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Where can one find a list of Savage Worlds Explorer Edition publications?

Pinnacle's Savage World settings seem to be making the switch to the Explorer's Edition size publications gradually. The Companions were initially published in the Explorer's Edition size. The current ...
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Balancing players' rolls, not characters

I have been the worst dice-roller in my party as far as I can remember. Be it D&D 3.5, 4th Edition, or any other dice based system, the goddess of luck has always been mean to me. To give you an ...
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History of Hell and the Arch Devils and Demon Lords

My favourite book when I played Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 was the Book of Vile Darkness, for one and only reason: Its last chapter on Demon Lords and Arch Devils, malign beings that ruled over the ...
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How do you make your players see beyond their power cards?

This question is similar in intent to How do you help players not focus on the rules?, but more focused on a particular feature of D&D 4E: the power list. On today's Rule of Three's article, ...
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Best way to convert creatures from 3.x to 4E?

I've reccently discovered a load of monsters I created for 3.x D&D and would love to convert them to 4E. Do any guides exist for this? Or could someone give me the most important points to ...
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Possible explanations for the Mourning?

In Eberron there is an event known as the Day of Mourning, that changed the face of the world forever, and feeds the political fears and motivations of many characters within the system. I know no ...
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How to make spell components relevant again?

The spell components mechanic has always seemed a bit ham-fistedly handled in D&D since 2nd edition. What should be an interesting way of defining a wizard generally becomes "I have my pouch" and ...
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How to tastefully convey racism in RPGs?

I will use Eberron as my example: Eberron is a DnD game that has a player race known as Warforged, which are essentially living constructs. At the end of the last war (2 years ago in game) the ...
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How to houserule merits?

Merits as a system does not seem to be well balanced. Some merits (such as resources 1) seem like they should be mandatory (or a flaw to not have them). Other merits such as housing ones (haven, ...
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Best way to use a GM Screen nowadays?

This may just be me but I like the feel of having an old school GM/DM screen up. However, between laptops, mountains of books, and more frequently having to see the battle layout, I find that within ...
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Is a stake in the heart really this difficult?

From the rules errata: To stake an opponent, an attacker must target the heart. Wielded in hand, a stake calls for a Strength + Weaponry roll. Fired from some kind of projection device or ...
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Preventing Post-cognition from becoming Post-Omniscience?

I had a nWoD Mage game a while back with a time mage who had selected Postcognition as a rote. In the book, the spell is a covert, and so provides no paradox. The mages quickly discovered that as long ...
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Can the New World of Darkness be played with kids (11+)?

I used to play WoD many years ago (before the revised editions and the gehenna/apocalypse/etc). Now I want to get back playing WoD with my daughter and my little siblings (11-14)... They are fine ...
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How to fight the unseen, and still keep things interesting?

In a horror themed campaign with a lovecraftian feeling, a big part of the game is to be in a constant feeling of being threatened, but without any visual stimuli other than glimpses, or sounds ...
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How to best improve a Drow Warlock to act as a Blaster

I have a first draft of a Drow Warlock blaster here: http://db.tt/9ANVnzA8 (PDF) I like the Drow and the Warlock pieces, but am open to suggestions on other ways to improve the character. Is ...
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Does being prone affect your Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD)?

When a character is prone, is their CMD penalized?
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Is There a Role-Playing Game with a Business Theme?

Does anyone know if there is a role-playing game centered around a business theme. That is, where you own and grow a particular type of business (manufacturing, farming, transportation, etc), and it ...
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Using FMA Alchemy as the basis of magic in a fate system

What rules would need to change/be added to use the concept of alchemy from full metal alchemist in an urban magic game using the FATE system. Are there any synthesized gaming discussions for how ...
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Dealing with Tome of Battle's power inflation

Wait, your swordsage can run up and stab a guy with a fireball (which he's immune to), on top of a normal attack. He can do this 4 times, and take a one round break to get a full charge again? ...
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Limits to psionic power augmentation in DnD 3.5

Is there a limit as to how many power points a psion can use to augment a power? As an example, the power Swarm of crystals has the following description: Thousands of tiny crystal shards spray ...
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Explaining the need to use Fate Points for Aspects

How would you explain the need to use Fate Points to tag an Aspect, for newcomers to the system? Some players are asking me "If I have the Aspect 'As strong as Hercules', don't I automatically get a ...
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Does anyone know of a D20 system that uses the Harry Potter Universe?

Does anyone know of a D20 system that uses the Harry Potter Universe? I want to try something new with a few of my friends. We really want to try and get away from the usual D&D for a bit and try ...
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Resources for 3D printable RPG props?

I would like to introduce more map-based props (figures, terrain, obstacles, etc.) into my game. In particular, I'd like to be able to use a 3D printer to make props specific to whatever encounters a ...
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Does the Tarrasque cause flying creatures to plummet to their death?

As mentioned in this answer: The Tarrasque's Earthbinding aura ... prevents creatures to fly beyond 4 squares above the ground My question was, if the creature was ~30 squares in the air, and ...
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Does an aura extend vertically?

For D&D 4e, auras read as such: An aura is a continuous effect that emanates from a creature. Unless otherwise noted, an aura uses the following rules. Fills an Area: The aura fills the ...
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What is the relationship between Monster CR and player level

I haven't ran a dnd game in a few years and a couple of my pc's want to apply some monster templates to their starting characters. Is player level directly proportional to Monster cr? IE: If we want ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of using props to represent Magic at larp?

As the question says I'd like to know what the advantages and disadvantages of using a prop for magic spells are. I'm specifically interested in the idea of throwing bean bags at people, and why it ...
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If A Changeling becomes a Succubus, can she fly?

If a Changeling becomes a Succubus, can she fly? More broadly, does a Changeling gain the racial abilities of any race he or she is mimicking?
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How would a fate “engineering” combat work?

The conflict system in FATE is generalizable to all sorts of conflict. In a game (SotC/dresden hybrid from a rules perspective) my friend and I are playing, we plan to wage a gang war via controlled ...
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Can you take a free action during an immediate action?

Scenario 1: Consider a Stalwart Defender with the following Defensive Power: Intercept (Ex): Once a round as an immediate action, when a melee or ranged weapon would successfully strike an ...
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How do I find and eliminate plot holes?

I'm still a pretty new GM. Even though I enjoy coming up with plots and writing the overarching story-line, when I tell my wife (who does not play) how the adventure should progress (the long-view, ...
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Advanced, non-canon armor in The One Ring?

As far as I know, Tolkien's works featured no armor heavier than chain mail, in general, and this is also what the rules reflect in The One Ring RPG. The movie adaptations, however, depict--apparently ...
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Multiple Sources of Damage against a single vulnerability

A very common occurance, a Paladin has used Sign of Vulnerability to apply Vulnerable 5 Radiant to an enemy. In the following round, they use the Minor Action, Bless Weapon, which adds 1d6 radiant to ...
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How can I remake a drow hexblade into an effective ranged attacker?

My first D&D4 character was a Drow Hexblade. I found it was most effective as a ranged striker, although I ran in to problems when all my attacks against ice-resistant enemies fell flat. What ...
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How do I balance game interactions between a giant mecha that can level cities and its pilot?

I have had recurring trouble with a subject I like, and would like to implement into my games, but can't find a good way to do so: mechas (big huge robots) From a system point of view, it is usually ...
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Mechanical Dream rules gathered together

A while ago I stumbled upon Mechanical Dream. While I found it rather interesting, my group at the time was not so keen on playing, and we rejected it. Since I liked it a lot, I am asking if there is ...
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Targets and multiple attacks on a full round action

In DnD 3.5, depending on your base attack bonus, you can use a full round action to perform multiple attacks. I have two questions regarding to targeting: Assuming one has two attacks: Can one ...
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Are there any adventures designed specifically for younger children?

I have been running an Advanced Heroquest lite game for our 5 year old and he is ready for something with a bit more story and plot. Are there any sources for adventures out there that are young ...
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Is the Assassin class non-functional?

I play a 4e Drow Assassin ( Night Stalker ). I find that the class while a striker does not do much damage. Would it be better if I play a hybrid or keep to pure Assassin.
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What do I roll for my Sentinel's animal companion skills checks?

A few weeks ago, I needed to make a Climb skill check for my Sentinels Bear Companion. I rolls d20+5 due to the bears strength, but later I got to wonder if I should have added anything extra. Even ...
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How can I more effectively use darkness in a dungeon?

In more than one of my D&D campaigns, I've found myself feeling disappointed at my inability to make the darkness of the dungeon matter. Everyone has enough torches, and I'm not likely to be able ...
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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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“Sharing” enchanted items in Dresden Files RPG

One of my players brought up the example of the Warden's Sword as an enchanted item. For those not so familiar with the source books, these are powerful enchanted swords made by Captain Luccio, the ...
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How do I make best use of my alternate powers in Mutants and Masterminds?

The last time I played Mutants and Masterminds 2e I tried to make a character that imitated a giant tarantula (kind of a subverted Spiderman). But I never got to grips with Alternate powers : A ...
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Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?

In a fight, can one wizard take over one of the enemies? Wouldn't it be strange, my new best friend was some seconds before my worst enemy? And if it works, how to handle the rest of the fight? Does ...
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Where can I learn more about the World Tree?

I am going to be taking over the role of Dungeon Master soon, with a group of players that have leveled from 1 all the way up to epic tier. The characters will be level 21 at the start of my campaign. ...
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Does finding and removing a trap require one or two find/remove traps rolls?

Most of the question's above. I shall be running a campaign tomorrow where thieves and traps may have a higher profile than usual, and it occurred to me to wonder whether the thief skill of ...
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How can/should I convince my players to use magic other than Rotes?

The last time I ran a game with Mages in it, they were obsessed with only using rotes, leafing through the book to see how they could combine their magic to cast Rotes. They never once even considered ...
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Can concessions inflict a worse effect on the conceding character than the attacker intended?

When playing the Dresden Files, my Wizard (and other magic practitioners) tend to overpower their spells, not taking into account the foes that they are facing, i.e. 8 shifts of power vs a plain ...
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What is the basic TN for Character Rolls in Mass Battles?

When a character chooses to fight in a Mass Battle. What is the original TN (before the mods for number of tokens and character rank). For a spellcraft roll is we assume TN 4 but for fighting it is ...

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