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Character build for Gandalf in D&D3.5?

In my groups next campaign I am hoping to be a PC instead of the DM and I want to play a character who is like Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I began looking at options; he would ...
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Does obscuring mist get burned away by non-magical fire?

In Pathfinder, obscuring mist can be burned away by magical fire in the path that it takes, I think. The description doesn't say anything about non-magical fire, such as torches if you're inside, or a ...
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What are the key considerations to creating compelling environments?

An area I am close to revealing to my players was barren rock, until I realised adding a few kinds of plants and some crystal spires (which have very good reason to be there) took the location from ...
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Do two standard actions equal a full round action?

If a character was somehow able to get two extra standard actions on their round in combat, could those actions be used as an extra full attack action or full round action? Elaboration: In the first ...
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How to support useful Intraparty Conflict

This is a question calling for tried and tested methods for facilitating entertaining CvC intraparty conflict. Although Player versus Player (PvP) seems to be the accepted term among a large ...
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Temporal Acceleration and Linked Power

Say you manifest Temporal Acceleration for 1 round, and while accelerated, manifest, using the Linked Power feat (Complete Psionics, page 62), power A linked with power B. Does power B kick in as soon ...
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What is the threshold strength of the sunrise?

Mechanically, the Dresdenverse sunrise is a threshold that sweeps across the world (instead of a creature or spell trying to cross the threshold): Thresholds can even be conceptual: the transition ...
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Rules system for playing out the details of founding and developing a city?

I want to run a campaign in which the players control individual but influential characters (maybe heads of families), with the main focus of play on the PCs building up a city over time, starting ...
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Which non-light weapons does Weapon Finesse apply to?

Weapon Finesse says it applies to all light weapons, and then a small number of other weapons (rapier, whip, spiked chain) from the "Player's Handbook". I know there are other non-light weapons ...
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What are some good chance/luck-themed spells for Sorcerers?

I'm building a gambler-themed Spellscale Sorcerer, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good luck-themed spells. I know there's things like Unluck and the various Prismatic/Rainbow spells (the ...
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Draconic Lineage feats vs Reserve Feats

Dragon Magic presented draconic Lineage feats, which let you convert spell slots into various attacks/abilities that varied in power by the slot spent. Complete Mage gave us Reserve Feats, which gave ...
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What powers do Elemental Mages start with?

In the 50 Fathoms players section it does not specify what a starting character gets when they select Arcane Background (Magic). This is unlike the other Arcane Backgrounds in the other rule book. Is ...
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How does Armour work in Savage Worlds?

I am a bit confused about how Armour and Armour Piercing is meant to work. If you have a Toughness of 8 and Armour of say +2 (10) and you are hit by a weapon with AP 2. Do you take 2 off for the AP ...
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How do Substitution levels in Champions of Valor work?

As you may know, the substitution levels, as introduced in Champions of Valor are, as quoted: Substitution levels are levels of a given class that you take to gain certain benefits instead of the ...
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Running a game with intentionally “over-powered” PCs

I've been playing for a few years now (I know I'm green) but I've been planning on running a game with intentionally "Over-Powered" PCs. This is the style of play I would like to try: My idea is to ...
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How can I maintain game balance at extremely high levels of power in a point-build system?

More specifically, how do I keep the game fun when all parties involved are extremely powerful? The game I'm asking this about is a Wild Talents 2nd Edition game where everyone is built on a budget of ...
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Why did WotC release Psionics under the OGL?

Wizards of the Coast released the core rules of D&D 3.5 under the OGL, but only added a small amount of material after that point. Was there some historical reason that the rules for psionics ...
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What is the difference between these Player's Handbooks?

They appear to all be 3.5 Player's Handbooks. However, they have different covers, etc. Player's Handbook II (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying) (Bk. 2) Hardcover Dungeons & ...
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Could Belief in Little Fears: Nightmare Edition cause the dark side of the moon to really be dark?

I'm writing an episode which involves a plot by the monster Vanish involving possessing the dark side of the moon (if you don't know, his power is to possess shadows). I was going with the fact that ...
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What are supported 4e campaign settings?

By "supported" I mean there is at least one book (or similar-level online resource) detailing the setting. Campaign settings I already know about for 4e: Nentir Vale (not well supported), Forgotten ...
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Small group tabletop [closed]

I'm looking for a table top game that can be played with 2 people and a dm/gm without limiting what can be done game wise or cause them to have to play multiple hero characters (talking to themselves ...
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Would a greatsword that is +1/+3 vs aberrations unbalance my game?

My current D&D 3.5 campaign is about aberrations and I want to give my low-level characters an advantage against aberrations. (They're level 2 at the moment). One of my players is playing a ...
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Which rpg system supports freeform magic and is intended for Fantasy games?

We've been looking for a system that fits our current requirements for a while and we seem to be failing miserably at it... Does anyone know of a system that fits the following? Magic system ...
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1answer
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How can a Sentinel Druid get the Air Spirit Primal Attunement?

In a comment on Can a pixie levitate on bootlaces carried by a spirit of salzacas?, Simon Withers said The (at will) Air Spirit Primal Attunement for the Sentinal Druid is a nice replacement for ...
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Are there statistics of the more played games?

Looking the questions of this site, it seems that D&D, in all its versions and variants, is by far the most played game. But that's not quite true in the people I know, so I think the proportions ...
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How many dice do I get when I spend willpower on a chance roll?

If your dice pool is ever reduced to zero or fewer dice, you can still make a "chance roll." A chance roll gives me one die. If I spend willpower on that roll, does it bump me up to four dice? ...
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Games based on Eclipse Phase's world and/or system

Are there any well developed, relatively successful, and - in your own experience - well playable, unofficial (and Creative Commons licensed) RPGs based on Eclipse Phase's world and/or system, as of ...
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Question about ability score bonus spells

The Player's Handbook states that you can get "bonus spells" for certain ability scores, but does that mean more spell slots/spells per day, more spells known, or both?
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Multipurpose spell focus?

Do all spells that require a focus need their own dedicated focus, or can you use the same item as a focus for multiple spells as long as it meets the criteria? For example, say you have three spells ...
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What are some ways to increase melee damage?

I've got a character who needs more melee weapon damage. What kind of things can you buy with character points, besides ST, to increase the damage?
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Can you use Mindlink to go through walls?

I have a telepathic Psion with the Mindlink ability which states: "When you use your Send Thoughts, your psion attacks against the target ignore concealment and cover until the end of the encounter, ...
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2answers
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Does a quiet or loud environment affect listen checks?

A invisible caster with no move silent skill is a dc 10 to hear. 2 guards whispering at 100ft distance is normally a dc 35 to understand. However, can the sound of battle increase this DC? Does the ...
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Resolving confusion & conflict re: group's relationship with system rules

RPG groups have a unique relationship to rules: we have total control over them. Sure, we choose a ruleset and study it, but it's up to us how much of the rules we ignore or modify, and we can add ...
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Modern or future polar horror adventure

I'm looking for a contemporary or sci-fi horror adventure (for any such rpg), set in a polar – Arctic or Antarctic or alternate planet – environment. Mind you, I'll be trying to come up with my own ...
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How do you keep players from using out of game knowledge when their characters wouldn't know the answer? [duplicate]

A lot of times I find my players using their knowledge about the game to there characters advantage even when the characters would have no way of knowing certain information. Here is an example. ...
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Being a good secret keeper: protection against mind manipulation

In the D&D 3.5 universe, there are lots of spells and magical effects that read your mind, read and modify your memory, or otherwise force you to unveil the secrets you've heard. I'm looking for ...
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Is Greater Mage Hand worth it?

I know Greater Mage Hand lets you carry stuff up to 40lbs with it, but is that useful in combat, or just more meant for roleplay/story segments?
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Do spells that grant the caster a tail benefit from already having one?

Some spells like Tail Slap and Tail Sweep work by temporarily granting the caster a "tail of force" with which they can attack. (From what I recall, these are from Dragon Magic or Races of the ...
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1answer
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The Undying Deva

Can a player continually play the same Deva character according to RAW? The reason I ask is because according to the PHB2, the deva are simply continually reincarnated to a deva shrine or holy place ...
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1answer
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Treasure tables with mixed groups

In reference to this Treasure tables in 3.5, how does the system expect a GM to handle groups with mixed treasure types?
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Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?

It recently occurred to me that each monster in the MM has a treasure value, I've been rolling on the treasure table per encounter, am I supposed to roll per monster that has a treasure value over ...
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1answer
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Using Encounter Power twice per round?

Can you use the same encounter power twice in one round if you use power jewel to recharge and then an action point to use it again? I am looking to use Diabolic Strategm, power jewel, action point, ...
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1answer
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How do touch spells work in Pathfinder?

You would think touch spells would be fairly straightforward: You cast a spell, you touch someone or several someones, and effects occur. Unfortunately, the touch spell rules contain the following ...
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What are the steps for creating an animal companion?

I'm having some issues statting out a badger Animal Companion for a 6th level Ranger in D&D 3.5. Can anyone provide step by step instructions that I can follow whenever I create an animal ...
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Is the Psionics handbook from 3.0 compatible with D&D 3.5

My local gaming shop has an old copy of the Psionics handbook from D&D 3.0, I know the name of the book for 3.5 is Expanded Psionics but I'm really a big fan of supporting local businesses and I ...
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How are dual-wielding penalties applied?

Regarding dual-wielding as outlined in the 2012-01-28 (latest as of posting) playtest packet for D&D Next; with two light weapons equipped – one in each hand – do both attacks made on a turn ...
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Cthulhu in D&D 3.5

I am planning a campaign arc where the antagonists are followers of the entity known as Cthulhu from H.P Lovecraft's strange tales. In the end of the campaign I'd like to have the adventurers fight ...
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What is “RPG Theory?”

I first encountered this term a couple of months ago. A site search here found it tied into the gaming social contract here. Now that I've found it over here, I'd really like to know. What exactly is ...
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1answer
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Are undead subject to the adverse effects of having 0 in a mental ability score?

Undead are immune to the ability-score altering attacks I know of, but hypothetically, if one somehow suffered ability damage to their mental stats, would they suffer the adverse effects of having ...
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1answer
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How exactly does lighting affect combat?

I understand that there are different types of lighting (dim, bright, complete darkness), but I haven't been able to find anywhere in the DMH or PHB that specifically describes how these different ...

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