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Brutal Weapon Property and the Bugbear's Oversized Weapons ability

So I was playing around in the D&D character builder and made a bugbear barbarian that used an execution axe. The Execution axe has a normal damage die of 1d12 but the bugbear racial ability bumps ...
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Arcanist Bloodline Development and Familiars

So I made a Level 1 human arcanist and picked up the exploits Bloodline Development: Arcane and Familiar (level 1 exploit and level 1 feat Extra Arcanist Exploit). For the Arcane Bloodline ...
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Is there a disadvantage I'm missing to starting outside my “main” class?

I am planning a character as a level 1 Rogue / 19 Wizard. If I take the Rogue level first, I get a bunch of skill, weapon, tool, and armour proficiencies I wouldn't get if I started Wizard and ...
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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?

I want to run a campaign in a fantasy-setting. I want there to be a primary focus on travel, adventure, swordplay and sorcery, with the option of pursuing more diplomatic solutions to problems. I ...
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How do I let players know that not every encounter has to be hack and slash? [duplicate]

My players kind of have a habit of, "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, WE MUST KILL IT!" Recently they came across a small goblin camp and one of them (who speaks goblin) verbally ...
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Summoning, Unsummoning and Familiars

For the simplicity of the question, let's call Alice to the first Summoner and Bob the second. Bob will always be the one trying to disrupt Alice's summoned creatures. I understand that when two ...
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210 views

Why are the recommended DCs grouped by 3's?

In the 4th edition DMGs (DMG p42, DMG2 p80), recommended DCs for easy, moderate, and hard situations are provided in tables. What's interesting is that the levels in the left-hand column are grouped ...
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1answer
195 views

What's a good Difficulty for a 5-aspect 20-skill point FATE game?

I have both played and GMed FATE 2.0 a lot but, while deciding the target number for rolls as a GM has somehow always been easy, knowing what difficulties to expect as a player for a long time was ...
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Can a character target multiple enemies with multiattack? Can they be separated?

The actual term "multiattack" only shows up in the PHB a few times, but it never indicates whether the subsequent attack is restricted to the same target as the first one. Because it is never ...
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Drawing and sheathing a weapon in 5e, and the actions required

I've seen this question asked about 4e, and I think I've found the passage in the 5e PHB that answers the question, but I'd like to make sure I understand this correctly before I impose it on my game. ...
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1answer
422 views

Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...
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Are there limits or costs to Wishing forever for ability score increases?

Are there any drawbacks to using a wish spell to increase ability scores? If not then what would stop players from just using wish repeatedly and raising their ability scores to 30? I'm just getting ...
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GM burn-out concerning worlds and systems

I've been primarily and almost exclusively a GM for long, long years. I still enjoy GMing, and I'd like to keep doing it. However, I've lost interest in practically all of the games and worlds we used ...
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Transitioning from GM to Player; or how to recover from GM burnout

A few months ago, I reached the point of "GM burnout." Having been (almost) the exclusive GM for our group for several years, and seeing the number of players and their commitment dwindle combined ...
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What's the best way to deal with a group that combines lazy and proactive players? [closed]

My group has been fun to play with and likable; we're a group of friends that enjoy the hobby and like to adventure into many different genres and settings, however as a Game Master, there's a problem ...
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1answer
218 views

Dealing with an Aquatic Troll?

The situation: Our group is ninth level. During combat, one of the PCs was pulled into the water by an aquatic troll. We then paralyzed the troll, and used a telekinetic spell to lift the PC out of ...
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253 views

Does corruption affect the choices you make?

We have begun to take a trip into the mind of our Rogue Trader, and in his self-discovery, he has quite plainly taken the path of Chaos, and is taking corruption points by the handful (took 30 in one ...
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511 views

What should we do with a player who can't deal with a tough decision and has brought the game to a halt?

One of our players (Bob) is in turmoil over what should be done with the dead Deathguard with intact Gene-seed we found. The options we see are to Pawn the corpse, sell it, throw it in a dumpster. ...
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1answer
996 views

How to identify a spell being cast?

My players want to be able to identify a spell being cast by another spellcaster like it was possible in 3.5 with the Spellcraft skill. So are there any rules, spells, feats, class features or ...
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1answer
1k views

Buttering up the Brainless — Social checks on unintelligent npcs?

Does Pathfinder have options for using Diplomacy to befriend or interact mindless creatures, such as oozes, zombies, golems or plants? What about Intimidate checks for instructing these sorts? If it ...
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3answers
602 views

Techniques to improvise and run interesting social and mundane scenes

Last session (I GM Traveller, a hard science fiction rpg) I realized my lack of skills when I found myself willing to spend some minutes in playing a scene involved a 3 years old child causing trouble ...
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1answer
388 views

How can you safely handle one of the PCs being central to the plot?

I'm trying my hand at writing my own RPG campaign, but I've run into a potentially fatal flaw in my story idea in that it's dependent upon a rather specific kind of character being a member of the ...
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1answer
581 views

How can I best train my two animal companions for attack and utility? [closed]

I obtained two wolves from my spell-less ranger class using the Additional Animal Companion talent. My ranger is level 4, with all feats (so far) from archery. I want to be more of a ...
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1answer
225 views

Does a power improve with your level?

Do powers "level up" with your character? In other words, does a power's effect ever increase with your level, or is it stuck doing exactly the same thing as when you first got it? For example, if I ...
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1answer
955 views

Does a level 9+ Synthesist Summoner have Multiattack when fused with their eidolon?

An eidolon normally gets Multiattack as a bonus feat if they have 3 or more natural weapons at level 9. However, a Synthesist Summoner's eidolon does not have any feat of their own. So, my question ...
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1answer
138 views

Free-floating magical effects and planetary rotation [closed]

Many magic systems allow the creation of magical effects such as teleportation portals which are not anchored to a physical object, but rather conjured floating in the air. However, many settings are ...
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572 views

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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1answer
97 views

How long would the example session in the MouseGuard corebook be?

I'm trying to learn MouseGuard. So far, the snags are as follow: I just finished a first read through. I haven't GMed or played the game. It feels like there are a lot of moving parts to keep track ...
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2answers
260 views

How do I deal with exploding dice ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?

We love playing with Super Powers companion 2nd Edition since it gives us all the flexibility for character creation we want while preventing the usage of the simplistic Powers found on the base core ...
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5answers
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How do I quit a long-term game gracefully?

I've been in a game for a while and I've been distracted for several sessions because the game simply hasn't been very interesting to me. The setting and story set by the GM aren't very gripping and ...
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2answers
2k views

Running a one shot session in Dungeon World. How?

I'm going to GM a session of Dungeon World this saturday. My problem is that the book doesn't really deal with one-shot sessions in any detail. It discusses how to make sessions in great length ...
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2answers
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Does a Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to the sneak attack dice as well?

The ability description states (emphasis mine): The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks attempted against that opponent, and a +1 bonus ...
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5answers
437 views

Magical machines in the Shadowrun canon?

Are there devices in the canonical Shadowrun universe that explicitly fuse magic with technology? A real node where magic and machine not just meet but become one? Disclaimer: I haven't finished ...
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How do you figure Attributes from an MR?

I'm talking about Tunnels & Trolls, of course -- where monsters have a Monster Rating (MR), and that's all they need! ...usually. It gets sketchy (for me, anyway) when you, the GM, want your ...
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0answers
134 views

Roleplaying play-by-post game for one [closed]

I spent quite some time trying to come up with such concept. By play-by-post I mean some kind of game of fiction, in writing. For the single person. What I'm looking for is some set of rules so that ...
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2answers
422 views

Are druids, rangers and elves opposed to the more “civilized” people? [closed]

The Forgotten Realms has nature oriented races and classes - like Elves from the High Forest, Druids and Rangers. How would these races and classes act if someone enters their woods and ritual places? ...
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Making weapon choices that count, and more realistic/interesting weapons [closed]

Due to the nature of DnD core its tropes and builds, weapon types rarely count. Enchantments, especially at higher levels, are what count. Your weapon damage die and type rarely count, and the game ...
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1answer
818 views

Does a Dracolich possessing a new corpse reform as its original type or as the corpse's type?

In the 5th Edition Monster Manual, it states the following under the Dracolich Phylacteries section: If a dracolich's physical form is ever destroyed, its spirit returns to the gem as long as the ...
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1answer
980 views

Does using wild shape allow extra movement?

If a human druid(30 ft/round), in combat/initiative, uses all their movement speed, than wild shapes into a brown bear(40 ft/round), do they get to move again? If not, what is the formula for his ...
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7answers
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Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner

I'm currently running a pathfinder game and am running into balance problems with a Master Summoner. It's a low level game (started from level 1) and the summoner is currently level 4 but about to ...
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7answers
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How to keep track of campaign timeline?

Introduction I've been playing table top RPGs for some twelve years now, both as a player and a frequent DM. During this time, I've had maybe half a dozen campaigns and none of them have been ...
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1answer
701 views

Does a dragon's alternate form get class levels?

Are there particular rules or limitations to giving class levels to a dragon's alternate form? In context I'm working on ideas for a 3.5 campaign where the primary antagonist is a Red Dragon with the ...
3
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1answer
184 views

Using Dodge (Mythic) as an Immediate Action

Dodge (Mythic) The bonus to AC from Dodge increases by 1. As an immediate action, you can expend one use of mythic power to grant yourself an additional +10 dodge bonus to AC against one attack. ...
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2answers
224 views

How can I gain a combat advantage with a bluff check?

I've read the following thing in wizards.com compendium: "Once per encounter, a creature can try to gain combat advantage against a target by making a Bluff check." So, I have two questions about ...
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2answers
640 views

Do I need to play the original Call of Cthulhu before Achtung! Cthulhu?

Previously I've wanted to get into Call of Cthulhu, but hadn't ever gotten around to it. I found out about Achtung! Cthulhu, created by Modiphius, which can be played within the Call of Cthulhu world. ...
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1answer
120 views

How do chases work when multiple characters are involved on both sides?

I am new to the Wolsung system and reading the rulebook, I'm not sure how conflicts play out when there are multiple PCs and enemies involved. At a guess I would say extras (or mooks, if you want to ...
1
vote
1answer
308 views

How can I get my players to “go down the rabbit hole”?

So here's where we're at in the game. I've been running prelude to Hunter as if it is actual story. So the outcome is basically set. Two of the PC's are/were related, and the motivation is that the ...
7
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3answers
664 views

What's a reasonable rule for relaxing item creation feat requirements?

I have a cleric who will be 7th level (as soon as I give XP). He is the brains, heart and soul of the party. He also has big plans. As a DM I try to allow my players some leg-room when it comes to ...
6
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0answers
285 views

Today, War (domain) changes [closed]

I am running a war cleric, but my DM and I have noticed a problem with the War domain. The official War domain is as follows: War Free Martial Weapon Proficiency with deity’s favored weapon ...
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1answer
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