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Preventing character skill from impeding player enjoyment

Let's consider a player, whom we shall call Bob. Bob loves exciting gunfights and is a big John Woo fan. So he makes up "Shooty McShootenstein," who is a master with a gun. One thing that Bob is not ...
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Intimidation in D&D 4e - What can it be used for and what are the consequences for doing so?

I'm a Halfling Warlock with a +17 to my rolls in Intimidation. As such I want to be able to make use of this as much as I can. So far I've only really used it to force bloodied targets to surrender. ...
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How do I reduce the number of encounters in D&D 4E without reducing the difficulty?

4E is setup very well for long chains of battles, especially in the form of a dungeon crawl. However, sometimes it doesn't make sense to constantly be in chains of combat. Here are but a few examples: ...
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Does taking levels in a prestige class cause XP Penalty?

In D&D 3.5, does taking levels in a prestige class cause the XP penalty like multiclassing does? Please provide the source of the answer so I can show it to my players.
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W40K: Arbitrator not very successful

Some months ago I joined an advanced (in term of career) W40K/Dark Heresy campaign with an Arbitrator, the master is good and the players are funny and prepared. But honestly I'm not sure how an ...
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Making epic combat interesting and challenging but not complicated

I'm running up on the tail end of a year-and-a-half 4e campaign, and epic levels are exhausting to GM. Everyone has more weird powers than you can shake a dragon at, and that includes the NPCs ...
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What is the Stormwind Fallacy?

In the context of another Question here, the Stormwind Fallacy was brought up. What exactly is the Stormwind Fallacy and how is connected to optimization?
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Can I double move or use a standard action after using Scion of Arkhosia's Overland Flight?

In combat, can my Dragonborn Barbarian use the Scion of Arkhosia's overland flight 12 in combat, move the 12 squares given by the overland flight from the paragon path, land, then use a standard ...
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How fast is the Exploration Speed of a Greater Flying Carpet with two riders?

Straight to the references: Greater Flying Carpet (Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium p85) A greater flying carpet carries creatures and objects at a speed of fly 6 and can hover. A character on ...
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Tips and pitfalls for a variable-size group

My gaming group has very fluid attendance. From week to week it's been known to fluctuate between ten and two players, usually hovering around three to five. I've become reasonably adept at building ...
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Favored Class Bonus at 1st Level?

So, it doesn't seem entirely clear from the Core Rulebook: does one get the favored class bonus (+1 to hp or +1 skill) at first level? I wouldn't have thought so, but I notice that the Hero Lab ...
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Is there any good place on the internet that hosts monster playtests?

I've been a DM for a while for 3.5. I've run many NPC characters, however only a small fraction of monsters out of the books (comparatively). Also, I like to use templates liberally as well as advance ...
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Does a monster that saves against effect that gets reapplied by Dark Reach of Xevut get to save again?

In response to a monster saving against a dominate effect at the end of its turn, I successfully hit with Dark Reach of Xevut and chose to apply the dominate back to the same monster as an immediate ...
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Pathfinder DR and ability damage

In Pathfinder does Damage Reduction (e.g. the barbarians DR 2/- for e.g.) reduce the ability damage from, say, a Greater Shadow (1d8 Strength)?
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How can I safely represent non-combat fire magic?

I'm looking for something to visually represent non-combat fire magic. It needs to be small enough to carry discretely, short range (to reduce the risk of setting people on fire), cool- flames and ...
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What Resources are available to expand my critical hit multiplier?

I've recently developed an interest in critical hits, and I'm looking to create the largest critical multiplier possible. Note that I'm not asking about critical threat range - I'm familiar with that ...
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Why is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e?

Using a hand crossbow is simpler and easier than using a light/heavy crossbow, isn't? So out of what considerations is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e? In 4e, Hand Crossbow is ...
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Can commissions be purchased while on Campaign by using a servant or intermediary in Paris?

In en-garde, commissions may only be purchased in Paris on the weekend. Instead of using weekend leave, can commissions be purchased using a servant or intermediary in Paris while remaining on ...
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Should players know the details about campaign moves

One of the principles of Dungeon World is: Never speak the name of your move. But let's say I have a new general move or a campaign move for the players. For instance a move for a political campaign ...
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Good resources for Star Wars Saga Edition

I was wondering if anyone knew where some good resources for SWSE (Star Wars: Saga Edition) would be. They closed down their official site besides the Dawn of Defiance campaign.
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What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?

On the one hand, this is a pretty newb question: I’m not familiar with 4e and do not actually know what a Basic Attack is. That sort of question, however, I could answer by simply opening the ...
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How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?

Numerous powers, and other game actions grant melee basic attacks, or trigger on MBAs. My fighter is going to primarily use Cleave (combined with Deft Hurler and the Warden's First Hunter PP) as his ...
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Differences between D&D 3.X and previous editions

In my quest of learning about Dragonlance setting I came upon an adventure module set in D&D 2nd edition and now I am curious about what the previous editions were all about. I have tried to look ...
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How can I use the skill system from D&D3e in AD&D2e?

How can I use the skill system from 3rd edition in a 2nd edition game? Are there any problems with just adding it as-is? Are there any good houserules online? Personal experience is much appreciated. ...
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Low-random, low-dice fantasy rpg system

In my endless struggle to find RPG systems which suit my style of game mastering I've made my way through endless pages of results on the RPGGeek with no avail, so once again I am going to surrender ...
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How does attending Military Academy work in time sequence?

One can increase their Military Ability by attending the Military Academy. The higher your MA the longer it takes to increase it. How does attending the Academy work in conjunction with the timing ...
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What does insubstantial mean?

We've seen a few powers that make a creature insubstantial now, but we haven't been able to find out what it means. What does it mean and where can we get a clear definition?
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What options in the Laundry system might make a character significantly more powerful than his group?

What skills sets are a game breaker and would make one PC much more powerful than the rest? Or How would you optimise a character so that they were incredibly more powerful than a "standard" ...
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How is HD determined in Animate Dead?

I have a dread necromancer playing in my game and I've been wondering if we're interpreting the Animate Dead spell correctly. Since the player isn't one to review the rules of spells herself, I've ...
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“High on Magic” - how original is it?

I have written a RPG called "Chuť magie" - it's in Czech and it means literary "Taste of Magic", but I'd definitely call it "High on Magic" in English. I'm not planning to translate it to English ...
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Multiple attacks with a dancing weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the dancing weapon enchantment says it 'fights for four rounds using the base attack bonus of the one who loosed it'. Does that mean if my base attack bonus is +6/+1, the weapon will also ...
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Do military ranks transfer between regiments?

If a character has joined a regiment and they decide to join another instead do they retain the same rank they achieved in their previous regiment or do they have to buy their rank again? E.g. If ...
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Does a scout get skirmish extra damage on a ready action or AOO?

I'm asking because I'm confused after reading the errata of the skirmish ability in the complete adventurer. Original: She deals an extra 1d6 points of damage on all attacks she makes during ...
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How does a DM deal with characters leveling up too quickly for the module, due to side-quests/ random encounters?

My group and I are playing the Thunderspire Labryinth adventure for 4th edition, levels 4-6, and our DM added in a lot cool side-quests and random encounters. The only problem is that now we are ...
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Making an actual system for “playing war”

When I was a kid, we used to play soldiers on a field outside the school. We would make our own toy guns out of wood and make camps, sniping each other in the tall grass. It was a bit like a ...
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Are there PnP RPGs based on Moorcock's “non-Elric” works?

As the title of the Q says. Are there any PnP RPGs based on those works of Michael Moorcock whose (anti)hero is not Elric?
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What Roleplaying Games Come/Came With a Video?

I've got a player for a one-off that I'm running at the weekend who says that he's roleplayed before, but can't remember what it was. All he can remember is that it came with a video and "had a box". ...
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How do I know which regiments are lower social standing?

For joining regiments the rules state: "A player who unsuccessfully attempts to join a regiment may apply to other regiments in the same week, but may only apply to regiments of lower social ...
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When I use a multiclass move to choose Animal Companion, do I get Command for free?

I want to make my Templar (modified Paladin) into a mounted knight using Animal Companion and Command. Could I use a single instance of a multiclass move, or would I need to use two moves?
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How to implement dual-classing in a non-levelled RPG game?

I'm working on an alternate ruleset for a tabletop pen-and-paper RPG (like D&D). Recently I've been toying the idea of abolishing a level system. However, I don't want to remove the ability for a ...
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How much detail should I include in medieval maps for players?

I am running a campaign in the Eberron (DnD) setting, but really, this question could apply to anyone running a game in a medieval setting. I wanted to know what level of detail/accuracy to include ...
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What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them?

Miniatures traditionally are expensive and time-consuming to paint. Plus, most of us aren't great artists. If I'm playing a game that requires miniatures of some kind, but people aren't sticklers for ...
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Do pregnancies apply at the Bawdyhouse?

These is a chance to get your mistress (or wife) pregnant during each "romantic encounter". At a Bawdyhouse you can purchase female companionship. Are you able to get a female companion pregnant at ...
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Does forced movement provoke OA with polearm gamble?

In DnD 4e, I wield a Glaive with Heavy Blade Opportunity and Polearm Gamble. If my defender ally slides an enemy adjacent to me on his turn, can I use an at-will attack power on the enemy?
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Can an Eidolon apply a reach evolution to a weapon attack?

Can an Eidolon apply a reach evolution to a weapon attack (such as a polearm)? The wording of the reach evolution does not seem to refer to natural attacks as most other Eidolon attack abilities do. ...
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 3rd and 4th edition that I should know about?

I've played a decent amount of Shadowrun 3rd edition, and recently joined a group of players who play 4th ed. I know I'm going to get confused and turned about- In summary, what's changed that I ...
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Can you strike an enemy in melee with an implement?

The warlock in my group fell off a ladder and lost an arm. Where he used to have both a dagger and an implement, he can hold only his implement (rod) now. Can he, both mechanically and realistically ...
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Preparing a one-shot with FATE

I was thinking of doing a one-shot Fate game the next time my main group is missing folk. I'd be using the new Fate Core rules. None of us have ever played any version of Fate before, but we're all ...
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How can specialisation be balanced in In Nomine?

In a lot of games of roll-under you can max a stat by specialising in it, making the roll auto-succeed. Example: I played an angel of Novalis with a high will. As an after thought I bought Aikido ...
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NPC Ships for Rogue Trader

Anyone know of a good list of premade ships for Rogue Trader? I'd like to build up a good collection to choose from for some one off sessions I plan to run at a Con this year.

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