23
votes
6answers
993 views

When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?

This question stems from my Eclipse Phase campaign, but applies to any high-tech setting. While the setting books describe a wealth of technology, there are plenty of tools that are not listed. That's ...
14
votes
6answers
456 views

Is the information gained from a knowledge check fallible?

I got into a big argument on another forum about the fallibility of knowledge checks. I was under the impression that they represented things a character had learned by virtue of living life in the ...
12
votes
1answer
686 views

How does a mount interact with its rider in regards to Reflex saves?

In this episode of 'Wasting Time with Phill', we take a look at how mounts and riders interact with their saving throws. How does a mount interact with its rider in regards to Reflex saves? If a ...
7
votes
1answer
417 views

Counting milestones for the death penalty

When a character is resurrected using the Raise Dead ritual, she gets a death penalty: The subject returns with a death penalty: –1 to all attack rolls, skill checks, saving throws, and ability ...
8
votes
2answers
454 views

Does the Monk's Flurry of Blows trigger mark retribution?

Scenario: Monk is marked by Fighter. Monk attacks Fighter. Monk uses Flurry of Blows on a different creature. Does the Fighter get to use Combat Challenge to attack the Monk? UPDATE: I found this ...
15
votes
2answers
2k views

How are Pathfinder Fighters different from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play?

How do Pathfinder Fighters differ from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play? Is the feat structure different? What are the changes regarding combat feats and special rules like ...
7
votes
1answer
593 views

Order of operations for weapon damage

This is something I've had to run into when DM-ing. One of my characters has a -1 strength is a small character, and is a rogue. The -1 strength means that when attacking with his dagger, he often has ...
16
votes
1answer
5k views

How does an Intelligence penalty affect skill points when character-building/leveling-up?

In character-building/leveling-up, you take your class's skill points and add your Int bonus. So a Fighter gets 2 Plus their Int bonus. Say my fighter is really smart(16) he'll get 2+3 (int bonus) ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Using Pathfinder's variant “Wounds and Vigor” rules

I am in the early sessions of running a science-fantasy Pathfinder game. I'd like a grittier feel to the game and came across the "Wounds and Vigor" variant rules. For those who have used these ...
12
votes
5answers
1k views

What's the simplest way of representing a “savage” warrior with an tiger animal companion?

The "savage" warrior with an animal companion is a staple of pulp fantasy/swords & sorcery. However, if you wanted to play a warrior with a tiger for an animal companion, you're looking at a 7th ...
10
votes
3answers
618 views

3.5e Variant Rules

I'm thinking of starting a new campaign with a laundry list of house rules. The variant rules on the SRD seem worth while. As an example, using 'armor as DR' and 'Spell Points' are at the top of my ...
7
votes
2answers
472 views

Are 4e monsters compatible/level equivalent without adjustment in Gamma World?

I plan on running a brief Gamma World campaign with my group, and I am wondering if 4E monsters are compatible between systems without any sort of level adjustment? From a quick perusal, it seems like ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Do animal companions get bonus attacks due to high BAB?

I'm looking for an entry in the rules that tells me that animal companions do not get additional attacks with a high BAB bonus. But I can't find anything. The only thing I found was this example in ...
6
votes
1answer
222 views

Converting from AD&D Second Edition to AD&D

I have a lot of old AD&D 2nd Edition books, but I only have the core books for AD&D 1st Edition, plus the Deities and Demigods book. I am looking for a way to convert second edition to first, ...
11
votes
2answers
471 views

Yummy, I love the taste of ghosts..?

The SRD says An incorporeal creature has no physical body. Do incorporeal creatures have matter - any at all? If one argues that ectoplasm is matter (with some supplements such as Ghostwalk), ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

How does the disease recovery mechanic work?

Currently DMing a campaign - I set up an easy encounter with a twist: a creature that could infect the players with the Abyssal plague. I was planning for the 4th level characters to struggle to deal ...
18
votes
7answers
1k views

How can I roll a character's age using only d6?

I'm making a simple, slightly comedic home-brew RPG where a lot of the characters' base stats are randomized for comedic effect. This includes the characters' age. (So you can have a ridiculously ...
9
votes
6answers
4k views

Is there a Ravenloft Campaign Setting for 4E that ISN'T the board game?

I've searched far and wide for a 4E Ravenloft setting. I played it once in 3.5's "Return to Castle Ravenloft" and fell in love with Barovia and the setting (even though Strahd was a total pushover in ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

Feats for a TWF Ranger?

Trying to find feats that I should focus on for a two-weapon fighting human ranger. I just hit level 2 and I have picked up two weapon fighting, weapon focus (scimitar), and double slice. My strength ...
5
votes
5answers
269 views

Character turn mechanic that is both detailed and handles long actions

We play according to a homemade-ish freeform-ish system. I, as a GM, have a lot of fun with the system as I morph it. And the benefit for the players is that the whole thing is a one-pager. But we ...
7
votes
1answer
708 views

Are the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil Class abilities vulnerable to Dispel Magic as well?

I was Looking at the class abilities for Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil and I Saw how specific spells got through them much like a Prismatic Wall needing 7 different spells to get rid of it. I was ...
5
votes
3answers
208 views

Does ASF Apply to the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil Class Abilities?

I was recently looking at the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil class and was looking at its class abilities and started to wonder, if they are equivalent to Xth Level spells.(X being a different number ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I convert monsters from 4e back to 3.5?

For Christmas this year, I got the Monster Manual Three. Only problem is, this one is for 4e and I play almost exclusive 3.5. However, I started flipping through the pages anyway out of curiosity. ...
12
votes
1answer
3k views

Can a wizard change a spell they have prepared?

I have read in professor Q's guide to Pathfinder wizards that Unlike the Sorcerer or Bard or Oracle you never have to sit and wish that you had picked a different spell this level since in a ...
2
votes
2answers
332 views

Moldvay D&D First Round in Encounter

I'm confused about how to DM the first round of an encounter using Moldvay's rules, specifically, when is the DM supposed to use the Monster Reaction table on page B24. Say a party encounters a group ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Good RPG System/Game/style for just a single DM and single Player? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 1 GM and 1 Player games and game systems? I am looking for a system or style of play (or even contained game/game module) which would be fun for just one player---myself ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

Can I multi-class between a class and an archetype of that class?

Background I am playing Pathfinder with a character who is a Fighter with the Polearm Master archetype. There is an ability that the Fighter (sans archetype) earns at third level called "Armor ...
7
votes
1answer
117 views

Diaspora two handed melee weapon

In Diaspora the two handed stunt for melee says "Weapon is designed for two-handed use and is awkward in the hands of those not sufficiently strong. The wielder may amplify his Skill check with his ...
31
votes
14answers
2k views

Repercussions to DM-mandated limit on books allowable for characters?

When running a campaign, especially one with newer players mixed with optimizers, is it a fair call to limit the variety of books available for play? For feats, classes, prestige classes, magic items ...
18
votes
5answers
2k views

Can you be Polymorphed and then be made into a Familiar?

If a character is converted to a snake using baleful polymorph, can they then be made a Familiar or a Druid's Animal Companion (or other similar conditions). And what happens once they are changed ...
13
votes
6answers
817 views

Introducing System Mechanics to new players

Context Hello, I'm assembling a DnD/Pathfinder group, and all the players are new to tabletop rpg. All they know is rpg is about storytelling, dice rolling [ and macabre rituals <- just kidding, ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

What is the difference between “partial cover” and “cover”?

Degrees of cover and concealment are defined in the Player's Handbook (pp 280-281). There it discusses cover, superior cover, concealment, and total concealment. However, many powers and features ...
9
votes
1answer
214 views

Do cover providing powers provide cover from adjacent melee attacks?

My Warden just acquired the level 2 Utility Daily: Nature's Abundance which creates a Zone which provides Cover in a Burst 3 for me and my allies (AWESOME!). To make sure that I fully understand the ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

How does non-magical healing work in AD&D 2nd Edition?

I'm unclear on how natural non-magical healing is supposed to work in AD&D 2nd Edition. In the Dungeon Master Guide, Chapter 9 : Combat, in the section titled "Natural Healing" it states : ...
4
votes
2answers
517 views

What simplified house rule grappling systems exist for AD&D 2nd edition?

I've heard horror stories about various methods of resolving grappling attacks, and I've been in situations like that before. The grappling system in many games is so broken it's a long-running joke. ...
4
votes
1answer
315 views

What means are there for dealing with invisible creatures?

In Savage Worlds, the Invisibility spell makes a target invisible - a normal Success on the Invisibility casting roll means you must first make a Notice check at -4 to spot it, then your attack roll ...
3
votes
1answer
226 views

How can I use Helfrost spells with Power Points?

I would like to give my players some spells from Hellfrost - but Hellfrost uses a penalty to the casting roll instead of Power Points cost. How can I convert those spells for use with Power Points?
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Differences between Mentzer BECM D&D and Allston Rules Cyclopedia D&D

The D&D Rules Cyclopedia is supposed to cover the same ruleset as the Basic, Expert, Companion and Masters D&D Boxed Sets. Are the rules the same? Does it use the same text, or is it a ...
7
votes
4answers
577 views

Needing a Plan to Win [closed]

I am new to D&D and I am joining a campaign that automatically starts me in level 6. We are playing 3.5 version. I am a half-elf fighter with an alignment of chaotic neutral. I want to play my ...
18
votes
4answers
2k views

How can players learn the nature of magic items?

I'm running a sandbox campaign with Adventurer Conqueror King System (essentially Moldvay-Cook Basic/Expert D&D). My players are starting to find probably-magic items during their expeditions and ...
2
votes
1answer
417 views

Do the lowered level parameters for selecting a Wild Cohort Extend to its Bonus HD/Nat Armor/Tricks?

For referencer the feat can be found here http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/re/20031118a I was wondering, the feat when it says "When selecting an alternative animal cohort, use the list of ...
3
votes
2answers
690 views

Does the War Domain grant Improved Unarmed Strike when given by a god who favors Unarmed Strikes?

I could have sworn that I read somewhere that the War Domain granted Improved Unarmed Strike when the god favored them, but I can’t find it now. Did I just imagine this, or is it an actual rule ...
7
votes
2answers
935 views

In calculating Basic D&D monster experience, what's a special ability?

I really like my good ol' Moldvay Basic D&D. Every once in a while, it's missing a rule I want, and I make it up. Then I feel clever. Sometimes, though, I want to know what everybody else did ...
9
votes
3answers
645 views

Does exploration movement rate in Basic D&D (B/X) include trap/secret-door detection?

In the Basic Rulebook for D&D, on page B19, it states that characters can move 120' in a dungeon per turn (10 minutes). Later it states that this movement assumes players are mapping carefully, ...
4
votes
1answer
367 views

Moldvay Basic D&D - Mapping using Charater Movement Rates

I'm dusting off the Moldvay Red Basic Rulebook (1981) and taking a stab at figuring out some of the rules that I, frankly, didn't fully understand when I was a kid. On B19, under the MOVEMENT ...
6
votes
1answer
258 views

How many things can a player do on his or her round?

I'm just starting out DMing in D&D, using the Moldvay basic rules from 1981. A player encounters a monster that is 100' away. The player wins initiative and wants to do the following on round 1: ...
1
vote
1answer
473 views

How do I gain access to Perception training as a Hexblade MC Rogue in early Heroic?

I am currently about to start playing as a 1st level fey-pact Hexblade stiker and I'm acting as the rogue (traps, locks, and so on) in a small party. I am currently planning to take the multi-class ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Are there any stat-boosting backgrounds?

My DM is asking us to use a 22-point-buy for my main stats but this isn't quite enough to make the character I really want to play. Are there any themes, backgrounds or feats I can take in Heroic Tier ...
9
votes
1answer
190 views

What happens to my caster roll when maintaining a power that targets 5?

In Savage World, every 1 Power you maintain is a -1 to your casting roll. If I have a power that targets 5 (and which requires maintaining), is it considered as maintaining 1 power or 5 powers?
9
votes
2answers
227 views

Does a hidden creature trigger powers from those it's hidden from?

Of what I searched in, I haven't found a clear indication as to the answer of this question: When a creature is Hidden from another creature, let's call them "Heidie" and "Attacky" respectively, does ...

15 30 50 per page