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Is it possible to have a ranged attack of opportunity?

I have a player that is looking to create a house rule for the Beast Protector feat that would allow him to use his basic ranged attack rather than his basic melée attack. This works thematically from ...
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When Are Aspects Not Necessary?

Let's say that I'm running a game of Starblazer Adventures, and my players are being chased by bad guys with blaster pistols. They run into a ruined temple which I describe as being full of ancient ...
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What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover combinations? [closed]

I'm curious: What RPG worlds have you combined most successfully in a crossover setting as a GM? (Or what was the best crossover that you played as a player?) My best experiences almost always ...
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What system would you use for an “Inception” inspired game?

Please provide some detail on the merits of the game you suggest and explain some of the things we "know" about the movie world in terms of the specific mechanics. I have seen the movie, but please ...
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What are the consequences of changing the ratio of XP to GP?

One issue with older versions of D&D that heavily relied on treasure GP is that characters have to become rich to advance so that by fourth or fifth level mundane equipment costs become ...
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Using 2x on d12 instead of x on a d6 in OD&D/Classic D&D/Clones

A staple of of early D&D is the "1 in 6" or "2 in 6" chance for surprise, finding secret doors, and so on. Recently, some of the retro-clones, mostly noticeably Lamentations of the Flame Princess ...
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What can you target with Magic Missile while Blind?

What can you target with Magic Missile while Blind? Inspired by a post at EnWorld.
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What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you?

This relates to another question that was just recently asked: What is DDI (D&D Insider)? What kinds of materials does DDI give you that you retain access to "offline" (including if you ...
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What is DDI (D&D Insider)?

I have seen this referenced in several questions. I've actually seen people use links into the DDI website in their answers that I can't get to since I don't have a subscription. I know its an online ...
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Where can I find the Restricted Gear quality in Shadowrun?

I had a player once who used a quality called Restricted Gear (I think), which let him spend extra character points to purchase one item which was above the normal availability limit for a starting ...
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How to include equipment level in planning D20 Modern encounters?

Obviously equipment matters a lot in modern combat. A tank crew in a modern tank can almost always defeat men armed with only small arms. The d20 modern system does not take this into account when ...
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Can I move through an ally in Combat?

The three Warhammer 40k RPGs (Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch) share a somewhat common ruleset, and I believe this question applies to all three. Can I move through an ally in combat?
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Deathwatch - Horde Rules

The horde rules in Deathwatch appear to be how the game intends to represent large, tightly clustered mobs of enemies. How do I represent hordes on the table? I use 1m squares. Do I move it as a ...
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What is an appropriate encounter in Deathwatch?

I've been reading through Deathwatch and I've finally gotten a grip on the fact that space marines are seriously tough characters compared to the other games in the Warhammer 40k RPG line. The ...
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How can I buff my Beast?

I'm currently playing an adventure with four other people where we play Changeling The Lost (NWOD). I created a Beast (Runnerswift) which has been so far underwhelming to play. i blame myself for not ...
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Maid RPG: encouraging people to roleplay

Maid RPG is fun, but when we try to play it with our group we find that we're a bit too British: we're not extroverted enough, and too easily embarrassed. We end up playing it more like paranoia: all ...
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How to adjudicate lasso use?

Tonight the group chanced upon a trap. To avoid overtly spoiling the encounter, I won't give too many details here, but may give out more information in comments so be advised of the possibility of ...
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Close Blast Targeting Options

The Rules Compendium (and Player's Handbook) provides two examples of how to use a Close Blast 3. and Where w is the wizard casting Thunderwave (for example). These are the options my group has ...
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Dealing with extreme luck

As a DM for 4th edition, I have a rather interesting bunch of players, but 4 of them that show up at my table tend to have extreme luck. 'W' and 'J' both have bad luck--there are nights where they ...
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How should I handle hallucinogens in Trail of Cthulhu?

I have an adventure that involves consuming native entheogens in order to see and combat the Evil Badness From Beyond Time. The Investigators who do will be tripping balls, and I'm not sure how to ...
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Good RPG for pirate-oriented setting

What good, popular setting you have used for "Pirates of the Caribbean" types of adventures? What makes it good for running a pirate game?
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Sleep spell in DFRPG

Has anyone here put together a "Sleep" spell in the Dresden Files RPG yet? One of my PC wizards (we're playing a "Submerged", or high-powered game) has a sleep spell as a Rote, and I wanted to see if ...
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How to roleplay a divine character in Ravenloft?

My cleric just got sucked into the Demi-plane of Dread. I've been told that his connection to Moradin has been completely severed, but my spells still work. How should I roleplay that? Are there ...
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Does the New Magic Missile Trigger “On Hit” Powers or Effects?

The new Magic Missile (p203 in Heroes of the Fallen Lands) introduces a new (I think) mechanic. It is an Attack that does damage without an Attack line, only an Effect line. IE, you don't have to ...
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Can Elven Accuracy be Used to Reroll a Summoned Creature's Attack?

Situation: An elf summons a creature The summoned creature misses with an attack. Is the elf allowed to reroll the attack using his Elven Accuracy racial power? Inspired by a post on EnWorld.
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What is a good way to become a better NPC/monster actor?

One of the biggest problems I have as Game Master, (going on 30+yrs) is in portraying NPC and Monsters in any RPG. Is there a good resource for becoming a better 'actor'? Instead of just saying... ...
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Can you target an area you cannot see?

In D&D 4e can you target an area spell on an area that is not visible. For example a rogue uses an ability to give total concealment over an area, can a wizard cast fireball centered in that area ...
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What are the “Dark Powers”?

What are the dark powers in Ravenloft? I'm not asking for a list, but rather a description of these entities.
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Do racial origins stack?

If I take a feat that gives me a certain origin but I already have a specific racial origin, do they stack or is my racial origin replaced? Consider this example. Calistar the Eladrin is a fey ...
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Looking for suggestions for quick character generation

I am considering setting up a semi-casual zombie-apocalypse game in which the player's characters will be based on "normal" people. [Rather than heroic characters.] This is not a game that I expect ...
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I really like Road of Knives. Are there any rulesets that would make this game more complex?

Road of Knives is a "battle blog" wherein Zak Smith, Shawn Cheng, and other artists take turns drawing monsters fighting each other. from the website, Road of Knives I'm looking for ...
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What to do in Labyrinth Lord when both PCs and Foes are surprised?

In Labyrinth Lord, when there is a possibility of surprise for both PCs and foes, both sides roll 1d6. A 1-2 indicates that side is surprised for the first round. If both sides roll a 1-2, both ...
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Does the text “this damage cannot be reduced or prevented in any way” affect healing that damage?

There are several effects and items that deal damage to the user and have the language "This damage cannot be reduced or prevented in any way". For example the Bloodclaw Weapon in Adventurer's Vault. ...
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Is there a paragon path or epic path that could replace the 3E era Alienist class?

I'm looking at doing some work with an older D&D setting that relies on the Alienist class from the 3E+ rules. Is there an official alternative that would retain the general intent/theme and power ...
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Using the Shadow Jack encounter power, do I get an opportunity attack?

My assassin has an encounter power called Shadow Jack, it reads like this: Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you shift 1 square into the target’s space and remain there until the start of ...
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What are the pros and cons of having a party leader?

What are the pros and cons of having a player party leader, or leaders? Is it more fit for some situations than others?
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What GM-less RPGs exist and are the mechanics adaptable to other systems?

I'm constantly looking for new systems to either steal from or at least try out for a one-shot. What systems are currently available that feature GM-less mechanics? Further, do any of these systems ...
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Are hybrid paladins able to benefit from divine sanction?

The hybrid paladin entry lacks any reference to divine sanction (but then again, as printed in PHB1, so does the regular paladin). Powers that apply the sanction to the paladin's enemies seem to be ...
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Does a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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How do cover and concealment work with Melee Attacks?

The subject really says it all. An encounter with a Lamia and her melee reach 5 shows that I don't understand how melee reach interacts with cover.
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Does D&D 4e have rules for necromancy or conjuration summoning?

Necromancy and Conjuration (summoning and binding) are topics that were fairly thoroughly addressed in previous editions of D&D, and these topics certainly pop up often in fantasy literature. I ...
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Games that have only fictional reward cycles

What games have no mechanical reward cycle, leaving character rewards and improvements entirely within the fiction? By "mechanical reward cycle", I mean a sub-system that: ties a resource gained ...
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What updates should be done to older monsters to bring them in line with MM3 era monsters?

I know that to better balance paragon and epic level players against similar level monsters, WotC changed the math used for monsters for MM3, and I believe that they changed some of the types of ...
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How do you alter the difficulty of a challenge/fight in the middle of it?

I've run a bunch of times with players that took very diverse characters. I made them use their own rolls (which often ended up giving them awesome stats for some reason). Eventually I had to ...
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Do escalating effects escalate on granted saving throws?

We were fighting something last weekend (umber hulks, I think) and they could put an effect on us that gave us -2 to defenses(save ends). This effect was an escalating effect (I'm not sure that is the ...
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Which roleplaying games feature realistic combat? [closed]

For many players and referees the characteristics of a Roleplaying Game are important. Does it allow for extensive character creation or it is quickly resolved, is it rules light or does it cover many ...
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What is hindering terrain?

In this question about forced movement into dangerous spaces, an answer refers to "hindering terrain", which is a category I haven't seen before. It included a quote from a WotC faq that stated ...
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Does damage resistance apply to a Blood Mage's self-inflicted damage?

A defining class feature for the Blood Mage paragon path is Bolstering Blood where, when you use a blood mage, daily, or encounter power that deals damage, ...you can, once per turn as a free ...
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What does the Laundry RPG change in the BRP?

I understand that the Laundry RPG (based on Stross' books) utilizes a modified version of the BRP (Call of Cthulhu). What changes/differences with the BRP? Additions?
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What real world skills can RPGs improve?

What real world skills can be improved by playing Role-playing games? What skills have you or others in your experience improved through gaming?

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