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Dungeons and Dragons vs. Dangerous Journeys [closed]

First off, I don't think I've ever played "real" D&D. I'm usually DM and try to focus on the imaginative side of the roleplaying, sacrificing certain rules and concepts to make this happen. So ...
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Advantages and disadvantages in using a one-shot pre-gen to introduce a new system

In questions about how to learn new systems, or teach them, a common suggestion is to run a single-session game with pre-made characters and a pre-made scenario. In your experience as a GM and/or ...
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What exactly counts as “within X squares” in DnD 4e

The cleric attack Blessing of Wrath is a melee attack, but it also allows one ally within 5 squares of me to get a power bonus to their next damage roll against the target. What counts as "within 5 ...
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Is there an alternate rule to allow different stats for Male/Female characters?

I want to introduce a variant rule that allows for stat adjustments for men and women, but I would like something more in-depth than just a bonus and penalty to stats. Are there any existing variants ...
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Is there a reason to ignore/adjust the Wealth By Level chart?

While reading this Cohort Question I was kinda struck by a quote in there and instead of asking an unrelated question in that area I figured it would be good to make a separate question. The quote ...
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463 views

Stacking Turn Resistance

Does Turn Resistance from different sources stack? Typed bonuses do not stack, however, turn resistance doesn't specify a type. So, if an undead gets a multiple bonuses to turn resistance do they ...
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Staff of Resilence, do I lose the THP if I get disarmed or put away the staff?

I'm reading Adventurer's Vault 2 and the Staff of Resilience says: Power (Daily). Minor Action. You spend a Healing Surge but regain no hit points. Instead, you gain temporary hit points equal to ...
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How do familiars, animal companions, cohorts, followers, and the like fit into the wealth by level progression?

Though I am not advocating a strict adherence to the wealth by level progression, if that progression is used, how would "extra crew members" of PCs fit on the chart? The leadership feat text does ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under Ernir's Psionic mechanics, Arcane flavor variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping answer a question about helping a player create a Duskblade. I would be using @Ernir’s Psionic mechanics, Arcane flavor variant. I was wondering how different ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under the Spell Points variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping a player create a Duskblade. I have been using a small variant on the Spell Point system found in Unearthed Arcana (the point amounts are the same, though). I was ...
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How to emulate a Gadget of the Week power?

I'm wondering how to emulate a "gadget of the week" concept for a Mutants & Masterminds 3e character. A Device or Equipment that the character builds or has built herself or that is given to her ...
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What would be the best system to play a Mission Impossible or James Bond game?

I have Classic Spycraft but tend to find classic d20 games (d20 modern, D&D 3.5) to be too crunchy when it comes to emulating high-action movies such as Mission Impossible or James Bond. I have ...
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Can a Paladin use his Mercies with Channel Positive Energy?

Anyone that gets a Lay on hands from a Paladin also gets all the effects of the Paladin's Mercies. As the Channel Positive Energy uses two lay on hands do they also get the effects of the Mercies?
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What is the best system for fantasy, modern, and scifi “simulation”?

I'm interested in comparing tabletop RPG rule sets, and I often hear it said that D&D 3.5e is a very good system for "simulation". I actually agree, with the tremendous number of splatbooks ...
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Total or partial removal of skill cap in d20

What effect would removing or partially removing the skill cap in the d20 system (with a focus on DnD3.5 and Cthulhu d20)? By partial removal I mean - for example - (handing out all the skill points ...
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Defy Danger and attribute selection

The move Defy Danger allows the use of any one relevant attribute assuming you can explain how you use it. I'm having a hard time being able to say if the use of a specific attribute would be relevant ...
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Why is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e?

Using a hand crossbow is simpler and easier than using a light/heavy crossbow, isn't? So out of what considerations is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e? In 4e, Hand Crossbow is ...
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Pathfinder benchmarks

I was recently creating a new level 10 character for Pathfinder, and realized that I had absolutely no idea of how much AC / HP / Attack Bonus /Saves I was suppose to aim for. Is there, somewhere, a ...
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Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?

Should I read the Dresden Files books before I get the RPG? I want to have a look at the FATE system, and I'd be most interested in starting with Dresden Files (I think). I know there are books in ...
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What body parts can I use to deliver a spell whose range is “touch”?

Within a pure Pathfinder game ... When delivering a melee touch spell can I use any body part? (hand, elbow, foot, head), any body part I could attack with or must I use my hand? If I am a witch ...
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What is the base speed for humans and other PC races in AD&D

I am looking for the "base speed" if you will for AD&D 1st edition PC races and can't find it anywhere. So I am wondering how fast are the PC races in 1st edition AD&D?
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491 views

Does bashing armour soak firearms damage for vampires?

"Your bullets cannot harm me – my wings are like a shield of steel!" - Batfink Vampires in Vampire the Requiem only take bashing rather than lethal damage from firearms attacks. If a vampire wears a ...
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Drawing a gun and shooting before combat in D20 Modern

I'm new and I just had a quick question. I'm going to be DMing a d20 modern on shot adventure for the first time. I am very new to DMing so many questions arise when making/creating the adventure. ...
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463 views

What does 6" mean under speed in the 1st edition monster Manual

In the AD&D 1st edition monster Manual, every monster's speed is represented in inches. Obviously, a big monster cannot just move 6 inches per turn, so what does the " mean?
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Immediate action right after damage

Damp Power (psionic): Manifesting Time: 1 immediate action An amber aura quickly spreads over your body, moderating the effects of the environment. When you manifest this power, you are ...
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Is resistance/vulnerability applied before damage is transferred with Nusemnee's Atonement?

Situation: level 16 Dragonborn Sorcerer with Paladin Multiclass, Ancient Soul, Nusemnee's Atonement, Radiant Breath, Morninglord paragon path, and Fey Beast Tamer theme. Whenever she breathes, she ...
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When does a creature “Deal Damage”?

When does a creature deal damage? A number of powers mention "deals damage" and a number mention "takes damage" and a comprehensive understanding when, exactly, "dealing damage" happens would be ...
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Do Protection from (Energy) spells protect from the inside or just the outside?

I ran into a problem in a game today when it came to Protection from (Energy). There was a character who had a bomb inside of them and the party though it would work if they cast Protection from (Fire)...
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Cleaving large enemies

Are there any clarifications or thoughts on if you can use cleave to get more than 1 attack against a large enemy (say takes up 4 tiles)? The feat says "If you hit (with the first attack) you deal ...
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408 views

Tabletop RPG for a poor enthusiast? [closed]

I love tabletop RPGs, but I don't have the resources to go out and buy rulebooks and DMing guides and kits. Are there any free (open-source, for lack of a better term) D&D clones I can get my ...
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Having a hard time understanding the cost of magic enhancements as listed

Can anyone help clear up the costs of magic items? I am looking at some magic items and the costs only say "+1 enhancement cost." For an example I will use the "Flaming" enhancement. Before an item ...
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Are Draconic Heritage and the Dragonblood subtype equal?

If a feat has Draconic Heritage as a requirement, can it be taken by a character with the Dragonblood subtype, or does he necessarily have to take the Draconic Heritage feat?
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Is there a way to use Charisma in an intimidate check?

I understand Intimidate using Strength as its skill when done in a manner of just looking scary enough to demoralize your opponent, but is there a way to use Charisma to intimidate with words? Aside ...
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Can terrain shape area affect spells or attacks?

I don't know if this is referenced in the rulebooks or just a matter of houserule, but what happens if someone uses a cone-shaped spell or ability in a corridor that is narrower than the width of the ...
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How do I turn a daily into an encounter?

I'm looking for something that shifts a daily power into an encounter power. I want to take the Demigod Epic Path so I can use Blade Cascade whenever I want. Ideas?
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What is the physical stress cap for a Diminutive Size creature with Claws?

Consider the lowly garden gnome. He's got the Diminutive Size [-1] power, which means he is Wee. [...] When your size is a factor in combat, you can only inflict 1 physical stress per attack (but ...
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Question about a Dragonfire Adept build

For part of a Dragonfire Adept build idea, I was considering using either Silverbrow Human or Dragon Descended, but then I had another idea: why not both? Would it be possible to combine those two ...
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How the heck does magical darkness work in Pathfinder?

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to divine the intent of the darkness spell in PF. It starts off easily enough: This spell causes an object to radiate darkness out to a 20-foot radius. This ...
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What policies should be made at the start of a campaign, to define the desired game experience and avoid bad feelings later?

My group and I work on the assumption that a game system's default assumptions are its manifesto, and that by choosing a system we are choosing to let its assumptions stand except where we institute ...
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What should be considered when deciding if and how to use props? [closed]

GMs and players who have experience with props in their games, what do you think about when considering props to use and how to use them? How might props be used to further the game, instead of ...
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Frequency of combat encounters in Pathfinder

I'm starting a new self-designed Pathfinder campaign as the DM and I'm unsure how many combat encounters I should plan each session. The characters will start at level 1. The group consists of 4 ...
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What is an example of a “Pure” Simulationist system?

According to the GNS Theory, there are three main different sorts of games: Gamist, Narrativist, and Simulationist. I won't bother giving their descriptions here because the link sums them up better ...
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How would an Unaligned Vecna worshiper refrain from being/becoming Evil

I have a Tiefling Warlock character that I think I would like to worship Vecna, to uncover more secrets of her pact and unlock more power. How would a character like this refrain from falling from ...
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709 views

Attack Power and Heavy Throw

If an Attack Power is say Dex vs. AC, but you're using a Heavy Throw weapon (which is then based on Strength) does the Power still count from Dex?
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147 views

How much damage should a lab explosion do?

The rules indicate that on a middling bad experimental botch, that the people in the lab take +level of the item being worked on damage. Not +mag, but +level. In almost all cases, that's fatal. Is ...
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284 views

How do vampires work exactly?

Do they have to be feeding to use their abilities? Or do they only feed to recover from Hunger stress after using their abilities and failing the stress attack at the end of the scene?
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1answer
330 views

Can a Summoner Wizard theoretically fill the Defender role?

I'm DMing a 4e dnd game. The party is level 2 and contains a Dragonborn Warlord, Shifter Ranger (Two-Blade) and a Dwarf Summoner Wizard. As you can see, no defender. I'm aware that the Warlord is ...
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How do multiple natural attacks work?

Okay, I need some clarification. The Pathfinder Core Rules state this about natural attacks: You do not receive additional natural attacks for a high base attack bonus. Instead, you receive ...
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Are class skill bonuses per rank or only once?

A skill gets a +3 bonus if it's a class skill. Do you only get the bonus once, or do you get the bonus for every rank put into the skill?
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Do abilities like Extra Spell and the Master Specialist Expanded Spellbook allow you to take spells outside of your class list?

Several abilities including feat Extra Spell and the Master Specialist class feature Expanded Spellbook allow spellcasters to learn an additional spell. However, these abiities do not specify that ...

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