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Are there any game systems whose shtick is that the PCs have dragon companions?

I'm aware of the ECL rules for younger dragons in D&D 3.5. I'd like to move away from that system with this, if possible (it is retained as last resort though). Not that it's incompatible here, ...
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1answer
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Agile Opportunist & Cunning Bard combo

How does the Combo Agile Opportunist and Cunning Bard work? Some people say you can only get opportunity attacks when an enemy triggers the OA. So you can't slide your ally with power/skill x and let ...
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Bard removed from D&D 4.0. Reasons? [closed]

Are there any officially stated reasons why the bard was removed from 4.0 main class roster ?
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Tips for creating engaging modern setting battle maps?

I'm playing a modern horror campaign, basically "Exorcist cops vs Japanese Folklore creatures". The combats take place in the city, and this, I think, it causing my battles to be dull, like a Final ...
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Why is the Master of Nine a bad choice?

Say, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about Tome of Battle? Most likely, the maneuvers - the thing that made the close-quarter combat fun for even those players who don't like ...
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Rogue Talent: Offensive Defense

I've seen arguments going both ways on this so I don't know how to rule this. If a rogue with Offensive Defense gets multiple sneak attacks in one round does the bonus AC stack? Example: A level 5 ...
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1answer
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Is there a feat to use Dex or Con instead of Str in melee (4e)?

I have searched, and found some similar questions, but not this exact one. Is there a feat (or other way, I guess) to use Dex or Con instead of Str when making melee attacks? The only time I ever ...
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211 views

confusion/question for attack power description in character builder

I'm confused as to the description of some of the attack powers for my players' characters. I'm using Wizards character builder for this so im referring to their attack power cards they include in ...
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How can I work on my improvisation skills in regards to running a campaign?

I'm writing a campaign for 3.5 at the moment and, as a new DM, it's been hard for me to decide what I need to write now, and what I'll need to write later. Because it's going to be my first campaign ...
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What should I expect from “Trail of Cthulhu” as a player?

I'll start soon a Trail of Cthulhu game, and I know next to nothing about Lovecraft or even Cthulhu itself. What I know is that this game is based more on investigation and discovery (my GM told me ...
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A simple system which makes players feel awesome and empowered [closed]

I'm a young player, and an even younger DM. As such, there were very few systems (read: 2) I've had the pleasure of trying out, and now I'm looking for a system to host a new session in which wouldn't ...
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2answers
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Is Energy Drain a full round action?

If a monster has the Energy Drain special attack, is that a full round action that allows only a single melee or ranged attack per round? Or, if a monster has multiple attacks, can an energy drain ...
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1answer
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Feats for a wolf animal companion?

I have a two-weapon fighting ranger. Currently I am level 6 and am just getting my animal companion. I chose the wolf. At level 7 he becomes large because of the feat, boon companion. His stat bump ...
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How does Aid Allies work with Swift Aid?

How does the Swift Aid feat interact with the Aid Allies Order of the Dragon ability? The Swift Aid feat states that you grant your ally either a +1 bonus on his next attack roll or a +1 bonus to his ...
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1answer
209 views

Outdoors Alchemy

As a part of a module, our low-level party was sent on some random island with just 10 gp worth of gear each. The logical conclusion from that - as long as we want to have good stuff, we have to do it ...
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1answer
525 views

Entangling Exhalation + Slow Breath

We are playing in a high-level message-board campaign, and my friend have a Rogue/Dragonfire Adept (level 2/level 16). We are currently facing two adult white dragons. My friend is arborn, hidden ...
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2answers
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Are there any fan-made Adventure Time RPGs?

I know that there are no official Adventure Time RPGs. Are there any fan-made ones out there? I'd be willing to accept adaptations of the characters/setting to other systems, as well as standalone ...
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2answers
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What skill should a Tech-priest use for reprogramming machines?

What skill should one use for tasks that require reprogramming machines or (apparently) designing entirely new software? Tech-use and Security seem to operate on a mechanical/physical aspect, as all ...
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882 views

Awarding Experience for out-of-game activities, bias towards players with more time, how to fix?

I decided to reward players with extra experience if they wrote summaries of the game sessions in between our meetings. Some players have the extra time to do this, and some don't. What ends up ...
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3answers
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How do I create a treasure map for a pirate campaign?

In my pirate campaign, one of my players has a part of a treasure map and the other parts will be discovered; together they will contain a riddle. I'm not good at drawing things and have never made ...
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1answer
841 views

Baleful polymorph on a dragon and spells with a somatic component

A dragon can cast spells with a somatic elements. If the dragon is polymorphed with baleful polymorph into a mouse and passes the second saving throw retaining the ability to cast spells: will he ...
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1answer
291 views

There was a system that had “Step-Damage” I am seeking the game systems name

The step damage system was something like this: For step 7 you rolled a d10 as it rolls 5.5 on average. For step 7 you would roll 2d6 as the average is 3.5 per die and that adds up to 7 (for non ...
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3answers
561 views

Can an implement held in Far Hand or Mage Hand (et. al.) be used with powers?

Scenario: A substance has been encountered which appears to augment damage done by weapons and, perhaps, implements. However, this substance appears to be harmful to those who come in direct ...
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Which school of magic do magical weapons and armor auras radiate?

Detect Magic and similar spells can show the school of magic with a proper spellcraft check. Which school of magic is detected for weapons and armor with only enhancement bonuses (e.g. a longsword ...
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How do I run a dungeon crawl, communicating how various rooms/passages look?

I have never run a dungeon crawl before, such as the one linked here. How do you tell the players what they see? Some examples from older ROG books I have have description in the form of "You come to ...
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1answer
107 views

Can I get a stat test and a Beginner's Luck test from the same skill in an extended conflict?

Burning Wheel Gold states that only the highest test in an extended conflict counts. For example, if I roll Axe four times in fight, getting two Routines, a Difficult, and a Challenging test, I'd just ...
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1answer
352 views

When campaign in Warhammer 3 edition starts?

I'm playing WFRP 2 Edition but our campaign started bit later that default 2525 IC. I want to know if there is any additional information about world events in WRFP 3 Edition that can influence our ...
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1answer
616 views

How do I build a devoted cleric with the WotC builder?

I'm trying to build a new character using the Wizards of the Coast character builder — a devoted cleric. I've previously built a warpriest cleric with no trouble, but devoted cleric is simply not ...
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2answers
285 views

What are the mechanics for monsters trying to force a door shut when PCs are in the way?

I'm going to be hosting an encounter where the PCs will enter a room. Behind the fully opened door in a hidden niche are three monsters that will attempt to close the door when the big bad gives the ...
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1answer
99 views

Are there the equivalent of Attacks of Opportunity in the Mythus Game

Can anyone tell me whether there is an equivalent of Attacks of Opportunity in the Dangerous Journeys Mythus RPG? I thought there was but have searched through the rulebook and can't find any.
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1answer
638 views

Is Astral Construct incomplete?

The astral construct psionic power states: For every 2 additional power points you spend, the level of the astral construct increases by one. But, the monster entry only lists up to level 9 (for 17 ...
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2answers
301 views

Any suggestions for feats/options to forgo damage dice for other benefits?

I'm in a campaign with a reasonably permissive and flexible GM. Currently, I'm trying to put together an enlightened and charismatic bodhisattva type character who charms everything with his voice, ...
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9answers
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How do you make a new NPC likable?

The players in my campaign will soon rescue a woman who's been trapped in an awful dimension (think Jumanji, if that helps) for ten years, and bring her home. After 2 sessions, they'll realize that ...
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6answers
753 views

How to implicate the players in the horror?

Good horror implicates the watcher/reader, at least in drama. There is always moment when the audience should cry out, "no, stop, don't!" but of course we don't because we're a well-behaved audience, ...
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5answers
635 views

Adding comic relief

As a GM, I would like to add comic relief to my sessions. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character, scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...
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1answer
278 views

How can you reconcile the actions of house Jerbiton with the Code of Hermes?

I'm about to start a ars magicia game and I'm looking at house Jerbiton who I've never played before. (I've played Ars, but as Tremere and Ex Misc) House Jerbiton is a house whose members are ...
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5answers
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What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules

I'm starting a campaign and will be the DM. We are basing our system off the D&D 3rd ed. Most of us (players and myself) don't really like the rules surrounding Wizards / Sorcerers when they have ...
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2answers
692 views

What bonuses do(n't) apply to Rend?

Rend says If it hits with two or more natural attacks in 1 round, a creature with the rend special attack can cause tremendous damage by latching onto the opponent's body and tearing flesh. This ...
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9answers
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What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D? [closed]

How do I get regular people, non-gamers, into playing D&D? Anybody have any useful ideas?
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3answers
355 views

Can a possessing fiend target the possesed creature with “self” range spell like abilities?

Can a possessing fiend target the possesed creature with "self" range spell like abilities? For example an advanced (4 HD) Quasit is possessing a human peasant. Could the Quasit use it's Self Only ...
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4answers
523 views

What works on a creature targeted by an antimagic ray?

The Antimagic Ray is a spell originally from Draconomicon, updated in the Spell Compendium. Here's all the extracts from the text we need to analyze the case, or so I believe. The target functions ...
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1answer
295 views

Are Compendium Classes from pre-release still valid?

I have several Dungeon World compendium classes for the Red Book era and I wonder if they still work / are intended to be used with the game as released. Examples off the top of my head include: The ...
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1answer
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What are the gameplay implications for choosing Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition?

I am shortly going to be starting a game of Fate with my friends, using either Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition (hereafter just “Core” and “Accelerated”). I am well aware they are both the same ...
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5answers
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Players who want a dayjob for a megacorp. Should I allow it?

A player wants to work for EVO knowing the corp has a great reputation as an employer (according to Corporate Guide) and they have a great tolerance of technomancers. As part of the day job ...
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1answer
585 views

Shadowrun Road Trip

So I've been in a Shadowrun campaign and my group has fallen afoul of both Aztechnology and some powerful Seattle organized crime people. I've been scouring all the books I can think of, but I can't ...
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1answer
323 views

How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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2answers
151 views

How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?

I am starting an adventure in a custom setting that may end up as a campaign, depending on popularity. However, part of what makes the setting unique is that magic is illegal and severely punished by ...
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2answers
108 views

Reaving Ammunition & spending a move action

Reaving ammunition states: When you hit an enemy with an attack using this ammunition, that enemy also takes ongoing 5 damage until it spends a move action (without moving) to end the ongoing ...
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2answers
681 views

Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest?

Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest? I can't tell if it's suppose to be run with the map or not. This will be our first time playing D&D.
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1answer
97 views

How does the “Any” descriptor work in Legend?

In the recently released 1.0 version of Legend, is the Elemental Pony racial track lists the Combat Offensive Modifier as "Any". Does this mean that I may select any ability score other than the ...

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