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Measuring complexity in 4e characters?

This google doc contains my current work. I am working on a set of quantifiers that can reliably compare complexity between two different characters. At present, I've operationalized 5 factors: ...
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Does Bolt of Genius restore ALL of a Cleric's uses of Healing Word or just one?

Here's the scenario: The Cleric uses all their uses of Healing Word for the encounter. Then the Battle Captain Warlord usesBolt of Genius (PHB 154) on the Cleric to allow them to use Healing Word ...
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Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?

If a player casts polymorph and they get more arms, can they have extra attacks with those extra arms? If they do get extra attacks, what is your base attack bonus? Is the same true for wildshape? ...
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What can be done to encourage players/character to use rituals more?

An on going issue I have is with my players is that they leave a very large amount of power untapped in the arsenal of things they can do, namely rituals. As a DM I use them all the time, but the ...
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How do I model a PC being swallowed by a dragon in D&D4e?

I recently read of an attempted dragon-slaying strategy, which involved a magic-user getting swallowed and then summoning Tenser's Floating Disc. Besides all of the other problems with this setup, ...
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Can AD&D Thieves Wear Studded Leather Armour?

AD&D (1e) states that thieves can only wear leather armour. Does this include studded leather? I've always played not as I can't think of any instances where studded leather is expressly ...
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Is there a tested spell-research like mod for D&D 4e?

I'm looking for a mod to D&D 4e which reintroduces spell-research in a balanced way. Are there any of them around, which have been play tested and seem to work without unbalancing things too far?
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Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?

I'm starting my first stint as a DM, in DnD 4E, and one of my players insisted on rolling dice for his stats. I was ok, provided, as I said, "that the character was balanced with the rest of the ...
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When using the polymorph spell is the new shape always centred on the targets old shape?

Normally, you would assume that a character changing from a medium sized character to a Huge character using polymorph would do so as shown in example A, filling the empty squares. Is example B a ...
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Tenser's Circular Shield

Tenser's Circular Shield: The item says it's an optional focus for the Tenser's Floating Disk ritual. Does that mean one can perform the ritual free of component costs (10gp)?
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If a prone creature teleports can it stand as part of that move action?

I can't find anything in the PHB about how teleporting affects prone creatures. Teleporting automatically ends the restrained condition, I wonder if it also can end the prone condition. Can a prone ...
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As a DM is it better to focus fire on defenders or on a weaker target?

As a DM if you wage a fair fight, the defender is something of a spoiler for your monsters. A defender usually has high hitpoints, high defenses, marking abilities, and ally protection abilities, all ...
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Equipment suitable for squads/members of a mercenary company?

What would be a good set of equipment for squads/members of a mercenary company inspired by modern special forces teams or the Wraith Recon setting? The requirements are that the squad could ...
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How can I turn the Kobold Hall delve into a full-fledged Adventure?

For my first experience as a DM, I'm taking the Kobold Hall adventure included in the first DMG, and repurposing it. The overall idea is to turn it from a 5 encounter delve to a "Level 1 to Level 2 ...
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Are there any established rules for flying in combat for D&D 3.x or d20 Modern?

My game is d20 Modern, but the two systems are very similar, so either is fine just to give me some templates to work from. I'm basically looking for anything that isn't me pulling stuff out of thin ...
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Was Original D&D an Historical Wargame?

At the dawn of roleplaying, the Castle & Crusade Society and Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association (LGTSA) focused on Medieval Britain, and produced the Chainmail tabletop wargame rules with a ...
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How to get better feedback from players?

OK, we started a new campaign yesterday and I really want to take quality feedback from my players. When I ask, "How was it? Do you like it?", I generally get some vague answers like "It was good, I ...
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What are some resources or tips on dragons as PCs?

Our DM is preparing a new D&D (3.5) campaign in which we all have to play as a (True) dragon. We're all going to play non-evil dragons (we're allowed to pick chromatic ones and change their ...
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Who took the Star Wars rpg license over from WotC in 2011?

Lucas Licensing and WotC announced in the beginning of 2011, that WotC is not renewing their license for the Star Wars RPG. Who has taken it over from them? Solid facts please (as soon as they ...
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Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the triggering enemy?

Pursuit of the Hunter's Effect line includes this: Effect: You shift 3 squares... There are no stipulations in the rule itself as to which direction you must shift. However, the flavor text of ...
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Can shifting trigger immediate actions?

The primary benefit of using shift instead of move, is this: No Opportunity Attacks: Your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. Despite the above, can shifting still trigger immediate ...
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Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions?

Part of the Shift rule is this: No Opportunity Attacks: Your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. However, there are a few Opportunity Actions that do not include attacks. If such an ...
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Would it be possible to use old Judges Guild items in a modern campaign (D&D 4e for example?)

I have an extensive collection of old Judges Guild items currently gathering dust halfway across the country at my parent's house. I'm debating shipping them to myself here in SF and potentially using ...
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In D&D 4e, does the half-elf get an extra encounter power, or does his race power take the place of his class power?

The half-elf gets a racial power that lets him take an at-will from a class not his own and make it an encounter power. Does that mean it replaces his class encounter power or that he gets an ...
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Which role-playing systems might be best suited for use over a road-trip?

Four of us will be in the car for roughly 10 hours, for a road trip that will probably take 12 hours or so to complete. It occurred to me that we could try to spend the time doing a role-playing ...
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What are good techniques help remember the interrupts of DND 4e monsters?

For new and experienced 4e DM's alike, a recurring challenge is activating all of the appropriate interrupt powers on monster sheets. It gets really easy to miss something when solo monsters can have ...
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Other than its class feature, what powers allow the battlemind to place encounter-long marks?

I'm trying to find out which powers allow the Battlemind to place encounter-long marks. I know that the class feature Battlemind's Demand lets you do this to two targets, but most of the other powers ...
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When did the concept of Striker, Controller, Leader and Defender enter into the gaming lexicon?

One of the biggest changes I've observed as an old time gamer (AD&D 1st ed, Shadowrun 1st ed etc) versus now exploring 4th ed D&D (and reading about 3.0/3.5 and d20 systems etc) is that now ...
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What technologies are useful to modern-day gamers and DMs?

With the rise of lots of PDF resources I'd guess that a good color printer and ample cardstock are now almost mandatory elements of a DM's toolkit. What else do people find is very helpful either at ...
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What is the minimum set of books a group should have to play 4e? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 4th ed. D&D - 'Core books' or 'Essentials' - what (set of books and financial outlay) makes a complete game? At the moment I do not own any of the 4e ...
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House Rules for AD&D Character Generation (1e+)

Looking at starting an AD&D game for a bunch of players who haven't played for a while and have never played together so there are no common house rules. To maximise playing time we want ...
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Are “Zero” and “Interface Zero” the same RPG?

I've seen mentions of both in discussions - are they one RPG, or two?
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How easy is it for a group that's grown up on a D20/DnD system to quickly pick up and try Dust Devils?

The Dust Devils rpg seems very interesting to try; we are, however, quite busy and won't have time to prepare in advance - most likely we'll be learning the rules while we play. How difficult is the ...
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Can a human's bonus at-will power be psionically augmented?

The other day, I used the old character builder to print out cards for a new human battlemind. For each of the augment-able at will powers, there is a separate card created for each augment point ...
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Can an enemy missed by Bard's Compulsion still charge?

From the Bard's 5th level Daily power: Miss: ...and it cannot take move actions on its next turn. Can an enemy affected by this power still charge on its turn?
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Any advice for playing characters who are older (much older) than the player?

Several of the characters in our group are of long-lived races and have ages in the triple digits as a result. Presumably the game-mechanic effects of their ages are already factored into the rules ...
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Does Challenge Rating scale linearly?

In other words, given a CR of x the official definition of CR is that four adventurers of level x will on average use up a quarter of their resources to defeat the challenge. For parties with less ...
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Does movement that uses a static value, or a stat that is not speed, bypass the effects of slowed?

The slowed condition reduces your speed to two. However, there are some powers that allow you to move a specific number of squares regardless of your speed, or move an amount of squares based on a ...
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How can I make BRP less variable?

I like the simplicity of BRP's percentile-based skill system. (Chaosium's Basic Roleplay, or BRP, is the system behind Call of Cthulhu and Runequest, among others.) It makes it trivial for new ...
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Rebalancing the Orc Brutes in Thunderspire labyrinth?

The Orc Beserker is a miserably designed sack of hitpoints: Orc Berserker HP 66; Bloodied 33 AC 15; Fortitude 17, Reflex 13, Will 12 Speed 6 (8 while charging) Greataxe ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3.5 to d20 Modern?

What sort of issues would I run into if I wanted to co-opt some D&D 3.5 creatures into a D20 Modern setting? I'm looking mostly at devils, demons and some of the astral creatures. Will such ...
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How do brutal and high crit weapons interact with non [W] damaging attack powers?

At least two Swordmage powers are weapon powers, that deal fixed dice of damage rather than [W]s of damage. Spidersilk Slash ddi is a weapon power that deals 1d10 + int mod damage. Seed of Fire ddi ...
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In early D&D, why would chainmail ever be preferred over plate armor?

In early D&D, both chainmail and plate armor were considered metal armor, and to slow the wearer to 60' per turn. Chainmail cost 40gp, and plate armor 60gp. Their encumbrance was 400 or 500 coins ...
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Is there a significant market for collector's versions of role-playing paraphernalia?

Some of the role playing materials I've found have come in regular and collectors' edition versions. This has me curious - is there a significant collectors' market for role-playing game materials, ...
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Are there any groups that use role-play games as performance art?

After listening to podcasts of the Penny Arcade folks playing D&D, I've been wondering, has anyone else tried to turn their role-playing sessions into performance-art pieces? Are there any ...
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What non-RPG hobbies are complementary to the RPG addiction?

We want to recruit players for our regular table-top group, and have been debating where to look, to find non-players who would most likely be interested in playing and enjoy the experience. Going ...
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Tasks for a split party

I'm running a 4th ed game, but I don't think that makes a difference in this case. Last session my party decided to split up for a couple tasks. The hybrid bard/rogue and the avenger (affectionately ...
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Does anyone have a pokemon/D&D crossover guide?

A friend is looking to introduce pokemon into a standard D&D 3.5 edition game. Are there any existing resources which can help him deal with the workload?
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How does d20 Modern handle having someone at gunpoint?

How does d20 Modern handle the common situation of having someone at gunpoint, or entering a room with your firearm in hand, cocked and ready to fire? I'm asking because I notice that to draw a ...
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Recommended Blogs / Sites for AD&D [closed]

Coming back to RPGs after a decade or two out, it occurs to me that the internet is probably littered with people writing interesting and amusing things on the subjects. Can anyone recommend any ...

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