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How do I deal with exploding dices ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?

We love playing with Super Powers companion 2nd Edition since it gives us all the flexibility for character creation we want while preventing the usage of the simplistic Powers found on the base core ...
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What are the limits of Glibness concerning Deception?

I was reading the description of the the 8th-level spell Glibness the other day and its wording seemed to be pretty broad in scope. The specific passage I'm interested in is this: Additionally, no ...
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Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent

Alright so, I titled this after running silent because that was my original problem. All I wanted to do was make a sniper who dabbled into rigging for a couple of MCT-Fly drones. So I figured I need ...
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Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E

I'm looking for a DM tool like Masterplan for 5e (standalone tool, offline preferred) for making loot tables, plot and quest tracking. Or maybe is there an Add-on to the original Masterplan for other ...
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Questions Concerning Hazirawn (Hoard of the Dragon Queen - *Spoilers*)

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding HotDQ! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I have a few questions regarding Hazirawn, the magical greatsword ...
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How do I deal with Messiah Complex Players?

I have this player, he's a great friend of mine and a psychology student. His goal in life has always been helping others out, and is very enthusiastic when talking about RPG games, however he has ...
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Have I made the Players too Powerful and is this a good solution [on hold]

I am DMing a homebrew game mixed with elements of the Ashardalon campaigns. In the homebrew I Challenged the group and offered a absolutely absurd amount of gold for an impossible task. I put the ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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What is the purpose of Light and Dark Tone? [duplicate]

Every time card: Period Event Scene Is to be marked with a Black (/filled) or White (/unfilled) circle, to indicate if the events described with in are Light or Dark, in nature/theme. Periods and ...
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Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?

In 5E, Wish allows you to duplicate the effects of any spell L8 or lower--does that include a lower-level spell, cast at L8? Say, as a Wizard, casting Heal at L8. I'm leaning towards yes, but it ...
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Can you roll to take over a PC's guard dog without Handle Animal [on hold]

I am playing a Cleric with the Plant and Animal domains. I have worked really hard over the past 3 months meeting 2 times a week to build my character to have a 15 in Handle Animal. This last ...
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Who wears the purple robes?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen features a cult whose leaders wear purple robes, but even though the adventure presents that as an important character detail, I can’t figure out from the text which ...
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LARP: Group psychology in antagonistic player groups

I am part of a GM committee which organizes a yearly 3 day LARP near my hometown and it has been going on for quite a while. The setting is a custom made low-magic fantasy world, and the rule system ...
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What is the best weapon option for a Templar Cleric?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and I have a question about the best weapon choice for him. Morningstar seems pretty useless... Now I got a defensive staff that gives +1 to my ...
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What does the Battle Cleric's Lore +2 shield bonus mean when I'm not proficient with shields?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and it says that I get +2 shield bonus to AC with this Lore. I'm confused though, because I'm not proficient with shields. Could anyone please ...
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Charnel Houses of Europe: Geist Dread Domains/Dark Kingdoms [on hold]

Could the dread domains in Geist use anything from the Dark Kingdom of the wire in Charnel Houses of Europe? Would anything need to be changed to reflect Geist's atmosphere? Or are they incompatible ...
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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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In Nomine Superiors for a Psychological/Surrealist Setting [on hold]

I'm looking to create a psychological In Nomine setting based around Human Dreams and the Marches. What are the most usefulsuperiors to use for a comical/surrealist interpretation of the ethereal ...
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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Where can I find actual play posts and podcast for Exalted?

As the title says I am looking for exalted actual play podcasts and texts. My preference is something I can listen to but text is also welcome.
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Do D&D 3.5e's Warlocks always source their power from a pact?

(This is in the context of Neverwinter Nights 2 Persistent World) Short version I would like to know if there's a quote from source books that explicitly prove following: Not all warlocks' powers ...
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What prestige classes can Warlocks take?

I know there are prestige classes for casters, but due to the Warlock's Invocation mechanics, I'm not sure which ones it can qualify for, or at least which ones would be beneficial for it. What are ...
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Is there a disadvantage I'm missing to starting outside my “main” class?

I am planning a character as a level 1 Rogue / 19 Wizard. If I take the Rogue level first, I get a bunch of skill, weapon, tool, and armour proficiencies I wouldn't get if I started Wizard and ...
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How can I boost my Beastmaster Ranger's bear's attack roll?

I'm creating a level 2 Beastmaster Ranger for a game this weekend, and I was fumbling through the different sources to find something that could help with this. I'm a bit confused that my level 2 ...
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Differences Between Warpriest and Paladin

Both the Paladin and the Warpriest are combat-oriented divine casters, but what I want to know is, from an optimizer's perspective, what is the difference between the two classes in practice? What ...
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How do I stop my PCs from acting like insomniac monkeys on crack?

An issue came up in the last session of my Pathfinder campaign - that of chronic PC impatience. It happens especially when they go to cities and between major adventures. They go into a frenzy of ...
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How to ease down the munchkin factor?

I've been playing RPGs since the early eighties and have come to terms with the fact that not everyone enjoys this hobby for the same reasons as myself. I'm into it for the sake of the adventure, the ...
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Scion Underworlds in Geist's Cosmology

Does anyone have advice for combining the underworld rules from Scion and Geist without the mechanics bumping into each other? Like a botched exorcism opening to a gate to Scion's Mictlan, or a Geist ...
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What happens to a ranger when her alignment changes to CN in 3.5?

I have a PC ranger in my campaign whose alignment just changed to CN from CG. I give the usual 3 strikes and then I change a players alignment. As a ranger though does she lose all the abilities that ...
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Is Echoing Spell + Spell Perfection infinite castings?

Or perhaps worded otherwise, can one apply metamagic feats (via Spell Perfection) to a Echoed copy of a spell? Imagine a caster with Spell Perfection (Lightning Bolt) and the Echoing Spell feat. ...
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Can I make ability checks when my ability score is lower than the DC?

I'm new at Pathfinder and have a question nobody in my group of newbies knows the answer to. Can you attempt a DC 16 strength check if you have 12 strength? Option 1: With 12 strength you have a +1 ...
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What rules should I employ for conflict in Dread?

I'm just about to run a game of Dread (the Jenga RPG) and I'm really confused about conflict within it. Do I create a combat order from who I deem most suited to this particular combat from both the ...
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What are the Pack Animal rules in OSRIC?

OSRIC 2.2 refers to pack animals such as cart horses but does not elaborate on the rules for these. What rules should I use for pack animals in regard of how much load they may carry? Additionally, ...
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When to throw away a bad RPG system design? [closed]

Let's say you're putting together a custom RPG system of yours (core mechanics of dice and conflict resolution, support mechanics, the skills, the races, the fluff, etc.) Let's say you're making a ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy?

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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Is repeated playing the only way to test system balance?

I've been working on a new RPG system, a variant of Savage Worlds, for a special one-off game I'm designing for my friends. Everything is going well, but one thing I've found myself wondering more ...
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How do I estimate puzzle durations?

I'm looking to run an immersive/ARG style LARP and I'm trying to block out the time that I'm estimating players will spend on different tasks. One part of this is going to involve puzzle solving, and ...
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Am I suppose to change the difficulty of my npc as needed

I'm a DM for a 5 PC group. I think we all read the rules correctly and made the characters properly. Yet for some reason, if we're to use the monsters proposed in the player handbook, my PC's would ...
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How much experience points should be given to create rank 2 characters?

A starting character receives 40 xp to purchases skills, advantage and rings. How much experience should be given to players in order to create balanced rank 2 characters ?
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Is the Alert Feat always better than an Ability Score Improvement?

I'm close to getting a 4th level of Assassin Rogue with a character I'm playing and I'm torn between picking up the Alert feat or improving an Ability Score (i.e. +2 Dexterity) so: Which is best, an ...
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How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect yourself?

This is a great one, that comes from here: How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door? and ...
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Stacking Manual of Quickness of Action +

Can I stack the bonus of two or more Manual of Quickness of Action +5? I didn't find nothing saying that it's not okay, but it's kind of overpower this item if you can stack and have tons of ...
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Can I have 2 variants of the same class?

Unearthed Arcana has the classes Druid Variant and Druidic Avenger. Can I start my character as an Avenger, and later get the other variant? If it is possible, will my bonus spells be separate? How ...
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D&D 5th edition questions [on hold]

A group of friends and myself are starting up D&D for the first time. So we are starting with the 5th edition since it's the latest edition. Now I am currently building my character and I am ...
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Do you add your strength modifier to touch spells?

I can't find anything explicit about whether a touch melee spell is considered a melee attack or not.
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When a Book of Shadows is replaced due to loss, are rituals that were inscribed in it lost?

While reading through Player's Handbook 5-th edition Warlock class, I found this paragraph: If you lose your Book of Shadows, you can perform a 1-hour ceremony to receive a replacement from your ...
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Can you maintain concentration on a spell from another plane?

Here are two scenarios: A powerful enemy caster is concentrating on some high-level offensive spell (Incendiary Cloud, Earthquake, etc.)--one PC casts Banishment and the caster fails the save. Can ...
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How do characters retreat from an encounter?

5e Starter Set spoilers below How do I handle a retreat and/or pursuit in this case? I guess I could keep "shifting" the grid over so they never get to the end of the world so to speak, but how ...
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What is the “average human” stat for Savage Worlds?

I just started running Savage Worlds (SW:EX) and ran into a minor issue on my first session. The SW:EX book says in the Character Creation section that an average human has a d6 for any given stat. ...
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How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?

Role playing is an excellent hobby to train your problem solving skills. You learn to look at situations from different view points (i.e. the characters) and you have various skills and resources at ...

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