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Techniques for skimming through travel (fast travel) without meta-teleportation

In most of my group's campaigns, we spend a lot of time traveling. Unfortunately, this leans one of two ways: Uninteresting or distracting obstacles. If you want to spend time but keep it fresh, ...
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Where are the rules for a knight?

I know that there is a Knight in D&D 4e, but I want to know where the detailed rules are for this kind of Fighter. I want to check if it has some other powers than the one I have from a template.
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As an experienced GM, what pitfalls should I watch out for? [closed]

I've been GMing for 20 years and have recently started to question if I need a GM-makeover. We are still having fun but could the game be more fun if I shed some bad, and well ingrained habits? I ...
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How can I do conversions from OD&D to nWoD?

I'm running a Changeling: the Lost game and I'm going to be running an OD&D (clone) module soon (Death•Frost•Doom) and I was wondering if anyone had tips on converting the crunchy bits to nWoD. ...
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Is it fair to press the players for decisions during combat?

My group tends to over-analyse during combat, which slows everything down. I press upon my players to make their decision and roll the dice quickly. My players are all experienced in the system and I ...
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Where can I find rules for firing a Ballista?

More specifically I'm looking for rules for a ship mounted ballista for my players in a 4th Ed. game. I haven't been able to find anything in any of the books, the closest to anything in print is ...
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How do you deal with a player that's determined to play the game in a way that is detrimental to the advancement of the story?

I GM a Dresden Files campaign, and I have a first time role-player that has become a problem in terms of advancement of the story. At first I chalked it up to inexperience, but its become more and ...
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How does using The Sight work?

In The Dresden Files novels, The Sight is something that's taken seriously and not done frivolously because (1) you can't tell what you might see and what it might do to you, and (2) you keep what you ...
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Have any RPGs ever been based on the world of William Blake?

In William Blake's more famous poems, the highly detailed personal mythology he created is not evident. But in everything else he wrote, characters such as Los, Enitharmion, and Rintrah recur ...
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What should be the first 5 feats a Barbarian picks?

We are talking a Rageblood vigor Con and Str based In order - but since order can be discussed, lets not do that. Then I think most can agree on 3-4 out of 5 in others answers, so no reason to ...
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Systems similar to D&D 3.5

We have recently finished our very first campaign in D&D 3.5, after well over two years in play - the thing is, it was a to be continued type of ending, and we intend to continue playing in the ...
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2answers
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What happens when a character's feeding stress track is maxed out?

I've got a player playing as a White court Vampire, and with the template they have a feeding dependency. Let's assume that he ends up going for a while and not feeding and his stress track goes over ...
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How does social stress work?

I've read through the DFRPG book, but I'm still now quite sure how, or when, you should use the social stress track. When should a player take social stress, and what do you roll for the attack and ...
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1answer
479 views

Action per turn in Savage worlds?

I was looking at the Savage Worlds test drive PDF and was wondering how the action economy goes. Basically for non attack actions in a turn like agility tricks or trying to intimidate an opponent. Are ...
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Can a Gelatinous Cube be knocked prone?

Actually, this is a more general form of the question. Can something that cannot be tripped still be knocked prone from an effect which causes it? So, in the Gelatinous Cube Stat block, we have: ...
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Preventing character skill from impeding player enjoyment

Let's consider a player, whom we shall call Bob. Bob loves exciting gunfights and is a big John Woo fan. So he makes up "Shooty McShootenstein," who is a master with a gun. One thing that Bob is not ...
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Where do I find the Lord of the Rings miniatures for D&D

Years ago we used to have wonderful 25mm miniatures that we used for our D&D games. I seem to remember they were based on the Lord of the Rings. They were grey rather than silver and were ...
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2answers
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Item grants shift after charge: is shift part of charge action?

The item Boots of Adept Charging has the following property: After charging, you can shift 1 square before your turn ends. If I'm Hidden and Charge an enemy I would become unhidden after the charge ...
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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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How can you balance a system without making it bland?

In one of my long-term PvP LARP games, we've done a lot of work trying to balance the system we're using, either by banning certain "classes" or "powers" or by altering their specs slightly to make ...
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1answer
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What does the soldier role mean in Gamma World?

I will be playing Gamma World (the 4e version) for the first time soon - and I'll be the GM. I'm pretty comfortable with it, but I have one question: What's a soldier, when speaking about monster ...
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What campaign wiki - or other collaborative tool - has these features?

I saw the question "Is there a campaign wiki with mobile support" and realized that perhaps I could find what i was looking for with a more targeted question. I am organizing a plot team (for a LARP) ...
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What collaborative mapping software would meet my needs?

Background I am the head of plot for a boffer LARP that runs monthly. A given game has anywhere from 10 to 50 players. We have around 5 people that run plot. I need the entire plot team to be able to ...
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4answers
709 views

Are there any major faux pas one should avoid in an established group when new to RPGs? [closed]

Are there any major faux pas one should avoid when joining an existing RP game? In my last game I lied about a die roll result for what seemed like good reasons, but I still feel bad about it. I'm ...
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3answers
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How do I handle the math of hex maps?

I'm having trouble calculating distances on hex-mapped worlds. The math, even at the regional scale, is difficult. But I'm also interested in distances at the world-scale. I'm targeting icosahedral ...
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2answers
280 views

Squad formations

I've just watched episode 1-2 of Terranova, and there is a scene in which a military squad goes to the rescue of some teenagers who are surrounded by dinosaurs in a jungle. When the squad arrives, ...
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13answers
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How do you deal with a drunk player who refuses to participate?

Say that a player (she's drunk) has decided that a particular die roll is a no-win situation for her (she's really drunk), and is obstinately refusing to roll the dice. What options do I have for ...
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1answer
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What happened to the Heavy Gear RPG line?

I was a fan of the Heavy Gear RPG series and followed it from 1st edition to 3rd edition. Dream Pod 9 pretty much ceased production of new books and focused on the skirmish system and miniatures ...
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4answers
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Do crystal dice offer any advantages or disadvantages?

Do crystal shaped dice (example) provide any notable advantage or disadvantage over traditional hobby dice shapes (example)? Are they equally random?
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3answers
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How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?

I can find no reference in published Pathfinder material to how many doses a completed Craft (alchemy) skill would yield as a result. It seems to me that only 1 dose would be of very limited use ...
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1answer
156 views

What happened at New Jerusalem?

I've been reading the Heavy Gear 3rd Edition Earth Companion. They talk about the NEC's 7th Fleet disappearing while on mission to occupy New Jerusalem. In the Earth Companion there is no indicator ...
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2answers
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High Level (16-20) Adventures

My party is currently working their way through Castle Whiterock. It's designed to run a D&D 3.5 party from 1st to 15th. We're playing it using Pathfinder rules and are part-way through level 9 ...
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3answers
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4E staff fighting feat, what is good about double weapon part?

I have a question about the feat Staff Fighting, more specifically the double weapon part. For easy reference this is the explanation of the feat from the compendium: Benefit: You can treat the ...
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Overpowered PCs (Gabe's Dilemma)

Penny Arcade recently ran the following strip: (Original strip here) While the resolution of this thread hasn't yet been posted, I'm wondering what we think here. How do you game with PCs who are ...
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6answers
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Rebalancing Experience Point Totals?

Say that through legal game play some player characters have gained a lot more XP than others. Should the referee take steps to rebalance the player characters, or just let it go as it is part of the ...
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2answers
184 views

Replaying Adventure Card?

Should you allow the following. Player A use the "my Bennies become XPs" adventure card then, Player B plays "get a card from the Discard stack" and then replays "my Bennies become XPs"?
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1answer
207 views

Does the power Beast Friend work for, say, part of a Coral Reef?

Say you were an underwater creature with Beast Friend. Would it be reasonable to use the power to control part of a coral reef and all the small creatures in the area?
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9answers
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I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?

I'm no gamer at all, so this could be like a very silly, basic question for you guys. The thing is that I always read about "Dungeons and Dragons" game (not the video game, but the normal game to play ...
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2answers
523 views

Would free multiclass feats be a reasonable alternative to Themes?

I like the flavor, flexibility, and role-playing inspirations provided by Themes, as introduced in D&D 4E Darksun and added in general in Dragon #399. I'm planning to use them in the game I'm ...
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3answers
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Increasing Save DC for new magic items

Paizo PRD: Magic items produce spells or spell-like effects. For a saving throw against a spell or spell-like effect from a magic item, the DC is 10 + the level of the spell or effect + the ...
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1answer
543 views

Character Unconscious (negative HP) out of combat without a Leader

The question Can an unconscious character use a healing surge? discusses ways to get an Unconscious PC back on her feet. I'm considering a situation where a PC was knocked out, combat has ended, the ...
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1answer
687 views

Do monster templates still exist in post-Essentials D&D 4e?

In the D&D 4e Monster Manual, there are monster templates such as 'lich' which increase a standard monster to elite or an elite to a solo. Do monster templates still appear in more recent core ...
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Cyberpunk chronicle… any ideas? [closed]

I want to run a Cyberpunk chronicle using a system that I designed, but have run out of ideas. I don't want to employ the clichés, like the AI who's gone sentient and want to merge his mind with ...
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2answers
763 views

Are faeries better than wizards?

I have a changeling goblin in the group, and for one of his abilities, he chose Glamours YS166. It seems like with the phrase …use your Discipline or Deceit to oppose efforts to discover the ...
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1answer
596 views

How does automatic weapon fire interact with the scatter property?

I am confused how to determine hits from a combat shotgun in Dark Heresy. How does the scatter property interact with an auto-fire action when attacking?
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2answers
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Can a Berserker Barbarian rage in a berserker's fury?

It looks like a berserker can take normal barbarian daily attack powers, which are primal and so would trigger the berserker's berserker's fury, and many of which cause the berserker to enter a rage. ...
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5answers
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How do I role-play as a dragon?

I have an NPC in our game that is called a "drake," but in terms familiar to most of you, he would probably be considered to be a dragon. In our game, drakes are classified based on the plane that ...
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5answers
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How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?

I am running a sci-fi/fantasy game using Pathfinder. The setting is firearms and future weapons focused. It's also being played on a virtual battle-map with tokens and will be run very tactically. ...
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4answers
255 views

Where can I post quests I've written online for others to use and benefit from?

I've written a few quests now and documented them fairly thoroughly. Are there any places online where I can share them so that others would be able to review and use them if they needed to? It would ...
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1answer
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Damage focused Imperial Guardsman character build

With the Dark Heresy books currently available, what character options do I want to invest in to be as effective as I can be with a lasgun, in combat, as an Imperial Guardsman? Assume the build is ...

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