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In 7th Sea, how does initiative work during an ambush?

A continuation of How does surprise actually work in 7th Sea?. I edited in some additional clarification after I'd received answers, and it ended up getting lost... The rules have this to say about ...
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How do you improve Death Saves for the character?

I don't know if my group is particularly incompetent in combat or if its our own feckless dice at fault, but we frequently find ourselves locked in desperate combat, with multiple members of the party ...
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Does shutting your eyes help when mirror images are in different squares?

The spell mirror image creates figments of the caster. These figments separate from you and remain in a cluster, each within 5 feet of at least one other figment or you. You can move into ...
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Will there be a successor to the Tentacles and Kraken conventions?

The long-running Tentacles convention series —held at Castle Stahleck, Germany and centered on Chaosium games, chiefly Call of Cthulhu and the various Gloranthan games— ended in 2009. A ...
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Is there a limit to racial - magic item - feats - powers you can stack on a single standard action attack?

In a number of questions here in this forum people are asking can X or Y stack, or why does it stack or why doesn't it stack. My question is - Is there a limit in the rules on stacking in D&D 4e? ...
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Can hide in plain sight, melee, spring attack, hide work together?

My character has recently obtained the ability to hide in plain sight. And I am having trouble understanding how it all works. So if my character is hiding (using the hide in plain sight ability). And ...
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Death Saves, Dying, and Actions

What sort of actions are you permitted to take when you are dying? Can you activate powers that might help you make the save? Also, is getting less than a 20 on a death save considered to be ...
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Kobold Tunnelers - Does shifting as an immediate interrupt prevent damage by nullifying a hit?

Encounter number 2 Worship in The Twisting Halls adventure - part of the Red Box set contains Kobold Tunnelers (minions) with the following ability: Triggered Actions: Narrow Escape At-Will Immediate ...
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Advice for a new GM taking over for an old one? [closed]

I play a Pokemon tabletop game with a few friends. We're all in college, and our GM recently stepped down due to falling grades. I offered to take over if there were no objections, and as you can ...
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Do these Healing items for the cleric stack when she uses her healing powers?

One of my players came to me with his ultimate wish-list for the cleric he found on the internet. But I'm wondering do all these healing powers stack, here's the list of items: Healer's Brooch (AV ...
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How do I help my players not get caught up on smaller plot points?

I just finished having a conversation with one of my players, and was led to a question I'm not sure I know how to answer. I'm running a sandbox campaign (D&D 4e, if it makes a difference) where ...
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Can a martial character combine a lesser style with greater style, arena training, or other at-will modifying feat?

What level of stacking is possible with at-will modifying feats? Take, for example, the fighter power: "Cleave" At-Will Martial, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Targets: ...
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How can a charging thief take advantage of the druid's wild shape feats that grant charge bonuses?

A D&D 4e thief with "Surprising Charge" (+1[W] damage on a charge against someone with CA) and "Cunning Stalker" (grants CA on any isolated enemy) does astonishing amounts of damage on a charge. ...
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Rendering Final Fantasy Tactics Advance as a tabletop RPG

The setting of Final Fantasy Tactics (Advance) is remarkably compelling from a tabletop standpoint. By suggesting that the party are playing reconstructions of self-characters who can change jobs via ...
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What are the minimum stats I need for a Call of Cthulhu combat?

When I run Trail of Cthulhu and I need to prepare for a combat quickly, I scribble down something like the following: Gangster: Athletics 10, Health 10 Those are the minimum statistics I need to run ...
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Dungeons and Dragons Treasure Parcels

I'm new to D&D and would like to distribute treasure evenly in my dungeon for my level 1 PCs. I've read up briefly on the treasure packages but am still a little fuzzy on how they exactly work and ...
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Best ways to spot sneaky characters

I am playing in a game where it has been hinted we may come across creatures with very good hide and move silently skills, and most likely have abilities such as hide in plain sight, darkstalker ...
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What information is available for the town Fallcrest?

My next campaign will have some town adventures. I'm looking at the Fallcrest town detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide. Before I get too far into it, I'd like to know if the town has been ...
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In a game set “ten years into the future” what are some narrative techniques to explain away the lack of significant tech advances?

Mutant City Blues, an excellent setting for a GUMSHOE system, is set "ten years in the future" of whenever the game starts. However, as I want the game to be about powers (the heightened) and not ...
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How do I teach people the combat system from Burning Wheel?

This last week I ran a demo scenario (The Sword) for burning wheel and failed horribly, not least because no-one could understand the combat mechanics. Can someone provide a script which can ...
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Which Mage: The Awakening sourcebook (if any) has info on mages' daily, non-adventuring lives?

I've always wondered what mages in Mage: The Awakening do when they are not "adventuring". What's Jane/John Mage Doe's typical day like? Does an average mage have a day job (to earn money to stay ...
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Do special abilities require an action every round they are active?

Extraordinary ability is a free action to use. Is it a free action to turn on, and then no action afterwards. For instance, if someone is using hide in plain sight, and then becomes unconscious, is ...
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In Call of Cthulhu, what would you roll to search a room?

In a Call of Cthulhu adventure, a particular clue is concealed in a room. In Trail of Cthulhu, you'd spend a point of Evidence Collection. What would you do in Call of Cthulhu? The rules I have are ...
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Does a Pacifist Healer using a non-damaging attack who crits with a magic implement… do damage? Does he have to?

Pacifist Clerics (and anyone who takes Astral Seal, for example, but there are other powers- Hymn of Resurgence, for example that do no damage) can use their magic holy symbols to augment their attack ...
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Guidelines for Writing a Convention Scenario

I am in the process of playtesting my RPG system, and I want to put together a scenario for convention play. But almost all my experience as a GM is with long, customized campaigns that are highly ...
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Can a sire feed from his childer without risk of the vinculum / blood bond?

If I remember correctly, in the old WoD, a vampire could feed from its descendant bloodline without fearing the Blood Bond. But in Vampire: The Requiem, I found no mention of that fact. So, I'm ...
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Are Embraced Ghouls blood bonded to their Sires?

A vampire wants to embrace a ghoul (which is, of course, blood-bonded to the vampire). Once the embrace takes place, what happens? The new childe is still fully blood-bonded to his new sire? The ...
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What demo scenarios exist for Burning Wheel?

While there are a fair number of demos here for burning wheel, the wiki is quite light on details. I would like feedback on useful demo scenarios to run for Burning Wheel and why they are useful. ...
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How does telepathy work

I would like peoples opinions on this ability. According to the MM books, telepathy is described as A creature with this ability (supernatural) can communicate telepathically with any other ...
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Glossary of Common Dungeons & Dragons Terminology [closed]

This is a Community Wiki containing a list of terms specific to the D&D game with which outsiders looking to enter may not be familiar. Dungeons and Dragons may share some terminology with the ...
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Glossary of Common RPG Terminology [closed]

This thread is a Community Wiki to define terminology specific to the world of RPGs which outsiders looking to come in may not be familiar with. This question is for terms which are not unique to a ...
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How often can a fighter benefit from Avenging Spirit?

Avenging Spirit is a paragon fighter feat that provides an action point whenever an ally drops: Benefit: When an ally of your level or higher is reduced to 0 hit points or fewer, you gain an ...
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Where can I learn the meanings of RPG terminology?

Words like 'campaign', 'system', 'dX', etc. Is there a good web resource with them all on a single page?
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What indie systems present sufficiently interesting mechanics or settings to be recommended for an “Uncampaign”?

Recently I concluded a long-running Ars Magica game. In order to fill the gaming gap that left, I've started a series of unrelated one-shots called "Uncampaign." Which is designed around the ...
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What are some specific areas of compatibility between Cavaliers and Paladins?

When creating a Heroic Cavalier the other day, I was struck by the absolute uselessness of the paladin feats for the Cavalier. As a practical question, what elements from the paladin are useful, ...
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Tips for running a mystery in Burning Wheel

As part of an ongoing "Uncampaign" (organized group play of many different systems, to get a feel for new and current trends), I'll be running a Burning Wheel game this weekend. Having only run ...
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How do I grant free weapon expertise in WotC's new Character Builder?

In one of the games I run, I grant the players free Expertise as a heroic level power-bump. The players really like the format of the new Character Builder sheets. While I would like to use the new ...
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How can I run Sweeney Todd as an RPG?

A flatmate of mine was interested in trying (as her first time playing an RPG) something about Sweeney Todd. What good, simple, system would work for this sort of game? If possible, a system that ...
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Does a polearm's reach stack with the Warden's Thorn Strike's Melee 2?

The Warden's Thorn Strike has a range of Melee 2, it's keywords are Primal and Weapon. A polearm has Reach letting you attack 2 squares away. Does a polearm's range stack with Warden's Thorn Strike ...
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Are there any guides for hacking DND4E files?

The offline Character Builder had some houseruling support, but it was somewhat limited and the new online Character Builder has even less. Even if you have a fully legal character, some powers, ...
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What is the real difference between D&D 4th Edition and Essentials?

I've played mostly 2nd Ed. and some 3/3.5. I have a lot invested in those materials. I am intrigued by 4E an Essentials, but am looking for the best way to approach the new editions. Keep in mind I ...
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Does the Goblin Hexer's Vexing Cloud grant concealment and an additional -2 to hit?

The Goblin Hexer's Vexing Cloud is a standard action with a zone: Area burst 3 within 10; automatic hit; all enemies within the zone take a -2 penalty to attack rolls. The zone grants ...
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Can a creature make a diagonal attack on the other side of a secret door?

I'm not quite sure how to resolve combat around a secret door. I guess it must be like a normal door, but I wonder. Take this example: Red Circle is directly next to an open secret door, and Blue ...
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4e Skills in D&D 3.5?

One of my favorite facets of 4e is the new simplified skill system, particularly the reduced skill lists. Stealth vs Hide and Move Silently. Athletics vs Jump and Climb Is there a set of rules ...
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Strike Force 7 (for Runequest!?!) How about BRP?

I just discovered that there is a Runequest version of Strike Force 7! I've often seen Strike Force 7 for Spycraft or Savage Worlds and while I love the idea for that setting, I don't care for those ...
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What happens if you Push a target, who has another target Grabbed?

What is the effect if a target (A) is grabbing another target(B), and another person(C) applies 3 squares of Forced Movement? Is the grab-victim (B) carried along with (A) for the trip?
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Can an implement held in Far Hand or Mage Hand (et. al.) be used with powers?

Scenario: A substance has been encountered which appears to augment damage done by weapons and, perhaps, implements. However, this substance appears to be harmful to those who come in direct ...
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Where is published errata for Essentials?

Has Wizards of the Coast published errata yet for any of the Essentials books? I'm pretty sure that I already know the answer to this -- no errata has yet been published for Heroes of the Fallen ...
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Does the altitude start from square 0 or square 1?

Some forms of fly have an altitude limit (like those granted by Form of the Vengeful StormDDI, Sky HookDDI, DuskwalkDDI and Wings of Elevated ThoughtsDDI). Altitude limitDDI merely says that: If ...
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Roleplaying an addiction

In some games (Shadowrun for example), you can take a negative quality to balance your character in the form of addiction. I was considering either a Moderate or Severe Addiction negative quality for ...

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