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What is a good scaling ratio for larger than 5 player character parties?

What is a good scaling ratio for parties with more than 5 player characters? I've seen the effects in another 4e game of "force multiplier" effect that 7 players have, so the straight scaling from 5 ...
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What is the best way to compose/express a resurrection wish in D&D?

In the name of Greater Good, my Lawful Good character sacrificed an Avoral Guardinal. This happened in Occipitus (layer 507 of the Abyss), which he now controls as its Demon Lord. My character has ...
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Should a DM tell the players how valuable non-magical treasure is?

In D&D 4th edition most official adventures have encounters that come with lists of treasure items and their values. Example (not a great one but you get the idea): Polished Ruby with gold ...
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What happens to a returning weapon if someone else grabs and throws it?

As per the SRD, "A returning weapon flies through the air back to the creature that threw it. It returns to the thrower just before the creature’s next turn", so before the thrower's next turn, the ...
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What happens if I decide to skip saving?

What happens if I am afflicted with a condition that worsens on a failed save and choose not to try to save? Do I: Automatically suffer the effects of the failed save? Keep my current condition? ...
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How can characters with low Fighting and Shooting contribute in combat?

I've run a few rounds of Savage Worlds, and I like the quick character generation and minimal bookkeeping. I'm a little frustrated with a phenomenon which is hardly unique to the system: in combat, ...
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Practical use of Masterplan in first time DM

So, I have played D&D (and other RPG rules) off and on for a long time, and now have boys of an age that I could DM for them and have some good father/son/nerdy time. I have never DMed myself. I ...
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How can a character create a skeleton (or any other undead)

How does a character create a skeleton, or for that matter, any other undead in 4th edition? I've checked the rituals in the compendium and the closest match for "Create Skeleton" was "Create ...
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What do the Alchemist's bombs look like?

What do bombs crafted by Pathfinder's Alchemists actually look like? I was trying to figure this out for a magic item I wanted to create, something that'd be involved in the bombs' creation - e.g. a ...
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Interesting Necromancers?

Note: I play 2nd edition, using much of the optional material. However, I have zero issues (I do it frequently) grabbing content from other editions, from other games, or just making it up on the ...
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If you force an enemy to attack, do they trigger a Fighter's Combat Challenge?

If you force an enemy to attack through one of your powers, do they trigger an ally's Combat Challenge fighter class feature ? ... assuming they were marked by the fighter
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Can the target of Drunken Monkey attack themself?

Can you make the target of a Drunken Monkey[DDI] attack themself ? The point is the "against one enemy of your choice" ... couldn't you pick the target ? Hit: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and ...
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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 ...
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At-Will power side effects outside of combat

I have a Warden character, and the Strength of Stone At-Will power. It seems like it would be nice to grant myself those temporary hit points at a few other times, like if I plan to 'deactivate' a ...
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What rewards can compete with experience points?

My group is running a series of published adventures. I am GMing one of the modules (level 21-24) after which another member will be taking the reins. I have plans for a side-adventure that will take ...
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What are ways player characters could awake an ancient evil? [closed]

Almost any epic level threat will do, but he/she/it should arise as a direct/indirect result of player character meddling (thereby making them responsible to destroy it). Preferable if PCs have a ...
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What kind of equipment rules for low bonus dice and low pool points game?

Background I've played in and story guided several games of the Shadow of Yesterday and Solar system, but in none of those we have used any formal equipment rules. Equipment has mostly made some ...
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If an attack that has different effects for living and undead creatures is used on a revenant, what would happen?

I'm talking specifically about spirit rend which for a hit goes: 3d6+ intelligence modifier damage(save ends). If the target is undead, it takes no damage and is not immobilized. Instead, the target ...
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Can I test circles to find contacts in a briefly visited town/village?

Before play started We are playing young members of a traveling troupe of mummers/etc., who were attacked by the local inquisition. Before play we visited a certain town, but it has not been ...
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What happens to a target you are grabbing when you are knocked prone?

One of my PCs grabbed someone with a garrote and was knocked prone shortly afterwards. What would happen to the grabbed target? Would he be let go (it was a human), would he get knocked prone as well ...
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Is there a Paizo official way to improve dispel checks?

I'm currently playing a game of Pathfinder E6 (the level cap is 6, and you can buy feats, skills, and gestalt levels with XP once you hit cap), and I'm looking for ways to improve my ability to dispel ...
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Battle Oracle advice

We are wrapping up our campaign and the GM is going to run another game, which has us all talking about what our new characters will be. After both my character and his cohort took single level dips ...
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How do I, as a player transition my group from Play in Person to Play by Post?

We've just finished our 8 week slot at my local university gaming society, and I feel like events were unresolved. I'd like to transition the game into a play by post option on the society forum so we ...
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Do damage modifiers affect the damage dealt by a sustainable zone?

A player's wizard that I DM for has picked up the Ice Sceptor from the Cairn of the Winter King adventure. The Ice Sceptor has the following property: Property: You gain a +2 item bonus to the ...
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If I turn into an earth elemental, how blind am I?

Suppose that I'm a druid, and I Wildshape into the form of a medium earth elemental (functionally the same as casting Elemental Body II). What senses do I have available to me? Polymorph spells have ...
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How can one prevent the gadgeteer edge in Savage Worlds from becoming overpowered without banning or nerfing it into oblivion?

According to the text in the Deluxe Edition of Savage Worlds, the Gadgeteer edge available to weird scientists (WS) allows a player to indefinitely accumulate devices at a rate of one per session, ...
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Could Virtues and Vices break my WoD game?

I'm currently running a short World of Darkness mortals campaign using only the core systems rulebook. I soon house-ruled that we weren't going to have Virtues and Vices for our campaign because they ...
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Transplanting Fortitude Trappings to Other Skills

Presence, Conviction, and Endurance all have a Fortitude trapping that indicates how many stress boxes the character has on the appropriate track, i.e. Conviction has Mental Fortitude that affects the ...
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775 views

When do characters get numbered powers from themes? Is this a bug in Character Builder?

I'm running a D&D 4e game and we us the Character Builder exclusively to manage our character sheets & powers. My party members all have themes, and they all just made 2nd level - but their ...
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What happens to you after you die in D&D 3.5?

I'm playing an assassin-ish rogue in a 3.5 with Nerull (the god of death) as his deity and decided to build his essential character around the internal struggle of justifying his chosen profession to ...
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Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit?

Question 1: Say a player has a sword that enables him to add 1d8 damage as a free action whenever he hits an enemy. Can he choose to activate it upon a critical strike for an automatic 8 damage, or ...
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In Microscope are Light and Dark used for anything?

I was teaching a game of Microscope today and I kept seeing references to light and dark. While expressing the tone of periods, events, and scenes is good, I remember from the playtest that a parent ...
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Giving Players the Game They Want

Currently I am running a game of Legend of the Five Rings, 4th Edition that is an extension of my 3rd Ed campaign. The current setting is a courtly endeavor, which dredges up certain problems. When ...
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Using a Magic Item as an Edge Pre-requisite

Can a character take an Edge with an Advance that uses an Edge they got from a Magic Item as a pre requisite. For Example say I had a "Gum Shield of Frenzy" could I get Improved Frenzy.
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Pitfalls in using Feats as a Reward System

I'm planning a fairly non-traditional campaign, in a completely custom setting (still high-fantasy, but slightly more modern). While in this campaign, I have certain events that I've planned to ...
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How are damage rolls defined?

I play a warlord with Warlord's Strike Warlord Attack 3 One convincing cut is all you need to reveal the enemy’s weakness and spur your allies into finishing him off. Encounter ...
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Attack roll bonus for Orb implement?

I made a Psion class with the Dungeon's and Dragon's Character Builder for level 2. It is showing on all of my special moves that the prof bonus from my non magical orb as +6. Is this right? Should I ...
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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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What systems or special mechanics enforce equal stage-time between players most effectively?

What systems/mechanics have proven most effective at giving each player about equal spotlight-time and enforcing that equality between look-at-me players and 'turtles'? There's a pretty shy player who ...
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Soaking wounds with Bennies

When Soaking Wounds with a bennie do you roll for the maximum number of wounds the damage could do, or the maximum wound the character can take. For example, say a character currently has 2 wounds and ...
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How does attacking and defense work in Star Wars D6?

I'm running a d6 based star wars game (Second Edition, blue cover) and the combat system is still a bit befuddling; which is annoying me as the combat is becoming a roll the dice and work it out ...
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D&D 4e Required Forced Movement

I just started getting into forced movement in D&D 4e, and I have a couple of questions: Is forced movement required to take place? IE As the attacker can you opt not to enact the forced ...
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How does a Cloaker's Engulf ability work?

From the 3.5 SRD, A cloaker can try to wrap a Medium or smaller creature in its body as a standard action. The cloaker attempts a grapple that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. If it ...
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What counts as a target for the purposes of 'Simple Animation?

The 2nd level Wizard Utility 'Simple Animation' has the following specification: Target: One Medium or smaller object that is not fastened in place or held by a creature Effect: The target ...
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What are the big differences between the D&D editions?

I've been out of the loop for a while, and I used to play AD&D 2nd ed, but today I find there are a lot of different versions that have fairly different gameplay. Can anyone summarize the really ...
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Is there any system for translating AD&D type encounters to 4e?

I would very much like to run a party of people through the TPK machine that is the original Tomb of Horrors. However, while I'd like to keep the balance and toughness that made this first entry so ...
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Superhero cinematic gaming — looking for a system

Our current campaign is going to wind down in a few months, and I'm planning a new campaign. I'm looking for a system that has the following characteristics: Supports a low-to-medium power superhero ...
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What effects can hit a phasing creature in a nonmagical wall square?

In a recent battle I was Dming, the party was fighting against Wraiths (in the Madness at Gardmore Abbey adventure). Wraiths have phasing and thus can fly into and through walls, so the players and I ...
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Is there a documented penalty for firing into Melee?

For example, I've got a goblin using Ranged Shot against a party member who is engaged with another goblin. The Ranged Shot action doesn't say that the target cannot be engaged (it says "not engaged ...
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How do DM's avoid burning out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I deal with GM burnout? Currently I am the single DM of a smallish group of irregular players. Although I enjoy DM'ing, I'm beginning to burn out and really wish ...

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