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How can I improve one-off play with paragon or epic tier characters?

Occasionally while running my low-level heroic tier D&D campaign, I run side stories from the setting's history to break things up, and it's a lot of fun. Not too long ago, I ran one with 10th ...
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Does a Readied Action or Delayed Turn count as an Opportunity Action or Immediate Action?

Do Readied Actions or Delayed Turns count against your usage limits for Opportunity Actions or Immediate Actions?
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Why do magical traditions specify a spirit type for each spell category?

In the SR4 rulebooks, magical traditions have listings of which spirits a character of that tradition can summon. For example: The Aztec Tradition Concept: ... Combat: Guardian Detection: Fire ...
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Minor Effects for Magical Items

I tend to prefer high-magic fantasy games, where magical items can be purchased (at around the DMG prices, in D&D) in many large(ish) towns - it's common for the very well-off to have magical ...
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Systems that use ability tests with a descriptive result applied by GM interpretation?

Thinking about a number of questions on here that have been to do with ability test modeling, I was thinking that there would be a lot of potential in a system that, rather than operating on a ...
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Are there any published rules for dealing with mass combat in D&D 4e?

I'm looking for reference material for running large scale/war/mass combat simulations in D&D 4e. By mass combat I'm speaking of unit numbers in the 100's or 1000's, on two or more sides of the ...
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Where can I find/buy/get a detailed output NPC generator tool (digital or paper)?

As a part of my on-going quest to be a better GM, I am looking for a tool, paper based or digital, that can generate solid NPCs rapidly. These could be used as one shots but I am looking primarily ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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Creating a new character vs taking over an inactive previous character

In a lengthy campaign players may miss some sessions or even stop playing for some time. Other players may join at any time. What are the advantages/drawbacks of having the new players taking over ...
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Can a creature use an immediate reaction after another creature's opportunity action on a third creature's turn?

My battlemind and a cleric were engaged in a melee battle with a Deathdog the other day. The cleric was knocked down on a previous turn, so that when her turn began she attempted to stand up. The ...
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Are there rules for knocking a character unconscious without inflicting dramatic wounds?

My players recently wanted to render an NPC unconscious to make transporting him a little easier. We ended up using the standard damage rules (which state that a character, in this case a henchman, ...
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What does RAW mean?

I have seen the abbreviation RAW several times now, what does it stand for?
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Uses for a 4e Portable Hole?

I was slightly shocked to read the 4e version of a portable hole: Power (At-Will): Standard Action. Place a portable hole on a wall, a floor, or a ceiling. (The surface must be flat for the item ...
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How can I convert a 3.5 Psion into a Pathfinder Game?

Basically how and what should I convert to change the Psion from the Expanded Psionics Handbook for 3.5 to be usable in Pathfinder?
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What are the major differences between Vampire: the Requiem and Vampire: the Masquerade?

As the title states, I would like to know the biggest changes between the two systems, both mechanic-wise and story-wise. Why should I choose one over the other? (And please, don't use "Vampire: the ...
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Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot?

Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot in AD&D 1st edition? There are several problems that I'm not sure can be solved: How would the harness be attached to the disk? Can ...
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How to run a chess inspired D&D4E encounter?

Is there a way that you could run a chess inspired encounter for D&D 4E? I'm thinking like the characters themselves are involved in a human chess game albeit still allowing them to keep some of ...
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Does the Manifester Weapon allows a psionic character to have more power points than max?

Power (Daily): Minor Action. You gain 1 power point until the end of your next turn. You can use this power point only to augment a psionic attack power. Does that mean if a character has ...
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How can I make D&D 4e work as a “play by post” game?

I'm trying to start a play by post game with my friends. I was thinking about using D&D 4th Edition (it's the game we play the most). We really know the system and it would make for little work ...
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Can Minor Healing be used multiple times to cure a medium or serious injury in HARP?

In ICE's HARP (High Adventure Role Playing) system the Minor Healing spell says: The caster must select one of the following options when casting this spell: Reduce a maneuver penalty by up to 20 ...
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The physics of Reduce Temperature in Mutant City Blues

Reduce Temperature states: You can reduce temperatures in a spherical area centered on any point within range. The diameter of the sphere is 1m for each point in your ... pool. ... +1 difficulty ...
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If I'm invisible do I get a bonus to my saving throws?

In any D&D or AD&D game... Once my character has become invisible, do I get a bonus to any/all saving throws to which I am entitled? Does this vary by edition? Feel free to specify for any (...
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How do you help players not focus on the rules?

Background - My Group's Gaming Style When I GM, I run games loosely from a rules standpoint, and do not feel bound to adhere to what the rulebook says when it doesn't make sense in a given situation. ...
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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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Tools/techniques for optimal tabletop gaming with one remote user

A member of our group has moved to Dallas and we're involving them in the game using Skype. The rest of us are sitting around a table. We have one laptop being used to show the player, and usually ...
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Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition?

Where can I find a complete list of every D&D book ever released before 3rd Edition? Is there such a thing? If not, can we compile a list on here for reference? I'm mostly interested in the ...
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How do you port Dark Sun from AD&D to another system?

I really like Dark Sun; its depiction of a whole world gone bad is just amazing. Unfortunately I don't think that the AD&D rules are well suited to it -- a little too high fantasy to deal with (...
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Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?

From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ineffective underwater unless the caster makes a Spellcraft check (DC 20 + spell level). If the check succeeds, the ...
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Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters

I'm considering running a campaign in the Urban Arcana D20 Modern setting. Instead of taking the usual approach by creating new characters for the D20 Modern system, I want to make the "modern" part a ...
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How does the overhand chop ability work?

How does the fighter ability overhand chop from the Pathfinder Advanced Player's Guide work? Please give examples. The reason I asked is that I have a player in my game that is using overhand chop. ...
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As a DM can you have multiple encounters without allowing the players to take a short rest?

In D&D 4e encounters are usually bookended by short rests. Will breaking this convention put too much pressure on the players? Can it enhance the game for DMs to break this convention every ...
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How do you calculate THAC0?

So, I get what THAC0 stands for (To Hit Armour Class 0) but it's not something I ever used when playing way back when - we just pored over the to hit tables all the time, manually worked out ...
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Regarding the Rogue Talent “Resiliency”

I'm not exactly sure how Temporary Hit Points work in Pathfinder but here's what the Talent states: Once per day, a rogue with this ability can gain a number of temporary hit points equal to the ...
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AD&D 1e Cleric / Thief Weapons (by the book)

Talking to my DM for a new campaign last night about playing a Cleric / Thief, he's suggested that Cleric Thieves shouldn't be allowed to use edged weapons. BtB is there anything that contradicts ...
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Starting the first game tips? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to start our very first session. Everyone, counting the DM, has yet to play the game and we are not exactly sure were to start. Our PCs are: Drow ...
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Dealing with players who try to run from everything?

I DM for a group with a guy who always suggests leaving the dungeon, area, or wherever the party is. It seems like no matter what I try or do to the setting he just won't relax and play the game – he ...
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Which D&D spells are most likely to encourage creative role-playing? [closed]

Beyond the Cantrip/Wish spells, which are fairly open ended, which other spells are most likely to encourage creative role-playing in a D&D session?
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Good Single Word Instruction for “Command” Spell

The first level Cleric spell "Command" allows a single word verb command to be issued which will be obeyed by the target. What commands would you recommend / have you had success with? It feels like ...
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How does Harrying step interact with items that boost teleport distance?

Harrying step: When you use your blurred step, you can teleport to any square adjacent to the triggering enemy instead of shifting And, for sake of argument a Ring of Retreat: Property: When ...
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Is the Wizard in Savage Worlds too powerful?

I have a long running fantasy campaign with Savage Worlds and I wonder if the Arcane Background (Magic) is too powerful. The wizard can quickly overwhelm the fighter types with the ease that they hit ...
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Advice on converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds Fantasy

Are there any useful rules, tips or suggestions for converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds with the Fantasy Companion? Edit: Zadmar advise
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What happens when a character has both Superior Will and is wearing a Circlet of Arkhosia?

The Circlet of Arkhosia grants: Property: When you are dazed or stunned, you can make a saving throw against one of those conditions at the start of your turn. If you save, you can act normally on ...
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Measuring complexity in 4e characters?

This google doc contains my current work. I am working on a set of quantifiers that can reliably compare complexity between two different characters. At present, I've operationalized 5 factors: ...
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Does Bolt of Genius restore ALL of a Cleric's uses of Healing Word or just one?

Here's the scenario: The Cleric uses all their uses of Healing Word for the encounter. Then the Battle Captain Warlord uses...
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Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?

If a player casts polymorph and they get more arms, can they have extra attacks with those extra arms? If they do get extra attacks, what is your base attack bonus? Is the same true for wildshape? ...
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What can be done to encourage players/character to use rituals more?

An on going issue I have is with my players is that they leave a very large amount of power untapped in the arsenal of things they can do, namely rituals. As a DM I use them all the time, but the ...
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How do I model a PC being swallowed by a dragon in D&D4e?

I recently read of an attempted dragon-slaying strategy, which involved a magic-user getting swallowed and then summoning Tenser's Floating Disc. Besides all of the other problems with this setup, I'...
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Can AD&D Thieves Wear Studded Leather Armour?

AD&D (1e) states that thieves can only wear leather armour. Does this include studded leather? I've always played not as I can't think of any instances where studded leather is expressly ...
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Is there a tested spell-research like mod for D&D 4e?

I'm looking for a mod to D&D 4e which reintroduces spell-research in a balanced way. Are there any of them around, which have been play tested and seem to work without unbalancing things too far?
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Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?

I'm starting my first stint as a DM, in DnD 4E, and one of my players insisted on rolling dice for his stats. I was ok, provided, as I said, "that the character was balanced with the rest of the group"...

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