5
votes
9answers
315 views

What is best practice for auditioning a prospective new player?

Continuing on this question how is the best way to set up an auditioning session? What gamewise should you do differently? What are the expectations on the group and the potential new person? What is ...
4
votes
1answer
167 views

What system to run a Byronic Fantasy?

I want to run a game, but I actually, for once, don't have a system in mind. I'm looking for a good system, rules light to minimalist. Please recommend one, including why that system can best match ...
15
votes
5answers
509 views

Specific Items In A Group Social Contract?

Some gaming groups actually do a formal social contract, wherein they explicitly set some of the expectations and rules for the gaming group. What items should a group considering doing a social ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

Where can I find desert random encounter tables?

The players in my Greyhawk campaign are about to enter the Bright Desert, and I'd like to use some desert-specific random encounter tables — does anyone have anything suitable? Edition is irrelevant, ...
3
votes
2answers
575 views

Where can I find miniatures for AD&D monsters?

This is a follow-on to this question. I am looking specifically for only monster, not character or NPC, miniatures from the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

How does a DM define a Skill Check value?

When a DM says make a skill check, how do they decide what value they need to beat?
16
votes
6answers
1k views

How can I prevent teleportation in 4e?

In our gaming group, our storyteller loves to use creatures with teleportation abilities. This is starting to get frustrating since as soon as a creature is bloodied, it teleports away with its next ...
5
votes
2answers
280 views

How can I judge rarity of monsters?

One of the things I like about 4e is the scalability of monsters. If I say, for example, that kobolds are common I can then make then the most common monster for encounters for quite a few levels. ...
4
votes
1answer
101 views

Do any editions of DnD have race/monster stats for Moggs?

I always liked including a variety of sub races or demographics for the major nations and races in my games. I'd always wanted more variety to goblins; not goblin-oids (Bugbears/Hobgoblins) but plain ...
5
votes
4answers
272 views

Making Sanity/Stability rules for gods more interesting

In Trail of Cthulhu, the rules for seeing a Great Old One or Outer God work as follows. Make a Stability roll, then take additional Stability and Sanity loss, using the table on p.86. This is ...
4
votes
1answer
178 views

Does Arcane Resistance work against inherent abilities?

If a creature has an ability that is like a power. For example, an undead with fear ability. Are the character allowed to save using their Arcane Resistance Edge?
18
votes
16answers
780 views

Experience for Role Playing

Ok so I haven't played in a while (since the 2nd edition) but do any of the newer D&D editions' books (most likely the DM Guide) have guidelines for granting experience for exceptional role ...
2
votes
1answer
180 views

What Investigative advice is in Mutant City Blues but not elsewhere?

What Investigative rules and advice is in Mutant City Blues but not elsewhere in GUMSHOE games?
16
votes
5answers
469 views

What can I learn from playtesters?

As a roleplaying game designer, I'm interested in discovering the range of useful feedback that can be solicited from external playtesters. Assume a rule-set and playtest document is all the contact I ...
6
votes
4answers
277 views

Adapting Kafka's The Trial to a scenario

Last evening I had the priviledge of seeing quite an ... interesting ... adaptation of Kafka's The Trial. I am wondering if the community has any suggestions on the best ways to adapt it (or other ...
7
votes
6answers
2k views

Fair replacement rule for D&D 4e item creation?

My group is very dissatisfied with the item creation rule in D&D 4e. Specifically the fact that it costs exactly as much to create an item as it does to buy it. The problem is: The economics ...
7
votes
5answers
4k views

Written language alphabets

To add more flavor, I want to create documents written in the actual script. I remember awhile back seeing examples of the Common/Elven/Dwarven alphabets for instance, but can not recall where I can ...
6
votes
9answers
2k views

Good RPG for pirate-oriented setting

What good, popular setting you have used for "Pirates of the Caribbean" types of adventures? What makes it good for running a pirate game?
5
votes
3answers
411 views

How can I make GUMSHOE combats more dynamic?

In GUMSHOE what can be done to make the combats more dynamic, more exciting?
3
votes
2answers
536 views

Introductory campaign for Interface Zero

I would like to run an Interface Zero campaign, but it is my first contact with the game and I have played Cyberpunk 2020 years ago. Could you describe some good concept for introductory campaign, ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

What is the DC for Crafting an arrow?

In 3.5e D&D, what is the DC for Crafting an arrow or quiver of arrows? The table on p71 of the PHB gives DCs of 5, 10, 15 and 20 for a Very Simple, Typical, High Quality and Complex/Superior Item, ...
2
votes
3answers
93 views

What is the best way to use extended contests in Gumshoe?

I need a good, solid mechanic for extended contests in GUMSHOE. An ideal one would work for a wide variety of situations, such as chases and cat-and-mouse games.
10
votes
5answers
785 views

Creating realistic newspaper articles

For a "wall of crazy" I want as a prop in an upcoming horror game I need some quite a few newspaper articles. What tools and techniques can I use to create them?
8
votes
5answers
1k views

What is the relationship between Yuan-Ti and Nagas?

Yuan-ti are snake humanoids. Nagas are snake humanoids. What are the differences? What different roles do they serve? Is there in-game history about this?
14
votes
0answers
359 views

How does a GM know they have done enough prep? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When GMing a game, how much should you prepare in advance? How do you, as a GM, keep from getting into an endless prep loop and to know when you have enough to run a ...
6
votes
6answers
380 views

What skills can be used to pierce the 4th wall?

One of my PCs (a Cleric of Bahamut) pondered aloud: "Can I use my Insight to determine why my God has brought us here?" There was some entertaining discussion on whether that should be a Religion ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I keep my Blood Mage alive?

I just made it to paragon tier! My wizard Bai has been focused on area damage with some control effects, especially slowed(save ends). I use Orb Mastery to make the opponents' saves more difficult for ...
18
votes
5answers
635 views

What makes a skill challenge great?

What makes a skill challenge a good one. What makes then enjoyable and fun? What ways can we make them memorable?
13
votes
7answers
718 views

Can you use a mirror to get line of sight?

Some spells only require line of sight for targeting. Can you use a mirror to look around a corner and target your foe? For example, Magic Missile: The missile strikes unerringly, even if the ...
2
votes
2answers
104 views

Flashbacks and atemporality in a scene in Dogs in the Vineyard

When running Dogs, I ran the "a possessed axe murderer tries to kill you in your sleep." In discussion afterwards, the players were trying to figure out appropriate escalations from the player asleep, ...
3
votes
3answers
112 views

Engaging the other players at the table in a small-scope conflict in Dogs in the Vineyard

As the opening scene of my Dogs in the Vineyard game, I ran the "an Axe murderer tries to kill you in your sleep" conflict. The conflict went fairly well, though the other two at the table were less ...
3
votes
3answers
206 views

How to represent Tradecraft in GUMSHOE?

How can you represent good tradecraft in GUMSHOE-based games, such as Esoterrorists? That is, the techniques used in espionage, the topics or techniques (dead drops, for example).
13
votes
1answer
266 views

Can you voluntarily suppress damage resistance?

I have Resist 10 Fire. I get hit for 13 points of fire damage, so normally, under these circumstances, I'd take 3 points of fire damage. What if, because of another ability that triggers on becoming ...
4
votes
3answers
228 views

How large is the zone when targeting a large creature with Spirit of the Hawk's Wind?

Spirit of the Hawk's WindDDI is an interesting power. It is a close burst 5 that targets one creature. Further, as an effect, it creates a zone in a burst 3 centered on the target. My question - ...
10
votes
3answers
581 views

What are the properties of Shaman Spirit?

I've run around 8 encounters with a shaman and his spirit, and many questions about it's properties have been raised. Is the spirit unsubstantial? Does the spirit float? The spirit is supposedly ...
8
votes
2answers
380 views

What about Arete / Masteries and Dark Heroes?

I just received World of Darkness: Mirrors, and I'm quite interested in house rules describing dark heroes (usually über humans in a fantasy setting). Problem is: I just don't understand how the Dark ...
10
votes
4answers
681 views

Good Lich Resources

I'm trying to develop a plot were a cult leader is trying to become a lich. Do any of the currently published D&D 4e books provide any canon for this?
4
votes
5answers
833 views

What materials create the highest quality items? [closed]

I'm wondering what materials would be considered the best for creating top-quality items? For example, in real life, things like diamonds or titanium alloys are considered hard/strong. In role ...
5
votes
3answers
236 views

Using Powers During A Rest

The below excerpts are from the D&DI Compendium entry on "Short Rest", referencing PHB 1. No Strenuous Activity: You have to rest during a short rest. You can stand guard, sit in place, ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

In Nobilis what is the positive benefit of a Bond?

Bonds seem to be more than just a liability, these are the things that are important to a character, and given the very correspondence driven nature of the Nobilis cosmology would see to be a ...
5
votes
1answer
62 views

How do Aspect Miracles and Auctoritas interact?

In Nobilis does the Auctoritas defend against Aspect Miracles? What would this look like, i.e. how best to roleplay to avoid "forcefield" phenomena.
2
votes
1answer
488 views

How can I download the Dungeon and Dragon pdfs?

Several answers to What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you? mention PDFs of Dungeon and Dragon. Where can I find the link to download the pdfs?
5
votes
6answers
608 views

Differences between point-based character advancements and class/level-based character advancement?

What are some of the differences between using point-based character advancement systems (like Mutants and Masterminds, or Hero System) and class/level-based advancement systems (like in DnD or ...
8
votes
2answers
563 views

What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you?

This relates to another question that was just recently asked: What is DDI (D&D Insider)? What kinds of materials does DDI give you that you retain access to "offline" (including if you ...
9
votes
3answers
890 views

Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
4
votes
1answer
245 views

Do you need line of sight to cast spell with Divine Ward?

I suspect so, since you needed to touch the person in the first place, which, clearly, requires line of sight. But how good of a line of sight? Can you do it to someone with cover? Even so, the feat ...
3
votes
1answer
166 views

What Investigative Skills for Trail of Cthulhu at time of Sun King?

For a Trail of Cthulhu scenario set during the reign of the Sun King in France (1643 to 1715) what Investigative skills would I keep, remove and add?
7
votes
2answers
167 views

Amount of treasure based on number of monsters encountered?

The Monster Manual (1st Edition) indicates the number of monsters encountered and the treasure type. In general, I like these guidelines. But say for instance, I'm rolling for number of troglodytes ...
11
votes
8answers
424 views

10-100 Troglodytes is too many!

I'm picking on troglodytes as an example. In MMI, the number of troglodytes appearing in their lair(cave system/dungeon) is 10-100. Troglodytes are a nice, not-too-tough, HD2 monster with some ...
2
votes
6answers
255 views

How do you handle player wishlists?

In 4e it almost seems a requirement to allow player wishlists for magic items. How do you manage these? How do you ensure parity? How do the new rarity levels impact this?

15 30 50 per page