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How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?

Exactly how does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder? If I wanted to begin playing with a system-light D&D, preferred ascending AC, and wanted ...
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Is there a way to get extra immediate actions?

In 4.0, are there any items, feats, powers, etc. that allow you to take more than one immediate action per round?
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How thin is “The Veil” in Scion?

In White Wolf, they commonly have something called "The Veil" – the 3.5th cubicle wall separating the characters from mundane society (i.e, the reason not to be overt with their powers). In Scion, ...
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What game system centered around Mafia or Organized Crime could be best used as a template to enhance an evil-pc D&D 4E game?

That's quite the mouthful. I'm DMing a D&D 4E game where the players desire to build an empire and trap heroes and more-or-less be the villains that D&D heroes normally are fighting against. ...
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Any advice on how to politely approach a friend on problems with her character(s)?

I've been playing with a good friend of mine for a couple of games now (Exalted and Pathfinder) with another friend as GM. In a few weeks, I'm going to be running a new game because the GM is getting ...
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911 views

Death odds in Deathwatch

We have played 3 games of Deathwatch now and are getting the hang of it. But my players seem to get hurt a lot. An example of this is a PC that has 21 wounds received 18 wounds from one enemy ...
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Recommend a web-based narrative RPG

I have played forum based RPG before. Posting is something like once per day and nothing is required other than text-writing capacity. I would like to try that again, but in English. It should be a ...
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As a GM, how do I encourage PCs to share and play out their backstories?

My players have trouble creating deep backstories for the characters. I have decided to go with that, but provide opportunities in-game for filling out the gaps. I'm considering leading some ...
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How do I get my players to form a PC party without just forcing them to?

I believe that it is generally a good thing that all the PCs travel together, as a "party". This way the GM has to manage one environment – not, say, five. The problem is how the GM can ensure such a ...
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Where is the D&D 3.5 random loot table?

This should be easy -- however I've gone through three books trying to find it. What book and page number is the random loot per level table for 3.5 edition? I saw it a couple months ago and didn't ...
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Assassin or Rogue for high DPS?

I'm making my second-ever character in D&D 4e and I want him to be a not-so-good guy (my first character being a Dragonborn Fighter who worships Bahamut) that can do a ton of single-target damage. ...
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What is the best weapon for night stalker assassin?

Recently I read about an Assassin class, and I'm intrigued. I'm not very familiar with it yet, but I'm wondering what weapon best suits an Assassin? I mean, from a roleplaying point of view I would ...
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Grappling interactions with Greater Grapple

A question came up at my last Pathfinder game: If a character has Greater Grapple, does it become possible to grapple and pin an opponent in one round? ( not tie up, though. That'd be 3 checks. ) ...
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What happens to a Giant Toad with a Lightning Staff?

If I'm playing a druid who has taken a Lightning Staff for Mark of Storm cheese, and I summon a giant toad, is its tongue electrified such that I can benefit from mark of storm from its attacks?
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Does the Saint Epic Destiny and Mark of Healing stack?

The Saint epic destiny has a feature that indicates When you enable a creature adjacent to you to spend a healing surge, the recipient can also make a saving throw. When you grant a saving throw ...
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What does “Pinned and Helpless” mean when an opponent has been successfully pinned?

I have a player that has pinned an opponent. What actions may third parties, other characters, take against this pinned individual? Do they still need to roll to hit? Do they get bonuses? The "Pinned ...
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Does “Dispel Magic” suppress the magic of an item whose imbued spell-type is instantaneous?

The "Dispel magic" descriptor states that "the effect of a spell with an instantaneous duration can't be dispelled, because the magical effect is already over before the dispel magic can take effect", ...
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Is destroying another vampire worthy of a Humanity roll in Vampire: the Masquerade?

What I mean is, in the Hierarchy of Sins against Humanity there are entries for "manslaughter", for "murder". However, one might argue that the Kindred are already dead. So, would you argue that ...
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Castles construction costs in D&D

I remember in the original AD&D books there was something on the prices of building a castle. Cost for a tower, a length of wall, a drawbridge etc. Does anyone recall this, or know where I can ...
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Can the spells used to bind elementals in Eberron's airships/galleons/etc be dispelled?

Many of the descriptions of the magical forms of transport in the Eberron (v3.5) campaign setting (e.g. airships, galleons, lightning rails) speak of bound elementals as the source of propulsion for ...
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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...
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Can a 'Blade Barrier' turn?

The Blade Barrier spell can be a Wall or a Ring without stating if the Wall has to be a straight line. Can the Wall have a curve or a turn in it?
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How high can 'Black Tentacles' reach?

The spell Black Tentacles does not say how high they can reach up. Could it grab some Stirges that fly over the area of effect for example?
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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2answers
559 views

alternate morality systems in nWOD

I am looking for systems of morality in the rules, to replace the standard humanity. I've found one in DANSE MACABRE (creating NPCs called anchors) and one in HUNTER THE VIGIL (replacing the sins in ...
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How can I make my PCs flee?

My players never run away or avoid conflict. Ever. I throw them ridiculous encounters, they will stay and fight. If I tell them, "You know you're not gonna make it, just run," they stay and fight and ...
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Adding comic relief

As a GM, I would like to add comic relief to my sessions. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character, scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...
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Can you create a skill bonus item to give a bonus to Concentration?

When a concentration check is made you roll d20 and add your caster level and the ability score modifier used to determine bonus spells of the same type. (quoted) If I was looking to create a magical ...
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RPG Systems with Attribute-based learning speed

I'm a first time poster (but an old time lurker on stackoverflow). I'm implementing a RPG system (personal use only) that is currently in beta testing. The idea for skills and progression is that ...
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Can I create a +1 stat-boosting item?

For item creation in pathfinder the example magical item (The belt of incredible dexterity) is quoted with bonuses of +2/+4/+6 However the Magic item creation information states that the cost is ...
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I'm having a problem creating a sleeping potion

I have a character who is an alchemist. His magical ability is nil other than related to the creation of potions. So far, so good. On YS280, the rules state: At the beginning of each session, ...
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Feats for a TWF Ranger?

Trying to find feats that I should focus on for a two-weapon fighting human ranger. I just hit level 2 and I have picked up two weapon fighting, weapon focus (scimitar), and double slice. My strength ...
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Action required for Infiltrator Ranger power?

Playing a Pathfinder Infiltrator Ranger. What kind of action does it take to activate the Infiltrator Ranger power for this archetype during combat? Adaptation (Ex): At 3rd level, an infiltrator ...
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Counter-Attack Houserule

I'm thinking of making a house rule for Pathfinder which lets you counter attack when your opponent rolls a natural 1 to attack. First, is there already a counter attack system in Pathfinder? If not, ...
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What is the name of this specific, online DM (4e) tool?

I used this tool, albeit briefly, maybe a year ago. Now, I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. First, it was an online/web based tool, not something you download. Everything was set ...
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Do weapons' damage types (P/S/B) have any effect?

Does the type of weapon used (piercing, slashing, bludgeoning) have any effect in Pathfinder RPG? For example, in AD&D 2e, the type of weapon modifies attack rolls according to the defender's ...
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Does standing on a moving platform provoke opportunity attacks?

I have a situation where players stand on 3x3 platforms and they move around the room and the players have to hop from one to the other to get across. The platforms have their own turn in the ...
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Can a D&D Necromancer be of a good alignment? [closed]

I've been considering creating a good-aligned necromancer, but I'm not sure if it's realistic from a role-playing perspective. Is there anything inherent in necromancy that would require someone to be ...
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5answers
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Flurry of Blows calculation

Let's say, we have there 1st level Monk, and he has STR 17/+3. Now we are calculating base attack with his Flurry of Blows. For first level, we have "Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus" -1/-1, plus 1st ...
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1answer
550 views

Question about weapon proficiency for Race and Class

Can my Sorcerer use a rapier without the penalty of -4, when I have racial proficiency in it from being Drow?
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Does your initiative change if your dex changes?

After combat has started will changes to your DEX stat (sufficent to change your dex bonus) change your initiative score? Example: Wizard Bob sees a goblin approaching and initiative is rolled; the ...
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1answer
288 views

How does the Ambitious Schemer racial trait for Drow work?

I'm confused here. It is written "You may choose either Bluff or Diplomacy as a class skill, and gain a +2 bonus on such skill checks." So, how it works with regular class skills?
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What are common design flaws of build-point game systems?

I'm designing my own RPG system and I want to avoid the most widely-recognized flaws, loopholes, and exploits that build-point character creation systems usually suffer from. What are the most common ...
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Survivalist NPC build?

How can I best optimize an NPC so that instead of having perfect power attack or sneak attack, they're just really hard to kill? I can think of thief acrobat and perhaps exemplar or dungeon delver, ...
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How should I run a cottage industry in space?

Recently, I've been considering running a Mongoose Traveller campaign, and I recieved a question from a potential player about how possible it would be for them to spend their time aboard ship making ...
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1answer
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How can I grapple someone?

I was reading the Player's Handbook I of D&D 4e and couldn't find any mention of grapple. How does grapple work, if at all? Please give examples.
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Guidelines for what items should be available from merchants? [closed]

How do I determine precisely what each merchant the players encounter will have in their inventory? Does one usually allow merchants to have all items from the core rule books in stock, or do they ...
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2answers
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Legality of Gaining Mithral's Special Properties on Studded Leather

I recently had a Pathfinder random treasure generator create a mithral studded leather. This doesn't make sense to me since, quoting from the mithral section of d20pfsrd we see, Items not ...
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Are there any free resources for Bards that focus on stories to be told?

I am playing a Bard in a Pathfinder game and I have his perform skills focused in oratory and comedy. The game is played online via Play-by-Post. I was wondering if anyone knew of free resources that ...
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1answer
686 views

“If I have 3 or more ranks…” What does that mean?

In some skills, it is written that if you have three or more ranks in the skill, something will happen, such as the Acrobatics skill: If you have 3 or more ranks in Acrobatics, you gain a +3 dodge ...

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