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What is the difference between Deadlands Classic and Savage Worlds + Deadlands Reloaded?

I was going to run a Deadlands Classic game, which I've never done before but the system intrigued me. However, I also picked up a pdf of Savage Worlds, and reading through it, it sounds a lot like ...
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How do I calculate the attack bonus(es) for Flurry of Blows?

Being fairly new I'm a little lost on the math for this. I read that there is a -2 on attack rolls in the description of "Flurry of Blows". Then in the chart I see FoB has its own attack bonus (+1/+1 ...
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When does a surprise round start?

The PC's are in hiding behind a cliff, they can see the unaware monsters but cannot attack them from their position. If they move out of hiding in the open (in order to have a line-of-effect on the ...
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What are the key in-setting differences between D&D Oriental Adventures and L5R?

The Legend of the Five Rings product line has a moderately interesting history (OOC and IC). What I have been able to piece together of the setting's publishing history: AD&D has a setting ...
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Will Eladrin Boots and Gloves of Dimensional Repulsion enhance teleports created by Walk Among the Fey?

Walk Among the Fey says that "Whenever you use a power that slides a creature, you can teleport that creature an equal number of squares instead. Where you teleport the creature remains subject to ...
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What is Break Enchantment actually useful for?

In Jadeite's Guide to Inquisitors, break enchantment is described like this: Break Enchantment - Not as versatile as Dispel Magic, but works when Dispel Magic doesn’t For reference, the actual ...
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Is an out of sight enemy a problem for Warlock's Curse?

My players like to turtle in corridors, fighting enemies in sight before heading into the room. This often means the Defender is on the door, followed by several ranged characters. This also means the ...
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How do I make a D&D 3.5e veteran get used to the 4e roleplaying style?

I have a good friend in my 4e group who is good when it comes to roleplaying his character, but he's always been a dedicated 3.5e player, to the point of avoiding 4e and even Pathfinder completely. ...
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How to design battle between characters of different scales (e.g. mecha vs. infantry)?

FATE is very clear in that its Aspects and Skills are largely metagame elements - they are meant to highlight what is important and true in the story, not to simulate what would happen in reality. ...
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Creating an Advantage on existing aspects: differences between FAE and Fate Core?

I was comparing Actions & Outcome from Fate Core and FAE to see if there were any significant differences I should know about and I'm wondering if I found one on Create an Advantage. Fate ...
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As a Gnome Bard in a Pathfinder Campaign, is there any way to obtain the Fire Music Feat without Multi-Classing?

I am in a campaign where I want to be a Gnome Bard that can use the Fire Descriptor for the Music Damage, but my GM will only allow me to Multi-class into either Druid or Cleric For campaign purposes. ...
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What sort of behaviors would an Intelligence of 2 dictate for an animal?

Using the rules from the Traveller supplement Animal Encounters, I rolled up an animal that ended up being: Omnivorous Melee: Unarmed /2 Deception /1 Survival /1 Stealth /0 Recon /0 Strength 12 ...
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Is physical contact still a problem for samurai if it's in private between family?

When it comes to courtly interaction in Rokugan, it is a significant offense for a samurai to touch another person. In fact, this seems to apply in general. There are exceptions for intimate ...
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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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Critical Strikes and auto-confirmation

Afternoon everyone. I have a query about a fighter build I am working on. So at lvl 20 a fighter gains the class ability Weapon Mastery that makes all critical threat automatically confirmed with one ...
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Build A Better Swarm

I am currently GM'ing an urban based campaign and one of the plot hooks I've come up with is the city's rats getting more and more violent, attacking people on the street in broad daylight. Eventually ...
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Does Spell Perfection double the bonus dice from Intensified Spell?

The feat Spell Perfection reads Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its ...
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Can I select the same feat twice for Critical Mastery?

The Core Rulebook provides the following benefit for Critical Mastery: Benefit: When you score a critical hit, you can apply the effects of two critical feats in addition to the damage dealt. ...
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How to create a Number Puzzle? [closed]

I wanted to create a puzzle for my adventure. I found a very interesting book that has all sort of tips on how to create them: It´s called fourthcore alphabet. The puzzles there are very generically ...
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How can I convert some of LotR's main characters to D&D 4e?

I want to show my groupmates D&D 4e, but they know nothing about it. However they do know The Lord of the Rings, so I would like to convert the characters from there into D&D 4e. Any books ...
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How do I avoid railroading in dungeons?

Well, I'm a very big fan of 4E's character creation system and also its combat, but a problem I've found is that exploration seems pointless in this edition and everything's built around combat ...
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How do I make a large organization of villains memorable or likeable?

I'm currently preparing a levels 1–30 D&D 4e campaign based on the .hack// games, where players become trapped inside an online game where a sentient program plans to become God. My main ...
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Converting Saving Throws from AD&D to D&D Next

I'm trying to run the newly released Against the Slave Lords compilation using the D&D Next rules and I've run into a problem with converting Saving Throws. How do I go about converting something ...
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How can I optimize storytelling for a Pathfinder game with a party group in flux

The group that I game with has been falling one by one. Life happens I understand this happens. However there is now only 1 character(Myself) and the DM and while we have fun it would be more fun with ...
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Does a GM ever want to kill the player characters? [closed]

I'm in the process of learning as much as I can about being a GM with a view to running a game at some point. One thing that has struck me is that killing the PCs probably isn't very good for the ...
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Full Round Actions with poor/average flying

When using a poor flyer or average, I seem to have read somewhere that you must move every turn (hovering requires a feat or something like that). Does this imply taking a move action to move, every ...
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Which level would be appropriate for this homebrew Mass Dimensional Anchor?

Since dimensional anchor is sometimes used as a protection from teleport-esque spell, I am going to devise this mass version of spell. My initial thoughts are presented here: Dimensional Anchor, ...
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How fast do PCs tend to level?

I'm planning out a campaign to run with some friends. None of us have played D&D before so this means a few questions are presenting themselves. The campaign itself is set in a custom world but ...
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Running an RPG with fast Drop-In-Drop-Out capability for an open day

Our university will have some Open Days for prospective students over summer, and our gaming society wants to present itself. Any somewhat traditional way of playing an RPG will take too much of ...
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267 views

Anywhere I can find more magic item sets for 3.5e?

I really like the idea of the magic item sets presented in the Magic Item Compendium (chapter 5), but have not found much like this in other 3.5e books. I've seen some in the Arms and Equipment Guide ...
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Where can I find a complete timeline of the history of Points of Light?

A year or two ago whilst doing research for a D&D 4e campaign, I came across a fantastic timeline of the history of its default setting, Points of Light. The timeline tracked events including the ...
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Take your opponent's weapon

How do you take your opponent's weapon in combat? I couldn't find rules about it in the books. There is a chapter about "knocking a weapon away", but this isn't what I want. I want to grab the weapon ...
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What Feats do I want to take to maximize my effectiveness with a crossbow?

I'm building a high-ish level Alchemist to jump into a campaign, and I'm thinking it'll be fun to build around being a master of infusing crossbow shots for high damage with Explosive Missile, using ...
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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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What are the planes of D&D 4e? Where did they come from, and how are they connected?

I understand that in D&D 4e's default setting there are planes, and I know a bit about them: the material plane is where the people generally are, and there's a "feywild" where the Eladrin and ...
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Any ideas on how to populate empty D&D 4E Dungeons?

Ok guys, tomorrow is gonna be my first dungeon crawl experience with my new group of level 1 players, and after some encounters to let them understand the game, we're finally trying dungeon delving. ...
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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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Is Magic Armor with an Enhancement Bonus over 4 Automatically Masterwork Armor?

Motivation After seeing this comment, I read this answer and this answer. This gave me the distinct impression that any magic armor with an enhancement bonus of +4 or more is automatically ...
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How are the Planes in 4e connected? [duplicate]

In DnD 4E, the planes are listed as being: The Astral Sea Elemental Chaos The "World", being the "normal realm". Feywild, being the "magical realm". Shadowfell, being the "underworld". Far Realm ...
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Is there a “furry” disadvantage for Kitsune/Kitsu?

I was reading through the L5R 4th Ed books and stumbled across some bit of text that said something about certain characters having animalistic traits such as furry ears and slitted eyes as a result ...
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Breaking Masterwork Weapons/Armor

I have an encounter in which my party will be fighting a slime that deals damage to their armor and weapons. My whole party has at least 2 masterworked items. Does masterwork imply that the items can ...
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How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?

A few weeks ago I started DMing a campaign that involves five divine artifacts that all of the gods' powers are filtered through. I planned on the paragon level quest being collecting these in order ...
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610 views

How can I optimize playing a sentient wolf?

I was invited to a savage themed campaign recently that features shamans, cave monsters, and all that prehistoric goodness. I'm going to be playing an awakened wolf named Virginia, and have no idea ...
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134 views

Are there no planar dragons in the Peaceable Kingdoms of Arcadia?

I've been doing a bit of reading, and I discovered that there are planar dragons for pretty much every Outer Plane of the Wheel... except for Arcadia. I recall reading some long time ago that they ...
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How to deal with a player who doesn't understand party roles?

In our group (specifically Pathfinder), we have a player who's playing a master summoner (a very squishy class), and doesn't understand that his character can't solve every problem like the rest, ...
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365 views

Did I roll this character correctly? [closed]

Trying to learn some of the basics to Pathfinder with a view to GMing eventually. This is the first time I have rolled a character - have I missed anything? Is this a legal build? (Not optimized, book ...
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How do I let characters share knowledge only they know?

In The Lord of the Rings, when Legolas the elf succeeded on his spot check, he was the one to announce to his friends that he saw riders in the distance. There was no voice from the all powerful DM in ...
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How many skills do I start with?

I'm trying to teach myself how the game works with a view to doing some GMing. (Pathfinder core rulebook from 2009) Rolled the following character so far: Elf Sorcerer Str 10 Dex 13 Con 8 Int 18 Wis ...
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DnD 3.5 Two-Weapon fighting sneak attack [duplicate]

In DnD 3.5, I'm playing a level 4 rogue with the two-weapon fighting feat. When sneak attacking someone (not flanked), would the sneak attack count for both the main and offhand because they strike at ...
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When and how many times can a cleric attempt to turn undead?

In Moldvay/Marsh/Cook's B/X D&D: How many times can a cleric attempt to turn undead per encounter? When can the cleric do it? Instead of a melee/spell/missile attack or before the encounter ...

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