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What's the cheapest, good way for someone to try getting into painting miniatures?

I want to try painting miniatures (plastic ones ala Castle Ravenloft and the World of Warcraft board game), but I don't want to spend a lot of money on supplies only to find out that I stink, but I ...
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2answers
432 views

Can a creature be grabbed by two different creatures at the same time?

I've been playing the Thunderspire Labyrinth adventure for D&D 4th edition, and at one point a character was grabbed by two different monsters. Can two different creatures of different types grab ...
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375 views

Settings and game mechanics for Sherlock Holmes–inspired theme

We tried to organize an investigation-based campaign, and we used the D&D engine. Unfortunately, this engine is not suited for investigation. The Call of Cthulhu engine is better, but it's deeply ...
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5answers
467 views

Do creatures occupy cubic space, or are larger creatures still one square tall?

Does a large creature need to squeeze to fit into at 5' tall passageway?
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4answers
1k views

What are the essential elements of Legend of the Five Rings?

I got invited to a game of L5R (the role-playing game, not the card game) and I want to know enough about the game to be able to contribute instead of being hauled along. The biggest problem for me is ...
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475 views

Can you shift, or move your speed, while squeezing?

One would imagine that movement while squeezing would be somewhat hindered, as making oneself occupy less than their normal space is not an easy task. In reading comments to a recent answer on the ...
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277 views

What is the range of the Knock ritual?

The KnockDDI ritual does not specify anything for range. Can you use the ritual to unlock a door that you cannot touch? Can you use the ritual to unlock a door that you cannot see? Can you use ...
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1answer
226 views

Using the Shadow Jack encounter power, do I get an opportunity attack?

My assassin has an encounter power called Shadow Jack, it reads like this: Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you shift 1 square into the target’s space and remain there until the start of ...
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1answer
592 views

How many shrouds do I get?

was just wondering with playing my assassin. I normally get to put up to a maximum of 4 shrouds on a target. If I take the feat Crimson Eye Action which says When you spend an action point, you also ...
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How to preserve player generated content?

I currently lead a Diaspora group. Diaspora is a hard science fiction Fate-based RPG which allows and basically depends on the generation of content like worlds, cultures, NPCs etc. by the players. I ...
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314 views

How do I let the world know about my role-playing system?

I have been working on a short narrativist system for quite some time now. I intend to offer it freely to anyone interested but I'm not sure about a couple of things: First, how do I package it? One ...
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How much is too much? Rules for looting in D&D4

We're a brand new gaming group. We ran our first session tonight. (I believe it is Keep on the Shadowfell, but I'm not positive.) We headed towards Winterhaven, encountered some Kobolds, and made our ...
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534 views

What is in your gaming room? [closed]

Just an open-ended community wiki question about your game room. Interested in what you have in your game room, the layout, your gaming table and how your gaming area is organized to improve the flow ...
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6answers
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How can I make paper minatures?

How can you take an images and easily (automatically) turn them into paper minis?
6
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3answers
280 views

What's an appropriate banality rating for the Fallen?

In the old World of Darkness game Changeling: the Dreaming, no specific banality rating is given for demons (as in Demon: the Fallen)? What is an appropriate rating, and how is that rating justified ...
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1answer
143 views

What's an appropriate banality rating for the Imbued?

In the old World of Darkness game Changeling: the Dreaming, no specific banality rating is given for hunters (as in Hunter: the Reckoning). Is there a more appropriate rating than the standard human ...
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2answers
394 views

Where is the list of banality ratings for “Changeling: the Dreaming”?

One of the rulebooks for Changeling: the Dreaming (a game in the old World of Darkness setting) has a list of banality ratings for the other WoD races, both supernatural and non-supernatural. Which ...
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2answers
187 views

How does one pronounce “Mekillot”?

In the Dark Sun campaign setting, there are creatures called "Mekillot" - and I am having the hardest time trying to figure out how to pronounce their names! Is it hard, like "Me-Kill-Lot", or soft ...
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1answer
230 views

Is Mutants and Masterminds 3e (going to be) OGL?

So I've been flipping through the DC Adventures rulebook, and a lot of the terms are changing up: "feat" is now "advantage" for example... is this part of a move away from the OGL on the part of Green ...
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2answers
936 views

Is there an RPG for Iain M Banks' setting of The Culture?

And if not, what would you recommend using? I've always thought it would make for some interesting gaming.
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1answer
351 views

Do the main gauche and Fighting Style: Two Weapons combine defensively?

Using the MET core rules, do the defense bonuses for using a Main Gauche and Fighting Style: Two Weapons stack? i.e. If I have a character with a main-gauche and one dot of FS:TW, does he get two dots ...
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6answers
690 views

What free software can I use for laying out my own RPG?

As I entered a contribution into a 24h-rpg-design-contest (Tanelorn Challenge; similar to Game Chef but German) I was wondering about how to lay out my game. What software would you recommend me for ...
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2answers
2k views

Can a Warlock take Hexblade powers/feats/etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials class powers? When a Warlock levels up, can they diversify into Hexblade Powers (etc) or does this ...
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7answers
382 views

What major differences are there between convention DMing and home DMing?

I've been DMing for a while in 4th edition D&D, but I've only been DMing for Living Forgotten Realms and D&D Encounters. Now I'm thinking of starting to do some home games in various systems. ...
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5answers
590 views

Advice on setting up a campaign for a new GM?

A month or two back, I bought the GURPS Basic Set with the hopes of GMing a campaign at my school. I'm fairly familiar with the rules and general concepts by now (GURPS is very well documented), but ...
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5answers
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What restrictions exist for the Warlock Shadow Walk power?

D&D 4's Warlock power Shadow Walk states the following (text copied from the D&D Compendium): On your turn, if you move at least 3 squares away from where you started your turn, you gain ...
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1answer
1k views

What books cover Star Pact Warlocks and their awful masters?

I'm a huge sucker for blending cthulu-inspired material into high fantasy. I can't stop myself. What books (and magazine articles) provide background (3rd party material okay). Please specify as much ...
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2answers
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What books cover Fey Pact Warlocks and their awesome masters?

What books (and magazine articles) provide background (3rd party material okay)? Please specify as much detail as possible for indicating if the resource has enough detail to make worthwhile. I saw ...
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2answers
454 views

The first sold copy of D&D was to Chaosium's founder: were Chaosium's games influential on early D&D? [closed]

Alexander Dotor once interviewed Greg Stafford, during which Greg Stafford stated the following: Greg Stafford: I knew about D&D. I had a friend in Lake Geneva who was picking up abelt ...
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2answers
256 views

What's the easiest way to adjust a module intended for 5 players so that it can accommodate 6 players?

I'm playing with a 6 character group in the H series of modules, Keep on the Shadowfell and Thunderspire labyrinth, which are both intended for 5 players. Frankly the combats are usually too easy, ...
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5answers
788 views

What vampire-focused rpgs exist besides those made by White Wolf?

Just out of curiosity (not as if I wanted to run a game like this these days): Are there any good alternatives to Vampire: The Requiem/Masquerade that (instead of just making them available ...
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4answers
448 views

How do I create and effectively use silence?

People who have thought about public speaking or presentations usually know that silence is one of the most powerful tools in conversation, speaking and negotiation. Think about any memorable speech. ...
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4answers
891 views

Designing puzzle-based mysteries

I'm currently watching the BBC series Sherlock. In this episode, the central mystery is fascinating: first, there are symbols scrawled on the wall; next, these turn out to be a cipher; then, the ...
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4answers
980 views

Rules for lasso capture?

In D&D 3.5 suppose a character decides to capture another character, animal or object with a lasso. How would you handle a throw for this situation ?
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9answers
774 views

How can I encourage zombie investigation?

This weekend, I ran a zombie scenario for GUMSHOE (Trail, as it happens, although the question isn't specific to that). I've run this scenario twice. Being GUMSHOE, it is an investigation scenario, ...
3
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3answers
377 views

Can a Paladin have more than one Smite working at the same time?

Can a Paladin have more than one Smite working at the same time against different foes?
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3answers
347 views

How to adjudicate lasso use?

Tonight the group chanced upon a trap. To avoid overtly spoiling the encounter, I won't give too many details here, but may give out more information in comments so be advised of the possibility of ...
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2answers
309 views

How can you add more meaning to skill challenges through narration?

This question is inspired by Baker's discussion of "What's at Stake?" and "Skill Challenges: All in the Cards" I run many of my 4e games as pregen adventures and the skill challenges tend to be ...
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1answer
283 views

Does resurrection heal ability damage?

The description of the resurrection spell states that it restores "life and complete strength to any deceased creature." Does this include any ability damage that the creature may have suffered, prior ...
9
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5answers
334 views

How can I encourage my group to seek success, rather than entertaining failure?

Our weekly group has a tendency toward playing into escalating spirals of self destruction, regardless of the system or genre. Players will look for opportunities to fail, or to set up other player's ...
3
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1answer
372 views

How much treasure is missing from the Keep on the Shadowfell?

According to comments here, as well as the feelings of both my players and I, Keep on the Shadowfell does not award nearly as much treasure as the 4e parcel system suggests that it should. Does ...
2
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1answer
2k views

What dice system to choose? [closed]

Is there a chart that classifies the different ways to use dice and skills (or whatever values the characters in the system have) to determine the success or failure of an action? The following ...
10
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2answers
329 views

Are there any rules for building demolition?

I'm planning a scenario in which my players, being a crafty lot, may try to destroy a building. Are there any rules for what it would take to accomplish that? Would a building have an AC?
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2answers
543 views

How do you know if two monsters can move at the same time in DnD4e?

Can monsters in Dungeons and Dragons 4.0 share turns? In the first encounter of the Dungeons and Dragons 4e Redbox it states that you should make one initiative roll for the two goblins and one for ...
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7answers
228 views

What non-gaming media can provide outsiders a good example of tabletop RPGs?

I'm looking to build a list of books, movies, or other forms of narrative media which are not specifically game related, which serve as good introductory examples of tabletop RPGs to outsiders and ...
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4answers
575 views

What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
13
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4answers
783 views

Can forced movement be used to dismount a rider?

Are a rider and mount considered different targets so I could push or pull one but not the other with a power? If I can push the rider off of the mount, would the "Catching yourself"(PHB p284) clause ...
10
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5answers
416 views

Where can I find good 2D representation of AD&D 1st edition monsters

I am looking for a good source of images of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters from the Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, and Monster Manual II. Sure, there are drawings of most of ...
10
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1answer
533 views

Does raising a familiar from the dead restore the lost experience points?

In 3.5 edition, Wizards and Sorcerers suffer an XP penalty if their familiar dies: If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. ...
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5answers
972 views

As a GM, how do I keep Dungeons & Dragons more interesting for young players?

Currently, my group of players is my children, ages 7+ through 14+ (and several in between). They all are really excited about playing, but I am having great difficulty keeping them all interested ...

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