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Where do we go after Pathfinder Beginner Box?

I haven't GM'd since the late 80s (back then it was called "DM") with Dungeons and Dragons. I haven't played RPGs since the early 90s. But, I've recently put together a group of all beginners and we'...
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How can I fool my players into being pawns for the villain?

Concept I want to get a generally benevolent party to unwittingly further the villain's motives. More than parcel delivery - I'd like to tap into their sense of right/wrong, justice, vigilantism, ...
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Is the duration of a power measured on the caster or the recipient?

Many powers in Savage Worlds have a duration measured in turns/actions, typically three. Are these turns measured as caster-turns or as recipient-turns? If duration is measured at the caster, the ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e? [closed]

I'm a totally new player to Shadowrun 5e. My experiences are largely with D&D 4e, Savage Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2020. I'm just seeing if there are any unofficial (but very helpful) guides or tools ...
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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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Is a Technomancer's Matrix Initiative limited by Resonance?

I am aware Shadowrun 4e says none of the Technomancer's Persona's attributes may exceed their Resonance attribute, but what of its "Other Ratings"? Are Biofeedback Filter and Matrix Initiative limited ...
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How do vampire (monsters) take sunlight damage?

This isn't a question about the vampire class - it's about vampire monsters, e.g. Master Vampire or Elder Vampire Spawn. In both of those monsters, it says they are damaged by direct sunlight: ...
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How do Brutal Kick and Whirlwind interact?

So I have a Legend character with the Vigilante ability track, which grants him a ride, a free set of magic armour, and a unique attack option, called a Brutal Kick. Brutal KickEX: You jump high ...
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What is the right way to GM magical trap detection?

I'm trying to understand the rules of perceiving magical traps, but I remain confused on some finer points. Let's say the PCs will encounter a Symbol of Weakness trap. The trap is on a door, and is ...
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How to limit weapons on Agents of Oblivion?

Well, we recently started playing the Campaign Setting by Reality Blurs, which is a "Perfect Cocktail between horror and Espionage", and tough we're liking it, there's not a guideline to limit ...
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What would this Sorcery Fix do for Exalted?

So we have an exalted group that has a pair of melee people buzzsawing through things with Peony Blossom attack, another with the flamethrower martial art, the talker, and a wizard. The sorceror is a ...
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How should I interpret Assassin's Death Attack conditions?

The Assassin presige class feature called Death Attack says: While studying the victim, the assassin can undertake other actions so long as his attention stays focused on the target and the target ...
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Recommend me an investigative adventure set in the wilderness

For my next session in my campaign, I plan to have the party to track the villain from point A to point B, while following a trail of "breadcrumbs", clues left behind by the villain. Perhaps at each ...
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Does a Holy Weapon qualify for Litany of Righteousness?

Litany of Righteousness says "If the target is evil, it takes double damage from attacks made by creatures with a good aura." It's on the Inquisitor spell list...but the inquisitor still needs a way ...
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Fighter/Alchemist using Explosive Missile

I have a player asking about how Explosive Missile works. They are looking at a build that combines Fighter (With Archer variant) combined with levels of Alchemist. There's been some discussion over ...
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Fighter (Essentials) Weapon Talent

Is the Weapon Talent / Fighter Talent feature that Knights & Slayers get the same feature as Fighter Talents Battlerage Vigor, Tempest Style, Arena Training, etc. that Weaponmasters get? If so ...
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Can Cure Light Wounds be used inside an Anti-magic field?

Antimagic Field notes that: (The effects of instantaneous conjurations are not affected by an antimagic field because the conjuration itself is no longer in effect, only its result.) How does a ...
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Does a Magus' Weapon Enchancement Bonus Stack With An Existing Bonus?

I know you can stack abilities such as Frost and Flaming, but what about the numerical bonus? If you have a +1 Flaming Longsword, can a Magus then enchance it with 1 point to becoe a +2 Flaming Frost ...
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Can Technomancers change the appearance of their Persona?

I don't recall if there is any flavor text for or against this, but is a Technomancer's Matrix Persona's appearance fixed, or can it be changed?
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Creating Poison Cheaply - Potato Tea?

It seems that the effectiveness of poisons, both in the core list as well as in homebrew systems for inventing your own, are balanced with and directly proportional to their cost. However, there are ...
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Armor and ranger-variant barbarians?

When using this Unearthed Arcana variant, does the barbarian lose combat style mastery if they don medium armor? Does UA expand on this any more than the few lines offered in the SRD? Gain ...
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1answer
499 views

How Much XP is an NPC worth?

I'm trying to add an NPC (as explained on pages 186-188 of the DMG) to a DnD 4e encounter, and I'm having trouble finding any information on how much XP to subtract from the XP budget for the ...
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How do mystic adepts gain power points in Shadowrun 5?

I recently bought the SR5 PDF and am really liking many of the changes. Especially that mystic adepts are not as underpowered as in previous editions. However how they gain power points during ...
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How does the Magic Staff (from the Handbook) work?

The Magic Staff in the Weapons and Equipment chapter of the 4e handbook sounds like something I'd want as a Lv. 6 Wizard, but I'm unclear as to how exactly it's bonuses are applied and what to. Here's ...
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Which module features an undead pirate fleet waiting to attack a town?

I came across an online review/synopsis of this d20/Pathfinder module but for the life of me I can't remember its name now. Here is the premise: It's an urban adventure, set in a rather large port ...
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Feats that change spell slots into spell points?

I'm creating a sorcerer for a game and can't find a feat that allows me to change my spell slots into spell points, am I mis-remembering this feat's existance?
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What size shadow does a shadowdancer need in order to Hide in Plain Sight?

Shadowdancer: A shadowdancer can use the Hide skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of some sort of shadow, a shadowdancer can hide herself from view in the open ...
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Agile Opportunist & Cunning Bard combo

How does the Combo Agile Opportunist and Cunning Bard work? Some people say you can only get opportunity attacks when an enemy triggers the OA. So you can't slide your ally with power/skill x and let ...
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Is there a feat to use Dex or Con instead of Str in melee (4e)?

I have searched, and found some similar questions, but not this exact one. Is there a feat (or other way, I guess) to use Dex or Con instead of Str when making melee attacks? The only time I ever ...
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1answer
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confusion/question for attack power description in character builder

I'm confused as to the description of some of the attack powers for my players' characters. I'm using Wizards character builder for this so im referring to their attack power cards they include in ...
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Why is the Master of Nine a bad choice?

Say, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about Tome of Battle? Most likely, the maneuvers - the thing that made the close-quarter combat fun for even those players who don't like ...
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How to increase difficulty in Dungeon World

I've been GMing for a couple of sessions now and I'm still struggling at making encounters or situations more difficult. I will describe dangerous situations and encounters in fiction but the ...
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2answers
546 views

How can I work on my improvisation skills in regards to running a campaign?

I'm writing a campaign for 3.5 at the moment and, as a new DM, it's been hard for me to decide what I need to write now, and what I'll need to write later. Because it's going to be my first campaign ...
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What should I expect from “Trail of Cthulhu” as a player?

I'll start soon a Trail of Cthulhu game, and I know next to nothing about Lovecraft or even Cthulhu itself. What I know is that this game is based more on investigation and discovery (my GM told me ...
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488 views

A simple system which makes players feel awesome and empowered [closed]

I'm a young player, and an even younger DM. As such, there were very few systems (read: 2) I've had the pleasure of trying out, and now I'm looking for a system to host a new session in which wouldn't ...
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Are there any game systems whose shtick is that the PCs have dragon companions?

I'm aware of the ECL rules for younger dragons in D&D 3.5. I'd like to move away from that system with this, if possible (it is retained as last resort though). Not that it's incompatible here, ...
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4answers
565 views

Tips for creating engaging modern setting battle maps?

I'm playing a modern horror campaign, basically "Exorcist cops vs Japanese Folklore creatures". The combats take place in the city, and this, I think, it causing my battles to be dull, like a Final ...
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1answer
956 views

Can you be a Magic Technomancer?

During character creation, one of my players realized he could do the following: He took a B priority on Metatype, to be a Human with 7 points of Special Attributes. He split his points as 1 Edge, ...
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1answer
558 views

Entangling Exhalation + Slow Breath

We are playing in a high-level message-board campaign, and my friend have a Rogue/Dragonfire Adept (level 2/level 16). We are currently facing two adult white dragons. My friend is arborn, hidden &...
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1answer
216 views

Outdoors Alchemy

As a part of a module, our low-level party was sent on some random island with just 10 gp worth of gear each. The logical conclusion from that - as long as we want to have good stuff, we have to do it ...
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3answers
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Can I hide using Cunning Sneak with Wilderness Skirmisher?

The cunning sneak feature allows a creature to make a hidden check if they have any concealment or any cover. The wilderness skirmisher feat enables them to gain partial cover against ranged attacks ...
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Shadowfell and the Prime Material plane

Is the Shadowfell a possible link from the Prime material plane to the demi plane of dread (Ravenloft)? If so... are creatures (if lucky enough) able to enter the prime material plane and terrorize ...
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2answers
526 views

Managing plots with multiple simultaneous GMs

I'm working with some fellow GMs to prepare a campaign in which we each host separate groups of players, but in the same shared world. This means that the actions of my players might actually ...
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2answers
487 views

Is Energy Drain a full round action?

If a monster has the Energy Drain special attack, is that a full round action that allows only a single melee or ranged attack per round? Or, if a monster has multiple attacks, can an energy drain ...
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1answer
864 views

Software tools for Savage Worlds: Showdown unit building?

I recently got into this version of Savage Worlds, and it seems helluva fun to play with friends, as sometimes we have wanted to make our very own minis wargame... However the rules on how to ...
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2answers
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Which school of magic do magical weapons and armor auras radiate?

Detect Magic and similar spells can show the school of magic with a proper spellcraft check. Which school of magic is detected for weapons and armor with only enhancement bonuses (e.g. a longsword +1)...
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How to make skill use on investigations “important” but failure not derail the plot?

Well guys, following previous recommendations here I was able to build a Horror Themed Savage Worlds campaign that has made my players excited. However they're still getting used to the style, as well ...
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920 views

Awarding Experience for out-of-game activities, bias towards players with more time, how to fix?

I decided to reward players with extra experience if they wrote summaries of the game sessions in between our meetings. Some players have the extra time to do this, and some don't. What ends up ...
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How do I handle lengthy (days+) actions without slowing the game

I run a D&D 3.5 game, but the system itself is not critical (the examples I use are from D&D though). Some of the characters have various crafting abilities, ranging from things like Alchemy, ...

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