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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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Can powers grant summoned creatures a “Basic Attack”?

Can powers that grant a basic attack, like many of the Warlord powers, be used to grant an attack to a summoned creature? If so, what does the summoned creature use for its basic attack? Inspired by ...
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What online collaborative communication tools have the most components for roleplaying away from the table?

I run a lunchtime game session once a week. Due to temporal constraints, we try to keep our sessions around the table limited to the more active aspects of encounters; for example, those that require ...
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What makes a good pitch for a new game?

What should make up a pitch about a new game to a prospective group of players? What does a good RPG pitch entail? What should go into the case for why a game should be played (and why that GM is the ...
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How can I obtain Custom miniatures? [closed]

I wish to get custom minatures for my kids (they play such widely available characters as a Wilden Shaman/Runepriest and a Shardmind Psion). Where can I purchase them? How onerous a process is this? ...
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What is an Adventure Path?

After reading the questions, What are the D&D Adventure Paths? and Which Paizo Adventure Path most lends itself to 4e conversion?, I began to wonder about this term beyond what is self evident. A ...
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Rules for delaying action?

Does Advanced Dungeons & Dragons have rules for holding/delaying action in combat?
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467 views

Which Paizo Adventure Path most lends itself to 4e conversion?

I'm thinking about running an adventure path at work, and I don't really want to run Scales of War or the ENWorld adventure path for various reasons, so Paizo's an obvious place to look. What are the ...
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Forced movement into danger: is there a saving throw?

Is there a saving throw to stop forced movement (a push, pull, or slide) from forcing you into a square that will damage you? My wizard's tactic lately has been to try to Thunderwave enemies into the ...
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How do you handle player wishlists?

In 4e it almost seems a requirement to allow player wishlists for magic items. How do you manage these? How do you ensure parity? How do the new rarity levels impact this?
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What are the mechanical differences between L5R editions?

I owned first and third editions, and played a fair bit of first edition. I'm sort of lightly interested in fourth edition, but am curious about what's been changed, fixed, or altered. If the ...
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552 views

Using a Scavenger Bird Ki Focus

I recently picked up the Scavenger Bird Ki Focus for my assassin. Does the ki focus' enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls get applied to any weapon that I am wielding? Also, when I use its ...
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Which RPGs primarily reward roleplaying your character?

In what games (either in-print or out-of-print) are the rewards for playing your character's role or depicting your character's behavior the primary means of character advancement, as opposed to ...
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How can I graft Wilderness of Mirrors onto Gumshoe?

Or specifically, how can I adapt Wilderness of Mirrors Mission Planning/Obtaining Information/complication/Trust system onto the resource management/clue finding Gumshoe system.
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139 views

Do lesser changes of Self fool the Sight

Will a gift that allows a Lesser Change of Self fool the Sight?
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607 views

Deathwatch Ranks

In Deathwatch I notice there are rank tracks for general space marine, deathwatch, and specialty. When you are rank 1 are you eligible for buying abilities from rank one of all three types?
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Deathwatch - Librarian Psyker Powers

Could someone show an example of how psychic powers work in Deathwatch? I am confused because I am used to how they worked in Dark Heresy which is different, the individual powers don't have ...
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Reducing Damage as an Interrupt

A friend of mine's assassin just got Sunspray Heritage which includes an encounter power- when hit by a radiant or fire damage, the triggering damage is reduced to 0. When he's in Shade form he's ...
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1answer
381 views

How does a vorpal weapon interact with a ranger's quarry?

Vorpal weapon reads: Whenever you roll the maximum result on any damage die for this weapon, roll that die again and add the additional result to the damage total. If a rerull results in another ...
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Mechanics for implementing Earthdawn magic items in D&D 4e

I'm a big fan of the Earthdawn take on magic items. When you find a magic item, in order to use it you need to learn some of it's history, and spend legend points (Eathdawn XP) to bind it to you. As ...
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4e Essentials and mounted combat

I'm creating a fighter for a 4e D&D Essentials game. I'd like to model him after a European medieval knight, but a knight is less than complete without a good horse. What are the rules for a ...
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Where can I get fantasy public domain art?

I'm working on a series of NPC cards but I'm having trouble finding good pictures. Is there a good source for public domain/creative commons fantasy-themed art out there? Is there another good way to ...
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What can I do to improve as a player for Burning Wheel

For games of Burning Wheel, what do you consider to make a good roleplayer, as a GM? What are some things to avoid? Socially, what type of player makes it enjoyable to GM a game? I'm mostly focused ...
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Sustaining a power and readied actions: what happens?

This came up today at our gaming session. I was sustaining a Wall of Fire with my minor actions. The enemy was out of sight and I readied an action to Thunderwave them into the Wall of Fire if they ...
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551 views

D&D 4e: way to transfer ongoing damage from an ally to my character?

I have a wizard (multiclassed as a bard, if that matters) who wants to transfer ongoing damage from an ally to himself. I know I've seen something that does this, but can't remember where. I don't ...
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What are best practices for the use of flowcharts in RPGs

For gamers who use flow charts, process models and diagramming in their game what set of graphical representations work best at representing story components. I'm looking for what set of notations can ...
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2answers
441 views

Are there any restrictions on mastering and/or using a ritual based on its Key Skill?

I was thinking about rituals recently, and realized that I couldn't find anything restricting a character from taking rituals with key skills in which they are not trained. Obviously there's a soft ...
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What does Fey Origin do?

Both the Eladrin and Wilden have Fey Origin, which means that the characters ancestors were native to the Feywild, so the character is considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate ...
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I need a ritual to review memories

Is there a ritual already that can do this? If not, can someone please suggest a level and other mechanics to make it work? The ritual should allow the caster to review the target’s memories from ...
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Warrior with two long swords. Penalties?

Suppose I have a warrior who wants to wield two long swords, one in each hand (clearly). What are the penalties associated to this combat style, and which abilities can I choose in order to reduce the ...
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297 views

Improving the Fighter through research

I would like to enable fighters to research new moves in a way similar to wizard researching new spells. Currently, the mechanism of fighter improvement goes through abilities, but I feel like it's ...
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Putting more focus on knowledge skills

Knowledge skills are the cinderella of the skill set. Nobody really puts grades in Knowledge (local), Knowledge (Nature) or Knowledge (Royalty). If you have a bard in the group, all these knowledge ...

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