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From what skill or ability would nonchalance derive?

I'm creating a skill challenge in which the characters might be selected for a "random" search by the local police that could go badly for them. If they look anxious or aggressive, the police are far ...
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What can I use for sci-fi ambient music? [closed]

Another DM I know recently taught me to use ambient music, especially during combat, to keep players more focused on the game and for general atmosphere. That's all fine and simple for fantasy, ...
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Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear?

I'm all about the story, and as such, I've always been a fan of long-term attachment between players/characters and their special (usually magic) items. But with D&D 4th edition, it seems the ...
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Who can use your magic items - and when?

Are there any rules for who can use a player's magic items? If a character has a magic item with a daily power, can a wizard steal it from his hands in mid-fight and use the power against him? Can a ...
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Multiple attacks from invisible characters

How do features like Rapid Shot or Flurry of Blows or any other form of a multiple attack scenario work with an invisible character? Let's assume that in the beginning of the turn an archer ...
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How to deal effectively with a player unable to lose?

How do you effectively handle a player that overreacts to any loss of his character (level drain, death) ?
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Can a gnome use Greater Mage Hand to fly?

Let's say I were to create a level 5 gnome sorcerer, and they happened to pick Greater Mage Hand as a spell. Since I get to set the weight of the character, let's say they're 35 pounds, and less than ...
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Are Martial Artists armed (i.e. get +2 against unarmed foes)?

Characters with the Martial Artist edge are not considered unarmed, which means that other armed characters do not get a +2 on their Fighting roll as per the Unarmed Defender rule (SWD, p76). ...
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Do clerics have access to every spell of the level they can cast?

The playtest notes are not clear in regard to clerics. It specifically states how many spells wizards can learn. So do I just assume that a cleric learns one spell per level or do they have access to ...
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What/how many different cities are officially supported by Dresden Files?

Obviously the main setting is from the books, but that's just one city. Are there any other cities or towns that have official support? If not, where's a good place to find fan-made settings?
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Is there any fluff for the druid's “A Thousand Faces” ability?

I played a D&D 3.5 campaign years ago, and one PC was a druid. The player did a pretty awesome job as a spy thanks to the multiple divination spells, Wild Shape and especially A Thousand Faces: ...
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How can I as GM handle situations where players bicker about tactics?

I'm current running 13th Age, and there are two players who are quite tactical. The issue is both of them thinks differently and one is pushy, and the other is stubborn. Every now and then the both of ...
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How to make a confinement situation interesting without railroading players?

There are many scenarios where players will be confined for a period of time in a location: Prison, castle under siege, mega dungeon adventure (like Undermountain) or a labyrinth. I'd like to play the ...
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How does Damage Reduction work?

I have a character who gained an item that gives him DR 5\bludgeoning. I am assuming this only effects bludgeoning weapons such as hammers. If that is the case does it effect AC adding 5 to defense ...
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Are elementals immune to sight-based petrification effects in D&D 3.5E?

This came up in last night's session when we were fighting a monster with a petrification gaze weapon. The cleric summoned a fire elemental and we couldn't find a clear answer to: Do elementals "see"...
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Optimizing 2e High Int, Low Str Fighter

I am trying to design a character who will be wildly suboptimal at his desired profession, but hopefully will be able to keep up with the rest of the group in terms of usefulness. The campaign is ...
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Does phasing away from an opponent provoke an attack of opportunity?

I know the rules for opportunity attacks: the only way to avoid an attack of opportunity is to either shift away or teleport away. However, if a creature moves via phasing, do they still trigger ...
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What are some good systems for a game similar to Firefly or Jedi-less Star Wars?

I have an idea of running a space-travelling game. I was thinking something like Shadowrun, only on an interstellar scale. What are some good systems I should look into using? I'm looking to do ...
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963 views

Moonbow Dedicate and Battle Song Expertise?

If a bard takes the Moonbow Dedicate feat: Moonbow Dedicate Heroic Tier Prerequisite: Must worship Sehanine Benefit: You gain proficiency with ...
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Creating a free online dungeon map maker - advice on where I can find tiles to offer the users? [closed]

I have been looking around on various dungeon map making tools and I have not yet found one I am comfortable with. So I am thinking of creating my own online HTML5 dungeon map tool and share it with ...
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Website with free pathfinder locations [duplicate]

I have played pathfinder 3 times, and have really come to like it. However, the family that introduced me moved away, and now I am looking for free locations to play. I have looked on the Pathfinder ...
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How does energy resistance work?

I have a D&D 3.5 character who has gained 3 energy resistance to fire due to an item. My question is. Does the energy resistance add 3 to AC when dealing with fire attacks or does it negate 3 of ...
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Which published scenarios use Cthulhu himself?

Cthulhu seems difficult to use in scenarios: not least because, according to Lovecraft's story, it takes a ship to kill him. Which published scenarios feature Cthulhu prominently? I'm mainly ...
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Gaining spell resistance

I am looking for a way to gain permanent or at least regularly usable (eg. daily) spell resistance, that preferably scales with character. Because of the character concept, I'd like to avoid using ...
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If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?

I'm aware that you can't brew a potion from any spell with range:personal, target:you, since it is restricted to: any 3rd-level or lower spell that you know and that targets one or more creatures ...
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Knocking out NPCs

Alright, so I'm thinking up a stealth based mission that involves sneaking into a guarded manor and stealing an artifact. Needless to say, it would be best if this was a quiet affair. I have most of ...
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Can Oath of Enmity and Divine Challenge be stacked on the same target?

We have a Paladin and an Avenger. Both aim to kill the last standing baddie. The Paladin uses Divine Challenge on the target, then the Avenger wishes to use Oath of Enmity on their next turn. The ...
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Are casting maneuvers an opposed roll or not?

On page YS207, it states about the standard maneuver action: Against an opponent, a maneuver is performed much like an attack—you roll an appropriate skill against the opponent and try to beat ...
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Does increasing a Dragon Magic Sorcerer's resistance increase the amount of resistance they can ignore?

Dragon Magic Sorcerer have the following class feature: Dragon Soul: Choose a damage type: acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison, or thunder. You gain resist 5 to that damage type. The resistance ...
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Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?

I'm on my third campaign using Dresden Files, and I'm noticing a pattern. There's an incredibly wide range of powers and abilities that a character can have, and an even larger number of ways to fluff ...
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1answer
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Thaumaturgy prep in Dresden - can you make declarations with the same skill multiple times?

One of the options for preparing thaumaturgical rituals is to make declarations using your skills, adding aspects that you can tap. The text (YS269) gives various examples, such as: Investigation ...
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If a prone creature teleports can it stand as part of that move action?

I can't find anything in the PHB about how teleporting affects prone creatures. Teleporting automatically ends the restrained condition, I wonder if it also can end the prone condition. Can a prone ...
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Melee Combat in Moldvay's D&D Basic

I'm working on a CRPG, written in Python, that will hopefully re-create some of the fun from the original D&D Basic Set (Moldvay's 1981 red-box edition), and so I'm getting into some pretty nitty-...
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How do I run Paranoia for just one player?

I have not run a game of Paranoia before, but I would like to try with one of my players. I intend to run what was once referred to as "Paranoia XP" and should be able to handle the general running of ...
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Greater Feint Clarification

I don't understand the benefits of Greater Feint feat in Pathfinder. Its Benefit states: Whenever you use feint to cause an opponent to lose his Dexterity ...
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What are some good chance/luck-themed spells for Sorcerers?

I'm building a gambler-themed Spellscale Sorcerer, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good luck-themed spells. I know there's things like Unluck and the various Prismatic/Rainbow spells (the ...
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1answer
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How are enchanted more vulnerable to cantrips?

I have read on some Changeling books that accepting a gift from a changeling is dangerous, because enchanted mortals are more vulnerable to changeling's magic. I have read the same about drinking ...
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1answer
149 views

How does the mortal seeming of a Leanhaun sidhe age?

House Leanhaun sidhes have a strange curse. If they don't perform a Rhapsody each month, they age a year each week. This means a childling could reach adulthood in few months. Does this also affect ...
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1answer
296 views

Is there an action cost for changing facing?

Is there, in canonical D&D 3.5*, a ruling prescribing action (move action, standard action etc.) for changing the facing of a character without changing position, or a ruling specifically saying ...
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1answer
284 views

Can a swarm stack with another swarm to attack a foe in the same square?

I have observed a tactic that may have a slippery slope: a creature (rat) swarm moved into a player space that was already occupied by a rat swarm. There is no upward limit stated for the swarm trait ...
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1answer
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Gumshoe/Lorefinder - how do you deplete a Boost?

I don't have access to Trail of Cthulhu, so I don't have the full Gumshoe system on my hand, so I can only refer to Lorefinder. If a character, according to LoreFinder When spending from a Boosted,...
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2answers
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Being a good secret keeper: protection against mind manipulation

In the D&D 3.5 universe, there are lots of spells and magical effects that read your mind, read and modify your memory, or otherwise force you to unveil the secrets you've heard. I'm looking for ...
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1answer
322 views

Shadowrun 3rd edition ruthenium polymer

What book and page describes ruthenium polymer? I have Shadowrun 3rd Edition books and I believe that is what it was called in 3rd edition. It's a camo suit that functions by displaying a live image ...
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Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?

My sister expressed interest in playing D&D, and I'm interested in DMing, so I decided to try and run The Caves of Chaos from the D&D Next playtest packet. Reading through the materials, I ...
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1answer
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Roguelike Tabletop [closed]

I am looking for a Roguelike tabletop RPG to play with some friends. We really love RPG's we love the Concept of D&D (talk-gaming) but we just dwell into a lot of silliness due to not having a ...
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2answers
528 views

What classes have ability to cast offensive spells as part of full attack action?

I'm thinking about gestalt caster / fighter combo, but the character would have weakness with lack of actions to utilize both his powers. I read about daggerspell mage in complete adventurer who can ...
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Is there a way to learn someone's level in game in DnD3.x?

Is there a way to learn someone's level in-game in DnD3.x? (...or possibly Pathfinder?) Wait, I know, levels are an abstraction and a game mechanism, and should not come into play in-game. Yet, there ...
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1answer
407 views

What's the benefit of using two-handed/dual weapons instead of a shield?

I was reading through the book, and I noticed that there is no weapon quality for two-handed weapons in Legend. Reading through the Weapon Overview section, I found the following: Weapon Overview -...
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1answer
665 views

Targetting empty squares for area burst attacks?

An interesting thing came up during my last session (D&D 4e). There's another wizard in the party besides me and we had two battles in the same area (mutated dogs, then our Longtooth Shifter ...
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What is all the backstory in an Adventure Path for if the players never see it?

I'm new to tabletop RPGs (although I have been interested for a long time, just had difficulty finding like-minded companions, and the funds required to get some of the stuff). When I was finally ...

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