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How does one become a Black Court vampire?

How does a pure mortal become a black court vampire in game? Some characters were covered by vampire blood in the process of killing it. Is this enough to start the process of becoming something like ...
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3answers
287 views

Underground as an engaging environment? [closed]

The fantasy underground, the underworld, the caves, the depths ... that's a whole new world below the surface ... ... or, at least, it should be the new, exciting world below surface. I'm mentioning ...
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1answer
174 views

Monk Dragon's tail vs. Duergar Stand Your Ground - Does SYG Apply?

The move element of Dragon's Tail is: Move : Swap places with target Duergar have Stand your Ground: Stand Your Ground: When an effect forces you to move — through a pull, a push, or a slide — ...
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3answers
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Battlesuit and Mech Rules in Mongoose Traveller

Are there any rules for battlesuits (think of the Starship Troopers novel) or mechs (as in Battletech) in any of the Mongoose Traveller sourcebooks? If so, where?
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3answers
832 views

Are there issues to using passive Perception?

Is it fair to only consider the result of "passive" Perception checks (same as Taking 10) for PCs to detect things, unless the player actively expresses attention to something (in which case a roll is ...
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6answers
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Why are starting languages restricted?

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
2
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3answers
306 views

Shadowrun-esque 4e campaign advice [closed]

I am planning on starting a new 4e campaign. I was thinking that I would like to do a campaign that follows more of a Shadowrun style experience. My thought is that the entire campaign will take ...
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2answers
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How can I make the best use of Alter Self as a 1HD caster? [closed]

So, let's say we've got a 1 HD medium-sized spellcaster with Precocious Apprentice feat who's able to cast Alter Self at first character level and has an Aberration type. The Alter Self limits the ...
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Lycanthropy and its other forms

In an upcoming campaign of ours I'm considering to play a natural lycanthrope character with the aspect of the beast feat and I will have the claws of the beast manifestation of it. So here's the ...
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3answers
655 views

How should a GM best handle a lack of canonical lore in a pre-existing world?

Occasionally, players may want to play in a setting which does not have a detailed canonical lore. Consider, for instance, many computer RPG worlds; their lore tends to be very localized, however, ...
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1answer
296 views

Is there any lore in the Fallout universe regarding South America? [closed]

I am mastering a Fallout: Pen and Paper game, and I have an idea for a campaign we could do in the future, a campaign that would bring us to South America, specifically in the seaside Brazil area. I ...
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1answer
274 views

How many times can this power attack one target?

One of my players wants to use this homebrew class, but we're unclear on how to read one of its powers: Rotating Turret Gunslinger Attack 1 Enemies close in from all sides. You make them ...
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vote
1answer
134 views

Damage from both Guardian Blades and Fire Shield, or just one of the two?

I was wondering if an enemy who attacks me with a melee attack takes damage from both Guardian Blades and Fire Shield, or just one of the two? Can either/both be combined with the errata-ed Infernal ...
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2answers
439 views

How do I encourage players to use Fate Points for declarations?

I have hacked Fate Points into my 13th Age game and I notice two things that are happening - the players hoard them, and often use them for the re-roll effect instead for declarations. (Irrelevant ...
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2answers
298 views

Dealing with defense in BESM

In BESM, it seems to be a lot easier to build a character capable of dealing massive amounts of damage than a character capable of taking massive amounts of damage. As a DM, I don't want to build ...
6
votes
2answers
530 views

Are familiars always present?

In a 3.5 game I'm in right now, I'm playing a Duskblade with a Hippogriff familiar. As Hippogriffs are quite large, I'm getting worried as to whether it will fit through small spaces or narrow ...
2
votes
1answer
159 views

How does Herbal Poultice work?

When I take the level 3 Herbal Poultice Item, how does it work? It's a potion which does the following: Use before you or an ally takes a short rest. The target of the herbal poultice regains an ...
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2answers
1k views

Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?

Me and a couple of friends are just getting into P&P rpgs and are really excited to try something new. However, we have a problem that we live quite far apart from each other. Therefore we'd ...
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8answers
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Two players compete for same role - how do I balance this?

I have a D&D 3.5 group of four players, the classes are; Wizard, Rogue, Barbarian, and Swashbuckler, the level of the players is 4. (Having no healer is part of the game, not part of my question) ...
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1answer
150 views

Chameleon + Cloud of Darkness

My question is about the interaction between the Rogue Utility Chameleon (below and PHB 120) and the Drow racial Cloud of Darkness. Chameleon (Rogue Utility 6) You blend into your ...
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1answer
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How does Shadowrun's Matrix work?

I've been preparing for a Shadowrun 4e game a friend of mine will be GM-ing, but both of us are somewhat confused as to how the Matrix works compared to the internet as we've come to know it. Can you ...
10
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7answers
489 views

Differing Starting Points Levels

The GM of a GURPS game I'm playing in has set the game's point level at 150. However, he has also made the option available to take 250 or 75 points at the beginning, with the understanding that the ...
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4answers
335 views

How can I simplify Duel of Wits to make it more like Bloody Versus?

My problem We're playing Burning Wheel (Gold). About once every two sessions, we run into this problem with Duel of Wits: We want the graduated outcomes of Duel of Wits: we'd like to start with two ...
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3answers
6k views

Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps

I am building a Human Gunslinger character who uses the Racial Heritage feat to get access to the Goblin Gunslinger feat so he can use a large double hack-but without penalty. Problem is, the the ...
5
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2answers
471 views

Why does Infernal Wrath's burst 10 target 1 enemy?

I went over the updates on Wizards of the Coast and discovered that the Infernal Wrath power has changed from what it was in the Player's Handbook. There's one part that confuses me: Infernal ...
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2answers
259 views

How do you handle Held action in Savage Worlds?

Ok, the Held actions have been giving us a lot of trouble recently. I'm gonna illustrate a situation: Let's say a vampire gets a King of Spades, a zombie gets a 3 of hearts, a ranger gets a Queen of ...
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1answer
468 views

Disarm or Trip using a secondary natural attack

Suppose, there is a Summoner with an Eidolon. The Eidolon has the following natural attacks: Bite (primary) Claw x2 (primary) Tentacle (secondary) Since the tentacle attack is a secondary attack, ...
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1answer
255 views

Twilight Assassin daily power understanding

The assassin's level 5 daily power Twilight Assassin(DDI) is also a conjuration power. I had to look at the conjuration rules to make sure I understand what is going on here. The questions I have ...
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2answers
223 views

How can a human terkow rogue use his special attacks?

I'm running a published adventure that includes a male human terkow rogue as a monster. His melee attack stat is: 3 claws +17 (1d6+4/19-20 plus grab). His Special Attacks stats include blood drain and ...
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2answers
490 views

Can characters play multiple Adventure Paths?

If a Pathfinder Adventure Path is designed for level 1 characters (and ends with them being level 15), how are characters supposed to play in multiple paths? (If that is even an option, or do you ...
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4answers
428 views

Players who want to duel each other

I know 4e doesn't have rules for it nor is really designed for this to happen, but does anyone know of a good way to handle PCs that would like to duel, during our downtime between story arcs? Also, ...
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4answers
552 views

Game design differences between contested rolls and general attack rolls in combat

Background: Our group does D&D 3.5/4e one week, and a different system the other week (we've done GURPS and Serenity, and I'm going to be running Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition). I've ...
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2answers
469 views

How does using the Armor as Damage Reduction affect other rules such as touch attacks?

I'm wanting to use the optional Armor as Damage Reduction rules, but there is nothing listed as how it interacts with rules based on AC such as touch attacks and the like. I know that touch attacks ...
5
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1answer
468 views

Cutting open a Bag of Holding

What happens to the items in a bag of holding if you slice it open? We had an instance where a player character placed a bag of holding over an enemies head and sliced it open.
4
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1answer
779 views

Does a Monk use Dex on basic melee attacks

Does the monk's unarmed strike use Dexterity or Strength when making Opportunity Attacks? Our DM swears up and down that it goes off of Strength, but everything we read says that all of a monk's ...
5
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1answer
424 views

Magus' Accurate Strike - do melee touch attack rolls add weapon enhancement bonus?

The Pathfinder Magus has access to Arcana, one of which is the Accurate Strike: Benefit: The magus can expend 2 points from his arcane pool as a swift action to resolve all of his melee weapon ...
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3answers
2k views

How to roleplay the Tengu (D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder race)?

I am currently DM-ing a Pathfinder game (it's a system based on 3.5e D&D). I am planning to introduce a Tengu character to the story. I've done some research, however I'm still not entirely sure ...
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2answers
214 views

Utility Use of Tongue Tendrils

So, the Book of Vile Darkness have got some awesome, but a little bit evil, spells that do all kind of awesome stuff. One of those have caught my attention by being potentially wicked awesome AND ...
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3answers
313 views

How do I become a merchant prince? [closed]

This is for a game of Ars-Magicia but it could well cover any system. The setting is Medieval Europe, specifically around 1197 in Pampalona (Near the eventual Spanish/French border) My character is ...
3
votes
2answers
274 views

How complex are sprite tasks usually allowed to be?

What is the general consensus on how detailed a Sprite command can be? I know Sprite tasks aren't spent until the Technomancer changes the command, but does having conditional modifiers like "if" or ...
1
vote
1answer
184 views

When does the PR Bonus affect Focus Power Tests?

In the Deathwatch Core Rule book, the paragraph describing Focus Power Test states: A Focus Power test is a Willpower Test that determines whether a functions successful. The amount of time it ...
4
votes
1answer
266 views

Where do I go from the Red box?

Me and my group just finished the essentials red box, and are looking at moving to the full 4e game. I'm doing some preliminary reading of the books and one thing is confusing me a little. The ...
4
votes
2answers
907 views

Online tools appropriate to a mapless Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (Cortex Plus) game

I'm going to be running a series of games for the "gaming wives" of my regular group. My wife's a big fan of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game and system, which uses the Cortex Plus rules, so that's ...
5
votes
2answers
288 views

Builder lacks artifacts concordance improvement?

I'm facing a problem with the artifacts concordance of the D&D4 character builder. I wasn't able to find a way to level up the concordance. The +5 sword nightbringer at the top concordance level ...
4
votes
2answers
120 views

Continuing Powers and Hold Action?

Say a wizard cast Quickness and it is his third action after it was cast and the wizard does a Hold Action so he can make sure the target gets another action. When does the power end? a) At the point ...
5
votes
1answer
335 views

Does improved invisibility end due to caster's unconsciousness?

During last session, our wizard casted swift fly (free action) on himself while fighting a bunch of boneclaws. He actually went for a vertical jump-fly and then cast improved invisibility on himself. ...
1
vote
1answer
292 views

How does the Sorcerer's Draconic Power feature work?

I want to make a Sorcerer with the Dragon Magic feature, but I need to know if the + Strength Modifier is in addition to the + Charisma Modifier to the damage or instead of it. Thanks.
2
votes
2answers
1k views

For the bleeding critical feat, what stacks exactly?

The Pathfinder Bleeding Critical feat has the following benefit: Whenever you score a critical hit with a slashing or piercing weapon, your opponent takes 2d6 points of bleed damage (see ...
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votes
2answers
875 views

In Shadowrun 5e, do Knowledge Skills require a Specialization?

In the Shadowrun 5e core book, all knowledge skill examples are shown with specializations, do you need to designate a specialization whenever you take a knowledge skill? If not, does designating a ...
2
votes
2answers
238 views

Does being a technomancer affect AR needs?

I know technomancers have a living VR Persona and can thread Complex Forms to simulate most programs in the Matrix, but what about simple AR? Do they need a Complex Form or hardware for AR feed, or do ...

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