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Can damage cantrips be improved?

I have a player interested in ways to improve 0 level attack spells. Mainly, they're looking to not have to carry around a crossbow for attacks when they don't want to cast a spell, and the 1d3 ...
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How do players learn about traits and auras with monster knowledge rolls?

The PHB establishes the following DCs for monster knowledge rolls: 15 - Name, type and keywords 20 - Powers 25 - Resistances and vulnerabilities Where do you list auras and traits? Do you treat them ...
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What are the complete set of combat modifers for fighting in darkness?

I am slightly confused on combat in darkness. There are modifiers for blinded combatants and invisible combatants, but not specifically combatants who cannot see due to darkness. Are they all ...
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When I use a multiclass move to choose Animal Companion, do I get Command for free?

I want to make my Templar (modified Paladin) into a mounted knight using Animal Companion and Command. Could I use a single instance of a multiclass move, or would I need to use two moves?
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Can I Coup de Grace and/or make a death attack with a touch spell?

This question has two components: firstly, can a character with Assassin levels trigger their Death Attack (after the three rounds of study, of course) by making a Coup De Grace against the helpless ...
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Aid or Interfere roll+Bond… How much variation is there with bond bonuses?

The Aid or Interfere move calls for a roll+Bonds. I read that and my first thought was the roll adjustment value is either 0 for no bond, or +1 for having a bond. But now I'm wondering if there ...
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In Dresden, and Based Solely on the Stats Listed, Are the Vampire Courts' Physical Strength the Same?

I have a question regarding the courts of vampires regarding their physical strength based solely on the stats provided by the book Our World. When I listened to the books and read some of the game ...
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Inhuman Strength vs. +5 Might

I have been reading Your Story and Our World, trying to figure certain things out. One of the things I am stumped over is how stats work in this system. I am not sure if this is intentional or not, ...
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Is there a way to advance both Wizard and Assassin casting?

I'm creating a character for a challenge ("How would you help this village defend against an orcish army?") and in the interests of doing something wacky I decided to try and mix Wizard and Assassin ...
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Should the DM try to actively fix party wealth in a sandbox game?

This question is inspired by this WBL question. The consensus seems to be that WBL is important. But in a sandbox game , where the course of action is determined by the players, what should be DM's ...
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How can I invoke actual fear in my players?

I'm a DM that focuses heavily on story, description and setting. My goal is to send players home wanting — no, longing — to actually be part of the mythos I've created. The ultimate goal for me as a ...
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Dungeons and Dragons vs. Dangerous Journeys [closed]

First off, I don't think I've ever played "real" D&D. I'm usually DM and try to focus on the imaginative side of the roleplaying, sacrificing certain rules and concepts to make this happen. So ...
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Advantages and disadvantages in using a one-shot pre-gen to introduce a new system

In questions about how to learn new systems, or teach them, a common suggestion is to run a single-session game with pre-made characters and a pre-made scenario. In your experience as a GM and/or ...
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What exactly counts as “within X squares” in DnD 4e

The cleric attack Blessing of Wrath is a melee attack, but it also allows one ally within 5 squares of me to get a power bonus to their next damage roll against the target. What counts as "within 5 ...
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Is there an alternate rule to allow different stats for Male/Female characters?

I want to introduce a variant rule that allows for stat adjustments for men and women, but I would like something more in-depth than just a bonus and penalty to stats. Are there any existing variants ...
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Is there a reason to ignore/adjust the Wealth By Level chart?

While reading this Cohort Question I was kinda struck by a quote in there and instead of asking an unrelated question in that area I figured it would be good to make a separate question. The quote ...
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Stacking Turn Resistance

Does Turn Resistance from different sources stack? Typed bonuses do not stack, however, turn resistance doesn't specify a type. So, if an undead gets a multiple bonuses to turn resistance do they ...
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Staff of Resilence, do I lose the THP if I get disarmed or put away the staff?

I'm reading Adventurer's Vault 2 and the Staff of Resilience says: Power (Daily). Minor Action. You spend a Healing Surge but regain no hit points. Instead, you gain temporary hit points equal to ...
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How do familiars, animal companions, cohorts, followers, and the like fit into the wealth by level progression?

Though I am not advocating a strict adherence to the wealth by level progression, if that progression is used, how would "extra crew members" of PCs fit on the chart? The leadership feat text does ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under Ernir's Psionic mechanics, Arcane flavor variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping answer a question about helping a player create a Duskblade. I would be using @Ernir’s Psionic mechanics, Arcane flavor variant. I was wondering how different ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under the Spell Points variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping a player create a Duskblade. I have been using a small variant on the Spell Point system found in Unearthed Arcana (the point amounts are the same, though). I was ...
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How to emulate a Gadget of the Week power?

I'm wondering how to emulate a "gadget of the week" concept for a Mutants & Masterminds 3e character. A Device or Equipment that the character builds or has built herself or that is given to her ...
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What would be the best system to play a Mission Impossible or James Bond game?

I have Classic Spycraft but tend to find classic d20 games (d20 modern, D&D 3.5) to be too crunchy when it comes to emulating high-action movies such as Mission Impossible or James Bond. I have ...
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Can a Paladin use his Mercies with Channel Positive Energy?

Anyone that gets a Lay on hands from a Paladin also gets all the effects of the Paladin's Mercies. As the Channel Positive Energy uses two lay on hands do they also get the effects of the Mercies?
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What is the best system for fantasy, modern, and scifi “simulation”?

I'm interested in comparing tabletop RPG rule sets, and I often hear it said that D&D 3.5e is a very good system for "simulation". I actually agree, with the tremendous number of splatbooks ...
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Total or partial removal of skill cap in d20

What effect would removing or partially removing the skill cap in the d20 system (with a focus on DnD3.5 and Cthulhu d20)? By partial removal I mean - for example - (handing out all the skill points ...
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Defy Danger and attribute selection

The move Defy Danger allows the use of any one relevant attribute assuming you can explain how you use it. I'm having a hard time being able to say if the use of a specific attribute would be relevant ...
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Why is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e?

Using a hand crossbow is simpler and easier than using a light/heavy crossbow, isn't? So out of what considerations is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e? In 4e, Hand Crossbow is ...
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Pathfinder benchmarks

I was recently creating a new level 10 character for Pathfinder, and realized that I had absolutely no idea of how much AC / HP / Attack Bonus /Saves I was suppose to aim for. Is there, somewhere, a ...
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Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?

Should I read the Dresden Files books before I get the RPG? I want to have a look at the FATE system, and I'd be most interested in starting with Dresden Files (I think). I know there are books in ...
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What body parts can I use to deliver a spell whose range is “touch”?

Within a pure Pathfinder game ... When delivering a melee touch spell can I use any body part? (hand, elbow, foot, head), any body part I could attack with or must I use my hand? If I am a witch ...
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What is the base speed for humans and other PC races in AD&D

I am looking for the "base speed" if you will for AD&D 1st edition PC races and can't find it anywhere. So I am wondering how fast are the PC races in 1st edition AD&D?
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Does bashing armour soak firearms damage for vampires?

"Your bullets cannot harm me – my wings are like a shield of steel!" - Batfink Vampires in Vampire the Requiem only take bashing rather than lethal damage from firearms attacks. If a vampire wears a ...
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Drawing a gun and shooting before combat in D20 Modern

I'm new and I just had a quick question. I'm going to be DMing a d20 modern on shot adventure for the first time. I am very new to DMing so many questions arise when making/creating the adventure. ...
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What does 6" mean under speed in the 1st edition monster Manual

In the AD&D 1st edition monster Manual, every monster's speed is represented in inches. Obviously, a big monster cannot just move 6 inches per turn, so what does the " mean?
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Immediate action right after damage

Damp Power (psionic): Manifesting Time: 1 immediate action An amber aura quickly spreads over your body, moderating the effects of the environment. When you manifest this power, you are ...
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Is resistance/vulnerability applied before damage is transferred with Nusemnee's Atonement?

Situation: level 16 Dragonborn Sorcerer with Paladin Multiclass, Ancient Soul, Nusemnee's Atonement, Radiant Breath, Morninglord paragon path, and Fey Beast Tamer theme. Whenever she breathes, she ...
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When does a creature “Deal Damage”?

When does a creature deal damage? A number of powers mention "deals damage" and a number mention "takes damage" and a comprehensive understanding when, exactly, "dealing damage" happens would be ...
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Do Protection from (Energy) spells protect from the inside or just the outside?

I ran into a problem in a game today when it came to Protection from (Energy). There was a character who had a bomb inside of them and the party though it would work if they cast Protection from ...
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Cleaving large enemies

Are there any clarifications or thoughts on if you can use cleave to get more than 1 attack against a large enemy (say takes up 4 tiles)? The feat says "If you hit (with the first attack) you deal ...
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Tabletop RPG for a poor enthusiast? [closed]

I love tabletop RPGs, but I don't have the resources to go out and buy rulebooks and DMing guides and kits. Are there any free (open-source, for lack of a better term) D&D clones I can get my ...
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Having a hard time understanding the cost of magic enhancements as listed

Can anyone help clear up the costs of magic items? I am looking at some magic items and the costs only say "+1 enhancement cost." For an example I will use the "Flaming" enhancement. Before an item ...
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Are Draconic Heritage and the Dragonblood subtype equal?

If a feat has Draconic Heritage as a requirement, can it be taken by a character with the Dragonblood subtype, or does he necessarily have to take the Draconic Heritage feat?
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Is there a way to use Charisma in an intimidate check?

I understand Intimidate using Strength as its skill when done in a manner of just looking scary enough to demoralize your opponent, but is there a way to use Charisma to intimidate with words? Aside ...
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Can terrain shape area affect spells or attacks?

I don't know if this is referenced in the rulebooks or just a matter of houserule, but what happens if someone uses a cone-shaped spell or ability in a corridor that is narrower than the width of the ...
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How do I turn a daily into an encounter?

I'm looking for something that shifts a daily power into an encounter power. I want to take the Demigod Epic Path so I can use Blade Cascade whenever I want. Ideas?
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What is the physical stress cap for a Diminutive Size creature with Claws?

Consider the lowly garden gnome. He's got the Diminutive Size [-1] power, which means he is Wee. [...] When your size is a factor in combat, you can only inflict 1 physical stress per attack (but ...
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Question about a Dragonfire Adept build

For part of a Dragonfire Adept build idea, I was considering using either Silverbrow Human or Dragon Descended, but then I had another idea: why not both? Would it be possible to combine those two ...
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How the heck does magical darkness work in Pathfinder?

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to divine the intent of the darkness spell in PF. It starts off easily enough: This spell causes an object to radiate darkness out to a 20-foot radius. This ...
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What policies should be made at the start of a campaign, to define the desired game experience and avoid bad feelings later?

My group and I work on the assumption that a game system's default assumptions are its manifesto, and that by choosing a system we are choosing to let its assumptions stand except where we institute ...

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