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How do you optimize in 1st Edition AD&D?

1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons gives its players a few strategic options during character creation, many of which are restricted by randomly generated attributes. With this in mind, what are some ...
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Running inside of a building or dungeon

Are there any official rules for movement being hampered in an enclosed space. It seems to me that 3x/4x running should be quite difficult in halls where you would have to turn tight corners and such ...
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How can I mitigate the power of Spitting Cobra Stance?

The Ranger has an encounter power called Spitting Cobra Stance that seems grossly over-powered—in one group I play in, the Ranger will enter Spitting Cobra Stance at the beginning of combat, and ...
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Does Stout apply to the secondary end?

I'm a Tempest Fighter, which means I get bonuses out of offhand weapons. If I Power Attack with the secondary end of a double weapon with Stout, do I get the one handed bonus or the two handed bonus?
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How do I make my overpowered character more fun to play?

My friend is running a modified cyberpunk campaign, where we are fighting zombies during WWII in Germany. Fun stuff. However, I made my character a Martial arts boxer, giving them a 10 in reflex, ...
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How should I handle nerfing a player for the purposes of game balance?

Background I run a Live Action Role-Playing game on a monthly basis (from March through November) for anywhere from 10-30 PCs (with 3 other Plot members and anywhere from 0-10 NPCs). The majority of ...
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Would it be fair to ask the GM for benefits for self-imposed character limitations?

Is it fair to ask the DM for some kind of benefit if you give your character self-imposed weaknesses/downsides with definite consequences/mechanics behind them? For example, if I had a character with ...
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Optimizing a rogue as an assassin

I'm in the process of building a character who works as a hired assassin of the ranged flavor. My idea of the perfect assassin is one that can be undetected and unload a massive amount of damage ...
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Increasing cleric hitpoints

I'm running a Dwarf Cleric in a vanilla FR D&D 4e game. My character is intended to be somewhat of a defender as well as a leader. The problem I'm having is that I haven not found any ...
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Fighter weapon choice?

With the normal fighter builds found in the PHB, is there any weapon choice (hammers, light blade, heavy blade, axes, etc) that does statistically better damage based on weapon damage, power selection,...
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How can I make the most of a Barbarian's Rage?

I was subbing for a Barbarian player last night, and I realized just how few rages they get. It seems they basically get one per daily power. I also noticed that several of his powers had better ...
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What is the most effective healing class in D&D 4e?

There are many Leader role classes in D&D4.0 these days. Cleric Warlord Bard Shaman etc Which one makes the most effective healer by the numbers? Numbers to be evaluated Hit points healed ...
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How can I make sure my character is awesome enough?

This question pulls quite a lot from Brian Ballsun-Stanton's paper on constrained optimisation (i.e. making your character awesome), so that might be a good thing to read. I know that in D&D ...
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Does this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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Can someone help me optimize my Elan Psion (3.5)?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level

I want to learn how to optimize. I am aware of optimization and have seen examples of optimized characters, I have found many 'guides' on optimization but in reality all of these are simply lists of ...
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How can an evil cleric hide his alignment?

So I have this cleric character who, after some traumatizing near death experience, has turned to evil and necromancy in hopes of finding the key to eternal life. But he also has to hide his alignment ...
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Magic Item Creation Prerequisite Rules

Under the rules for magic item creation these are the rules around prerequisites: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be ...
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How much more XP should a 3-PC party get?

My group is a beginner group and we have started using the HS1: The Slaying Stone module. We're a group of 3 PCs rather than a group of 5 (Which is what I believe the books are based off of). In the ...
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Does Demoralizing an opponent with the Intimidate skill provoke an attack of opportunity?

According to RAW, using a skill that takes an action "usually" provokes an attack of opportunity. I didn't find much in the skills section as to which skills provoke an AoO and which ones don't. I'...
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How Powerful is a Swordmage's Swordbond?

Swordmage's have a class feature called Swordmage Bonding. I'm wondering about two aspects of this feature. Calling Your Sword You're supposed to be able to call your sword to your hand: As a ...
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Can I Skip the Shift and Slide from Luring Strike's Hit?

Luring Strike is a swordmage melee at-will attack power found in Arcane Power. It's Hit line reads: 1[W] damage. You shift 1 square and slide the target 1 square into the space you occupied. It ...
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Are the Clerics of Pelor supposed to be celibate?

So, I've rolled up a Dwarf who happened to be raised by humans. I call him "Gilly". At one point in the game I returned to my room at an inn only to find a woman there waiting for me. I started ...
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D&D 3.5 Campaign for low level characters that can be run in 30 - 45 minute sessions

I am specifically looking for campaigns that are balanced for low level characters in D&D 3.5. I would accept any campaigns though free is preferred. The campaign itself does not need to end in ...
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What happens when you use a continuous power in an array and then switch to a different power?

This question is for Mutants & Masterminds 2nd edition, and it came up when I was thinking of a particular build. Say I have a Continuous Create Object in an array, I create some objects and then ...
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Can you take a standard action, an action that counts as a move action, and a 5-foot step in 1 turn?

According to RAW are you able to do this? 5-Foot Step states that it can be performed in a round only when you don't perform any other kind of movement, but what about actions that count as move ...
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How can I establish a permanent travel route between two planes?

I have a character who wishes to establish a permanent connection between the material plane and another plane of existence. This other plane happens to be a Demiplane. He must be able to travel back ...
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Getting a PC back up during the dying state

When a character enters the dying state (0 or below 0), what can you do during battle or after battle to get him back on his feet? I've only read that he must roll savings throws each turn (3 below ...
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Benefits for eating good food

I have designed a character to be able to cook just about anything and make it taste great. This was done mainly for RP purposes but I was curious if there is any system that adds benefits for eating ...
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What languages makes the most effective druid

I have a druid and I am big fan of the animal aspect (aka being able to talk to them etc.) When I picked my first two languages I picked Sylvan and Terran. I don't have much knowledge of creatures ...
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How do the Planar Shepherd's features interact with the Outlands?

I have recently read up on the Planar Shepherd, and I have a few questions about it regarding its interaction with the Outlands. And while I know the Planar Shepherd is in an Eberron book, and as such ...
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What is the “Reconstruction” trait in reference to Pathfinder Elans?

While reading the GitP Vitalist Handbook, I came across the following line in the Elans entry in the Races section: The Reconstruction trait is golden for Elan Vitalists, allowing you to continue ...
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1answer
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Is there a product that offers hexagonal dungeon tiles?

I've searched a lot and found a lot of do-it-yourself hexagon dungeon tile printing. Does anyone know of a finished product that uses dungeon tiles with hexagons instead of squares? I'm looking for ...
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Do spells that grant the caster a tail benefit from already having one?

Some spells like Tail Slap and Tail Sweep work by temporarily granting the caster a "tail of force" with which they can attack. (From what I recall, these are from Dragon Magic or Races of the Dragon.)...
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Is there a way to replace the attribute used by powers gained through multiclassing without being a bard?

I'm right now working on a 11th Level Half-Elf Bow Cleric Multiclass Ranger taking the Paragon of Victory Paragon Path. I have at-wills and basic attacks covered through my dilettante power and ...
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Misdirected Mark Bard At-Will Clarification?

Misdirected Mark from PHB2 states ...and the target is marked by an ally within 5 squares of you until the end of your next turn. My question is what player gets to choose who marks the target? ...
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Is the D&D 4 shuriken reusable?

My D&D character is a rogue, and I use shurikens. But I am uncertain whether I can pick them up after I throw them. Can I? And if it is possible, what are the rules for it?
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If a character does something evil, but they can justify it as good are they evil?

Let's say there is a forest gnome named Treeloff. Now Treeloff is one of the kindest, most innocent people you will ever meet; however, one day that all changed. You see, Treeloff loves the forest ...
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4e Interactions between the Shardmind PC race and the Self-Forged Paragon Path

After reading up on Eberron for 4e, I stumbled upon something unusual. The Self-Forged Paragon Path requires your character to lop off one of their arms and replace it with a mechanical arm, ...
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How could I make a Character use a device such as a magic sword after a teleport or dash?

First and foremost if you didn't get it from the question this is talking about Mutants and Masterminds. and its a question about character building. Im not sure how to tell but I think its second ...
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How is an 'enemy' defined for the purpose of spell targeting?

What constitutes as an "enemy"? Can for some reason a PC declare another PC an enemy at any point? For example, we will take this first level Warden spell which puts spikes around an enemy that will ...
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Change an item with a daily use into intervals per day

Some magic items say something like, "This effect lasts for 10 rounds. You can activate this ability once per day." Others do this: "This effect lasts for 10 rounds each day, divided up as you so ...
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How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?

I am fighting a 6th Gen with Fortitude 4. I am a 13th Gen with one discipline at rank 5 (Thaumaturgy) Blood path. I have some good stats for my occult and intelligence, but the problem is the ...
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Trait maximums for Werewolves

What are the maximum dots for a Werewolf's traits? I know at least their physical attributes can increase past 5 with various forms, Gifts, and probably a few other things, but those are temporary. ...
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1answer
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How Does Warforged Superiority Work?

The feat Warforged Superiority from Martial Power 2 reads like so: Prerequisite: Warforged, fighter, Combat Superiority class feature Benefit: Whenever you hit a creature with an opportunity ...
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Are there melee builds that can keep up with well-played tier 1 casters? [closed]

I want to know if there are melee builds, i.e. characters designed to use either melee or ranged weapons in combat, that can keep up with/compete with/or be useful to competent tier 1 casters (Wizard, ...
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Can you miss on purpose with Wormhole plunge?

I want to cast Wormhole plunge on an ally to teleport him away from enemies but I want to deal as little damage to him as possible. Can I miss on purpose to deal only half damage?
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What ammo does a launcher-type regimental favored weapon come with?

In Only War, two classes, the Weapons Specialist and the Heavy Gunner, can start the game equipped with Launcher-type weapons. The errata has clarified that class equipment comes with three 'clips'. ...
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Is there a reason to ignore/adjust the Wealth By Level chart?

While reading this Cohort Question I was kinda struck by a quote in there and instead of asking an unrelated question in that area I figured it would be good to make a separate question. The quote ...
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Dresden files movement rote

Hi I'm looking to create a rote to do an effect similar to Harry's quick escape potion. I have a good discipline and conviction and air control specialisation. Harry's potion is 5 shifts of power for ...

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