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Useless Opportunities in Cortex-Plus

I am getting ready to run the second session of my Leverage game. One thing I have noticed is that when the GM rolls a 1, it provides the players with an Opportunity. The only use I can find for an ...
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How do I implement a money-based economy?

Rogue Trader uses a "Profit Value" system, which treats wealth as another characteristic and to make a purchase you have to apply modifiers and make a percentile test against your PV. The point to ...
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How can I create a first level teenaged rogue?

A new member to my campaign wants to play as a teenager human character in D&D 3.5 The character is going to be a 15 year old rogue. I'm not sure how to build this character as I would assume a ...
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DnD 4e Books to get (errata? where to get?) [duplicate]

I have the DnD 4e red box, and some friends and I are keen to play more. I live in Belgium (Europe) and finding your gear here isn't all that easy. Most of the books sold online come from America. ...
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High Intelligence Paladin Build?

I'm looking to make a combat effective 'high' (14) Intelligence Paladin for Pathfinder Society. Any thoughts on class dips, archetypes and feats to make the build an effective one? The Paladin ...
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Telekinetic Psychic powers - Do they ignore armor/TB?

For example, Telekinetic crush (other powers already specify they work like regular projectiles)
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Can I skip reading the Red Box? [duplicate]

Can I play D&D 4e without reading the Red Box, as I already have the Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master's Guide?
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Pathfinder - crafting glasses?

I'm looking to acquire some kind of eyeware that I can put det mag on demand in. Something like a pair of glasses, a monocle, or--uh, dunno what to call this--like an eyepatch but with a lense (think ...
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97 views

How to continue d&d after the redbox [duplicate]

I had a question. I'm trying to get in to tabletop rpg games. I'm very new and the people that want to play with me are also very new. After some googling I stumbled on the D&D red box. This ...
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Ogryns & two-handed weapon wielding

Could an Ogryn use a regular two-handed weapon as a one handed weapon? For example, a chain axe. Besides, how do you know which melee weapons are one handed or two handed? There is no such category in ...
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When is it appropriate to use Ability checks over Skill checks?

For a quick example of the question posed; say there was a series of spiked mashers randomly coming down from the ceiling during combat between the PCs and monsters. Would the PC's be making dexterity ...
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How can I satisfy my RP desire of Knighthood?

I'm starting into Pathfinder Society and for once have an idea for a character that is mostly backstory instead of class-driven. More than likely cliche, but I would like to roleplay the idea of a ...
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Expeditious Retreat and Chameleon Mutagen

The Gnome Saboteur's Chameleon Mutagen gives them a climb speed = to 1/2 their base speed. So an increase to base speed would also increase their climb speed by half. However, Expeditious Retreat ...
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Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?

Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu? I have heard that it does, and I have also heard that it does not. Does it or not?
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What would it take for Pelor to abandon a paladin?

I am specifically running a D&D 4e game and am tossing around story ideas to incorporate an old character of mine as a guest star. A brief history of the character is that he is a dwarf who ...
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Does moving towards an enemy with a reach weapon provoke an attack of opportunity?

If a character is 10 ft. from an enemy wielding Reach weapon, does moving five feet closer into their threatened area provoke an attack of opportunity?
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Does the subject of a memory change when flooding in Freemarket?

In the game Freemarket, you have the ability to flood/bleed memories between characters. The only time this becomes ambiguous is when a memory is a first-person memory. Here's an example. Pretend my ...
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Why create a new settlement using Ultimate Campaign rules?

Me and my group and running the Kingmaker campaign. I'm GM'ing and they've asked me one very important question I've not been able to answer. Why should we create new settlements? Under the Ultimate ...
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1answer
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Can you use something before your burn it in a challenge in Freemarket?

On Freemarket page 29 it says you can burn resources to remove points from your opponent's hand. However, if tech or interface are reduced to zero, you can't use them until they are repaired or ...
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I am having trouble understanding Characters… [closed]

Hi guys as my first post. i am very new to DnD i have created a quest and a world filled it with 30 towns, i have sat for weeks on end designing a back story for each of my 5 group members and have ...
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1answer
109 views

How do I keep track of invisible/hidden targets

The upcoming fight which I am designing takes place in the sewers, with many twists and bends. 13th Age does not use a battle grid or count squares per se, but keep track of the distance combatants ...
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Eidolon attacks per round

I'm a new Pathfinder player and I have some problems in understanding the rules. I have a 1st level summoner with a biped eidolon. I understand that its claw attack is not an "iterative attack" (like ...
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Does the “Serpents of flame” standard sustain include the attack?

The Serpents of flame power is a daily with a standard attack and an opportunity action (both daily) The sustain for the effect (required for either action) is either a minor or a standard (the one ...
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2answers
670 views

Does damage resistance apply to a Blood Mage's self-inflicted damage?

A defining class feature for the Blood Mage paragon path is Bolstering Blood where, when you use a blood mage, daily, or encounter power that deals damage, ...you can, once per turn as a free ...
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What's a Solid Way to Strike up a Conversation With a LE Devil outsider without the Gate Spell?

My DM has allowed me to make a vampire / hexblade player character for our weekly game. Naturally, my character's motivations include betraying her old boss (vampire lord) and murdering him. Her back ...
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Size bonus to attack rolls?

I just read under Goblins that they get a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, then went and looked it up. Can anyone explain why they get that? I knew about a damage bonus for being huge (hitting harder), ...
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What kind of mat for a 1 inch grid is good?

I'm preparing a D&D campaign, and am unsure of what kind of materials I should use for the battle grid. At first I thought of using simple grid paper and to draw on it because I am good at ...
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407 views

Can a spell effect from a worn magic object be stolen by a Spellthief?

I'm playing a Spellthief, and the rules for stealing a spell effect say he could steal a spell effect (within certain limits) whenever he could do a sneak attack, instead of getting extra precision ...
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174 views

How would I simulate the multi stage fitness test? [closed]

How would I determine a score, per character, on this test? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-stage_fitness_test I would like to take the character's statistics and possibly a die roll and then ...
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1answer
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Can a Cleric use a wand that's of a Domain spell?

I was going over the specs for one of my potential characters and I love the spell Enlarge Person. It's insane. As a Cleric under Cayden Cailean, my character can use that spell, but a standard Cleric ...
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720 views

What if the GM knocks over the tower during a game of Dread?

In Dread, the status of the tower is pretty much the entire game. If it falls over accidentally, it really sort of ruins everything. Obviously the GM stays as far away from it as possible to avoid the ...
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1answer
503 views

What are the potential pitfalls and errors as a first time DM of a Dread Game?

I am getting ready to run my first session. We are going to run a game of Dread. I have read the Dread book and am planning on running the first published scenario. What kind of pitfalls should I be ...
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What Sorcerer guidelines have changed since printing?

I've seen a few references where Sorcerer play advice has changed since the rules were published, or where Ron Edwards refers to a section of text in the main books as unhelpful. How is Sorcerer play ...
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119 views

Managing complexity due to concrete-scale rules [closed]

We are rolling out an RPG system for the fun of it. However, recent tests have lead us to a rather unsolvable problem. In order to make single combat interesting and hopefully realistic, close-combat ...
8
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3answers
349 views

How to get a witch's hair to look like snakes?

I want make a witch (ideally white haired archetype) who's hair can attack and which appears to be made of snakes. With the hair being unlikely to hit and any illusion being likely to be broken by ...
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235 views

Where is the best place to introduce your own Pen&Paper System?

I am working on a tabletop RPG (SteamDICE) that uses lots of online integration (web-based and mobile devices), but to kick start the project to the next stage, we need supporters, backers and ...
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2answers
437 views

Enlarged Dragon Breath & Hurl Breath

While I am assuming that Hurl Breath would continue unchanged, does having the Enlarged Dragon Breath feat have any affect upon the AoE of Hurl Breath? The EDB was created first and thus wouldn't ...
2
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1answer
252 views

How does the Fighter damage experience bonus work for low-HP enemies?

In AD&D 2nd edition, fighters gain experience bonuses from damage they've done. Experience=(Damage/8)*10. Compared to rogues or mages that gain exp from spells, it's a lot less. My question is: ...
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How can I improve the social / mental combat system in Vampire: Requiem?

The Storytelling System has balanced traits, with power, finesse, and resistance attributes and skills for the physical, social and mental traits. Still, until recently only physical combat was ...
7
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1answer
633 views

What does it take to make a Masterwork Tool?

Here's an odd one that a friend and I couldn't agree on: How does one make a masterwork artisan tool? Specifically, what skill is used? The same skill that the tool will be used for? What about the ...
3
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1answer
830 views

Limits to changing via disguise self spell?

Would a disguise self spell* be sufficient for making prehensile hair appear as a bunch of (silent) snakes? "You make yourself [...] look different. [...] You cannot change your creature type ...
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5answers
687 views

How do you have interesting events happen after a success?

I know how to make failures interesting. Though recently I have a hard time making the events following a successful roll interesting. For instance, the party is exploring a tomb, where a trap is ...
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2answers
259 views

Take out enemies with hands (not fists)

Motivated by this D&D question, I was wondering what the options are in pathfinder for quickly (ideally <30 seconds up to perhaps 1 min, if quietly) take out an enemy not by using spells nor ...
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9answers
806 views

What makes a good pitch for a new game?

What should make up a pitch about a new game to a prospective group of players? What does a good RPG pitch entail? What should go into the case for why a game should be played (and why that GM is the ...
4
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2answers
243 views

How can I successfully integrate skill challenges without a grid in DnD 4e?

DnD 4e is based on tactical combat on a grid. Yet when I read the dungeon master's guide, I saw skill challenges for situations that don't seem to require a grid. For instance: Urban Chase. The ...
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9answers
5k views

What is 'railroading', and is it a bad thing?

What is 'railroading', and when is it generally considered to be something negative?
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2answers
237 views

Is publishing yet another RPG system a good or bad idea? [closed]

The situation is this: I recently designed an RPG system with a group of friends (a sort of mad-lib type system, an improv-type system where you can't say no but just take what the player and/or GM ...
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2answers
451 views

Where can I get a list of 4th edition D&D acronyms?

I'd like to have a simple reference sheet for this, as people will frequently reference sourcebooks with a simple acronym. Perhaps this question can be made into such a sheet. Most have been easy to ...
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1answer
198 views

Can two characters mark the same enemy?

Can my friend, who is a swordmage, and I, who am a battlemind, both have the same enemy marked at the same time? I tried to read the rules and look up the answer but I am pretty new at D&D so I ...
4
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1answer
492 views

Which number to use when using “hit dice” in ability calculations?

I've got a debate in my group about what numbers to use when "hit dice" or "racial hit dice" are to be used in a calculation. We are using D&D 3.5. For example, if calculating the damage of ...

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