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Are there any mathematical tools to study ''RPG'' video games? [closed]

Lately, I have been interested in the various patterns I see in a genre of video games called ''role-playing'' games. I am analyzing very simple cases at the moment and I was wondering if there are ...
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Can a Monk use a Full Discipline move without the attack?

One of my players in my 4e game is playing a monk. He opted to use two move actions in one turn. He used the move action of one of his Full Discipline powers - such as the power Crane's Wings - twice ...
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Do any games have XP (or a similar concept) as an in-game construct?

Experience Points (or Karma, or Legend-points, etc.) are given as an award to the players that can be used to improve the capabilities of their characters and to monitor general "progress". In all ...
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What are some dangerous non-fantasy creatures?

We're running a fantasy game where the adventurers frequently travel through the wilderness. Too many of the threatening encounters they have are with fantasy creatures (like goblins, orcs, etc.). ...
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Sneaking up on sleeping giants

There's this dwarf that might want to sneak up next to a sleeping giant and slay it or steal its coins (from a sack near the giant). How would you handle this? Some tools the rules offer: Dexterity ...
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When to apply XP in Pathfinder?

I'm running a Pathfinder game from the beginners box, I can't find anywhere that states when to apply the XP earned from encounters. The Game Master's guide states in Wrapping up a session (p21): ...
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Do bonuses against Opportunity Attacks stack?

I have started playing a halfling rogue. His racial bonus to AC against Opportunity Attacks is +2. Because he is an Artful Dodger he also has a class feature of adding his CHA MOD (which is +5) to his ...
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In 3.5e, does one have to be a martial adept class to use maneuvers?

I'm preparing for a 3.5e game, and I wanted to be a fighter or a marshal, but I also want to be able to use the maneuvers for martial classes. It does not say that one must be a swordsage, warblade, ...
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What's my initiator level for maneuvers from Martial Study?

I'm building a Warblade/Master of Nine using the rules in Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords. To qualify for MoN, I'm using the Martial Study feat to take maneuvers from disciplines that a Warblade ...
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If movement is interrupted and an enemy occupies the destination square, is the movement lost?

Rules Compendium p.195 states: If an interrupt invalidates a triggering action, the triggering action is lost. It also states on p.197 that Opportunity Actions Interrupt the triggering action. ...
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Mage population density in Mage: The Awakening

What's the official stance on mage population density in Mage: The Awakening? Also, what are the best unofficial alternatives (and where can we read about them)?
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Are there more specific official rules on Barbarian Rage and Combat Expertise?

D&D 3.5 Barbarian RageD20SRD has a more explicit list of prohibited actions than its Pathfinder's counterpart. In particular, the former prevents the use of command word, spell trigger and spell ...
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Epic 3.5 Warblade Optimization [closed]

I'm sure we've all seen and/or played Final Fantasy VII. I was asked to join into the fray of an epic game being run once a month starting at ECL 21 and to bring a character with starting wealth as a ...
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Tome of Battle maneuvers clarification?

There are many maneuvers that state that you use a skill check with your opponent's Armor Class as the check's DC, and then you proceed to attack with an empowered attack. Does this mean that you ...
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Martial maneuvers in an organised, easy to read form?

So, the question came up during the making of a swordsage, and the need to check if the maneuvers chosen can actually be acquired due to prerequisites. Is there anything, in pdf or online form, that ...
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Dealing with Tome of Battle's power inflation

Wait, your swordsage can run up and stab a guy with a fireball (which he's immune to), on top of a normal attack. He can do this 4 times, and take a one round break to get a full charge again? ...
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Standard monster tactics for 4E D&D combat

In a similar vein to a question on tactics sources, I'm interested in knowing what are common tactics for monsters to use. The DMB and the MV mention monster groups, which are very useful, but I want ...
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How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?

In a DnD 3.5 universe, could a spell such as Divination or Commune allow the caster to cheat at betting on sporting events? (For example, by asking a question like "Will Stan Stormbow win in this ...
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Does half-level get added to damage in d&d 4th edition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the half-level modifier contribute to damage? In 4th edition, half of your character's level is added to ability checks, does this mean that the damage from all of ...
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Physics of Tengu and Blowguns

While playing through a Paizo Adventure Path my players came across an encounter that began with a group of tengu firing poisoned darts at the party from blowguns. One of my players had the grace to ...
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Truly alien NPC races

How can I make intelligent NPC races that are truly alien? They need to be: Culturally non-human. They need to be stranger than any sort of human culture that already exists. Rational. Behaving ...
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Why do Spell-Like Abilities provoke attacks of opportunity?

Both in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder, Spell-Like Abilities are described as having "no verbal, somatic, focus, or material components." In both systems, however, activating them as a standard action ...
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Dice with strange numbers of sides?

I've seen 30-sided dice for sale from a number of places (such as here), along with 24-sided, 16-sided, 5-sided, etc. Are there any RPGs that actually use these? More precisely, are there any RPGs ...
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Hex Paper Notebooks

I apologize in advance if this question isn't suited for this thread, but I thought I'd start here. Already in my possession is a graph paper notebook, but what I seek is a HEX grid notebook. Does ...
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What information do creatures passively gain from constant “Detect” spells?

Consider the Night Hag. The Night Hag has "constant detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, and detect magic." However, each spell reveals additional information for each round "you study ...
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What bonuses do I get to Implement attacks when I use my weapon as an implement?

If I use my longsword as implement and have the Weapon Expertise Heavy Blade feat, does the +1 apply to implement attacks as well?
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Flat or flattish earth issues

What major effects would having a flat or rather flattish earth instead of a planet on a game world? (Technological, social, physical etc.) Mind you, I'm not looking for fully detailed scientific ...
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Does Resist All stack with Resist [specific]?

Case: A Warden has Resist 5 All Damage from some Warden feature/power. He also has Resist 10 Necrotic from his armor. He is hit by 30 Necrotic damage from a single attack. Does he take 15 damage, ...
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I have read the D&D PHB but am still having trouble grasping some of the basics, how can I learn more?

With credit to one of the more experienced members on the site, mxyzplk, I thought I'd ask where noobs like me should ask or find answers to basic questions about Dungeons & Dragons mechanics if ...
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Which manufacturers make/sell nested dice?

By nested dice I mean a transparent hollow plastic n-sided die which contains a smaller n-sided die within. I've searched on Chessex, Shapeways, and Q Workshop but either I've missed these offerings ...
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D&d 4e difficulty class [closed]

Hi :) in the Phb pg 178 it describes difficulty classes as only being used in desperate or exciting circumstances however what If you are in a pointless situation could this require a difficulty class ...
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Is hunger stress tracked like other stress tracks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens when a character's feeding stress track is maxed out? I've looked at this question, and it assumes that the Hunger Stress track is tracked like the ...
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Are there tips on reconciling the playing differences in this group?

My Werewolf game is going along quite swimmingly to the point that the players will ask that I keep the server (We play using maptools) open so they can discuss the plotline for hours after each ...
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How does an opposed (stealth) check work?

I was reading the Players Handbook 1 and I don't understand how the opposed check works, especially in context of a stealth check.
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How to play a character that has an alien mindset and thought process?

I have a character that I am currently portraying who is not human, and I would like to increase the obviousness of his non-humanity ( mainly through dialog and actions ). The character is a ...
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What is the purpose of Finesse Rogue when core rules state a rogue can take any feat naturally?

I am rather new to PathFinder and 3.5 in general. I am playing a rogue and running through all the rogue feats I can take and when I came up to Finesse Rogue Finesse Rogue: Gain Weapon Finesse as ...
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Pros and Cons of giving my party a spell based on the Portal Gun from the Portal video game series?

I'm considering giving my party's mage a Portal Spell as a way to spice up our campaign. The catch is they can only use it twice per day, the target surface has to be flat, clearly visible by the ...
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Starting the first game tips? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to start our very first session. Everyone, counting the DM, has yet to play the game and we are not exactly sure were to start. Our PCs are: Drow ...
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How much does it cost to hire a Hireling?

In Dungeon World, you can hire NPCs to accompany the party and provide assistance. These NPCs vary in loyalty and skill. However, I don't see any chart or table detailing how much the NPCs are ...
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How do hit points work?

I'm about to start my first D&D game, and I just noticed that my character sheet has four different hit point values. I assume maximum is how many you have before you're dead, but how do Bloodied, ...
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Are grenade attacks made against opposed Fray tests?

Do Throwing Weapons (by using a grenade) attacks require opposed 1/2 Fray tests to connect and damage enemies within the explosion area, like every other ranged attack?
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The Adventures of Indiana Jones compatible with Top Secret/S.I.?

TSR's The Adventures of Indiana Jones came out in 1984. Three years later TSR produced the total revamp of Top Secret with Top Secret/S.I. It appears that a lot of the fundamental system from the ...
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What was TSR's Intruder comic/module about?

In the '90s, TSR produced several comic books. Many of these were based on some of the RPG settings TSR produced. The Comic/Module format often included either RPG stats for characters appearing in ...
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Need a player guide for D&D 3.5

There's a fair chance I'm about to join a friend's 3.5 online campaign and I am frankly overwhelmed by the options and possibilities for characters spanning across all the books. Are there any ...
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Determining the ability modifier to use based on the attack type [closed]

What's the rule (and where is it in the books) that defines which ability's modifier applies to basic attacks for melee and ranged weapons?
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How to make rituals a part of everyday life

I would like to know how to make it clear that little, non-magical rituals such as a blessing before eating, drawing water, harvesting grain, starting a fire and the like are a part of everyday life, ...
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How can I represent the use of fire being misrepresented in a campaign?

This is an extraction of one of the central questions arising from my original (overly broad) question. I would like to know how to best represent the concept that there is a god who is, through a ...
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Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?

In the DnD Next Bestiary, it describes Berserker as having a Rage power that (among other things) gives the character +2 to Strength checks and saving throws. Does this mean that the Berserker gets a ...
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How does monster hiding work when some players detect them and some don't?

In one of our battles in DnD Next, I had some bugbears hiding in trees trying to attack the players. The bugbear rolled a 21 on its attempt to hide. Four of the players rolled less than 21 on their ...
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Do racial powers stack with class powers? [closed]

I have just started learning to play D&D 4th edition. I have chosen an elf ranger as my starting character, it says they have a racial power: elven accuracy. Does this power count as another ...

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