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How do you kidnap a PC?

Here's where my group is currently at: We are reaching the end of a campaign and we are going to be switching GM's. I have been playing a (secretly) evil Psion who has plans to betray the party ...
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Where does the distinction between “Mindflayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mindflayer is an Illithid and visa versa. And, I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mindflayers refer to themselves or their race as Illithids, ...
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Are there any 4E Mega-Dungeons out there?

When I say "Mega-Dungeon" I am thinking directly of my much beloved (and sometimes hated) World's Largest Dungeon for 3.5E. I know that WOTC has not released any sort of Mega-Dungeon (unless you count ...
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What system runs High Adventure Cliffhangers: The Buck Rogers Adventure Game?

Was the High Adventure Cliffhangers: The Buck Rogers Adventure Game compatible with Buck Rogers XXVc game? From what I understand XXVc was a simplified AD&D 2e system.
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Does Protection from Evil protect against the Fear spell?

Does Protection from Evil protect against Fear in Pathfinder? Note that Protection from Evil is written a little differently in Pathfinder than in D&D 3.5: Second, the subject immediately ...
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Does a Pathfinder Witch's Slumber Hex Count as Mind-Affecting Effect?

From d20pfsrd.com, the Witch gets the following Hex: Slumber (Su): A witch can cause a creature within 30 feet to fall into a deep, magical sleep, as per the spell sleep. The creature ...
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What is the purpose of old-school D&D class level limitations?

When I played 1E and 2E, racial level limits was one of the first rules we decided to ignore. We decided that it would prevent us from playing (say) an Elven fighter for as long as the party might ...
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Purchasing old GURPS and other out of print games online [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories? Can anyone help me? I'm looking for some old GURPS games (and quite often I want to ...
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Is there a Ravenloft Campaign Setting for 4E that ISN'T the board game?

I've searched far and wide for a 4E Ravenloft setting. I played it once in 3.5's "Return to Castle Ravenloft" and fell in love with Barovia and the setting (even though Strahd was a total pushover in ...
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How do I get my PCs to not be a bunch of murderous cretins?

Most RPGs teach you that casual violence is the best solution to all your in-game problems. This is so well established a part of the vast majority of RPGs that there are entire satire RPGs like Greg ...
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Shadowrun character creation, in what order do you reduce magic due to -wares?

In Shadowrun are there official rules as to when you would reduce your magic rating due to various -wares? Point in case, if you decide to purchase say bioware at the beginning of the process, before ...
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How do I get players to assign alternate tactical goals?

Based on my prior question on signalling alternate end states and Redefining Combat, how do I present PCs with the ability to assign their own tactical goals beyond "clear" to a hostile environment ...
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How do I signal that alternate tactical end states are possible?

Question inspired by "Redefining Combat" on Clan of the Gray Wolf: It provides an excellent list inspired by army manuals of alternate tactical goals for a scenario: Here are some tactical tasks ...
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Useful mental frameworks during character creation [closed]

This post on Greywulf's Lair explores the concept of a one axis sliding scale for character building: One thing that all of these choices brings is the idea of a sliding scale. With 4e D&D, ...
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Is there an online interactive character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E?

Is there an interactive web-based character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E like there is for Gamma World? I'm not looking for a character builder.
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How do you maintain pacing close to a campaign climax when a number of players cannot make a game? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do you deal with missing players? So this weekend a couple of our party can't make it, but the rest of us still want to play. Our DM is concious that we're ...
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Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus

I'm gearing up for a 2-person campaign (my wife and myself, with myself as DM). The party will be two characters, with occasional hirelings/NPCs. One of the characters will be a DMPC (we've run one ...
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How many people does it take to steal a Star Destroyer?

The stats for the Imperial class Star Destroyer in West End Games's Star Wars RPG list the skeleton crew for the vessel as 5,000 people. They define the skeleton crew as "the absolute minimum number ...
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Is there a tool to make custom character sheets?

Is there a tool out there, preferably free, specifically for making custom, system-agnostic character sheets? I'm looking for something a little more focused than a general program like ...
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Is there a Masterplan-like tool for 3.5?

I'm looking for a tool like Masterplan or something near, but for a 3.5 / Pathfinder d20 game. I don't mind if you know of something better ;)
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Optimize at will dpr

I always hear about insane nova builds that can drop Orcus in a round (at least before errata), but it seems these builds rely on encounter and daily powers. How could you get stupid damage from ...
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How do you plan Savage Worlds combats based on PC ability?

Last night I ran my first Savage Worlds combat, to try to get a feel for the system. The combatants were two sword-wielding fighting men against three orcs (extras) and their chieftain (a wild card). ...
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When exactly is the reroll for Elven Accuracy done?

Trigger: You make an attack roll and dislike the result. Effect: Reroll the attack roll. Use the second roll, even if it’s lower. Specifically, is the player entitled to know if the attack ...
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How does the OGL relate to the FATE system?

I was looking at the SRD for Spirit of the Century, and I noticed the Wizards of the Coast OGL license at the bottom of the document. I did a bit of digging, and FATE states that it is a derivative of ...
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Does “resist all” from different sources stack?

So I've looked in PHB1 and 2, as well as all over the internets, and I can't find a clear answer. I play a level 12 Dreadnought Fighter, wearing Rimefire Plate armor. The armor gives a static ...
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Modeling a “Bob” in Dresden Files

I'm running a Dresden Files game, and I think my PCs need a Bob. Because I need a mouthpiece and exposition engine. But the description of Bob in Our World is skimpy at best, equating him to just a ...
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Working (unofficial) pen and paper rpg adaptation of Mass Effect?

Just out of curiosity: Do you know of a working pen and paper adaptation of Bioware's Mass Effect franchise? I think there's no such official publication (though there might be one in the works, who ...
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Can a stabilized dying player continue to make death saving throws on their turn?

This came up in our game this past week. A character is reduced to negative hit points and is dying. Our Psion uses a conjuration to stabilize the dying character on that character's turn. I ...
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How do you discourage “player knowledge” as a GM?

As a trivial random encounter is winding down, a player thinks "That was too easy... The GM wouldn't give us an encounter that doesn't give XP," and starts searching for hidden bad guys or other ...
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Are there more specific official rules on Barbarian Rage and Combat Expertise?

D&D 3.5 Barbarian RageD20SRD has a more explicit list of prohibited actions than its Pathfinder's counterpart. In particular, the former prevents the use of command word, spell trigger and spell ...
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What kinds of misc (implement, ki focus, that sort of thing) items can a swordmage equip?

I am playing a swordmage, and have 620 gp. My DM decided to open the shop so that we can buy some items with our cash. I don't know what I can actually use though.
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Is Barbarians of Lemuria suitable for campaign play?

I've read a couple of reviews on rpg.net, seen a few reviews on Youtube, and read two or three actual play reports about Barbarians of Lemuria. My impression is that it's a rules-light game without a ...
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A boon too far? Riding Tenser's Floating Disk with Tenser's Circular Shield

Tenser's Floating Shield has the following propertyDDI: You can use this item as an optional focus for the Tenser’s Floating Disk ritual. When you do, a force bubble over the disk prevents ...
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Which games have been based off/derived from the Anime d20 SRD?

The Anime d20 SRD brought some interesting changes to the original 3e d20 SRD. Aside from BESM d20, which obviously isn't a derivative of itself, which games have made use of the Anime d20 SRD - in ...
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Which skills can be used for a Monster Knowledge Check when multiple keywords are involved?

When PCs make a Monster Knowledge Check they see what skill corresponds to the main keyword of the monster. But what about monsters that have multiple keywords? For example, a Skeleton has both the ...
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How many daily/encounter powers can I “prepare” per day?

The book is a little confusing on this. Especially for classes with spellbooks. Is it (in laymans terms): One power, per level (minus your level one at wills?), per day? If so, how does a ...
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How do you determine your attack?

For instance: a spell says "Int vs AC" Do you roll raw int + d20 vs AC? Do you roll Int bonus + d20 vs AC? Do you roll int bonus+weapon accuracy +d20 vs AC? (This is a question about swordmage, so ...
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Where does the term “nova” come from?

At first, I didn't know what "nova" meant, but I've seen it enough in context to infer that it means "doing a ton of damage in a short period of time." Later I discovered that the term isn't as common ...
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Why do Clerics unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the same experience level?

In Moldvay, possibly Holmes, and the retro-clone, Swords & Wizardry, Clerics simultaneously unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the 6th experience level. They advance from 2/2 at level 5, to ...
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CoC's Sanity-like rules for the nWoD?

Is there a good adaptation of Call of Cthulhu's Sanity rules to the Storytelling system of the new World of Darkness (possibly replacing Morality)? (Edited the title to make it more precise.)
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From Serenity through Battlestar Galactica to the Stand-Alone Rules for Cortex, what has been changed?

I get the impression that the Cortex RPG system has evolved in several directions since the release of the Serenity RPG. Not including genre-specific changes like whatever rules for the supernatural ...
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Gamma World - Can a Doppleganger use salvaged omega tech?

I'm trying to solve this before it becomes a question in my group. As I read it, Salvaged omega tech "Becomes" just a normal weapon/slot item with extra damage. In this case, I would think that a ...
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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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Where does a thrown weapon land after a missed attack?

I assume that if the attack hits, it lands in the target's space or is embedded in the target in some way. However, if the attack misses where does it land? Is it assumed that whoever threw it has at ...
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Can a thrown weapon be picked up?

I was creating a Paladin recently and came across a conundrum...save for a Daily power, he has no ranged abilities, meaning I can't engage a creature I cannot reach by the end of my turn. So my ...
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How does Stealth work with Sneak Attack?

So, in Pathfinder, it seems that being able to use stealth in order to gain sneak attacks only works in the surprise round, with the rules as written. So, imagine a scenario where we have a sniper ...
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What are the differences in the rules between Hollow Earth Expedition, All For One, and Desolation?

Between the Hollow Earth Expedition, All For One, and Desolation RPGs what are the differences with each's Ubiquity System (if any)?
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Where can I find a schedule for games being run at GenCon?

I'd like to see what games are available to play in at GenCon. Is there a website with a published schedule or something?
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Which instruments can a 4e Bard use as an implement?

I have a player who is starting a Bard in a new 4e game. He (and I) were wondering which musical instruments could be used in place of a wand. I found this passage: Songblades and some magic ...
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Brutal and Crit Dice (from High-Crit or Magic Weapons)

How does a brutal weapon interact with crit dice that are granted through a magic weapon or a high-crit weapon? Examples: +2 Magic Mordenkrad, 2d6, Brutal 1. 2d6 on critical hit. Obviously the dice ...

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