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What is important when choosing an RPG? [closed]

I am currently writing a guide to creating a free RPG and I would like to include a section on how to mould the game in such a way that would make it appealing to the general roleplaying public. What ...
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13answers
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Playing 4th Ed D&D for the first time, what should I read to avoid holding everyone back?

I've been invited to join a new game of D&D 4th edition this weekend, but haven't played proper D&D before. Are there any resources I ought to read or get before I turn up, so that I'm not a ...
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17answers
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Your friend wants to learn the ways of the Dungeon Master, what do you do?

I believe that all tabletop role playing gamers should at one point or another try their hand at Dungeon Mastering. However, it's a goal that at times can feel overwhelming. What advice would you ...
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3answers
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Suggestions for a Mountain Witch follow-up?

We played a one-shot of Mountain Witch and some people have expressed interest in a similar game but whe don't feel like just reshuffling the dark destinies. Has anybody written similar scenarios or ...
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2answers
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Which Traveller editions are (mostly) compatible?

There have been several editions and offspring versions of the Traveller RPG. Those are the ones I know of: Classic Traveller (the very first edition) Traveller T4 Traveller 5 Mongoose Traveller ...
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10answers
273 views

Do your players make maps while exploring the unknown of your game's world?

If so, how do they do approach map making without slowing down the game. If not, and if you wish they did, what are ways to encourage players to do so? Also, what are good ways to make maps without ...
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5answers
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Good sources for pre-painted minis? [closed]

Does anyone know some good places to look for pre-painted minis besides the WOTC and Reaper lines? I'm interested in either factory-painted or hand-painted.
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Do you use character sheets? Or, do you use a blank sheet of paper? [closed]

Also, what are the advantages and disadvantages for each approach?
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10answers
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Character Sheets paper or plastic?

What do you guys use for character sheets? I used graphing paper for a while. My biggest problem is the whole erasing things after a while the paper gets... lets say well used... Anyway to make the ...
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15answers
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What are some interesting ways to structure a random encounter table? [closed]

The standard tables I've seen have been basic 'Wandering Monster' tables where you roll some dice in order to generate a random encounter. I'm sure many have taken this concept further, but I haven't ...
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4answers
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Megadungeon or modules for a weekend of play?

I've been having gaming/camping weekends with some friends and we've only played Call of Cthulhu so far, using modules. This time I plan on running an OSRIC/1e game, and would like to run the ...
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6answers
1k views

Can you use a Spelljammer ship to get to Ravenloft?

This is an insane question, I know. But it's one that's been bugging me for at least half my 33-year life. :) I love both the Spelljammer and Ravenloft settings of AD&D 2nd Edition. One of the ...
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3answers
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Where can I get old D&D Encounters content?

Does anyone know whether there's any way to get a hold of the content from previous D&D Encounters seasons? I'd like to be able to try some of it out.
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2answers
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How can I mitigate the power of Spitting Cobra Stance?

The Ranger has an encounter power called Spitting Cobra Stance that seems grossly over-powered—in one group I play in, the Ranger will enter Spitting Cobra Stance at the beginning of combat, and ...
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2answers
173 views

Are there any environment-based settings written for 4E?

I was a big fan of the 3E "environment" books such as Stormwrack, Sandstorm, and Frostburn - they generated many exciting hours of adventures. Has anyone taken a shot at updating these to fit into the ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I convert 2nd Edition AD&D to 4th?

I grew up on second edition AD&D. I played some first edition, and frankly found most 1st edition add-ons to be highly compatible with 2nd Edition. However, I'm a huge fan of Ravenloft, ...
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5answers
2k views

How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?

How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
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22answers
2k views

What approaches are there to lessen or eliminate reliance upon dice in an RPG? [closed]

Is it necessary to use dice all the time in a dice-based RPG system? In other words, are there occasions or means by which you speed up gameplay by either reducing the number of rolls or removing the ...
7
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4answers
468 views

What's a good way to use treasure XP in 4th edition?

I've been incorporating some houserules to give my 4e game a more old-school feel, as I would probably be running a 1e game if my players didn't love having powers so much. One thing I'd love to do ...
13
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6answers
675 views

Choosing between Tales From the Floating Vagabond and Paranoia for a “one-shot.”

I'm in a group now, headed by a very (very) capable DM. We've been playing a very solid, very serious D&D campaign in an awesome setting entirely of his creation. However, some of the players have ...
16
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3answers
648 views

Do marks go away when one of the parties is dead or incapacitated?

While DMing for DnD Encounters, I had an interesting rules concern come up, that I can't see handled in the rules specifically. We always assumed that when a character or monster goes unconscious via ...
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9answers
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Are there any tricks to a successful play-by-post/play-by-e-mail game?

I've played in a couple of play-by-post games over the last couple of years, and they've all ended more-or-less unsatisfactorily. Usually posting would slowly wind down until we hit a bottleneck of ...
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4answers
2k views

Rules for lasso capture?

In D&D 3.5 suppose a character decides to capture another character, animal or object with a lasso. How would you handle a throw for this situation ?
8
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4answers
412 views

Will a house-rule for trained skills work?

I've been using a house rule for a while now. If you have a trained skill, and you are making a knowledge check it's free. For example, if you are trained in nature, and fighting natural beasts; you ...
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44answers
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What tools are useful to organize a GM's campaign notes?

There are plenty of tools available to organize campaign notes. I've tried 4x6 cards, files on my computer, notebooks, and more. I have thought of trying mind mapping software such as FreeMind, note ...
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2answers
616 views

Do Technomancers experience any strange effects from being in UV nodes?

In Unwired(p.171) they talk about the legendary UV Nodes. These nodes are overwhelmingly potent, and have addictive qualities to all users. There is a technomancer playing in my game who may have ...
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3answers
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Dealing with magic in Ravenloft

Ravenloft is my pet peeve when it comes to settings. I don't like it, it's too dark for my tastes, but occasionally I had to survive through it, although for a brief time. Something I never got clear ...
12
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11answers
363 views

Real World Mythic Setting Material

Can you recommend setting material for roleplaying games (books, websites, etc.) that presents places in the real world but with supernatural overtones based upon a locale's myths, fairytales, and ...
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10answers
707 views

How to handle knowing more than your character does

I've read the rules. I know the math. I know, as the player, that X monster is vulnerable to Y damage and if I move through the door 4 squares into the room, my burst 2 will catch every baddie there. ...
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5answers
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Increasing cleric hitpoints

I'm running a Dwarf Cleric in a vanilla FR D&D 4e game. My character is intended to be somewhat of a defender as well as a leader. The problem I'm having is that I haven not found any ...
11
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4answers
318 views

Player Agenda - how to keep people happy at the table

There have been many attempts to classify player types and what they seek to get from play sessions. For instance this WotC marketing survery and this article on the RPGNET wiki on Creative Agenda. ...
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8answers
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How does Charm Person work?

In a campaign I've been playing in, we've been having a real tough time deciding how powerful to make the first level Charm Person spell for Magic Users. We are playing Swords & Wizardry, a ...
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5answers
232 views

What techniques do you use for integrating new players into your campaign?

So, you've found a new player, someone you don't know well or perhaps don't know at all. You have a slot in your ongoing campaign. How do you do it? Do you make sure she's a good fit before inviting ...
5
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1answer
991 views

Dark Heresy dual automatic weapons

If a character in Dark Heresy has the talents to wield two weapons and chooses to wield two automatic one-handed weapons, what happens when they declare a full-auto attack action? Will there be two ...
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4answers
906 views

Team cleric, team warrior, team mage

In D&D 3.5 I was part of a group of players who decided to play homogeneous groups. We found a team of four clerics to be very balanced and able to carry on regardless of the problem at hand. ...
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18answers
6k views

How should a GM deal with sexuality in an RPG?

I think it's a matter of fact that since the first moment a player realizes that he or she can interact with someone of the opposite sex romantically within the game, things get hairy. I had my fair ...
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4answers
504 views

Was the Kastor Lieberung-plot resolved in Enemy Within?

I do not own Empire in Flames, the final book of the Enemy Within-campaign for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Was the "mistaken identity"-plot begun in the very first supplement ever adequately ...
12
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3answers
4k views

AC differences between AD&D 1E and Basic D&D?

I understand that there are differences between the way Armor Class works in AD&D (first edition) and Basic D&D (the boxed sets, Rules Cyclopedia, etc.), but I don't have the books to check it ...
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9answers
803 views

GM-Less Gaming: How do you transition more traditionally-trained players into them?

I love GM-less games. Seriously. After decades of having to be the area "weird GM" because no one else ever wanted to run new and experimental things, the rise of GM-less RPGs hit my sweet spot when ...
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22answers
2k views

Good first “indie” rpg to try out? [closed]

What would be a good "indie" role-playing game to try out something a little more experimental than the mainstream games? Recently we've been playing D&D3, WFRP 2nd ed, and a FUDGE-game based on ...
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10answers
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Is it advisable to rotate the GM role between players?

Is it advisable to run a campaign where the GM occasionally rotates to be a regular player while a player becomes the GM? I've seen some mentions of this strategy to prevent the GM from getting burned ...
5
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1answer
221 views

Has Tales From the Floating Vagabond Been Re-released?

Or better yet, has Tales From the Floating Vagabond been updated any time since it debuted in the early 1990s? (For those unfamiliar, it was a fairly small entirely humor-driven game. Imagine The 3 ...
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6answers
2k views

Most expensive / valuable role-playing game

What are the most expensive role-playing games (or individual supplements)? The question refers to the cost of an individual game or other product - not to the potentially continuous expense of ...
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20answers
4k views

How to handle a rules-lawyer player?

As a game master, what strategy/strategies seem to work well for handling players that have spent more time reading through the rule books than you have? While it's helpful at times to have the ...
28
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12answers
2k views

Do any newer D&D versions grant experience for exceptional role-playing?

Do any of the newer D&D editions' books (most likely the DM Guide) have guidelines for granting experience for exceptional role-playing? I once played with a professional DM (there's a job I ...
11
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4answers
219 views

How far do you go with custom rules before you have a new game?

We are working on a setting with low magic for Pathfinder, and we initially started out on creating lots of custom rules to go with that. However we found that the more rules we created, the more we ...
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9answers
2k views

How to deal with a Batman PC as a DM?

I'm running one of the D&D Encounters tables at the local game shop. In Chapter 3 the players can create their own characters. Everyone had normal characters with the exception of one player who ...
12
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3answers
688 views

In a Mouse Guard fight, does each team target a specific other team with each move?

The Mouse Guard rules are unclear on whether -- during an extended conflict, a team's actions specifically address only a single other team on each phase of the turn. I think so, but not everyone in ...
12
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3answers
2k views

How do you do perception checks for Palladium 2.0?

I can't seem to find anything in the rule book for how to do perception checks for the Palladium systems (Palladium Fantasy RPG, Rifts, Dead Reign, etc). How do you do them? Is there a base attribute ...
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9answers
2k views

How do I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...

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