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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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791 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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What does a Troglodyte actually smell like?

In 1st Edition AD&D, the Monster Manual states that Troglodytes ...emit a secretion which smells extremely disgusting to humans... If I want to keep the party on their toes, I would like ...
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How can I pitch Fiasco to a UK audience?

How can I describe Fiasco briefly but attractively to someone in the UK? One problem is: the phrases that are commonly used to pitch Fiasco aren't common in the UK. For example, we don't refer to ...
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242 views

Do check bonuses apply to passive checks?

The Warlord Class Feature Canny Leader grants a "+2 bonus to Insight checks and Perception checks" to you and allies within 10 squares. Does this also apply to checks against Passive Perception and ...
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1answer
598 views

Can Aid Another assist someone else, who is also using Aid Another?

The Success line of Aid Another reads: The target gains a +2 bonus to the next check using the same skill or ability before the end of the assisting creature’s next turn. Since you must use the ...
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How often are Rules Updates released for D&D 4th Edition?

Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition was released in mid-2008. However, the current list of Rules Updates only has one from October 2010. Are updates really released that infrequently, or are there ...
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Are there any rules for building demolition?

I'm planning a scenario in which my players, being a crafty lot, may try to destroy a building. Are there any rules for what it would take to accomplish that? Would a building have an AC?
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2answers
606 views

What happens to a dying character during a rest?

If a combat encounter is completed, and a character in the party is dying, what happens during the following rest period? During the rest period, it's a fair given that allies may try to use whatever ...
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666 views

How do you switch from parenting-mode to GM-mode?

Directly related to this question. My players are my children, aged 7 through 14. A GM has a different relationship with players than a parent does with children. A parent tries to encourage and ...
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5answers
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As a GM, how do I keep Dungeons & Dragons more interesting for young players?

Currently, my group of players is my children, ages 7+ through 14+ (and several in between). They all are really excited about playing, but I am having great difficulty keeping them all interested ...
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3answers
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Is the banshee's wail a death attack?

The banshee is described on page 30 of the Monster Manual II: Wail (Su): During the night, a banshee can loose a deadly wail. This attack can slay up to eighteen living creatures within a 30-foot ...
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How does a player correct a GM mistake without being a rules lawyer or pushover?

You are playing in a game. The GM says that you need to roll a given roll. The rules clearly state something different. I realize one solution is to go along to get along, then tell the GM after ...
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1answer
998 views

Do certain powers gain or lose keywords depending on usage?

Blazing Starfall is a Sorcerer power that, in its power description, includes the Fire keyword. However, the Fire keyword is apparently inherited from a zone effect that is only available when the ...
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2answers
185 views

Are there any scenarios based on “Hound of the Baskervilles”?

Are there any good scenarios based on the classic "Hound of the Baskervilles" story? The actual setting (Call of Ctulhu, D&D, whatever) isn't even that important as I plan to adapt it to my own ...
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967 views

How can I encourage zombie investigation?

This weekend, I ran a zombie scenario for GUMSHOE (Trail, as it happens, although the question isn't specific to that). I've run this scenario twice, both as part of a campaign and as a one-shot. ...
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Does resist all prevent normal damage?

Does Resist 1 all such as is profiled by Rimefire Plate +2 prevent normal / untyped damage, such as is done by an axe or arrow?
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3answers
638 views

Does Blazing Starfall Cause Fire Damage?

Blazing Starfall has the Fire and Radiant keywords, the damage line indicates radiant damage, and cosmic magic sorcerers create a zone has a fire damage effect. The players were fighting Trolls "if ...
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2answers
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How does __(Dexterity) vs. AC work?

I'm working through the new Red Box, and have ended up with a character with the at-will Bump And Run power. The attack is listed as __ (Dexterity) vs. AC Is this just a straight comparison of ...
7
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1answer
677 views

Where can I find a database (sqlite, csv, etc) of Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set character and monster data?

I'm writing an engine for Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Red and Blue Box) First Edition (1E) in Python and would like to be able to read from an existing database of what is in the players and ...
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1answer
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What hexes should I take for my huckster?

I'm in a Deadlands game using the classic Pinnacle rules set. Our posse is fairly well mixed — two or three gunslingers of varying types, a sharpshooter, a voudonista, a mad scientist, and me. What ...
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How do I run a maze scenario without using a map?

Inspired by a question on another site, what's the best way to add a labyrinth to an adventure scenario without making the challenges contingent upon player skill at mapping or navigation? I'd like ...
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4answers
359 views

What should be considered when trying to host a game outside of one's home?

I want to find a new group, but I haven't got the physical space in my small apartment to host gaming sessions. What tips do you have when playing e.g. at a cafe?
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4answers
903 views

How should one properly roleplay a Kender?

For my first campaign ever, we are playing 2E DragonLance. I, not content with my usual lot, chose to play a female kender handler. The first playsession went well, but reading up on kenders (from ...

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