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What ever happened to rolling for stats, encountering class trainers, etc? [closed]

Every day there are questions on this site from people who are planning out level 1-XX of their character's stats without any randomness at all, just mixing whatever numbers they want, and skills and ...
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What role-playing games have good gamemaster advice sections? [closed]

Which RPG's, in your experience, have good advice for gamemasters in their rulebooks, both for novice and experienced gamemasters? Please keep in mind that this question is not about good games for ...
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Can Skeletons/Zombies benefit from potions?

Technically skeletons and zombies can be ordered to imbibe fluids (in the case of skeletons the fluid would flow over the bones), so: can skeletons or zombies can use and benefit from potions?
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How do I get better at narrating/storytelling as a GM?

Personally, I've always had difficulty telling coherent stories, even from my own experiences. My wife has even coined a term (jokingly) for the type of story I tell, one that either makes no sense, ...
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2answers
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How do I run a single player 4e essentials game for a Drow Hunter?

I am trying to create a set of encounters for my wife. She will be playing a Drow Hunter (controller) from the Essentials line of DnD 4e. I'm looking for advice on how to make encounters (2 levels ...
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7answers
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How would I go about making an outdoor environment in dungeons and dragons?

How would I go about making an outdoor environment in dungeons and dragons? I would like to know what the rooms and hallways would be. I would really appreciate it if someone would help me. I'm really ...
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How do I help create story around the table without writing it?

I love RPGs. I think they can create some of the most fun and enjoyable stories, both from an out-of-game and in-game standpoint. I also realize that "story" is the result of the game played by the ...
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In Lady Blackbird, how do you NPC the characters people haven't picked?

My normal Apocalypse World crew was down a player this week, so I ran Lady Blackbird for 'em. It was my first time running the game (and we all had a blast), but I got rather confused when playing the ...
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How to manage character arguments / conflict?

I'm a new DM and have just started a 4e game as Play by Post. The game has started with one character (Bob) recruiting in a pub and the first response was from another character (Al) wanting to ...
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How to calculate attack roll for a monster?

I'm a total Pathfinder newb and I have a question that will probably reveal just how "newb" I am. According to the Core Rulebook, to calculate an attack roll, you use the following formula: d20 + ...
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How do beastmasters' companions work?

I am playing D&D for the first time, and working on being a GM at that. We had our first session today, and it was very fun and went very well. However, one of my players chose a beastmaster, and ...
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How can I help my PCs remember clues that they found?

I'm a new DM running my first adventure in D&D 4e. I've heard of the "three clue rule", that there should be at least three independent pointers to any plot element you want the PCs to take note ...
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Can I start at any adventure path or would I be missing something by not running the first one?

I have never run or played an Adventure Path campaign but I am considering starting the subscription. If I understand it correctly each of the 6 part Adventure Paths start the player at 1st level and ...
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1answer
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How many times do I get to use Winter Spirit in a Rapid Shot?

I'm a Hunter multiclass Seeker, Paragon Multiclassing paragon path. I have a Seeker encounter power called Winter Spirit from my paragon path that has a Special entry that reads: You can use ...
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1answer
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Some interesting things to do [closed]

I'm running my second game for my group ever, and I like doing fun and interesting things for them. One of the things I've been thinking about is them opening up a bag, or a chest, or a portable ...
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1answer
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Decreasing Enemy Base Health

I'm the DM for a 4e group and none of us really like minions because of their hit-or-miss nature; its unsatisfying to use an encounter power on them, even when its strategically sound. I'd still like ...
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Traps specifically for Smart characters

Does anyone have examples or suggestions on creating traps that are harder for Smart (High INT/WIS) characters? Example: My NPC necromancer has set up his lair. In his arrogance he believes that ...
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2answers
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Qashmallim, and the similarity to Angels?

So I've been putting together a story in my chronicle, the premise in it is that the God Machine uses Pyros as sort of of fuel. The God Machine is using a Centimani to refine flux into Pyros. ...
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0answers
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What is the distinction between a city and a sprawl/metroplex… between downtown and a commercial district?

Per p 15, a sprawl is a plex, a plex is a "metropolitan complex, short for metroplex". Per Google a metroplex is " a very large metropolitan area, especially one that is an aggregation of two or more ...
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5answers
872 views

Recommendations for a thrown weapon specialist?

I'm looking for ideas for a reasonably competitive thrown weapon specialist build. I'm fine with not being 100% optimized, but not with a build that's notably inferior to an archer or melee fighter. ...
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3answers
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for a 1st-level party?

TL;DR: I've already 'cheated' a lot to help the group survive the first mission, and it seems like I'll have to cheat even more if they'll make it to the Keep. Did I do something wrong? What can I do ...
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4answers
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Did SR5 fix the problems with decking?

Decking in Shadowun has it's issues, especially in SR3 it lead to a "seperation" of the party when the Decker went on a matrix run (good examples are given in this question). Our group will start to ...
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5answers
159 views

Do the Enlarge and Shrink spells only really affect damage and AC, or do they do more?

From what I've seen, Enlarge and Shrink modify strength, dex, AC, to hit and damage roll, but strength and attack roll modifications even out. Thus is AC and damage the only things affected by those ...
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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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421 views

Has White Wolf ever faced bankruptcy?

I get the impression that WW is one of the few companies that made RPGs that is still financially viable without relying on some other product line (Munchkin in the case of SJGames), but that could be ...
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2answers
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Can a character know Druidic without having any levels of Druid?

Related to my answer here. Druidic is a special language in that no race can take it as a Bonus Language (even those who can choose any language specifically say except Druidic) and cannot be learned ...
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1answer
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Action to stow an item

What kind of action is it to stow an item in pathfinder? There's plenty of discussion on what kind of action it is to draw an item, but not the reverse. In particular, I don't care about weapons and ...
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6answers
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Why are starting languages restricted?

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
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3answers
411 views

What are the main factors to consider when a PC gains a major airport in V:tM?

Depending on the type of Vampire: the Masquerade campaign, PC's may experience unusual growth in resources. This should generally come with a (potentially complicated) system of pros and cons as well ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy?

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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1answer
135 views

Is there a current, 5e equivalent of Dungeon Magazine?

So, Dungeon got discontinued years ago, and it looks like D&D Insider isn't going to carry Dungeon style content. Is there, or will there be, anything similar, in terms of professionally written ...
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An nWoD mage adding/removing a supernatural template?

Mages in the new World of Darkness are able to manipulate reality to a fundamental level (depending on their depth of knowledge and abilities.) Can a mage bestow a supernatural template on a normal ...
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207 views

Average/optimal AC for core classes per level

I've seen time and again that someone mentions someone has a low or a high AC for his class. So I'm wondering: Is there something like a list for what AC the core classes should have per level ...
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3answers
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Playing Fate with competitive players

I've just finished reading the Fate Core book, and I'm really surprised how well this system presents itself. But inevitably, I've started thinking about what-ifs - and one of them is playing with ...
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5answers
418 views

How do you involve all players in a skill challenge?

I really liked some of the answers given to the question about enhancing skill challenges particularly the ones related to making it more role-playing based. So, now the question is, when you get to ...
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5answers
692 views

How to get players to be curious and ask questions?

I have recently noticed that my players don't really try to find out much about the world and story beyond the direct "what do we see?" I want to have them interact more with their environment and ...
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2answers
674 views

Roleplaying Persistent Cloud of Knives

I am making my cleric (5th level character) persistent spell list and I would like to make Cloud of Knives persistent. And as tremendously good as it sounds in terms of combat (will have a few buffs ...
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1answer
594 views

How does an Fighter (Eldritch Knight) 20 compare to a Fighter 10/Wizard 10 for both damage dealt and durability?

With the release of the PHB we have the Eldritch Knight fighter archetype as an innate, class-driven way for the fighter to compete with the wizard in the AoE department. This prompted a discussion ...
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What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?

I'm planning an encounter where a mid level party would be assaulted by a a large number of lower level characters. We've all read Tucker's Kobolds, but what makes this kind of encounter actually ...
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18answers
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Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?

So one of my player is a clever guy. At night when the others are putting the camp together he digs a hole big enough for himself (between 3-4 feet deep) and ask someone to cover his body with dirt ...
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2answers
330 views

Spending Hold whilst shapeshifting as a Druid

When a Druid shifts shape, they get a certain amount of Hold with which to carry out actions. An issue came up in the session I ran tonight with exactly what this means. The player in question was of ...
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2answers
119 views

Can a Decker Brick an Enemy's Gun?

I feel like this is a question that should have a simple answer, but I have had a difficult time finding a clear answer one way or the other. Some sources seem to hint that you can brick a gun, like ...
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3answers
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What are the major changes made to Vampire: The Masquerade for its 20th Anniversary edition?

In October 2011, the 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was released to the general public. Although the majority of the work is derived from the game's second edition (1992) and its ...
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4answers
548 views

Mini Six: How can I avoid the “dodge” skill tax?

I have been reading over the "fast static combat" rules for Mini Six. A character's dodge value is equal to the number of pips in their dodge score, so a character with dodge of 6D would be hit if the ...
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10answers
6k views

What's a good class and race for beginners?

I'm a newbie GM and I have a new player at the table. He wants to play and I'm letting him (despite his loud, overly energetic behavior, and has a short attention span). Whats a good 3.5 class for ...
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16answers
9k views

How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
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1answer
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Must all feats granted by the Holy Tactician's Tactical Acumen ability be teamwork feats?

I understand the first feat granted by the Paladin Holy Tactician archetype's Tactical Acumen extraordinary ability must be a teamwork feat, but are the other feats it grants later under the same ...
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1answer
247 views

Should a Ranger be able to trigger their companion's bonus/reaction actions and how?

By RAW, the Beast Master Ranger can command their companion to move with no action and to Attack or take other actions by using their own action. What about reactions, such as opportunity attacks, and ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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4answers
925 views

How can I stop playing to win?

I've come to RPGs from a Wargames background, mostly Warhammer and such. In wargames it's kind of necessary to powergame, when everyone else is also powergaming and will massacre your army if you ...

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