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What system produces characters that are easiest to convert to another system?

I have an idea for a game meant to introduce a wide variety of systems to my regular group so we can see what kind of things we like. The idea is that the characters would be planeswalkers or possibly ...
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Can a Holy Healer's Staff also be Accurate?

I am currently playing a Cleric (Templar). I multiclassed to Sentinel Initiate [Druid] which gives me proficiency with staff implements, and I took Superior Implement Training (accurate staff). ...
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What are the pitfalls when swapping characters between players?

I have a plot hook that I want to use where the entire player character team gets gassed and wake up feeling "different". I want to simulate that by swapping characters between the players for one ...
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Understanding stealth and ambushing

I was looking at this map and realized I have a problem understanding stealth. The guys indicated with letters are ambushing. Does that mean that they're using active stealth against passive ...
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675 views

Games with mechanics for dreams

I'm interested in developing a RPG based on Inception. The team would have a mission similar to the movie, invade several layers of dreams to plant or retrieve information from a target. For the ...
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Why shouldn't I use fully statted PC characters as NPC antagonists in D&D 4E?

According to the DMG (187), NPCs in 4e seem to be run as a weird sort of template halfway between a monster and a PC - you don't generate an actual character with a full array of powers and feats. Is ...
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When should I put an NPC card on the table?

I'm running a game of Diaspora, which is my first FATE based game. The manual talks about playing with everything in the open and I'm all for that, but when should I actually make up a card for an ...
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Does the Jump power used on someone else cause them to provoke attacks of opportunity?

With the 2nd level wizard utility power, Jump, if I use it on someone else and they perform the jump, and the jump takes them past or through threatened squares (or they are currently in melee), do ...
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Working “add-on” powers system for DnD 3.x?

I'm deriving this question from my recent question about Skyrim's Shouts for DnD3.x. Is there an official or unofficial "add-on" system for DnD3.X (or Pathfinder) that introduces optional, extra ...
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Is there a working adaptation of Skyrim's Dragon Shouts to DnD3.x?

I wonder if there's a well designed and tested, working - and, of course, unofficial (?) - adaptation of Skyrim's Dragon Shouts (Thu'um) to DnD 3.x (or possibly Pathfinder)? If not, how would you ...
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What published adventures are there that focus on nanotech?

I'm looking for some fresh ideas for adventures centered on nanotech and I don't care about what system they come from. I plan to adapt them for my own use so I may or may not use the system/setting ...
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Looking for survivalist compound materials

I'm running a post-apocalyptic campaign in GURPS 4E, and the PCs are probably going down the path where their arch villain will be the leader of a survivalist group that has some crazy notions and ...
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What is Ghost Wire, and where is it in the books?

Recently, a freind of mine used an item called "ghost wire". I have never heard of this item before and couldn't find it any of my books, so I had to use some on the spot rulings as to its use. Can ...
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Fighting Withdrawal vs Retreat in Moldvay's Basic D&D

This pertains to Moldvay's edition of D&D Basic from 1981. I've never understood the rules behind meleed movement options. The rulebook says that a player in melee combat with a monster has only ...
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Player characters as mounts

I am asking about an edge case based on the three paragraphs under "Encounters with PC Mounts" on DMG 46. So far as I can tell these paragraphs are not reproduced anywhere else, and these paragraphs ...
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Does the knife master ability stack with prestige classes?

I'm making a villain for a campaign, and he's going to be an assassin/rogue combo. I wanted him to have a bit more bite, though, so I decided to make him a knife master. Would the sneak stab ability ...
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Can Arcane Powers be used with double action?

Is there anything preventing someone with Arcane Background from using two Powers in one turn, taking a -2 penalty to each cast attempt? Using Powers As an action, a character may use a ...
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Any GM headaches or canon reasons not to let resurrected PCs fight their reanimated corpses?

Given that, a character can be dissolved in acid and resurrected A body isn't necessary for resurrection. Also, given that, a dark cleric/necromancer can raise a dead body to fight It seems ...
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How to make GURPS combat fast?

The GURPS combat system can be really painful, especially if you use some optional rules. Two-players-vs.-two-NPC combat can easily take more than half an hour. Are there some tips, rules to players, ...
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How does becoming undead interact with constitution increases?

In a game that I'm in, the DM has decided to go with a lycan vs. vampire concept, and this has created a few conundrums. One of the characters in our group is a dragon disciple, and another character ...
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339 views

How likely would a character be to identify a Futura morph?

I have a player who is playing a member of the Lost generation and since we're just starting is required to be in a Futura morph. Part of the backstory I've laid out for the game is that the ...
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758 views

Can't get “a hold” of this At-Range Grappling Conundrum

I usually have a solid grip on grappling rules but a recent battle caught me flat footed. Word play aside, a creature with multiple tentacles grappled me from 10' away, and chose to maintain the ...
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Do penalty modifiers in ranged combat really stack?

The rules state in Pathfinder that if someone is standing in the way of your ranged attack, that opponent gets soft cover, which is +4 AC. On top of this, the ranged attacker takes a -4 penalty to ...
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Has Shadowrun 4 been implemented as a MUD or similiar? [closed]

There's a few MUDs and MUSHES for the older rulesets out there, has this ever been done with 4th edition? The one findable via the usual Mudlistings is in very early beta and not playable.
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What is a radius on a square grid?

So last night, my D&D group ran into an interesting question. The spell Entangle says "Area: plants in a 40-ft radius spread." We (like a lot of people, I think)...
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Is there a distinction between skill and knowledge checks?

On page 26 of the DMG it describes knowledge checks as giving the players particular information, such as a history check to identify a region. But wouldn't a skill check be the same? Or does the ...
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Buff the mighty - half-pint?

Are there any small sized creatures with a bonus to their strength score? Ideally, I'd like one/some with as close an ECL to zero as possible.
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How do I use passive insight checks?

On page 26 of the DMG, it describes a passive insight check and gives an example of using it in a social encounter. Could you help me with it and how to use it? Step by step would be appreciated
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Best system for a Mortal Kombat style campaign?

What would in your opinion be the best system to play a campaign based on Mortal Kombat? By this I mean: a system with a heavy emphasis on martial arts. this must include supernatural martial arts ...
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Character Generation for WFRP Hogshead edition

My gaming group pulled out some old books, and we found Warhammer Fantasay RP. The book was published in 1995, and the owner thought it was second edition. Wikipedia tells us it's first edition. ...
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1answer
443 views

Where is the ally sheet? Is it good as an NPC sheet?

The SWD:EE mentions a donwloadable Ally Sheet. I found several fan made ally sheets (some pretty slick) but couldn't find it in the official site. Was it removed? I plan to begin GMing soon and ...
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How many people can use Aid Another to help on a craft check?

In one of my games, I allowed someone to take the Leadership feat, but with the restriction that his followers (Cohort included) can't participate in combat, and that all of them (excluding Cohort) ...
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Changing systems: Player and GM considerations in adapting a campaign from PF to 4e

I am resurrecting a campaign which had been on hold for several months, and considering updating from Pathfinder to 4e (which I have never run before), and juggling the mental calculus that goes into ...
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225 views

Retrying a failed skill challenge

On page 74 of the DMG (Step 5: Consequences), it says that if you fail a skill challenge, it can become more difficult, such as detouring you in a different direction. Could you attempt the same ...
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1answer
146 views

Can group skill checks only be tried once?

In the DMG, it describes group skill checks as electing a lead character and the other characters aiding him. Would it work like this in a conversation (skill challenge)?. Lay out the primary and  ...
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1answer
585 views

Where are the snapfire rules?

On the weapons table, I see references to snapfire (for instance, the Barrett .50 lists it). I could not find any explanation of what it means in terms of game mechanics. Can anyone point me to the ...
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840 views

Introducing System Mechanics to new players

Context Hello, I'm assembling a DnD/Pathfinder group, and all the players are new to tabletop rpg. All they know is rpg is about storytelling, dice rolling [ and macabre rituals <- just kidding, ;)...
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How can GMs quickly calculate the effects of level drain?

I've GM'ed a few Pathfinder games, and while I really enjoy the setting, I just can't wrap my head around some of the crunchy mechanics. In particular, how do you (quickly) deal with effects like ...
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How do I keep me and my player happy in a one-on-one game?

As a GM, my comfort zone is a group with about 3-5 players. I like the diversity of having multiple players. When I only have a single player, I feel I can already predict my player's actions, and we ...
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1answer
500 views

Can you redo a failed skill check?

If I were to fail a dexterity roll to unlock a chest, could I redo it next time? I know that if you fail a skill challenge it is permanent, but are skill checks the same, or can you redo them? If you ...
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1answer
556 views

Can a wizard make an Unarmed Strike?

Obviously, yes, they can. However, is a wizard Proficient with an unarmed strike? I was writing up a wizard for a campaign, and when I was going over them I noticed that they don't just get simple ...
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2answers
315 views

Resonance Realms - Why bother?

Why as a player should I care about resonance realms? I understand that the actual character would be totally into hanging out in them, but from a gameplay point of view, why should I care?
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2answers
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Technomancer's Dragon Hoard - What to do with all the credits?

Problem I noticed that as a Technomancer I end up with a hoard of credits and I'am having trouble figuring out how to spend it. I have High Lifestyle, A fair safehouse with luxury level security, ...
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1answer
323 views

What is the difference between Skill Challenges and Skill Checks?

I was reading the DMG (p 72 to be specific), and I noticed that "haggling with a merchant" is just a simple Diplomacy check and not a complete skill challenge. How does a "skill check" differ from a "...
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610 views

Faster technomancer play — what dice formulas should I have on hand?

Motivation I am new to Shadowrun 4th and am playing a technomancer. Both the other players and the GM are getting annoyed with me having to look up my rolls for things, so what I was wondering is if ...
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1answer
338 views

Are two creatures sharing one square adjacent to each other?

If a Tiny creature (like a Pixie) shares a square with a Medium creature (say human), are they considered adjacent to each other? Adjacent Squares: Two squares are adjacent if a side or a corner ...
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804 views

Does a Tiny creature have size modifiers to its carrying capacity?

DMG 222 is pretty clear that you use one carrying/lifting/dragging calculation for all PCs. Am I missing an exception for Tiny creatures, or are Pixies just that incredibly strong?
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271 views

Character turn mechanic that is both detailed and handles long actions

We play according to a homemade-ish freeform-ish system. I, as a GM, have a lot of fun with the system as I morph it. And the benefit for the players is that the whole thing is a one-pager. But we ...
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1answer
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At the end of my rope: trying to inspire someone with no healing surges left to greatness?

At the end of the 7th encounter for the day, our group has basically no surges left and no option but to keep going. We have a Battle Captain Warlord: Battle Inspiration (16th level): When you ...
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1answer
206 views

Can the MBA provided by Repel Charge be made at reach?

A player in my group is building a PC with a reach weapon With a reach weapon, a creature can make melee attacks against enemies that are 2 squares away from it as well as adjacent enemies. Even ...

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