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What powers do deities gain from believers?

In the (A)D&D multiverse, when a deity gains believers, he/she/it also gains power. But how much might is gained as the number of followers increases? As an example, when Elan's puppet deity has ...
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980 views

Is there a list of optimised characters for D&D 3e? [closed]

Is there a site, page or other online resource with a comprehensive list of optimised characters for each main role (e.g. Tank, Healer) or class (e.g. Bard, Fighter) in D&D 3e? I'm not looking for ...
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A fantasy game with a good Noble class?

I'm looking for a system, class based preferably, which allows me to play a noble (i.e., the son of a lord baron, etc., forced to adventure). I am looking for something along the lines of SW Saga's ...
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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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If I use a Dorje with a power that's on my class list, but that was crafted by a class that has it at a lower level, must I make a UPD check?

I was recently buying magical items for my Kobold Wilder and I wanted to get a Dorje of Body Adjustment to have backup healing. I looked at the price of a level 3 dorje(11,250gp) and it was a bit out ...
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1answer
609 views

Does armor still apply double the penalty to Swim in Pathfinder?

I can't find anywhere that you take double the penalty for swim checks when wearing full armor. Does it apply in Pathfinder?
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3answers
393 views

How can I build open-ended questions into a scenario in a GM driven world?

Inspired by this question. In a game where the GM has the traditional role of answering all the questions about the world, what is the benefit of building open-ended questions into the scenario for ...
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14answers
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How to get out of a story deadlock

As with most of my questions, this is more of a general "how to handle a special situation" and not a plea to solve an existing problem. What is the best way to handle story deadlocks (as in: The ...
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Can I wish for an extra pair of arms (without breaking Wish)?

Ok, I know this is a big spell and I'm not trying to break anything but I've always wondered if I could do this. Remember this is a 9th level spell so by the time this could be cast I don't think it ...
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Do you use character sheets? Or, do you use a blank sheet of paper? [closed]

Also, what are the advantages and disadvantages for each approach?
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1answer
211 views

Rogue's Tumble PHB vs HotFL

Which version of Tumble is correct? The powers are exactly the same Level 2 Utility, Encounter, Req. Acrobatics training. The difference is in the effect. Player's Handbook (PHB) ~ Effect:You can ...
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How to track character resources (spells, ammo, items)

I am playing a Wizard in a pathfinder game and despite several different reworks of his character sheet I've still not found a decent way to track his daily spells which can change daily (plus how ...
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6answers
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Should PCs be limited to choosing forms into which to polymorph (or wild shape, etc.) that the PCs have previously encountered?

In trying to set reasonable limits on a PC's usage of the polymorph chain of spells. Is it plausible to require that the PC have some form of interaction with the target creature? Or can a PC ...
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What challenge ratings can my party handle?

I play D&D 3.5. I have a party of 6 players and myself as a DM. In my "career" as a DM, I seem to have no to little difficulty with adding monsters and encounters. But I have never understood how ...
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2answers
111 views

How can I upgrade 2e to use 3e armor rules?

Is it possible to only upgrade the 2nd edition Armor/Attack to the 3rd edition rules? I love the rest of the game mechanics over the 3rd edition rules, but I don't like how you have to subtract for ...
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1answer
245 views

Move-attack order and unspent movement - can I mix these however I want?

This is possibly a very simple question, but I couldn't find a definitive answer in the players handbook. If a character has a speed of 6, can he move 3 squares, perform an action, then move the ...
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In Pathfinder, how does one go about allowing the Inquisitor to use his Bane Class ability?

What I mean by this is when in combat with a creature or creatures how do you allow the player to activate his Bane while keeping character over player knowledge in mind? For example, In PF I play a ...
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1answer
172 views

How are Vinculum ratings impacted when pack members die or otherwise skip a Vaulderie ritual?

In one of our Sabbat games, most of the members of our pack died. Some had high (8) and others extremely low (2) Vinculum ratings to/from the PCs. How would their death affect the Vinculum? Would it ...
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448 views

Good Mutiny Rules?

I am currently GMing a pirate game (running since 2009) where the PCs have become the command crew of a pirate ship. Their crew is they typical mix of pirates from other ships they've overcome (join ...
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0answers
190 views

What is a good way to get a large range of fantasy miniatures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap? I am looking to start a collection of miniatures. I mostly want one or two of a lot of different creatures, such as for ...
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6answers
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How many people can use Aid Another to help on a craft check?

In one of my games, I allowed someone to take the Leadership feat, but with the restriction that his followers (Cohort included) can't participate in combat, and that all of them (excluding Cohort) ...
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1answer
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Tying someone up in 4E

Is there any mention on how to tie someone up using a rope or chains in 4E? Let's say I have a sleeping player (helpless) and I try to tie him up. How does that work? What about a guy I just grabbed?
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2answers
704 views

How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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2answers
450 views

Can a Scout use Dual Weapon Attack after attacking with a two-handed weapon?

I've been working on building a scout using spiked chain training. The main hand part of the spiked chain is a weapon with the "stout" keyword, meaning it can be used as a two-handed weapon. Can I ...
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2answers
154 views

How do you model opposed Thaumaturgy, such as “Scry vs. Anti-Scry”?

How is opposed Thaumaturgy handled? Opposed Evocation is straightforward: treat it as Attack vs. Block, or simply opposed Discipline checks. But Thaumaturgy has fixed target numbers, and no measure of ...
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2answers
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What is the closest system to Star Wars Saga edition that's still in print?

I'm playing a game of Star Wars Saga Edition with friends, but I was horrified to find that due to ownership of names, and systems etc the book is no longer in print, and getting hold of a copy is ...
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6answers
467 views

How should a neutral character focused on balance be presented?

In many RPGs (or at least the ones I've heard of) the alignment system tends to have two definitions of a true-neutral character. Generally, they are something to the effect of what follows. ...
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3answers
1k views

What updates should be done to older monsters to bring them in line with MM3 era monsters?

I know that to better balance paragon and epic level players against similar level monsters, WotC changed the math used for monsters for MM3, and I believe that they changed some of the types of ...
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1answer
140 views

How would introducing some of the “Unearthed Players Guide” material at the beginning impact an Orpheus game?

I'm preparing to run the story in the Orpheus books and I was wondering what would be the impact of allowing the players to use some rules found in later books early on. The one that bugs me most ...
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1answer
526 views

Do human wizards and clerics have to choose a level 1 spell for their bonus spells?

In Dungeon World, human clerics and wizards each get to pick a spell from the other caster class's spell list. Must the player choose a level 1 spell so they can actually use it, or can they choose a ...
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2answers
284 views

Enabling PC-driven Climate Change: is there a rules system to deal with PC created changes to the environment?

I am looking for a set of rules, (if possible a full game), that allow players to take an active part in changing the world, and its the world itself that's their greatest enemy. It could be a sci-fi ...
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2answers
162 views

Which rules should be used for a new power? Compendium / Char-builder, or the Dragon article which introduced it?

In the DND 4E Campaign I'm playing in, my Warlock has just reached 7th level. I've been wandering through the char builder options for his new Encounter power, and came across one called "Pain to ...
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1answer
433 views

Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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1answer
221 views

What is the “upcoming source book” mentioned in Shadowrun 4 FAQ?

In the SR4 FAQ, the answer to several questions about magic is "This question will be answered fully in an upcoming sourcebook." The questions unanswered include the following little wonders: If ...
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2answers
773 views

Can wizard's staff of defense class feature stack with Wizard Utility 2 Shield on the same triggering effect?

Staff of Defense class feature: ...once per encounter as an immediate interrupt, you gain a bonus to defense against one attack equal to your Constitution modifier. You can declare the ...
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1answer
262 views

Adding HD to Homunculus

My PC (Artifacer, now 6th level) has an existing Iron Defender. It was the bare minimum build for the homunculus, which I believe is 2 HD. If I want to increase the HD to 3, the Eberron book says ...
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1answer
414 views

Help building a Thief

Can someone explain how many Feats and Powers I should pick? I'm making a Rogue (Thief) from "Heroes of the Fallen Lands". In page 41 under skills, powers, and feats to refer my specific class ...
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1answer
326 views

Can you start your turn when you're dead?

In my epic game, I am playing a level 30 Keeper of the everflow. Keepers have a level 24 feature: Life Overflow (24th level): Once per day when you start your turn at 0 hit points or fewer, you ...
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3answers
503 views

Does a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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1answer
207 views

Which spells may I purchase for a PFS party member?

In Pathfinder Society, players aren't generally allowed to provide permanent help to other players. However, there is a note in the Guide to PFS Organized Play which says players may share gold for ...
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2answers
210 views

Are there any game mechanics for handling item condition in detail?

Many sources (ex) point out that a distinct advantage of non-metal armour is that it does not rust in the rain. Also, "adventurers", carrying all their belongings on their back, pretty often find ...
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4answers
238 views

Is there a method for sliding seamlessly from one system into another during a campaign?

Has anyone changed system/setting/genre but kept the characters during a campaign? Players can become very attached to their characters, even when the campaign/setting/genre or system is getting ...
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1answer
147 views

Are there any limits to the Hit Dice an artificer can apply to Homonculi

I am playing an artificer who is built around improving his homunculi rather than combat and as such I stared looking into ways to improve them, the most obvious being their Hit Dice. i was wondering ...
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3answers
416 views

How do I keep track of “hidden” in game variables without getting bogged down?

I'm currently designing a campaign that has a monumental amount of in-game variables to keep track of, which I'll need to check every time a certain kind of event happens. Reducing the number of ...
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2answers
1k views

What's an optimum build for a set-up character for Pathfinder Society character?

My wife plays a barbarian in Pathfinder Society that does massive amounts of damage when she is able to use Cleave. I decided to build a character that would reposition foes for her to cleave. What's ...
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5answers
531 views

Is there a way to give animals fine manipulators at low level?

My Pathfinder E6 group has run into a bit of a problem. One of our party members is a wraith camel alchemist, and another is a half-brass dragon giant spider artificer. The wraith camel has ghost ...
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2answers
2k views

What are some of the denizens of the Shadow Plane? [closed]

Important Note While I do understand that the DM is ostensibly God in his game. My GM does generally respect most things written in book. Explanation I have a character who is connected with the ...
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1answer
418 views

How similar is Star Wars Saga to DnD 4th edition?

Before Dnd 4th ed came out, a lot of articles were printed saying that Star Wars: Saga Edition was like a "preview" of Dnd 4th ed. Now I find myself going the opposite direction: taking a group ...
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4answers
629 views

Modeling a “Bob” in Dresden Files

I'm running a Dresden Files game, and I think my PCs need a Bob. Because I need a mouthpiece and exposition engine. But the description of Bob in Our World is skimpy at best, equating him to just a ...
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1answer
203 views

With a negative Strength value, how much damage can I do?

When skipping through the All Flesh Must Be Eaten rulebook, I noticed that you can create PCs with negative strength values (e.g., children). As hand weapons do damage based on that strength value, ...

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