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10answers
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Is it advisable to rotate the GM role between players?

Is it advisable to run a campaign where the GM occasionally rotates to be a regular player while a player becomes the GM? I've seen some mentions of this strategy to prevent the GM from getting burned ...
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1answer
214 views

Has Tales From the Floating Vagabond Been Re-released?

Or better yet, has Tales From the Floating Vagabond been updated any time since it debuted in the early 1990s? (For those unfamiliar, it was a fairly small entirely humor-driven game. Imagine The 3 ...
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6answers
2k views

Most expensive / valuable role-playing game

What are the most expensive role-playing games (or individual supplements)? The question refers to the cost of an individual game or other product - not to the potentially continuous expense of ...
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20answers
4k views

How to handle a rules-lawyer player?

As a game master, what strategy/strategies seem to work well for handling players that have spent more time reading through the rule books than you have? While it's helpful at times to have the ...
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12answers
1k views

Do any newer D&D versions grant experience for exceptional role-playing?

Do any of the newer D&D editions' books (most likely the DM Guide) have guidelines for granting experience for exceptional role-playing? I once played with a professional DM (there's a job I ...
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4answers
210 views

How far do you go with custom rules before you have a new game?

We are working on a setting with low magic for Pathfinder, and we initially started out on creating lots of custom rules to go with that. However we found that the more rules we created, the more we ...
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9answers
2k views

How to deal with a Batman PC as a DM?

I'm running one of the D&D Encounters tables at the local game shop. In Chapter 3 the players can create their own characters. Everyone had normal characters with the exception of one player who ...
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3answers
534 views

In a Mouse Guard fight, does each team target a specific other team with each move?

The Mouse Guard rules are unclear on whether -- during an extended conflict, a team's actions specifically address only a single other team on each phase of the turn. I think so, but not everyone in ...
12
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3answers
1k views

How do you do perception checks for Palladium 2.0?

I can't seem to find anything in the rule book for how to do perception checks for the Palladium systems (Palladium Fantasy RPG, Rifts, Dead Reign, etc). How do you do them? Is there a base attribute ...
28
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9answers
2k views

How do I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...
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9answers
947 views

Third-Person Limited Narration or Third-Person Omniscient Narration?

What are the advantages/disadvantages to using either a kind of "Limited Narration" or an "Omniscient Narration" style when running a game? i.e. Does saying... None of the characters notice the ...
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9answers
2k views

How to keep track of abilities for D&D 4e?

What are some effective ways to keep track of my character's various abilities? I would prefer cheap or free tools.
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1answer
328 views

Likelyhood of Feywild creatures in Nentir Vale

What are the population level of Feywild creatures in Nentir Vale? It must not be massive. For example, everyone should be terrified of scarecrows.
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3answers
386 views

What is the difference between D&D and D&D Miniatures?

Are they the same game? Or is D&D Minis like an abridged toned down version of D&D 4.0? Or is it a separate rule-set entirely?
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5answers
1k views

What did you do for a Tarasque adventure? [closed]

What did you do for a Tarasque adventure? When you ran it, did you wait for the players to be epic level? Did having such an overpowered enemy detract from anything? Or did your players - on the ...
14
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5answers
2k views

Are there any good websites which have story hooks and plots points for campaigns? [closed]

Are there any good websites which have story hooks and plots points for campaigns?
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17answers
7k views

How do I roleplay a character more intelligent than I am?

What are some strategies and techniques for role playing a character that is more intelligent than you actually are? It's pretty easy to pretend to be someone who is less intelligent, but the reverse ...
11
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6answers
487 views

History of role-playing games

Is there a definitive book (or a website) on the history of role-playing games? Optimally the book should be reasonably new (so Heroic Worlds doesn't qualify) and cover also non-mainstream games.
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3answers
585 views

What is the closest RPG analogue to the newest version of the Mechwarrior RPG?

What is the closest RPG analogue to the newest version of the Mechwarrior RPG? I played the second and third versions of the mechwarrior rpg, but am unfamiliar with the new Classic BattleTech RPG.
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23answers
4k views

Speeding Up Combat

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
11
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9answers
300 views

What are the best places on the Web to advertise for players? [closed]

I am looking for players to join a play-by-chat game. I have set up a wiki for the game at Obsidian Portal, and have advertised on a couple Yahoo Groups dedicated to gaming. Are there any other places ...
10
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3answers
684 views

What are the properties of Shaman Spirit?

I've run around 8 encounters with a shaman and his spirit, and many questions about it's properties have been raised. Is the spirit unsubstantial? Does the spirit float? The spirit is supposedly ...
22
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6answers
894 views

What are some character development tools?

I have a character that I want to develop slowly through the campaign. By this I mean I want him to slowly mature and change his personality through the sessions. What tool or trick can I use to ...
7
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4answers
360 views

Dealing With Inexperienced Players in Hero System

When playing Hero System, experienced players can really get the most out of every point, and create incredible characters, while new players can find the system a little overwhelming. How do you ...
41
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27answers
9k views

What can I use in place of Fudge Dice?

If someone doesn't have any fudge dice, what are the best methods to replace them and why? Term: Fudge Dice are six sided dice with two sides labeled with a +, two sides with a -, and two sides that ...
21
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10answers
1k views

How do you adjudicate a chase?

Generally if PCs run from a fight, I would give the monsters a free attack, and then let the PCs escape automatically (playing 1e/0e D&D). Of course if they linger around, the monsters may come ...
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13answers
5k views

How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
10
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5answers
377 views

Monster Complement for Fire Beetles

I've been writing an encounter with fire beetles in a sewer. I need a good monster to complement them while keeping it at a level 1 or 2 encounter.
6
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1answer
918 views

D&D 3.5 Podcasts

Aside from "3.5 Private Sanctuary", are there any other podcasts that regularly cover the 3.5 or d20 system?
8
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2answers
243 views

D&D Encounters Dark Sun Season

I've stepped up to run one of the local Encounters tables for this season. However I don't have adventure chapters 1 & 2. What has happened in the story up until now?
11
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10answers
4k views

Advantage to normal multiclassing in D&D4?

Is normal (feat-based) multi-classing beneficial in D&D 4e? Is there a better way to achieve the same character design (a character with facets of two classes)?
37
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16answers
2k views

What tools or strategies have you found useful when not all players can be in the same physical space?

Having recently moved most of the way across the US, I am looking for effective ways to continue to game with roleplayers from my previous home. What tools (Skype, mapping applications, etc.) and ...
11
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1answer
718 views

Seeking Name of Abstract, Card-Based RPG

I'm looking for the name of a small, indie RPG that I came across a while ago. The game used tarot-like cards instead of dice. When something in the game needed to be decided, then cards were drawn ...
34
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13answers
53k views

Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
12
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3answers
2k views

Where can I find desert random encounter tables?

The players in my Greyhawk campaign are about to enter the Bright Desert, and I'd like to use some desert-specific random encounter tables — does anyone have anything suitable? Edition is irrelevant, ...
19
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1answer
251 views

Can characters in Dogs in the Vineyard have different escalation levels in conflict?

For example, if an NPC escalates conflict to gunfight, but my PC does not want to shoot him and tries to resolve situation by just talking while evading shots - can he not escalate and not roll dice ...
15
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5answers
910 views

What is the full list of official D&D settings?

What are the official Wizards of the Coast/TSR D&D campaign settings? The ones I know of off hand are the following, also would be good to know what rule edition they initially started in and if ...
27
votes
7answers
16k views

What are the most beginner friendly table top role playing games? [closed]

Many RPGs are extremely complex and hard for first time gamers to get into. Many others assume (even to the point of saying so in their introduction) that they are for people who already know what a ...
43
votes
13answers
12k views

Is a fumble on a natural 1 an official rule?

I am currently a player in a D&D 3.5 game where rolling a 1 on any attack roll is not only an automatic miss, but also means that something "bad" happens – such as dropping your sword, falling ...
102
votes
4answers
71k views

Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.

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