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Rules for a Hong-Kong based game

I am considering running a Hong-Kong based Shadowrun campaign in the future, and even though I have found plenty of material regarding locations and NPCs (mainly in Runner Havens), I have yet to find ...
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How does the Shadowrun SR4 combat mechanic work?

I have recently played the Shadowrun Returns PC game and the expansion Dragonfall, quite liked the character system, and that got me thinking about playing Shadowrun tabletop too. Before I buy the ...
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Class Skill and Skill Focus as requirement for feat

The answer is probably, "no you have burn another feat for this," but I wanted to ask the community anyway. I am looking at taking the Eldritch Heritage feat with my Dhampir Oracle and one of the ...
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Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?

I've frequently heard the Basic Role-play system and Dark Heresy described as deadly from a combat perspective. I think those are both percentile systems. Is that typical of percentile systems or is ...
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RPG designed for irregular players/gaming?

Is there an RPG specifically and explicitly (as in: the developers stating this in the actual book) designed for parties whose members gather irregularly (there's always someone who can't make it) and ...
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What do I have to roll to make a horse squeeze through a tight space?

I ran into an issue in my last session - my party headed into an area that is only accessible via tight tunnels. My horse is physically capable of passing through them, but it would have to "squeeze" ...
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Does changing a creatures type change its traits?

I was wondering: If I change, say a vermin into an dragon with the half-dragon template, does its traits change? The template says that the half-dragon retains all special qualities of the base ...
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What Are the Movement Limits When Maintaining a Grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in ...
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Dark Heresy Situational Corruption points

I am currently GMing a campaign where, in one particular session, the party found a book that describes dark rituals, interrupted a summoning ritual and encountered some Horrors. I'm new to the ...
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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How do Heavy Armor and Interference type powers work?

I feel somewhat silly asking this, but the Wild Talents 2E rulebook keeps likening heavy armor to a "really thick eggshell" that is "all or nothing." I was under the impression for quite a while that ...
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Does “attacks” in effect text refer to attempted or only successful attacks?

The cleric attack 'Halo of Consequence' hit text includes: ...and after the target attacks you or any ally, it is dazed until the end of its next turn. Does this use of the word "attacks" mean ...
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Crafting in the Wilderness

We've started a campaign recently where we are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Our characters are fairly low-level and do not have any starting equipment other than the clothes on our back As such, ...
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Community-created dungeons for Pathfinder?

Just finished playing the Pathfinder Beginner Box Set adventure with my sons (as a first experience for us, and it was great fun). It would be fun to continue this, but building a whole dungeon after ...
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1answer
339 views

Do these Elemental summoning items function infinite times?

They do not list charges or uses per day. Only that the first Elemental has to die (or be dispelled or dismissed) before a new one can be summoned. The summoning only requires one round so you could ...
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How do I encourage new players to be more descriptive in their actions and intents?

I have a party of new players, who are enjoying a sporadic session of Fate Accelerated. I'm learning a significant amount from the experience, and I hope they are too. In addition to some problems ...
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2answers
652 views

Can unbelieving characters be resurrected in 4e Forgotten Realms

After some research about the Wall of the Faithless, it seems that it's gone from Forgotten Realms in the 4e. So where do the souls of the unbelievers go now? The 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting ...
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How much experience should players earn when fighting in a war? [closed]

I just finished a quest where the players were able to help determine which side won a war. How much experience should they receive for this?
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Racial features in Dungeon World

Races are really accessories in Dungeon World. How can you translate more potent races (or race features) from other settings to Dungeon World? For instance I'm trying to make an Eberron game using ...
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1answer
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How did Robilar plunder the Tomb of Horrors?

I was reminded last time on how evil the Tomb of Horrors dungeon is (instant death traps, an absolute necessity in one room is gruesomely fatal in another room). Sure, Gary Gygax constructed it to ...
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Tomb of Horrors in D&D 4.0?

Are there any resources on the web or in print about running or converting the classic adventure 'Tomb of Horrors' in D&D 4.0?
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What does the Moilian Barrow monster in the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure look like?

From the read aloud text of encounter M3: Dark Barrow on p55 of the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure: Bones and body parts are knitting themselves together into a larger mass in the rubble. There ...
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1answer
366 views

Was the Tomb of Horrors module representative of Gygaxian DMing?

Twice today (and many times past) I have run across people begging the question that Tomb of Horrors is a typical example of the Gygaxian GMing style. It seems to be "common knowledge" that Gygax was ...
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462 views

What are the rules of using a ranged weapon while flying?

What are the rules (if any) on ranged weapons while flying? (I'd assume that the rules would be similar to using ranged weapons while running, but I just want to know if there are any actual rules on ...
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236 views

Red vs. Black Mysterious Past?

In the Marshal's Handbook it says: When a player draws a Joker during character creation, draw a card from your own Action Deck. This card determines the character’s “mysterious past.” The ...
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1answer
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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1answer
154 views

How does the Journal in Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple affect play of the game?

I just played Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple for the first time on Thursday. It went very well. I played again on Saturday, it did not go as well... It almost seemed like the journal was a ...
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1answer
158 views

What happens on a disapproval roll of 0 or less?

The Deity Disapproval table on page 122 lists the penalties for a Disapproval roll of 1 through 20+. However, it appears to me that a roll of 0 or less is not only possible, but highly likely. The ...
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1answer
131 views

When escalating from a change of style in With Great Power, what card has to be played?

When running a conflict in With Great Power, I'm a bit confused as to what cards have to be played after the style has been changed. Let's take an example first three panels: GM -> Player 7 Hearts ...
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1answer
356 views

Where can I download “Expedition to the Ancient Academy” podcast episodes?

I want to listen to the following podcast featuring early edition D&D: http://robertsongames.com/dnd/robertson-games-podcast But I can't find the actual audio files anywhere. The podcast is in ...
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1answer
132 views

Does Entangling Shot involve one duration roll or one per target?

Does each target in the AoE of an Entangling Shot roll independently for the 2d4 rounds of entanglement, or does the PC roll one duration shared by all who fail the reflex save?
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Differing Starting Points Levels

The GM of a GURPS game I'm playing in has set the game's point level at 150. However, he has also made the option available to take 250 or 75 points at the beginning, with the understanding that the ...
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5answers
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What happens to effects when their origin dies?

Character A gives a target the dazed condition until the end of character A's next turn, but character A dies before their next turn. What happens to the dazed condition? When does it last until now? ...
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1answer
117 views

Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?

I'd DMing a 4th Edition game, and one of my players is playing a Rogue/Paladin Hybrid and wants to take "Deft Blade" as his 11th level feat, but only if it would affect his Virtuous Strike. Would it? ...
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1answer
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Which D&D artist drew the cover art for the Warriors of the Eternal Sun Genesis game?

The Warriors of Eternal Sun Sega Genesis game had a small portion of a full-sized poster by a D&D artist. I have seen the full-size art in some D&D art book back in the day, even saw someone ...
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4answers
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Are the orcs of the D&D core canon not above eating sentient humanoids?

Are the orcs of the D&D core canon cannibals, i.e. not above eating sentient humanoids? As far as I can remember, Tolkien's orcs seem to have no qualms about doing so (thanks for the link, ...
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3answers
351 views

Dresden RPG thaumaturgy conditional triggers

If I have a Wizard character in Dresden RPG, can I use Thaumaturgy to set up a spell which is left "pending" until a condition is met. For example, if my character takes a moderate consequence, a ...
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4answers
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What is “the d20 bust,” and what does “post-d20 game” mean?

Reading this gaming industry retrospective I ran into a few phrases which confused me. The d20 bust caused by 3.5e (2003) and the over-saturation of d20 products ran right into the Great ...
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7answers
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How does HERO system differ from other systems?

I'm interested in the HERO system. What does it do that other systems don't? What are its unique features? I'm not so interested in a breakdown of the system itself (for example, all the stats), but ...
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11answers
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What's the best software for mapmaking? [closed]

I use paint.net and paint shop pro to create fantasy cartography. Is there any better software, and why?
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3answers
203 views

Reading material to present to completely new players

I'm about to start running a game for a completely new group. I've been playing DnD for over a decade, and have a lot of experience as a DM, but my group is completely green. I believe one person has ...
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3answers
834 views

Looking for a good, simple RPG system that will work using an MMO's chat function

Before you close it for being about an MMO and this is not arqade, I am looking specifically for a system that can be used IN a MMO using its chat and roll systems. So effectively this is a "Play By ...
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3answers
298 views

What exactly does Paizo consider Product Identity

What I am trying to do: I am building a character sheet application for use on my phone or tablet and would like to be able to make a few bucks off of it should it turn out handy during my own game ...
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7answers
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Is casting the spell Blood Transcription an evil act?

A player of mine in a recent game of Pathfinder was playing a Lawful Neutral Magus and was about to drink blood from a fallen spellcaster to get his prepared spells for the day by using the spell ...
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5answers
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Generate an engaging and “realistic” tribe of orcs (also one of ogres)

My players recently turned a slaughter of low-level orcs & ogres (separate situations) into a massive recruitment drive. Given the choice between death and lucrative mercenary work, most chose to ...
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1answer
207 views

Damaging transmuted state [closed]

There are several spells (Flesh to Stone and Polymorph any Object at least) that allow you to transmute foe unlucky enough to fail his fortitude save. They have very rough description about how can ...
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2answers
288 views

Injury Poison vs Temp Hit Points / Damage Reduction

Specifically looking at poisons of type Injury: Injury: These poisons are primarily delivered through the attacks of certain creatures and through weapons coated in the toxin...One dose of ...
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3answers
497 views

Is rolled death during character creation ever OK? [closed]

Is it ever Ok to have a Diceroll made during character gen kill or cripple a character before they are played? I know in certain Systems, this is almost true if you are really unlucky at rolling. (Eg ...
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1answer
545 views

Which feats fit this concept?

I have this character who's working in an open-world type of game where being actually useful to a party isn't the biggest concern of a character. Who's this Leilani gal, again? Leilani is the ...
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2answers
553 views

Can Intimidate be used to cause fear of other forces?

In Pathfinder, can the Intimidate skill be used to cause fear of and act on fear of third party forces? For example, my veteran Dwarven soldier walks up to a civilian, and says "I've seen the terrors ...

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