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Fallout PnP RPG — is it good, well balanced, long-term interesting?

Has anyone played the Fallout PnP RPG? (also available here.) I think the rulebook looks very exciting, but what experiences have you made? Are the rules sane? Are there pitfalls or shortcomings which ...
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Which issues of Paizo's Dragon magazine had alternative rules to replace 3.x familiars?

I've seen this mentioned under this question: Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X, and I do remember having read, ages ago, an issue or two (?) of Paizo's Dragon that dealt with optional rules that ...
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Discipline for a bloodline using tattoos

I would like to create a Gangrel bloodline for Vampire: the Requiem, that would embrace using tattoos. I have created a weakness, which was and now I would like to create a separate discipline. I am ...
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Shadowrun: Do Lightning Bolt/Ball Lightning spells do physical or stun damage?

The Setup The Lightning Bolt and Ball Lightning spells both have their damage type listed as P for Physical (as opposed to S for Stun, such as Knockout). However, the rules also state (emphasis ...
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Does Dimensional Scramble's teleport take effect before or after triggered actions?

Scenario - A Psion attacks a creature with Dimensional Scramble, doing enough damage to kill the creature. The creature has an effect which triggers upon the creature's death. Did the teleport ...
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Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials class powers?

Either by retraining or gaining a level, can a old-school D&D 4e character take the daily, encounter, utility, or at-will powers listed in the Essentials materials? For example, the Essentials' ...
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What are the Twitter Buffs for D&D Encounters, and how do they work?

I take part in a weekly D&D Encounters program and the question often comes up. What are the "Twitter Buffs", and this is quickly followed by "how do they work"?
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Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials feats?

In Heroes of the Fallen Lands many of the core feats have been streamlined, some paragon feats have become available to all levels. Before that feats were tiered by level: heroic, paragon, epic. Can ...
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Does freedom of movement enable you to tumble underwater?

Tumbling is impossible in a deep bog, and presumably also in any kind of aquatic terrain. But what about the freedom of movement spell (and related magic items, eg. Pearl of the Sirines), which allows ...
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Creating and researching new spells in Shadowrun

This is a two part related question: The combat spells in Shadowrun cover fire, electric and acid elemental attacks, but not cold elemental attacks. Considering that the direct-attack spells all ...
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When will the next edition of Call of Cthulhu arrive? [closed]

When will the next CoC edition be released? If there hasn't been an official announcement, I'll take hints, rumours, experience with previous editions and calculations.
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Do Majestic Word and Song of Rest stack?

I'm playing a 2nd level Bard with Charisma 18 and I'm wondering if, taking the necessary time, I am allowed to apply the Song of Rest benefit (+ Charisma modifier to the hit points regained by ...
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Does the DM tell the players when a skill check can be used in a conversation?

Often times in adventures the players can make a skill check during conversation to learn some important information. Does the DM tell the players or otherwise give them a hint that a particular ...
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Can a character in the middle of a move action alter his movement based on a change in his surroundings?

For example: A player (speed 6) moves two squares towards a human bandit (pg. 162 MM) becoming adjacent to him, then proceeds to move around him to the right, provoking an opportunity attack. The ...
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Has the “Points of Light” setting grown beyond the Nentir Vale?

In DnD 4.0, the Nentir Vale is the best known setting of the "Points of Light" scenarios. I don't know if there are any others, but the vale seems a bit small, and I figure it would get swamped with ...
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How to roleplay a PC torture scene

How should a GM role-play a torture scene for a PC? In one of my games, one of my PCs will be captured by the enemy who wishes to get information from him, using... less than ethical methods. ...
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What's the youngest age to play D&D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs? Hi there, I have four kids aged 11-6. I used to play D&D when in my teams and loved it, and would like to introduce ...
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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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Can a player use tactical movement if “engaged”?

If a player is "engaged", ie was hit in combat last round, can they still use tactical movement? There is mention in the rules that they cannot retreat, doesn't retreating imply full movement only?
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What does AEDU mean?

I have seen the acronym "AEDU" (or perhaps ADEU) used on the community boards at wizards.com, but haven't stumbled on the definition, and a google search goes nowhere (I doubt they're suddenly ...
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What are your play experiences with The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men? [closed]

I'm going to run a session or two of The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men for my wife and kids. We're all experienced roleplayers, but we haven't tried this system before. What kinds of adventures have ...
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Chuck Norris player character - can I keep true to the internet meme while still running a balanced game?

One of my group mates has been quite obsessed with creating a Chuck Norris inspired character. He's playing a martial arts heavy, assassin flavors of Rogue, in a DnD campaign, which works well enough ...
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How do you keep the book keeping/game management work balanced between players?

For most games, the work required in running a game is, by default, distributed unevenly between a "master" and the "player characters". In our group, many/most of the group members have had ...
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Can Nymphs use shields?

Can Nymphs use shields in Mazes & Minotaurs? For other classes, it's explicitly states which items cannot be used. For Nymphs it only says: "Nymphs may never wear any kind of armor, as it ...
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Will the SpellJammer campaign setting be updated to the 4e ruleset? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the current state of affairs of SpellJammer? I enjoyed playing in the Spelljammer universe - anyone know if there are plans to update it with the newer ruleset?
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How do I make my role playing group a not exclusively male one?

My role playing groups have been, almost exclusively, male. What are some ideas/options for making the group and the experience more likely to attract, and retain, female players?
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How does surprise actually work in 7th Sea? Does it?

I'm finding myself confused by the surprise rules on page 196 of the Players' Guide. [make rolls] If you win, your target is surprised for one Phase. Which phase? The first phase of combat? Or ...
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Which manufacturers make aesthetically unusual dice? [closed]

I like dice. I particularly like unusual dice, whether they have unusual designs (like those of Q-Workshop) or methods of manufacture (like the heavy cast-iron dice I found at GenCon, whose ...
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Treasure and Thieves

Thieves get experience from treasure acquired, but there's no mention of whether thieves have to share treasure, and there doesn't appear to be any motivation to retain treasure (except the magical ...
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Can you move and use magic in the same round?

The players handbook mentions you move in the 3rd phase, and that magic is a full round action or combat action. There's no phase dedicated to magic, when does it occur, can you move in the same ...
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Is anyone playing Mazes & Minotaurs?

I discovered Mazes & Minotaurs just days ago, and am extremely impressed. Why is the community so small? For a game allegedly created prior to D&D, with such a simple rule system, why does a ...
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Wielding barbarian weapons two handed

In Mazes & Minotaurs, what effect does wielding a barbarian weapon two handed have? It's mentioned that non-Barbarians must wield them two-handed if they have Might less than 13. It's also ...
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What do I need to play Lamentations of the Flame Princess?

There are many, many PDFs for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. I'm confused! And the website doesn't help. What do I need? There doesn't seem to be a central book. What's the minimum I need to ...
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Are there any official Transformers themed (or close approximation) RPGs?

When we were younger, we played a homebrew game of D&D that was Transformers' themed. I've since, occasionally, wondered, if an official game exists(ted). Does anyone know?
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Does color spray affect undead?

The first-level illusionist spell color spray operates by overloading the senses/neural networks of its subject. Our view is that the same lack of conventional consciousness that makes the undead ...
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What Do I Need to Know to Run a Mountaineering Adventure on Nanga Parbat in 1970?

The PCs in my game are going to climb Nanga Parbat to chase down some ancient evil put there by Merkl's 1934 expedition. What was the political situation in Pakistan in 1970? How did mountaineering ...
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Single Player Games [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do solo, non-computer, RPG's exist, and if yes, which are good? Are there any single player RPGs?
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Winged special ability in RM&M

How does the Winged special ability effect melee combat in Revised Mazes & Minotaurs? Where is it mentioned in the rules?
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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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How to create a D&D 3.5 player character race for Poison Elves

The Poison Elves of Drew Hayes' comic book series differ in several significant ways from their D&D counterparts: they are immune to poison (although they can still develop an addiction and ...
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I'm running a demo Esoterrorists game later this week; what resources do I need to prepare?

This weekend, I'm running my first game (and a demo) of Esoterrorists. What resources do I need in order to prepare? Potential resources include: A really effective demo scenario that is engaging ...
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Is there any popular contemporary “classic” D&D material? [duplicate]

I've played the gamut of D&D editions from 2e, 3e, 4e, and the classic BECMI system, and after a year long hiatus from 4th edition, I'm considering running some "classic" D&D again. I'm aware ...
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What happened to scrolls in 4e?

I'm still learning the 4e system, and I'm trying to find out what happened to scrolls. I loved scrolls back in my 1e days because it let players experiment with spells they normally wouldn't want to ...
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When escalating from a change of style in With Great Power, what card has to be played?

When running a conflict in With Great Power, I'm a bit confused as to what cards have to be played after the style has been changed. Let's take an example first three panels: GM -> Player 7 Hearts ...
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Depictions of 19th c Vienna for a chronicle

I would like to create a Vampire: the Requiem chronicle set in 19th century Vienna. Are there any good films or books depicting Vienna in this period that I could use to create appropriate scenery and ...
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How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?

This question inspired by this rather grognardian post over on the Tao of D&D. Functionally, the post asserts: But suggest to a party that they're too far apart to hear one another as they ...
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How can I encourage my D&D Encounters group to do more role playing?

I'm a new player to D&D 4e. I've been participating in D&D Encounters since Season 1 and have even run a couple of sessions in Season 3 when the regular DM couldn't attend. I don't play in ...
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How can I modify a solo for a 2 player party in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

Most encounters are scaled down by removing monsters from play. However, solo monsters are designed around a 5 player party. What is the best way to scale them down to be an interesting fight for 2 ...
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Does Reverent Mettle affect the entire area of effect?

Reverent Mettle Trigger: An ally within 5 squares of you takes damage from an attack. Effect: Reduce the triggering attack's damage by 5 + your Cha modifier. Special: When you use ...
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Summoning focus in 4e?

I'd like to play a summoning focused Invoker in 4e, but I can't find any feats or Paragon classes that focus on it. In 3.X there wasn't much, but there was at least Augment Summoning and the ...

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