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How valid is lying to players about the rolls they are making in The Dresden Files?

In last weeks Dresden Files game, the players followed the bad guy using a tracking spell, and found him in the projects at an apartment that they knew little about. Seeing his car, they decided to ...
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Can White Court Vampires feed from more than one type of emotion?

Does a White Court Vampire get limited to a single type of emotion at character creation, or can they feed from lust one day and fear another?
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Dealing with a player dedicated to enforcing fanatical setting authenticity

I'm running a Dresden Files Fate game, and one of my players has read all of the books. Usually I would have no issue with this, but he believes it gives him the right to boss everyone about. To go ...
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Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?

Should I read the Dresden Files books before I get the RPG? I want to have a look at the FATE system, and I'd be most interested in starting with Dresden Files (I think). I know there are books in ...
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Can sneak attack damage from Wracking Touch be used to power spellthief abilities?

As a druid, I am trying to achieve some synergy with a spellthief in my party. I would like to prepare Wracking Touch, then let the spellthief steal it so that she can use the sneak attack damage to ...
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How are 4e elves different from 3.5e elves?

I was looking into how to roleplay an elf in D&D 4e, when the kind folks in one of the chatrooms on this site informed me that elves in 4e are very different from those in 3.5e, which sparked my ...
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If the weapon for divine bond is already magic, can a paladin add Keen to it at 5th level?

The rules for Divine Bond, state: At 5th level, this spirit grants the weapon a +1 enhancement bonus. It then goes on: For every three levels beyond 5th, the weapon gains another +1 ...
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The half-elf: is it balanced?

I always had the feeling that the half-elf is unbalanced in D&D 3. It gets some racial bonuses on saving throws, immunity to sleep, low-light vision and a couple of pluses in abilities, but it ...
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What is Cold Iron actually?

It came up in Dresden Files, but is not limited to that game, you can find the term in DnD as well. I would like to know what it means. If you look for Cold Iron on Wikipedia, you only get iron: ...
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Creating new minor talents for an Empath/Telepath

I'm an old GM, new to DFRPG. How would you create an empath or mind reader minor talent? I was thinking: Empath: You can use your empathy skill to roll an assessment check and reveal a character's ...
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Can someone agree (under duress) to forego a saving throw and can you tell if they comply or not?

Suppose a cleric wants to question an NPC under the effects of a "Zone of Truth" spell. And suppose said cleric or a member of her party has the ability to strong-arm the NPC into agreeing. Can part ...
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How many times can a paladin use Lay on Hands per day?

The rules for Lay on Hands state that: Each day she can use this ability a number of times equal to 1/2 her paladin level plus her Charisma modifier. If the paladin's charisma score is 18, this ...
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Using biomancy on yourself as the caster

I have a question on thaumaturgy biomancy. I'm planning on using it to boost myself in strength, armour, claws, spider climbing etc. The rules talk about using it this way but give no real examples. ...
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What good is magic if your skill is better?

In Dresden Files, you can use magic to grant yourself a temporary skill; with 5 shifts of power, you could give yourself a skill of 5 in Athletics for a short while. (Or a longer while, if you use ...
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What is the caster level of a wondrous item's effects?

This is probably going to be a noob question but I can't find the answer in the core rule book. With the wondrous item Hat of Disguise. It says you can cast the alter self spell and lasts for ...
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How much strength-based damage does a Quadruped eidolon's add to a bite attack?

Specifically, does a Quadruped eidolon add its STR, or 1.5*STR on its bite attacks? Assume for the sake of this question that the eidolon has at least one other natural attack and that it's not using ...
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How to manage unarmed combat?

In MERP it seems that there is no combat table for unarmed combat: bare punchs and kicks, like those a character may face in a tavern, where unsheathing a sword may put the combat beyond the ...
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Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus damage them when they fall?

Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus do them the D10 per 10' falling damage?
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Does the number of unarmed strikes increase with BAB or limbs?

When performing an unarmed strike, does a PC get more strikes based on their limbs? i.e. punching with both hands, knees, headbutt, etc. Or does the PC get more unarmed strikes based on the BAB? ...
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My party doesn't want to get rid of an unbalanced house rule

I've posted about this house rule before wherein my DM decided that upon levelling up we would add our Constitution modifier to the hitpoints gained. This was due to our first session where we ...
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Is it possible to cast 3rd level Arcane spells at level 3?

I am trying to build a Human Wizard 3/Rainbow Servant 10/Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil 7, but for this I need to be able to cast 3rd level Arcane spells at level 3. What combination of feats should I ...
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How large would a Strix's wingspan be?

I'm kind of enamoured with the Strix race from the Pathfinder book, Advanced Races and I'm trying to figure out how large an average male's wing span would be. I think using Warren Worthington III as ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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Is a Hellknight honor bound to challenge a Paladin to a duel?

I'm looking to run the Emerald Spire Superdungeon soon and thinking about the initial location of Fort Inevitable. The town is controlled by a Lawful Evil group of the Hellknights. As a result, I ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Creation Limits

The rules for Upgrading Magic Items states that you can add new abilities to your items by paying 50% more gold. It does not put any limit to how many abilities you can add to items such as wondrous ...
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How many gems will fit in a bag?

In Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition there is a plethora of information on the value of gems, and their purported magical uses. But the gems are only ever listed by value, not size or ...
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How can the Relationship of Golarion Inhabitants to Deities be described?

While playing in Golarion I realized that most of the other PCs created their stories in a way that they distrust or even hate deities. As a paladin this is quite hard and I started asking myself how ...
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How do I include their character bio without controlling their past?

I am about three months real time (about 4 years game time) into the campaign and they have completed the main quest line. They are really enjoying the new side quests I have for them, and the world ...
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Highlander in the World of Darkness using Geist

I'm a big fan of Highlander, and somehow the idea of immortals who run around cutting off each others heads seems to fit in the strange World of Darkness. I was thinking about it, and it occurred to ...
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How can I acquire free two-player D&D Basic/Expert adventures?

My girlfriend and I have the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules Set 1, Expert Rule Book, and Game Adventure Book. We're looking for free two-player adventures which we could run by ourselves. We'd ...
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Help me build my blaster sorcerer!

I'm gearing up for the second half of a campaign based on the idea of Law vs Chaos. I opted for Law. However, instead of playing a Wizard like I normally do, I'm going to give the Sorcerer a shot. In ...
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How do I balance the starting equipment of my players?

The other night me and my group were getting started with creating characters for a sci-fi campaign in the Coriolis RPG system, where the party will be based off their own spaceship. Problems arose ...
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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...
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Contracts for changing someone else into a creature?

Are there any contracts that allow you to temporarily change another person into a creature, like a bird or dog?
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Which book describes the origins of the Fae?

I've been told that in one of the Changeling: The Lost expansion books it describes a possible origin of the Fae as actually having been changelings themselves, that lost too much clarity. Which book ...
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Looking for cost to make a very specific weapon in D&D 3.5e

I have no idea how to properly factor the total cost of an Enchanted Weapon, and I'd like help doing so. I've read so many things and it gets confusing when I begin to read parts on how I "multiply by ...
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I want to take part! [duplicate]

I've been perusing the questions on this forum for sometime now and I think I'm developing an interest in taking part in an adventure. I see a lot of people take part online or over Skype. Would ...
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What (trait, feat, class, etc) can reduce the penalty of using inappropriately sized weapons?

Using an inappropriately sized weapon confers a penalty to hit, as follows: Inappropriately Sized Weapons: A creature can't make optimum use of a weapon that isn't properly sized for it. A ...
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Is this Amulet of Mage Armor and Shield legit according to the rules?

I often play as a Crafting Wizard and would like to know if there's a ruling against this. Whenever I'm working on creating survivability items, I've always made the same item. Amulet of Mage ...
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Modern occult game focused around dragon characters

What is the game with the modern occult setting, where the players can play dragons? It is mostly played in England, and the characters can remember their dragon's life.
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Penalties to running long distances outside of combat?

I'm running a game with a couple of friends, one of which is a druid with a base speed of 8, and the party has hired some horses (speed 10) but almost lost one in combat as an enemy tried to escape on ...
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Are undead mounts considered “evil”?

Let's say, my PC is a human cleric of demons, and I have created an undead horse as my mount. It's great, because the horse does not need to sleep, nor feed, and it does not become fatigued. So riding ...
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Should mental conditions on character creation be given some kind of compensation?

If I give a character a condition on character creation due to a past experience with the supernatural, should I make them roll integrity (fairly horrific circumstance)? Should I give them any bonus ...
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Should a quest completed be its own reward?

My players have become entangled in a murder mystery in 1748 Prussia (using the Götterdämmerung system), and are trying to work out who the killer is while trying to both stay alive and avoid ...
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Dealing with defense in BESM

In BESM, it seems to be a lot easier to build a character capable of dealing massive amounts of damage than a character capable of taking massive amounts of damage. As a DM, I don't want to build ...
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Is there a way to get spellcraft skill levels without dedicating class levels?

I currently have a Monk that is soon going to be getting Tattooed Monk as a prestige class and I want to prestige again later into an Ur-Priest. I am human, INT 10, and am a level 5 monk. I meet ...
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Game with living guns and bullets

I asked this question on SCIFI SE, but was informed that it might be better suited to here. Basically, I recall a story that accompanied an RPG game in the late 90s. In the story, a human psychic ...
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Secure a letter/scroll against opening (low levels)

Imagine an NPC (~7th level spell caster with limited resources) gives a letter to a low-level party (levels 1-2) asking them to carry it to another NPC (~7th level something with a lot of resources). ...
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Adding the Reliable Keyword

I realize that daily powers are either Reliable, or they do something even if you miss. But is there any way to add the Reliable keyword to a power? It's possible with certain other keywords; for ...
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What is the best first adventure to run in D&D 4e?

I am very new to Dungeons and Dragons 4e. I recently picked all the necessary books and surprisingly low priced pound of dice from eBay. I have also coaxed my friends into giving it a shot while I ...

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