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How to factor the xp cost of poison/magic weapons into an encounter

I'd like to design a 4E encounter with some monsters using poisoned weapons, but I am a little unsure of how to factor this into the XP budget. The DMG (pg 50) gives the GP cost and level for various ...
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What is the scale of the map of Rokugan?

Is anyone aware of the scale of the map for L5R? They talk about the sorts of tribulations of travel, but not what sorts of travel times are to be expected for any range and inquiring minds (my table) ...
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Can a horse start a grapple?

I know it defies suspension of disbelief, but what official rule can I show a rules lawyer player that "proves" a horse can't start a grapple? If the answer needs to distinguish between animal ...
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If I create a character with 2 Psionic Classes does he get bonus PP Per day From both?

I have a Wilder/Psiwarrior Character I have just created and I have a question. Does this character get bonus PP Per day based on both his Wisdom and Charisma? I was unsure when I was reading this and ...
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Does sustaining Mountain's Might allow an extra attack?

The Level 9 Shaman power Mountain's MightDDI (Dark Sun Campaign Setting) does the following: Primary Target: One ally Effect: Your spirit companion disappears. Until the end of your next ...
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How many times does “Hammer of the Gods” deal extra damage?

The Cleric level 3 Encounter Power Hammer of the GodsDDI (Divine Power) states: Hit: 1[W] + Strength modifier radiant damage. When any ally hits the target before the start of your next turn, the ...
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Which role-playing systems might be best suited for use over a road-trip?

Four of us will be in the car for roughly 10 hours, for a road trip that will probably take 12 hours or so to complete. It occurred to me that we could try to spend the time doing a role-playing ...
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Rend on fleshless opponents

The rend special attack of (let's say) a cave troll deals additional damage against targets hit by both front claws. The description includes the following: "it latches onto the opponent’s body and ...
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Is there any way to get non-Class Skills as class skills without Multiclassing?

The Situation behind this question is I want to Get Knowledge Planes and Use Psionic Device on a Kobold Wilder so that A.) he can Prestige into Anarchic Initiate and B.) So I can use Dorje that have ...
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What can a player do to force down a flying creature?

Dakeyras' answer in this thread got me thinking about how a player would/could counter an enemy that used hovering flight to its full advantage. What specific items/powers/etc. can a character use to ...
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Games that use Mongoose Traveller's Game Engine

I've read (the free version of) Worlds Apart - a fantasy system using "Traveller System Reference Document Copyright © 2008, Mongoose Publishing". I.e. an adaptation of core Traveller mechanics (as ...
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How do I change the numbers on my character sheet when I level up?

I've just started playing D&D 4e using the starter kit. Our group has gotten to the point where we level up for the first time, and I'm confused about how to alter the numbers on my character ...
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How do I use Shamans as opponents in Shadowrun?

I don't understand the point of Shamans in Shadowrun. In a world full of technology and magic, I don't see how the Shaman tradition can be roleplayed and mentioned without making the players scratch ...
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How to balance the numbers and equipment of an encounter in Shadowrun 4E?

I'm having trouble creating NPCs for my game, especially regarding their number and their equipment. Their skill level is ok, but these points are problematic. I know that most of the time, the ...
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How to optimize a bard's ability with a bow in Pathfinder?

Specifically, the question would be for a halfling bard whose main combat role I want to have is ranged with the bow—as no one else seems to be taking any interest there. More interested in accuracy ...
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How can I stop a large level disparity from being a problem?

In my campaign, my players each have several different characters at the home base. Every session, they pick which one they want to play. However, some players always use the same one and so have more ...
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Why is there a limit on the number of good and bad outcomes in Fiasco scenes?

In Fiasco, dice are used for several different things. During the actual play, they are used to signify whether or not a scene ends well or poorly for the character based on the die colour. For each ...
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Can a flying creature with Hover be knocked prone?

If a creature is flying and has the Hover keyword, what happens to it when an attack power inflicts the prone condition on it? (created to discuss the issue as raised in Would flying monsters ever ...
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Maintaining a party in a world of mistrust

In essence, how would you keep a colorful group of players together in a world filled with mistrust, without going too much meta? Here is the scenario : Our hero consists of members of a special ...
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What powers do deities gain from believers?

In the (A)D&D multiverse, when a deity gains believers, he/she/it also gains power. But how much might is gained as the number of followers increases? As an example, when Elan's puppet deity has ...
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Is there a list of optimised characters for D&D 3e? [closed]

Is there a site, page or other online resource with a comprehensive list of optimised characters for each main role (e.g. Tank, Healer) or class (e.g. Bard, Fighter) in D&D 3e? I'm not looking for ...
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Would flying monsters ever land during combat?

Spooney asked this question in one of his podcasts, and I've started wondering about it myself. In a D&D 4.0 encounter, why would an at least moderately intelligent creature (including, but not ...
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If I use a Dorje with a power that's on my class list, but that was crafted by a class that has it at a lower level, must I make a UPD check?

I was recently buying magical items for my Kobold Wilder and I wanted to get a Dorje of Body Adjustment to have backup healing. I looked at the price of a level 3 dorje(11,250gp) and it was a bit out ...
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Does armor still apply double the penalty to Swim in Pathfinder?

I can't find anywhere that you take double the penalty for swim checks when wearing full armor. Does it apply in Pathfinder?
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How can I build open-ended questions into a scenario in a GM driven world?

Inspired by this question. In a game where the GM has the traditional role of answering all the questions about the world, what is the benefit of building open-ended questions into the scenario for ...
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How to get out of a story deadlock

As with most of my questions, this is more of a general "how to handle a special situation" and not a plea to solve an existing problem. What is the best way to handle story deadlocks (as in: The ...
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Can I wish for an extra pair of arms (without breaking Wish)?

Ok, I know this is a big spell and I'm not trying to break anything but I've always wondered if I could do this. Remember this is a 9th level spell so by the time this could be cast I don't think it ...
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Rogue's Tumble PHB vs HotFL

Which version of Tumble is correct? The powers are exactly the same Level 2 Utility, Encounter, Req. Acrobatics training. The difference is in the effect. Player's Handbook (PHB) ~ Effect:You can ...
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How to track character resources (spells, ammo, items)

I am playing a Wizard in a pathfinder game and despite several different reworks of his character sheet I've still not found a decent way to track his daily spells which can change daily (plus how ...
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Should PCs be limited to choosing forms into which to polymorph (or wild shape, etc.) that the PCs have previously encountered?

In trying to set reasonable limits on a PC's usage of the polymorph chain of spells. Is it plausible to require that the PC have some form of interaction with the target creature? Or can a PC ...
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What challenge ratings can my party handle?

I play D&D 3.5. I have a party of 6 players and myself as a DM. In my "career" as a DM, I seem to have no to little difficulty with adding monsters and encounters. But I have never understood how ...
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How can I upgrade 2e to use 3e armor rules?

Is it possible to only upgrade the 2nd edition Armor/Attack to the 3rd edition rules? I love the rest of the game mechanics over the 3rd edition rules, but I don't like how you have to subtract for ...
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Move-attack order and unspent movement - can I mix these however I want?

This is possibly a very simple question, but I couldn't find a definitive answer in the players handbook. If a character has a speed of 6, can he move 3 squares, perform an action, then move the ...
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In Pathfinder, how does one go about allowing the Inquisitor to use his Bane Class ability?

What I mean by this is when in combat with a creature or creatures how do you allow the player to activate his Bane while keeping character over player knowledge in mind? For example, In PF I play a ...
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How are Vinculum ratings impacted when pack members die or otherwise skip a Vaulderie ritual?

In one of our Sabbat games, most of the members of our pack died. Some had high (8) and others extremely low (2) Vinculum ratings to/from the PCs. How would their death affect the Vinculum? Would it ...
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Good Mutiny Rules?

I am currently GMing a pirate game (running since 2009) where the PCs have become the command crew of a pirate ship. Their crew is they typical mix of pirates from other ships they've overcome (join ...
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What is a good way to get a large range of fantasy miniatures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap? I am looking to start a collection of miniatures. I mostly want one or two of a lot of different creatures, such as for ...
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Tying someone up in 4E

Is there any mention on how to tie someone up using a rope or chains in 4E? Let's say I have a sleeping player (helpless) and I try to tie him up. How does that work? What about a guy I just grabbed?
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How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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Can a Scout use Dual Weapon Attack after attacking with a two-handed weapon?

I've been working on building a scout using spiked chain training. The main hand part of the spiked chain is a weapon with the "stout" keyword, meaning it can be used as a two-handed weapon. Can I ...
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How do you model opposed Thaumaturgy, such as “Scry vs. Anti-Scry”?

How is opposed Thaumaturgy handled? Opposed Evocation is straightforward: treat it as Attack vs. Block, or simply opposed Discipline checks. But Thaumaturgy has fixed target numbers, and no measure of ...
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How should a neutral character focused on balance be presented?

In many RPGs (or at least the ones I've heard of) the alignment system tends to have two definitions of a true-neutral character. Generally, they are something to the effect of what follows. ...
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What updates should be done to older monsters to bring them in line with MM3 era monsters?

I know that to better balance paragon and epic level players against similar level monsters, WotC changed the math used for monsters for MM3, and I believe that they changed some of the types of ...
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How would introducing some of the “Unearthed Players Guide” material at the beginning impact an Orpheus game?

I'm preparing to run the story in the Orpheus books and I was wondering what would be the impact of allowing the players to use some rules found in later books early on. The one that bugs me most ...
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Do human wizards and clerics have to choose a level 1 spell for their bonus spells?

In Dungeon World, human clerics and wizards each get to pick a spell from the other caster class's spell list. Must the player choose a level 1 spell so they can actually use it, or can they choose a ...
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Which rules should be used for a new power? Compendium / Char-builder, or the Dragon article which introduced it?

In the DND 4E Campaign I'm playing in, my Warlock has just reached 7th level. I've been wandering through the char builder options for his new Encounter power, and came across one called "Pain to ...
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Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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What is the “upcoming source book” mentioned in Shadowrun 4 FAQ?

In the SR4 FAQ, the answer to several questions about magic is "This question will be answered fully in an upcoming sourcebook." The questions unanswered include the following little wonders: If ...
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Can wizard's staff of defense class feature stack with Wizard Utility 2 Shield on the same triggering effect?

Staff of Defense class feature: ...once per encounter as an immediate interrupt, you gain a bonus to defense against one attack equal to your Constitution modifier. You can declare the ...

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