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Playing 4th Ed D&D for the first time, what should I read to avoid holding everyone back?

I've been invited to join a new game of D&D 4th edition this weekend, but haven't played proper D&D before. Are there any resources I ought to read or get before I turn up, so that I'm not a ...
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Does it always cost an action to spend a healing surge?

The Warlord ability Inspiring Word states that it allows a target to use a healing surge - does it require the target to use a minor action to use such healing surge? Or is it basically the ...
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When does combat advantage end with push effects and deadly draw?

I built a Centered Breath monk with Deadly Draw and I as well have the "Gauntlets of the Ram" which allow me to "Add 1 to the distance of any push effect you create." Let's assume an enemy is ...
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How late in history can I set a campaign based in the US without cars and telephones being widespread? [closed]

I'm deciding on my next campaign offering, and I'm dealing with this dilemma: although I prefer, and am best at, running games set in the near-present, one of my players has a mild antipathy toward ...
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Can a D&D Necromancer be of a good alignment? [closed]

I've been considering creating a good-aligned necromancer, but I'm not sure if it's realistic from a role-playing perspective. Is there anything inherent in necromancy that would require someone to be ...
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Recommended Tools and macros for Dark Heresy in Roll 20 [closed]

Our group is currently meeting for a Dark Heresy campaign on Roll20. We have found some interesting tokens, built a few macros and the character sheets and we are learning more about the internal ...
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How can characters with low Fighting and Shooting contribute in combat?

I've run a few rounds of Savage Worlds, and I like the quick character generation and minimal bookkeeping. I'm a little frustrated with a phenomenon which is hardly unique to the system: in combat, ...
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Soaking wounds with Bennies

When Soaking Wounds with a bennie do you roll for the maximum number of wounds the damage could do, or the maximum wound the character can take. For example, say a character currently has 2 wounds and ...
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Player characters as mounts

I am asking about an edge case based on the three paragraphs under "Encounters with PC Mounts" on DMG 46. So far as I can tell these paragraphs are not reproduced anywhere else, and these paragraphs ...
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Wizard Edge in a Mass Battle

The Wizard Edge reduces the cost of a power by one point for each raise. Does this reduce the Power Points per round used, if you roll a Raise or Two Raises using their Arcane Skill roll?
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Are the Monster Lore paragraphs from the printed manuals available online?

I got a subscription for DD Insider and have been especially satisfied with the online compendium: being able to quickly open the relevant monster entries in seperate tabs during an encounter has ...
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Changing systems: Player and GM considerations in adapting a campaign from PF to 4e

I am resurrecting a campaign which had been on hold for several months, and considering updating from Pathfinder to 4e (which I have never run before), and juggling the mental calculus that goes into ...
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How can I build a Sorcerer who focuses on debuffing and debilitating effects?

A friend of mine is about to start his own 4e campaign, and I'll be playing a Sorcerer. We're starting from scratch at level 1. I need your advice on how to build him the way I want him, though: I ...
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Role-play enhancing items

For my D&D 4E character, I would like to have some sort of role-play enhancing item, something that gives me more options for role-playing. For example, my previous character had an armor shard ...
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What is the name of this specific, online DM (4e) tool?

I used this tool, albeit briefly, maybe a year ago. Now, I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. First, it was an online/web based tool, not something you download. Everything was set ...
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Where can I find cartography icons for game maps?

I am looking for icons to represent cities, villages and other places, something like the ones that come with AutoREALM, but which can be used in my mapping tool of choice (GIMP in this case). Is ...
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Is there an online service to convert play transcripts into narrative fiction?

Question Does anyone offer an online, session story telling service? I would like to submit transcripts/records of game sessions, and receive story-fied versions of them back. Context I'm DMing for ...
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Any free and private wiki-like services for campaign tracking?

In one of our long running (3+ years) campaigns we've wound up with a wealth of information the DM and players can't keep track of. All of us agree on introducing a wiki to track our information (a ...
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Where can I find premade characters for D&D 4e? [closed]

I'm going to play D&D 4e tomorrow, and I don't have the time to make my own character. Does anyone know a place where I can find premade character sheets that people have shared?
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Is there an organized list of the published D&D Dungeon and Dragon magazine adventures?

I have access to both Dungeon and Dragon Magazines through my D&D Insider subscription, but WOTC only lists their articles in the database by title. What would really help is if it a list exists ...
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Roll20 reminded me of a similar program; help me identify it? [duplicate]

I was in chat here on the site and saw mention of an online tabletop gaming website called roll20.net. I have checked it out and it looks pretty promising for online play as it works in the browser, ...
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How can we play up the full scope of “queer content” in Monsterhearts?

As the Monsterhearts book suggests, Your story will be more interesting and real if it includes queer content. It’s another dimension of isolation and anxiety to explore through your characters. ...
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Can a Fighter without multiple attacks use Two-Weapon Fighting?

If you are a level 5 fighter who just picked up two-weapon fighting, even if you don't have multiple attacks, would you be able to attack with two weapons? Specifics: Weapon training: blades, heavy; ...
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Are there any guides for using Statistical Analysis for RPG optimization?

I've got a light background in statistical analysis for project management, but I've never applied statistics to analyze RPGs or games for that matter at all. I'm looking to compare options within ...
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What do the terms “lines” and “veils” mean?

I have seen the terms "lines" and "veils" used on this SE (including on the chat) a number of times, especially in terms of social contracts between players. What do these terms mean? What is ...
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How to deal with session-based effects in play by post?

Some systems have effect whose length is based on a number of sessions. For example: Marvel Heroic Roleplaying has a Refresh of Plot Points at the beginning of every session Fate Core has a refresh ...
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Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group

I am running a Fate game in which I have the following characters: A Japanese high-school student wielding a haunted katana The MVP of the last Neo-baseball universal championship, wielding a ...
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Is there a layer of the Abyss that is controlled by celestials?

I heard a rumor that there is a published reference to a layer of the Abyss that is controlled/populated by celestials. Is this true? If so, what source mentions this? I'm really just curious about ...
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How can I avoid focusing too much on one player character?

Currently in the game I'm running, one of my players is constantly excited about the game. Outside of the game, he writes pages and pages of material about his character, and consistently adds new ...
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Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?

I'm in the extremely early stages of planning a character for a low-magic D&D 3.5 campaign. The theme of the campaign is that the party will be pirates. I'm currently mulling around the idea of a ...
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How was Changeling played with cards?

AFAIK, Changeling 1st edition was played with cards, at least some parts of the game. That was removed from 2nd edition. I think it wasn't very successful, but I'm still very curious about that. ...
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Modeling character emotions and stress

I'm interested in playing a game which is based more on characters and their emotions, rather than physical accomplishments. A system that forces characters to do dumb things and generate drama while ...
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991 views

Hybrid fighter|ranger rules questions

Okay, I have some questions about making a hybrid character, but I'll list my character's stats and abilities before I get to my questions: Warforged Ranger|Fighter Hybrid (dual-weapon specialist) ...
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What are the long term consequences of adding new negative quality during play

I don't remember reading official rules on the subject but I think it's fairly logical to have the ability, as a GM, to give characters new negative qualities if the situation is appropriate. The most ...
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In-Game Calendar

I play Shadowrun with my group. We have a blog and I as GM wish that we could somehow track our in-game calendar. How many days have gone by? When does lifestyle have to be paid? How many days 'til ...
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Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories? [closed]

I know of a few online retailers that specialise in out-of-print (OOP), second-hand, and original editions of RPG books and accessories. Let's make a definitive list of them!
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Resource/Methods for “leveling” spells from the Harry Potter Universe?

I'm playing a homebrew version of "Broomstix" with my nephews and am looking for a resource that doesn't just list all the Harry Potter universe spells and their functions but also lists the ...
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Ambient Sounds (not music!)

I'm currently running a campaign with highly interactive players who do a lot of exploring, debating, politicizing, weaving intrigues, etc., etc. (We rarely have real fights, maybe once every 5-10 ...
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1answer
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What is the full text of 'Favored in Guild: Jazred Chalssin'?

Several Assassin Handbooks out there (eg. this one) seem to reference a certain feat. Favored in Guild – Jazred Chalssin (DMG2+web): +4 DC [of death attack]. Tied pretty tightly with anti-Lolth ...
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Using Sap Adept/Master feat as a rogue in pathfinder

I’ve read a lot about using Sap Adept and Sap Master as a rogue in Pathfinder. What is the best way for a rogue to trigger this feat (use a bludgeoning weapon to deal nonlethal sneak attack damage) ...
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How can I plan, prepare, and enforce an episodic structure?

I have more or less always run my campaigns as very continuous affairs, in which each game session picks up, in game, only moments or hours after the previous session ended. If the party ends play in ...
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1answer
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How many creatures does Heavenly Fire target?

The Sorcerer Celestial Bloodline has this power: Heavenly Fire (Sp): Starting at 1st level, you can unleash a ray of heavenly fire as a standard action, targeting any foe within 30 feet as a ...
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What software can be useful for a DM running D&D?

I DM'd a lot in a time before software could do anything more than let you type up your scenarios and roll a dice. What kind of software is out there now for DM's running a game. Are any of them any ...
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Is negative energy (or chanelling it) necessarily evil?

I'm building a Lawful Neutral cleric of Abadar, and picture her channeling negative energy as "Abadar's rebuke of the unjust". In my case, she'll use the Rulership variant channeling rules, cutting ...
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How can I efficiently run a morally challenging campaign?

I recently started running a DnD 4e campaign of my own. My goal was to make it an ethical dilemma for the players, to really give them a chance to play a game where character/personality based choices ...
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0answers
156 views

Characters and combat mindset [closed]

One of my main characters (a rather long-lived and notable one in the world she is in) has quite a considerable degree of combat mindset/mentality (hardening, if you will) imparted to her (i.e. not ...
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2answers
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What is considered a “special power” for the Leadership feat?

For the feat Leadership, there are several modifiers listed that change a character's Leadership score. One of the entries on the Reputation table is "Special Power," but there is nothing describing ...
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4answers
668 views

What are established ways for playing a campaign based on a real-life environment?

I am thinking about starting a campaign which is based on my and my players' hometown and direct environment. I can imagine a plethora of pitfalls that come with this as opposed to creating a purely ...
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2answers
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What are the feats and class features that turn will and fort saves into reflex saves?

What are the feats and class features that turn will and fort saves into reflex saves? I vaguely remember reading something like this in a D&D 3.5 or PF book.
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1answer
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Large humanoid with reach weapon and gore, unthreatened radius?

Let's say we have a minotaur (large creature with a Gore natural attack) armed with a large guisarme (reach weapon). A large reach weapon has it's range doubled (from 10' to 20') and the gore attack ...

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