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Which is easier for new players to learn, SR2 or SR5?

Of the many editions of Shadowrun, we have access to the second and the fifth one. The group we're considering SR with has a few rather inexperienced, newbie players (and some who played a lot of SR2 ...
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What's a good fast-combat system that scales to 6-10 players?

I've been running Pathfinder and D&D 4e games for my friends for a while now. We treat them more as social gatherings where a game happens. (Sometimes. :P ) Friends drop in and out on a weekly ...
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What do I do about PCs using Con damage to “nuke” bosses?

So recently my players realized that they can spam poison-based Con damage on my bosses to effectively nuke them down in a couple rounds. This is basically ruining the challenge of my fights, but they ...
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Untyped strength bonus in Herolab

I am trying to create an object in Herolab for pathfinder that grants an untyped strength bonus. What I am starting from is <thing id="ioHBSTR2" name="Hero Bonus, +2 STR" description="+2 Bonus to ...
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What RPGs that don't have randomization mechanisms exist? [duplicate]

Ideally I am looking for RPGs that completely lack all randomization. No cards, no dice, no spinners. Hidden player knowledge is bad too, even that level of "random" is too random. I'm looking for ...
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How do ambush perception mechanics work?

The 2 ambush questions I saw on here are related to 4ed so I want to ask specifically for pathfinder(assuming its any different). If I have players going through a dungeon and they are giving away ...
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1answer
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Can a cave fisher drag and pull?

The Cave Fisher has this in its Offense section: Ranged filament +3 (drag) Special Attacks pull (filament, 10 feet) I know wolves have something similar: Melee bite +2 (1d6+1 plus trip) ...
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324 views

What are the most common design problems found in games based in levels and classes? [closed]

I am starting to develop a home-brew system along some members of our group, and one of the things we have to decide is the advancement system. We are divided between point-based and class/level, ...
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453 views

Superhero Game System [closed]

Recently, I brought up Mutants & Masterminds to my gaming group, and now they seem really interested in playing a game with superheroes. I only have the First Edition "Core" book, but it seems to ...
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1answer
191 views

Should I really prefer low-level summons, keeping high level dailies for non summoning powers?

In Call of the Wild: A Druid Handbook the entry for the Level 1 Daily Implement power Summon Giant Toad (PrP) says: Furthermore, by showing a preference for low level summons over high level ...
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1answer
209 views

Living Spell and Mage's Disjunction

There is a dillema about Living Spell ooze: since it is an awakened spell, how does Disjunction effect it? (And will at all?). Should it take damage from anti-magic field (like elemental would on ...
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1answer
337 views

Help me buff out a rhino

Hi so for tonight's session I am making a mini boss 10 lvl druid. I want him to have a rhino as an animal companion and I believe that if he awaits that a battle is at hand, he would have buffed out ...
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Is a high level Elite the same difficulty as a low-level Solo, as XP suggests?

For example, a Level 14 Elite Monster is worth 2000 XP. A level 9 Solo is also worth 2000 XP. Does this mean that these two monsters are of equal difficulty to an average party?
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Pathfinder perception at night seems too easy

I have a question in regards to how vision works at night in pathfinder. According to my understanding of the rules if you are outside at night and the moon\stars are out the dc to see somebody is ...
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2answers
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How does Lure of Flames work?

I've been reading the Lure of Flames rules in the V20 version of Vampire the Masquerade and they seem unclear to me. Fire conjured by The Lure of Flames must be released for it to have any ...
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0answers
250 views

Can you have an evil character in a party of good PCs? [closed]

Can one player in a group have an evil character? Does the system even allow that? How would it work? What kind of adventures would fit a mixed party of evil and good PCs?
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796 views

What are the canonical DC numbers for a skill challenge?

I'm putting together some skill challenges for D&D 4e, and I've come across some inconsistencies that I can't quite reconcile. Let's take as an example: a single check in the context of a ...
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1answer
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How to calculate cantrip damage

I noticed Ray of Frost does 1d8 damage accordig to the Spells section. Do you add your magic ability modifier to this? It makes sense, as otherwise it would be less than Light Crossbow with 12 Dex. ...
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2answers
477 views

How should I give out treasure in Dungeons and Dragons 4e Essentials

I am new to DMing dungeons and dragons and have bought the following products from the essentials line: Red Box Starter Set Heroes of Fallen Lands Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms I have decided to ...
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2answers
257 views

How do I build a non-biomorphic AI?

I'm building an ally for one of my players in a GURPS game, but I'm having trouble figuring out the point cost of a non-biomorphic AI. Basically, this AI lives in a computer that the player wears on ...
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How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies

I am currently running an LotFP adventure using D&D Next, the amazing Better than any man. In SevenSidedDie' s great answer to a previous post of mine he touched upon philosophical differences ...
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1answer
379 views

What is the full text of 'Favored in Guild: Jazred Chalssin'?

Several Assassin Handbooks out there (eg. this one) seem to reference a certain feat. Favored in Guild – Jazred Chalssin (DMG2+web): +4 DC [of death attack]. Tied pretty tightly with anti-Lolth ...
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1answer
287 views

Can Kobolds count as tiny for sharing a square with a teammate?

I'm playing a Dragon Fire Adept Kobold, and the Slight Build feature made it seem like I could share a space with a party member. Slight Build: The physical stature of kobolds lets them function ...
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1answer
441 views

Are Alchemist bombs light weapons?

I'm currently looking at a design for a bomb-focused alchemist. I plan to use Two-Weapon Fighting (along with the Fast Bombs discovery) to get more bombs per round in mid- and late levels, and I'll ...
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2answers
209 views

How can I reliably turn a formulaic Eye range spell into a Touch spell?

I have a Magus who specialises in Mentem magics, as such most of his spells are Eye range. Sadly the campaign has ended up being more about stealth and physical subtlety rather than politics and ...
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2answers
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How does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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1answer
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Conversion of LotFP (OSR) monsters to D&D Next Final Playtest rules

I am running an LotFP adventure for my group; we play using the Final Playtest ruleset of D&D Next. LotFP is part of the old school renaissance, and James Raggi (the creator) writes that it ...
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3answers
379 views

Does dropping an item on an enemy break invisibility?

I am planning on having an imp commanding several kobolds ambush and attack my players. An imp devil in Pathfinder has invisibility as a spell-like ability, with a caster level of 6th. This means he ...
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1answer
285 views

Can a Spiritual Weapon spell harm diminuative creature swarms?

Spiritual Weapon creates a weapon made of force that can automatically attack creatures at a distance. Normally swarms made up of diminutive creatures, such as wasps, are immune to weapon damage. Is ...
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1answer
166 views

Representing the Shinto faith mechanically as a Blessed character in Deadlands Reloaded

One of my players has asked to play a Blessed character in my new Deadlands Reloaded campaign, following the Shinto faith. As written, Blessed characters have to follow the beliefs of their religion ...
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7answers
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Should I show the health of enemies?

This is my first time hosting a PnP session, and one issue I've run into is whether to let players know the health of their enemies. Should I show them the monster's HP number, or describe in varying ...
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3answers
303 views

Attack Bonuses in Final D&D Playtest Packet

When attacking, do you add your proficiency bonus to the attack if you're proficient with the weapon you're using? Or does being proficient with a weapon simply allow you to use that weapon without ...
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0answers
164 views

Feedback for a Point Buy System for Spellcreation/Research [closed]

I'm working on an RPG as a class project that uses 3.5e rules, and as a experiment I created a point buy system for spell creation rules. Its a very rough second draft that seems to come out roughly ...
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3answers
345 views

Contacts, and how to use them?

I'm starting a 5e shadowrun campaign for the first time and running into some issue with what I've read on how contacts function. Basically, I'm trying to find out how to leverage the contacts of ...
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2answers
498 views

How can I recreate in 3.5e the Shifter class from Neverwinter Nights?

I would like to create a shapeshifting character. I'm used to Neverwinter Nights' Shifter prestige class, I would like to play something similar in DnD 3.5. I would appreciate some pointers about ...
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1answer
125 views

How flexible is the Fang Dragon's Sound Imitation

The Fang Dragon (taken from Draconomicon) has an ability called Sound Imitation: Sound Imitation (Ex): A fang dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard, anytime it likes. Listeners must ...
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3answers
840 views

Using Intimidate and/or Diplomacy to kill enemies

This question came up during another question regarding the use of cursed items as offensive weapons; however, I think there's a more general question that's otherwise identical: If a PC X succeeds ...
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2answers
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Wondrous Effects: What Are the Durations?

The rod of wonder (DMG 237) creates Wondrous Effects that have printed durations, creates Wondrous Effects that mimic spell effects yet don't include printed durations, and creates Wondrous Effects ...
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1answer
220 views

Can I “use” an alternative ki-focus to the one I make an attack with?

I know usually you have to decide whether you use your ki focus or your enchantment on your weapon to decide damage and special effects. However I couldn't help to notice that in some of the text of ...
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1answer
278 views

How can market price of magic items be calculated from crafting price?

How would you calculate the market price of a magic item when only the crafting price is given? Some books like Magic Item Compendium give market prices, I know, but other books still have magic items ...
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4answers
358 views

How does a DM handle time limits in-game?

An upcoming arc I have planned requires a thirteen-hour time limit to escape from an area. How do I plan for that in game time, and how do I keep the players aware of the time? I usually run six ...
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1answer
776 views

Oracle and Inquisitor spell preparation

Oracles and Inquisitors are a little on the fence when it comes to spell preparation as they are both Divine caster and Spontaneous casters. How to reconcile the rules for both? Preps like a divine ...
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3answers
501 views

Forcing others to use cursed items against their will?

I have a few specific questions, but I think they can all be sufficiently generalized as follows: Do cursed items which activate upon being worn, held or seen affect creatures that do not willingly ...
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2answers
238 views

How do I play NPC abilities?

In Numenera, an NPC's description could be e.g. Malik Harcrow: level 5, level 6 at all subterfuge- related tasks, level 7 at lockpicking Now, I understand how players would attack or defend ...
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1answer
146 views

How do I know which enemy aspects I hand out to my players?

We've been doing FATE Accelerated very frequently, and we're really beginning to like it. Our game is based on the Gantz manga/anime in a way, since thew characters have to go every week to kill a ...
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0answers
117 views

Best way to promote the Indie RPG I am developing [duplicate]

I am currently developing a Indie RPG that I hope to Kickstart next year. What is the best way to promote it? (I know this is a common question) Currently I have found Google+ communities the best, ...
6
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1answer
259 views

What are the Differences Between the Original and Revised Versions of Star Wars d20?

While we have a question about the differences between Star Wars d20 Revised and Saga Editions, I'm wondering what the differences are between the original version and the Revised version. ...
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11answers
675 views

How can I strategise IC with the other players when my PC is stupid?

I have a very strong preference for keeping discussions in-character and avoiding out-of-character table talk. The trouble is that my PC is not very smart (an Int 8, Wis 13 half-orc barbarian) but I'm ...
5
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2answers
611 views

Barbarian Revenant Half-Orc: How to roleplay

Introduction We have been playing 4e D&D for a while now. First we started with 3.5e skills but recently incorporated Burning Wheel style skills because we wanted more role-playing possibilities ...
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2answers
2k views

How do I balance an encounter for my party?

I'm currently DMing some games in the D&D 4e Adventure Series. We started with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell, and we're just about to start H2, Thunderspide labyrinth. I have six players who are all ...

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