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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm co-...
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How are increases calculated when leveling up?

At first it seemed obvious to me but now I'm beginning to question it seeing as how I can't find anything explicit in the RAW. This is hard to phrase but I'll do my best. The question is regarding ...
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Are the effects of the awaken spell permanent?

Could you have a druid being followed by any number of awakened creatures permanently (assuming their relationship is a good one, and the creatures want to follow the druid)?
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What kind of action is an active Perception roll?

There's this popular treatise on what it means to be hidden called The Rules Of Hidden Club posted on the WotC boards. It's widely regarded as a good and toroughful explanation on what being hidden ...
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Can you use superior weapons without training?

According to the Player's Handbook (4e), Superior weapons are even more effective than military weapons but require special training to use. You can learn to use a superior weapon by taking the ...
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How do I remove a poorly-designed rule without my players feeling cheated?

(This question is inspired by by Neil Slater's answer here: What are the acceptable limits for questions using the probability tag?. Other related questions are: Rules for increasing ability scores in ...
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What unfortunate side effects am I missing in allowing a feint as part of movement at a -10 penalty?

Within Mutants and Masterminds, if you have a feat called Acrobatic Bluff, you can make use an Acrobatics check in place of <...
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Bringing the Realism [closed]

As I have played D&D we have come to many points on the road where things don't seem quite fair and as the DM I have to be the arbiter of sticky wickets. For example: If you have a situation where ...
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How does wild shape work when adjusting ability scores and performing natural attacks?

I'm curious because the Wild Shape ability states that it works as the Beast Shape spell. The spell simply states that it adjusts certain ability scores (seems to only adjust size related ability ...
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What's with the Paladin's ranged powers? Do they provoke opportunity attacks?

So I am a little bit confused. I am currently playing a Paladin built for tanking and holding the front while my party hopefully finishes the enemy off before I die. I was looking though some of the ...
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How do the 90° and 180° turns work while flying?

The RAW seem to indicate that to turn 90° or 180° you have to perform a fly check and lose either 5 or 10 feet of movement respectively. That's fine, but I'm a little confused as to how to actually ...
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How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?

The Multiweapon Fighting feat clearly states that it Replaces two-weapon fighting for creatures with more than two arms. What does that mean? I've given it some thought, and I can think of only three ...
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Chess Trap Variant

I'm planning to run a Dungeon World campaign based on a classic D&D Super Endless Quest book called The Ghost Tower which, in turn, is based on a classic D&D module called The Ghost Tower of ...
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Location generation system?

I tend to GM campaigns where players travel a lot. Whether it is through D&D planes or in a space-opera setting, they are bound to visit a lot of very different and varied places. And I have to ...
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Can the Oracle Mystery Brain Drain be used to gather surface thoughts?

There is an Occult Oracle mystery called Brain Drain which allows the oracle to obtain a "jumble of stolen thoughts and memories" from an enemy. This can be used to make a Knowledge check using one ...
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Do you provoke opportunity attacks when flying?

Moving away from a square which is within threatening reach of an enemy, provokes OA if one does not shift, is pushed/pulled/slid or teleports. Further, so far I know, squares are 3d, as indicated ...
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Carrying Capacity and multipliers

I have a character that's Large and has a Belt of Wide Earth. Large size characters have a carrying capacity twice as good as Medium size characters, and the Belt doubles the carrying capacity of the ...
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Random Island Name

I know about several random island generators. What I would like is a table or program to generate names of islands randomly. I found a Greek island version but would like something for English names....
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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What are the legal issues for making a fan RPG of a licensed property using GURPS?

There are a lot of great franchises which don't have tabletop RPGs for them and I've seen that GURPS can handle, or give a valiant attempt at least basically anything, and I've seen for example ...
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How is reach interpreted in the Bestiary?

When interpreting a creature's reach is that the amount of feet it can attack beyond its own space? For example, the Gorilla in the Bestiary 1 has a space 10ft and reach 10ft. Does that mean that ...
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How reliable is the d20 PFSRD? [duplicate]

I'm beginning Pathfinder and I'm curious as to how reliable the information is on that site. I only ask because occasionally I find it is lacking sources and I know it also has some 3rd party items ...
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Calculating dice pool probability with limited rerolls

I need a probability calculation script that works with various dice and dice pool sizes, that accounts for a mechanic that allows you to reroll up to X dice that are failures, but ONLY once per die. ...
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Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?

There has been some contention recently over the RAW-ness of officially published FAQs for tabletop games. While (as far as I am aware) the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not considered RAW, I'm not aware of any ...
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Where do items created with the Path of Conjuring appear?

The rules concerning the items are simple, but the way the items are created is not clear (this is from the 20th Anniversary edition). The vampire can create a simple form (in the case I'm ...
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186 views

Combining Swordsage and Broken One Substitution Levels [closed]

I want to be able to offer my DM suggestions about how this can work mechanically. I want to use the Broken One monk substitution levels from Champions of Valor 36-7 but use Tome of Battle's swordsage ...
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1answer
565 views

Rangers making attacks with different melee weapons?

I'm somewhat confused by the Ranger class attack powers from the Player's Handbook. Many powers require the player to wield two melee weapons. What's bothering me is the damage: the book says the ...
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Melee Egoist Build

I am thinking of creating an Egoist for a new pathfinder game. I am inclined to try and make him melee-like by selecting powers that will improve his combat effectiveness rather than blasting things ...
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Resources for Creating a Home-Brewed Alchemy System Using Real World Herbs?

I am in the preliminary steps of creating an Herb-gathering / Alchemy system for my OSR game. I will be using real world herbs, as I feel that's more interesting than any list of fantasy herbs that I ...
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Rules for increasing ability scores in Basic D&D?

Are there any rules (house or otherwise) for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D or any of its retro clones? (Other than magic items or wishes.) When we generated ...
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Seeking a specific D&D retro-clone

I'm fairly sure this game exists, but I can't figure out for the life of me which one it is. I know it's not Darker Dungeons, Labyrinth Lord, or LotFP, because I just checked them before posting this. ...
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How to improve AC when it's so low that enemies hit on 3–5?

The AC of my character is falling far behind her other defenses, and I'm wondering if I have missed out on something basic and important. I am going to post some of her stats as an example to this ...
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How broken is Aid Another to individual skill checks?

So I've got a party of 6 who regularly will jump in automatically to 'Aid Another' when someone makes an individual, out-of-comabt skill check. Perception the room for traps? Aid Another. History or ...
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How much custom content is too much

So, I'm a relatively new GM (having only run a quick foray into the Tomb of Horrors for fun) and I've got an idea for a city-based custom campaign. I feel pretty good about my story telling abilities ...
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How can I optimize this Slayer?

I am Creating a 5th level Charge Happy Slayer. Should I choose to do an extra 1d8+3 damage on each charge or knock the enemy prone on every attack? Our party is Cleric, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue & ...
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What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage

What is the definition of "hitting" when a move misses but still deals damage in relation to using consecutive powers. For example: Jaws of the Wolf Attack: Strength vs. AC (main weapon and ...
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Can a Bloodclaw Master stack Superior TWF with Improved/Greater TWF?

Does the Bloodclaw Master ability Superior Two-Weapon Fighting interact in any way with the benefits of Improved and/or Greater Two-Weapon Fighting in terms of attack bonus modifiers?
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Which benefits do Extreme Endurance bestow?

The Martial Artist archetype from Ultimate Combat gains an ability named Extreme Endurance at fifth level. I quote: At 5th level, a martial artist gains immunity to fatigue. At 10th level, he ...
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Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks?

My gaming group is brand new. We had our first session tonight. I had a few questions for this SE... the first is this one. Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks? Or am I ...
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1answer
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How do slide, push and pull works for huge and gargantuan enemies?

Basically, can a medium monk slide or push or pull a huge or gargantuan enemy? Can any character (the example with my party was a monk) move (slide, push or pull) a bigger creature than him? in 3.5e ...
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Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system?

I want to construct an immersive, complex and functional fantasy economy in order to inform my world-building process. I'm interested in finding a working economic model and applying that into low-...
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2answers
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Is there any way a Binder can use Metabreath feats?

Some of the vestiges that Binders have give breath weapons like fire breath, or sleep breath, which is flavorful and fluffy. Though, to maintain battle efficiency, one may want to do something to make ...
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How do underground tunnels stay up? Is it possible to dig under a castle wall without magic to support the tunnel?

I'm considering running a quest where the players must deal with a large, powerful, and well organized underground Kobold tribe. They initially find the opening of a tunnel in the middle of a village ...
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10answers
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What do I get the druid that has everything? [closed]

I've got a group of players in a D&D 3.5 campaign: a human rog3/clr1 a human clr4 an elven bard2/sorc2 an elven druid4 a dwarven fighter4 Soon they'll be playing a special Thanksgiving/Xmas ...
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1answer
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Star Wars Saga Edition for the 3.5 player

So I'm starting in a new Star Wars Saga Edition game (set just after the end of the Clone Wars) and I've never played this system before. My background is heavy on 3.5, and I read a bit of the first ...
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5answers
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How do I support an anxious friend's introduction to Role-Playing?

What is a good introduction to Role Playing? I have a friend who has some anxiety around it, as he is afraid of being judged. I've suggested a couple of things, namely an RPG that would be right up ...
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How can I squeeze a place for utility spells with limited number of preparable spells?

A full caster in D&D Next can prepare 1 + Caster Level kinds of spells per day. It seems to me those are not enough to justify preparing utility spells. Assuming a single defensive and offensive ...
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Does the marked condition affect Secondary Attacks?

More specifically, Deathrattle Viper on MM1 page 240 makes a secondary attack vs Fortitude. From my point of view this secondary attack should not be affected by Marked condition, since it's a ...
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2answers
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How can I make things easier on my dyslexic and high-functioning autistic players?

I have other players read out information from my dyslexic player's character sheets when necessary, and I use non-verbal visual aids whenever possible. I generally give out copies of any important ...

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