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How to convey the tone of Shadowrun

Reading the core book I realized how different Shadowrun is from my usual game of Dungeons and Dragons. We usually play the good guys saving a village from a tribe of goblins. Most of the time we play ...
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Summoning monsters for their DPS potential

For the summon monster spell, which monster should be selected at each level for pure dps potential tanking ability ? Related: What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the ...
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Updating 3rd Edition Shade to 3.5e

I tried the other day to get my DM let me be a Shade (a template from page 314 of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, a 3.0 book) for a new campaign. He looked at its abilities and said there was ...
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Programs for keeping track of spells [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a spell managing program/app for D&D 3.5e? I have always loved playing spell casters, whether Divine or Arcane. It's nice to know that you do more than ...
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470 views

Ray of Frost versus Stone Blood - is it redundant?

Is Ray of Frost [ddi] now redundant when Stone Blood [ddi] is available? So we have Ray of Frost hitting a single creature: At-Will         Arcane, Cold, ...
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Does the Orb of Imposition's alternative effect affect more than one creature?

Does the alternative effect of a wizard's Orb of Imposition [ddi], i.e. the extension of a duration, also only affect one creature? A player is wondering if the Slow effect of Stone Blood [ddi] could ...
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359 views

Does Punishing Eye count as an attack?

The last time I played my Artificer I used Punishing Eye and Spike Wire on a boss and waited for my ally's attack. First, my ally's attack got my Wis modifier for an attack, then the Eye triggered ...
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Official self-references in the World of Darkness setting?

Are there official self-references in either World of Darkness setting (that is, "in-game")? Does White Wolf exist within their own universe? Are people playing Vampire: The Masquerade (or The ...
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Is a sustained ranged or area attack, still a ranged / area attack on subsequent rounds?

Is a sustained ranged or area attack, still a ranged / area attack on subsequent rounds? A player is asking whether the 'Shield of Deflection' [ddi] would work against the effects of a sustained ...
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Is Apocalypse World suitable for long-term campaign?

I've tried many indie RPGs. They are very nice games, but I'm looking for something to develop a long-term campaign. Is Apocalypse World suitable for it? Or is it good just for an adventure?
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Help understanding the Half-Orc Shock Trooper charger rogue build

I'm going to make my second ever character in D&D 4e. Based on few questions I asked erlier here I decided to make a charger rogue Half-Orc Shock Trooper. Not everything is clear to me in this ...
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Can any dragon be used for half dragon?

I would like to know if the half-dragon template can use other dragons from the various monster manuals like the Ssvaklor (MM3) or Dragon Turtle(MM1) or any other nonstandard dragon (i.e. the ones ...
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1answer
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How can a rogue take the Shock Trooper Paragon Path?

I found a build I like, the Half-Orc Shock Trooper, but I don't understand how a rogue (is that what is meant by "thief"?) can choose the Shock Trooper PP when you have to be a fighter to choose it.
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Where do I find the sources of these feats and powers?

I found a build I like, it's called Half-Orc Shock Trooper. There is a list of feats and powers but with no description or source. Where can I find out in which book or magazine are their ...
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How do you encourage players to leave classes behind?

I have veteran players of class-based RPG systems joining my GURPS 4e campaign. I am having trouble consistently during character creation in getting these folks started. They are all hung up on the ...
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Does a Magus/Sorcerer still have to prepare some spells?

If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, ...
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In what way do characters regain Willpower through acting according to their nature in VTM/oWOD games?

I am currently running a game that has a Ravnos player in the coterie that uses his Chimerstry discipline and thus spends a lot of willpower. His nature is Monster, letting him regain willpower ...
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How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?

My question: How would you, as an experienced role-player, deal with this situation? I was recently invited to join a 4e startup goup. I've RP'd a fair bit in my day, but not in decades, and never ...
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Can a large mundane attack affect a creature only hit by “magical” attacks

A player in a 8th level campaign against giants is a shadow dancer. He has a pet shadow that does strength damage and is incorpreal. The question is, can a humanoid like a giant ever hit the shadow ...
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When should hit locations be determined randomly in GURPS 4e?

I may, once again, be drowning in the details, but would like to know when GURPS 4e calls for random hit determination. Do attacks always default to torso? I have run a combat with hit locations ...
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When should I separate encounters?

I had a session this week involving a fairly large battle at sea. The encounter involved a couple of boarders while the enemy ship was still at quite a distance, and the larger group still on the ...
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How do attack bonuses interact with double rolls?

A half-elf uses Knack for Success on a Ranger, who then uses Split the Tree: Knack for Success: The target gains a +2 power bonus to his next attack roll [...]" Split the Tree: Make two ...
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893 views

Do powers/feats/features that buff a character's healing work with Skald's Aura?

Skald's Aura: [...] you or any ally in the aura can use a minor action to spend a healing surge and regain 1 d6 additional hit points. Alternatively, you or any ally can use a minor action to ...
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As a GM, what minimal geographic knowledge should I have to make realistic maps?

I draw topographic maps for my players all the time, and in real time (it is just easier for me to express myself with a pencil on a sheet of paper than in words). I have two problems with this. ...
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Rules for gradual transformation from mortal to template in nWoD?

Are there official / good unofficial rules for the new World of Darkness that would support gradually playing through, over the course of a few stories, the transformation of a PC from mortal to a ...
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952 views

How could I make a Character use a device such as a magic sword after a teleport or dash?

First and foremost if you didn't get it from the question this is talking about Mutants and Masterminds. and its a question about character building. Im not sure how to tell but I think its second ...
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714 views

Savage Worlds wild dice and attacking with two weapons

If you use 2 swords in Savage Worlds, do you get a wild die for each attack in one round, or do you just get one for the main hand attack and none for the offhand? I know it would be the same kind of ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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Can a custom spell's effect last after the caster's death?

As GM, I am having a now-deceased 30th-level wizard's spell last after his death. It is a spell to conceal an object in a Dimensional Pocket keyed to one of the right bloodline who knows the password. ...
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Why the huge difference between divine and arcane compulsion effects?

In designing a new compulsion spell am not sure whether to follow the cleric tree or the bard/wizard/sorceror tree in regard to spell levels and other rules/effects. On the cleric side, we have ...
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290 views

What happens to the rider if a mount dies?

Does he fall prone or is he simply placed in an adjacent square?
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Why does Double Move have to be the same move action?

I only just noticed this particular rule in PHB p. 284: Same Move Action: To double move, you have to take the same move action twice in a row on the same turn. What is the reason for this ...
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Pickpocketing through powers in GURPS

One of my players was thinking of creating "the best pickpocket evar" in GURPS 4e. Naturally, there will be some skills involved, but he's envisioning crazy stuff, like he's standing 5 feet away and ...
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170 views

Can a defender counter on a multiple attack power where only one attack includes her as a target? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do marks interact with dual attacks? Defenders usually have a power with a trigger like: Trigger: An enemy marked by you makes an attack that does not include ...
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What kind of character is unique for Eberron?

I am going to start playing Eberron for the first time. I have never played any D&D as I am not a fan of the series, but my friend is planning on doing some storytelling in the Eberron setting. I ...
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190 views

How does Blind, Dominate and Stun affect a Mount

The Rules Compendium p.252 mentions Dazed, but how are statuses like Blinded, Dominated and Stunned handled ? Are there any references to the handling of these effects ?
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Do enemies/monsters get gray dice?

In Heresy-Engine based games (Airship Pirates, Victoriana 2E), do monsters have gray dice? For example, if the Bestiary lists dogs as 4HD, do they get 4 ordinary health dice plus the 4 gray ones, ...
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Where can I find Ral Partha miniatures for cheap? [closed]

I live in Canada and I own a few of the old Ral Partha D&D miniatures which are pretty cool. Unfortunately, I haven't seen them for sale anywhere for the last couple of years. I checked out a ...
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Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark or some other version of a mark?

Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark (e.g. Aegis of Assault) or some other version of a mark? Powers like Swordmage: Dual Lightning Strike, lvl 3 ...
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What extent of elemental traits do Elemental Savants gain?

There is this prestige class called Elemental Savant, which makes the character, actually, an elemental (with all the immunities AND the ability to be raised from dead, not to mention one can even be ...
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Does anyone have pointers on roleplaying using instant messaging?

I'm specifically looking for feedback from people that have tried real-time instant messaging systems, not asynchronous play-by-post or play-by-email. What were the most difficult challenges? Were ...
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2answers
995 views

Epic Maneuvers?

So, the Book of Nine Swords gives us the opportunity to become the %race% of steel and pure awesomeness, it gives us maneuvers that make the character into one-man-army and stuff, and that's really ...
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740 views

How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean?

How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean? Eagle eye creates a magical sensor directly above you. The sensor can appear anywhere above you, to a maximum height equal to the spell's ...
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771 views

How does a Ring of Counterspells work against an area-of-effect (AOE) spell?

A person is wearing a Ring of Counterspells which is storing a Fireball spell. When this person is in the AOE of a fireball is the entire fireball countered? Do they negate it just for their square? ...
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467 views

In-Game Calendar

I play Shadowrun with my group. We have a blog and I as GM wish that we could somehow track our in-game calendar. How many days have gone by? When does lifestyle have to be paid? How many days 'til ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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What are the essential design features of a combat system that make it scalable from single combat to mass warfare?

My question stems from this post by p.marino, as it raised my curiosity. I do not wish to spend the time and money to acquire and read Silhouette Core. Furthermore, I lack the knowledge of piles of ...
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1answer
878 views

How does the werewolf template alter my level?

If I'm a 5th-level monk who gains the werewolf template, what exactly happens to my character? I know I gain 2 d8-sized hit dice, but do I become a 7th-level monk? Or do the hit dice and level ...
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3answers
1k views

Is there an oldschool-style morale system for D&D 3e?

Oldschool D&D has rules for morale, such as these from Labyrinth Lord: Monsters have a listing for morale, which represents how likely they are to fight or flee when in an aencounter. Morale ...
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493 views

In 3.5/Pathfinder, what is the rough CR adjustment for Damage Reduction?

I have seen several breakdown and rough rules for adjusting a monster's CR according to various special abilities and qualities. The Pathfinder Core book and Bestiary has rules about things like high ...

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