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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Which school of magic do magical weapons and armor auras radiate?

Detect Magic and similar spells can show the school of magic with a proper spellcraft check. Which school of magic is detected for weapons and armor with only enhancement bonuses (e.g. a longsword ...
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How to make skill use on investigations “important” but failure not derail the plot?

Well guys, following previous recommendations here I was able to build a Horror Themed Savage Worlds campaign that has made my players excited. However they're still getting used to the style, as well ...
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Awarding Experience for out-of-game activities, bias towards players with more time, how to fix?

I decided to reward players with extra experience if they wrote summaries of the game sessions in between our meetings. Some players have the extra time to do this, and some don't. What ends up ...
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How do I handle lengthy (days+) actions without slowing the game

I run a D&D 3.5 game, but the system itself is not critical (the examples I use are from D&D though). Some of the characters have various crafting abilities, ranging from things like Alchemy, ...
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How do I build a devoted cleric with the WotC builder?

I'm trying to build a new character using the Wizards of the Coast character builder — a devoted cleric. I've previously built a warpriest cleric with no trouble, but devoted cleric is simply not ...
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Is Astral Construct incomplete?

The astral construct psionic power states: For every 2 additional power points you spend, the level of the astral construct increases by one. But, the monster entry only lists up to level 9 (for 17 ...
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When campaign in Warhammer 3 edition starts?

I'm playing WFRP 2 Edition but our campaign started bit later that default 2525 IC. I want to know if there is any additional information about world events in WRFP 3 Edition that can influence our ...
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Running a campaign alternating GMs every session

The group with which I usually roleplay has a consistent problem: someone will say "Hey, I want to run a campaign in X system with Y setting." Everyone will make characters (which can take quite a ...
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What kinds of enchantments can be put onto orbs?

I've searched everywhere online and can't find the answers I'm looking for about Magic Orbs for my Wizard character for D&D - 4th Ed., so I'll ask them here. What kinds of enchantments can be ...
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Any suggestions for feats/options to forgo damage dice for other benefits?

I'm in a campaign with a reasonably permissive and flexible GM. Currently, I'm trying to put together an enlightened and charismatic bodhisattva type character who charms everything with his voice, ...
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Can I get a stat test and a Beginner's Luck test from the same skill in an extended conflict?

Burning Wheel Gold states that only the highest test in an extended conflict counts. For example, if I roll Axe four times in fight, getting two Routines, a Difficult, and a Challenging test, I'd just ...
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How can I make up a Familiar Companion Edge?

I've been thinking about it a lot, and well... there's already the beastmaster edge out there, however it doesn't really seems fit for an arcane character, as in other systems familiars are far more ...
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What are the mechanics for monsters trying to force a door shut when PCs are in the way?

I'm going to be hosting an encounter where the PCs will enter a room. Behind the fully opened door in a hidden niche are three monsters that will attempt to close the door when the big bad gives the ...
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Criminal Background in Shadowrun

I have a very simple question about character backgrounds in Shadowrun. If there's a character who has spent time in prison, is that character effectively required to have a real SIN? i.e., if a ...
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D&D 3.5E Campaign that supports a large number of PC players

Okay, so here's the problem. I'm going to be dming a large group of around 10 players that have mixed experience and since I'm used to being in small groups of around 4 players I'm not used to having ...
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How do I keep a horror-like feeling with supernatural powered PCs?

I'm going to use Savage Worlds to run a horror campaign in a modern day setting; think X-Files or Supernatural. My players all agree and are excited about the horror concept, but they want to be able ...
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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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Can someone help me optimize my Elan Psion (3.5)?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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Where does the damage bonus for the level 1 pre-gen characters come from?

My friends and I have just started playing D&D. We have played through the Red Box and we decided to keep playing D&D so we downloaded the play-test materials for D&D Next. I read through ...
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What bonuses do(n't) apply to Rend?

Rend says If it hits with two or more natural attacks in 1 round, a creature with the rend special attack can cause tremendous damage by latching onto the opponent's body and tearing flesh. This ...
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How do I read the Attack line on power cards in D&D 4e?

I've just recently started playing D&D 4e through the Red Box, and I am confused about how to fill in the power cards. So, take Nimbus of Holy Shielding for instance. I understand the Target and ...
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 4th and 5th edition that I should know about?

A short while ago Shadowrun 5th edition was released. I've played a lot of Shadowrun a long time ago (mostly SR2 and SR3, some SR4). So what are the main differences that someone coming from ...
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Are Compendium Classes from pre-release still valid?

I have several Dungeon World compendium classes for the Red Book era and I wonder if they still work / are intended to be used with the game as released. Examples off the top of my head include: The ...
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How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D? [closed]

How do I get regular people, non-gamers, into playing D&D? Anybody have any useful ideas?
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How could I procure an Illithid mask?

I'm playing going to be playing Elementum, a LARP (or in french, Grandeur Nature) on the south bank of Montreal. Their rulebooks account for Illithids (mind flayers), which seem to be really fun to ...
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What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?

I am currently playing D&D 4th edition and will be DMing soon. The party consists of 7 characters (mine included, even though I am a DM). I will be running a quest that I created myself and ...
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Feat or minimal LA template to gain Aberration type

I’m looking for a way to give a 1st-level character the Aberration type, without simply being an Aberration because the race is already fixed (non-psionic thri-kreen, i.e. Monstrous Humanoid ...
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What works on a creature targeted by an antimagic ray?

The Antimagic Ray is a spell originally from Draconomicon, updated in the Spell Compendium. Here's all the extracts from the text we need to analyze the case, or so I believe. The target functions ...
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Is it possible to start with non 1st level character in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

I love the idea and I would love to incorporate my players, I'm GM, in Organized Play. Will it be possible or they must start playing with other characters at first level?
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What bonuses and penalties do 4-hoofed race impose?

I'd like to play a centaur character from races of wild and I'm interested what skill penalties and bonuses I would face. Centaur stands firmly on his 4 hoofs and I found no clues if doing so gives ...
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How can I keep the nature and capacity of NPCs hidden to generate a fear of the unknown?

In traditional games such as D&D, the mechanics of the NPCs you face are generally an unknown quantity. The players and the characters only have a rough idea of what an NPC is capable of, based on ...
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Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core?

Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core? To rephrase is Fate Core inherently better at running dark or noir games than Fate Accelerate Edition? This is the impression given by the ...
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How does the “Any” descriptor work in Legend?

In the recently released 1.0 version of Legend, is the Elemental Pony racial track lists the Combat Offensive Modifier as "Any". Does this mean that I may select any ability score other than the ...
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There was a system that had “Step-Damage” I am seeking the game systems name

The step damage system was something like this: For step 7 you rolled a d10 as it rolls 5.5 on average. For step 7 you would roll 2d6 as the average is 3.5 per die and that adds up to 7 (for non ...
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How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?

I am starting an adventure in a custom setting that may end up as a campaign, depending on popularity. However, part of what makes the setting unique is that magic is illegal and severely punished by ...
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Perception Check for an Ambush

I'm a new DM, but I've been playing DnD for a little while now. As of right now I'm running pre-made campaigns until I get the hang of DMing enough to make my own. Right now we're running Keep on the ...
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Turning a PC into an NPC

I can't recall if there are rules or guidelines when converting a player character into a monster with an XP value and proper abilities so they are not over-powered. If someone could tell me if they ...
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Would Storytelling System (WoD's ruleset) work for a post-apocalypse setting?

Is the World of Darkness ruleset suited for some wasteland adventures or am I on thin ice? The scenario I have in mind is along the lines of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R setting, implementing the supernatural ...
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What happens to boosts that are obviated by the narrative?

During a quick Fate session, two characters were engaged in a duel, during which an onlooker was hurled into the fray, resulting in one duelist gaining the boost Petticoats and Fluff on the other. ...
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What are the changes between editions?

What changes are there between each edition so that I can update earlier edition modules more easily? I have many modules for Call of Cthulhu that I have picked up over the years but I only own 3rd ...
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Master of Flame (Paragon Path) and Flaming Weapon

Master of Flame paragon path has a level 12 Utility Power called Burning Transformation. Burning Transformation - You transform into a creature of fire until the end of the encounter. While in ...
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Rogue Talent: Offensive Defense

I've seen arguments going both ways on this so I don't know how to rule this. If a rogue with Offensive Defense gets multiple sneak attacks in one round does the bonus AC stack? Example: A level 5 ...
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How can I judge if combat in a dungeon room attracts attention?

A question that usually props up at my table is "If we start a fight in this room, will we attract any attention?" I guess usually this refers to the noise and din of combat. So, say the party is ...
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How to make players carry a bomb and not know anything about it

So for my first run with Shadowrun 5th edition I want to start with what seems like a simple courier mission to a Yakuza gang. Mr. Johnson has a package to be transported to the rendezvous point with ...
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Can a martial character ready the same maneuver multiple times simultaneously?

All the martial classes from ToB have different methods of preparing and re-preparing maneuvers, but the basic mechanics are pretty much the same for all of them (well, maybe just two, except the ...
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How do transfers of ownership affect artifact concordance?

My adventuring party recently completed Gardmore Abbey and has possession of of the Deck of Many Things. The starting concordance score included a bonus for having reassembled the Deck, which was ...
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Designing stats for ReBoot Tabletop game

As a personal project I am working on creating a tabletop game based on one of my favorite childhood shows. The show is ReBoot. One of the things I am having a rough time designing is a simple stat ...
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Reaving Ammunition & spending a move action

Reaving ammunition states: When you hit an enemy with an attack using this ammunition, that enemy also takes ongoing 5 damage until it spends a move action (without moving) to end the ongoing ...

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