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From Serenity through Battlestar Galactica to the Stand-Alone Rules for Cortex, what has been changed?

I get the impression that the Cortex RPG system has evolved in several directions since the release of the Serenity RPG. Not including genre-specific changes like whatever rules for the supernatural ...
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Gamma World - Can a Doppleganger use salvaged omega tech?

I'm trying to solve this before it becomes a question in my group. As I read it, Salvaged omega tech "Becomes" just a normal weapon/slot item with extra damage. In this case, I would think that a ...
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Optimizing a rogue as an assassin

I'm in the process of building a character who works as a hired assassin of the ranged flavor. My idea of the perfect assassin is one that can be undetected and unload a massive amount of damage ...
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Where does a thrown weapon land after a missed attack?

I assume that if the attack hits, it lands in the target's space or is embedded in the target in some way. However, if the attack misses where does it land? Is it assumed that whoever threw it has at ...
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Can a thrown weapon be picked up?

I was creating a Paladin recently and came across a conundrum...save for a Daily power, he has no ranged abilities, meaning I can't engage a creature I cannot reach by the end of my turn. So my ...
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How does Stealth work with Sneak Attack?

So, in Pathfinder, it seems that being able to use stealth in order to gain sneak attacks only works in the surprise round, with the rules as written. So, imagine a scenario where we have a sniper ...
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What are the differences in the rules between Hollow Earth Expedition, All For One, and Desolation?

Between the Hollow Earth Expedition, All For One, and Desolation RPGs what are the differences with each's Ubiquity System (if any)?
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Where can I find a schedule for games being run at GenCon?

I'd like to see what games are available to play in at GenCon. Is there a website with a published schedule or something?
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Which instruments can a 4e Bard use as an implement?

I have a player who is starting a Bard in a new 4e game. He (and I) were wondering which musical instruments could be used in place of a wand. I found this passage: Songblades and some magic ...
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Brutal and Crit Dice (from High-Crit or Magic Weapons)

How does a brutal weapon interact with crit dice that are granted through a magic weapon or a high-crit weapon? Examples: +2 Magic Mordenkrad, 2d6, Brutal 1. 2d6 on critical hit. Obviously the dice ...
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Is it better with sparse or detailed pregen characters for a con adventure?

This is probably a bit subjective, but what do people prefer for pre-generated characters at conventions? Detailed characters with well-defined histories and personalities, or more sparse characters ...
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Transitioning from GM to Player; or how to recover from GM burnout

A few months ago, I reached the point of "GM burnout." Having been (almost) the exclusive GM for our group for several years, and seeing the number of players and their commitment dwindle combined ...
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How is DriveThruRPG's Print on Demand Quality?

I just discovered that Drive Thru RPG (and presumably RPGNow) offer POD. What is their quality like?
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How can I Intimidate (demoralize foe) as a Move or Swift action?

I would like to make Intimidate a major part of my PC's fighting style. I think it's cool, and themey; I don't like the fact that it takes a Standard action, though. Is there any way to speed it up a ...
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Does anyone know a good system for building a city?

We're beginning a Geist game and we talked about how interesting it would be to build a city together as a group so we really felt like it was our home town. I've heard Damnation City is good, but ...
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874 views

Co-operative story-telling mechanics

What are some existing or potential game mechanics that encourage players to "take the reins" a bit more and involve themselves in a story-telling perspective? Specifically, are there any examples of ...
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What published D&D adventures take place in the Astral Sea/Plane?

My players may soon find themselves in the Astral Sea. I don't know much about the area, but if that's where the adventure goes, so be it. Only problem is I find the 4e Manual of the Planes to be ...
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2answers
385 views

Can a Leader's Burst Healing work if there is a blocking wall?

Most of the Leader's in 4th edition have a close burst 5 Healing power. If the target of the Healing power is completely blocked by a wall from the Leader, can the Leader still heal the target? ...
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How do I build a sense of wonder in my games?

I guess this is part three of a series of questions, with part I being on building tension, and part II being on building comedy. Greg Stafford has talked of his primary motivation as a gamemaster ...
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Are there any Ubiquity System blogs?

There are many D&D, Pathfinder or generic RPG blogs, but are there any Ubiquity System or Hollow Earth Expedition blogs out there?
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Is there a way to eliminate opponents through grappling?

I am playing a monk in our Oriental Adventures campaign, and recently we had a situation where another player was grappling a wu jen spell caster. We thought about breaking her neck to quickly get rid ...
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List of (small northern US town) occupations?

Let's say I'd like to run a campaign inspired by David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and would like to learn a bit about the everyday life of such towns outside what's been presented on the show - as a first ...
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In Pathfinder, does the summoner or the GM control the eidolon?

I'm starting up a summoner character in a Pathfinder campaign, but we're a little unsure of the rules for eidolons. While I know the summoner is the one who tells her eidolon what to do, I'm wondering ...
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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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422 views

What are good character creation options for a Doctor in The Burning Wheel?

I've been playing with burning up a Doctor in TBW, and I was wondering if there were any other skills I should be taking besides the ones I've got, and if my current skill choices would be adequate ...
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How do I increase resistance to drain?

My Aztec shaman character, Chimalli, is primarily a spirit summoner, using Willpower (5)+Charisma (7) to resist drain. He has one level of the Focused Concentration quality (+1). Is there any easy ...
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How many rays can a beholder use in one full-attack action?

What it says on the tin. Beholders and beholder kin are given a number of rays that they can use. The entry for the Beholder-kin: Watcher notes that each eye can use one of its powers every round, ...
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Do fire spells cast underwater still affect creatures vulnerable to fire?

Related Question: Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater? As mentioned in the above question: From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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484 views

PC characteristics overruling player intent

This question could be generalized (and thus it would probably reach more people) but is easier to consider in a given system, so I'll stick with nWoD's Storytelling. Is there a good official or ...
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3answers
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Are enemies aware of Hunter's Quarry, Bravo prey, etc?

If a ranger is hidden and quarries an enemy, is the enemy aware of it? Is the ranger's position revealed? Are the rules the same for a Bravo's prey? I'm sure there are other effects out there too, ...
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Convert a D&D 4e adventure to another level

How can I easily port an adventure to another level? Say take Keep on the Shadowfell and instead of it being 1st to 4th level it becames 6th to 9th level.
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Explain why Ubiquity doesn't have an asymmetrical bell curve like most dice pool systems?

A post on Pen and Paper Games forum states that the Ubiquity system does not have an asymmetrical bell curve as other dice pool systems typically do (like the D6 system). Where can I find this ...
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Attacking a grappled/grappling character

The Pathfinder system has improved rules for handling grappling but I ran into a situation where a character was grappled and another character wanted to hit the grappling monster with a melee attack. ...
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672 views

How do you handle large scale exploration?

I'm currently running a game where the players are exploring a large ruined city (It happens to be Rathess in Exalted, but the question is more general than that), and I'm looking for techniques to ...
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Do Pathfinder elves sleep instead of trance?

According to d20 Pathfinder SDR site in the Common Terms (Rest) section... The Pathfinder Core Rulebook is somewhat vague on the requirements of resting and sleeping [...] I found that this is ...
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Game of Thrones (D20/Tri-Stat) vs Song of Ice and Fire RPG: which has the most substantial setting information?

Of these two game lines for the Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, Game of Thrones by Guardians of Order, or Song of Ice and Fire RPG by Green Ronin, which contains the largest amount of ...
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Where can I find an extensive list of Wilderness Kids products?

Hollow Earth Expedition's Ubiquity System was expanded into a game called Wilderness Kids targeted to younger gamers giving them an introduction to roleplaying and the Ubiquity rules. The resources ...
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How do I get the PCs to stop focusing on a red herring?

Okay, I'll cop to it -- this is totally my fault. I get a little excited at the slightest opportunity to expound upon the setting, and in this case I added a small mausoleum to an otherwise boring ...
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Building a good comedy adventure?

I was wondering how to build a comedic adventure for D&D (or at least get some tips on it). The DM guide mentioned the multiple ideas for campaigns and one of them was comedy! I tried to start ...
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12answers
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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6answers
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Homemade Terrain w/miniatures

I am looking for ideas to make some homemade terrain for combat; I am not a great miniature painter as I usually fat-finger most of them, but I am pretty handy and know my way around my neighborhood ...
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5answers
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Is there a campaign wiki solution with mobile support?

I've been looking around for a campaign wiki for a Dawn of Worlds game my group is in the middle of. I've looked at the usual sources (Obsidian Portal, Epic Words), but they don't really have support ...
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1answer
684 views

Is throwing other PC's possible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action? Hello, one of my fellow players brought upon a good question to me; is possible to throw another PC almost like a ...
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What kind of Muse do you start with in Eclipse Phase?

In Eclipse Phase, the character creation rules state that every character gets a Muse for free. Later in the book it details multiple kinds of Muses, including one called a Standard Muse. Based on ...
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How to get a new group into the spirit of the game Paranoia?

My roleplaying group is talking about taking a break from our 4e D&D campaign for a bit, and doing some one-offs. We are planning on doing a few sessions with a GURPS game of some sort, and the ...
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1answer
190 views

What size is Savage Worlds Kerberos Club?

Is the Savage Worlds edition of The Kerberos Club sized the same as the Explorer Edition and Superpowers Companion, or is it a more traditional 8.5"x11" sized book?
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What problems can I expect when adding a Rogue Trader / Dark Heresy character to a Deathwatch game?

I'm currently playing in a Deathwatch game, but I'm considering what my next character might be, if my current one sacrifices himself to prevent the release of a ruinous power (as I think might be ...
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2answers
520 views

What counts as a critical on defense?

In GURPS Campaigns p381, it states that a critical success on defense causes the attacker to suffer a "critical miss." Does a critical hit on defense count as a roll of 3 or 4? If my parry is 15, ...
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1answer
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Does the Critical Hit threshold keep rising as skill goes up?

In GURPS Campaigns (p381) it states that a skill of 15+ means that a roll of 5 counts as a critical, and 16+ means that a 6 counts as a critical. Does this threshold continue to rise? Ex: Does ...

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