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How do you track the PCs' reputation?

I'm currently planning a game with a significant amount of intrigue. I envision the players undertaking actions and adventures that will endear them to one group, and anger others. It occurs to me ...
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2answers
547 views

Exalted — bonus dice and flurries

A simple Exalted 2e rules question here that I feel like I should know the answer to. I have an 8-die dex + melee pool. I do a three-attack flurry. That's three attacks, one at 5 dice, one at 4, ...
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1answer
155 views

Where can I find some game management tools for Mythus?

Has anybody developed any kind of tools to aid the management of a Mythus game? Anything from a simple Excel spreadsheet to a fully-fledged GUI app..
8
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4answers
638 views

If I'm invisible do I get a bonus to my saving throws?

In any D&D or AD&D game... Once my character has become invisible, do I get a bonus to any/all saving throws to which I am entitled? Does this vary by edition? Feel free to specify for any ...
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1answer
466 views

Initiate of the Faith - Healing Word in addition to Daily spell allowance

Can you use the Healing Word power gained by the Initiate of the Faith feat as well as your normal Daily power allowance?
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2answers
323 views

What happens when a phasing creature cannot end its movement in an unobstructed space?

Phasing: While phasing, a creature ignores difficult terrain and can move through obstacles and other creatures, but it must end its movement in an unoccupied space. However, given a ...
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1answer
495 views

Can Monsters with class levels take Monster Feats instead of Regular Feats?

I'm designing a monster which through virtue of high intelligence and me being evil, that has 13 class levels. However, I also want to bump up the save DC on its special ability. The feat Ability ...
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6answers
705 views

Tabletop RPG experience for someone only available for short interval at a time

Lately, I've been wanting to go back to the tabletop roleplaying. I have a few restraints though: I know nobody who could play with me in my actual area. With a quite active social life, I don't ...
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4answers
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How to become better at descriptions of what your character is doing?

A (very) common GM question is "What is your character doing?" How do you, as a player, describe effectively what you character is doing? What techniques do you use to evoke wonder and spark ...
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1answer
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How does fighting on a mount work?

I'm not seeing anything in the PHB that explains how fighting from on-top a mount works. How does fighting from on top of a mount work while the mount also has attacks?
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What POD services are available for printing & selling custom card decks?

I'm designing a card-based role-playing game and I'm looking for an equivalent to Lulu for printing online cards on demand. The cards would be either playing cards like Magic or similar, or Tarot ...
7
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2answers
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Spell school specialization dnd 4e

How does the new school specialization work in dnd 4E? Do you get more feats to choose from or does it just give a static bonus or is it something different from either of those?
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2answers
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What happened in the Forgotten Realms between 3.5 and 4e?

I don't remember where I heard or read this, but I seem to recall there being some sort of cataclysmic event between 3.5 and 4e. A few (related) questions - What exactly happened between 3.5 and ...
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2answers
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D&D 3.5: Polymorphed Rust Monster vs. Iron Golem

GMs hate me because of my sheer resourcefulness. This situation presented itself during a 3.0 game, and I'm wondering how it would play out in a 3.5 game. The party was attacked by an iron golem. I ...
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1answer
390 views

Dreyfus model of skill acquisition for skill advencements

Does anyone know of either any systems or have house rules that model skill advancement via the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition?
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4answers
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How can Rogues maintain combat advantage?

I get that if you are hidden from an opponent, you gain combat advantage against them. I get that if you make a point of it, and you're not getting surprised by the opposition, you should be able to ...
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2answers
496 views

Does Stress reset to zero between sessions in Maid RPG?

In Maid RPG, does stress reset to zero between sessions? Between scenarios? Does it ever reset automatically to zero on its own, aside from after a Stress Explosion?
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4answers
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Is large-scale battle feasible with D&D 4e's minion rules?

Supposing you simulate a large battle in D&D 4e, and you want to do it with minions (rather than, say, treating each unit as a swarm or using some special large-scale combat rules). The XP chart ...
7
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2answers
132 views

How to handle miniatures on a forum-based game?

When running a web forum game of an RPG that requires miniatures (such as D&D 4e), what's the most elegant way to handle a combat grid? In particular: Players should be able to change the map ...
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2answers
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How can you force an opponent to provoke an opportunity attack?

I'm wondering if there's any way to give the fighter an extra attack by forcing the opponent to move out of a threatened square. Does bull rush provoke an opportunity attack against the target? Bull ...
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7answers
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Where Can I Find Good Ship Plans?

I need a variety of ship plans - not surface deck plans, and not side views, but actual interior arrangements of various sorts of vessels - orlop deck, cable locker, that sort of thing. They are ...
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4answers
454 views

What is a good gaming system for running a 'con man' game?

Follow up to this question: What gaming system would work the best for running a 'con-man' scenario? I'm thinking of a team of people who run a con on greedy rich landholders or merchants. Most ...
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3answers
651 views

How do I handle Psion Betrayal power?

I have a new game about to start up soon and one of my players wants to play a Psion. We are starting about mid-Heroic tier, so he will have the Betrayal* at-will power. Both of us are wondering how I ...
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3answers
201 views

Discern source of magic

My wizard tells me that she remembers reading something about being able to use thaumaturgy to determine the source of magic, but neither of us can find it in the book. How does this work, if it's ...
7
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2answers
661 views

What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”

My level 15 Dreadnought Fighter recently found a Shield of Deflection, which has "Property: Gain resist 5 to damage from all ranged attacks." I know that a crossbow attack or magic missile would be a ...
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12answers
809 views

What technologies are useful to modern-day gamers and DMs?

With the rise of lots of PDF resources I'd guess that a good color printer and ample cardstock are now almost mandatory elements of a DM's toolkit. What else do people find is very helpful either at ...
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3answers
340 views

How can I import the natural suspense and tension from a game of Dread into a game of D&D?

In Dread the game naturally lends itself to suspenseful play. As the game progresses the tower gets more wobbly and tension builds naturally due to the game's mechanics. I'd like to somehow bring this ...
7
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1answer
209 views

Are Red Court Vampires/Infected affected by the saliva of other Red Court Vampires/Infected?

In The Dresden Files RPG, Red Court Vampires(RCV)/Infected have the supernatural power Addictive Saliva (YW162). The power itself does not say anything about it conferring immunity to the saliva of ...
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3answers
411 views

Why use Battlemind's Demand on a Ranged Target?

I'm in a party of mainly new D&Ders, one of which is playing a Battlemind. One of his attacks, Battlemind's Demand, marks one or two targets in a close blast 3 for the duration of the encounter. ...
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3answers
414 views

What is the value of a “Companion”?

The game system is 4E. I am trying to get away from awarding just magic weapon here and there. Having the characters earn favors from NPCs is a pretty tried and true way to give value and move the ...
9
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1answer
129 views

Would Silver Flame Templars have standing to take action in Breland or Aundair?

Would Silver Flame Templars have standing to take action in Breland or Aundair? By take action I mean particularly "martial" actions, such as capturing a person (as recognized by the treaty of ...
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1answer
53 views

In what order does the Temporal Villain check off numbers on the Anachronometer?

The numbers 13 through 20 on the Anachronometer are reserved for being filled in by the Temporal Villain at a pace determined by their TVI. They are grouped in pairs of two and have one box not ...
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7answers
376 views

System for Setting: Misfits

On the recommendation of one of my players, I'm watching Misfits, a British TV show about kids (Their ages aren't so far specifically stated; they're old enough to drink and young enough to live at ...
14
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1answer
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How long does Thaumaturgy take?

I get the point that thaumaturgy takes time as opposed to the quick and dirty evocation arts, but how much time hasn't really been spelled out, unless I'm missing it. I've been coming up with my own ...
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1answer
180 views

Written and verbal incident reports in Time & Temp

In Time & Temp by Epidiah Ravachol, every time you file an incident it will be determined if it is written (semi-permanent) or verbal (very temporary). The text says: "If more than one temp ...
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1answer
176 views

Face cards or better?

In the Savage Worlds RPG I have seen the phase "Face cards or better". Does this mean Joker and or Aces as well as Jack, Queen and King? Is this defined anywhere in the rule book?
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1answer
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Does the Bladesinger's Arcane Strike class feature let you use a melee basic attack as a minor action twice?

Let me clarify this question as much as possible because this will be somewhat of a 3-parter question. The Bladesinger's Arcane Strike level 3 class feature says: When you use a bladesinger ...
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4answers
781 views

Does anyone have good examples of an Adventuring Guild charter?

I'm planning on using established guilds as npc rivals. The player characters start out as nobodies, in some cases as slaves, and will eventually have the opportunity of starting up their own ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Universal and Specific status effects

I'm a new DM trying to figure out some good ways to keep track of status effects and the like (I often forget and then I'm faced with the dilemma: retcon and annoy everybody, or go with it even though ...
6
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1answer
882 views

Does Augmenting Whetstone work on a magical item?

A while back I was browsing the old (downloadable) dnd4e character generator, and I found an item called Augmenting Whetstone. When used as a minor action, it grants your weapon "a +2 enhancement ...
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2answers
294 views

Using Org-Mode for Player and DM Notes?

I love Org-Mode. So I obviously would like to use it for my notes for DMing and Playing. However before I get cracking, I was wandering if anyone has tried it, and any half decent custom set ups that ...
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2answers
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Is there a summary of the Exalted metaplot?

I love the setting, but from a bit of a distance -- I had a couple of the first edition books but none of the second edition stuff. I keep reading interesting posts about the game that rely on stuff I ...
8
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1answer
707 views

How can I convert monsters from D&D 3, 3.5 or 4 ed to 2ed monsters?

I would like to know if I can convert monsters from other editions ( I already figured out how to convert monsters from the 1 ed) into 2ed monsters.
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2answers
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Do metamagic feats increase a spell's casting time in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, there was a rule that a spontaneous spellcaster had to spend extra time casting a spell if they chose to apply a metamagic feat. Is this also true in Pathfinder, or was this limitation ...
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1answer
7k views

How does D&D Encounters work?

I like the concept of D&D Encounters and would like to incorporate some of it into my own games. The problem is that I'm nowhere near a place that runs D&D Encounters, so I don't know much ...
12
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4answers
747 views

System for Setting: Joe Abercrombie's The First Law

If you're a fan of gritty fantasy, you've probably already read (and re-read?) Joe Abercrombie's The First Law. If you haven't, you ought to. Now. Click on those links and drag out your wallet. Or ...
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6answers
3k views

Oriental-themed characters in Pathfinder

We were planning on running a 3.5 campaign with an oriental-themed party: Samurai, Ninja, Shugenja, Wu Jen etc. There are all sorts of story reasons in place to make sense of this: a quasi-oriental ...
15
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3answers
464 views

Can you use a Longbow outside level flight?

Are there any rules for using a Longbow in parabolic flight, e.g. when you don't have Line of Sight or the target is a very long way a way?
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1answer
896 views

Will attacking with a magical or wonderous item overcome damage reduction?

As I recall, magical weapons can overcome damage reduction. If one were to attack an enemy with a wonderous item, like say attacking with an everfull mug in a barfight would it overcome an enemies ...
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2answers
386 views

Picking a lock with wind magic

In the book, one of the examples given for wind magic is that you can pick a lock with it. Now my question is, should using wind magic to pick a lock just be a minor use of magic and not require a ...

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