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Fixed Psionic Combat

This question (especially KRyan's answer) made me remember what Psionic Combat was. In my 3.0 group we never encountered psionicenemies so we didn't realize how bad it was. On paper, it looked good ...
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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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Can I use Persistent Spell's effect with Bloodline powers?

Im making a Protean Bloodline Sorceror, and I was wondering if you can use Persistent Spell on Bloodline powers. As far as I have seen bloodline powers do not have the same levels as the normal ...
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Approval levels for retainers and allies in NWOD venues

1.) Does anyone know what kind of level of approval a person would need to have a vampire as their retainer? 2.) Does anyone know what kind of level of approval a person would need to have a Vampire ...
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242 views

Running a Counter-Strike style Shadowrun?

So I've been contemplating running a game of Shadowrun in a Counter-Strike style game, focused more on fast-paced lethality than long term character development as a short of one-shot game. For those ...
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Does Full Defense assume you're also Defending?

The Full Defense action is, mechanically, somewhat unreliable compared to the Defend action: Defend gives you a straight +2 Parry, while Full Defense lets you roll Fighting+2 to set your Parry. Since ...
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665 views

How do you make a new NPC likable?

The players in my campaign will soon rescue a woman who's been trapped in an awful dimension (think Jumanji, if that helps) for ten years, and bring her home. After 2 sessions, they'll realize that ...
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Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry? [closed]

I love that sites like DriveThruRPG house all sorts of indie RPGs, and sells them for affordable prices. Don't let me question fool you into thinking I am against this practice, in fact PDF versions ...
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Any rules or fluff around a technomancer infected with HMHVV?

I've been toying with the idea of making a campaign's antagonist an HMHVV infected technomancer (AKA techno-ghoul). Is there anything in the various sourcebooks or official fluff that describes this ...
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1answer
161 views

Do travel bonuses from the Shadow Walk and the Phantom Steed rituals stack?

The Phantom Steeds can have a speed of up to 20, and the Shadow Walk ritual multiplies overland travel speed by 5. This means a party of adventurers can potentially travel overland at a speed of up to ...
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Does Armor have a base +1 AC if made for tiny creatures?

According to the Armor for Unusual Creatures table, tiny or smaller creatures receive half the AC from armor. So what happens to the armor bonus when the armor bonus is only +1? For example, Gnome ...
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597 views

Are Hit Points in Dungeon World just a nod to D&D?

I'm making a hack of Dungeon World/Apocalypse World- its fantasy based, but very dark fantasy. I was tending towards using the Harm Clock, or something as in your face deadly, but wondered if the Hit ...
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Is a Bodak's Death Gaze an Energy Drain Effect?

My party recently ran into a Bodak. One of it's nastiest features is it's Death Gaze (Su) gaze attack which causes: 1d4 negative levels, 30 feet; Fortitude DC 18 negates. The save DC is ...
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Can vows and oaths be mixed in a single Changeling pledge?

Suppose two changelings want to create a pledge. Changeling A has an open vow slot, but Changeling B has no remaining slots for a vow. Can A make a vow for the pledge while B makes an oath for the ...
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1answer
468 views

Is gaining Fly as a class skill with the Feather Subdomain supposed to replace gaining Knowledge (Nature) with the Animal Domain?

I'm creating a cleric of Erastil and I'm thinking about choosing the Good domain and Feather subdomain. Should the Fly skill be the only class skill gained or is it supposed to supplement the ...
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146 views

Use Predator's Flurry on a charge?

Are there any ways to allow a druid to use Predator's Flurry on a charge? Is there a page out there that documents ways to use powers as part of a charge (or as a MBA etc)?
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Is it common to wear costumes when (tabletop) roleplaying?

I have seen this a lot in many videos/TV clips. People wearing mage robes or armour pieces when roleplaying. I have always thought it was an exaggeration and played for laughs. But I have seen so much ...
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930 views

How can I motivate my fellow players?

Although I'm very much enjoying the one of the games I'm in, the other players seem to be flagging and losing interest. This is a bit disheartening as their lack of enthusiasm is bringing down the ...
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How do passive skills work? [duplicate]

How does passive insight/perception skills work? I've read about it and asked people but I keep getting different answers. Any help?
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1answer
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Where are a monster's skills?

If you grab a goblin for example, and the goblin test to escape it says to have it make an acrobatics or athletics check but I can't seem to find where it says there skills? Any help?
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How do I read these attacks?

Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +9 vs. Fortitude Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +9 vs. AC Attack: Ranged 5/10 (one creature); +6 Can anybody break these down for me?
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434 views

Can the GM give control over a support NPC to the players?

If there was a group with only 2 characters, and an NPC with a missing skill set was presented, would it be feasible at all for a player/the players to control the NPC in question, or should this only ...
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2answers
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Healing Kits in combat

2 players are in combat, with no healing abilities except for 1 player has the Healing skill and also has a Healing Kit +1. Can he use that kit in combat to heal his friend that is low on health or ...
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Multi Class Leveling

I am new to D&D, currently using 3.5 & Pathfinder (Pathfinder book arrives next week, ordered it). I am extremely confused with the Multiclass leveling system. When I opt to take a new class ...
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Can you use more than one martial maneuver in a single round?

At first I thought you could only use one martial maneuver a round, but after looking through Tome of Battle, I can't seem to find that explicitly stated anywhere. Is there really such a restriction ...
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780 views

What is the cost for the upkeep of gear?

Our campaign setting is money poor, the cost of a master work weapon is far out of the commoner's reach. When players need to purchase things they certainly think it through. NPC crafters do not have ...
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2answers
282 views

How do I model sinkholes collapsing under the PCs?

I found the rules for quicksand but those aren't exactly what I'm seeking. While I am using a marshy environment I want to create terrain which can suddenly give way under the PCs. There are a few ...
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Encouraging players to play games they normally wouldn't?

So one of my traditional groups has a member who's gone through a pretty serious health crisis, and in addition to that the remainder of the group is going on some traveling soon. Eventually we'll get ...
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2answers
228 views

Game system recommendation - D20 system like DnD4E but faster level up rate

We're looking to run a fast level-pace game DnD4E like game, and would rather not bother messing with new or house rules. Is there/can you recommend a similar, D20 based, game, where levelling up ...
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1answer
127 views

How does one keep track of all of the different statuses, conditions, and mathematically-entwined stats of FFRPG?

Returner Games’s FFRPG has, to my mind, a very serious flaw in that it forgets that, unlike the video game consoles that you run Final Fantasy games on, tabletop games don’t have a ...
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2answers
129 views

Character advancement across Playbooks

My character was a Hardholder, and once his position was threatened, managed to survive a coup, then took to the badlands, leaving his holding behind. He became a Gunlugger, wandering the wastes as a ...
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3answers
398 views

Things that all characters are vulnerable to in Shadowrun?

So I'm running a game of Shadowrun in which the players will soon get a rather powerful initiated mage. What I'm curious about is this: Are there any attacks/threats that affect basically all ...
2
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1answer
111 views

Rolling Echo's size after an AP?

See the Voice of Thunder PP here. Rolling Echo allows you to repeat the attack the following round. If you use an AP to make the Rolling Echo attack, it goes from Close Burst 2 to Close Burst 3. ...
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7answers
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In-game rewards for game-related work?

The other GM in my group and I are both big fans of giving XP rewards for things done out of the game. Ex: We have an artist who will draw and design all sorts of stuff to "fluff out" our campaign. ...
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What do you do when a player intimidates your campaign boss to surrender?

So my players recently fought a big bad campaign boss. The (custom made) boss was a kind of solo beserker king, and the encounter difficulty was designed to be fairly moderate until the boss became ...
5
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1answer
206 views

How can I adapt elements of the Gumshoe investigation system to Ars Magica?

Many of my games feature a heavy investigation influence. Gumshoe, being designed for investigation, provides a way of finding clues and manipulating clues that provides for a far more enjoyable ...
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2answers
782 views

How many natural weapon attacks would I get?

If a character has 3 natural weapons (2 claws and a tail), and has the feats Improved Multiattack (eliminates penalty to attack rolls for secondary attacks, but still uses 1/2 Strength damage bonus) ...
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2answers
162 views

How do Heavy Armor and Interference type powers work?

I feel somewhat silly asking this, but the Wild Talents 2E rulebook keeps likening heavy armor to a "really thick eggshell" that is "all or nothing." I was under the impression for quite a while that ...
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2answers
217 views

Are there rules for making Class specific Custom Powers?

Please see above. I'd like to make a Rogue encounter power akin to "One Two Punch" but for ranged attacks. This will be for those Two Fisted shooters and thrown weapons savants. Basically I made this ...
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6answers
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How do I read a 4-sided die?

In the Red Box starter game, when you choose to be a Rogue, it says that your damage is 1d4+4. When I rolled the dice, it had all three "4" symbols facing up. Did I do 4 damage, or do I add them up to ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I make PDFs of Character Sheets from the Character Builder?

I'd like to be able to see/share my character via PDF or something similar, instead of having to go through whole process of logging and loading. Anyone know a way to capture the pages?
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1answer
167 views

Retrain languages in the 4e character builder?

Is it possible to retrain languages? How does one do this in the 4e Character Builder?
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1answer
119 views

Introducing new players to Legend: Shared track game?

A little while ago in Legend’s IRC channel, someone suggested having a thematic team where everyone shared a track; this was largely shouted down because in Legend, you can have the theme of, ...
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5answers
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Rules for increasing ability scores in Basic D&D?

Are there any rules (house or otherwise) for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D or any of its retro clones? (Other than magic items or wishes.) When we generated ...
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1answer
169 views

What use is a car, with no infrastructure? [closed]

I've got an idea that's not fully formed yet, kicking around in my head. I'm trying to set up a modern character who ends up stuck in a fantasy setting. Through plot-relevant forces, he was abducted ...
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2answers
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What is an example of an optimized Ranger|Cleric build in D&D 4E?

I am totally new to D&D 4E. I have read that Ranger|Cleric is generally better than Ranger. Can someone give me an example build for Ranger|Cleric that goes up to level 30? EDIT: No house rules. ...
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5answers
587 views

How do I tell how long my adventure is going to be?

I'm a new DM starting a campaign I've written myself. I have a party of 4 players right now- three have been playing for years, one has never played before. My problem is I'm not sure how to tell how ...
2
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2answers
434 views

What RPG systems are Designed for a “Traditional” Call of Cthulhu Scenario

What RPG systems are there for a traditional Call of Cthulhu adventure (e.g. a basic premise of being investigators in 20th century/modern timeframe within the Lovecraft Mythos)? I know that there is ...
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1answer
396 views

What Works Inspired Paranoia?

Paranoia is obviously descended from dystopian works such as 1984 and Logan's Run with black comedy that I have sometimes heard is inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus. For a long time I had ...
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5answers
980 views

How to handle the PCs within a large military?

On some level, this might actually be getting closer to RPGs’ roots: I want to try a campaign where the PCs are members of a larger military. There may be need for them to coordinate with other ...

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