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How to increase difficulty in Dungeon World

I've been GMing for a couple of sessions now and I'm still struggling at making encounters or situations more difficult. I will describe dangerous situations and encounters in fiction but the ...
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How can I work on my improvisation skills in regards to running a campaign?

I'm writing a campaign for 3.5 at the moment and, as a new DM, it's been hard for me to decide what I need to write now, and what I'll need to write later. Because it's going to be my first campaign ...
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What should I expect from “Trail of Cthulhu” as a player?

I'll start soon a Trail of Cthulhu game, and I know next to nothing about Lovecraft or even Cthulhu itself. What I know is that this game is based more on investigation and discovery (my GM told me ...
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A simple system which makes players feel awesome and empowered [closed]

I'm a young player, and an even younger DM. As such, there were very few systems (read: 2) I've had the pleasure of trying out, and now I'm looking for a system to host a new session in which wouldn't ...
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Are there any game systems whose shtick is that the PCs have dragon companions?

I'm aware of the ECL rules for younger dragons in D&D 3.5. I'd like to move away from that system with this, if possible (it is retained as last resort though). Not that it's incompatible here, ...
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Tips for creating engaging modern setting battle maps?

I'm playing a modern horror campaign, basically "Exorcist cops vs Japanese Folklore creatures". The combats take place in the city, and this, I think, it causing my battles to be dull, like a Final ...
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Can you be a Magic Technomancer?

During character creation, one of my players realized he could do the following: He took a B priority on Metatype, to be a Human with 7 points of Special Attributes. He split his points as 1 Edge, ...
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238 views

Entangling Exhalation + Slow Breath

We are playing in a high-level message-board campaign, and my friend have a Rogue/Dragonfire Adept (level 2/level 16). We are currently facing two adult white dragons. My friend is arborn, hidden ...
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175 views

Outdoors Alchemy

As a part of a module, our low-level party was sent on some random island with just 10 gp worth of gear each. The logical conclusion from that - as long as we want to have good stuff, we have to do it ...
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Can I hide using Cunning Sneak with Wilderness Skirmisher?

The cunning sneak feature allows a creature to make a hidden check if they have any concealment or any cover. The wilderness skirmisher feat enables them to gain partial cover against ranged attacks ...
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Shadowfell and the Prime Material plane

Is the Shadowfell a possible link from the Prime material plane to the demi plane of dread (Ravenloft)? If so... are creatures (if lucky enough) able to enter the prime material plane and terrorize ...
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Managing plots with multiple simultaneous GMs

I'm working with some fellow GMs to prepare a campaign in which we each host separate groups of players, but in the same shared world. This means that the actions of my players might actually ...
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Is Energy Drain a full round action?

If a monster has the Energy Drain special attack, is that a full round action that allows only a single melee or ranged attack per round? Or, if a monster has multiple attacks, can an energy drain ...
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Software tools for Savage Worlds: Showdown unit building?

I recently got into this version of Savage Worlds, and it seems helluva fun to play with friends, as sometimes we have wanted to make our very own minis wargame... However the rules on how to ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Which school of magic do magical weapons and armor auras radiate?

Detect Magic and similar spells can show the school of magic with a proper spellcraft check. Which school of magic is detected for weapons and armor with only enhancement bonuses (e.g. a longsword ...
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How to make skill use on investigations “important” but failure not derail the plot?

Well guys, following previous recommendations here I was able to build a Horror Themed Savage Worlds campaign that has made my players excited. However they're still getting used to the style, as well ...
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Awarding Experience for out-of-game activities, bias towards players with more time, how to fix?

I decided to reward players with extra experience if they wrote summaries of the game sessions in between our meetings. Some players have the extra time to do this, and some don't. What ends up ...
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How do I handle lengthy (days+) actions without slowing the game

I run a D&D 3.5 game, but the system itself is not critical (the examples I use are from D&D though). Some of the characters have various crafting abilities, ranging from things like Alchemy, ...
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1answer
416 views

How do I build a devoted cleric with the WotC builder?

I'm trying to build a new character using the Wizards of the Coast character builder — a devoted cleric. I've previously built a warpriest cleric with no trouble, but devoted cleric is simply not ...
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387 views

Is Astral Construct incomplete?

The astral construct psionic power states: For every 2 additional power points you spend, the level of the astral construct increases by one. But, the monster entry only lists up to level 9 (for 17 ...
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1answer
208 views

When campaign in Warhammer 3 edition starts?

I'm playing WFRP 2 Edition but our campaign started bit later that default 2525 IC. I want to know if there is any additional information about world events in WRFP 3 Edition that can influence our ...
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386 views

Running a campaign alternating GMs every session

The group with which I usually roleplay has a consistent problem: someone will say "Hey, I want to run a campaign in X system with Y setting." Everyone will make characters (which can take quite a ...
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What kinds of enchantments can be put onto orbs?

I've searched everywhere online and can't find the answers I'm looking for about Magic Orbs for my Wizard character for D&D - 4th Ed., so I'll ask them here. What kinds of enchantments can be ...
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Any suggestions for feats/options to forgo damage dice for other benefits?

I'm in a campaign with a reasonably permissive and flexible GM. Currently, I'm trying to put together an enlightened and charismatic bodhisattva type character who charms everything with his voice, ...
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1answer
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Can I get a stat test and a Beginner's Luck test from the same skill in an extended conflict?

Burning Wheel Gold states that only the highest test in an extended conflict counts. For example, if I roll Axe four times in fight, getting two Routines, a Difficult, and a Challenging test, I'd just ...
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How can I make up a Familiar Companion Edge?

I've been thinking about it a lot, and well... there's already the beastmaster edge out there, however it doesn't really seems fit for an arcane character, as in other systems familiars are far more ...
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217 views

What are the mechanics for monsters trying to force a door shut when PCs are in the way?

I'm going to be hosting an encounter where the PCs will enter a room. Behind the fully opened door in a hidden niche are three monsters that will attempt to close the door when the big bad gives the ...
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379 views

Criminal Background in Shadowrun

I have a very simple question about character backgrounds in Shadowrun. If there's a character who has spent time in prison, is that character effectively required to have a real SIN? i.e., if a ...
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D&D 3.5E Campaign that supports a large number of PC players

Okay, so here's the problem. I'm going to be dming a large group of around 10 players that have mixed experience and since I'm used to being in small groups of around 4 players I'm not used to having ...
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How do I keep a horror-like feeling with supernatural powered PCs?

I'm going to use Savage Worlds to run a horror campaign in a modern day setting; think X-Files or Supernatural. My players all agree and are excited about the horror concept, but they want to be able ...
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1answer
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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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1answer
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Can someone help me optimize my Elan Psion (3.5)?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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1answer
341 views

Where does the damage bonus for the level 1 pre-gen characters come from?

My friends and I have just started playing D&D. We have played through the Red Box and we decided to keep playing D&D so we downloaded the play-test materials for D&D Next. I read through ...
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What bonuses do(n't) apply to Rend?

Rend says If it hits with two or more natural attacks in 1 round, a creature with the rend special attack can cause tremendous damage by latching onto the opponent's body and tearing flesh. This ...
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How do I read the Attack line on power cards in D&D 4e?

I've just recently started playing D&D 4e through the Red Box, and I am confused about how to fill in the power cards. So, take Nimbus of Holy Shielding for instance. I understand the Target and ...
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 4th and 5th edition that I should know about?

A short while ago Shadowrun 5th edition was released. I've played a lot of Shadowrun a long time ago (mostly SR2 and SR3, some SR4). So what are the main differences that someone coming from ...
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1answer
228 views

Are Compendium Classes from pre-release still valid?

I have several Dungeon World compendium classes for the Red Book era and I wonder if they still work / are intended to be used with the game as released. Examples off the top of my head include: The ...
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1answer
268 views

How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D? [closed]

How do I get regular people, non-gamers, into playing D&D? Anybody have any useful ideas?
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3answers
283 views

How could I procure an Illithid mask?

I'm playing going to be playing Elementum, a LARP (or in french, Grandeur Nature) on the south bank of Montreal. Their rulebooks account for Illithids (mind flayers), which seem to be really fun to ...
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4answers
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What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?

I am currently playing D&D 4th edition and will be DMing soon. The party consists of 7 characters (mine included, even though I am a DM). I will be running a quest that I created myself and ...
3
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2answers
451 views

Feat or minimal LA template to gain Aberration type

I’m looking for a way to give a 1st-level character the Aberration type, without simply being an Aberration because the race is already fixed (non-psionic thri-kreen, i.e. Monstrous Humanoid ...
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263 views

What works on a creature targeted by an antimagic ray?

The Antimagic Ray is a spell originally from Draconomicon, updated in the Spell Compendium. Here's all the extracts from the text we need to analyze the case, or so I believe. The target functions ...
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851 views

Is it possible to start with non 1st level character in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

I love the idea and I would love to incorporate my players, I'm GM, in Organized Play. Will it be possible or they must start playing with other characters at first level?
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2answers
561 views

What bonuses and penalties do 4-hoofed race impose?

I'd like to play a centaur character from races of wild and I'm interested what skill penalties and bonuses I would face. Centaur stands firmly on his 4 hoofs and I found no clues if doing so gives ...
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455 views

How can I keep the nature and capacity of NPCs hidden to generate a fear of the unknown?

In traditional games such as D&D, the mechanics of the NPCs you face are generally an unknown quantity. The players and the characters only have a rough idea of what an NPC is capable of, based on ...
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Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core?

Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core? To rephrase is Fate Core inherently better at running dark or noir games than Fate Accelerate Edition? This is the impression given by the ...
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1answer
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How does the “Any” descriptor work in Legend?

In the recently released 1.0 version of Legend, is the Elemental Pony racial track lists the Combat Offensive Modifier as "Any". Does this mean that I may select any ability score other than the ...
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1answer
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There was a system that had “Step-Damage” I am seeking the game systems name

The step damage system was something like this: For step 7 you rolled a d10 as it rolls 5.5 on average. For step 7 you would roll 2d6 as the average is 3.5 per die and that adds up to 7 (for non ...

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