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New GM to a Laundry RPG game [closed]

What should a new (and not so experienced) GM watch out for when starting to run a game set in Charles Stross's Laundry universe? Note that all this could be applied to a Call Of Cthulhu game as well ...
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Will there be a successor to the Tentacles and Kraken conventions?

The long-running Tentacles convention series —held at Castle Stahleck, Germany and centered on Chaosium games, chiefly Call of Cthulhu and the various Gloranthan games— ended in 2009. A ...
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1answer
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What square does a medium sized rider occupy when mounted on a Large creature?

What square is used to reference the location of a medium-sized rider on a large-sized mount, and furthermore, how are melee attacks (range 1)resolved from adjacent foes? This is an offshoot of a ...
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Does a large creature that occupies 1x2 squares require a move action to rotate its facing?

I know that in 4E D&D, there is a rule that states creatures are facing 360' at all times. I understand the nature of this when a creature occupies a square 'footprint' ex: 2x2, 4x4. But, when a ...
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How do I use minions effectively?

I'm a newbie DM. It seems that minions in an encounter benefit the PCs more than they benefit me: The Barbarian can kill them for free THP and a Swift Charge (I thought they were supposed to slow ...
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10answers
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Which roleplaying games feature realistic combat? [closed]

For many players and referees the characteristics of a Roleplaying Game are important. Does it allow for extensive character creation or it is quickly resolved, is it rules light or does it cover many ...
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1answer
233 views

If you lose healing surges, will they count for Strongheart Tattoo

The Strongheart Tattoo DDI has the benefit ... When you spend a healing surge, you regain extra hit points equal to the number of healing surges you have spent ...
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Are there any groups that use role-play games as performance art?

After listening to podcasts of the Penny Arcade folks playing D&D, I've been wondering, has anyone else tried to turn their role-playing sessions into performance-art pieces? Are there any ...
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581 views

What is an Corporeal spell?

The definition of Incorporeal Pathfinder SRD declares An incorporeal creature has no physical body. It can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons or creatures that strike as ...
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Are there any rules for wrestling / submissions aside from grappling?

I'm DMing a paperless campaign loosely based on the d&d 3.5 ruleset. One of my players wanted to play a wrestler (a la Hulk Hogan). As of now I've been winging it but, even through this particular ...
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2answers
915 views

Does attacking with a gauntlet provoke an attack of opportunity?

From the Player's Handbook: Gauntlet: This metal glove protects your hands and lets you deal lethal damage rather than nonlethal damage with unarmed strikes. A strike with a gauntlet is ...
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2answers
539 views

A Cheap Seeing-Eye Droid?

After a discussion with my GM for our Star Wars Saga edition, I'd like to get a seeing eye droid to help convince my party and NPCs that my Miraluka is actually a blind human. But as I was informed ...
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Does “Grit” give temporary hit points for heals that say “as if you had spent a healing surge?”

My question is about the interaction of a feat called Grit and effects like the daily item power on Dwarven Armor. Grit: When you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you also gain ...
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1answer
978 views

Is every attack against a weapon/shield a sunder attempt? (Also, Mountain Hammer relation to this)

The first question is self-explanatory, and if the answer is yes, is Mountain Hammer and it's upgrades usable on such items without counting as sunder attempts? If not, can they be used instead of an ...
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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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1answer
667 views

How much information is there about the Wall of the Faithless and the crusades against it, and where can I find it?

I'm getting ready to DM a Forgotten Realms campaign against the Wall, but I'm not sure if I have all the information I could have. This will be a sequel to the last campaign we had, where one of the ...
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9answers
1k views

How to make combat deadlier?

I was thinking of reducing all hit points by 1/2 (pc, npc and monster) to make combat deadlier and less Hp crunching. Is this a good approach or is there a better way to do this or would it be better ...
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1answer
110 views

Who published the game Challenge?

I'm trying to dig up info on a game I played years ago, here's what I think I know: The name was most likely Challenge. Made use of premade character cards in some way. Mark Rein·Hagen may have been ...
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1answer
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Does Novice Power let you retrain your Paragon Path encounter power?

The Novice Power feat reads You can swap one encounter attack power you know for one encounter attack power of the same level or lower from the class you multiclassed into. Note: If you have ...
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Help me optimize my 4E pyromancer

I built a L13 (essentials) Fire-Genasi Pyromancer. Primary ability INT, secondary ability STR. The goal is to create a powerful blaster, so I rather have more damage than control effects. Feats I ...
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2answers
168 views

Best practices for balancing separate enemies in an encounter?

I'd like to run a game where a Mage has killed a necromancer, who has re-animated himself and is after the mage. The mage himself is evil. The necromancer makes up the majority of the session. The ...
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3answers
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Game of Thrones (D20/Tri-Stat) vs Song of Ice and Fire RPG: which has the most substantial setting information?

Of these two game lines for the Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, Game of Thrones by Guardians of Order, or Song of Ice and Fire RPG by Green Ronin, which contains the largest amount of series-...
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Are there any serious smartphone apps for handling combat in a LARP situation?

I've seen several apps that aren't seriously meant to be used - are there any ones which are meant to be used, and have actually been used by players?
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1answer
566 views

Where can I buy a massive D4? [closed]

Simple question, really. I've had a look online on ebay, The Dice Shop, a couple of other online stores and just general Googling, but search engines don't seem to be very geared towards buying ...
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602 views

Thunder Hooves Issue

In the following scenario, does the barbarian get the extra 1[W] damage from rage of thunder hooves? Setup: Powers: ...
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1answer
673 views

Dancing/Raging Mongoose and Time Stands Still synergy?

So, let us assume we have a level 20 swordsage with a two hander, and with access to Time Stands Still and Raging Mongoose manoeuvres. Using a swift action to initiate Raging Mongoose, and then ...
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What rpgs are focused on kingdom building and what sort of mechanics are used in each system?

I've read Kingmaker, and I've heard of Birthright. I'm wondering what other rpgs are out their in that vein as those are the two I keep stumbling upon. I'm interested more in the type of mechanics ...
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2answers
114 views

What kind of fires are “controlled by a creature?”

The oh so delicious Control Flame manipulates "non-living fire ... that is not controlled by a creature." Do zones, non-sustained zones, environmental effects, and/or torches count?
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418 views

Cameo Characters?

There are some good books in the Forgotten Realms library. Do you use cameo characters form these books? If so how do you balance them with your campaign? I know there was a campaign that came with ...
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1answer
2k views

How to build a Thief in Paragon tier

I'm asking on behalf of Matt James, but the question also interests me, since one of my players is playing a Thief himself: I'm trying to build a Thief in Paragon Tier, especially mid-Paragon tier....
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1answer
422 views

Can an Elementalist benefit from “sorcerous reserves?”

Elementalists receive no daily powers. As a sorcerer, they qualify for the paragon feat Sorcerous Reserves: Benefit: When you have expended all your sorcerer daily attack powers, you gain a +1 ...
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How can I add underworld intrigue to my Dresden Files game?

In D&D/Pathfinder/RIFTS/Shadowrun-type games I've played in the past, corrupt nobles/merchants, thieves' guilds, megacorps, ancient evils, and various religions with a flakey axe to grind were all ...
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5answers
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Do you get a save vs Falling Damage?

In AD&D1e, does a character get a Saving Throw vs. Falling Damage? If so, which save applies? (By the book only, and give specific supporting citations please). Does a save apply in D&D 3.5 ...
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485 views

What is the Mul's Tireless ability used for?

Tireless: You need to sleep 6 hours in a 72-hour period (instead of a 24-hour period) to gain the benefit of an extended rest. Is this ability just flavor in that it allows the Mul to go without ...
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5answers
425 views

How can I do signature items?

What is the best way to introduce a signature item to a player? By signature I mean a weapon that stays with them as they progress levels and is associated with who they are and not discarded/...
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2answers
139 views

Why do Decoy Glow rods weigh more?

In the Saga Edition of the Star Wars game, you have the option of buying decoy glow rods. They allow you to store a small item inside of them and they light up (fooling authorities). The only issue ...
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2answers
452 views

Handling merchant inventory with lots of items?

Ok, so I'm converting a roguelike video game to a tabletop game (GearHead, if anyone's interested), and I'm running into a catch where I want to keep the tabletop game essentially compatible with the ...
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468 views

How to calculate the price of a fully unlocked legacy weapon?

I need to calculate the total sell value of fully unlocked legacy weapons; for example, a Faithful Avenger with all legacy rituals completed. Its non-legacy price is 4330gp, and the cost of the ...
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1answer
371 views

Would giving a swordsage the Iron Heart discipline unbalance him?

I am not really fond of disciplines with magical effects, like Desert Wind (Shadow Hand is in the same category, but let's face it, it has maneuvers called Shadow Jaunt, Shadow Blink, and something ...
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2answers
841 views

How does the placement of Wall of Smoke work?

Most walls from spells must be straight lines. I'm wondering how free am I am with placing them - can I place a wall within squares or only at the borders? Can I place one diagonally over 2 squares, ...
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1answer
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Do minions get critical damage

Do minions get critical damage, assuming they met the criteria, i.e. the roll is a 20, and the result would hit the players defence ?
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What is the plot of ST1 Up the Garden Path

So I recently saw a couple copies of ST1: Up the Garden Path become available through a used game store I frequent. This lead me to wondering what exactly was it's plot? As an aside has anyone ever ...
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1k views

How can I cut short a doomed fight?

Occasionally one of my PC's wanders off and gets himself into a battle he simply cannot win. I know the player wants to play out the battle to see if they can somehow pull it out, but it's boring for ...
4
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2answers
262 views

Combining Fight through the Pain and Force of Personality?

In Star wars Saga edition, if I have both Fight through the Pain and Force of Personality can I add my Cha bonus to my will ...
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2answers
784 views

How effective are spirits (bound or unbound) as security patrols in Shadowrun4E

How much attention do spirits (bound and unbound) patrolling a facility typically pay to non-astral threats? It probably depends on the orders given to the spirits, but what is typical in Shadowrun 4E?...
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4answers
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Dark Sun 4E: Is Religion a useless skill?

1. Is Religion a useless skill in 4E Dark Sun? I know the Divine Power classes are out (aside from house rules) and was thinking that Religion as a knowledge class is of limited or virtually no value....
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1answer
107 views

Are these market prices balanced for these abilities?

Energy Charging: After spending 3 hours under the sunlight, this weapon begins glowing. You can spend this charged energy and cause 2d6 extra fire damage. Shadow Regeneration: When in total darkness, ...
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2answers
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Is Master of Chains the only way to wield a spiked chain as a double weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the only way I have found to use a spiked chain as a double weapon is through the master of chains prestige class from the 3rd edition book Sword and Fist. Is there any other way?
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234 views

Can a player use feats from a campaign setting book that is not being used for the game

Should a player identify a feat from an Eberron Campaign book while playing Dark Sun, and that feat is not environment - campaign race - or setting specific, can the player import the feat and use it ...
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6answers
296 views

What are good techniques help remember the interrupts of DND 4e monsters?

For new and experienced 4e DM's alike, a recurring challenge is activating all of the appropriate interrupt powers on monster sheets. It gets really easy to miss something when solo monsters can have ...

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