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How far can I throw a small object?

How far can a character throw an object? Looking at the PHB a long ranged basic attack can be made 10 squares away (with a -2 to the attack roll) with a random object weighing about 1 pound. But what ...
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Do universal rules systems without any implied setting whatsoever exist?

Is it possible for a system to be universal without implying anything about setting? If it isn't, why? There are lots of universal systems, but they all seem to have mechanics that pin down ...
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Earthdawn: What are Barsaive's jungles like?

I used to GM Earthdawn (1st edition) a lot, quite a while ago. However, I'm still rather doubtful about what Barsaive's jungles are like (and, for this reason, all my stories took place in non-jungle ...
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Does an emissary of power HAVE to be known?

The Emissary of power power states that people recognize you as the arbiter of the entity that gave you the power. Could you play it though as if the entity of the power is unknown, and not easily (...
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How do new characters get equipment?

Last week I bought the Pathfinder Beginner Box and as the GM I am preparing the first adventure for my friends. I'm pretty sure they will want to create their own characters instead of using the pre-...
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Stats for character in Apocalypse World

I can't find anywhere how you generate the stats for the characters in Apocalypse World. Is it even part of the rules or can you just write whatever you want. If so, why would I put -2 in something ...
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Constitution drain, energy drain, dominating gaze - but incapable of crossing running water?

I'm interested in when this constraint from vampire lore was first integrated into Dungeons and Dragons mechanics: has it been there since the first D&D vampire? Vampires are... unable to ...
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How Long does Unnerving Shove cause the target to grant Combat Advantage?

The level 3 Ardent power Unnerving Shove's Augment 2 states the following: Hit: 2[W] + Charisma modifier damage, and you push the target a number of squares equal to 1 + your Constitution modifier....
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3 novices, 1 Warhammer Fantasy. How do I make sure my friends don't have a bad first experience?

I recently convinced my friends to try out a table-top RPG. Now, being an almost complete novice to table-top RPGs, and adding the fact that I will have to take point and GM this campaign... Is there ...
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How much experience should a vampire of a given age have?

I'm creating a setting for a Kindred of the East chronicle and I'm not sure how many discipline points or virtues characters should have. There was an old trick in V:tM that consisted in giving an ...
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Earthdawn: Barsaive Name Giver and adept population

How large is the population of the various Name Giver races of Barsaive? ...and how is this population distributed in the province? What percentage of the population are adepts? ...and what's ...
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How many attacks can you make with Duelist's Prowess in a round?

Duelist's Prowess Reads Effect: Until the stance ends, each time an enemy hits or misses you, you can use the Duelist's Prowess Attack power against it. But then the associated power is an ...
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Is it practical to run a weekly lunch-hour game of D&D with my coworkers?

I'm looking to get some of my coworkers together and start a lunch time, casual, D&D game. Has anyone done this - is there a practical way to do this? Our lunch breaks run for about 1 hour, but I ...
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Are we doing mild consequences and stress right?

After reading through the book and reading up on consequences, i can't help but feel that we might be treating stress and mild consequences the wrong way. Say we've just been in a fight, after the ...
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Is there a good way to find out if a Grandmaster exists for a skill?

Knights of the Rose and Cross introduced the concept of Grandmasters -- NPCs who could be convinced to train a character up to a sixth dot in a skill. That book included the following NPCs: Sprague ...
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Covertly casting a spell

This question about Charm Person got me musing about a problem with the spell. Obviously, you can't cast Charm Person in the middle of a forum to sway an interlocutor to your side without the other 20 ...
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In D&D 4e, are 1/2 level defense bonuses compound with the raised ability modifier?

I've recently started playing D&D with some friends, and the one thing on the character sheet that bothers me is the defense section. In the defenses section, it has both the sections 10 + 1/2 ...
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What does a Template mean by Hit Dice?

If a template references Base Creature Hit Dice(For Special abilities and such.), What exactly does it mean. Does it only count for Hit dice that are given via Race(Ex. Gnolls 2 racial hitdice) or ...
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How to motivate players without the promise of gold and XP?

The only way I seem to be able to motivate my players to go on adventures is the promise of gold or XP they don't seem to want to go anywhere unless some kind of physical reward is promised. For ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...
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Keeping Lightsabers Out of the Hands of Non-Force Sensitives

One of the weird quirks I've seen with the good ol' Star Wars d6 system is that Lightsaber is a Dexterity skill. This means that anybody can pick one up and use it reasonably well, even if they aren't ...
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Cyberpunk 2020 Reflex question

I am fairly new to running Cyberpunk 2020, and wanted to make sure I am doing this right. On the PC sheet, Reflex is divided by a '/' mark. I assume it is for modifiers to the ability. Is this ...
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Creating NPCs from Real-Life People

I have some friends that would like to be part of my future D&D campaign as NPCs. What I need help with is creating stats for a NPC based on a person. I am a player in this campaign. Our DM will ...
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Spellcasting Prodigy Feat in Pathfinder - yes or no?

My player asked me about using this feat on his new first-level character. Spellcasting Prodigy - Treat primary spellcasting ability score as 2 higher for bonus spells and save DCs. This feat is ...
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Should I pay attention to the defenses targeted when choosing my powers?

I'm building a 1st level human wizard for my first 4e campaign. As of now, my at-wills are Winged Horde (targets Will), Unraveling Dart (targets Fortitude) and Arc Lightning (targets Reflex). I was ...
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Playing an Undine Druid with the water domain, can I use water affinity for domain spells?

Let me preface this with this is my first character, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Water affinity gives water domain powers and spells at +1 caster level to undine clerics. I'm thinking because ...
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Can you buy and use an accurate weapon without having the superior weapon feat for it?

I would like to buy a level 3 accurate Rhythm Blade dagger, right now. At level 4 I plan to take the feat, Superior Implement (accurate dagger). The D&D Insider character builder is allowing me ...
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Does smite evil bypass DR for non-evil targets?

The Paladin's smite evil ability states: Smite Evil (Su): Once per day, a paladin can call out to the powers of good to aid her in her struggle against evil. As a swift action, the paladin chooses ...
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Can a Paladin use his Mercies with Channel Positive Energy?

Anyone that gets a Lay on hands from a Paladin also gets all the effects of the Paladin's Mercies. As the Channel Positive Energy uses two lay on hands do they also get the effects of the Mercies?
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Why don't weapons grant some sort of defense?

I'm not sure how it works in other version of D&D, but in 4e you get absolutely no bonus to defense with your weapon, and that doesn't quite make sense. When you're in combat with someone, you ...
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Does the barbarian rage ability 'Ground Breaker' work on plain earth?

Does the barbarian rage ability 'Ground Breaker' work on plain earth or other floor surfaces that have a hardness of zero?
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Were there gray renders before the year 2000?

I'm interested in compiling some lore on the gray render, but the Wikipedia entry dates them no further than D&D 3.0. Did they exist before this? Did they exist before D&D came along or were ...
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How does resurrecting destroyed undead affect their level progression?

While answering this question it brought up this current situation. I thought I had seen this answered here before but I can't find it anywhere. How does casting "Resurrection" on a destroyed ...
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How to play a Dwarven Gutbuster?

I haven't been able to find a way to create a classic dwarven battlerager that is official. I want to build a dwarf that wears spiked armor, spiked gauntlets, spiked everything, that charges enemies, ...
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Character generation for the dresden files “case file” adventures

I was thinking of running the Dresden Files RPG, and I wanted to try it out and get my feet wet before I did a real long-term campaign. So I tried to run the "neutral grounds" case file (A free ...
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I am a novice, so are my friends. What should we start out with? [duplicate]

Lately I've been wanting to get into the whole table top RPG scene. I briefly played Dungeons & Dragons with very little understanding of the game; it was rather fun, even if it was over Skype. I ...
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I am looking for a game to ease my friends into role playing

Let me start with saying it's been many years since I played D&D. I have a group of friends that meet every week to play board games like Descent, Heroquest, etc. The thing is, none of these ...
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Which rpg system supports freeform magic and is intended for Fantasy games?

We've been looking for a system that fits our current requirements for a while and we seem to be failing miserably at it... Does anyone know of a system that fits the following? Magic system ...
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Can a Combat Challenge/Divine Challenge/Warden's Fury interrupt an opportunity attack?

Can a Defender's interrupt ability stop an opportunity attack? If so, can I get a page reference?
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Flying straight from prone

I had a dragon that was knocked prone, but the handbooks are very vague about the rules regarding flight. If the dragon has move 10 fly(hover) 10 could a dragon simply fly from prone position, or must ...
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3 enchanted items to cast ritual - D&D

In planing my D&D campaign, I have an section where the group will have to find three enchanted copper pots to seal away a powerful daemon. I have an idea on how I want it to work, but not sure if ...
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Awarding XP for combat encounters in Dnd 4e

I am a very inexperienced DM. I have here what must be an obvious question, but I can't seem to find any solid clarification. How is XP rewarded after a combat encounter? Is the total monsters' XP ...
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Images depicting the average citizens and their life in the Warhammer 40k universe

Which (rpg) books related to the Warhammer 40k universe have images depicting the "average" citizenry and cities of the Empire and their daily lives? In case there are no official sources, please ...
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Negative Damage of an Animal

The D&D Wiki indicates some animals have a negative modifier to their damage such that they can never do positive damage. In this case it's 1d2-5. How should ...
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AoO and subsequent rolls

I read somewhere that if you take an action that causes an AoO, from the subsequent roll for that action, you have to subtract the eventually taken damage. Is it right? If yes, does this apply too to ...
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Returning enchantment on a creature

I have a feat that allows me to pick up and throw another creature as if it were a thrown weapon. The greater belt of mighty hurling item from Pathfinder, among other things, allows me to apply ...
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Differences in D&D 3.0 and 3.5 core material not in the SRD

When a new D&D edition comes out, every gaming forum gets flooded by "oh noes I need to buy all my books again". The passage from D&D 3e to 3.5e is somewhat special in this regard because most ...
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Reducing a monster below CR 1

There are many instances in Pathfinder and other 3.5 based systems when you might need to reduce a monster below 1 or 1/2. For example, if I'm using a CR 1/2 monster from a 3.5 source in Pathfinder, I'...
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In Pathfinder, what are the rules for holding a two-handed weapon in one hand while using the other hand?

I am currently GMing a Pathfinder game and the following situation came up: One of my players wanted to have his two-handed weapon held in his off-hand, while having a throwing weapon readied in his ...
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Draconic Lineage feats vs Reserve Feats

Dragon Magic presented draconic Lineage feats, which let you convert spell slots into various attacks/abilities that varied in power by the slot spent. Complete Mage gave us Reserve Feats, which gave ...

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