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A fellow player is uncooperative with the group and gets GM favoritism. How do I handle this?

I actually have two situations but they are interconnected. Our group is currently playing a Dresden game. The GM and one of the players are married. Along with that, he is a new member to the group. ...
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Can a DnD vampire or spawn use a mobile coffin?

The Vampire Spawn monster class from DnD 3.5e Libris Mortis states under their Fast Healing that If reduced to 0 hit points in combat, it automatically assumes gaseous form and attempts to ...
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Does Icon of Fear's additional effect still work if no ally is close enough to the target?

The Icon of Fear Cleric power has the following effect: One ally adjacent to you can shift up to 2 squares as a free action and must end adjacent to the target. If none of my allies can get to ...
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Our ranger has too many skill ranks for his skills

My group is fairly small (3 characters including my own), and ranks in skills seem to be a bit off for us. We are calculating skill ranks properly for each of our characters, but our ranger seems to ...
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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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Player as animal companion?

I have two players who want to play a druid and his animal companion. While I have no problems with it, I'm concerned that the animal companion player won't be as interested as the others, because he: ...
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How does one avoid a bottleneck of enemies in a doorway?

As a new DM I'm still learning how to control the monsters in a battle. A situation came up last game and although it was fine and fun, I wonder if there are better strategies for a DM to avoid a ...
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One of my players is too passive and uninterested

Game is DnD 3.5, not that it matters. So, yeah, she is playing an Elf Rogue and she is like a ghost during the game. In the last session, the party was searching for a guy and some Halfling told ...
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How to hire freelance writers for my self-published RPG who will adhere to my canon?

So, I'm in the early stages of writing my own tabletop RPG System/Setting. I plan to self-publish most likely, probably starting off just on DriveThruRPG and seeing how it goes from there. And I'm ...
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How much can saddle bags hold?

I'm not seeing any stats in the PHB. What is the limit that saddle bags on a horse can carry? If there's not any definitive stats would it be OK to assume that each saddlebag is similar to a backpack? ...
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How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?

I play small role playing activities and games with some friends of mine, and one of them always has highly destructive and somewhat unpredictable characters. He will consistently attempt to kill ...
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When wielding a two-handed weapon in one hand, how much benefit does Power Attack confer?

The Pathfinder FAQ states that: Power Attack: If I am using a two-handed weapon with one hand (such as a lance while mounted), do still I get the +50% damage for using a two-handed weapon? ...
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How do you handle distractions caused by small children?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5E. After some discussion, we have 4 players and a GM ready to start a campaign. Three of us have little or no experience, while the other two have a few ...
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Duskblade with a 1-level Crusader dip?

Some background: I'm playing a tiefling Duskblade, currently at lvl4 and just about to hit 5th. I'm not overly concerned about perfectly optimising the character, so there's a few things I've take ...
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Does an intelligence boost retroactively give skill points?

If I add my bonus ability point gaining by achieving the 12th level, to an odd intelligence score, should I gain retroactively a skill point for each past level?
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Does 3.5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?

Psychic Paper is an item carried frequently by the Doctor in the revival of Doctor Who. The Doctor sometimes uses it as a form of changeable ID, and people see on it what he wants them to see. Using ...
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When does a creature called with gate act?

If I use gate to call a kind of monster within the HD limit, to fight for me in the current battle, when does it act?
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Making a Wizard NPC with Familiar

The amount of NPCs in the MM are ok, but I'm wanting to create a highly magically charged campaign and one of the central NPCs is a Dwarf Wizard with a constantly summoned familiar. My question is ...
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Is a Summoner wearing Mithral Breastplate subject to ASF?

The Summoner class gives the ability to cast arcane spells while wearing light armor. The Mithral special material can make a set of armor count as one category lighter for the purposes of "movement ...
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What happens when Hiding behind one's tower shield?

I've heard of a trick of Hiding behind one's tower shield with the implication that, since the hider becomes hidden, so too should the tower shield. Now, obviously, the hider's tower shield should ...
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Keeping track of time in Dungeon World during combat/conflict

In Dungeon World, combat runs without concept of rounds or turns. However, in some cases, I need to simulate the passage of time in a pitched battle. In other systems, I could use estimates like "the ...
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Where can I find stats for greater spirits and elementals?

I have seen a lot of references to spirits and elementals which are strong enough to wipe mining crews and all, but I can't find a single place where they are described (except wood elementals in ...
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Can monsters make multiple attacks in a single action?

In the bestiary for the new D&D Next playtest packets, some creatures look as though they get multiple attacks per round. e.g.: An owl bear gets Melee Attack: Claws +5/+5 (etc.) and Bite +5 ...
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Where can I find the rules for an eviscerator in Deathwatch?

The Memor Nihilis, a Relic of the Flesh Tearers is described as "a two-handed variant of the Astartes chainsword, more commonly known as an eviscerator" (Honor the Chapter, p.131). But what are the ...
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Sorcerer, mage, wizard, magician, what's the difference? [closed]

Sorcerer, mage, wizard, magician, what's the difference? I'm a non-native english speaker.
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How do you GM well for a party of characters of vastly differing ability and interest [closed]

I'm still looking to be ready to GM an Anima: Beyond Fantasy game and, while my previous problem has still not been solved (shameless plug here), I've run into another one: how to GM for characters of ...
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When a War Caster Wizard carrying a shield casts the spell “Shield” does the AC bonus Stack?

Basically, if you are a wizard with the war caster feat carrying a shield and you cast shield, do you get the bonus of your physical shield and the bonus from the spell shield (+5 AC) or not?
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Use of Technology at the Tabletop [closed]

I am relatively new to tabletop rpgs. I am currently involved in a dragon age game with some friends and I am loving it. I've seen a few tools for managing online campaigns like roll20 and rpgtools. ...
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Dislocation enchant, does it stack with Splitting enchant?

The party Rogue has a new bow: +1, +3 Splitting, +1 Fire, +2 Greater Dislocation 3/day, +8000 Vanishing 1/day and a Quiver with +1 and Keen. He has the feats Multishot, Opportunist, Savvy Rogue, ...
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How should I go about blowing up a bridge?

My players are setting up to defend a village from a (small) invading army and they want to have some form of explosives, most likely would be barrels full of pitch or the like, placed under the ...
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How is Polymorph “broken”?

I have read numerous posts from various websites saying that the wizard/sorceror spell "polymorph" breaks game balance. Even Wizards of the Coast somewhat admits that. Sticking to just the core ...
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Hand of the Mage with +2 Wisdom

Ok, I haven't been in touch with magic item creation in a while. So what would a hand of the mage further enchanted with +2 Wisdom cost? Assuming I have an enchanter capable and willing to do the ...
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Game design question. What systems should I look at to see how hit points as a resource impacts gameplay?

(Sorry for the long winded intro. Since this is about a game nobody is familiar with, I'm trying to ensure that there is some amount of context before asking the actual question.) So I've got a ...
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How can I increase Spells per Day for my Inquisitor most effectively?

So, I'm making an Inquisitor in a PF game, and since I'll be taking the Spellhammer archetype I was wondering how I could increase my spells per day so I have more slots to spend on Spelldrive. I was ...
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What is the best weapon option for a Templar Cleric?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and I have a question about the best weapon choice for him. Morningstar seems pretty useless... Now I got a defensive staff that gives +1 to my ...
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How to GM and Play a Character fairly [duplicate]

I'm a new player to RPGs and I'm trying to incubate my skills so that I can play in a group one day. I've got a fair grasp of the rules and I've been running one on one campaigns with my wife; both as ...
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Can I throw a Snowball made of fire?

Sorcerers with the Elemental Bloodline have the ability to change damage type on spells that do energy damage to their bloodline type because of this: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell ...
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Does “Pass Without Trace” enable a character to hide in plain sight?

Scenario: A group is in a room and the Druid amongst them casts the spell "Pass Without Trace" on the whole group, boosting their Dex (stealth) checks by 10. There is nothing in the room to hide ...
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Can a sleeping character Hide?

Hiding requires an opposed roll. Can a sleeping character hide at all? If they do so, do they roll Hide when they go to sleep (for hiding their sleeping spot, etc.), or do they make an opposed roll ...
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1answer
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Do the greater and normal versions of a spell stack in Pathfinder?

As far as I am aware, you can't have multiple instances of the same spell active on you in Pathfinder (and even if you could, the benefits probably wouldn't stack). For example, you couldn't cast ...
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Does the Ring of Animal Friendship allow a save?

The description for the Ring of Animal Friendship says that it "affects an animal as if the wearer had cast charm animal". However, no save is listed, and there is no clarification given to whether ...
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1answer
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What does Regenerating Techno-Organics cost for an 'Oid?

'Oids (MZP P. 93) mentions the following: ...and do not need to buy Techno-Organics, Internal Automation, Throught control or the Transformable Option of Disguise; the 'Oid effect covers all of ...
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1answer
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Approaches for shooting?

I started recently GMing a Fate Accelerated campaign set in modern day. This is my first attempt at using the system. During the session the PCs ended up in a shoot-out and none of us were really sure ...
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Creature's treasures and legend points

The lightning lizard's eyes are worth 150 silver each, thus 300 total. It is mentioned they are treasures worth legend points. Are they worth the full 300 legend or a fraction of? Are they worth it ...
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Do Interlocks use only Finesse Attributes?

Page 250 of Demon says: The dice pool and effects of an Interlock should be based on the two Embeds. Use the Attribute from one and the skill from another, or if the appropriate dice pool ...
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Rapiers for Fighters Light or One Handed Weapon?

Background: I'm trying to build a TWF Fighter who focuses on criticals. I was looking for a weapon that would let me leverage power attack and still let me dual wield so proficiency would apply to ...
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How does looting treasures worth legend points work?

Earthdawn rewards player when they best an opponent with legend points. It also rewards them legend points when they loot "treasures" (e.g., Crackbill necks). Am i right that they won't have the ...
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661 views

Can a warforged just walk through quicksand?

Given that according to the rules,"Warforged do not need to eat, sleep or breathe", can a warforged just ignore quicksand, get submerged and walk through it as the warforged would in a pond?
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How do I make Puzzle Bosses more interesting than a Knowledge Check or tedious pre-research?

Puzzle bosses — those with hidden weaknesses to discover and exploit — have been a recurring problem no matter the system we use. As a GM, I've never been able to wrap my head around how ...
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What to do with all this money? [duplicate]

I'm new to running a game with money in it (the last game I ran was Judge Dredd so it was't an issue), and one of my players turned to me while he was looting the Tresandor Manor and said "What am I ...

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