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How do you encourage players to leave classes behind?

I have veteran players of class-based RPG systems joining my GURPS 4e campaign. I am having trouble consistently during character creation in getting these folks started. They are all hung up on the ...
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Does a Magus/Sorcerer still have to prepare some spells?

If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, ...
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In what way do characters regain Willpower through acting according to their nature in VTM/oWOD games?

I am currently running a game that has a Ravnos player in the coterie that uses his Chimerstry discipline and thus spends a lot of willpower. His nature is Monster, letting him regain willpower ...
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How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?

My question: How would you, as an experienced role-player, deal with this situation? I was recently invited to join a 4e startup goup. I've RP'd a fair bit in my day, but not in decades, and never D&...
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Can a large mundane attack affect a creature only hit by “magical” attacks

A player in a 8th level campaign against giants is a shadow dancer. He has a pet shadow that does strength damage and is incorpreal. The question is, can a humanoid like a giant ever hit the shadow ...
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688 views

When should hit locations be determined randomly in GURPS 4e?

I may, once again, be drowning in the details, but would like to know when GURPS 4e calls for random hit determination. Do attacks always default to torso? I have run a combat with hit locations ...
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When should I separate encounters?

I had a session this week involving a fairly large battle at sea. The encounter involved a couple of boarders while the enemy ship was still at quite a distance, and the larger group still on the ...
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1answer
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How do attack bonuses interact with double rolls?

A half-elf uses Knack for Success on a Ranger, who then uses Split the Tree: Knack for Success: The target gains a +2 power bonus to his next attack roll [...]" Split the Tree: Make two ...
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1answer
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Do powers/feats/features that buff a character's healing work with Skald's Aura?

Skald's Aura: [...] you or any ally in the aura can use a minor action to spend a healing surge and regain 1 d6 additional hit points. Alternatively, you or any ally can use a minor action to ...
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As a GM, what minimal geographic knowledge should I have to make realistic maps?

I draw topographic maps for my players all the time, and in real time (it is just easier for me to express myself with a pencil on a sheet of paper than in words). I have two problems with this. ...
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Rules for gradual transformation from mortal to template in nWoD?

Are there official / good unofficial rules for the new World of Darkness that would support gradually playing through, over the course of a few stories, the transformation of a PC from mortal to a ...
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How could I make a Character use a device such as a magic sword after a teleport or dash?

First and foremost if you didn't get it from the question this is talking about Mutants and Masterminds. and its a question about character building. Im not sure how to tell but I think its second ...
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Savage Worlds wild dice and attacking with two weapons

If you use 2 swords in Savage Worlds, do you get a wild die for each attack in one round, or do you just get one for the main hand attack and none for the offhand? I know it would be the same kind of ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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Can a custom spell's effect last after the caster's death?

As GM, I am having a now-deceased 30th-level wizard's spell last after his death. It is a spell to conceal an object in a Dimensional Pocket keyed to one of the right bloodline who knows the password. ...
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Why the huge difference between divine and arcane compulsion effects?

In designing a new compulsion spell am not sure whether to follow the cleric tree or the bard/wizard/sorceror tree in regard to spell levels and other rules/effects. On the cleric side, we have ...
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292 views

What happens to the rider if a mount dies?

Does he fall prone or is he simply placed in an adjacent square?
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1answer
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Why does Double Move have to be the same move action?

I only just noticed this particular rule in PHB p. 284: Same Move Action: To double move, you have to take the same move action twice in a row on the same turn. What is the reason for this ...
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1answer
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Pickpocketing through powers in GURPS

One of my players was thinking of creating "the best pickpocket evar" in GURPS 4e. Naturally, there will be some skills involved, but he's envisioning crazy stuff, like he's standing 5 feet away and ...
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Can a defender counter on a multiple attack power where only one attack includes her as a target? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do marks interact with dual attacks? Defenders usually have a power with a trigger like: Trigger: An enemy marked by you makes an attack that does not include you ...
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What kind of character is unique for Eberron?

I am going to start playing Eberron for the first time. I have never played any D&D as I am not a fan of the series, but my friend is planning on doing some storytelling in the Eberron setting. I ...
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1answer
191 views

How does Blind, Dominate and Stun affect a Mount

The Rules Compendium p.252 mentions Dazed, but how are statuses like Blinded, Dominated and <...
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224 views

Do enemies/monsters get gray dice?

In Heresy-Engine based games (Airship Pirates, Victoriana 2E), do monsters have gray dice? For example, if the Bestiary lists dogs as 4HD, do they get 4 ordinary health dice plus the 4 gray ones, ...
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Where can I find Ral Partha miniatures for cheap? [closed]

I live in Canada and I own a few of the old Ral Partha D&D miniatures which are pretty cool. Unfortunately, I haven't seen them for sale anywhere for the last couple of years. I checked out a ...
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1answer
271 views

Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark or some other version of a mark?

Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark (e.g. Aegis of Assault) or some other version of a mark? Powers like Swordmage: Dual Lightning Strike, lvl 3 ...
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What extent of elemental traits do Elemental Savants gain?

There is this prestige class called Elemental Savant, which makes the character, actually, an elemental (with all the immunities AND the ability to be raised from dead, not to mention one can even be ...
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Does anyone have pointers on roleplaying using instant messaging?

I'm specifically looking for feedback from people that have tried real-time instant messaging systems, not asynchronous play-by-post or play-by-email. What were the most difficult challenges? Were ...
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2answers
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Epic Maneuvers?

So, the Book of Nine Swords gives us the opportunity to become the %race% of steel and pure awesomeness, it gives us maneuvers that make the character into one-man-army and stuff, and that's really ...
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759 views

How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean?

How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean? Eagle eye creates a magical sensor directly above you. The sensor can appear anywhere above you, to a maximum height equal to the spell's ...
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2answers
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How does a Ring of Counterspells work against an area-of-effect (AOE) spell?

A person is wearing a Ring of Counterspells which is storing a Fireball spell. When this person is in the AOE of a fireball is the entire fireball countered? Do they negate it just for their square? ...
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481 views

In-Game Calendar

I play Shadowrun with my group. We have a blog and I as GM wish that we could somehow track our in-game calendar. How many days have gone by? When does lifestyle have to be paid? How many days 'til ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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What are the essential design features of a combat system that make it scalable from single combat to mass warfare?

My question stems from this post by p.marino, as it raised my curiosity. I do not wish to spend the time and money to acquire and read Silhouette Core. Furthermore, I lack the knowledge of piles of ...
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892 views

How does the werewolf template alter my level?

If I'm a 5th-level monk who gains the werewolf template, what exactly happens to my character? I know I gain 2 d8-sized hit dice, but do I become a 7th-level monk? Or do the hit dice and level ...
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Is there an oldschool-style morale system for D&D 3e?

Oldschool D&D has rules for morale, such as these from Labyrinth Lord: Monsters have a listing for morale, which represents how likely they are to fight or flee when in an aencounter. Morale ...
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In 3.5/Pathfinder, what is the rough CR adjustment for Damage Reduction?

I have seen several breakdown and rough rules for adjusting a monster's CR according to various special abilities and qualities. The Pathfinder Core book and Bestiary has rules about things like high ...
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How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?

Exactly how does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder? If I wanted to begin playing with a system-light D&D, preferred ascending AC, and wanted ...
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1answer
528 views

Is there a way to get extra immediate actions?

In 4.0, are there any items, feats, powers, etc. that allow you to take more than one immediate action per round?
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295 views

How thin is “The Veil” in Scion?

In White Wolf, they commonly have something called "The Veil" – the 3.5th cubicle wall separating the characters from mundane society (i.e, the reason not to be overt with their powers). In Scion, ...
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What game system centered around Mafia or Organized Crime could be best used as a template to enhance an evil-pc D&D 4E game?

That's quite the mouthful. I'm DMing a D&D 4E game where the players desire to build an empire and trap heroes and more-or-less be the villains that D&D heroes normally are fighting against. ...
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7answers
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Any advice on how to politely approach a friend on problems with her character(s)?

I've been playing with a good friend of mine for a couple of games now (Exalted and Pathfinder) with another friend as GM. In a few weeks, I'm going to be running a new game because the GM is getting ...
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1answer
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Death odds in Deathwatch

We have played 3 games of Deathwatch now and are getting the hang of it. But my players seem to get hurt a lot. An example of this is a PC that has 21 wounds received 18 wounds from one enemy ...
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775 views

Recommend a web-based narrative RPG

I have played forum based RPG before. Posting is something like once per day and nothing is required other than text-writing capacity. I would like to try that again, but in English. It should be a ...
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As a GM, how do I encourage PCs to share and play out their backstories?

My players have trouble creating deep backstories for the characters. I have decided to go with that, but provide opportunities in-game for filling out the gaps. I'm considering leading some ...
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How do I get my players to form a PC party without just forcing them to?

I believe that it is generally a good thing that all the PCs travel together, as a "party". This way the GM has to manage one environment – not, say, five. The problem is how the GM can ensure such a ...
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Where is the D&D 3.5 random loot table?

This should be easy -- however I've gone through three books trying to find it. What book and page number is the random loot per level table for 3.5 edition? I saw it a couple months ago and didn't ...
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Assassin or Rogue for high DPS?

I'm making my second-ever character in D&D 4e and I want him to be a not-so-good guy (my first character being a Dragonborn Fighter who worships Bahamut) that can do a ton of single-target damage. ...
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1answer
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What is the best weapon for night stalker assassin?

Recently I read about an Assassin class, and I'm intrigued. I'm not very familiar with it yet, but I'm wondering what weapon best suits an Assassin? I mean, from a roleplaying point of view I would ...
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1answer
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Grappling interactions with Greater Grapple

A question came up at my last Pathfinder game: If a character has Greater Grapple, does it become possible to grapple and pin an opponent in one round? ( not tie up, though. That'd be 3 checks. ) ...
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What happens to a Giant Toad with a Lightning Staff?

If I'm playing a druid who has taken a Lightning Staff for Mark of Storm cheese, and I summon a giant toad, is its tongue electrified such that I can benefit from mark of storm from its attacks?

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