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What happened to the Heavy Gear RPG line?

I was a fan of the Heavy Gear RPG series and followed it from 1st edition to 3rd edition. Dream Pod 9 pretty much ceased production of new books and focused on the skirmish system and miniatures ...
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Replaying Adventure Card?

Should you allow the following. Player A use the "my Bennies become XPs" adventure card then, Player B plays "get a card from the Discard stack" and then replays "my Bennies become XPs"?
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What happened at New Jerusalem?

I've been reading the Heavy Gear 3rd Edition Earth Companion. They talk about the NEC's 7th Fleet disappearing while on mission to occupy New Jerusalem. In the Earth Companion there is no indicator ...
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Rebalancing Experience Point Totals?

Say that through legal game play some player characters have gained a lot more XP than others. Should the referee take steps to rebalance the player characters, or just let it go as it is part of the ...
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Is there any information detailing Vecna's relationship with prophecy?

Vecna is depicted in 3rd and 4th edition D&D as the god of secrets. Is there a information (ideally in official sources, but failing that in well detailed unofficial sources) that outlines Vecna's ...
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Does the power Beast Friend work for, say, part of a Coral Reef?

Say you were an underwater creature with Beast Friend. Would it be reasonable to use the power to control part of a coral reef and all the small creatures in the area?
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How do I role-play as a dragon?

I have an NPC in our game that is called a "drake," but in terms familiar to most of you, he would probably be considered to be a dragon. In our game, drakes are classified based on the plane that ...
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Damage focused Imperial Guardsman character build

With the Dark Heresy books currently available, what character options do I want to invest in to be as effective as I can be with a lasgun, in combat, as an Imperial Guardsman? Assume the build is ...
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Does the latest print edition of Dark Heresy contain errata?

Does the most recent printing of Dark Heresy have the errata worked into it? I am using a damaged, first print run, Fantasy Flight Games copy of the book and want to know if it would be worth buying ...
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Do monster templates still exist in post-Essentials D&D 4e?

In the D&D 4e Monster Manual, there are monster templates such as 'lich' which increase a standard monster to elite or an elite to a solo. Do monster templates still appear in more recent core ...
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Does Constitution influence Charisma?

I was looking around and notice that low constitution monsters usually are ugly (like skeletons) after all low constitution make you ugly, right? So, it's that a case where Charisma can be influenced ...
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How does automatic weapon fire interact with the scatter property?

I am confused how to determine hits from a combat shotgun in Dark Heresy. How does the scatter property interact with an auto-fire action when attacking?
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What is the AC of a projected image?

If someone tries to hit a shadow created by the Project Image spell, does someone have to roll to hit? If so, does it have a low AC like a Figment, before they roll Will to disbelieve, or does it work ...
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How do I start a gaming group? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find other RPG players? I would like to start an AD&D group at my local library. But how do I start one? How do I spread the word? Any help would be ...
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Generating a feeling of nostalgia in the players

I'm new to GMing and am in the process of creating my first world. It's going to be a far future scifi setting, where the civilisation to which the players will belong is a space faring one that is ...
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When should a second wind be used?

Inspired by my "Do monsters get a second wind" question. A second wind, as generally used, provides characters (and only characters) with an opportunity to spend a standard action to get a healing ...
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What can provide immunity to dehydration?

My party is working through Castle Whiterock and we just got clobbered by a group of lions with Goodman Games desiccated template. This template allows for a D6 Con damage on every hit (no save) ...
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668 views

What is added on to secondary attacks with implement powers?

Background: The Wild Magic Sorcerer in my group often uses his at-will power Chaos Bolt. On a hit with an even numbered roll, he gets to make a secondary attack against a creature within 5 squares of ...
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What should be included in a 'getting started' player handout?

When playing a new RPG system and setting, it is helpful to have important game information in front of you. For my free RPG Icar, I intend on having a single side of paper with reference rules and ...
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How do I implement Social Combat into a D&D/D20/Pathfinder game?

One of the coolest parts of White-Wolf games, in my opinion, is that they usually offer the ability for Social Combat to be just as exciting as physical or mental combat. How can I run Social Combat ...
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Are innocuous actions valid attacks in social combat in The Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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What kind of goals are valid in Social Combat in the Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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What are some options to break out of the Executioner's Garrote Strangle?

Last night we were having a Battle Royale. Everyone had characters and we were fighting to the death. It was a good time. But we did end up having about a 20 minute argument on the Garrote Strangle. ...
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Any Non-Unit-Payroll Based Merc Contract Mechanism?

FM: Mercs and its predecessors lays out a fine little minigame mechanic for mercenary contract negotiations. I like the bargaining point system, as a concept. Given the level of standardization in ...
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If a multiclass character has two spellcasting classes how many spells do they get?

A few related items that I'm a bit confused by: If a multiclass character has two classes that use the same ability modifier for bonus spells do they get those bonus spells for BOTH classes? (i.e. ...
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Exalted — Sorcery and Occult Excellencies

The 2nd edition core book, on pp. 251-252, seems to make it clear that reflexive supplemental charms can't be used while shaping sorcery or while casting a spell. This hugely reduces the value of the ...
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Is there any other RPG that includes snailmail-writing as an integral component?

In De Profundis, an important part of the game is writing and sending letters to the other players. It's played in real-time with mail correspondence being the only form of contact between players. ...
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Asynchronous Character Creation?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, character creation is meant to happen collaboratively in a unified manner. However, in our party, there are frequently times where one player or another cannot make it on ...
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Fan Conversions of 3.5 Adventures to Pathfinder

I've recently noticed how cheaply I can get some 3.5 adventures now that everyone has moved to Pathfinder or 4e. I was wondering if there were any collections of fan conversions of them to pathfinder, ...
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Are there any games that have an ecological setting?

In Tales from the Wood you play woodland animals, seeing struggles against humans from an animal perspective. I was wondering if there were any games that used ecological/climate change as part of the ...
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Difference between a crit and extra attacks

In DnD 3.x and related systems, you threaten a critical hit on a natural 20, but then have to confirm the crit by making another to-hit roll. If your followup roll beats the target's AC (or is another ...
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Are there parts of text missing in published errata?

Browsing through the latest errata of DnD4 (first PDF in the list as of now, dated 11/09/2011), I stumbled upon multiple entries that are missing essential parts. For example, in the item for the ...
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What does “any enemy you deal damage to” mean in Bloody Blades?

I am looking at Bloody Blades for my L9 fighter, but I have a question before I take it. The second effect line on the power has the following text: You can assume the stance of the bloody ...
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How do I ensure separation between historical events and the game world while still feeling historical?

I am running a pulp WW2 campaign where the players are deep inside Germany in 1940 uncovering secret projects, getting involved in the occult and discovering ancient powers that the Third Reich are ...
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Whither the Warlord?

I got the 4e core books when they first came out. On browsing through them, I thought that a Dragonborn Warlord would be a fun combo to play. But D&D is not a game my group wants to play, so the ...
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What is the reason for introducing the rule for Attacks of Opportunity in D&D?

The Attacks of Opportunity are an important part in D&D and spinoffs of the game like Pathfinder. What does this rule for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was this ...
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Does the ring of force shield provide AC against incorporeal beings?

Incorporeal beings ignoring normal armor and shields. But the ring of force shield provides a force effect. Does that work, as force-effects work on incorporeals?
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Is the “Shadow Step” spell redundant?

The Ultimate Magic spell shadow step seems to be a watered-down version of the classic dimension door. This seems not only redundant, but odd, as shadow step seems weaker and more restricted than ...
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What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, one can spend a fate point, invoke an aspect, and make a declaration. I'm having trouble coming up with a reasonable set of guidelines as to the scale and scope of ...
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What are the historical and literary backgrounds of Dungeons & Dragons Languages?

Is there a source for the nature of the fantasy languages in D&D? An official source would be best, but I'd also be interested in other players' interpretations of the languages. If the D&D ...
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Epic Resurgence, what does the second clause mean?

Epic Resurgence lets you recover the use of an encounter power. The first time you score a critical hit during an encounter... If you use an attack that targets multiple foes, you gain this feat's ...
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How does Grapple interact with Attacks?

I grapple a guy and am able to hold him down. The rule in the book says a grappled enemy can't do anything unless he beats the grapple. Does this mean that if members of my party attack him he doesn't ...
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How do I keep a long-range plot cohesive and coherent?

I enjoy GMing but I much prefer to to have some sort of long running plot (or meta-plot) rather than having a series of unconnected unfortunate events afflict my PCs. For example, I would love to ...
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How should one-word “commands” work in languages other than English?

In various versions of D&D, there's a cleric spell called "Command" where the cleric compels an enemy to obey a one-word command. Typical commands might be "sleep", "flee", "surrender", ...
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Is there a schema for interpreting xml files from the D&D4 Monster builder?

I wanted to build an app to read .monster files exported from the D&D 4E builder, joining the data in some fashion, and rendering them for print. I've heard one complaint about the system is that ...
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670 views

How should we choose classes as a new group of three players?

we're planning to start a new dnd campaign with my friends and we're a little worried about what class to choose. The group will include three players so we cannot fill all roles. What combination of ...
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1answer
278 views

Would Guardian's Counter work while flanking?

Dragon Magazine 399, under "Character Themes", introduces a power named "Guardian's Counter." This power is described as follows: You and the ally shift up to 2 squares as a free action, ...
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Can I apply the brutal property to Power Strike / Furious Assault?

Both Power Strike and Furious Assault add extra [W]'s of damage to an attack. If the weapon being used is Brutal, does the brutal property extend to the additional [W]'s added from these powers?
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When do you reach a 'milestone'?

The D&D 4th edition term 'milestone' isn't defined in the online D&D compendium, except that you gain an action point when it happens. When does a milestone occur? Has the definition changed ...
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What is a dice pool mechanic?

A very basic question, I know. What is a dice pool mechanic and how is it different from a roll vs. target number mechanic?

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