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What do the Strix look like when they are “flying”?

For descriptive purposes, when a Strix is sitting it looks like a shadow owl, when it's attacking like a cloud of mist shadow, and smoke. What's it look like when it flys? does it retain an owl form ...
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Looking for a free-form PvP RPG with a “last resort” arbitration mechanic

I am after a RPG system that: Allows for freeform (for the most part) play -- and isn't terribly genre-dependent (i.e. doesn't assume things about what NPCs will be like, what races exist in the ...
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RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting

So, here is the situation: I am DMing an RPG group that is almost finishing one of those old and small RPG books with introductory campaigns (written by Steve Jackson and NO GURPS!). The problem IS: ...
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How can I convert the Illithid Savant prestige class to Pathfinder? [on hold]

Pathfinder does not support Illithids (Mind Flayers), and I wish to incorporate the Illithid Savant prestige class (from Savage Species) into a campaign. How could I include this class into the game? ...
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Help me manage a Vampire homebrew roleplay issue [on hold]

I have a (8th level) Magus [Skirnir archetype, so, casting using shields as a catalyst, etc. Not entirely relevant] who, for the sake of roleplay, is an exile from Kelesh who was removed due to his ...
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Difficulty of Skill Challenge [on hold]

I have read the other posts about this but they do not give me the info I want. My party is level 2 and they have done a few SC so far, however they always seem to be unbalanced on way or the other. ...
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How do I play in a system with rules that aren't written down?

A group that I'm playing in has just met for the first time to start working out setting, characters, and a theme for the game. It was a fun meeting, and I have high hopes for the campaign. However, ...
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What kind of check would it be to identify meat?

If the characters were presented with some cubes of cooked meat, what kind of check would be necessary for them to make in order to determine what kind of animal or creature it came from. For ...
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What major differences exist between the 1st english edition and the 2nd english edition of Anima?

Inspired by this. My understanding had been that only the Revised edition rules were available in English, and that a translation of the Core Exxet (2nd ed. core rules) had never made it into ...
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How does coup de grâce work in 5E? [duplicate]

We recently had a session where my rogue CdG'd a bugbear. As we're all new to the system, I've been the one in charge of the mechanics and rules so the DM can worry more about his story. However, we ...
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What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?

The mayor of Generic Fantasytown wants a means to monitor his town (population 4,000, perhaps 1 mi. (1.64 km) square). The townsfolk are cowed and submissive, fearing their mayor but fearing even more ...
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How perceptive are trancing elves?

Trance. Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”) While meditating, you can dream ...
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Can PCs learn skill, proficiencies, or spells from other PCs?

Can PCs learn skills, tool proficiencies, or spells from other players' characters in the game? In our game the rogue and ranger spend a lot of time scouting and working together. The rogue wanted to ...
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Is there a way to increase Base Attack Bonus?

I'm looking at the prestige class Arcane Archer and one of the requirements is +6 BAB. My sorcerer won't have a natural BAB of +6 until level 12, which means that if he becomes an Arcane Archer, ...
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Which Ananasi Book is Complete?

I've recently joined a group of people playing Werewolf the Apocalypse and I'd like to create an Ananasi character. However it seems to be difficult to work out which book is the right one to get. As ...
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Warforged resolve with reparation apparatus

I'm working on an artificer build and I was wondering whether the Reparation Apparatus would work when an Warforged uses his racial power Warforged Resolve. I know he doesn't get the 2d6 Hit points ...
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Does a character get all Skills or just Class Skills?

Introduction A friend and I have recently decided to give Star Wars Saga Edition a go and before we introduce it to our entire group, we want to run a few short 1-on-1 adventures to get the hang of ...
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Does Heedless Charge, Domino Rush and Improved Trip work together?

I have a fighter with Power Attack, Leap Attack, Improved Trip, Improved Bull Rush, Shock Trooper and Combat Reflexes, who has a reach weapon (Guisarme). Let's assume that I am in a charging range of ...
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What Level of Superior Recovery Does the Monster-Creation Version Give?

Pg. 285 of the Core Rulebook indicates that when creating creatures you can purchase Superior Magic Recovery for them at the cost of 30 DP with a requirement that they possess at least 5 Gnosis. The ...
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How to start Role-Playing Games [duplicate]

this must be a very stupid question but i came to this site by accident and now i'm somehow interested in this but i dont know how to start or where to play! Is there a online game of this or is this ...
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How to handle compels that affect the entire party?

The rules talk briefly of players compelling multiple targets and how they have to pay a fate point for each one. Similarly, it makes sense that if the GM wished to, say, knock the entire party out ...
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Can I throw my hands to spite my enemies?

Here's an odd question a player brought up to me about D&D 4e. I was curious on your thoughts. Barbarians can take the feat Hurl Weapon: You can use any one-handed off-hand weapon as a heavy ...
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I have an Ardent-Battlemind, and I need some ideas for feats

I am playing in 4e, and I had decided to make a level five half-elf Ardent/Battlemind hybrid, with Charisma and Constitution as my top scores. Its main role is defender, with the secondary role of ...
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What feats should a human rogue take to be stealthy?

I am helping a player to make a level 1 human trickster rogue in D&D 4e, but we cannot decide on a good feat. He is looking to be good at stealth both in and out of combat as well have good melee ...
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What happens when a flying creature is knocked prone?

As per the title. The specific example I'm thinking of is an Archer Battle Master Fighter using Trip Attack on a Druid shapeshifted into an Air Elemental floating 120 feet off the ground. If the ...
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Investigation game with secret magic [closed]

I've been reading a lot about Call of Cthulhu recently, and a game idea occurred to me. The idea is that I would initially tell the players that we were going to play a crime/investigation game and it ...
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How do I use a Roc as an animal companion?

I'm a ranger and have gotten my first animal companion, a Roc. I'm having a bit of trouble using it. Flying I would assume that flying is to a Roc as walking is to a human. But my GM keeps telling ...
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In what order do multiple readied actions with the same trigger resolve?

My players have been scheming with rapid entry tactics for the megadungeon I've recently started running. Unfortunately, the monsters are aware of the adventurers, and this has lead to a weird ...
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Best way to port 4th edition characters to 5th edition

Like the title says, I need help porting the following party (all level 5): Human Healer's Lore Cleric Human Earthstrength Warden * Dwarf Tactical Warlord * Half-Orc Archer Ranger Eladrin Brawny ...
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Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?

Is it possible to choose to grant Combat Advantage to an enemy? In 4e, a defender grants CA when dazed, stunned, or blind, for example. Could not a player replicate these states willingly? Because of ...
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Are missing extremities still missing in Wild Shape?

The subject says it all. There's a druid of 4th level, and in his natural form he is missing an arm. Is the corresponding extremity (a paw, or a wing) still missing after wild shaping into an animal ...
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How do Metamagic feats apply to Warlock Invocations?

I'm looking at some of the invocations I can get as a Warlock, and the thought occurred to me, can I apply Metamagic feats to them? Would the standard Metamagic feats work or would I need to hunt ...
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How does a Wizard achieve a very cheap spellbook full of spells?

At 1 page per spell level and 100gp ink per page scribing spells gets extremely expensive, and I have to spend money on spells instead of magical items. Assuming aggressive spell research, what's the ...
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What special materials exist for weapons and armor in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?

Can anyone give me a good reference to a relatively complete list of Item Special Materials, such as Adamantine, Mithril, etc? Most sources are so spread out and lack vital information that it's ...
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What are the benefits of taking the sage background?

In the PHB aside from the proficiencies, languages, and equipment the only thing it gives you is researcher. Do you get any benefits from the specialty you take? For example, if you take or roll the ...
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Does “Wild Shape” require the caster to have seen the elemental they are changing into?

At 10th level, a Druid of the Circle of Moon gains the ability to take the form of 4 Elementals (fire, water, air, or earth). My question is: Does the Druid unlock access to these 4 elementals ...
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What Should I Roll to See if a Character Remembers a Face?

Motivation I'm planning an adventure where a character runs into someone he's seen once. Because of the nature of the encounter, the NPC will remember the PC, but the PC might not remember the NPC. ...
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Does Trid Phantasm affect the perception of characters within its area of effect?

In SR5, the way area illusion spells (such as Trid Phantasm) work is by interacting with the environment within the affected area such that anyone, whether perceiving the area normally or ...
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Is a Servo Skull still “alive”?

So I have recently come into the acquisition of my first Servo Skull (yay!), which is actually the skull of one of our other comrades. To be specific it's the skull of a Psyker who fried himself with ...
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Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra

Let's assume a Garou and a Lasombra meet each other in battle. The Lasombra uses an Obtenebration power like Arms of the Abyss and the Garou steps sideways into the Umbra. What would he see? My take ...
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I want to be hit, but my AC is too high [duplicate]

One of my players has a build that grants advantages when he is hit, especially when hit by an Opportunity Attack. The problem is that his AC is very high, so straight rolls miss. My natural ...
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Writing D&D content (adventures, mostly) as a paying job, is it possible? [closed]

I've heard of people who write adventures and sell them, for real-life money. I'd like to know how is it possible, profitable, and if so where can I do it? I have rather good writing skills and ...
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How can I give rogues opportunity in a different alignment system? [closed]

In my campaigns not all goblins are evil, not all lammasu are good, etc so killing sentient creatures on sight based on race is strongly discouraged. Well, sneaking up and sneak-attacking is a rogue ...
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What ways are there to magically enforce an agreement?

Assume a PC (or the whole party) wants to make a deal with another PC or NPC. What magical ways are there to make this "contract" binding and enforceable, or at least somewhat so? Examples where this ...
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Alternatives to Wisdom to AC

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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What makes a Servo Skull fly?

I was having a discussion about how many attachments a single servo skull could carry, and the topic led onto how a Servo Skull actually stayed afloat. One theory was that it used a jet-based ...
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Death Magic and Vampires

We're playing a cross-over nwod game where some of the players are mages and others are vampires. Our moros mage asked if he could effect vampire body (heal, empower, dampen) with his death arcana in ...
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Where is time travel introduced in Anima?

I just read a question about time travel in anima and I'm wondering there. I've the core rules book from the beginning of the anima-rpg and at least in there I don't remember reading anything about ...
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Anger management: How to keep raging

As a player of a barbarian character, I am finding it very easy for the PC to lose its rage after only a one or two rounds. The rules for maintaining rage say that the character has to of been damaged ...
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Fantasy games opposite to 5e's Bounded Accuracy [closed]

I started playing 5e D&D with a group of totally new players (only one player beside me ever played a tabletop rpg before). We have great fun with 5e, because it's simple, easy and just plain fun. ...

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