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Acting role vs Player personality

I am new to RPGs and can't figure this out: should I act as my character or should I be me - in the sense of thinking and making decisions? For example, what if I am a senior cop involved in ...
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Is Diaspora suitable for forum play by post?

I bought Diaspora recently, having very much enjoyed Don't Rest Your Head and being a huge fan of harder Scifi. I'm curious how well it holds up to play by post gaming compared to something like ...
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Does Gang Up benefit my Allies?

The feat Gang Up states You are considered to be flanking an opponent if at least two of your allies are threatening that opponent Does this mean my allies are also considered flanking, or only ...
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How does Aid Allies work with Swift Aid?

How does the Swift Aid feat interact with the Aid Allies Order of the Dragon ability? The Swift Aid feat states that you grant ...
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How do the rules that govern a Cleric's Turn Undead ability vary among D&D editions?

I would like to know how the rules for the Cleric's Turn Undead ability have changed between D&D editions. I don't own or have access to all the rule books for the various editions, so I'm curious ...
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How does voluntarily holding one's breath work?

The rules for suffocation read as follows (emphasis mine): Suffocation A character who has no air to breathe can hold her breath for 2 rounds per point of Constitution. [...] After this ...
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World Development - A Fresh Start

If this is not the place for this type of question, redirect me - I am new here, and apologize in advance. So. My group is looking for something new. Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 in my own setting is our ...
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Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?

Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu? I have heard that it does, and I have also heard that it does not. Does it or not?
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Enchantment number limit?

I was going through the enchantments that can be used in order to protect/trap one's spellbook and that got me wondering: Is there any mention/indication regarding whether multiple enchantments can ...
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What does Mythic Speed do?

I don't have the book in front of me at the moment, but a part of the power Mythic Speed states something along the lines of "Opponents don't get to make checks against you." What does this mean? Do ...
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50 Fathoms Quake Spell Effect

How big a hole does the Quake spell in 50 Fathoms produce? The description says that those who make their save, cling to the sides and may climb out.
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Monster Manual 1 - Is it balanced? Should I balance it?

I've been DM'ing a little lately 4 edition D&D and of course I'm confused again: My first adventure was a big question mark, I didn't use the exact guidelines for creating an encounter and ...
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Causes of “impossible” things in the World of Darkness universe?

In Mage: the Awakening, casting obviously vulgar magic that can't be explained mundanely causes paradox. This sort of damages the universe and can cascade into more impossible things happening, like ...
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What to do with mundane gear in Pathfinder Society play?

This might be a silly question, but the guide for PFS play doesn't specifically state (to the best of my reading) what is to be done with mundane gear that is gained. Do players have an opportunity ...
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How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?

One of my biggest headaches as a DM (though perhaps I am overcomplicating things) is coming up with consistent prices for goods and services not listed in the reference books for a medieval setting (...
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What “objects” can a spell target?

Some of the wizard spells have creature or object as the target, e.g. Force Orb [ddi] What is an object ? So in the case of <...
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How do I calculate the value of items?

I admit, I put myself in this situation. I created some unique, non-magical items for my PC (with a lot of help from folks on this site). I assumed he would want to keep and use these items, but he ...
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Castle Falkenstein: Is there a faster Magic system?

I love running games in the Castle Falkenstein diceless system. However, I find the CF magic system to be a little slow (to set up, run and play) for a high-fantasy campaign. Can anyone suggest ...
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Chaosium BRP: What's the difference between “Magic” and “Sorcery”?

I invested in Chaosium's BRP (mostly because I love Call of Cthulu). I am stumbling over this: Mechanically, what are the differences between "Magic" and "Sorcery"? I get the conceptual ...
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What does a DnD (v3.5) DM need to learn to start a Pathfinder campaign?

I'm interested in making the switch to Pathfinder from DnD v3.5 as a DM. Aside from buying the books, I'm wondering if people can either a) direct me to good resources/threads (as I'm sure this ...
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What's the history of the Darkness spell?

In D&D 3.0, the darkness spell was a sphere of blackness, impenetrable even to darkvision, which was terrifyingly powerful (except against demons and devils). In D&D 3.5, it's a zone of 20% ...
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How do I promote my gaming campaigns?

I have two campaigns on two different sites and I need players. So how do I promote my games in order to get more players?
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How to adapt a 3e community-building system for a larger-scale use in a 4e game?

This question is a follow up to Point buy/structured system for cooperative 4e campaign building?. I've found a system that is quite close to what we want/need, but there's a catch: it's for 3e and ...
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1answer
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What kind of stories could I use for this pack of Uratha?

I'll admit that most of this is trying to plan while working at a call center, but I'm coming up blank. My blog, Gamerwritings.blogspot.com goes into detail about the campaign thus far, but here's ...
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1answer
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Lythic and earthglide movement

I have been playing a Lythic (humanoid-ish Earth elemental) that has earthglide (a method of movement through the ground that is similar to flying) as a PC. With the blessings of my GM. I'm finding ...
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How do I deal with PCs who use kidnap and torture as an investigative technique?

I'm running a game in a modern setting with emphasis on the paranormal (Conspiracy X). The player characters are part of a secret government organization and are tasked with investigating & ...
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2answers
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What kinds of effects can modify a die roll?

After you roll a d20, there are some effects that can modify the result before the calculation is made. Is this a complete list? If you don't like the roll (before you know success or failure), ...
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How can I make low levels of a high-level build more bearable?

In Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder, often you might design or plan a character for what he can do at high level. For example, I might want to play a Mystic Theurge or some other prestige class, or ...
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What are the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest?

As the question suggests, I'm interested in the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest. I'm fairly familiar with the RuneQuest system. I've heard a bit about Pathfinder ...
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1answer
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Is there a trick to learning the Pacesetter/Goblinoid Action Table?

I picked up Rotworld a few months ago. It uses the "Action Table" system from the old Pacesetter games like Chill and Timemaster. In this system, there's an ability score (1 to 100) and a defense ...
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Can the Druid Wood Shape and Ironwood spells be used to create armor?

A player in my group is trying to figure out the logistics of creating armor by using a combination of Wood Shape and Ironwood. Is it possible the he could create a Darkwood Breastplate out of a ...
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How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?

Several times when I have played in or ran a game in which the players had an objective and reasonable resources, a lot of (real) time was spent trying to plan for every contingency. For example, ...
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Favored Class Bonus at 1st Level?

So, it doesn't seem entirely clear from the Core Rulebook: does one get the favored class bonus (+1 to hp or +1 skill) at first level? I wouldn't have thought so, but I notice that the Hero Lab ...
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Are there rules for identifying class abilities?

Are there rules for PCs making checks to identify class abilities of NPCs? For example, if a Monk uses Slow Fall, or a Druid uses Woodland Stride, or a Paladin uses Lay On Hands, can nearby PCs ...
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How do I keep NPCs from just sounding the alarm?

When I design adventures, I often come up with situations where the NPCs could realistically thwart the PCs quickly by sounding an alarm. This is especially common in science fiction settings, where ...
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1answer
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What are the racial skill modifiers for Dragons?

I'm interested in determining the skill modifiers for a Gold Dragon for Pathfinder, for a one-shot game for a friend where they play a dragon. Dragons have massive perception modifiers which can ...
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How do I use Passive Perception to have some characters notice parts of the environment?

I'm new to DM'ing and have an issue I'm not sure how to deal with. The situation is this: It's pitch black outside and the PC is walking, with a lantern in hand, toward a building. A bird is ...
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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise (...
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Chivalry & Sorcery - how is version 4 different from v3?

I have played and enjoyed Chivalry and Sorcery for lo, these many years. I found the original (or version 1) a great source, but unplayable as a game. Version 2 was much better, but, as I never ...
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2answers
379 views

Point buy/structured system for cooperative 4e campaign building?

Our group is currently building a campaign world (one nation per player) for the Pillars of the State campaign (as suggested in the DMG2 somewhere around page 170). Today we encountered the "problem" ...
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What to do when your PCs skip an important part of the story line

In the earliest stage of my new duet campaign, I thought I had "rail-roaded" the PC into the first important encounter, one that leads to a major story line for the campaign. Specifically, the PC was ...
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What didn't Monte Cook like about 4e?

It seems to be an established tenet of the conventional wisdom that Monte Cook does not like Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. However, I came late to this party and never read the criticisms Monte ...
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1answer
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Does a Wizard's Scribe Scroll bonus feat count for Prerequisites?

Does a Wizard's Scribe Scroll bonus feat count for prerequisites? Many feats and some prestige classes require a number of "Item Creation Feats" as prerequisites, for example Loremaster. Does Scribe ...
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1answer
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Is forced movement mandatory for allies?

I understand from this question that the initiator of forced movement can choose not to move a target if they wish, but if the target is an ally, is the ally able to choose not to be moved? I am ...
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3answers
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How does FUDGE compare to other rulebooks? [closed]

FUDGE seems appealing for its laxity. What does it do particularly well/poorly compared to popular rulebooks like D&D, World of Darkness, etc.? Specifically, I'm thinking of starting either a ...
2
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1answer
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Sorcerous Power Feat Prerequisites

I'm trying to take the Sorcerous Power feat, but it doesn't show up in character builder. I assume this is because do not fulfill the prerequisites. The feat states: Prerequisite: Any multiclass ...
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1answer
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Can a Pathfinder Society gunslinger craft ammunition?

Gunslingers automatically gain the Gunsmithing feat at level 1, which allows them to craft ammunition at a reduced price. This seems like a rather important feat. Unfortunately, the Guide to PFS ...
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1answer
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Monk and Swift Flight

The monk power Swift Flight [ddi] states You fly a number of squares equal to your speed + your Wisdom modifier. If you don’t land at the end of this movement, ...
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1answer
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Magus spell combat & spell combat maneuvres revisited

Which of these scenarios are valid for the Pathfinder Society Magus? Standing away from bad guy; spell combat + spellstrike Assuming process can be spell -> melee -> free melee Charge spell at ...
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4answers
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How would I build a master magic item crafter/blacksmith type character?

So I had this idea for a character who is basically obsessed with magic items, making, collecting, using, having, any and every magic item he can get his hands on: effectively a batman type character. ...

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