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Will I ruin Pathfinder if I discount firearms?

I'm going for an Old West feel; my players wanted something like Shadowrun but Western instead of Cyberpunk (I love my players so much). Think Trigun with halflings and dragons. They like Pathfinder,...
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Combat - What is the chance of hitting someone on Range? [closed]

I'm designing a game system, and am working on the combat system. I have several questions, and I'm trying to create a system that is as realistic as possible. Sadly I have no experience with guns or ...
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484 views

Encounter templates

A standard encounter for a five man party is determined by the formula n + (2/4) What I don't understand is what I'm supposed to do when the party I'm making the encounter for is level 1. Let's take ...
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How do you make a wizard who doesn't need a spellbook?

I know what you're thinking: "Dude, just play a Sorcerer". Well, I ask this question because of two main reasons. Wizards get some extra spells for specializing, and my DM says sorcerers are rare. I ...
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Avoiding plot pitfalls in Star Trek RPG

We are about to start a Star Trek campaign and I'd like some suggestions on avoiding the obvious plot pitfalls that exist in canon Star Trek. I want the players to think through the plot points and ...
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1answer
550 views

How do I handle a PC - NPC?

In my online game, it's often hard for me to handle NPCs with the loads of characters we have so sometimes I ask or a player volunteers to play some of them. The issue is though, that one player (let'...
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What makes grease a good spell?

I often see people list grease as good go-to 1st level spell. Why is this? The spell description lists 3 of its uses: forcing saves and slows movement of enemies, disarming enemies, and preventing ...
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455 views

What are the key mechanical gotchas when moving from d20 SRD to Legend?

As everybody knows, once you've learned to do something one way it is very hard to unlearn. This is easier when it comes to the big things like character creation but harder in the heat of combat. ...
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Staying in character and taking it all seriously

I have always liked the idea of a roleplaying intensive campaign, where everyone strives to be in character, and everyone takes the story seriously. I try to set a good example for everyone when I'm a ...
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Can you trade a slow track for a fast track when multiclassing in Legend?

In Rule of Cool’s Legend, there are three “types” of track: “fast” (1st, 3rd, 6th, etc.), “normal” (1st, 4th, 7th, etc.), and “slow” (2nd, 5th, ...
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Infiltration trapping in Burglary

I am translating certain portions of the rules of The Dresden Files RPG to my native language (because there is no official translation), and I fail to understand what exactly the Infiltration ...
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Does exploration movement rate in Basic D&D (B/X) include trap/secret-door detection?

In the Basic Rulebook for D&D, on page B19, it states that characters can move 120' in a dungeon per turn (10 minutes). Later it states that this movement assumes players are mapping carefully, ...
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What are the best ways to move and full-attack in the same round?

One of the most important things for any physical fighter to accomplish is to maximize the amount of time you spend full-attacking. Once you have BAB +6, not full-attacking halves your potential ...
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Is there a feat to let monks multi-class as spellcasters without losing monk progression?

Feats like Ascetic Hunter or Ascetic Rogue allow a monk to multi-class with other martial classes. Is there a feat to allow a monk to freely multi-class with a spellcaster class? I'm looking ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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Do magical beasts have a magical aura with regard to Detect Magic spell?

The description for Detect Magic doesn't explicitly cover this. Some monsters, like the Ankheg, are categorized as magical beast, but don't have any magical or spell-like abilities. If they are ...
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In calculating Basic D&D monster experience, what's a special ability?

I really like my good ol' Moldvay Basic D&D. Every once in a while, it's missing a rule I want, and I make it up. Then I feel clever. Sometimes, though, I want to know what everybody else did ...
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Fast-paced and brutal rpg system [closed]

Does anyone in here know a system that is both fast-paced, brutal and suited for fantasy roleplaying? By brutal, I mean dangerous. Most RPG's have a tendency to have lenient combat systems, given ...
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1answer
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Does Battle Song Expertise work with Moment of Escape?

The additional effect from the Battle Song Expertise feat reads: You also gain a +1 feat bonus to the number of squares that you can pull, push, or slide creatures with your bard attacks and ...
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3answers
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How does suffocation work with enchanted air and a magi's parma magica?

My players are, through inventive hypothetical spells, trying to understand the limits and nature of magic resistance. Given ArM5's version of parma magica and an awareness of the pink dot loophole, ...
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2answers
594 views

Why and how to force people to turn their PAN in active mode?

I just read about the Personal Area Network (PAN) for Shadowrun and they mention that some areas like airports, corp buildings or major metropolitain centers, require you to have your PAN turned ...
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2answers
459 views

Is the animating force of a golem always from the Elemental Plane of Earth?

I'm researching some homebrewed golem rituals not covered in WFRP 2e. My baseline ideas are coming from the D20 SRD. One thing struck me odd, but maybe to an experienced d20 player or DM it may make ...
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2answers
106 views

What is the maximum quality for a summa when designing the covenant?

The Covenants book has an extremely confusing line, filled with parentheses and commas describing the maximum level for a purchased summa. ...
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2answers
464 views

When do you need to call a Disruptive Strike?

Immediate Interrupt; Trigger: You or an ally is attacked by a creature. Does a ranger need to call this interrupt before the attack roll, before the damage roll or can he do it whenever he wants? ...
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Plot granted special ability standards?

For the campaign in question, I'm running one person through a dungeon inspired by Vagrant Story. Clearly some things from the video game can't be emulated, and many of those are integral to the game: ...
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Does the main target of the ghoul touch spell get a saving throw?

Ghoul touch states 'Fortitude negates' in the main stat-section. In the text nothing is said about that, except that targets that enter the area of the ghoul stench have a saving throw against the ...
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1answer
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Is there an icon key for PFRPG stat blocks?

I'm a casual player of PFRPG; more often one to ape ideas from PFRPG APs for campaign arcs and encounters. I own the Core Rulebook. That's it. I can't seem to locate the icon key for stat blocks and ...
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Is there a way to quickly generate a library for Ars Magica covenants?

Do there exist any tools or techniques that can quickly populate a library for an Ars Magica covenant? Whenever they visit a covenant, the player seek out the library and I know of no good way to ...
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What are the major changes between the two versions of Rise of the Runelords?

Paizo recently released an anniversary edition of Rise of the Runelords. What are the major changes from the older release of this adventure path?
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1answer
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Are there glider rules in Shadowrun 4E?

This is a short one, but I'm confused about it. Arsenal, on p112 lists two gliders, the Artemis Dawnglider and the Moonlight Phoenix. Unfriendly Skies adds the Artemis Nightwing on p14. All gliders ...
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1answer
806 views

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 non-...
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2answers
371 views

When does a character start to fall?

When does a character start to fall? Can a character use a power or ability mid-air before falling? Example: An Eladrin Fey Pact Warlock is standing on the edge of a chasm and kills a cursed enemy. ...
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2answers
521 views

Creating weapons and armor from giant crab remains?

I'm playing a Gnome Berserker in a pirate themed Pathfinder campaign, and we recently killed a giant coconut crab. Being a gnome of somewhat less than average height, the crab was described to me as ...
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Designing scenarios for infrequent, short sessions

I have GMed for a group of friends for over 10 years, mostly in the World of Darkness and Dresden Files universes. We really enjoy the character play, the storytelling and the occasional outburst of ...
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1answer
245 views

Does “I'll Sleep When I'm Dead” or “Resolute” allow you to ignore stress and fatigue in Story Mode?

The text of these talent cards say "Exhaust this card to recover 2 fatigue." and "Exhaust this card to recover 2 stress." Exhausted talent cards recharge in 4 turns during Encounter mode, but there ...
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Divine / Arcane scroll use

We play a mainly Pathfinder system. Sometimes pure .. sometimes with feats and such from 3.5 but conflicts follow the Pathfinder rules. A Mystic Theurgy (pathfinder prestige class) in our Thursday ...
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Does making an opportunity attack with a ranged weapon provoke an opportunity attack?

If I make an opportunity attack with a ranged weapon (e.g., a crossbow) against an adjacent enemy, does it provoke an opportunity attack as well?
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How to convey the tone of Shadowrun

Reading the core book I realized how different Shadowrun is from my usual game of Dungeons and Dragons. We usually play the good guys saving a village from a tribe of goblins. Most of the time we play ...
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3answers
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Summoning monsters for their DPS potential

For the summon monster spell, which monster should be selected at each level for pure dps potential tanking ability ? Related: What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the ...
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2answers
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Updating 3rd Edition Shade to 3.5e

I tried the other day to get my DM let me be a Shade (a template from page 314 of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, a 3.0 book) for a new campaign. He looked at its abilities and said there was ...
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0answers
66 views

Programs for keeping track of spells [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a spell managing program/app for D&D 3.5e? I have always loved playing spell casters, whether Divine or Arcane. It's nice to know that you do more than swing a ...
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1answer
484 views

Ray of Frost versus Stone Blood - is it redundant?

Is Ray of Frost [ddi] now redundant when Stone Blood [ddi] is available? So we have Ray of Frost hitting a single creature: At-Will         Arcane, Cold, ...
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2answers
386 views

Does the Orb of Imposition's alternative effect affect more than one creature?

Does the alternative effect of a wizard's Orb of Imposition [ddi], i.e. the extension of a duration, also only affect one creature? A player is wondering if the Slow effect of Stone Blood [ddi] could ...
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1answer
363 views

Does Punishing Eye count as an attack?

The last time I played my Artificer I used Punishing Eye and Spike Wire on a boss and waited for my ally's attack. First, my ally's attack got my Wis modifier for an attack, then the Eye triggered ...
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1answer
446 views

Official self-references in the World of Darkness setting?

Are there official self-references in either World of Darkness setting (that is, "in-game")? Does White Wolf exist within their own universe? Are people playing Vampire: The Masquerade (or The Requiem)...
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1answer
102 views

Is a sustained ranged or area attack, still a ranged / area attack on subsequent rounds?

Is a sustained ranged or area attack, still a ranged / area attack on subsequent rounds? A player is asking whether the 'Shield of Deflection' [ddi] would work against the effects of a sustained ...
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1answer
1k views

Is Apocalypse World suitable for long-term campaign?

I've tried many indie RPGs. They are very nice games, but I'm looking for something to develop a long-term campaign. Is Apocalypse World suitable for it? Or is it good just for an adventure?
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1answer
708 views

Help understanding the Half-Orc Shock Trooper charger rogue build

I'm going to make my second ever character in D&D 4e. Based on few questions I asked erlier here I decided to make a charger rogue Half-Orc Shock Trooper. Not everything is clear to me in this ...
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4answers
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Can any dragon be used for half dragon?

I would like to know if the half-dragon template can use other dragons from the various monster manuals like the Ssvaklor (MM3) or Dragon Turtle(MM1) or any other nonstandard dragon (i.e. the ones ...
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1answer
369 views

How can a rogue take the Shock Trooper Paragon Path?

I found a build I like, the Half-Orc Shock Trooper, but I don't understand how a rogue (is that what is meant by "thief"?) can choose the Shock Trooper PP when you have to be a fighter to choose it.

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