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Maximum levels in AD&D 2nd Edition

I just inherited a bunch of old school adventures for AD&D 2nd Edition, which I'm going to adapt for Pathfinder. At the beginning of many of these old adventures it lists what levels characters ...
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816 views

Best Healing Potion Possible

I have built a lvl 20 fighter with the ability to chug potions/Drinks as a swift action. I don't remember how I got that power, but as best as I remember it applies to all drinkable substances. What ...
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Blinding Barrage: Do you need ammo for each target?

I know for ranged attacks you need one piece of ammunition for each target, but blinding barrage is a close attack. Do you need ammo or a thrown weapon for each target?
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What is the best way to play D&D via long distance? [closed]

I have a few friends in my party that will be heading out once summer break is over for them. One lives in Tucson and the other lives far enough away that he may not want to make the trek to my house ...
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How can I get started on prop making? [closed]

I want to get into prop making, mainly due to my encounter with a fully dressed and armed space marine. I have searched the web on a tutorial for a bolter, for example, but only testimonials of a ...
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726 views

Does healer's lore work with powers that allow an ally to heal “as if it had spent a healing surge?”

Usually I find the rules for DnD 4th edition to be fairly unambiguous, but now I've encountered quite a conundrum. Clerics have a class feature, Healer's Lore that grants some extra healing whenever ...
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950 views

Can AR decking be better than cold-sim VR?

Reading the matrix rules, I'm rather surprised to see that when you use AR, you use physical initiative rather than Matrix initiative. So that means that if I've got wired reflexes (or its magical ...
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What abilities can assist in a caster level check?

The remove curse spell requires a caster level check (d20 + caster level) vs. the curse DC. This doesn't give fantastic odds of the spell working successfully, although I can't see any text that says ...
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Do PCs retain memories of undeath once resurrected?

If an NPC has been turned undead and later destroyed/resurrected, do they retain the memory of being undead? Specifically the actions they took part in against the PCs? But also any details to the ...
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What is a good starting point for GMing Pathfinder Society Games?

I am considering GMing a few Pathfinder Society (PFS) modules (probably home games at first), and I was wondering where a good place to start would be. I am not new to GMing in general, just to ...
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Calculating encounter level with mixed CR enemies?

In D&D 3.5 how do you calculate the Encounter Level of an encounter when the encounter involves elements (usually enemies) of multiple CRs? For example an encounter involves 4 Zombies (CR1/2) ...
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Expand the numeric scale of Strands of Fate

I haven't played any of these narrative focused games like Fate but would like to. My players are very used to other more hands-on type of game where the numbers are plainly what your character is. ...
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Does an intelligent undead have a soul?

This is a question that arose when an evil cleric PC cast Create Undead on someone (who was dead at the time and was never an undead before) and then commanded (as in, he used his Command Undead class ...
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Truenamer's Knowledge Focus

I've had a little of a dispute with a player regarding Truenamer, his Knowledge Focus class feature and whenever it applies as prereq to, let's say, gaining a prestige class. The class feature is: ...
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What analyses exist of capitalist economies in “modern” setting RPGs?

A number of questions exist on stack-exchange discussing feudal economies in RPGs, indicating a number of essays regarding feudal economics in RPG. What equivalent essay analyses exist of game ...
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How should a GM best handle a lack of canonical lore in a pre-existing world?

Occasionally, players may want to play in a setting which does not have a detailed canonical lore. Consider, for instance, many computer RPG worlds; their lore tends to be very localized, however, ...
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265 views

How long does a disguise last?

So I'm playing a Summoner synthesist in a world where magic is outlawed. This means if he's seen in his eidolon suit it's basically a death sentence. To get around this, I was going to get him to ...
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Development Points in HARP

In ICE's HARP System: After level-up I bought skills, stats etc and had one DP left over. Can I carry it over to the next level up? Alternatively, is there something that can be gained with one point?
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How to become a good RPG player [closed]

I have never played a pen and paper RPG before due to social pressures, and none of my friends have ever voiced interest in doing so until recently. Usually most people I know look down on RPG playing ...
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5answers
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As a player, how can I help the GM when the game goes out of control?

I've seen numerous games go down the pan when certain players derail the plot, either making it PC vs GM, or making the game more about their ludicrous choices. It might seem overly harsh turn of ...
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What happens if my players capture a cultist at the start of Masks of Nyarlathotep?

I'm about to run Masks of Nyarlathotep for the first time. In the very first scenario, Jackson Elias is murdered by cultists, which kick starts the adventure. However, the scenario assumes that the ...
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1answer
262 views

How to make the GMs job easier? [closed]

As a player how can I make things easier for the GM? I ask because I've never actually played before. e.g. How much research should I do on the specific game we'll be playing, is there a point where ...
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321 views

How should I properly lay out the expectations of my players for the campaign, and how do I support these expectations?

I've been planning on running my 1000 point Wild Talents campaign for some time now, and I think it diverges significantly in how it will be played from campaigns we've run in the past. My group has ...
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430 views

What are the pitfalls when swapping characters between players?

I have a plot hook that I want to use where the entire player character team gets gassed and wake up feeling "different". I want to simulate that by swapping characters between the players for one ...
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How can I emulate TV Shows with only 2-3 main characters?

I watch a lot of TV. Probably too much. Shows like Buffy the vampire slayer and Firefly have a whole slew of characters, which is perfect for a gaming party as you fill in the slots to the point you ...
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3answers
250 views

How do I, as a player transition my group from Play in Person to Play by Post?

We've just finished our 8 week slot at my local university gaming society, and I feel like events were unresolved. I'd like to transition the game into a play by post option on the society forum so we ...
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7answers
411 views

What systems or special mechanics enforce equal stage-time between players most effectively?

What systems/mechanics have proven most effective at giving each player about equal spotlight-time and enforcing that equality between look-at-me players and 'turtles'? There's a pretty shy player who ...
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1answer
384 views

Can a spell with a Cylinder area of effect have its point of origin higher than the listed height?

The specific example is from a Pathfinder session I was playing in last night. A foe was floating in the air 30' above the ground. I was considering casting Stone Call. The spell has a 40' radius ...
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7answers
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As an unreliable player, how can I lessen the burden on my group?

I'm often unreliable, in the sense that something always seems to turn up at the last minute that draws me away from our current regular game. (It's happened before as well.) Given that the reasons ...
2
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1answer
188 views

Cloud Chariot: Movement abuse?

Among other arcane spellcasters, Wu Jen is, probally, the least mentioned because of how little official support this class has (Complete Arcane which introduced it + Complete Mage with several new ...
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1answer
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Are swift actions allowed during surprise round

I know that normally you are only allowed either a standard or move action during a surprise round. Also you are allowed a free action. The book says nothing about swift actions during the surprise ...
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6answers
886 views

Adventuring within Cthulhu Mythos without realizing it?

I intend to start a "Trail of Cthulhu" adventure or campaign, but I would like for the players not to initially know what they are going to be up against. So I would like to present it as a normal ...
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1answer
293 views

Transitioning from a long running successful campaign to a new game with the same group of players

I have recently completed running an extremely successful, long running campaign that lasted over two and a half years. All the players absolutely loved it, and by the end they were each deeply ...
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GMing for [dis]abled players, specifically blind players?

What kind of measures should one take when running a game which includes a [dis]abled player (or players) such as a blind of deaf player? Are there any technologies or styles which are particularly ...
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2answers
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How to run Fiasco in a group of mixed player types?

After watching Wil Wheaton run Fiasco on his youtube channel 'Tabletop', I thought it would be a nice game to have, especially for those situations where the GM of our regular RPG had nothing prepared....
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1answer
647 views

Quickdraw shield and move action

The quickdraw shield text is a bit confusing Benefit: If you have a base attack bonus of +1 or higher, you may don or put away a quickdraw shield as a swift action combined with a regular move. If ...
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7answers
794 views

How should a GM handle novice players?

In our game, we have 5 players - two are completely new to roleplaying, and one is new to the system we're playing (Pathfinder). At the moment, the GM grants the new players no leeway - if the player ...
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2answers
664 views

How much is a Second roll worth in Modifier Bonus

That is to say, the value of a second roll, how much of a bonus value is it worth. For example: when you make a saving throw, attack or check roll, when does +bonus to the roll and rolling twice ...
7
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1answer
316 views

When awarding items as treasure, do I use the item's price or the price that a PC would be able to sell it for?

Let's say I'm awarding standard treasure for a AVP of 3 on a medium game. That value would be 800 gp. So if I have a masterwork Dagger worth 302 gp. Do I subtract the 302 gp from 800 gp or do I ...
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2answers
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Need help understanding the purchase of magic items

I'm having a really hard time understanding the mechanics of this with regard to magic item availability. I'm basically confused by this section; There is a 75% chance that any item of that value ...
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2answers
851 views

How much the players can narrate in Fate? How much can be prepared beforehand by the Gm taking that into account?

Me and a few of my friends are starting to play Fate (currently the accelerated edition) and I think we are all loving it. One of my friends seems to grasp the collaborative narration very well. When ...
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6answers
647 views

How do I find artwork to inspire adventure design? [closed]

Often when I find a cool piece of artwork online, I build some scene in my upcoming adventure around it and then show the image to the players during the session. The more cool artwork I have access ...
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2answers
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Is there any exisiting feature similar to this (poorly worded?) homebrew?

I'm working with an homebrew artifact from this file, page 34, but the way its (poorly worded?) powers work baffles me. The artifact is a morning star, but it has an attack without the Weapon keyword ...
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1answer
204 views

Trouble with certain spell saving throws

Some of them are a bit confusing. Take, for example, Ghoul Touch. It states "Saving Throw Fortitude negates," but in the text it mentions that it "causes all living creatures in a 10-foot-radius ...
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1answer
208 views

Forgot the name of a game I saw once - like Ars Magica, but more freeform

About four years ago I ran across a tabletop system I really liked, but neglected to save the file. It had a magic system rather like Ars Magica's - you picked a form and an element and paid a cost to ...
6
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1answer
73 views

Is there anything in the RAW for replacing taught tricks for new ones?

If you're trying to teach an animal a trick and the animal has a maximum of 3 tricks and already knows 3, can you replace one of the old ones for a new trick? I can't find anyhting in the RAW about ...
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2answers
687 views

Is there a way to use Attacks of Opportunity while using Total Defense?

The text for Total defense reads as. Total Defense You can defend yourself as a standard action. You get a +4 dodge bonus to your AC for 1 round. Your AC improves at the start of this action. ...
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14answers
3k views

Should sunrods be allowed in D&D? [closed]

Sunrods, those banishers of darkness, are they a problem or not, I've met a number of DMs that don't want them in their games. Are they a problem?
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5answers
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Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities

I am playing in a campaign as a wild reaper, which is a druid variant. One of the wild reaper disadvantages compared to a normal druid is that I only get 2 + Int bonus skill points per level, and I ...
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7answers
419 views

How do you maintain a balance between mystery and offering clues?

Giving good clues that offer just enough information can be difficult. I think I tend to not give the players enough information and then to overcompensate with a reveal that comes too easily. ...

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