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Can I see through an open doorway?

I have what might seem like a weird question, let me explain. I'm playing with a DM I've never played with before. In his game, a character has no idea what is in the next room until they are in that ...
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Can I replace a Paragon Power?

Can I replace Kensei encounter attack power Masterstroke at level 13 or higher? I mean replacing, not retraining.
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How does Chainmail Agility work?

Can a chainmail speed penalty be more than -1? If not, isn't Chainmail Agility inferior to the Fleet-Footed feat (+1 feat bonus to your speed)? Do these feats stack?
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Enervation, negative levels and monsters

Enervation causes the target creature to gain negative levels. In the description of the negative levels where (emphasis mine): The creature is also treated as one level lower for the purpose of ...
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Can my main hand be free?

Can I declare that a weapon is wielded in my off hand, even if my main hand is free? The usecase is that I have a class feature (Swordmage Warding perhaps?) that gives me a shield bonus if I have a ...
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Why is attacking from higher ground an advantage?

I just don't understand how attacking someone from higher ground is an advantage in melee combat. I always think of two examples where I can't see this to be an advantage. Example 1: A kung-fu fight ...
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Does the Rhythm Blade shield bonus work with an existing shield?

Does the Rhythm Blade [ddi] bonus to AC and Reflex work when you've not got an existing shield? Property: While you wield this weapon in your off hand, your shield bonus to AC and Reflex increases ...
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Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters

A common problem I observe is that the players start flooding the GM with questions regarding rules during an encounter (within and outside their respective turns). From the perspective of a GM, how ...
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Random dungeon/adventure generation system

I'm looking to 'run' a 5-7 session mini-campaign in the near future. Problem is, there are only three players available- and I'm one of them. We could (and have in the past) run a two person party, ...
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How does one use the Character Builder Magic Items in conjunction with Inherent Bonuses?

(Related to How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e? ) I'm about to start my another 4th edition game, and I want to use Inherent ...
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Can you choose to not apply your divine sanction from a power?

I have a hybrid blackguard, and am looking to add a little defender to my repertoire. I wouldn't want to do this all the time though. If I choose some paladin powers that say the target is "subject ...
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What are the books for the various Sixth World cities and countries

I've found a couple of books of Shadowrun 4th edition and I'm trying to find more (books) about other regions of the world than North America. Where can I get more info about Asia, Europe and ...
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What happens when I ignite the curtains and use Control Flame?

Elementalists get a really nifty utility, Control Flame: You take control of each nonliving fire in the burst that is not controlled by a creature. Choose one of the following options for each ...
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Does Improved Channel increase DC for Command Undead?

The Command Undead-feat uses one channel and has the same save-DC as the channel. The Improved-Channel-feat increases the DC for the channel. Does this include the DC of the Command Undead? For ...
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How to reduce Whiff & Ping

In Savage World there is a problem of Whiff (I miss) and Ping (I hit but bounce off the armour). We have had several long combat encounters where the PC and NPC have basically done almost nothing for ...
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How does the 4e fighter's Combat Challenge work in the fiction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “mark” actually supposed to be? How does combat challenge work? I mean. does any monster know that he was challanged? Is there any difference ...
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Can a versatile weapon be wielded in your off hand?

My character is a dragonborn tempest (Martial Power) fighter focused on axes. Can I fight with two battleaxes or even waraxes (Adventurers vault)? Seems a bit overpowered but if I can it will be ...
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Savage Worlds Bestiary Toughness

I have noticed that some creatures in the bestiary have a second number along side their toughness. IE: Toughness: 9 (2). What is the second number from? Armor? Size Modifier?
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How deadly are extras in Exalted 2nd ed.?

So, I'm rather new to exalted, playing in my first campaign, and I have the sneaking suspicion I'm doing something very very wrong. My first character was an earth aspect (We're all playing ...
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Is there an endless RPG system? [closed]

Good day, everybody. As already mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a RPG system, where there are no limitations on character's stats, allowing each player advance more and more, acquiring ...
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Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters

I'm considering running a campaign in the Urban Arcana D20 Modern setting. Instead of taking the usual approach by creating new characters for the D20 Modern system, I want to make the "modern" part a ...
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Can Berserker's Fury be ended before the end of the encounter?

The new Barbarian subclass the Berserker plays both a defender role and a striker role. He switches to striker mode by entering into his Berserker Fury. Pg.44 of Heroes of the Feywild says "...you ...
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What kind of monster I can be?

How do you determine what level characters monsters are equivalent to in Pathfinder? I'm going to be playing a Pathfinder game in the future and I am playing as a monster PC. The GM gave me a few ...
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If half a large creature's body falls on two squares, what happens?

In our game session, a Minotaur Warden knocked a large Mooncalf out of the air onto the edge of a cliff. Half of the creature is on the edge and the other half is over the side. The left 2 squares ...
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Does a proning opportunity attack end movement in the square a creature was moving from?

For the party I DM for, one of the Minotaur players has an nearly absurd (judgement call) feat called Opportunity Gore. Opportunity Gore lets a Minotaur use his racial power Goring Charge over and ...
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How can I balance and blend spotlight time between PCs of different Lodges?

Recently, one of the players in my Werewolf game has taken on the Lodge of Spires, which is effectively "Batman: The Lodge". One of the benefits of this lodge (for those who don't play, consider a ...
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Is it possible to fail Extended tests in Shadowrun?

Reading about Shadowrun 4th edition, I came accross the Extended tests rules. If I read correctly, extended test result doesn't matter because in the end it might take your more time than expected but ...
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In D&D 4e powers with effects based on a stat, does 1/2 your level count for the effect?

For example: Boundless Endurance (L2 Fighter stance) says "You gain regeneration 2 + your Constitution modifier when you are bloodied." Does this include 1/2 of your level, or just raw Con modifier? ...
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Alternatives to Extended Rests

I'm about to run The Sellswords of Punjar by Goodman Games - the PCs will enter Cutpurse Alley (my version shown here:) The introductory text says: Here, crossbowmen can make attacks from ...
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How does the +3 for class skills work when multiclassing a new class?

Inspired by this question: Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill OK, I have a fighter with a ranks in (for example) Acrobatics. Then I gain a level and add a Rogue. Now, if I started ...
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How does Shadowrun 4 differ from the previous editions - from an Actual Play viewpoint?

I have the old versions, and played the heck out of them. I don't have version 4. If I buy it, what can I expect?
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A 2 Player RPG for buddies? [closed]

If myself and an old buddy sit down for a night of roleplaying, what game can we use? I've heard of a couple of romantic games, but they're not really for buddies. Are they? Suggestions please.
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Can a dragon be drowned in its own element?

All dragons have some type of resistance or immunity against certain materials and energy types.(fire, acid, electricity, cold, steel, adamantine). Can we kill a dragon with the related element as a ...
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Can Talents be taken multiple times?

I was wondering if it's possible to take talents like Savvy, which modify your starting profile, multiple times. If it is, then does the Character accumulate the +5% bonus on the specific ...
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How do Shrink and Enlarge work in constrained environments?

What happens if you cast a shrink spell on an ogre then lure it to a very narrow tunnel then dispelling first spell and casting enlargement? Does that ogre explode? deforms? just gets stuck? or ...
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Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?

Yesterday I had the privilege of losing my Holy Symbol to a story point. (We all lost everything but our clothes.) How can I determine what powers, if any, I can use without my Holy Symbol?
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How do Berzerk and Shaken interact?

If a character with the Berzerk edge takes damage and goes berzerk, they cannot perform any actions that require concentration. Is the Spirit test to recover from being Shaken considered to be a task ...
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Dealing with power gamers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Handle a Powergamer / Munchkin I'm pretty sure this was asked before but I couldn't find it How do you deal with power gamers? That player who is clearly maxing ...
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As a complete newcomer - what do I have to look out for? [closed]

I just orderer the D&D Red Box 4th edition. I plan to play it with my GF and maybe I can convince my flat mate as well. None of us has any experience playing Pen and Paper games (I have Baldur's ...
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Is there a D&D 3.5 fighting class with more non-combat use than the fighter?

The common, D&D 3.5 fighter is a war machine, it is build to fight (effectively or not is another thing). But when it comes to out of combat situations, it's better built in technique to handle ...
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How does channel energy work in combat?

How is positive channel energy used in combat? Do I just declare that I am using it or do I have to wish to use it and then roll to see if I am successful? I suppose I'm asking when would the DC 13 ...
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How do I make weather an important part of the game?

We're starting up a dark ages fantasy game, using some homebrew rules similar to D&D. As the GM, how can I make weather an important part of the game? To be clear, I'm not trying to just toss in ...
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Can items be retrieved from Alchemical Defense Nodes?

In D&D 4e, a piece of armor Alchemical Defense Nodes has the following property: You can stow up to three consumable alchemical items within this armor. While you can stow items in it, there ...
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Are there any problems with spies amongst the players?

As GM, I'm planning to, at some point, invite a friend from out of town who plays RPGs, to join our game with a appropriately levelled character. This character (and the new player) is actually a spy ...
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How to deal with intimidating amount of rules in Shadowrun

I started to read about Shadowrun as a setting and I'm currently reading the rules and they are really intimidating. There's a lot to know as a player since every aspect of the game as it's own set of ...
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What skill to use to determine cause of death and analyse wounds?

When running Pathfinder one of the players wanted his character to investigate how a walking corpse had originally died. This obviously calls for some skill check, as the task if far from easy (the ...
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1answer
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What can Shardminds do instead of sleep?

In D&D 4e, a Shardmind does not require sleep, but do need to rest. It is my understanding that this means that during an extended rest they can engage in non-strenuous activities. What are the ...
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393 views

Mini Six: How many skill dice can you spend on specialisations?

Mini Six's rules for skill specialisations aren't very specific. The example shows a character spending one skill die to get +3D in a specialisation without putting any dice into the base skill. Which ...
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What special ability do Improved Familiars give?

The improved familiar feat allows a higher level arcane spellcaster to get a, well, improved familiar. However the Special Abilities for these familiars is not listed. For some of these (Celestial ...
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When the rules bog you down, how do you see past them?

Humans have a limited amount of working memory, and each of us has a different set of mental aptitudes and processes. I'm finding, personally, that the rules are so detailed and all-encompassing that ...

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