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What is the value of a “Companion”?

The game system is 4E. I am trying to get away from awarding just magic weapon here and there. Having the characters earn favors from NPCs is a pretty tried and true way to give value and move the ...
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Would Silver Flame Templars have standing to take action in Breland or Aundair?

Would Silver Flame Templars have standing to take action in Breland or Aundair? By take action I mean particularly "martial" actions, such as capturing a person (as recognized by the treaty of ...
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In what order does the Temporal Villain check off numbers on the Anachronometer?

The numbers 13 through 20 on the Anachronometer are reserved for being filled in by the Temporal Villain at a pace determined by their TVI. They are grouped in pairs of two and have one box not ...
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System for Setting: Misfits

On the recommendation of one of my players, I'm watching Misfits, a British TV show about kids (Their ages aren't so far specifically stated; they're old enough to drink and young enough to live at ...
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How long does Thaumaturgy take?

I get the point that thaumaturgy takes time as opposed to the quick and dirty evocation arts, but how much time hasn't really been spelled out, unless I'm missing it. I've been coming up with my own ...
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Written and verbal incident reports in Time & Temp

In Time & Temp by Epidiah Ravachol, every time you file an incident it will be determined if it is written (semi-permanent) or verbal (very temporary). The text says: "If more than one temp ...
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Face cards or better?

In the Savage Worlds RPG I have seen the phase "Face cards or better". Does this mean Joker and or Aces as well as Jack, Queen and King? Is this defined anywhere in the rule book?
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Does the Bladesinger's Arcane Strike class feature let you use a melee basic attack as a minor action twice?

Let me clarify this question as much as possible because this will be somewhat of a 3-parter question. The Bladesinger's Arcane Strike level 3 class feature says: When you use a bladesinger ...
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Does anyone have good examples of an Adventuring Guild charter?

I'm planning on using established guilds as npc rivals. The player characters start out as nobodies, in some cases as slaves, and will eventually have the opportunity of starting up their own ...
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Universal and Specific status effects

I'm a new DM trying to figure out some good ways to keep track of status effects and the like (I often forget and then I'm faced with the dilemma: retcon and annoy everybody, or go with it even though ...
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Does Augmenting Whetstone work on a magical item?

A while back I was browsing the old (downloadable) dnd4e character generator, and I found an item called Augmenting Whetstone. When used as a minor action, it grants your weapon "a +2 enhancement ...
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Using Org-Mode for Player and DM Notes?

I love Org-Mode. So I obviously would like to use it for my notes for DMing and Playing. However before I get cracking, I was wandering if anyone has tried it, and any half decent custom set ups that ...
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Is there a summary of the Exalted metaplot?

I love the setting, but from a bit of a distance -- I had a couple of the first edition books but none of the second edition stuff. I keep reading interesting posts about the game that rely on stuff I ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3, 3.5 or 4 ed to 2ed monsters?

I would like to know if I can convert monsters from other editions ( I already figured out how to convert monsters from the 1 ed) into 2ed monsters.
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Do metamagic feats increase a spell's casting time in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, there was a rule that a spontaneous spellcaster had to spend extra time casting a spell if they chose to apply a metamagic feat. Is this also true in Pathfinder, or was this limitation ...
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How does D&D Encounters work?

I like the concept of D&D Encounters and would like to incorporate some of it into my own games. The problem is that I'm nowhere near a place that runs D&D Encounters, so I don't know much ...
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System for Setting: Joe Abercrombie's The First Law

If you're a fan of gritty fantasy, you've probably already read (and re-read?) Joe Abercrombie's The First Law. If you haven't, you ought to. Now. Click on those links and drag out your wallet. Or ...
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Oriental-themed characters in Pathfinder

We were planning on running a 3.5 campaign with an oriental-themed party: Samurai, Ninja, Shugenja, Wu Jen etc. There are all sorts of story reasons in place to make sense of this: a quasi-oriental ...
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Can you use a Longbow outside level flight?

Are there any rules for using a Longbow in parabolic flight, e.g. when you don't have Line of Sight or the target is a very long way a way?
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Will attacking with a magical or wonderous item overcome damage reduction?

As I recall, magical weapons can overcome damage reduction. If one were to attack an enemy with a wonderous item, like say attacking with an everfull mug in a barfight would it overcome an enemies ...
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Picking a lock with wind magic

In the book, one of the examples given for wind magic is that you can pick a lock with it. Now my question is, should using wind magic to pick a lock just be a minor use of magic and not require a ...
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Do the mesh rules in Eclipse Phase permit the concept of a gateway node?

The hacking/interfacing rules for Eclipse Phase suggest that I can use a "disposable" ecto to cover my tracks when I'm doing something unscrupulous on the network. It suggests (but doesn't give clear ...
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Combining D&D 4th ed. Player's Handbook 1, 2 and 3

The gaming group I'm in is returning to D&D after not having played it for quite a few years. During character creation the following question came up: Can feats, powers etc. from all three PHB ...
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Which Twilight 2000 rules system did GDW's Cadillacs and Dinosaurs game use?

I believe there have been three versions of the Twilight 2000 rules. There was the first edition. Then Twilight 2000 version 2. And then they updated this book to Version 2.2 to make it compatible ...
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Which systems can emulate battles against zombie hordes?

As popular culture has been saturated with zombies in recent years, I've gotten at least half a dozen ideas for zombie RPG campaigns. The main difficulty with using well-known systems for these, ...
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If you are chained to a boulder and the boulder falls off a cliff, are you pulled with it?

I'm trying to resolve a situation of characters being connected to things that are moving. If I am at the end of a 20ft chain connected to a boulder, and someone drops that boulder off a 50ft cliff, ...
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How does Dusk Oracle's Foreseen Hit interact with a multi-target power?

This character uses Foreseen Hit with Hand of Radiance which can target 4 creatures. Foreseen hit: Encounter Cold, Necrotic, Shadow No Action Personal Trigger: You make a ...
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Does Eighth Seal's save against domination function across multiple turns?

Eighth Seal has a level 24 ability: The Mind's Shining Corridors (24th level): ... In addition, when you are subjected to an effect that dazes, dominates, or stuns you that a save can end, ...
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Are there any other Beer & Pretzel PnP games along the lines of Paranoia? [closed]

Are there any other Beer & Pretzel PnP games along the lines of Paranoia? Silly games, or mold breaking games meant to be played over hours or at most a few game sessions as opposed to longer more ...
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Does a Ranged Basic Attack with range Melee become a Melee Basic Attack?

Divine Bolts as modified by Power Of Skill: You can use any power you have that is associated with this feat as a basic attack. Is treated as a basic attack, and because it's ranged, is treated ...
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What differences are there between Prime Directive d20 and Prime Directive d20 Modern?

There are 2 versions of Prime Directive d20, one based on the D&D 3.5 PHB and the other based on D20 Modern. Are there any noteworthy differences between the two versions, or did they just make a ...
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How to avoid the feeling of railroading in my campaign pregame?

This question is related to my other question. Please see that one for campaign background, rather than me repeating it all here. I don't want the players to feel "trapped" and forced into a ...
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Is the assassin's death attack, a death attack?

The SRD describes Death Attacks as follows: Death Attacks In most cases, a death attack allows the victim a Fortitude save to avoid the affect, but if the save fails, the character dies ...
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Is the banshee's wail a death attack?

The banshee is described on page 30 of the Monster Manual II: Wail (Su): During the night, a banshee can loose a deadly wail. This attack can slay up to eighteen living creatures within a 30-foot ...
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AOE spells vs high ground in4E

In my next campain my group will face a chokepoint with archers on top of the mountain and melee down where they need to pass exept if they want to climb to get up on the high ground. My question is ...
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Average gaming time and session frequency

Any (semi) hard data on average gaming time and session frequency? (How often does an average party play and how long does an average session of theirs last?) Has anyone surveyed this yet (with ...
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How can my character coerce uncooperative player characters?

Occasionally in games we find ourselves in a situation where the player characters might not want to co-operate even if their players do. How do you handle the party coercing those characters into ...
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Glossary of Common RPG Terminology [closed]

This thread is a Community Wiki to define terminology specific to the world of RPGs which outsiders looking to come in may not be familiar with. This question is for terms which are not unique to a ...
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Who holds the license for Cadillacs & Dinosaurs? [closed]

Science Fiction and Fantasy: Who holds the license for Cadillacs & Dinosaurs? Who currently owns the Cadillacs & Dinosaurs/Xenozoic Tales license? (Or, how can I find out who does?)
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As a GM, how do you establish the reality of your world? [closed]

Having a discussion with a friend about our views of GMing, I realized that we take very different approaches to what our worlds are. My view is that when I GM, the world exists as-is before the ...
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Can Swiftpad boots be used in a vertical jump?

I just found some Swiftpad boots as treasure in the 4e game I play in. Power (Daily): Move Action. You jump a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier. The power doesn't define whether the ...
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Clarification of Raise Dead

Raise dead starts like this: To perform the Raise Dead ritual, you must have a part of the corpse of a creature that died no more than 30 days ago. It says a couple of other things, and then ...
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Haunted curse interaction with ammunition

An Oracle with the haunted curse wants to use a bow (and is proficient with it). Does the act of drawing an arrow require the character to draw an arrow as a standard action?
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Can I use Overwhelming Strike to swap places with the target?

I'm not extremely expert in the fourth edition, nor do I have constant access to the books, so I ask: overwhelming strike allows me to, on a hit, shift one square and then slide the target into the ...
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Has anyone adapted Otto's Irresistible Dance to the 4e rules?

It's one of my favorite spells. Are there any official (or formal attempts at) adaptations of it to the 4e rules?
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Gentle Repose, changes to the corpse, and hungry wolves

Does Gentle Repose modify the body in any way other than slowing its decay and resistant to being raised as undead? Specifically, would a corpse preserved by Gentle Repose smell like "food" to a ...
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What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath?

What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath? I guess it could be a continent also.
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What scenarios came in the Fifth Edition core book for Call of Cthulhu?

I've been looking around and can't find this. I'm running a one-shot CoC 6e tonight. I was planning on running The Edge of Darkness, which is in the main rule book, but just found out some of my ...
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Does the Linebreaker feat imply that the battlemind provokes an opportunity attack?

Linebreaker Benefit: When you use your speed of thought, you can enter an enemy's space. Doing so ends the movement. You must then slide the enemy 1 square. Unless a Battlemind takes ...
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Do racial origins stack?

If I take a feat that gives me a certain origin but I already have a specific racial origin, do they stack or is my racial origin replaced? Consider this example. Calistar the Eladrin is a fey ...

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