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In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?

Inspired by the closed question: DnD Next Hitpoint Inflation, There have been claims of HP inflation in dnd-next, and there certainly were increased in the absolute value of HP in 4e. In order to ...
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Encouraging use of online roleplaying aids

I'm creating an Obsidian Portal for my players as I wind up to actually running my game, naturally I'd like to get the players involved in this too so they can write up game diarys, update their ...
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Good Azlanti Dungeon Adventure?

In my Pathfinder pirate campaign, the PCs have reached the cultist-infested Sun Temple Colony in Azlant from Lost Cities of Golarion; I'm also using Open Design's Sunken Empires to give it that ...
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Suggested System/Mechanics/Setting Choices for X-Files/Fringe Inspired Game?

Requesting system, specific mechanic, and published setting recommendations for a recurring game inspired by the X-Files and Fringe. Here are my goals and details for the game that may provide ...
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Narrative options in an antique shop, old bookstore or library [closed]

I'm currently storytelling a Delta Green chronicle and, while studying various resources and scenarios, I was extremely intrigued by a scenario called "The Bookstore". That is a great opportunity to ...
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Is there a more streamlined version of the naval combat rules?

The players in my 7th Sea campaign finally invested in a ship, late in their careers, which means we've finally broken out the naval combat rules. The rules seem like a bit of an afterthought, with a ...
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When a Wraith initially loses insubstantial from Radiant damage does it take full damage?

In a recent battle I was DMing when the players were cleansing the temple in Gardmore Abbey, the players were attacked by a Trap Haunt which is a very wraith-like creature. Wraiths are usually ...
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Shinaelestran Guardian - Guardian Defense exploit

Martial Power 2 introduced the Shinaelestran Guardian paragon path for Rangers. One of its features is the Guardian Defense. Guardian Defense (11th level): Whenever you gain a bonus to attack ...
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Does a potion of healing hurt undead?

The other night one of my players thought it a good idea to throw a potion of healing at the undead skeletal mage. Her idea was that the potion would harm undead. A creative idea and I said go ahead, ...
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Are there any benefits to being a small character?

Small characters face a number of disadvantages. They can't use two-handed weapons, and have to use two hands to wield a versatile weapon DDI. Further disadvantages include: The inability to Grab ...
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Why did Giant Space Hamsters cause community outrage?

I remember there being a community fallout surrounding the introduction of Giant Space Hamsters, but never got the details at the time, and had an adolescent "WOW, hamsters, giant, in space, this is ...
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Are the effects of a power applied in an “atomic” mode?

Are the effects of a power applied in an "atomic" mode, i.e. all at once, or are they sequentially applied ? So for example, the power says … "does 1W + Int damage and pushes the target one square" .....
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Firing into close combat in Pathfinder

If I am using a bow against an enemy who is in melee combat with an ally of mine, I get a -4 on my attack roll, unless I have the precise shot feat. (See page 184 ...
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What could be the levels of the Archendale mounted militia?

In the Forgotten Realms Campaign Settings is written that Archendale has the strongest army of all the Dales: 10 rides of 60 mounted warriors. Knowing that the Dalelands militia (RPG stats Archfiends ...
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Grenade throwing: when even a miss is usually still a hit

An 'average' Deathwatch space marine can throw a grenade at a standard range of about 30 metres (which actually means up to 60 metres without incurring a Long Range penalty). On page 151 it is stated ...
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How do I make a physical challenge for Dawn-caste Solar Exalted?

I'm currently running an Exalted (2.5e) game (set in the West around Wavecrest, if it's relevant). The Dawn caste Solar in the party is carving through things incredibly fast - using Iron Whirlwind (6 ...
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Pathfinder: Arcane Duelist melee build

I've finally decided to make an Arcane Duelist (bard archetype). It'd like to enhance my own melee part as well the party ones. I can use the "Core Rulebook" and the "Advanced Player's Guide" only. ...
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Alternative for 4e saves

So, recently I began playing 4e again and was discussing with a friend about how 'odd' the save mechanic for ongoing damage /lingering conditions appears to us. Right now it works like this: ...
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Which NWoD books deal with mortal and kinfolk NPCs in the criminal, law, or political arenas?

I'm running a Werewolf game and, after the pack managed to root out a Bale Hound and make the only other Rahu in the local area stand down, it seems like they want to take the time to handle mortal ...
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Skill Point vs. Refresh Progression/Ratio in Dresden Files RPG?

We started our characters at 6 refresh and 20 skill points. The suggested progression is 1 skill point at the end of every scenario (a significant milestone) and 1 refresh + 1 skill point "when a few ...
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The Deal with Stunt Dice in Fiasco

I played my first game of Fiasco earlier this week, and had a blast. We used the "Camp Death" playset and I acted as a facilitor. Camp Death uses the "stunt dice" rule. Basically, whenever one of the ...
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As a GM, when to force a harrowed player for control of his body?

In Deadlands:Reloaded, it's possible for characters to become Harrowed. In short, this means the character has died and been re-animated by an evil spirit. It's up to the GM to decide when this ...
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM? [closed]

Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it ...
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How are conflicts in the end of turn sequence resolved, e.g. with Bond of Pursuit?

How are conflicts in the End of Turn sequence resolved? The specific example we had last night was resolving whether the Avenger could ...
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1answer
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What can limit dex for AC?

This is possibly a bug in Hero Lab but it's been pretty solid so far; so I'm trying to work out what it's doing. If it is a hero lab bug, then this question will probably need to be deleted. I've ...
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What's the origin of the term “gold piece”?

What is the literary or historical origin of the term "gold piece" to mean a gold coin? Was it used before D&D, or did D&D coin the term?
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How do vehicle critical hits work?

On page 101 of Savage Worlds Deluxe is a table for critical hits when dealing with vehicles. However, I can't find what would cause you to roll on this table. How do critical hits on vehicles work?
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1answer
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Rules for a 5th Level Arcane Ballista?

Looking for rules on how to run a semi sentient Arcane Ballista that can be used as a monster and equipment. Any ideas where I can find rules for this or does someone have rules they can share?
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1answer
267 views

Do creatures with fractional HD have all the other benefits of full HD creatures?

Some small animals, e.g. rats, have fractional HD, which means that they have less hit points than animals with the same constitution and full HD have. Suppose you have (for example) an outsider with ...
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Festival Mini Games

My D&D party will be going to a town with a festival in it. Generally during festivals there may be some games that are going on, kind of like small carnival type games or "mini games", ones that ...
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Quick Draw / Quick Sheath Items?

Does the Quick Draw feat allow you to also store the weapon you were wielding as part of the free action? If not, what sort of action is it to 'switch weapons' ...
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Can you use Divine Bond (Weapon) with Magic Weapon Spell?

Can a Paladin use his Divine Bond (Weapon) on a weapon where Magic Weapon has been caste and does this count as a +1 for the purpose of adding a magic weapon feature?
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Can creatures be transported within Leomund's Secret Chest?

If a creature or PC gets inside Leomund's secret chest after it has been summoned, can they be transported back to the chest's storage area when it is dismissed? Leomund's Secret Chest[ddi] (...
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Is Cartography a craft or a profession?

Simple question, for pathfinder is Cartography used as a skill classified as "craft " or "profession"? For reference: Craft Skill Profession Skill
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Gamma World 7e - without player card decks

What game changes are there for using a single set of decks which all players draw from during the game session? I'm in a group where we don't want to purchase individual decks of Alpha and Omega ...
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4answers
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Is it possible to play with just 1 player book in a group?

I want to start a game with some friends. We never played using any book but now we want to try that out. I got the PLayer, DM and monster book but that's it. As I'll be DMing for the first time I'm ...
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What ways can a 3.5 or Pathfinder PC get the swallow whole ability?

This is an odd question, but I'm sure it must be doable. The main ways I've found so far are: using polymorph, shapechange, etc to directly turn into something that has the swallow whole ability. ...
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Can a caster self-target with an attack power?

Following on from a thought from With Arcane Reach can you thunderwave yourself I pondered if a caster can self-target with an attack power? I'll restrict this to 4e as an answer, but my experience ...
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Can a Paladin use their Divine Bond (Weapon) on different weapons?

Can a Paladin use their Divine Bond (Weapon) on different weapons? For example, if a Paladin primarily uses a long sword and they need to use a mace for undead, can the Paladin call the spirit to ...
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Is a Fighter/Wizard/Thief viable in Pathfinder?

I'm looking for a decent build for a Fighter/Wizard/Thief in Pathfinder. The goal is to have a "jack of all trades" PC. I'd like to enhance these aspect if possible: Fighter: melee dps Wizard: ...
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What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?

What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve? Are they, in any way, better than the default classes? Do they have any disadvantages/advantages to them?
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Can an Undead Servitor act after its controller is dead? [closed]

Can an Undead Servitor act after it's controller is dead? EDIT: (Note that this is not 'act as a sentient creature capable of making it's own choices of action' but 'act' as in 'perform actions'.) F....
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1answer
680 views

What roll do I call for to resolve feats of strength and other physical challenges?

I'm currently running a Call of Cthulhu campaign and I'm trying to determine what to do with something along the lines of feats of strength and whatnot. I had a character try to crank-start a rundown ...
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661 views

What happens when a creature falls on another creature?

If I successfully teleport a creature 4 square above another creature, and it falls, what happens? Is damage done to one or both?
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1answer
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Does a creature know the precise rule effects of a zone or aura when they are affected by it?

My question here revolves around when and how much information does a player or creature gain about an aura or zone, once they are affected by it. Do those affected know exactly what effects are ...
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What classes excel in ranged combat?

I've just started out playing DnD. I want to pick a class that plays well with long-range, and was wondering whether other classes besides ranger can fill in that role effectively. Are there are any ...
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Difference between Heavy/Light Crossbows and Long/Short Bows

What are the key differences between Crossbows and Longbows? I'm playing a ranger, but I'm relatively new to D&D, and all my friends have differing opinions on it. For example, Friend A states ...
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1answer
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Can a Fighter use their Mark feature with a Grenade?

If a Fighter player character attacks with a grenade-like weapons, e.g. Acidic Fire [ddi], can they still Mark the target(s)?
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Can penalties from Enlarge Spell result in negative damage?

Do the Enlarge Spell penalties mean the damage can become negative? Benefit: Before using a wizard at-will or encounter attack power, you can choose to take a -2 penalty to each die of damage ...
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4answers
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Methods for altering memories in 4E

The context: one of our valiant heroes is charged with committing a crime that he didn't commit! However, he doesn't have an alibi, and can't even remember where he was or what he was doing at the ...

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