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How to deal with session-based effects in play by post?

Some systems have effect whose length is based on a number of sessions. For example: Marvel Heroic Roleplaying has a Refresh of Plot Points at the beginning of every session Fate Core has a refresh ...
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Prestige Classes for a stealthy Barbarian/Rogue

Hot on the heels of this question, Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?, I'd decided that I want to build a Half Orc barbarian/rogue for an upcoming low-magic* pirate ...
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Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?

Is there anything stopping you using Animate Objects, with or without Permanency, to affect a bunch of corpses? If so, what? And would that qualify as an Evil, Chaotic, or Neutral act? Have you ...
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Well, what is the “whiskey flask” problem with Paradox?

So, I've just read @Jadasc's eye-opening (+1) answer to @Flamma's question Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from? (+1). At the end of his answer, Jadasc ...
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Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?

I remember the 90s when Mage players would tell Vampire players that a Mage can very easily transform a Vampire or Werewolf into lawn chairs, and that they could get quite a good collection. I didn't ...
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How can we play up the full scope of “queer content” in Monsterhearts?

As the Monsterhearts book suggests, Your story will be more interesting and real if it includes queer content. It’s another dimension of isolation and anxiety to explore through your characters. ...
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Do critical failures always act as event triggers?

In all the games I remember playing, critical failures have always, in every case triggered an event. This critical failure is due to exceptionally bad rolls on dice, either a 'natural one' in DnD or ...
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1answer
142 views

Is the Hybrid Vampire any good?

Vampire is one of the worst classes from an optimization standpoint. Preselected, universally weak powers, few feats, no Con bonus to the Surge number. Inadequate as a Striker, no secondary role worth ...
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Is there a layer of the Abyss that is controlled by celestials?

I heard a rumor that there is a published reference to a layer of the Abyss that is controlled/populated by celestials. Is this true? If so, what source mentions this? I'm really just curious about ...
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Intellego Imaginem - What feedback do I get from manipulating my sense of touch?

In Ars Magica 4, I would like to spontaneously use my sense of touch at a distance. I use Intellego Imaginem at level 5 to create this effect as described in the guidelines on page 140 of the core ...
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1answer
236 views

Best Healing Potion Possible

I have built a lvl 20 fighter with the ability to chug potions/Drinks as a swift action. I don't remember how I got that power, but as best as I remember it applies to all drinkable substances. What ...
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Does a disguise check using magical aid take less time?

In Player's Handbook, the rules for Disguise say creating a disguise takes 1d3x10 minutes, and that using magic like alter self, shapechange, polymorph self, or disguise self adds a +10 modifier to ...
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Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?

I'm in the extremely early stages of planning a character for a low-magic D&D 3.5 campaign. The theme of the campaign is that the party will be pirates. I'm currently mulling around the idea of a ...
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How can I keep a King busy?

(Or any leader for that matter) In an organisation/kingdom/etc where a single PC is running a realm and has delegated a lot of authority to various minions (High Priest, Marshall, Enforcer, ...
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1answer
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How many creatures does Heavenly Fire target?

The Sorcerer Celestial Bloodline has this power: Heavenly Fire (Sp): Starting at 1st level, you can unleash a ray of heavenly fire as a standard action, targeting any foe within 30 feet as a ...
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Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?

I understand usually a quarterstaff is usually treated as a double weapon with 1d6/1d6 - however it seems like regripping it should allow use as a two handed weapon using only one end to get more out ...
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How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?

The Multiweapon Fighting feat clearly states that it Replaces two-weapon fighting for creatures with more than two arms. What does that mean? I've given it some thought, and I can think of only three ...
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How can I convince my D&D players to restart their characters? [closed]

I'm trying to start a D&D/Pathfinder club and I think that all of the players should restart/re-roll their characters. Half the group does not want to do so since they are already invested in an ...
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2answers
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What is considered a “special power” for the Leadership feat?

For the feat Leadership, there are several modifiers listed that change a character's Leadership score. One of the entries on the Reputation table is "Special Power," but there is nothing describing ...
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First Assassin Contract? [closed]

We have a poor DM and he gave us no info on our target other than where he lives...the house has guards outside that will arrest us for tresspassing if we go anywhere near the house so we can not ...
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0answers
92 views

How do Favored Classes work? [duplicate]

So, I am creating my first Pathfinder character ever right now together with some friends. We are all new at this. I figured I'd go for a half-elven Cleric. Everything good so far. But! The two ...
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Do enemies have the same rules for death as PCs?

Once an enemy is lowered to 0 HP, are they dead or just knocked out? Do you have to reduce them to their negative Con score or is that mechanic strictly reserved for players?
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Should drawing weapons involve an initiative roll when combat isn't going to happen?

I need some advice on how to handle a troublesome situation. If my PCs are in a tense situation, and an NPC suddenly draws a weapon, should I ask my players to roll for initiative? Is this the most ...
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4answers
580 views

What are established ways for playing a campaign based on a real-life environment?

I am thinking about starting a campaign which is based on my and my players' hometown and direct environment. I can imagine a plethora of pitfalls that come with this as opposed to creating a purely ...
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1answer
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Using Ghoul Army spell as am Oracle with the Tongues curse

My character just reached Orcale level 10 and I was looking through 5th level spells. I came across the spell Ghoul Army but was told by another player that I cannot use it because as an Oracle with ...
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0answers
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Characters and combat mindset [closed]

One of my main characters (a rather long-lived and notable one in the world she is in) has quite a considerable degree of combat mindset/mentality (hardening, if you will) imparted to her (i.e. not ...
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Balancing Weapon/Armor in a varied group

I am running a Fate game in which I have the following characters: A Japanese high-school student wielding a haunted katana The MVP of the last Neo-baseball universal championship, wielding a ...
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9answers
2k views

How can I avoid focusing too much on one player character?

Currently in the game I'm running, one of my players is constantly excited about the game. Outside of the game, he writes pages and pages of material about his character, and consistently adds new ...
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2answers
250 views

Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?

There´s a first-level spell on the Witch's spell list avaliable for Changellings, Sow Thought, that says: You plant an idea, concept, or suspicion in the mind of the subject. The target ...
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2answers
101 views

How can I make Corporate SINner worth the karma as a GM?

I'm GMing a game of Shadowrun and most of my players can effectively roleplay their negative qualities (such as BTL addiction and insomnia) but one of them is a Corporate SINner. As part of his ...
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1answer
158 views

How can I let one of my players secretly be a lot stronger than they know?

All my players start out as Norms (the regular human-strength type of character in All Flesh Must Be Eaten). I am playing with the idea of letting one of them secretly be an Inspired instead (the ...
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491 views

Difference between Athletics and Acrobatics?

What are the differences between Athletics and Acrobatics (aside from the stats they are based on) and is there anything interchangeable?When should one be used over the other? When I see these two ...
4
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1answer
81 views

Which skill check (if any) lets characters free themselves from rope bindings?

The characters will find themselves tied up to trees. What skill check will they need to use - Athletics?
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1answer
271 views

Can you interrupt an action with a Ready Action?

I know that you can interrupt a turn, but can you interrupt the middle of an action, like a move action or would you have to wait until the other's move action is complete and then interrupt them ...
6
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1answer
72 views

Can AR decking be better than cold-sim VR?

Reading the matrix rules, I'm rather surprised to see that when you use AR, you use physical initiative rather than Matrix initiative. So that means that if I've got wired reflexes (or its magical ...
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2answers
575 views

Can a multiclassing Wizard/Magus cast a Wizard spell as a Magus spell?

A close friend and I were wondering, if a Magus/Wizard share a spell from both of their spell lists, how it is cast in regards to usage and preparation. Say, a Magus has a spell in their Wizard ...
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2answers
141 views

What are the limits of glamered armor?

From Dungeon Master's Guide Glamered: A suit of armor with this ability appears normal. Upon command, the armor changes shape and form to assume the appearance of a normal set of clothing. The ...
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1answer
68 views

How does the “Handle Animal” skill work during combat?

I'm a bit confused as to how this skill is carried out during combat. If you have an animal companion/familiar/pet/or anything that follows you around, at the start of battle you roll for its ...
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9answers
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How can I plan, prepare, and enforce an episodic structure?

I have more or less always run my campaigns as very continuous affairs, in which each game session picks up, in game, only moments or hours after the previous session ended. If the party ends play in ...
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2answers
73 views

Where can I get Traveller 5 and when?

I'm very interested in the Traveller 5 game. I missed its Kickstarter. Is the game available? If so where? If not, where and when will it be available for purchase?
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2answers
227 views

Are there any rules for jumping/falling attacks such as jumping from a ledge or table?

Are there any rules for jumping/falling attacks such as jumping from a ledge or table? My Pixie character gave our barbarian flight and he tried to drop from the air axe first and hit an enemy. We ...
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3answers
331 views

Can I use a Combat Maneuver in place of an AoO?

Does this require a feat? If not, does itself provoke an AoO? For example, my cleric is standing between some guards and the rogue picking a lock. One of the guards walks through the square next to ...
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2answers
190 views

How do I survive the first five levels as an erudite?

Erudite is, potentially, the most powerful psionic class since he can learn every and any power from whatever list he desires. He can have literally hundreds of powers at his disposal, through it is ...
2
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2answers
120 views

When does combat advantage end with push effects and deadly draw?

I built a Centered Breath monk with Deadly Draw and I as well have the "Gauntlets of the Ram" which allow me to "Add 1 to the distance of any push effect you create." Let's assume an enemy is ...
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vote
1answer
70 views

Immediate actions during other actions

As we all know, immediate actions are just like swift actions, but can be performed outside of one's turn. However, unlike a swift action, an immediate action can be performed at any time - even ...
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3answers
216 views

Why even bother with XP? [closed]

Our group has run into irreconcilable differences of opinion, unfortunately. One of the players was not present for our first session of a new campaign and was not awarded any XP for that session. ...
2
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1answer
70 views

Handling “relevant knowledge” in Savage Worlds

As a GM, how should I handle cases of "relevant knowledge" among my player-characters? For example, if someone is playing a Doctor (with Healing at a d10, say), surely they don't have to take ...
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vote
1answer
73 views

Multiple attacks in a round (iterative attacks)

In what order do iterative attacks resolve? Right after the character who has initiative has resolved his first attack (attack with highest BAB), or do the other characters and npc's resolve their ...
3
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1answer
115 views

Can a breath weapon's area be willingly reduced?

Does a breath weapon's area of effect always have to extend to its fullest size, or could you use it over a smaller area than your maximum if you so chose (e.g. breath weapon is 60 foot line, stop ...

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