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Saint-like template/prestige class for villains

The Book of Exalted Deeds offers the Saint template for good-aligned characters. This template is quite powerful, but has strict prerequisites (as described in Sainthood section). Is there any ...
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Paladin builds for the Beloved of Valarian Prestige class?

I'm working on a new character for my next campaign and I'm really intrigued by the Beloved of Valarian prestige class from the Book of Exalted Deeds. However, I'd also like to play a Paladin and I'm ...
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Using a 2-hand weapon with one hand and Oversize Weapon Master: effect on parry

In Savage Worlds there are several 2-handed meleé weapons and most of them have an effect on the character´s parry. For example, fighting with a Great Sword requires 2 hands and lowers your parry by ...
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Does D&D 3.5 DM material contain information applicable for Pathfinder GMs?

I understand that in terms of the core rules to run games D&D 3.5 has: Dungeon Master's Guide + Player's Handbook + Bestiary(s) Pathfinder has: Core Rulebook + Bestiary(s). Pathfinder has a ...
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Shadowrun 3rd edition ruthenium polymer

What book and page describes ruthenium polymer? I have Shadowrun 3rd Edition books and I believe that is what it was called in 3rd edition. It's a camo suit that functions by displaying a live image ...
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Last-minute system-related second thoughts before starting a game

I'm looking at starting a game with a bunch of friends. Between us, we have very little RPG experience; one of the party has played a little before (Pathfinder, I think) and I played a handful of ...
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Role playing with powers, solely for the effect without damage

Certain abilities have very interesting effects, but are accompanied by damage. In combat, this is no problem. But say you want to use the ability outside of combat, for role-playing reasons. Can you ...
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Will Death's Resurgence prevent death?

Looking at the Swordmage/19 power Death's Resurgence: Immediate Interrupt Target: Each enemy in burst Trigger: You become bloodied or brought to 0 or fewer hit points. Hit: some damage ...
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Swift Alchemy and Potions

Do alchemists with Swift Alchemy take half as much time to brew potions? What exactly is an "alchemical item"? Anything that can be made with Craft (Alchemy) ? They can be created using Craft ...
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Are there penalties for wearing gauntlets or a buckler while using a heavy crossbow?

I've read that people are using Gauntlets for use with Ranged weapons for attacks of opportunity and also with other two handed weapons such as Polearms. What I'm wondering is, if I'm using a heavy ...
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When creating a scroll, how should the scroll's cost be handled in-game?

When a Cleric creates a 5th level scroll, the cost is 1,125 gp. But how should PCs roleplay spending money for the scroll's cost? I know the Pathfinder PRD indicates "a character needs a supply of ...
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How does Beast Strike interact with a monk with natural attacks?

Let's suppose we have a monk with two claw attacks. This character can make a full attack with iterative unarmed strikes using his head, knees, elbows and feet and ears and as long as he does not use ...
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Does Beast Strike Add Strength to damage twice?

The feat Beast Strike allows you to add claw or slam damage to your unarmed strikes. since your strength mod is added to claw or slam damage as well as to unarmed strike does it get added twice?
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Minimal RPG for kids [duplicate]

I am looking for a game that I can play with my kids ages 9 and 6. The rules of course need to be easy to understand and easy to remember. Eventually I'd like to go deeper and play more ...
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How can you reconcile the actions of house Jerbiton with the Code of Hermes?

I'm about to start a ars magicia game and I'm looking at house Jerbiton who I've never played before. (I've played Ars, but as Tremere and Ex Misc) House Jerbiton is a house whose members are ...
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Can you use relationships to get NPCs to come to you?

In Burning Wheel (both Gold and Revised), players can (and are strongly encouraged to) start with a close connection to one or more NPCs, in the form of the relationship mechanic. Now, it's pretty ...
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Why is taking a new trait considered Fallout?

In the Fallout lists for Dogs in the Vineyard, a lot of the options revolve around losing things: dice from Stats, belongings, relationship dice, etc. However, some of the options are something like ...
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How do I meet people outside my Circles?

In Burning Wheel (both Gold and Revised; these rules are nearly identical), the Circles attribute represents people you might already know, or at least have some connection with through mutual ...
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How can I model a human who gets powers from a part-time symbiote alien?

I had an idea for a Mutants and Masterminds (2e) character based on a video game character idea of mine: a Gestalt consisting of a human male and a smaller, roughly cat-sized alien symbiote. As a ...
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Is it okay to take power/actions away from PCs to add drama?

In the game I have running right now, one of the PCs have had a run in with a local "gang" of sorts. An encounter between the two is approaching, but I'm struggling to think of the best way to set up ...
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Enchanted Superior Impements

I was wondering if an enchantment on a weapon, specifically a Superior Implement, would override it's previous effect. For example, I'm looking to use a Quickbeam staff (with the effects of being ...
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Optimizing a smart fighter

I am currently in a campaign and have a Swashbuckler 3/Fighter 2 who is basically the party leader. I chose Swashbuckler more for style than for the flavor, a fighter who fights more by his wits and ...
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Can you multiclass and use 2 different core class archetypes?

Can you multiclass and use 2 different core class archetypes, e.g. Fighter and Ranger archetypes, assuming no replaced skills overlap? Or are archetypes only for your first class - the one you choose ...
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Looking for a high-action, non-dark setting

I'm looking for a setting which should answer these rather specific key points: Pre-made and detailed. I would like the heavy-lifting to be done for me. There shouldn't be too many holes left that I ...
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How do I discourage or work with “nuke it from orbit” solutions?

Here's the issue: some of the players in my group tend to be pragmatic...a little too pragmatic. They are the type who'll figure out the most efficient and cleanest way to take care of any problems, ...
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Can the direction of a pull change in the middle of forced movement?

Must the direction of a pull remain the same for the entire pull, or can the direction the target is pulled in change mid-movement? One example: Say I use an ability to pull a target two squares, but ...
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How do I prepare a permanent magic circle for the Linked Portal ritual?

In a previous question I asked about how to best gain components for Rituals in a world where magic is not as common. In our last session we completely conquered a fort and decided to lay claim to ...
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How to gather ritual components in a low-treasure campaign

In the campaign I play in, my character is the only magic user (Sorcerer). I just reached level 6 and decided it would be a good idea to take the ritual caster feat, to be able to help out the party. ...
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How to learn more than one concentration at character creation?

According to the Deadlands Classic Player's Guide, it's clear that you can (and must) select a concentration when selecting an aptitude that has them. But, it also says: Your character can learn ...
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Ex fire resist + magic fire resist

Does fire resist granted by an Extraordinary ability stack with magic granted from a magical source? Eg. a sorcerer's red draconic bloodline fire resist 5 + armor of resist fire 5 for a total of 10 ...
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Does the Brawl feat chain stack with the Combat Martial Arts feat chain?

I've come across this situation a few times and always ruled that no they do not stack with each other. But there always seems to be one person who says, "but brass knuckles make brawl deal lethal ...
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How would a character use object projection to perform thievery?

I can imagine some fun uses for the wilder cantrip object projection, but a major one was the ability to steal things. I have a few scenario's that might be encountered, and I'd like to know how they ...
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What is the best RPG system for realistic combat? [closed]

I'm a fan of D20 systems, but the way hit points works always seemed kind of odd. The characters obviously can't develop an ability to take more stab wounds as they gain experience. So that means ...
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For a group of 20-50 people, what would be some apocalyptic survivalist LARP set ups that would work with the group size and skill level?

Next year for our high school reunion, my wife and I are considering the possibility of doing an apocalyptic-themed survivalist LARP at a camp in the middle of nowhere Colorado. This is something that ...
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What are the ways that a CR-appropriate party can stop a Night Hag's dream haunting?

A Night Hag is listed as CR 9. That seems to indicate that sending one against a party of level-10 PCs should be a safe bet on the party defeating the Night Hag. Assuming that the Night Hag's chosen ...
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Which is best for a 4e Hexblade, wands or rods?

I'm running a fey Hexblade in a 4e game and have been thinking of taking the Wand or Rod expertise feat. Since Rods tend to rely on cursing powers I don't have, and wands seem to rely on wizards ...
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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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871 views

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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560 views

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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