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How should a GM handle novice players?

In our game, we have 5 players - two are completely new to roleplaying, and one is new to the system we're playing (Pathfinder). At the moment, the GM grants the new players no leeway - if the player ...
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Suggestions for decreasing metagaming and increasing player immersion?

This question is posed in a great way over on the Paizo boards, where I hang out since I play/run a lot of Pathfinder. Immersion is one of the key parts of the RPG experience to me, so I loved the ...
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Alternatives to inapplicable critical-hit table results?

In a recent session of ours, one of the players scored a critical hit on a very scary wolf. The random critical-hit bonus rolled was "disarm opponent." Our GM was kind and clever enough to announce ...
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What differences are there between Prime Directive d20 and Prime Directive d20 Modern?

There are 2 versions of Prime Directive d20, one based on the D&D 3.5 PHB and the other based on D20 Modern. Are there any noteworthy differences between the two versions, or did they just make a ...
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How does an Intelligence penalty affect skill points when character-building/leveling-up?

In character-building/leveling-up, you take your class's skill points and add your Int bonus. So a Fighter gets 2 Plus their Int bonus. Say my fighter is really smart(16) he'll get 2+3 (int bonus) ...
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Group-wise Combinable Magic Items (each member owns 1)

I realize this isn't the best reference, but there was a show in the 90's "Captain Planet" where there was 5 kids, and each had a ring of power, and it was when they would combine all of them the ...
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How to deal with broken combos? [closed]

Based on Rob Schwalb's article Stuck in the Middle: How do you, as a player or DM, deal with choosing or forbidding broken combos in your character, group, and system?
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Who created the idea of Experience Points?

The idea of XP in all its many forms has been around for quite some time. What designer had the idea of quantizing success and advancement through a numerical method? What game was it for? The ...
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Exalted Limit Breaks - How do I get them to occur more often?

So one of the biggest problems I have had with GMing an Exalted game is getting the players to actually limit break. Flavor wise, it is one of the biggest flaws of an Exalt, Solars in particular, but ...
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892 views

Can a Wizard use Magic Missile against an Enemy she cannot see?

If an Enemy is shrouded in total darkness that blocks line-of-sight, but the Enemy is not Hidden, can the Wizard attack that Enemy with Magic Missile? From the Errata on Magic Missile[PDF]: ...
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Can a Wizard Levitate while Immobilized?

When a Wizard is immobilized can she still use Levitate to move vertically? Levitate Move Action Effect: You can move 4 squares vertically and remain there, hovering above the ground.
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How long does “Joker” initiative in Savage Worlds apply?

I'm trying to learn enough Savage Worlds to start running a little experimental game. I keep feeling like the rules are explained poorly, but it may just be that my brain is not ready to learn. The ...
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Can you use Shrink Item on a living creature?

Are you allowed to use the spell Shrink Item on a living creature?
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How many powers do I get as a first level character in D&D 4E?

I can't seem to figure out how many powers I get. Is it one of each type of the level I'm at? I'm starting at level one, so I get one at-will, one encounter, and one daily? The recommended builds ...
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Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?

So we have some players in our group who play 4e for the "Role" play aspect, not the "Roll" play aspect. They have a firm grasp on the "general" flow/rules and whatnot, but generally don't spend much ...
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2answers
626 views

What house-rules would be appropriate for a D&D Ironman game?

In a game I'm planning on running, I'm planning to run it in an "Ironman" fashion, reminiscent of Nethack and the Diablo options. I have established that: there will be no possibility of ...
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3answers
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In a recorded “Let's Play” of a table-top game, what elements of the game should be shown?

I'm current planning to run a "Let's Play" for the Scales of War D&D campaign. I've found a battlemap program and plan to have that be the basis of the visuals. A Let's Play is a solitaire run ...
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1answer
333 views

Can magically sharp swords like a vorpal sword cut stoneskin?

If someone is under the effect of the spell stoneskin, can a vorpal sword or a sword of sharpness bypass the protection afforded by the stoneskin? One consideration is that both types of sword can ...
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What are the differences between the various editions of GURPS?

What are the significant differences between GURPS 4th edition and earlier editions? The recent spate of GURPS questions have piqued my curiosity, and the system looks like it would suit a campaign I'...
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Introducing new players to GURPS

So, I have a group of players who have played a variety of other systems - D&D 3.5, D&D 4th, Shadowrun, White Wolf, etc. Some have played GURPS in the past and had some less than ideal ...
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6answers
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How to maximize the opportunities of roleplaying military rank in a PC group, while minimizing the limitations on the players

Some games come with a predisposition toward the characters having military rank. This is typically an element of the setting material, and is intended to aid immersion, and produce interesting social ...
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What GM tasks can be delegated to players to speed up encounters?

My party's encounters (D&D4e - 13th level) take on average 3-4 hours. We chit chat a lot and are pretty easily distracted, and it's not a huge deal because we're all having fun. But lately we've ...
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897 views

Are there any GURPS blogs? [closed]

I have seen tons of blogs for other games (D&D, etc), but never a blog that deals solely, mostly, or even regularly with GURPS. Are there any (good) ones out there? Thanks!
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Where can I download an Everway character sheet?

I've dug up my old Everway set for a game I'm running this weekend, and realised that I can't find my character sheets. I can easily improvise one, but Everway's weirdly beautiful sheets are part of ...
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318 views

How does a Cavalier's Immune to Fear ability work in First Edition D&D?

In First Edition D&D, Unearthed Arcana 1985 made the Paladin into a subclass of a new class called the Cavalier. What creatures is "Immune to Fear" effective against and how does it work?
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Can a Rogue gain sneak attack damage more than once per action?

When my Rogue uses Circling Predator, he gets to attack twice: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. Effect: You can shift 1 square and must end adjacent to the target. Then make a secondary ...
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What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?

As per title, what is or should be the average time length in real time of one combat encounter in each tier of a DnD 4E game? I've noticed between heroic and paragon tier combat length starts to ...
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A PC dies every session - bad tactics or the normal outcome of adventuring?

In the campaign I'm currently playing in we have had a lot of character deaths occurring recently, almost (if not every) session. The party are 13th–14th level and are taking on significant opponents....
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How does disarming a monster affect its statistics?

The disarm maneuver has almost totally disappeared from D&D 4th edition. However, at least one Fighter power - Exorcism of Steel - allows it. Exorcism of Steel - Fighter Attack 17 You make a ...
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Homebrew D&D with only 2 players (plus DM)

I DM'ed for my buddies this semester and it was really fun. I got my roommate hooked and now he's asking for me to make another campaign (I've got a great idea). The problem lies in the fact that I'll ...
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4answers
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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How do I deal with an experienced player who doesn't interact well with my group?

My group and I just migrated from a DM whose very incongruent storytelling and deliberate punishment of non-hack & slay-solutions scared us off. We (mostly) kept our characters (since they are our ...
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What diceless tabletop RPG techniques are there?

I am interested in using a diceless resolution system for my roleplaying, but am not sure what my options are in that vein. I can think of basically two categories of diceless tabletop role-playing ...
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3answers
572 views

Can the Cavalier use a Holy Avenger?

Can the Cavalier class from the AD&D Unearthed Arcana use a Holy Avenger?
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5answers
365 views

What to do when a curse makes a character useless?

It happened in a DnD 4th edition game but it could happen in any game. My group of players fought a Weretiger and the two melee-type characters now have claws and can't use weapons. Since those claws ...
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4answers
616 views

Rules modifications for Exalted Clinches

In the basic rules for Exalted a successful clinch allows the attacker to do the all of following: Squeeze the target for damage Reduce the targets DV to zero Changes the tick on which the target ...
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5answers
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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What POD services are available for printing & selling custom card decks?

I'm designing a card-based role-playing game and I'm looking for an equivalent to Lulu for printing online cards on demand. The cards would be either playing cards like Magic or similar, or Tarot ...
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1answer
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Balancing Paragon and Epic Grab Mechanics in D&D 4e

From this question Monsters are being issued with lower grab DCs to represent realistic difficulties in skill-scaling by players. the DCs follow this chart. There is a specific kind of Fighter, a ...
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1answer
846 views

Monster Vault Creatures Grab DC

I've noticed that in the monster block of Monster Vault creatures with a special grab ability/attack the escape DC for their grab is explicitly stated (example: Mind Flayer Thrall Master). ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to get more successes than you have dice in your pool in Ubiquity?

With reference to this question and this answer, I wonder if ubiquity has a rolling up mechanic, to allow the slight possibility of exceptional successes. So, Is it possible in Ubiquity to get more ...
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375 views

How do I quicken / sum up larger (but not army-scale) d20/DnD3.x combat?

I'll be rather specific: Imagine you have five lv7 characters (in DnD3.5), a bunch of their followers (skeletons raised by their priestess and whatnot), and they're facing about the same number of ...
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2answers
188 views

In Ubiquity powered games, what number Style points keeps tension and heroic action in balance?

Characters in games using the Ubiquity Roleplaying System often begin play with fewer than 2 Style points. Methods of gaining them, and situations for using them are clearly defined in the various ...
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1answer
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What are class skills in Pathfinder?

Stupid question, but what exactly are class skills in the Pathfinder RPG? I believe it means I get one "free" skill rank in that class, am I right in this assumption?
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8answers
724 views

Inventory: How can you carry adequate equipment without bringing a caravan?

In our campaign, we try to stay somewhat realistic. Unfortunately, we always find ourselves in one of two situations: Lacking equipment to survive in basic adventure circumstances. Burdened by ...
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8answers
541 views

What are some proven methods of generating attachment to locations/objects in a campaign?

It is a truism that a GM can never really be sure what a group of players will do, or which NPCs they are going to grow fond of. Places and objects, however... are they the same? In games like Star ...
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8answers
3k views

Are there any official guidelines for Shadowrun payouts?

I'm trying to figure out how much to pay Shadowrunners for a job, and how to balance the NPCs. I couldn't find anything in SR4A (though I could've missed something). I've only played in a couple of ...
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8answers
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What ways are there to anger the PC's without angering the players?

Since I got so many good ideas on my last question, here's part 2: What ways are there to really anger my PC's -- give them that sense of unbridled rage and fury -- without pissing the players off ...
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2answers
482 views

What is the formula for average damage for an Avenger against an Oath target?

I am creating a spreadsheet to compute average damage for my party. One of the issues that I am having is calculating average damage for the target of our Hybrid Avenger-Assassin's Avenger attacks ...
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1answer
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Does ongoing damage from the same repeated attack stack?

The question is simple but I can't find an answer anywhere: If a creature hits one PC twice with the same attack that inflicts ongoing damage (save ends), does the ongoing damage stack? 1a) If so, ...

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