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How to preserve player generated content?

I currently lead a Diaspora group. Diaspora is a hard science fiction Fate-based RPG which allows and basically depends on the generation of content like worlds, cultures, NPCs etc. by the players. I ...
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402 views

How do I let the world know about my role-playing system?

I have been working on a short narrativist system for quite some time now. I intend to offer it freely to anyone interested but I'm not sure about a couple of things: First, how do I package it? One ...
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How much is too much? Rules for looting in D&D4

We're a brand new gaming group. We ran our first session tonight. (I believe it is Keep on the Shadowfell, but I'm not positive.) We headed towards Winterhaven, encountered some Kobolds, and made our ...
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Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks?

My gaming group is brand new. We had our first session tonight. I had a few questions for this SE... the first is this one. Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks? Or am I ...
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953 views

What is innovative about the Smallville RPG?

I gather the Smallville RPG has innovative mechanics. In what way are they innovative? (Particularly, I've heard that they're like indie RPGs. That's what I'm interested in, but it's also harder to ...
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7answers
792 views

How should I budget for ally/third party NPCs in 4e combats?

I've done a few combats recently where the PCs and their enemies were not the only participants in the fight. I wasn't sure how to budget XP in this case. In the case of an NPC ally to the PCs, I ...
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5answers
756 views

Are there any games that include a good rule system for running a business?

In my regular D&D 4e game, we are currently in mid-paragon tier. My character had accrued enough gold that he decided it was silly to continue paying for a room at the local inn whenever we rolled ...
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1answer
276 views

Is Mutants and Masterminds 3e (going to be) OGL?

So I've been flipping through the DC Adventures rulebook, and a lot of the terms are changing up: "feat" is now "advantage" for example... is this part of a move away from the OGL on the part of Green ...
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665 views

Clarification of the process behind healing?

I've read the section on healing in Deathwatch several times, and I can't quite seem to get my head around it. It says you can only attempt to heal once per wound, but it doesn't really seem to ...
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How does one pronounce “Mekillot”?

In the Dark Sun campaign setting, there are creatures called "Mekillot" - and I am having the hardest time trying to figure out how to pronounce their names! Is it hard, like "Me-Kill-Lot", or soft ...
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1answer
416 views

Do the main gauche and Fighting Style: Two Weapons combine defensively?

Using the MET core rules, do the defense bonuses for using a Main Gauche and Fighting Style: Two Weapons stack? i.e. If I have a character with a main-gauche and one dot of FS:TW, does he get two dots ...
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How compatible are D&D 4th Edition and Essentials? Can you use Essentials encounters with 4th edition characters?

I've seen posts about how (un)convertable D&D Essentials characters are to 4th edition. This is a question about monsters/encounters/adventures. People have been raving about the Essentials ...
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2answers
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Is there an RPG for Iain M Banks' setting of The Culture?

And if not, what would you recommend using? I've always thought it would make for some interesting gaming.
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What is a good way to get started with Tekumel gaming?

I've often fancied doing some gaming in Professor Barker's fascinating if rather complex world, but there seem to be a confusing array of products, essays and systems out there, all rather obscure and ...
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2answers
340 views

What's the easiest way to adjust a module intended for 5 players so that it can accommodate 6 players?

I'm playing with a 6 character group in the H series of modules, Keep on the Shadowfell and Thunderspire labyrinth, which are both intended for 5 players. Frankly the combats are usually too easy, ...
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If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?

I'm aware that you can't brew a potion from any spell with range:personal, target:you, since it is restricted to: any 3rd-level or lower spell that you know and that targets one or more creatures ...
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3answers
780 views

As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges?

As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges? Equally, how do you make use of them? For them to be a relevant threat, do they have to be in such numbers that they become unmanageable?
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1answer
480 views

Were there ever DnD3.X rules for leprechauns?

Were there ever DnD3.X rules for leprechauns?
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2answers
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What are some of the differences between 2e and 3e Mutants and Masterminds?

What are some of the differences between 2e and 3e Mutants and Masterminds?
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2answers
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Does blindsight or tremorsense count for line of sight?

If I have tremorsense or blindsight, do I have line of sight if I'm otherwise blind? In particular, would this allow me to teleport out of a Stinking Cloud?
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5answers
853 views

Does 'Reactive Stealth' allow a gnome to become hidden using the partial cover of a companion?

Reactive Stealth: If you have any cover or concealment when you make an initiative check, you can make a Stealth check. Our group has a bard gnome that usually starts combat behind the front ...
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1answer
392 views

Can a blind creature teleport another?

Our wizard has the feat Twist the Arcane Fabric, which lets you teleport an ally out of an area of effect spell. In a recent battle the wizard was blinded, and so the DM ruled that the wizard could ...
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2answers
864 views

Can wizard's staff of defense class feature stack with Wizard Utility 2 Shield on the same triggering effect?

Staff of Defense class feature: ...once per encounter as an immediate interrupt, you gain a bonus to defense against one attack equal to your Constitution modifier. You can declare the ...
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4answers
574 views

How do I create and effectively use silence?

People who have thought about public speaking or presentations usually know that silence is one of the most powerful tools in conversation, speaking and negotiation. Think about any memorable speech. ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the upgrade path for characters generated with the Red Box Starter kit?

After creating a character using the Red Box and convincing my gaming group, all newbies to RPG's, to roll characters using the Red Box, I discovered that the Red Box doesn't seem to have an upgrade ...
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1answer
327 views

Does resurrection heal ability damage?

The description of the resurrection spell states that it restores "life and complete strength to any deceased creature." Does this include any ability damage that the creature may have suffered, prior ...
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334 views

Does a good list of open-content RPGs exist?

I'm looking for open RPGs to play with my group. By "open-content" I mean games that are licensed similar to open-source software—everyone is allowed to get and modify the game and release the result. ...
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1answer
290 views

Simulating physical combat in-Matrix?

Are there specific rules for resolving a simulated physical combat carried out on the Matrix? I know there's physical and Matrix combat rules, but it came up in a recent session that two characters ...
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6answers
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Is it possible to actually kill a Tarrasque?

I've seen a good bit of conflicting information on this creature. Is it possible to actually kill it? Permanently? Is the answer to this something that varies from edition to edition of D&D?
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7answers
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How can I format a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character sheet such that players are more likely to remember (and use) their class features?

In a game I play in, almost all of the players routinely forget to use and apply their class features that do not appear as powers. The players forget their class features and little-used powers due ...
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3answers
747 views

How should treasure parcels be adjusted to account for permanent character death in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

In a D&D game I play, the party has had a 200% character turnover rate due to character death at low levels. Spawning at higher levels provides the incoming players with gear appropriate to their ...
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4answers
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What class features or items can be given to a fighter in Dungeons and Dragons 4e to allow him to parry as his mark punishment?

In a game I am in, the DM wants to encourage the fighter, who is a very reluctant defender to more actively defend. The fighter is built on the "gentleman adventurer" lines, and the DM has expressed ...
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1answer
452 views

How much treasure is missing from the Keep on the Shadowfell?

According to comments here, as well as the feelings of both my players and I, Keep on the Shadowfell does not award nearly as much treasure as the 4e parcel system suggests that it should. Does ...
2
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1answer
2k views

What dice system to choose? [closed]

Is there a chart that classifies the different ways to use dice and skills (or whatever values the characters in the system have) to determine the success or failure of an action? The following ...
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2answers
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What is the disadvantage of raise dead+restoration against true resurrection?

We (my group and I) figured out, that in Pathfinder you can use True Resurrection for a price of 25,000 gp but Raise Dead works for 5,000 gp and you can remove the negative levels with Restoration ...
21
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1answer
3k views

Is Smite Evil damage multiplied by a critical hit?

In Pathfinder, smite damage adds +paladin level (or 2 × paladin level) to damage when smiting evil. The rules for critical hits say: A critical hit means that you roll your damage more ...
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7answers
2k views

What is role-playing, and where do I start?

I have been told that roleplaying is great fun. I've looked and looked and it all seems so complicated. Could anyone tell me a good place to start, and what sort of things you end up doing in ...
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10answers
1k views

Are there any games that use dice pools of multiple dice? [closed]

A friend of mine is an aspiring game designer and is currently looking at the mechanism used in the newest iteration of Warhammer Fantasy where players have multiple dice pools of differing kinds of ...
12
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2answers
741 views

How do you know if two monsters can move at the same time in DnD4e?

Can monsters in Dungeons and Dragons 4.0 share turns? In the first encounter of the Dungeons and Dragons 4e Redbox it states that you should make one initiative roll for the two goblins and one for ...
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5answers
417 views

How can I encourage my group to seek success, rather than entertaining failure?

Our weekly group has a tendency toward playing into escalating spirals of self destruction, regardless of the system or genre. Players will look for opportunities to fail, or to set up other player's ...
12
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6answers
9k views

Which Call of Cthulhu books do I need to get started?

I'd like to get into Call of Cthulhu. Which books do I need? I have a limited budget, so I'd prefer to get as few as possible. Specifically, tell me: How useful will the core book be on its own? ...
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9answers
1k views

How does a DM deal with characters leveling up too quickly for the module, due to side-quests/ random encounters?

My group and I are playing the Thunderspire Labryinth adventure for 4th edition, levels 4-6, and our DM added in a lot cool side-quests and random encounters. The only problem is that now we are ...
15
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4answers
454 views

What is a good gaming system for running a 'con man' game?

Follow up to this question: What gaming system would work the best for running a 'con-man' scenario? I'm thinking of a team of people who run a con on greedy rich landholders or merchants. Most ...
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8answers
808 views

How to turn an AD&D thief into a con-man?

The thief character in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 1st edition is just that; a thief. Pickpocket, cut-purse, cat burglar, sneaky little blighter.... I'm thinking of running a non-combat (or ...
16
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4answers
633 views

How late in history can I set a campaign based in the US without cars and telephones being widespread? [closed]

I'm deciding on my next campaign offering, and I'm dealing with this dilemma: although I prefer, and am best at, running games set in the near-present, one of my players has a mild antipathy toward ...
10
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1answer
790 views

Does raising a familiar from the dead restore the lost experience points?

In 3.5 edition, Wizards and Sorcerers suffer an XP penalty if their familiar dies: If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. ...
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4answers
10k views

Is there a formula to calculate level given experience?

I have a spreadsheet that tracks the XP for our group and I've gotten tired of manually looking up how much xp is needed for the next level. I'd much prefer if there was a formula I could put on the ...
6
votes
4answers
371 views

How do I work Powers into Skill Challenges?

I am a rather new DM (returning after 18 years) and I had a question about running a Skill Challenge called "Give it Back". The party was chasing a thief through the market and the mage said "I'm ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

Alternative to Barbarian's Rage in DnD 3.X?

I'm not fond of the Barbarian's Rage ability. Whenever I roll up a Barbarian character, I think of the character more as a "brick" - strong, powerful and seemingly unstoppable, like... He-Man ...
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4answers
37k views

Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...

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