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Overpowered PCs (Gabe's Dilemma)

Penny Arcade recently ran the following strip: (Original strip here) While the resolution of this thread hasn't yet been posted, I'm wondering what we think here. How do you game with PCs who are ...
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Rebalancing Experience Point Totals?

Say that through legal game play some player characters have gained a lot more XP than others. Should the referee take steps to rebalance the player characters, or just let it go as it is part of the ...
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Replaying Adventure Card?

Should you allow the following. Player A use the "my Bennies become XPs" adventure card then, Player B plays "get a card from the Discard stack" and then replays "my Bennies become XPs"?
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1answer
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Does the power Beast Friend work for, say, part of a Coral Reef?

Say you were an underwater creature with Beast Friend. Would it be reasonable to use the power to control part of a coral reef and all the small creatures in the area?
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9answers
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I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?

I'm no gamer at all, so this could be like a very silly, basic question for you guys. The thing is that I always read about "Dungeons and Dragons" game (not the video game, but the normal game to play ...
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Would free multiclass feats be a reasonable alternative to Themes?

I like the flavor, flexibility, and role-playing inspirations provided by Themes, as introduced in D&D 4E Darksun and added in general in Dragon #399. I'm planning to use them in the game I'm ...
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Increasing Save DC for new magic items

Paizo PRD: Magic items produce spells or spell-like effects. For a saving throw against a spell or spell-like effect from a magic item, the DC is 10 + the level of the spell or effect + the ...
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1answer
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Character Unconscious (negative HP) out of combat without a Leader

The question Can an unconscious character use a healing surge? discusses ways to get an Unconscious PC back on her feet. I'm considering a situation where a PC was knocked out, combat has ended, the ...
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1answer
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Do monster templates still exist in post-Essentials D&D 4e?

In the D&D 4e Monster Manual, there are monster templates such as 'lich' which increase a standard monster to elite or an elite to a solo. Do monster templates still appear in more recent core D&...
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Cyberpunk chronicle… any ideas? [closed]

I want to run a Cyberpunk chronicle using a system that I designed, but have run out of ideas. I don't want to employ the clichés, like the AI who's gone sentient and want to merge his mind with ...
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2answers
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Are faeries better than wizards?

I have a changeling goblin in the group, and for one of his abilities, he chose Glamours YS166. It seems like with the phrase …use your Discipline or Deceit ...
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1answer
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How does automatic weapon fire interact with the scatter property?

I am confused how to determine hits from a combat shotgun in Dark Heresy. How does the scatter property interact with an auto-fire action when attacking?
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Can a Berserker Barbarian rage in a berserker's fury?

It looks like a berserker can take normal barbarian daily attack powers, which are primal and so would trigger the berserker's berserker's fury, and many of which cause the berserker to enter a rage. ...
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What software utilities provide support for playing Microscope? [closed]

I'm interested in playing Microscope online and was wondering if anyone knows what tools exist that might support this? Microscope differs from many RPGs in that it is primarily playing using blank ...
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5answers
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How do I role-play as a dragon?

I have an NPC in our game that is called a "drake," but in terms familiar to most of you, he would probably be considered to be a dragon. In our game, drakes are classified based on the plane that ...
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5answers
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How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?

I am running a sci-fi/fantasy game using Pathfinder. The setting is firearms and future weapons focused. It's also being played on a virtual battle-map with tokens and will be run very tactically. ...
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4answers
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Where can I post quests I've written online for others to use and benefit from?

I've written a few quests now and documented them fairly thoroughly. Are there any places online where I can share them so that others would be able to review and use them if they needed to? It would ...
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1answer
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Damage focused Imperial Guardsman character build

With the Dark Heresy books currently available, what character options do I want to invest in to be as effective as I can be with a lasgun, in combat, as an Imperial Guardsman? Assume the build is ...
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2answers
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Does the latest print edition of Dark Heresy contain errata?

Does the most recent printing of Dark Heresy have the errata worked into it? I am using a damaged, first print run, Fantasy Flight Games copy of the book and want to know if it would be worth buying ...
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1answer
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How do I start a gaming group? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find other RPG players? I would like to start an AD&D group at my local library. But how do I start one? How do I spread the word? Any help would be ...
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1answer
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Is there any information detailing Vecna's relationship with prophecy?

Vecna is depicted in 3rd and 4th edition D&D as the god of secrets. Is there a information (ideally in official sources, but failing that in well detailed unofficial sources) that outlines Vecna's ...
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Creating a group plot arc in Changeling: The Lost

I'm very enamored of White Wolf's Changeling: The Lost for a wide variety of reasons. First and foremost, I love the dramatic character hooks the setting provides - just coming up with variations on ...
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3answers
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Can Berserker's Fury be ended before the end of the encounter?

The new Barbarian subclass the Berserker plays both a defender role and a striker role. He switches to striker mode by entering into his Berserker Fury. Pg.44 of Heroes of the Feywild says "...you ...
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1answer
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What can provide immunity to dehydration?

My party is working through Castle Whiterock and we just got clobbered by a group of lions with Goodman Games desiccated template. This template allows for a D6 Con damage on every hit (no save) ...
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3answers
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What is the AC of a projected image?

If someone tries to hit a shadow created by the Project Image spell, does someone have to roll to hit? If so, does it have a low AC like a Figment, before they roll Will to disbelieve, or does it work ...
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Do any games have XP (or a similar concept) as an in-game construct? [closed]

Experience Points (or Karma, or Legend-points, etc.) are given as an award to the players that can be used to improve the capabilities of their characters and to monitor general "progress". In all ...
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6answers
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Are there rules for skinning animals and making leather armor with the hide?

Recently I was DMing a game, and my players ran into a giant lizard. After they defeated it, they asked if they could skin the lizard and make it into armor. I basically just made it up on the fly; ...
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3answers
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What is the quickest way to become a Khorne devoted human?

In Black Crusade, what character progressions do I need to take to be considered a follower of Khorne, as quickly as possible? Assume a non-chaos marine character.
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1answer
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Are innocuous actions valid attacks in social combat in The Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
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1answer
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Who can use magic items?

The rules on using magic items are not at all clear to me. Especially the Spell Completion and Spell Trigger activations are confusing. What kind of character (class, level) can use a wand (spell ...
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2answers
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How do I implement Social Combat into a D&D/D20/Pathfinder game?

One of the coolest parts of White-Wolf games, in my opinion, is that they usually offer the ability for Social Combat to be just as exciting as physical or mental combat. How can I run Social Combat ...
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Using the Magus' Spellstrike with Held Charge

When holding a charge, whether because the initial touch attack missed or was not used, does Spellstrike allow for the use of the Magus' weapon for subsequent attempts? For instance, Casts Shocking ...
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1answer
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What kind of goals are valid in Social Combat in the Dresden Files?

I've been attempting unsuccessfully, or at the very least unsatisfactorily, to integrate social conflict into my Dresden Files campaign. It came to a head last night, when one of my players initiated ...
6
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1answer
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What are the rules of natural healing?

I've read a few times the core rules of Microlite20, and the Expert Rules, but didn't find a place where it explained how PCs healed naturally. What rules should I use for that? The ones in the ...
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1answer
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If a multiclass character has two spellcasting classes how many spells do they get?

A few related items that I'm a bit confused by: If a multiclass character has two classes that use the same ability modifier for bonus spells do they get those bonus spells for BOTH classes? (i.e. ...
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2answers
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Sorcery and Occult Excellencies

The 2nd edition core book, on pp. 251-252, seems to make it clear that reflexive supplemental charms can't be used while shaping sorcery or while casting a spell. This hugely reduces the value of the ...
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What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the Summon Monster spells?

On the Pathfinder SRD the lists as shown currently are, according to what I have read on the Paizo messageboards, not entirely accurate nor are all calculations done correctly for the various ...
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5answers
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At what point should a character become an NPC?

Players over several long campaigns having levelled into the high teens can get into the final stages of the story line for the character. Players choose to make castles, create new towns and make ...
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What is the difference between a cleric and an oracle?

I have zero experience with D&D. It was with great reluctance that I agreed to make a character in Pathfinder for a campaign my friend is running. Now, in WoD (and somewhat in Shadowrun) the "...
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2answers
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Difference between a crit and extra attacks

In DnD 3.x and related systems, you threaten a critical hit on a natural 20, but then have to confirm the crit by making another to-hit roll. If your followup roll beats the target's AC (or is another ...
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1answer
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Fan Conversions of 3.5 Adventures to Pathfinder

I've recently noticed how cheaply I can get some 3.5 adventures now that everyone has moved to Pathfinder or 4e. I was wondering if there were any collections of fan conversions of them to pathfinder, ...
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1answer
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Can I use the Eberron adventures as a short adventure path?

What level are the various Eberron adventures WotC put out for, and what level will my players most likely wind up after each ...
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543 views

What should be included in a 'getting started' player handout? [closed]

When playing a new RPG system and setting, it is helpful to have important game information in front of you. For my free RPG Icar, I intend on having a single side of paper with reference rules and ...
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2answers
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Are there parts of text missing in published errata?

Browsing through the latest errata of DnD4 (first PDF in the list as of now, dated 11/09/2011), I stumbled upon multiple entries that are missing essential parts. For example, in the item for the ...
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Asynchronous Character Creation?

So in the Dresden Files RPG, character creation is meant to happen collaboratively in a unified manner. However, in our party, there are frequently times where one player or another cannot make it on ...
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Should a group keep the same GM, or choose different GMs for every new campaign/system?

The title is mostly the question. Is it good to give everyone in the group the chance to be the GM, or should the best do the job always for best play experience?
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6answers
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How do I ensure separation between historical events and the game world while still feeling historical?

I am running a pulp WW2 campaign where the players are deep inside Germany in 1940 uncovering secret projects, getting involved in the occult and discovering ancient powers that the Third Reich are ...
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1answer
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Does the ring of force shield provide AC against incorporeal beings?

Incorporeal beings ignoring normal armor and shields. But the ring of force shield provides a force effect. Does that work, as force-effects work on incorporeals?
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4answers
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Is there a method for sliding seamlessly from one system into another during a campaign?

Has anyone changed system/setting/genre but kept the characters during a campaign? Players can become very attached to their characters, even when the campaign/setting/genre or system is getting ...
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3answers
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Does a ring of force shield occupy the hand wearing it?

Can a character wearing a ring of force shield use two-handed-weapons or make actions that need both hands and keep the shield-bonus, or is the hand occupied as though using a normal shield? I'm ...

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