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An insomniac character, how could that work?

I searched the player's handbook a while ago for the sleep deprivation rules but I don't remember finding anything, even though I recall having been told about such rules. Apart from asking if any ...
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What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP and Paranoia Troubleshooters?

What are the notable differences between Paranoia XP (2005) and Paranoia Troubleshooters (2009)?
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What are the differences between the Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and the Essentials Dungeon Master's Kit (DMK)?

I've played some 4th Edition, but I'm curious about trying an all-Essentials game. My understanding is that I need the appropriate Heroes books (in addition to PHB/DMG/MM). Are there any meaningful ...
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Tips for organising a short campaign?

I'm planning on fitting as much roleplay into my university's intersemester break (ISB) as I can. I've got ideas for campaigns in my head, and I'm reasonably comfortable jotting down a few stats and ...
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Is Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition the new standard rules?

I'm not clear about what role the Savage Worlds Deluxe edition serves now. Are future Savage Worlds products from Pinnacle going to be released using the Deluxe rules from now on? Or will they ...
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How can I bring in new players on the fly?

How can I smoothly bring in a new player and character with little or no notice? I run a semi-public game shop pathfinder game, and I sometimes have people show up to play I hadn't planned on. Often ...
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How can I incorporate pressure point attacks?

I am wondering if there are any classes, alternatives, or anything else than roleplay to incorporate pressure point techniques in D&D 3.5. The monk's stunning fist (or the feat) could be ...
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How does bonus damage from the 'Intense Spells' class ability relate to the 'Fire Shield' spell?

Evocation Wizards in Pathfinder benefit from bonus damage to their offensive spells, but I am wondering how this relates to spells like Fire Shield. Intense Spells (Su): Whenever you cast an ...
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How can I optimize a factotum?

I'm playing a level 3 factotum (class from Dungeonscape) in a Midnight game. The race provides an extra bonus feat and an extra 4 ranks in skills per level. The skills are taken from pathfinder, but ...
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What do I need to change about Call of Cthulhu to set it in the 60s?

I am in the process of planning a CoC game (or Trail of... I've not picked up a copy but it looks interesting) set a long time after the events of the Whisperer in the Darkness. To do so, I wanted to ...
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What different styles of LARP combat exist?

I've been seeing a lot of variety in the answer to my questions about LARP, some mentioning NERO and Amtgard. Others saying things about Light-touch and lightest touch. Some conflicted ideas about ...
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How can I play dumb?

I have a half-ogre character at my local larp group, and one of the roleplay-enforced restrictions for half-ogres is that they have low intelligence. I often find myself biting my tongue not to say ...
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How can I reward a character that doesn't want magic items?

So I've got a campaign where one of the characters, a fighter, severely distrusts magical items. The party level is 6+, and it seems difficult to figure out a way to compensate this character in ...
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Inspiration for a unique hybrid character in 4E?

I have been using Wizards' character creator, but I can't come up with anything unique. I would very much like to use a hybrid, but I've had trouble making one that would work at early levels (we are ...
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What is a good first heroic campaign for D&D 4e, levels 1-5?

I'm a very experienced AD&D GM, and have run levels 1-5 in 4e: Red Box + Reavers of Harkenwold. I want to start a new mixed-experience group (some 4e, some 3.5/Pathfinder, and no experience at ...
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How is threat determined in Dark Heresy?

In Dark Heresy, you can gain a bonus to your melee attacks if you outnumber an opponent two to one or three to one. Are opponents threatened if a player is next to them or do they have to have ...
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How aggressive should I be with elective pulls?

I'm slowly gearing up to run a one-shot of Dread, but I'm finding myself a little wary of the elective pull rules. They feel a little "cheap" to me, and I'm not quite sure how often I should be ...
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Do magical weapons convey effects to magical ammunition?

Let's say I have a +3 Frost Longbow. Frost Weapon Power (Cold) · (Free Action) All damage dealt by this weapon is cold damage. Another free action returns the damage to normal. Power ...
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Should I buy second-hand core rule books?

The problem is that for the particular game which I am playing, Star Wars Saga Edition, the books are out of print. I am relatively new to Star Wars RPG. If the books were on shelves in stores I ...
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What will happen with DDI subscriptions and online content for 4e?

With a new edition of D&D releasing next year (5e) what will happen to the online content for 4e? Will wizards continue to offer subscription services for 4th edition support, make those ...
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How do I get my dresden files players involved in city creation?

I've tried to involve my players in city creation a few times through the course of the game, usually whenever they are about to finish up a story arc, but I usually all I get are just get a few ...
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Attack with two keywords versus resistance with one of them

I had the following situation last night. A creature attacked with a Fire and Poison attack. My character has resist 5 Poison. does the resistance apply or do I need to resist 5 fire as well?
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Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?

Yesterday I had the privilege of losing my Holy Symbol to a story point. (We all lost everything but our clothes.) How can I determine what powers, if any, I can use without my Holy Symbol?
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Guidelines for creating homebrew classes (base/PrCs)

Is there any (official or not) guidebook to the creation of classes, both prestige and base, that does not simply state what you must pick for a class (BaB, saves, concept, profficiences), but ...
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What is the the damage die of a punch or kick?

Probably an easy question but I could not find the answer for it anywhere. Our group have the Heroes of Fallen X books, the Dungeon Master Kit and the Monster Vault and although the DMK says that you ...
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How to make a Dothraki Screamer in D&D 4th? (Mounted Combat)

Lots of people must be familiar with the Song of Ice and Fire series by now (since the release of the HBO show). As some of you may know, the Dothraki are a nomadic people of barbarians in the model ...
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How can one houserule a fighter's class feature in 3.5 for improvised weapons?

I am looking for a feat or alternate class feature that would enable a fighter to use improvised weapons while maintaining balance. If you are familiar with Kambei from 7 Samurai or Afro from Afro ...
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Scrolls in Mage the Awakening that perhaps even Sleepers may use?

Does Mage: The Awakening have official rules for scrolls (containing spells, of course, in the "old school" sense. :)) that perhaps even Sleepers can use? If so, please provide the book title and page ...
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Do these stats cover enough of a person's ability?

I've had this thought in my head for a while, as I'm developing my game, but this question really sparked me into posing the question. In the game I'm developing, peoples normal stats/attributes ...
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What is the ideal ratio for PC vs monster in D&D 4e?

I am new to being a DM and am pretty much learning as I go. I am curious as to what some of the more battle-hardened DMs on this site would consider the optimal Player Character versus DM controlled ...
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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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How can I add underworld intrigue to my Dresden Files game?

In D&D/Pathfinder/RIFTS/Shadowrun-type games I've played in the past, corrupt nobles/merchants, thieves' guilds, megacorps, ancient evils, and various religions with a flakey axe to grind were all ...
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How can I make rituals convincing and evocative?

Most LARP systems feature an option for ritual magic; Long drawn out magic scenes involving a variety of actions, words and props, as well as having to fit to specific timings (longer rituals for ...
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How can I safely represent non-combat fire magic?

I'm looking for something to visually represent non-combat fire magic. It needs to be small enough to carry discretely, short range (to reduce the risk of setting people on fire), cool- flames and ...
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How can large weapons be used in a small forest?

My main LARP character has a honking great 6'6" Dire Mace as his paladin weapon (Read; attuned to so cannot be replaced with a smaller weapon). Our LARPs are commonly in small forested areas making ...
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When is a shield wall a viable tactic?

I have often seen 3-4 people try to form a small shield wall but it falls apart. From this I would have to guess that this is not a viable tactic, at least not with those numbers of people involved. ...
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What resources could I use for jewelry reference in D&D

I am playing a character in a Dungeons and Dragons game. We are using a mix of 3 and 3.5 rule set. My character's craft is jewelery,so I need some reference to: what jewelry costs to make what it ...
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How do I stop my PCs from acting like insomniac monkeys on crack?

An issue came up in the last session of my Pathfinder campaign - that of chronic PC impatience. It happens especially when they go to cities and between major adventures. They go into a frenzy of ...
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What are the options for giving a Battlemind the ability to mark at range?

Basically I wanted to be able to mark a target up to 10 squares away so I can then use the Battlemind level 6 utility power Psionic Ambush to teleport next to it. The only potential option I see is ...
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Enemies knocking players unconscious instead of killing them

In D&D 4th Ed., can a monster choose to knock the player he is killing unconscious instead of killing him, thereby not giving him a chance to roll death saving throws to get back on his own and ...
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How to create a new Ray Gun with Weird Science?

If a character with the Arcane Background (Weird Science) edge takes a new Power, say Bolt, do they need to roll a skill check to create their Ray Gun?
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Would a Spiked Shield magically enhanced as a shield and a Magic Ki Focus work together?

As the title, I want to know if its technically possible to use a Magic Ki Focus with a Spiked Shield. I know that if you had a magical weapon and a Ki focus, at the time of attacking, you choose ...
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1answer
589 views

Does the sorcerer at-will Lightning Strike trigger the feat Focusing Spellfury?

The sorcerer at-will attack Lightning Strike[DDI] (AP page 28) allows you to damage a secondary creature after hitting with the original attack. For the purpose of the feat Focusing Spellfury[DDI] ...
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Any tips for two-weapon training in LARP?

At my local LARP I have a character with a skill called Ambidex, which lets him swing two weapons round like a boss. It doesn't however help me with fighting, and I'm just not that great. I've seen a ...
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How can specialisation be balanced in In Nomine?

In a lot of games of roll-under you can max a stat by specialising in it, making the roll auto-succeed. Example: I played an angel of Novalis with a high will. As an after thought I bought Aikido ...
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How do you come up with attribute values and skills for your NPCs [closed]

I have been playing PnP for some years now and also had one session GMing (my first) and I discovered that my biggest problem wasn't creating a world, inventing scenes or reacting fast if my players ...
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Delaying Paragon level

I'm planning a campaign aimed at about 14th level (roughly) after the paragon paths are normally chosen. Is there a good (read; sensible) way to delay the character from gaining their Paragon paths ...
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1answer
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Is there an area of Feywild in the Underdark?

I'm considering running a campaign where I want the players to transition from the Feywild to the Underdark. I've read through the Faerûn campaign setting and I can't see anything. The reason I want ...
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How should I replace a skill for a wild animal in Mouse Guard if it doesn't have one?

So the Mouse Guard source book has entries on some wild animals people can use for their encounters. Here is a sample entry: Green Snake The green snake is a beautiful snake named for its ...
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Players rolling all of the dice in D&D 4th Ed

I was looking at the variant rules listed in the Unearthed Arcana, and noticed one that I think could work pretty well in 4th Ed. Players Roll All The Dice Basically it turns the monster's attack ...

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