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When advancing a skill can you spend multiple xp for a failed roll?

In Roll For Shoes you gain a new related skill if you roll all 6's on your dice roll, however you can spend xp from failed rolls (you gain 1 xp per failure): XP can be used to change a die into a ...
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Can a divine caster change her praying time?

The rules say: Time of Day: A divine spellcaster chooses and prepares spells ahead of time, but unlike a wizard, does not require a period of rest to prepare spells. Instead, the character chooses ...
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Have Winglings, Obsidimen and T'skrang appeared in Shadowrun?

In the Forth World/Earthdawn three additional races were present, Windlings, Obsidimen and T'skrang. I know that Windlings have been widely regarded as Pixies but have the other two races appeared in ...
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Does Seeker's Biting Swarm give both a dex bonus and wis bonus to damage?

Biting Swarm damage is calculated at 1[W]+Wis. If you are using an xbow would that be 1[1d10+Dex]+Wis?
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Baleful Utterance vs Hammer Blast: which is better?

So we have two different Least Invocations Warlocks can use to break things: Baleful Utterance(Complete Arcane), in short Shatter at will, and Hammer Blast(Complete Mage), which lets you apply your ...
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Is it possible to save from ongoing damage, if submerged in the source of the damage every turn?

Specifically: in H2: thunderspire Labyrinth in the Hall of the Crimson Whip, there are pools of poisonous blood. The damage states: "Any creature that is not a demon and enters or starts its turn in a ...
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What can make a dragon familiar suitable for a low-level character?

I would like to allow a level ~5 character to have a dragon as a familiar. (My DM style is a little more flexible.) Other than having a "baby dragon," how would you keep that balanced? I'd also ...
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Does injury affect the helping dice I grant to others?

My character has a skill at B5. Let's say it's Navigation. Because I have five dice in the skill, if I use my Navigation to help another character, they'll gain +2D instead of the more typical +1D. ...
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Can a multi-class Duskblade use Arcane Channelling with cleric spells?

Duskblades have the ability Arcane Channelling, which allows them to cast touch spells through a melee attack with their weapon. Can they only channel Duskblade spells this way, or can they channel ...
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When does the PR Bonus affect Focus Power Tests?

In the Deathwatch Core Rule book, the paragraph describing Focus Power Test states: A Focus Power test is a Willpower Test that determines whether a functions successful. The amount of time it ...
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Can I combine Just Blade, Incantation, and a spell?

The 'Mystic Focus' ability of Just Blade lets a character imbue their Grim Heritor with a single spell-like ability. The first circle of the Incantation track ('Incantation') is a spell-like ability, ...
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Why are there maximum level caps for race in S&W? [duplicate]

We had an incredibly fun time with our first Swords & Wizardry session and are wondering why non-human character races have a cap for maximum level. For instance, in the core rules: Dwarven ...
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What would a player character need to better eat live animals raw?

Ok, so I mentioned in another question an idea for a character known for "(eating) small animals live and fresh with all the dignity and etiquette of a nobleman eating a sandwich"; would a character ...
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Which Delta Green books do I need to get started?

Following on from Which Call of Cthulhu books do I need to get started?, I would also like to get into Delta Green. Similar questions, then: How useful will the core book be on its own? Are any ...
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The Sunless Citadel and its errors

Is there any official errata for the adventure module by Bruce Cordell, The Sunless Citadel? Failing that, is there a decent-sized unofficial errata available on the web? Something more than "I ...
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What are the ways that a CR-appropriate party can stop a Night Hag's dream haunting?

A Night Hag is listed as CR 9. That seems to indicate that sending one against a party of level-10 PCs should be a safe bet on the party defeating the Night Hag. Assuming that the Night Hag's chosen ...
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Can positive or negative energy be dissipated into surrounding plant life?

This came up specifically in a discussion of the Tome of Battle Shadow Sun Ninja prestige class. One of his first abilities is Touch of the Shadow Sun, which deals Negative Energy damage, then Touch ...
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Improving combat when playing on IRC

A group I play with via IRC seems to have a serious problem keeping combat interesting: the medium inherently slows things down, descriptions of attacks and defenses don’t have the same ...
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1answer
681 views

Shadowrun history across the editions

Truth be told, I've lost track of Shadowrun's in-game "future history" when 3rd edition came out, which we've never got around to play. However, I do know (thanks to various gaming blogs, etc.) that ...
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Rechargeable Powers

Many monsters have rechargeable powers/attacks. How do you know when those are recharged? The most common one I have seen is 5 6. I'm guessing this does not mean 56 turns. I believe in the monsters ...
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Ways to change the elemental type of a spell?

In Pathfinder, Wizards can take the Admixture school, which lets them switch elemental damage types. Some Sorcerer bloodlines (e.g. Elemental Acid bloodline) let you convert into a particular type. ...
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What kind of missions would appeal to a tech heavy party in Shadowrun?

I'll be running a Shadowrun 4th game soon and after a character jam we have a party that's heavy tech focused. Specifically a Street Sam (melee focused), a rigger (vehicle/drone specialized hacker), ...
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Looking for Urban Adventures (for a fantasy RPG) [closed]

I'm having a hard time finding inspiration for an Urban adventure set in a fantasy world. I have always run wilderness adventures or dungeon crawls. The adventure I'm designing is based in a Port ...
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1answer
306 views

Looking for promotional Power card effects [closed]

Well, even though they never finished making them, I went and got all the sets of Power cards available, but a few I bought used came with a few extra cards not listed in any of the handbooks. After a ...
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What online collaborative communication tools have the most components for roleplaying away from the table?

I run a lunchtime game session once a week. Due to temporal constraints, we try to keep our sessions around the table limited to the more active aspects of encounters; for example, those that require ...
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Modeling Mage Hand spell in Dresden

I want to give a character in my Dresden game a "mage hand" rote. So basically telekinesis on a single object of limited weight. It doesn't seem to fit cleanly into the 4 types of spells: attack, ...
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2answers
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Diagonal Movement

In 4e did they remove the 1 and 1/2 movement rules for moveing diagonaly so that I can say move (with a speed of 5) 5 squares in any direction making a 11x11, or 121, boxs of potential movement ...
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Does your initiative change if your dex changes?

After combat has started will changes to your DEX stat (sufficent to change your dex bonus) change your initiative score? Example: Wizard Bob sees a goblin approaching and initiative is rolled; the ...
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As a GM, when to force a harrowed player for control of his body?

In Deadlands:Reloaded, it's possible for characters to become Harrowed. In short, this means the character has died and been re-animated by an evil spirit. It's up to the GM to decide when this ...
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254 views

Recommend me an investigative adventure set in the wilderness

For my next session in my campaign, I plan to have the party to track the villain from point A to point B, while following a trail of "breadcrumbs", clues left behind by the villain. Perhaps at each ...
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Heavy Armor Proficiency as a Dragonborn Sorcerer?

I am trying to create a 4e Dragonborn Storm Magic Sorcerer (DEX/CHA) and have chosen the Kapak Draconian subrace. I picked up the optional Instinctive Flight racial ...
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Unkillable Advantage and the afterlife

In a GURPS 4e campaign, when a character dies, I want it to run through an afterlife, which would be easy to escape (maybe a combat or a few puzzles, like a variation on the Halls of Mandos), and then ...
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Are there any systems that are specifically designed for online real-time text play?

Lately I've been doing a lot of gaming online, via chat rooms -- with a regular group and a regular time for a session each week, just through text rather than in person or via Skype or something. ...
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do I only get a limited number of at-will powers?

In the pre made characters for the 4e adventure Keep on the Shadowfell they only give each character about 3 at-will powers. reading through the PHB I find that most characters have about 4-6 at-will ...
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2answers
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How can I keep the nature and capacity of NPCs hidden to generate a fear of the unknown?

In traditional games such as D&D, the mechanics of the NPCs you face are generally an unknown quantity. The players and the characters only have a rough idea of what an NPC is capable of, based on ...
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4answers
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How can I simplify Duel of Wits to make it more like Bloody Versus?

My problem We're playing Burning Wheel (Gold). About once every two sessions, we run into this problem with Duel of Wits: We want the graduated outcomes of Duel of Wits: we'd like to start with two ...
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2answers
499 views

How does a dwarf become a battlemind?

A dwarf is not commonly seen as a arcane or psionic character. How can I explain in my backstory that my dwarf is able to use psionic powers?
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How can I make D&D 4e work as a “play by post” game?

I'm trying to start a play by post game with my friends. I was thinking about using D&D 4th Edition (it's the game we play the most). We really know the system and it would make for little work ...
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What RPG systems work well online?

I have a number of RPG-loving friends, but they're unfortunately scattered around the world. I'd like to run a game with them online, using emails or message boards or something of that ilk. (like ...
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7answers
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What table-top games are best-suited for online play?

The type of play I'm talking about here is using Skype as well as an online dice roller. The differences between this kind of play and standard play is that it can be very chaotic, especially for the ...
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5answers
278 views

Is there a way to salvage print distribution or put it out of its misery? [closed]

I thought I'd try a publishing-related question. Print distribution for hobby games has been in trouble for a long time. Especially since the collapse of Wizard's Attic, distribution seems to be on ...
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1answer
856 views

Rules for a play-by-post forum?

With my RPG group we decided to setup a private online forum to play in differed time together (and other reasons that are not the subject of the question). Installing and setting the forum itself ...
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1answer
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Running Microscope for the first time using online

I'm planning to run a game of Microscope for the first time with players who've never played it before as well (hello deep end!) and it's going to have to be online as my players of choice are ...
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2answers
232 views

Fighting Skills equivalent to skills [closed]

My question is about tabletop games and their skill progression systems. There are some games (World of Darkness, as one example) that allows a player's character to begin play with master-level (in ...
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4answers
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Fantasy adventure modules with naval adventuring

At the Recess mini-convention this weekend, someone was telling me about a classic D&D module that involved seafaring and presented rules for falling overboard in armor, etc. I'm wondering if ...
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4answers
574 views

How do I construct an individual session as part of a larger campaign?

I've been GMing/DMing on and off for years. I prefer playing. Mainly because when I run a game, I'm more a fly by the seat of your pants kind of dm, and it works sort of.. My problem is that, while I ...
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15answers
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How do I keep NPCs from just sounding the alarm?

When I design adventures, I often come up with situations where the NPCs could realistically thwart the PCs quickly by sounding an alarm. This is especially common in science fiction settings, where ...
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7answers
443 views

How do I write a one-off scenario that could lead into a larger campaign?

Here's the situation: I've got a group of people interested in getting together for a fantasy roleplaying game, with me as their GM. This particular group hasn't all gamed together before, we're ...
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6answers
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Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat? [closed]

I'd like to try one-on-one RPGing with my partner and am looking for an initial high-fantasy adventure to get started with. My original plan was to adapt the Fighting Fantasy gamebook, 'The Warlock ...
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1answer
898 views

Can I use the Eberron adventures as a short adventure path?

What level are the various Eberron adventures WotC put out for, and what level will my players most likely wind up after each ...

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