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Handling Languages in D&D, or is the Linguist Feat desirable?

The Linguist feat gives three extra languages. A feat for 3 languages seems problematic and not balanced with all the other feats available, many of which seem highly desirable and the feat doesn't ...
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What is the relationship between Yuan-Ti and Nagas?

Yuan-ti are snake humanoids. Nagas are snake humanoids. What are the differences? What different roles do they serve? Is there in-game history about this?
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As a DM, how can I integrate a commerce aspect to D&D?

In my current game, two of my players are always on the lookout for "get rich quick" schemes and they are looking into establishing trade routes between cities to make money. That led to great ...
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What are some ways you can defeat extra senses?

Specifically from the point of view of a rogue, it's kinda disheartening to realise that around paragon your best trick will be neutralised. What are some useful, viable ways to defeat things like ...
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Flashbacks and atemporality in a scene in Dogs in the Vineyard

When running Dogs, I ran the "a possessed axe murderer tries to kill you in your sleep." In discussion afterwards, the players were trying to figure out appropriate escalations from the player asleep, ...
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Engaging the other players at the table in a small-scope conflict in Dogs in the Vineyard

As the opening scene of my Dogs in the Vineyard game, I ran the "an Axe murderer tries to kill you in your sleep" conflict. The conflict went fairly well, though the other two at the table were less ...
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Implementing the rational magic and world from Harry Potter: Methods of Rationality in a game?

HP:MoR is a novel-length fanfiction by Eliezer Yudkowsky, exploring the concept of a rational Harry Potter. The world is a profoundly rationalist world, and has elements of scientific experiment, ...
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Designing puzzle-based mysteries

I'm currently watching the BBC series Sherlock. In this episode, the central mystery is fascinating: first, there are symbols scrawled on the wall; next, these turn out to be a cipher; then, the ...
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How does a GM know they have done enough prep? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When GMing a game, how much should you prepare in advance? How do you, as a GM, keep from getting into an endless prep loop and to know when you have enough to run a ...
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Occult modern world setting

Recently I have noticed I am a fan of RPGs set in dark occult versions of our own world, like World of Darkness or Dresden Files. While I have played other games, these simply suit me best. So maybe ...
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How can I make monster knowledge checks fun?

By now most players know, or should know, that a monster knowledge check can make all the difference when you’re fighting a monster for the very first time. But how can we make them both fun and not ...
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How is the reroll bonus calculated for Silent Shadows?

Silent Shadows is a Guild feat that allows the following: +2 bonus to Stealth checks. Reroll Stealth checks if qualifying allies are present. +1 bonus to reroll for each qualifying ally, up to +5. ...
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How do you figure Attributes from an MR?

I'm talking about Tunnels & Trolls, of course -- where monsters have a Monster Rating (MR), and that's all they need! ...usually. It gets sketchy (for me, anyway) when you, the GM, want your ...
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How can I use a Conspiracy X Influence system in GUMSHOE?

One of Conspiracy X's greatest innovations was influence and pulling strings to represent the important and influential “day jobs” players come from. These day jobs range from the FBI, to the DEA, to ...
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How to represent Tradecraft in GUMSHOE?

How can you represent good tradecraft in GUMSHOE-based games, such as Esoterrorists? That is, the techniques used in espionage, the topics or techniques (dead drops, for example).
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How can I encourage a style of play where enhancing others' fun is the most important goal?

Let's assume that we can break play styles into two categories: "selfish play," where you want to have fun, and "less-selfish play," where you want to have fun but you want everyone else at the table ...
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What games are out there that could be played in a single night, with no prep? [closed]

What games are out there that could be played in a single night, with no prep? I have Spirit of the Century, but it really takes too long to make characters. So, in my opinion, it's great if you've ...
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How can I make combat more challenging without making it too frustrating?

My fellow DMs and I have come across a problem. It feels like the party has been doing a good job of dispatching our monsters with relative ease. We are not upset about this part, our party has done ...
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How far does one travel when falling for one round?

How far would you fall in one round assuming you started falling this round, and were high enough that you did not hit anything? Would this follow the math, or is there a rule written somewhere I'm ...
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Where are the rules for summoned creatures?

In the PHB1, summoned creatures are very clearly defined in the power descriptions that summon them. In the PHB2, particularly the Invoker powers, I find many summons such as Angel of Fire that do ...
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How do Aspect Miracles and Auctoritas interact?

In Nobilis does the Auctoritas defend against Aspect Miracles? What would this look like, i.e. how best to roleplay to avoid "forcefield" phenomena.
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In Nobilis what is the positive benefit of a Bond?

Bonds seem to be more than just a liability, these are the things that are important to a character, and given the very correspondence driven nature of the Nobilis cosmology would see to be a ...
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Which published scenarios use Cthulhu himself?

Cthulhu seems difficult to use in scenarios: not least because, according to Lovecraft's story, it takes a ship to kill him. Which published scenarios feature Cthulhu prominently? I'm mainly ...
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Can you use a Longbow outside level flight?

Are there any rules for using a Longbow in parabolic flight, e.g. when you don't have Line of Sight or the target is a very long way a way?
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Can you use a mirror to get line of sight?

Some spells only require line of sight for targeting. Can you use a mirror to look around a corner and target your foe? For example, Magic Missile: The missile strikes unerringly, even if the ...
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Can one creature be teleported on top of another with Dimensional Scramble?

The Psion power, dimensional scramble, offers a curious group teleport: Hit: 1d6 + Intelligence modifier damage, and you teleport the target to a square adjacent to the burst. While ...
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Which Shadowrun book did this appear in?

I remember a Shadowrun book released in the last 2-3 years that had a description of a "trid show" that focused on shadowrunners. It would follow actual shadowrunning teams on their runs, record ...
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Is there a good searchable database of D&D adventures?

I have shelves and shelves of RPG books, and a lot of it's D&D. I have every Dungeon magazine from #1 on. But for some reason I can never find the right adventure for what I need. What I'm ...
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Do creatures take falling damage after Hurl Into Heaven?

Hurl Into Heaven allows you to fling a creature 5 to 50 feet into the air, where it will remain until the start of your next turn. At that point, "the target drops to the ground ... taking 3d10 + ...
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Where can I download the Dragon and Dungeon Magazines PDFs?

Several answers to What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you? mention PDFs of Dungeon and Dragon. Where can I find the link to download these PDFs?
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What is a good combat tracker for D&D 4th Edition?

As my players go up levels there are more and more variables in combat. I need help. What solutions exist out there and what makes them good?
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What are the differences in styles of play for the various Warhammer 40k games?

We're looking at starting up a campaign in the 40k system, using one of the following as a main set. It seems like the breakdown is: Rogue Trader -- Ship And Crew Making Money Dark Heresy -- Crew ...
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Do you need line of sight to cast spell with Divine Ward?

I suspect so, since you needed to touch the person in the first place, which, clearly, requires line of sight. But how good of a line of sight? Can you do it to someone with cover? Even so, the feat ...
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Can you voluntarily suppress damage resistance?

I have Resist 10 Fire. I get hit for 13 points of fire damage, so normally, under these circumstances, I'd take 3 points of fire damage. What if, because of another ability that triggers on becoming ...
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Produce high-contrast numbers on un-painted dice?

I picked up some Gamescience d20s based on this question. I got the black ones. They are very shiny! Of course, they are unpainted. How can I paint/ink/color the numbers to get very high contrast ...
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How can you add more meaning to skill challenges through narration?

This question is inspired by Baker's discussion of "What's at Stake?" and "Skill Challenges: All in the Cards" I run many of my 4e games as pregen adventures and the skill challenges tend to be ...
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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm ...
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Amount of treasure based on number of monsters encountered?

The Monster Manual (1st Edition) indicates the number of monsters encountered and the treasure type. In general, I like these guidelines. But say for instance, I'm rolling for number of troglodytes ...
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How to implicate the players in the horror?

Good horror implicates the watcher/reader, at least in drama. There is always moment when the audience should cry out, "no, stop, don't!" but of course we don't because we're a well-behaved audience, ...
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What are typical defense statistics for a Defender at different tiers?

What are some typical defenses (AC, Fort, Will, Reflex) for a defender at the different tiers (Heroic, Paragon, Epic) of a D&D4 game?
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Can You Use a Metamagic Rod and a Scroll/Staff/Wand Together?

Are you allowed to use a Metamagic Rod (say Extend) with a spell cast from a scroll or other magical device?
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How can GMs make their game worlds more inclusive?

Many published roleplaying settings reflect our own cultural biases, for example, by putting white people in the "core" of the setting with "exotic" (i.e., not white) cultures around the less-detailed ...
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What skills can be used to pierce the 4th wall?

One of my PCs (a Cleric of Bahamut) pondered aloud: "Can I use my Insight to determine why my God has brought us here?" There was some entertaining discussion on whether that should be a Religion ...
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How do you plan a character's actions when the player is absent?

How do you handle being absent a session when you have specific actions in mind for your character? Leave notes for the person playing your character, even a script? Describe the character's ...
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What Investigative Skills for Trail of Cthulhu at time of Sun King?

For a Trail of Cthulhu scenario set during the reign of the Sun King in France (1643 to 1715) what Investigative skills would I keep, remove and add?
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What is the best way to use extended contests in Gumshoe?

I need a good, solid mechanic for extended contests in GUMSHOE. An ideal one would work for a wide variety of situations, such as chases and cat-and-mouse games.
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?
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Where can I find a Monk miniature? [duplicate]

I need a good monk mini, no weapons, ideally female elf. Where can I find one? Material (lead vs plastic) and painted vs. unpainted is useful to know but are all doable.
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How much vertical space do a rider and mount occupy together?

How much vertical space do a rider and mount occupy together?
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10-100 Troglodytes is too many!

I'm picking on troglodytes as an example. In MMI, the number of troglodytes appearing in their lair(cave system/dungeon) is 10-100. Troglodytes are a nice, not-too-tough, HD2 monster with some ...

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