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Margin of Success on skill checks in The Dresden Files

Another week, another episode of our Dresden Files game. In this particular situation, the PCs were in a completely alien setting, and trying to get information. They were in the mind of a hedge ...
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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family?

My brother and I have dabbled in D&D when we were younger. Also, at the last place where I worked, we had a weekly Pathfinder game session, which was fun. Usually at our family get-togethers my ...
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Cooperative character building?

I'm aware of games where the players cooperatively build elements of the story world (I hear Dresden Files does this), but are there any where the players cooperatively build their characters? What I'...
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What is added on to secondary attacks with implement powers?

Background: The Wild Magic Sorcerer in my group often uses his at-will power Chaos Bolt. On a hit with an even numbered roll, he gets to make a secondary attack against a creature within 5 squares of ...
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Exalted — stacking multiple types of armor

A character in my ongoing Exalted 2e game has an artifact chain shirt. Artifact chain shirts are described as being able to be worn under ordinary clothing (it has no mobility penalty or fatigue ...
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Would a mounted character work well in the Jade Regent adventure path?

I am about to be a player in the new Jade Regent adventure path from Paizo. It seems like there's a lot of overland travel in Jade Regent and I was considering playing a cavalier or another character ...
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Do I have to map out villages or outside areas?

Do I have to make a map of areas outside of my dungeons? For instance, a village or forest? Does the context of the Dungeon have to be mapped?
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Would adding a Move-Attack-Move “basic combat power” to DnD 4e unbalance the game?

I've been thinking of adding a power to DnD4e as a basic maneuver that all players can do. I'm not certain yet if this power should be regulated to only BRA (Basic ranged attack) or if it's ok for it ...
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Is there a “lite” version of nWoD's Storytelling system with no padding?

Has anyone developed a "lite" version of nWoD's Storytelling system? (One of the main criticisms the game received, as far as I know, was that the core book had too much "padding" -- rules included ...
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What is the term for points that can be added to any roll?

Let's say you have a game where you have to roll a die for success at a task, based on a relevant ability score, and you can temporarily increase that score by expending some limited point resource. ...
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Are the victims of Wrathful Aspect spared if they are immune to Fear?

As Wrathful Aspect, a level 2 Hexblade Utility, is currently worded, it has the Fear keyword (along with Fire and Arcane). If a creature who were immune to Fear were to attack the Hexblade that has ...
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Is there a limit to how many Fate Points can be spent in a single round?

Suppose we're playing the Dresden Files RPG, and one of the characters decides to go for broke. He wants to use fate points on 4 seperate aspects that are relevant, for a whopping +8 to the result. ...
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What are some options to break out of the Executioner's Garrote Strangle?

Last night we were having a Battle Royale. Everyone had characters and we were fighting to the death. It was a good time. But we did end up having about a 20 minute argument on the Garrote Strangle. ...
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How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?

Chapter 1: The Secret History (Unrecorded History: Voice of the Angel) of the new World of Darkness core book tells a story about a god-machine, angels, ancients, their children and whatnot. How ...
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Noncombat Characters in Combat?

So we played Dresden Files RPG, using a set of premade characters. One of these characters was an investigative paranormal detective type build, which worked extremely well (maybe too well?) in the '...
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Is a GM meant to compel when the player has no Fate Points Remaining?

So we tried out the Dresden Files RPG earlier. Overall, we had a great time. Some issues came up, though. Specifically, when you compel an aspect, the player has the choice to either accept the ...
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How to introduce item descriptions

One of the things that I dislike when running a session is how a great majority of the items are bland - a short sword is a short sword, a bow is a bow, an arrow is an arrow. After sitting on it for ...
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Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...
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How do I make weather an important part of the game?

We're starting up a dark ages fantasy game, using some homebrew rules similar to D&D. As the GM, how can I make weather an important part of the game? To be clear, I'm not trying to just toss in ...
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When do the rolls and effects for saves end effects happen?

At what point does a character roll for effects that say "Save ends"? At what point do effects, like "5 fire damage, save ends", happen?
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Help with some ideas for a campaign [closed]

Okay, so I am a relatively new GM. I've started running the Road Trip campaign for Monsters and Other Childish things for my group. I thought I'd run a one night one-shot Halloween themed campaign for ...
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Can a prone immobilized creature stand up?

If I knock a creature prone and also manage to immobilize it (or if I prone an immobilized creature of I immobilize a prone creature) can it stand up on its next turn? Put simple: Can I stand up from ...
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What is the best way to maintain the threat of a Defender after your immediate action is spent?

The PHB1 fighter and most other pre-essentials defenders use immediate actions to enforce their marks. Unfortunately for this strategy Defenders are limited to only enforcing a single mark violation ...
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Can a PC start with more than one attribute at 8 or 9?

In DnD4e essentials you have a choice of 3 arrays. However in the rules compendium they mention a point buy system. I know from previous versions of the character builder that it will not allow you ...
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Is the concept of a mutable game system viable?

I've been toying around with some prototypes for game systems, and I'm wondering if "mutable" RPGs (games where the rules of the game are represented and can be interacted with/changed in game) are ...
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What kinds of rules promote good team cohesion?

It seems like a lot of roleplaying games quite freely allow players to play antisocial characters who can't really be part of the team. I've been part of groups (in D&D) with both a noble ...
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Role playing/plot focused one shot sessions

I am faced with a challenge with creating a one shot session for a couple of friends. From experience I can see that it is difficult to indulge players into setting, plot, world, characters in a ...
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What happens if you wear armor that you don't have a feat for?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium, there are a bunch of new armor and armor types. It says that to wear these armors, you need to take special feats. What happens if a PC finds this armor as a ...
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What do the effects of these potions mean?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium there are a few healing potions. However, the text on their power is downright confusing, contradictory, and poorly written. Here is Potion of Cure Light Wounds:...
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When should the DM hide a PC's hit points?

In any game with hit points (I'm thinking D&D, but any will do), is there ever a situation where the DM ought to keep track of a player character's hit points, and not reveal it to the player? I'...
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Alternate Locust Crusades

I have an old copy of Time of Tumult that has the original writeup of the Locust Crusade. That chapter, of course, is crammed full of stuff, because it provides writeups for Alchemicals, talks about ...
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Do marks apply to attacks that would benefit the marking party?

In our last session, there were, among the monsters, a defender and a vampire. The defender marked one of the PCs. After that, the vampire used an attack on this PC that commanded him to attack ...
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What is Exalted Paranoia Combat?

Having spent some time reading, and occasionally posting on, the official Exalted forum, I've come across a number of people talking about "paranoia combat" What does this mean? They also generally ...
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Does Constitution influence Charisma?

I was looking around and notice that low constitution monsters usually are ugly (like skeletons) after all low constitution make you ugly, right? So, it's that a case where Charisma can be influenced ...
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Can a Berserking hero run away from enemies?

In savage worlds, the Berserk edge causes a hero to "attack with reckless abandon." He can also leave berserk by doing nothing on his turn (not even movement) and passing a smarts roll at -2. I'm ...
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Atmosphere of alienation and horror — halloween game

It is Halloween soon and I am planing to run a horror game featuring zombies. Lots of zombies. In fact, hordes of zombies. The setting is akin to Walking Dead than Shawn of the Dead and set in the ...
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Is that superior or partial cover?

Take the following diagram: . E . X X . X X . X X . X X . . A . Considering the Attacker has line of effect (like an arrow slit) to the Enemy. According to RC pg ...
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Japanese mythology games? [on hold]

Are there any good roleplaying games out there that draw heavily from Japanese mythology, or Japanese traditional religious beliefs? Free and available online would be best, of course.
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How can I make an opponent flat-footed?

I'm playing a ninja in a 3.5 game right now. They have an ability that is like sneak attack, but only works when the opponent is denied their dex bonus, and not when simply flanking. I'm only first ...
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How do I scale an encounter to a larger party?

I have a group that wound up being larger than I expected for my DnD Campaign. It is Dark Sun and I am keeping things gritty and dangerous. However, since I normally have 7 players, I find that ...
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What are some dangerous non-fantasy creatures?

We're running a fantasy game where the adventurers frequently travel through the wilderness. Too many of the threatening encounters they have are with fantasy creatures (like goblins, orcs, etc.). ...
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How does throwing a grappling hook work in 4e?

I note, with some dismay, that a grappling hook exists as an item without any notes whatsoever. In the last room of Siege of Borodin's Watch, my scout decided to climb a thrown grappling hook to the ...
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Where can I find the Netbook of Feats for D&D 3.5?

I remember a web page called the Netbook of Feats that had a huge list of feats for 3.5e. Does anyone know where that went?
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What feats/class abilities give an Int bonus to AC?

What feats or class abilities give an Int bonus to AC? Pathfinder or 3.5E material is OK. Please let me know what book you get it from!
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Is a Dwarf Wizard (Mage) Viable?

I'm starting with a new group, and I would like to make a Dwarf Wizard. However, I don't want to be a drag on the group and I want to pull my own weight - is this possible? I want to go the ...
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When should a second wind be used?

Inspired by my "Do monsters get a second wind" question. A second wind, as generally used, provides characters (and only characters) with an opportunity to spend a standard action to get a healing ...
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Do monsters get a second wind?

In the early adventure, Siege of Borodin's Watch I found this curious statement: If the militants are bloodied, they shift back and spend their second wind, jumping back into the thick of ...
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What should be included in a standard 4E D&D encounter? How would this be written in the adventure?

I'm a big D&D fan, but haven't played in ten years or so. The last time I played, it was AD&D 2nd edition. I am trying to write an adventure for a friend, and I'm sort of confused as to what ...
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What alternatives to hit points are there for abstracting wounds? [closed]

I don't like hit points as an abstraction anymore. I'm interested in writing an RPG and I have some ideas for other ways of handling wounds, but I wanted to see what else was out there. MERP had ...
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What changes to Blinding Barrage, as reflected in the October 2011 errata updates, actually happened?

Listed here it states the Blinding Barrage has had it's damage reduced. On the errata for the Player's Handbook (page 8) as of the October update it states that: Blinding Barrage Page 119: Delete “2[...

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