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What does Fey Origin do?

Both the Eladrin and Wilden have Fey Origin, which means that the characters ancestors were native to the Feywild, so the character is considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate ...
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What props or other tools can I use to improve pacing?

For a game, gaslight fantasy meets weird west, I am looking for tangible props to establish the various pacing points (call them beats in Robin's newest fascination). I'm looking for a good idea that ...
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How do you adjudicate a chase?

Generally if PCs run from a fight, I would give the monsters a free attack, and then let the PCs escape automatically (playing 1e/0e D&D). Of course if they linger around, the monsters may come ...
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How vested should every player be in the Burning Wheel's rule system?

I am currently pitching a Burning Wheel game for two of my buddies. Most of our group has succumbed to a busy schedule, so its pretty much down to the 3 of us. It's going to be a kind of fantasy ...
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On average, how much does beer, wine and spirits cost in Faerun?

Or can someone point me to the relevant sections of the books that talks about this stuff, please? Reason I ask is that I'm trying to gauge the cost of living in Faerun and I plan on repricing some ...
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Are there any restrictions on mastering and/or using a ritual based on its Key Skill?

I was thinking about rituals recently, and realized that I couldn't find anything restricting a character from taking rituals with key skills in which they are not trained. Obviously there's a soft ...
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What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?

I've been incorporating some houserules to give my 4e game a more old-school feel, as I would probably be running a 1e game if my players didn't love having powers so much. One thing I'd love to do ...
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Is there a way to regain the daily power on a miss?

Missing on a daily power is a big let down and happens, frankly, a lot around our gaming table. Is there a way to introduce a rule that allows regaining the daily on a miss?
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Can Prestidigitation color people's skin?

The Prestidigitation spell in D&D 3.5 specifically says that it is possible to use it to color items (see SRD). Given the wording, "items" can be interpreted either as "inanimate object" or more ...
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Where do you find Dark Sun Minis?

Apart from picking up the old 2ed Dark Sun miniatures off ebay, does anyone have any suggestions for a line of mini's that work well thematically for Dark Sun? Perhaps a line of primitive or aztec ...
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Where do I find boating rules for 4e?

Where do I find boat/ship rules for D&D 4e? Guidance for skill challenges using boats as well as combat on boats greatly appreciated.
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How would I build a Tsuchigumo in D&D 4e?

I need help building a monster(s). I want a Tsuchigumo from Japanese folklore. I'm aiming for the under ground race/spider shapeshifter cross-blend, having these be a community from the Feywild that ...
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What makes a creature Aberrant?

Aberrant creatures are native to or corrupted by the Far Realm. But what other than origin makes something thematically of the Far Realm?
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What makes something a signature monster?

I've seen the term "signature monster" thrown around a lot but I'm not exactly following it. What makes these monsters signature? What makes any monster signature to a given game? Is D&D the only ...
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What can I do to keep my cool at the table?

I've had some problems in the last couple of weeks with getting on tilt when things start to go a bit downhill in the game. In the first game, random effects converged in just such a fashion as to ...
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To document house rules, or no?

Or, how much documentation should your "campaign world" provide? This is a fairly generic (and subjective) question, but there is a genuine purpose behind it: I have a set of "house rules" for Tales ...
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Effective use of many close combat characters?

In systems with a square grid, it seems that melee/close combat characters are limited by their numbers. In one of my games we currently have more than five melee characters, and are now being ...
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A class with at-will powers only

Supposed I wanted to design a class that uses nothing but at-will powers. For those who are familiar with the numbers behind D&D 4e is this possible and still be competitive with the other classes ...
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Rules for prone in D&D 4e?

What are the combat advantages/disadvantages for being prone in D&D 4e? My group plays it the same as in 3.5. +2 Melee attacks vs prone (but not combat advantage) -2 Ranged attacks vs prone. ...
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How do I build a Paragon path?

What is the guidelines or set of rules that I can use to build a custom paragon path for a character, and still be balanced?
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What is a good example of implementing old-school design in a 4e module?

I've done some poking around and haven't found anything. It looks like the RPGA "Village of Hommlet" drew on its heritage a bit, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to get my hands on that. I also ...
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Searching for a particular dungeon adventure

In the D&D 3.0 Dungeon Master's Guide there is a sample dungeon (p. 126) that has only the first three rooms detailed. This is the dungeon where Lidda (infamously) gets eaten by ghouls in the ...
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As a player, what do I need to prepare for Dread?

I'm going to be playing in a game of Dread next week. What if anything do I need to have prepared? What do I need to bring (pencils, paper, dice, etc)?
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Can I build an effective druid in D&D4 without high WIS?

It seems like in 4e, druids have been more or less forced into a wisdom-based controller build. Even beast form abilities that are theoretically physical attacks take their bonuses from WIS. For ...
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Skill training vs Multiclass Feat?

In D&D 4e is there ever a reason to choose skill training as a feat when there is a multiclass feat that would give you training in that same skill? Ex: I have a bard I want to be able to pick ...
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Are there Psionic Rituals?

Are there psionic-only rituals (don't see any in PHB3)? I see primal, arcane and divine rituals (though most seem to work with all three). The Psion has ritual caster so I'm wondering if there are ...
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How do I determine the level when creating a ritual?

What are the guidelines behind assigning level to a ritual?
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HeroQuest 2 - 1W1 vs 1W1

From what I understand from the rules, each participant in the contest would cancel each other's Mastery, leaving each with a skill of 1. Therefore, each side would be attempting to roll 1 on d20, ...
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Does Virtuous Recovery help against ongoing damage?

Does the feat Virtuous Recovery help against ongoing damage. If I activate the feat by spending a surge it grants damage reduction equal to my character's wisdom modifier until the start of his next ...
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How do I retain momentum in an irregular game?

For years I have had a regular weekly evening group but as we've all aged, it has become more difficult to meet. I tend to get the same players but we do not play every week. Long gaps mean that it is ...
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Any tips for drawing dungeon maps using Inkscape or similar software? [closed]

As stated. I tried a few specialized mapping tools, but I feel like I'll be happiest just using Inkscape (an open source vector drawing tool). I'm still working on getting an efficient system down ...
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Are there any megadungeons available for non-D&D systems?

I have an abiding love of the megadungeon (defined here as a many-leveled dungeon large enough to be used as the centrepiece of a lengthy campaign), but I'm not always in the mood for one of the many ...
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How can I balance the darkness of Dark Heresy with the humor without getting too goofy?

So I'm a pretty snarky person to start with. One of my big challenges when running Dark Heresy is to get the tone right. I want it to be dark -- the Warhammer 40K universe has plenty of horrific ...
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Do healing bonuses (Pacifist healer) apply to flat healing effects like consecrated ground?

Do the healing bonuses from feats like Pacifist Healer apply to flat, repeating healing effects like consecrated ground?
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Can you use a Spelljammer ship to get to Krynn?

Following on from this (can-you-use-a-spelljammer-ship-to-get-to-ravenloft) question, I seem to remember that Krynn is similarly impossible to get to, mainly for plot reasons since no character on ...
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How to give directions to megadungeon locations without giving players too much info?

One of my favorite blogs, Beyond the Black Gate, had a good post a while back about structuring megadungeon play for episodic (i.e., irregular) games by creating mini-quests or missions that get the ...
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Paper model and landscape patterns for Cricut?

I was at GenCon and this guy had a booth where he had built this huge castle out of card-stock. He was selling "it" for $15. When I expressed interest he informed me it was a .pdf download that you ...
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What is a Mega Dungeon?

I've come across the expression "mega dungeon" quite a few times on the net. It seems like it's not just about the size of a den of monsters but it might imply a play style or something. What are the ...
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Boon for a Shaman character

The player of a Wilden Shaman/Runepriest Hybrid has expressed interest in picking up a boon from a player initiated quest. A vision quest seems appropriate and he’s expressed something like this: ...
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What would a River Shaman look like?

What sort of build would be appropriate for a Shaman dedicated to a River Spirit? Or maybe an otter.
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Player Agenda - how to keep people happy at the table

There have been many attempts to classify player types and what they seek to get from play sessions. For instance this WotC marketing survery and this article on the RPGNET wiki on Creative Agenda. ...
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1answer
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Is there a 3rd party sourcebook for Arabian Nights gaming in 4eD&D

I'm looking for a sourcebook for Arabian Nights flavor (the more the better). I'm looking for any of the following: Monsters Classes (new or modified) Powers Rituals Magic Items DM advice On-line ...
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Keeping dice after giving in Dogs in the Vineyard

In the revised edition there's a rule about keeping two dice if somebody gives in a conflict. Can anybody spell it out for me? What are circumstances, which dice, when who gives, who gets to use ...
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What can make OGL material harder or easier to reuse in other products?

I keep reading about OGL material that is written in such a way that makes it harder to use than normal, and other OGL material that is written such that it's easier to reuse in other products. ...
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Can characters in Dogs in the Vineyard have different escalation levels in conflict?

For example, if an NPC escalates conflict to gunfight, but my PC does not want to shoot him and tries to resolve situation by just talking while evading shots - can he not escalate and not roll dice ...
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What are the exact rolls and totals for a direct combat spell?

As a Shadowrun 4E GM, I have had a couple of arguments with players about exactly how the magic system works. Suppose a player goes to cast a spell like a Force 6 Powerbolt at an enemy. Exactly which ...
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On weight limits of characters according to strength. Can a character carry his own weight?

I never got one thing clear in the Strength to weight limit in D&D 3.5. It is well defined from the rules that with Strength 0, the character lies on the floor, unable to move. If Strength is 1, ...
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Do Power Sources really matter?

Other than thematically, does the source of power for a character really make a difference in how they are built? Should I be paying more attention to the character's power sources as I build ...
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Any toys that are at proper miniature scale?

One thing I've periodically wondered is whether there are any kid's toy/action figures that are of the proper scale to be used as minis. Has anybody found anything that works?
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Psion's role in the group

Psions are listed as controllers. My daughter's 2nd level Psion seems to act more as a striker, doing a bunch of damage to one opponent and not having the ability to control the field as much as when ...

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