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How do I run a maze scenario without using a map?

Inspired by a question on another site, what's the best way to add a labyrinth to an adventure scenario without making the challenges contingent upon player skill at mapping or navigation? I'd like ...
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Do creatures take falling damage after Hurl Into Heaven?

Hurl Into Heaven allows you to fling a creature 5 to 50 feet into the air, where it will remain until the start of your next turn. At that point, "the target drops to the ground ... taking 3d10 + ...
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Do certain powers gain or lose keywords depending on usage?

Blazing Starfall is a Sorcerer power that, in its power description, includes the Fire keyword. However, the Fire keyword is apparently inherited from a zone effect that is only available when the ...
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Are there any references for the night sky of Toril?

Where can I find details about the constellations and night sky characteristics of Toril? Is this information presented in any of the released books?
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4e Essentials and mounted combat

I'm creating a fighter for a 4e D&D Essentials game. I'd like to model him after a European medieval knight, but a knight is less than complete without a good horse. What are the rules for a ...
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Backstabbing multiple times on the same opponent?

Can a thief backstab twice if the opponent is otherwise occupied? Scenario: Big Bob the fighter has engaged an Ogre in combat. Sneaky the thief moves silently to get behind the ogre and ...
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How far do you go with custom rules before you have a new game?

We are working on a setting with low magic for Pathfinder, and we initially started out on creating lots of custom rules to go with that. However we found that the more rules we created, the more we ...
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Where can I find the Restricted Gear quality in Shadowrun?

I had a player once who used a quality called Restricted Gear (I think), which let him spend extra character points to purchase one item which was above the normal availability limit for a starting ...
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Does the damage caused by Wall of Fire get the implement bonus when a creature walks into it?

Our wizard cast a Wall Of Fire which is an implement power. Does the damage that is caused when a creature starts their turn adjacent to or in the wall of fire get to add the implement's ...
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Have there been any games specifically designed in response to Edwards' “Big Model”?

Love it or hate it, the Big Model (and the GNS theory that is the root of the model) has become a part of the RPG landscape. As a frequent GM, I actually find the model useful for thinking through ...
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Looking for Group in RPG-deprived cities [closed]

I live in Santiago de Chile. RPG resources here are -to my knowledge- few and far between. AFAIK there's one single shop selling RPG dice, the rest of the bookstores having dwindled and waned their ...
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How can I adapt Gumshoe for a charity game?

At IndieCon, a local convention, we're going to run games for charity. I'd like to adapt GUMSHOE as a charity game. That is, I'd like people to be able to pay money for specific game-mechanical ...
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What is a Gremlin?

What is a Gremlin? Is there a conventional, standard-issue portrayal of Gremlins in fantasy settings, much like there is for Dwarves, Elves or Orcs? What games include portrayals of Gremlins?
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Is there a high limit on how high the Tenser's Floating Disk will fly?

Is there a high limit on how high the disk will fly? If i'm on it and use a move action to go "UP" how far will it go before it refuses to go any farther? I did not see any mention of high limits ...
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How much (if any) force does Tenser's Floating Disk transfer to ground?

One question here is asking "What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?". The query seems aimed at using levitative powers or effects on whatever object the Disk is floating above. Since ...
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What is best practice for auditioning a prospective new player?

Continuing on this question how is the best way to set up an auditioning session? What gamewise should you do differently? What are the expectations on the group and the potential new person? What is ...
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What system to run a Byronic Fantasy?

I want to run a game, but I actually, for once, don't have a system in mind. I'm looking for a good system, rules light to minimalist. Please recommend one, including why that system can best match ...
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Specific Items In A Group Social Contract?

Some gaming groups actually do a formal social contract, wherein they explicitly set some of the expectations and rules for the gaming group. What items should a group considering doing a social ...
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Where can I find desert random encounter tables?

The players in my Greyhawk campaign are about to enter the Bright Desert, and I'd like to use some desert-specific random encounter tables — does anyone have anything suitable? Edition is irrelevant, ...
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Where can I find miniatures for AD&D monsters?

This is a follow-on to this question. I am looking specifically for only monster, not character or NPC, miniatures from the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, ...
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How does a DM define a Skill Check value?

When a DM says make a skill check, how do they decide what value they need to beat?
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How can I judge rarity of monsters?

One of the things I like about 4e is the scalability of monsters. If I say, for example, that kobolds are common I can then make then the most common monster for encounters for quite a few levels. ...
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Do any editions of DnD have race/monster stats for Moggs?

I always liked including a variety of sub races or demographics for the major nations and races in my games. I'd always wanted more variety to goblins; not goblin-oids (Bugbears/Hobgoblins) but plain ...
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Making Sanity/Stability rules for gods more interesting

In Trail of Cthulhu, the rules for seeing a Great Old One or Outer God work as follows. Make a Stability roll, then take additional Stability and Sanity loss, using the table on p.86. This is ...
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Does Arcane Resistance work against inherent abilities?

If a creature has an ability that is like a power. For example, an undead with fear ability. Are the character allowed to save using their Arcane Resistance Edge?
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What Investigative advice is in Mutant City Blues but not elsewhere?

What Investigative rules and advice is in Mutant City Blues but not elsewhere in GUMSHOE games?
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Fair replacement rule for D&D 4e item creation?

My group is very dissatisfied with the item creation rule in D&D 4e. Specifically the fact that it costs exactly as much to create an item as it does to buy it. The problem is: The economics ...
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Written language alphabets

To add more flavor, I want to create documents written in the actual script. I remember awhile back seeing examples of the Common/Elven/Dwarven alphabets for instance, but can not recall where I can ...
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How can I make GUMSHOE combats more dynamic?

In GUMSHOE what can be done to make the combats more dynamic, more exciting?
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Introductory campaign for Interface Zero

I would like to run an Interface Zero campaign, but it is my first contact with the game and I have played Cyberpunk 2020 years ago. Could you describe some good concept for introductory campaign, ...
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What is the DC for Crafting an arrow?

In 3.5e D&D, what is the DC for Crafting an arrow or quiver of arrows? The table on p71 of the PHB gives DCs of 5, 10, 15 and 20 for a Very Simple, Typical, High Quality and Complex/Superior Item, ...
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Creating realistic newspaper articles

For a "wall of crazy" I want as a prop in an upcoming horror game I need some quite a few newspaper articles. What tools and techniques can I use to create them?
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What is the relationship between Yuan-Ti and Nagas?

Yuan-ti are snake humanoids. Nagas are snake humanoids. What are the differences? What different roles do they serve? Is there in-game history about this?
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How does a GM know they have done enough prep? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When GMing a game, how much should you prepare in advance? How do you, as a GM, keep from getting into an endless prep loop and to know when you have enough to run a ...
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What skills can be used to pierce the 4th wall?

One of my PCs (a Cleric of Bahamut) pondered aloud: "Can I use my Insight to determine why my God has brought us here?" There was some entertaining discussion on whether that should be a Religion ...
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How can I keep my Blood Mage alive?

I just made it to paragon tier! My wizard Bai has been focused on area damage with some control effects, especially slowed(save ends). I use Orb Mastery to make the opponents' saves more difficult for ...
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Flashbacks and atemporality in a scene in Dogs in the Vineyard

When running Dogs, I ran the "a possessed axe murderer tries to kill you in your sleep." In discussion afterwards, the players were trying to figure out appropriate escalations from the player asleep, ...
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Engaging the other players at the table in a small-scope conflict in Dogs in the Vineyard

As the opening scene of my Dogs in the Vineyard game, I ran the "an Axe murderer tries to kill you in your sleep" conflict. The conflict went fairly well, though the other two at the table were less ...
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How to represent Tradecraft in GUMSHOE?

How can you represent good tradecraft in GUMSHOE-based games, such as Esoterrorists? That is, the techniques used in espionage, the topics or techniques (dead drops, for example).
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Can you voluntarily suppress damage resistance?

I have Resist 10 Fire. I get hit for 13 points of fire damage, so normally, under these circumstances, I'd take 3 points of fire damage. What if, because of another ability that triggers on becoming ...
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How large is the zone when targeting a large creature with Spirit of the Hawk's Wind?

Spirit of the Hawk's WindDDI is an interesting power. It is a close burst 5 that targets one creature. Further, as an effect, it creates a zone in a burst 3 centered on the target. My question - ...
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What are the properties of Shaman Spirit?

I've run around 8 encounters with a shaman and his spirit, and many questions about it's properties have been raised. Is the spirit unsubstantial? Does the spirit float? The spirit is supposedly ...
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Using Powers During A Rest

The below excerpts are from the D&DI Compendium entry on "Short Rest", referencing PHB 1. No Strenuous Activity: You have to rest during a short rest. You can stand guard, sit in place, ...
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In Nobilis what is the positive benefit of a Bond?

Bonds seem to be more than just a liability, these are the things that are important to a character, and given the very correspondence driven nature of the Nobilis cosmology would see to be a ...
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How do Aspect Miracles and Auctoritas interact?

In Nobilis does the Auctoritas defend against Aspect Miracles? What would this look like, i.e. how best to roleplay to avoid "forcefield" phenomena.
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Differences between point-based character advancements and class/level-based character advancement?

What are some of the differences between using point-based character advancement systems (like Mutants and Masterminds, or Hero System) and class/level-based advancement systems (like in DnD or ...
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What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you?

This relates to another question that was just recently asked: What is DDI (D&D Insider)? What kinds of materials does DDI give you that you retain access to "offline" (including if you ...
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
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Do you need line of sight to cast spell with Divine Ward?

I suspect so, since you needed to touch the person in the first place, which, clearly, requires line of sight. But how good of a line of sight? Can you do it to someone with cover? Even so, the feat ...
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What Investigative Skills for Trail of Cthulhu at time of Sun King?

For a Trail of Cthulhu scenario set during the reign of the Sun King in France (1643 to 1715) what Investigative skills would I keep, remove and add?

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