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How do multiple-round touch spells work?

I'm the GM for a group of four people, two of whom are deviously creative. This time, this dynamic duo is playing a pair of 7th-level druids, both of which had taken the spell Produce Flame for the ...
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Circle of Crone: Love-Lies-Bleeding ritual

In circle of crone covenant book page 36 talks about a ritual to hide black veins caused by diablerie: Love-Lies-Bleeding The Amaranth, or Amaranthus, is a beautiful flower with rich crimson ...
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alternate morality systems in nWOD

I am looking for systems of morality in the rules, to replace the standard humanity. I've found one in DANSE MACABRE (creating NPCs called anchors) and one in HUNTER THE VIGIL (replacing the sins in ...
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What makes grease a good spell?

I often see people list grease as good go-to 1st level spell. Why is this? The spell description lists 3 of its uses: forcing saves and slows movement of enemies, disarming enemies, and preventing ...
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1answer
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Are there any Large playable races with a LA of +0/+1 and if so where are they?

I know of the half-minotaur that's in a dragon mag somewhere but other than that I have no idea. I've been consulting lists of +0 and +1 LA playable races and templates but they don't seem to mention ...
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Is there an exchange rate between hit points and spell levels?

I'm in the midst of creating a magic item that would steal hit points from enemies and store them. Once a certain level of hit points have been stored, the user of the item would be able to convert ...
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665 views

In Pathfinder can spells target invisible opponents?

In the game I was running last night the bad guy cast invisibility on himself. The players managed to work out which 5' square she was in and among other things one of the players tried to use the ...
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Where can I find information on forming spirit pacts?

I have been reading over the Book of Spirits and it mentioned some form of trade that normal humans could make with Spirits for favors and such. Unfortunately, the page referenced in the book to find ...
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Does globe of invulnerability exclude summoned monsters from the area?

Globe of invulnerability states: An immobile, faintly shimmering magical sphere surrounds you and excludes all spell effects of 3rd level or lower. Summon Monster has the following effect: ...
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How to DM mind control effects without angering my friends?

I have a bit of a problem, particularly relating to a custom monster I created. D&D has a lot of effects and abilities that change a character's behavior, ranging from a simple intimidate check ...
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What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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How do I calculate my probability of success in Vampire the Masquerade?

How can I calculate my chance of success given my ability + skill vs a difficulty? How is this complicated when the difficulty is rolled as well?
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How am I supposed to award magic items so that PCs aren't over/under-powered?

I'm a noob DM. In previous campaigns, I've only given out magic items as rewards for completing quests, but players complained that they didn't have enough control over what items they wanted to use, ...
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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1answer
65 views

What Dread Powers do the Demons have?

Ch 5, p119 of Mortal Remains is about Demons, however there is no Dread Powers Section like there are in the the other chapters. I'm going to speculate that this might be because of there being ...
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1answer
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Can Deadlands Mad Scientists re-use Alchemy Formulas?

Can Formulas for Elixirs be recycled like Blueprints? The book (Deadlands: Way of New Science) doesn't say specifically, but it only mentions having to re-roll the Alchemy check to brew new batches of ...
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2answers
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+50

Does this combination of Battlemage Readiness & Spellsword Perfection with Dimensional Charge work?

Can an assault swordmage combine Battlemage Readiness & Spellsword Perfection to gain a 4[W] immediate reaction whenever an enemy violates its mark? Battlemage Readiness (11th level): When you ...
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2answers
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What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconcious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
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Are there any online virtual tabletops with 2.5D or 3D views?

Currently my group uses Roll20.net for online gaming but I want something more visually appealing and variable. I found a list of VTTs but the only alternatives to top-down is a 3D virtual tabletop ...
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Is “The One Ring” suitable as an introductory game? [on hold]

Some of my friends want to play The One Ring RPG, but they have never played an RPG before. If any of you have experience using The One Ring as a vehicle for introducing people to roleplaying games, ...
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2answers
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely: Do you add your spell modifier ...
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How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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How do I create a good fighter character that is focused on damage output? [on hold]

Can anybody help me create a Fighter character that is primarily focused on damage? How do i determine my edition? I have a 4th edition monster manual 2 from Wizards of the coast.
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Pathfinder encounter building checklist [on hold]

I have been GMing in pathfinder for a little under a year now and I have recently realized that I have not been taking full advantage of certain aspects of combat encounters such as terrain effects ...
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3answers
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How to build an evil campaign

I'm going to start DM'ing for the first time next week. When I got together with my group to figure out what type of game to play, when we got to alignment, I told them they either all needed to be ...
5
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1answer
90 views

Differences between Hunter: the Reckoning and Hunter: the Vigil?

I don't understand the differences between the oWoD Hunter and nWoD Hunter. Most of the games I could see a fairly clear difference in mechanics and theme between them. I have not been able to find ...
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1answer
199 views

How do I finish filling out this character sheet? [on hold]

I am trying to pick up D&D for the very time and need some help for my very first character creation. Here are the choices I made; Race: Half-Orc Class: Barbarian Ability Scores (rolled, ...
3
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1answer
94 views

Is there a way to affect a familiar with a spell that targets animals?

Basically what i had in mind was a way to target a familiar with Anthropomorphic animal so that he can manipulate tools and speak, but since a familiar becomes a magical beast, it shouldn't be ...
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6answers
919 views

What fantasy systems center on evil characters and specifically the consequences of being evil?

I am looking to run a campaign of evil characters, but I want them to have consequences for being evil. The more evil power you gain the more it changes your physical body, mental state and ability to ...
3
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2answers
119 views

Random weather in flight-centric campaigns

This is inspired by a quick gander at the answers (in particular, the Empire Weather tables) to Randomly-generating weather for a sandbox campaign. How do you adapt Empire Weather, or a similar ...
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1answer
212 views

How can a player in a PbP D&D 5e game ensure the health and fun of that game?

I recently found this question which has a lot of good advice for things that a game-master can do to ensure that the game is successful and fun for everyone involved. However, it doesn't say anything ...
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3answers
2k views

How do I make a touch attack?

I'm a newbie to Pathfinder and the general D&D 3.x area, having only played a small number of sessions ever. Following a recent question I dove into the touch attack rules, since I realised I ...
10
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1answer
190 views
+100

Why were ducks blamed for Starbrow's Rebellion?

I'm in the early stages of preparing an all-duck campaign set in Glorantha, at the time Fazzur Wideread issued the edict that made the Durulz Tribe the scapegoats of Starbrow's Rebellion, put a bounty ...
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2answers
344 views

When should I make my players actually roll for stuff?

I've tried to focus my group heavily on Role Playing, perhaps too well given some of my recent problems, which are Orthagonal, and linked mostly to provide historical context. How to reveal plot ...
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9answers
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Are there any tricks to a successful play-by-post/play-by-e-mail game?

I've played in a couple of play-by-post games over the last couple of years, and they've all ended more-or-less unsatisfactorily. Usually posting would slowly wind down until we hit a bottleneck of ...
7
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1answer
91 views

How many Supernatural Creatures are there per 'X' population?

I don't have many of the White Wolf books so this is a mystery to me. In the 'standard' World of Darkness (revised edition if it matters) how many supernatural creatures are there likely to be per ...
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5answers
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Creating Poison Cheaply - Potato Tea?

It seems that the effectiveness of poisons, both in the core list as well as in homebrew systems for inventing your own, are balanced with and directly proportional to their cost. However, there are ...
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3answers
2k views

Shoe-themed race or class features

My character is really into shoes and I'm planning on taking Leadership next level. I want my cohort to be devoted to the old norse god of shoes and vengance, Víðarr. While there is a retribution ...
12
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8answers
2k views

What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character? [on hold]

What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character (whether that's a formal alignment or not) in a co-operative party game, and likewise, what are some of the reasons many groups ...
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7answers
2k views

Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”

Prologue : So, the campaign I'm running right now has a noble-kinda purpose. To kill the Evil Witch and save the world etc, you get the point. As a plot twist I am thinking to turn the campaign to ...
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8answers
7k views

What are the essential features of a successful evil campaign?

Until this point, I have demanded that my players not build characters with evil alignments, as I am familiar with how to design campaigns and adventures around "good" or "redemption" themes. ...
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6answers
2k views

Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?

A paladin's special mount ability says, in part, that Once per day, as a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is ...
13
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5answers
530 views

Are there podcasts or blogs focused on the Dresden RPG?

I'm thinking about starting up a campaign using Dresden Files RPG. I have read the novels and both rules books, but I've never really seen the game played. I'm hoping to find some podcasts or blogs ...
0
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1answer
103 views

When laws conflict what does a Lawful character do? [on hold]

I was thinking of Lawful dragons originally but this question could apply to extra planar creatures and even Paladins visiting from another country. It also applies to followers of gods who might obey ...
3
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0answers
70 views

Good mapping tools for odd topologies

I'm looking to host a game that takes place in an asteroid terrarium traveling through interstellar space. Does anyone know of mapping software for 1) the inside of the asteroid, which resembles the ...
10
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2answers
341 views

How often should the players roll Bluff when interacting with NPCs

My party had secretly infiltrated a stronghold and we were Disguised (using magic) as the leadership of the place after eliminating the real leadership. While rifling through the head honchos stuff ...
0
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3answers
99 views

Stealth and invisibility

Under invisibility it says: Of course, the subject is not magically silenced [...] If a check is required, a stationary invisible creature has a +40 bonus on its Stealth checks. This bonus is ...
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5answers
16k views

Is there a tool to make custom character sheets?

Is there a tool out there, preferably free, specifically for making custom, system-agnostic character sheets? I'm looking for something a little more focused than a general program like ...
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0answers
51 views

Programs for generating a character sheet [duplicate]

This is my first question. I'm looking for a character sheet generator. For example, names, skills, attributes, missions. Dou you know a program (Web or desktop)? A long time ago I read a question ...
12
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1answer
447 views

Why are staves class-dependent?

Why can any player use a wand, but magical staves have class limitations? Is there a mechanical reason for it (like balance), or is it purely for flavor / game design?

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