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How would I go about publishing the RPGs I've created?

I've written three games that are all pretty much finished, and I want to move forward with them. The next logical step is publication, but where do I go to find out about publishing a ...
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2answers
234 views

What do I need to do to make Ghostwalk 3.5 compatible?

One of my friends is wanting to use Ghostwalk but there are changes between 3.0 and 3.5 which require converting. What do I need to do to make it compatible?
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1answer
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How does dual-wielding work?

It still confuses me after having it explained to me several times: How does dual-wielding work in D&D 3.5e and what is the point of building a character around it?
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2answers
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Any advice on how to design a good dungeon? [closed]

I'm kind of a new GM, and I haven't done much dungeon design. Specifically, I'm creating an ancient tomb of a powerful necromancer built underneath a tower that was lost in a swamp centuries ago. ...
2
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1answer
197 views

Techniques for Different Length Game Sessions [closed]

I have been both a player and GM for a long time. Currently, life takes up most of my available gaming time. Thus when I do get a chance to game, I'd like to make it as close to optimal as possible. ...
2
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1answer
164 views

What is this fantasy system where you roll d10s and find matches and runs?

I've heard of a RPG system where the dice mechanic is rolling several d10s and then looking for either the highest number among them, matching numbers, or sets of at least 3 dice that have consecutive ...
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3answers
327 views

Reducing Preparation time for Gumshoe GMs

As a new player in a game of Mutant City Blues, it has struck me that the GM has a very large workload when prepping the investigation scenes if there is to be any real interaction with that scene for ...
9
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1answer
241 views

What major non-hermetic virtue would be appropriate for an ex-Ex Misc who wants to be Flambeau?

One of my PCs is creating a character that has left her (probably mystery cult) in Ex Misc, and tried (and failed) to join House Flambeau as part of her backstory. I cannot find a major non-hermetic ...
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2answers
597 views

How can I make my broomstick fly?

One of my players is generating a Herbam-focused Verditus magus. One of the lab texts that he has is "The winged broomstick." This broomstick, obviously, should be able to fly at some sort of ...
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2answers
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Can I increase my size with a +1 template?

I'm currently playing a D&D 3.5 campaign, and I'm playing a gnoll that is Large sized. (Gnolls are normally Medium.) A long time ago, I was told that a Player Character could be one size larger ...
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2answers
317 views

Avoiding meta-gaming in combat [closed]

What are some ways of avoiding meta-gaming (both as a player and as a GM) within combat. One of the basic decisions in combat is what to use on what, when and where and how to best position yourself ...
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4answers
349 views

When to use scarce resources in combat?

How does one choose when to use scarce resources (e.g. powers you can only use once per day or encounter) in combat? I am particularly concerned with D&D, but I believe the concept carries over ...
13
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4answers
722 views

Tabletop Play Style Classification Schemes

People often present breakdowns claiming to enumerate the various types of tabletop player, such as the rule-lawyer and the power gamer. For example, "The lurker is generally a player who attends a ...
3
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1answer
287 views

Can I replace a Paragon Power?

Can I replace Kensei encounter attack power Masterstroke at level 13 or higher? I mean replacing, not retraining.
3
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1answer
178 views

How does Chainmail Agility work?

Can a chainmail speed penalty be more than -1? If not, isn't Chainmail Agility inferior to the Fleet-Footed feat (+1 feat bonus to your speed)? Do these feats stack?
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1answer
637 views

Do Improved Initiative & Superior Initiative stack?

Does Improved Initiative (+4 on initiative checks) stacks with Superior Initiative (+8 on initiative checks)? Is it possible (if it's a good idea) to retrain Improved Initiative to Superior on epic ...
4
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1answer
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How do initiative passes and multiple actions work?

I'm really confused with the initiative pass system in Shadowrun. For a "normal" combat situation with no augmentations or spells that increase the number of actions you can get, it looks rather easy. ...
4
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2answers
282 views

Passing an item from one player to another

So, I'm kind of trumped right now, and I need to know what the rules are in terms of the type of action required for one player to pass an item to another player during combat. You see, my friend has ...
7
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3answers
206 views

Ranged attacks against creatures trapped inside an air elemental's whirlwind

When an air elemental goes whirlwind and traps someone inside it, how do ranged attacks targeted at the trapped creature work? Can I target the creature? Does it have total concealment, as the air ...
4
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1answer
406 views

Baleful polymorph on a dragon and spells with a somatic component

A dragon can cast spells with a somatic elements. If the dragon is polymorphed with baleful polymorph into a mouse and passes the second saving throw retaining the ability to cast spells: will he ...
6
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2answers
601 views

Enervation, negative levels and monsters

Enervation causes the target creature to gain negative levels. In the description of the negative levels where (emphasis mine): The creature is also treated as one level lower for the purpose of ...
10
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2answers
301 views

One-sentence NPCs

A while ago ChattyDM and someone else ran a couple contests where people submitted one-line NPCs. The collection of submissions was free to download, but now that I want to use it my google-fu has ...
4
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1answer
306 views

Can my main hand be free?

Can I declare that a weapon is wielded in my off hand, even if my main hand is free? The usecase is that I have a class feature (Swordmage Warding perhaps?) that gives me a shield bonus if I have a ...
2
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2answers
577 views

Does the Rhythm Blade shield bonus work with an existing shield?

Does the Rhythm Blade [ddi] bonus to AC and Reflex work when you've not got an existing shield? Property: While you wield this weapon in your off hand, your shield bonus to AC and Reflex increases ...
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2answers
416 views

Maid RPG Scenario?

I'm having trouble coming up with a scenario for my friends and me to play using the Maid RPG book. I've looked over the character creation and random events, and have looked at some of the examples ...
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3answers
376 views

How worldly is a polymorphic elf?

In the 3.5e campaign I'm running, a very real concern has arisen that the player characters might actually fail to save the world from the horrific fate that the villian has planned for it. If this ...
29
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5answers
2k views

Why is attacking from higher ground an advantage?

I just don't understand how attacking someone from higher ground is an advantage in melee combat. I always think of two examples where I can't see this to be an advantage. Example 1: A kung-fu fight ...
3
votes
4answers
776 views

Random dungeon/adventure generation system

I'm looking to 'run' a 5-7 session mini-campaign in the near future. Problem is, there are only three players available- and I'm one of them. We could (and have in the past) run a two person party, ...
5
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6answers
400 views

Role-play enhancing items

For my D&D 4E character, I would like to have some sort of role-play enhancing item, something that gives me more options for role-playing. For example, my previous character had an armor shard ...
6
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3answers
554 views

What use is Skill Beyond Your Years?

In low-level D&D variant E6, you max out at level 6 and only gain feats every 5,000XP thereafter. There is a feat as follows: Skill Beyond Your Years Prerequisite: Level 6 Pick a skill. ...
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2answers
1k views

Death by losing constitution

This question regards the pathfinder setting: I'm having a bit of confusion as to how a death by constitution drain would take place, specifically with these rulings taken from the Pathfinder SRD: ...
4
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0answers
517 views

How does the 4e fighter's Combat Challenge work in the fiction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “mark” actually supposed to be? How does combat challenge work? I mean. does any monster know that he was challanged? Is there any difference ...
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1answer
1k views

Can a versatile weapon be wielded in your off hand?

My character is a dragonborn tempest (Martial Power) fighter focused on axes. Can I fight with two battleaxes or even waraxes (Adventurers vault)? Seems a bit overpowered but if I can it will be ...
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6answers
610 views

Is the use of XP as a narrative currency for both GMs and players a novel idea?

In Monte Cook's new roleplaying game Numenera, XP is used as a narrative currency not only by the GM but by the players as well. Taken from his design diaries: Say the PCs find a hidden console ...
4
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3answers
223 views

What are the books for the various Sixth World cities and countries

I've found a couple of books of Shadowrun 4th edition and I'm trying to find more (books) about other regions of the world than North America. Where can I get more info about Asia, Europe and ...
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1answer
816 views

Is there an endless RPG system? [closed]

Good day, everybody. As already mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a RPG system, where there are no limitations on character's stats, allowing each player advance more and more, acquiring ...
4
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1answer
266 views

How deadly are extras in Exalted 2nd ed.?

So, I'm rather new to exalted, playing in my first campaign, and I have the sneaking suspicion I'm doing something very very wrong. My first character was an earth aspect (We're all playing ...
8
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3answers
505 views

Savage Worlds Bestiary Toughness

I have noticed that some creatures in the bestiary have a second number along side their toughness. IE: Toughness: 9 (2). What is the second number from? Armor? Size Modifier?
4
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2answers
355 views

Does Improved Channel increase DC for Command Undead?

The Command Undead-feat uses one channel and has the same save-DC as the channel. The Improved-Channel-feat increases the DC for the channel. Does this include the DC of the Command Undead? For ...
9
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3answers
427 views

Savage Worlds Incapacitated Vigor Test: subject to wound penalties?

When you become incapacitated you are supposed to make a vigor roll – is this roll subject to wound penalties? I am inclined to say yes, but to me it seems too lethal.
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8answers
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Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?

Any attack roll that comes up a natural 1 is an automatic miss regardless of bonuses. I'm playing a wizard and I like my touch-attack spells, and now I have access to wish. Can a wish be used to ...
7
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4answers
333 views

Looking for local colour for a Cyberpunk set in Brazil

I have a plot line and with the addition of player characters' background I think I have a solid game planned. However, so far the plot could happen in any odd city in the world. I was thinking of ...
8
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1answer
236 views

If half a large creature's body falls on two squares, what happens?

In our game session, a Minotaur Warden knocked a large Mooncalf out of the air onto the edge of a cliff. Half of the creature is on the edge and the other half is over the side. The left 2 squares ...
5
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2answers
817 views

What kind of monster I can be?

How do you determine what level characters monsters are equivalent to in Pathfinder? I'm going to be playing a Pathfinder game in the future and I am playing as a monster PC. The GM gave me a few ...
11
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2answers
277 views

How powerful is a gnat?

In the Mistborn Adventure Game, a person who is a Misting has their Powers level set at Average. However, a Misting who burns Aluminum has an effectively worthless power since it requires the ability ...
5
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1answer
302 views

Does a proning opportunity attack end movement in the square a creature was moving from?

For the party I DM for, one of the Minotaur players has an nearly absurd (judgement call) feat called Opportunity Gore. Opportunity Gore lets a Minotaur use his racial power Goring Charge over and ...
7
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2answers
209 views

When was the term “game master” first used?

Dungeons & Dragons coined the term "dungeon master" for the role of the player running the game and adjudicating the rules. When is "game master" first attested (as in, "proven to have existed by ...
0
votes
1answer
234 views

Is it possible to fail Extended tests in Shadowrun?

Reading about Shadowrun 4th edition, I came accross the Extended tests rules. If I read correctly, extended test result doesn't matter because in the end it might take your more time than expected but ...
4
votes
1answer
786 views

How does the +3 for class skills work when multiclassing a new class?

Inspired by this question: Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill OK, I have a fighter with a ranks in (for example) Acrobatics. Then I gain a level and add a Rogue. Now, if I started ...
4
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1answer
2k views

In D&D 4e powers with effects based on a stat, does 1/2 your level count for the effect?

For example: Boundless Endurance (L2 Fighter stance) says "You gain regeneration 2 + your Constitution modifier when you are bloodied." Does this include 1/2 of your level, or just raw Con modifier? ...

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