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An insomniac character, how could that work?

I searched the player's handbook a while ago for the sleep deprivation rules but I don't remember finding anything, even though I recall having been told about such rules. Apart from asking if any ...
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What effect does being slowed have on overland movement in D&D 4e

On page 336 of Heroes of the Fallen Lands it states that if a character tries to carry 20 times their strength score then they are slowed. I know during combat being slowed means you can only move ...
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How to make magic items more interesting?

We all read about the little person finding a magical ring and the GM basing his whole plot on that little ring. That was a cool example of a MacGuffin. Earthdawn has a system in which characters ...
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What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP and Paranoia Troubleshooters?

What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP (2005) and Paranoia Troubleshooters (2009)?
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When did D&D 4e get racial ability bonus choice?

I noticed recently a handful of D&D 4E races have been updated, to have one fixed ability bonus and one choice, between two other stats. When did that happen? What was the reasoning behind this? ...
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How should I make a musical performance into a skill check that is interesting and dynamic?

So in the past I have ran 3.5 DnD while one of the characters was a bard that was in a band with other bard NPC's and occasionally, they hosted concerts in Inns. The way I did it back then was a ...
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What are the major differences between 1st and 2nd edition Gamma World?

Or are there any? I'm trying to figure out which to run. I see that 3rd and 4th are pretty different, but could someone give me a run down on 1st/2nd?
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How long is a Mass Battle round?

The SWD rules give no suggestion for the length of a round in a Mass Battle are there any rules or hints for how long this should be for a battle type and size anywhere?
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What are the differences between the Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and the Essentials Dungeon Master's Kit (DMK)?

I've played some 4th Edition, but I'm curious about trying an all-Essentials game. My understanding is that I need the appropriate Heroes books (in addition to PHB/DMG/MM). Are there any meaningful ...
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Games that have only fictional reward cycles

What games have no mechanical reward cycle, leaving character rewards and improvements entirely within the fiction? By "mechanical reward cycle", I mean a sub-system that: ties a resource gained ...
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How does bonus damage from the 'Intense Spells' class ability relate to the 'Fire Shield' spell?

Evocation Wizards in Pathfinder benefit from bonus damage to their offensive spells, but I am wondering how this relates to spells like Fire Shield. Intense Spells (Su): Whenever you cast an ...
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Inspiration for a unique hybrid character in 4E?

I have been using Wizards' character creator, but I can't come up with anything unique. I would very much like to use a hybrid, but I've had trouble making one that would work at early levels (we are ...
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Do these stats cover enough of a person's ability?

I've had this thought in my head for a while, as I'm developing my game, but this question really sparked me into posing the question. In the game I'm developing, peoples normal stats/attributes ...
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How aggressive should I be with elective pulls?

I'm slowly gearing up to run a one-shot of Dread, but I'm finding myself a little wary of the elective pull rules. They feel a little "cheap" to me, and I'm not quite sure how often I should be ...
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How can I use lights at night without breaking immersion?

What techniques do people use at a LARP to provide light at nighttime without breaking immersion? Especially when some players complain about ruining their 'night vision'. There are some constraints, ...
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Do magical weapons convey effects to magical ammunition?

Let's say I have a +3 Frost Longbow. Frost Weapon Power (Cold) · (Free Action) All damage dealt by this weapon is cold damage. Another free action returns the damage to normal. Power ...
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How do I get my dresden files players involved in city creation?

I've tried to involve my players in city creation a few times through the course of the game, usually whenever they are about to finish up a story arc, but I usually all I get are just get a few ...
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Why would I hire you?

I'm designing a D&D 4E campaign (set in the Forgotten Realms) for my local gaming society, which may or may not spill out into bigger things, rpg.se has given me too many ideas! I want the party ...
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Finding alternatives to rogues in campaigns

In a nutshell, I'm looking to join a game, but it seems that the type of character that I play often (rogue), has been done by everyone else in the group. Are their any other classes or sub-classes ...
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Are there any low-magic 4e home-brew settings?

This question is in a sense related to "What RPGs treat magic as being common?" Aside from the WotC published setting of Dark Sun where magic is treated as something to be shunned, are there any ...
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How to make a Dothraki Screamer in D&D 4th? (Mounted Combat)

Lots of people must be familiar with the Song of Ice and Fire series by now (since the release of the HBO show). As some of you may know, the Dothraki are a nomadic people of barbarians in the model ...
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2answers
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What is the ideal ratio for PC vs monster in D&D 4e?

I am new to being a DM and am pretty much learning as I go. I am curious as to what some of the more battle-hardened DMs on this site would consider the optimal Player Character versus DM controlled ...
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Improving the Fighter through research

I would like to enable fighters to research new moves in a way similar to wizard researching new spells. Currently, the mechanism of fighter improvement goes through abilities, but I feel like it's ...
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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed in D&D4e?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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I need a ritual to review memories

Is there a ritual already that can do this? If not, can someone please suggest a level and other mechanics to make it work? The ritual should allow the caster to review the target’s memories from ...
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What resources could I use for jewelry reference in D&D

I am playing a character in a Dungeons and Dragons game. We are using a mix of 3 and 3.5 rule set. My character's craft is jewelery,so I need some reference to: what jewelry costs to make what it ...
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What are the options for giving a Battlemind the ability to mark at range?

Basically I wanted to be able to mark a target up to 10 squares away so I can then use the Battlemind level 6 utility power Psionic Ambush to teleport next to it. The only potential option I see is ...
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How should I replace a skill for a wild animal in Mouse Guard if it doesn't have one?

So the Mouse Guard source book has entries on some wild animals people can use for their encounters. Here is a sample entry: Green Snake The green snake is a beautiful snake named for its ...
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Does the sorcerer at-will Lightning Strike trigger the feat Focusing Spellfury?

The sorcerer at-will attack Lightning Strike[DDI] (AP page 28) allows you to damage a secondary creature after hitting with the original attack. For the purpose of the feat Focusing Spellfury[DDI] ...
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How to create a new Ray Gun with Weird Science?

If a character with the Arcane Background (Weird Science) edge takes a new Power, say Bolt, do they need to roll a skill check to create their Ray Gun?
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Would a Spiked Shield magically enhanced as a shield and a Magic Ki Focus work together?

As the title, I want to know if its technically possible to use a Magic Ki Focus with a Spiked Shield. I know that if you had a magical weapon and a Ki focus, at the time of attacking, you choose ...
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How well does “attractiveness” work as a stat?

Does attractiveness as a stat or attribute work in an RPG setting? I know it was included in oWoD, but then was trashed later on in nWoD. Why? What effect does it have on player choices? Are they ...
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Delaying Paragon level

I'm planning a campaign aimed at about 14th level (roughly) after the paragon paths are normally chosen. Is there a good (read; sensible) way to delay the character from gaining their Paragon paths ...
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Players rolling all of the dice in D&D 4th Ed

I was looking at the variant rules listed in the Unearthed Arcana, and noticed one that I think could work pretty well in 4th Ed. Players Roll All The Dice Basically it turns the monster's attack ...
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Does reach let you threaten an opponent if there is another opponent between you?

Okay, the following situation came up in a recent game of Pathfinder. Pretend the following are in a straight line, in a standard 5' grid with their bases touching each other. player's summoned ...
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Which books do I need to play TORG?

I've done some research and it looks like there are tens of books for TORG (the other roleplaying game). One of them is the core book but I can't pin it down on any shopping site. When I do, is this ...
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Surprise round procedure

As per the rules, those doing the surprise attack start on hold. Does this mean they need to also win an agility test with the non surprised character with the highest initative to actually go first?
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Any mechanics out there for developing and maintaining a spy/information network?

I have a player who would like his character to begin developing a network of people in the towns they visit. For lack of a better phrase, and because it seems that would be the most likely mechanic ...
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Has anybody actually already played Dungeons The Dragoning 40000 7th Edition?

Released as an April Fools joke, Dungeons The Dragoning 40000 7th Edition is a parody and conglomerate of many established roleplaying games, including but not limited to: D&D, WoD, 7th Sea, ...
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Is there a significant market for collector's versions of role-playing paraphernalia?

Some of the role playing materials I've found have come in regular and collectors' edition versions. This has me curious - is there a significant collectors' market for role-playing game materials, ...
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Most expensive / valuable role-playing game

What are the most expensive role-playing games (or individual supplements)? The question refers to the cost of an individual game or other product - not to the potentially continuous expense of ...
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Should I announce to the players they are in a skill challenge?

I am completely new to DMing and I am considering including a skill challenge in my next game. Most of the players are new to 4e and one of them is new to D&D in general. Should I explain to them ...
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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?

I'm developing a Dwarven Warlock (Hrafnhildur "Fin" Arnarsdottir) for the next 4E campaign I get the chance to join. She left home to join a gang in a city, and after reading a book they were going to ...
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Can a player take an immediate action against another player or npc's immediate action?

This has come up several times and thus far our DM has ruled against it. The question is: can a player take an immediate action against another player's or creature's immediate action, so long as ...
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How do you encourage the use of lesser trained skills in a skill challenge?

I've been playing in a D&D 4e campaign for almost a year now, and as a Bard for the last several months. At 15th level, my character's Perception is 28 (38 passive), with Insight coming in second ...
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How can I rescue the game when the player characters refuse to work together?

I am a Game Master, and the characters in my group have started to regularly split up. The group's mage has always been a summoner and recently started summoning smaller demons. The fighter's player ...
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How to make a warlock a better ritualist?

I want to make a warlock character I am developing a ritualist, which fits with her background. I have read this thread and whilst it provided helpful advice, it seemed focused on choosing a class ...
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Does multi-classing into a martial class make you a member of martial class?

A character who has taken a class-specific multiclass feat counts as a member of that class for the purpose of meeting prerequisites for taking other feats and qualifying for paragon paths. As a ...
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How do Mouse Guard and Burning Wheel differ?

I am familiar with the rules of Mouse Guard, but not Burning Wheel. And I'm aware that Mouse Guard is a simplification of the BW rule set. How do they differ mechanically? How much simplification ...

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