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Which way is North in the L5R 2nd edition map?

I've been pouring over the various regions and cities in L5r and, though this sounds silly, I'm not sure which way is north anymore. The biggest part of my confusion comes from the GM Guide when ...
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Calculating wounds & TN

In Legend of the Five Rings (2nd edition) this subject is spoken of twice but it's not clear: It says that the wounds are your earth ring *2 and next to the level there's a +X i.e: stamina 3, ...
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Can a class feature acquired at a certain level be used if an item that rasies effective level is used?

I was looking at the list of Magic Items and noticed the "Phylactery of Undead Turning". It allows the character to turn undead as if his level was 4 higher than it is. I thought of paladins, which ...
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Alternative uses of Spider Climb

During my group's recent run of White Plume Mountain in 3rd Edition, we encountered a scenario that brought into question the versatility of the Spider Climb spell effect. In the dungeon, one room ...
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The effects of saving throws on mind reading

A number of creatures in D&D systems (specific editions may not be necessary here, but let's use 3/3.5/3.75 for simplicity) have the ability to use spell or spell-like effects such as Detect ...
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Weapon skills with unspecified traits in L5R, 2e?

In Legend of the Five Rings (2nd edition), for bojitsu (and I believe someone was looking for naginata as well) we looked for the specific trait that would tell us what dice to keep, however in none ...
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Does crafting necessarily require spending gold?

I know the crafting rules say you have to spend gold to represent the cost of materials used in crafting something, but what about in a situation where you aren't in a city and can't reasonably just ...
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I'm having trouble being effective as a Lore Oracle and would like to improve

I've been playing in a campaign as an Oracle of the Lore Mystery for a few months. I've saved my party's hide a few times now as the only healer, but as the party gets stronger they need healing less ...
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Best system for a Mortal Kombat style campaign?

What would in your opinion be the best system to play a campaign based on Mortal Kombat? By this I mean: a system with a heavy emphasis on martial arts. this must include supernatural martial arts ...
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Is there a step-by-step combat flowchart for L5R, 2e?

OK, so I played Legend of the Five Rings (2nd edition) years ago and enjoyed it. When asked what he wanted for a present he replied: "an rpg campaign! But it should be different, not one of the one's ...
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Why do spells need to be “prepared”? [closed]

I'm not asking about the rules or concepts of spell preparation, as they are well described and reasoned, but I'm wondering why it's even necessary, from a logical (well, however logical you can be in ...
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Passage of Time within a Rope Trick spell

My question is rather simple and has to do with the extra-dimensional space* created by a Rope Trick spell. *Note: It is not clear to me whether this kind of space is a Demiplane or not, but should ...
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I'm a starter and need help with the Alchemist class

and thanks for reading my question. My wife and my friends play Dungeons and Dragons for around 6 months now, and since last week I decided to play too. I am dutch but emigrated to the US, and since ...
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What do you do when there's nothing to do in combat?

There are a lot of situations in D&D combat where characters seem to be left without anything to do that round. For example, a bard out of inspires and without slashing weapons beset by zombies, ...
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Is there a penalty for rolling consecutive tens?

In 2nd edition Legend of the Five Rings, is there a penalty for rolling too many tens in a row (like in monopoly for rolling doubles 3 times in a row)? For some reason I'm convinced there is, but it ...
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Do druid animal companions get ability points due to high HD?

I'm not sure about that one, and I can't find any explicit text in the rules. I know that regular HD for improved monsters also improves one ability by one point every four Hit-dices, but is it also ...
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Bull rushing into a wall

What happens when the space behind someone is already occupied by a wall? Do they take damage, fall prone, does it not work etc.?
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Is a monk of the empty hand considered proficient with improvised weapons before level 6?

The monk of the empty hand is all about using improvised weapons. However, it can receive the feat "Improvised Weapon Mastery" as a bonus feat only at lvl6. The thing I'm not sure about is: is he ...
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Where does the stereotype that wizards can't wear armor come from? [closed]

Why are wizards and their ilk so restricted in their choice of personal armor in most fantasy roleplaying games? (...let alone novels etc.) Sure, learning takes up a lot of time, especially about ...
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Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?

I know the rules for TFD in 3.5 mention it can carry anything within its weight limit and can be directed by the caster within its range limits, but are there any rules about actually riding Tenser's ...
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Non-magical encounter suggestions

I'm once again turning to the good folks at Stack Exchange for help regarding my non-magical campaign. I've written several encounters in which the PCs fight the main bad guys and their followers ...
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What skill should PCs use to find information in books in D&D 3.5e?

The PCs don't have much time: they have to find certain mission critical bits of knowledge in a few ancient tomes on magic. It's not a matter of minutes, but they definitely can't read all the books ...
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Team cleric, team warrior, team mage

In D&D 3.5 I was part of a group of players who decided to play homogeneous groups. We found a team of four clerics to be very balanced and able to carry on regardless of the problem at hand. ...
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How can I estimate difficulty in a FATE based game?

In a recent game of Diaspora, I pitted three of my "5 cap" player characters against four "3 cap" and one "4 cap" character in physical combat, and was surprised to see that the characters came away ...
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Where do the standard racial tropes for Dwarves come from? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does the D&D concept of a dwarf come from? In all traditional fantasy RPGs I've heard of or played, Dwarves are a mining/smithing race of short, anti-magic ...
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Does D&D 3.5e have rules for firearms?

A friend of mine is planning for a campaign in a colonial/pirate setting, and is planning on re-skinning crossbows as firearms, (i.e. light crossbow = musket, hand crossbow = flintlock), but I was ...
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Do bonuses from cyberware and the like apply before or after the morph-imposed attribute maxima?

One of my players asked the above and the text isn't very clear. Reading the Improving Aptitudes section on p. 152 of the core seems to indicate as such.
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When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?

This question stems from my Eclipse Phase campaign, but applies to any high-tech setting. While the setting books describe a wealth of technology, there are plenty of tools that are not listed. That's ...
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Is the information gained from a knowledge check fallible?

I got into a big argument on another forum about the fallibility of knowledge checks. I was under the impression that they represented things a character had learned by virtue of living life in the ...
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How does a mount interact with its rider in regards to Reflex saves?

In this episode of 'Wasting Time with Phill', we take a look at how mounts and riders interact with their saving throws. How does a mount interact with its rider in regards to Reflex saves? If a ...
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Dice Notation - Dice that start at 0

In the past I've toyed with playing games using dice numbered from 0 instead of 1. So, for example, playing a d20 system game with 3d8, numbered 0 to 7, treating a roll of 21 as an automatic success ...
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Counting milestones for the death penalty

When a character is resurrected using the Raise Dead ritual, she gets a death penalty: The subject returns with a death penalty: –1 to all attack rolls, skill checks, saving throws, and ability ...
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Does the Monk's Flurry of Blows trigger mark retribution?

Scenario: Monk is marked by Fighter. Monk attacks Fighter. Monk uses Flurry of Blows on a different creature. Does the Fighter get to use Combat Challenge to attack the Monk? UPDATE: I found this ...
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Average experience per encounter for a two person party?

I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for a while now as a player. I've recently started up a new game that I am DMing. I am going to run the Kobold Hall adventure for starters. The problem I have ...
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How are Pathfinder Fighters different from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play?

How do Pathfinder Fighters differ from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play? Is the feat structure different? What are the changes regarding combat feats and special rules like ...
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Order of operations for weapon damage

This is something I've had to run into when DM-ing. One of my characters has a -1 strength is a small character, and is a rogue. The -1 strength means that when attacking with his dagger, he often has ...
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How does an Intelligence penalty affect skill points when character-building/leveling-up?

In character-building/leveling-up, you take your class's skill points and add your Int bonus. So a Fighter gets 2 Plus their Int bonus. Say my fighter is really smart(16) he'll get 2+3 (int bonus) ...
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Using Pathfinder's variant “Wounds and Vigor” rules

I am in the early sessions of running a science-fantasy Pathfinder game. I'd like a grittier feel to the game and came across the "Wounds and Vigor" variant rules. For those who have used these ...
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What's the simplest way of representing a “savage” warrior with an tiger animal companion?

The "savage" warrior with an animal companion is a staple of pulp fantasy/swords & sorcery. However, if you wanted to play a warrior with a tiger for an animal companion, you're looking at a 7th ...
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3.5e Variant Rules

I'm thinking of starting a new campaign with a laundry list of house rules. The variant rules on the SRD seem worth while. As an example, using 'armor as DR' and 'Spell Points' are at the top of my ...
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Are 4e monsters compatible/level equivalent without adjustment in Gamma World?

I plan on running a brief Gamma World campaign with my group, and I am wondering if 4E monsters are compatible between systems without any sort of level adjustment? From a quick perusal, it seems like ...
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Do animal companions get bonus attacks due to high BAB?

I'm looking for an entry in the rules that tells me that animal companions do not get additional attacks with a high BAB bonus. But I can't find anything. The only thing I found was this example in ...
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Converting from AD&D Second Edition to AD&D

I have a lot of old AD&D 2nd Edition books, but I only have the core books for AD&D 1st Edition, plus the Deities and Demigods book. I am looking for a way to convert second edition to first, ...
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What's the difference between a Ranger and a Scout?

Apparently the Complete Adventurer contains rules for a new base class, the Scout. Can anyone explain, at a high-level, what is the difference in character concept between a Ranger and a Scout? When ...
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What's the nicest way to handle lycanthropy when it comes to XP?

I've been running some published adventures in D&D 3.5 and two of the PCs in the party have contracted lycanthropy (they're now were-rats). They've had their first night of the full-moon. While ...
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Software to manage AD&D characters

Is there some software out there (beside core rules) that does character management? Really what I am looking for is a way to fill out the sheet and remember the information so I can update it and ...
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Yummy, I love the taste of ghosts..?

The SRD says An incorporeal creature has no physical body. Do incorporeal creatures have matter - any at all? If one argues that ectoplasm is matter (with some supplements such as Ghostwalk), ...
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How does the disease recovery mechanic work?

Currently DMing a campaign - I set up an easy encounter with a twist: a creature that could infect the players with the Abyssal plague. I was planning for the 4th level characters to struggle to deal ...
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How can I roll a character's age using only d6?

I'm making a simple, slightly comedic home-brew RPG where a lot of the characters' base stats are randomized for comedic effect. This includes the characters' age. (So you can have a ridiculously ...
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Is there a Ravenloft Campaign Setting for 4E that ISN'T the board game?

I've searched far and wide for a 4E Ravenloft setting. I played it once in 3.5's "Return to Castle Ravenloft" and fell in love with Barovia and the setting (even though Strahd was a total pushover in ...

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