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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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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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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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Guide to writing an RPG - Examples inline or at the end?

I am writing a guide on how to write a free RPG on my blog. The guide has a series of techniques and tips from inspiration to playtest. I have been writing an RPG as I go along as an example of using ...
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Need for a new template for Dresden Files RPG

One of my players has raised the question "Will there ever be a need for a new template in the dresden files rpg?" So far as I could tell there isn't anything that couldn't be expressed or am I ...
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Suggestions for how to simulate the players performing a robbery?

For our next session I'm considering making robbing an artifact from a noble the central event of the quest. However, I'm not quite sure how to go about this as I've never actually played or seen a ...
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What is important when choosing an RPG? [closed]

I am currently writing a guide to creating a free RPG and I would like to include a section on how to mould the game in such a way that would make it appealing to the general roleplaying public. What ...
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What do “Shadowfell” and “Underdark” mean?

English is not my primary language, as such I have some difficult trying to understand the actual meaning of some place names. Shadowfell is the place where "shadows (noun) fell (verb)", or is a ...
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Does Adept Dilettante modify an at-will's secondary attack?

If a half elf or bard takes riposte strike: Riposte Strike At-Will Martial, Weapon Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade. Target: One creature Attack: ...
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What do I need to make a campaign?

I am a sorta newbie DM (been playing for about 5 months) and I have a couple dungeons. So is that all I need to make a campaign? I have about 6-8 friends that I play with every week, but they are ...
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What's a good text only adventure game to improve my storytelling for DMing?

I've been trying to think of good ways to improve my narration of scenes when I can't actually practice firsthand with my group. On idea I had was to find some old text-only adventure/RPG games and ...
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Do I have to map out villages or outside areas?

Do I have to make a map of areas outside of my dungeons? For instance, a village or forest? Does the context of the Dungeon have to be mapped?
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Margin of Success on skill checks in The Dresden Files

Another week, another episode of our Dresden Files game. In this particular situation, the PCs were in a completely alien setting, and trying to get information. They were in the mind of a hedge ...
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Where can I find/buy/get a detailed output NPC generator tool (digital or paper)?

As a part of my on-going quest to be a better GM, I am looking for a tool, paper based or digital, that can generate solid NPCs rapidly. These could be used as one shots but I am looking primarily ...
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Exalted — stacking multiple types of armor

A character in my ongoing Exalted 2e game has an artifact chain shirt. Artifact chain shirts are described as being able to be worn under ordinary clothing (it has no mobility penalty or fatigue ...
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How do you keep players involved between their turns?

I've been running D&D Encounters for the last several seasons. One of the areas I would like to improve is keeping players involved and interacting with the scene when it's not their turn. When ...
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What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?

My party's encounters (D&D4e - 13th level) take on average 3-4 hours. We chit chat a lot and are pretty easily distracted, and it's not a huge deal because we're all having fun. But lately we've ...
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Would adding a Move-Attack-Move “basic combat power” to DnD 4e unbalance the game?

I've been thinking of adding a power to DnD4e as a basic maneuver that all players can do. I'm not certain yet if this power should be regulated to only BRA (Basic ranged attack) or if it's ok for it ...
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How to introduce item descriptions

One of the things that I dislike when running a session is how a great majority of the items are bland - a short sword is a short sword, a bow is a bow, an arrow is an arrow. After sitting on it for ...
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Are the victims of Wrathful Aspect spared if they are immune to Fear?

As Wrathful Aspect, a level 2 Hexblade Utility, is currently worded, it has the Fear keyword (along with Fire and Arcane). If a creature who were immune to Fear were to attack the Hexblade that has ...
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Required set of books for Serenity RPG?

So we're thinking of playing the Serenity RPG. It seems that the main rulebook is Big Damn Heroes. Do we need any other books to get started? In particular, do we require something like the Cortex ...
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Noncombat Characters in Combat?

So we played Dresden Files RPG, using a set of premade characters. One of these characters was an investigative paranormal detective type build, which worked extremely well (maybe too well?) in the ...
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How does __(Dexterity) vs. AC work?

I'm working through the new Red Box, and have ended up with a character with the at-will Bump And Run power. The attack is listed as __ (Dexterity) vs. AC Is this just a straight comparison of ...
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Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...
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What should be considered when trying to host a game outside of one's home?

I want to find a new group, but I haven't got the physical space in my small apartment to host gaming sessions. What tips do you have when playing e.g. at a cafe?
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Atmosphere of alienation and horror — halloween game

It is Halloween soon and I am planing to run a horror game featuring zombies. Lots of zombies. In fact, hordes of zombies. The setting is akin to Walking Dead than Shawn of the Dead and set in the ...
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What do the effects of these potions mean?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium there are a few healing potions. However, the text on their power is downright confusing, contradictory, and poorly written. Here is Potion of Cure Light ...
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Encouraging out-of-the-box thinking in combat encounters

I'm a GM currently running D&D 3.5. I try to think of situations that present the players with a number of possible solutions. The players, however, always resort to the same pattern of killing ...
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What happens if you wear armor that you don't have a feat for?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium, there are a bunch of new armor and armor types. It says that to wear these armors, you need to take special feats. What happens if a PC finds this armor as a ...
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Can a Berserking hero run away from enemies?

In savage worlds, the Berserk edge causes a hero to "attack with reckless abandon." He can also leave berserk by doing nothing on his turn (not even movement) and passing a smarts roll at -2. I'm ...
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How does throwing a grappling hook work in 4e?

I note, with some dismay, that a grappling hook exists as an item without any notes whatsoever. In the last room of Siege of Borodin's Watch, my scout decided to climb a thrown grappling hook to the ...
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Alternate Locust Crusades

I have an old copy of Time of Tumult that has the original writeup of the Locust Crusade. That chapter, of course, is crammed full of stuff, because it provides writeups for Alchemicals, talks about ...
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How difficult should hacking a computer or security system be with technokenesis?

The power, Technokenesis, allows control over electronic systems. However, the way the control is described is very odd: a car, driving itself, would have the steering wheel move. It has a strange ...
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Do marks apply to attacks that would benefit the marking party?

In our last session, there were, among the monsters, a defender and a vampire. The defender marked one of the PCs. After that, the vampire used an attack on this PC that commanded him to attack ...
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How do I create a sense of mystery about magic?

Magic in so many games is something mechanical and fully understood. Assuming I control the setting (and have a group of players willing to try new rules), how do I make magic something mysterious? ...
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Effective Light Armor Fighter?

In D&D 4e is it feasible to have an effective lightly armored fighter? I'd like to do a rapier wielder for aesthetics but I want to make sure the character can still fill the role of defender. ...
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Is that superior or partial cover?

Take the following diagram: . E . X X . X X . X X . X X . . A . Considering the Attacker has line of effect (like an arrow slit) to the Enemy. According to RC pg 219 on determining cover, lines ...
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How can I make an opponent flat-footed?

I'm playing a ninja in a 3.5 game right now. They have an ability that is like sneak attack, but only works when the opponent is denied their dex bonus, and not when simply flanking. I'm only first ...
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Do monsters get a second wind?

In the early adventure, Siege of Borodin's Watch I found this curious statement: If the militants are bloodied, they shift back and spend their second wind, jumping back into the thick of ...
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How many arrows an archer can carry/bring with him

What would be a realistic number of arrows an archer can have/carry/bring with him? Dozens or hundreds?
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In creating a monster what cautions should be taken?

The DDI Adventure Tools make it very easy to refluff or restat a monster in no time. Creating a monster is still easy, but can be difficult due to trying to not create an overpowered monster. Aside ...

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