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How do I handle astral security?

When a shadowrunning team tries to break into a facility protected by magic, it seems to me as a GM like the team's biggest liability is getting past magical security. If a mundane B&E character ...
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Recreating a narrative like Leinster's Gateway to Elsewhere in a game

Murray Leinster wrote a number of fascinating short stories. One that has caught my interest is Gateway to Elsewhere(Baen) being a story about the nature of dimension travel through what amounts to ...
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How many spells would a 3rd level Sorcerer have with a Charisma 19?

I'm trying to create a character with an online character sheet from google docs and the calculations are coming up unexpectedly. I suspect there is an error in the formula, so I want to make sure I ...
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How much should Catches be worth in the Dresden Files RPG?

When I look at some of the White Court characters in Dresden Files, I see 'True Love' being used as a 0 point catch. Yet looking at the rules for coming up with a Catch, it seems like it should be ...
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Water and electricity spells - RL physics approach [closed]

I like to master (and play) in a world I can believe (even fantastic ones). This question comes from D&D3.5 but applies to every game where reality collides with things you can't (usually) do. So ...
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Earthquake spell on floating castle?

Does that affect the floor of the castle or just the ground where the castle is floating on? Does it depend on what the caster wants? Does it depend on if the caster can/cannot see the "real ...
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Wait for The Void or get Chthonian Stars?

Has Wildfire's standalone version of Chthonian Stars (a Lovecraftian sourcebook for the Traveller system published by Mongoose) "The Void" been cancelled?
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Group Stealth Rolls

The rules says that when a group is sneaking up to another group, both sides get a Group Roll. There are two sorts of group rolls. The NPCs one where you roll once with their skill die and treat the ...
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Bennies for Long Sessions?

In Savage Worlds, Player Bennies refresh at the start of a new session. What is the best way to handle a long session? For example what if the session is all day or even all weekend?
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What's the impact of a monster being immune to Unconscious?

Some monsters have immunity to being Unconscious. Since monsters die when they hit 0 HP (barring a PC deliberately inflicting nonlethal damage), what's the impact of this? Do they fight on when ...
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As a GM, how does one deal with all of the players playing nearly identical characters?

I'm running a Deadlands campaign with players who come entirely from D&D and have never played Savage Worlds before. All five people in the group have made nearly identical characters ...
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Must-have rituals for a 4e group

My group has recently changed DM's. The last one ran a hack-and-slash game without too much roleplaying or anything outside the adventure book (random encounters, exploration, etc). Our new DM is ...
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Arcane Background: Backlash on a roll on “1”?

A lot of the Arcane Backgrounds something happens on a roll of '1' on your Spellcasting die. I originally read this to mean that only if your total was a natural '1', i.e. your first roll was a ...
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Do two Eladrin both wearing a Circlet of Revelation auto-save on Charm effects?

Eladrin have a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against charm effects. The Circlet of Revelation head slot item grants the following: Property: While you have an eladrin ally within 10 squares of ...
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What “party” items are worth getting during character creation?

Details on the formation of this question can be found in this chat. During character creation you are allowed 3 "uncommon" items. What items are beneficial enough to the party as a whole to warrant ...
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How do I handle someone who never ever wants to pull?

I am getting ready to host my first game of Dread and the question that is really bugging me is what happens if a player (and I have one in mind) absolutely refuses to pull every single time? Dread ...
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Is there a feat for melee characters equivalent to Dual Implement Spellcaster in D&D 4e?

Dual Implement Spellcaster lets you add the bonus from an off-hand implement to an attack using your main hand implement. I am making a Human Marauder Ranger and I would love to be able to add an ...
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What are the differences and similarities between Pathfinder and Fantasy Craft?

Pathfinder or Fantasy Craft? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these two unofficial D&D 3.5 "upgrades" compared to 3.5 and each other? What kinds of play/groups are they more fit for? ...
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Handling different, bordering cultural levels in Ravenloft

How do you as a DM handle the transition/interaction between differing cultural level domains that live alongside (practically bordering, thanks to the Mists) one another in Ravenloft (any edition)? ...
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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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Making fantasy city [non-tactical] maps with GIMP

Does anyone know of good city specific (although I would be interested in others as well) plug-ins for fantasy RPG map making using GIMP? Edit: I am more looking at macro-scale (so whole city and a ...
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Where can I find a good [MyClass] Handbook CharOp List?

I want to find the most concise and clean list of CharOp ordered by base-class, and not by build ideas. If you take a look at brilliantgameologists forum the list is a bit messy and hard to find what ...
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Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?

I was looking for the Wizard Handbook but all the links were broken. Somewhere on the handbooks of other classes (on other forums) I saw a This was archived by WotC, here's the link But the ...
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Is there a list of all player moves in Apocalypse World?

I find myself reading multiple playbooks to see if there are any particular moves from other playbooks that fit my own character. This strikes me as crushingly inefficient. Is there a list of all ...
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How do I find artwork to inspire adventure design? [closed]

Often when I find a cool piece of artwork online, I build some scene in my upcoming adventure around it and then show the image to the players during the session. The more cool artwork I have access ...
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How do you handle an early death in Dread?

Starting prep for a game of Dread. I am wondering what is the best way to handle an early exit for a character in the game? I understand the ghost or doomed method of allowing the player to continue ...
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What are the potential pitfalls and errors as a first time DM of a Dread Game?

I am getting ready to run my first session. We are going to run a game of Dread. I have read the Dread book and am planning on running the first published scenario. What kind of pitfalls should I be ...
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short campaign with well defined characters

I am about to leave my home country and since I haven't been playing any RPG recently, I would like to play for the last time with my friends. I don't really have much time to prepare a game of my ...
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What should I look out for during my first game of Apocalypse World?

I am coming close to playing my first ever game of Apocalypse world. This will mark my first post-apocalypse based RP, and will see me trying to transition from a combat heavy D&D 4e background ...
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How do I switch from combat-based play to roleplay-included play in D&D?

I have played a few RP games at this point, but the vast majority of the gaming i have done has been my solo (read: playing several char's at once but being the only player) campaigns Brian ...
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What programming languages are used in Shadowrun?

I'm looking for Shadowrun 4E fluff information on programming languages. What are the names of canon programming languages in 4E? C+++? SuperPython? etc? Please let me know where in what book you find ...
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What were the stats on the original Oso la Fez?

I keep reading that it was amazing, fun, and completely unbalanced. But nowhere can I find the actual rules for it. The current one in the character builder on the Wizards site is pretty ...
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Help with epic battle

As a core part of the campaign I'm about to start, I want to include a poem detailing the last stand of a valiant paladin against a number of giants. He dies valiantly to save a town the giants were ...
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How does attacking someone work?

OK, I keep going around in circles. In Dresden Files RPG, how do you work out punching someone vs using a knife/sword/weapon vs using a gun?
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Near future in GURPS

I am gearing up to run a small GURPS campaign. Technologically, the game is set in the near future. I would like a book detailing weapons, medicine, transportation, etc. It's certainly possible to ...
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How are feats determined for creatures with hit dice and class levels?

For a character with hit dice that is adding its first character level, does it get a feat at first character level or its next odd hit dice? For example a bugbear becomes a bugbear barbarian 1. ...
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What is the expected average damage for an area of effect power?

I have spent quite a bit of time coming up with an average damage document for my party and for several other characters. However, the one thing I have not been able to represent well is the average ...
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A question about Celerity spells

I have a question regarding Celerity line of spells introduced in PHB2. Let's say we have 2 wizards, A and B. Wizard A has higher initiative roll than wizard B; neither is flat-footed; it's A's turn; ...
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How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?

My level 6-8 Party is going up against a small troll army invading a forest. Previously, we just assumed that once the party wins, they can burn all the troll remains. Some of us, however, were ...
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What does Drow Speech sound like?

I am about to play a Drow Rogue-Fighter and I want to roleplay my character well, and this includes doing a voice. What is the proper voice for a [charismatic] Drow [Rogue-Fighter]? I was thinking ...
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How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?

Stormwarden: Blade Storm (11th level): As long as you are armed with a melee weapon and are capable of making an opportunity attack, one adjacent enemy (your choice) takes damage equal to your ...
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Techniques for making high level D&D play more manageable?

Many people complain about high level D&D 3.x play. It can become less enjoyable for both players and GMs because of the huge nest of rules and complexity required for every character, the prep ...
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Does Improved Grapple Increase CMD against escape?

I'm learning the PF grappling rules, and was inspecting the Improved Grapple feat (D20PFSRD). It states You also receive a +2 bonus to your Combat Maneuver Defense whenever an opponent tries to ...
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Pathfinder and the Leadership feat

The feat Leadership has changed considerably since 3.X days and has brought up a few debates at my table. The specific debate is not over cohorts, but over followers. Let's say my level 7 Pathfinder ...
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How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?

I'm looking for a formula that can calculate the average damage of a power. Specifically, the Ranger at-will power Twin Strike. This is a bit more complicated, since it's two attacks. Furthermore, ...
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Does a Portal's mana cost cover the sympathetic nature, or is that another +1 mana?

The spell description for Portal (Space***; M:Aw p 238) gives a casting cost of one mana. It also mentions how the number of successes required is based on the caster's sympathetic connection to the ...
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How does the Symbol of Gajz interact with healing powers?

Our cleric just picked up the Symbol of Gajz(ddi) as a reward in our current quest It contains the following property: Property: When you use a healing power through this holy symbol, choose ...
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How playable is Pathfinder at higher levels?

I know this is rather subjective, yet I'm curious about your experience. We're considering switching to Pathfinder from DnD3.5, partly because we've always found problems with the playability of the ...
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How to kill yourself in 4e?

Warning: spoiler about P2: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens. The following explains why I want rules on killing yourself, but isn't critical to the question (with the edit), so don't read it if you will ...
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Will a rogue get their Sneak Attack dice if they charge from cover?

I'm about to start up a new 4e campaign, and my roommate is playing a melee rogue. They're going to have a warlord, so she took melee basic training(DEX) as a feat for melee attacks. She's been going ...

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