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How reliable are dice rolling programs?

Dice programs and their use around the table are on the rise: Are there any characteristics, qualities, or quirks of results obtained by using dice programs which might detract from play? Improve ...
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Where can I find a tutorial for Pokemon Tabletop Adventures?

I recently decided to look for a Pokemon RPG, and I found Pokemon Tabletop Adventures, which was exactly what I wanted. However, as it's still a work in progress, some of the rules aren't very clear ...
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On-death triggers and minions

Some class or race features activate whenever an enemy is brought to 0 hp or less. I can recall seeing some only being activated when a non-minion dies, which is fine because minions are too easy to ...
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Is there a directory of optimisation handbooks for D&D 3.5?

On the eve of 5th edition, there has been a great deal of bit rot since the dark days of 2003-2004. Forums have lived and died, and many of the trivial searches on google show ancient threads. ...
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Does a dominated monster deal sneak attack (or other bonus) damage to itself?

There are a number of monsters that have attack powers or features that deal extra damage to targets under certain conditions, similar to sneak attack (extra damage with combat advantage) or other ...
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1answer
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Intelligent items with explosive runes

Would it be possible for an intelligent item to detonate a rune with the Read Magic Sp? and if they can how would the item then take the damage?
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1answer
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Small Poisonous Monsters

Some monsters are poisonous, and make you roll to save against some unpleasant effects. Most of the mundane monsters poison their target through injury... And that's where it gets strange See, for ...
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 4th and 5th edition that I should know about?

A short while ago Shadowrun 5th edition was released. I've played a lot of Shadowrun a long time ago (mostly SR2 and SR3, some SR4). So what are the main differences that someone coming from ...
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Can a creature choose to inflict less damage?

The Player's Handbook says in the section about Damage When your attack succeeds, you deal damage. The type of weapon used (see Table 7–5: Weapons, page 116) determines the amount of damage you ...
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Are there any ways for a Swift Hunter build to get Movement+Full Attack in a round besides Travel Devotion and Shadow Pounce?

I've been looking into this for quite a while, seen many different methods and builds regarding Shadow Hunter builds, and most of which at least mention Travel Devotion. Thus far I haven't been able ...
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Do I Have to take a Power's Extra Benefit Granted by my Class Feature?

Some powers have extra or different benefits depending on which class features you pick. For the purposes of this question I will refer to the power which prompted it, the Swordmage's level 3 ...
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Frequency of combat encounters in Pathfinder

I'm starting a new self-designed Pathfinder campaign as the DM and I'm unsure how many combat encounters I should plan each session. The characters will start at level 1. The group consists of 4 ...
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One party member constantly keeps stuff to himself

We have a party of several players and there are some things that are not clear from rules. Can you guys help? Do other party members always know if one of them steals an object from an NPC? Or does ...
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1answer
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Feats to take for Paladin Dragon mount?

I am running a 12 Paladin/ 8 Barbarian/ 6 Cavalier currently in Pathfinder and the DM allowed me to take a young gold dragon mount. What feats should I take for it?
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How do I develop cryptic tomes in D&D 3.5?

I want to have a series of very hard to understand tomes (à la the Necronomicon) in my D&D 3.5 campaign. How do I model their difficulty? What kind of checks should be used so that players have an ...
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Pathfinder Build for OCD/Mysophobic Elf

I'm going to be playing my first game of Pathfinder this weekend. Our GM is hoping for us to use mostly basic rules, as she is somewhat green as well. The character I conceptualized is a neurotic ...
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ROF, Auto, Ammo and Shots

So from what I understand any weapon with a ROF over 2 without the auto keyword is treated as a full auto weapon and unable to fire in single shot mode. For example a Gatling gun from the SWD rules ...
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Hide check penalty when under effect of light spell?

Is there some reference in the rules what is the Hide check penalty when the subject is under the light spell effect? The situations: My group is in a pitch black dungeon, and our scout is always ...
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3answers
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How do prestige classes work for half-elves?

I am considering having a prestige class for my Half-elf Druid. I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? What I wanted to do with my ...
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2answers
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Concentration check DC for Bardic Music

In D&D 3.5, as a bard I have to make concentration checks to maintain some of the Bardic Music abilities. What's the DC of those concentration checks?
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What could replace the fear of dying in a spirit world?

I'm planning an adventure where after death, the PCs go to a kind of shadow world, as spirits. What would replace the fear of dying when you're already dead? What should I do to avoid a horror ...
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Do any newer D&D versions grant experience for exceptional role-playing?

Do any of the newer D&D editions' books (most likely the DM Guide) have guidelines for granting experience for exceptional role-playing? I once played with a professional DM (there's a job I ...
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Can you have a shark companion out when not in water?

I was thinking of being a druid and having a shark companion. My question is if they only know swim how can they be on land? It has no land speed indicated. I know this seems like a simple concept ...
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Is the Shuriken(5) actually 5 weapons or a single weapon?

Is the "Shuriken(5)" entry in Players Handbook actually 5 weapons, i.e. the player can attack 5 times without pulling out more shurikens, or a single "notional" weapon and all 5 of the shurikens are ...
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Does Power Pact of Spirit Pact quality use character or spirit ability?

On page 108 of Street Magic, the Power Pact quality, it allows the character to use one of the spirit's powers. What it doesn't specifically say is the strength of the power when wielded by the ...
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What is the difference between a Subplot and a Goal?

In Storium there are Subplot cards and Goal cards. A Subplot is chosen by the player for his character at character creation. And a Goal is a card that can be picked up or give to the player by ...
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1answer
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Do prestige class levels advance an Ardent's number of mantles assumed?

Let's say I'm a level 7 Ardent/4 Ectopic Adept. That combination makes me, for all intents and purposes, a level 10 Ardent when it comes to manifesting powers. Would I, at that level, assume my 5th ...
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How should I handle retconning (or not) a session with a drunk player and character deaths?

What Happened Tonight, one of my players began the session pretty drunk. That's not the problem I need help with; it hasn't happened before, and if it becomes a thing then I can deal with that. But I ...
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D&D editions where Halflings can see in the dark?

I mostly play Pathfinder nowadays, where Halfling Bards sing tragic ballads about the thieves and scouts who "coulda been a contender" if only they had dark- (or even low-light) vision. I was just ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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Is there a free character builder for D&D 4e on Mac?

Is there a free character builder available for Dungeons and Dragons 4e on a Mac? Preferably, a user friendly one. I would like it to be a stat generator along with class and race selection, and ...
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If I mark a target as a battlemind do I need to stay within 1 square of the marked target?

I'm a new player in the DnD world playing with a group of semi new players. I chose the battlemind as my class and the group has had questions about mark since then. Most have been answered but we ...
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1answer
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How can I update my WFRP 1e character to 2e?

We have been playing a WFRP 1e game for many months now, my character has already gone through 3 or 4 careers. We have decided as a group to switch to WFRP 2e rules. But we are not sure how to go ...
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1answer
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What is the Magic Damage Die (MDD)?

I noticed that every spellcaster class have an entry called Magic Damage Die, or MDD. Sorcerers have a stated MDD of "d10", wizards a "d6", and so on. How exactly those numbers affect something in ...
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How to handle player weapon modification

In a game it got brought up that a frost creature is vulnerable to fire. Me being GM they ask if they can quote "drip their arrows in oil and light them on fire" to produce more damage against someone ...
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2answers
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Why can't I play cards on another challenge?

In a Storium game I am playing in I made a move in a scene against a challenge and now when I go to "make another move" I can not choose a challenge card or play any cards of any kind. In particular ...
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1answer
503 views

Flowing Monk + Reposition

I have a couple of questions regarding the flowing monks Redirection ability and utilizing combat maneuvers as attacks of opportunity. Flowing Monk At first level, as an immediate action, a flowing ...
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1answer
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True necromancer, caster level and animate dead

I was working on a True Necromancer (Libris mortis pag. 53) and I wanted to see how many undeads it can control. Assume the Necromancer is level 11, he comes from a cleric/3, wizard/3, true ...
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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?

In DnD 4e, the consequences for being hit by basic attacks are a simple loss of HP, and narration is what gives the basic attacks their 'spice'. The use of encounter and daily powers is the main ...
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1answer
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How do Feats work?

From what I understand from the Dead Winter RPG Rules Guide, all characters receive a Racial Feat at every even-numbered level, and a normal Feat at every odd-numbered level. What's the difference ...
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1answer
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Does Damage Reduction Stack?

In the DWRPG Rules Guide, there's a bunch of gear that gives Damage Reduction. In fact, almost every non-light armor (even skinplates) gives at least a bit of DR. This is also true for most ...
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How to read creature attack stats and defense stats

I am trying to setup a game for my players (GM). I am new to this and I am trying to figure out what some of these creature stats mean. Melee short sword +3 (1d6+1/19-20) Do I divide by 19-20, ...
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1answer
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D&D4e Ghostwalker: concealment when adjacent and hitting

The monk paragon path "Ghostwalker" adds this bonus to the player: Of Two Worlds (11th level): You have concealment against any enemy granting combat advantage to you. In addition, when any enemy ...
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How can I make my PCs flee?

My players never run away or avoid conflict. Ever. I throw them ridiculous encounters, they will stay and fight. If I tell them, "You know you're not gonna make it, just run," they stay and fight and ...
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Difference between a Tabletop RPG and Computer RPG?

How can I briefly describe the limitations of contemporary Computer Role Playing games comparing the traditional Tabletop Role Playing games. I am working on a presentation and I need to highlight ...
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3answers
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How do creature skills affect combat

Just trying to get a great grasp on creatures for better GMing and I ran across creature skils. I know players have skills and things like modifiers but how does telling me a creatures skills help me ...
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Which publications list alchemical items?

My character has just taken the Alchemist theme and can now make an item of his level or lower for free using a case of chemicals that costs 50gp (IMO, this theme is the only way to play anything like ...
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Why is a dice roll required when doing a creature hp check?

I am GM and trying to setup a Reign of Winter story for my players. I came across the small ice elemental's and they have hp that reads hp13 (2d10+2). I am still new to Pathfinder and wondering: what ...
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1answer
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Can players join mid-game?

In Storium a narrator can only start his first scene once at least one player has had their submitted character approved. However, it is not clear if once the scene and story has started if other ...
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4answers
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Throwing versatile weapons two-handed?

Most of the time, when you think of throwing a weapon like an axe or a spear, it's done with one hand. However, some weapons like the trident are versatile... is there anything that says you can or ...

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