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Swordsage maneuver choice

The following question was raised during the making of a strength based, two handing (a little bit MAD) swordsage. Does having a medium base attack bonus favor single attack maneuvers rather than ...
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Without a map or miniatures, how to best determine line-of-sight, etc?

I think the title says it all. Let's say you're mastering a game without the benefit of miniatures, maps, or any kind of physical representation of the environment. How would you keep track of details ...
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How can I simplify a series of rolls without changing probability too heavily?

Ok, I'm working on a combat system converted from a video game to a tabletop game, and I'd appreciate some feedback on how I can make my combat defense system work. Currently attacking is handled as ...
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Clerics and Spell Preparation

How long does it take to prepare spells? I see in one place in the book that spell preparation is supposed to take one hour, but I see in another that it can take 'as few as 15 minutes'. Which is ...
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How does the Magic Circle ritual work?

The description of the magic circle ritual includes the following text: An affected creature whose level is lower than your Arcana check result minus 10 cannot pass through the circle, affect ...
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Unable to use Musical Instrument in Character Builder

I'm relatively new to D&D so I find that I rely on the offline Character Builder quite a bit in order to make sure that I'm not fudging any numbers. It seems to work really well overall, but I ran ...
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How can you encourage players to role play in line with their culture?

How can you encourage players to role play in line with their culture, either fictional or realistic? For example in a campaign with American players playing mainly European characters, I've noticed ...
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Using MuCo to add two extra arms

I'm playing a wizard in an ArM5 campaign who focuses on Muto Corpus; his magic mostly involves changing bits of his body - changing arms into bear arms for fighting, legs into gazelle-legs for ...
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What happens when you deal damage with a raise but the victim is already shaken?

Let's say a wild card foe gets shaken (either through damage or other means). Per the rules, if she gets "shaken again" through successful damage, she gets a wound instead (and remains shaken). What ...
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What's the duration of Savage Transformation?

What's the duration of the wizard level 5 attack power, Savage Transformation? The card reads: Hit: 2d8 + Intelligence modifier damage, and you partially transform the target's mind and body ...
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Firearms for DnD

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...
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How do you plan Savage Worlds combats based on PC ability?

Last night I ran my first Savage Worlds combat, to try to get a feel for the system. The combatants were two sword-wielding fighting men against three orcs (extras) and their chieftain (a wild card). ...
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WFRP3e Character sheets white box next to attribute diamond

The character sheets that come with the core set. What is the box next to the attribute diamond for? I can see some vague reference to fortune but I can't find where it says what (or more importantly ...
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Do any powers use the percentile dice anymore?

The "percentile", or "10d10" dice are still found as a standard component of most polyhedral dice sets. But, I've yet to see use of them in my (albeit limited) experience with D&D 4e. Are there ...
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Does ability damage from the “Pressure Points” Ninja Trick stack?

The Ninja Trick "Pressure Points" states: Pressure Points (Su): A ninja with this trick can strike at an opponent’s vital pressure points, causing weakness and intense pain. Whenever the ninja ...
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Updating a couple of old Arduin magic items

So here a couple of magic items from the old Arduin books that I'd like to use in more recent D&D. How would you update (or stat) these? Stasis Bag - a sort of super bag of holding. It's size ...
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Battle Oracle advice

We are wrapping up our campaign and the GM is going to run another game, which has us all talking about what our new characters will be. After both my character and his cohort took single level dips ...
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How do I respectfully make use of non-Western accents?

I pretty much exclusively alter my voice to represent characters' speech in-game, both as player and GM. I have a pretty good handle on most of the numerous Western accents - probably due to the ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as an attack?

This handbook suggests that Flurry of Blows is an attack when recommending the otherwise extremely underwhelming malec-keth janissary: Malec-Keth Janissary (Swordmage-MoP)- Add extra damage to all ...
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Option: Trading Energy for Speed and Skill (GURPS Thaumatology) with high skill

Trading Energy for Speed and Skill One way to introduce more flexibility into standard spellcasting is to allow casters to exchange extra energy for special benefits. Below are two examples; ...
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How do I help myself recover from death?

What exactly can I do when I'm dying? Is is possible for a priest to heal himself while dying with healing word? D&D 4th ed seems very easy to learn, but a lot of things confuse me when I'm out ...
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What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?

Alignments of Good, Evil, Lawful & Chaotic seem to be hindrances. They affect your spell choice slightly, restrict certain equipment and worst of all, they make you weak to certain forms of ...
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How can I disrupt a Gnome Rogue/Assassin Hybrid?

In my campaign, one of my players is a hybrid rogue/assassin gnome. (Some of you can see my issue already.) He's level 2 and dishing out 30 damage. He gets hit and triggers the gnome racial ability ...
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Does turn undead gain the benefits from a Sacred Mask?

Sacred Mask When you use a Channel Divinity class feature, until the end of your next turn, you deal 1d6 extra radiant damage against undead enemies and can score a critical hit against undead ...
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Wiki engine for D&D [closed]

I'm serching for wiki engine, preferably written on python(but is not necessary), with one specific feature - user should be able to insert the block on pages, which will be visible only for one user, ...
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Was the Kastor Lieberung-plot resolved in Enemy Within?

I do not own Empire in Flames, the final book of the Enemy Within-campaign for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Was the "mistaken identity"-plot begun in the very first supplement ever adequately ...
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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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How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?

Okay, I'll cop to it -- this is totally my fault. I get a little excited at the slightest opportunity to expound upon the setting, and in this case I added a small mausoleum to an otherwise boring ...
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Where can I find a good collection of pre-generated characters for D&D 4th Edition? [closed]

I'm looking for sources of pre-generated characters for D&D 4th Edition. I'm looking for all sorts of levels, in addition to the typical level 1 pre-gens. The purpose of this is for running short ...
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What is the difference between a cleric and an oracle?

I have zero experience with D&D. It was with great reluctance that I agreed to make a character in Pathfinder for a campaign my friend is running. Now, in WoD (and somewhat in Shadowrun) the ...
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Players playing multiple characters

I generally have a small group of people playing D&D at any one time. However to get the party dynamics right, and to cover all useful / necessary skills we could often use more characters than ...
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Order of actions in combat

Is there a specific order in which move / move-equivalent actions and standard actions should occur during a combat round? I know you can take the 5-foot step at the beginning or the end of the turn, ...
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How do I signal a flashback?

I have several flashbacks planned that introduce the characters to a backstory that is too complex for a typical plot dump. The problem is that the flashbacks are triggered in the context of the ...
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How can more than one person work on a single magic item?

The Pathfinder magic item creation rules have this to say about prerequisites: Most of the time, they take the form of spells that must be known by the item's creator (although access through ...
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How often can an attack of opportunity be provoked?

If a player moves through multiple squares threatened by a single opponent, does that player provoke in each square he moves through or only the first? I became confused when I saw the wording in the ...
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Combat Challenge vs Opportunity Attack - which happens first?

If a fighter has marked an enemy, and the enemy does a ranged attack against someone other than the fighter, I believe the fighter can attack using Combat Challenge as the enemy is making an attack ...
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Communicating with gallant hawk familiar

I recently bought a Gallant Hawk and I was wondering what I need in terms of feats, powers, etc. for communicating with it. Also, what other rules are involved (what I need to know) when ...
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Need some recommendations for monster manuals

I run and play lots of indie-style games (Burning Wheel and Apocalypse World in particular). Perhaps the one thing they lack that I miss from my D&D days is the tomes full of monsters to excite ...
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Attacks of Opportunity & Potion Drinking

Is there some way to prevent an opponent from receiving an attack of opportunity when you consume a potion in a threatened square?
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Can I use Cleave even if there's only one enemy?

The target for Cleave [ddi] says "One creature", but the effect states that another enemy adjacent to you that isn't the target takes damage. Does this mean I can use Cleave even if there aren't ...
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Does flanking grant combat advantage to all allies?

Does a properly flanked enemy only grant combat advantage to the allies doing the flanking, or to all allies?
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Warhammer fantasy role play 3rd tutorial [closed]

Is there a good set of resources to summarise the rules without the fluff. I am finding it difficult to take in all the rules and get a game going. My group won't want to listen to me read everything ...
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Feat prerequisites

Related to this question: Skill rank feat prerequisites, and specifically this rule text: Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, ...
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What type of action is a knowledge check?

Based on a recent question about knowledge checks, I started wondering what kind of action Knowledge Checks were. The compendium doesn't seem to state it for monster knowledge checks (but, e.g. detect ...
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1answer
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Ways to add the [Good] Descriptor to Spells for Arcane Spellcaster

The 'Consecrate Spell' feat from Book of Exalted Deeds adds the [Good] descriptor to spells cast. Is there another way to achieve this for arcane spellcasters, e.g. as a prestige class feature? The ...
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About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers

I decided to select the Ranger class for my first campaign. I used Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers (switch hitter) for my first build. I added Beastmaster and Skirmisher to supplement my expected play ...
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What is the best way to compose/express a resurrection wish in D&D?

In the name of Greater Good, my Lawful Good character sacrificed an Avoral Guardinal. This happened in Occipitus (layer 507 of the Abyss), which he now controls as its Demon Lord. My character has ...
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Is there a (semi-canon) concordance between the peoples of the Forgotten Realms and their “real-world” equivalents?

I think there's no official stance on this, but I wonder if there's an accepted, semi-canon list of the peoples of the Forgotten Realms and their real world counterparts (that most likely inspired the ...
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1answer
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Resisted energy types and immunity

I would like to know the distribution of energy resistances and immunities in 3.5 monsters, and especially the four basic types fire, cold, electricity and acid. It is often said that fire is most ...
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How do Ghosts regenerate POW?

Ghost have rules to spend POW and what happens when their POW reaches zero but not how to regain those spend points. How can they regain POW is their instantiated state? Should it be something ...

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