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What systems use an initiative system similar to Exalted 2nd Edition? [closed]

As far as I remember, the Exalted system works on ticks and cool downs: A "tick" is roughly one second, but is a fuzzy, arbitrary time unit used to demark how long actions take. An "action" is ...
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How should I read attacks in 7th Sea stat-blocks?

I've been running a few more monsters and animals in my 7th Sea campaign lately, and find myself a little confused by the notation used in the Game Master's Guide. For example: Bear [...] ...
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How necessary is mechanical character advancement?

I've been fiddling around with a game system for some time (ever since the 2010 Game Chef competition) that's based around characters that are shape-shifters. Because of this, characters have a fluid ...
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Does reducing a roll change a critical?

This came up in our game last night. An enemy attacks and rolls a critical hit. The target uses the Luckbender paragon power "Even the Odds" and reduces the roll by the d6 roll. Is the result still ...
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Gelatinous Cube damage

This seems really basic, but I'm not really sure how to treat the case where a creature has been engulfed by a gelatinous cube. Does the creature simply take 1d6 acid damage as if it were attacked, or ...
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About Spell Scrolls' mechanic, how do they work?

This question is bothering me, my dm couldn't answer it. What is the difference between a spell scroll and a page of spellbook? One goes "puff" after use while others stays permanently. Also I'm ...
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How would a character jumping off a building and landing work?

In our last session, a character decided that he wanted to run and jump off a 3-story building, land and use might to prevent damage, and then continue running. I’m not entirely convinced it really ...
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How does a skill modify another skill?

In a couple of instances we’ve seen in the rules that state that you can use a skill to modify another skill. I think the main one that we’ve seen so far is inhuman strength. It says something about ...
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As a player, how can I help the GM when the game goes out of control?

I've seen numerous games go down the pan when certain players derail the plot, either making it PC vs GM, or making the game more about their ludicrous choices. It might seem overly harsh turn of ...
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How can I treat old and new players fairly, without upsetting anyone?

The last time I ran a game of D&D there was a lot of tension between new players (both to the group, and D&D) and old players. It stemmed partly from oldbies not wanting their ball taken away, ...
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How do Thunder Hooves Rage and charge interact?

Thunder Hooves Rage says: You enter the rage of the thunder hooves. Until the rage ends, you can move through one or two enemies’ spaces during each of your turns. When you move through an enemy’s ...
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Can darkvision distinguish visual contrast?

Does darkvision allow a creature to distinguish visual contrast? The rules as written, in both Pathfinder and 3.5e, state simply that "Darkvision is black-and-white only (colors cannot be discerned)." ...
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How do you encourage the use of lesser trained skills in a skill challenge?

I've been playing in a D&D 4e campaign for almost a year now, and as a Bard for the last several months. At 15th level, my character's Perception is 28 (38 passive), with Insight coming in second ...
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Pros and Cons of giving my party a spell based on the Portal Gun from the Portal video game series?

I'm considering giving my party's mage a Portal Spell as a way to spice up our campaign. The catch is they can only use it twice per day, the target surface has to be flat, clearly visible by the ...
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Can a player take an immediate action against another player or npc's immediate action?

This has come up several times and thus far our DM has ruled against it. The question is: can a player take an immediate action against another player's or creature's immediate action, so long as ...
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Could a mouse kill a bear?

I'm planning for a Mouse Guard game that will culminate in the players facing down a bear! The rules cover this far too briefly, only stating that you need 20,000 mice to do so (via the War skill). ...
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How do you run a political campaign?

Although it's a fair way off yet there's a decent chance that my campaign is heading towards becoming very political. I've considered running political games before, but it seems like it would ...
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How do underground tunnels stay up? Is it possible to dig under a castle wall without magic to support the tunnel?

I'm considering running a quest where the players must deal with a large, powerful, and well organized underground Kobold tribe. They initially find the opening of a tunnel in the middle of a village ...
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Does a monster knowledge check allow the character to learn everything about a monster's powers?

A monster knowledge check, if successful grants: The character identifies the monster and knows its origin, type, typical temperament, and keywords. If the character meets of exceeds the hard ...
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How do I make players more comfortable in an unusual historical setting?

I run a lot of games/write systems set in specific historical/cultural contexts, because I like rpgs as a way to explore them and think they provide a great sense of place. However, I tend not to ...
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Is there a limit to squares pushed?

I remember one of the few times I played 4E D&D, I was a Con'lock specialising in pushing, and a few other character also had a lot of ranged push abilities. We ended up pushing the big bad so far ...
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Does a summoned monster's alignment matter?

I am playing in a 3.5 game recently, and a question has come up that none of us could really answer. Does the alignment of a summoned monster (as per the Summon Monster I-IX spells) matter at all? For ...
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How can I use lights at night without breaking immersion?

What techniques do people use at a LARP to provide light at nighttime without breaking immersion? Especially when some players complain about ruining their 'night vision'. There are some constraints, ...
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What are the changes in the second edition of Cartoon Action Hour?

What are the rule changes between the 1st and 2nd editions of Cartoon Action Hour? I am curious if there is significant new content in the second edition that makes it worth buying over the original. ...
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What happens when an undead character is “Taken Out”

I tried finding this in the books, but I couldn't figure anything out. If you have an undead character, what happens when their physical stress track is filled and they don't take a consequence? Are ...
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What is the purpose of slow experience gain in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

Pathfinder Society Organized Play allows players to advance either 1XP or 1/2XP per session. There are no advantages offered by taking the slower XP (experience) gain, so why would someone use this ...
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How can you find a balance between effective/optimised characters and creative characters?

When creating characters, I often face a dilemma between making a character. It feels like they can either be optimized so they can "pull their own weight" or having a character I think is creative ...
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How can I add sound to our sessions?

I've been toying with the idea of adding sound to our typical sessions. I was thinking about throwing in some sounds for atmosphere's sake, like some of the following: Birds chirping/water running ...
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Is there any mapping software that can print large battlemaps?

Years ago, I used Dundjinni to create battlemaps for the game I ran. However, each individual map was restricted in size such that it corresponded to the size of a piece of normal 8.5" x 11", and this ...
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What is the normal “pace” for a 4E session/campaign?

Disclaimer: The DM has never DM'd before, and 2 out of the 3 PC's have never played D&D before. I am the 1 PC who has played before (2 previous groups). I've just started a new 4E group using ...
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Abusing Enchant Magic Item

Is there anything that prevents a character from using the free resize-function of the Enchant Magic Item ritual to store an infinite amount of magic items in his backpack by making them ...
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Finding time to play

How do people find time to play an RPG with friends, around work, study and partners? I've a preference for weekly play but I just can't find the time to dedicate to roleplaying anymore. And when I ...
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12answers
873 views

Why would I hire you?

I'm designing a D&D 4E campaign (set in the Forgotten Realms) for my local gaming society, which may or may not spill out into bigger things, rpg.se has given me too many ideas! I want the party ...
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Immobilized creature doesn't want to pay; can he charge instead?

Here is the situation that has come up often in our group: A creature is immobilized(save ends) at the start of its turn. As no enemies are adjacent, its options are limited. The creature readies a ...
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What to do when you seem like you do not fit in with a group?

I'm looking for some advice and input on a situation I've found myself in as a player. To give a little background, my gaming group (4 men, 2 women, between the ages of 25 and 32) is about to end a ...
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Can I acquire cantrips with the Wizard multi-class feat?

The multiclass feat for wizards in the PHB says you gain a 1st level wizard at-will ability. Now, the cantrips in there are gained at first level, and they are at-will. I'm guessing that, since they ...
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657 views

How do I help create story around the table without writing it?

I love RPGs. I think they can create some of the most fun and enjoyable stories, both from an out-of-game and in-game standpoint. I also realize that "story" is the result of the game played by the ...
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589 views

Can I shift and then move to escape?

Can I shift away from an enemy and then use a move action to get farther away from them without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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What system should I choose for a 'magic' adventure?

I'm searching for a system that has significant options for magic adventures. I want to let players not just to tell their stories and take part in an adventure, but create the magic themselves. A ...
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215 views

Can I attack a Bulette when it's underground?

Do other characters know where the bulette is if it doesn't attack? If they can attack it, how do I handle it? Do I give it total cover? Can they even attack it when it is underground? If they don't ...
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Can Force Grip rules be applied to an AT-ST?

I have a question about the effectiveness of Force Grip on an AT-ST in particular. On normal targets it will restrict them to only one free action next round but this seems to be rather extreme when ...
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If I wildshape into an earth elemental, what languages can I speak?

The druid class ability Wildshape says (among other things): A druid loses her ability to speak while in animal form because she is limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, ...
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Why use a pistol instead of a rifle?

I'm currently reading GURPS4 to prepare myself for DMing. When I read about firearms I thought pistols to be vastly inferior to rifles to the point that if one carried enough armor to possibly survive ...
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1answer
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Can a character with the Alchemist feat make Assassin poisons?

Is the assassin poison considered an alchemical item? As I read alchemist(Eberron) it states poison as an alchemical item. Can someone with the alchemist feat make assassin poisons?
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“Phys-repping” a large creature at a LARP?

A 'phys-rep' is something used by a LARP to phys-ically rep-resent something that isn't present at a game. For instance, in a local system I play in, a red hat "phys-reps" being invisible. (I don't ...
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Where did exceptional (“percentile”) strength come from?

I run a B/X game for a few guys, most of whom have only played 3E before. It leads to a lot of talk about the change in power level between basic and 3E. One of the things that came up was the ...
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Where do dual-wielding rangers come from?

The classes in D&D are clearly selected as classic archetypes, either from an iconic character or frequently reccurring within Fantasy fiction. The idea of bow-wielding rangers is a good example ...
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What are the highest level solo monsters in all official supplements released for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons?

Which is the highest level solo monster in all current supplements released for DnD 4.0? I think that it is Bahamut, but there are too many books which I'm not aware of (and also I have read somewhere ...
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Group social issues when roleplaying as the opposite gender

Some time ago I was thinking of a character for a system (which I won't mention, to avoid any bias) who was of the opposite gender. I'm fairly convinced that it's because of the characters background, ...
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What can I include in my character's background to help the GM build a better story?

Whatever the system or the world used, what can a player add to his character background that will help the GM make the game more interesting. Games are much more interesting with the addition of ...

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