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What are the potential pitfalls and errors as a first time DM of a Dread Game?

I am getting ready to run my first session. We are going to run a game of Dread. I have read the Dread book and am planning on running the first published scenario. What kind of pitfalls should I be ...
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What Sorcerer guidelines have changed since printing?

I've seen a few references where Sorcerer play advice has changed since the rules were published, or where Ron Edwards refers to a section of text in the main books as unhelpful. How is Sorcerer play ...
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Managing complexity due to concrete-scale rules [closed]

We are rolling out an RPG system for the fun of it. However, recent tests have lead us to a rather unsolvable problem. In order to make single combat interesting and hopefully realistic, close-combat ...
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How to get a witch's hair to look like snakes?

I want make a witch (ideally white haired archetype) who's hair can attack and which appears to be made of snakes. With the hair being unlikely to hit and any illusion being likely to be broken by ...
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Where is the best place to introduce your own Pen&Paper System?

I am working on a tabletop RPG (SteamDICE) that uses lots of online integration (web-based and mobile devices), but to kick start the project to the next stage, we need supporters, backers and ...
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Enlarged Dragon Breath & Hurl Breath

While I am assuming that Hurl Breath would continue unchanged, does having the Enlarged Dragon Breath feat have any affect upon the AoE of Hurl Breath? The EDB was created first and thus wouldn't ...
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How does the Fighter damage experience bonus work for low-HP enemies?

In AD&D 2nd edition, fighters gain experience bonuses from damage they've done. Experience=(Damage/8)*10. Compared to rogues or mages that gain exp from spells, it's a lot less. My question is: ...
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How can I improve the social / mental combat system in Vampire: Requiem?

The Storytelling System has balanced traits, with power, finesse, and resistance attributes and skills for the physical, social and mental traits. Still, until recently only physical combat was ...
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What does it take to make a Masterwork Tool?

Here's an odd one that a friend and I couldn't agree on: How does one make a masterwork artisan tool? Specifically, what skill is used? The same skill that the tool will be used for? What about the ...
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Limits to changing via disguise self spell?

Would a disguise self spell* be sufficient for making prehensile hair appear as a bunch of (silent) snakes? "You make yourself [...] look different. [...] You cannot change your creature type ...
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How do you have interesting events happen after a success?

I know how to make failures interesting. Though recently I have a hard time making the events following a successful roll interesting. For instance, the party is exploring a tomb, where a trap is ...
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Take out enemies with hands (not fists)

Motivated by this D&D question, I was wondering what the options are in pathfinder for quickly (ideally <30 seconds up to perhaps 1 min, if quietly) take out an enemy not by using spells nor ...
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What makes a good pitch for a new game?

What should make up a pitch about a new game to a prospective group of players? What does a good RPG pitch entail? What should go into the case for why a game should be played (and why that GM is the ...
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How can I successfully integrate skill challenges without a grid in DnD 4e?

DnD 4e is based on tactical combat on a grid. Yet when I read the dungeon master's guide, I saw skill challenges for situations that don't seem to require a grid. For instance: Urban Chase. The ...
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What is 'railroading', and is it a bad thing?

What is 'railroading', and when is it generally considered to be something negative?
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Is publishing yet another RPG system a good or bad idea? [closed]

The situation is this: I recently designed an RPG system with a group of friends (a sort of mad-lib type system, an improv-type system where you can't say no but just take what the player and/or GM ...
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2answers
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Where can I get a list of 4th edition D&D acronyms?

I'd like to have a simple reference sheet for this, as people will frequently reference sourcebooks with a simple acronym. Perhaps this question can be made into such a sheet. Most have been easy to ...
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1answer
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Can two characters mark the same enemy?

Can my friend, who is a swordmage, and I, who am a battlemind, both have the same enemy marked at the same time? I tried to read the rules and look up the answer but I am pretty new at D&D so I ...
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Which number to use when using “hit dice” in ability calculations?

I've got a debate in my group about what numbers to use when "hit dice" or "racial hit dice" are to be used in a calculation. We are using D&D 3.5. For example, if calculating the damage of ...
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Combining Witches' Charm (Su) Hex and Diplomacy?

Can you combine the Witches' Charm Hex and Diplomacy to significantly change someone's attitude? Can diplomacy be used at all on a subject under the influence of the Witches' Charm Hex? Charm ...
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1answer
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What attack rolls does a TWF 3 Rogue/1 White-haired Witch get?

The White-Haired Witch gains a powerful natural attack (that automatically grapples when it hits). How many attacks do a 3 Knife Master/1 Winter Witch I get for a full round attack, and what are those ...
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If a PC has an extra arm are they able to use a tower shield?

So the short question is: If a PC had the tower shield proficiency feat and an extra arm, would they be able to wield a Earthbreaker two-handed hammer with a tower shield? The longer form of the ...
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Dipping in these ranger archetypes mechanically permissible?

The Trapper gains very useful abilities while losing access to spells that he wouldn't have access to anyways for many levels to come. Essentially [unless you don't want to deprive the party rogue of ...
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Are fluff class descriptions part of the rules?

Inspired by this question I was wondering if class fluff descriptions are part of the rules or just guidelines for ideas? For example does a Freebooter have to be a pirate, or just a strong leader ...
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Pathfinder Mithral Breastplate Costs

What is the price and armor check penalty of a Mithral Breastplate?
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Techniques for making undead scary again

Undead used to be scary things: dead, rotting bodies seeking to devour all life, outnumbering their foes, and replacing their fallen with slain enemies. But nowadays players see them and think ...
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Are there any restrictions on action order when dealing with summoned creatures?

I know that I can take my actions in any order when I'm by myself, but are there any restrictions on ordering when I'm dealing with summoned creatures or followers? For instance, could I order my ...
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1answer
1k views

Christmas Themed Campaign

I Watched the Big Bang Theory s06e11 The Santa Simulation. And I wondered whether there are actually Christmas Campaigns, I searched a little but I have no clue which adventures are fun to play. Has ...
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1answer
214 views

Can a wizard ever gain more at-will spells?

Can a wizard, through levels, races, paragon paths, epic destinies, or feats, ever gain more at-will spells?
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Can a cat kill a rat?

The Cat is so weak (STR 3) that it's melee attacks don't do any damage. 2 claws (1d2–4), bite (1d3–4). Both have +4 to attack roll due to weapon finesse+dexterity bonus - so the cat will hit things, ...
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479 views

How can somebody perform a grab and throw (person)?

Reading the online description for fire giants, you read that They are also fond of grabbing smaller opponents and tossing them somewhere very hot. I always imagined larger creatures to do ...
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How does the Wizard spellbook work?

How do I determine what spells are in my spellbook when creating a character? Do I simply have a spellbook with all Pathfinder spells? Or if I'm creating a level 6 wizard, do I start knowing all level ...
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1answer
253 views

When using Blade of the Eldritch Knight (AV 2), can you charge from within 5 squares?

Blade of the Eldritch Knight When you use a standard action to make a melee attack with this blade, your melee reach increases to 5 for that attack. Charge Movement Requirements You must ...
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1answer
199 views

What happens to maneuverability when a ship's controls are frozen?

This has to do with Controls Ionized effects and Ion Cannon damage. Controls ionized means the ship loses -1D from maneuverability, shields and weapon fire control and damage for the rest of that ...
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How do I signal that alternate tactical end states are possible?

Question inspired by "Redefining Combat" on Clan of the Gray Wolf: It provides an excellent list inspired by army manuals of alternate tactical goals for a scenario: Here are some tactical tasks ...
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1answer
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Skill points available at Character Creation with Savage Culture

Just started a session of Blade of the Iron Throne, looks good and I have only just rolled my character. During the character creation you choose a culture, I chose savage. I read the bonuses you get ...
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1answer
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Do magic weapon/Implement bonuses affect extra damage?

I'm going over my monk character and moving him into the Fight Club iPhone app and one thing I noticed was that the implement damage bonus from my Cascading Strikes Ki Focus was being added to my ...
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2answers
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Is there a shapeshifter that needs to keep its quarry alive?

My question is regarding the rules of shapeshifters of all kinds in D&D 4e. I'm designing a plot in which I want to have a Changeling (or something like it) replace a prominent member of society, ...
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0answers
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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2answers
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Multiclassing in Pathfinder-How do Feats work?

I'm making a character who is going to be multi-classing, specifically Fighter/Cleric. He's a Reach Cleric, so I wanted him to have some good feats (Selective Channel, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, ...
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Film noir character archetypes

I have been looking online for a list of film noir character archetypes for a Savage Worlds campaign I am running. I have came up with a few: Private Investigator, Grifter, Police officer, Mobster... ...
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Where can I find a guide to making custom templates in 3.5?

I have access to some neat templates in 3.5 but my party and DM wants to make some custom ones. We don't really levelup classically in our classes, but find orbs of power that enhance our "natural ...
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Where can I find some tough creatures?

I need some foes to challenge a somewhat overpowered group. Which SR4 supplement has some good foes for high end groups?
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How does a GM fix the rules when they goof?

I think it happens to the best of us. I'm not the best of us, so I get to goof a bit more often. The specific example I'm going to mention was using Dresden Files (a derivative of FATE for those who ...
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2answers
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Why is the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit so expensive/hard to find?

It looks like the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit for 4e is hard to find new, and the new copies I can find are really expensive. Is this because it is out of date or out of print? Is there a ...
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3answers
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How can I explain balanced ability scores

Some of my players wanted to create characters with ability scores higher than 20 as 1st level PCs. I cannot do that as I am running an adventure path which is made for characters with average stats. ...
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677 views

Adjusting Combat Balance

My Problem My players all seem to have +5 defenses and attacks over the monsters, in addition to the health and more deadly abilities... and they're in appropriate gear for their level (+2 gear at ...
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1answer
596 views

which version of Werewolf do you prefer and why? [closed]

I've been running Werewolf the Apocalypse for just over a decade and decided about two years ago to start a Werewolf the Forsaken chronicle that still plays regularly to this day. Some of my players ...
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1answer
425 views

Does the aid another “special attack” become automatic at mid level?

Under PF core rulebook page 197 it states that "Aid Another" is an attack roll against AC 10. Some of our first level characters have a +5 to hit. When level 5 is reached, a fighter could easily ...
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12answers
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Why is the GM usually the driving force in RPG?

In my limited experience, the GM provides a story to the players, ant their "main" characters mostly react to the environment. Having a look at a couple of random highly-voted (and IMO high-quality) ...

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