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Overpowered PCs (Gabe's Dilemma)

Penny Arcade recently ran the following strip: (Original strip here) While the resolution of this thread hasn't yet been posted, I'm wondering what we think here. How do you game with PCs who are ...
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How to ensure that players don't forget they're always in a microgravity environment

In Eclipse Phase, the default assumption is that there is virtually no gravity. Indeed this is the default assumption in most hard(-ish) space scifi. There are 3 places in Eclipse Phase that have ...
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Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?

I'm trying my hand at making stats for a deity in D&D 3.5 (god of music, if it makes a difference) using the rules given in Deities and Demigods. So far everything makes sense except one thing: I ...
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What feats should I take to optimize a dragon shaman grappler?

I was hoping to create a dragon shaman using this home brew version of it. My question is what feats should I take to optimize it to be a grapple tank? (By grapple tank I mean that I want him to ...
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D&D4e monk nova round

I have stumbled quite a few times about the expression "nova" in combination with the monk. What does it mean? E.g. "for building up nova rounds".
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Where does the term “nova” come from?

At first, I didn't know what "nova" meant, but I've seen it enough in context to infer that it means "doing a ton of damage in a short period of time." Later I discovered that the term isn't as common ...
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Do my opponents get a penalty to see me if I sneak up from behind?

My friends and I started a Dragon Age Roleplay and in the situation "A rogue approaches a creature from behind," we must test the creature's sight against the rogue's dexterity. An argument arose that ...
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How much does a magical weapon cost in DnD 4e?

Do you have to add the "enchantment" cost to the weapon cost? Does the player just pay the amount? Do you have to buy a completely new weapon? For example for a +1 magic weapon, it costs 360... Is ...
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How much does the Sponsor help someone using Sponsored Magic in Dresden?

So, the party is in a fight with one of the Knights of the Faerie Courts (Winter, in this case) and a couple of wildfae mercenaries. During the fight, the Knight started casting some unseelie ...
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Gauntlet that provides benefits of Monkey Grip?

I remember reading about gauntlets that had an effect what somewhat like Monkey Grip (Complete Warrior feat). The thing was that the wording was off just a bit. How I read it, and my DM agreed, was ...
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How do I create a sense of Impending Doom?

I've been reading up on the rules and I've noticed that if the player rolls multiple ones on their action I can choose to either award a PP for each 1 and add a d6 for each opportunity or I can choose ...
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Do I need both DMG1 and 2 to create adventures?

I'm working on my first custom campaign for my players and I am wondering if I should read both DMG1 and 2 or if it's possible to just use DMG2 as a guideline. I have previously run modules out of ...
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If a character teleports more than 2 squares while hidden, do they need to reroll stealth with a -5 penalty?

If a character teleports more than 2 squares while hidden, do they need to reroll stealth with a -5 penalty? The rules for stealth specify: Keep Still: If the creature moves more than 2 squares ...
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When does a character get fatigued?

I'm aware characters can rest to regain health and fatigue, but when exactly does a character get fatigued?
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Why can you only craft one magic item per day?

Most magical items of any significant power will take far longer than one day to create. Given the crafting rate of 1 day per 1,000 gold, it seems unlikely there will be any serious balance concerns ...
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What was it like growing up through the Dungeons and Dragons moral panic? [closed]

I have heard that in the 1970s and 1980s there were a huge uproar over tabletop RPGs much like how Online game addiction is now. I would like to know what was it like for you growing up in the ...
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Bardic Music with visual or silent performance types

Bardic Music states two conflicting things. I want to know what you guys think should be the ruling, because I'm seriously trying to convince my DM that this should work. Bardic Music can use ANY ...
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Should I ask my mates to give me some money when I craft wondrous objects for them?

In fact, 2 mates asked me the question while I was crafting some stuff for them and it seemed legit for them because while I craft for them, I don't craft for me. But this idea never crossed my mind. ...
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How do I increase resistance to drain?

My Aztec shaman character, Chimalli, is primarily a spirit summoner, using Willpower (5)+Charisma (7) to resist drain. He has one level of the Focused Concentration quality (+1). Is there any easy ...
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Custom Team for Fighting in an Arena [closed]

We are playing Hero's Championship in a wicked Arena of Terror. That's beside our regular storyline with characters built just for this purpose. It's to get some adrenalin in a Player versus Player ...
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How can I incorporate pressure point attacks?

I am wondering if there are any classes, alternatives, or anything else than roleplay to incorporate pressure point techniques in D&D 3.5. The monk's stunning fist (or the feat) could be ...
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What does RAW mean?

I have seen the abbreviation RAW several times now, what does it stand for?
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What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave ...
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How do I purchase the Gift merit for different tiers of mystery?

The rules state, from Hunter: the Vigil - Witch Finders on the Gifted merit The character may select one spell with a dot rating equal to the Gifted Merit rating from the Mysteries section as a ...
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Improving Animal Companions for E6 Gestalt Characters

In my experience, Animal Companions for Gestalt characters seem especially underpowered. As the DM, I have a 2-part plan to address this. Max out HP vs Rolling Allow Gestalt Druid/Rangers to ...
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What are some tips for writing a novel from a campaign?

I am sure there are many GMs or player groups out there with this same idea of writing a novel out of their campaign, even if jokingly. I have been GMing a campaign for some years now and I am ...
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Cut off hand with Ring of Regeneration on it

@Li-aungYip 's recent question made me think about this. From the d20SRD: Regeneration This white gold ring continually allows a living wearer to heal 1 point of damage per level every hour ...
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How do I run a skill challenge?

Follow-up question to Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges? The Dungeon Master's Guide 2 on pages 80-81 has an example of play of a skill challenge. The DM just describes the ...
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What is the best way to create custom weapons and armor for your PCs?

After quests have been completed, or during the course of completing them, my Player Characters might pick up new armor or weapons that I've put placeholders in for, but eventually I reach a point ...
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What setting changes need to be addressed in order to convert Golarion to the E6 variant system?

For those who are confused what E6 is, please go here: E6: The Game Inside D&D I will be running an E6 game in Golarion in a few weeks. Two main assumptions I have made in the E6 version I am ...
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Good ways to handle presenting information to one or some members of the group?

What are some good methods for presenting information to a limited number of players in a gaming group so as to allow them to control when and how that information gets released to the rest of the ...
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Where can I find a horror adventure/campaign writing guide?

I seem to remember an old (ebook format?) book I read, with instructions on how to write a quality adventure based in the Ravenloft universe. The book was distinguished by writing in a general style, ...
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How should the party heal up between encounters?

Since there's quite a lot of discussion on the button of cure light wounds question, I'd like to pose a separate question: What is the most effective solution for healing outside of combat as ...
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Shadowrun character creation - why are elves so expensive?

Following the Shadowrun 3rd Edition priority system for creating characters the elf as well as the troll both require the C priority. The troll gets a net benefit of 8 points on physical and -4 on ...
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Differing expectations on fight or flight

Last night, I joined a D&D 3.5e campaign. The two other characters in the party were on their way to a grove, inhabited by friendly druids, when they discovered it had been converted to a quarry. ...
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Do fighters have to meet level requirements for feats they take using fighter bonus feats?

Weapon Focus, 2 Proficiency with weapon, base attack bonus +1 +1 bonus on attack rolls with selected weapon Weapon Specialization, 2 Proficiency with weapon, Weapon Focus with weapon, ...
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How do I Raise the Dead and Look Good Doing it?

I am a LE cleric (No god, but in a order of LG/LN cleric, faking to praying to their god) and we are in a mass combat campaign (Darn you Drow), and I want to raise an elite troop of undead to protect ...
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Does a rogue get precision damage during an attack of opportunity if flanking?

In the Pathfinder rules here's what it says: If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. ...
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Can I use Punishing Kick with weapons?

I'm building a duelist that has Punishing Kick and a rapier as her main weapon. Now do I just add the Punishing Kick to my normal attacks, or do I need to make an unarmed strike in order to use it? ...
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Does bonus damage from a feat apply to an ongoing damage effect?

When a character hits a target with a power that has an ongoing damage effect of 5 (for example psychic damage), and they have a feat which adds bonus damage of the same type of damage, does that ...
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Does defense bonus from class increase as you level up?

In the Star Wars revised saga edition, classes gain a defense bonus. My question is do they increase as they level up, or do they constantly stay the same unless you multiclass?
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Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges?

I understand the 4E rules for skill challenges, including the revisions in DMG2. But when I read the "examples of play" it strikes me that the players in the examples are suspiciously good at picking ...
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What are the rules for switching an animal companion and how exactly are they summoned?

I have a Druid and a Ranger in the game I'm DM'ing. They constantly change their animal companions. I know that a Druid can release an animal companion from service and get another one (or replace a ...
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What should be in a players' campaign overview document?

I'm running my first campaign, which will take place in Eberron. I want to put together a campaign handout for the players, to be kind of like an intro to the world, a run down of what to expect in ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?

Sorcerers use Charisma as their primary Ability Score for spell-casting in Dungeons and Dragons. Wizards use Intelligence to cast, and Clerics use Wisdom. Intelligence and Wisdom make sense for the ...
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How to handle a shying horse mount as GM?

The party of my players who ride on horses (given to them from a nice NPC) through a valley will get into a heavy thunderstorm soon. Some of the horses will get nervous or even start running and ...
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Can Paranoia be revamped to be a cooperative game?

So, some of you may or may not remember a previous question that I had asked on this site. Now I may be asking for the exact opposite. My group wasn't very impressed with the whole "we're playing ...
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How do I get the PCs to visit scary places at night?

Sometimes when I design scenarios, I realize that my mental image of the adventure is only exciting because it takes place at night. When the players actually play through the adventure, they might ...
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How do you make Dwarves Religious in a custom Fantasy setting?

This is a follow up to How can you add character to in-game religions? If you're building a fantasy setting where you want really rich, tradition-filled religions, what would you do to give Dwarves ...

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