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Does Wealth By Level allow for “free” potions?

The principle behind the wealth by level table in the DMG is to summarize the amount of magical gear that a character will have access to at each level. It's clear that the potions, scrolls and other ...
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Measuring complexity in 4e characters?

This google doc contains my current work. I am working on a set of quantifiers that can reliably compare complexity between two different characters. At present, I've operationalized 5 factors: ...
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Should one buy the Pathfinder book when the content is available for free on d20pfsrd.com?

Does the Pathfinder core rulebook contain any information that is not included already on www.d20pfsrd.com that would make it worth it to buy the PDF version of the manual? Or does it only have extra ...
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Where can I find transcripts of actual game sessions?

Some of us are getting together to play an RPG, but not everyone has been in one before. One of the prospective players has asked me for a transcript or something they could read to get a sense of ...
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Can you have an Undead Bane and Disruption on the same item for extra damage?

I was thinking of a good weapon vs undead, namely Skeletons, obviously a Mace of Disruption came to mind. Then I began wondering if you could also have a Bane of Undead on there as well to stack or ...
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In a recorded “Let's Play” of a table-top game, what elements of the game should be shown?

I'm current planning to run a "Let's Play" for the Scales of War D&D campaign. I've found a battlemap program and plan to have that be the basis of the visuals. A Let's Play is a solitaire run ...
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Useful mental frameworks during character creation [closed]

This post on Greywulf's Lair explores the concept of a one axis sliding scale for character building: One thing that all of these choices brings is the idea of a sliding scale. With 4e D&D, ...
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What makes a character/creature/power/ability/etc. over-powered?

In generic terms, what makes something, regardless of what game it's being used in, over powered? I hear the term a lot, and while I can recognize it when I see it in-play (often due to someone ...
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1answer
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In Wild Talents 2nd Edition, how exactly do I calculate base will?

I understand that in Wild Talents 2nd Edition, you calculate base will by adding together your charm and command stats, even if the stats are Hypercharm or Hypercommand. What I'm not sure of is if ...
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How to Manage Player Frustration and Disengagement

Many RPGs have random elements, such as dice rolling, which can determine success or failure of an action. In some of these games, failure basically means the player character does nothing or ...
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Microscope RPG Turn Sequence During Scenes

One thing I am confused about on this game: do the players take turn while they actually play out the scenes? I know the turn order is used to voice thoughts about the scenes, but when the scene ...
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How to better implement Spiked Chain build from OOTS 216?

I was wondering if the build posted on Order of the Stick 216 is still valid in pathfinder, and how to better implement in terms of: Better races, preferably, being a common (medium sized) race, ...
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Games with a granular alignment system?

I've recently started out a Basic Fantasy campaign with several new players. In this campaign, I want their characters to gradually gain their alignments based on they actions they take. For example, ...
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Dungeons that aren't dungeons

I'd like to make a "dungeon" for my party to explore, but it needs to be something other than an old-school "dungeon". Underground hallways and rooms with creatures in them have been overdone for us. ...
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1answer
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How many dice do you need for Dogs in the Vineyard?

I'm about to start running a game of Dogs in the Vineyard. Having never done so before, I'm curious for an estimate of how many (and what type) of dice I'll wind up needing. Each of my players has a ...
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2answers
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When a Stinking Cloud is moved onto a creature, does the creature take damage immediately?

In a recent session of D&D 4e, a Stinking Cloud was moved onto a creature who was outside of it. Stinking Cloud Effect: ...Creatures that enter the zone or start their turns there take ...
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6answers
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How to maximize the opportunities of roleplaying military rank in a PC group, while minimizing the limitations on the players

Some games come with a predisposition toward the characters having military rank. This is typically an element of the setting material, and is intended to aid immersion, and produce interesting social ...
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I want to build a castle, with magic!

Rather, one of my players, a Terram Magus, wants to be able to construct a castle or equivalent fortification without using creo magic in an Ars Magica 5th edition game. The rules for crafting with ...
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How much can a purchased teacher teach? (Including teaching?)

ArM 5 core book indicates that a teacher may be purchased by paying points according to her com + teaching + highest ability taught. It explicitly notes that multiple abilities can be taught by a ...
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Derogatory term for dragon blooded?

As I understand it, the term 'Anathema' specifically excludes dragon bloods. Is there a derogatory term used, either by mortals or exalts, to refer to dragon bloods?
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1answer
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How do I calculate my attack bonus?

My stats are: Str 18, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 11, Cha 6. Main Hand Weapon, Frost Bastard Sword Off Hand Weapon, Flaming Bastard Sword I am playing a Human, Fighter 7. I need to work out what my ...
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Should house rules and custom material be created before experiencing the game? [closed]

Let's take a new GM. New in the sense of "new to a specific game", not new to GMing. The GM read all the rules from cover to cover and he understands them, but never played. Should he start house ...
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House rules for flanking

I am currently considering house ruling flanking to be: If two or more enemies are adjacent to you, you are considered flanked. I do this because I want to break up the conga line of death that ...
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Is It OK To Sic Assassins On My PCs?

L5R has the most specific example in my immediate memory. In one game, the players were in a diplomatic situation and a Shosuro Shinobi (ninja) was sneaking around to stir the pot. This was a ...
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What resources regarding monsters are compatable with Rule of Cool's Legend system?

I've been closely following Rule of Cool's Legend game system that they are releasing and it looks like something I'd be interested in trying out with my group. They are still developing their monster ...
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How do you make a wizard who doesn't need a spellbook?

I know what you're thinking: "Dude, just play a Sorcerer". Well, I ask this question because of two main reasons. Wizards get some extra spells for specializing, and my DM says sorcerers are rare. I ...
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How to handle a 'power-GM'?

My rpg group is generally very good about 'playing well with others' and most of us lean towards story-gaming more than anything else. We have one member, though, who tends to be a pretty prototypical ...
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Can you move diagonally past someone or something?

In D&D 4e, can you move diagonally past: A solid object, like a wall? An enemy creature? For example, can you move around a creature to the opposite side in two diagonal steps?
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How useful would a house ruled immediate Counterspell ability in Pathfinder be?

I have been GMing for 10 years, and we are currently are using Pathfinder with little to no house rules. The only character that has ever used counterspell is when we made a prestige class up that ...
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Is there a way to mix Unarmed Strike Damage with Natural Attack Damage or vice versa?

I want to maximize my damage output on my character by Finding a way to add his Unarmed Strike Damage to his Natural Attacks. If there are ways to do this I would also Like to know at what levels it ...
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Can Divine Sanction damage kill minions?

Lets say that I use Valorous Smite to mark a bunch of minions, and lets say they attack other members of my party except me. Because of Divine Sanction they'll take 8 damage (3 plus charisma modifier ...
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What are the “Dark Powers”?

What are the dark powers in Ravenloft? I'm not asking for a list, but rather a description of these entities.
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How to help players who roll really badly? [duplicate]

Scenario: player rolls to attack, rolls a 1. Next round, rolls a 1. Round after that, rolls a 1. Fourth round, rolls a 2. This really happened today. He was going back and forth between two different ...
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Responding to players paying exclusively with gold coins

I noticed that my players would pay everything in gold. A simple piece of bread? 1 copper. "Here, have a gold and keep the change." They get into a tavern. A beer! Here, have a gold coin and keep the ...
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As a GM, how can I create and role-play diverse NPCs better? [duplicate]

I am new to GMing (and role-playing in general, for that matter) and I am having a somewhat difficult time making plausible and interesting NPCs. This is especially true with NPCs who are not "typical ...
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Dungeons and Dragons vs. Dangerous Journeys [closed]

First off, I don't think I've ever played "real" D&D. I'm usually DM and try to focus on the imaginative side of the roleplaying, sacrificing certain rules and concepts to make this happen. So ...
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Can you enchant spiked gauntlets as weapons?

One of my players wants to play an unarmed fighter. What I need to know is; do spiked gauntlets count as weapons or as armor for the purposes of enchanting?
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Opportunity attacks and immediate interupts per round [duplicate]

I read this in an online article, which sounded incorrect to me. The Fighter takes his free attack and gets all the additional bonuses that come with Combat Superiority. Needless to say, my ...
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Does an immediate interrupt trap stop an action?

My question is simply this: does a trap with an immediate interrupt property stop an action? If I was moving and triggered a trap that fires a crossbow at me, does it interrupt my movement? Does it ...
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Does a charge provoke an opportunity attack from the target? [duplicate]

If I charge an enemy, when I move adjacent to it do I provoke an OA from him? (the target himself that is) In my first game in a new group my friends an me are making, we thought that it does not. I ...
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Metafictional Lovecraft in a Call of Cthulhu campaign

Is there an official stance - expressed in the publications of Chaosium and/or its licensees - on how Lovecraft and his works are incorporated metafictionally into the universe of Call of Cthulhu, if ...
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Introducing a complex game world to players unfamiliar with its fiction whilst still hitting the ground running with character creation?

I am preparing to start up a Hellfrost game using the Savage Worlds system. Although I've run Hellfrost before, it has always been for people who are already familiar with its fiction and fluff. In ...
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Techniques for communicating setting and campaign information to the PCs?

In the past, I've almost always had at least one NPC that would travel with the characters as a type of "lore master" to expand on the story. I've tried to make the character witty and, once the ...
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Is it really possible to represent a 'genius' character completely accurately?

In this thread, we had several examples of many ways to role-play a character that's smarter than its player. Many suggested letting the DM give information to the player that the character could ...
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How do attack penalties stack?

I'm looking for the exact number of "-to hit", if attacking one of my allies, that would be applied. I'm creating a Psion/Swordmage hybrid and I'm wondering what my collective debuffs would be under ...
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Max distance a character can move while slowed factoring in anything

I have heard mixed information on this and I am now looking for clarification as it will affect the effectiveness of a build I'm currently working on. When a creature is slowed at the start of his ...
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Pathfinder Wall of Ice Anchoring Rules

Is it allowable to cast a "Wall of Ice" spell in its hemispherical configuration in mid-air, or upside-down? The description of the spell is very explicit about it being anchored when it's in the flat ...
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Is making someone afraid a social or mental attack?

I'm reading the Night Fears adventure, in which a group of teenagers dare each other to spend a night in a haunted house. The ghosts in the house attack the teens' mental stress tracks, and the result ...
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Paragon tier wizards 'rocket jumping'?

I've seen/heard quite a lot about Wizards in the Paragon tier effectively 'Rocket Jumping' with use of the Thunderwave power and the Arcane Reach feat. How would this work? Both mechanically and ...
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Is Coup de Grace on sleeping and bound opponents an evil act?

So I was recently participating in a Pathfinder Society game. Our ship was attacked and boarded by pirates. First thing that happened was one of our party cast sleep, and succeeded in putting four of ...

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