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How can I convert D&D 3.5 to 2nd Edition or older AD&D?

I have accumulated a lot of D&D 3.5 modules and adventure settings, but I play older editions of the game. What is the best way to convert these to an older edition, say AD&D 2nd edition? Is ...
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What can I do with Spirit Magic?

I have a player who wants to take Spirit evocation, as an idea, but neither of us are sure practically on what sort of spells it would let him evoke. What does Spirit Magic let my player's character ...
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What should a new GM know when starting their first Paranoia game? [duplicate]

I am a new relatively new GM (under a year's experience) and have only run/played Pathfinder. For this I have lots of resources: the beginner's box and its GM and player manuals, pawns, play-mat and ...
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1answer
251 views

Does fighting count as a single service for spirits?

In Shadowrun, spirits are used for services and every net hit you get from your summoning roll allows you 1 service. The 3 (clearly) described are Loaned, Magical and Remote services. There's a small ...
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Are there Wizard alternatives to Arcane Bond and Familiar?

My player don't want to use this mechanic because he believes that it make his character vulnerable. His PC in my opinion now is much more weaker. Is there any mechanic that I can use instead Arcane ...
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Are the money pumps described in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 legal under 3.5 rules?

Harry Potter and the Natural 20, a fanfic, describes several potential money pumps in the 3.5 rules: Casting Wall of Iron, and selling the iron produced. Creating items of summon undead, and then ...
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2answers
512 views

Technological warfare: how does Iron Man fight?

In Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, players construct their dice pools for an action by claiming any and all dice off their character sheet they can justify, one from each category. One of such categories ...
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2answers
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How many XP do I lose when losing a level?

Let's suppose my character dies and I roll a new one or raise dead is cast on him. The rules say I lose a level by doing so. Now, in my group we had lots of discussions on how it's done. We used to ...
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Filling in holes in published adventures?

I have had really bad experiences with Published adventures whenever I try and run a game. My parties always seem to do or ask questions that the published material just doesn't answer. Many times I ...
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2answers
345 views

Are there any magic items to crash a wall?

My character is a Level 4 Barbarian. And simply put, he doesn't like hidden doors. I wonder if there is some Alchemist Fire, or Magical Pickaxe or Disintegrating Hand Grenade to make a good big hole ...
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391 views

Who can earn fate points from invoking attached aspects?

Fate Core (p. 81) states that you earn fate points when your aspects are invoked against you: If someone pays a fate point to invoke an aspect attached to your character, you gain their fate point ...
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1answer
1k views

UMD with scroll of permanency?

For some spells, like Darkvision, no one else can cast permanency on you to make the effect last until dispelled*. So for non-caster's there's no way to permanently get that... unless you can find a ...
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1answer
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Could one make a wand with <50 charges?

"A wand has 50 charges when created—each charge allows the use of the wand's spell one time. [...] If the wand has a material component cost, it is added to the base price and cost to create once for ...
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1answer
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When calculating an effect for a general spell, do I use the base level or the total level?

The book itself isn't terribly specific about this, and I can't seem to find any examples of a general spell with a specific level for reference. Do I only use the base of the spell when calculating ...
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0answers
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Is the SPECIAL attribute-system (the one used in the Fallout games) copyrighted? [duplicate]

I have tried to search the Internet for this. I am thinking of creating my own (commercial) RPG and I am also thinking of using the same set of attributes the popular Fallout games are using, also ...
7
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1answer
910 views

Does blind-fight allow a rogue to use sneak attacks in dim light?

Without it when there's concealment (even just some wimpy fog, or dim light) you can't usually sneak attack, as you can't quite make out the cracks and gabs in the armor, the or exactly where "between ...
2
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1answer
259 views

Can Fleeting Spring 5 force a changeling to break her Motley Pledge?

A successful invocation of a Contract of Fleeting Spring (•••••) (aka. Waking the Inner Faerie) means the target feels the immediate impulse to try to achieve one of his greatest desires. He ...
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3answers
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How can I fix the Slaying Stone's premise?

I'd like to know how people have fixed the Slaying Stone premise hole: You have to go find a stone in a town overrun with orcs, goblins and a dragon, but: It only works near Gorizbadd It ...
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6answers
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Preventing saturation in a horror campaign

I am currently designing my first horror campaign and what I've come up with so far is pretty dark and gruesome. I worry that if it is gut wrenching the whole way through, eventually the players will ...
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2answers
919 views

Replacing skills with approaches and vice versa

One of the most noticeable differences between Fate Core and FAE is that FAE replaces skills with approaches. This is really great for forcing characterization and getting games running quickly, but ...
3
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2answers
524 views

Costs for compelling and invoking against other characters [closed]

The Fate Core System rulebook states on p. 71 (Compelling Aspects): Finally, and this is very important: if a player wants to compel another character, it costs a fate point to propose the ...
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10answers
1k views

What do I need to change about Call of Cthulhu to set it in the 60s?

I am in the process of planning a CoC game (or Trail of... I've not picked up a copy but it looks interesting) set a long time after the events of the Whisperer in the Darkness. To do so, I wanted to ...
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2answers
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Do animal companions lose some of their abilities on advancement?

According to the SRD the stats of animal companions may change when they advance. For example a wolf on level 1 has Attack bite (1d6 plus trip) on level 1 and ...
6
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1answer
192 views

Tips for combining Gumshoe/Lorefinder with improv/Lazy GMing?

The Gumshoe/Lorefinder systems break an adventure into core scenes, with a core clue in each scene leading to the next. I am under the impression that the GM will have to plan each scene. This gives ...
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2answers
288 views

What is a “common metal”?

All of the Detect X spells (in addition to Message) have the following text in their description The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead,...
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3answers
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What is the term for a mean character role-played by a nice player?

Contradictory character seems to mean a character who defies stereotypes or exhibits traits that contradict one another, in a literary sense. I wish to distinguish what I mean from round characters. ...
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1answer
631 views

How can I help guide my players in the “Straight” playstyle?

Paranoia XP introduced the "Straight" playstyle: PARANOIA Straight is a darkly satiric style emphasizing tension, mutual suspicion, spying and subterfuge, and careful collection of evidence. Alpha ...
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4answers
599 views

Can a hacker/technomancer turn a gun against his owner?

So I was thinking about this story for a run where the players must catch a target who, according to the Johnson, turned his weapon against him. So I want my players to be chasing this hacker/...
14
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1answer
6k views

Does the Spell Attack modifier apply to spell damage? [duplicate]

My group and I are new to D&D and we read through the rules for the D&D Next play test. It seems to indicate that attack modifiers apply to damage as a bonus. Does this apply with the magic ...
3
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1answer
267 views

Is a Minor Magical Focus in Counterspelling appropriate?

The Minor Magical Focus virtue provides: Your magic is particularly attuned to some narrow field, such as self-transformation, birds of prey, or healing. In general, the field should be ...
11
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1answer
984 views

Where can I get an editable PDF character sheet for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space?

I am a new GM, and need to write up a number of character sheets for NPCs, for my campaign in Doctor Who- Adventures in Time and Space. I would much prefer to do this by typing into the PDF of the ...
5
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1answer
259 views

Are Innate powers reused every turn or is the current manifestation just maintained

In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, I am playing a mentalist and I have access to an innate slot and the energy discipline power Energy Shield. I was wondering if making that an innate power reused the power ...
10
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5answers
634 views

How can I create a Prisoner's Dilemma-style choice in Paranoia?

A Prisoner's Dilemma, studied in Game Theory, is when two people are separated and each given a choice between options Y and Z. If both players choose option Y, they receive the best overall result (B)...
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1answer
238 views

How does hide and invisible work against allies?

In 3.5, I can't hide if I'm visible, but does this include visible from allies but invisible from enemies? And what about visible for one enemy, but concealment from another, can I hide from the ...
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3answers
852 views

What makes up the core FATE?

I am trying to get to know FATE a little bit better, but I am afraid even the official site isn't helping me understand everything: On the resources page there is a "Fate 2.0" download, which I ...
11
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6answers
2k views

Systems with a dice mechanic that handles very easy and very difficult tasks

I'm looking for a system that has a dice mechanic that supports a particular type of realistic feel. In particular, I'd like to find a system where any task could potentially be rolled for without ...
7
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1answer
130 views

How does the flaw limited magic resistance work?

Limited Magic Resistance states: You are less able to resist magic than other magi. You gain no bonus from one of your Form scores to Magic Resistance rolls, though if you are caught without ...
5
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1answer
479 views

Do you have to take the Advantage “Free access to any Discipline” to use Psychic Powers as a Mentalist?

I've just started playing Anima: Beyond Fantasy and I'm particularly intrigued by the Mentalist, but I'm wondering if you need to take the Advantage "Free access to any Discipline" before you are able ...
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1answer
815 views

Where can I find a foldable character sheet for The Dresden Files

I saw a question on Area 51 for the proposed questions for this site about "What's the point of the foldable character sheet that is available for Diaspora?", and it was flagged as a good question, ...
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1answer
234 views

Does Mitigate Suffering prevent further ability damage?

From Complete Champion p 61: You can temporarily relieve ability damage. Prerequisite: Ability to cast 2nd-level spells. Benefit: As long as you have any restoration spell or another ...
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4answers
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Sleep spell in DFRPG

Has anyone here put together a "Sleep" spell in the Dresden Files RPG yet? One of my PC wizards (we're playing a "Submerged", or high-powered game) has a sleep spell as a Rote, and I wanted to see if ...
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2answers
457 views

Prolonging spells in Dresden Files

I have 2 questions on spell duration for the Dresden Files RPG: Is it possible to cast a shield spell that has no duration as a rote, but then prolong the shield on my next turn? Can you prolong an ...
6
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2answers
286 views

Legends of Anglerre chargen questions

I looked over Legends of Anglerre's explanation of quick character generation and it doesn't seem to exactly explain what power scope is covers. What characters does it allow? Additionally, I am not ...
3
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1answer
104 views

Recovering from sanity loss in tremulus without going mad

The question applies equally to harm. Once again, these rules may very well be a straight port from Apocalypse World, so knowledge of the latter probably applies. If a character has suffered 3 or more ...
2
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3answers
786 views

What are the best RPG bestiary books containing monsters inspired by East Asian cultures? [closed]

The setting for my current game has a mix of cultures and influences from the Far East, and I am looking for sources for monsters inspired by Chinese/East-Asian cultures, such as China, Japan, ...
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0answers
84 views

Can anyone teach a new player to play Pathfinder? [duplicate]

I have the core book and the Bestiary 2. My brother gave them to me but I've never found time to sit and learn how to play by myself.
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1answer
1k views

What extent of elemental traits do Elemental Savants gain?

There is this prestige class called Elemental Savant, which makes the character, actually, an elemental (with all the immunities AND the ability to be raised from dead, not to mention one can even be ...
4
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2answers
720 views

How should HD work with a Vampire template split across levels?

I have made a level 1 bard with the vampire template, and our DM has broken down the template so that I can get the full +8 level adjustment (and vampiric abilities) by the time I reach 9th level. ...
5
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3answers
702 views

How does the Chain Spell feat interact with expensive material/experience point components?

The Chain Spell feat can be applied to any spell that normally has a single target. However, it is unclear what happens in cases where spells (such as stoneskin) have expensive material components, or ...
4
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1answer
241 views

When should I use active defense?

When you get hit by an attack you first use parry as passive defensse and if you fail you use active defense in the same knack, correct? For active defense you use an action. But isn't an active ...

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