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How to handle the PCs within a large military?

On some level, this might actually be getting closer to RPGs’ roots: I want to try a campaign where the PCs are members of a larger military. There may be need for them to coordinate with other ...
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Do you have to permanently sacrifice turns/rebukes for more daily Devotion Feat uses?

I've been reading Complete Champion and I came across a conflict the in text that I need resolved. On page 52, in the Domain Feats section, the text reads: If you have the ability to turn or ...
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What are the main differences between version 4.0 and 4.1 of The Dark Eye

The underlying rule system of The Dark Eye was changed dramatically from version 3 to version 4, the major change including the introduction of a point based - rather than luck based - generation of ...
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Limits of the Entangle Power?

The duration of the entangle power seams to be until you make make your break free roll. Is the break free roll a standard test ie TN 4 or against the arcane skill roll? If the Entangle is an Area ...
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How to build a Secret Base without killing the builders

Question How can I build a secret base without having to just kill all the builders afterwards to keep the secret? Explanation Another player and I want to build a secret base for an assassins ...
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Creating my own RPG but having a hard time. Need advice

I've been playing tabletop RPGs for 20 years and I finally mustered the courage to create my own RPG. The problem is that I've gotten very discouraged as of late. I asked my local gaming community ...
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Can you initiate maneuvers with weapons other than those the discipline favors?

When playing a class from Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords can you initiate manuevers while not weilding a disciplines favored weapon? For example: could one use Desert Wind manuevers without ...
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When determining initiative bonus for PCs, is it dex + 1/2 level or dex mod + 1/2 level?

Title says it all, my group has been using our ability score instead of ability mod and I've noticed that none of the creatures in the Monster Manual get such a high initiative bonus so early.
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Stacking Turn Resistance

Does Turn Resistance from different sources stack? Typed bonuses do not stack, however, turn resistance doesn't specify a type. So, if an undead gets a multiple bonuses to turn resistance do they ...
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Can a creature use rake when you can't win a grapple check?

Creature A grapples creature B. Creature B has Rake. Creature B attempts to rake creature A. Can you rake when you did not start the grapple, and can't win a grapple check? Edit 1: In this case, ...
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Difference between Ranged Sorcerers Attack and Ranged Basic Attack

The attack Dragonfrost (PHB2 pg 139) is a Sorcerer at will attack that is Ranged 10. How ever it also has a special section stating "This power can be used as a ranged basic attack". What difference ...
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How to efficiently describe mental danger

In past games, I used plenty of physical danger. Incoming arrow rain, giant boulder, a huge sword, a horse charge, a fireball... but I have no idea on how to make them roll anything else than Defy ...
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System Recommendation: Gritty Sci-fi

I am looking to start writing a campaign for some friends, but am not sure what system to use for this. I am trying to be as specific as possible with my requirements, so as not to end up asking a ...
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How can we heal HP while infected with Filth Fever?

My party is trying get back to civilization alive (a city five days travel away), but we have two characters in the final stages of Filth Fever*: a 5th-level Paladin of Pelor and a 4th-level Rogue. ...
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How can I motivate my fellow players?

Although I'm very much enjoying the one of the games I'm in, the other players seem to be flagging and losing interest. This is a bit disheartening as their lack of enthusiasm is bringing down the ...
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In Microscope are Light and Dark used for anything?

I was teaching a game of Microscope today and I kept seeing references to light and dark. While expressing the tone of periods, events, and scenes is good, I remember from the playtest that a parent ...
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Are Masterplan projects equivalent to adventures or campaigns?

I started using Masterplan last time I DMed and I love what the tool brings to the table. However, I'm not certain how to use it to track my entire campaign. Does a Masterplan adventure project ...
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What 4e character options allow a player to substitute ability scores? [closed]

There are a number of D&D 4e character creation options that allow players to substitute one ability score in place of another under certain conditions. Here are some examples: Auspicious ...
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Incentivizing Player Betrayal?

I'm working on a game where the players have a competitive goal (hoarding as much money as possible) and there will eventually be a reckoning where the amount of money they have hoarded away will ...
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Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there ...
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Does Punishing Eye count as an attack?

The last time I played my Artificer I used Punishing Eye and Spike Wire on a boss and waited for my ally's attack. First, my ally's attack got my Wis modifier for an attack, then the Eye triggered ...
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How does two weapon fighting calculate the offhand attack?

I am making a character who uses two weapons at once, but this is the first time that I have attempted to make a dual-wielding character. He will have 2 attacks/round from his BAB. Two-weapon fighting ...
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Running a Counter-Strike style Shadowrun?

So I've been contemplating running a game of Shadowrun in a Counter-Strike style game, focused more on fast-paced lethality than long term character development as a short of one-shot game. For those ...
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Where are a monster's skills?

If you grab a goblin for example, and the goblin test to escape it says to have it make an acrobatics or athletics check but I can't seem to find where it says there skills? Any help?
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Running a “Chaotic Evil” PC in a morally ambivalent group?

So I've been running in a Shadowrun group for a while now and my character served as the group's only moral compass. He got killed in a rather dissatisfying string of events, but now it's time to whip ...
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Does an Edge require you to take a Hindrance?

I'm looking at the Savage Worlds Test Drive and it provides a list of Hindrances and Edges. Do I have to take an equivalent Hindrance for each Edge or do I get some Edges for free?
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In combats that take two sessions, what about the Bennies refresh?

Sometimes combat can last a long time. If a long combat happens in Savage World, so long, say, that it can't be completed in one session. Should the players get new Bennies at the start of the next ...
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Does a tied Trick or Test of Wills go to the attacker or defender?

Tricks and Tests of Wills are opposed rolls. The result is binary though: either the bonus/malus the "attacker" is trying to apply gets applied to the target, or it doesn't. Opposed rolls on the ...
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In Pathfinder bloody skeletons are permanently destroyed in an area of a Bless?

The skeleton variant bloody skeleton has the special quality Deathless: Deathless (Su): A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 ...
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Can you use a Spelljammer ship to get to Ravenloft?

This is an insane question, I know. But it's one that's been bugging me for at least half my 33-year life. :) I love both the Spelljammer and Ravenloft settings of AD&D 2nd Edition. One of the ...
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How can I make a daily power an encounter power? [duplicate]

Is there a way to make a Daily Power to an Encounter Power?
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How hard is it to stake a vampire?

For staking a vampire through the heart in Pathfinder, what type of DC value or combat method should be used in order to perform the staking?
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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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Movement & attack in a Combat round question

If a player is say a Wizard and tries her best to avoid melee combat by trying to stay at a safer distance, and the enemies attacking need to attack her with melee weapons, how many feet can the enemy ...
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Fixed Psionic Combat

This question (especially KRyan's answer) made me remember what Psionic Combat was. In my 3.0 group we never encountered psionicenemies so we didn't realize how bad it was. On paper, it looked good ...
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How can I make an exceptionally savage Gangrel?

My character is a two century year old vampire that has a vampire blood addiction, but being a vampire blood addicted, former weapon of vampires hunters isn't savage and fierce enough – I'm looking ...
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Can vows and oaths be mixed in a single Changeling pledge?

Suppose two changelings want to create a pledge. Changeling A has an open vow slot, but Changeling B has no remaining slots for a vow. Can A make a vow for the pledge while B makes an oath for the ...
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Where can I find Invictus Oaths?

I have been searching the Internet for Invictus Oaths, and believe that I am running into a bunch of jacked up homebrew ones. Is there anyway that someone could give me a list or a good book to read ...
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Approval levels for retainers and allies in NWOD venues

1.) Does anyone know what kind of level of approval a person would need to have a vampire as their retainer? 2.) Does anyone know what kind of level of approval a person would need to have a Vampire ...
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Can I use Persistent Spell's effect with Bloodline powers?

Im making a Protean Bloodline Sorceror, and I was wondering if you can use Persistent Spell on Bloodline powers. As far as I have seen bloodline powers do not have the same levels as the normal ...
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What do you do when a player intimidates your campaign boss to surrender?

So my players recently fought a big bad campaign boss. The (custom made) boss was a kind of solo beserker king, and the encounter difficulty was designed to be fairly moderate until the boss became ...
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Are PDF Based RPG Sales Hurting the Industry? [closed]

I love that sites like DriveThruRPG house all sorts of indie RPGs, and sells them for affordable prices. Don't let me question fool you into thinking I am against this practice, in fact PDF versions ...
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Does Full Defense assume you're also Defending?

The Full Defense action is, mechanically, somewhat unreliable compared to the Defend action: Defend gives you a straight +2 Parry, while Full Defense lets you roll Fighting+2 to set your Parry. Since ...
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What alternatives are there to replace orcs, kobolds, and hobgoblins in low-level encounters?

In your average "generic D&D" campaign and setting, orcs, kobolds, and hobgoblins are frequently used to stock low level adventures and dungeons. These are usually nice for 1st/2nd level ...
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Is a Bodak's Death Gaze an Energy Drain Effect?

My party recently ran into a Bodak. One of it's nastiest features is it's Death Gaze (Su) gaze attack which causes: 1d4 negative levels, 30 feet; Fortitude DC 18 negates. The save DC is ...
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Any rules or fluff around a technomancer infected with HMHVV?

I've been toying with the idea of making a campaign's antagonist an HMHVV infected technomancer (AKA techno-ghoul). Is there anything in the various sourcebooks or official fluff that describes this ...
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Does Armor have a base +1 AC if made for tiny creatures?

According to the Armor for Unusual Creatures table, tiny or smaller creatures receive half the AC from armor. So what happens to the armor bonus when the armor bonus is only +1? For example, Gnome ...
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Do travel bonuses from the Shadow Walk and the Phantom Steed rituals stack?

The Phantom Steeds can have a speed of up to 20, and the Shadow Walk ritual multiplies overland travel speed by 5. This means a party of adventurers can potentially travel overland at a speed of up to ...
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Introducing new players to Legend: Shared track game?

A little while ago in Legend’s IRC channel, someone suggested having a thematic team where everyone shared a track; this was largely shouted down because in Legend, you can have the theme of, ...
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1answer
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Is gaining Fly as a class skill with the Feather Subdomain supposed to replace gaining Knowledge (Nature) with the Animal Domain?

I'm creating a cleric of Erastil and I'm thinking about choosing the Good domain and Feather subdomain. Should the Fly skill be the only class skill gained or is it supposed to supplement the ...

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