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What classes other than Rogue can initially train in Thievery?

My gaming buddies and I are about to start up a second group to play D&D 4e with, and I'm looking for a class to replace the rogue to freshen things up a little. The only problem is that Thievery ...
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What is a good first heroic campaign for D&D 4e, levels 1-5?

I'm a very experienced AD&D GM, and have run levels 1-5 in 4e: Red Box + Reavers of Harkenwold. I want to start a new mixed-experience group (some 4e, some 3.5/Pathfinder, and no experience at ...
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What is the basic TN for Character Rolls in Mass Battles?

When a character chooses to fight in a Mass Battle. What is the original TN (before the mods for number of tokens and character rank). For a spellcraft roll is we assume TN 4 but for fighting it is ...
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How far does one travel when falling for one round?

How far would you fall in one round assuming you started falling this round, and were high enough that you did not hit anything? Would this follow the math, or is there a rule written somewhere I'm ...
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Druid in earth elemental shape and melded into a wall

A druid which is wild-shaped (elemental body) into an earth elemental has the ability "earth glide". I have a couple of questions regarding this: If he's inside of a wall, can he see/hear what's ...
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Need a good “Katrina Horror” scenario/resources for my Pathfinder campaign

AVAST! THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD! In my current Pathfinder campaign, set in Golarion, I'm mashing up the Second Darkness Adventure Path, initially set in the seedy pirate-infested town of Riddleport, ...
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Is Hengeyokai's Nature's Mask benefit applied to Hybrid form or just Animal form?

So in a recent errata and update, they brought the Hengeyokai out of Playtest. It still seems confusing though about the benefit for Nature's Mask in regards to being a hybrid of the animal and human ...
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What benefit does a fighter with a high wisdom score have?

In the Players hand book it mentions in a list called "Melee weapon groups and associated Statistics" (Pg. 77) and says ...the list below notes the melee weapon group and the ability score that ...
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Metaplot of Vampire: The Masquerade V20

The 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade is, with respect to the rules, almost the same as the (revised) second edition of the game (see the answer here: What are the major changes made ...
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Shadowrun: Do Lightning Bolt/Ball Lightning spells do physical or stun damage?

The Setup The Lightning Bolt and Ball Lightning spells both have their damage type listed as P for Physical (as opposed to S for Stun, such as Knockout). However, the rules also state (emphasis ...
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When is an activity practice instead of exposure?

While engaging in Overly Complex and Extremely Detailed* character generation with one of my players recently, he raised the point that I was being too stingy with XP in seasons when he was performing ...
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When can I use Bastion of Mental Clarity?

If I use Bastion of Mental Clarity as an immediate interrupt, does it pump my will for the attack that just happened or is it in effect afterwards?
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Since there are actually Trolls in Shadowrun, is there another word used for “Trolling” a forum?

I didn't even think about the racist meaning of "Troll" when replying to someone who was Trolling my forum. I remember some Shadowrun Glossaries, but I'm trying to come up with some "in period" ...
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How can you add character to in-game religions?

I'm thinking mostly from a DnD3.5 background, but am open to input for any setting - even non-fantasy - but my focus is on fantasy settings. How can you add character to religions so that they're ...
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Simplifying/introducing marking for 2e/3e players?

I received this question from a group I'm a member of on facebook, and whilst I'm not sure how appropriate it is for me to ask this, I'm going to anyway. Anyway the poster said this Marking. I ...
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How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?

This question inspired by this rather grognardian post over on the Tao of D&D. Functionally, the post asserts: But suggest to a party that they're too far apart to hear one another as they ...
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RPG “yardstick” character builds

What does it mean to create a "yardstick" build in an RPG, specifically in Neverwinter Nights.
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How does the Big Damn Heroes Handbook change the Serenity RPG?

Wikipedia says this about Serenity RPG Its mechanics are the first iteration of the Cortex System. Which got me thinking, is the Big Damn Heroes Handbook a complete rules update to the Cortex ...
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In FreeMarket, what does the target use in a Breaking or Ghosting Aggregate Challenge?

In FreeMarket, what does the target use in a Breaking or Ghosting Aggregate Challenge? Assuming, of course, that the target is the superuser, playing the Aggregate. For a Switching challenge, the ...
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Is there a limit on how many bugs you can hold in Freemarket?

In a recent session I was the superuser, and the very first challenge was a large group challenge, which I lost. As a result I acquired a fistful of bugs. That fistful was enough to dominate many ...
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An insomniac character, how could that work?

I searched the player's handbook a while ago for the sleep deprivation rules but I don't remember finding anything, even though I recall having been told about such rules. Apart from asking if any ...
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What effect does being slowed have on overland movement in D&D 4e

On page 336 of Heroes of the Fallen Lands it states that if a character tries to carry 20 times their strength score then they are slowed. I know during combat being slowed means you can only move ...
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How to make magic items more interesting?

We all read about the little person finding a magical ring and the GM basing his whole plot on that little ring. That was a cool example of a MacGuffin. Earthdawn has a system in which characters ...
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What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP and Paranoia Troubleshooters?

What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP (2005) and Paranoia Troubleshooters (2009)?
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When did D&D 4e get racial ability bonus choice?

I noticed recently a handful of D&D 4E races have been updated, to have one fixed ability bonus and one choice, between two other stats. When did that happen? What was the reasoning behind this? ...
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How should I make a musical performance into a skill check that is interesting and dynamic?

So in the past I have ran 3.5 DnD while one of the characters was a bard that was in a band with other bard NPC's and occasionally, they hosted concerts in Inns. The way I did it back then was a ...
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What are the major differences between 1st and 2nd edition Gamma World?

Or are there any? I'm trying to figure out which to run. I see that 3rd and 4th are pretty different, but could someone give me a run down on 1st/2nd?
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How long is a Mass Battle round?

The SWD rules give no suggestion for the length of a round in a Mass Battle are there any rules or hints for how long this should be for a battle type and size anywhere?
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What are the differences between the Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and the Essentials Dungeon Master's Kit (DMK)?

I've played some 4th Edition, but I'm curious about trying an all-Essentials game. My understanding is that I need the appropriate Heroes books (in addition to PHB/DMG/MM). Are there any meaningful ...
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Games that have only fictional reward cycles

What games have no mechanical reward cycle, leaving character rewards and improvements entirely within the fiction? By "mechanical reward cycle", I mean a sub-system that: ties a resource gained ...
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How does bonus damage from the 'Intense Spells' class ability relate to the 'Fire Shield' spell?

Evocation Wizards in Pathfinder benefit from bonus damage to their offensive spells, but I am wondering how this relates to spells like Fire Shield. Intense Spells (Su): Whenever you cast an ...
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Inspiration for a unique hybrid character in 4E?

I have been using Wizards' character creator, but I can't come up with anything unique. I would very much like to use a hybrid, but I've had trouble making one that would work at early levels (we are ...
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Do these stats cover enough of a person's ability?

I've had this thought in my head for a while, as I'm developing my game, but this question really sparked me into posing the question. In the game I'm developing, peoples normal stats/attributes ...
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How aggressive should I be with elective pulls?

I'm slowly gearing up to run a one-shot of Dread, but I'm finding myself a little wary of the elective pull rules. They feel a little "cheap" to me, and I'm not quite sure how often I should be ...
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How can I use lights at night without breaking immersion?

What techniques do people use at a LARP to provide light at nighttime without breaking immersion? Especially when some players complain about ruining their 'night vision'. There are some constraints, ...
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Do magical weapons convey effects to magical ammunition?

Let's say I have a +3 Frost Longbow. Frost Weapon Power (Cold) · (Free Action) All damage dealt by this weapon is cold damage. Another free action returns the damage to normal. Power ...
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How do I get my dresden files players involved in city creation?

I've tried to involve my players in city creation a few times through the course of the game, usually whenever they are about to finish up a story arc, but I usually all I get are just get a few ...
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Why would I hire you?

I'm designing a D&D 4E campaign (set in the Forgotten Realms) for my local gaming society, which may or may not spill out into bigger things, rpg.se has given me too many ideas! I want the party ...
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Finding alternatives to rogues in campaigns

In a nutshell, I'm looking to join a game, but it seems that the type of character that I play often (rogue), has been done by everyone else in the group. Are their any other classes or sub-classes ...
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Are there any low-magic 4e home-brew settings?

This question is in a sense related to "What RPGs treat magic as being common?" Aside from the WotC published setting of Dark Sun where magic is treated as something to be shunned, are there any ...
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How to make a Dothraki Screamer in D&D 4th? (Mounted Combat)

Lots of people must be familiar with the Song of Ice and Fire series by now (since the release of the HBO show). As some of you may know, the Dothraki are a nomadic people of barbarians in the model ...
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What is the ideal ratio for PC vs monster in D&D 4e?

I am new to being a DM and am pretty much learning as I go. I am curious as to what some of the more battle-hardened DMs on this site would consider the optimal Player Character versus DM controlled ...
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Improving the Fighter through research

I would like to enable fighters to research new moves in a way similar to wizard researching new spells. Currently, the mechanism of fighter improvement goes through abilities, but I feel like it's ...
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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed in D&D4e?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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I need a ritual to review memories

Is there a ritual already that can do this? If not, can someone please suggest a level and other mechanics to make it work? The ritual should allow the caster to review the target’s memories from ...
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What resources could I use for jewelry reference in D&D

I am playing a character in a Dungeons and Dragons game. We are using a mix of 3 and 3.5 rule set. My character's craft is jewelery,so I need some reference to: what jewelry costs to make what it ...
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What are the options for giving a Battlemind the ability to mark at range?

Basically I wanted to be able to mark a target up to 10 squares away so I can then use the Battlemind level 6 utility power Psionic Ambush to teleport next to it. The only potential option I see is ...
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How should I replace a skill for a wild animal in Mouse Guard if it doesn't have one?

So the Mouse Guard source book has entries on some wild animals people can use for their encounters. Here is a sample entry: Green Snake The green snake is a beautiful snake named for its ...
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Does the sorcerer at-will Lightning Strike trigger the feat Focusing Spellfury?

The sorcerer at-will attack Lightning Strike[DDI] (AP page 28) allows you to damage a secondary creature after hitting with the original attack. For the purpose of the feat Focusing Spellfury[DDI] ...
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How to create a new Ray Gun with Weird Science?

If a character with the Arcane Background (Weird Science) edge takes a new Power, say Bolt, do they need to roll a skill check to create their Ray Gun?

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