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How is the shot clock used in Aces and Eights?

I've been looking into a system called Aces and Eights and I am interested if anybody can explain a few points of the combat system to me. For example, a gunfight breaks out in a bar and the barkeep ...
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Character advancement across Playbooks

My character was a Hardholder, and once his position was threatened, managed to survive a coup, then took to the badlands, leaving his holding behind. He became a Gunlugger, wandering the wastes as a ...
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How can I adapt elements of the Gumshoe investigation system to Ars Magica?

Many of my games feature a heavy investigation influence. Gumshoe, being designed for investigation, provides a way of finding clues and manipulating clues that provides for a far more enjoyable ...
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Rolling Echo's size after an AP?

See the Voice of Thunder PP here. Rolling Echo allows you to repeat the attack the following round. If you use an AP to make the Rolling Echo attack, it goes from Close Burst 2 to Close Burst 3. ...
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How many natural weapon attacks would I get?

If a character has 3 natural weapons (2 claws and a tail), and has the feats Improved Multiattack (eliminates penalty to attack rolls for secondary attacks, but still uses 1/2 Strength damage bonus) ...
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Does ending a Power early take the equivalent of an action?

Obviously it normally takes an spellcasting action to use Shape Change (Savage Worlds Deluxe EE, p. 115) to shift into animal form, but the description says nothing about how shifting back to normal ...
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Are there rules for making Class specific Custom Powers?

Please see above. I'd like to make a Rogue encounter power akin to "One Two Punch" but for ranged attacks. This will be for those Two Fisted shooters and thrown weapons savants. Basically I made this ...
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Which manufacturers make aesthetically unusual dice? [closed]

I like dice. I particularly like unusual dice, whether they have unusual designs (like those of Q-Workshop) or methods of manufacture (like the heavy cast-iron dice I found at GenCon, whose ...
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1answer
166 views

Retrain languages in the 4e character builder?

Is it possible to retrain languages? How does one do this in the 4e Character Builder?
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1answer
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How can I make PDFs of Character Sheets from the Character Builder?

I'd like to be able to see/share my character via PDF or something similar, instead of having to go through whole process of logging and loading. Anyone know a way to capture the pages?
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What system or sourcebooks should I use to run a pre Roman, Celtic Britain campaign? [closed]

Someone I know, wants to run a campaign in Celtic Britain. He normally uses Pathfinder but is looking for something more appropriate to the background.
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5answers
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Where can I find a non-Lovecraftian medieval religious horror game that will inspire dread in my players?

I am looking for a game which explores the Horror genre, specifically by instilling Dread in my players, I also need the game to focus on religous horror and Magic Realism. I would like the mechanics ...
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481 views

Which systems use the Cthulhu Mythos? [closed]

I need to know which systems use the Cthulhu Mythos. Could you give me a list? Please give only systems that specifically reference the Cthulhu Mythos. For example, don't bother listing Escape From ...
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How can I make my carrying mission interesting

Often my quest will boil down to Dungeons or Go to X because of Y to do Z (I may over simplify it but let's focus on that). Dungeons, I can make those as awesome as they can be. Awesome rooms with ...
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807 views

How do I set the base price in a barter system?

I'm currently working on a homebrew system and one concept I was intending to incorperate is that there is no in-game currency; items are traded using a barter system. The thing is, how do I set a ...
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Problems with a party of only Spellcasters?

Given a party of only spellcasters (and only unique classes, i.e. only one character can take any specific class), what are possible roadblocks or problems the group may run into? Should they be ...
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Ending combat: should I “kill” monsters prematurely?

Out of time constraints (my group can generally only meet for 3-4 hours every other week), as a GM I frequently find myself prematurely "killing" off monsters when it seems clear to me that the ...
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What is an example of an optimized Ranger|Cleric build in D&D 4E?

I am totally new to D&D 4E. I have read that Ranger|Cleric is generally better than Ranger. Can someone give me an example build for Ranger|Cleric that goes up to level 30? EDIT: No house rules. ...
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1answer
169 views

What use is a car, with no infrastructure? [closed]

I've got an idea that's not fully formed yet, kicking around in my head. I'm trying to set up a modern character who ends up stuck in a fantasy setting. Through plot-relevant forces, he was abducted ...
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1answer
381 views

What Works Inspired Paranoia?

Paranoia is obviously descended from dystopian works such as 1984 and Logan's Run with black comedy that I have sometimes heard is inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus. For a long time I had ...
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249 views

How would I model a “Grant Superpowers” Miracle?

In Wild Talents 2nd Edition, I've been wondering on how to model a superpower that grants superpowers permanently. Obviously this would be completely overpowered in an unadulterated form, but adding ...
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1answer
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Is the “Raise dead” spell subject to augmented summoning?

My question is simple: does raising the dead with a "raise dead" spell constitute a type of summoning that can be affected by the augment summoning feat? (Aren't we effectively "summoning" the dead ...
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1answer
246 views

Do thieves get extra encounters and dailies?

I'd like to to build a good thief but something's bugging me. I hope you guys could lend a hand. I'm building a Lv5 thief. In the Players Handbook 1 pg 29 in Character Advancement Chart, a 5th level ...
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My DM's ruled that all spells cast in armor are subject to Arcane Spell Failure. Can you change his mind?

My Fighter wants to multiclass into Bard, and continue wearing heavy armor; I'd just avoid spells with somatic components, since only spells with somatic Components worry about an armor's Arcane Spell ...
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2answers
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Question about the Bag of Endless Caltrops

I don't recall seeing anything about caltrops obtained from a Bag of Endless Caltrops disappearing. Does that mean you could in theory stockpile these caltrops by regularly removing them from the bag, ...
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1answer
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Are you supposed to have a Focus during the first pass?

I'm a little bit confused about the First Pass (described on pp. 15–16 of the rules). Is there a Lens and a Focus as usual, or does this section proceed without a Focus? If there's no Focus, how do ...
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I need help with a 3e-4e merger homebrew system (specifically fighters)

I am trying to create my own RPG system, similar to 4e and 3e, and hopefully a happy merger of both. For casting classes, there are 4 tiers of spells per 10 levels, totaling 12 tiers of spells ...
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2answers
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Magic Dead Zones and rules clarifications

I would like clarification on some points, if possible with rule sources, regarding Magic Dead Zones (and, maybe, Anti-Magic Fields): Do potions work at all? In an MDZ, there is no conduit for ...
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5answers
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Domains for a Sorcerer with Domain Access

Domain Access from Complete Champion p52 allows a sorcerer to take a cleric domain for the price of forever losing one L1 and one L2 spell known. The sorcerer gets the domain power, but can cast the ...
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1answer
728 views

Conjuring Armor via Thaumaturgy and Craft item in Dresden Files Rpg

Is it possible to conjure a full body armor via crafting enchanted item using an 8 shift complexity but having it work using Thaumaturgy rules (lasting until next sunrise) as an actual armor instead ...
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Supernatural abilities and spell duration

Does a supernatural ability that uses alter self as a spell like ability still subject to the spell duration? For example, does a PC Kitsune only have the ability to Change Shape for one minute at a ...
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How can I take advantage of intentionally going prone?

Being in the prone position has some advantages. You're harder to hit with melee and ranged attacks. But what is considered prone for D&D 4th ed. My rogue uses hand cross-bows. So could he go ...
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4answers
596 views

How to discourage players from roleplaying out of their alignment when using a 3.5e alignment system in a 4e game?

My GM would like to implement the 3.5e grid-based alignment system in his 4th edition game. He would also like to implement better penalties for not playing within your alignment. I understand that ...
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How to deal with players not taking things seriously?

As both a player and GM I play with my group of players (and close friends) on multiple occasions and they will often make fun of either my characters, NPC or a specific situation and won't stop ...
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864 views

Dealing with extreme luck

As a DM for 4th edition, I have a rather interesting bunch of players, but 4 of them that show up at my table tend to have extreme luck. 'W' and 'J' both have bad luck--there are nights where they ...
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10answers
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Is there a way to eliminate opponents through grappling?

I am playing a monk in our Oriental Adventures campaign, and recently we had a situation where another player was grappling a wu jen spell caster. We thought about breaking her neck to quickly get rid ...
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1answer
457 views

Is there any way to reduce Metapsionic Costs?

I Already know of the Torc of Power Preservation and Earth Power and Metapower. If it Matters the Character in Question(Though it isnt made yet.) is Level 10, has a Flaw which means he has 5 open ...
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1answer
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What power sources exist in D&D and what influence do they have on their heroes?

D&D seems to have many different power sources. Is there a complete list somewhere? What flavour is attached to them? Also, how do the classes relate to the power sources? Are power sources ...
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Can Savage Worlds be played effectively on a Square or Hex Grid?

Can Savage Worlds be played effectively on a Square or Hex Grid? And if so, what sort of resources are there for converting Savage world distances (move speeds, ranges, blast sizes) to fit the grid?
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Is it a single or double run?

If a character runs and does a double move do they roll there running die twice? IE if the character has Pace 6" and run d6 do they Move (6+d6)" which takes a whole round standard double move 12" ...
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1answer
160 views

How could I get more from sneak attacks?

With Preparatory Shot power and Back Stabber feat, Heroic level PCs could constantly deal Dex mod + Int mod + 2d8 damage every round to targeted creature till they die? Are there better ways of ...
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1answer
193 views

Can I make my full round multiple attacks with the same weapon?

If I am level 6 with the attack progression +6/+1, can I use the same weapon to attack twice during a full-round action? If I am level 11 and get +11/+6/+1, can I use the same weapon to attack three ...
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6answers
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I'm fairly new to D&D but want to GM; where do I go from here?

I'm a 16-year-old male, and I have been interested in tabletop RPGs for a long time, especially D&D. I sorta dove into D&D really fast and hard by buying the Red box, Dungeon Master Kit, ...
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3answers
243 views

Respawn with stat reductions system

(We play Death Watch, but that is not central to my question.) My idea is that the players enter a sentient dungeon that wants them to conquer it and is actively helping them by keeping them alive. ...
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2answers
255 views

Hybrid Psion Class Feature Lost?

In D&D 4E Player's Handbook 3 pages 139-155 are the recipes for merging two hybrid classes together. Hybrid psions on pg 147 does not mention Ritual Casting. Does the hybrid class lose this ...
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2answers
759 views

Does the target of a spell know who is casting it?

Lets say a wizard casts a compulsion spell on someone. Is that person aware that a spell was cast on him? Is he aware of where the spell came from?
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1answer
686 views

How does multi-type damage work?

The attack "Storm Hammer" says hit:1d8+_(wisdom modifier)lighting and thunder damage... how do I tell how much damage to inflict?
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0answers
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How much damage do these types inflict? [duplicate]

On power cards when it says lightning, thunder, radiant and fire damage, how can I tell how much damage those are?
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11answers
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How can non-magical healers be useful when magic healing is available?

In many roleplaying games the prerequisite to perform magic healing is knowledge, and during action it is mostly limited by magic capacity and sometimes time. Meanwhile the prerequisite to perform ...
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3answers
918 views

Savage Worlds Edges for bodyguard-type fighters

I'm looking for Edges/Hindrances to allow a player to play a character who focuses on defending other characters. We don't use miniature combat a lot (thus far they've been fairly small), and I don't ...

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