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Danger and Location Moves in Dungeon World

What is a "danger move" or "location move" exactly? Are the danger moves part of the dangers from the description of the front (i.e. campaign or adventure)? Are location moves specific to a ...
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Is there a rule (or house rule) for capping exploding dice damage in Earthdawn?

So i've just hit a strange situation where an attack did 1d8 damage, and, thanks to the exploding mechanics, the wolf (worth 30 XP) did 33 Damage. That's 4 8's in a row and a 1. It completely exploded ...
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Cheat-proof online die roller?

I am looking for an online die roller that works similarly to the following: The GM provides a string identifier to the player. E.g., "gandalf attacks balrog #12" The player enters the id on the ...
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How do I deal with players that do not put much effort on character background? [closed]

My group is, on its majority, formed by young players. Even though we have shared Game Table for 4 years and are close friends of mine, they have a tendency to make shallow characters and observe my ...
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Should I use a GMPC to help a small party?

I am starting a Pathfinder game. It will be my first time DM'ing, though I have played 3.x and Pathfinder for a few years. The party will consist of my girlfriend, my best friend, and his girlfriend. ...
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How can I Help a New GM Get Started?

My daughter wants to run a Changeling game. However, she's never tried to run a pen and paper RP, and is very nervous about it. What are some things I can do to help her get a good start? For more ...
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How exactly does the Attack Bonus on Weapons work in DnD 5e?

Completely new to DND and jumped in with the 5th Edition with a group of similarly inexperienced players. Searched around but can't find an answer for this. What exactly is the Attack Bonus listed on ...
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209 views

Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?

Can I use an at-will ability to fuel an ability that is fueled by spending a use of that ability? For example, dragonfire adepts can use any invocation they know at-will, one of which is DARKNESS ...
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How do I quickly find the official errata for any book?

When answering questions, I often find that I want to double-check that my answer is in-line with the most current version of the rules. Though I can often recognise that I need to check the errata ...
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What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e

I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the different types of damage, i.e. if I take 3 cold damage as opposed to 3 fire damage, I lose 3 hit points, but what else? Is the only purpose that maybe I ...
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Does an ordinary sword get cut in half when a lightsaber blocks it?

By the rules does a lightsaber cuts an ordinary steel sword in a half when the attack is blocked? For example: A soldier wielding an ordinary steel sword makes an attack attempt against a jedi and the ...
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Purpose of spell attack modifier

In the 5e Player Handbook, the Wizard Class on page 114 defines a Spell Attack modifier, but the spells I have looked at all specify attack damage without using this modifier or mentioning it. I can't ...
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189 views

Can a flying character have the Prone status? Do they have to “stand up” if they have a flight ability?

Mutants and Masterminds 2E uses the standard d20 system definition of Prone, as follows. Prone: The character is lying on the ground. He suffers a –4 penalty on melee attack rolls. Opponents ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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136 views

What to roll to unjam gun in Shadowrun 5e

Let's say player rolled a glitch and weapon is jammed. What skill should he roll to unjam it? I tried to find this info in core rulebook but I failed. It makes no sense to me to use Armorer (Logic) ...
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How to tell when a material is flammable?

I was reading various questions about whether or not grease is flammable, which got me thinking about other flammable materials, so I'm asking what qualifies a material as flammable or not and how ...
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55 views

How does the GM split the exp in Earthdawn?

If a crakbill is worth 60 Legend points, should i give each character 60 or a fraction of the exp derived from the number of PC?
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What happens when an incapacitated character takes wounds?

This seems to me a pretty basic question, but I can't find a definitive answer in the rule book: Let's say I control a PC that took 3 wounds and a 4th one has put him incapacitated. He also have an ...
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1answer
240 views

When does the Charisma bonus from Fire Affinity apply?

Per the SRD: "Fire Affinity: Ifrit sorcerers with the elemental (fire) bloodline treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer spells and class abilities..." When does that +2 ...
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1answer
56 views

Which book is all about the Hosts?

I want to know more about the hosts. The Azlu and the Beshilu. There is a little about them in Werewolf Core. A friend told me there was a book that was all about them, but couldn't recall the name. ...
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1answer
117 views

How does looting treasures worth legend points work?

Earthdawn rewards player when they best an opponent with legend points. It also rewards them legend points when they loot "treasures" (e.g., Crackbill necks). Am i right that they won't have the ...
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136 views

Where can I find the full Clyde Caldwell artwork that appears on these covers?

The art by Clyde Caldwell (identified in this question) that was featured on the cover of both the Genesis CRPG Warriors of Eternal Sun and the AD&D sourcebook The Book of Lairs is an excerpt from ...
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255 views

Do Familiars Advance in Power?

Do familiars advance in the same way player characters advance? Can they advance at all?
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Is knocking someone prone worth it?

In 4e, proning was a Defender's best friend. Easy to get with Flail Expertise or Polearm Momentum, and it provided a great reward: no shift+charge for the enemy. It improved your stickiness greatly. ...
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Do multiple Speed weapons grant multiple extra attacks?

I was asked by a player if Speed weapons granted an extra attack per speed weapon. So if a player dual wields speed weapons do they get two extra attacks. I have always interpreted the rules of speed ...
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Does rope last forever?

Whe I created my character, I had him purchase 50 feet of silk rope. Our party has used that rope to temporarily bind NPCs, and do other mundane things. All uses were temporary and the rope was ...
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1answer
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What is the casting strength limit of an enchanted item?

In the DFRPG book Your Story, under "Enchanted Items" on page 280 it states that: Subsequent enchanted item slots allow you to: Create a new enchanted item with a new effect Add +1 to ...
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Do Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item work together?

This is a question concerning 2 different rituals and if they work in conjunction with one another, namely, Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item. If I understand the reading of the spells correctly, ...
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Animated Armor Trap

In the Dungeon Master's Basic Rules, one of the monsters that was featured is Animated Armor. I was disappointed that they did not address the possibility of intelligent animated armor attempting to ...
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How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil? [closed]

I'm playing a 9th level wizard, and playing him as a necromancer. He is nice and very outgoing, and has plans to build a city in which he will have a church for every alignment, as well as an ...
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2answers
161 views

Can the Family Subdomain temporarily bring someone back to life?

Binding Ties (Su): As a standard action, you can touch an ally and remove one condition affecting the ally by transferring it to yourself. This transfer lasts a number of rounds equal to your ...
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How to GM and Play a Character fairly [duplicate]

I'm a new player to RPGs and I'm trying to incubate my skills so that I can play in a group one day. I've got a fair grasp of the rules and I've been running one on one campaigns with my wife; both as ...
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4answers
450 views

Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...
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1answer
87 views

Definition of “using” in Dizzying Mace

Benefit: When you hit an enemy with a power that dazes the target while you are using a mace, the target also takes a penalty to attack rolls equal to your Constitution modifier for as long as it ...
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246 views

(Various) Shaman archetypes and valid domains for Druids

For the various shaman archetypes (such as Bear Shaman) in the druid class, your domain choices and animal companion choices are restricted. Are the Animal and terrain domains valid selections for a ...
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How to handle a dog in AD&D 2nd ed?

I found a bunch of my 2nd ed D&D books recently and managed to talk someone into playing a 1 DM 1 PC campaign (I'm hoping to convince them that investing in a newer edition would be fun). They ...
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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?

So, when I see someone faulting the Drunken Master, it's typically because of what the character gets at level 1. Drink Like a Demon (Ex): A drunken master's body handles alcohol differently from ...
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461 views

Fantasy Game Where Your Stats are Based on Your Real-life Skills and Abilities

When I was in high school back in the 90s, my friends and I play-tested a fantasy role-playing game that he had received through the mail. The main conceit of the game was that you (the player) was ...
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Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
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1answer
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Does Flame Strike Bypass Fire Immunity?

Half the damage of the Flame Strike spell consists of fire, and the other half is embrued with divine power and, thus, is not subject to reduction from fire-based resistances. However, does the ...
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4answers
509 views

How are hybrids/cross-breeds calculated?

We all know half-elves, half-orcs, and even halflings, though halflings don't have similar pedigree. But are there such things as half-elf half-orcs or half-halflings (quarterlings)? What about ...
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2answers
585 views

Apocalypse World without Fronts: Are we missing out?

I've been playing Apocalypse World in a few different groups, both as a GM and a normal player. While I love the game, I found defining Fronts a pain and therefore decided to only introduce them in ...
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2answers
638 views

Is casting Create Demiplane (Any) from the Astral Plane a valid way to get a permanent demi-plane?

I was cruising through high level spells and noticed the Create Demi-plane serie. All of them are nice but pretty intensive on the maintenance part, Day/lvl is nice but still... you don't always have ...
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117 views

Help remembering the name of an adventure?

I have been playing tabletop RPG's since the mid-1990's. One of the first adventures I ever played the DM got from a magazine. I would really like to figure out what the adventure was called so I can ...
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1answer
560 views

Can a familiar learn languages from ranks in linguistics?

According to RAW on familiars for Wizard/Sorcerer/Witch Skills: For each skill in which either the master or the familiar has ranks, use either the normal skill ranks for an animal of that type or ...
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1answer
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Has “write in to impact the metaplot” been tried since the 90s?

The Wikipedia article on Torg describes a way that players could attempt to influence the metaplot of the default setting: At the time of its release Torg's 'Infiniverse' campaign was an ambitious ...
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7answers
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How should I handle a ruling that really hurts my character?

So I just started my first dnd session a couple weeks ago. The party needed a rogue, so I made a melee guy who used two-weapon fighting. As with all melee rogues, he was supposed to deal damage in ...
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Is it better to take the array and be Joe Average, or to roll for the odds of getting on average better scores?

I am new to D&D. I was looking at character creation for D&D 5th edition. There were a few ways one could generate ability scores. I assumed the optional method of taking the numbers ...
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Does passive perception supersede active perception? [duplicate]

If a player makes an active perception check and it is lower than their passive perception, should we use the passive perception instead? Background: During our weekly game yesterday the party scout ...
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1answer
94 views

Giving a Weapon Bonus Damage Against Specific Monsters, 4e

I would like to have my players contend with a monster that they aren't quite strong enough to defeat. One option available to them after doing some research would be to get certain weapons in order ...

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