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Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?

I'm on my third campaign using Dresden Files, and I'm noticing a pattern. There's an incredibly wide range of powers and abilities that a character can have, and an even larger number of ways to fluff ...
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2answers
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Are there Pathfinder rules that restrict a new PCs magic item purchases?

Let's say a player rolls a new character that's Level N (where N is greater than 1). My understanding is that they should have wealth equal to the amount in the Character Wealth by Level table. So, ...
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Are casting maneuvers an opposed roll or not?

On page YS207, it states about the standard maneuver action: Against an opponent, a maneuver is performed much like an attack—you roll an appropriate skill against the opponent and try to beat ...
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3answers
266 views

Modeling Mage Hand spell in Dresden

I want to give a character in my Dresden game a "mage hand" rote. So basically telekinesis on a single object of limited weight. It doesn't seem to fit cleanly into the 4 types of spells: attack, ...
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Are there any generic alternatives to Masterplan? [closed]

I have been trying out Masterplan, and was quite impressed by its features - especially its flow chart, sub-plots, and being able to add elements to a plot point. However, the catch is Masterplan is ...
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1answer
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How does the mortal seeming of a Leanhaun sidhe age?

House Leanhaun sidhes have a strange curse. If they don't perform a Rhapsody each month, they age a year each week. This means a childling could reach adulthood in few months. Does this also affect ...
2
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1answer
171 views

How are enchanted more vulnerable to cantrips?

I have read on some Changeling books that accepting a gift from a changeling is dangerous, because enchanted mortals are more vulnerable to changeling's magic. I have read the same about drinking ...
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1answer
296 views

Is there an action cost for changing facing?

Is there, in canonical D&D 3.5*, a ruling prescribing action (move action, standard action etc.) for changing the facing of a character without changing position, or a ruling specifically saying ...
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Resources for designing aquatic campaigns

General world building information is easy to come by, but I have trouble finding information about underwater environments in AD&D 2e. While I am open to non-AD&D resources, I would prefer ...
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532 views

How do I run Paranoia for just one player?

I have not run a game of Paranoia before, but I would like to try with one of my players. I intend to run what was once referred to as "Paranoia XP" and should be able to handle the general running of ...
5
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1answer
471 views

Manage a player character suffering amnesia?

I'm going to manage a group with one character suffering of deep amnesia, Warhammer 2nd edition. How do I manage the character's skills, talents and profile? I think the profile is the same and ...
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1answer
502 views

Vampire Discipline to disbelieve in sunlight, stakes, etc?

I had a character around 2001 that I was working on for a game that fell apart, and while reading through some book I came upon a very high-power ability that allowed a Vampire to disbelieve in ...
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1answer
284 views

Can a swarm stack with another swarm to attack a foe in the same square?

I have observed a tactic that may have a slippery slope: a creature (rat) swarm moved into a player space that was already occupied by a rat swarm. There is no upward limit stated for the swarm trait ...
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1answer
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Can Versatile Spellcaster be used for multiple expenditures?

One of the players in our campaign has a 6th level Favored Soul. They have selected Versatile Spellcaster as their next feat; it reads: You can use two spell slots of the same level to cast a ...
9
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462 views

Inhaled poison and water breathing

Say you were a clever villain holed up in a dungeon where the only obvious way of entering was to swim quite some distance under water. Not to be put off by such obstacles, the heroes simply spend ...
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2answers
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What classes have ability to cast offensive spells as part of full attack action?

I'm thinking about gestalt caster / fighter combo, but the character would have weakness with lack of actions to utilize both his powers. I read about daggerspell mage in complete adventurer who can ...
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3answers
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Armor Craft Skill - modifying magical armor to fit 3 armed characters.

I am creating an Alchemist in Pathfinder and want to take the Tentacle Discovery - This grants my character an extra "arm" in the form of a tentacle. My DM told me that, with this extra "arm", any ...
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1answer
670 views

Targetting empty squares for area burst attacks?

An interesting thing came up during my last session (D&D 4e). There's another wizard in the party besides me and we had two battles in the same area (mutated dogs, then our Longtooth Shifter ...
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1answer
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Roguelike Tabletop [closed]

I am looking for a Roguelike tabletop RPG to play with some friends. We really love RPG's we love the Concept of D&D (talk-gaming) but we just dwell into a lot of silliness due to not having a ...
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10answers
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How can I help the party survive a rather tough adventure?

The party is on an implicitely timed mission: children have been abducted by bad guys and it is now known that they're in danger of being sacrificed in the near future. The module I'm using doesn't ...
33
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2answers
612 views

How can I make things easier on my dyslexic and high-functioning autistic players?

I have other players read out information from my dyslexic player's character sheets when necessary, and I use non-verbal visual aids whenever possible. I generally give out copies of any important ...
5
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2answers
193 views

Squeezing. Skill check (in a skill challenge)?

I am preparing a skill challenge for my group. On a fail branch they are going to hit a wall that they can squeeze through (group check) or can back track Athletics. What skill would I use for ...
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7answers
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Is there a way to learn someone's level in game in DnD3.x?

Is there a way to learn someone's level in-game in DnD3.x? (...or possibly Pathfinder?) Wait, I know, levels are an abstraction and a game mechanism, and should not come into play in-game. Yet, there ...
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9answers
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Looking for a game that does not need anything but character sheets [closed]

I would like to run an RPG, but one of my players has a hard time sitting up for long periods of time. What sorts of games can I try running given that she needs to be lying in a hospital bed and ...
4
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1answer
481 views

Staff of Knives

Staff of Knives - Level 2+ This steel-gray wooden staff transforms into a steel-hard wooden dagger on command. Lvl 2 [+1] 510gp Lvl 7 [+2] 2,600gp Lvl 12 [+3] 13,000gp Lvl 17 [+4] ...
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1answer
804 views

When a Wizard learns a non-spell power, do they learn two?

Playing my first campaign of 4e, I discovered Skill Powers in the Player's Handbook 3. Per the PHB 3: Whenever you reach a level that grants you a utility power from your class, you can choose a ...
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3answers
992 views

How does bull rush on a willing target work? Are there better ways to move a ally out of danger?

During the last session, one of my allies was standing on a dangerous square (inside a swarm to be exact). He asked (well, begged), me to get him out of there. Since I was 2 size categories larger, ...
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5answers
593 views

House rules and mixing aspects of various editions

Taking best parts of the editions, say 3.5 and Pathfinder, perhaps even some aspects of D&D4e, as long as the group feels it is fair, would this be unheard of? An example is, two of our members ...
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2answers
160 views

What Exactly is the Attack Modifier?

I am new to D&D and have been searching for what attack modifier is referring to. IS it the strength modifier (for fighter +4)? I am using the Starter Kit. 4e
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2answers
293 views

What defines the CR of a creature

I'm trying to figure out what exactly defines the CR of a creature. Without the dozen playtests with different levels of groups, is there a quick easy way to do this?
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2answers
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Is it possible to stack the fire and cold subtypes on a single creature?

A player recently approached me and asked if he could create a character with both the fire and cold subtypes. I thought I remembered something that said you couldn't but I cannot find it. if you ...
2
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1answer
439 views

Is it reasonable to create Dungeon World characters, fronts, etc. in Hero Lab?

I use Hero Lab extensively for my Pathfinder characters and really enjoy how easy it makes creating complex characters and experimenting with different character builds. Dungeon World is pretty light ...
11
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1answer
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Is there a race or trait that grants proficiency in Net?

In Pathfinder, is there a race (including alternate racial traits) or a trait that grants a bonus proficiency in Net (or in a weapon of choice that can include Net?) What about a class that grants a ...
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1answer
407 views

Fighting Fury: weapon vs. implement usage. One, both or neither?

I want to create a Monk and like the Fighting Fury Utility power, but cannot figure out which attacks it would work with. Which keywords does it apply to? Implement, Weapon, another keyword? I want to ...
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2answers
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Rangers can attack twice from beginning even without the melee combat style?

It's a little confusing, can the ranger attack 2 times with melee weapons, even if it has "fighting style" in bow and arrow? I hope you can help me with that.
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4answers
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Does Psionic Minor Creation require material component?

The arcane (A) Minor Creation spell notes that in order to create stuff, you need a little bit of it as a Material Component. The psionic (P) one tells that it OS the same as arcane except some stuff ...
2
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1answer
118 views

Does a character need to be close to the ritual caster for Shadow Walk and Phantom Steed to work?

Player A is a ritual caster and casts these two rituals. He then jumps on one of the steeds and rides off in one direction. Player B jumps on another steed and rides in the opposite direction. ...
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2answers
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Multiple Standard Actions With High Base Attack Bonus

A friend and myself were having a discussion and we had a small disagreement about a rule. He says that if he has a high base attack bonus, say 20/15/10/5, and has a special ability that is activated ...
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2answers
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How does one become a Black Court vampire?

How does a pure mortal become a black court vampire in game? Some characters were covered by vampire blood in the process of killing it. Is this enough to start the process of becoming something like ...
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3answers
354 views

Underground as an engaging environment? [closed]

The fantasy underground, the underworld, the caves, the depths ... that's a whole new world below the surface ... ... or, at least, it should be the new, exciting world below surface. I'm mentioning ...
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1answer
195 views

Monk Dragon's tail vs. Duergar Stand Your Ground - Does SYG Apply?

The move element of Dragon's Tail is: Move : Swap places with target Duergar have Stand your Ground: Stand Your Ground: When an effect forces you to move — through a pull, a push, or a slide — ...
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3answers
319 views

Battlesuit and Mech Rules in Mongoose Traveller

Are there any rules for battlesuits (think of the Starship Troopers novel) or mechs (as in Battletech) in any of the Mongoose Traveller sourcebooks? If so, where?
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3answers
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Are there issues to using passive Perception?

Is it fair to only consider the result of "passive" Perception checks (same as Taking 10) for PCs to detect things, unless the player actively expresses attention to something (in which case a roll is ...
15
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6answers
5k views

Why are starting languages restricted? [closed]

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
2
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3answers
325 views

Shadowrun-esque 4e campaign advice [closed]

I am planning on starting a new 4e campaign. I was thinking that I would like to do a campaign that follows more of a Shadowrun style experience. My thought is that the entire campaign will take ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How can I make the best use of Alter Self as a 1HD caster? [closed]

So, let's say we've got a 1 HD medium-sized spellcaster with Precocious Apprentice feat who's able to cast Alter Self at first character level and has an Aberration type. The Alter Self limits the ...
8
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2answers
2k views

Lycanthropy and its other forms

In an upcoming campaign of ours I'm considering to play a natural lycanthrope character with the aspect of the beast feat and I will have the claws of the beast manifestation of it. So here's the ...
14
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3answers
701 views

How should a GM best handle a lack of canonical lore in a pre-existing world?

Occasionally, players may want to play in a setting which does not have a detailed canonical lore. Consider, for instance, many computer RPG worlds; their lore tends to be very localized, however, ...
3
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1answer
462 views

Is there any lore in the Fallout universe regarding South America? [closed]

I am mastering a Fallout: Pen and Paper game, and I have an idea for a campaign we could do in the future, a campaign that would bring us to South America, specifically in the seaside Brazil area. I ...
5
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1answer
314 views

How many times can this power attack one target?

One of my players wants to use this homebrew class, but we're unclear on how to read one of its powers: Rotating Turret Gunslinger Attack 1 Enemies close in from all sides. You make them ...

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