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How do I set the base price in a barter system?

I'm currently working on a homebrew system and one concept I was intending to incorperate is that there is no in-game currency; items are traded using a barter system. The thing is, how do I set a ...
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How do I help my players get past an obstacle I didn't intend?

Here's the situation. There's a locked door that prevents any further progress into the dungeon. There's a keyhole in the door and a message basically saying that the key needs to be wished for. In ...
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How to reveal initiative dice simultaneously online?

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to phrase this. I'm going to run an online game of Riddle of Steel. Part of its combat mechanic is that at the beginning of a round, each player picks either a red ...
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Converting a 3.5e Campaign (Shackled City) to a 4e Campaign

I've played D&D on and off for a number of years and I thought that it would finally be time to try my hand at DM'ing. A little while ago, a friend bought me the Shackled City Adventure Path and ...
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How could I make Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk as a valid character?

After watching the Avengers, and getting back into Marvel Comics, I've wanted to make a Hunter: the Vigil character that, as close as possible, resembles the duality of "Bruce Banner/The Incredible ...
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107 views

When Multi-Classing, do you gain all class benefits?

For Example: If a Cleric multi-classes into a warlock, does the cleric gain +1 to his Will and Reflex defenses due to the warlock's "bonus to defense"?
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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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How do I use the damage workspace on 4e character sheets?

Just looking for clarification on this. I'm DM and all my player's just leveled up so I'm making sure they did this properly. When using the character sheet's damage workspace, is this just for basic ...
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Stacking Monk and Paragon classes

Can a Monk take Racial Paragon levels and then take Monk levels again without taking the feat for that?
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Ideal group composition

I play in a 5 person group and we are level 13 going on 14. Presently we have a hybrid defender/leader, a hybrid defender/striker, 2x pure strikers, and a pure controller. We have only played a few ...
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Intimidation in D&D 4e - What can it be used for and what are the consequences for doing so?

I'm a Halfling Warlock with a +17 to my rolls in Intimidation. As such I want to be able to make use of this as much as I can. So far I've only really used it to force bloodied targets to surrender. ...
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Question about Wonders

I've recently started looking into Genius: the Transgression, but I'm not positive I fully understand the limits of Wonders. Are the things you can make limited by the traits listed under the Axioms, ...
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Does taking levels in a prestige class cause XP Penalty?

In D&D 3.5, does taking levels in a prestige class cause the XP penalty like multiclassing does? Please provide the source of the answer so I can show it to my players.
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How to kill a character without making their player too angry

I have been DMing a game for a group of friends. In between two sessions, which ended with them facing a few enemy NPCs, I realized that these intelligent opponents had a very good way to kill one of ...
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W40K: Arbitrator not very successful

Some months ago I joined an advanced (in term of career) W40K/Dark Heresy campaign with an Arbitrator, the master is good and the players are funny and prepared. But honestly I'm not sure how an ...
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It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters?

It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters? Available options I've read about include things like chain-gating solars to ...
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5answers
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What is a realistic way to incorporate firearms into D&D 3.5

I am thinking about running a side campaign in which firearms play a major part in combat. I have read the advice in the Dungeon Masters Guide but that doesn't seem realistic and it seems to be ...
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How can I deal with players who are reluctant to spend resources?

There's a certain kind of people who like to hoard whatever limited resources they get "just in case"; they usually end up never using them, always waiting for bigger emergency. On the other hand, ...
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Ending combat: should I “kill” monsters prematurely?

Out of time constraints (my group can generally only meet for 3-4 hours every other week), as a GM I frequently find myself prematurely "killing" off monsters when it seems clear to me that the ...
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3answers
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Shame him into not shooting: multiple stress tracks in a single conflict

If you insult the hitman enough, will he stop shooting at you? It doesn't seem likely, but that brings into play a question about whether some stress tracks are "more important" than others: If you ...
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What is the Stormwind Fallacy?

In the context of another Question here, the Stormwind Fallacy was brought up. What exactly is the Stormwind Fallacy and how is connected to optimization?
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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7answers
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Looking for a system that effectively models endurance and fatigue

I am looking for a (fantasy) role-playing system that includes a believable, usable method for tracking the effects of fatigue and determining how they influence capabilities. To provide context for ...
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3answers
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How fast is the Exploration Speed of a Greater Flying Carpet with two riders?

Straight to the references: Greater Flying Carpet (Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium p85) A greater flying carpet carries creatures and objects at a speed of fly 6 and can hover. A character on ...
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2answers
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A system ranking epic levels alongside divine ranks?

I was wondering how many epic levels could I say one divine rank is worth. Of course, this is a difficult question to answer with precision, considering that wizard 21 for epic spellcasting is ...
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Playing Dungeon World in an established setting

World creation in Dungeon World according to its principle is meant to be broad and keep some blanks for the players to fill. But what about an established setting like Forgotten Realm or Greyhawk? ...
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Pathfinder DR and ability damage

In Pathfinder does Damage Reduction (e.g. the barbarians DR 2/- for e.g.) reduce the ability damage from, say, a Greater Shadow (1d8 Strength)?
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1answer
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Can I double move or use a standard action after using Scion of Arkhosia's Overland Flight?

In combat, can my Dragonborn Barbarian use the Scion of Arkhosia's overland flight 12 in combat, move the 12 squares given by the overland flight from the paragon path, land, then use a standard ...
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1answer
424 views

What is the speed factor of a melee weapon and fire rate of a ranged weapon mean?

In the AD&D 1st edition players handbook page 38 on the table weapon types, general data, and "TO HIT" adjustments it says speed factor, is this how many segments it takes to attack with the ...
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Making epic combat interesting and challenging but not complicated

I'm running up on the tail end of a year-and-a-half 4e campaign, and epic levels are exhausting to GM. Everyone has more weird powers than you can shake a dragon at, and that includes the NPCs ...
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2answers
358 views

What Resources are available to expand my critical hit multiplier?

I've recently developed an interest in critical hits, and I'm looking to create the largest critical multiplier possible. Note that I'm not asking about critical threat range - I'm familiar with that ...
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4answers
353 views

What is a good mechanic for a test of will power?

I like rules-light larps and I like larps where abilities can be resolved in real time without needing an artificial mechanic like paper-scissor-rock or some kind of card system. Combat is ...
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Why do some classes mention the same skill in both Trained and Class skills?

Consider this example from the Rogue class traits: Trained Skills: Stealth and Thievery. From the class skills list below, choose four more trained skills at 1st level. ...
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What makes a character/creature/power/ability/etc. over-powered?

In generic terms, what makes something, regardless of what game it's being used in, over powered? I hear the term a lot, and while I can recognize it when I see it in-play (often due to someone ...
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2answers
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How should I interpret “rival” when playing out the Envy vice?

I'm having a tricky time knowing where to go with the technical side of the Envy vice. It's kind of a unique vice in that I have to damage "a rival" rather than, as with other vices, my wellbeing, my ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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What to do when your character is just too good?

I'm playing in the Paizo Pathfinder Jade Regent adventure path and we're having a good time so far (campaign blog and session summaries). However, as my character has gone up in power I'm now ...
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3answers
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What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?

On the one hand, this is a pretty newb question: I’m not familiar with 4e and do not actually know what a Basic Attack is. That sort of question, however, I could answer by simply opening the ...
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1answer
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How does attending Military Academy work in time sequence?

One can increase their Military Ability by attending the Military Academy. The higher your MA the longer it takes to increase it. How does attending the Academy work in conjunction with the timing ...
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1answer
86 views

Can commissions be purchased while on Campaign by using a servant or intermediary in Paris?

In en-garde, commissions may only be purchased in Paris on the weekend. Instead of using weekend leave, can commissions be purchased using a servant or intermediary in Paris while remaining on ...
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1answer
2k views

How is HD determined in Animate Dead?

I have a dread necromancer playing in my game and I've been wondering if we're interpreting the Animate Dead spell correctly. Since the player isn't one to review the rules of spells herself, I've ...
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3answers
971 views

Is there a way to do slashing damage with a mace?

I play a double light-mace fighter, and I want to make a lot of attacks every turn. I took a look at the dervish (CW 25) prestige class, and they can take a full attack action and move up to their ...
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9answers
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Tried all the existing advice, but players still never roleplay fear

I've read some other posts on here about how to telegraph danger to my PCs and how to make them flee. The problem is, I believe I am actively using all the strategies in both of the posts and my PCs ...
5
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2answers
674 views

Multiple attacks with a dancing weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the dancing weapon enchantment says it 'fights for four rounds using the base attack bonus of the one who loosed it'. Does that mean if my base attack bonus is +6/+1, the weapon will also ...
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1answer
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Does a scout get skirmish extra damage on a ready action or AOO?

I'm asking because I'm confused after reading the errata of the skirmish ability in the complete adventurer. Original: She deals an extra 1d6 points of damage on all attacks she makes during ...
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2answers
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Infinite wish combo using 3 items

I was reading HPMOR and on chapter 3 it mentions some infinite wish combo in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" using 3 items. The action being set in 1991 it can either be AD&D or AD&D 2nd ...
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1answer
377 views

Should players know the details about campaign moves

One of the principles of Dungeon World is: Never speak the name of your move. But let's say I have a new general move or a campaign move for the players. For instance a move for a political campaign ...
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1answer
69 views

How do I know which regiments are lower social standing?

For joining regiments the rules state: "A player who unsuccessfully attempts to join a regiment may apply to other regiments in the same week, but may only apply to regiments of lower social ...
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2answers
2k views

Crafting on ten coppers a day

Using the 3.5 crafting rules, how would you optimize for the cheapest magic item crafting possible, and how cheap would it be? By default, crafting is 1/2 the base price, or 50% + materials. Lowering ...
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7answers
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What dangers are there in having my GMPC be the recurring villain?

I have started my first 3.5 campaign and had the idea that as the GM I could still enjoy playing by making a character using the normal rules and running it as the villain. It would gain the same ...

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