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How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?

I've been doing a lot of planning of a new campaign, and I'm very happy with the setting. I've made a large and satisfying list of themes, plot hooks, and potential stories. The problem -- if it ...
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Can (ocean-going) sailing ships navigate The River

In 7th Sea, the primary continent of Théah is split by a large river called simply "The River." My PCs have a sailing ship, but now need to navigate the River... Can they do so with their existing ...
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Do feats buffing halfling's Second Chance stack?

Halfling Agility is a heroic feat that gives the triggering attack a -2 penalty on its reroll. Nimble Dodge is paragon and similar to the first; It has a -5 penalty and the reroll cannot crit. So ...
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What action is removing a shield and dropping it to the ground?

I know that removing an equipped shield and stowing it (usually on the back) is a standard action. I also know that dropping an held or wielded item is a free action. What action type is removing an ...
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Practices to mitigate player characters' conflicting agendas

You have a campaign that provides, by design, a high level of freedom for the players to pick the story threads, sides and whatnot for themselves. In the long run, a conflict arises: some player ...
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Are there any tools for creating a campaign from scratch?

I am toying with the idea of writing up a custom campaign from top to bottom. Are there any tools out there for this sort of thing? I'm thinking of an editor that allows you to insert the stuff ...
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How do Renewing Action and Initiate of the Faith interact?

The Cleric paragon path Seldarine DedicateDDI action point feature Renewing Action states: Renewing Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to take an extra action, you also gain an ...
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Game of Thrones d20 Cooperative?

Devir presents a d20 setting of Game of Thrones, prestigious river novel of George RR Martin, with low magic and a lot of Treason and Plot (but without the gunpowder, lol). Anyway.. One of the game ...
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Dealing with captured PCs

In my latest adventure, the PCs didn't fare so well against the final villain (a necromancer), and now one of the PCs has been captured. I hated to split the party in this way, but the only other ...
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How do I model a PC being swallowed by a dragon in D&D4e?

I recently read of an attempted dragon-slaying strategy, which involved a magic-user getting swallowed and then summoning Tenser's Floating Disc. Besides all of the other problems with this setup, ...
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Spell Selection on Lore Seeker campaign Trait

On page 331 of the Pathfinder Advanced Players Guide, there is the lore seeker trait that has the following: If you cast arcane spells, pick three spells on your spell list. You are particularly ...
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Using Arms Law with HARP: does this affect play balance?

I've played HARP using both the rules in the core rulebook for combat, as well as those presented in Martial Law. I felt neither gave a good result but Martial Law was better. I've played Rolemaster ...
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How can a Monk be made effective against flying/ranged monsters?

The Monk in D&D4e is very much a melee combatant, as most Monks tend to be. Generally, this is okay because he should have the support of a Controller or other ranged combatant in his party. ...
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How to make a party work without a Defender?

I've just started running a Dark Sun game. Initially, my 8yo son was interested. However, once we got started, his interest level dropped off, and he's now not playing. Sadly, he was playing the ...
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Do enemies block line of effect?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the non-errata-ed rules in the PHB aren't entirely clear on this point, that I can recall. So if an enemy is in directly in front of where your wizard wants to ...
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Where can I get ready-to-play characters for D&D 3.5?

The last time I played D&D was about 10 years ago. Now I've decided to show it to my university friends, who have never played it before but are pretty excited. For that first game, nobody would ...
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What would be the proper mechanics and stats for playing a siege?

This question is from @NewbieDM; asked today on Twitter: Would it make sense, if creating a 4e siege, to make a monster stat block for the horde, with different attacks, arrows, catapults, ...
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Uses for Science! skill mid-session

I'm playing a scientist in Spirit of the Century, but I'm having a hard time coming up with uses for my main skill, Science! How can I make better use of it mid session, not just for creating awesome ...
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Adding an explosive dice mechanic to the One Roll Engine

A friend of mine is interested in adding an explosive mechanic to the One Roll Engine for his home-brew system. This mechanic is to provide for virtually impossible feats and remarkable failures. ...
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What does AEDU mean?

I have seen the acronym "AEDU" (or perhaps ADEU) used on the community boards at wizards.com, but haven't stumbled on the definition, and a google search goes nowhere (I doubt they're suddenly ...
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Does wild elf luck add to oath of enmity?

Does wild elf luckddi (add a d4 when using elven accuracy) add to both d20's that an avenger re-rolls when re-rolling an attack using oath of enmityddi?
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Is there a way to make the damage system in 4e more like previous editions?

I have been playing 4e for almost 3 years now and have noticed that the average character has the capacity to take massive amounts of damage each day without any ill effects the next day. I have even ...
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What are the changes introduced in the “revised” AD&D 2E core rules?

I grew up playing 2E, and lately have grown nostalgic for it. Sadly, I sold off my early-run books in college. I know that there was a set of "revised" core books, and that they have much less ...
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Grasping Weapon with reach and effects

Grasping Weapon You can use this weapon to grab targets, adding the weapon's enhancement bonus to your grab attack. You can still use this weapon to attack a target you’ve grabbed with ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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How to keep track of abilities for D&D 4e?

What are some effective ways to keep track of my character's various abilities? I would prefer cheap or free tools.
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Are characters aware of monster abilities' effects?

Is a character aware of the consequences of a monster power or trait? For example, does the party leader know that healing an ally within a KlurichirDDI's Malign Influence is useless? Or does he ...
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Where are the DnD 4e rules for perceiving burrowed creatures?

Are they limited to the Perception rules, or are there burrowing-specific rules that I can't find?
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How does an Invoker with Hand of Fury interact with summons and persistent dailies?

Hand of Fury: Benefit: When you miss all targets with a daily invoker power, you can use hand of radiance as a minor action once before the end of your turn. A sample power: Angelic Protector: ...
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What does “move on an initiative of X” mean?

The Young White Dragon (Monster Vault page 67) has the following trait: Instinctive Rampage On an initiative of 10 + the dragon's initiative check, the dragon can move up to its speed as ...
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Where's is defensive strike in the Compendium?

We built our very first D&D characters based off of the new Red Box. I rolled a halfling rogue, one of the at-will abilities I have is Defensive Strike. This week I signed up for the compendium ...
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Games with mechanics for introducing new players/characters?

My current D&D group has a pretty high turnover rate (we average around 16 active players). To help manage this, we have a few activities performed whenever a new player joins: Their interview ...
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Does a good list of open-content RPGs exist?

I'm looking for open RPGs to play with my group. By "open-content" I mean games that are licensed similar to open-source software—everyone is allowed to get and modify the game and release the result. ...
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Difficulties & Benefits of Choosing A Small-Press RPG

What do you feel are the pros and cons of choosing to play/run an RPG produced by a smaller RPG company over a larger RPG company in terms of customer and product attention, support, and feedback?
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Sources of Stability - What's the real rule?

In Fear Itself, you have to select a Source of Stability for every 3 points you invest in the Stability trait. Sources may be personality traits, activities, or people. The rules state: You may ...
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Does the HeroLab license let you share your portfolios and custom data files?

Since we're building a Pathfinder RPG setting at bySwarm, I'd like to create custom data files in HeroLab for our new reaces, feats, etc. I am also creating a portfolio of sheets for NPCs in it. Is ...
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Do you lose concealment when you attack?

In D&D4E if you have concealment and make an attack, are you still concealed? As a specific example, a Warlock gains concealment from his Shadow Walk power, then wishes to make a ranged attack. ...
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In Gamma World, what is the difference between a short and extended rest?

From the Gamma World rulebook: Short Rest A short rest requires about 5 minutes. During a short rest you renew your encounter powers, refresh your Alpha Mutation(s), and regain all your hit ...
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How do I make a dungeon the party will not know they are getting lost in?

I would like to build a dungeon that serves to muddy the plot line and the heading of the party in the campaign that I am running. A kind of mega-dungeon meant to get the party lost inside, or going ...
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In Toward One, when does the game/session end?

Considering the formalized nature of Toward One, and the line: The scene cycle continues until the game ends. Create new Jinn as called for. I expected some criteria of "session end" or "game ...
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In Toward One, are scenes played in series or parallel?

Baker's Toward One is a fascinating and strongly-structured game. His scene sequence is slightly confusing. It reads: Scenes, in Esteem+Renown order: a. Some number of regular scenes; b. ...
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Any news about a Malazan RPG?

Has anyone seen anything about whether a professionally published RPG based on Stephen Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is in production or in discussion? I've done some poking around, but most ...
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What is DDI (D&D Insider)?

I have seen this referenced in several questions. I've actually seen people use links into the DDI website in their answers that I can't get to since I don't have a subscription. I know its an online ...
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RPG system based on Diablo?

What pen and paper system would come closest to the advancement mechanics of the computer game Diablo - in particular class advancement with a talent/ability tree?
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Systems that use ability tests with a descriptive result applied by GM interpretation?

Thinking about a number of questions on here that have been to do with ability test modeling, I was thinking that there would be a lot of potential in a system that, rather than operating on a ...
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How do you port Dark Sun from AD&D to another system?

I really like Dark Sun; its depiction of a whole world gone bad is just amazing. Unfortunately I don't think that the AD&D rules are well suited to it -- a little too high fantasy to deal with ...
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Can AD&D Thieves Wear Studded Leather Armour?

AD&D (1e) states that thieves can only wear leather armour. Does this include studded leather? I've always played not as I can't think of any instances where studded leather is expressly ...
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Does the ability Sudden Raystrike work on rays cast from a Wand?

One of the abilities that the Spellwarp Sniper gains at 2nd level is Sudden Raystrike (p64 of Complete Scoundrel). The description says: If you can catch an opponent when he is unable to ...
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What action type is retrieving an item in Pathfinder?

I couldn't find references about the action type(s) of the following acts (standard, move, full-round, etc.) nor if they provoke attacks of opportunity. Retrieving an item attached to the ...
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How do you create a new D&D 4E character class?

I'm a somewhat experienced game designer, yet creating a 30-level character class for Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition intimidates the hell out of me. Where do I start? Is there a list of kinds of ...

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