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Puzzling Things Out in tremulus and failing - how would that move the story forward?

According to the philosophy of the Apocalypse World Engine, when PCs make a move and fail the roll, the story should still get advanced somehow. In effect, it's time for the GM to make a move of their ...
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Hide in Plain Sight vs True Seeing

Does casting True Seeing pierce through a Ranger's Hide in Plain Sight? What about a Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight? According to the True Seeing description: True seeing does not help the ...
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What die rolls are open-ended?

In Burning Wheel Gold, so far as I can tell, the following tests have open-ended die rolls: Magic Perception Any skill-based test with the funky little squiggly S after it (which are generally ...
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How to make a confinement situation interesting without railroading players?

There are many scenarios where players will be confined for a period of time in a location: Prison, castle under siege, mega dungeon adventure (like Undermountain) or a labyrinth. I'd like to play the ...
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How to get a new player to understand the time investment of a table top RPG

I have a problem and I was hoping you guys could help me. My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign. We are all very new, none of us have played any sort of table top RPG before. Most ...
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Trying to understand stacking defense bonuses from Racial / Feat / Items in DND4e?

I am a relatively new player to DND (4e). I've tried to look this information up and have found tidbits but I am still unclear. This is a multi-part question though the core of it is understanding if ...
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Transporting players from Faerun to Athas (Dark Sun)

Am looking for some idea's on how one would send his/her current players to Dark Sun from Forgotten Realms, allowing the players to remain content & happy, keeping their precious characters due to ...
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How to handle initiative while keeping the spotlight on a duel within a larger combat?

In some weeks we will play 7th Sea, an RPG with much fencing. I want to make fights more like a duel between players and minions. I think some (most?) battles will be one player duelling a minion, ...
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How does sneak attack work for ranged rogues after surprise round?

Does he become useless? Do you have to place a houserule? Is it spending actions on getting invisible or out of sight again the only way to get sneak attack again? It seems to me a ranged rogue ...
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What kind of penalty does moving over furniture incur?

In a previous encounter I filled a room with a bunch of chairs and tables with the intent of players run around or over them to escape a difficult creature. I wasn't sure what the penalties were so I ...
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What are the rules for a flyby grapple?

I'm trying to create an encounter where PCs are climbing a vine or rope down a 100ft shaft. About half way down, a creature flies up and attempts to grab one of the PCs to fly away with her. The ...
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How does crossing the borders of Ravenloft's domains work?

As I understand it, in Ravenloft a Dark Lord has control over his/her land. However, when traveling between lands, can the PCs cross borders as they like, as long as the Lord of the land has not ...
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Druids' access to Domains in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, does a Druid gain access to two Domains like the cleric? If he does, would it be the elemental types such as Fire, Water, etc.?
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In a high magic setting, how should I introduce “unnatural” magic?

I am going to run a game of 13th Age, which is pretty high magic - the industry of the world is primarily enhanced by ritual magic (wind elemental bind to sailing ships, rituals ensuring good weather ...
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Technological warfare: how does Iron Man fight?

In Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, players construct their dice pools for an action by claiming any and all dice off their character sheet they can justify, one from each category. One of such categories ...
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Where can I find a tutorial for Pokemon Tabletop Adventures?

I recently decided to look for a Pokemon RPG, and I found Pokemon Tabletop Adventures, which was exactly what I wanted. However, as it's still a work in progress, some of the rules aren't very clear ...
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Does blind-fight allow a rogue to use sneak attacks in dim light?

Without it when there's concealment (even just some wimpy fog, or dim light) you can't usually sneak attack, as you can't quite make out the cracks and gabs in the armor, the or exactly where "between ...
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What makes a Scene worthwhile in a game of Microscope?

We just finished playing our first game of Microscope and had a great time. Most of the elements of the game were handled very well by the group: periods, events, the palette, etc. Scenes, however, ...
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Where can I find a lot of d20 Modern mods?

There's a huge number of games that use the d20 System, including d20 Modern. I've been looking for mods that adapt d20 Modern, or just the d20 System in general. I feel there must be a list somewhere ...
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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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How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?

Resist all applies to all damage types (including untyped damage), reducing the damage by the resist amount. What happens when a single attack deals two different kinds of damage? Not combined damage, ...
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Sources for additional (summonable) creatures in Anima: Beyond Fantasy

I'm playing a summoner in Anima. I've gone through the book and there is a startling lack of things that I can use to summon - which makes me rather weak, as my main ability doesn't have many options. ...
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What is Gnosis? How is it calculated and what does it impact?

I recently started playing Anima: Beyond Fantasy and encountered a term not explained much in the book, Gnosis is a value which comes up in summoning as a restriction on what you can and cant do to ...
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How can I let players make more choices during combat?

When my players are in combat, they mostly spend a moment figuring out what the most effective target is for each of them, and how to attack it, and then everyone rolls until combat is over. They ...
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Which class is the Magical Knack more useful in?

The idea is 3 Knife Master / 1 White-haired witch / 1 Sorcerer [with a bloodline that grants many free feats* which synergize with a rogue], then X Knife Master & Scout. Originally the plan was 3 ...
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862 views

Does the trait “Magical Knack” affect familiars?

With 2 or more levels in a different class and then 1 lvl in a familiar granting class (such as Witch) and the magical Knack trait (up to +2 trait bonus to CL) make the familiar abilities/level 3 ...
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Is it an automatic crit if I hit with an extended threat range?

In 13th Age, like most D20 variants, you can have items or abilities that improve your crit range. However, in 13th Age, a natural 20 is a automatic crit hit (if I am not mistaken, you do not need to ...
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578 views

What attack rolls does a TWF 3 Rogue/1 White-haired Witch get?

The White-Haired Witch gains a powerful natural attack (that automatically grapples when it hits). How many attacks do a 3 Knife Master/1 Winter Witch I get for a full round attack, and what are those ...
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A system that models improved threat range of critical misses?

Have you ever fumbled with a flail? It sucks, especially when you are first learning it. It can happen very often; Sometimes in such a terrible way it far surpasses the risk of swinging a staff, hands ...
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In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?

I'm running a D&D 4e campaign. There, a player has worked very hard and somehow tricked me into becoming a king of an evil kingdom (the population is 100,000+). The area he became king of is a ...
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What/how many different cities are officially supported by Dresden Files?

Obviously the main setting is from the books, but that's just one city. Are there any other cities or towns that have official support? If not, where's a good place to find fan-made settings?
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What systems contain Multiple Caster or Combined Casting rules? [closed]

In the process of creating a homebrew system, I have run into the problem of my players wanting to be able to combine their spellcasting prowess in a show of superiority and might ( and perhaps a bit ...
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How can I run games in Shadowrun, without going overboard?

I've recently picked up my SR4 20th anniversary edition rulebook and I'm interested in running a game for some of my friends. The issue I'm facing is that....well, I don't want to spoil my players too ...
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Can a Paladin take levels of other classes?

In 3.5 D&D, paladins have severe restrictions on multiclassing: Like a member of any other class, a paladin may be a multiclass character, but multiclass paladins face a special restriction. A ...
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Optimized “Coordinated Charge”?

When an ally with this feat charges a creature that is no further away from you than your speed, you can, as an immediate action, charge that creature. You must be able to follow all of the normal ...
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In RAW how can I manipulate animal's attitude while magically speaking with them?

There are many ways to Speak with animals (for example the spell with that name). When you do... You can ask questions of and receive answers from animals, but the spell doesn't make them any more ...
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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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How does Extended and Sympathetic casting in Mage: the Awakening function?

I clearly understand how instant sympathetic casting functions, as sympathetic penalties apply in the same way that penalties are applied for changing the secondary Factors of the spell ...
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Does there exist an application for tracking your library of games?

I'm thinking of something along the lines of Goodreads or LibraryThing... or even Steam. As these are both books and games (and some of them are free PDFs without even so much as an ISBN number), I'm ...
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How does Phasing interact with the Z-axis?

The glossary entry for Phasing is rather sparse, and doesn't seem to address any specific issues that could arise while phasing. Phasing: While a creature is phasing, it ignores difficult terrain, ...
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510 views

Combining Witches' Charm (Su) Hex and Diplomacy?

Can you combine the Witches' Charm Hex and Diplomacy to significantly change someone's attitude? Can diplomacy be used at all on a subject under the influence of the Witches' Charm Hex? Charm ...
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Mutant Chronicles: Luna City and Moon physics

Okay, this is in fact a bunch of related sub-questions, but I'll try and sum them up in one: How has the physical workings of the Moon -- home to the new central hub of humanity: Luna -- changed in ...
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As a DM, how do I handle PCs casting heals on other PCs afflicted with paranoia?

Right now, three of my party's members are afflicted with the paranoia insanity. One effect is that paranoid characters cannot willingly accept aid, including healing, without making a Will save ...
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What is the scale of the Celwynvian map in Pathfinder #15

Pathfinder #15 includes details of a ruined forest city, Celwynvian, but no scale is provided for either map. The inferred size is quite large as the order of battle laid out has a scope that belies ...
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434 views

Why does (A)D&D change so much between editions? [closed]

Most systems, as far as I know, stay mostly the same between editions. Yet Dungeons and Dragons has had major changes between almost every edition, with the skill systems, combat abilities/feats, ...
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424 views

Is there any way for a Bard to take the Blackstaff Apprentice theme?

Blackstaff Apprentice has the following requirement: Prerequisite: Wizard. You must be able to prepare spells from a spellbook (such as with the Arcanist’s Spellbook, Bladesinger’s Spellbook, or ...
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How effective would a mech be in a city environment? [closed]

By mech, I mean any bipedal war machine of around 22ft height. We all know tanks are notoriously bad fighting in a city. They lost Hitler Stalingrad, and by extension, the War. Why is this? Is ...
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1answer
166 views

What benefits do I get from sneak attacking a knocked out enemy with two-fisted shooter?

After having successfully knocked out a target, I use Coup de grace1 with Sly Flourish on the target. I hit, and automatically critical. How much damage do I do? I have the two-fisted shooter feat. ...
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1answer
517 views

Converting Command skill from Rogue Trader to Fate Core

My group worked hard to get through the first two ranks in our Rogue Trader campaign, but we keep finding new flaws in the d100 system used by FFG. Finally we've decided to try out more likeable (and ...
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143 views

Do Sly Flourish and Night Stalker stack?

Two-part question, roughly in the same category. Since Guild Training is a Hybrid feat for Rogue/Assassins, is it legal or fair to take both Guild Training abilities burning two feats? Sly Flourish ...

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