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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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6answers
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How compatible are books for D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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2answers
647 views

Which version of d20 is World of Warcraft RPG compatible with?

I picked up the WoW RPG a few years back before I knew anything about D&D/d20 and am just now getting around to checking out D&D and am wondering where this book fits into the d20 versions?
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Good Lich Resources

I'm trying to develop a plot were a cult leader is trying to become a lich. Do any of the currently published D&D 4e books provide any canon for this?
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1answer
643 views

Are there any D&D 4e rules or conversions for Iron Kingdoms?

I really enjoyed the d20 campaign setting, Iron Kingdoms, by Privateer Press. So, I would really like to continue playing with the new 4th edition rules. However, Privateer Press has decided not to ...
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3answers
472 views

How connected are the LOTFP rules with the adventures?

I've been reading up on Raggi's Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and was considering introducing it to my players using one of the adventures but using 1e/OSRIC rules. Would this break the whole ...
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7answers
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What would be some good monsters for Planet of the Apes D&D?

A while back I got the idea of Planet of the Apes as an classic D&D game with "ape as class". Gorillas would be fighters, Orangutan clerics, Chimpanzees magic users, and Humans thieves making ...
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9answers
781 views

What game systems determine skill levels only through use?

Is there a table top game similar to the video game Dungeon Siege where you don't really pick a class but what you become depends on what you do? You cast magic your magic skill increases, you beat ...
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14answers
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What’s an organized storage solution found for miniatures?

What is a good way to keep your miniatures organized and safe? I am currently using a shoe box, and the miniatures are all thrown together. The pieces I have a lot of are pretty easy to get to, but ...
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2answers
455 views

What's an organized storage solution for Dungeon Tiles?

I currently have them in ziploc bags, but I'd like to have a system that keeps them organized and quickly accessible in game. What have other people used?
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2answers
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How can you create a well-rounded four character party that is trained in most skills?

Any D&D 4th Ed. player knows that a well-rounded party needs a controller, a striker, a defender, and a leader. Most often, I think a character's function and contribution to the party is ...
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6answers
433 views

Can you use a Spelljammer ship to get to Krynn?

Following on from this (can-you-use-a-spelljammer-ship-to-get-to-ravenloft) question, I seem to remember that Krynn is similarly impossible to get to, mainly for plot reasons since no character on ...
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14answers
954 views

Story Arc vs. Player Creativity

I want to put the players in a challenging spot by putting them in a no win situation and having them captured and stripped of their equipment (assuming they might get it back as they make their ...
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3answers
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Comprehensive list of WOTC D&D 4.0 products?

Is there a list of all the D&D 4.0 books to date, available on the web? Ideally sorted by release date, but I'm not picky.
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2answers
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Is there a summary of the Exalted metaplot?

I love the setting, but from a bit of a distance -- I had a couple of the first edition books but none of the second edition stuff. I keep reading interesting posts about the game that rely on stuff I ...
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8answers
684 views

Minimum player knowledge of the rules

None of my group of players have read any of the rule books, not even the Player's Handbook. I find this isn't a problem when making rulings, as they all accept my word (and a quick lookup if I'm not ...
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7answers
263 views

What should go into a campaign synopsis (for kids)

My kids have complained that they want more back-story on my campaign world and they want handouts (must be genetic or something). So I'm writing a campaign synopsis. I'll be honest I'm very, very ...
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10answers
719 views

Balancing character levels

It makes sense that if you are in a group from the beginning that everyone in the group would be roughly the same level. Yes some classes level up faster than other but in general there is a balance ...
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3answers
176 views

Scaling for battles when the number of players is unknown?

I play in a D&D 4e game at the local game shop where the number of players who shows up can vary from five to fifteen. Obviously a normal battle for fifteen characters would be overpowering for ...
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4answers
524 views

Need skill challenge ideas for Nature

Beyond tracking and survival I could sure appreciate some brainstorming around good ideas for skill challenges using Nature. Ability to add in Diplomacy, Bluff, Religion, History and Arcana are ...
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14answers
511 views

How do I retain momentum in an irregular game?

For years I have had a regular weekly evening group but as we've all aged, it has become more difficult to meet. I tend to get the same players but we do not play every week. Long gaps mean that it is ...
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11answers
1k views

Encouraging out-of-the-box thinking in combat encounters

I'm a GM currently running D&D 3.5. I try to think of situations that present the players with a number of possible solutions. The players, however, always resort to the same pattern of killing ...
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5answers
403 views

What should I do as a first time indie/story game GM?

I've DMed DnD before, but I'm wanting to get a game of In A Wicked Age started up, which is much less crunchy than our 4e oriented group is used to. What advice would you have for someone trying to ...
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11answers
2k views

Are there any good paleolithic rpgs? [closed]

I'm looking for an rpg that is basically about hunting/gathering, and surviving as a tribe. Mostly for mechanical ideas. Has anyone ever tried/heard of such a game? How does it work? Who makes it? Is ...
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12answers
353 views

What sort of events provides an impetus for adventuring to become commonplace?

As an example, in the Earthdawn setting, civilization was segregated because of demonic creatures known as the horrors that scourged and ruled over the surface world. The tides of magic that enabled ...
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5answers
3k views

Specific items in a group social contract?

Some gaming groups actually do a formal social contract, wherein they explicitly set some of the expectations and rules for the gaming group. What items should a group considering doing a social ...
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2answers
494 views

Do “On Critical Strike” effects continue to chain off of each other?

I'm currently playing an epic level barbarian. I have a number of abilities that allow me to attack as a free action after I critically hit someone. I've even gone to the length of making a flow chart ...
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15answers
928 views

Where's my share of the loot?

How do you handle loot disputes as a DM? Say we are doing a random loot drop from a felled enemy, and there happens to be one thing that two players really want. Do you make an initiative roll to see ...
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3answers
2k views

What is the hardest character to play as from low to high level? [closed]

So mages at low levels are pretty pathetic but they grow up to be pretty dangerous. Most Fighter classes are pretty balanced from bottom to top. So my question is what is the hardest class to play as ...
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5answers
2k views

Roleplaying and psychology

I've been told that roleplaying has been used as a form of psychological evaluation. Although I am not really sold on these things, I do know that a form of roleplaying is performed during some job ...
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16answers
6k views

Total Party Kill - What do I do as a GM?

Your party has had a streak of bad luck and/or made a poor choice and are now staring down death. The rules were followed to the letter and loss is assured. How do you handle this as a GM? Does ...
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4answers
867 views

How can a beginner GM deal with multitude of charms in Exalted?

I'm thinking about running a campaign in Exalted, but I'm not sure that I can handle the multitude of available charms. While players have to know usage tactics only of their own charm sets (which ...
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1answer
272 views

Boon for a Shaman character

The player of a Wilden Shaman/Runepriest Hybrid has expressed interest in picking up a boon from a player initiated quest. A vision quest seems appropriate and he’s expressed something like this: ...
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5answers
475 views

100 sides vs 10 sides

I know they have 100 sided dice. I know we usually do the 2 d10 approach. I was tempted to get one. but it seems like it's almost a ball and doesn't seem very effective. For anyone that has one, what ...
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6answers
421 views

Clocking the round. Tools?

Chess players use a special clock to keep timings of each move within a reasonable amount, or they lose. During fighting session, I'd like to introduce a similar technique to prevent excessive ...
13
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6answers
685 views

What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat?

What are the Players and the DM supposed to be permitted to know in regards to rolls/defenses during combat? I've only played 4th Ed. D&D, so I don't know how it's handled in other editions. ...
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5answers
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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6answers
2k views

Bard removed from D&D 4.0. Reasons? [closed]

Are there any officially stated reasons why the bard was removed from 4.0 main class roster ?
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7answers
415 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 ...
3
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3answers
338 views

Getting up to speed on Forgotten Realms

What one single resource should I read before playing in my first ever 4e Forgotten Realms campaign?
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9answers
379 views

Difficulties & Benefits of Choosing A Small-Press RPG

What do you feel are the pros and cons of choosing to play/run an RPG produced by a smaller RPG company over a larger RPG company in terms of customer and product attention, support, and feedback?
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5answers
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How do you handle dazing and stunning, with regard to solo monsters?

In 4th edition, one of the biggest problems I've found with solos is that they get locked down way too easily--between stuns, dazes, immobilzation, and other effects...they are far too effective when ...
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3answers
577 views

Is an ongoing Human Occupied Landfill (HōL) campaign possible?

Back when White Wolf ruled the land of RPGs, they released a really bizarre game called HōL on their Black Dog label. A lot of the game was obviously written as a joke, but I've felt myself drawn ...
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6answers
7k views

Any good steampunk material for d20?

The DM of my current Friday night game is running a steampunk-setting, using the Pathfinder rules system. We have two artificers in the party, but my feeling is that all of our material is fantasy and ...
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1answer
2k views

What are the exact rolls and totals for a direct combat spell?

As a Shadowrun 4E GM, I have had a couple of arguments with players about exactly how the magic system works. Suppose a player goes to cast a spell like a Force 6 Powerbolt at an enemy. Exactly which ...
15
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4answers
484 views

GM Tips for a Rashomon style game [closed]

I want to run a Rashomon style session soon and I'm looking for solid advice, as well as lessons learned from your own experience doing so.
8
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2answers
2k views

On weight limits of characters according to strength. Can a character carry his own weight?

I never got one thing clear in the Strength to weight limit in D&D 3.5. It is well defined from the rules that with Strength 0, the character lies on the floor, unable to move. If Strength is 1, ...
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10answers
2k views

How do you recruit brand new players?

I always ask players of computer and online games if they want to try out a tabletop games, and tend to get new groups together who are entirely composed of people who have not experienced ...
8
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7answers
1k views

Do Power Sources really matter?

Other than thematically, does the source of power for a character really make a difference in how they are built? Should I be paying more attention to the character's power sources as I build ...
15
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9answers
548 views

Where can I find a place to play?

Suppose you cannot use players' or DM apartments. Where would you play a whole campaign ? For the very nature of roleplaying, pubs and public libraries are not appropriate. Any proposals ?

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