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Do players get full XP from encounter if enemies break and run?

First, I don't know of any specific morale rules for NPC's/monsters, but I would say based on modern army tactics, a unit has lost its effectiveness at 33% losses, and at 50% its a rout. So if the ...
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Measuring time in dnd 4e

How is time measured in forth edition? Like, are months still called January-December? Days Monday-Sunday? Or is time measures in some other way? What about years?
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Does a warlock's curse added on a staggering note count as a “damage roll” for purposes of feats which add to damage?

For the warlock question, I made a half-elf warlock with staggering note. Staggering note, for purposes of this question, does charisma modifier damage. This warlock has a number of bonuses that he ...
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How tall is a Storm Pillar?

We had a situation in our last campaign where a dragon was flying over our heads and causing us much harm. Our controller cast Storm Pillar to block him at one point, which sparked a discussion ...
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How do you handle the use of unrelated skills in the Dresden Files?

Back into the breach with our weekly Dresden Files game, and because of the lapse in time between sessions/people missing as much as anything else, I had some unique situations occur. One of the ones ...
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Making a Party of Warlocks

I have recently gained access to DDI for a short while and wanted to try an experiment with some friends of mine. That is, I actually want to play with these characters for a few sessions to see if a ...
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Any news regarding Planescape?

Riding on the coattails of the equivalent question on Spelljammer... Is there anything happening on the Planescape front? Both Wizards-related as well as independent updates are interesting.
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Is there a penalty for holding a two handed weapon in offhand while throwing a weapon?

I have a fighter (warforged weaponmaster, level 6). He wields a Mordenkrad (2-handed hammer, brutal 1). He has a "Dwarven Thrower" Throwing Hammer (1-handed throwing weapon) sheathed at his belt. ...
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Does Elven Accuracy work with Oath of Enmity

If a character has activated their Oath of Enmity, how does Elven Accuracy applied ? So, e.g. the character rolls two attack dice, and gets a 5 and 7, and they decide to activate their Elven Accuracy ...
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How can I make the Dark Speech work in a d&d 3.5 campaign?

After I read the Forgotten Realms novel "Dawn of night" (Paul Kempf) I wondered how does the Dark Speech work in a D&D 3.5 FR campaign. It seemed to me that in D&D it could be a feat, isn't ...
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Who should roll the dice?

Who throws the dice in your game? Do you want to see/know the numerical results? Does it impact your roleplaying? Personally, unless I'm in a formal tournament, I prefer not throwing dice and not ...
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Is master of the nine a solid prestige class for a swordsage?

As the title suggests, i am going to play a swordsage, and while i am not a big fan of multiclassing (many of the character optimisation builds i saw had from three to 5 classes, prestige or not), i ...
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Is XXVCA3 and XXVCS1 the same product?

TSR's Buck Rogers XXVC game had a good number of supplements and modules. When trying to get a simple list of products and matching them to images of the covers I came across something interesting. ...
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How are you supposed to use the Remember Tools section in Remember Tomorrow?

My friends and I were taking our first crack at the light-weight cyberpunk game Remember Tomorrow. We were rolling up characters, and we found it really opaque how we were supposed to roll up gear in ...
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Is there a system for modeling insanity in d20 3.5?

I'm running a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 (not Pathfinder) game, and I want to create a system by which players can use certain abilities, but at the cost of sanity and self-control. Is there a system ...
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How do you build rule mastery in your game?

No one likes the "rules lawyer." However, most GMs like players to know the rules. There is nothing more frustrating to have a player, or players, come to a table to play a game--that they are excited ...
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Is it still valid to zig-zag an opponent through a wall for multiple hits?

An old D&D 4e trick is to use forced movement to zig-zag your opponent through a wall effect multiple times for multiple hits. As I understand it, the Wall of Fire power specifically has been ...
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Ready an action in combat

Let’s say a PC is fighting against a monster. The monster got the highest initiative so it goes first. After the fight’s gone on for a little bit, the monster runs back, out of the range of the PC’s ...
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Do powers that grant allies melee basic attacks ignore positioning?

Do powers and effects that grant allies basic melee attacks allow those allies to take the attacks regardless of their positioning? In other words, if I attack with a Warlord's Commander's Strike: ...
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How do I use restful healing? (using encounter powers outside of an encounter)

I'll start this question with a bit of background first... I've been playing in a new group as a Cleric. Our warrior was in a pretty bad state but survived the encounter. He was about to use 3 ...
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If you are dying, are you still bloodied?

There are some powers that allow you to keep fighting when dying. Do you still count as bloodied if your HP are at 0 or less?
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Do forced movements stack?

When a combination of powers/feats each allow a push or slide of 1 square, can they be combined into a single forced move of 2 Specifically ... Artificer Power (1): Thundering Armor - "Hit: 1d8+3 ...
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Does movement continue after an Opportunity Attack?

If a character moves away from a square adjacent to a monster, the monster gets an OA. Good. What happens after the attack is resolved? Can the character continue moving? So far, I've houseruled ...
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How do I make my character a lycanthrope?

Can someone break down the rules of adding Hit Dice from an animal to your characters stats? An example would be appreciated.
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How do I return enjoyment to self-defeating strategies?

This question inspired by Self-defeating Strategy that posits: What happens when players outwit their enemies, leading to their easy defeat? In most other games, this is a perfectly valid, ...
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Are there any official ways to replace magic items?

Are there any rules, official ones, that eliminate the need of magic item use? Vow of Poverty is out of the question, is there anything else? The reason why i do not want anything homebrew is that my ...
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System for alignment of gods

Are there systems, apart from the classical D&D, that show the moral alignment of gods and rule the degree of matching of the gods disciples or clerics to thier deity? I want to measure this ...
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Monsters that are more dangerous when knocked down/forced movement

A PC who can knock mobs prone or force their movement can wreck an encounter singlehandedly. So...thinking of ways to get around this, other than the bad idea of completely neutralizing the power by ...
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Can my Hacker have an army of robots?

I am just about to start a Shadowrun 4th ed game and I want to play a Hacker (Decker?) and I was just wondering about their use of robots (small or large). Can I have a bunch of small robots to ...
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What did you do for a Tarasque adventure? [closed]

What did you do for a Tarasque adventure? When you ran it, did you wait for the players to be epic level? Did having such an overpowered enemy detract from anything? Or did your players - on the ...
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What's the result when a Readied Action is triggered by another Readied Action?

Suppose two PCs both ready actions, and the triggering conditions are such that one PC's readied action is triggered by the second PC's readied action. What's the resulting initiative order if the ...
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How do I make a single combat in a day challenging and interesting?

4e is a game of resource attrition. I can't find the quote in DMG right now, but from memory and experience, it works best with about 3-5 combat encounters in an adventuring day. That way, some of the ...
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Is there any reach weapon with 1d10 damage or more?

Are there any reach weapons for humanoid medium characters with over 1d8 or 2d4 damage? I would prefer official weapons and not third-party releases. If it is a weapon of non-official source, please ...
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What would be some good monsters for Planet of the Apes D&D?

A while back I got the idea of Planet of the Apes as an classic D&D game with "ape as class". Gorillas would be fighters, Orangutan clerics, Chimpanzees magic users, and Humans thieves making ...
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What games exist with a focus on travelling between alternate universes?

I'm looking for games in which the PCs are expected to travel between many different parallel earths – call them what you will: alternate dimensions, alternate histories, whatever. If there was a ...
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What are the differences between Star Wars Revised Edition and Star Wars Saga Edition mechanically?

What are the mechanical differences between Star Wars Revised Edition and Star Wars Saga Edition? Are there any benefits in playing one over the other?
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How can I adapt Avatar: The last airbender to an Exalted game?

I'm a massive fan of Avatar: the Last Airbender, and I'd love to be able to run it as a game with people. Possibly not with an Avatar, but certainly benders. Here are some examples of the elemental ...
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Can Druid in Shifted Form Speak Normal Languages?

In 1st Edition AD&D if a druid shape shifts form into an animal can they speak their normal languages? I am assuming they can not, but wanted some clarification.
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Best way to convert creatures from 3.x to 4E?

I've reccently discovered a load of monsters I created for 3.x D&D and would love to convert them to 4E. Do any guides exist for this? Or could someone give me the most important points to ...
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How can I model corrupting items in FATE?

The One Ring from Lord of the Rings has the property that it corrupts (or tries to corrupt) those around it. They desire its power and do things that they normally wouldn't to get at it. I was ...
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What RPGs treat magic as being common?

Some fantasy RPGs treat magic as arcane and thus rare, possibly subject to suspicion by the masses. Other games treat magic as somewhat more prevelant but not ubiquitous. At some point in this trend, ...
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How does one get players to explore more?

In a comment in my answer within What qualifies exploration gaming? Javafueled commented: It almost begs me to ask the question: How do I get players to explore more? :) – javafueled In order ...
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What makes Shadowrun 4e different? What are its defining tropes and features?

As a player who has a background in Mouse Guard, D&D 3.5 and 4e, oWoD, Call of Cthulhu and Fallout, what should I know about Shadowrun 4th edition? What is different about it in comparison to the ...
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How much damage does mind spike do against an AoE type attack?

My players are fighting a dragon who naturally has a breath attack, which is a close blast. The defender in this case is a battlemind, having the dragon marked with his Battlemind's demand. The ...
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Is there a good way of dealing with both movement and tactical combat in Shadowrun?

Many times, while I know the hard rules of Shadowrun, I fail to put together a good combat that can be clearly described to the players. When initiative is rolled, we calculate our phases and then ...
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storm pillar and huge creatures

Last game session I had a rule problem with storm pillar. The creature moved into a square adjacent to the pillar so took the damage. He moved through and so hit a new square adjacent to the pillar. ...
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What qualifies exploration gaming?

In the run up to DnD Next the designers seem to have categorised gamers and/or classes that focus on Combat, Roleplay and Exploration. See this quote from Mike Mearls: "Setting aside mechanics, I ...
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Can I Rope Check After Tripping?

I can't find anywhere stating when I can use my rope skill to tie someone up. I know it's obvious that if they're incapacitated I should question this but I'm wondering if, after I trip them and ...
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What ways exist to re-introduce vancian magic to 4E D&D?

As much as I like the system in D&D 4E, I'm slightly nostalgic of Vancian magic. The idea of the mage having to re-memorise the spells each day. Obviously it came with the baggage of resting every ...
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Warrior with two long swords. Penalties?

Suppose I have a warrior who wants to wield two long swords, one in each hand (clearly). What are the penalties associated to this combat style, and which abilities can I choose in order to reduce the ...

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