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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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In XCrawl, does grandstanding have any short term effects?

In XCrawl, you can grandstand to the crowd or mug for the camera during a dungeon crawl. There are a lot of rules around that - Perform skills, etc - but it seems like the only effect I can find is a ...
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Can a prone ally be used to flank an enemy?

If a prone ally is on the opposite side of a creature than another standing ally, does the prone ally allow the standing ally to gain combat advantage? Can the prone ally also gain combat advantage ...
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When a creature is prone, can it make opportunity attacks?

If a creature is knocked prone, can it still make opportunity attacks?
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What are the rules for combining multiple Fighting Styles?

As I recall they stack, and their penalties and bonuses don't stack, but you take the worst. So if you had a drawback -2 to defence and -3 to defence, then you take -3. And if you are taking -2 and ...
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Can the Sorcerer use 'Lightning Shift' while prone?

Lightning Shift is a 6th Level Sorcerer Utility Encounter Power that is a move action. Effect: You shift your speed. You ignore difficult terrain during the shift. If the sorcerer is ...
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Calculating encounter level with mixed CR enemies?

In D&D 3.5 how do you calculate the Encounter Level of an encounter when the encounter involves elements (usually enemies) of multiple CRs? For example an encounter involves 4 Zombies (CR1/2) ...
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Must you not use Monk Unarmed Strike, to take the bonus from Iron Parry?

NOTE: I recently posed this question to Wizards Customer Support, and thought I'd share with the community. This came up when the offline Character Builder appeared to be mishandling the AC bonus of ...
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Question regarding Sneak of Shadows feat

My question is when you use the multiclass feat Sneak of Shadows for the 1/encounter sneak attack damage, does it increase by tier like the rogue class feature Sneak Attack, Heroic: 2d6, Paragon: 3d6; ...
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Ylraphon - Forgotten Realms - Anyone have info?

Does anyone know of specifics about the city of Ylraphon in the Forgotten Realms, beside the info in "The City of Ravens Bluff"? Any websites that are up to date with some good content?
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How do you leave the Hedge?

How do you get out of the Hedge? To quote the core rule book: To escape the Hedge, a changeling either needs to find an active (not necessarily open) gateway, or find a suitable door, ...
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Are Transmutation spells lost after dismissing or casting Alter Self

The description of transmutation spells is Transmutation spells change the properties of some creature, thing, or condition. So if a transmutation spell was cast after an alter self, and then ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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What are the origins of the Raven Queen?

Could someone tell me what they know of the Raven Queen's origins? Citing sources is a plus. Thanks.
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What are some “ideal” marching formations?

It often happens that your party is approaching an area in which you just know combat will soon ensue. Or, when a combat encounter presents itself, you may be given an opportunity to arbitrarily ...
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How do you seamlessly blend inspiration into a campaign?

Often I have campaigns that are inspired by things that are outside of genre and easily recognizable. Lets take Vikings in Space for example. I could have a race of blond haired people with helmets ...
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Mood lighting for a dungeon adventure

I'm looking for some specific solutions to help with the following situation: I will be running a 4 to 5 person Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition adventure. The setting is the classic ...
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Order of effects on hit

The Invoker power "Rain of Blood" (Divine Power) says: Hit: 2d6 + Wisdom modifier damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 to all damage until the end of your next turn. Does the vulnerable 5 ...
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How often per Day can the Living Missile Attack power be used?

The Effect line of the Living Missile power card reads: While the target is immobilized or slowed by this power, you can use the Living Missile Attack power once per round. The Requirement line ...
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Which level 30 character built with only PHB1 can defeat Orcus solo?

After today's D&D session I had an argument with one of our players. He insisted that a single level 30 wizard or ranger can defeat Orcus solo. Another player and I strongly disagreed with that ...
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What are the changes in the third edition in Earthdawn?

I like Earthdawn and own the second-edition rulebooks from Living Room Games. There seems to be a third edition. Is it worth it to buy these books too? To answer this question for me, I want to know ...
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Are there serious drawbacks in being Deafened?

"Oh! Yes... you are also deaf until you save". "What?" . "You are deaf until you save!" "What?" Giggles. In 4th edition the deafened condition is not really a tough one: a penalty to Perception ...

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