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Game design process to create a White-Wolf-like setting?

I have noticed that there seems to be a pattern at work in most oWod/WoD products, which when followed results in settings with the following properties: Each new PC starts with many possible ...
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Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself?

This question came to my mind while analyzing Blaze of Glory (see Blaze of Glory twice): Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself? Reading the particular spell description I ...
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How do I calculate the chance of hits?

(I do not know if I should post this in math.stackexchange.com, so I try to phrase it in a way that it makes sense for non-roleplayers. Just in case it gets moved) In the latest two editions of ...
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How does one calm, then tame a Natural Beast?

I read in this question that to tame a Natural Beast creature that one must first calm, then tame, then train. Also, that this is achieved through an "extended" challenge. Is this true? And, if so, ...
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239 views

Stealthing after a ranged attack

Good day everyone, I have been trying to wrap my head around how stealth works in particular with a ranged character I am trying to build. The scenario is as so, I have a lvl 5 rogue, with 1 lvl in ...
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Armour rating inside an iron safe

In one of my games, a character has inadvertantly locked themself in a booby-trapped iron safe. When the safe sprang-shut it triggered an alarm to summon NPCs that try to attack the player. The ...
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Calculating dice pool probability with limited rerolls

I need a probability calculation script that works with various dice and dice pool sizes, that accounts for a mechanic that allows you to reroll up to X dice that are failures, but ONLY once per die. ...
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Can you heal yourself at 0 HP?

If my understanding of the rules is correct, at 0 HP you are still aware and can take certain actions, but taking a strenuous standard action such as attacking or casting a spell will drop you to -1 ...
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Do the automatic success and failure rules apply to skill checks?

We had a rule check tonight that we couldn't answer. On the Pathfinder wiki I could only find info on natural 20s and 1s in regards to attack rolls and saves in combat. Do they also apply to skill ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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How can I effectively drop clues of corruption in my campaigns?

In many games I GM, corruption plays a big role. Either in my fantasy games with a church with a firm hand on the king or dystopian future like Shadowrun. Almost every time in my games, corruption is ...
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Do I apportion XP to NPC allies? [duplicate]

I'm running a D&D 4e duet game. Recently, the PC picked up a couple temporary NPC companions. Now they have completed their first encounter together, and I'm not sure what to do about ...
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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My class “imbues” a _____ on an item?

I’m writing a homebrew class for 3.x, based on empowering items with magic powers (think an OGL-friendly riff on the concept of the artificer), so I’ve decided on using “imbue” for a verb for those ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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Limit to number of weapon/armor enhancements?

If I wanted my party's spellcaster to enhance/enchant a weapon or piece of armor, is there a limit to the number enhancements it can have on it? I haven't read anywhere that there is a limit, but ...
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487 views

What are hafted weapons?

When sundering a weapon, knowing its material is important to determine HP and hardness. As I understand it, metal-hafted weapons are weapons that use metal as their handle's material. Are any ...
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1answer
339 views

How can I let undead stirges keep blood drain?

In a campaign I'm currently running, a vampire will seek a way to collect his daily dose of blood. He's planning to do that by collecting stirges, animating them as undead, and sending them to suck ...
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Do I need to take turns outside of encounters?

When a party is not fighting or interacting, just walking around a city or exploring a dungeon, do they need to respect their walking speed and take turns or it's ok to walk freely?
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1answer
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Kobold Barbarian and Rage Drake’s Frenzy

We have a Kobold Barbarian, with Shifty from Monster Manual 1 p278. If he activates Rage Drake’s Frenzy (Level 1 Daily, PHB2) and reduces a unit to 0 HP, he is granted a MBA as a free action. Can he ...
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In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check?

In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check? Can't seem to find any ruling on it. Do they sink deeper? If so is it based on how much they fail the swim check by? Or set amounts ...
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Was the Tomb of Horrors module representative of Gygaxian DMing?

Twice today (and many times past) I have run across people begging the question that Tomb of Horrors is a typical example of the Gygaxian GMing style. It seems to be "common knowledge" that Gygax was ...
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1answer
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How does rest work?

As seen here, different rests mean different bonuses. But how do I rest? In-game, I guess I need a bed or something like that? And In Real Life, do I have to wait some time here? Or I just wait the ...
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Background music for a modern thriller table [closed]

First, sorry for my syntax, I'm french speaker and usually only use english for technical topics, but will try to do my best ! I have some friends who asked me to prepare a table as they want to get ...
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1answer
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When using the tunnel riding feat, is the mount still required to make an Escape Artist check?

Since most mounts do not even have an escape artist skill, I feel like this feat and a good portion of mounted combat in dungeons would be useless. Am I missing something?
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1answer
319 views

Can a mount use “Withdraw” in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, is it valid for one's horse to use the "Withdraw" full-round action? If so, can the person riding the mount use a ranged attack while this is happening? I don't see anything indicating ...
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707 views

What are the 'civilian' jobs of shamans?

In the Shadowrun setting, I find it hard to envision what a shaman does all day. What do shamans do for a living if they are not shadowrunners or security personnel of one sort or another (be it for a ...
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Is a hand crossbow anything special?

I'm creating a rogue, and the core rule book says that rogues are proficient with all simple weapons (which includes light and heavy crossbows) and hand crossbows. Is there any reason I would want to ...
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1answer
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Would this mounted scenario be rule consistent?

As a mounted archer without a feat like combat archery, I still need to worry about attacks of opportunity. However, my mount does not. It is my understanding that you and your mount basically share a ...
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2answers
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What are the implications and complications of adding new players?

The game I've been playing started with 4 players. One of them had to take a hiatus for schoolwork, but they'll be coming back very soon. We recently filled that player's spot with a new player, which ...
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1answer
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Is Wild Magic a Prerequisite for a Chaos Sorcerer?

Is Wild Magic a prerequisite to playing to play a Chaos Sorcerer? If yes, when Wild Soul is used, how does the outcome affect the powers that already have a damage type Explanation : If I roll a ...
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1answer
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How can I build a Sorcerer who focuses on debuffing and debilitating effects?

A friend of mine is about to start his own 4e campaign, and I'll be playing a Sorcerer. We're starting from scratch at level 1. I need your advice on how to build him the way I want him, though: I ...
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1answer
249 views

What is an appropriate talent for a board-game playing mastermind?

I am building a Mastermind/Grifter for an upcoming Leverage campaign. As part of my concept for the character, One of the major tropes I want to hit with the character is "Chessmaster," though I want ...
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Am I locked into zones being exactly as described, or can I change what they're a zone of?

Sorry if this question is a bit nit-picky, but I have asked a few questions before based on misconceptions of "flavor text" in 4e... Now my RP oriented mind has a question about a specified ...
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9answers
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Is AC really as powerful as I think it is?

My understanding of AC is that an enemy must roll higher than your AC to take any damage on you. However, if this is the case, wouldn't a player only need an AC higher than 20 to be invincible? I am ...
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1answer
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Can I improve “free” affiliations during character burning?

Some character traits give you a free affiliation, usually at 1D. Can I spend resource points to improve this freebie affiliation during character burning? For example, nobles get a freebie ...
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2answers
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Day-to-day life of a Lich [closed]

How can a Lich NPC be made more believable? Things like... How do you suppose a lich spends his un-life? Assuming he has an evil crypt or evil tower to live in... What are his day-to-day ...
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1answer
377 views

Can any creature be tamed?

In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?
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1answer
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What are the minimum changes required to satisfyingly play Torchbearer GMless?

I've run four sessions of a Torchbearer game. I'm getting the hang of it. But when I was talking about it to someone at lunch, they presented the idea of making it GM-less and I've been thinking ...
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Did I overstep my power as DM?

While playing a game with a previous group, in the middle of a combat, I had an enemy caster hidden from general combat, but still casting different spells like heal and other non-damage spells to ...
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3answers
443 views

Is maximum PC hit points going to unbalance the game?

I don't like randomization in character creation/advancement, so my preference is to not roll for hit points, but to take a fixed value every level. PCGen gives me several options, and Pathfinder ...
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1answer
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Does my animal companion level up aside from the benefits that come with my effective druid level?

If so, does that mean that it can learn skills? Would I get to choose how I want it to level up?
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709 views

Exactly, what is an encounter?

Ok, I know this may sound really strange but I don't exact understand it. Can an "encounter" just be combat, or also a skill check? For example if I have a conversation with a NPC and I need several ...
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3answers
546 views

How long can I estimate a combat to take, and how long should an average dungeon be?

Upon going back and looking at the dungeons I've created in the past, many of them have lasted for too long. I want to create a feeling of scope and adversity, and I don't want it to feel like a slog ...
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Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs in D&D 3.5?

Checking the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook rules, the rules are explicit that the Diplomacy skill cannot be used to influence other PCs, only NPCs. But I see no such restrictions for Intimidate or ...
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1answer
123 views

Are tricks the only way that I can control an animal companion?

I asked a similar question the other day, but this is broader and clearer. Is there ever a circumstance where an animal companion will do something or can be controlled without a trick besides riding ...
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1answer
662 views

Synthesist, Combat Reflexes, Improved Grab and Bite

I have a player who want to make a "tanky" build with a Synthesist Summoner (from Pathfinder APG). The plan is as follows: The fused eidolon is a bipedal with dual claws. Evolutions are: Bite, ...
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3answers
297 views

Ray of Flame's damage progression

Since the Ray deals 1d6 damage per 2 caster levels, what would be the damage if your caster level is lover than 2? 1/2, then round down. Ta-daa... 0, so 0d6 damage? I'm pretty sure from common sense, ...
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1answer
151 views

How can you discover illusions?

Manipulation spells have a mechanic that allows the victim to slowly overcome mental control. Illusions do not work this way, but I feel they should. In our last session the bad guys spent 2 Combat ...
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2answers
894 views

Does Positive Energy heal living creatures even when it does not specify that it does so?

Our group operates under the assumption that every ability that deals negative energy damage Heals undead creatures, which makes a lot of sense considering how many places contain an entry like: ...

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