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Does Trampling allow you to attack many units in a row?

I was arguing with my DM over if the Trampling special ability allowed you to run over many units. I said that my summoned celestial elephant could run in a straight line and trample all units it runs ...
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Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers? [closed]

Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers. What type of material do they do. One company per answer please. As this is a community wiki the answers (and votes) will gauge community views on their ...
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6answers
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Preventing player passivity in GUMSHOE?

I really like the game worlds of the various GUMSHOE games I have (Fear Itself, Esoterrorists, Mutant City Blues) but haven't run it yet. My big concern is that I've seen the "ablative skill system" ...
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8answers
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What's the maximum number of minions for an encounter?

What is the maximum number of minions that can be pitted against a party 0f 5 characters of equal level without being overwhelming (as defined by the DMG)? ie: How many Kobold minions can I pit ...
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1answer
115 views

Is there a 3rd party sourcebook for Arabian Nights gaming in 4eD&D

I'm looking for a sourcebook for Arabian Nights flavor (the more the better). I'm looking for any of the following: Monsters Classes (new or modified) Powers Rituals Magic Items DM advice On-line ...
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21answers
6k views

What iPhone / iPad apps do you use for gaming? [closed]

What iPhone / iPad applications do you use for your gaming? One per answer, please, and vote up ones you have used and like.
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3answers
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3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance

Does a Level 4 Monk deal full damage against a creature with DR 5/Slashing? From the D20 SRD regarding Damage Reduction: "The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), ...
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4answers
362 views

What props or other tools can I use to improve pacing?

For a game, gaslight fantasy meets weird west, I am looking for tangible props to establish the various pacing points (call them beats in Robin's newest fascination). I'm looking for a good idea that ...
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6answers
932 views

Using NWoD as general game system

I am planning on using the standard new World of Darkness corebook as a baseline for running a Middle Earth game. Nobody in my game group is happy with MERP or the newer Decipher system. What do ...
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7answers
652 views

How can I balance the darkness of Dark Heresy with the humor without getting too goofy?

So I'm a pretty snarky person to start with. One of my big challenges when running Dark Heresy is to get the tone right. I want it to be dark -- the Warhammer 40K universe has plenty of horrific ...
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3answers
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
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2answers
172 views

What statistics should we use for Duck in Mouse Guard?

The Mouse Guard world clearly has ducks, but the RPG doesn't include them. What stats should a Duck have in Mouse Guard? Dave Petersen has illustrated mice interacting with ducks in Mouse Guard. ...
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322 views

What tests can Nature (Mouse) be substituted for?

How can I resolve the contradictory rules on what tests can be substituted with Mouse Nature? Mouse Guard p. 232: under “Acting with Your Nature”, the rules say “When action in the game involves ...
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6answers
276 views

Cryptonomicon's food-gathering program [closed]

In Neal Stephenson's book Cryptonomicon, a character in the story developed a system to calculate the different energy costs of a game character's activity, and the needed food intake to keep up with ...
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7answers
2k views

Does it make sense to give characters free weapons expertise?

A player I know suggested that when playing 4th ed, it made sense to give characters the Weapons Expertise feat for free at 5th level. I don't have much experience with 4.0, so I don't know whether I ...
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How to be a Centaur PC?

I just started D&D, bought my version 4 manuals and I'm now at my stage in character creation. The problem: I was wondering if playing as a centaur would be possible? What forms of skills and ...
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3answers
253 views

What can make OGL material harder or easier to reuse in other products?

I keep reading about OGL material that is written in such a way that makes it harder to use than normal, and other OGL material that is written such that it's easier to reuse in other products. ...
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2answers
199 views

Keeping dice after giving in Dogs in the Vineyard

In the revised edition there's a rule about keeping two dice if somebody gives in a conflict. Can anybody spell it out for me? What are circumstances, which dice, when who gives, who gets to use ...
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2answers
567 views

Do powers that grant allies melee basic attacks ignore positioning?

Do powers and effects that grant allies basic melee attacks allow those allies to take the attacks regardless of their positioning? In other words, if I attack with a Warlord's Commander's Strike: ...
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3answers
956 views

What are the dinosaur equivalents?

I need to pull together a list of dinosaur equivalents for D&D by name, what dinosaur they are equivalent to, and ideally book. I know the various monster manuals and other books have a bunch of ...
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4answers
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Fighter weapon choice?

With the normal fighter builds found in the PHB, is there any weapon choice (hammers, light blade, heavy blade, axes, etc) that does statistically better damage based on weapon damage, power ...
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5answers
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What was Braunstein, and why was it important to the beginning of the hobby?

I've heard of a game called Braunstein that apparently was the precursor to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor campaign. Can someone tell me what Braunstein was, and why it's important?
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What were the driving factors in the falling out between Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax?

Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson created the hobby together when they wrote D&D. But later on they had a falling out - what caused that? (We don't need minutiae, just the biggest factors)
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21answers
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Beyond hit points: injury in D&D [closed]

I'm interested in adding a touch of realism to combat in D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder. Hit points are a very simple way of measuring injury and stamina, that contributes to the "hit things first, ask ...
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4answers
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Are spear fighters sensible in DnD 4e?

I'm new to DnD and I'm creating a gladiator (fighter or barbarian) for an upcoming Dark Sun Game, and I liked the idea of using nets and spears. The Players Handbook implies that net and spear users ...
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6answers
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How do vulnerabilities combine, when taking multiple types of damage?

When a creature has multiple vulnerabilities, and is hit by an attack that deals more than one type of damage that it is vulnerable to, do the vulnerability effects combine? Example 1: Creature is ...
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6answers
6k views

What do I need to set up and use a projector as a tabletop?

I have a really nice projector for my home theater, and I am considering using it for a tabletop gaming setup as well. What do I need to know about mounting it? What are the tricks or issues? What ...
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17answers
3k views

What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them?

Miniatures traditionally are expensive and time-consuming to paint. Plus, most of us aren't great artists. If I'm playing a game that requires miniatures of some kind, but people aren't sticklers for ...
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6answers
9k views

What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D?

What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D? Also, which one came first?
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5answers
788 views

How can you handle L5R Campaigns where PCs are from different Clans?

I see that the cliché solution to this problem is to have all of the PCs be Magistrates. I'd rather not go that route, though. What are the more interesting ways to get the PCs to work together while ...
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2answers
470 views

How would you build DCU martial artist characters in the new DC Adventures M&M game?

I picked up Green Ronin's Hero's Handbook for their DC Adventures game, because I'm a sucker for superhero games and I happen to have recently reread Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad. It's pretty clear ...
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4answers
2k views

How much errata is there in D&D 4e?

I got the initial 3 core rule books when they were first released. From reading various questions and answers here there is errata for the core rules and seem that some involves more than just fitting ...
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11answers
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When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs?

I grew up playing and DMing AD&D 1st edition. Have played a few other systems like Paranoia but really know the AD&D system well enough to not spend time constantly looking up rules. Do you ...
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3answers
587 views

What are the mechanical implications of Dungeons & Dragons Essentials?

It's my understanding that WOTC is releasing a string of 4e products under a label they're calling "Essentials", that there's substantial revisions/errata attached to this product line, and that the ...
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1answer
202 views

How should a “scoundrel's” reputation be handled in 7th Sea?

I may be running a game of 7th Sea in the near future, and one of my players is looking to create a self-styled "king of the vagabonds." He found the Scoundrel advantage, and feels that his character ...
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15answers
3k views

What are some good systems for a game similar to Firefly or Jedi-less Star Wars?

I have an idea of running a space-travelling game. I was thinking something like Shadowrun, only on an interstellar scale. What are some good systems I should look into using? I'm looking to do ...
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3answers
496 views

What can we do to streamline combat in Deadlands?

I'm a player in a regular Deadlands game. Sessions usually run 4-5 hours, and it seems like at least an hour gets dedicated to a single combat encounter. We have several characters with high dice ...
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2answers
632 views

What was the inspiration for the Oriental Adventures classes?

DnD Character Classes all have some observable sources and influences: In the Oriental Adventures books there are a bunch of new classes, including Samurai and and Wu Jen. But what are the ...
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5answers
1k views

Squares vs. hexes on battle mats

I've always felt that hexes were easier for laying things out on the gaming table in terms of movement and areas of effect because you can do more angles without doing counting tricks. Squares however ...
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votes
15answers
51k views

Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap? [closed]

I'm looking to build a collection of fantasy miniatures, preferably pewter - but I don't want to buy them one at a time from my local hobby store... Much too expensive, and they don't often carry ...
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votes
5answers
445 views

How do you involve all players in a skill challenge?

I really liked some of the answers given to the question about enhancing skill challenges particularly the ones related to making it more role-playing based. So, now the question is, when you get to ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I convert D&D 3.5 to 2nd Edition or older AD&D?

I have accumulated a lot of D&D 3.5 modules and adventure settings, but I play older editions of the game. What is the best way to convert these to an older edition, say AD&D 2nd edition? Is ...
9
votes
2answers
770 views

How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
14
votes
7answers
497 views

What major differences are there between convention DMing and home DMing?

I've been DMing for a while in 4th edition D&D, but I've only been DMing for Living Forgotten Realms and D&D Encounters. Now I'm thinking of starting to do some home games in various systems. ...
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5answers
1k views

Dungeon Masters Guide: Do I need it?

I'm not new to D&D--I've been playing since the tail end of first edition--and I've owned my share of Dungeon Master Guides. I've flipped through the 4e DMG a few times, and I'm stuck with one ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Are D&D Miniatures compatible with D&D HeroScape?

Or are they two completely different incompatible things? Are they at least the same size/scale?
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9answers
1k views

What games have good treatments of sub-Saharan Africa, or fantasy analogues?

I'm aware of Atlas Games' Nyambe, and I read the Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom sourcebook that White Wolf released for Vampire some years back. Which other books treat the area well, or at least as a ...
14
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6answers
919 views

What free software can I use for laying out my own RPG?

As I entered a contribution into a 24h-rpg-design-contest (Tanelorn Challenge; similar to Game Chef but German) I was wondering about how to lay out my game. What software would you recommend me for ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Dice Notation - Dice that start at 0

In the past I've toyed with playing games using dice numbered from 0 instead of 1. So, for example, playing a d20 system game with 3d8, numbered 0 to 7, treating a roll of 21 as an automatic success ...
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23answers
5k views

How can a GM quickly create interesting, engaging NPCs?

What techniques do people have for coming up with interesting personalities and histories for non-player characters? I'm mostly interested in the GM side of things. I don't want to do a ton of prep. I ...

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