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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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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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Use Predator's Flurry on a charge?

Are there any ways to allow a druid to use Predator's Flurry on a charge? Is there a page out there that documents ways to use powers as part of a charge (or as a MBA etc)?
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Healing Kits in combat

2 players are in combat, with no healing abilities except for 1 player has the Healing skill and also has a Healing Kit +1. Can he use that kit in combat to heal his friend that is low on health or ...
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How do I model sinkholes collapsing under the PCs?

I found the rules for quicksand but those aren't exactly what I'm seeking. While I am using a marshy environment I want to create terrain which can suddenly give way under the PCs. There are a few ...
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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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In-game rewards for game-related work?

The other GM in my group and I are both big fans of giving XP rewards for things done out of the game. Ex: We have an artist who will draw and design all sorts of stuff to "fluff out" our campaign. ...
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How do I read these attacks?

Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +9 vs. Fortitude Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +9 vs. AC Attack: Ranged 5/10 (one creature); +6 Can anybody break these down for me?
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How do passive skills work? [duplicate]

How does passive insight/perception skills work? I've read about it and asked people but I keep getting different answers. Any help?
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Multi Class Leveling

I am new to D&D, currently using 3.5 & Pathfinder (Pathfinder book arrives next week, ordered it). I am extremely confused with the Multiclass leveling system. When I opt to take a new class ...
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What is the cost for the upkeep of gear?

Our campaign setting is money poor, the cost of a master work weapon is far out of the commoner's reach. When players need to purchase things they certainly think it through. NPC crafters do not have ...
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What RPG systems are Designed for a “Traditional” Call of Cthulhu Scenario

What RPG systems are there for a traditional Call of Cthulhu adventure (e.g. a basic premise of being investigators in 20th century/modern timeframe within the Lovecraft Mythos)? I know that there is ...
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Do spells need to roll 4+ even if they are opposed rolls?

Some spells allow the enemy an opposed check to avoid the effect. Does the caster still need at least a 4+ on the roll, or is it sufficient that it is higher than the opposed roll? Example: Burst - ...
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What is the difference between “No Action” and “Free Action”?

What is the difference between No Action, e.g. the Monk's Centered Flurry of Blows [ddi], and the more common Free Action?
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Things that all characters are vulnerable to in Shadowrun?

So I'm running a game of Shadowrun in which the players will soon get a rather powerful initiated mage. What I'm curious about is this: Are there any attacks/threats that affect basically all ...
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Encouraging players to play games they normally wouldn't?

So one of my traditional groups has a member who's gone through a pretty serious health crisis, and in addition to that the remainder of the group is going on some traveling soon. Eventually we'll get ...
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How does one keep track of all of the different statuses, conditions, and mathematically-entwined stats of FFRPG?

Returner Games’s FFRPG has, to my mind, a very serious flaw in that it forgets that, unlike the video game consoles that you run Final Fantasy games on, tabletop games don’t have a ...
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Can you fire a double barrelled shotgun at two different targets in one action?

In Savage Worlds a Double Barrelled Shotgun has a Rate of Fire of 1 or 2. Under the descriptive text is says that you can fire both Barrels together and roll to hit twice. One of my player wanted to ...
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Using Archer abilities with Swords

I'm trying out this old RPG called FFRPG, and we haven't even begun playing when one of my player's character sheet stood out :( One of my players created an Archer with a Special Training Advantage: ...

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