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How to create a D&D4 Drizz't Do'Urden?

I am thinking about bringing in Drizz't Do'Urden as a PC in a future campaign. We'll be starting at 14th level. I'm not too worried about the story, I'll figure that out later. I'm just starting to ...
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What does the symbol on the bottom of a WotC miniature mean?

When I look on the bottom of the latest official D&D miniatures, there is some information about what product line a particular miniature came from. But there is also a small symbol below that, ...
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How do I catch a Player Character up to the rest of the group after returning from an extended hiatus?

This is somewhat similar to "How do you deal with missing players?", but I'm looking to address slightly different issues. Also, this query is about longer breaks than the one or two sessions ...
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Are there any resources for diseases or plagues in D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder?

In creating an adventure, there will be a major meterological event causing massive damage to the town's infrastructure. In the aftermath, there will be a pretty significant outbreak of at least one ...
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Where does the word 'grognard' come from?

I see many people online describing themselves as grognards of a particular system or style of play. Usually they're referring to their die-hard love of an out of print version of a game. But where ...
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Can I move and shift as a single move action in D&D 4E?

Let's suppose my character is in the middle of combat, and that he can move right in front of an opponent without using all his movement points (let's say he has 5 speed and he moves 4 squares). Can ...
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Invoker's Hand of Fate ritual

In D&D4, I'm playing an Invoker. One of the rituals is: Once per day, you can use Hand of Fate without expending components I don't think I've ever used this ritual. Part of it is me just ...
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Skill Checks in 4e — specific help

For the purposes of this question, please assume that I have four characters in play. They all have "Acrobatics" skill. They are 1st, 5th, 10th, and 15th levels respectively. They are in a bar and ...
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Anyone have some links to “easy to read” resources for a DND newbie?

Howdy! I am about to start a campaign with some friends in a month or so when they finish their current game. We will be using the 4e rules and characters. My wife has expressed interest in playing ...
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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps?

I'm trying to design a module and I was wondering if there were any free or open source encounter or trap designers for D&D 4e Mostly I just like something that lets me fill in the blanks and ...
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What's the exact sequence of events for an Embrace in Vampire: the Requiem?

I've been digging around in the Requiem book and so far it looks like there's no single entry explaining how the Embrace works. The bit about draining and feeding vitae is in one part of the book, the ...
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How to fix this scenario for D&D Encounters?

I just finished running a D&D Encounters season 3 ep 11 session, and I'm dissatisfied with how it ended; I want to fix it next week with a bit of retroactive play before moving on to the finale. ...
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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed in D&D4e?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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What is the D&D 4E encounter system?

In answering a question on applying old-school rules to 4E, R.S. Conley suggests "Not use the encounter system. Just set up a region sandbox style and what the player find they have to deal with" I ...
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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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How clever is a base Intelligence of 10 in D&D 4e?

I'm playing my first ever D&D character and he has an intelligence of 10. Several members of the party have higher intelligence (the mage, etc). Is my character supposed to be a bit stupid? Or is ...
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Game design question. What systems should I look at to see how hit points as a resource impacts gameplay?

(Sorry for the long winded intro. Since this is about a game nobody is familiar with, I'm trying to ensure that there is some amount of context before asking the actual question.) So I've got a ...
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How do marks interact with dual attacks?

The specific example from last night involved a Demon ManipulatorDDI using his Deceptive Attack to attack both my paladin and an ally. Would this violate the mark and trigger Divine ChallengeDDI? My ...
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Is it necessary to maintain Line of Effect for the Dominated condition?

The dominatedDDI condition states that the controller can chose one action for the dominated creature to take each turn. Is there anything that can prevent that control from taking place other than ...
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How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e?

When providing players with inherent bonuses (they count as having +1 weapons, neck slot, and armor from levels 2-5 ,+2 from 6-10, and so on.) how often should players receive actual magic items, and ...
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What classes other than Rogue can initially train in Thievery?

My gaming buddies and I are about to start up a second group to play D&D 4e with, and I'm looking for a class to replace the rogue to freshen things up a little. The only problem is that Thievery ...
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What career options are available for a role playing game addict? [closed]

What, if any, careers are there out there that are built around playing role-playing games for a living? That is, jobs which go beyond supporting the addiction ;)
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Legends of Anglerre, and FATE, skill questions

In a follow up to my last question, I'm trying to now decipher some inner working of skills in general. First and foremost, I saw the skill system in Dresden Files RPG, which has a skill stack rather ...
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Upgrade weapon mechanics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear? Are there any D&D 4.0 mechanics to upgrade weapons? One of my PCs has a weapon ...
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What techniques are there for balancing power gamers with story gamers in D&D 4E?

In my current D&D 4E game, I have a fairly large number of players with differing preferences for play style. As they have progressed through levels, differences between the characters with ...
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Where can I find a horror adventure/campaign writing guide?

I seem to remember an old (ebook format?) book I read, with instructions on how to write a quality adventure based in the Ravenloft universe. The book was distinguished by writing in a general style, ...
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What are good techniques for resurrecting a stalled campaign?

We had a really good play-by-post game going for a while, but now it has seemed to stall. I've talked with the member who seems to be most responsible for stalling the game, and he still shows ...
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What games are based around single historical events? [closed]

I recently came across the game Montsegur 1244, which I think looks rather interesting, and it made me wonder whether there are any other games that centre around a single historical event in that ...
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Does Amber's bidding process have known issues, and if so, how can they be fixed? [closed]

I recently acquired at some considerable cost a copy of Amber Diceless Role-Playing, which I had long wondered about. Knowing of some potential players of the game at my local game store, I posted on ...
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What's the difference between Pathfinder and Pathfinder Chronicles?

I was poking around the Paizo website, and noticed that there are minis for Pathfinder, and others for Pathfinder Chronicles. What's the difference between the two? I couldn't see anything in my ...
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How to get back into gaming?

So I used to play RPGs a lot back in the day, but then life, work and the usual dull stuff got in the way and it all fizzled out. Now I've seen this site my interest and memories have returned and I ...
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What are interesting ways to handle seekings?

First of all, I apologize for my English, and overall, for any technical word I may misstep, as I usually role-play in Spanish. Any Mage: The Ascension players or storytellers? I was looking for some ...
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When a creature is invisible, but not hidden, do the enemies know the location of the creature?

When a creature is invisible but not hidden, one could argue that the players still know it's general location. If a creature becomes invisible and not hidden does it remain on the battle-mat?
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When and how should I get the players to cut back on their out of character chatter?

I like that my players have all become such good friends. But they're all louder than me. We end up just chatting and hanging out more than gaming because I can't get them to stop having out of ...
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Free tabletop rpg suggestion [closed]

Does anyone know any simple tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons available for free? I just want to try out this type of game with my friends to see whether it's worth spending ...
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2answers
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Who drew the ten Princes in “Damnation City”?

In Damnation City there is a section with ten princes with artwork that is really cool. Does anyone know the identity of the artist?
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How do you make hacking useful without excluding other players?

My Shadowrun group has a reasonably typical composition: "face", technomancer, rigger, mage, adept, and street samurai. The problem I have is making sure that the technomancer can use her skills ...
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How to design game elements other than combat? [closed]

Most RPGs I know about and have played are fighting-centered. That doesn't mean that all gaming is only about fighting, but that most of the rules and character abilities are primarily useful in ...
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Legends of Anglerre chargen questions

I looked over Legends of Anglerre's explanation of quick character generation and it doesn't seem to exactly explain what power scope is covers. What characters does it allow? Additionally, I am not ...
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How do I make my own battle mats?

Premise: I live far from the US, and for me, paying U$S20+shipping for Chessex Battle Mats is out of the question (I just spent U$S 114 for a full lineup of DnD Essentials, and this extra expense ...
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4answers
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Is there any way to get multiple standard actions for Summoners in D&D 4E?

I was working on an NPC summoner for our 4E game this week and am a bit mystified. Given that controlling a summoned creature requires a standard action and characters only get one standard action, ...
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How can I reward Cthulhu characters for going mad?

I like it when, in Cthulhu games, Investigators go mad. With that in mind, I'd like to give some reward for the first Investigator to go mad. For example, perhaps, at the beginning of the next game, ...
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Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear?

I'm all about the story, and as such, I've always been a fan of long-term attachment between players/characters and their special (usually magic) items. But with D&D 4th edition, it seems the ...
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327 views

I'm playing Dogs in the Vineyard. Can players escalate during Initiation?

The rules say "The GM always rolls 4d6+4d10 for Initiations." Doesn't that make it hard for the GM to win if a character escalates in his Initiation? For example, Brother Quint wants to "overcome his ...
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Are there any magic items that greatly improve insight, or allow a character to discern lies?

I'm trying to plan a module where the players have to get an artifact to tell if someone is lying, like once per day. But ones that just improves insight by 10 would be nice. Does anyone know of ...
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Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit?

I have been trying to find an official ruling on this. In our campaign currently the DM says that one of the sneak attack die will do max damage, and I roll for the other one.
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How to design a game for sociopathic characters?

A few years ago, I played a D&D 3.5 game in Forgotten Realms with an evil party. The characters (played by my brother and me) were sociopaths, bent on exploiting anyone and everyone. The game ...
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What action type is switching two items between main hand and off-hand?

Here are two related questions, actually. 1st: What action type (time) does it take to pass an item from one hand to another (assuming the other hand is free)? 2nd: I know that retrieving or stowing ...
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Are there any RPGs released based on the world of Bas-Lag?

Bas-Lag is the great world of some novels from the British author China Miéville. Does anyone know any RPG based on this world?
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Do creatures occupy cubic space, or are larger creatures still one square tall?

Does a large creature need to squeeze to fit into at 5' tall passageway?

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