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Can you use a Power to do Suppressive Fire?

Can Powers be used for Suppressive Fire? For example, can you cast a Bolt Power to do Suppressive Fire on an area?
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Using a Rapier in your Off Hand?

You get a +1 to Parry using a Rapier. If you hold a Rapier in your Off Hand do you still get the +1 to Parry?
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What's the simplest way of representing a “savage” warrior with an tiger animal companion?

The "savage" warrior with an animal companion is a staple of pulp fantasy/swords & sorcery. However, if you wanted to play a warrior with a tiger for an animal companion, you're looking at a 7th ...
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What changed in Burning Wheel between Gold and Revised editions?

What rules changes are there between the Burning Wheel Gold and Revised editions? The best answer would be an overview that would give a player familiar with Burning Wheel Revised a good sense of ...
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Sword and Spell Casting?

If a Wizard has a Rapier in one hand and then casts a spell, do they get the off hand penalty? That is do they have to use there other hand to cast the spell.
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When would PCs choose to walk instead of ride?

I'm putting together an adventure where the PCs are on a time limit. As such, travel times become quite important and I want to make sure that I've understood the different means of travel beforehand. ...
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How do I handle difficulty in Apocalypse World?

How do I design a peripheral move that essentially says "This regular move is more difficult under this situation"? My normal instincts say to apply a -2 modifier to the roll or something, but that ...
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What are the main differences between Gamma World and D&D 4e?

I just got Gamma World and want to try it out with my D&D 4e (Essentials) players. Clearly to a great portion, a re-skin of 4e, but not completely. Obviously character generation is completely ...
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How does Wind Walk work underwater?

I have a team which I want to transform into "wind" to pass through a room filled completly with water... ok ok honey (yes actual honey like the one the bees get you). COMPLETLY FILLED WITH IT, I ...
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What are the consequences of letting players be characters from a work of fiction?

What are the consequences of letting players be characters from a book, movie, or other pre-existing work of fiction? For example, how would I handle a campaign based on the X-Files where the PCs are ...
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When does marking occur

This is from memory, so if someone wants to edit the question, feel free. When a fighter attacks a creature, that creature is marked. When does the marking happen in the sequence of events? If the ...
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Dual Implement Spellcaster and double weapons

A Swordmage with Dual Implement Spellcaster, Spiked Chain Training, and an enchanted Spiked Chain is weilding an enchanted light blade in each hand. Does Dual Implement SpellcasterDDI allow the ...
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Do ranks gained in a class count for purposes of enabling class skill bonus in another class?

In Pathfinder class skills get a +3 bonus, as long as the character has one rank in a skill. Can this effect be activated by taking a rank in a skill while leveling up another class? For example, a ...
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Does a skill at d4-2 count for the wild die too?

I've seen that with skills with a +x bonus, it applies to both the skill die and the wild die. How about if you have an untrained skill at d4-2. Does the -2 also apply to your wild die?
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How to implement a stealth based instant-kill system

I've been playing 4e for a few months now and I'm really interested in creating a dungeon crawl in which the PCs can choose to stealthily kill off certain monsters before they are able to alert other ...
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[Spoiler Warning] Adventure summary of the H1-H2-H3-P1-P2-P3-E1-E2-E3 product line?

My current group started 4e at level 4 and has run H2, H3, P1, and we're currently working our way through P2. We plan on going all the way through to E3, achieving 30th level within this single ...
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What happened in the Forgotten Realms between 3.5 and 4e?

I don't remember where I heard or read this, but I seem to recall there being some sort of cataclysmic event between 3.5 and 4e. A few (related) questions - What exactly happened between 3.5 and ...
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What can I do to make playing a long D&D session more comfortable?

Right now, we play D&D every other Saturday and spend between eight and eleven hours playing in one sitting. We usually take a break for food, but eat it at the gaming table (Our wives sometimes ...
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How do I integrate Obsidian Portal into my campaign?

I've heard a bit lately about "Obsidian Portal", a free-to-use site for campaign management, that apparently features wiki's, calendars etc. What is it good for, and how do I get started using it? ...
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Powers that increase damage rolls, do they increase flat damage and automatic damage?

As to the title, I am testing out a class and something occurred to me. There is a power that gives a power bonus to damage rolls. I know there are plenty of powers that do such things, but the part ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?

We're playing 4e Thunderspire Labyrinth and we've decided to let the tank play a large (2x2) Minotaur. He has all of the stats from the Minotaur player character in the Players Handbook 3, but he's a ...
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878 views

Can detect magic detect psionic effects?

In Pathfinder Psionics, the standard rule is that magic and psionics are more or less the same. Spell Resistance is also Power Resistance and so forth. Can Detect Magic detect a n active psionic ...
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Amount of Ability Score on level up in Pathfinder?

First of all, I'm really new to RPGs, and I cannot find in the core rules or online how many ability score to give a character at level 4,8,12,16,20. The manual says "and possibly an ability score ...
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Creating encounters for a DFRPG party

I've got a 2-person party and i'm having some difficulty with balancing encounters for them. It seems that what i'm making is either way too easy, or harder than i really want it to be (ie, they're ...
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Features: does their content have any significance?

I'm trying to get a handle on how Features are meant to be used in Shock: Social Science Fiction, and particularly the significance of choosing a new Feature after failing in Conflict. On the one ...
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How to organize my 3.X collection based on WotC's internal numbering system?

I've been trying to figure out the reason behind the madness that is the internal ordering system of Wizards of the Coast rulebooks (for ordering my own collection appropriately) Sadly, as it turns ...
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How do I select background music for my RPG campaign?

Music is an essential component of my games. When running games set in the Star Wars universe, the music of John Williams adds a new dimension to the experience, both for me and for my players. Now ...
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257 views

Has the 4th edition d&d the same box as the 1st (or did I dream it)?

Yesterday I saw a pre-packaged full D&D set, and it had the familiar red box of the first edition. I was pleased to see it, but reading on the back it appeared like a 4th edition pack. Was I ...
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Custom magic item creation standardization

I run a rather lighthearted campaign that contains a number of re-flavored elements, including items. For the most part since these are based on published items their actual value for sake of crafting ...
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Pathfinder and the Rogue's Sneak Attack

Coming from 3.5 to Pathfinder has been interesting in that while it was an update to 3.X, some of the mechanics have changed. An example of this is a PF Rogue's Sneak Attack. In 3.5 a Rogue could ...
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Death ward protection vs Characteristic loss

Does DeathWard protect the objective against characteristic loss, consequence of... I don't know.... Venom? Necromantic spells, or any other form of Wis/Con/Dex, etc loss?
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Does a Stirge's attack auto-hit while it's grabbing someone or does it simply not make attacks?

The 4e Monster Manual states: ...An attached stirge doesn't make attack rolls while grabbing a target... Does this mean on the stirge's turn it automatically deals 1d4 damage, or does it just ...
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Where can I find a Pathfinder character sheet that works in Libreoffice?

Where can I find a Pathfinder character sheet that works in Libreoffice spreadsheet (the new Openoffice)?
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How do I handle astral security?

When a shadowrunning team tries to break into a facility protected by magic, it seems to me as a GM like the team's biggest liability is getting past magical security. If a mundane B&E character ...
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Recreating a narrative like Leinster's Gateway to Elsewhere in a game

Murray Leinster wrote a number of fascinating short stories. One that has caught my interest is Gateway to Elsewhere(Baen) being a story about the nature of dimension travel through what amounts to ...
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1answer
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How many spells would a 3rd level Sorcerer have with a Charisma 19?

I'm trying to create a character with an online character sheet from google docs and the calculations are coming up unexpectedly. I suspect there is an error in the formula, so I want to make sure I ...
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How much should Catches be worth in the Dresden Files RPG?

When I look at some of the White Court characters in Dresden Files, I see 'True Love' being used as a 0 point catch. Yet looking at the rules for coming up with a Catch, it seems like it should be ...
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Water and electricity spells - RL physics approach [closed]

I like to master (and play) in a world I can believe (even fantastic ones). This question comes from D&D3.5 but applies to every game where reality collides with things you can't (usually) do. So ...
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Earthquake spell on floating castle?

Does that affect the floor of the castle or just the ground where the castle is floating on? Does it depend on what the caster wants? Does it depend on if the caster can/cannot see the "real ...
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1answer
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Wait for The Void or get Chthonian Stars?

Has Wildfire's standalone version of Chthonian Stars (a Lovecraftian sourcebook for the Traveller system published by Mongoose) "The Void" been cancelled?
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Group Stealth Rolls

The rules says that when a group is sneaking up to another group, both sides get a Group Roll. There are two sorts of group rolls. The NPCs one where you roll once with their skill die and treat the ...
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Bennies for Long Sessions?

In Savage Worlds, Player Bennies refresh at the start of a new session. What is the best way to handle a long session? For example what if the session is all day or even all weekend?
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What's the impact of a monster being immune to Unconscious?

Some monsters have immunity to being Unconscious. Since monsters die when they hit 0 HP (barring a PC deliberately inflicting nonlethal damage), what's the impact of this? Do they fight on when ...
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As a GM, how does one deal with all of the players playing nearly identical characters?

I'm running a Deadlands campaign with players who come entirely from D&D and have never played Savage Worlds before. All five people in the group have made nearly identical characters ...
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Must-have rituals for a 4e group

My group has recently changed DM's. The last one ran a hack-and-slash game without too much roleplaying or anything outside the adventure book (random encounters, exploration, etc). Our new DM is ...
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1answer
345 views

Arcane Background: Backlash on a roll on “1”?

A lot of the Arcane Backgrounds something happens on a roll of '1' on your Spellcasting die. I originally read this to mean that only if your total was a natural '1', i.e. your first roll was a ...
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Do two Eladrin both wearing a Circlet of Revelation auto-save on Charm effects?

Eladrin have a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against charm effects. The Circlet of Revelation head slot item grants the following: Property: While you have an eladrin ally within 10 squares of ...
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What “party” items are worth getting during character creation?

Details on the formation of this question can be found in this chat. During character creation you are allowed 3 "uncommon" items. What items are beneficial enough to the party as a whole to warrant ...
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1answer
498 views

How do I handle someone who never ever wants to pull?

I am getting ready to host my first game of Dread and the question that is really bugging me is what happens if a player (and I have one in mind) absolutely refuses to pull every single time? Dread ...
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Is there a feat for melee characters equivalent to Dual Implement Spellcaster in D&D 4e?

Dual Implement Spellcaster lets you add the bonus from an off-hand implement to an attack using your main hand implement. I am making a Human Marauder Ranger and I would love to be able to add an ...

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