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How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater

The huge water elemental grapples the PC, and pulls him into the murky water. The rest of the party manages to finish it off with ranged attacks and spells, but oh no! It was a load-bearing elemental, ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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What should the GM do when players constantly argue?

I've got a group that it seems no matter what I do, they always end up arguing about every single situation I put in front of them. This includes the more simplistic situations like, "Where do you ...
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Throwing a knife versus tossing a grenade? [closed]

In my current system, every action is a skill check, even in combat. Every attempt is d20 + skill vs. a flat value or an opposing roll. Fixing a robot or ...
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DnD 4th edition, teleport and charging

Can the movement from a teleport power be used as the movement in a charge if you teleport two or more squares?
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Odd class combination - mitigate losses?

I am playing (for story reasons) a Minotaur Battlemind/Monk hybrid. The Minotaur racials seem to play nicely with the Monk class, but the Monk/Battlemind abilities seem to contradict each other (one ...
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Question about buying Animal Companions

When you buy an animal companion, as a non-druid and a non-ranger, will it always be level 1? Or is it able to be increased somehow?
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Question about Ranger's Animal Companions

There's a Ranger(Level 4)/Scout(Level 3) in a campaign I'm in, and he tricked me into give him a tiger very very early because I hadn't even read the page yet or knew what I was agreeing to. He ...
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How can a GM prevent growing disillusioned with their own game?

I recently began a new game in which I gave the players much more free reign in designing their characters than I might have in the past. What I wound up with was a very morally-diverse party, with ...
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How can I deal with a 'bump on a log player' who doesn't really do anything except when told?

I GM a World of Darkness group every other weekend, and I've come across what I like to call a "Bump-on-a-log" player. This player has been with my game since I started it up, and we're now ...
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Can skill points be used to buy arbitrary wises?

In Burning wheel character creation you get a bunch of general skill points and a larger number of skill points to use on skills listed in lifepaths (I'll call these normal skill points). The general ...
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Race Creation/Modification in D&D 3.5

I'm trying to create a set of races, based largely on the classic fantasy races of Man, Elf, Dwarf (and Gnome, but I don't consider that to be a 'classic' fantasy race). I'm using 3.5 rules, and the ...
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Is this fix to the Autumn Mantle roughly equivalent to the other Seasonal mantles?

My group and I firmly consider the Autumn Court's Mantle (see Changeling: the Lost) to be both sub-par and insulting in its mechanical implementation, especially considering that Autumn, as the Court ...
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What books should I start D&D 4e with? [duplicate]

I am starting to play D&D and have bought the Players Handbook, the Monsters Manual and the DM guide! Now, with what did you started playing? Where do you find all of the pertinent information to ...
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How to prepare a campaign for an upcoming new edition?

I'm currently in possession of the 4th edition of Shadowrun and I have many of the released books at hand if I want to prepare a campaign. I don't have a campaign running right now but I'd like to ...
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Who should be addressed in an RPG rule text?

When reading RPG rules text, I have noticed that the text sometimes rather inconsistently switches between assuming that the player is doing the reading and that the character is doing the reading. ...
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Is the Dark Light ritual an invisibility cloak?

You create a source of dim light that allows you and those around you to see without your being seen because of your light source. Does the "without your being seen" part mean that the players are ...
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How many Encounter Powers can I use during an Encounter?

So, I have a lvl. 1 cleric! I have 1 Encounter power + the power of my deity + Healing Word. But how do encounter powers work? Either you can only use ONE power from the whole 'encounter' category ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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What benefits or powers does a cleric gain from choosing a deity?

Is there any benefit from choosing a god? What are they? Do they change per level? Is it available to use at all times? Do they involve rituals? What are the prerequisites?
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Which ability modifiers apply to which Defenses?

I'm creating a level 1 character. When I got to the 'filling out the character sheet' part I really didn't understand what modifiers there were for Defenses or how they were applied. I am new to D&...
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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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331 views

What stats should I give a shield made out of the door of an armoured Humvee?

I am running a dark, reasonably realistic zombie apocalypse game using Savage Worlds, and one of the characters has scavenged the door of a Heavy Armoured Humvee. He intends to convert parts of it ...
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What are the best uses of a Factotum's Cunning Brilliance (Ex)?

At 19th level, you become the ultimate jack of all trades. Your sharp mind and keen sense of your surroundings allow you to duplicate almost any ability you witness. At the start of each day, choose ...
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What are the critical differences between WEG's Star Wars 2nd Ed. and Star Wars 2nd Ed. Revised and Expanded?

What are the major differences between West End Games' d6-based Star Wars TRPG 2nd Edition. and Star Wars TRPG 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded? Is the latter seriously better? If so, why? Are the ...
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Murder mystery and high fantasy magic - how to make it work?

I am intending to have a murder mystery for my next game, set in a high fantasy setting in 13th Age. The setting we are playing in is very close to Eberron in tone, where magic is prevalent and powers ...
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How to develop arcs for player characters

If you've got a vague idea for an overall plot arc, how do you go about developing individual plot arcs for player characters (if that's something you do)? I'm running two Savage Worlds campaigns, ...
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1answer
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Can a human spellcaster using Versatility learn any spell of their circle?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. The only limitations to casting spells are: (ED r2, p152) Your character must have learnt ...
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Can a human wizard use Versatility to get an extra spell matrix?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. As part of the limitations of it it states: (p120 ED First Edition) Characters with ...
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1answer
615 views

Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...
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340 views

Ingesting contact or injury poisons

If someone ingests a contact or injury poison, do they suffer the affects of the poison? Ingestion poisons usually have an onset and longer frequencies, if yes on the first question does the onset/...
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How do Racial Paragon Classes stack up against actual classes?

Racial Paragon Classes are detailed in Unearthed Arcana. These extremely short classes offer a way to expand your racial abilities and make your character feel more "elf-like" or more "dwarf-like". I ...
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Declaring an interrupt during a multitarget attack

Suppose I have an immediate interrupt power that triggers when I am hit, and the effect is to push the creature out of range, invalidating the attack. Example: A monster attacks with a close burst ...
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Is the Rapier a Superior or Military weapon?

I keep seeing the Gritty Sergeant and Noble Bred for War backgrounds mentioned as ways to gain proficiency with rapier. However rapier is listed in PHB as a superior weapon, and GS/NBfW grant ...
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Creating undead as a good cleric in Dark Sun

Suppose that in the Dark Sun setting, I have a good-aligned cleric who follows the ideals of one of the elements (fire, water, earth, air) and has chosen to channel positive energy. My question can ...
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Telepathy for Humans

So, I want to give my good-aligned human Telepath Psion a Mindsight, for which I need to give him a Telepathy special quality first, but the Mind's Eye (and every other non-printed-rules-source) was ...
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1answer
303 views

Does a shrunken item break its confines when unshrunk?

When you put a shrunken item in a confined space and unshrink it, what happens? Does it work like "Enlarge Person"? If insufficient room is available for the desired growth, the creature attains ...
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Do items that trigger off of “x basic attack” work with powers “used as” basic attacks?

For instance, I'm building a Level 4 Seeker (Ranged Arcane Archer-esque class) who has an At Will attack (Biting Swarm) that can be used "as a" ranged basic attack. I also have a couple of items that ...
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1answer
797 views

What feat should I get for 7th level Rogue Fence/Rich Hoodlum [closed]

My Pathfinder rogue has gained 7th level and I really went random on advancement (no research), but I can have a badass sneak attack. My character name is Calico Abacus and he has race traits of ...
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1answer
271 views

What rules are there for an opponent detecting me shadowing them while flying and invisible?

Are there any rules about Move Silently checks while flying? Or how much noise flying actually makes? I'm playing a Dragonfire Adept that can both fly and turn invisible, and I want to know if there ...
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3answers
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Attack of Opportunity & spell casting

I'm a little stumped with this. Example, casting a spell, 1 standard action provokes attack of opportunity. The enemy is allowed a single melee attack. So, each time the wizard casts a spell, ...
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Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?

My sister expressed interest in playing D&D, and I'm interested in DMing, so I decided to try and run The Caves of Chaos from the D&D Next playtest packet. Reading through the materials, I ...
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1answer
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Barbarian Attack and Damage?

How do you calculate the attack and damage bonuses for a level 1 barbarian? Assume an 18 (+4) strength and the Power Attack & Weapon Focus (Greatsword) feats. My attempt to do so is below, but I ...
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1answer
135 views

How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before it falls?

Inspired by this question, I wondered how this works in 3.5 edition. I did not find it in the Falling section of the Environmental hazards glossary in the DM's guide, is it covered somewhere? Should I ...
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624 views

How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before they fall?

Scenario: The party encounters large skeletons. The combat map has a lot of squares marked as (possibly) bottomless pits. Each skeleton takes up four squares. If they are forced towards the edge, how ...
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If an enemy moves and provokes an opportunity attack, where are they when the AoO happens?

I was surprised to find no mention of this in the Opportunity Attack rules on d20pfsrd or on the Paizo SRD: if an enemy moves from tile A to tile B and provokes an opportunity attack from me in doing ...
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4answers
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Drawing a weapon and attacking the same turn

I'm playing Pathfinder for the first time and was wondering exactly what I can do with one turn in combat. My character has a reach weapon and so I an trying to figure out what my options are once a ...
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1answer
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How do the Sorcerer Bloodline Feats work?

Me and one of my players are going over the characters. We noticed that the bloodlines provide bonus feats but it isn't stated what level they can get it. Thus I am not sure on how they acquire the ...
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1answer
447 views

How to plan to avoid combat deaths for NPCs that aren't obvious railroads? [closed]

I am playing a Pathfinder campaign based on the Beginner Box materials. The party were relatively diplomatic in the first adventure and didn't fight and kill the goblin boss King Fatmouth in Black ...
2
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1answer
90 views

Resolving triggers arising during a move action

I recently designed a Centered Breath Monk, lvl16 that, according to the current build, has an event that triggers when I am missed by a melee attack: Ghostwalker, Of Two Worlds (11th level) ...

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