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short campaign with well defined characters

I am about to leave my home country and since I haven't been playing any RPG recently, I would like to play for the last time with my friends. I don't really have much time to prepare a game of my ...
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How do I switch from combat-based play to roleplay-included play in D&D?

I have played a few RP games at this point, but the vast majority of the gaming i have done has been my solo (read: playing several char's at once but being the only player) campaigns Brian ...
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What programming languages are used in Shadowrun?

I'm looking for Shadowrun 4E fluff information on programming languages. What are the names of canon programming languages in 4E? C+++? SuperPython? etc? Please let me know where in what book you find ...
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Near future in GURPS

I am gearing up to run a small GURPS campaign. Technologically, the game is set in the near future. I would like a book detailing weapons, medicine, transportation, etc. It's certainly possible to ...
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Medieval Medicine in a Fantasy Setting?

In a fantasy game, I'd like to make less use of magic healing - making it something special (magical even ;) ) - and instead have the characters see doctors/surgeons, often leaving them a little worse ...
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What were the stats on the original Oso la Fez?

I keep reading that it was amazing, fun, and completely unbalanced. But nowhere can I find the actual rules for it. The current one in the character builder on the Wizards site is pretty ...
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146 views

Considerations in choosing Praxis scales

I'm giving Shock: Social Science Fiction my first whirl next week. I think I've got a good handle on the system and the type of game it's designed to create, and I'm very excited, but there's one ...
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A spell stacking question

I've a couple of questions regarding stacking multiple area effect spells: Does Celestial Brilliance spell (BoED p94) stack with itself? That is, if two instances of this spell are cast and an evil ...
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Order of effects on hit

The Invoker power "Rain of Blood" (Divine Power) says: Hit: 2d6 + Wisdom modifier damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 to all damage until the end of your next turn. Does the vulnerable 5 ...
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Passing out from damage in Cortex

The Cortex rules (generic rules) say: When your character's damage… is greater than his Life Points, he risks falling unconscious. Roll Endurance against an Average Difficulty…. Every turn ...
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How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?

I'm looking for a formula that can calculate the average damage of a power. Specifically, the Ranger at-will power Twin Strike. This is a bit more complicated, since it's two attacks. Furthermore, ...
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How to kill yourself in 4e?

Warning: spoiler about P2: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens. The following explains why I want rules on killing yourself, but isn't critical to the question (with the edit), so don't read it if you will ...
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How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?

Stormwarden: Blade Storm (11th level): As long as you are armed with a melee weapon and are capable of making an opportunity attack, one adjacent enemy (your choice) takes damage equal to your ...
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What are good techniques to adapt module maps to 3D terrain and/or 2D tilesets?

This is slightly related to How to Use Module Maps but instead of being about how to adapt published small maps to 1" scale or using playmats, I'm interested in technique for adapting to pre-published ...
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1answer
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Do heroes need to spend hero points on advantages and backgrounds gained when using the Destiny Spread?

The 7th Sea nation books introduced the "Destiny Spread"... A way of generating a set of random advantages, backgrounds, and arcana to build a character around. The rules have this to say, regarding ...
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Dresden Files Rote Spell Rolls

Lets say I have a rote spell set up with 4 shifts for a straight attack. Because it's a rote spell I don't have to make a 4 on my discipline roll, but I still role the discipline for the attack. ...
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+1 from Versatile Weapons

Should be an easy question: if you use a versatile weapon with two hands, it adds +1 to damage. Does it work like Brutal, where it is dependent on the number of dice, or is it a straight +1? In ...
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Help Identify a Medieval City

This is a fictional city. What I need help with is finding a medieval city that has roughly the same shape. I want to get a sense of the surrounding geography in order to create my regional map around ...
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3answers
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What is a good source for non-fantasy floor plans?

I run a lot of of modern and science fiction RPGs (Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, Eclipse Phase, nWod and the like) and I have found that actual, printed floorplans for locations can really enhance play ...
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744 views

How should treasure parcels be adjusted to account for permanent character death in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

In a D&D game I play, the party has had a 200% character turnover rate due to character death at low levels. Spawning at higher levels provides the incoming players with gear appropriate to their ...
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1answer
580 views

Dresden Files Evocation question

This is my first time playing The Dresden Files RPG so I'm trying to figure things out. In the book, it states that to do an evocation you can put in a number of shifts (x) which makes the attack ...
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1answer
635 views

Removing bad rolls from a d20

A friend of mine thinks it's possible to remove "bad" d20 rolls by exhausting them - continuously rolling the dice during the game, leaving only good rolls. It appears true - he seems to roll an ...
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Why is a brutal 3 vorpal scythe called “Death's Scythe”?

The title is essentially my question. I have heard the weapon called that before, but i am curious as to both the why, and as to the origin of this term and the concept of the weapon.
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Pyromancy Master, extendable zones, and the Architect's Staff

Pyromancy Master: When you use an area or close arcane fire attack power that is not already a zone, the area of the attack becomes a zone that lasts until the end of your next turn. Creatures ...
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How to use social skills versus player characters

If the game system in use supports a mechanical modelling of social knack (like D&D's Bluff, Intimidate and Diplomacy skills), and the player who is subject of the social attack doesn't play his ...
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901 views

Catching falling characters

In my experience, whenever a character falls because of a pit trap or a botched climb check there is always at least one player that that tries to catch them. I can't seem to find any specific rulings ...
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Minimum intelligence for thief in AD&D 1st edition

The Player's Handbook mentions that high intelligence is very important for a thief, but Intelligence Table I does not list a minimum value for a thief, only for an assassin. Is there a minimum ...
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In D&D 4E, Changelings can keep other forms when sleeping?

Well, I did not find anywhere a rule against it. Am I right in assuming that they can maintain their alternate form when they sleep?
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1answer
419 views

What magic items are there to capture or restrain someone?

I'm looking for items to specifically address the strengths and weaknesses of the PC's. For example, our wizard who has lots of teleport spells will be restrained with Dimensional Shackles. How can ...
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1answer
291 views

What constitutes “closer” on a map of squares?

This answer makes it clear that each pull must result in the enemy moving closer to the puller. But on a square grid, don't you count each edge that must be crossed as a unit of distance? For example: ...
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Are the new “Heroes of X” books part of the essentials line?

I noticed that there are two new charachter books out. Heroes of Shadow and Heroes of the Feywild Are these two books part of the Essentials line? Have they stopped differentiating between ...
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478 views

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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2answers
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What monster tokens are these?

Here is a snap shot of some monsters that I found while being bored today. I couldn't identify what the monsters were (sort of). the monster on the top left marked (3) turns out to be a "Vampire ...
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1answer
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Can you pull an enemy from an adjacent square to another adjacent square?

Some background. I Recently leveled up my Weaponmaster to L7. I took the power "Come and Get It." It allows me to pull anything in a burst 3 up to 2 squares and then try to hit them with my giant ...
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1answer
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Swarms' limited immunity to OAs

According to RAW for swarms, A swarm can enter or move through an enemy’s space; this movement does not provoke opportunity actions. I assume "pass through" in this case means "move into and out ...
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1answer
588 views

Stats for a Sorcerer King in 4E's Dark Sun?

I am in the middle of building a campaign and part of it takes place in the Athas. I am wanting to present the party with an actual threat towards the end of their stay in the hellacious world of Dark ...
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2answers
537 views

Why use “creative commons” for RPG material?

Why would you use Creative Commons instead of another licensing method for your authored RPG material? Do you know of successful and unsuccessful companies that have used CC that would be willing to ...
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424 views

Spell to change the appearance of minions?

In old-school DnD, what spell would a wizard (or illusionist) use to change the appearance of his minions? For example, if a wizard had a bunch of bugbear henchmen, what spell would she cast to make ...
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1answer
311 views

How can I balance an encounter with reinforcements?

I've been planning encounters that come in two parts or have reinforcements recently, and it occurs to me that reinforcements don't have the same effect on an encounter as if they were there from the ...
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1answer
154 views

What are common sizes for zones in the heroic tier?

My wife wants to make some area markers for zones and such that powers create. She has a bunch of burst 1 powers at the moment. Before she starts making them she wants to know what other sizes she ...
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1answer
180 views

Can the Zephyr Blade's Storm Dance Strike be used against an enemy that has forced movement?

The Battlemind has a Paragon path called Zephyr Blade that has a Daily power called Storm Dance Strike. Storm Dance Strike allows the Battlemind to enter into a stance that allows for an Opportunity ...
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2answers
446 views

How can I improve my ability to react to spontaneous events in Star Wars: Saga Edition?

I like the spontaneousness of being the DM. My players can surprise me with "Hey, I am gonna throw grenades and detonators to blow up the reactor of a capital ship." and they pass the skills checks. ...
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2answers
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Does an opportunity attack that stuns prevent the movement?

If I make an opportunity attack with some combination of riders that will cause a hit to stun (or if the victim has already taken some action, daze) can the target of my attack continue their ...
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4answers
562 views

What's a Denver accent sound like? [closed]

For a couple of Shadowrun sessions coming up, I'm going to be playing an NPC from the Mile-High City. She's an inexperienced ork fixer, low-class background, brought up among shadowrunners. I want to ...
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2answers
517 views

How can I enhance Hand of Radiance?

I'm pondering an epic level half-elf defender whose core feature is the power Hand of Radiance. How can I enhance Hand of Radiance to be more controllery: enabling slowing, sliding, or any other ...
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1answer
554 views

Forced/involuntary movement and OAs

The basics: Moving away from a threatened square provokes an Opportunity Action. The wrinkles: Certain forms of voluntary movement (shifts, teleports) specifically do not provoke OAs. Being pushed, ...
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Which RPGs primarily reward roleplaying your character?

In what games (either in-print or out-of-print) are the rewards for playing your character's role or depicting your character's behavior the primary means of character advancement, as opposed to ...
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1answer
181 views

Materials for a post War of the Lance campaign

Soon we will be starting a DragonLance campaign, and we have settled on the post War of Lance, around a year after the official end of the war. The problem I have is that there are barely any ...
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5answers
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How real are illusions?

The PCs this week tried to do something that stumped me this week, though I am sure this question has been asked before. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the PCs decided that they would cast an ...
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1answer
225 views

Does the Rod of Dread's critical property add the fear keyword to powers?

Rod of Dread: Enhancement: +6 attack rolls and damage rolls Critical: (Fear) The target is dazed until the end of your next turn. Power (Daily * Fear): Free Action. Trigger: You attack ...

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