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Does Vecna's Aura work on revenant players?

The creature Vecna has the following Aura: Vecna's Aura (Healing, Necrotic) aura 10; any living creature that starts its turn within the aura takes 50 necrotic damage. Any undead creature that ...
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How can I convert the Necromorphs from Dead Space to Savage Worlds?

I'm making a Savage setting for Dead Space, and I'm really unsure about this part. I understand I need to compare the monsters to regular humans, for instance, and try to determine their stats from ...
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Dealing with Object Damage with Area of Effect spells [closed]

Pathfinder has a whole series of rules around damaging objects of objects. It seems like the basic premise is that people's gear is protected along with them and does not really suffer independent ...
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Learning to play from scratch - Pathfinder

I've been tinkering around with the idea of getting my family, just the 3 of us (son age 11) into table top rpgs. A few weeks back I purchased Pathfinders Adventure Card game, thinking it would be a ...
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Can people detect a Detect Hidden Node scan?

I'm just starting to read up on hacking in the Shadowrun universe, but I didn't see anything about corps or people being able to tell you're looking for their hidden network. Is it possible to detect ...
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Is there a game that places a similar amount of emphasis on the creation of worlds by player characters as the Myst series?

A major part of the premise of the Myst series is that a number of characters in the setting can 'write' worlds (mostly ones you could walk across in a few minutes). The gameplay of the series is ...
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Would throwing cars and debris require Thrown Strike or Blast?

The rules on having Strike with the Thrown option mention having to retrieve or recharge something to re-use the ability in order for it to count as a Thrown Strike instead of a Blast. Could this ...
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How can I make Attacks of Opportunity using a ranged weapon?

Is there any way a character can make an attack of opportunity using a ranged weapon? If so, how? What book does it come from?
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What's the purpose of not allowing tests to be converted in Burning Wheel?

I'm currently reading through Burning Wheel Gold and found a very odd quirk; the rules say that tests for advancing Skills or Stats cannot be converted to a different sort of test (for example, ...
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Level of detail in description?

There's a trope or two that says you shouldn't bother describing anything unless it's relevant to the story. However, in RPG's where the participants partially shape the story with their actions, any ...
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Pathfinder druid animal companions damage

I need some clarification. Lets say we have a Cat, Big Starting Statistics Size Medium; Speed 40 ft.; AC +1 natural armor; Attack bite (1d6), 2 claws (1d4); Ability Scores Str 13, Dex 17, Con 13, ...
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Spells similar to Unconcious Agenda for 3.5 without certain restrictions

I'm after a spell i can have cast on my character where on a certain condition (in my case, character is bitten by a vampire) he will conscious or not, be made to perform an action (in my case, slug a ...
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What are the pros, cons, and hitches of having only the players roll dice?

I ran a variant of DnD3.5 a few years a go with this house rule Player Only Rolls. The basic of the idea was that the referee never rolls at all. The players roll to attack vers the creatures AC. They ...
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Fighting an opponent with higher Reflexes

Say you have a character with Reflexes B4 — pretty standard for many kinds of PCs and NPCs in Burning Wheel. That character is likely to eventually face someone with Reflexes B5 or B6, maybe ...
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Do weapons training's bonuses apply to every attack made with a double weapon?

Starting at 5th level, a fighter can select one group of weapons, as noted below. Whenever he attacks with a weapon from this group, he gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls. Let's say I ...
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Repair Spells/Infusions and “Constructs”

I've been having a bit of an argument with another DM lately over whether the Artificer's Repair infusions can effect inanimate objects. From my understanding, RAW the repair spells are only meant to ...
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Does the psyker have to roll for psychic phenomena every time he wants to use a psychic ability while pushing?

Or he has to roll only once, when "activating" the power? If so, he maintains the bonus psy rating until he "decativates" the ability?
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Starting at a higher level

In a campaign I will be playing in soon, we are starting with 10k experience apiece (this is to have a higher-stakes campaign, and the reason we get a set amount of xp instead of levels is that ...
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Benefits of using an off-hand parrying object in 7th Sea

To put it simple: Why would you (besides a matter of fighting style) choose to parry using your off-hand (either with buckler, main gauche, cloak, etc.) instead of your weapon? As far as I ...
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Can a Wraith perceive the Shadowlands when emboding or skinriding?

If a Wraith uses the arts of Embody or Puppetry, can he still perceive the Shadowlands even if they are at the other side of the Shroud? A skinriding Wraith can't see what it wants, but only what the ...
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Where did the Chromatic/Metallic Dragons come from?

In the AD&D Monster Manual, the Chromatic (evil) and Metallic (good) dragons are introduced. Each color of dragon has a different habitat, personality and breath weapon. (Or two breath weapons, in ...
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What version of D&D, or similar game, should I choose given my criteria?

(I hope that by being very specific in my criteria that this question will be deemed acceptable to this site. Apologies in advance if I did not meet what I understand to be the requirements for ...
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What XP counts to acquire new ranks? Spent XP or earned XP?

This is very important, because it can allow/prevent players from "saving" XP to spend it to buy skills from higher ranks.
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What GM-less RPGs exist and are the mechanics adaptable to other systems? [closed]

I'm constantly looking for new systems to either steal from or at least try out for a one-shot. What systems are currently available that feature GM-less mechanics? Further, do any of these systems ...
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What are the limits of Telekinetic powers?

One of my players has asked me if he can use the abilities Mind Over Matter and Precision Telekinesis to do the following: -Use melee weapons at range (imagine a floating sword) -Throw grenades ...
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Does the pathfinder Myrmidarch Magus archetype use ammunition when he uses ranged spellstrike?

At 4th level, a myrmidarch can use spellstrike to cast a single-target touch attack ranged spell and deliver it through a ranged weapon attack. Even if the spell can normally affect multiple ...
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1answer
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How many known spells does a level 1 spellslinger with 20 int have at creation?

I'm using PCGen to help me make this character, so I'm unsure if it's correct or not. Spellslingers get no cantrips, but get detect magic and read magic as level 1 spells at character creation. I'm ...
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How can I get miniatures with specific features?

Is there somewhere you can get minis corresponding to the class, race and sex of adventurers, be it singles or a giant collection of minis? For example: I might be looking for a male elf druid and a ...
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351 views

Does the Executioner Assassin apply dexterity to its melee basic attacks?

I am trying to figure out if the Executioner assassin (Heroes of Shadow) applies its dexterity to its melee basic attacks. The Attack Finesse Class feature says: You can use Dexterity instead of ...
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Can you help me understand the RPG rules behind Planescape:Torment?

I'm playing a computer RPG, Planescape: Torment, and am enjoying it. Torment is obviously using RPG rules to determine how big of a hit I'll take, or how much damage I'll do with every swing of my ...
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1answer
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How do I determine my Spell Save and Spells Per Day?

I have a copy of the 3rd Edition PHB (take note: that's 3e, not 3.5e,)and decided to make a few characters using the official character sheet from the back of the book. Based on what I've learned ...
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2answers
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Ways to fast-travel across Golarion?

I'm planning to have the characters of my campaign visit various countries all over Golarion for the sake of variety of locations and themes. That said, how could I achieve this within the boundaries ...
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How can I successfully run one-on-one adventures in D&D 4E?

It seems clear that 4E really wants the party to have at least four PCs, so that all four roles can be covered. The official rules give tips on what to do when you can only have three PCs, but when ...
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1answer
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Ranger's Focus and Master Hunter

I'm considering the Guide Archetype. Ranger's Focus seems like a slightly more versatile and powerful combination of Favoured Enemy + Quarry with the downside of being much more limited in uses. ...
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In D&D 3.5 Why does “Withdraw” not trigger an “Attack of Opportunity”?

In D&D 3.5 "Withdraw" is defined as follows: Withdrawing from melee combat is a full-round action. When you withdraw, you can move up to double your speed. The square you start out in is ...
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Do cantrips count as zero level spells?

In pathfinder magic an arcane spellcaster can memorize a lower level spell into a higher level spell slot if they wish. Eg use a 3rd level spell slot to memorise a 2nd level spell. Does this ...
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Wing-clipped Strix and flying in Pathfinder

I have a player in my game who is a wing-clipped Strix, I let him into my game (low level ) as in my head he was a chicken who could hop about and perform short flights. This isn't how he sees it. ...
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Can a martial character combine a lesser style with greater style, arena training, or other at-will modifying feat?

What level of stacking is possible with at-will modifying feats? Take, for example, the fighter power: "Cleave" At-Will Martial, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Targets: ...
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1answer
419 views

Can players use ranged attacks or spells while within the Magic Circle against Evil?

So, I know that Magic Circle against Evil acts as an emanation, and everyone within a 10 foot radius of the target gets the effects of Protection against Evil. Additionally, non-good creatures cannot ...
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700 views

Has anyone released Castle of the Mad Archmage upper levels?

I'd really like to run COTMA, but for some reason the idea of coming up with the ruins and level 1 kind of intimidate me. I'd like to see some examples that I could either use as written or just use ...
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Should I prepare a 0th level spell twice to use it twice?

My question is about how much and what spells I can use, I'm new to Pathfinder and unclear on a few points about how much I can use spells, for example, say I can cast 4 level 0 spells a day and I can ...
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What is the ideal Numenera party size, and the practical min and max?

I haven't been able to find any mentions on party size in the Numenera core book. What I want to know is the ideal size for a party and the practical maximum and minimum party sizes. Is it possible, ...
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1answer
158 views

Bard Focused Sound Criticals

In Arcane Power the Bard lvl 1 Encounter Power Focused Sound says: Until the end of your next turn, any attack against the target can score a critical hit on a roll of 18-20. Does this mean that ...
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How does suffocation work with enchanted air and a magi's parma magica?

My players are, through inventive hypothetical spells, trying to understand the limits and nature of magic resistance. Given ArM5's version of parma magica and an awareness of the pink dot loophole, ...
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1answer
280 views

What are ways to imbue magic into a cloth armour?

In the PHB1, this is said about cloth armour: Jackets, woven robes, and padded vests don't, by themselves, provide any significant protection. However, you can imbue them with protective magic. ...
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249 views

Can Manticore Parry redirect an attack towards the original attacker?

The Tome of Battle supplement for D&D 3.5 offers a Maneuver called Manticore Parry, which allows the initiator to redirect the attack to another target. But which targets are legal? When you ...
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1answer
176 views

Mastering Telekinetic Discipline?

The book says about mastering a psychic discipline: Once a psyker has purchased 8 psychic techniques from a single Discipline, he has attained mastery of that Discipline, and the Psy Rating for all ...
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2answers
625 views

How does Sound Constitution exactly work?

The description says "Gain an additional wound", and also says that the number (which I assume is the x2, x3 number that follows the skill) means the times you have purchased the skill, so does this ...
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1answer
487 views

Legend of the Five Rings Jiujitsu Alternate Rules [closed]

I love L5R. The setting is in depth and has just the right mix of different Asian cultures. I'm gearing up to play 4th edition and I'm excited to see what changes are in effect. The only problem with ...
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5answers
768 views

How to Avoid Weakness to Cold Iron

In a Dungeon Keeper campaign I am playing, my character has a weakness to cold iron, taking double the damage from cold iron sources. I'm a 5th level druid, for now, and I am looking for ways to ...

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