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What are the major innovations in Dungeon World compared to D&D 3.5/Pf/4e?

In various comments on this site, DW was mentioned as [Dungeon world/Apocalypse World] is really more required reading for any designer today working on innovation in mechanics Having read the ...
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Does the 4e Feat Diabolic Soul only replace Infernal Wrath after receiving a critical hit?

The way I currently understand it, the feat appears to imply that the transformation power replaces infernal wrath only after receiving a critical hit. Am I correct in this? The relevant piece of the ...
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One-sheet Savage Worlds adventures: do they only require the core rules?

Do the one-sheet Savage Worlds adventures only require the core rules, or do they generally use some setting-specific rules?
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532 views

Does the Fencing Master feat stack with the 5th level extra attack?

Do the extra attacks from the Fencing Master feat and the extra attack 5th level class benefit stack? Do I get to attack 3 times in one turn when having both of these?
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Call of Cthulhu 6th or 7th edition?

I am trying to put together a couple of Call of Cthulhu games for my local gaming group and to run some games at Mid South Con. Now I am not familiar with the system or anything, I have heard older ...
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Can someone explain haunts to me?

It seems like haunts are just souped up traps. My problem is according to the book, they have some ridiculous requirements for getting rid of them. How would my party even know the very specific ...
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Performing actions while falling

If a character falls from a great height and has a skill or item that may save them if used early enough, how does one determine where in the fall the item is used? Depending on the reason for the ...
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468 views

How do you play a character of the opposite gender effectively? [duplicate]

Without coming off as either a gender swapped version of a character (with no differences other than its gender), or being overly feminine/masculine? For example i am currently playing a female mage ...
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Can a PC “loot” a dead monster's corpse?

This is probably a silly question, but I am new to D&D and am unclear on a few things regarding equipment and armor, specifically as it relates to dead monsters. Lets say that a creature is ...
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Alchemist starting formulas

An alchemist begins play with two 1st level formulae of his choice, plus a number of additional forumlae equal to his Intelligence modifier. Just want to make sure I'm getting this right. I ...
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What is “GM/DM Fiat?”

While I explore this site, I occasionally see the phrase "GM fiat" (or "DM fiat", for D&D questions and answers), but I don't know the exact meaning of that. I want to know the meaning of that ...
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458 views

Master of Flame (Paragon Path) and Flaming Weapon

Master of Flame paragon path has a level 12 Utility Power called Burning Transformation. Burning Transformation - You transform into a creature of fire until the end of the encounter. While in ...
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How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?

I've often attempted to run Hunter: the Vigil (part of the New World of Darkness gameline) for my players. Unfortunately I frequently run into the same problem; namely, when I set up villains with the ...
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How to adjust CR of a campaign?

So I'll be GMing for the first time ever. All of us except for the previous GM (who will now be playing) are very inexperienced. We just got done with first major campaign, and me being new, decided ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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950 views

Using 3d6 instead of d20 for D&D Next

I am currently running a campaign with D&D Next playtest packet released at September. My player has been complaining about his terrible attack rolls (He didn't prevail because of fumbles, even at ...
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What Wizard schools are best to specialize in? Which schools are best to sacrifice?

The Wizard gains the ability to specialize in a school of spells, gaining a bonus spell slot per level that must be used to prepare spells of that school. In exchange, he must ban two other schools; ...
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How can I wield two swords in prehensile tails?

Is there a feat tree I could take that would allow me to wield two custom made katana using multiple prehensile tails? (The multiple prehensile tails are already taken care of by a custom race in our ...
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1answer
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Ways to Overcome Damage Reduction in E6

Aside from using the requisite materials (Such as silver or adamantine) or fulfilling the right conditions (such as using a piercing weapon or a good aligned weapon) are there any ways other than the ...
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Drawing a weapon and attacking the same turn

I'm playing Pathfinder for the first time and was wondering exactly what I can do with one turn in combat. My character has a reach weapon and so I an trying to figure out what my options are once a ...
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1answer
279 views

Mechanicus and armor

How does exactly armor works with an Explorator? Technically, won't the implants and mechadendrites interfere with the armor? Are they able to wear it normally? (let's say, a carapace armor or such)
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Does the Rogue's Riposte stop the enemy's attack?

Rogue's Riposte Strike (PHB1 Pg 118) says: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. If the target attacks you before the start of your next turn, you make your riposte against the target as an ...
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Creative Problem Solving Combat System Suggestions [closed]

Here it goes, I am working on my own RPG system and I need some suggestions for a combat system that promotes creative problem solving. One of the key aspects to this system is that its not ...
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Can dark vision see in pitch darkness?

In D&D, some creatures and player races have dark vision. Can a character or monster with dark vision see in pitch blackness? In real life animals with dark vision see by reflecting the light off ...
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Is there a better way to run a “rules light” or “beginner” D&D 4th edition game?

I've been attempting to play 4E with my two kids for a while now. I've had some false starts trying to run very simple adventures partly due to lack of DM experience/prep time (demanding job for Dad) ...
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Does Combat Opening use an immediate action?

Combat Opening is a feat from Martial Power which says: When you can make a melee basic attack against a target because of Combat Challenge, you can instead choose to let an ally make a melee ...
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426 views

How do I build Kratos [closed]

For those of you who have played God of War, this should be easy. For those who have not, here is the spiffy: Demigod, son of Zeus. Shows superhuman stamina and strength. Average speed and ...
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How does Violent Awakening work with Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault?

The feat Violent Awakening goes off when both Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault (the Half-orc Racial) are triggered. Both are triggered when I hit an enemy. This feat adds extra damage to my Flurry ...
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2answers
278 views

How do your attacks per round work in robot combat?

So I was always confused by how robot combat works in Rifts... Let's say I have weapons on my shoulder, both hands, and chest. And let's say 8 melee attacks per round. Do I only get to shoot one ...
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1answer
138 views

What are some clearly defined differences between developing a linear campaign versus dynamic [closed]

I have had thoughts in the past of running my own campaign, but would love to run it as a more open-world campaign that has a kind of free free-roaming nature to it. Having said that, what would be ...
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1answer
177 views

How much collateral damage would a 60,000MD bomb cause?

I'm writing a Rifts campaign, a portion of which revolves around the assassination of Lord Splyncryth. Yes, I know that sort of breaks the campaign world, but I'm winding up a decade long game and ...
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1answer
308 views

Why can an Alchemist use non-personal formulae?

On the Alchemist's formula list there are a few that involve magic item generation such as Deathwine and Water of Maddening. These spells target an object, and not the caster (you) or a target ...
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How do I build Riddick?

Just came back from Riddick and I loved it. Less than Chronicles of Riddick, I am afraid, but enjoyable still. I would like a 20-level build for Riddick based on these criteria: Concept: Hardy ...
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How do I start DMing a new game after the Red Box?

I finished playing the D&D beginners Red Box with my friends. Now how do I start DMing another game? Where do I go from here?
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1answer
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Does the Essentials Berserker benefit from non-essentials Rages in powers?

If you have an Essentials Berserker and you choose a non-Essentials barbarian power with a Rage effect, do you still gain the benefits from the non-Essentials Rage listed in the power? For instance ...
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What Lovecraft inspired classes exist?

Are there any classes that resemble an occultist of the Lovecraftian mythos, or have such a feeling, except the alienist and the flesh warper? The aberration blood feats are interesting but just give ...
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Casting invisibility on self and draw unwelcome attention

Last game session the Wizard was casting Invisibility like a maniac and he would always choose to draw unwelcome attention when he got 7-9. I have to say the first couple of times I just thought: Ok, ...
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How would two brute squads fight?

In 7th Sea, brutes deal damage to the more high profile characters based on their margin of success. The reason I ask is because Henchmen/Villains/Heroes make raises for damage, and I see raising ...
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1answer
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What happens if I combine Ur-priest and prestige class to exceed 10 effective spells-per-day level?

Suppose I have a human character who invested 5 levels on Wizard, 2 on Ur-priest(by appropriate feat chain), and 8 levels of Mystic Theurge, net level of 15. This allows you to cast spells as stated ...
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Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?

In a fight, can one wizard take over one of the enemies? Wouldn't it be strange, my new best friend was some seconds before my worst enemy? And if it works, how to handle the rest of the fight? Does ...
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4answers
243 views

Savage Worlds for a mystery game

I'm just starting to get into tabletop RPGs, and specifically I've been playing some Savage Worlds, which I REALLY enjoy. I was wondering, has anyone run a mystery game with SW? I've been thinking ...
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6answers
910 views

Aced d4s vs skill development in Savage Worlds

Is there errata covering aced rolls when skills are at low levels vs higher? I've heard of players staying at rudimentary skill in order to reward themselves with aced rolls more frequently than ...
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2answers
521 views

Rules for magic item creation while adventuring

I read in the rules that The caster can work for up to 8 hours each day. He cannot rush the process by working longer each day, but the days need not be consecutive, and the caster can use the ...
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3answers
306 views

Attack Bonuses in Final D&D Playtest Packet

When attacking, do you add your proficiency bonus to the attack if you're proficient with the weapon you're using? Or does being proficient with a weapon simply allow you to use that weapon without ...
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Can I cast two swift spells in a round, or otherwise trade a move action for a swift?

Can you use a move action to make a swift action? What if you have 2 swift spells and a standard one, can you cast them all in one round?
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3answers
790 views

How can I acquire Charm Person/Charm Monster as an SLA for my NPC?

So, I'm creating the overarching villain for a campaign I intend to run - an Osyluth with class levels known as Molkor the Quartermaster - and I want to get him into the Fiend of Corruption prestige ...
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5answers
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How do I play D&D 4e gridless (but still on tabletop)?

A friend told me that he would like to try playing a gridless game next - still on tabletop, but without the gridlines. Is there any difference in the game except for movement? There are some things I ...
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2answers
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I'm not a DM anymore. How do I adjust to being a player again?

For the past 5 years or so, I've been a DM/GM across a couple of different systems for a few different groups of friends. Now, I've taken a step back and gone back to being a player. How do I deal ...
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3answers
2k views

What mechanics for naval combat exist in D&D 3.5 and in which books are they in?

In an upcoming D&D encounter that I am running the party has taken command of a small ship and are trying to sail across the sea to a secret island with a lost treasure (never bean done before). ...
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1answer
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Healing an Eidolon

This is my first time playing a Summoner in Pathfinder, and I have a question regarding the Eidolon: Will a normal Cure spell work on it? The reason I ask, there is a specific spell to cure the ...

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