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Can a hacker/technomancer turn a gun against his owner?

So I was thinking about this story for a run where the players must catch a target who, according to the Johnson, turned his weapon against him. So I want my players to be chasing this ...
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How can I create a Prisoner's Dilemma-style choice in Paranoia?

A Prisoner's Dilemma, studied in Game Theory, is when two people are separated and each given a choice between options Y and Z. If both players choose option Y, they receive the best overall result ...
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Does an Apocalypse World Campaign Really Work with Just 2 Players and an MC?

While the AW rules state that the game can be run with "3 or more players, including you [the MC]" I am curious if anyone has run an AW campaign with just two players and an MC. I ran a game with two ...
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Do you have to take the Advantage “Free access to any Discipline” to use Psychic Powers as a Mentalist?

I've just started playing Anima: Beyond Fantasy and I'm particularly intrigued by the Mentalist, but I'm wondering if you need to take the Advantage "Free access to any Discipline" before you are able ...
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Using aspects to represent non-“issue” game themes

Fate Core suggests that a game be given aspects based on its issues, such as The Scar Triad and The Doom that is to Come. Issues are defined as the "threats and pressures inherent to the setting ...
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Do animal companions lose some of their abilities on advancement?

According to the SRD the stats of animal companions may change when they advance. For example a wolf on level 1 has Attack bite (1d6 plus trip) on level 1 and Attack bite (1d8) on level 7. Does it ...
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Is a Minor Magical Focus in Counterspelling appropriate?

The Minor Magical Focus virtue provides: Your magic is particularly attuned to some narrow field, such as self-transformation, birds of prey, or healing. In general, the field should be ...
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How does the flaw limited magic resistance work?

Limited Magic Resistance states: You are less able to resist magic than other magi. You gain no bonus from one of your Form scores to Magic Resistance rolls, though if you are caught without ...
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Are there any guidelines as to the nature of fast-cast spontaneous spells needed to counter a magi's spells?

In Ars Magica, a magi may counter incoming spells and effects: In order to create a fast-cast defense against magic, a maga must know the Hermetic Form that governs that magic. If the caster ...
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Recovering from sanity loss in tremulus without going mad

The question applies equally to harm. Once again, these rules may very well be a straight port from Apocalypse World, so knowledge of the latter probably applies. If a character has suffered 3 or more ...
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Does Mitigate Suffering prevent further ability damage?

From Complete Champion p 61: You can temporarily relieve ability damage. Prerequisite: Ability to cast 2nd-level spells. Benefit: As long as you have any restoration spell or another ...
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Can anyone teach a new player to play Pathfinder? [duplicate]

I have the core book and the Bestiary 2. My brother gave them to me but I've never found time to sit and learn how to play by myself.
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Is the Greenbound Summoning Feat as powerful as it looks, or am I missing something?

Druids have a feat called Greenbound Summoning (Lost Empires of Faerun, p. 8), which has the following benefit: "All animals that you summon using summon nature's ally acquire the greenbound template ...
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What are the best RPG bestiary books containing monsters inspired by East Asian cultures? [closed]

The setting for my current game has a mix of cultures and influences from the Far East, and I am looking for sources for monsters inspired by Chinese/East-Asian cultures, such as China, Japan, ...
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How can I use Psionic Wild Talents with a Dark Sun campaign in Pathfinder?

Using Pathfinder, is there a place or reference to help with Psionic wild talents for when a Dark Sun campaign is used? My players don't want to be full psionic classes. Instead, they'd like to ...
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How should HD work with a Vampire template split across levels?

I have made a level 1 bard with the vampire template, and our DM has broken down the template so that I can get the full +8 level adjustment (and vampiric abilities) by the time I reach 9th level. ...
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How to hide the system in FATE (Dresden Files)

In the past when introducing a new player to roleplaying games I have found they understand it much quicker if I handle the mechanics of the game, and let them experience the story and play without ...
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How does the Chain Spell feat interact with expensive material/experience point components?

The Chain Spell feat can be applied to any spell that normally has a single target. However, it is unclear what happens in cases where spells (such as stoneskin) have expensive material components, or ...
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What, precisely, happens when you apply the Chain Spell metamagic feat to the Chain Lightning Spell?

The Chain Spell feat (Complete Arcane) causes a spell that normally has a single target to arc to multiple secondary targets based on your caster level. The spell chain lightning has a single initial ...
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Who popularised the abbreviation of XP for experience points? Was it Basic D&D?

Basic Dungeons and Dragons page B22: Experience points (abbreviated XP, as ep stands for electrum pieces) are given for non-magical treasure and for defeating monsters. Is this why in most games ...
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Energy Immunity

What would happen if you cast an Energy Immunity (Fire), then follow it up with an Energy Immunity (Acid)? Are you now immune to both Fire & Acid for the duration of the spells, or does the second ...
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When should I use active defense?

When you get hit by an attack you first use parry as passive defensse and if you fail you use active defense in the same knack, correct? For active defense you use an action. But isn't an active ...
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Tips for combining Gumshoe/Lorefinder with improv/Lazy GMing?

The Gumshoe/Lorefinder systems break an adventure into core scenes, with a core clue in each scene leading to the next. I am under the impression that the GM will have to plan each scene. This gives ...
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84 views

When a power makes a zone, what squares does it affect?

Some powers create zones, and most of them just say it, "zone", but what exactly is it? I mean, whats the size? For they just mention the range of where I can put the "core" of the zone!
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Can I use more than one implement at once?

If I'm a Cleric with the Student of Artifice feat, and I have a staff and a holy symbol, will my powers with the implement keyword receive both enhancements?
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What would the effect be of zeroing your exp after every level?

Inspired by this question, what would the effect of setting your exp to zero after levelling be? Obviously, each level would take longer. Would there be any other effects? Note: As BESW points out, ...
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Do I reset XP to zero on a new level?

In the D&D group I play with one of the players insists that when you reach a new level you have to zero your experience. However when I checked the PHB1 there is no reference to this. PHB1 uses ...
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Players who want a dayjob for a megacorp. Should I allow it?

A player wants to work for EVO knowing the corp has a great reputation as an employer (according to Corporate Guide) and they have a great tolerance of technomancers. As part of the day job ...
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How to give a Rogue ways to shine

I'm DMing a pathfinder campaign and it's been going pretty well. The Barbarian is having a grand time cleaving hordes of weak enemies, the Cleric is doing fantastic in the undead segments, and the ...
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How are Werewolf traits balanced?

I'm not a skilled Werewolf: the Apocalypse player. One thing that has always surprised me is that Gnosis, Willpower and Rage are calculated from Breed, Tribe and Auspice. But I don't know how it is ...
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About monster definition and distinctions

I was having a discussion with some guy and I argued that I think D&D made distinctions between monsters and regular characters since earlier editions, and it even employed different mechanics. ...
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Does a ring of feather falling work for any height?

Triggered by This Question A ring of feather falling: This ring is crafted with a feather pattern all around its edge. It acts exactly like a feather fall spell, activated immediately if the ...
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How do Mushroom Vest and Boots of the Cat work together?

The first is a padded vest, the second is padded shoes. Mushroom Vest (500 gp) This spongy, mottled brown vest is several inches thick and composed of woven strips of preserved fungus. The vest ...
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How does damage reduction work with falling damage?

Specifically, does a damage reduction reduce the damage from each dice of falling damage or from the total? If it is the former, does this combination worth less than 2000 gp make me immune to ...
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What is the best way to prevent abuse of the gate spell?

The gate spell may be used for calling a extraplanar creature up to 39 HD for your service, e.g. Solar. That creature may be commanded to use wish spell for raising your attributes or for creating a ...
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Encouraging players to not cheat the item purchase system?

I'm running a campaign for a group of friends who - while not new to roleplaying - are new to the idea of a generic resource points system. For context only (still system-agnostic advice), I'm talking ...
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Puzzling Things Out in tremulus and failing - how would that move the story forward?

According to the philosophy of the Apocalypse World Engine, when PCs make a move and fail the roll, the story should still get advanced somehow. In effect, it's time for the GM to make a move of their ...
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Hide in Plain Sight vs True Seeing

Does casting True Seeing pierce through a Ranger's Hide in Plain Sight? What about a Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight? According to the True Seeing description: True seeing does not help the ...
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What die rolls are open-ended?

In Burning Wheel Gold, so far as I can tell, the following tests have open-ended die rolls: Magic Perception Any skill-based test with the funky little squiggly S after it (which are generally ...
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How to make a confinement situation interesting without railroading players?

There are many scenarios where players will be confined for a period of time in a location: Prison, castle under siege, mega dungeon adventure (like Undermountain) or a labyrinth. I'd like to play the ...
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How to get a new player to understand the time investment of a table top RPG

I have a problem and I was hoping you guys could help me. My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign. We are all very new, none of us have played any sort of table top RPG before. Most ...
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Trying to understand stacking defense bonuses from Racial / Feat / Items in DND4e?

I am a relatively new player to DND (4e). I've tried to look this information up and have found tidbits but I am still unclear. This is a multi-part question though the core of it is understanding if ...
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Transporting players from Faerun to Athas (Dark Sun)

Am looking for some idea's on how one would send his/her current players to Dark Sun from Forgotten Realms, allowing the players to remain content & happy, keeping their precious characters due to ...
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How to handle initiative while keeping the spotlight on a duel within a larger combat?

In some weeks we will play 7th Sea, an RPG with much fencing. I want to make fights more like a duel between players and minions. I think some (most?) battles will be one player duelling a minion, ...
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How does sneak attack work for ranged rogues after surprise round?

Does he become useless? Do you have to place a houserule? Is it spending actions on getting invisible or out of sight again the only way to get sneak attack again? It seems to me a ranged rogue ...
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What kind of penalty does moving over furniture incur?

In a previous encounter I filled a room with a bunch of chairs and tables with the intent of players run around or over them to escape a difficult creature. I wasn't sure what the penalties were so I ...
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What are the rules for a flyby grapple?

I'm trying to create an encounter where PCs are climbing a vine or rope down a 100ft shaft. About half way down, a creature flies up and attempts to grab one of the PCs to fly away with her. The ...
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How does crossing the borders of Ravenloft's domains work?

As I understand it, in Ravenloft a Dark Lord has control over his/her land. However, when traveling between lands, can the PCs cross borders as they like, as long as the Lord of the land has not ...
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Druids' access to Domains in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, does a Druid gain access to two Domains like the cleric? If he does, would it be the elemental types such as Fire, Water, etc.?
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In a high magic setting, how should I introduce “unnatural” magic?

I am going to run a game of 13th Age, which is pretty high magic - the industry of the world is primarily enhanced by ritual magic (wind elemental bind to sailing ships, rituals ensuring good weather ...

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