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What games have good treatments of sub-Saharan Africa, or fantasy analogues?

I'm aware of Atlas Games' Nyambe, and I read the Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom sourcebook that White Wolf released for Vampire some years back. Which other books treat the area well, or at least as a ...
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Retrying a failed skill challenge

On page 74 of the DMG (Step 5: Consequences), it says that if you fail a skill challenge, it can become more difficult, such as detouring you in a different direction. Could you attempt the same ...
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Can an Avalanche Hammer melee basic be upgraded by Ogremight Bruiser (Greater Style)

The Ogremight Bruiser (Greater Style) [ddi] allows you to use some powers in place of a melee basic attack. You can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when ...
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Faster technomancer play — what dice formulas should I have on hand?

Motivation I am new to Shadowrun 4th and am playing a technomancer. Both the other players and the GM are getting annoyed with me having to look up my rolls for things, so what I was wondering is if ...
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Can group skill checks only be tried once?

In the DMG, it describes group skill checks as electing a lead character and the other characters aiding him. Would it work like this in a conversation (skill challenge)?. Lay out the primary and  ...
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Can a wizard make an Unarmed Strike?

Obviously, yes, they can. However, is a wizard Proficient with an unarmed strike? I was writing up a wizard for a campaign, and when I was going over them I noticed that they don't just get simple ...
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Where are the snapfire rules?

On the weapons table, I see references to snapfire (for instance, the Barrett .50 lists it). I could not find any explanation of what it means in terms of game mechanics. Can anyone point me to the ...
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How can GMs quickly calculate the effects of level drain?

I've GM'ed a few Pathfinder games, and while I really enjoy the setting, I just can't wrap my head around some of the crunchy mechanics. In particular, how do you (quickly) deal with effects like ...
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Can you redo a failed skill check?

If I were to fail a dexterity roll to unlock a chest, could I redo it next time? I know that if you fail a skill challenge it is permanent, but are skill checks the same, or can you redo them? If you ...
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Technomancer's Dragon Hoard - What to do with all the credits?

Problem I noticed that as a Technomancer I end up with a hoard of credits and I'am having trouble figuring out how to spend it. I have High Lifestyle, A fair safehouse with luxury level security, ...
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Can two-hand weapons be dual-wielded by something with four arms?

I was considering playing a Summoner in my next Pathfinder campaign, and I decided that I wanted my Eidolon to be a a four-armed giant (the character being a Gnome with a height complex). Well, I ...
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Can the MBA provided by Repel Charge be made at reach?

A player in my group is building a PC with a reach weapon With a reach weapon, a creature can make melee attacks against enemies that are 2 squares away from it as well as adjacent enemies. Even ...
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Are two creatures sharing one square adjacent to each other?

If a Tiny creature (like a Pixie) shares a square with a Medium creature (say human), are they considered adjacent to each other? Adjacent Squares: Two squares are adjacent if a side or a corner ...
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At the end of my rope: trying to inspire someone with no healing surges left to greatness?

At the end of the 7th encounter for the day, our group has basically no surges left and no option but to keep going. We have a Battle Captain Warlord: Battle Inspiration (16th level): When you ...
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Can a tiger do Kung-Fu?

Other than the sheer absurdity of it (read: real world limitations), is there anything stopping a multiclass Monk/Druid from using flurry of blows while in wild-shape?
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Is altering the adventure to suit the players the purpose of the DM in D&D?

I was reading page 18 of the DMG under One Hour Preparation. The 4th bullet point described a way of adding bits in an adventure to make a player feel more involved: Consider how each of these ...
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Intangibility in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

I am playing the Breakout event, as Spiderman (stop reading if you don't want spoilers!). We just met Zzzax, and I decided to attack him by web-throwing a huge metal pipe through him. I managed a ...
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1answer
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What should I look out for, when scaling a late heroic published adventure for late paragon/early epic tier?

I will be including a level 9 published adventure in my campaign soon. The thing is, the four players will be somewhere between level 18 and 24 when they hit the dungeon. Aside from obviously scaling ...
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Pathfinder monster races: Broken?

I've played an ogre barbarian/fighter with a one-hit-one-kill concept, and he can put out more damage than anything in the party. I've played a serpentfolk wizard whose DCs were so high, creatures 10 ...
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2answers
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Balance between planning and improvising [closed]

What is the ideal balance between planning out an entire session of playing, complete with music scoring and conversation detailing, and winging the entire thing? As an example, I'll cite one of the ...
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Understanding minimal casting cost for area spells with high spell level?

On the specific example of the spell: Sense Foes - Information; Area; Info Tells the caster if the subject has hostile intent, and what the degree of hostility is. Can be cast on one person ...
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How can I convert a 3.5 Psion into a Pathfinder Game?

Basically how and what should I convert to change the Psion from the Expanded Psionics Handbook for 3.5 to be usable in Pathfinder?
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Does Improved Natural Attack (Claw) apply to all my claw attacks?

I have a totemist who took Improved Natural Attack to boost the damage of the Claws from the Soulmeld Sphinx claws, and then decided to shape a different soulmeld that also gave claw attacks. (In this ...
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Setting the level for custom spells in Pathfinder [closed]

I want to create new spells in Pathfinder inspired by the status effect cards. One version would be a single target with a save vs. Will or Fortitude, depending on the effect. The other version would ...
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1answer
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Universalis: The thundering herd — Where did I misunderstand the rules?

I'm going to describe a problem I had in a game of universalis. What I want to know is, Did I misunderstand the rules. We had a master component of a barbarian, who had (relevant) traits of "mighty ...
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How to impose consequences for breaking the Paladin's Code without coming off as a insensitive GM? [closed]

It all started when we were going through a premade adventure's flavor text and got to the bit when the party walked into the town of Night Falls. One PC, a paladin, used his class ability to detect ...
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Need help with Sorcerer build options

Ok, so I'm working on a Spellscale Sorcerer with a gambler theme; he will eventually be taking levels of Fatespinner and Fortune's Friend (he doesn't consider this cheating any more than an athlete ...
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1answer
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Does having access to a chakra bind from one class allow you to bind another class's soulmelds to it?

I am currently playing a totemist. I was hoping to expand my damage and versatility through multiclassing into Incarnate to gain access to some more damaging powers, and I came across a question I ...
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1answer
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Is Dragonblood Sorcerer worth it?

Dragon Magic presents a system of substitute levels of various classes for characters with the Dragonblood subtype. One of which, Dragonblood Sorcerer, provides the following benefits: 1st level: ...
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1answer
235 views

How can I make a magic, subtle, universal translator?

My players are journeying to many different lands in mythic europe. Their magi, and covenant, speaks Latin and various dialects of Italian. However, the middle of eastern europe has many more ...
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Minor Effects for Magical Items

I tend to prefer high-magic fantasy games, where magical items can be purchased (at around the DMG prices, in D&D) in many large(ish) towns - it's common for the very well-off to have magical ...
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1answer
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Feint checks in Mutants and Masterminds

In the combat section, "feint" is described as a use of Bluff to confuse the opponent into leaving an opening, treating the next attack as a surprise attack. (So feint is basically Bluff vs. Sense ...
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How can I balance an enemy that my players might encounter at different levels?

My story revolves around 8 angels that my players must defeat. The thing is I want them to look for them in no particular order. How can I balance an enemy easily in advance, since they may encounter ...
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Origin of the word “Soak” for avoiding damage

If anything ever boggled my mind in role playing, then it is the term "soak", as in "soaking damage". Soaking brings pictures of wet clothes to mind, as making stuff wet is what the word is in fact ...
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How is the celestial template applied to a paladin's mount?

At 11th level, a paladin's mount (if he took one) gains the celestial template. Most of it is straight forward; it gains darkvision 60ft., it would have 9 HD at the time, so it would gain resistance ...
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Which class level applies to creating a Kensai's signature weapon?

I noticed the Kensai's signature weapon's maximum modifier is determined by his class level, but does that mean his Kensai level, or the class he took before he became a Kensai?
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Creature death and save conditions

When a creature dies, does it continue to suffer from conditions? The reason I ask is because of the Item Daily Power on the Orb of Fickle Fate: A target within 10 squares of you takes a -2 ...
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2answers
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How would a monk go about throwing a charging enemy?

Everyone's seen that scene in king-fu movies, right? Someone charges the good-guy, and he flips him tail over teakettle. Sometimes the baddy in question gets tossed a foot or two, sometimes he gets ...
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Help turning a 3rd lvl fighter into a warblade

Ok so I have a 3rd lvl fighter with the stats str-18,dex-16,con-16,int-15,wis-15,cha-15. I got the ok to start making him a warblade but im not sure what feats and such i should take or how to ...
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How do you destroy a battle standard?

AV states that Battle Standards have resist 50 all when deployed, but it says nothing about their total health. Can an enemy destroy them by picking them up out of the ground and breaking them in ...
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What is a challenge to a Perfect character?

Solars are Perfect at whatever skills they choose to develop and use. This doesn't make the job of the storyteller easy. Perfect in this case means a charm that allows them to avoid a roll entirely ...
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Is there any system which lets me play an astrologer mage?

Is there any system which has a mage class/magic system dedicated to astrology so I could play a court astrologer using the planets and constellations to divine the future? I would like to mention ...
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1answer
632 views

Are there rules for or against unusual or alternate weapon types?

In DnD 3.5 and Pathfinder, are there any provisions for characters wielding weapon types not on the given lists, like meat cleavers or swordcanes? Are those not allowed, do you use them as equivalent ...
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Do “Forwards” Stack?

So, I'm in love with Dungeon World, but I have a quick question about forwards. Do they stack? The +1 suggests that they do, but I just want to be sure.
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Monsters of Encounter Levels below 1 in Legend

In legend, antagonists/monsters/loot-on-legs are made the exact same way as PC's, though less restricted. I have always loved hordes in epic fantasy, but the rules make this hard to portray at lower ...
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From Serenity through Battlestar Galactica to the Stand-Alone Rules for Cortex, what has been changed?

I get the impression that the Cortex RPG system has evolved in several directions since the release of the Serenity RPG. Not including genre-specific changes like whatever rules for the supernatural ...
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Shadowrun dice pool size

I am new to both Shadowrun and GM in general. I want to run a one-shot of Shadowrun with four players. In that aspect I was asked, how many dice should be needed for a basic run. Based on the examples ...
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Creating solo monsters

One thing I haven't found in 4th edition online is a plethora of solo monsters. The idea of these fights are fascinating! Sadly though, all the products in 4th focus on multiple opponent fights (with ...
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1answer
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Blurred Step + multi-shifting

If a baddie next to me shifts x, and I can shift x with blurred step, what is the interaction like? Does he declare his shift one square at a time, so that I can just follow the first shift (and then ...
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Increasing ranges due to high level in Legend

In Legend, the range of a character's attacks increases every 5 levels, which kind of makes sense for ranged attacks, since it represents a increase in skill. This is all fine and dandy, but I have a ...

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