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When planning a campaign, should I know what the ending is before we start?

I am planning the next campaign while the current one comes to a close. Our group favours sandbox play and I facilitate that with Icar's event driven system. While writing down the list of events ...
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8answers
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Should Merits be given as rewards when the accomplishments match?

As a storyteller, are merits acquired only through experience after character creation, or do you reward your players with them for accomplishing their goals? Suppose a situation like the following ...
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1answer
266 views

Optimising a Mech pilot

We are playing a Mutants and Masterminds campaign in the Eureka Seven universe and using R505 Sumner model LFOs. The GM has already statted out the mecha in the system. We get to customize it a little ...
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6answers
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What 3–4 social skills would cover every need? [closed]

I'm building a role-playing system and am just thinking about the social skills. In D20, you have like appraise, barter, intimidate, gather information, and then the really useful diplomacy, bluff ...
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10answers
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Flaws that aren't flaws

What do you do when a system gives points at character creation for flaws/disadvantages when a player can permanently remove the effects of that flaw by buying something or spending other points to ...
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2answers
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Modelling Grenades in Diaspora?

I've been reading the SRD for Diaspora, especially the section on personal weapon design. I've found that the rules handle most of my cases very well, but I can't seem to find a way to model ...
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2answers
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Does Quick Reconnoiter let me use Hear the Unseen as a free action?

I have the Complete Adventurer, and I saw these two feats: Hear the Unseen Benefit: As a move action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity, you can attempt a DC 25 Listen check. If ...
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Which systems use character development mechanics similar to The Dark Eye? [closed]

I have long been only exposed to D&D and therefore it was quite intriguing to see how The Dark Eye (in it's v4) takes dice and levels completely out of character development. Been wondering ...
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Helpless opponent & Coup de Grace

I had a question about Coup de Grace. It says you can use it against a helpless opponent. Helpless opponent is defined as "Paralyzed, held, bound, sleeping, unconscious, or otherwise completely at an ...
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4answers
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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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1answer
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Easy way to make custom dungeon tiles?

I've gotten more milage out of dungeon tiles than most other ways of making maps -- however, I would like more variety than WOTC has put out. (In particular, I would like some curved corridors.) I can ...
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1answer
159 views

How can I incorporate Betrayal at the house on the Hill to my game of supernatural?

In Betrayal at the house on the Hill you explore a haunted house with characters until the haunt happens and stuff gets real. Whilst playing this board game a friend of mine stated it'd make a ...
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1answer
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What rules discourage point blank missile use in Mazes & Minotaurs?

Underground, exploring a series of crypts and catacombs, the mighty heroes were set up on by a string of foes in close combat: bug men, a ghast, and a mummy. Fate was on their side, and they ...
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162 views

Post MM3 adventures [closed]

I'm aware there has been a big shift in monster stats with MM3 and all the adventures that have been published before have weak encounters in them. Can you provide me with a list of D&D adventure ...
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1answer
155 views

Publishing an RPG System for an existing background

I created a role playing system with not too much of a Fantasy setting about 15 years ago. It played well, but when it started to reach the 4th revision, this 4th revision I had put weeks of work in ...
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7answers
663 views

How do I roleplay getting used to violence?

So I just rolled up a character for a game (D&D 3.5 if it matters) and looked around table to see we had two ex-soldiers, a professional bodyguard, and a 'famous' adventurous. (A level 1 bard with ...
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1answer
256 views

Is there a way to make a fey or outsider eligible for the Eidolon Ghost class?

In Ghostwalk it says that humanoid souls are able to resist the pull of the "True Afterlife" and return to the material plane. These souls become ghosts and are forced to take the Eidolon class. Is ...
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1answer
617 views

Silence as a ready action

If a caster readies an action to cast the spell silence next to an enemy wizard who begins casting a spell with a verbal component, what happens? The silence interrupts the casting attempt, causing ...
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1answer
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Can I brew a Lightning Bolt potion? What does it do?

If I brew a potion of lightning bolt, what happens when someone drinks it? Lightning bolt strikes them? They can cast a lightning bolt? They emit lightning that strikes where they point? Nothing ...
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4answers
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Casting Feather Fall on an ballista bolt

Can casting feather fall on a ballista bolt make it travel farther? Feather fall makes objects fall 60ft/round, but only vertically. So, if I cast it on the ammunition then fire, it would fall only ...
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3answers
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How to roll perception checks for characters who aren't actively looking?

This applies to all d20 systems, but with an example from the from the Pathfinder PRD (emphasis mine): Stonecunning: Dwarves receive a +2 bonus on Perception checks to potentially notice unusual ...
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4answers
576 views

Good starting levels for a one-shot?

My friends and I have a tendency to do one-time sessions that can last anywhere form 3–10+ hours. The difficulty I have when I'm going to be the DM is deciding what level to start everyone at. ...
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2answers
471 views

A class like the “Action Survivor” trope

I'm currently rolling a character for a new D&D 3.5 campaign; the DM said that he's open to pretty much any class, as long as they are mortal. So, I wanted to try something fun that I haven't ...
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2answers
915 views

How can I add more attack to my Wood Bond Oracle?

I am trying to build an oracle, and need some help with what I have so far. I'm still somewhat new to tabletop games, so any insight you have would be helpful. Here's what I have so far: Race: Human ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...
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4answers
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How would I go about publishing the RPGs I've created?

I've written three games that are all pretty much finished, and I want to move forward with them. The next logical step is publication, but where do I go to find out about publishing a ...
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2answers
446 views

What do I need to do to make Ghostwalk 3.5 compatible?

One of my friends is wanting to use Ghostwalk but there are changes between 3.0 and 3.5 which require converting. What do I need to do to make it compatible?
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1answer
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How does dual-wielding work?

It still confuses me after having it explained to me several times: How does dual-wielding work in D&D 3.5e and what is the point of building a character around it?
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2answers
5k views

Any advice on how to design a good dungeon? [closed]

I'm kind of a new GM, and I haven't done much dungeon design. Specifically, I'm creating an ancient tomb of a powerful necromancer built underneath a tower that was lost in a swamp centuries ago. ...
2
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1answer
235 views

Techniques for Different Length Game Sessions [closed]

I have been both a player and GM for a long time. Currently, life takes up most of my available gaming time. Thus when I do get a chance to game, I'd like to make it as close to optimal as possible. ...
3
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1answer
271 views

What is this fantasy system where you roll d10s and find matches and runs?

I've heard of a RPG system where the dice mechanic is rolling several d10s and then looking for either the highest number among them, matching numbers, or sets of at least 3 dice that have consecutive ...
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3answers
529 views

Reducing Preparation time for Gumshoe GMs

As a new player in a game of Mutant City Blues, it has struck me that the GM has a very large workload when prepping the investigation scenes if there is to be any real interaction with that scene for ...
9
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1answer
418 views

What major non-hermetic virtue would be appropriate for an ex-Ex Misc who wants to be Flambeau?

One of my PCs is creating a character that has left her (probably mystery cult) in Ex Misc, and tried (and failed) to join House Flambeau as part of her backstory. I cannot find a major non-hermetic ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I make my broomstick fly?

One of my players is generating a Herbam-focused Verditus magus. One of the lab texts that he has is "The winged broomstick." This broomstick, obviously, should be able to fly at some sort of ...
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2answers
5k views

Can I increase my size with a +1 template?

I'm currently playing a D&D 3.5 campaign, and I'm playing a gnoll that is Large sized. (Gnolls are normally Medium.) A long time ago, I was told that a Player Character could be one size larger ...
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2answers
534 views

Avoiding meta-gaming in combat [closed]

What are some ways of avoiding meta-gaming (both as a player and as a GM) within combat. One of the basic decisions in combat is what to use on what, when and where and how to best position yourself ...
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4answers
370 views

When to use scarce resources in combat?

How does one choose when to use scarce resources (e.g. powers you can only use once per day or encounter) in combat? I am particularly concerned with D&D, but I believe the concept carries over ...
3
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1answer
523 views

Can I replace a Paragon Power?

Can I replace Kensei encounter attack power Masterstroke at level 13 or higher? I mean replacing, not retraining.
3
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1answer
254 views

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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1answer
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Do Improved Initiative & Superior Initiative stack?

Does Improved Initiative (+4 on initiative checks) stacks with Superior Initiative (+8 on initiative checks)? Is it possible (if it's a good idea) to retrain Improved Initiative to Superior on epic ...
6
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1answer
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How do initiative passes and multiple actions work?

I'm really confused with the initiative pass system in Shadowrun. For a "normal" combat situation with no augmentations or spells that increase the number of actions you can get, it looks rather easy. ...
7
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2answers
439 views

Passing an item from one player to another

So, I'm kind of trumped right now, and I need to know what the rules are in terms of the type of action required for one player to pass an item to another player during combat. You see, my friend has ...
7
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3answers
301 views

Ranged attacks against creatures trapped inside an air elemental's whirlwind

When an air elemental goes whirlwind and traps someone inside it, how do ranged attacks targeted at the trapped creature work? Can I target the creature? Does it have total concealment, as the air ...
4
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1answer
869 views

Baleful polymorph on a dragon and spells with a somatic component

A dragon can cast spells with a somatic elements. If the dragon is polymorphed with baleful polymorph into a mouse and passes the second saving throw retaining the ability to cast spells: will he ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
508 views

Where is the “One-sentence NPCs” collection?

A while ago ChattyDM and someone else ran a couple contests where people submitted one-line NPCs. The collection of submissions was free to download, but now that I want to use it my google-fu has ...
5
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1answer
410 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
1k views

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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2answers
857 views

Maid RPG Scenario?

I'm having trouble coming up with a scenario for my friends and me to play using the Maid RPG book. I've looked over the character creation and random events, and have looked at some of the examples ...
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3answers
856 views

How worldly is a polymorphic elf?

In the 3.5e campaign I'm running, a very real concern has arisen that the player characters might actually fail to save the world from the horrific fate that the villian has planned for it. If this ...

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