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Penalties to running long distances outside of combat?

I'm running a game with a couple of friends, one of which is a druid with a base speed of 8, and the party has hired some horses (speed 10) but almost lost one in combat as an enemy tried to escape on ...
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How do I include their character bio without controlling their past?

I am about three months real time (about 4 years game time) into the campaign and they have completed the main quest line. They are really enjoying the new side quests I have for them, and the world ...
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Should a quest completed be its own reward?

My players have become entangled in a murder mystery in 1748 Prussia (using the Götterdämmerung system), and are trying to work out who the killer is while trying to both stay alive and avoid ...
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Is this Amulet of Mage Armor and Shield legit according to the rules?

I often play as a Crafting Wizard and would like to know if there's a ruling against this. Whenever I'm working on creating survivability items, I've always made the same item. Amulet of Mage ...
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Magical Tool Bonuses

As a mage, I have a number of magical tools that I have dedicated to specific Arcana. My GM and I are wondering what if, any bonuses, may apply? I am on the softer side, thinking that the bonus if ...
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Secure a letter/scroll against opening (low levels)

Imagine an NPC (~7th level spell caster with limited resources) gives a letter to a low-level party (levels 1-2) asking them to carry it to another NPC (~7th level something with a lot of resources). ...
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Are undead mounts considered “evil”?

Let's say, my PC is a human cleric of demons, and I have created an undead horse as my mount. It's great, because the horse does not need to sleep, nor feed, and it does not become fatigued. So riding ...
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Can experiences in-game give Merits? Can Merits be used to purchase others?

As a player who is looking to actually branch off into GM'ing, my group and I ran into this conundrum recently: a technomancer of ours hacked into a corporations database at their security center. Per ...
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Is my DM being fair? [closed]

Me & some friends recently started playing 4e & none of us had played anything like it before. However, recently, the guy who was DM-ing at the time (we're taking turns to see who enjoys it/is ...
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222 views

How do saving throws work with Gestalt?

Our party has a level 4 gestalt Scout 4 // Ranger 1 / Swashbuckler 2 / Rogue 1 Heroforge came up with base saves of +5 +5 +0 By my calculation the scout side should offer +1 +4 +1 On the other ...
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Software to simulate battles for testing out house rules

I'm playing Scion with my group and we are quite dissatisfied with the combat system (esp. melee vs. gunfighting and rolling damage) and its interaction with specific powers and mechanics (hardness, ...
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128 views

Specialties and weapon types

I am wondering if I am missing something about specialties with weapon types. Is there any benefit to listing off a specific weapon, rather than the category of the weapon? On page 309 of the main ...
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Adding the Reliable Keyword

I realize that daily powers are either Reliable, or they do something even if you miss. But is there any way to add the Reliable keyword to a power? It's possible with certain other keywords; for ...
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How does Delay Poison interact with Drow Poison?

If a character has Delay Poison cast on them before being hit by the poison, my understanding is that both fortitude saves are delayed until the Delay Poison wears off. If a character is hit by Drow ...
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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...
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Should mental conditions on character creation be given some kind of compensation?

If I give a character a condition on character creation due to a past experience with the supernatural, should I make them roll integrity (fairly horrific circumstance)? Should I give them any bonus ...
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Is there a way to get spellcraft skill levels without dedicating class levels?

I currently have a Monk that is soon going to be getting Tattooed Monk as a prestige class and I want to prestige again later into an Ur-Priest. I am human, INT 10, and am a level 5 monk. I meet ...
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2answers
657 views

Dual Wielding Daggers with Bucklers

So I got inspired to think about a fighter or rogue character that uses Two-Weapon-Fighting with two very light weapons and using two bucklers strapped to each arm, or at least some lengthy advanced ...
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1answer
128 views

Official SW gaming aids compatibility with SWD

Peginc.com has a number of interesting and rather helpful-looking gaming aids (for a newbie SWD GM) available for free download, such as the Training Wheels Character Sheet and the GM Screen Insert / ...
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Zombie damage in SWD?

The combat example on p.79 of the Savage Worlds Deluxe pdf shows zombies doing d6+d4 damage. The Bestiary entry for the zombie (p.147) lists only "Claws: Str" (and the zombie's Str is d6), whereas a ...
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107 views

Is withdrawing from close combat a free action in SWD?

Is withdrawing from close combat a free action in Savage Worlds Deluxe? The rules seem to say moving up to your Pace is a free action, but I'm not really sure about this, as moving, in my current ...
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224 views

How to communicate with your summons?

The Summon Monster spell mentions: If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. In that situation, what ...
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364 views

Why are there no bonus cantrips for high ability scores?

It seems that in DnD 3.5 RAW, cantrips are not included in the ability modifiers and bonus spells progression chart, meaning that beyond level 2 a wizard cannot increase his number of cantrips per ...
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234 views

Any tips for running more action based and less tactical encounters?

I've been using "tactical minis" games for all my games as of now, specifically Savage Worlds and 4E which has been my bread and butter. Just recently we picked up D&D Next Playtest (Oct 2013) to ...
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Can you make items with a “misc” or “unnamed” bonus to an ability score?

Back when I was learning about how to craft magic items in 3.5, I was told by the GM that in order to get around enhancement bonuses not stacking, you could make an item with a "misc" bonus, or an ...
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Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?

Monster Classes are completely crippled from what I see. You start out greatly underpowered and it's a slow climb to being half-way decent with most creature's insane Level Adjustment. You don't get ...
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1answer
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Can One Benefit from an Action Point after a Charge?

This question was prompted by a statement in this answer. Charging Ends Your Turn After a charge, your turn is over, except for free actions. From the Rules Compendium, pg 240: No Further ...
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How do you Create a Campaign?

I've used Savage Worlds Plot Point campaigns for successful campaigns (i.e., multiple connected sessions with some coherence to them, where something is accomplished), but don't have any idea how to ...
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How do I tailor a Solo Monster for 1st level characters on D&D Next?

I'm running my first campaign of D&D Next and I'm tailoring some custom monsters, and using some of the weakest from the Monster Manual from the Playtest (I'm using the October 2013 document). ...
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2answers
143 views

Tips for fleshing out towns on a Dungeon Centered Campaign? [closed]

I'm running a D&D Next Playtest campaign centered on dungeon exploration, just swtiched from 4e so I'm pretty new to this. Our world is build like Bionicle's Mata Nui: a continent with a central ...
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1answer
127 views

How does strength affect a Brown Bear's bite damage?

I'm looking at the stats for a Brown Bear and trying to figure out how to advance them (for a druid animal companion). All of the derived stats make sense to me except for the Bite damage - why is ...
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1answer
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What major changes will 5e bring in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting?

As I understand it 4e takes the Forgotten Realms storyline up to around 1469 DR. How far will 5e take it, if at all? Will there be many changes to the story? I am using many realms characters, such ...
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How to make a battery in M&M?

In Mutants and Masterminds, one of the flaws a power can have is called "Limited Uses", which decreases the number of times a power can be used from infinite to some finite number. It's used most ...
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161 views

I want to take part! [duplicate]

I've been perusing the questions on this forum for sometime now and I think I'm developing an interest in taking part in an adventure. I see a lot of people take part online or over Skype. Would ...
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1answer
242 views

What exactly is the goal of a Rogue Trader Game?

Dark Heresy, Deathwatch and Only War are all mission-based games to some extent, while Black Crusade has the characters making a dash for Daemonhood. But what about Rogue Trader? I couldn't really ...
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1answer
86 views

Do dragonmark spell-like abilities add to Sorcerer's spells known?

Playing in a Eberron Pathfinder campaign. Do these spells get added to a sorcerer spell's known list if you get the feat?
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Temporary HP on missed attack

Let's say I attack with a power that gives me Temporary HP like Bolstering Strike (Paladin). Do I still get the THP even if I miss?
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How do I calculate dice probability in the A Song of Ice and Fire system?

Say I need a net hit of 20 or higher. I get to roll 5d6 base, but I get a bonus dice roll of +3. I only get to keep the 5 highest so I would be rolling "8d6 drop lowest 3 rolls" I want to know what ...
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1answer
254 views

How do I DM the Red Box encounter 4: The Trial?

So I've played this adventure with some friends a few times and tomorrow we are planning to have a big adventure with multiple groups. The only problem I've encountered during the Red Box is this ...
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1answer
785 views

Is grappling symmetrical?

Once a character successfully starts grappling a target, is there now any difference between the aggressor and the defender? Or do both characters get exactly the same mechanical effects, such as no ...
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How do I play a quiet, lone wolf character but also engage my group?

I've recently gotten into a custom D&D-like role-playing campaign and have developed my character to be a quiet, contemplative rogue who has a backstory that mostly represents a lone wolf. I've ...
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1answer
937 views

Is giving players extra HP based on their level going to unbalance my game?

In my group, we are taking it in turns to DM. We are currently on our 2nd adventure and I am preparing to DM the next one. During my preperations, I have discovered a potential problem. Our first DM ...
7
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1answer
579 views

Can weapons have multiple energy enchants?

I have a friend who wants to put Flaming and Shocking on a bow to get some extra damage. All the enchants say is upon command they activate. If the enchants have the same command would they both ...
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1answer
799 views

Can a character use VR to block noise which prevents her from sleeping?

A group of PCs is bound to stay in a noisy location for some time, with a noise level and/or type which would normally prohibit sleeping, such as sudden, short bursts of noise (e.g. gun fire, loud ...
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2answers
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How can I make of Savage Worlds a more Dungeon Crawl based experience?

As some of you know, we've been using 4e to run a ".hack//" based game where players get trapped into an online game by an evil cotrporation that plans to use the data of the virtual world to end and ...
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2answers
2k views

What happens when an Uruk gets an elvish sword?

In Lord of the Rings canon, elvish swords glow brightly when an orc is near. And Uruk-hai are just a kind of orc. In the campaign I'm running, orcs and Uruk-hai are allowed as player characters. One ...
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3answers
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Why is interrogating done with roll+CHA instead of +STR?

The Dungeon World manual pretty clearly states that forceful interrogation (using the threat of violence as leverage) is a Parley move. However, parley is played roll+CHA which feels a bit strange ...
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876 views

How should I handle a PC's pack of animals?

I am a DM and one of the PCs in my group bought five guard dogs. This has produced a couple of problems: Gameplay: I'm handling the dogs' turns in combat since PCs don't get direct control over ...
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1answer
549 views

Dungeon World - Gaining XP for failures

I ran our first Dungeon World session yesterday, and we really had fun. We're all new to the game and to tabletop RPG's in general. I'm a fresh GM, so I forgot a few rules here and there, mostly ...
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What determines max skill rank?

So, I bought the book, read it, but I have a question, and just to be sure: The max level from an skill in rank can't be more than your level, so, a starting character can only have a skill on level ...

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