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Would it be possible to use old Judges Guild items in a modern campaign (D&D 4e for example?)

I have an extensive collection of old Judges Guild items currently gathering dust halfway across the country at my parent's house. I'm debating shipping them to myself here in SF and potentially using ...
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In D&D 4e, does the half-elf get an extra encounter power, or does his race power take the place of his class power?

The half-elf gets a racial power that lets him take an at-will from a class not his own and make it an encounter power. Does that mean it replaces his class encounter power or that he gets an ...
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Which role-playing systems might be best suited for use over a road-trip?

Four of us will be in the car for roughly 10 hours, for a road trip that will probably take 12 hours or so to complete. It occurred to me that we could try to spend the time doing a role-playing ...
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What are good techniques help remember the interrupts of DND 4e monsters?

For new and experienced 4e DM's alike, a recurring challenge is activating all of the appropriate interrupt powers on monster sheets. It gets really easy to miss something when solo monsters can have ...
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Other than its class feature, what powers allow the battlemind to place encounter-long marks?

I'm trying to find out which powers allow the Battlemind to place encounter-long marks. I know that the class feature Battlemind's Demand lets you do this to two targets, but most of the other powers ...
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When did the concept of Striker, Controller, Leader and Defender enter into the gaming lexicon?

One of the biggest changes I've observed as an old time gamer (AD&D 1st ed, Shadowrun 1st ed etc) versus now exploring 4th ed D&D (and reading about 3.0/3.5 and d20 systems etc) is that now ...
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What technologies are useful to modern-day gamers and DMs?

With the rise of lots of PDF resources I'd guess that a good color printer and ample cardstock are now almost mandatory elements of a DM's toolkit. What else do people find is very helpful either at ...
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What is the minimum set of books a group should have to play 4e? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 4th ed. D&D - 'Core books' or 'Essentials' - what (set of books and financial outlay) makes a complete game? At the moment I do not own any of the 4e ...
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House Rules for AD&D Character Generation (1e+)

Looking at starting an AD&D game for a bunch of players who haven't played for a while and have never played together so there are no common house rules. To maximise playing time we want ...
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Are “Zero” and “Interface Zero” the same RPG?

I've seen mentions of both in discussions - are they one RPG, or two?
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How easy is it for a group that's grown up on a D20/DnD system to quickly pick up and try Dust Devils?

The Dust Devils rpg seems very interesting to try; we are, however, quite busy and won't have time to prepare in advance - most likely we'll be learning the rules while we play. How difficult is the ...
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Can a human's bonus at-will power be psionically augmented?

The other day, I used the old character builder to print out cards for a new human battlemind. For each of the augment-able at will powers, there is a separate card created for each augment point ...
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Can an enemy missed by Bard's Compulsion still charge?

From the Bard's 5th level Daily power: Miss: ...and it cannot take move actions on its next turn. Can an enemy affected by this power still charge on its turn?
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Any advice for playing characters who are older (much older) than the player?

Several of the characters in our group are of long-lived races and have ages in the triple digits as a result. Presumably the game-mechanic effects of their ages are already factored into the rules ...
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Does Challenge Rating scale linearly?

In other words, given a CR of x the official definition of CR is that four adventurers of level x will on average use up a quarter of their resources to defeat the challenge. For parties with less ...
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Does movement that uses a static value, or a stat that is not speed, bypass the effects of slowed?

The slowed condition reduces your speed to two. However, there are some powers that allow you to move a specific number of squares regardless of your speed, or move an amount of squares based on a ...
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How can I make BRP less variable?

I like the simplicity of BRP's percentile-based skill system. (Chaosium's Basic Roleplay, or BRP, is the system behind Call of Cthulhu and Runequest, among others.) It makes it trivial for new ...
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Rebalancing the Orc Brutes in Thunderspire labyrinth?

The Orc Beserker is a miserably designed sack of hitpoints: Orc Berserker HP 66; Bloodied 33 AC 15; Fortitude 17, Reflex 13, Will 12 Speed 6 (8 while charging) Greataxe ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3.5 to d20 Modern?

What sort of issues would I run into if I wanted to co-opt some D&D 3.5 creatures into a D20 Modern setting? I'm looking mostly at devils, demons and some of the astral creatures. Will such ...
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How do brutal and high crit weapons interact with non [W] damaging attack powers?

At least two Swordmage powers are weapon powers, that deal fixed dice of damage rather than [W]s of damage. Spidersilk Slash ddi is a weapon power that deals 1d10 + int mod damage. Seed of Fire ddi ...
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In early D&D, why would chainmail ever be preferred over plate armor?

In early D&D, both chainmail and plate armor were considered metal armor, and to slow the wearer to 60' per turn. Chainmail cost 40gp, and plate armor 60gp. Their encumbrance was 400 or 500 coins ...
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Is there a significant market for collector's versions of role-playing paraphernalia?

Some of the role playing materials I've found have come in regular and collectors' edition versions. This has me curious - is there a significant collectors' market for role-playing game materials, ...
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Are there any groups that use role-play games as performance art?

After listening to podcasts of the Penny Arcade folks playing D&D, I've been wondering, has anyone else tried to turn their role-playing sessions into performance-art pieces? Are there any ...
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What non-RPG hobbies are complementary to the RPG addiction?

We want to recruit players for our regular table-top group, and have been debating where to look, to find non-players who would most likely be interested in playing and enjoy the experience. Going ...
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Tasks for a split party

I'm running a 4th ed game, but I don't think that makes a difference in this case. Last session my party decided to split up for a couple tasks. The hybrid bard/rogue and the avenger (affectionately ...
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Does anyone have a pokemon/D&D crossover guide?

A friend is looking to introduce pokemon into a standard D&D 3.5 edition game. Are there any existing resources which can help him deal with the workload?
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How does d20 Modern handle having someone at gunpoint?

How does d20 Modern handle the common situation of having someone at gunpoint, or entering a room with your firearm in hand, cocked and ready to fire? I'm asking because I notice that to draw a ...
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Recommended Blogs / Sites for AD&D [closed]

Coming back to RPGs after a decade or two out, it occurs to me that the internet is probably littered with people writing interesting and amusing things on the subjects. Can anyone recommend any ...
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Rules on Treasure Carrying

(Definition of "treasure" for the purposes of this post: primarily coins but anything which is heavy, valuable but not useful to the party beyond it's cash value and therefore not something they ...
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Engel metaplot summary?

Could someone sum up briefly (or provide a link to a similarly brief summary of), please, the metaplot of Engel, a German-language RPG (whose English translation was published by one of White Wolf's ...
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When GMing a game, how much should you prepare in advance?

Obviously you need to have some high level idea of what's going on in the world around the players, and where you are heading with the story, but in an ongoing game at some point players will be ...
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Should a character drop his or her weapon when going unconscious?

Going unconscious DDI does not mention that a creature drops any held items, yet it seems logical to do so. Is this mentioned elsewhere in the rules that I am not aware of? Has WoTC ruled on this ...
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Can you ready a charge?

In 3rd edition, you could ready a partial charge. From the PHB, p134: Only partial actions can be readied. To do so, specify the partial action you will take and the conditions under which you ...
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Can a character take actions after his animal companion charges?

This came up with a Sentinel and his Wolf companion tonight, but I believe it is a general question. Normally you can only take free actions after a charge. After commanding a animal companion to ...
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Can Soul Feast be used when unconscious?

The Hexblade Soul Feast utility power allows you to gain temporary hit points when an adjacent enemy dies. Trigger: You reduce an enemy to 0 hit points, or an enemy adjacent to you drops to 0 hit ...
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Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?

Someone under the water has total cover from someone on the land. If you are in the water but not under it you have partial cover from a land based opponent. What I'd like to know is if you are in ...
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Can my mage prepare powers of the same level but of a different type (encounter, daily, utility)?

I'm reading about the Mage on the Heroes of the Fallen Lands, and page 200 says You cannot prepare more than one power of any given level on the same day. For example, a 14th level mage [...] can ...
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Diceless Math driven RPG

Although many do not appreciate them, a really long time ago, I was thinking and drawing a diceless RPG system. There are already several notable diceless RPG systems, like the one listed here, but ...
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How do I integrate an implement based ranged basic attack with the Hunter's Rapid Shot feature?

I've made a hunter that can fire Divine Bolts as a ranged basic attack. (Half-elf + power of skill + Invoker MC + Versatile Master = divine bolts at will as RBA) Divine bolts: Standard Action ...
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How do favored classes work in Pathfinder?

I'm working on creating a half-elf paladin character for a Pathfinder game. Full disclosure: this is the first time I've tried creating a character; I've used ones other people created before. In ...
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Should I get the DMG 2 if I already have the DM Book?

I have the Dungeon Master's Kit, and have just finished my first reading of the DMB it includes. I think it's a good book, though some things are missing, rituals being the one I recall now (besides ...
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The Free City of Greyhawk: War of the Archmages

Where can I find print or online information on the archmages and/or the War of the Archmages?
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Does shifting count as movement, for the purpose of triggering non-attack opportunity actions? [duplicate]

Replaced by the following questions: Can shifting trigger immediate actions? Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions? Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the ...
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Resources containing practical, yet non-combat, non-adventuring D&D spells

Continuing the train of thoughts emerging from the discussion of this previous question (about magocracies and theocracies in DnD), I'd like to know if there are any good official or unofficial ...
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What does the Moilian Barrow monster in the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure look like?

From the read aloud text of encounter M3: Dark Barrow on p55 of the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure: Bones and body parts are knitting themselves together into a larger mass in the rubble. There ...
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What class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...
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How do I build a defensively focused Battlemind at level 1?

Can someone give a good idea to get a defensive Battlemind build that will work well with the following party at level 1? Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ranger, Dwarf Healing cleric ...
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What is an effective leader for a striker heavy first level party?

I'm new to D&D and recently posted a question asking what class would do the most damage and learned that we need a good damage-mitigator. We have a Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ...
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How can a Sphere of Annihilation be detected, and how can it be “disarmed”?

I'm reading the DnD Essentials DM Book, and on the Sphere of Annihilation stat block, it mentions several things I don't exactly know how to read: The sphere has "Detect automatic". Does this mean ...
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Naval Combat Sourcebook

I know there was a book in 3.5 that centered on naval campaigns, with classes for ship captains and rules for Narrative naval combat. Has that book been updated for 4e, or are there any other books ...

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