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What alternatives to hit points are there for abstracting wounds? [closed]

I don't like hit points as an abstraction anymore. I'm interested in writing an RPG and I have some ideas for other ways of handling wounds, but I wanted to see what else was out there. MERP had ...
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What changes to Blinding Barrage, as reflected in the October 2011 errata updates, actually happened?

Listed here it states the Blinding Barrage has had it's damage reduced. On the errata for the Player's Handbook (page 8) as of the October update it states that: Blinding Barrage Page 119: Delete ...
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In creating a monster what cautions should be taken?

The DDI Adventure Tools make it very easy to refluff or restat a monster in no time. Creating a monster is still easy, but can be difficult due to trying to not create an overpowered monster. Aside ...
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How many arrows an archer can carry/bring with him

What would be a realistic number of arrows an archer can have/carry/bring with him? Dozens or hundreds?
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Can a flaming sphere be kicked away?

In the flaming sphere spell description it is said that "the surface of the sphere has a spongy, yielding consistency". So the sphere has some "consistency" and acts like a physical object, rolling ...
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Can Helpers Retry Spellcraft Magic Item Identification Checks?

The specific case is by identifying magical items with Spellcraft in Pathfinder. In a group, it is possible instead of making single skill checks that one (generally the one with the higher bonus) ...
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What is the most rules intensive system that can be played with no prep? [closed]

Having just finished a 4e campaign, I'm interested in running something lighter. I didn't spend much time prepping combats (mainly because I downloaded all my enemies from DDI), but I still had to ...
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What things should I take into consideration before sending my PCs to Athas?

I am DMing a campaign in which the characters are going to begin shifting form plane to plane every few missions or so. I am considering dropping them into Athas (Dark Sun), but before I do I want to ...
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Can hexblades use dual implement spellcaster?

There are a headache inducing number of threads that never actually resolved this issue on the wizards site. Not linked because I feel dumber after reading them. Can a hexblade use dual implement ...
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How should we choose classes as a new group of three players?

we're planning to start a new dnd campaign with my friends and we're a little worried about what class to choose. The group will include three players so we cannot fill all roles. What combination of ...
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Can the target of Mind of Rage take normal actions on its turn?

Mind of Rage (Wizard Attack 25 from HotFL) gives this effect: The target is affected by mind of rage (save ends). This effect also ends if you or any of your allies attacks or deals damage to ...
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Treasure that's hard to put a price on

(We've been playing D&D, but for this answer I'm looking for a system-agnostic answer that works for a premodern setting. Let's say 1500 AD or earlier.) Most of the treasure the party gets from ...
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Recommendations on how to coach an inexperienced roleplayer in playing Changeling: The Lost

I'm running a Changeling: The Lost game and one of the players is new to role-playing games. Her introduction to role-playing hasn't been helped by the fact that CtL has a very unusual setting. She ...
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What happens when an Extra is Incapacitated but survives?

Tonight in my Savage Worlds (Explorer Edition) game, several of the bad guys, all Extras, were shot, took damage exceeding their Toughness, and were put out of the fight--which I believe is ...
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What can I do to give the players the same feel their characters would have about wilderness travel?

I find that in a lot of our group's games, traveling long distances through wilderness is too easy. In real life, it's quite arduous traveling overland. No one who's just walked a hundred miles is ...
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Which level for this spell?

I would like to have a review for this spell and in the first place I would like to have suggestions about the possible level. Aura of cold Wizard Lvl: 3 School: transmutation (cold) ...
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Film Noir D&D Setting

Could you use D&D for a film noir setting? What would have to be changed? By "film noir", I'm imagining something set in the 1940s, urban, dark, private eyes and all that. There would be cars, ...
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What is the recent edition history for Savage Worlds and major differences between them?

I'm new to Savage Worlds and using the "Explorer's Edition" that came out in 2007-2008(?), usually abbreviated "SW:EX". Can anyone briefly summarize the edition history of SW for the last few years, ...
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What is the “average human” stat for Savage Worlds?

I just started running Savage Worlds (SW:EX) and ran into a minor issue on my first session. The SW:EX book says in the Character Creation section that an average human has a d6 for any given stat. ...
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Does Sage of Ages roll replacement happen before or after the roll?

Sage of ages, level 24: Keeper's Prescience (24th level): At the start of each of your turns, roll a d20. You can use the result of that roll in place of any one d20 roll you make before the start ...
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How do I create a sense of mystery about magic?

Magic in so many games is something mechanical and fully understood. Assuming I control the setting (and have a group of players willing to try new rules), how do I make magic something mysterious? ...
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Why are certified credsticks 'banded' in shadowrun?

The source material indicates the banks can issue certified credsticks up to their maximum limit, which is indicated by their band. Why? from what I can tell: All certified credsticks, regardless ...
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Crit Fighter in DnD 3.5

I had a friend tell me about a DnD 3.5 specialization for a fighter class, the crit fighter. Somehow, using the int score, this class would lower the die needed for a crit, and could, for instance, ...
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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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Creating Level 0 characters using monster stats vs recent Unearthed Arcana Rules

I'm planning a series of sessions that involve, Tales-of-Canterbury style, my players telling each other what made them into adventurers. For example, the first session will tell about our elven ...
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Planar Wild Shape and Smite Evil

A good druid takes the Planar Wild Shape feat and adds the celestial template to the creature. Reading the rebuild rules: gains darkvision 60 ft. gains DR and energy resistance as noted on ...
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Resources on undead and their creation [closed]

I'm searching for resources on the creation of undead and on undead in general, as I want to develop a new realm for my homebrew setting in which necromancy and magical-alchemical research on undead, ...
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What kind of image does “Psionic Image” create?

Psionic Image: Effect: Each target sees the image of a Small or smaller object in your hand or in a square in the burst. The image lasts until the end of your next turn. Given a pixie who is 6" ...
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Does the Executioner Assassin's Attack Finesse apply to all targets of that attack?

Today, wizards released the Ninja guild option for the executioner assassin. As one of its powers, it gets poisonous shuriken: Target: One, two, or three creatures Attack: Dexterity vs. AC ...
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How valid is lying to players about the rolls they are making in The Dresden Files?

In last weeks Dresden Files game, the players followed the bad guy using a tracking spell, and found him in the projects at an apartment that they knew little about. Seeing his car, they decided to ...
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As a GM, how can I create and role-play diverse NPCs better? [duplicate]

I am new to GMing (and role-playing in general, for that matter) and I am having a somewhat difficult time making plausible and interesting NPCs. This is especially true with NPCs who are not "typical ...
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Where is D&D in the spectrum of RPGs?

Our gaming group has been using various forms of D&D for several decades now, and we've enjoyed it quite a bit, but we have zero experience with other roleplaying games. Seeing all the other ...
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Differences between Mentzer BECM D&D and Allston Rules Cyclopedia D&D

The D&D Rules Cyclopedia is supposed to cover the same ruleset as the Basic, Expert, Companion and Masters D&D Boxed Sets. Are the rules the same? Does it use the same text, or is it a ...
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How do you make a dragon player character in D&D 3.5?

Me and a friend were looking at the rules in Draconomicon to make a Dragon PC and we were still baffled four hours later because of the dragon aging and leveling-up processes. Can anyone explain these ...
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What powers do deities gain from believers?

In the (A)D&D multiverse, when a deity gains believers, he/she/it also gains power. But how much might is gained as the number of followers increases? As an example, when Elan's puppet deity has ...
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What tool(s) have you used to manage spell lists, especially in a home-brew?

There are a couple of great questions on this site about tools to manage campaign notes. I'm looking for something more specific; it may not exist. What tool or tools have you used to keep track of ...
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Playing as, not with, ourselves

A few of the members of our gaming have had the probably-not-unique idea of statting ourselves as if we were player characters in a campaign. Our problem is trying to find a basis of comparison for ...
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Does killing an enemy in combat count against morality in World of Darkness?

Page 91 of the World of Darkness rulebook: Morality 4: Impassioned crime (manslaughter). (Roll three dice.) Does this mean that if the party gets in a fight with someone and end up killing the ...
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How do slipknots connect to multiple systems in a cluster?

In Diaspora, the slipknots that connect the systems of the cluster aren't really explained. What the text tells us is: There are two slipknots in each system, 5 AU north and south of the barycentre ...
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What are the differences between Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (3.5) and the Castle Ravenloft Board Game?

Is this book, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft D&D 3.5 the same thing as the book in the Castle Ravenloft Board Game here ? The board game includes a rule book and a scenario book. The two ...
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How do I construct an individual session as part of a larger campaign?

I've been GMing/DMing on and off for years. I prefer playing. Mainly because when I run a game, I'm more a fly by the seat of your pants kind of dm, and it works sort of.. My problem is that, while I ...
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How do cursed items work?

I have never really used cursed items in my campaigns, but I'm considering doing so for my latest one. For the most part, cursed items seem pretty straightforward except for two things: How do you ...
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3.5 Adventures with Mind Flayers

Are there any DnD 3.5 adventures that revolve around the illithid? Google hasn't returned anything useful... They're one of my favorite monsters and I'm trying to get a feel them. Thanks!
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Epic fantasy art scenery

I'm gonna be running a video-game-esque fantasy campaigns for some friends soon and one of my major world inspirations is the Final Fantasy series, in all its iterations. For some unique locations ...
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How do I effectively portray multiple characters in conversation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you handle verbal exchanges between NPCs without taking the PCs out of the spotlight? You should be familiar with this set up: All the characters are at a party ...
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Do dead creatures take up space?

If a large creature dies, does its corpse still occupy a 10x10 area? How does this affect movement and combat, specifically charging?
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Does a Dwarven Thrower automatically return to the thrower's hands?

Dwarven Thrower: Property This weapon can be used as a heavy thrown weapon with a range of 6/12. Does the fact that it "can be used as" indicate that it is a heavy thrown weapon for ...
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Exalted - Sidereal Dice Cap

Sidereal Exalted, in 2nd edition Exalted, don't appear to have a clear cap on the number of dice they can add to their pools with charms. The section on Excellencies is only moderately clear -- they ...
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How does Procreation work in Eclipse Phase?

How is procreation handled in Eclipse Phase? Given that morphs are highly interchangeable this heavily shifts the normal perception of how passing on your genetics would work. Also can infomorphs ...
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Rules for a play-by-post forum?

With my RPG group we decided to setup a private online forum to play in differed time together (and other reasons that are not the subject of the question). Installing and setting the forum itself ...

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