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Where can I find “Backgrounds” for D&D 4e?

My DM wants me to pick a couple of backgrounds for my character for a 4e game. Where can I find them?
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Have there been any games specifically designed in response to Edwards' “Big Model”?

Love it or hate it, the Big Model (and the GNS theory that is the root of the model) has become a part of the RPG landscape. As a frequent GM, I actually find the model useful for thinking through ...
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Any sites or periodicals dedicated to campaign ideas/concepts?

Like many GMs, I'm perfectly content to sit around and think up new ideas for campaigns or one-shots (with only about 10% of these ideas ever making it to the table). Also like most, I really enjoy ...
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How can DMs effectively telegraph specific dangers in D&D?

There are some play-styles of D&D in which the spectre of player-character death is considered a feature of the game rather than a bug. For my own reasons (which aren't the point of the question), ...
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Does recoil affect gunnery, and can RC accessories be used?

When a vehicle or drone attacks from a weapon mount, does recoil modify the attack roll as normal? If so, can firearm accessories which provide recoil comp. (such as Gyro Stabilization) be built into ...
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Are there any other sites or books dedicated to dungeon delves?

The WotC Dungeon Delves book is a title that provides a full, three part experience (typically centered around three main conflicts) in a single location (with fully detailed maps and enemies) ...
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Optional but official rules that balance “instant death” threats in DnD3.5?

I'm looking for optional rules from (semi)official publications that offer players (and their characters) a chance to avoid "instant death" threats (such as the petrifying gaze of a (CR7) medusa) ...
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None Shall Pass/Bradaman's Weapon problems maintaining Divine Challenge

These two things allow a paladin to target Divine ChallengeDDI on two enemies. Bradaman's WeaponDDI None Shall PassDDI During his turn the paladin "must engage the target" or the mark ends and ...
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Concealed door vs Secret door

In AD&D 1st edition, what is the difference between a concealed door and a secret door?
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How can acrobatics be used to move through an enemy occupied square?

According to the AcrobaticsDDI skill you can use an Acrobatic Stunt to "somersault over an opponent", amongst other things . It gives a base DC of 15, and "the DM sets the DC based on the complexity ...
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...
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Are there counterspell rules in DnD3.X?

Are there counterspell rules in DnD3.X?
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Lower spells in higher spell slots

Can you place a lower level spell in a higher spell slot? In other words, can you place magic missile in a 4th level slot if you want to, without a metamagic feat? This came up in our Pathfinder game ...
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Has any one created add on tile for Undermountain Games' DTiles: Dungeons?

I have been using Undermountain Games' DTiles: Dungeons! for a while now and it is a great product, but ... there are limited floor types. It would be nice to have water and magma etc. I tried to ...
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Adapting Kafka's The Trial to a scenario

Last evening I had the priviledge of seeing quite an ... interesting ... adaptation of Kafka's The Trial. I am wondering if the community has any suggestions on the best ways to adapt it (or other ...
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Does a large creature take damage moving through a Wall of Fire?

Here's the situation, a large creature moves next to a Wall of Fire. W CCW CCW W Next it moves into the wall, taking damage W CC CC W Then it moves again W CC CC W ...
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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in ...
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Is there a saving throw for forced movement over unrevealed pits?

Let me share a story of what happened (it was an epic moment) in one game, which prompted this question. Our party consisted of a Shardmind Psion (myself), a Halfling Rogue, and a Dragonborn Paladin. ...
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What are the differences between the first and second editions of Rolemaster?

I've been in the mood for some old school RPG love ala Rolemaster recently and discovered that there were some differences between the first and second editions of the game (I'm familiar with 3rd and ...
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How many squares of forced movement are required to push something into a Wall of Fire?

The Wall of Fire specifies that 3 extra squares of movement (for a total of 4 squares) are required to enter a wall of fire. Does this apply to forced movement? Typically, forced movement ignores ...
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How large is the zone when targeting a large creature with Spirit of the Hawk's Wind?

Spirit of the Hawk's WindDDI is an interesting power. It is a close burst 5 that targets one creature. Further, as an effect, it creates a zone in a burst 3 centered on the target. My question - ...
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Realm Management Rules That Work

I have been searching for years for a good realm-management rule set for RPGs. By "realm management," I mean a system that tracks the fortunes of large areas and / or groups in the way that most RPGs ...
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Does a creature take damage from Wall of Fire if it is moved before its turn?

Here's the scenario: A wizard is separated in initiative order from his target by one or more creatures/PCs. The wizard creates a Wall of Fire which occupies the space of his target creature. Prior ...
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Are there other cooperative world building games like Dawn of Worlds?

I found Dawn of Worlds on the web and got the PDF of it. My group tried and loved it. I was wondering has anyone else worked with this very novel system for cooperative world building?
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Does the damage caused by Wall of Fire get the implement bonus when a creature walks into it?

Our wizard cast a Wall Of Fire which is an implement power. Does the damage that is caused when a creature starts their turn adjacent to or in the wall of fire get to add the implement's ...
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Can I use a barrier power to create a bridge?

If you have a pit of fire or lava, is there any reason to not allow the barrier power to be used to create a bridge over it?
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Close burst from a large creature — one square origin or all of them

If a large or larger creature uses a close burst, does the burst have to emanate from a single square of the large creature's space, or does it act as if the creature is the source (all squares)? The ...
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How often can a creature be damaged in one turn with Wall of Fire?

Question 1: During a creature's movement, he moves into more than one fire space. Does he take the damage for each square? Question 2: Using Forced movement (push/pull/slide) does the creature take ...
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With Arcane Reach, can you Thunderwave yourself?

Arcane Reach allows you to target a close burst or blast starting 2 squares away from you. Thunderwave pushes each target in a close blast 3. The wizard chose his origin square and wanted the ...
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On a bull rush, do you have to shift into the creature's former space?

Bull rush says that the character shifts into the vacated space. Is this shift optional? (It became highly important when there was a Wall of Fire last night!)
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When can you move a Spirit Companion?

Can the spirit companion move anytime the shaman takes a move action, or does it need to be a move action where the shaman moves?
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Under what conditions does a Shaman's Spirit Companion go away?

This came up tonight after the shaman ran into some difficulty. Specifically we were unsure of what happened with Loss of line of effect Loss of line of sight If the shaman is unconscious or dying ...
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What happens when a Dog does something that is authorized by the Faith but against the law?

I got interested in Dogs in the Vineyard through this question and picked up the PDF. I'm wondering how you're meant to handle some things in the setting, for example on page 18 in the Territorial ...
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Is there a feat that mimics the Staff of Missile Mastery effect?

One of my players abs proposed a feat that essentially works like the daily power on the Staff of Missile Mastery (which generates multiple missiles during one power activation). Is there a similar ...
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Are there any “War Of The Dead” maps

In the War Of The Dead Campaign for Savage World there are no provided Maps in the PDFs. I have seen on the forum that Daring Entertainment intended to produce some for the encounter locations but I ...
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Any Non-Unit-Payroll Based Merc Contract Mechanism?

FM: Mercs and its predecessors lays out a fine little minigame mechanic for mercenary contract negotiations. I like the bargaining point system, as a concept. Given the level of standardization in ...
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When a skill has a flat bonus, does that apply to the Wild Die as well?

I recently played an expert surgeon with the Healer trait and Professional Healer. That meant I rolled 1d12+3 for Healing checks. So if I rolled my check as d12 (skill) and d6 (wild) and I rolled a ...
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Can running dice explode?

In Savage Worlds you run by rolling a d6 + your pace for movement. Can this d6 ace (otherwise known as explode)?
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Adapting Dogs in the Vineyard to a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 13th century Mythic Europe

Two of my PCs in my Ars-Magica game have chosen to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from northern france. I've decided that ArM5 makes a poor system for this journey as its primary focus is on ...
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Looking for good advice and links on mapping a MegaDungeon

Partly thanks to the wonderful blogs of Tony Dowler and Dyson Logos, I've found myself obsessed recently with the idea of building that epically classic D&D adventuring environment: the dangerous ...
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In the Aristotealian Conception of mind, what are some consequences of artificial creation of links between the wits?

This question involves three books: Ars Magica v5 Core, Art & Academe, and Houses of Hermes: True Lineages. I'm asking this question to try to get some external feedback on potential ...
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Combat Skill Challenges

I've seen a combat run as a skill challenge before, and it worked quite well. I'm wondering, though, if anyone has made more formal rules for a combat skill challenge, beyond "pick main skills and set ...
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What should I read/watch for information about the 1930s United States? [closed]

I'm currently writing a Trail of Cthulhu campaign, in which Investigators travel across the United States in the 1930s. To get inspiration for the scenarios, I read books and watch movies about ...
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The half-elf: is it balanced?

I always had the feeling that the half-elf is unbalanced in D&D 3. It gets some racial bonuses on saving throws, immunity to sleep, low-light vision and a couple of pluses in abilities, but it ...
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What software is available for virtual table tops?

As the younger members of our group get older, they are going off to college or {gasp} getting on with their lives. We still game but are finding it harder to get together as distances increase. ...
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NWOD : stats for animals and edge-cases for transformations in Changeling

Well, I tried playing with the title to make it as suggestive as "The Beast-buffing", but since this question may have a wider scope let's keep it straight. As I was saying in the other question, I ...
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2answers
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Does an Edge require you to take a Hindrance?

I'm looking at the Savage Worlds Test Drive and it provides a list of Hindrances and Edges. Do I have to take an equivalent Hindrance for each Edge or do I get some Edges for free?
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How can improve a drone's Reaction (defense vs. bullets)?

How can I increase the Reaction score/defense vs. bullets of a drone? Looking through commlink upgrades in Unwired, I was expecting to find a matrix upgrade which would increase the Response ...
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Can a cleric sustain “Consecrated ground” while unconscious?

A cleric casts Consecrated ground (sustain minor). Enemy drops him to 0 HP. Cleric falls unconscious. What happens next? Consecrated ground disappears. OR Consecrated ground stays put. On ...
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Creating realistic newspaper articles

For a "wall of crazy" I want as a prop in an upcoming horror game I need some quite a few newspaper articles. What tools and techniques can I use to create them?

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