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House ruling the Shaman's Spirit Companion's HP

As written, the Shaman's spirit companion has a damage threshold set at 10+half-level. At levels below 4, this is above the average damage (level+8) of a monster, and above 4, it quickly becomes an ...
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Options for a D&D 3.5 Play-By-Email Game

I would like to get involved in a Play-By-Email game, as a character not DM. Where is the best place to begin my search for such a game?
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How can I encourage my group to become more well rounded?

My gaming group tends to each go in their own direction for character creation. Sometimes this leads to great games where folks are strongly opposed on dramatic elements and character interaction is ...
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Inter-planar Merchants of D&D

What race best fills this role? I'm mostly looking for someone who does this in a Planescape-style setting. Neogi kinda do this, but they're a little too specialized for what I'm looking for. Ditto ...
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Can D&D Fourth Edition be played effectively in a non-gamist manner?

I'd like to ask a question that's been brewing for a while. A lot of the answers and comments on this site seem to be from people who play 4e and are insistent that the right way/only way/best way to ...
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Does a Flaming Sphere gain combat advantage with its initial attack against a prone enemy?

Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Flame Sphere: Effect: You conjure a Medium flaming sphere that occupies a square within range, and the sphere ...
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Item slots for mounts

Are there restrictions for how many items a mount can carry? There is only 1 slot on the character builder for mounts. I dont understand why I cant have an enchanted saddle, and shoes. They're ...
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What are the most important errata for a new D&D 4E group?

I plan to start a new D&D 4E game soon. None of us have played before and we'll be starting at level 1. Are there any important errata that I should know about and inform my players? I know there ...
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Narrativist Gaming: How do you transition more traditionally-trained players into them?

This was obviously inspired by the corresponding question on GM-less gaming. For the past couple of years I've become really interested in RPGs that are less about dungeon-crawling and combat and ...
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When are characters restricted from using Untrained Skills in 4e?

There is a large volume of information on using skills in 4e D&D. The basic assumption is that the character using the skill is trained and the rules reflect this. My question is, what about ...
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Which systems do you find most realistically model progression through skills?

The role-playing systems I've played so far seem to either provide a mostly artificial skill system progression, or ignore skill progression entirely. I'd like to learn about, and maybe try playing, ...
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Which game system was the computer game Hero-Quest based on?

If I remember correctly, the computer game hero-quest was based on rules from a table-top rpg. Does anyone know which rpg's rules it was based on?
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How does HERO system differ from other systems?

I'm interested in the HERO system. What does it do that other systems don't? What are its unique features? I'm not so interested in a breakdown of the system itself (for example, all the stats), but ...
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Using Archer abilities with Swords

I'm trying out this old RPG called FFRPG, and we haven't even begun playing when one of my player's character sheet stood out :( One of my players created an Archer with a Special Training Advantage: ...
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What is the difference between grabbed and restrained?

This is not a question about the mechanical effects. I'm just trying to figure out why 4e defines two effects that appear to be the same. If something is grabbed, isn't it in effect also restrained? ...
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Generating a feeling of nostalgia in the players

I'm new to GMing and am in the process of creating my first world. It's going to be a far future scifi setting, where the civilisation to which the players will belong is a space faring one that is ...
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How does the Cortex System RPG differ from more traditional RPG rulesystems like D&D and nWoD?

We're starting to get that bug to try switching up our RPGs for a bit of variety. I've heard that a popular system, known as "Cortex", is used in several settings which our group would be enthused ...
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Does the prone ranged defensive bonus apply to a creature hit by Flaming Sphere's initial attack?

Flaming Sphere is a nice low-level wizard power, but even the errata text is a little confusing. Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Effect: You conjure ...
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Does the errata-ed Magic missile always kill a minion?

As many know, magic missile does not have a hit section anymore, just an effect: Effect: 2 + Intelligence modifier force damage. Does that mean that a minion is auto-killed by magic missile?
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What is all the backstory in an Adventure Path for if the players never see it?

I'm new to tabletop RPGs (although I have been interested for a long time, just had difficulty finding like-minded companions, and the funds required to get some of the stuff). When I was finally ...
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Can you stack Combat Expertise and Power Attack?

Are you allowed to stack the feats of Power Attack and Combat Expertise in a single round?
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Is there a working online random adventure generator for D&D 3.5e? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a random adventure/encounter generator for D&D 3.5e. It doesn't have to be particularly good or fleshed out, I intend to use it to generate ideas for one-off side- adventures - ...
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Can Pursuit of the Hunter be triggered in the middle of the enemy's movement?

From Pursuit of the Hunter: Trigger: An enemy within 2 squares of you moves on its turn Does the triggering enemy have to start its movement within two squares, or can the power be triggered ...
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What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition?

What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition? I have both the second and the third edition, but have never played/read the first one.
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How can I improve one-off play with paragon or epic tier characters?

Occasionally while running my low-level heroic tier D&D campaign, I run side stories from the setting's history to break things up, and it's a lot of fun. Not too long ago, I ran one with 10th ...
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Does a Readied Action or Delayed Turn count as an Opportunity Action or Immediate Action?

Do Readied Actions or Delayed Turns count against your usage limits for Opportunity Actions or Immediate Actions?
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Why do magical traditions specify a spirit type for each spell category?

In the SR4 rulebooks, magical traditions have listings of which spirits a character of that tradition can summon. For example: The Aztec Tradition Concept: ... Combat: Guardian Detection: Fire ...
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Minor Effects for Magical Items

I tend to prefer high-magic fantasy games, where magical items can be purchased (at around the DMG prices, in D&D) in many large(ish) towns - it's common for the very well-off to have magical ...
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Systems that use ability tests with a descriptive result applied by GM interpretation?

Thinking about a number of questions on here that have been to do with ability test modeling, I was thinking that there would be a lot of potential in a system that, rather than operating on a ...
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Are there any published rules for dealing with mass combat in D&D 4e?

I'm looking for reference material for running large scale/war/mass combat simulations in D&D 4e. By mass combat I'm speaking of unit numbers in the 100's or 1000's, on two or more sides of the ...
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Where can I find/buy/get a detailed output NPC generator tool (digital or paper)?

As a part of my on-going quest to be a better GM, I am looking for a tool, paper based or digital, that can generate solid NPCs rapidly. These could be used as one shots but I am looking primarily ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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Creating a new character vs taking over an inactive previous character

In a lengthy campaign players may miss some sessions or even stop playing for some time. Other players may join at any time. What are the advantages/drawbacks of having the new players taking over ...
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Can a creature use an immediate reaction after another creature's opportunity action on a third creature's turn?

My battlemind and a cleric were engaged in a melee battle with a Deathdog the other day. The cleric was knocked down on a previous turn, so that when her turn began she attempted to stand up. The ...
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Are there rules for knocking a character unconscious without inflicting dramatic wounds?

My players recently wanted to render an NPC unconscious to make transporting him a little easier. We ended up using the standard damage rules (which state that a character, in this case a henchman, ...
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What does RAW mean?

I have seen the abbreviation RAW several times now, what does it stand for?
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Uses for a 4e Portable Hole?

I was slightly shocked to read the 4e version of a portable hole: Power (At-Will): Standard Action. Place a portable hole on a wall, a floor, or a ceiling. (The surface must be flat for the item ...
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How can I convert a 3.5 Psion into a Pathfinder Game?

Basically how and what should I convert to change the Psion from the Expanded Psionics Handbook for 3.5 to be usable in Pathfinder?
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What are the major differences between Vampire: the Requiem and Vampire: the Masquerade?

As the title states, I would like to know the biggest changes between the two systems, both mechanic-wise and story-wise. Why should I choose one over the other? (And please, don't use "Vampire: the ...
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Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot?

Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot in AD&D 1st edition? There are several problems that I'm not sure can be solved: How would the harness be attached to the disk? Can ...
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How to run a chess inspired D&D4E encounter?

Is there a way that you could run a chess inspired encounter for D&D 4E? I'm thinking like the characters themselves are involved in a human chess game albeit still allowing them to keep some of ...
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Does the Manifester Weapon allows a psionic character to have more power points than max?

Power (Daily): Minor Action. You gain 1 power point until the end of your next turn. You can use this power point only to augment a psionic attack power. Does that mean if a character ...
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How can I make D&D 4e work as a “play by post” game?

I'm trying to start a play by post game with my friends. I was thinking about using D&D 4th Edition (it's the game we play the most). We really know the system and it would make for little work ...
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Can Minor Healing be used multiple times to cure a medium or serious injury in HARP?

In ICE's HARP (High Adventure Role Playing) system the Minor Healing spell says: The caster must select one of the following options when casting this spell: Reduce a maneuver penalty by up to 20 ...
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The physics of Reduce Temperature in Mutant City Blues

Reduce Temperature states: You can reduce temperatures in a spherical area centered on any point within range. The diameter of the sphere is 1m for each point in your ... pool. ... +1 difficulty ...
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If I'm invisible do I get a bonus to my saving throws?

In any D&D or AD&D game... Once my character has become invisible, do I get a bonus to any/all saving throws to which I am entitled? Does this vary by edition? Feel free to specify for any ...
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How do you help players not focus on the rules?

Background - My Group's Gaming Style When I GM, I run games loosely from a rules standpoint, and do not feel bound to adhere to what the rulebook says when it doesn't make sense in a given situation. ...
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Do you get a save vs Falling Damage?

In AD&D1e, does a character get a Saving Throw vs. Falling Damage? If so, which save applies? (By the book only, and give specific supporting citations please). Does a save apply in D&D 3.5 ...
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Tools/techniques for optimal tabletop gaming with one remote user

A member of our group has moved to Dallas and we're involving them in the game using Skype. The rest of us are sitting around a table. We have one laptop being used to show the player, and usually ...
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Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition?

Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition? Is there such a thing? If not, can we compile a list on here for reference? I'm mostly interested in the ...

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