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Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition?

Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition? Is there such a thing? If not, can we compile a list on here for reference? I'm mostly interested in the ...
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Modelling Grenades in Diaspora?

I've been reading the SRD for Diaspora, especially the section on personal weapon design. I've found that the rules handle most of my cases very well, but I can't seem to find a way to model ...
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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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Which systems use character development mechanics similar to The Dark Eye? [closed]

I have long been only exposed to D&D and therefore it was quite intriguing to see how The Dark Eye (in it's v4) takes dice and levels completely out of character development. Been wondering ...
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Easy way to make custom dungeon tiles?

I've gotten more milage out of dungeon tiles than most other ways of making maps -- however, I would like more variety than WOTC has put out. (In particular, I would like some curved corridors.) I can ...
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How can I create an introductory D&D encounter intended for teaching the rules?

For my next D&D campaign, I want to introduce the players to the ruleset by having them play through a sample combat encounter. All of them have prior RPG experience, but they haven't played any ...
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What rules discourage point blank missile use in Mazes & Minotaurs?

Underground, exploring a series of crypts and catacombs, the mighty heroes were set up on by a string of foes in close combat: bug men, a ghast, and a mummy. Fate was on their side, and they ...
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Silence as a ready action

If a caster readies an action to cast the spell silence next to an enemy wizard who begins casting a spell with a verbal component, what happens? The silence interrupts the casting attempt, causing ...
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Penalties for being drunk?

If a character is drunk, what are the penalties associated to it ? I do remember a special prestige class for monks about it, but I don't remember anything specific in the core rulebook.
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Post MM3 adventures [closed]

I'm aware there has been a big shift in monster stats with MM3 and all the adventures that have been published before have weak encounters in them. Can you provide me with a list of D&D adventure ...
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Good starting levels for a one-shot?

My friends and I have a tendency to do one-time sessions that can last anywhere form 3–10+ hours. The difficulty I have when I'm going to be the DM is deciding what level to start everyone at. ...
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How to simulate distraction during battle without actually distracting the players?

Here's my situation. In an encounter I have coming up next week, an epic aerial battle between an Angel and a powerful necromancer rages overhead a group of low-level PC's. Attempting to assist in ...
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Publishing an RPG System for an existing background

I created a role playing system with not too much of a Fantasy setting about 15 years ago. It played well, but when it started to reach the 4th revision, this 4th revision I had put weeks of work in ...
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How can I make my broomstick fly?

One of my players is generating a Herbam-focused Verditus magus. One of the lab texts that he has is "The winged broomstick." This broomstick, obviously, should be able to fly at some sort of ...
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How to roll perception checks for characters who aren't actively looking?

This applies to all d20 systems, but with an example from the from the Pathfinder PRD (emphasis mine): Stonecunning: Dwarves receive a +2 bonus on Perception checks to potentially notice unusual ...
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Is there a way to make a fey or outsider eligible for the Eidolon Ghost class?

In Ghostwalk it says that humanoid souls are able to resist the pull of the "True Afterlife" and return to the material plane. These souls become ghosts and are forced to take the Eidolon class. Is ...
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Ranged attacks against creatures trapped inside an air elemental's whirlwind

When an air elemental goes whirlwind and traps someone inside it, how do ranged attacks targeted at the trapped creature work? Can I target the creature? Does it have total concealment, as the air ...
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1answer
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Running a dungeoncrawl with several game systems at once

I intend to run an experimental play-by-post dungeoncrawling game where different player characters can be played with different rules sets. E.g. there can be a Pathfinder Gunslinger, Burning Wheel ...
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How can I pass through a Blade Barrier?

Can I safely get through a "Blade Barrier" by crawling through with an overturned bathtub over me or does the blade barrier form inside it as well?
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A class like the “Action Survivor” trope

I'm currently rolling a character for a new D&D 3.5 campaign; the DM said that he's open to pretty much any class, as long as they are mortal. So, I wanted to try something fun that I haven't ...
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How can I add more attack to my Wood Bond Oracle?

I am trying to build an oracle, and need some help with what I have so far. I'm still somewhat new to tabletop games, so any insight you have would be helpful. Here's what I have so far: Race: Human ...
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235 views

Techniques for Different Length Game Sessions [closed]

I have been both a player and GM for a long time. Currently, life takes up most of my available gaming time. Thus when I do get a chance to game, I'd like to make it as close to optimal as possible. ...
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Game-within-a-Game Cross-Genre Ideas

I've started running the starter adventure on Eclipse Phase. I have an idea for our first full-length campaign, but it's a little complicated. I need a (relatively) simple game to play the part of a ...
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What happens in adventure locations between adventures?

I'm running a sandbox with several adventure locations that have been visited, but not entirely cleared, and ones that have been left open for new residents to arrive. I'm looking for a method for ...
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1answer
271 views

What is this fantasy system where you roll d10s and find matches and runs?

I've heard of a RPG system where the dice mechanic is rolling several d10s and then looking for either the highest number among them, matching numbers, or sets of at least 3 dice that have consecutive ...
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Are there any good websites which have story hooks and plots points for campaigns? [closed]

Are there any good websites which have story hooks and plots points for campaigns?
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Any advice on how to design a good dungeon? [closed]

I'm kind of a new GM, and I haven't done much dungeon design. Specifically, I'm creating an ancient tomb of a powerful necromancer built underneath a tower that was lost in a swamp centuries ago. ...
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1answer
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How does dual-wielding work?

It still confuses me after having it explained to me several times: How does dual-wielding work in D&D 3.5e and what is the point of building a character around it?
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Looking for local colour for a Cyberpunk set in Brazil

I have a plot line and with the addition of player characters' background I think I have a solid game planned. However, so far the plot could happen in any odd city in the world. I was thinking of ...
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715 views

Can you throw back grenades in SR4?

If a character throws a grenade in Shadowrun 4th Ed., what rules are there for another character trying to pick it up and throw it back? Is this covered somewhere in the book? I know it's in SR3, but ...
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2answers
533 views

Avoiding meta-gaming in combat [closed]

What are some ways of avoiding meta-gaming (both as a player and as a GM) within combat. One of the basic decisions in combat is what to use on what, when and where and how to best position yourself ...
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855 views

How worldly is a polymorphic elf?

In the 3.5e campaign I'm running, a very real concern has arisen that the player characters might actually fail to save the world from the horrific fate that the villian has planned for it. If this ...
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1answer
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How do initiative passes and multiple actions work?

I'm really confused with the initiative pass system in Shadowrun. For a "normal" combat situation with no augmentations or spells that increase the number of actions you can get, it looks rather easy. ...
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Can I see through an open doorway?

I have what might seem like a weird question, let me explain. I'm playing with a DM I've never played with before. In his game, a character has no idea what is in the next room until they are in that ...
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1answer
523 views

Can I replace a Paragon Power?

Can I replace Kensei encounter attack power Masterstroke at level 13 or higher? I mean replacing, not retraining.
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1answer
254 views

How does Chainmail Agility work?

Can a chainmail speed penalty be more than -1? If not, isn't Chainmail Agility inferior to the Fleet-Footed feat (+1 feat bonus to your speed)? Do these feats stack?
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Enervation, negative levels and monsters

Enervation causes the target creature to gain negative levels. In the description of the negative levels where (emphasis mine): The creature is also treated as one level lower for the purpose of ...
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1answer
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Can my main hand be free?

Can I declare that a weapon is wielded in my off hand, even if my main hand is free? The usecase is that I have a class feature (Swordmage Warding perhaps?) that gives me a shield bonus if I have a ...
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Why is attacking from higher ground an advantage?

I just don't understand how attacking someone from higher ground is an advantage in melee combat. I always think of two examples where I can't see this to be an advantage. Example 1: A kung-fu fight ...
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2answers
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Does the Rhythm Blade shield bonus work with an existing shield?

Does the Rhythm Blade [ddi] bonus to AC and Reflex work when you've not got an existing shield? Property: While you wield this weapon in your off hand, your shield bonus to AC and Reflex increases ...
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Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters

A common problem I observe is that the players start flooding the GM with questions regarding rules during an encounter (within and outside their respective turns). From the perspective of a GM, how ...
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4answers
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Random dungeon/adventure generation system

I'm looking to 'run' a 5-7 session mini-campaign in the near future. Problem is, there are only three players available- and I'm one of them. We could (and have in the past) run a two person party, ...
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How does one use the Character Builder Magic Items in conjunction with Inherent Bonuses?

(Related to How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e? ) I'm about to start my another 4th edition game, and I want to use Inherent ...
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1answer
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Can you choose to not apply your divine sanction from a power?

I have a hybrid blackguard, and am looking to add a little defender to my repertoire. I wouldn't want to do this all the time though. If I choose some paladin powers that say the target is "subject ...
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3answers
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What are the books for the various Sixth World cities and countries

I've found a couple of books of Shadowrun 4th edition and I'm trying to find more (books) about other regions of the world than North America. Where can I get more info about Asia, Europe and ...
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What happens when I ignite the curtains and use Control Flame?

Elementalists get a really nifty utility, Control Flame: You take control of each nonliving fire in the burst that is not controlled by a creature. Choose one of the following options for each ...
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Does Improved Channel increase DC for Command Undead?

The Command Undead-feat uses one channel and has the same save-DC as the channel. The Improved-Channel-feat increases the DC for the channel. Does this include the DC of the Command Undead? For ...
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How to reduce Whiff & Ping

In Savage World there is a problem of Whiff (I miss) and Ping (I hit but bounce off the armour). We have had several long combat encounters where the PC and NPC have basically done almost nothing for ...
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How does the 4e fighter's Combat Challenge work in the fiction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “mark” actually supposed to be? How does combat challenge work? I mean. does any monster know that he was challanged? Is there any difference ...
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1answer
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Can a versatile weapon be wielded in your off hand?

My character is a dragonborn tempest (Martial Power) fighter focused on axes. Can I fight with two battleaxes or even waraxes (Adventurers vault)? Seems a bit overpowered but if I can it will be ...

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