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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
993 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, ...
11
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
2
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3answers
355 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
320 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 ...
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6answers
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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 ...
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3answers
326 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 ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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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
464 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
votes
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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vote
1answer
150 views

Damage from both Guardian Blades and Fire Shield, or just one of the two?

I was wondering if an enemy who attacks me with a melee attack takes damage from both Guardian Blades and Fire Shield, or just one of the two? Can either/both be combined with the errata-ed Infernal ...
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2answers
528 views

How do I encourage players to use Fate Points for declarations?

I have hacked Fate Points into my 13th Age game and I notice two things that are happening - the players hoard them, and often use them for the re-roll effect instead for declarations. (Irrelevant ...
11
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2answers
476 views

Dealing with defense in BESM

In BESM, it seems to be a lot easier to build a character capable of dealing massive amounts of damage than a character capable of taking massive amounts of damage. As a DM, I don't want to build ...
6
votes
2answers
706 views

Are familiars always present?

In a 3.5 game I'm in right now, I'm playing a Duskblade with a Hippogriff familiar. As Hippogriffs are quite large, I'm getting worried as to whether it will fit through small spaces or narrow ...
2
votes
1answer
215 views

How does Herbal Poultice work?

When I take the level 3 Herbal Poultice Item, how does it work? It's a potion which does the following: Use before you or an ally takes a short rest. The target of the herbal poultice regains an ...
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2answers
2k views

Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?

Me and a couple of friends are just getting into P&P rpgs and are really excited to try something new. However, we have a problem that we live quite far apart from each other. Therefore we'd ...
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8answers
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Two players compete for same role - how do I balance this?

I have a D&D 3.5 group of four players, the classes are; Wizard, Rogue, Barbarian, and Swashbuckler, the level of the players is 4. (Having no healer is part of the game, not part of my question) ...
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1answer
179 views

Chameleon + Cloud of Darkness

My question is about the interaction between the Rogue Utility Chameleon (below and PHB 120) and the Drow racial Cloud of Darkness. Chameleon (Rogue Utility 6) You blend into your ...
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1answer
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How does Shadowrun's Matrix work?

I've been preparing for a Shadowrun 4e game a friend of mine will be GM-ing, but both of us are somewhat confused as to how the Matrix works compared to the internet as we've come to know it. Can you ...
10
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7answers
678 views

Differing Starting Points Levels

The GM of a GURPS game I'm playing in has set the game's point level at 150. However, he has also made the option available to take 250 or 75 points at the beginning, with the understanding that the ...
5
votes
4answers
494 views

How can I simplify Duel of Wits to make it more like Bloody Versus?

My problem We're playing Burning Wheel (Gold). About once every two sessions, we run into this problem with Duel of Wits: We want the graduated outcomes of Duel of Wits: we'd like to start with two ...
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3answers
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Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps

I am building a Human Gunslinger character who uses the Racial Heritage feat to get access to the Goblin Gunslinger feat so he can use a large double hack-but without penalty. Problem is, the the ...
5
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2answers
514 views

Why does Infernal Wrath's burst 10 target 1 enemy?

I went over the updates on Wizards of the Coast and discovered that the Infernal Wrath power has changed from what it was in the Player's Handbook. There's one part that confuses me: Infernal ...
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2answers
387 views

How do you handle Held action in Savage Worlds?

Ok, the Held actions have been giving us a lot of trouble recently. I'm gonna illustrate a situation: Let's say a vampire gets a King of Spades, a zombie gets a 3 of hearts, a ranger gets a Queen of ...
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1answer
630 views

Disarm or Trip using a secondary natural attack

Suppose, there is a Summoner with an Eidolon. The Eidolon has the following natural attacks: Bite (primary) Claw x2 (primary) Tentacle (secondary) Since the tentacle attack is a secondary attack, ...
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1answer
302 views

Twilight Assassin daily power understanding

The assassin's level 5 daily power Twilight Assassin(DDI) is also a conjuration power. I had to look at the conjuration rules to make sure I understand what is going on here. The questions I have ...
4
votes
2answers
238 views

How can a human terkow rogue use his special attacks?

I'm running a published adventure that includes a male human terkow rogue as a monster. His melee attack stat is: 3 claws +17 (1d6+4/19-20 plus grab). His Special Attacks stats include blood drain and ...
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2answers
630 views

Can characters play multiple Adventure Paths?

If a Pathfinder Adventure Path is designed for level 1 characters (and ends with them being level 15), how are characters supposed to play in multiple paths? (If that is even an option, or do you ...
2
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4answers
519 views

Players who want to duel each other

I know 4e doesn't have rules for it nor is really designed for this to happen, but does anyone know of a good way to handle PCs that would like to duel, during our downtime between story arcs? Also, ...
8
votes
4answers
732 views

Game design differences between contested rolls and general attack rolls in combat

Background: Our group does D&D 3.5/4e one week, and a different system the other week (we've done GURPS and Serenity, and I'm going to be running Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition). I've (almost)...
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2answers
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How does using the Armor as Damage Reduction affect other rules such as touch attacks?

I'm wanting to use the optional Armor as Damage Reduction rules, but there is nothing listed as how it interacts with rules based on AC such as touch attacks and the like. I know that touch attacks ...
7
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2answers
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Cutting open a Bag of Holding

What happens to the items in a bag of holding if you slice it open? We had an instance where a player character placed a bag of holding over an enemies head and sliced it open.

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