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Is every attack against a weapon/shield a sunder attempt? (Also, Mountain Hammer relation to this)

The first question is self-explanatory, and if the answer is yes, is Mountain Hammer and it's upgrades usable on such items without counting as sunder attempts? If not, can they be used instead of an ...
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What is the closest system to Star Wars Saga edition that's still in print?

I'm playing a game of Star Wars Saga Edition with friends, but I was horrified to find that due to ownership of names, and systems etc the book is no longer in print, and getting hold of a copy is ...
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How do I calculate my probability of success in Vampire the Masquerade?

How can I calculate my chance of success given my ability + skill vs a difficulty? How is this complicated when the difficulty is rolled as well?
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1answer
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Who published the game Challenge?

I'm trying to dig up info on a game I played years ago, here's what I think I know: The name was most likely Challenge. Made use of premade character cards in some way. Mark Rein·Hagen may have been ...
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Challenging Talkers in SIFRP

I have a Song of Ice and Fire (SIFRP) game running right now. Each player has 2 PCs: An adventurer - a character designed for traditional RPG activities like fighting and sneaking and hunting A ...
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2answers
859 views

Are there any examples of modeling “Competence Porn” in FATE?

I was reading Leverage, and listening to a podcast on it, and came up with the idea of modeling this in FATE, or perhaps even in the non-critical parts (non-magical and non-combat) of my Dresden Files ...
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What to do when you end up duplicating another players character?

Frequently I seem to roll up characters who are the spitting image of someone else's character. Most recently I rolled up a Utility Force Wizard for Star wars: Saga edition, which matched someone else ...
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Best practices for balancing separate enemies in an encounter?

I'd like to run a game where a Mage has killed a necromancer, who has re-animated himself and is after the mage. The mage himself is evil. The necromancer makes up the majority of the session. The ...
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Making weapon choices that count, and more realistic/interesting weapons [closed]

Due to the nature of DnD core its tropes and builds, weapon types rarely count. Enchantments, especially at higher levels, are what count. Your weapon damage die and type rarely count, and the game ...
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Thunder Hooves Issue

In the following scenario, does the barbarian get the extra 1[W] damage from rage of thunder hooves? Setup: Powers: Pressing Strike At-Will Standard Action Melee Weapon Target: One Creature ...
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Can a vampire survive sunlight exposure?

In Vampire: The Masquerade is there a reliable way for a vampire to avoid being damaged / killed by exposure to sunlight? Anything would go, be it a Discipline power, a technology device or anything ...
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1answer
625 views

Dancing/Raging Mongoose and Time Stands Still synergy?

So, let us assume we have a level 20 swordsage with a two hander, and with access to Time Stands Still and Raging Mongoose manoeuvres. Using a swift action to initiate Raging Mongoose, and then ...
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Help me optimize my 4E pyromancer

I built a L13 (essentials) Fire-Genasi Pyromancer. Primary ability INT, secondary ability STR. The goal is to create a powerful blaster, so I rather have more damage than control effects. Feats I ...
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1answer
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Does Novice Power let you retrain your Paragon Path encounter power?

The Novice Power feat reads You can swap one encounter attack power you know for one encounter attack power of the same level or lower from the class you multiclassed into. Note: If you have ...
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Do any resources exist which cover player governance of a population

I have some players who would be interested in managing their own city. Is there any literature out there which covers the ins and outs of PCs governing a populace? Some example scenarios: The PCs ...
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1answer
410 views

Can an Elementalist benefit from “sorcerous reserves?”

Elementalists receive no daily powers. As a sorcerer, they qualify for the paragon feat Sorcerous Reserves: Benefit: When you have expended all your sorcerer daily attack powers, you gain a +1 ...
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2answers
113 views

What kind of fires are “controlled by a creature?”

The oh so delicious Control Flame manipulates "non-living fire ... that is not controlled by a creature." Do zones, non-sustained zones, environmental effects, and/or torches count?
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What happens when I ignite the curtains and use Control Flame?

Elementalists get a really nifty utility, Control Flame: You take control of each nonliving fire in the burst that is not controlled by a creature. Choose one of the following options for each ...
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4answers
676 views

Can a thief sneak attack with an implement power?

Inspired by this: If a thief with ki focus proficiency (via a theme) finds herself wielding a ki focus enhanced dagger and an implement power that qualifies as a melee basic attack, does the thief ...
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6answers
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Is there one type of combat system considered to be more deadly than other alternatives?

I've frequently heard the Basic Role-play system and Dark Heresy described as deadly from a combat perspective. I think those are both percentile systems. Is that typical of percentile systems or is ...
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2answers
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Can unbelieving characters be resurrected in 4e Forgotten Realms

After some research about the Wall of the Faithless, it seems that it's gone from Forgotten Realms in the 4e. So where do the souls of the unbelievers go now? The 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting ...
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How does a multiclass gestalt work in terms of BAB and saves?

Every explanation in Unearther Arcana about gestalts refers to them as having only one class on each path except the one about PrCs, so there are really some things that aren't very clear to me. ...
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Average mage power level in Mage: The Awakening

What's the average power level ("rank", p.55 MtAw) of mages in Mage: The Awakening?
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Mage population density in Mage: The Awakening

What's the official stance on mage population density in Mage: The Awakening? Also, what are the best unofficial alternatives (and where can we read about them)?
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1answer
457 views

What is the Mul's Tireless ability used for?

Tireless: You need to sleep 6 hours in a 72-hour period (instead of a 24-hour period) to gain the benefit of an extended rest. Is this ability just flavor in that it allows the Mul to go without ...
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1answer
409 views

How can I simplify a series of rolls without changing probability too heavily?

Ok, I'm working on a combat system converted from a video game to a tabletop game, and I'd appreciate some feedback on how I can make my combat defense system work. Currently attacking is handled as ...
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1answer
209 views

Do cover providing powers provide cover from adjacent melee attacks?

My Warden just acquired the level 2 Utility Daily: Nature's Abundance which creates a Zone which provides Cover in a Burst 3 for me and my allies (AWESOME!). To make sure that I fully understand the ...
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1answer
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Saving Throws against Spells?

I've been playing a character in Pathfinder recently who is a divine spellcaster but does very little damage in combat, so I've been using a lot of debilitating spells (most notably Terrible Remorse) ...
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4answers
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Is magic, hacking, or rigging vital for balance in SR4?

I play Shadowrun now and then but ignore magic, hacking, and rigging in my games. Every time I mention this to others they tell me that I should just play Cyberpunk or d20 Spycraft. I ask why, and the ...
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3answers
496 views

How exactly is human ignorance maintained in the nWoD?

Is there an official sourcebook for the new World of Darkness (not any of the core rulebooks) that goes into more detail on how humanity remains or is kept ignorant of all the supernatural phenomena ...
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1answer
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How much information is there about the Wall of the Faithless and the crusades against it, and where can I find it?

I'm getting ready to DM a Forgotten Realms campaign against the Wall, but I'm not sure if I have all the information I could have. This will be a sequel to the last campaign we had, where one of the ...
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3answers
1k views

How can I make a more offense oriented Paladin, like Finn from Adventure Time?

I'm a long term fan of Pendleton Ward's cartoon series Adventure Time. The show features Finn (a human 'fighter type') and Jake (a shapechanging dog) and is a show which makes many, many references to ...
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2answers
431 views

Handling merchant inventory with lots of items?

Ok, so I'm converting a roguelike video game to a tabletop game (GearHead, if anyone's interested), and I'm running into a catch where I want to keep the tabletop game essentially compatible with the ...
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2answers
792 views

How does the placement of Wall of Smoke work?

Most walls from spells must be straight lines. I'm wondering how free am I am with placing them - can I place a wall within squares or only at the borders? Can I place one diagonally over 2 squares, ...
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1answer
360 views

Would giving a swordsage the Iron Heart discipline unbalance him?

I am not really fond of disciplines with magical effects, like Desert Wind (Shadow Hand is in the same category, but let's face it, it has maneuvers called Shadow Jaunt, Shadow Blink, and something ...
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1answer
659 views

Do minions get critical damage

Do minions get critical damage, assuming they met the criteria, i.e. the roll is a 20, and the result would hit the players defence ?
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How do I patch up my weapon?

The other week I caught my larp weapon on a barbed wire fence, and it cut a tiny notch into the face of it. No foam was pulled out but it left a mark. This is the sword as it appears from the ...
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Will a silicon spray really keep my weapon healthy?

Silicon spray is often touted as keeping Latex larp weapons in good condition, but how effective is it? Is it worth the money? What environments does it protect against? Please note, I mean this ...
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2answers
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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1answer
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How can I make the most of Use the Force?

So I have a Force wizard character I'm making for a Star Wars Saga Edition game, who has specialised in the Use the Force skill. There are various ways to use the Use the Force skill in place of other ...
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2answers
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Need clarification on 1 on 1 combat in Sword Noir

I think I understand how combat works, but I just ran it recently and I am not sure. I need a action flow for the following 2 round situations, if the PC's beat NC combat tests be less than 5 when ...
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2answers
162 views

What is the plot of ST1 Up the Garden Path

So I recently saw a couple copies of ST1: Up the Garden Path become available through a used game store I frequent. This lead me to wondering what exactly was it's plot? As an aside has anyone ever ...
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1answer
338 views

Does the +1 DC from Tattoo Focus stack with the +1 from Spell Focus?

Tattoo Focus, a Forgotten Realms regional feat, gives +1 DC to specialization school. Does this stack with the +1 from the feat Spell Focus? Why?
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How effective are spirits (bound or unbound) as security patrols in Shadowrun4E

How much attention do spirits (bound and unbound) patrolling a facility typically pay to non-astral threats? It probably depends on the orders given to the spirits, but what is typical in Shadowrun ...
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5answers
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Software for On-the-fly-mapping [closed]

While mapping has been extensively covered but always from either the Virtual Tabletop perspective, not the on-the-fly-mapping idea. Basically what software could you use to map a grid-based dungeon ...
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7answers
643 views

It is possible to have one player lose control of their actions (get possessed) and have the other players not know it?

One of the players in my group is getting rather fond of a very powerful and clearly evil sword that gives them great increases to strength and magical ability. As a consequence, I would love to have ...
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1answer
103 views

Are these market prices balanced for these abilities?

Energy Charging: After spending 3 hours under the sunlight, this weapon begins glowing. You can spend this charged energy and cause 2d6 extra fire damage. Shadow Regeneration: When in total darkness, ...
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3answers
665 views

How do I price a sword that absorbs other weapon's abilities?

I've always been a big fan of giving PCs in my games non-standard equipment, but now that I need to calculate their full GP cost (to calculate how much their equipment is worth) it's giving me nothing ...
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2answers
134 views

Why do Decoy Glow rods weigh more?

In the Saga Edition of the Star Wars game, you have the option of buying decoy glow rods. They allow you to store a small item inside of them and they light up (fooling authorities). The only issue ...
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2answers
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Is Master of Chains the only way to wield a spiked chain as a double weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the only way I have found to use a spiked chain as a double weapon is through the master of chains prestige class from the 3rd edition book Sword and Fist. Is there any other way?

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