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How can I let players make more choices during combat?

When my players are in combat, they mostly spend a moment figuring out what the most effective target is for each of them, and how to attack it, and then everyone rolls until combat is over. They ...
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1answer
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What die rolls are open-ended?

In Burning Wheel Gold, so far as I can tell, the following tests have open-ended die rolls: Magic Perception Any skill-based test with the funky little squiggly S after it (which are generally ...
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1answer
486 views

Trying to understand stacking defense bonuses from Racial / Feat / Items in DND4e?

I am a relatively new player to DND (4e). I've tried to look this information up and have found tidbits but I am still unclear. This is a multi-part question though the core of it is understanding if ...
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556 views

How does crossing the borders of Ravenloft's domains work?

As I understand it, in Ravenloft a Dark Lord has control over his/her land. However, when traveling between lands, can the PCs cross borders as they like, as long as the Lord of the land has not ...
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What kind of penalty does moving over furniture incur?

In a previous encounter I filled a room with a bunch of chairs and tables with the intent of players run around or over them to escape a difficult creature. I wasn't sure what the penalties were so I ...
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How do you make the PC scream: “I wish we had a mage!”?

My girlfriend would like to join our Shadowrun game. She witnessed the first two game sessions and realized how cool the game and the setting is. She would like to make a mage and will start playing ...
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887 views

In a high magic setting, how should I introduce “unnatural” magic?

I am going to run a game of 13th Age, which is pretty high magic - the industry of the world is primarily enhanced by ritual magic (wind elemental bind to sailing ships, rituals ensuring good weather ...
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810 views

What are the rules for a flyby grapple?

I'm trying to create an encounter where PCs are climbing a vine or rope down a 100ft shaft. About half way down, a creature flies up and attempts to grab one of the PCs to fly away with her. The ...
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What combat tracker displays well on a television screen?

There have been numerous questions on similar topics but none of them really meet my requirements. I am looking for a 4th edition digital combat tracker that can be viewed easily on a 32" television. ...
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1answer
465 views

Sources for additional (summonable) creatures in Anima: Beyond Fantasy

I'm playing a summoner in Anima. I've gone through the book and there is a startling lack of things that I can use to summon - which makes me rather weak, as my main ability doesn't have many options. ...
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1answer
634 views

What is Gnosis? How is it calculated and what does it impact?

I recently started playing Anima: Beyond Fantasy and encountered a term not explained much in the book, Gnosis is a value which comes up in summoning as a restriction on what you can and cant do to ...
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1answer
216 views

What makes a Scene worthwhile in a game of Microscope?

We just finished playing our first game of Microscope and had a great time. Most of the elements of the game were handled very well by the group: periods, events, the palette, etc. Scenes, however, ...
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680 views

What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel

For games of Burning Wheel, what do you consider to make a good roleplayer, as a GM? What are some things to avoid? Socially, what type of player makes it enjoyable to GM a game? I'm mostly focused ...
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How can I run games in Shadowrun, without going overboard?

I've recently picked up my SR4 20th anniversary edition rulebook and I'm interested in running a game for some of my friends. The issue I'm facing is that....well, I don't want to spoil my players too ...
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1answer
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Does the trait “Magical Knack” affect familiars?

With 2 or more levels in a different class and then 1 lvl in a familiar granting class (such as Witch) and the magical Knack trait (up to +2 trait bonus to CL) make the familiar abilities/level 3 ...
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234 views

What systems contain Multiple Caster or Combined Casting rules? [closed]

In the process of creating a homebrew system, I have run into the problem of my players wanting to be able to combine their spellcasting prowess in a show of superiority and might ( and perhaps a bit ...
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How can I make my game more “noir” as a GM?

I ran a couple of Shadowrun games at Dexcon, my first time GMing at a con. It's not my first time running Shadowrun; I based the games off of a couple jobs my players did in a then-ongoing campaign. ...
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How to keep my mount alive/relevant as a fighter

I am relatively new to DnD, and the one or two games i've played before have ended at around level 4-5. I am about to start up a campaign, and I am rolling a Gnome Fighter that is going to focus on ...
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4answers
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Messing with the Wild Die?

I'm planning on running a post-apocalyptic setting for my Savage Worlds campaign, and one thing I want to do is to make Wild Cards have less of an advantage over the average inhabitant of the ...
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1answer
165 views

What benefits do I get from sneak attacking a knocked out enemy with two-fisted shooter?

After having successfully knocked out a target, I use Coup de grace1 with Sly Flourish on the target. I hit, and automatically critical. How much damage do I do? I have the two-fisted shooter feat. ...
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1answer
230 views

How does Phasing interact with the Z-axis?

The glossary entry for Phasing is rather sparse, and doesn't seem to address any specific issues that could arise while phasing. Phasing: While a creature is phasing, it ignores difficult terrain, ...
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575 views

Optimized “Coordinated Charge”?

When an ally with this feat charges a creature that is no further away from you than your speed, you can, as an immediate action, charge that creature. You must be able to follow all of the normal ...
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1answer
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Can a Paladin take levels of other classes?

In 3.5 D&D, paladins have severe restrictions on multiclassing: Like a member of any other class, a paladin may be a multiclass character, but multiclass paladins face a special restriction. A ...
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How can I reward Cthulhu characters for going mad?

I like it when, in Cthulhu games, Investigators go mad. With that in mind, I'd like to give some reward for the first Investigator to go mad. For example, perhaps, at the beginning of the next game, ...
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4answers
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What are the best ways to utilize Wisdom and Charisma?

This question primarily refers to a fantasy RPG called "One Step Beyond", published back in 1989. It had five ability scores: Strength, Mental Strength, Will, Agility, Health. These were essentially a ...
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2answers
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Does there exist an application for tracking your library of games?

I'm thinking of something along the lines of Goodreads or LibraryThing... or even Steam. As these are both books and games (and some of them are free PDFs without even so much as an ISBN number), I'm ...
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3answers
297 views

As a DM, how do I handle PCs casting heals on other PCs afflicted with paranoia?

Right now, three of my party's members are afflicted with the paranoia insanity. One effect is that paranoid characters cannot willingly accept aid, including healing, without making a Will save ...
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1answer
141 views

How does Pyrokinesis work?

How do the mechanics for the pyrokinesis (bright wizard spell) card work? If I pass all initial checks for casting the spell, do I get to control the fire every turn until my recharge tokens run out, ...
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1answer
427 views

Why does (A)D&D change so much between editions? [closed]

Most systems, as far as I know, stay mostly the same between editions. Yet Dungeons and Dragons has had major changes between almost every edition, with the skill systems, combat abilities/feats, ...
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4answers
489 views

Handling many modifiers on a probability curve

So I've been working on a 2d20 based system for a side project, and it's playing out as a hybrid of a roleplaying system and a simulation-heavy combat game. This means that the engine has quickly ...
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6answers
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How do vulnerabilities combine, when taking multiple types of damage?

When a creature has multiple vulnerabilities, and is hit by an attack that deals more than one type of damage that it is vulnerable to, do the vulnerability effects combine? Example 1: Creature is ...
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1answer
249 views

What is the scale of the Celwynvian map in Pathfinder #15

Pathfinder #15 includes details of a ruined forest city, Celwynvian, but no scale is provided for either map. The inferred size is quite large as the order of battle laid out has a scope that belies ...
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1answer
483 views

Converting Command skill from Rogue Trader to Fate Core

My group worked hard to get through the first two ranks in our Rogue Trader campaign, but we keep finding new flaws in the d100 system used by FFG. Finally we've decided to try out more likeable (and ...
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4answers
939 views

How effective would a mech be in a city environment? [closed]

By mech, I mean any bipedal war machine of around 22ft height. We all know tanks are notoriously bad fighting in a city. They lost Hitler Stalingrad, and by extension, the War. Why is this? Is ...
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1answer
171 views

Is there a canonical definition for when Hermetic seasons start in Ars Magica?

Something which has always confused me with Ars Magica is that they never seem to define the dates when seasons start and end. This becomes relevant because story events sometimes happen on a Solstice ...
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1answer
143 views

Do Sly Flourish and Night Stalker stack?

Two-part question, roughly in the same category. Since Guild Training is a Hybrid feat for Rogue/Assassins, is it legal or fair to take both Guild Training abilities burning two feats? Sly Flourish ...
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1answer
148 views

Savage Worlds: Safety Harnesses and Airbags?

So I just got Savage Worlds (Deluxe Edition) last night, and in true form, I started a cover-to-cover read, basically just hitting everything on the way through. It's all been pretty clear throughout, ...
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4answers
831 views

What systems do use-based skill upgrades well? [closed]

By "use-based skill upgrades," I mean skills are increased as they're used. At some point, everyone questions the sense in killing just enough Orcs that you get better at sneaking. This sort of ...
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1answer
521 views

Which products contain Monster, PC, or NPC tokens for Dnd4e?

Which books/boxes/etc contain sheets of tokens and or maps for Dnd4e? I have the monster vault, which I believe came with tokens, and the outdoors and indoors tiles I think came with some tokens ...
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1answer
1k views

Animal Companion Healing and Dying

I was looking at the Fey Beast Tamer theme and realized I don't understand how the health of a beast companion works. Unless I have a specific power, it can't be healed during combat, right? What ...
9
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2answers
2k views

Playing D&D 4e with two players

I was thinking of starting a D&D 4e campaign with two of my friends. I will DM, and they will play. They are both quite new to RPGs, and I'm not very experienced as a DM. However, 2 players does ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I interpret “add +1/3 to natural armor bonus”?

I am new to Pathfinder and am building a Half-Orc Druid. Half-Orcs Favored Class Options The following options are available to all half-orcs who have the listed favored class, and unless ...
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5answers
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Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?

This question could be also How to avoid teleport/drop bomb/teleport back attacks? or How to avoid the use of Dimensional Shamblers as bomb carriers? Background Recently my group of players thought ...
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1answer
494 views

How to describe combat with brutes

How can I describe combat where player characters face multiple opponents? For example, in 7th Sea there are up to six brutes in a squad. I'd like to have some inspiration for how to describe the ...
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1answer
1k views

Bows in ShadowRun: How do I calculate the damage?

In the SR4 rulebook 20th Anniversary edition, Bows damage assisted as (STR min+2)p yet later on, in the rulebook it says to calculate the base damage as the lowest of the bow and arrow rating. To ...
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6answers
2k views

Dragon Player Characters

Are there any good rpgs where the player characters are dragons? I am familiar with the old D&D supplement "Council of Wyrms", but that was just screwing with some basic D&D stats and trying ...
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10answers
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Is it fair to press the players for decisions during combat?

My group tends to over-analyse during combat, which slows everything down. I press upon my players to make their decision and roll the dice quickly. My players are all experienced in the system and I ...
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0answers
47 views

Can I use exotic materials to make armor? [duplicate]

Can I use other materials for making armor instead of metal, bone, wood or leather? Specifically, can I use spider exo-skeleton? If so, what are the rules and cost?
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4answers
757 views

Spoilt for choice: helping traditional-system players adapt to narrative-control games

My group teethed on D&D 3.5 and loved 4e, but now we're eager to take advantage of FATE's more narrative- and character-driven philosophies. However, on our first (DFRPG) game last night, my ...
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1answer
149 views

How do I get as many enemies as possible to attack me in 1 round from a distance?

On my ranged rogue I have the Daring Gamble utility power, which, once activated, gives me CA for the rest of the encounter on any enemies that attack me before the start of my next turn. How can I ...

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