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Can you multiclass and use 2 different core class archetypes?

Can you multiclass and use 2 different core class archetypes, e.g. Fighter and Ranger archetypes, assuming no replaced skills overlap? Or are archetypes only for your first class - the one you choose ...
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Good games for inexperienced players and GMs?

I have been the GM for my little circle of friends for a few months. We are having trouble finding an RPG system to be comfortable with. On my part, I seem to be unable to settle on any particular ...
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Are there well-stocked repositories of well-built PCs?

I've searched the Internet many times to no avail attempting to find a good source of well-made PCs for D&D 3.5 (or Pathfinder). Is there one out there? As a DM, when I want to throw in an NPC ...
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Help me evaluate this homebrew Pokémaster class

So one of my players dropped this bomb on me during the discussion stages for a campaign we're going to start soon - he wants his character to be a Pokemaster. Reading through the class though, it ...
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Does the Brawl feat chain stack with the Combat Martial Arts feat chain?

I've come across this situation a few times and always ruled that no they do not stack with each other. But there always seems to be one person who says, "but brass knuckles make brawl deal lethal ...
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Systems similar to D&D 3.5

We have recently finished our very first campaign in D&D 3.5, after well over two years in play - the thing is, it was a to be continued type of ending, and we intend to continue playing in the ...
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What is the best RPG system for realistic combat? [closed]

I'm a fan of D20 systems, but the way hit points works always seemed kind of odd. The characters obviously can't develop an ability to take more stab wounds as they gain experience. So that means ...
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Looking for an evocative high fantasy rpg setting

I've been searching all over RPG sites for this kind of setting, but I didn't find anything similar until now. Well: High Fantasy: I mean something not from this dimension, out of ordinary, but not ...
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Can the direction of a pull change in the middle of forced movement?

Must the direction of a pull remain the same for the entire pull, or can the direction the target is pulled in change mid-movement? One example: Say I use an ability to pull a target two squares, but ...
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Is a Dwarf Wizard (Mage) Viable?

I'm starting with a new group, and I would like to make a Dwarf Wizard. However, I don't want to be a drag on the group and I want to pull my own weight - is this possible? I want to go the ...
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How do I prepare a permanent magic circle for the Linked Portal ritual?

In a previous question I asked about how to best gain components for Rituals in a world where magic is not as common. In our last session we completely conquered a fort and decided to lay claim to ...
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A system ranking epic levels alongside divine ranks?

I was wondering how many epic levels could I say one divine rank is worth. Of course, this is a difficult question to answer with precision, considering that wizard 21 for epic spellcasting is ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under the Spell Points variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping a player create a Duskblade. I have been using a small variant on the Spell Point system found in Unearthed Arcana (the point amounts are the same, though). I was ...
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Ex fire resist + magic fire resist

Does fire resist granted by an Extraordinary ability stack with magic granted from a magical source? Eg. a sorcerer's red draconic bloodline fire resist 5 + armor of resist fire 5 for a total of 10 ...
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How would a character use object projection to perform thievery?

I can imagine some fun uses for the wilder cantrip object projection, but a major one was the ability to steal things. I have a few scenario's that might be encountered, and I'd like to know how they ...
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Learning FATE systems from a D20 background

My history is rather linear, and mostly relies on traditional d20 systems (D&D Original, AD&D, 3.5 and Rolemaster, Champions) and I am interested in learning some of the other systems that are ...
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Which is best for a 4e Hexblade, wands or rods?

I'm running a fey Hexblade in a 4e game and have been thinking of taking the Wand or Rod expertise feat. Since Rods tend to rely on cursing powers I don't have, and wands seem to rely on wizards ...
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Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?

Can a Magic Circle Against Evil block the night hag's Dream Haunting (Su)? The dream haunting has the flavor of "exercising mental control over the creature," but the dream haunting description only ...
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1answer
187 views

demigod interaction with dragon breath

In regards to the demigod (phb) epic paragon path lvl 30 feature... Simple Question If I am playing a dragonborn fighter and the only encounter attack power I have left is my dragonbreath racial, am ...
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How can I arrange for the long-term containment of magical animals?

One of my players is building a Hermetic Menagerie. There was some discussion during the game about how to enchant the Menagerie to securely contain the animals stored inside. The requirements are ...
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Can skill points be used to buy arbitrary wises?

In Burning wheel character creation you get a bunch of general skill points and a larger number of skill points to use on skills listed in lifepaths (I'll call these normal skill points). The general ...
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Starting wealth for Complete classes

Does D&D 3.5e have official random starting wealth tables for the classes given in the Complete supplements? I know there's a table for the core classes in the Player Handbook, but I can't find an ...
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What are the most effective ways to protect a character against critical hits?

My DM has some evil dice. These dice seem to roll a much higher than average number of 20s, resulting in a much higher than average critical hit rate against the party. What are some ways a character ...
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Change shape: How does it work?

Okay, here is the direct quote from the Pathfinder Bestiary. (emphasis mine) Change Shape (Su) A creature with this special quality has the ability to assume the appearance of a specific creature ...
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Classroom RPG for kids

I work with students that have a lot of difficulty performing roles that benefit the group as a whole. Their mentality is that they all want to be the winner or at least play the most important part, ...
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How to cut back on pre-game joking?

When preparing for a new game (be it a one shot or a campaign) our party, yours truly included, often slips into a humorous mode. It's usually light-hearted fun, and most of us like it, but some, ...
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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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814 views

What is an animal companion in 2nd edition AD&D?

Just started my first AD&D 2nd edition game and I'm a Druid. I want to gain an animal companion but I don't know what's involved. Do I need certain proficiencies like Animal Handle and Animal ...
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Is there any way for a Bard to take the Blackstaff Apprentice theme?

Blackstaff Apprentice has the following requirement: Prerequisite: Wizard. You must be able to prepare spells from a spellbook (such as with the Arcanist’s Spellbook, Bladesinger’s Spellbook, or ...
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Helping and FoRKs on a beginner's luck test

Which of the following scenarios are possible (under suitable fictional circumstances, of course)? Rolling a skill with beginner's luck, helping with a skill Rolling a skill with beginner's luck, ...
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Throwing a knife versus tossing a grenade? [closed]

In my current system, every action is a skill check, even in combat. Every attempt is d20 + skill vs. a flat value or an opposing roll. Fixing a robot or destroying it, stabbing someone or sticking ...
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Are the powers listed only in the Red Box available to use or deliberately removed?

I don't see Poised Strike and Stone Blood in any books other than the 4e Red Box. I believe there are quite a few others (listed below). Why weren't these added into the 4e PHB or other 'essentials' ...
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367 views

DnD 4th edition, teleport and charging

Can the movement from a teleport power be used as the movement in a charge if you teleport two or more squares?
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Question about Ranger's Animal Companions

There's a Ranger(Level 4)/Scout(Level 3) in a campaign I'm in, and he tricked me into give him a tiger very very early because I hadn't even read the page yet or knew what I was agreeing to. He ...
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Question about buying Animal Companions

When you buy an animal companion, as a non-druid and a non-ranger, will it always be level 1? Or is it able to be increased somehow?
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Who should be addressed in an RPG rule text?

When reading RPG rules text, I have noticed that the text sometimes rather inconsistently switches between assuming that the player is doing the reading and that the character is doing the reading. ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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1answer
253 views

What stats should I give a shield made out of the door of an armoured Humvee?

I am running a dark, reasonably realistic zombie apocalypse game using Savage Worlds, and one of the characters has scavenged the door of a Heavy Armoured Humvee. He intends to convert parts of it ...
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Dealing with skill rerolls by several players

I could use some advice as a GM on how to handle rolls which get repeated by several players one after the other. Example 1 The PCs stand in front of a locked door and try to force it open. The ...
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2answers
269 views

What books should I start D&D 4e with? [duplicate]

I am starting to play D&D and have bought the Players Handbook, the Monsters Manual and the DM guide! Now, with what did you started playing? Where do you find all of the pertinent information to ...
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1answer
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How to prepare a campaign for an upcoming new edition?

I'm currently in possession of the 4th edition of Shadowrun and I have many of the released books at hand if I want to prepare a campaign. I don't have a campaign running right now but I'd like to ...
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Which ability modifiers apply to which Defenses?

I'm creating a level 1 character. When I got to the 'filling out the character sheet' part I really didn't understand what modifiers there were for Defenses or how they were applied. I am new to ...
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4answers
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Murder mystery and high fantasy magic - how to make it work?

I am intending to have a murder mystery for my next game, set in a high fantasy setting in 13th Age. The setting we are playing in is very close to Eberron in tone, where magic is prevalent and powers ...
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2answers
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What benefits or powers does a cleric gain from choosing a deity?

Is there any benefit from choosing a god? What are they? Do they change per level? Is it available to use at all times? Do they involve rituals? What are the prerequisites?
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How many Encounter Powers can I use during an Encounter?

So, I have a lvl. 1 cleric! I have 1 Encounter power + the power of my deity + Healing Word. But how do encounter powers work? Either you can only use ONE power from the whole 'encounter' category ...
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2answers
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Declaring an interrupt during a multitarget attack

Suppose I have an immediate interrupt power that triggers when I am hit, and the effect is to push the creature out of range, invalidating the attack. Example: A monster attacks with a close burst ...
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1answer
852 views

What are the best uses of a Factotum's Cunning Brilliance (Ex)?

At 19th level, you become the ultimate jack of all trades. Your sharp mind and keen sense of your surroundings allow you to duplicate almost any ability you witness. At the start of each day, ...
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3answers
477 views

How to develop arcs for player characters

If you've got a vague idea for an overall plot arc, how do you go about developing individual plot arcs for player characters (if that's something you do)? I'm running two Savage Worlds campaigns, ...
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2answers
437 views

Effects of Horror Corruption

So I've been reading through Earthdawn again thanks to people talking to me about Horrors, and it occurred to me that I don't know very much about how they mechanically work- I know for a fact that ...
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1answer
273 views

Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...

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