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Can a Pyeryem Mage Talk to a Black/Porte Wolf?

I am aware by reading the description that the black wolves/porte wolves in the Montaigne book says that they were once normal wolves now driven insane by being brought through a porte walk. However, ...
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What happened to SVDPress?

I used to read SVDPress's blog about fourthcore and their updates but the last time I went to their site it simply was a download page for the three fourthcore modules they created. I've archived them ...
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Respawn with stat reductions system

(We play Death Watch, but that is not central to my question.) My idea is that the players enter a sentient dungeon that wants them to conquer it and is actively helping them by keeping them alive. ...
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Conjuring Armor via Thaumaturgy and Craft item in Dresden Files Rpg

Is it possible to conjure a full body armor via crafting enchanted item using an 8 shift complexity but having it work using Thaumaturgy rules (lasting until next sunrise) as an actual armor instead ...
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How do I deal with these crazy PCs?

I got some of my friends to play a very small game of D&D, with my being DM to see if they will like to play more often. Our quest consisted of PvP, hiding, going to the tavern to get drunk, and ...
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How do I start DMing a new game after the Red Box?

I finished playing the D&D beginners Red Box with my friends. Now how do I start DMing another game? Where do I go from here?
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Hybrid Psion Class Feature Lost?

In D&D 4E Player's Handbook 3 pages 139-155 are the recipes for merging two hybrid classes together. Hybrid psions on pg 147 does not mention Ritual Casting. Does the hybrid class lose this ...
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What is the term for a mean character role-played by a nice player?

Contradictory character seems to mean a character who defies stereotypes or exhibits traits that contradict one another, in a literary sense. I wish to distinguish what I mean from round characters. ...
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I'm fairly new to D&D but want to GM; where do I go from here?

I'm a 16-year-old male, and I have been interested in tabletop RPGs for a long time, especially D&D. I sorta dove into D&D really fast and hard by buying the Red box, Dungeon Master Kit, ...
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How much damage do these types inflict? [duplicate]

On power cards when it says lightning, thunder, radiant and fire damage, how can I tell how much damage those are?
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How does multi-type damage work?

The attack "Storm Hammer" says hit:1d8+_(wisdom modifier)lighting and thunder damage... how do I tell how much damage to inflict?
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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How can I make an exceptionally savage Gangrel?

My character is a two century year old vampire that has a vampire blood addiction, but being a vampire blood addicted, former weapon of vampires hunters isn't savage and fierce enough – I'm looking ...
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Where can I find Invictus Oaths?

I have been searching the Internet for Invictus Oaths, and believe that I am running into a bunch of jacked up homebrew ones. Is there anyway that someone could give me a list or a good book to read ...
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Can I use old Masquerade supplemental material in Vampire: the Requiem?

So I just started a nWoD Requiem game with the Mind's Eye Society and know nothing about what books can and cannot be used. I found a few things that I like in the Masquerade Gangrel handbook. There ...
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Can you take 10 on Aid Another?

I've only seen the "take 10" specifically disabled for ritual checks (PH1, p. 300). Are they allowed for Aid Another?
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Is automatic success guaranteed when Aiding Another with a high skill?

In my campaign, we've used the old mechanics for Aid Another up until now: roll 10 or more to assist with a +2, if you roll under you simple fail to assist. I recently became aware of the errataed Aid ...
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How can non-magical healers be useful when magic healing is available?

In many roleplaying games the prerequisite to perform magic healing is knowledge, and during action it is mostly limited by magic capacity and sometimes time. Meanwhile the prerequisite to perform ...
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My players almost die in my encounters every time. Does this mean my encounters are too hard?

I'm running my first campaign with three friends. This is the first time any of us have done any table-top role-playing. I'm working the party through the H1: Keep on the Shadowfell campaign using ...
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Do Psicrystals get feats?

I've been looking at the uses of Psicrystals lately and have been wondering why I keep seeing references to them getting feats. I have not read anything to support the idea. They technically don't ...
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Which cultural trope(s) does the D&D cleric refer to?

On the level of game mechanics, the classic D&D cleric melds the healer, the crusader and the witch/vampire hunter in one person. Is this a genuine D&D mish-mash or is there any ...
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My DM's ruled that all spells cast in armor are subject to Arcane Spell Failure. Can you change his mind?

My Fighter wants to multiclass into Bard, and continue wearing heavy armor; I'd just avoid spells with somatic components, since only spells with somatic Components worry about an armor's Arcane Spell ...
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Does the target of a spell know who is casting it?

Lets say a wizard casts a compulsion spell on someone. Is that person aware that a spell was cast on him? Is he aware of where the spell came from?
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How can I mechanistically empower a prophecy or fortune without railroading the plot?

I am interested in the idea of incorporating fate (via prophecy or fortunes told) in my campaign. I would like to come up with a set of rules/mechanics to make a prophecy or fortune teller's ...
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Effect of natural environment on the development of cultures [closed]

Let there be this quantitative question: how do the specifics of a natural environment influence the development of a newborn culture? Please note: I'm not looking for any deus ex machinas, divine ...
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Does telekinesis do Bashing or Lethal?

I'm trying to figure out what type of damage a direct physical assault with telekinesis would result in. (From NWoD) From pg. 212 of World of Darkness: Alternately, the ghost can make a direct ...
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AoO and Touch spells on Allies

We play a mainly pathfinder game (occassional and as time goes on fewer feats from 3.5) and we still keep coming across things that have changed between 3.5 and pathfinder. Casting a spell triggers ...
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Which class should my “fallen” paladin change to?

My friend and I are playing D&D 3.5 and I want to change from being a Lawful Good Paladin. My DM will allow me to make him fall if I make it look good and choose a new class that's fit for a ...
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Making magic “magical”

When I work with settings that contain magic, whether traditional fantasy or others, I always perceive something of a tension when trying to portray the magic between the following factors: Magic ...
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How Did the Civil War End?

One of the major differences between the original standalone rpg Deadlands (Deadlands Classic) and the Savage Worlds version of Deadlands (Deadlands Reloaded) is that the Civil War has officially ...
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How would I model a “Grant Superpowers” Miracle?

In Wild Talents 2nd Edition, I've been wondering on how to model a superpower that grants superpowers permanently. Obviously this would be completely overpowered in an unadulterated form, but adding ...
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If someone is “Out of Ammo,” can they still shoot until compelled?

Let's say someone creates the Aspect Out of ammo by running everywhere, making the other character fire all his bullets. Can this character still fire until someone compels Out of ammo? Is it the GM ...
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Will a Rogue (Scoundrel) with Sharpshooter Talent and Moonbow Stalker applying the crossbow bonus to her shortbow cause problems?

Inspired by Brian’s question here, which seems to have been answered with a pretty solid No, my follow-up question is whether or not allowing this to happen even though the rules do not would ...
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Running a game of Microscope that isn't totally insane?

I purchased Microscope quite a while ago, and have played countless games that were really awesome. We've created things like superheros with the power to turn any weapon into fish, people marrying ...
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Non-lethal weapon damage - does a magic bonus add?

Is there any place in the manual where the following statement is proven or disproven? You can't add your weapon's magical bonus if you want to deal nonlethal damage with it. (My answer would be ...
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Idiot Savant Magic-user [closed]

I had an idea for a character I'd like to play. He's an idiot savant Magic-user. Excellent at anything to do with Magic, but awful at everything else. Yes, I know this sounds like ...
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What happens when two combatants' attack rolls have the same Height and Width?

In Wild Talents, 2nd edition, the widest attack roll goes first, with ties going to the taller roll. I'm confused and haven't been able to find any information on this in the book: if two people roll ...
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Do shield and armor check modifiers stack?

If I wear Hide armor (Check -1) and use a Heavy Shield (Check -2) is my check -2 or -3? In other words, do the checks stack or do I use the highest negative?
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Armor as DR alternate rules: Do untyped AC bonuses apply to Defense or DR?

I'm starting a Pathfinder Campaign with the alternate rule for armor as damage reduction. I'm just wondering what gets changed to damage reduction and what stays defense. For example, a shield's AC ...
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What happens to aquatic creatures when they're pulled onto land?

A dire piranha swarm, for obvious reasons, has only a swim speed and no other available movement modes. The warden in our party, while standing next to a lake, used Warden's Lure, which pulled all ...
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Can circumstances change a skill's key ability score?

Can you use a different key ability for a skill check when it would make more sense for the situation? I think that I've read of this being done. I know there are feats and other abilities that let ...
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Should long Aspects be split?

In Fate games I sometime come up with Aspects that are relatively long and could well be two separate Aspects. Are such Aspects good in terms of gameplay, or would it be better to split them? An ...
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Why Does Dresden Files Have Such a Large Page Count?

I sat in a quick Dresden Files demo (about 30 minutes) at a convention last summer and was told the basics about the game. The mechanics seemed simple: you roll a few dice with either a +, blank, or – ...
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Does a creature have to make a saving throw after being knocked prone?

We know that you -can- willingly go prone as a minor action, but we're unsure as to the mechanics of recovering from it. Does it matter if you are knocked prone or willingly make yourself prone? And ...
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How does a DM correct the balance after accidentally giving the players too much gold?

Inspired by some of the answers to Pitfalls of using the optional 'XP for Gold' rule in a Basic D&D Retro Clone game? As DM/GM, you slipped up and ended up giving the PCs significantly ...
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165 views

What is a Corruption Test?

The introductory adventure for The One Ring: Adventures Over the Edge of the Wild (in the back of the Loremaster's book) says on page 130 that players must pass a Corruption Test for every day that ...
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What affects the Druid beast form attack bonus?

I have a Lv1 Razorclaw Shifter, Predator Druid with +5 WIS mod. If I'm in beast form and I attack with Grasping Claws, is it really just +5 vs Reflex? I don't have a bonus from any implements and ...
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How do you use investigation skills in Gumshoe?

I picked up Esoterrorists for a quick off-the-cuff one shot and it was a nice change for everyone from the usual boot-door-kill-monster-grab-treasure thing we usually play. What confused me, however, ...
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Does Binder's Pact Augmentation DR/— stack with DR/— Gained From a Vestige?

I am wondering if the damage reduction/— granted by a Binder's Pact Augmentation class feature stacks with the Vestige's Arete damage reduction/—. Arete Damage Reduction: Your body becomes ...
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Can You Create Your Own Cosms in Torg?

Torg has a number of really cool cosms described in the books: the Cyberpapacy, Aysle, Nippon Tech, Orrorsh, etc. These are rather detailed and are said to each inhabit a certain part of the Earth. In ...

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