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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
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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 ...
9
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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 ...
10
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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 ...
2
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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
575 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
444 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 ...
5
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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 ...
2
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1answer
151 views

Combat-centric 1st or 2nd level adventure with a Native American theme?

I have played for quite a few years, but now I want to DM. I have a local area set up involving a small group of islands. I have already run a 0 lvl adventure, but now I want to follow it up. So I'm ...
2
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2answers
249 views

How can I use this in a one-shot for The Esoterrorists?

Ehud Netzer, the Israeli archaeologist credited with discovering the tomb of the biblical King Herod, has died after falling during a dig. What spin can make this a great adventure for The ...
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9answers
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Where to find an adventure with a crashed spaceship

I'm running a fantasy sandbox game and would like to include a crashed spaceship as an adventure location in the game. Two of the player characters are humans with some scifi tech and they are ...
7
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1answer
398 views

Guards for a Raven Queen Temple

I have a party of four 3rd level adventurers. They will be breaking into a temple dedicated to the worship of the Raven Queen. There will be a ritual taking place in the sublevels of the temple. I ...
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3answers
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Are there any adventures designed specifically for younger children? [closed]

I have been running an Advanced Heroquest lite game for our 5 year old and he is ready for something with a bit more story and plot. Are there any sources for adventures out there that are young ...
6
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5answers
450 views

Modern or future polar horror adventure [closed]

I'm looking for a contemporary or sci-fi horror adventure (for any such rpg), set in a polar – Arctic or Antarctic or alternate planet – environment. Mind you, I'll be trying to come up with my own ...
7
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1answer
1k views

Planar Wild Shape and Smite Evil

A good druid takes the Planar Wild Shape feat and adds the celestial template to the creature. Reading the rebuild rules: gains darkvision 60 ft. gains DR and energy resistance as noted on ...
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2answers
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Can “Animate Rope” be used on a spiked chain?

I am making a wizard who mostly uses the environment around him to attack, with spells like Animate Object. Currently I want to have him carry a spiked chain with him for his Animate Rope spell. I ...
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1answer
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Are Pathfinder RPG classes/races balanced in D&D 3.5?

The Pathfinder SRD contains a lot of new classes (like the ninja and gunslinger) and races or race variants. Other than Pathfinder races having +2 to an additional ability score, would these ...
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3answers
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What HP does Finger of Death leave you at when it kills you?

Let's say you're at 23 HP and your CON score is 15. You're hit by Finger of Death cast by a 13th level Wizard, and as a result suffer 130 damage. Are you left at -107 HP, or does it simply drop you to ...
6
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1answer
86 views

Avoid writer's blocks at the beginning of a TQY session

I have recently bought The Quiet Year. I really enjoy the concept, bit I find it hard to bootstrap a session. At the beginning, players are faced with an almost blank white page, and they have to ...
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1answer
80 views

My doctor failed Treatment; is there any way I can get bonus dice for Recovery?

My character is injured. A midi wound, let's say. I get help from a doctor who fails Treatment. I know I have to eat the consequences of that failed Treatment (losing a point from an ability, in the ...
3
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1answer
279 views

Slaying Action + Sniper's Action

Minor Action: Snap Shot Standard Action: Standard Action Attack + Sneak Attack Action Point - Minor Action: Ranged Basic Attack + Sneak Attack w/ Sniper's Action from Cloaked Sniper Minor Action: ...
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2answers
657 views

Looking for a game system that involves advanced math

I've recently become fascinated by the idea of a role-playing game system that involves advanced math. By advanced math (admittedly, a very vague description), I generally mean that it should ...
6
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2answers
758 views

Does a Monk's Belt add to Unarmored Speed?

I have seen several 1,2 places that state's the Monk's Belt increases Monk's Unarmored Speed Bonus. A Monk's Belt is: This simple rope belt, when wrapped around a character’s waist, confers ...
5
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2answers
209 views

Do NPCs understand target priority strategy? [closed]

Most everyone agrees that the strategy of attacking "the squishies" first in a combat scenario is generally the best idea, except in some specific exceptions. Often, then, the decision on whether or ...
8
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4answers
597 views

Is picking up enemy loot worth it?

So, I've been googling this and have yet to find a something that directly answers this super noob question. Can my players pick up all the gear that creatures wear and use? If so, the Dragon ...
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3answers
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What are the contingency spell's limits in D&D 3.5E?

Does a contingent spell's perception extend beyond the subject's perception? For example, can a contingent spell... tell time? read minds? predict the future? penetrate disguises? discern the ...
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4answers
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Are there rules for dropping on an enemy as an attack?

In our current campaign, our ninja decided to try to drop on a monster from a ledge 25 feet up, blade first. I house ruled that it would require an extra 10 to the Tumble of falling without damage, ...
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7answers
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Using a Time-Skip as a Plot Device

In the game that I'm currently running, the PCs have traveled to the Realm of the Fae to gather information on their (im)mortal enemy, a Lich. When they emerge from the Fae Realm, I was planning on ...
13
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4answers
798 views

How can I depict three dimensional combats?

The dragon hovers 2 squares over the paladin, the ranger is perched 5 squares up in a tree, and the fighter is magically flying 3 squares off the ground. Aerial minions soar all about. In tactically ...
7
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2answers
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Does a successful hit that does no damage due to DR still count as a hit?

I know that most special abilities or effects linked to an attack whose damage is entirely negated don't trigger, but does the attack still count as a hit in the first place with regard to abilities ...
9
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2answers
450 views

Can a cleric regain spells on the Astral Plane?

A cleric has to pray at a certain time each day to replenish his prepared spells. But there is no time on the Astral Plane. Can a cleric trapped on the Astral Plane still get his spells back?
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3answers
880 views

How does uncanny dodge work with invisibility?

Direct Quotes from http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/: (emphasis mine) Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 2nd level, a barbarian gains the ability to react to danger before her senses would normally allow ...
3
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1answer
145 views

What's in Manhattan in 2071? [duplicate]

Most of Shadowrun settings center on Seattle and the Western Seaboard. Are there any, perhaps unofficial or older, sources for how other megatropolises such as Manhattan and FDC developed after the ...
9
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1answer
291 views

How to deal with a player missing the first session of a campaign

I don't think this question has been asked before. However, the 'How do you deal with missing players' question is related. My group just started a new campaign. A player we thought would no longer ...
5
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3answers
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When does a character gaining a level in a new class get the features of that class?

When does a character gaining a level in a new class get the features of that class, according to the RAW of DnD3.5? In my interpretation, when your character, who already has levels in some other ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Tips for dealing with intentionaly aggressive player? [closed]

Well, I don't know whose responsibility is, but I'll tell you the whole problem. I only have one player, and we've been playing for a while together; I live in a country where role playing is very ...
11
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4answers
362 views

What is a good mechanic for a test of will power?

I like rules-light larps and I like larps where abilities can be resolved in real time without needing an artificial mechanic like paper-scissor-rock or some kind of card system. Combat is ...
5
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1answer
185 views

So how does Master Healer actually work?

The text on the feat Master Healer reads as follows: Benefit: You gain the ability to brew short-lived draughts that duplicate the effects of a Medicine check. To make one, you must pass the ...
2
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2answers
247 views

From what skill or ability would nonchalance derive?

I'm creating a skill challenge in which the characters might be selected for a "random" search by the local police that could go badly for them. If they look anxious or aggressive, the police are far ...
0
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1answer
745 views

What can I use for sci-fi ambient music? [closed]

Another DM I know recently taught me to use ambient music, especially during combat, to keep players more focused on the game and for general atmosphere. That's all fine and simple for fantasy, ...
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3answers
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Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear?

I'm all about the story, and as such, I've always been a fan of long-term attachment between players/characters and their special (usually magic) items. But with D&D 4th edition, it seems the ...
4
votes
1answer
575 views

Who can use your magic items - and when?

Are there any rules for who can use a player's magic items? If a character has a magic item with a daily power, can a wizard steal it from his hands in mid-fight and use the power against him? Can a ...
7
votes
1answer
535 views

Multiple attacks from invisible characters

How do features like Rapid Shot or Flurry of Blows or any other form of a multiple attack scenario work with an invisible character? Let's assume that in the beginning of the turn an archer ...
35
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14answers
4k views

How to deal effectively with a player unable to lose?

How do you effectively handle a player that overreacts to any loss of his character (level drain, death) ?
11
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3answers
954 views

Can a gnome use Greater Mage Hand to fly?

Let's say I were to create a level 5 gnome sorcerer, and they happened to pick Greater Mage Hand as a spell. Since I get to set the weight of the character, let's say they're 35 pounds, and less than ...
8
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1answer
343 views

Are Martial Artists armed (i.e. get +2 against unarmed foes)?

Characters with the Martial Artist edge are not considered unarmed, which means that other armed characters do not get a +2 on their Fighting roll as per the Unarmed Defender rule (SWD, p76). ...

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