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Riddles in a game [closed]

I'm not very good with riddles, but I'd really like to create some for my game. The situation takes place in a forest. I thought that perhaps the characters will be in a situation where on the one ...
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What type of action is hiding in plain sight

In the PHB it says that hiding takes no action and usually is performed as part of a move action. However if I'm playing a rogue/ranger or rogue/shadowdancer and I have the hide in plain sight ability ...
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Does Tremorsense work across pits, chasms, and other gaps?

I'm running an adventure for my two most creative players. One of them currently has Tremorsense. This tremorsense is the same as the one given by a pair of Tremor Boots. The players are in a (...
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1answer
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Why is Resistance not a mage spell? [closed]

I'm playing what's effectively a counter-caster, and a spell I noticed that is on both the cleric and druid spell lists is the cantrip Resistance. This spell gives a bonus to a single saving throw, ...
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Does Star Wars d6 (West End Games) have Throw Lightsaber?

While flipping through the Core Book (2nd ed, Revised & Expanded) the other day, I realized that I did not see any Force power or skill relating to throwing a lightsaber as a ranged attack. I ...
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Does the Relic merit preclude needing the Resources to afford it?

Say I bought a one-dot Relic with the Relic merit. Is there any limit set on what the item is? Could the item be very expensive? Or very powerful in its own right (high-powered gun)?
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Are DCs supposed to be secret?

Are players not supposed to ask what is the DC for a roll? If you're the DM and someone asks, would you tell them you can't say? Would you instead tell them the difficulty in relative terms like, "It'...
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Does Surge Crystal's effect apply before or after Chaotic Surge's 1d4 roll?

My question is about the Surge Crystal, a psionic item from Psionics Augmented Vol 1 from Dreamscarred Press. The item itself is a headband-slotted item which grants the wearer a +1, +2 or +3 surge ...
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Using Rot of Ages to enable sneak attacks

This is more a question about 3.5e stealth mechanics than anything else. The Rot of Ages spell grants all creatures concealment against the target. I would think this would enable a rogue to attempt ...
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Best way to use a GM Screen nowadays?

This may just be me but I like the feel of having an old school GM/DM screen up. However, between laptops, mountains of books, and more frequently having to see the battle layout, I find that within ...
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Can polymorph any object affect an abomination?

My group and I are playing D&D 3.5e, and we're unclear on what the ruling is: can Polymorph Any Object affect an abomination?
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How does metamagic feats interact with each type of casters?

Wizards Wizards must choose to apply the metamagic feat to their spells while preparing the spell? If yes, can they just cast spells with the metamagic feat this way? Sorcerers and Bards When ...
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Advanced, non-canon armor in The One Ring?

As far as I know, Tolkien's works featured no armor heavier than chain mail, in general, and this is also what the rules reflect in The One Ring RPG. The movie adaptations, however, depict--apparently ...
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How much can/should a single owned item be worth at most?

How much can any single possession take up a character's wealth? For this question, I'd like answers that operate under the presumption that wealth-by-level isn't a minimum but instead a target. I've ...
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3answers
551 views

Can I add Divine Favor damage to Two Weapon Fighting?

If I'm a War Cleric, and I cast Divine Favor on myself and I use two light weapons and they both hit, do I add the extra damage twice since both weapons hit, or just once since both weapons are part ...
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529 views

PC vs PC combat in The One Ring

Should such a situation arise that players should face one another (or NPCs built according to the rules for the playable "races") in The One Ring rpg, how would combat work? (Whose stance prevails, ...
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341 views

Earth height-maps, with adjustable sea/fog level

I like the Eleven Pillars idea, hinted at the linked post, and I would like to adapt it to out Earth. In order to do that, I'd need something like a heightmap, with adjustable sea level, to simulate ...
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How do you handle verbal exchanges between NPCs without taking the PCs out of the spotlight?

One of the assumptions I make as GM is that the players should always be in the spotlight. Sometimes the players find themselves in a situation where they watch NPCs speak to each other. I don't ...
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Can one take 10 on Knowledge rolls?

I don't see anything in the rules to say one can't, but The Bard's Lore Master ability seems to imply that one otherwise couldn't: At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 ...
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216 views

D&D4e Thri-Kreen Chameleon Chitin

I have a question based on the wording of a Thri-Kreen power. Chameleon Chitin Your powerful mind can rapidly change your exoskeleton to match the light and objects around you, allowing you ...
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Does Petrifying Gaze special ability still work posthumously in D&D 3.5/Pathfinder?

Meaning can a PC use the severed head of a medusa or basilisk as a weapon to petrify his opponents?
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How does RPS probability impact game flow?

I've recently started playing By Night Studios' version of Vampire: the Masquerade, and I have a couple of questions concerning the RPS resolution system, and how it affects the flow of play. These ...
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1answer
219 views

Handling encounters where the monsters aren't initially visible

When researching how to handle invisibility, I came across the Rules of the Hidden Club which state: "The First Premise: Everyone knows where everyone else is, at all times, period.". But I can't ...
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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1answer
525 views

Are there guidelines for creating & customising MM3-style monsters?

I've heard that Monster Manual 3 came with an improved design philosophy for monsters (particularly solos), and there are questions about updating pre-MM3 monsters for MM3. I want to create and ...
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4k views

Does anyone have any templates for Scrivener?

I want to start using Scrivener to plan a game and am looking for some templates for characters, locations, encounters, etc.
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2answers
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Are there good Star Wars game resources? [closed]

I'm working on a Star Wars Saga Edition game, and I was wandering if anyone has any good encounter or adventure sized resources? Particularly, I am looking for interesting locations (such as a droid ...
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0answers
171 views

Evil Friend Ruining Campaigns [duplicate]

In my campaign I'm running, all of my characters are good. But there's one character who's evil. And everything he does is making it harder for me, as a GM and for the players. He kills important ...
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0answers
51 views

I have never played a role-playing game before. How do I start? [duplicate]

I'm really interested in playing role-playing games like D&D, but I don't know how to get into it. I have very few friends, and only 2 of them would probably even be interested in playing with me. ...
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1answer
257 views

Can the Heroes of Something books replace the PHB?

Can the player manuals of the Essentials line (Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms / of the Fallen lands) replace the Player Handbooks?
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1answer
118 views

D&D 4e monk Spider Technique

The monk's Spider Technique says: You climb your speed. During this movement, you can move across overhanging surfaces, such as ceilings, but you fall if you end your turn on such a surface. Is this ...
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126 views

Do I need to buy the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Red Box [duplicate]

I'm a beginner to DnD, and I've been reading everywhere that you should buy the Red Box Set, but this is about $100, in comparison to the DM Kit, Monster Vault, and Hero's of the Forgotten Kingdom (...
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1answer
756 views

Does a weapon augment crystal grant its powers to a ranged weapon's ammo?

Does a weapon augment crystal grant the augment crystal's effect to a ranged weapon's ammunition? I'm uninterested in augment crystals' effects on thrown weapons. The information under the subheading ...
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2answers
256 views

Moonlight stalker and wind stance interaction

Does the pathfinder feat Moonlight Stalker While you have concealment from an opponent, you gain a +2 bonus on attack and damage rolls against that opponent. interact with the pathfinder feat ...
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2answers
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Can the damage dealt by Slashing Wake be increased?

The Warlock paragon path Feytouched grants the feature Slashing Wake: Slashing Wake (11th level): Once per turn, when you leave a square by teleporting, enemies adjacent to that square take damage ...
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1answer
75 views

The Shotgun Diaries - Gameplay on a map (detailed vs. high-level vs. none) [closed]

I was thinking of playing on a real map - perhaps even using Google Maps or Google Street View as we're playing? Since there's no GM preparation necessary, using real locations might help give ...
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1answer
430 views

Searching for fantasy campaign setting with settlements of light and dark separated by permanent clouds

A long time ago I was listening to a D&D podcast by WoTC in which they briefly described a new campaign setting they were thinking of creating. I don't know if they ever did and my Google ...
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2answers
590 views

How do the Ranger features Hunter's Quarry and Prime Shot work?

First of all. I'm really sorry if the question is so "dumb". There is nobody that can teach me at this point, and I'm really clueless So I'm playing in this solo D&D And I currently in a room, ...
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0answers
178 views

Where Should I Start? [closed]

I'm looking to start playing D&D but I have never played so my knowledge is very limited. From what I can gather from reading about the different editions, I think I would prefer 1st or 2nd. My ...
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5answers
872 views

What techniques can I use to improve flavor text?

I've been improving my GM skills lately, but there is one area in which my skills are very weak, and that is flavor text. For example, if my players go into the woods, I tend to say something stupid ...
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5answers
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What are some good sources for combat tactics for a GM to use?

My players are extremely strategic, and they're consistently (and too easily) defeating groups of enemies that I intended to present a real challenge. Probably for the same reason that I suck at chess,...
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4answers
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Is there a way to indicate a binding agreement on an item?

The setting at hand is more or less grim irony, reflecting the modern days. Ontological categories adopted by characters in the setting map to the modern ontologies. In the storyline there are ...
4
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5answers
399 views

Recommended Blogs / Sites for AD&D [closed]

Coming back to RPGs after a decade or two out, it occurs to me that the internet is probably littered with people writing interesting and amusing things on the subjects. Can anyone recommend any ...
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1answer
239 views

When multiclassing, can you keep leveling up your original class?

Like if you start out as a level 1 rogue, and then at level 5 you take a level in bard. Then you level up bard to level 3, making you a level 8 character, can you then go back to rogue and keep ...
6
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1answer
1k views

How can I create more compelling villains? [closed]

A consistent issue with the games that I've run comes through with villain characters. Not just at the end of an adventure, but overarching villains; movers and shakers of the world. I notice that I ...
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9answers
814 views

Dealing with a changing set of players in a continuous campaign

I have a group of players who have all been integrated into the game. However we all live in different counties and at any one time only a subset of the players can play at any one time. I try to ...
2
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0answers
85 views

What are some good stealth rules for D&D 3/Pathfinder [closed]

So I'm going to run a lone wolf pathfinder campaign with a friend soon, and they want to play a half-orc rogue. I think they're aiming to play kind of a stealthy game, but the pathfinder stealth rules ...
2
votes
1answer
131 views

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Auzmezar's age at the fall of the Stonewilds 4621AR

I'm creating an elf druid for the wrath of the righteous campaign. I thought it would be fun to have him be old enough to remember when the worldwound formed and when the druids of the Stonewilds ...
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2answers
4k views

What are the rules for ability score maximums?

There are a bunch of rules I seem to remember about ability score maximums, but I can't remember where they come from or if they're actually the rules as written: I believe there is a RAW that you ...
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9answers
766 views

How can I encourage my group to become more well rounded?

My gaming group tends to each go in their own direction for character creation. Sometimes this leads to great games where folks are strongly opposed on dramatic elements and character interaction is ...

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