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Any suggestions for feats/options to forgo damage dice for other benefits?

I'm in a campaign with a reasonably permissive and flexible GM. Currently, I'm trying to put together an enlightened and charismatic bodhisattva type character who charms everything with his voice, ...
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How do you make a new NPC likable?

The players in my campaign will soon rescue a woman who's been trapped in an awful dimension (think Jumanji, if that helps) for ten years, and bring her home. After 2 sessions, they'll realize that ...
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How to implicate the players in the horror?

Good horror implicates the watcher/reader, at least in drama. There is always moment when the audience should cry out, "no, stop, don't!" but of course we don't because we're a well-behaved audience, ...
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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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How can you reconcile the actions of house Jerbiton with the Code of Hermes?

I'm about to start a ars magicia game and I'm looking at house Jerbiton who I've never played before. (I've played Ars, but as Tremere and Ex Misc) House Jerbiton is a house whose members are ...
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What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules

I'm starting a campaign and will be the DM. We are basing our system off the D&D 3rd ed. Most of us (players and myself) don't really like the rules surrounding Wizards / Sorcerers when they have ...
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What bonuses do(n't) apply to Rend?

Rend says If it hits with two or more natural attacks in 1 round, a creature with the rend special attack can cause tremendous damage by latching onto the opponent's body and tearing flesh. This ...
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What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D? [closed]

How do I get regular people, non-gamers, into playing D&D? Anybody have any useful ideas?
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Can a possessing fiend target the possesed creature with “self” range spell like abilities?

Can a possessing fiend target the possesed creature with "self" range spell like abilities? For example an advanced (4 HD) Quasit is possessing a human peasant. Could the Quasit use it's Self Only ...
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What works on a creature targeted by an antimagic ray?

The Antimagic Ray is a spell originally from Draconomicon, updated in the Spell Compendium. Here's all the extracts from the text we need to analyze the case, or so I believe. The target functions ...
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Are Compendium Classes from pre-release still valid?

I have several Dungeon World compendium classes for the Red Book era and I wonder if they still work / are intended to be used with the game as released. Examples off the top of my head include: The ...
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What are the gameplay implications for choosing Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition?

I am shortly going to be starting a game of Fate with my friends, using either Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition (hereafter just “Core” and “Accelerated”). I am well aware they are both the same ...
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Players who want a dayjob for a megacorp. Should I allow it?

A player wants to work for EVO knowing the corp has a great reputation as an employer (according to Corporate Guide) and they have a great tolerance of technomancers. As part of the day job ...
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Shadowrun Road Trip

So I've been in a Shadowrun campaign and my group has fallen afoul of both Aztechnology and some powerful Seattle organized crime people. I've been scouring all the books I can think of, but I can't ...
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How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?

I am starting an adventure in a custom setting that may end up as a campaign, depending on popularity. However, part of what makes the setting unique is that magic is illegal and severely punished by ...
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Reaving Ammunition & spending a move action

Reaving ammunition states: When you hit an enemy with an attack using this ammunition, that enemy also takes ongoing 5 damage until it spends a move action (without moving) to end the ongoing ...
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Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest?

Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest? I can't tell if it's suppose to be run with the map or not. This will be our first time playing D&D.
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How does the “Any” descriptor work in Legend?

In the recently released 1.0 version of Legend, is the Elemental Pony racial track lists the Combat Offensive Modifier as "Any". Does this mean that I may select any ability score other than the ...
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Turning a PC into an NPC

I can't recall if there are rules or guidelines when converting a player character into a monster with an XP value and proper abilities so they are not over-powered. If someone could tell me if they ...
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567 views

Would Storytelling System (WoD's ruleset) work for a post-apocalypse setting?

Is the World of Darkness ruleset suited for some wasteland adventures or am I on thin ice? The scenario I have in mind is along the lines of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R setting, implementing the supernatural ...
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Attack with two keywords versus resistance with one of them

I had the following situation last night. A creature attacked with a Fire and Poison attack. My character has resist 5 Poison. does the resistance apply or do I need to resist 5 fire as well?
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What ranked Edge is Fast Regeneration equivalent to?

I'm running War of the Dead, a post apocalyptic zombie campaign and one of my player's backgrounds is that they were experimented on by scientists who were responsible for emergence of a monster very ...
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How to make players carry a bomb and not know anything about it

So for my first run with Shadowrun 5th edition I want to start with what seems like a simple courier mission to a Yakuza gang. Mr. Johnson has a package to be transported to the rendezvous point with ...
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1answer
402 views

What game is this method of NPC generation using playing cards from?

It uses a standard deck of playing cards. Thirteen cultural influences, laws, or taboos are assigned to the ranks of the cards, and the suit determines whether the character is an exemplar of that ...
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1answer
653 views

Designing stats for ReBoot Tabletop game

As a personal project I am working on creating a tabletop game based on one of my favorite childhood shows. The show is ReBoot. One of the things I am having a rough time designing is a simple stat ...
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What problems can I expect when adding a Rogue Trader / Dark Heresy character to a Deathwatch game?

I'm currently playing in a Deathwatch game, but I'm considering what my next character might be, if my current one sacrifices himself to prevent the release of a ruinous power (as I think might be ...
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What's a good system/setting for an X-Files style campaign?

A friend of mine is interested in running a game that feels a lot like the X-Files (specifically the alien conspiracy portion, rather than the monster-of-the-week portion). Can anyone recommend a ...
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1answer
111 views

Setting up a new world scenario, any good planetary system references? [closed]

I'm trying to put together a new planetary system. A larger than earth planet, in a binary-sun system, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a set of books, websites, or software that would make my job ...
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One-off simple game with little to no character creation? [closed]

We are between campaigns and are looking for a good, short game to fill the prep time for the GM. Character creation must be very short. Minimal stats is best. We want to be able to start playing ...
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Target Creature description for Hallow/Unhallow

You can attach a spell to Hallow/Unhallow. In current spell's description, for the attached spell it reads as: You may designate whether the effect applies to all creatures, creatures that share ...
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1answer
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How do transfers of ownership affect artifact concordance?

My adventuring party recently completed Gardmore Abbey and has possession of of the Deck of Many Things. The starting concordance score included a bonus for having reassembled the Deck, which was ...
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Can Druids use Sylvan to speak with animals without using the spell?

In order for Druids to speak to animals (deer, owls, lions, etc.), are they required to use Speak With Animals spell, or would speaking Sylvan also accommodate this? Or does Sylvan only apply to ...
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How can I add spellcasting ability to a preexisting Fighter class character?

My wife, she has a level 4 Fighter (Dwarf) She really wants to do spells, but not playing in quite some time, I completely forgot how to do the change. She really wants to be a Wizard or a Sorcerer. ...
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322 views

Adventures with an allegorical/philosophical flavour

This question comes as a result of me digging out some old Everway adventures that I remember working very well when I ran them. The common thread, as can be found in most of the Everway stuff that ...
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1answer
189 views

Persistent Threat and Rain of Steel

Are you able to make opportunity attacks if you're dazed and has the feat Persisent Threat? Persistent Threat - While you are dazed, you can still flank enemies, and you can take an opportunity action ...
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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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1answer
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Does Synthesist eidolon need Weapon Training evolution to use weapons?

Does a bipedal synthesist need the Weapon Training evolution to use weapons? Or (since they use the Summoner's feats) can they use whatever weapons they were proficient in?
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1answer
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Area of effect attacks: roll once per attack or one per victim?

If a grenade or a Blast affects two zombies, three werewolves, and their evil leader (a WC), how many times do I roll for damage? The Savage Worlds Deluxe on p70 says that: "Everything under (or ...
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2answers
654 views

Does Spectral Hand require extra actions?

The spectral hand spell creates a hovering hand that delivers touch spells you cast. Purging the description from informations that are not useful to this question, this is the spell's description: ...
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1answer
344 views

Is there any obstacle to using a Mage Hand in water?

How does water affect Mage Hand? I know there are rules regarding disorientation with ray spells, and use of fire under water. But if a person wanted to, for example, grab some keys from a well, would ...
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2answers
627 views

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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1answer
266 views

Does Thunder Hooves Rage damage stack with itself?

Can a barbarian move back and forth through an enemy space to stack Thunder Hooves damage? Thunder Hooves Rage Daily Standard Action      Melee Weapon Target: One ...
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1answer
183 views

How hidden is “Hidden” in Dresden Files

Sally the thief sees guardsman Bob. They are in the same zone, Sally having just rounded the corner. By default, both are aware of each other. If Sally rolls a block using stealth against Bobs ...
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728 views

Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder?

Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder? Off the top of my head, the biggest difference is feats every 2/3 levels. Would it affect ...
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1answer
127 views

Certain Justice and Superior Will

What happens if you have Superior Will and succeed on a Saving Throw (in the start of your turn) against the Dazed condition from Certain Justice (the 11th power from the Champion of Order paragon ...
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How should I inform players about 'meta-objectives'?

I am planning a couple of scenes where the PCs could gain some benefits if they choose a particular route. For instance, when they first enter a certain town, they would be set upon by a group of ...
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1answer
614 views

Can Benign Transposition be used on your familiar as a form of teleportation?

I might be thinking of Pathfinder, but if familiars in DnD can teleport to their masters, would it be possible to use Benign Transposition to switch places with your familiar, then have it return to ...
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How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater

The huge water elemental grapples the PC, and pulls him into the murky water. The rest of the party manages to finish it off with ranged attacks and spells, but oh no! It was a load-bearing elemental, ...
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1answer
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How do I identify magic items?

Pathfinder seems to have a few varied ways of identifying magic items and their properties, though some are used only with specific types of items. What is, if any, the default way of identifying ...

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