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A PC dies every session - bad tactics or the normal outcome of adventuring?

In the campaign I'm currently playing in we have had a lot of character deaths occurring recently, almost (if not every) session. The party are 13th–14th level and are taking on significant opponents....
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Can a custom spell's effect last after the caster's death?

As GM, I am having a now-deceased 30th-level wizard's spell last after his death. It is a spell to conceal an object in a Dimensional Pocket keyed to one of the right bloodline who knows the password. ...
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How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean?

How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean? Eagle eye creates a magical sensor directly above you. The sensor can appear anywhere above you, to a maximum height equal to the spell's ...
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What happens to the rider if a mount dies?

Does he fall prone or is he simply placed in an adjacent square?
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How does Blind, Dominate and Stun affect a Mount

The Rules Compendium p.252 mentions Dazed, but how are statuses like Blinded, Dominated and <...
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Grappling interactions with Greater Grapple

A question came up at my last Pathfinder game: If a character has Greater Grapple, does it become possible to grapple and pin an opponent in one round? ( not tie up, though. That'd be 3 checks. ) ...
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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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Can a defender counter on a multiple attack power where only one attack includes her as a target? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do marks interact with dual attacks? Defenders usually have a power with a trigger like: Trigger: An enemy marked by you makes an attack that does not include you ...
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Does standing on a moving platform provoke opportunity attacks?

I have a situation where players stand on 3x3 platforms and they move around the room and the players have to hop from one to the other to get across. The platforms have their own turn in the ...
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Where can I find Ral Partha miniatures for cheap? [closed]

I live in Canada and I own a few of the old Ral Partha D&D miniatures which are pretty cool. Unfortunately, I haven't seen them for sale anywhere for the last couple of years. I checked out a ...
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What indie systems present sufficiently interesting mechanics or settings to be recommended for an “Uncampaign”? [closed]

Recently I concluded a long-running Ars Magica game. In order to fill the gaming gap that left, I've started a series of unrelated one-shots called "Uncampaign." Which is designed around the ...
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Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark or some other version of a mark?

Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark (e.g. Aegis of Assault) or some other version of a mark? Powers like Swordmage: Dual Lightning Strike, lvl 3 ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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How does a Ring of Counterspells work against an area-of-effect (AOE) spell?

A person is wearing a Ring of Counterspells which is storing a Fireball spell. When this person is in the AOE of a fireball is the entire fireball countered? Do they negate it just for their square? ...
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892 views

How does the werewolf template alter my level?

If I'm a 5th-level monk who gains the werewolf template, what exactly happens to my character? I know I gain 2 d8-sized hit dice, but do I become a 7th-level monk? Or do the hit dice and level ...
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What were the driving factors in the falling out between Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax?

Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson created the hobby together when they wrote D&D. But later on they had a falling out - what caused that? (We don't need minutiae, just the biggest factors)
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Can you ready a charge?

In 3rd edition, you could ready a partial charge. From the PHB, p134: Only partial actions can be readied. To do so, specify the partial action you will take and the conditions under which you ...
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What are common design flaws of build-point game systems?

I'm designing my own RPG system and I want to avoid the most widely-recognized flaws, loopholes, and exploits that build-point character creation systems usually suffer from. What are the most common ...
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How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?

Exactly how does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder? If I wanted to begin playing with a system-light D&D, preferred ascending AC, and wanted ...
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Squad formations

I've just watched episode 1-2 of Terranova, and there is a scene in which a military squad goes to the rescue of some teenagers who are surrounded by dinosaurs in a jungle. When the squad arrives, ...
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In 3.5/Pathfinder, what is the rough CR adjustment for Damage Reduction?

I have seen several breakdown and rough rules for adjusting a monster's CR according to various special abilities and qualities. The Pathfinder Core book and Bestiary has rules about things like high ...
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What game system centered around Mafia or Organized Crime could be best used as a template to enhance an evil-pc D&D 4E game?

That's quite the mouthful. I'm DMing a D&D 4E game where the players desire to build an empire and trap heroes and more-or-less be the villains that D&D heroes normally are fighting against. ...
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528 views

Is there a way to get extra immediate actions?

In 4.0, are there any items, feats, powers, etc. that allow you to take more than one immediate action per round?
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What are the differences in styles of play for the various Warhammer 40k games?

We're looking at starting up a campaign in the 40k system, using one of the following as a main set. It seems like the breakdown is: Rogue Trader -- Ship And Crew Making Money Dark Heresy -- Crew ...
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Simplest online, interactive platform to play Dresden Files RPG on?

I am looking to start an online Dresden File campaign, and looking for a web client to play the game on. For this I need Online chat Keeping track of players' stats (which both Gm and players can ...
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870 views

Maid RPG Scenario?

I'm having trouble coming up with a scenario for my friends and me to play using the Maid RPG book. I've looked over the character creation and random events, and have looked at some of the examples ...
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How can I make a fighter/sorcerer that contributes to the party?

I want a fighter/sorcerer class that won't bog down my team-mates. Any ideas what to do? I'd like him to be able to have his spells as his main line of attack/defence, but [a certain amount of ...
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1answer
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Death odds in Deathwatch

We have played 3 games of Deathwatch now and are getting the hang of it. But my players seem to get hurt a lot. An example of this is a PC that has 21 wounds received 18 wounds from one enemy ...
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Incorporeal and attacking while being incorporeal

In the case of being incorporeal, while others attack (with spells and magic weapons or such abilities) you, you have a 50% chance to ignore the damage, and when you attack you also have a 50% chance ...
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What is a good item vs Undead in D&D 3.5

I've been out of D&D for a long time, but getting involved in a new campaign, heavily weighted with undead. I'm playing a Paladin and the DM is allowing us choice of item. Not sure what to get ...
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Does “Dispel Magic” suppress the magic of an item whose imbued spell-type is instantaneous?

The "Dispel magic" descriptor states that "the effect of a spell with an instantaneous duration can't be dispelled, because the magical effect is already over before the dispel magic can take effect", ...
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Can a 'Blade Barrier' turn?

The Blade Barrier spell can be a Wall or a Ring without stating if the Wall has to be a straight line. Can the Wall have a curve or a turn in it?
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Does the Saint Epic Destiny and Mark of Healing stack?

The Saint epic destiny has a feature that indicates When you enable a creature adjacent to you to spend a healing surge, the recipient can also make a saving throw. When you grant a saving throw ...
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1answer
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What happens to a Giant Toad with a Lightning Staff?

If I'm playing a druid who has taken a Lightning Staff for Mark of Storm cheese, and I summon a giant toad, is its tongue electrified such that I can benefit from mark of storm from its attacks?
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What feats expand a character's critical range?

What dnd 4e feats exist that expand a character's critical range? For example, my cleric took the paragon path Radiant Servant and was granted the feat ...
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How does Monk's unarmed strike interact with powers requiring two weapons?

I was looking up Monk's Unarmed Strike for another answer and was wondering. If a power, such as Twin Strike requires you to be wielding two weapons, are you effectively wielding two unarmed strikes, ...
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Fighting boredom in combat as a player

Sometimes (as a player) I get bored during combat. At times I feel like all my turns are the same (especially when playing lower level characters) and when that is combined with no combat progress (...
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3answers
760 views

Is the use of Action Points permitted in a surprise round?

In Dungeons & Dragons 4e can players use an Action Point during a surprise round?
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1answer
633 views

Movement Practices in L5R 4e

In the movement section of the 4th edition core it states how a Free or Simple action can be used for movement. Now my big question is, since they separate the concept of a complex action to move as ...
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1answer
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Can the spells used to bind elementals in Eberron's airships/galleons/etc be dispelled?

Many of the descriptions of the magical forms of transport in the Eberron (v3.5) campaign setting (e.g. airships, galleons, lightning rails) speak of bound elementals as the source of propulsion for ...
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1answer
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How high can 'Black Tentacles' reach?

The spell Black Tentacles does not say how high they can reach up. Could it grab some Stirges that fly over the area of effect for example?
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Can you create a skill bonus item to give a bonus to Concentration?

When a concentration check is made you roll d20 and add your caster level and the ability score modifier used to determine bonus spells of the same type. (quoted) If I was looking to create a magical ...
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Easing Someone Into RPGs One-on-One

I decided to get back into RPGs after a long hiatus and bought the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. My girlfriend picked it up and started reading it. Somewhat unexpectedly, she got really into it. She ...
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Are there any games that include a good rule system for running a business?

In my regular D&D 4e game, we are currently in mid-paragon tier. My character had accrued enough gold that he decided it was silly to continue paying for a room at the local inn whenever we rolled ...
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Fallout PnP RPG — is it good, well balanced, long-term interesting?

Has anyone played the Fallout PnP RPG? (also available here.) I think the rulebook looks very exciting, but what experiences have you made? Are the rules sane? Are there pitfalls or shortcomings which ...
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4answers
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RPG Systems with Attribute-based learning speed

I'm a first time poster (but an old time lurker on stackoverflow). I'm implementing a RPG system (personal use only) that is currently in beta testing. The idea for skills and progression is that ...
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1answer
349 views

I'm having a problem creating a sleeping potion

I have a character who is an alchemist. His magical ability is nil other than related to the creation of potions. So far, so good. On YS280, the rules state: ...
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1answer
783 views

Action required for Infiltrator Ranger power?

Playing a Pathfinder Infiltrator Ranger. What kind of action does it take to activate the Infiltrator Ranger power for this archetype during combat? Adaptation (Ex): At 3rd level, an infiltrator ...
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3answers
375 views

Guidelines for what items should be available from merchants? [closed]

How do I determine precisely what each merchant the players encounter will have in their inventory? Does one usually allow merchants to have all items from the core rule books in stock, or do they ...
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1answer
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Do weapons' damage types (P/S/B) have any effect?

Does the type of weapon used (piercing, slashing, bludgeoning) have any effect in Pathfinder RPG? For example, in AD&D 2e, the type of weapon modifies attack rolls according to the defender's ...

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