis (bright wizard spell) card work? If I pass all initial checks for casting the spell, do I get to control the fire every turn until my recharge tokens run out, ...
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Does a skill in Burning Wheel open gray if one of its root stats is gray?

I'm using the BW Gold rulebook. I'm trying to start a supernatural character, and here's what it has to say about skills and their root stats: New skill exponents start at half the root stat ...
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Tools for tracking NPC/PC relationships and attitudes

I have always had difficulty keeping track of NPCs, their attitudes and their relationships with each other and the PCs. I find relationship webs/diagrams are helpful, but find them difficult to keep ...
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How to describe combat with brutes

How can I describe combat where player characters face multiple opponents? For example, in 7th Sea there are up to six brutes in a squad. I'd like to have some inspiration for how to describe the ...
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Fear and Reason in My Life With Master

In My Life With Master, it says on p.17 that: ...a particularly horrific and fearsome Master projects a Fear of 5 or more, and a weaker Master projects a Fear of 3 or less. High values for Reason ...
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Touch Attack Spells vs Incorporeal Creatures

Is it possible to hit an incorporeal creature with a spell that requires a melee touch attack without the use of any magical ability that allows one to make contact with incorporeal beings? Put ...
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What Book is “Everything in the Book” power from?

Please see above. I think it's a daily that make an attack on all of a targets defenses AC, Fort Ref and Will?
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How can I screen new players to make sure they are a good fit for my game?

I'm looking to start a new Savage Worlds campaign and I need a full set of players for it. I've played in games before and ran a couple of one-shots, but I've never GMed a full campaign. There's ...
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1answer
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Does Melee Training affect the secondary attack of Riposte Strike?

Melee Training Feat from Heroes of the Fallen Lands, say you can sub another Ability mod for your melee attack bonus and half that Ability mod for damage bonus. PC chooses Dexterity. Riposte has, If ...
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Is there a Beloved of Chemosh template anywhere?

For a while, I am looking for this template, but failed to find one (even unofficial). In a long time ago, Sean Everette posts to a message aobut this template in dragonlance forums A template for ...
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Wealth in tremulus: insane or horrific?

Wealth in tremulus doesn't make sense to me. Its value increases exponentially (nice dinner costs 1 wealth point, an old car 3, chartering a plane 5), while its expenditure and earning is linear. So a ...
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How big a creature can you entangle with entangling breath?

I am looking for rules (which I could not find in manuals) or personal contributions to the question: how big a creature can you entangle with entangling breath? Should it depend on the size of the ...
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Do Duelist's Flurry and Sneak Attack stack?

Duelist's Flurry: Hit: Dexterity modifier damage, slide the target 1 square, and you shift 1 square. You may use your sneak attack damage even if you do not have combat advantage with this attack. ...
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Does Versatile Duelist allow sneak attacks without combat advantage?

Versatile Duelist Benefit: You gain proficiency with all one-handed, military heavy blades. If a rogue power requires you to wield a light blade, you can use that power with a one-handed ...
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What RPG converted “choose your own adventure”–style gamebooks into adventure modules?

Ages ago (read: "in the early 90s") I found rules for converting gamebooks from a certain series of CYOA-type books into adventures to play with a GM and one or more players, instead of their normal ...
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How many wounds does a Rogue Trader character start with?

I do not seem to be able to see where in the RT core rulebook you can work out how many wounds a character starts with. During character creation there are modifiers to it, mostly through career path, ...
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Does a mundane weapon thrown with a magic ki focus return?

For the classes proficient with them, the rules for the ki focus are as follows: Ki Focuses and Weapon Attacks: If you use a magic ki focus, you can add its enhancement bonus to the attack rolls ...
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Does a weapon thrown with Giantkind Gloves gain weapon benefits?

Giantkind Gloves possess the following power: Power    (Standard Action) Strength + 2 vs. AC; ranged 6/12; you throw an object 30 lb. or less; 2d6 + Strength modifier ...
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Can a demon lord read minds?

Can demon lords read minds in D&D 4th edition? If they cannot, would it be a stretch to say Graz'zt (a demon lord I'm depending on heavily in my campaign) can perform this feat?
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What can you make a dominated creature do?

According to the glossary, creatures get saving throws when the Dominated effect compels them to enter hindering terrain or throw themselves into a pit. Is the saving throw rule limited to just these ...
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When does a power count as an attack?

I thought it was pretty simple: a power's an attack if it says Attack in the top right. Apparently, it's not that simple. I keep hearing there are other conditions a power must fulfil to count ...
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Does Staff of Provocation allow enemy attack himself?

Suppose two players are fighting, and one of them has the Staff of Provocation (PHB2): Power (Daily ✦Charm):Free Action. Trigger: You hit an enemy with an attack power using this staff. ...
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Does the Direct The Strike power provoke OA?

Does using the Warlord's Direct The Strike power provoke opportunity attacks? It is a Ranged 5 power with only the Martial keyword (not an Implement or Weapon attack). It seems to me like it should ...
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What happens to a dying Revenant in the Stunning Palm stance?

Unnatural Vitality: When you drop to 0 hit points or fewer and are subjected to the dying condition, you can choose to be dazed, instead of falling unconscious. You make death saving throws as ...
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Would this Technomancer concept be plausible?

I haven't played Shadowrun quite yet, but I've been reading the 4E core rulebook and I have been trying to build a character. I've been working on a Technomancer, but for character fluff I was ...
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Good techniques for getting player-character backgrounds integrated into the game?

So I'm starting a new campaign for an existing gaming group soon, and I'd like to actually incorporate character backgrounds that the players will be creating (eventually). These aren't epic-novels or ...
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Do you have to permanently sacrifice turns/rebukes for more daily Devotion Feat uses?

I've been reading Complete Champion and I came across a conflict the in text that I need resolved. On page 52, in the Domain Feats section, the text reads: If you have the ability to turn or ...
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Limits of the Entangle Power?

The duration of the entangle power seams to be until you make make your break free roll. Is the break free roll a standard test ie TN 4 or against the arcane skill roll? If the Entangle is an Area ...
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What are the main differences between version 4.0 and 4.1 of The Dark Eye

The underlying rule system of The Dark Eye was changed dramatically from version 3 to version 4, the major change including the introduction of a point based - rather than luck based - generation of ...
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Can you initiate maneuvers with weapons other than those the discipline favors?

When playing a class from Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords can you initiate manuevers while not weilding a disciplines favored weapon? For example: could one use Desert Wind manuevers without ...
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When determining initiative bonus for PCs, is it dex + 1/2 level or dex mod + 1/2 level?

Title says it all, my group has been using our ability score instead of ability mod and I've noticed that none of the creatures in the Monster Manual get such a high initiative bonus so early.
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Difference between Ranged Sorcerers Attack and Ranged Basic Attack

The attack Dragonfrost (PHB2 pg 139) is a Sorcerer at will attack that is Ranged 10. How ever it also has a special section stating "This power can be used as a ranged basic attack". What difference ...
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How can we heal HP while infected with Filth Fever?

My party is trying get back to civilization alive (a city five days travel away), but we have two characters in the final stages of Filth Fever*: a 5th-level Paladin of Pelor and a 4th-level Rogue. ...
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How do I gain extra feats outside of normal levelling?

I'm new to D&D and new to version 3.5 particularly. I'm creating a character using the PHB and need to know if there are any means for getting extra feats - perhaps some items or possibly quests? ...
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What 4e character options allow a player to substitute ability scores? [closed]

There are a number of D&D 4e character creation options that allow players to substitute one ability score in place of another under certain conditions. Here are some examples: Auspicious ...
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Are Masterplan projects equivalent to adventures or campaigns?

I started using Masterplan last time I DMed and I love what the tool brings to the table. However, I'm not certain how to use it to track my entire campaign. Does a Masterplan adventure project ...
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Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there ...
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System Recommendation: Gritty Sci-fi

I am looking to start writing a campaign for some friends, but am not sure what system to use for this. I am trying to be as specific as possible with my requirements, so as not to end up asking a ...
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Creating my own RPG but having a hard time. Need advice

I've been playing tabletop RPGs for 20 years and I finally mustered the courage to create my own RPG. The problem is that I've gotten very discouraged as of late. I asked my local gaming community ...

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