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Are fantasy RPG races racial/cultural analogues to reality?

Prior to a recent game, our group had a great discussion on culture/race and it's relation to RPG races. While it is fairly established that Tolkien based some of the iconic aspects of his fantasy ...
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Should a GM be a Player?

Game Masters have plenty to do; no need to enumerate the tasks here. But should a non-player character be a 'regular' in a party? By gaining a voice in the in-character interactions, the GM taps a ...
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Relationship Mechanics for D&D/Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder/D&D games tend to involve relationships - romantic, friendly, etc. - between PCs and NPCs alike. 3.x only has the Diplomacy mechanic for any kind of relationship mechanic. I'm ...
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Where does the D&D concept of a dwarf come from?

Where does the modern D&D of a dwarf come from? I've noticed it's fairly far from the old Germanic concept of a dwarf. Where did Gary Gygax and company get the idea for the current long bearded, ...
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Building a sense of desperation

For a GUMSHOE game I want to build up the suspense through the more subtle, but very effective, buildup of a sense of desperation. This is a medical drama and the characters will be in quarantine. I’m ...
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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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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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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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What alternative models exist for Vampire populations in WoD?

The official WoD sources say that a vampire requires between 50,000 and 100,000 people to support them, giving an upper limit of about 50,000 vampires in the entire world. I've always found this ...
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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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How to communicate to the players that an encounter can be solved also through diplomacy?

When you play D&D, you are not supposed to chat with the enemy during encounters. The system is made for fighting. However, in some circumstances, it would be nice to make the players conscious ...
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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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Lasgun options in Dark Heresy

In the various Dark Heresy books that offer player equipment there are a large, diverse number of lasguns. Most classes get the option to be proficient with basic las weapons. Which 'Basic' class ...
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Were Illithids inspired by Cthulhu?

Mind Flayers seem to look a whole lot like Cthulhu. Is there any relationship/inspiration between the two?
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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character? [closed]

What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character (whether that's a formal alignment or not) in a co-operative party game, and likewise, what are some of the reasons many groups ...
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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 wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?

What's the maximum possible wealth bonus that a d20modern character can achieve by 10th level, excluding DM intervention? What is the max at 20th level? How rich would such a character be in real ...
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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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Does the HeroLab license let you share your portfolios and custom data files?

Since we're building a Pathfinder RPG setting at bySwarm, I'd like to create custom data files in HeroLab for our new reaces, feats, etc. I am also creating a portfolio of sheets for NPCs in it. Is ...
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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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I'm building a science fantasy settlement in a harshly extreme environment; how do these guys survive without natural resources?

In this setting, people are living in isolation in what is effectively a dungeon. Dungeons are usually built with an ecology in mind. Standard answers to common questions such as "Where do clean air ...
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Warhammer FRP 3rd Ed - Organizing the Action Cards

I just got WFRP 3E. Mostly to play with my kids. That said, I bought a used set, and the cards were not organized in any way I could discern. At present, the organization level is that I've pulled out ...
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Campaign is on hiatus. How do I keep it on life support?

My regular campaign has ground to a halt due to scheduling problems. At this point, we don't really know how long it will be until we play again. Everyone is still interested, at least for now. Is ...
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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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Custom Race Creation for D&D 4e

The Monster Manual and Dungeon Master's Guide provides a few examples of how to adapt monsters into full-fledged PC races, but they're limited to only a few options. Are there any resources or other ...
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Are there any systems that are specifically designed for online real-time text play?

Lately I've been doing a lot of gaming online, via chat rooms -- with a regular group and a regular time for a session each week, just through text rather than in person or via Skype or something. ...
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Psykers in Dark Heresy

Psykers in Dark Heresy roll between one and six d10s depending on their power level to invoke psychic powers. If any of the dice come up as a 9, you must roll on another table for a potential side ...
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Explain How History Works in Apocalypse World

History, or Hx, remains a little perplexing to me. Can you explain how it works, both mechanically and fictionally, in a way that makes sense? I am especially hung up on integrating History changes ...
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Are there any guidelines or samples for creating Henchmen or Villains?

Going over the Game Master's Guide for 7th Sea, I can't find any information on creating henchmen and villain NPCs (other than the villain-specific arcana, and the special damage rules for henchmen). ...
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Can I double tap with a .44 magnum in d20 Modern?

Can I double tap (as per the feat) with a .44 magnum in d20 Modern?
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When should I allow Intimidate checks to rout enemies in 4e?

I know that in 4th edition, you're allowed to make an Intimidate check against a bloodied enemy to send it running. As far as I've seen in the rules, there doesn't seem to be any real limitation ...
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Do battlerager fighters gain extra temporary hit points from hitting with invigorating powers?

Battlerager fighters gain temporary hit points from hitting with melee and close attacks, "plus any temporary hit points normally granted by the power" (exact words used in the compendium). The ...
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2answers
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What's the risk in Helping a teammate during a conflict?

When giving a Helping die in Mouse Guard, the trade-off is that one is bound by the success or failure consequences. But how is that a downside in a conflict? Each of the team members is already ...
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What are weapons for characters in a Journey conflict?

The “Resolution” chapter in Mouse Guard specifies weapons for all types of conflict, except Journey. What weapons make sense for a Journey conflict?
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Is there a limit on how many bugs you can hold in Freemarket?

In a recent session I was the superuser, and the very first challenge was a large group challenge, which I lost. As a result I acquired a fistful of bugs. That fistful was enough to dominate many ...
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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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Is there a random encounter generator online, for color/minor city detail stuff?

I thought somewhere on www.seventhsanctum.com there was a generator that would get me random city encounters, just minor NPC things like so: "You meet a(n) ANGRY, YOUNG... DWARF SHIELDMAIDEN... ...
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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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In what edition of DnD was the Barbarians's rage introduced?

In what edition of DnD was the Barbarian's rage introduced?
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What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
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What race/class combinations would you like to see in pregenerated characters? [closed]

I am running a one shot for the local gaming association and am making pre-generated level one characters for people to use. So what Race/class combinations would work best in a group of ...
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1answer
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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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How do I deal with GM burnout?

There are groups that share the role of GM/DM/Storyteller/Ref, and there are those that don't. In either type there is always the threat of burnout - too much responsibility is put into the hands of a ...
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Does Trampling allow you to attack many units in a row?

I was arguing with my DM over if the Trampling special ability allowed you to run over many units. I said that my summoned celestial elephant could run in a straight line and trample all units it runs ...
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Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers? [closed]

Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers. What type of material do they do. One company per answer please. As this is a community wiki the answers (and votes) will gauge community views on their ...
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Preventing player passivity in GUMSHOE?

I really like the game worlds of the various GUMSHOE games I have (Fear Itself, Esoterrorists, Mutant City Blues) but haven't run it yet. My big concern is that I've seen the "ablative skill system" ...
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8answers
708 views

What's the maximum number of minions for an encounter?

What is the maximum number of minions that can be pitted against a party 0f 5 characters of equal level without being overwhelming (as defined by the DMG)? ie: How many Kobold minions can I pit ...
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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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What iPhone / iPad apps do you use for gaming? [closed]

What iPhone / iPad applications do you use for your gaming? One per answer, please, and vote up ones you have used and like.

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