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Eclipse Phase and… the soul?

What's Eclipse Phase's take on the soul? Does such a thing exist in the game world? Are there in game debates about it (with factions opposing body switching and so on)? (If someone dies then having ...
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Availability of body switching in Eclipse Phase

How affordable is body switching in Eclipse Phase? (Please assume I know very little of the game.) How much does it cost relatively to switch bodies? Is it something available for anyone, or just ...
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What kind of SF horror does Eclipse Phase lend itself to?

Assume I know only the barest minimum about Eclipse Phase: just read a blurb or two. What kinds of horror stories does Eclipse Phase lend itself to? (What are the 'signature' horror elements of the ...
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What are the most popular/well known larp systems that meet our requirements?

We've got a local LARP group in my area and we've been struggling with getting a good set of core rules. We've borrowed for a few system, but none of them seem to fit exactly what we want to do. ...
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Is there a penalty for holding a two handed weapon in offhand while throwing a weapon?

I have a fighter (warforged weaponmaster, level 6). He wields a Mordenkrad (2-handed hammer, brutal 1). He has a "Dwarven Thrower" Throwing Hammer (1-handed throwing weapon) sheathed at his belt. ...
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What role-playing games best emulate a non-mystical Old West setting?

I am interested in running an American Old West RPG/campaign that doesn't rely on fantasy/mystical or sci-fi/steampunk elements. What system do you recommend, and why do you think it captures a more ...
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Does the character or the mount need Improved Overrun for AoO-less Trample Attempts?

In Pathfinder an Overrun attempt normally draws an attack of opportunity. A character can take Improved Overrun to negate this and get a bonus, but does it apply for a character making an Overrun ...
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Clarification of Raise Dead

Raise dead starts like this: To perform the Raise Dead ritual, you must have a part of the corpse of a creature that died no more than 30 days ago. It says a couple of other things, and then ...
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How do you compensate your game master? [closed]

It's fairly common to see games (especially D&D) choose someone as the bullet-swallower - one player becomes the emulation engine on which the game runs. The bait is the ability to take charge of ...
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Has anyone adapted Otto's Irresistible Dance to the 4e rules?

It's one of my favorite spells. Are there any official (or formal attempts at) adaptations of it to the 4e rules?
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If you are chained to a boulder and the boulder falls off a cliff, are you pulled with it?

I'm trying to resolve a situation of characters being connected to things that are moving. If I am at the end of a 20ft chain connected to a boulder, and someone drops that boulder off a 50ft cliff, ...
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Gentle Repose, changes to the corpse, and hungry wolves

Does Gentle Repose modify the body in any way other than slowing its decay and resistant to being raised as undead? Specifically, would a corpse preserved by Gentle Repose smell like "food" to a ...
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What feats expand a character's critical range?

What dnd 4e feats exist that expand a character's critical range? For example, my cleric took the paragon path Radiant Servant and was granted the feat Illuminating Attacks, which makes his radiant ...
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Does it work to run a Changeling: the Lost game with players who don't know the game from the book?

Ok, so I want to run a Changeling: the Lost game, but I realize that C:tL is a very foreign setting compared to typical D&D or typical SciFi settings. The players are hardly even heroes as they ...
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Which systems can emulate battles against zombie hordes?

As popular culture has been saturated with zombies in recent years, I've gotten at least half a dozen ideas for zombie RPG campaigns. The main difficulty with using well-known systems for these, ...
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How do I introduce an inexperienced player to the FATE combat system?

One of the things that I love about the FATE system is how flexible it is; even given the less than crunchy nature of the system, you have options galore. That's given one of my players analysis ...
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Does being grappled provide sneak attack opportunities?

Last night, some people thought that the Grappled condition should make a character vulnerable to sneak attack, but my reading of Grappled was that it imposed a dexterity penalty, but does not deny ...
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Character help: Not just another dumb fighter

What are the most effective methods, mechanically, to quickly give a fighter useful magical knowledge and options (in and out of combat) without significantly sacrificing effectiveness as a fighter? ...
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Method for playing an online text-based RPG that doesn't require everyone to be online at once?

I am contemplating starting up a web-based text game for my D&D group to be played alongside our weekly sessions. The idea would be to play through events related to the main storyline, but not so ...
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Help! My party isn't challenged?

While I've been running my campaign, I'm starting to get stumped. I am playing with a party of four, and we recently switched from 3.5 to Pathfinder, but the problem was the same in both situations. ...
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What scenarios came in the Fifth Edition core book for Call of Cthulhu?

I've been looking around and can't find this. I'm running a one-shot CoC 6e tonight. I was planning on running The Edge of Darkness, which is in the main rule book, but just found out some of my ...
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How to make magic items more interesting?

We all read about the little person finding a magical ring and the GM basing his whole plot on that little ring. That was a cool example of a MacGuffin. Earthdawn has a system in which characters ...
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How to make monsters with class levels?

Say I was trying to make a 3rd level Harpy bard. Do I remove its seven hit dice, feats, BAB and skills etc and start from scratch? Or do I add the class levels on top of all that? How does level ...
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What does insubstantial mean?

We've seen a few powers that make a creature insubstantial now, but we haven't been able to find out what it means. What does it mean and where can we get a clear definition?
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Does the Linebreaker feat imply that the battlemind provokes an opportunity attack?

Linebreaker Benefit: When you use your speed of thought, you can enter an enemy's space. Doing so ends the movement. You must then slide the enemy 1 square. Unless a Battlemind takes ...
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Deflect Arrows used on thrown area effect weapons

When deflect arrows is used it says you take no damage from it. If a thrown AOE weapon (Such as a flask of acid or an Alchemist bomb) is thrown at a target with deflect arrows, what happens to the ...
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How can I cut short a doomed fight?

Occasionally one of my PC's wanders off and gets himself into a battle he simply cannot win. I know the player wants to play out the battle to see if they can somehow pull it out, but it's boring for ...
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How many printings have there been for Hollow Earth Expedition? [closed]

The latest printing for the Hollow Earth Expedition core rule book to my knowledge is 2007 2nd printing. Have there been any since that one?
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Bomb based alchemist builds

I'm looking for help with building a bomb-slinging alchemist at level 10. Assume 25 point buy for initial generation. The focus is getting the most effective bomb usage possible. Fast bombs is ...
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Is there software that can help build a character portrait? [closed]

Thinking of something like the MMORPG games use for building characters ... is there anything like that available outside of a MMORPG game?
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551 views

Recommendations for Arctic Campaign Sites/Settings

What are some books that people would recommend for quality material on an arctic / polar campaign setting / region / site? System neutral, though specifically in the traditional D&D medieval / ...
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Which All for One: Régime Diabolique products are physical print books?

For the All for One: Régime Diabolique line the only books physically in print are All for One: Régime Diabolique core rule book and All For One: Paris Gothique. Everything else is electronic/PDF. Is ...
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What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath?

What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath? I guess it could be a continent also.
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Can Swiftpad boots be used in a vertical jump?

I just found some Swiftpad boots as treasure in the 4e game I play in. Power (Daily): Move Action. You jump a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier. The power doesn't define whether the ...
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How is Paranoia - High Programmer different in play from Paranoia - Troubleshooter?

I've been getting my friends into Paranoia, and so far they seem to love playing as Troubleshooters. I've been looking through the IntSec and High Programmer books too. While Intsec fundamentally ...
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New World of Darkness rotes and vulgar magic

Hopefully some of you guys know about nWoD. The section on rotes in Mage: The Awakening is really really unclear. I get this: If you're an order, you can take that order's rotes and you get a better ...
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Why is there a break in the potion brewing times?

I was looking over the rules for brewing potions in Pathfinder, and noticed something peculiar. The Brew Potion feat says that if the base price is 250 gp or less, the potion only takes 2 hours to ...
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2answers
851 views

Can I make a jump to avoid an obstacle and still charge?

In a recent game, the situation came up where one of the players wanted to take a charge action. The path, however, was obstructed, and the player suggested that they jump as part of the charge. I ...
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1answer
759 views

How does Vulnerable work with the same Resistance?

Suppose the same creature has resist 10 lightning and vulnerable 5 lightning at the same time. I've been told that the rules are that both of them apply and neither are cumulative; I assumed that this ...
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How can I resolve dangerous journeys without playing out every battle in detail?

Here's the situation: The PCs are investigating a mystery far from town, in the dangerous wilderness. Against my expectations, they decide to go back to town, recruit some help, and return to continue ...
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How do I allow player agency in situations with predetermined outcomes?

One of the current members of our group joined a little later than everyone else. His character's history wasn't developed too well, so I am running a one-off session so that the group can play out ...
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2answers
912 views

What effect does the size of a shield have in AD&D 2nd Edition?

What are the bonuses or penalties associated with shield size in AD&D 2nd edition? There is some disagreement on this in a Gaming.SE answer; this seems like a much better venue for posing the ...
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Does a forced movement from an OA stop a movement action in progress? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does movement continue after an Opportunity Attack? I am in the process of creating a Druid, and an interesting opportunity came up. I a creature moves away from me to ...
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Are we doing mild consequences and stress right?

After reading through the book and reading up on consequences, i can't help but feel that we might be treating stress and mild consequences the wrong way. Say we've just been in a fight, after the ...
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Realistic modern day combat system to model real life ambush

I came across a video (helmet camera) of an Taliban force ambushing US infantry troops in Afghanistan. This is a link to the video of ambush: Combat in the First Person, Spc.Michael Gannon guides us ...
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What does Detect [Alignment] show for a possessed creature?

What does Detect [Alignment] reveal about a creature that is possessed? Does it reveal the presence of the base creature's alignment, the possessing creature's alignment, or both?
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Can a free action be taken in the middle of another action?

For example, if a character has the Quick Draw feat and a weapon with a daily which takes a free action to activate, can the weapon be drawn as part of the attack and the power be activated all "as ...
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Do attack bonuses from different feats stack?

Like the +1 bonus from Implement Expertise and the +1 from Versatile Expertise?
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511 views

How to abstract a trial?

A session I am writing for my gaming group will take the characters through a murder trial. One of the players is the accused, and he and his companions will need to build a case and defend ...
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Do I need to stat out & measure everything?

I am preparing a session that contains a fair amount of absurdity. Many of the creatures and situations that my players will encounter will probably not be encountered again. On the one hand, I know ...

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