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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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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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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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466 views

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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996 views

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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System or resources for a campaign about governing a city/village

One of campaigns I used to GM was centered around governing a small, elven village (it was D&D3.5 campaign but it shouldn't really matter). I thought about rules as they were needed, but it was ...
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425 views

Beacon of Erathis, or What boons does an Implement grant a non-cleric?

Our group found a Beacon of Erathis, an Implement (Holy Symbol) which grants: Enhancement: +1 attack rolls and damage rolls Critical: +1d8 fire damage Power (At-Will): Minor Action. The ...
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How to balance conviction with discipline?

I'm playing a caster in a setting hack of the Dresden files. I find that it's very easy to get in an unbalance of my Conviction and Discipline skills. If Conviction is too high then I fail my ...
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GMing for [dis]abled players, specifically blind players?

What kind of measures should one take when running a game which includes a [dis]abled player (or players) such as a blind of deaf player? Are there any technologies or styles which are particularly ...
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RPG system based on Diablo?

What pen and paper system would come closest to the advancement mechanics of the computer game Diablo - in particular class advancement with a talent/ability tree?
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Does readying an encounter or daily power expend it automatically?

Question: If I ready a daily or encounter power to trigger on a certain condition. Such as the fighter power Sweeping Blow with a condition such as to trigger when 3 or more enemies are adjacent to ...
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Dazing as an opportunity attack or readied action

Let's say I move through a threatened square and provoke an opportunity attack. The monster I provoke from has an ability that dazes me (save ends) on an OA. Or, I ready an ability that dazes (save ...
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After removing Dazed can a creature use its other actions?

A character starts its turn Dazed [ddi] The creature uses its one action to grant myself a save using a power that requires a minor action. The creature makes the Save and is no longer Dazed. Is ...
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How would one create a bag of coin-changing?

I was chatting with a friend about Dungeons and Dragons, and he had mentioned that in 4th edition, there is an item that converts coins to different denominations. In the campaign that I am running, ...
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How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?

I have a bunch of different ways I use to make maps for my tabletop game. Sometimes I draw one on graph paper. Sometimes I use Dungeonographer. Sometimes I copy a map from a published adventure or ...
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“Learn a new RPG a year”: Which systems are a must-know? [closed]

I'm fairly new at this, having just started playing on a Dragonlance 2nd Ed. D&D campaign, and DMing on a 4E adventure. As a programmer, I'm aware of the dictum "Learn a new language every year". ...
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Does a slayer add Strength to the damage from Power Strike?

When a Slayer uses his Power Strike feature, it says: The target takes 1[W] extra damage from the triggering attack. Does that extra damage imply that you add your bonus to strength again to the ...
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Are there any campaign resources for Blue Planet v2?

Are there any online resources for BPv2 regarding adventures and campaigns? Downloadable adventures (official or not) Blogs (campaign specific house-rules, custom-created equipment/creatures/npcs, ...
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What game system is best suited for running a campaign based on EVE Online?

The game system would need to (at least) handle the following well: detailed rules for space combat (especially movement in space and damage to ships) highly customizable ships (preferably offering ...
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Can touch-range spells be counterspelled at range?

Rather than fight our way out of a particularly hard encounter at the end of the last adventure, the party tried to teleport away. An enemy spellcaster attempted to counterspell it from across the ...
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What powers/feats for a Heroic tier warlord help with saving throws?

I have a level 5 Dragonborn Bravura warlord who is the only leader in my party. My build is focused around granting extra attacks and combat advantage (perfect for the dragon born with the dragon fear ...

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