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Small ships and interplanetary communications

It appears that there is no method of communicating over interplanetary distances for small ships in Eclipse Phase. A large radio has a range of 5000 km in open space (page 298), a laser or microwave ...
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How to design a character in Eclipse Phase?

I'm a bit overwhelmed with all of the options available. We haven't run a full session yet, but the two test runs I've done have both revealed glaring holes in the character I designed using the book ...
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Dodging missiles in Eclipse Phase

Is there anything a character can do when shot at with a missile/grenade? If said grenade wasn't set to explode immediately, they can try to catch it to toss it back (REF+COO+COO), or jump on it (REF+...
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Muse Uplifts in Eclipse Phase

Is there any guidance in EP for a skilled programmer PC to eventually uplift their muse? This could of course have disastrous consequences... but i think a distinct part of Eclipse Phase is trying ...
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Can Apocalypse World be played as a two-player game?

Apocalypse World seems to be designed for a small group of PCs, all interacting fiercely. This is a part of both the hard-and-fast mechanics, like Hx, and the MC techniques, like the emphasis on PC-...
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Can a bound outsider disobey its orders?

The Planar Binding spell reads: You can attempt to compel the creature to perform a service by describing the service and perhaps offering some sort of reward. [...] This process can be ...
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Would someone clarify the HD section in the Zombie Bestiary entry?

I'm mostly confused by the line "Drop HD gained by class levels (minimum of 1) and change racial HD to d8s." Now, let me see if I understood that correctly; If I'm dealing with something that has no ...
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Stress Tracks and Beast Change

In the Dresden Files, damage is taken as stress or consequences, which is all fine and dandy until you factor in beast change. For example, in my game, one of my players is a were-tiger; when he is ...
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Can you use the heal skill on yourself?

I know you can't use long-term care on yourself, but could you use the other aspects of the skill like first aid, treat wounds, treat disease, etc.
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Is there a good system for organizing and distributing handouts online?

A lot of benefits can be had from handing the players index cards, handouts, notes, et cetera. Is there a good way to simulate this online? We play with IRC and a virtual tabletop (d20pro), but I'm ...
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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation? [closed]

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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Can a sniper be built in D&D 4e?

The concept of a sniper has been around a long time, even with bows. Is this even possible in D&D4e, where the range increments are so short? Criteria: Long range bow or crossbow attacks. ...
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How do free contacts from Professional Training work?

The wording of the merit in Hunter: the Vigil is ambiguous (along with the example. In game terms, the character is considered to have the Contacts Merit (see p. 114 of the World of Darkness ...
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What are the best computer generators for historical timelines?

Every world or campaign setting has a timeline of historical events. Normally this has the format of a year number followed by a short description. For example: −9800 DR: The Yuirwood was settled by ...
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Multiclassed spellcaster, full spell knowledge?

I am making an arcane/divine multiclass to later prestige as a mystic theurge. I have 'practices spellcaster' twice, as to have full caster level in both spellcaster classes. My question is if there ...
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How can I decide whether being the GM is right for me?

I haven't played a table top RPG before. I've played RPGs in video game form for my entire life, though. I also write a good deal, and I've won like... two contests for short stories. I assume that's ...
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How can I bring a player back to immersion and away from the distraction he brings to the table?

Currently, one of my players brings his 3DS to the table. He picked up a new game, and insists that he's "just grinding," and that he's paying attention (and to his credit, for the most part he is), ...
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Are ability scores restored daily even while still under an affliction?

I'm trying to better understand afflictions and I was wondering if, for example; Someone gets Ghoul Fever. If they fail the save then they take 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex damage. The next day, would they ...
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What does “the save DC is Charisma-based.” mean?

I'm looking at Ghoul Fever and it says that, but a few lines up it says the save is Fort DC 13, so I'm not sure what they mean by the charisma based part.
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Does the same affliction stack?

If you catch a specific affliction like a disease while in combat can you then catch it again next round? What are the effects of this if it's possible? Would you need to cure it twice? etc.
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If you perform a standard action can you still attack on the same turn?

Attacking is a standard action I think so you can't do that right? You can do a move and a standard or 2 moves, but not 2 standards as far as I understand it. Looking for confirmation.
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3.5e: Concealment from Child of Shadow (martial stance) clarifications

I'm working on a new build and some questions regarding concealment and the application of this particular stance have come up. I would ask them separately, but it seems to me that all of these are ...
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Suggestions for decreasing metagaming and increasing player immersion?

This question is posed in a great way over on the Paizo boards, where I hang out since I play/run a lot of Pathfinder. Immersion is one of the key parts of the RPG experience to me, so I loved the ...
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Minor Creation and food

So, a hungry wizard walks into a bar... And then gets kicked out before he's able to get any food in his stomach. He throws some curses and then remembers - he has some olives left, as well as a Minor ...
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Typical amount of time for a Story Arc to complete

Background: I'm new to tabletop role-playing games, with D&D Next being my first. I like the idea of tabletop role-playing and thought I'd give it a try. The group on average meets about 3 times ...
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How do i scout with a bat familiar?

My gaming group in a few encounters will be hitting level 14. I plan on taking the arcane familiar feat, and choosing the bat familiar. My plan is to have the bat passive inside my cloak to gain the ...
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How can you tell when a creature can speak a language or just understand it?

For example, the Unicorn entry in the bestiary says Languages: common, sylvan Does that mean the unicorn can speak and understand both or just understand common but not speak it? I thought I ...
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Initiate of [Deity] feats and spontaneous divine caster?

Assuming I'm using the Spontaneous Cleric Variant and there's an Initiate of [some deity] which grants some special spells (only when this feat is taken) and the spontaneous cleric takes that feat ...
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Persistent tail combined with concealment from Ghostwalker

I am not sure if I understand the level 10 Utility Power Persistent Tail correctly. Let's say I have a level 11 CB-Monk Ghostwalker. When I hit a target and slide it adjacent I get CA. I then have ...
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How far away can my new sleeve be when I egocast?

When using an ego bridge to egocast a live ego (as opposed to a halted fork or backup), how distant can the target be? Eclipse Phase p. 269 says: In this case, during the process of uploading, ...
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Sensible values for a human child's AC / HP / Ini

To spice up a chapter of Rise of the Runelords, I want to introduce an additional NPC: human child (about 8 to 12 years old). The child should be saved by the PCs and brought back to her parents. What ...
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Can mount slot items like Impenetrable Barding be used with figurines of power?

I imagine a mount slot item as something the mount carries/wears. When you use the Figurines such as the ebony fly they tend to be of use in just one or two combats--with a standard action they grow ...
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What are the implications of having a bone token spellbook?

I am working on a Wizard character that used the bone tokens mentioned in Complete Arcane as his spellbook, with the idea that he was a jeweler by trade and made special bone jewelery to store ...
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Spell DC Saving Throws

In the Class sections, each class Spell DC is stated as "8 + your [Ability] modifier." So for example, a Mage with 16 Intelligence would have a Spell DC of 11. However, on page 28 of How To Play, it ...
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Are there D&D random encounter tables where # monsters encountered is dependent upon party size?

For example, say a party of adventurers is journeying through a wilderness region which is known to be patrolled by Orcs and other nasties. A party of 2-3 adventurers would surely attract less ...
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Off Hand optimization

I am asking on a general base since I think answers might be useful for several types of characters, but if you want the details, I am currently playing a swashbuckler/duellist and I am not allowed to ...
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Help Needed With Probability Math for 2d10 [closed]

In my Old School D&D campaign, I instituted a house rule to help the PCs raise their ability scores. Each ability score has a "fractional ability score". This is a percentile rating that starts at ...
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Where can I find a Pathfinder charsheet PSD?

I am looking to customize my pathfinder sheet to remove things I don't use and add some houserules elements of my DM. All of us in the party can use these things. I have searched for a charsheet for ...
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How much are the players supposed to know?

My final question (for now) deals with the knowledge of the players of what is actually happening in AD&D 1e. Take for example AD&D's initiative system. I'm not sure whether or not the ...
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How many iterative attacks can an Eidolon with a two-handed weapon make?

I'm experienced with RPG's but this is my first run of Pathfinder. I elected to play a summoner who's Eidolon wield a greatsword. I've heard of this class's supposed "brokenness" so I elected to ...
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How do pet classes control their animals?

I'm mostly referring to druid and ranger, but also curious about wizard. How do these classes control their animals? I thought the handle animal skill was mostly reserved for animals that you train/...
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Looking for a WWII RPG that requires no adaptation/conversion

I am a massive fan of history - particularly the 20th century. Of course, the Second World War is massive and fascinating specter of this era. Are there any pen and paper RPGs based upon this conflict?...
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Are there any more Vampire the Requiem Novels?

The only 3 novels for VtR that I am aware of are: A Hunger Like Fire Blood In, Blood Out Marriage of Virtue & Viciousness Does anyone know of any others? If not, does anyone know if there ...
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How are damage penalties on melee attacks calculated?

Several attacks get only half the Strength bonus to damage - off-hand attacks or attacks from light weapons come to mind. Of course, main hand, non-light attacks get the full Strength bonus and two ...
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Semi-random name generator

Does anyone know of a good online name generator that can be set up to create random names with culture-specific flavour? (Meaning, for example, names that sound like Russian, Norwegian etc etc.)
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How to get players to survive this particular battle?

My NPCs are tougher than I thought. Luckily I'm finding this out before the game is starting (in 2 hours), so I still have a bit of time to adjust, but if anyone is willing to help, I'd be interested ...
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A basic rules summary for the Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space RPG

I was wondering if anyone has found a basic summary of the base mechanics of Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space. Ideally a sample play-through of a few rounds of an action scene. I already ...
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Shouldn't The Doctor almost always be an NPC?

I'm considering GMing Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, but there's something I fundamentally don't understand: Why is The Doctor a player-character option? And why is it the default selection?...
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Good modifications to the lycanthropy alignment change?

Related to my other question, my PCs who have become were-rats don't want to become Chaotic Evil, but do want to remain uncured. They're up for struggles and such, and aren't looking for it to ...
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When monster cohorts level up, do they work just like a PC of that class level?

That is, if a monster cohort levels up with a PC and they would normally qualify for a class ability, like the fighter's bravery or a barbarian's rage, do the monster cohorts also get these abilities? ...

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