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Why is the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit so expensive/hard to find?

It looks like the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit for 4e is hard to find new, and the new copies I can find are really expensive. Is this because it is out of date or out of print? Is there a ...
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Is it worth it for a barbarian to take a level of alchemist?

I'm thinking of giving my barbarian a level in alchemist. The alchemist's mutagen gives a +4 alchemical bonus to strength for ten minutes, so that stacks with rage! Not to mention the natural armor ...
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Can a Gray Rain Cloak be refilled?

The Gray Rain Cloak is made from Feywild rain using a minor ritual. Players can stretch it on the ground and take out water from it, but this "depletes" the cloak and makes it shorter every time. ...
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Is there a complete index of D&D 3.5 material?

D&D 4th edition has the Compendium, a complete searchable index of all official WotC content. Is there something similar for D&D 3.5 material?
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What are the major design/philosophical differences between Dresden Files and Fate Core?

I've read the Fate Core rulebook and am starting to read the Dresden Files: Your Story and Your World books. I am looking to describe the differences between Dresden Files and Fate to friends. If ...
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What is the ideal Numenera party size, and the practical min and max?

I haven't been able to find any mentions on party size in the Numenera core book. What I want to know is the ideal size for a party and the practical maximum and minimum party sizes. Is it possible, ...
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Can Power Attack be used with light weapons?

I've searched the web for this but haven't found a conclusive answer. Most answers indicated that it is possible. So, Can I use Power Attack with light weapons? If it can be done, why does this feat ...
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Difference in basing damage on degree of success compared to a separate roll

So I am thinking about my own homebrewed system, and am wondering how to implement damage. I am considering two types of system here: Damage is rolled separately (base on weapon), and success of the ...
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Do Blades of Death and Uncanny Blow stack with each other in any way?

Do the class features "Blades of Death" of the Master Samurai prestige class in Sword and Fist stack in any way with "Uncanny Blow" of the Exotic Weapons Master from Complete Warrior? Assume that the ...
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Does Intelligent Blademaster affect Thrown Melee Weapons?

The Intelligent Blademaster Feat says that it allows the swordmage to use intelligence for basic attacks with melee weapons. As it doesn't specify whether the melee weapons have to perform a melee ...
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Does Two-Weapon Fighting help Flurry of Blows?

The Two-Weapon Fighting feat by base definition gives bonuses to negate the usual penalties of dual wielding. Does this have any effect on a monk's Flurry of Blows ability, where the penalties ...
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Does the Tiefling mutation manifest at a greater probability per child in later generations?

In a comment thread elsewhere on RPG.SE, someone asserted that tiefling features manifest increasingly down the generations, citing the following text as his evidence: Tiefling says Most ...
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Can Augmented psionic powers be made permanent, maybe via Incarnate?

I'm creating a psion were-eagle (for an all were-creatures campaign). While looking for reliable, lightweight armor options to offset my psion's squishiness I'm considering whether inertial armor ...
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Do wounds and fatigue levels stack?

A recent question "Do penalties from wounds and fatigue stack?" made me think. Do wounds and fatigue levels stack? Can a character get incapacitated from receiving three wounds when they are already ...
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Is is unrealistic not to bring a decker / hacker to shadow runs?

I'm going to host a Shadowrun game soon (have played a bit before ages ago). It is going to be a second RPG alongside our regular group so we want to keep the time to get into the matter very low. ...
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Is it possible to do a one-night D&D (or similar) session in just a few hours with only three people? [closed]

My flatmate is big D&D fan, but we two other flatmates are not particularly interested (though not averse either.) Can we two inexperienced flatmates set up a role-playing game, have it be fun for ...
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Can a Warforged add his Slam attack damage to a shield bash attack?

Just a thought a friend of mine brought up while working on a Warforged character: since a shield bash attack theoretically has about the same movements as a Warforged slam attack, shouldn't you be ...
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Playing Fate with competitive players

I've just finished reading the Fate Core book, and I'm really surprised how well this system presents itself. But inevitably, I've started thinking about what-ifs - and one of them is playing with ...
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1answer
365 views

Blackstaff Apprentice and Wizard's Fury

I looked around online, but again couldn't find an answer. I also saw the Dragon Magazine articles from issues 409 and 374, but want a diffinative ruling. When you take the Blackstaff Apprentice ...
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How many Free Actions are worth a Simple Action?

In Shadowrun 5, you can take two Simple Actions in an Action Phase. You also have a single Free Action - but the gamemaster may decide to allow more. How many Free Actions could a character do in ...
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Do penalties from wounds and fatigue stack?

If a character is wounded and takes a level of fatigue do the penalties stack? For example does a character with one wound and is also fatigued take a -2 penalty to all trait rolls?
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Does Teamwork make you give up your action?

Both Fate Core and Fate Accelerated Edition have rules by which one player makes a roll and the others assist him without passing him free invocations or spending Fate points. In FAE this is called ...
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457 views

Datajacks and rigger control rigs

The description of a rigger control rig includes a throw away comment that 'it's like getting a free datajack' (5th ed. Core Rulebook p.265). Am I supposed to take this literally and assume that if I ...
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1answer
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Vehicle tests, riggers and hotsimming

Vehicle mounted weapons are operated with the following test for manual use: Weapon Skill + Agility[Accuracy] and for remote usage it changes to: Gunnery + Logic[Accuracy] Based on this, ...
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Warshaper limits to size

Is there any limit to how much a Warshaper (Complete Warrior) can grow their limbs using their Morphic Weapons ability? As far as the rules say, it is possible for a Tiny creature to then grow to ...
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Removal of Cyberware, and Upgrade Essence costs

I am planning on my character being a troll mage who's corp born. In talks with my GM we have determined that in his world corp people get forced implants. So I am getting a free skilljack for better ...
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How do I calculate average damage for WFRPG using AnyDice?

In First Edition of WFRPG Damage during combat works as follows: You roll 2d10 as a perctile die. If you get lower than your skills you hit. You then roll a 1d6 + damage modifier. If you roll a 6, ...
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884 views

Help me build my blaster sorcerer!

I'm gearing up for the second half of a campaign based on the idea of Law vs Chaos. I opted for Law. However, instead of playing a Wizard like I normally do, I'm going to give the Sorcerer a shot. In ...
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What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
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What's the up side of aquatic campaigns in Pathfinder?

Everything I've found about aquatic campaigns would suggest that they are inherently more difficult than traditional campaigns, for the GM and player both. The Rules Difficulties For one thing, ...
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Can Iron Heart Surge remove a Necrotic Cyst?

Plain and simple, by RAW can the Iron Heart Surge maneuver from the Tome of Battle remove a Necrotic Cyst, a spell from Libris Mortis.
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Are there any tutorials/educational courses for learning roleplaying games?

Recently, I've been working on a side project to get myself acquainted with Moodle (since I'm a future educator) that's essentially a nine-part tutorial on how to get started with tabletop games and ...
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Where can I find rules for creating pocket dimensions?

I have a powerful mage as the BBEG in my next campaign, and part of what makes him powerful is that he can travel around, and move lots of other people, using magic. While Teleport and Teleport ...
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Best way to get players to think about their backgrounds within the game?

I'm a new DM playing with a group of 5 new players. (We're playing D&D 4e but more general answers are acceptable.) So far we have done 3 sessions, where we've mainly focussed on learning the ...
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What happens when a player burns spiderwebs?

What happens when spiderwebs are set alight? Though page 69 of the DMG lists spiderwebs as a special terrain it doesn't talk about the effects of fire. I'm about to run in encounter with a LOT of ...
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How can I establish a permanent travel route between two planes?

I have a character who wishes to establish a permanent connection between the material plane and another plane of existence. This other plane happens to be a Demiplane. He must be able to travel back ...
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How do I safely break stereotypes in my games?

In the LARP system I play, there are some stereotypes heavily in-grained into the player base. For instance, goblins are squeaky-voiced, hyperactive, and (often) violent humanoids. These sorts of ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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How can I use two ranged weapons against two different targets?

Ok, so in our DnD 3.5 campaign we're using a custom setting with reduced magic but includes early firearms e.g. flintlocks, revolvers, muskets, Dwarven Hand Cannon (prototype shotgun). My character ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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How to represent streetwise skills?

Some game systems have a Streetwise skill. Here are things that it's usually related to: Knowing about urchins, pick-pockets and urban gangs, their organization, codes, behaviors Knowing who's where ...
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1answer
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Where does mounting/dismounting start/end?

I want to get on my mount. Where should my character be for this to be possible? I initially thought being in any adjacent square was enough but I've read an article for 3.5 which suggests you need to ...
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1answer
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D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM

I am brand new to D&D I bought the Player's Handbook, DM Guide and Monster Manuel.. Along with Monster Vault and The Dungeon Master's Kit.. I also got the Starter Red Box... What I am looking for ...
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So I think I've found a caveat to Lesser Geas' limits

Provided your target fails his saving throw, the description of Lesser Geas states that it lasts until the target completes its specified objective or, should the task not have a definite end to it, 1 ...
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1answer
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Does Swordmage Warding benefit a multiclassed wizard's summoned creatures?

Okay, I looked around online and read both Forgotten Realms and Arcane Power, but am unclear on if Swordmage Warding benefits a Wizard's Summoned creatures. I'm a wizard who has the Blade Initiate ...
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An adventure RPG that can be played in only author stance?

My family and I mostly play board games, and like strategy and cooperative games, but I want to branch out into RPGs. We like to play games generally the same way. Which is, we don't really like to ...
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How long does a Binding last?

The Binding advantage in GURPS allows a character to hold another character in place, in a way similar to being grappled by a creature with ST equal to the level of your Binding. My problem is that ...
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Can a shaman have 2 spirit companions?

I'm making a Shaman in 4th edition and I'm trying to make him be one with the spirits. I was wondering if a shaman can have 2 spirit companions. It would be cool if I had a Phoenix as one spirit ...
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How can I distill “Expedition to the Barrier Peaks” down to the best 7 or 8 encounters to fit inside one hour? [closed]

On Friday I'll be doing a role play demo for 13 Montessori students between 12 and 14 years old. It's a one hour deal, and this is my second time to do it. Since it is such a short time frame, and ...
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Correctly deploying Smokestick

I've been trawling the handbook and google for information on the correct deployment of Smokestick. The reason being that I currently have a character "on the run" evading a much stronger CR enemy ...

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