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Can I use the Eberron adventures as a short adventure path?

What level are the various Eberron adventures WotC put out for, and what level will my players most likely wind up after each one? Neither the WotC site or wikipedia list what level range all of them ...
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What should be included in a 'getting started' player handout?

When playing a new RPG system and setting, it is helpful to have important game information in front of you. For my free RPG Icar, I intend on having a single side of paper with reference rules and ...
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Are there parts of text missing in published errata?

Browsing through the latest errata of DnD4 (first PDF in the list as of now, dated 11/09/2011), I stumbled upon multiple entries that are missing essential parts. For example, in the item for the ...
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Asynchronous Character Creation?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, character creation is meant to happen collaboratively in a unified manner. However, in our party, there are frequently times where one player or another cannot make it on ...
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Should a group keep the same GM, or choose different GMs for every new campaign/system?

The title is mostly the question. Is it good to give everyone in the group the chance to be the GM, or should the best do the job always for best play experience?
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How do I ensure separation between historical events and the game world while still feeling historical?

I am running a pulp WW2 campaign where the players are deep inside Germany in 1940 uncovering secret projects, getting involved in the occult and discovering ancient powers that the Third Reich are ...
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Does the ring of force shield provide AC against incorporeal beings?

Incorporeal beings ignoring normal armor and shields. But the ring of force shield provides a force effect. Does that work, as force-effects work on incorporeals?
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Is there a method for sliding seamlessly from one system into another during a campaign?

Has anyone changed system/setting/genre but kept the characters during a campaign? Players can become very attached to their characters, even when the campaign/setting/genre or system is getting ...
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Does a ring of force shield occupy the hand wearing it?

Can a character wearing a ring of force shield use two-handed-weapons or make actions that need both hands and keep the shield-bonus, or is the hand occupied as though using a normal shield? I'm ...
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Is the “Shadow Step” spell redundant?

The Ultimate Magic spell shadow step seems to be a watered-down version of the classic dimension door. This seems not only redundant, but odd, as shadow step seems weaker and more restricted than ...
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What is the reason for introducing the rule for Attacks of Opportunity in D&D?

The Attacks of Opportunity are an important part in D&D and spinoffs of the game like Pathfinder. What does this rule for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was this ...
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What does “any enemy you deal damage to” mean in Bloody Blades?

I am looking at Bloody Blades for my L9 fighter, but I have a question before I take it. The second effect line on the power has the following text: You can assume the stance of the bloody ...
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How do I write a one-off scenario that could lead into a larger campaign?

Here's the situation: I've got a group of people interested in getting together for a fantasy roleplaying game, with me as their GM. This particular group hasn't all gamed together before, we're ...
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Using Pathfinder's variant “Wounds and Vigor” rules

I am in the early sessions of running a science-fantasy Pathfinder game. I'd like a grittier feel to the game and came across the "Wounds and Vigor" variant rules. For those who have used these ...
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What are the major changes made to Vampire: The Masquerade for its 20th Anniversary edition?

In October 2011, the 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was released to the general public. Although the majority of the work is derived from the game's second edition (1992) and its ...
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What is a dice pool mechanic?

A very basic question, I know. What is a dice pool mechanic and how is it different from a roll vs. target number mechanic?
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What is the reasonable limit to a Declaration?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, one can spend a fate point, invoke an aspect, and make a declaration. I'm having trouble coming up with a reasonable set of guidelines as to the scale and scope of ...
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Guide to writing an RPG - Examples inline or at the end?

I am writing a guide on how to write a free RPG on my blog. The guide has a series of techniques and tips from inspiration to playtest. I have been writing an RPG as I go along as an example of using ...
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Can I apply the brutal property to Power Strike / Furious Assault?

Both Power Strike and Furious Assault add extra [W]'s of damage to an attack. If the weapon being used is Brutal, does the brutal property extend to the additional [W]'s added from these powers?
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What are the historical and literary backgrounds of Dungeons & Dragons Languages?

Is there a source for the nature of the fantasy languages in D&D? An official source would be best, but I'd also be interested in other players' interpretations of the languages. If the D&D ...
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Need for a new template for Dresden Files RPG

One of my players has raised the question "Will there ever be a need for a new template in the dresden files rpg?" So far as I could tell there isn't anything that couldn't be expressed or am I ...
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Would Guardian's Counter work while flanking?

Dragon Magazine 399, under "Character Themes", introduces a power named "Guardian's Counter." This power is described as follows: You and the ally shift up to 2 squares as a free action, ...
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Does Punishing Eye remove the Line of Sight limitation from Stinking Cloud?

Punishing Eye: ... Enemies within 3 squares of the eye do not benefit from concealment, ... Stinking Cloud: ... The burst creates a zone of poisonous vapor that blocks line of sight until ...
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Suggestions for how to simulate the players performing a robbery?

For our next session I'm considering making robbing an artifact from a noble the central event of the quest. However, I'm not quite sure how to go about this as I've never actually played or seen a ...
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When do you reach a 'milestone'?

The D&D 4th edition term 'milestone' isn't defined in the online D&D compendium, except that you gain an action point when it happens. When does a milestone occur? Has the definition changed ...
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Epic Resurgence, what does the second clause mean?

Epic Resurgence lets you recover the use of an encounter power. The first time you score a critical hit during an encounter... If you use an attack that targets multiple foes, you gain this feat's ...
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Writing new campaign, is it fine to “make it up as we go along”?

I'm making new fantasy Dungeons and Dragons third edition game. I wrote out the entire first situation with most general situations in mind. Should I try and just "ole" the whole creative process ...
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Does Adept Dilettante modify an at-will's secondary attack?

If a half elf or bard takes riposte strike: Riposte Strike At-Will Martial, Weapon Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade. Target: One creature Attack: ...
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What do I need to make a campaign?

I am a sorta newbie DM (been playing for about 5 months) and I have a couple dungeons. So is that all I need to make a campaign? I have about 6-8 friends that I play with every week, but they are ...
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How to develop effective storylines to ease adding another player to the game?

I just ran my first two sessions as GM and we are probably going to be adding a 4th player to the group soon (making 5 of us total). I'm trying to think of a good premise for the party to meet the new ...
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How should one-word “commands” work in languages other than English?

In various versions of D&D, there's a cleric spell called "Command" where the cleric compels an enemy to obey a one-word command. Typical commands might be "sleep", "flee", "surrender", ...
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Must compels be negative in Fate?

Are GM Compels meant to be necessarily negative? And are they to have an immediate effect, or get the PCs into a situation? Examining other accounts of compels, it seems that most of the examples are ...
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Margin of Success on skill checks in The Dresden Files

Another week, another episode of our Dresden Files game. In this particular situation, the PCs were in a completely alien setting, and trying to get information. They were in the mind of a hedge ...
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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family?

My brother and I have dabbled in D&D when we were younger. Also, at the last place where I worked, we had a weekly Pathfinder game session, which was fun. Usually at our family get-togethers my ...
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Cooperative character building?

I'm aware of games where the players cooperatively build elements of the story world (I hear Dresden Files does this), but are there any where the players cooperatively build their characters? What ...
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What is added on to secondary attacks with implement powers?

Background: The Wild Magic Sorcerer in my group often uses his at-will power Chaos Bolt. On a hit with an even numbered roll, he gets to make a secondary attack against a creature within 5 squares of ...
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Exalted — stacking multiple types of armor

A character in my ongoing Exalted 2e game has an artifact chain shirt. Artifact chain shirts are described as being able to be worn under ordinary clothing (it has no mobility penalty or fatigue ...
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Would a mounted character work well in the Jade Regent adventure path?

I am about to be a player in the new Jade Regent adventure path from Paizo. It seems like there's a lot of overland travel in Jade Regent and I was considering playing a cavalier or another character ...
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Do I have to map out villages or outside areas?

Do I have to make a map of areas outside of my dungeons? For instance, a village or forest? Does the context of the Dungeon have to be mapped?
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Would adding a Move-Attack-Move “basic combat power” to DnD 4e unbalance the game?

I've been thinking of adding a power to DnD4e as a basic maneuver that all players can do. I'm not certain yet if this power should be regulated to only BRA (Basic ranged attack) or if it's ok for it ...
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Is there a “lite” version of nWoD's Storytelling system with no padding?

Has anyone developed a "lite" version of nWoD's Storytelling system? (One of the main criticisms the game received, as far as I know, was that the core book had too much "padding" -- rules included ...
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What is the term for points that can be added to any roll?

Let's say you have a game where you have to roll a die for success at a task, based on a relevant ability score, and you can temporarily increase that score by expending some limited point resource. ...
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Are the victims of Wrathful Aspect spared if they are immune to Fear?

As Wrathful Aspect, a level 2 Hexblade Utility, is currently worded, it has the Fear keyword (along with Fire and Arcane). If a creature who were immune to Fear were to attack the Hexblade that has ...
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Is there a limit to how many Fate Points can be spent in a single round?

Suppose we're playing the Dresden Files RPG, and one of the characters decides to go for broke. He wants to use fate points on 4 seperate aspects that are relevant, for a whopping +8 to the result. ...
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What are some options to break out of the Executioner's Garrote Strangle?

Last night we were having a Battle Royale. Everyone had characters and we were fighting to the death. It was a good time. But we did end up having about a 20 minute argument on the Garrote Strangle. ...
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How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?

Chapter 1: The Secret History (Unrecorded History: Voice of the Angel) of the new World of Darkness core book tells a story about a god-machine, angels, ancients, their children and whatnot. How ...
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Noncombat Characters in Combat?

So we played Dresden Files RPG, using a set of premade characters. One of these characters was an investigative paranormal detective type build, which worked extremely well (maybe too well?) in the ...
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Is a GM meant to compel when the player has no Fate Points Remaining?

So we tried out the Dresden Files RPG earlier. Overall, we had a great time. Some issues came up, though. Specifically, when you compel an aspect, the player has the choice to either accept the ...
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How to introduce item descriptions

One of the things that I dislike when running a session is how a great majority of the items are bland - a short sword is a short sword, a bow is a bow, an arrow is an arrow. After sitting on it for ...
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Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...

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