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Can a Magic Circle Against Evil protect a creature from a Night Hag's Dream Haunting?

Can a Magic Circle Against Evil block the night hag's Dream Haunting (Su)? The dream haunting has the flavor of "exercising mental control over the creature," but the dream haunting description only ...
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Help me evaluate this homebrew Pokémaster class

So one of my players dropped this bomb on me during the discussion stages for a campaign we're going to start soon - he wants his character to be a Pokemaster. Reading through the class though, it ...
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With Throw Anything, is there any reason to take thrown weapon proficiencies?

If you have the Throw Anything feat, is there any reason to take shuriken proficiency? Are you effectively proficient with all thrown weapons upon taking this feat?
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Give when you can't see a violent raise

I just have read the Dogs in the Vineyard rulebook, and I have a question regarding conflict resolution. If there is a conflict between two characters, and at some point one escalates from talking to ...
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How much the players can narrate in Fate? How much can be prepared beforehand by the Gm taking that into account?

Me and a few of my friends are starting to play Fate (currently the accelerated edition) and I think we are all loving it. One of my friends seems to grasp the collaborative narration very well. When ...
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Is there an fire version of Wintertouched in D&D 4e?

I found the Wintertouched feat in D&D 4e, which grants you combat advantage against foes that are weak to cold. I'm wondering though, is there a version that gives you combat advantage if a foe is ...
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How Fate games could go wrong and how to prevent that

Im introducing a few of my friends to the Fate system, and were using FateAccelerated for a quick start. Reading answers for some questions on our site I found an interesting paragraph: One of the ...
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demigod interaction with dragon breath

In regards to the demigod (phb) epic paragon path lvl 30 feature... Simple Question If I am playing a dragonborn fighter and the only encounter attack power I have left is my dragonbreath racial, am ...
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Are there well-stocked repositories of well-built PCs?

I've searched the Internet many times to no avail attempting to find a good source of well-made PCs for D&D 3.5 (or Pathfinder). Is there one out there? As a DM, when I want to throw in an NPC ...
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Learning FATE systems from a D20 background

My history is rather linear, and mostly relies on traditional d20 systems (D&D Original, AD&D, 3.5 and Rolemaster, Champions) and I am interested in learning some of the other systems that are ...
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Weapon focus for double walking-stick katana

I am building a TWF Ninja for Pathfinder and I like the idea of using the double walking-stick katana, both for the option of using a Quarterstaff and the flavor of having hidden deadly weapons. The ...
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How do I fit my character in to a universe I am unfamiliar with?

I have recently finished my second session of a game universe I am only vaguely familiar with (namely Rogue Traders in Warhammer 40k, but this is a generic question). This universe has a very heavily ...
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Classroom RPG for kids

I work with students that have a lot of difficulty performing roles that benefit the group as a whole. Their mentality is that they all want to be the winner or at least play the most important part, ...
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How do I run a dungeon crawl, communicating how various rooms/passages look?

I have never run a dungeon crawl before, such as the one linked here. How do you tell the players what they see? Some examples from older ROG books I have have description in the form of "You come to ...
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How to cut back on pre-game joking?

When preparing for a new game (be it a one shot or a campaign) our party, yours truly included, often slips into a humorous mode. It's usually light-hearted fun, and most of us like it, but some, ...
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Change shape: How does it work?

Okay, here is the direct quote from the Pathfinder Bestiary. (emphasis mine) Change Shape (Su) A creature with this special quality has the ability to assume the appearance of a specific creature ...
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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?

I use a huge Chessex wet-erase battle mat to draw maps from published adventures on and I'm currently running The Lost Mines of Karak Lode. It's, by far, the largest map I've had my party play. It's ...
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Is it possible to get your animal companion killed?

Is it possible to get your animal companion killed? And if it is possible, how can a Ranger get a new animal companion? By summoning, or by taming another beast? Is it just up to the game master?
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How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater

The huge water elemental grapples the PC, and pulls him into the murky water. The rest of the party manages to finish it off with ranged attacks and spells, but oh no! It was a load-bearing elemental, ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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What should the GM do when players constantly argue?

I've got a group that it seems no matter what I do, they always end up arguing about every single situation I put in front of them. This includes the more simplistic situations like, "Where do you ...
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Throwing a knife versus tossing a grenade? [closed]

In my current system, every action is a skill check, even in combat. Every attempt is d20 + skill vs. a flat value or an opposing roll. Fixing a robot or destroying it, stabbing someone or sticking ...
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DnD 4th edition, teleport and charging

Can the movement from a teleport power be used as the movement in a charge if you teleport two or more squares?
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Odd class combination - mitigate losses?

I am playing (for story reasons) a Minotaur Battlemind/Monk hybrid. The Minotaur racials seem to play nicely with the Monk class, but the Monk/Battlemind abilities seem to contradict each other (one ...
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Question about buying Animal Companions

When you buy an animal companion, as a non-druid and a non-ranger, will it always be level 1? Or is it able to be increased somehow?
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Question about Ranger's Animal Companions

There's a Ranger(Level 4)/Scout(Level 3) in a campaign I'm in, and he tricked me into give him a tiger very very early because I hadn't even read the page yet or knew what I was agreeing to. He ...
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How can a GM prevent growing disillusioned with their own game?

I recently began a new game in which I gave the players much more free reign in designing their characters than I might have in the past. What I wound up with was a very morally-diverse party, with ...
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GM Help - Bump on a log player

I GM a World of Darkness group every other weekend, and I've come across what I like to call a "Bump-on-a-log" player. This player has been with my game since I started it up, and we're now ...
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Can skill points be used to buy arbitrary wises?

In Burning wheel character creation you get a bunch of general skill points and a larger number of skill points to use on skills listed in lifepaths (I'll call these normal skill points). The general ...
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Race Creation/Modification in D&D 3.5

I'm trying to create a set of races, based largely on the classic fantasy races of Man, Elf, Dwarf (and Gnome, but I don't consider that to be a 'classic' fantasy race). I'm using 3.5 rules, and the ...
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Is this fix to the Autumn Mantle roughly equivalent to the other Seasonal mantles?

My group and I firmly consider the Autumn Court's Mantle (see Changeling: the Lost) to be both sub-par and insulting in its mechanical implementation, especially considering that Autumn, as the Court ...
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What books should I start D&D 4e with? [duplicate]

I am starting to play D&D and have bought the Players Handbook, the Monsters Manual and the DM guide! Now, with what did you started playing? Where do you find all of the pertinent information to ...
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How to prepare a campaign for an upcoming new edition?

I'm currently in possession of the 4th edition of Shadowrun and I have many of the released books at hand if I want to prepare a campaign. I don't have a campaign running right now but I'd like to ...
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Who should be addressed in an RPG rule text?

When reading RPG rules text, I have noticed that the text sometimes rather inconsistently switches between assuming that the player is doing the reading and that the character is doing the reading. ...
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Is the Dark Light ritual an invisibility cloak?

You create a source of dim light that allows you and those around you to see without your being seen because of your light source. Does the "without your being seen" part mean that the players ...
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How many Encounter Powers can I use during an Encounter?

So, I have a lvl. 1 cleric! I have 1 Encounter power + the power of my deity + Healing Word. But how do encounter powers work? Either you can only use ONE power from the whole 'encounter' category ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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658 views

What benefits or powers does a cleric gain from choosing a deity?

Is there any benefit from choosing a god? What are they? Do they change per level? Is it available to use at all times? Do they involve rituals? What are the prerequisites?
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Which ability modifiers apply to which Defenses?

I'm creating a level 1 character. When I got to the 'filling out the character sheet' part I really didn't understand what modifiers there were for Defenses or how they were applied. I am new to ...
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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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What stats should I give a shield made out of the door of an armoured Humvee?

I am running a dark, reasonably realistic zombie apocalypse game using Savage Worlds, and one of the characters has scavenged the door of a Heavy Armoured Humvee. He intends to convert parts of it ...
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1answer
671 views

What are the best uses of a Factotum's Cunning Brilliance (Ex)?

At 19th level, you become the ultimate jack of all trades. Your sharp mind and keen sense of your surroundings allow you to duplicate almost any ability you witness. At the start of each day, ...
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What are the critical differences between WEG's Star Wars 2nd Ed. and Star Wars 2nd Ed. Revised and Expanded?

What are the major differences between West End Games' d6-based Star Wars TRPG 2nd Edition. and Star Wars TRPG 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded? Is the latter seriously better? If so, why? Are the ...
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461 views

Murder mystery and high fantasy magic - how to make it work?

I am intending to have a murder mystery for my next game, set in a high fantasy setting in 13th Age. The setting we are playing in is very close to Eberron in tone, where magic is prevalent and powers ...
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444 views

How to develop arcs for player characters

If you've got a vague idea for an overall plot arc, how do you go about developing individual plot arcs for player characters (if that's something you do)? I'm running two Savage Worlds campaigns, ...
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1answer
259 views

Can a human spellcaster using Versatility learn any spell of their circle?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. The only limitations to casting spells are: (ED r2, p152) Your character must have learnt ...
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Can a human wizard use Versatility to get an extra spell matrix?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. As part of the limitations of it it states: (p120 ED First Edition) Characters with ...
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Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...
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Ingesting contact or injury poisons

If someone ingests a contact or injury poison, do they suffer the affects of the poison? Ingestion poisons usually have an onset and longer frequencies, if yes on the first question does the ...

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