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What are typical defense statistics for a Defender at different tiers?

What are some typical defenses (AC, Fort, Will, Reflex) for a defender at the different tiers (Heroic, Paragon, Epic) of a D&D4 game?
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Can You Use a Metamagic Rod and a Scroll/Staff/Wand Together?

Are you allowed to use a Metamagic Rod (say Extend) with a spell cast from a scroll or other magical device?
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How can GMs make their game worlds more inclusive?

Many published roleplaying settings reflect our own cultural biases, for example, by putting white people in the "core" of the setting with "exotic" (i.e., not white) cultures around the less-detailed ...
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What skills can be used to pierce the 4th wall?

One of my PCs (a Cleric of Bahamut) pondered aloud: "Can I use my Insight to determine why my God has brought us here?" There was some entertaining discussion on whether that should be a Religion ...
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549 views

How do you plan a character's actions when the player is absent?

How do you handle being absent a session when you have specific actions in mind for your character? Leave notes for the person playing your character, even a script? Describe the character's ...
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1answer
262 views

What Investigative Skills for Trail of Cthulhu at time of Sun King?

For a Trail of Cthulhu scenario set during the reign of the Sun King in France (1643 to 1715) what Investigative skills would I keep, remove and add?
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What is the best way to use extended contests in Gumshoe?

I need a good, solid mechanic for extended contests in GUMSHOE. An ideal one would work for a wide variety of situations, such as chases and cat-and-mouse games.
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Can an unconscious character use a healing surge?

Can an unconscious character use an action (like second wind or a healing power) to spend a healing surge? Can an unconscious character spend a healing surge due to some external effect?
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Where can I find a Monk miniature? [duplicate]

I need a good monk mini, no weapons, ideally female elf. Where can I find one? Material (lead vs plastic) and painted vs. unpainted is useful to know but are all doable.
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2answers
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How much vertical space do a rider and mount occupy together?

How much vertical space do a rider and mount occupy together?
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8answers
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10-100 Troglodytes is too many!

I'm picking on troglodytes as an example. In MMI, the number of troglodytes appearing in their lair(cave system/dungeon) is 10-100. Troglodytes are a nice, not-too-tough, HD2 monster with some ...
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How can I model an army squadron to assist the players through the use of player-controlled minions?

In the chat playtest my players have decided that they are members of an army squadron. What is the best way to present the feel of working in a squad alongside other soldiers? Nominally, I'd like ...
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Handling Dungeon Traps?

How should standard dungeon traps be handled in Savage Worlds? For example: do characters get a Notice roll if they aren't searching for the trap? what should be the mod to spot a trap with Notice? ...
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Can forced movement be used to dismount a rider?

Are a rider and mount considered different targets so I could push or pull one but not the other with a power? If I can push the rider off of the mount, would the "Catching yourself"(PHB p284) clause ...
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1answer
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Is the effect of a power limited by the power's range?

Last weekend my party ran into a scary "body-swap artifact" problem and my character wound up in the warlock's body... but that's a different story! :). Anyway, I got to use a number of warlock ...
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6answers
700 views

What can I learn from playtesters?

As a roleplaying game designer, I'm interested in discovering the range of useful feedback that can be solicited from external playtesters. Assume a rule-set and playtest document is all the contact I ...
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3answers
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What are ways to improve attack modifier in D&D 4e?

In D&D 4e, it seems you have very few ways to improve your attack modifier. Improve the attribute the attack is based on. This can only be done via level increases. Improve the magic of the ...
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1answer
601 views

Do items like the Iron Armbands of Power modify the damage a Beastmaster Ranger's Animal Companion outputs on a Melee Basic Attack?

Given a Beastmaster ranger (or multiclass feat which grants an animal companion) and, for the sake of argument, a cat companion. Does a character's personal equipment which effects all melee attacks ...
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3answers
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Do tall creatures have to duck elevated obstacles?

Are there rules concerning the interaction between a creature and elevated obstacles? Example: Say, you have the following. Tall Goliath (7'8") Short Gnome (3'4") Short Kenku (5'0") Short Human ...
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577 views

Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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Differences between point-based character advancements and class/level-based character advancement?

What are some of the differences between using point-based character advancement systems (like Mutants and Masterminds, or Hero System) and class/level-based advancement systems (like in DnD or ...
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Can a sniper be built in D&D 4e?

The concept of a sniper has been around a long time, even with bows. Is this even possible in D&D4e, where the range increments are so short? Criteria: Long range bow or crossbow attacks. ...
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549 views

Is there an option for gestalt characters?

I know they changed the way you multiclass to feat-based, but is there any way to start with two classes and level them both at the same time like the gestalt rules for dnd 3.5?
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6answers
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How can I make paper minatures?

How can you take an images and easily (automatically) turn them into paper minis?
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1answer
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Where can I find Fantasy Pregen Characters?

Has anyone done any Savage World Iconic (1) Fantasy Characters pregens with all their advances, like Triple Ace Games' Daring Tales of the Space Lanes Character Pregens who I can give to player that ...
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How does a Paladin's Detect Evil Ability work?

Can a paladin's Detect Evil ability detect if there is Evil in the area, as per the spell, or is it target-only?
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2answers
813 views

Can a Paladin have more than one Smite working at the same time?

Can a Paladin have more than one Smite working at the same time against different foes?
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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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What is the mythos behind Kult?

I'm aware that the older RPG, Kult, was loosely based on Gnostic thought and mysticism. I find the overall idea and mechanics fairly interesting and am looking into building a port of the system over ...
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1answer
2k views

Is there a limit to the number of times you can multiclass?

Is there a limit to the number of times you are able to multiclass, for example could you get 1 level in 4 different classes?
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2answers
628 views

Can I retrain a multiclass feat?

Can I retrain a multiclass feat? Furthermore can I retrain into a different multiclass feat?
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4answers
313 views

Stone battle axe vs steel battle axe

What damage is done by a stone battle axe as opposed to a normal steel battle axe? Specifically the kind sometimes wielded by troglodytes?
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3answers
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Is there anything that can create a .dnd4e file that is not the official editor?

Linux is a plus. Even documentation of the file format would do.
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10answers
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How can I make a Mi-Go city seem dangerous?

Last week, in our Trail of Cthulhu campaign, the Investigators found a Mi-Go city. They needed to go in, to rescue someone trapped inside. However, my description of the city fell rather flat. ...
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1answer
285 views

Can I use Spell Accuracy on a Wall of Fire?

The epic level feat Spell Accuracy from the PHB says: Benefit: You can omit a number of squares from the area of effect of any of your area or close wizard powers. This number can’t exceed ...
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Is the paladin's Divine Sanction an immediate interrupt, op. attack or what?

The entry to the paladin's Divine Sanction mentions that an enemy takes damage the first time it makes an attack that does not include you (the paladin) as a target. Normally it's not a huge issue ...
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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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7answers
713 views

What are some persistent, virtual, web based, battlemats?

For the chat based playtest of various questions on this site, I find myself wondering about online battlemaps. My current intension is to use Google spreadsheets to present an abstract, if ...
10
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4answers
979 views

What is an “ashcan” release?

What are "ashcans"? What are their purpose? Where does the name come from?
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9answers
2k views

How can GMs evoke the tone of danger in an RPG?

Forked from this question which focuses more on exploring signals of specific danger. Here, my question is: how can a GM evoke the feeling of danger during a game? How can they create tension that ...
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2answers
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Where can I find “Backgrounds” for D&D 4e?

My DM wants me to pick a couple of backgrounds for my character for a 4e game. Where can I find them?
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5answers
428 views

Have there been any games specifically designed in response to Edwards' “Big Model”?

Love it or hate it, the Big Model (and the GNS theory that is the root of the model) has become a part of the RPG landscape. As a frequent GM, I actually find the model useful for thinking through ...
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6answers
1k views

Any sites or periodicals dedicated to campaign ideas/concepts?

Like many GMs, I'm perfectly content to sit around and think up new ideas for campaigns or one-shots (with only about 10% of these ideas ever making it to the table). Also like most, I really enjoy ...
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1answer
856 views

Does recoil affect gunnery, and can RC accessories be used?

When a vehicle or drone attacks from a weapon mount, does recoil modify the attack roll as normal? If so, can firearm accessories which provide recoil comp. (such as Gyro Stabilization) be built into ...
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6answers
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Are there any other sites or books dedicated to dungeon delves?

The WotC Dungeon Delves book is a title that provides a full, three part experience (typically centered around three main conflicts) in a single location (with fully detailed maps and enemies) ...
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5answers
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Optional but official rules that balance “instant death” threats in DnD3.5?

I'm looking for optional rules from (semi)official publications that offer players (and their characters) a chance to avoid "instant death" threats (such as the petrifying gaze of a (CR7) medusa) ...
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1answer
285 views

None Shall Pass/Bradaman's Weapon problems maintaining Divine Challenge

These two things allow a paladin to target Divine ChallengeDDI on two enemies. Bradaman's WeaponDDI None Shall PassDDI During his turn the paladin "must engage the target" or the mark ends and ...
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1answer
727 views

Concealed door vs Secret door

In AD&D 1st edition, what is the difference between a concealed door and a secret door?
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How can acrobatics be used to move through an enemy occupied square?

According to the AcrobaticsDDI skill you can use an Acrobatic Stunt to "somersault over an opponent", amongst other things . It gives a base DC of 15, and "the DM sets the DC based on the complexity ...
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...

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