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Do human wizards and clerics have to choose a level 1 spell for their bonus spells?

In Dungeon World, human clerics and wizards each get to pick a spell from the other caster class's spell list. Must the player choose a level 1 spell so they can actually use it, or can they choose a ...
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Enabling PC-driven Climate Change: is there a rules system to deal with PC created changes to the environment?

I am looking for a set of rules, (if possible a full game), that allow players to take an active part in changing the world, and its the world itself that's their greatest enemy. It could be a sci-fi ...
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Which rules should be used for a new power? Compendium / Char-builder, or the Dragon article which introduced it?

In the DND 4E Campaign I'm playing in, my Warlock has just reached 7th level. I've been wandering through the char builder options for his new Encounter power, and came across one called "Pain to ...
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Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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What is the “upcoming source book” mentioned in Shadowrun 4 FAQ?

In the SR4 FAQ, the answer to several questions about magic is "This question will be answered fully in an upcoming sourcebook." The questions unanswered include the following little wonders: If ...
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Can wizard's staff of defense class feature stack with Wizard Utility 2 Shield on the same triggering effect?

Staff of Defense class feature: ...once per encounter as an immediate interrupt, you gain a bonus to defense against one attack equal to your Constitution modifier. You can declare the ...
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Adding HD to Homunculus

My PC (Artifacer, now 6th level) has an existing Iron Defender. It was the bare minimum build for the homunculus, which I believe is 2 HD. If I want to increase the HD to 3, the Eberron book says ...
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Help building a Thief

Can someone explain how many Feats and Powers I should pick? I'm making a Rogue (Thief) from "Heroes of the Fallen Lands". In page 41 under skills, powers, and feats to refer my specific class ...
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Can you start your turn when you're dead?

In my epic game, I am playing a level 30 Keeper of the everflow. Keepers have a level 24 feature: Life Overflow (24th level): Once per day when you start your turn at 0 hit points or fewer, you ...
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Does a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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Which spells may I purchase for a PFS party member?

In Pathfinder Society, players aren't generally allowed to provide permanent help to other players. However, there is a note in the Guide to PFS Organized Play which says players may share gold for ...
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Are there any game mechanics for handling item condition in detail?

Many sources (ex) point out that a distinct advantage of non-metal armour is that it does not rust in the rain. Also, "adventurers", carrying all their belongings on their back, pretty often find ...
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Is there a method for sliding seamlessly from one system into another during a campaign?

Has anyone changed system/setting/genre but kept the characters during a campaign? Players can become very attached to their characters, even when the campaign/setting/genre or system is getting ...
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Are there any limits to the Hit Dice an artificer can apply to Homonculi

I am playing an artificer who is built around improving his homunculi rather than combat and as such I stared looking into ways to improve them, the most obvious being their Hit Dice. i was wondering ...
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How do I keep track of “hidden” in game variables without getting bogged down?

I'm currently designing a campaign that has a monumental amount of in-game variables to keep track of, which I'll need to check every time a certain kind of event happens. Reducing the number of ...
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What's an optimum build for a set-up character for Pathfinder Society character?

My wife plays a barbarian in Pathfinder Society that does massive amounts of damage when she is able to use Cleave. I decided to build a character that would reposition foes for her to cleave. What's ...
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Is there a way to give animals fine manipulators at low level?

My Pathfinder E6 group has run into a bit of a problem. One of our party members is a wraith camel alchemist, and another is a half-brass dragon giant spider artificer. The wraith camel has ghost ...
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What are some of the denizens of the Shadow Plane? [closed]

Important Note While I do understand that the DM is ostensibly God in his game. My GM does generally respect most things written in book. Explanation I have a character who is connected with the ...
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How similar is Star Wars Saga to DnD 4th edition?

Before Dnd 4th ed came out, a lot of articles were printed saying that Star Wars: Saga Edition was like a "preview" of Dnd 4th ed. Now I find myself going the opposite direction: taking a group ...
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Modeling a “Bob” in Dresden Files

I'm running a Dresden Files game, and I think my PCs need a Bob. Because I need a mouthpiece and exposition engine. But the description of Bob in Our World is skimpy at best, equating him to just a ...
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With a negative Strength value, how much damage can I do?

When skipping through the All Flesh Must Be Eaten rulebook, I noticed that you can create PCs with negative strength values (e.g., children). As hand weapons do damage based on that strength value, ...
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Working “add-on” powers system for DnD 3.x?

I'm deriving this question from my recent question about Skyrim's Shouts for DnD3.x. Is there an official or unofficial "add-on" system for DnD3.X (or Pathfinder) that introduces optional, extra ...
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How does 'Warp in the Weave' interact with moveable area-effects?

The level 6 Arcana utility power 'Warp in the Weave' (Dragon #385, p79) reads as follows: Trigger: A creature uses a burst or blast power that includes you. Effect: You spend a healing surge ...
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Do powers (especially miracles) require concentration?

A character that goes Berserk... cannot use any skills, Edges, or maneuvers that require concentration, including Shooting and Taunt, but not Intimidation How does this affect the use of ...
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What system produces characters that are easiest to convert to another system?

I have an idea for a game meant to introduce a wide variety of systems to my regular group so we can see what kind of things we like. The idea is that the characters would be planeswalkers or possibly ...
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Do penalty modifiers in ranged combat really stack?

The rules state in Pathfinder that if someone is standing in the way of your ranged attack, that opponent gets soft cover, which is +4 AC. On top of this, the ranged attacker takes a -4 penalty to ...
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How to keep track of statuses and conditions?

Every round someone is getting dazed, marked, bloodied, quarried, cursed, blinded, slowed, penalized, buffed, stunned, or taking ongoing damage... the list goes on. At paragon tier with a six-player ...
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Can Arcane Powers be used with double action?

Is there anything preventing someone with Arcane Background from using two Powers in one turn, taking a -2 penalty to each cast attempt? Using Powers As an action, a character may use a ...
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Can anyone search for traps?

I'm curious as to whether any character can search for traps, or only someone with an ability like the rogue's trapfinding ability.
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Does Teleportation provoke the shaman opportunity action Spirit's Prey?

From compendium: Spirit's Prey (Opportunity action) Trigger: An enemy leaves a square adjacent to your spirit companion without shifting Target: The triggering enemy Effect: One ally ...
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Can a Holy Healer's Staff also be Accurate?

I am currently playing a Cleric (Templar). I multiclassed to Sentinel Initiate [Druid] which gives me proficiency with staff implements, and I took Superior Implement Training (accurate staff). ...
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Understanding stealth and ambushing

I was looking at this map and realized I have a problem understanding stealth. The guys indicated with letters are ambushing. Does that mean that they're using active stealth against passive ...
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Why shouldn't I use fully statted PC characters as NPC antagonists in D&D 4E?

According to the DMG (187), NPCs in 4e seem to be run as a weird sort of template halfway between a monster and a PC - you don't generate an actual character with a full array of powers and feats. Is ...
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Any GM headaches or canon reasons not to let resurrected PCs fight their reanimated corpses?

Given that, a character can be dissolved in acid and resurrected A body isn't necessary for resurrection. Also, given that, a dark cleric/necromancer can raise a dead body to fight It seems ...
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What is Ghost Wire, and where is it in the books?

Recently, a freind of mine used an item called "ghost wire". I have never heard of this item before and couldn't find it any of my books, so I had to use some on the spot rulings as to its use. Can ...
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Can Helpers Retry Spellcraft Magic Item Identification Checks?

The specific case is by identifying magical items with Spellcraft in Pathfinder. In a group, it is possible instead of making single skill checks that one (generally the one with the higher bonus) ...
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When should I put an NPC card on the table?

I'm running a game of Diaspora, which is my first FATE based game. The manual talks about playing with everything in the open and I'm all for that, but when should I actually make up a card for an ...
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Looking for survivalist compound materials

I'm running a post-apocalyptic campaign in GURPS 4E, and the PCs are probably going down the path where their arch villain will be the leader of a survivalist group that has some crazy notions and ...
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Does the Jump power used on someone else cause them to provoke attacks of opportunity?

With the 2nd level wizard utility power, Jump, if I use it on someone else and they perform the jump, and the jump takes them past or through threatened squares (or they are currently in melee), do ...
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What published adventures are there that focus on nanotech?

I'm looking for some fresh ideas for adventures centered on nanotech and I don't care about what system they come from. I plan to adapt them for my own use so I may or may not use the system/setting ...
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Does the knife master ability stack with prestige classes?

I'm making a villain for a campaign, and he's going to be an assassin/rogue combo. I wanted him to have a bit more bite, though, so I decided to make him a knife master. Would the sneak stab ability ...
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Character Generation for WFRP Hogshead edition

My gaming group pulled out some old books, and we found Warhammer Fantasay RP. The book was published in 1995, and the owner thought it was second edition. Wikipedia tells us it's first edition. ...
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Where is the ally sheet? Is it good as an NPC sheet?

The SWD:EE mentions a donwloadable Ally Sheet. I found several fan made ally sheets (some pretty slick) but couldn't find it in the official site. Was it removed? I plan to begin GMing soon and ...
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How likely would a character be to identify a Futura morph?

I have a player who is playing a member of the Lost generation and since we're just starting is required to be in a Futura morph. Part of the backstory I've laid out for the game is that the ...
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Does a large creature take damage moving through a Wall of Fire?

Here's the situation, a large creature moves next to a Wall of Fire. W CCW CCW W Next it moves into the wall, taking damage W CC CC W Then it moves again W CC CC W ...
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Should a Spellscale caster bother with metamagic feats?

I know the Spellscale's Blood Quickening ability can grant you temporary feats for a day, including limited-use metamagic feats, but would this make it worth forgoing the actual feats themselves?
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Can a creature shift while swimming?

The party I was DMing for was fighting in a sewer passage with small water ways running through the passage, and some questions came up about movement and water. The DM's guide 1 explains some ...
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Is there a distinction between skill and knowledge checks?

On page 26 of the DMG it describes knowledge checks as giving the players particular information, such as a history check to identify a region. But wouldn't a skill check be the same? Or does the ...
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Buff the mighty - half-pint?

Are there any small sized creatures with a bonus to their strength score? Ideally, I'd like one/some with as close an ECL to zero as possible.
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What games have good treatments of sub-Saharan Africa, or fantasy analogues?

I'm aware of Atlas Games' Nyambe, and I read the Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom sourcebook that White Wolf released for Vampire some years back. Which other books treat the area well, or at least as a ...

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