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How is the shot clock used in Aces and Eights?

I've been looking into a system called Aces and Eights and I am interested if anybody can explain a few points of the combat system to me. For example, a gunfight breaks out in a bar and the barkeep ...
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Does Sorcerous Blade Channeling grant the weapon's proficiency bonus?

The Sorcerous Blade Channeling feat says: When you use any ranged sorcerer attack power through a dagger, you can use the power as a melee attack. If you do so, the power’s range equals your melee ...
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Is there a simple D&D 4E mechanic that uses armor class as a damage reduction?

Instead of making it harder to hit a well armored target, it should be easier (slower to move). But your damage should be reduced, not your chance to hit. And then of course there is the penetration ...
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How can I make a magical photocopier?

One of my players wants a way to reproduce books quickly in an Ars Magica (5th edition) setting. What spells exist (preferably without using vis) to accomplish this goal?
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Does anyone know the name of the 3.5e D&D item that allows you to store your current exp?

I have been looking for this item for a while through my books and online, and can't seem to find which supplement it's in. I know this item exists, and was wondering if anyone could remember what ...
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How can I stat up a troll in 5 different systems?

I'm developing a small, system-agnostic setting, which will be published in several mediums (blog, PDF, and paper). I'd like to stat up several of the most unusual creatures for popular systems: ...
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What are the major differences between each edition of Tekumel/Empire of the Petal Throne?

I see that there have been four major editions of Tekumel/Empire of the Petal Throne (via Wikipedia) and a pre-TSR edition is also now available. All known releases include the following: "Green ...
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How can a GM aid switching between the immersion and the meta level?

In recent adventures, I've often employed and supported using the meta level (i.e. thinking, joking and referencing about the game's contents with reference to our cultural context) for everyone's ...
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What happened to Irony Games' tools?

About five years ago, there used to be a site called Irony Games that hosted a variety of useful map generator tools (Non-functional list of tools shown here). Have these tools ever been re-hosted ...
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What is the most accessible edition of Traveller?

I'd love to play Traveller. Which edition best combines understandability, availability, and flavor? In other words, I'm looking for an edition that is easy to grasp and available for purchase, that ...
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Surprise round procedure

As per the rules, those doing the surprise attack start on hold. Does this mean they need to also win an agility test with the non surprised character with the highest initative to actually go first?
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How many members make up the typical Savage Worlds adventuring party?

After looking at the Test Drive, I do not see anything about party sizes. Is there a standard Savage Worlds party size? I want to try out the Tomb of Terrors one-shot with the Test Drive rules, but ...
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I want to build a castle, with magic!

Rather, one of my players, a Terram Magus, wants to be able to construct a castle or equivalent fortification without using creo magic in an Ars Magica 5th edition game. The rules for crafting with ...
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What is the earliest appearance of the D100 table from scratch?

I sometimes read DND blogs in which D100 tables appear. There's just something about that format that I like. It reminds me of lots of cool stuff like the Babylonian lists of mes. Are they recent or ...
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How can I make a fighter/sorcerer that contributes to the party?

I want a fighter/sorcerer class that won't bog down my team-mates. Any ideas what to do? I'd like him to be able to have his spells as his main line of attack/defence, but [a certain amount of ...
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What theoretical breakthroughs are possible for necromancers?

Ars Magica 5th edition has many possible routes for necromancers and original necromantic research. Beyond the research found in Ancient Magic, are there any mystery cults or theoretical breakthroughs ...
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When is an activity practice instead of exposure?

While engaging in Overly Complex and Extremely Detailed* character generation with one of my players recently, he raised the point that I was being too stingy with XP in seasons when he was performing ...
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Can you provide flanking when wielding a ranged weapon?

Can a character flank when wielding a ranged weapon? I believe it is the case since the rules on flanking simply say "Must Be Able to Attack: You and your ally must be able to attack the enemy, ...
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What systems use an initiative system similar to Exalted 2nd Edition? [closed]

As far as I remember, the Exalted system works on ticks and cool downs: A "tick" is roughly one second, but is a fuzzy, arbitrary time unit used to demark how long actions take. An "action" is ...
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251 views

How should I read attacks in 7th Sea stat-blocks?

I've been running a few more monsters and animals in my 7th Sea campaign lately, and find myself a little confused by the notation used in the Game Master's Guide. For example: Bear [...] ...
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How necessary is mechanical character advancement?

I've been fiddling around with a game system for some time (ever since the 2010 Game Chef competition) that's based around characters that are shape-shifters. Because of this, characters have a fluid ...
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363 views

Does reducing a roll change a critical?

This came up in our game last night. An enemy attacks and rolls a critical hit. The target uses the Luckbender paragon power "Even the Odds" and reduces the roll by the d6 roll. Is the result still ...
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462 views

Gelatinous Cube damage

This seems really basic, but I'm not really sure how to treat the case where a creature has been engulfed by a gelatinous cube. Does the creature simply take 1d6 acid damage as if it were attacked, or ...
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About Spell Scrolls' mechanic, how do they work?

This question is bothering me, my dm couldn't answer it. What is the difference between a spell scroll and a page of spellbook? One goes "puff" after use while others stays permanently. Also I'm ...
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How would a character jumping off a building and landing work?

In our last session, a character decided that he wanted to run and jump off a 3-story building, land and use might to prevent damage, and then continue running. I’m not entirely convinced it really ...
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How does a skill modify another skill?

In a couple of instances we’ve seen in the rules that state that you can use a skill to modify another skill. I think the main one that we’ve seen so far is inhuman strength. It says something about ...
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As a player, how can I help the GM when the game goes out of control?

I've seen numerous games go down the pan when certain players derail the plot, either making it PC vs GM, or making the game more about their ludicrous choices. It might seem overly harsh turn of ...
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How can I treat old and new players fairly, without upsetting anyone?

The last time I ran a game of D&D there was a lot of tension between new players (both to the group, and D&D) and old players. It stemmed partly from oldbies not wanting their ball taken away, ...
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How do Thunder Hooves Rage and charge interact?

Thunder Hooves Rage says: You enter the rage of the thunder hooves. Until the rage ends, you can move through one or two enemies’ spaces during each of your turns. When you move through an enemy’s ...
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978 views

Can darkvision distinguish visual contrast?

Does darkvision allow a creature to distinguish visual contrast? The rules as written, in both Pathfinder and 3.5e, state simply that "Darkvision is black-and-white only (colors cannot be discerned)." ...
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How do you encourage the use of lesser trained skills in a skill challenge?

I've been playing in a D&D 4e campaign for almost a year now, and as a Bard for the last several months. At 15th level, my character's Perception is 28 (38 passive), with Insight coming in second ...
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Pros and Cons of giving my party a spell based on the Portal Gun from the Portal video game series?

I'm considering giving my party's mage a Portal Spell as a way to spice up our campaign. The catch is they can only use it twice per day, the target surface has to be flat, clearly visible by the ...
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297 views

Can a player take an immediate action against another player or npc's immediate action?

This has come up several times and thus far our DM has ruled against it. The question is: can a player take an immediate action against another player's or creature's immediate action, so long as ...
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Could a mouse kill a bear?

I'm planning for a Mouse Guard game that will culminate in the players facing down a bear! The rules cover this far too briefly, only stating that you need 20,000 mice to do so (via the War skill). ...
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How do you run a political campaign?

Although it's a fair way off yet there's a decent chance that my campaign is heading towards becoming very political. I've considered running political games before, but it seems like it would ...
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How do underground tunnels stay up? Is it possible to dig under a castle wall without magic to support the tunnel?

I'm considering running a quest where the players must deal with a large, powerful, and well organized underground Kobold tribe. They initially find the opening of a tunnel in the middle of a village ...
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Does a monster knowledge check allow the character to learn everything about a monster's powers?

A monster knowledge check, if successful grants: The character identifies the monster and knows its origin, type, typical temperament, and keywords. If the character meets of exceeds the hard ...
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How do I make players more comfortable in an unusual historical setting?

I run a lot of games/write systems set in specific historical/cultural contexts, because I like rpgs as a way to explore them and think they provide a great sense of place. However, I tend not to ...
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1answer
201 views

Is there a limit to squares pushed?

I remember one of the few times I played 4E D&D, I was a Con'lock specialising in pushing, and a few other character also had a lot of ranged push abilities. We ended up pushing the big bad so far ...
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Does a summoned monster's alignment matter?

I am playing in a 3.5 game recently, and a question has come up that none of us could really answer. Does the alignment of a summoned monster (as per the Summon Monster I-IX spells) matter at all? For ...
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How can I use lights at night without breaking immersion?

What techniques do people use at a LARP to provide light at nighttime without breaking immersion? Especially when some players complain about ruining their 'night vision'. There are some constraints, ...
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125 views

What are the changes in the second edition of Cartoon Action Hour?

What are the rule changes between the 1st and 2nd editions of Cartoon Action Hour? I am curious if there is significant new content in the second edition that makes it worth buying over the original. ...
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335 views

What happens when an undead character is “Taken Out”

I tried finding this in the books, but I couldn't figure anything out. If you have an undead character, what happens when their physical stress track is filled and they don't take a consequence? Are ...
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What is the purpose of slow experience gain in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

Pathfinder Society Organized Play allows players to advance either 1XP or 1/2XP per session. There are no advantages offered by taking the slower XP (experience) gain, so why would someone use this ...
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How can you find a balance between effective/optimised characters and creative characters?

When creating characters, I often face a dilemma between making a character. It feels like they can either be optimized so they can "pull their own weight" or having a character I think is creative ...
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How can I add sound to our sessions?

I've been toying with the idea of adding sound to our typical sessions. I was thinking about throwing in some sounds for atmosphere's sake, like some of the following: Birds chirping/water running ...
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2answers
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Is there any mapping software that can print large battlemaps?

Years ago, I used Dundjinni to create battlemaps for the game I ran. However, each individual map was restricted in size such that it corresponded to the size of a piece of normal 8.5" x 11", and this ...
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What is the normal “pace” for a 4E session/campaign?

Disclaimer: The DM has never DM'd before, and 2 out of the 3 PC's have never played D&D before. I am the 1 PC who has played before (2 previous groups). I've just started a new 4E group using ...
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Abusing Enchant Magic Item

Is there anything that prevents a character from using the free resize-function of the Enchant Magic Item ritual to store an infinite amount of magic items in his backpack by making them ...
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543 views

Finding time to play

How do people find time to play an RPG with friends, around work, study and partners? I've a preference for weekly play but I just can't find the time to dedicate to roleplaying anymore. And when I ...

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