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Regeneration while dying in 4th edition

I recently started DMing after playing 4th edition D&D around 10-15 times. While going over player and DM books I started to wonder if regeneration works while a PC is dying. For example, a level ...
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Ongoing damage while dying in 4th edition

Similar to Regeneration while dying in 4th edition, does a character continue to take ongoing damage when dropping to 0 hp? Also, does he continue to make saving throws for all effects while dying?
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How can I quickly get a player back into a session after their character dies?

As a GM, what kind of techniques could I use to help a player re-join the gaming session after their character dies? I want to avoid any major interruptions to the flow of the adventure. I would also ...
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How can I make my adventures more bard-inclusive?

For whatever reason, it seems that no one in my campaigns ever chooses to play a bard. I am beginning to wonder if it has something to do with the adventures I construct as our game's DM. These ...
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What's the minimum number of players necessary for a Dread game?

I've just finished reading the Dread manual. While it suggests 5 or 6 players as a "normal" group, and also suggests making a number of pulls before starting for every player missing from that number, ...
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How do I design a Christmas-themed horror adventure?

'Tis soon the season and I want to treat my players to a Christmas-themed adventure as part of my ongoing horror campaign. I want to keep the horror element, but I don't mind mixing in a bit of humor ...
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How do spell effects stack when determining the DC to disbelieve an illusion?

Classic tactic; You use a ghost sound spell to make your Silent Image seem more life-like. It's such a standard tactic for low-level casters, that it's actually pointed out in the spell. That said, ...
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What are some good unusual races for Shadowmancers?

I have an idea for a Shadowcaster/Child of Night character, but I'm not sure what race would work best for it. I kinda wanted to use one of the more exotic playable races or even something playable ...
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What is a good way to handle a multi-plane adventure?

Any advice for a group/GM that's new to the concept when it comes to adventures across multiple planes? Ways to make the game more fun, issues to avoid, and potential hazards we may come across, both ...
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What options are available for a Sentinel Druids Animal Companions item slot?

I read in an answer to Druid (Sentinel) Animal Companion Armor that there was at least one item (Companion's Defender) which could be given to a Sentinel Druids Animal Companion, but as I am not a DDI ...
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Druid (Sentinel) Animal Companion Armor

I am new to D&D and I am looking to start. I would like to start a Druid(Sentinel) from Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms whose animal companion is a bear. My Druid would dislike his animal ...
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If a Paladin purposefully goes bad, can they still atone and return to prior status?

This question is for research purposes. I am writing a piece of fan fiction set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In the series, it had been established that Andrew plays D&D, but never ...
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What's an appropriate gift for a Faerûnian Dwarven girl?

I have a rough idea what I could give a Human or Elven girl to improve their opinion of me - flowers work pretty well in most cases, maybe one of those crystal flowers for a Drow, though with them an "...
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How do Native Outsiders respond to Summoning spells?

Can an Outsider with the Native subtype be summoned with a spell? If so, under what conditions, and what spell? If not, why? Other than needing to be summoned to a plain different to the one it's ...
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How do non-Outsiders respond to other planes?

Would humanoids and the like become outsiders when they travel to another plane, and if not, then why do all of the other planes only contain outsiders, and not material-plane equivalents? Example: A ...
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Do implement attacks made through a weapon get the weapon's proficiency bonus?

I am making a bard in 4e and am using a +2 Songbow (Superior Crossbow). If I become proficient with Superior Crossbows (+3 to attack) and that weapon is my implement, would essentially get +5 to ...
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Can an Essentials Sentinel move when their animal companion charges?

In last weeks game, I needed to move both my Essentials Sentinel Druid and his animal companion as far as they could go. I used his move action to move them and then used his standard action as a move ...
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How do Outsiders of the Native subtype react to different planes?

One of my favorite races to play in pathfinder is Aasimar. Recently, however, this has caused something of a conundrum in my group, as no one is quite sure what happens when an Outsider with the ...
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How do Outsiders respond to their own planes?

Does an Outsider gain the Native subtype while on its home plane, and if so, what does that mean, exactly?
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Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers? [closed]

Who are the 3rd party 4e D&D providers. What type of material do they do. One company per answer please. As this is a community wiki the answers (and votes) will gauge community views on their ...
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Are there recommendations or pitfalls for playing an archer cleric?

In my 4E game, a player is going to try an elven cleric with a longbow (and a mace, just in case). She chose mostly ranged powers. Are there any caveats to playing such a character, or any builds that ...
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What effect does the size of a shield have in AD&D 2nd Edition?

What are the bonuses or penalties associated with shield size in AD&D 2nd edition? There is some disagreement on this in a Gaming.SE answer; this seems like a much better venue for posing the ...
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Thrown Object vs. Swarms

I have a very specific problem. Someone in my 4th ed. game wants to lift a barrel (they're strong enough, that's not the question) and smash it on a rat swarm. I don't see how this falls under the ...
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My children want to start playing RPGs; at what age should I allow them to participate unsupervised?

Some games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, come with ratings/recommended ages before they can be played. Are those accurate? Beyond the ratings, are there any general guidelines I should follow when ...
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What items do players start with?

I am trying to start my own Fallout RPG campaign and am new at this and at GMing in general. I can't figure out what starting gear and stuff the PCs should get. I've looked around for a GM guide or an ...
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Why can't I pick the Staff of Defense option for my Wizard?

I am using the dnd insider to create my level two Wizard (Mage - enchanter) and I'm noticing that I certain abilities, feats or spells that were recommended I take in the Wizards handbook (such as the ...
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Level 2 Wizard powers and Spellbook question

I am a little confused on how a wizard's spellbook works.. I used the dnd insider to help me create my character so I am assuming it knows what it's doing.. anyway, it's allowing me to take 3 at ...
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How can I turn a B*-tree into a puzzle?

My players, being quite terrified of the consequences of injury (less research time), have asked me for a series of magical puzzles for their next adventure. I have decided that, roughly, it will ...
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What is the relationship between minotaurs and dwarves?

I'm creating a minotaur barbarian and I want him to be wielding a Mordenkrad that slowly increases in magic level (DM permissible) I read in the description that the mordenkrad come from dwarven ...
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How to transform a tragic hero into a villain?

First things first: let there be a tragic hero with some (yet undefined) personal characteristics. Let there also be a grim world, in which the stories take place (no fairies, knights in shining armor ...
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How to manage incomparable movement speeds in combat?

I'm playing a Shadow character in a campaign which is running for 2 year. Our party has reached a great amount gnosi (27), and we are all level 13. The main features of my character is agility and ...
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Can a Hypnotism target be forced to move before its attack?

I have just created a Wizard (Mage) who specializes in enchantment. I have a question about the Hypnotism spell.. The power states that the target creature can be forced to attack another enemy (...
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What book is “HP” in Shadowrun?

The Chummer character creator has a reference to "HP". What book is this?
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How can I increase my early heroic tier Wizard's attack roll?

can you provide some suggestions on how to increase my level 2 Wizard enchanter's attack rolls? FYI my Int is 19 and I've already taken the staff expertise Feat at level one. At level two I chose ...
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Wraiths across multiple games

In a freeform game, I'm running a story involving a creature that subsides upon stolen energy obtained from draining the magical or life energy out of other creatures, particularly humans. Coming from ...
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Magic college default skill in GURPS

Is there a way in GURPS to create a mage with a default level of skill in a specific magical college? I'm imagining something like an earth wizard who can attempt any earth college spell at a -3 ...
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AD&D 1st Edition, Unearthed Arcana, Cooperative spell casting

My question refers to the 8th Level MU spell Binding found in Unearthed Arcana. In it, it describes the ability of other mages to enhance the power, essentially, of the primary spell caster (up to six ...
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Would a Dwarf Stonecaller get two saves against prone?

The Dwarf Racial power Stand Your Ground states: When an attack would knock you prone, you can make a saving throw to avoid falling prone. The Invoker Stonecaller Paragon Path feature Strong ...
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Are there any RPG systems specifically designed for larger numbers of players (10+)?

I'm currently running a D&D 4E game with anywhere between 14-18 players depending on the time of year. While I think we do a fairly good job of keeping the story moving, keeping combat from ...
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How do you handle (critical) glitches if both parties have one?

The rules state that the character suffers from his mistake and may even injure himself in the case of a critical glitch. But the rules doesn't cover the case if both involved parties of an opposed ...
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Does a Barbarian need to start out adjacent to his ultimate target to use Pressing Strike?

Suppose a Barbarian (with a reach 1 weapon) isn't adjacent to any enemy, but there is one 1 or 2 squares away. Can he use Pressing Strike to shift adjacent to that enemy and attack all in one action? ...
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Can a wildblood warden use “Wildblood speed” before “Warden's Fury”?

Paragon Tier wildblood wardens have a feat, wildblood speed: Benefit: When any enemy marked by you makes an attack that doesn’t include you as a target, you can shift a number of squares equal to ...
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Does a polearm's reach stack with the Warden's Thorn Strike's Melee 2?

The Warden's Thorn Strike has a range of Melee 2, it's keywords are Primal and Weapon. A polearm has Reach letting you attack 2 squares away. Does a polearm's range stack with Warden's Thorn Strike ...
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Single player games suitable for session preparation

I found a demo version of How to Host a Dungeon, and somehow the idea really grew on me. Not just creating dungeons, but actually having methods of making gm prep work into a game. I haven't seen ...
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Keeping a published module interesting when some players have already played.

When running a published adventure which some players have already played, such as a RPGA module, are there any suggestions for keeping it interesting for all involved ?
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How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?

My level 6-8 Party is going up against a small troll army invading a forest. Previously, we just assumed that once the party wins, they can burn all the troll remains. Some of us, however, were ...
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Can party betrayal be done successfully?

After reading How much experience should a PC be worth? I was wondering if and how party betrayal can be done successfully, especially since it's a real possibility in my campaign. Criteria for ...
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Base Attack Bonus stacks?

Supposing someone has a character that is multiclassed as: A 15th level fighter (BAB +15/+10/+5) A 15th level wizard (BAB +7/+2) A 10th level cleric (BAB +7/+2) What would be the total BAB for ...
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Is it plausible to have a Player Character play as a villain against the rest of the party?

If anyone has experience running a game like this, what are some common errors to avoid and tips you would give to a GM embarking on such a campaign? Specifically I intend to have a 3 PC party with 2 ...
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Limits and rules for Silent/Minor/Major Image spells

What are the limits of Image spells? An example in the 'All about Illusions' articles on wizards.com (1, 2, 3, 4) is an illusionary guard: Can I make the guard (keeping concentration) dissolve into ...

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