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How to motivate players without the promise of gold and XP?

The only way I seem to be able to motivate my players to go on adventures is the promise of gold or XP they don't seem to want to go anywhere unless some kind of physical reward is promised. For ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...
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Keeping Lightsabers Out of the Hands of Non-Force Sensitives

One of the weird quirks I've seen with the good ol' Star Wars d6 system is that Lightsaber is a Dexterity skill. This means that anybody can pick one up and use it reasonably well, even if they aren't ...
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Cyberpunk 2020 Reflex question

I am fairly new to running Cyberpunk 2020, and wanted to make sure I am doing this right. On the PC sheet, Reflex is divided by a '/' mark. I assume it is for modifiers to the ability. Is this ...
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Creating NPCs from Real-Life People

I have some friends that would like to be part of my future D&D campaign as NPCs. What I need help with is creating stats for a NPC based on a person. I am a player in this campaign. Our DM will ...
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Spellcasting Prodigy Feat in Pathfinder - yes or no?

My player asked me about using this feat on his new first-level character. Spellcasting Prodigy - Treat primary spellcasting ability score as 2 higher for bonus spells and save DCs. This feat is ...
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Should I pay attention to the defenses targeted when choosing my powers?

I'm building a 1st level human wizard for my first 4e campaign. As of now, my at-wills are Winged Horde (targets Will), Unraveling Dart (targets Fortitude) and Arc Lightning (targets Reflex). I was ...
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Playing an Undine Druid with the water domain, can I use water affinity for domain spells?

Let me preface this with this is my first character, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Water affinity gives water domain powers and spells at +1 caster level to undine clerics. I'm thinking because ...
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Can you buy and use an accurate weapon without having the superior weapon feat for it?

I would like to buy a level 3 accurate Rhythm Blade dagger, right now. At level 4 I plan to take the feat, Superior Implement (accurate dagger). The D&D Insider character builder is allowing me ...
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Does smite evil bypass DR for non-evil targets?

The Paladin's smite evil ability states: Smite Evil (Su): Once per day, a paladin can call out to the powers of good to aid her in her struggle against evil. As a swift action, the paladin chooses ...
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Can a Paladin use his Mercies with Channel Positive Energy?

Anyone that gets a Lay on hands from a Paladin also gets all the effects of the Paladin's Mercies. As the Channel Positive Energy uses two lay on hands do they also get the effects of the Mercies?
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Why don't weapons grant some sort of defense?

I'm not sure how it works in other version of D&D, but in 4e you get absolutely no bonus to defense with your weapon, and that doesn't quite make sense. When you're in combat with someone, you ...
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Does the barbarian rage ability 'Ground Breaker' work on plain earth?

Does the barbarian rage ability 'Ground Breaker' work on plain earth or other floor surfaces that have a hardness of zero?
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Were there gray renders before the year 2000?

I'm interested in compiling some lore on the gray render, but the Wikipedia entry dates them no further than D&D 3.0. Did they exist before this? Did they exist before D&D came along or were ...
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How does resurrecting destroyed undead affect their level progression?

While answering this question it brought up this current situation. I thought I had seen this answered here before but I can't find it anywhere. How does casting "Resurrection" on a destroyed ...
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How to play a Dwarven Gutbuster?

I haven't been able to find a way to create a classic dwarven battlerager that is official. I want to build a dwarf that wears spiked armor, spiked gauntlets, spiked everything, that charges enemies, ...
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Character generation for the dresden files “case file” adventures

I was thinking of running the Dresden Files RPG, and I wanted to try it out and get my feet wet before I did a real long-term campaign. So I tried to run the "neutral grounds" case file (A free ...
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I am a novice, so are my friends. What should we start out with? [duplicate]

Lately I've been wanting to get into the whole table top RPG scene. I briefly played Dungeons & Dragons with very little understanding of the game; it was rather fun, even if it was over Skype. I ...
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I am looking for a game to ease my friends into role playing

Let me start with saying it's been many years since I played D&D. I have a group of friends that meet every week to play board games like Descent, Heroquest, etc. The thing is, none of these ...
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Which rpg system supports freeform magic and is intended for Fantasy games?

We've been looking for a system that fits our current requirements for a while and we seem to be failing miserably at it... Does anyone know of a system that fits the following? Magic system ...
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Can a Combat Challenge/Divine Challenge/Warden's Fury interrupt an opportunity attack?

Can a Defender's interrupt ability stop an opportunity attack? If so, can I get a page reference?
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Flying straight from prone

I had a dragon that was knocked prone, but the handbooks are very vague about the rules regarding flight. If the dragon has move 10 fly(hover) 10 could a dragon simply fly from prone position, or must ...
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3 enchanted items to cast ritual - D&D

In planing my D&D campaign, I have an section where the group will have to find three enchanted copper pots to seal away a powerful daemon. I have an idea on how I want it to work, but not sure if ...
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Awarding XP for combat encounters in Dnd 4e

I am a very inexperienced DM. I have here what must be an obvious question, but I can't seem to find any solid clarification. How is XP rewarded after a combat encounter? Is the total monsters' XP ...
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Images depicting the average citizens and their life in the Warhammer 40k universe

Which (rpg) books related to the Warhammer 40k universe have images depicting the "average" citizenry and cities of the Empire and their daily lives? In case there are no official sources, please ...
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Negative Damage of an Animal

The D&D Wiki indicates some animals have a negative modifier to their damage such that they can never do positive damage. In this case it's 1d2-5. How should this be interpreted?
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AoO and subsequent rolls

I read somewhere that if you take an action that causes an AoO, from the subsequent roll for that action, you have to subtract the eventually taken damage. Is it right? If yes, does this apply too to ...
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Returning enchantment on a creature

I have a feat that allows me to pick up and throw another creature as if it were a thrown weapon. The greater belt of mighty hurling item from Pathfinder, among other things, allows me to apply ...
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Differences in D&D 3.0 and 3.5 core material not in the SRD

When a new D&D edition comes out, every gaming forum gets flooded by "oh noes I need to buy all my books again". The passage from D&D 3e to 3.5e is somewhat special in this regard because most ...
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Reducing a monster below CR 1

There are many instances in Pathfinder and other 3.5 based systems when you might need to reduce a monster below 1 or 1/2. For example, if I'm using a CR 1/2 monster from a 3.5 source in Pathfinder, ...
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In Pathfinder, what are the rules for holding a two-handed weapon in one hand while using the other hand?

I am currently GMing a Pathfinder game and the following situation came up: One of my players wanted to have his two-handed weapon held in his off-hand, while having a throwing weapon readied in his ...
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Draconic Lineage feats vs Reserve Feats

Dragon Magic presented draconic Lineage feats, which let you convert spell slots into various attacks/abilities that varied in power by the slot spent. Complete Mage gave us Reserve Feats, which gave ...
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Is there an (online) SRD for Cthulhu d20?

As the title says: Is there an (online) SRD for Cthulhu d20? If so, where can we find it? Note that a definite "no", supported by some factual resource, is an acceptable answer.
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What happens to a returning weapon if someone else grabs and throws it?

As per the SRD, "A returning weapon flies through the air back to the creature that threw it. It returns to the thrower just before the creature’s next turn", so before the thrower's next turn, the ...
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Is there a working adaptation of Skyrim's Dragon Shouts to DnD3.x?

I wonder if there's a well designed and tested, working - and, of course, unofficial (?) - adaptation of Skyrim's Dragon Shouts (Thu'um) to DnD 3.x (or possibly Pathfinder)? If not, how would you ...
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What are the reasons for limiting number of players in Dogs in the Vineyard?

I picked up Dogs in the Vineyard this weekend, and I fell in love during the first read-through. I noticed these lines from the rulebook: "You’ll need a GM. You’ll need some players— the game ...
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Good sources for pre-painted minis? [closed]

Does anyone know some good places to look for pre-painted minis besides the WOTC and Reaper lines? I'm interested in either factory-painted or hand-painted.
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Where can I find D&D Penny Arcade Podcast season 2 scenario?

In the last episode of the D&D podcast season 2: (http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4pod/20090408), Chris Perkins writes: for those wishing to follow in the footsteps of ...
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Is using the term “gypsy” in a game racist?

I've been working on a set of house rules for a "retroclone" game called OSRIC. This game plays similar to the original 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. I was planning to tweak a few of ...
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Do you need to take a feat to get the background?

I'm currently running a D&D 3.5e game for The Shackled City Adventure Path and have allowed my players to use backgrounds provided for it to fit their character's in a little better if they so ...
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421 views

Vassal-like dice for chat-sessions

I recently played a game on the board-game simulator Vassal that simulated the game's custom d6s. I'm wondering if anybody knows of a similar program (or even a module for vassal) that lets a group ...
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Can psychic damage affect mindless creatures? Can radiant damage sterilise water?

The game presents 10 damage types: acid, cold, fire, force, lightning, necrotic, poison, psychic, radiant, thunder. And my players asked a few things about using spells that deal typed damage in and ...
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Can Bluff be used to emulate an alignment?

If a character has something like the Touch of Golden Ice feat (Book of Exalted Deeds, pg41) could an evil character use bluff to avoid the ill effects, or is there an item that already does this?
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Failing to use acrobatics to move through threatened squares in Pathfinder

As a rogue I want to start making better use of the Acrobatics skill to move through threatened squares to get better positioning. However, I have been holding back because I am a little unclear on ...
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Games based on Eclipse Phase's world and/or system

Are there any well developed, relatively successful, and - in your own experience - well playable, unofficial (and Creative Commons licensed) RPGs based on Eclipse Phase's world and/or system, as of ...
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How does acquiring a template that changes hit dice affect pre-existing hit points?

When an existing creature acquires a template, and that template changes the creature's hit dice, does this change the creature's existing hit points? Example: A 3rd level human cleric with no bonus ...
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What was the D&D Challenger Series?

As I try to get a handle on the incredibly numerous variations within "basic" and "original" D&D, I've come across a few sets of books that are related by some common title that doesn't seem well ...
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What does a Thieves Guild turf war look like?

Related to this question, what is actually involved in a turf war between a high-level thief character and the local Thieves Guild? I assume that Assassins are involved at some point. What other ...
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What is the base speed for humans and other PC races in AD&D

I am looking for the "base speed" if you will for AD&D 1st edition PC races and can't find it anywhere. So I am wondering how fast are the PC races in 1st edition AD&D?
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Dragonborn Item Interaction

I have a question in regards to resistances... If I had the Wyrmtouched Amulet from the Adventurers Vault and my character was a dragonborn using the Scion of Arkhosia Paragon Path what would my ...

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