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Is there any system for translating AD&D type encounters to 4e?

I would very much like to run a party of people through the TPK machine that is the original Tomb of Horrors. However, while I'd like to keep the balance and toughness that made this first entry so ...
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Do damage modifiers affect the damage dealt by a sustainable zone?

A player's wizard that I DM for has picked up the Ice Sceptor from the Cairn of the Winter King adventure. The Ice Sceptor has the following property: Property: You gain a +2 item bonus to the ...
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Transplanting Fortitude Trappings to Other Skills

Presence, Conviction, and Endurance all have a Fortitude trapping that indicates how many stress boxes the character has on the appropriate track, i.e. Conviction has Mental Fortitude that affects the ...
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When do characters get numbered powers from themes? Is this a bug in Character Builder?

I'm running a D&D 4e game and we us the Character Builder exclusively to manage our character sheets & powers. My party members all have themes, and they all just made 2nd level - but their ...
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Pitfalls in using Feats as a Reward System

I'm planning a fairly non-traditional campaign, in a completely custom setting (still high-fantasy, but slightly more modern). While in this campaign, I have certain events that I've planned to ...
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What are the implications of the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat?

What exactly are the implications of this feat? Do the item enhancement bonuses from two implements stack? Do the properties/critical bonuses stack? Is there a 'catch' at all with this feat?
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Using a Magic Item as an Edge Pre-requisite

Can a character take an Edge with an Advance that uses an Edge they got from a Magic Item as a pre requisite. For Example say I had a "Gum Shield of Frenzy" could I get Improved Frenzy.
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Campaign is on hiatus. How do I keep it on life support?

My regular campaign has ground to a halt due to scheduling problems. At this point, we don't really know how long it will be until we play again. Everyone is still interested, at least for now. Is ...
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Does World Serpent's Grasp trigger against a restrained opponent?

World Serpents Grasp Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone Restrained you are immobilized (among others) The DM maintains that WSG does not ...
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How do I avoid Paranoia Combat in Exalted?

Paranoia combat reduces Exalted combat to a solved problem: Paranoia Combat" is largely the brainchild of Jon Chung, a poster on rpg.net. You can see some of the basic implementations (and ...
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How to use a Minigun effectively

So Shadowrun has a number of machine guns and assault cannons, but we still have the iconic minigun variant that allows us to shoot red hot death-lead at things. However, our resident heavy weapons ...
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When should I allow Intimidate checks to rout enemies in 4e?

I know that in 4th edition, you're allowed to make an Intimidate check against a bloodied enemy to send it running. As far as I've seen in the rules, there doesn't seem to be any real limitation ...
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Ubiquity: Best method to excitingly adjudicate the effects of Persuasion (Con/Diplomacy)

In Pulp Adventure games using the Ubiquity Roleplaying System what is an effective method to add tension, and ensure consistency in applying results, when handling social interactions based on Con and ...
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How are damage rolls defined?

I play a warlord with Warlord's Strike Warlord Attack 3 One convincing cut is all you need to reveal the enemy’s weakness and spur your allies into finishing him off. Encounter ...
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Attack roll bonus for Orb implement?

I made a Psion class with the Dungeon's and Dragon's Character Builder for level 2. It is showing on all of my special moves that the prof bonus from my non magical orb as +6. Is this right? Should I ...
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Where can I get a copy of Monsters of Myth? [closed]

I was wondering where I could get a softcover copy of the OSRIC book, Monsters of Myth. Any help would be great.
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What counts as a target for the purposes of 'Simple Animation?

The 2nd level Wizard Utility 'Simple Animation' has the following specification: Target: One Medium or smaller object that is not fastened in place or held by a creature Effect: The target ...
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D&D 4e Required Forced Movement

I just started getting into forced movement in D&D 4e, and I have a couple of questions: Is forced movement required to take place? IE As the attacker can you opt not to enact the forced ...
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Swift Attack vs Full Attack

When a character with Swift Attack parries, then counterattacks, killing an opponent attacking with a Full Attack (getting two attacks), does the opponent's second attack still 'go off'? A kroot with ...
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What effects can hit a phasing creature in a nonmagical wall square?

In a recent battle I was Dming, the party was fighting against Wraiths (in the Madness at Gardmore Abbey adventure). Wraiths have phasing and thus can fly into and through walls, so the players and I ...
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Close Blast Targeting Options

The Rules Compendium (and Player's Handbook) provides two examples of how to use a Close Blast 3. and Where w is the wizard casting Thunderwave (for example). These are the options my group has ...
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If I'm dazed do I forget to attack after charging?

I know if my first action of a turn is Charge, then Daze will not stop the charge. What happens if Daze is the second action of the turn? Can Daze stop the Charge then ? Sequence of events: I do a ...
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Is there a documented penalty for firing into Melee?

For example, I've got a goblin using Ranged Shot against a party member who is engaged with another goblin. The Ranged Shot action doesn't say that the target cannot be engaged (it says "not engaged ...
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Warhammer FRP 3rd Ed - Organizing the Action Cards

I just got WFRP 3E. Mostly to play with my kids. That said, I bought a used set, and the cards were not organized in any way I could discern. At present, the organization level is that I've pulled out ...
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How do DM's avoid burning out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I deal with GM burnout? Currently I am the single DM of a smallish group of irregular players. Although I enjoy DM'ing, I'm beginning to burn out and really wish ...
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What kinds of player contributions work well and under what circumstances?

Introduction In Amber diceless roleplaying game players get extra points for building their characters by committing to player contributions, such as: Writing a diary, writing game reports, drawing ...
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What is a good support class for a Drow Hunter?

This is a conintuation of my other question: How do I run a single player 4e essentials game? Drow Hunter Which class would be a better supporting NPC for a Drow Hunter PC. A half-elf (half ...
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What is the the damage die of a punch or kick?

Probably an easy question but I could not find the answer for it anywhere. Our group have the Heroes of Fallen X books, the Dungeon Master Kit and the Monster Vault and although the DMK says that you ...
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What is the name of the default D&D world containing the Nentir Vale?

The 4E essentials rules compendium describes the Nentir Vale as a region of the Dungeons and Dragons world, but it does not mention the name of the world. Does it have a name?
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Can a high charisma/social score save you from acting like a bastard?

I'm talking about PC.-vs.-NPC interaction; presumably, PC-PC interaction ignores 'social score' almost always (although counterexamples may exist). This has been a real life 'issue' in one of my ...
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How can adversarial game mechanics be added to a game?

Some systems have the concept of an adversarial relationship between the game master and the players. These games typically have a series of mechanics to enforce this behavior and prevent one side ...
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Do overlapping damaging zones stack?

We know penalties from zones do not stack, but the rules appear to be silent about overlapping damaging effects. If I'm in two zones that each do 15 fire damage, how much damage do I take?
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I really like Road of Knives. Are there any rulesets that would make this game more complex?

Road of Knives is a "battle blog" wherein Zak Smith, Shawn Cheng, and other artists take turns drawing monsters fighting each other. from the website, Road of Knives I'm looking for ...
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Are there any good paleolithic rpgs? [closed]

I'm looking for an rpg that is basically about hunting/gathering, and surviving as a tribe. Mostly for mechanical ideas. Has anyone ever tried/heard of such a game? How does it work? Who makes it? Is ...
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Fending off phase spiders in 3.5

You're in a dungeon filled with phase spiders. They can ethereal jaunt in as a free action, bite you with their hideous poison dripping mandible of doom, and slip back to the ethereal plane as a move ...
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Exalted - Sidereal Dice Cap

Sidereal Exalted, in 2nd edition Exalted, don't appear to have a clear cap on the number of dice they can add to their pools with charms. The section on Excellencies is only moderately clear -- they ...
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How can I get a good background on the Warhammer 40K universe?

I have never played the Warhammer 40k minis game, but have come into tangential contact with it over the years. Now that there are 40k video games, I'm trying to get into it. But the problem is that ...
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Rogue Trader: Are new characters considered “trained” in starting skills?

When I made a character for Dark Heresy (many moons ago) I believe that the starting skills listed with the career path were all considered 'trained'. This idea was reinforced by the fact that they ...
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Use of Inquiry skill to find clues at a crime scene?

So, the Inquiry skill in Dark Heresy reads as if it is primarily used to question people. However, in the Inquisitor's handbook, under the expanded definition for Awareness, the example refers to ...
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How is threat determined in Dark Heresy?

In Dark Heresy, you can gain a bonus to your melee attacks if you outnumber an opponent two to one or three to one. Are opponents threatened if a player is next to them or do they have to have ...
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What happens if a Troll Vinespeaker would be reduced to less than 0 hitpoints?

We recently fought a Troll Vinespeaker in our DnD 4e campaign. These was some controvery over whether we could reduce the troll to less than 0 hit points to keep it from getting up the next turn, via ...
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Do Dragons lose a stored breath weapon when bloodied

In 4th Monster Manual, the Dragons all have an ability that recharges their breath weapon and has them use it interrupting flow of combat. Does this use expend any charge they may have built up before ...
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If a battlemind and her cleric companion are the target of two attacks by a Yuan-ti Anathema, and the battlemind uses lightning rush, what happens?

Situation: a near-epic Battlemind and her Cleric friend are standing adjacent to each other, 3 squares away from a Yuan-ti Anathema with no intervening cover or interesting fiddly bits. The anathema ...
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Rose King's Shield temp HP does it stack?

I am using a Elf Swordmage at the moment, and have given him a feat called Rose King's Shield Prerequisite: Avenger or Swordmage, proficiency with longsword Benefit: You gain a +2 feat bonus to ...
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What game systems determine skill levels only through use?

Is there a table top game similar to the video game Dungeon Siege where you don't really pick a class but what you become depends on what you do? You cast magic your magic skill increases, you beat ...
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Do burst powers affect the square you occupy?

I have a tiny creature occupying the same square as an enemy medium sized opponent. If I use a power with close blast targeting, would it affect the enemy in my square?
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How can acrobatics be used to move through an enemy occupied square?

According to the AcrobaticsDDI skill you can use an Acrobatic Stunt to "somersault over an opponent", amongst other things . It gives a base DC of 15, and "the DM sets the DC based on the complexity ...
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How does disarming a monster affect its statistics?

The disarm maneuver has almost totally disappeared from D&D 4th edition. However, at least one Fighter power - Exorcism of Steel - allows it. Exorcism of Steel - Fighter Attack 17 You make a ...
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Can a dead rat deserter make psion attacks through shaped consciousness while transformed?

This question looks to explore the relative priority of wording. Dead Rat Deserter is a character theme which allows a character to transform into a tiny rat. This rat cannot make attacks as per the ...
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Can a pixie shift under a medium creature's legs?

What are the rules for occupying the same square as an enemy while tiny? There are provisions to occupy the same square for allies, and a feat that enhances it (here) and a 11th level pixie feat that ...

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