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Tips for running a mystery in Burning Wheel

As part of an ongoing "Uncampaign" (organized group play of many different systems, to get a feel for new and current trends), I'll be running a Burning Wheel game this weekend. Having only run ...
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Roleplaying an addiction

In some games (Shadowrun for example), you can take a negative quality to balance your character in the form of addiction. I was considering either a Moderate or Severe Addiction negative quality for ...
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4e Skills in D&D 3.5?

One of my favorite facets of 4e is the new simplified skill system, particularly the reduced skill lists. Stealth vs Hide and Move Silently. Athletics vs Jump and Climb Is there a set of rules ...
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Can a creature make a diagonal attack on the other side of a secret door?

I'm not quite sure how to resolve combat around a secret door. I guess it must be like a normal door, but I wonder. Take this example: Red Circle is directly next to an open secret door, and Blue ...
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How compatible are D&D 4th Edition and Essentials? Can you use Essentials encounters with 4th edition characters?

I've seen posts about how (un)convertable D&D Essentials characters are to 4th edition. This is a question about monsters/encounters/adventures. People have been raving about the Essentials ...
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Are there any guides for hacking DND4E files?

The offline Character Builder had some houseruling support, but it was somewhat limited and the new online Character Builder has even less. Even if you have a fully legal character, some powers, ...
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What rules govern group skill checks?

A number of published adventures mention rolling a "group stealth check" and other group checks where, theoretically, a proportion of the players try to beat the DC. Are there formal rules for this, ...
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How can I introduce epic destinies earlier?

How can I introduce epic destines earlier in the game, preferably in the first few levels? I'm mostly looking for some way to justify time some foreshadowing while have a nice mechanical resonance to ...
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Can a prone ally be used to flank an enemy?

If a prone ally is on the opposite side of a creature than another standing ally, does the prone ally allow the standing ally to gain combat advantage? Can the prone ally also gain combat advantage ...
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Can the Sorcerer use 'Lightning Shift' while prone?

Lightning Shift is a 6th Level Sorcerer Utility Encounter Power that is a move action. Effect: You shift your speed. You ignore difficult terrain during the shift. If the sorcerer is ...
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When a creature is prone, can it make opportunity attacks?

If a creature is knocked prone, can it still make opportunity attacks?
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How do you leave the Hedge?

How do you get out of the Hedge? To quote the core rule book: To escape the Hedge, a changeling either needs to find an active (not necessarily open) gateway, or find a suitable door, ...
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Must you not use Monk Unarmed Strike, to take the bonus from Iron Parry?

NOTE: I recently posed this question to Wizards Customer Support, and thought I'd share with the community. This came up when the offline Character Builder appeared to be mishandling the AC bonus of ...
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Question regarding Sneak of Shadows feat

My question is when you use the multiclass feat Sneak of Shadows for the 1/encounter sneak attack damage, does it increase by tier like the rogue class feature Sneak Attack, Heroic: 2d6, Paragon: 3d6; ...
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What are your play experiences with The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men? [closed]

I'm going to run a session or two of The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men for my wife and kids. We're all experienced roleplayers, but we haven't tried this system before. What kinds of adventures have ...
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Where would Teleportation Circles be in Forgotten Realms?

Long range teleportation in D&D 4e seems to work by teleportation circles Linked Portal Reverse Portal Planar Portal However the book says nothing about where these portals might appear. ...
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Ylraphon - Forgotten Realms - Anyone have info?

Does anyone know of specifics about the city of Ylraphon in the Forgotten Realms, beside the info in "The City of Ravens Bluff"? Any websites that are up to date with some good content?
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Are Transmutation spells lost after dismissing or casting Alter Self

The description of transmutation spells is Transmutation spells change the properties of some creature, thing, or condition. So if a transmutation spell was cast after an alter self, and then ...
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What are the changes in the third edition in Earthdawn?

I like Earthdawn and own the second-edition rulebooks from Living Room Games. There seems to be a third edition. Is it worth it to buy these books too? To answer this question for me, I want to know ...
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How often per Day can the Living Missile Attack power be used?

The Effect line of the Living Missile power card reads: While the target is immobilized or slowed by this power, you can use the Living Missile Attack power once per round. The Requirement line ...
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When does a mount get healing?

In one game I'm currently playing, I have a Riding Horse which has just taken damage as part of an aura. This helped me to better realize that the horse is indeed a creature - not just a piece of ...
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Does Dimensional Scramble's teleport take effect before or after triggered actions?

Scenario - A Psion attacks a creature with Dimensional Scramble, doing enough damage to kill the creature. The creature has an effect which triggers upon the creature's death. Did the teleport ...
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Can Nymphs use shields?

Can Nymphs use shields in Mazes & Minotaurs? For other classes, it's explicitly states which items cannot be used. For Nymphs it only says: "Nymphs may never wear any kind of armor, as it ...
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What are the Twitter Buffs for D&D Encounters, and how do they work?

I take part in a weekly D&D Encounters program and the question often comes up. What are the "Twitter Buffs", and this is quickly followed by "how do they work"?
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Can a player use tactical movement if “engaged”?

If a player is "engaged", ie was hit in combat last round, can they still use tactical movement? There is mention in the rules that they cannot retreat, doesn't retreating imply full movement only?
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Can a character in the middle of a move action alter his movement based on a change in his surroundings?

For example: A player (speed 6) moves two squares towards a human bandit (pg. 162 MM) becoming adjacent to him, then proceeds to move around him to the right, provoking an opportunity attack. The ...
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Creating and researching new spells in Shadowrun

This is a two part related question: The combat spells in Shadowrun cover fire, electric and acid elemental attacks, but not cold elemental attacks. Considering that the direct-attack spells all ...
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Most effective ritual caster class?

What class is the most effective/cost efficient for casting rituals in D&D 4e?
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Does the DM tell the players when a skill check can be used in a conversation?

Often times in adventures the players can make a skill check during conversation to learn some important information. Does the DM tell the players or otherwise give them a hint that a particular ...
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Is it necessary to maintain Line of Effect for the Dominated condition?

The dominatedDDI condition states that the controller can chose one action for the dominated creature to take each turn. Is there anything that can prevent that control from taking place other than ...
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What are good techniques for resurrecting a stalled campaign?

We had a really good play-by-post game going for a while, but now it has seemed to stall. I've talked with the member who seems to be most responsible for stalling the game, and he still shows ...
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Is anyone playing Mazes & Minotaurs?

I discovered Mazes & Minotaurs just days ago, and am extremely impressed. Why is the community so small? For a game allegedly created prior to D&D, with such a simple rule system, why does a ...
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What's the youngest age to play D&D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs? Hi there, I have four kids aged 11-6. I used to play D&D when in my teams and loved it, and would like to introduce ...
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Can you move and use magic in the same round?

The players handbook mentions you move in the 3rd phase, and that magic is a full round action or combat action. There's no phase dedicated to magic, when does it occur, can you move in the same ...
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What Do I Need to Know to Run a Mountaineering Adventure on Nanga Parbat in 1970?

The PCs in my game are going to climb Nanga Parbat to chase down some ancient evil put there by Merkl's 1934 expedition. What was the political situation in Pakistan in 1970? How did mountaineering ...
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Treasure and Thieves

Thieves get experience from treasure acquired, but there's no mention of whether thieves have to share treasure, and there doesn't appear to be any motivation to retain treasure (except the magical ...
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What do I need to play Lamentations of the Flame Princess?

There are many, many PDFs for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. I'm confused! And the website doesn't help. What do I need? There doesn't seem to be a central book. What's the minimum I need to ...
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Winged special ability in RM&M

How does the Winged special ability effect melee combat in Revised Mazes & Minotaurs? Where is it mentioned in the rules?
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Single Player Games [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do solo, non-computer, RPG's exist, and if yes, which are good? Are there any single player RPGs?
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I'm running a demo Esoterrorists game later this week; what resources do I need to prepare?

This weekend, I'm running my first game (and a demo) of Esoterrorists. What resources do I need in order to prepare? Potential resources include: A really effective demo scenario that is engaging ...
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How to create a D&D4 Drizz't Do'Urden?

I am thinking about bringing in Drizz't Do'Urden as a PC in a future campaign. We'll be starting at 14th level. I'm not too worried about the story, I'll figure that out later. I'm just starting to ...
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What about character death should be included in a social contract?

For a D&D (4e, primarily) game what about player-character death should be included in a group's social contract? What are some options for best reaching consensus about the possibility of death ...
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What is the D&D 4E encounter system?

In answering a question on applying old-school rules to 4E, R.S. Conley suggests "Not use the encounter system. Just set up a region sandbox style and what the player find they have to deal with" I ...
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Does Reverent Mettle affect the entire area of effect?

Reverent Mettle Trigger: An ally within 5 squares of you takes damage from an attack. Effect: Reduce the triggering attack's damage by 5 + your Cha modifier. Special: When you use ...
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Where are the rules for summoned creatures?

In the PHB1, summoned creatures are very clearly defined in the power descriptions that summon them. In the PHB2, particularly the Invoker powers, I find many summons such as Angel of Fire that do ...
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How do I catch a Player Character up to the rest of the group after returning from an extended hiatus?

This is somewhat similar to "How do you deal with missing players?", but I'm looking to address slightly different issues. Also, this query is about longer breaks than the one or two sessions ...
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Do “On Critical Strike” effects continue to chain off of each other?

I'm currently playing an epic level barbarian. I have a number of abilities that allow me to attack as a free action after I critically hit someone. I've even gone to the length of making a flow chart ...
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Where does the word 'grognard' come from?

I see many people online describing themselves as grognards of a particular system or style of play. Usually they're referring to their die-hard love of an out of print version of a game. But where ...
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Can a creature use an immediate interrupt power and an opportunity attack in the same round?

Can one creature or character use both an immediate interrupt and an opportunity attack in the same round, or are they mutually exclusive actions?
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Skill Checks in 4e — specific help

For the purposes of this question, please assume that I have four characters in play. They all have "Acrobatics" skill. They are 1st, 5th, 10th, and 15th levels respectively. They are in a bar and ...

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