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Could non-lethal damage draw blood?

Can non lethal damage draw blood? Does it leave bruises? Is it possible to knock a character out with non-lethal damage without leaving a mark? For the purposes of this question, consider a mark to ...
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Adventure suited for a party of thieves and fast talkers?

I'm a fan of books like The Lies of Locke Lamora and (switching genres) The Quantum Thief. I'm curious about Pathfinder adventures (or APs) that would be well suited for a group of sneaky and/or fast ...
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When adapting a setting to 13th Age, how to decide what is an Icon?

Like every body that ever read a good book and plays RPG you will want to make it into your next campaign setting. I am no different than most people. I'm aiming to adapt the setting of S. Erikson's ...
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What is the Misc. box in the D&D 4E Essentials character sheet?

I followed the Player's Book in the Essentials starter set and mostly finished my character, but it doesn't say what the Misc box is. What is it?
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Gamma World 7e: Clarification on Mutant powers attack values

Our group realized we had a confusion on how mutant powers really work. Do we use the actual stat value or the stat bonus? Here is an example (almost all powers are like this): Page 37 - Cockroach ...
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In FantasyCraft, how do the martial classes do more damage as they level up?

I have been reading through FantasyCraft, and am quite puzzled by how the martial classes (Soldier, Captain, Paladin etc.) do more damage with their attack as they level up. Unlike D20, there aren't ...
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Can I go Classless?

Is there anything I should be aware of if I were to choose to create a campaign with no classes? I was thinking of simply giving everyone "starting skill points" that they could spend toward a skill ...
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How to add roleplayed investigation in a “search for the items” city quest?

The situations is this: the party has to find three rare starship components in order to make its starship fly. These items are a modified computer part, a military motor piece and a century old motor ...
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Sorcerous Blade Channeling Feat Trigger?

If a creature had an effect trigger when they were hit with a melee attack and the sorcerer used acid orb using the sorcerous blade channeling feat, would the creature's ability trigger?
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In Dictionary of Mu, does the end of an epoch mean game over?

When playing in the Sorcerer setting Dictionary of Mu, when you have 20 player-authored demon entries the end of an epoch is triggered. Does this have to be a world-ending meteorite for the game to ...
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In Dictionary of Mu, how do Dictionary Reference bonuses work?

In Dictionary of Mu you can get a 1-3 die bonus for cross-referencing into the Dictionary. Can this bonus apply to Contacting/Binding/Summoning, just to Contacting, to all rituals, or to actions that ...
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In Sorcerer & Sword, are lopsided inhuman stats legal?

In Sorcerer & Sword, I can trade down my Humanity stat to get more Stamina or Will. So if I create a character Stamina 5 Will 4 Lore 1 Humanity 5 I can trade that Humanity down to 3 for 2 ...
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Interactive character sheets? [duplicate]

Looking for a decent alternative to the DDI Builder, ideally a free browser version. Currently using myth weavers and it's decent, but I'm just a guy that likes options. I've seen a similar thread, ...
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Good techniques for getting player-character backgrounds integrated into the game?

So I'm starting a new campaign for an existing gaming group soon, and I'd like to actually incorporate character backgrounds that the players will be creating (eventually). These aren't epic-novels or ...
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Structure for a political sandbox game

I am looking for a fairly structured approach to creating, preparing for, and running a political game. To be more precise, I am looking for the following: A structured approach or even a game ...
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Athas: A terrifying vision of the future?

Athas, the desolated world of deserts, obsidian and ecological ruin that is the focus of the Dark Sun campaign setting, is generally portrayed as a prime world nearing the end of its life expectancy. ...
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How can I effectively advance Perception, Faith, or Resources?

In Burning Wheel (Gold, also Revised), there are some stats — specifically, Perception, Faith, and Resources — that only advance when you succeed at a test. This makes advancement much ...
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What damage bonuses apply to Come and Get It?

The text of the power of Come and Get It reads: You pull the target up to 2 squares, but only if it can end the pull adjacent to you. If the target is adjacent to you after the pull, it takes 1[W] ...
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Why doesn't Immobilized grant Combat Advantage?

In the list of effects, it seems immobilized is one of the few that doesn't grant combat advantage. I'm curious about the reasoning behind this. You're restricted to a small area and the Rules ...
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326 views

Even simpler RISUS character generation

So, as it's the Christmas season, I'm spending time with family - specifically three cousins and my younger brother. I want to get them into an RPG, and RISUS fits the bill perfectly, as the oldest of ...
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570 views

Burst and other multiple bullets attack

I'm trying to understand firing modes in Shadowrun 5. Let's say an attacker shoots a defender with Burst fire (three rounds in one shot). There's only a target, so we don't use Multiple attacks. Is ...
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How do I optimize an Earthstrength Warden with some houserules and minimal books?

Some friends and I are starting a new campaign where we agreed to use Player's Handbook 1 & 2 only. Unfortunately, all of us have little to no experience, and, although I don't want to boast, I'm ...
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Anything known about the Green or the White?

I am new to 13th age and I was interested in a bit of lore in the "default" setting. In the description of The Elven Queen and The Three there is only a passing mention of the imprisonment of The ...
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How do I politely decline to hear a gaming story?

Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to hear a story about a game that I wasn't in, especially if it's objectively a lot less interesting than the people who were in the game thought it was. Or, and ...
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What are the most important features needed in a shadowrun 5E character generator? [closed]

I am working on a character generator for sr5. I need to know what feature has been most neglected in a shadowrun character generator. Something which I can implement which would set the character ...
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1answer
205 views

How exactly is the Wyrd Ward spell used?

I'm developing some background material for some Hedgefolk NPCs in my Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay campaign. I'm not unfamiliar with the system (being a huge contributor here on RPGSE), but this spell ...
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How is DriveThruRPG's Print on Demand Quality?

I just discovered that Drive Thru RPG (and presumably RPGNow) offer POD. What is their quality like?
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Can a hexblade's pact weapon count towards a set bonus?

A hexblade's pact weapon gains "your implement's enhancement bonus, critical hit effect, properties and powers" when conjured from an implement held in the off hand. If "belonging to an item set" ...
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1answer
301 views

D&D 3.x criticals similar to Dragon Age RPG's Stunts?

Having just skimmed the Dragon Age RPG Quickstart Guide PDF for practically the first time, I've found the game's Stunts system - which gives you a chance to accomplish some interesting, useful trick ...
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Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?

Let's say someone is playing a character that has really low intelligence, but then the player comes up with a clever idea for a way for his dumb character to overcome some obstacle. Should I make him ...
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What system increases skills based on skill use? [closed]

Are there any realistic, flexible, and genre-agnostic RPG systems that use actual skill use1 to level up the particular skills of a character instead of the D&D inspired XP based system? 1I call ...
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450 views

Dystopian sword & magic settings

Actually something that just came to my mind and something I've never encountered before. Are there any settings or systems centering about dystopian worlds, but without technology, nothing more ...
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1answer
107 views

Does Arcane Reach work through walls

Arcane reach simply says that the origin square of a close blast or burst is two squares away from you--it does not specify line of sight or effect. The clost blast/burst determines line of effect ...
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1answer
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How should the Marshal run the Wanted Hindrance?

Within Savage Worlds, there is a hindrance called wanted. How is the Marshal to run that hindrance, and how does he know when the character is wanted or not? It seems like if we don't have a decent ...
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645 views

What rulebooks should I get for an E6 campaign?

After linking one of my players to this site, he was interested enough to have a poke around, and decided he wanted to try some D&D 3.5e. However, to keep the heroic fantasy style, he wants to ...
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Can a prone immobilized creature stand up?

If I knock a creature prone and also manage to immobilize it (or if I prone an immobilized creature of I immobilize a prone creature) can it stand up on its next turn? Put simple: Can I stand up from ...
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Key differences between Words of Power and traditional divine spellcasting?

I'm building an oracle and considering making him use Words of Power. Obviously it's a whole new system with many differences, but I'm wondering what the key difference are... and especially if there ...
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2answers
348 views

Do level bonuses in D&D 3.5 accurately simulate learning curve with combat skills? [closed]

For example, comparing an inexperienced NPC squaring off against a 1st level Fighter, we see the NPC suffers a -4 to-hit penalty in combat. Using the roll off table constructed by Ichoran in this post ...
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What is the limit of the DM's power over the PCs? [closed]

Can a DM take your equipment away or affect your player character directly? This sounds a bit impossible for a story teller to do. I don't personally believe that the DM should be seen as a god in the ...
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Do Sleeping or Otherwise Helpless Targets Get Reflex Saves in 3rd Edition D&D?

According to the 3.5 PHB (p. 309), a helpless (e.g., sleeping) target is treated as having Dex 0, and has a "-5 modifier". On p. 153, it further explains that a helpless defender can't use any ...
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1answer
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Soaking after using Riled Up

We use the standard Adventure Cards in our Savage Worlds game. A character was wounded, then played Riled Up which is only activated on a wound, giving them +2 damage for the rest of the scene. Next, ...
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1answer
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Consequences of Blindness on casting spells?

Which types of spells can a Blinded caster still target as accurately as usual? Which ones require extra steps or give penalties because of blindness? Which ones can simply not be targeted at all, ...
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At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?

I was reading some articles the other day about Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and the history of Dungeons and Dragons. I started to wonder: Where did these guys from Wisconsin get the now iconic polyhedral ...
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875 views

Are there rules for drowning in 4e?

I'm new to the game and while playing, I forced a dazed direwolf into the water, where the DM said it drowned. Now, I was wondering if there is a specific rule for this, or this was the DM making a ...
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1answer
176 views

Dilettante with Sorcerer at-will Dragonfrost or Acid Orb as basic attack

So, a ranged basic attack is specifically described as something that can be done at-will. Dilettante lets you gain an at-will of another class but treated as an encounter. How does that work with ...
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Is it normal that players share their characters' thoughts?

I am totally new to RPGs and haven't participated in a single game yet. However, I'm interested in the topic and today, I found a link to Dungeon World on this site and started reading. There's ...
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643 views

Is there a Open Game License (OGL) or similar life-path system out there?

I've decided to try and "build" a system of my own, and I've decided to make it a "life path" system but I don't really want to start from absolute scratch, but thus far I've haven't found any open ...
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1answer
247 views

Is an Illusory Wall solid until revealed in DnD 4e?

This post on nat1blogging (that I stumbled upon randomly) details a tricky method for trapping characters with a high perception. I'll just sum it up here (TL;DR), please read the original in case ...
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Is this fix to the Autumn Mantle roughly equivalent to the other Seasonal mantles?

My group and I firmly consider the Autumn Court's Mantle (see Changeling: the Lost) to be both sub-par and insulting in its mechanical implementation, especially considering that Autumn, as the Court ...
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Flanking and swarms in 4e

Can swarms be flanked by two PCs? What if the swarm is occupying the same square as a PC? Does a PC grant combat advantage to a swarm if a regular mob is adjacent in a flank? Does it matter if the ...

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