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What does a perception check really signify? Can they be repeated?

When a character makes a perception check, does fail indicate whether they permanently fail to see what is hidden, or just that they need to try again? So far our DM has let us repeat perception ...
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2answers
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How to Use Module Maps

I found a module I'd like to run. It includes some great maps. What's the best way to use them in a gaming session? They're too small to use as-is, so I'm wondering how other people use maps from ...
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What are some good stats to use when a player is attacking without a weapon (using fists)?

Obviously just about any weapon would be better than fists for a character that's not trained in unarmed combat, but I'm curious as to what stats I should give PC's when forced to fight unarmed ...
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Non-combat objective: Delay larger enemy force

I'm re-writing the "Battle of Albridge" encounters from The DM-kit's Reavers of Harkenwold. As supplied they are mostly just a rehash of earlier fight-to-the-death skirmishes on re-used maps. Instead ...
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1answer
830 views

What is a good method for storing papercraft buildings and the like?

I've recently taken to creating papercraft buildings, castle walls and towers, bridges, crates, hay-bales, etc. for my tabletop RPG combat sessions: They are fragile and need to be stored upright ...
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What if two mages use the “beast friend” spell on the same creature?

What happens if a second mage attempts to "Beast Friend" a creature that has already been "Beast Friend"-ed by another mage?
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Does Invulnerable include Magic Weapons?

Some creatures in Savage Worlds are Invulnerable to wounds except for something they have a Weakness to. For example: a Vampire has a Weakness to Sunlight and other standard anti-Vampire attacks. ...
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Penalty for failing Aid Another? Does it change per circumstance?

We were having a diplomacy-off yesterday between the party and a higher level bard where we needed a succession of successes to beat the encounter. The issue was that it was basically a 50/50 shot for ...
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488 views

What are appropriate XP totals for generating Experienced and Veteran PCs in A Time of War? [Mechwarrior 4th Ed)

When detailing characters either as NPCs or PCs in A Time of War, the new edition of the Mechwarrior RPG, what number of XP would fairly represent the difference between a Green character, an ...
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Does the half-level modifier contribute to damage?

Taking a random spell, I find Flames of Phlegethos. Its hit is 3d10 + Constitution modifier fire damage. Let's say the caster has a constitution score of 16, and he is level 2. This means his ...
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What would the life of a child be like in a medieval setting?

The basis for an adventure I'm writing is a child. He is extremely intelligent and had a knack for magic at a very young age, but he has a mental disorder (something similar to Asperger's syndrome). ...
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76 views

Cortex rules: formatting on action rolls

If you are writing down a roll, what is the accepted format for action rolls? For example, if your Agility is d12+d4 and your Pistol is d12+d2, and you spend 3 plot points, it's Agility+Pistol. But ...
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1answer
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Doing something sneaky in combat

Let's say I'm a Goliath Barbarian. I want to use my Stone's Endurance racial ability as a minor action, which grants me +5 resist all damage until end of next turn. But, I don't want my opponent to ...
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How can I format a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character sheet such that players are more likely to remember (and use) their class features?

In a game I play in, almost all of the players routinely forget to use and apply their class features that do not appear as powers. The players forget their class features and little-used powers due ...
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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1answer
790 views

Do class and race abilities count against your at-will/encounter powers?

At first level, you know 2 at wills, 1 encounter, and 1 daily power. Let's say I'm a Tiefling Wizard. I have an racial power of "Infernal Wrath" which is an encounter power. Wizards can also learn ...
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9answers
252 views

What is special about Gen Con from a tabletop RPG perspective?

I get that Gen Con is a big convention, yes. But why should it matter to the tabletop RPG player?
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Tasks for a split party

I'm running a 4th ed game, but I don't think that makes a difference in this case. Last session my party decided to split up for a couple tasks. The hybrid bard/rogue and the avenger (affectionately ...
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10answers
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How do you seamlessly blend inspiration into a campaign?

Often I have campaigns that are inspired by things that are outside of genre and easily recognizable. Lets take Vikings in Space for example. I could have a race of blond haired people with helmets ...
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Building Campaigns to Characters' Strengths and Weaknesses

When I GM a game, I try to make sure that the skills the characters have can be used. If someone takes "Music", then I make sure there's a point in the campaign where someone needs to impress someone ...
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2answers
154 views

How do I create locally focused play?

As a GM, I find using certain settings (such as the setting for Talislanta) to be somewhat challenging. These settings have a large assortment of eclectic characters that can be played and almost ...
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2answers
295 views

How does a fighter get his 4th attack per round in Labyrinth Lord?

The Labyrinth Lord rules, p11, say: Beginning at 15th level, a fighter gains one additional attack per round. One further attack is gained every 5 levels to a maximum of 4 attacks per round. So, ...
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1answer
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How can I convert 3.5 Generic Classes to Pathfinder?

I recently obtained the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, and I'm really impressed by the changes. I am going to change my campaign from 3.5e to Pathfinder, but I'm stuck on one major thing. In our ...
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List of (small northern US town) occupations?

Let's say I'd like to run a campaign inspired by David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and would like to learn a bit about the everyday life of such towns outside what's been presented on the show - as a first ...
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2answers
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Lycanthropy and elves - what is the general guideline?

Well, to get to the point. AFAIK, lycanthropy is mostly reserved for humans and, from what I gained from the books, elves are immune to it as it is a human disease. I recall seeing somewhere a ...
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15answers
479 views

What would be a good randomiser to use for a game in the dark?

A friend of mine wants to run a Cthulhu game in the dark. What would be a good randomiser to use? We play fairly rules-light. For example, we could get by with a couple of d6s, or even a couple of ...
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1answer
583 views

After Essentials, what material do I need?

On launch, I bought all the D&D 4E Essentials books (except the Starter set). I'm currently very happy with the content, but I'm noticing more and more frequently stuff that I don't have: More ...
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3answers
595 views

What is the closest RPG analogue to the newest version of the Mechwarrior RPG?

What is the closest RPG analogue to the newest version of the Mechwarrior RPG? I played the second and third versions of the mechwarrior rpg, but am unfamiliar with the new Classic BattleTech RPG.
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2answers
262 views

Cortex rules: how to handle complications

The Cortex rules generally say that you should "subtract your complication to a roll in certain situations". What exactly does this mean? The two ways I can interpret it is: Step penalties ...
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1answer
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Cortex rules: critical failures

The Cortex rules say (and I'm paraphrasing from memory) that critical failures happen when all the dice are 1's. Is this all the dice, or just the stat and skill? If I have an asset that adds a die, ...
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Glossary of Common Dungeons & Dragons Terminology [closed]

This is a Community Wiki containing a list of terms specific to the D&D game with which outsiders looking to enter may not be familiar. Dungeons and Dragons may share some terminology with the ...
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GM confusion: The n-dimensions of Clerics. Or: The nightmare of errata

I was listening to the latest official D&D podcast - all about the Class Compendium's latest updates, especially to the Cleric and have become completely confused. There's a cleric in the ...
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How do you handle skill use and spends in GUMSHOE?

I ran a playtest of Pathshoe (a new Pathfinder + GUMSHOE hybrid from Pelgrane Press) for my gaming group last weekend. I have several of the other GUMSHOE games (Mutant City Blues, Esoterrorists, Fear ...
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What do temporary hitpoints represent, and how to roleplay them?

I know what temporary HP do: they provide a buffer, while leaving the original state of the character intact (if you receive temp HP while bloodied, you don't stop being bloodied, for example). What ...
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3answers
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D&D 4th Edition deities - more than just what's in the PHB

I'm making a Dragonborn Paladin. I'd like him to be lawful good, but I'm really not all that fond of the the two LG deities listed in handbook. What are some good options to get around this? Are there ...
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d20 Star Wars (RE) imperial classes?

Which of the d20 Star Wars Revised Edition (not Saga!) books offered playable Imperial (prestige) classes (if any)? If none, which pre-RE ones are worth looking into? Edit: I've added the 'prestige' ...
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How do you maintain pacing close to a campaign climax when a number of players cannot make a game? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do you deal with missing players? So this weekend a couple of our party can't make it, but the rest of us still want to play. Our DM is concious that we're ...
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2answers
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Does Lasting Frost affect the damage dealt by a Frost Weapon?

Lasting Frost Benefit: Once per turn, the first target you hit with a power that has the cold keyword gains vulnerable 5 cold after the attack. The vulnerability lasts until the end of your ...
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6answers
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From D&D3.5 to GURPS

I always wanted to move from D&D to GURPS, but the different system and lack of pre-made material always put me and the players off. Have you tried such transition, how did the players handle it, ...
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1answer
301 views

What exactly are advances in FATE?

I'm looking through my copy of Legends of Anglerre for this, and also searched the Spirit of the Century SRD, and I'm completely stumped as to exactly what an "advance" is. In both instances the terms ...
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3answers
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What type of action is sheathing a weapon and equipping another?

I have seen both the "What action type is switching two items between hands" question and the Master at arms feat referenced within. My question is: Suppose I have an elven cleric with both a mace ...
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3answers
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What are some “ideal” marching formations?

It often happens that your party is approaching an area in which you just know combat will soon ensue. Or, when a combat encounter presents itself, you may be given an opportunity to arbitrarily ...
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1answer
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Does “resist all” from different sources stack?

So I've looked in PHB1 and 2, as well as all over the internets, and I can't find a clear answer. I play a level 12 Dreadnought Fighter, wearing Rimefire Plate armor. The armor gives a static ...
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5answers
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Replicating Modern Technology using Magic-Punk

This is generally a system-agnostic question, as I'm trying to build a feel for my world, and I can add to it whatever rules I need to later. The world is a 1930s setting, very ...
4
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1answer
946 views

Do 4E Essentials Mages gain more Cantrips after 1st level?

I was finally getting around to reading my 4E Essentials books, specifically the Heroes of the Fallen Lands Wizard, the Mage. After discovering the nice hybrid of Vancian and 4E Core magic, I noticed ...
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Potions and Oils in Pathfinder

In Pathfinder, in the magic items chapter it discusses oils under the potions section. An oil is essentially a potion that can be applied to whatever target you can interact with, following the rules ...
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3answers
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Where does the distinction between “Mindflayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mindflayer is an Illithid and visa versa. And, I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mindflayers refer to themselves or their race as Illithids, ...
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1answer
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Are there any 4E Mega-Dungeons out there?

When I say "Mega-Dungeon" I am thinking directly of my much beloved (and sometimes hated) World's Largest Dungeon for 3.5E. I know that WOTC has not released any sort of Mega-Dungeon (unless you count ...
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2answers
173 views

What system runs High Adventure Cliffhangers: The Buck Rogers Adventure Game?

Was the High Adventure Cliffhangers: The Buck Rogers Adventure Game compatible with Buck Rogers XXVc game? From what I understand XXVc was a simplified AD&D 2e system.
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Can my mage prepare powers of the same level but of a different type (encounter, daily, utility)?

I'm reading about the Mage on the Heroes of the Fallen Lands, and page 200 says You cannot prepare more than one power of any given level on the same day. For example, a 14th level mage [...] can ...

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