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How can I deal with players who are reluctant to spend resources?

There's a certain kind of people who like to hoard whatever limited resources they get "just in case"; they usually end up never using them, always waiting for bigger emergency. On the other hand, ...
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Ending combat: should I “kill” monsters prematurely?

Out of time constraints (my group can generally only meet for 3-4 hours every other week), as a GM I frequently find myself prematurely "killing" off monsters when it seems clear to me that the ...
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Shame him into not shooting: multiple stress tracks in a single conflict

If you insult the hitman enough, will he stop shooting at you? It doesn't seem likely, but that brings into play a question about whether some stress tracks are "more important" than others: If you ...
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What is the Stormwind Fallacy?

In the context of another Question here, the Stormwind Fallacy was brought up. What exactly is the Stormwind Fallacy and how is connected to optimization?
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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Looking for a system that effectively models endurance and fatigue

I am looking for a (fantasy) role-playing system that includes a believable, usable method for tracking the effects of fatigue and determining how they influence capabilities. To provide context for ...
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How fast is the Exploration Speed of a Greater Flying Carpet with two riders?

Straight to the references: Greater Flying Carpet (Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium p85) A greater flying carpet carries creatures and objects at a speed of fly 6 and can hover. A character on ...
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A system ranking epic levels alongside divine ranks?

I was wondering how many epic levels could I say one divine rank is worth. Of course, this is a difficult question to answer with precision, considering that wizard 21 for epic spellcasting is ...
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Playing Dungeon World in an established setting

World creation in Dungeon World according to its principle is meant to be broad and keep some blanks for the players to fill. But what about an established setting like Forgotten Realm or Greyhawk? ...
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Pathfinder DR and ability damage

In Pathfinder does Damage Reduction (e.g. the barbarians DR 2/- for e.g.) reduce the ability damage from, say, a Greater Shadow (1d8 Strength)?
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Can I double move or use a standard action after using Scion of Arkhosia's Overland Flight?

In combat, can my Dragonborn Barbarian use the Scion of Arkhosia's overland flight 12 in combat, move the 12 squares given by the overland flight from the paragon path, land, then use a standard ...
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1answer
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What is the speed factor of a melee weapon and fire rate of a ranged weapon mean?

In the AD&D 1st edition players handbook page 38 on the table weapon types, general data, and "TO HIT" adjustments it says speed factor, is this how many segments it takes to attack with the ...
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Making epic combat interesting and challenging but not complicated

I'm running up on the tail end of a year-and-a-half 4e campaign, and epic levels are exhausting to GM. Everyone has more weird powers than you can shake a dragon at, and that includes the NPCs ...
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Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs

I just decided to start GMing. I have never done it before, but I have played lots of RPGs as a player. The group I have is a min/maxing group who knows what to do and I want to give them something to ...
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What Resources are available to expand my critical hit multiplier?

I've recently developed an interest in critical hits, and I'm looking to create the largest critical multiplier possible. Note that I'm not asking about critical threat range - I'm familiar with that ...
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What is a good mechanic for a test of will power?

I like rules-light larps and I like larps where abilities can be resolved in real time without needing an artificial mechanic like paper-scissor-rock or some kind of card system. Combat is ...
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Why do some classes mention the same skill in both Trained and Class skills?

Consider this example from the Rogue class traits: Trained Skills: Stealth and Thievery. From the class skills list below, choose four more trained skills at 1st level. ...
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What makes a character/creature/power/ability/etc. over-powered?

In generic terms, what makes something, regardless of what game it's being used in, over powered? I hear the term a lot, and while I can recognize it when I see it in-play (often due to someone ...
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2answers
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How should I interpret “rival” when playing out the Envy vice?

I'm having a tricky time knowing where to go with the technical side of the Envy vice. It's kind of a unique vice in that I have to damage "a rival" rather than, as with other vices, my wellbeing, my ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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What to do when your character is just too good?

I'm playing in the Paizo Pathfinder Jade Regent adventure path and we're having a good time so far (campaign blog and session summaries). However, as my character has gone up in power I'm now ...
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What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?

On the one hand, this is a pretty newb question: I’m not familiar with 4e and do not actually know what a Basic Attack is. That sort of question, however, I could answer by simply opening the ...
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How does attending Military Academy work in time sequence?

One can increase their Military Ability by attending the Military Academy. The higher your MA the longer it takes to increase it. How does attending the Academy work in conjunction with the timing ...
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1answer
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Can commissions be purchased while on Campaign by using a servant or intermediary in Paris?

In en-garde, commissions may only be purchased in Paris on the weekend. Instead of using weekend leave, can commissions be purchased using a servant or intermediary in Paris while remaining on ...
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1answer
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How is HD determined in Animate Dead?

I have a dread necromancer playing in my game and I've been wondering if we're interpreting the Animate Dead spell correctly. Since the player isn't one to review the rules of spells herself, I've ...
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2answers
468 views

Is there a way to do slashing damage with a mace?

I play a double light-mace fighter, and I want to make a lot of attacks every turn. I took a look at the dervish (CW 25) prestige class, and they can take a full attack action and move up to their ...
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9answers
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Tried all the existing advice, but players still never roleplay fear

I've read some other posts on here about how to telegraph danger to my PCs and how to make them flee. The problem is, I believe I am actively using all the strategies in both of the posts and my PCs ...
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2answers
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Multiple attacks with a dancing weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the dancing weapon enchantment says it 'fights for four rounds using the base attack bonus of the one who loosed it'. Does that mean if my base attack bonus is +6/+1, the weapon will also ...
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Does a scout get skirmish extra damage on a ready action or AOO?

I'm asking because I'm confused after reading the errata of the skirmish ability in the complete adventurer. Original: She deals an extra 1d6 points of damage on all attacks she makes during ...
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Infinite wish combo using 3 items

I was reading HPMOR and on chapter 3 it mentions some infinite wish combo in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" using 3 items. The action being set in 1991 it can either be AD&D or AD&D 2nd ...
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1answer
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Should players know the details about campaign moves

One of the principles of Dungeon World is: Never speak the name of your move. But let's say I have a new general move or a campaign move for the players. For instance a move for a political campaign ...
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1answer
61 views

How do I know which regiments are lower social standing?

For joining regiments the rules state: "A player who unsuccessfully attempts to join a regiment may apply to other regiments in the same week, but may only apply to regiments of lower social ...
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2answers
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Crafting on ten coppers a day

Using the 3.5 crafting rules, how would you optimize for the cheapest magic item crafting possible, and how cheap would it be? By default, crafting is 1/3rd the base price, or 33.33% + materials. ...
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886 views

GM developed recurring villain

I have started my first 3.5 campaign and had the idea that as the GM I could still enjoy playing by making a character using the normal rules and running it as the villain. It would gain the same ...
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2answers
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Where did the option to trade rolling for a minimal success first appear?

Some games include a clearly defined method for allowing players to opt not to roll in favor of accepting a certain minimum level of success. For example, Ubiquity has its "Take the Average" mechanic ...
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How to implement dual-classing in a non-levelled RPG game?

I'm working on an alternate ruleset for a tabletop pen-and-paper RPG (like D&D). Recently I've been toying the idea of abolishing a level system. However, I don't want to remove the ability for a ...
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1answer
176 views

Do pregnancies apply at the Bawdyhouse?

These is a chance to get your mistress (or wife) pregnant during each "romantic encounter". At a Bawdyhouse you can purchase female companionship. Are you able to get a female companion pregnant at ...
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Do military ranks transfer between regiments?

If a character has joined a regiment and they decide to join another instead do they retain the same rank they achieved in their previous regiment or do they have to buy their rank again? E.g. If ...
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779 views

Do touch spells crit via a natural weapon's crit range?

If I increase the threat of my natural weapon (improved crit) (19-20) does this affect my touch spell cast through it? Pg 213: A touch spell that deals damage can score a critical hit just as a ...
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Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?

Question in title. Seems odd that an animal isn't naturally inclined to get bonuses to Survival, which typically involves dealing with the wilds and it's associated difficulties (an animal's natural ...
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2answers
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Does an Eidolon share initiative with the Summoner?

The note for Eidolons indicate they are treated as a summoned creature. I assume this means they are treated as per a Summon Monster spell, with the noted exceptions. Does this mean that the ...
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1answer
637 views

Can an Eidolon apply a reach evolution to a weapon attack?

Can an Eidolon apply a reach evolution to a weapon attack (such as a polearm)? The wording of the reach evolution does not seem to refer to natural attacks as most other Eidolon attack abilities do. ...
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1answer
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What is the royal protocol, if any, in Changeling: The Lost?

I'm wondering how changelings are supposed to behave toward royalty. Of course, in real life the behavior of a queen to her subjects (and vice versa) is dependent on the queen, the particular ...
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How can I use the skill system from D&D3e in AD&D2e?

How can I use the skill system from 3rd edition in a 2nd edition game? Are there any problems with just adding it as-is? Are there any good houserules online? Personal experience is much appreciated. ...
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1answer
270 views

Can you strike an enemy in melee with an implement?

The warlock in my group fell off a ladder and lost an arm. Where he used to have both a dagger and an implement, he can hold only his implement (rod) now. Can he, both mechanically and realistically ...
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1answer
440 views

NPC Ships for Rogue Trader

Anyone know of a good list of premade ships for Rogue Trader? I'd like to build up a good collection to choose from for some one off sessions I plan to run at a Con this year.
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4answers
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 3rd and 4th edition that I should know about?

I've played a decent amount of Shadowrun 3rd edition, and recently joined a group of players who play 4th ed. I know I'm going to get confused and turned about- In summary, what's changed that I ...
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3answers
401 views

Tips and pitfalls for a variable-size group

My gaming group has very fluid attendance. From week to week it's been known to fluctuate between ten and two players, usually hovering around three to five. I've become reasonably adept at building ...
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1answer
576 views

Can my Animal Companion use Skills that it can't put ranks into?

I'm trying to make a druid, with an animal companion. I'm at the part where I'm deciding what skills he'll be trained in (2 at first level). From the SRD: Animal Skills Animal ...
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1answer
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How do multiple attacks with natural weapons work?

I'm planning a character that has 2 claw attacks and a tail attack as natural weapons, but now I'm a little confused about the mechanics of using them all. 1: Can both claws be used at once as a ...

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