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How much to bend “the rules” about populating a world?

All right, I have a question about creating a world and populating it with appropriate monsters, etc. I created a world a little while back, loosely based off of the world found in Michael ...
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Difference between teleportation and moving in 4e?

If an Eladrin can move 6 squares in a move action or he/she can use Fey Step to teleport 5 squares, which is also one move action, what is the difference? If both count as one move action and either ...
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Do weapons damage themselves?

Weapons have explicitly listed hardnesses and hit points: Damaging Objects – PFSRD Many medieval weapons were known for breaking; most notably, in jousting, breaking a lance scored points: ...
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Alternatives to D&D and Pathfinder [closed]

Ok my original question was apparently too vague and raised question marks about my problem with the power curve in 3.5. I won't explain why I don't like 3.5 since that's not the point of my question. ...
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Are there good tools for managing custom (homebrew) classes?

The D&D 4e character builder works OK for the official classes, but doesn't seem to have much support for anything custom. Are there good tools for managing characters with custom (homebrew) ...
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Two handed damage on a lance while mounted?

One of my players is playing a mounted character, and is claiming that since a lance is a two handed weapon, that it deals double Strength damage, even when wielded one handed while mounted. While ...
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Enchant Item Spell

Is Enchant Magic Item (a 6th level AD&D spell) is written up anywhere in the OD&D books, supplements, or Strategic Review? I am researching the difference between OD&D magic item creation ...
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Summoning attacks of opportunity

If a character casts "summon monster" and summons the monster immediately next to another creature/character/etc does that creature get an attack of opportunity? The spell states It appears where you ...
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Preparing for Very Long Game Sessions [closed]

I am trying to run a long game (23+ hours). What are some of the other games that have run like this, and how can I best prepare the environment and game?
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What essentials do I need on the site of my LARP?

I am planning on holding a 20-50 person LARP near my home in England. I would like to know other than notifying the Emergency services (police/ambulance) that I'm holding the event and where it is, ...
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1answer
143 views

What should I use to represent the Stronghold point in my LARP?

My Sci-Fi Larp system is faction based, The team with the most territory at the end of the event (day/weekend) gains additional points towards character progression as well as in game Credits, this is ...
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How can PCs stop a fleeing foe without opportunity attacks?

I tried running a dnd-next playtest and there was a particular problem that the party could not deal with monsters running away. This problem did not exist in 4e because of OAs. Was there a rule ...
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Do you have to teleport the number of squares listed or is it a max range?

I had a little discussion about the distance my Swordmage can teleport after he used his Vanishing Blade. Its effect says (in part): Until the end of the encounter, whenever you hit an enemy with ...
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Simulating grenade explosions in a stairwell

What would be a fair way to adjudicate the detonation of a grenade in an enclosed space, such as a stairwell? I have used the rules for blowback in games such as Shadowrun before, but recently ran a ...
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1answer
709 views

Do Saving Throw Bonuses Apply to Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 4e, do death saving throws gain a benefit from powers, feats, features, etc. that provide a bonus to normal saving throws? Or are they considered wholly unique things? This is, of course, ...
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How can I learn how to negotiate as an NPC?

I'm a new GM in D&D 4e. I've quickly found that I perform very poorly when I'm portraying a negotiation between the PCs and one or more NPCs. Even when they have common ground and could easily ...
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Why can't clerics use sharp weapons?

In many versions of D&D, clerics can't use bladed/edged/pointy weapons, and are instead restricted to things like staves, clubs, maces, etc. Why is this? Is there some historical reason? Is ...
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980 views

What software can I use to simulate a deck of cards for playing online?

I'm going to be running a game over a Google+ hangout, and the game needs a deck of cards that all of the players will draw from, keeping some of the draws hidden. I've searched around but most of the ...
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2answers
713 views

Why can't a Cleric use a sling?

So by the book 1st Edition AD&D, clerics can't use a sling. Other than game balance (it essentially means that other than the odd thrown hammer clerics have no ranged weapon ability which further ...
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“Ray of Frost” Spell + Water = Lock Broken?

I played only D&D 3.0 and 3.5 editions, but if similar, low-level spells exist in D&D 4.0 and Pathfidnder, please comment, I will probably make a transition to one of them anyway. Is it ...
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What is the differnce between a 2d trait and not having a trait?

In Over the Edge or The Warp System is there a difference between having a 2d trait and not having a trait?
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Hx with a PC deliberately taking harm from another PC in Apocalypse World

The Harm section of the book says the following about a player character (PC) taking harm from another character: When you inflict harm on another player’s character, the other character gets ...
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1answer
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Are Pathfinder daily spells 24hours or date

Do daily spells (spells that include "once per day" the description) recharge after 24 hours, or could they be cast at 23:59 (just before midnight), and cast again at 00:01 (just after midnight)?
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Could a “Fog of war” prop break a game in any way?

I'm going to run the Pathfinder's Beginners Box scripted adventure that has a dungeon map printed. This is not only the first time GMing, it's my first time playing an RPG. All of the party are new ...
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3answers
142 views

How do Berzerk and Shaken interact?

If a character with the Berzerk edge takes damage and goes berzerk, they cannot perform any actions that require concentration. Is the Spirit test to recover from being Shaken considered to be a task ...
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How do you calculate damage for MM1 and MM2 monsters? [duplicate]

I realize this may be a subjective question, but I'd really like to know what the consensus is. I know that WotC changed the way they calculate monster damage from MM3 and onwards, but there's isn't ...
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1answer
171 views

How do Saving Throw bonuses interact with multiple effect conditions?

A warforged character has a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing damage. Does the bonus apply if he's afflicted with 5 ongoing + dazed and a save ends both?
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1answer
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Caring for the diseased

I know you can use the heal skill to Treat Disease to improve the chances of a diseased character to recover, but can you simultaneously give them Long-Term Care at the same time? This is because ...
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15answers
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I am looking for a game to ease my friends into role playing

Let me start with saying it's been many years since I played D&D. I have a group of friends that meet every week to play board games like Descent, Heroquest, etc. The thing is, none of these ...
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5answers
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What stands out about an Iron Age setting?

High fantasy RPGs tend to be set in an era similar to the late Middle Ages. This seems to be the norm for D&D, and it seems to be what players of such games expect. Let's say you have a group of ...
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1answer
285 views

Does an attack with Psionic Weapon Feat inflict extra damage to undead?

In the Expanded Psionic Handbook there's a feat (Psionic Weapon) that allows a character to expend his psionic focus before making an attack so that if he hits there is extra damage. The kind of ...
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1answer
290 views

Choosing appropriate skill and power levels in Mutant City Blues

Background to the question: I will be playing Mutant City Blues with a group via e-mail and chat. Most of us have read the rules for this and other Gumshoe games, but not run or played in one ...
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1answer
453 views

Any games based on Warp/OTE out there?

Atlas Games has recently made the Over the Edge core rules available as OGL. Are there any games using it? Even if not yet available (i.e. still under design/playtest) I would like to see what ...
7
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3answers
711 views

Can a gunslinger misfire while attempting to confirm a critical hit?

If my gunslinger rolls too low on her attack, her gun will gain the broken condition. Do I have to worry about this mechanic when rolling to confirm a critical hit as well?
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Does Additional Bolts mean Additional Backlashes?

When using a power like Bolt with the Additional Bolts option, does any '1' on any of the Spellcasting rolls invoke a Backlash for a character with Arcane Background (Magic). That is if you roll three ...
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2answers
246 views

What's the best practice for an Indie-LARP?

I'm starting a Sci-Fi LARP near where I live and so far only my close friends are going to attend, What would be the best way to increase my player-base? Also it'll be my first event that I've ...
6
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4answers
734 views

Need a player guide for D&D 3.5

There's a fair chance I'm about to join a friend's 3.5 online campaign and I am frankly overwhelmed by the options and possibilities for characters spanning across all the books. Are there any ...
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1answer
490 views

Magic weapon that can change into another weapon?

I got an item last session from my GM and lost my char sheet and am now trying to find the weapon in the compendium. What magic weapon has the ability to change into any other weapon and to be ...
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2answers
511 views

How can I efficiently manage Ship to Ship Tactical Combat and Boarding?

I'm planning a campaign that will involve a fair amount of ship to ship combat and boarding. My group is accustomed to using a square grid battle mat, and I'm concerned about the mechanics of the ...
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3answers
529 views

How many spears can fit in one pincushion

In The Riddle of Steel on page 77 it notes that the maximum number of combatants that can surround a single opponent is three, except "groups of spearmen and the like, who may gather tightly together ...
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1answer
195 views

How do environmental conditions and scene aspects stack in FATE?

How do aspects and environmental conditions stack? An example probably is useful for discussion. In the, Spirit of the Century rulebook (FATE), it gives the Darkness aspect as an example of a scene ...
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How to handle diverging expectations on “background density”?

Sorry, this is lengthy, but I want to put this into context. After many years (try 15) of not GM'ing a group of my own, I recently made an attempt to return to the head of the table and shake off ...
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1answer
169 views

Does undirected damage require line of sight/effect?

Certain powers cause damage without specifying any conditions about how that damage is dealt. Consider, for example, the following Barbarian Rage Daily Powers: Earthquake Dragon's Rage Effect: ...
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2answers
313 views

How often can secondary powers be used?

In 4e d&d there are a number of powers out there like stances, that activate the use of a (secondary power) that usually revolves around triggers and USUALLY ends the power that activated it, ...
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1answer
459 views

How often and when can a multi-classed battle berserker frenzy?

The Battle Berserker multiclass feat gives a daily use of the Berserker Fury class feature: You also gain the berserker barbarian’s Berserker Fury feature, but you can use it only once per day. ...
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4answers
454 views

How long does True Shapeshifting take in Dresden Files?

There are a bunch of powers labeled "Shapeshifting" in dresden files, and in general they are pretty easy to understand and use. It even mentions that, unless otherwise mentioned, shapeshifting is a ...
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1answer
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Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level?

Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level? For example a Bag of Holding has a CL of 9th Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Does that mean a creator has to have a Caster Level ...
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2answers
287 views

Are there any restrictions on action order when dealing with summoned creatures?

I know that I can take my actions in any order when I'm by myself, but are there any restrictions on ordering when I'm dealing with summoned creatures or followers? For instance, could I order my ...
6
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1answer
3k views

Combining Base Attack Bonuses

When multiclassing or starting as a monster in pathfinder and AD&D3.5 is the BAB combined between all the classes to follow the standard progression or is it totalled up separately? I.e. Does a ...
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5answers
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How can a D&D 3.5 fighter defeat CR-appropriate challenges without magic weapons?

I play a level 10 fighter of Dwarven heritage in a party with a cleric, Druid, and Rogue, and the character does not use magic at all. I have very good, flexible DMs who understand my position and try ...

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