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Rules for multi-classing in D&D Next?

I am participating in the D&D Encounters current season, which is being run with the recommended D&D Next ruleset. I am fond of the striker classes from 4e that combine martial with magic and ...
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How can the players reduce the workload of a game master?

As you know DMs do most of the job for the campaign (maps, plot, NPCs etc) and quite a bit of storytelling. Players, on the other side, bring in their creativity and add extra spice to the game ...
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184 views

Metafictional Lovecraft in a Call of Cthulhu campaign

Is there an official stance - expressed in the publications of Chaosium and/or its licensees - on how Lovecraft and his works are incorporated metafictionally into the universe of Call of Cthulhu, if ...
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Are Divine Sanction and Divine Challenge the same thing?

I have a level 5 paladin. My paladin has a couple of powers that subject enemies to my Divine Sanction. I also have Divine Challenge. As far as I can tell these are almost the same thing - are ...
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In depth world building. Making connections [closed]

I was reading an article (I lost the page due to Internet failure and don't have the link) on world building and it was talking about in depth world building, the article begins by talking about ...
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Wages and economy in Rolemaster/MERP

We have been playing MERP (Middle Earth Role Playing game) for some years. Essentially all the old Editions by ICE (Iron Crown Enterprises), that use/extend Rolemaster. There are some lists of prices ...
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What systems use interesting questions to inspire character backgrounds? [closed]

In another question, it was suggested that the game "Dread" has a number of questions to make players really consider their character's backstory and personality. However, I'm planning to run a ...
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Master of Shrouds Summon Undead caster level

At second level Master of Shrouds (LM p46) gets Summon Undead ability: Summon Undead (Sp):At 2nd level and higher, a master of shrouds can summon one or more incorporeal undead creatures a ...
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What percentage of the population is magical in Pathfinder's world of Golarion?

This is kind of a variant of this medieval + magical question. However, I'm looking for any specific rules regarding the basic math around spells and the availability of magic users. Pathfinder's ...
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Mind Control: What's a Dominate Person between allies?

In a recent game of 10th level characters, we had a small issue in the group. To set the scene, my character was a serpentfolk witch, specializing in enchantment and specifically mind-magic. We had a ...
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Is It OK To Sic Assassins On My PCs?

L5R has the most specific example in my immediate memory. In one game, the players were in a diplomatic situation and a Shosuro Shinobi (ninja) was sneaking around to stir the pot. This was a ...
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What is a social contract?

The concept of "social contract" comes up in discussions of group dynamics and RPG theory. We even have a tag for social-contract. But there is no good, easily-found definition online anywhere. Our ...
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Avoiding Wrath of Fellow Players (And Death)

EDIT: Thanks for your very useful answers, everyone! I was typing the original post in haste, and left out a few vital details: PvP is okay in our campaign, as long as it is reasonable and in ...
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1answer
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Why is Int supposed to be a Psion's key stat when they don't use it?

I've been reading the rulebooks and handbooks for a while and one thing doesn't stop to bother me - INT is always mentioned as Psion's most important attribute, yet unless you want a Shaper psion, you ...
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3answers
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How to handle spell components in AD&D 1st edition

In the AD&D players handbook a lot of spells require spell components but no where can I find rules, costs, or anything else regarding spell components. So I assume this is one of the do it ...
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2answers
181 views

How can I gauge the strength of my PCs in Legend?

I've been trying to run Legend on and off lately, and I find myself faced with a frustration. Though I find the Mook rules easy enough to comprehend, I can't seem to create appropriate challenges for ...
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2answers
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D&D 3.5 mounted movement in battle

If my gnome rider has the dodge and mobility feats does my riding dog mount gain the benifits of the feats in battle movement?
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Problems Regarding a Mary-Sue type Player Character

In my game, one of the player's characters is a bit... too much. It's not easy to describe, but I think she's a somewhat more subtle example of the Mary Sue archetype: a character who is perfect, and ...
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Would magic 'weapons' make the monk more balanced?

The monk in D&D 3.5 (and, to a lesser extent, in Pathfinder) is generally considered underpowered. Would adding magic 'weapons' that could add enhancement bonuses and magic weapon effects to a ...
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1answer
453 views

Swashbuckler's Insightful Strike and Two-Weapon Rend

When dealing damage for the Two-Weapon Rend, does the Swashbuckler add it's Insightful Strike damage bonus to the rend damage if the weapon is a Finesse Weapon?
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The 5-Foot Step and Acrobatic Strike

As I understand the 5-Foot Step, it can be taken to move 1 Square while still being able to perform a Full Attack without evoking an Attack of Opportunity. Does this mean that I can still Tumble in ...
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5answers
872 views

Rulesets to make magic more unpredictable and dangerous?

I am considering starting a Pathfinder game, however before I do this I would like to brew-up some house-rules on the use of magic for a "low-magic" setting (think Conan or A Song of Ice and Fire) ...
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1answer
127 views

Effect of simultaneous Physical Stress

Here is the situation that happened in today's game: Johnny Storm (Human Torch) as a NPC has d12 of Physical Stress, and has activated his Nova Flame SFX on his previous action. He is attacked by a ...
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2answers
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Monk with Aberrant/Vile feats

Additional attacks are a good thing to have and some feats give you those - like, Tentacles with a slam stack from Aberrant bloodline, or Bite attack from Vile. The question is - do those recieve ...
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Can a Rogue (D&D 3.5) use sneak attack on both the first and second attack?

I know this seems like a question you can simply Google but the answers vary and my clan is under the impression that I can only use it on my first attack (once per round) and not on my second attack. ...
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My Rogue has just achieved 6000xp, how can I build him to improve two-weapon melee attacks?

I'm new to D&D. We've played 5 times. My Rogue's race is elf. I'm about to acquire 6000xp and level up. I like melee-fighting, in particular, two weapon fighting. I have two short-swords. I'd ...
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6answers
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Is Coup de Grace on sleeping and bound opponents an evil act?

So I was recently participating in a Pathfinder Society game. Our ship was attacked and boarded by pirates. First thing that happened was one of our party cast sleep, and succeeded in putting four of ...
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2answers
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If I am using 2 weapons, can I trip with one and attack the tripped target in the same round?

I'm playing a dual wield fighter and I was wondering is it possible to, when using a full round action to attack and you have more then one strike, can you trip with your first hit and then proceed to ...
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2answers
416 views

AD&D scrolls and learning spells

Can a magic-user who finds a scroll in a dungeon take said scroll and copy the spell to his/her spell book so that he/she can prepare that spell in the future? Also if the character finds the scroll ...
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1answer
316 views

Do the penalties mentioned in the Spell Rage class feature replace or stack with Barbarian Rage?

Since Barbarians can enter the Rage Mage class I ran into a few questions. Does the Spell Rage feature replace the standard rage or does it Augment the Standard rage? all in all I thought that Rage ...
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2answers
750 views

Rules for physical appearances based on charisma and race

I remember reading rules about how to determine physical attractiveness based on charisma and race, but I'm not sure which book. Does anyone remember where this was? By the way, I'm not talking about ...
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3answers
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Is it legal to write and distribute adventures or campaign settings for D&D 3.5?

I am considering writing and selling adventures and/or a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons v3.5 and I am wondering if it is legal to do so. Also what am I allowed to use from the official ...
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1answer
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Becoming an outsider but still being humanoid

Does a player that becomes an outsider as part of a class feature still count as being humanoid for the purposes of things like favored enemy?
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How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?

I'm about to start a new arc with my characters and I'd really like it to begin by having them be kidnapped. It would be easy for me to just do this by fiat and say that "You are knocked unconscious ...
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3answers
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What is the best two handed weapon in 4th edition?

There are several options available for two-handed weapons in 4e. Ignoring build, is there a qualified best option? Analysis in each category would be welcome. What are the best options for Simple ...
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1answer
268 views

Where do I find the saving throws matrix for monsters in AD&D

In the Dungeon Master's Guide it gives you a matrix for character saving throws but I can not find the matrix for monster's saving throws, where can I find this?
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1answer
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Do Manacles of Cooperation allow for a save to escape?

The Manacles of Cooperation have a line of text that seems a bit ambiguous to me: The prisoner never attempts to escape of its own volition and agrees to any reasonable request unless it makes a ...
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3answers
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Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder?

Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder? Off the top of my head, the biggest difference is feats every 2/3 levels. Would it affect ...
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1answer
141 views

Is there a plainer english explanation of bravery and poltroonery?

Despite having reread the rules section multiple times, I don't understand how death numbers, death rolls and bravery / poltroonery settings other than flat numerical modifiers work. Is there an ...
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1answer
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Where do I find the “monster level” for the monsters in the AD&D monster manual?

This is for The AD&D 1st edition Monster Manual. The Fiend Folio and Monster Manual II both give monster levels in the stat block of the monster and yet the Original Monster Manual does not. So I ...
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1answer
360 views

Playing an Undine Druid with the water domain, can I use water affinity for domain spells?

Let me preface this with this is my first character, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Water affinity gives water domain powers and spells at +1 caster level to undine clerics. I'm thinking because ...
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1answer
193 views

Does the combination of the Blinded and Deafened status effects make other creatures effectively hidden?

If an item and or attack power in 4e gives a creature both the blinded and deafened status effects and the creature has no alternative senses (blind sight, tremor sight) is it mechanically accurate to ...
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How do I set the base price in a barter system?

I'm currently working on a homebrew system and one concept I was intending to incorperate is that there is no in-game currency; items are traded using a barter system. The thing is, how do I set a ...
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How do I help my players get past an obstacle I didn't intend?

Here's the situation. There's a locked door that prevents any further progress into the dungeon. There's a keyhole in the door and a message basically saying that the key needs to be wished for. In ...
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3answers
343 views

How to reveal initiative dice simultaneously online?

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to phrase this. I'm going to run an online game of Riddle of Steel. Part of its combat mechanic is that at the beginning of a round, each player picks either a red ...
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1answer
263 views

Converting a 3.5e Campaign (Shackled City) to a 4e Campaign

I've played D&D on and off for a number of years and I thought that it would finally be time to try my hand at DM'ing. A little while ago, a friend bought me the Shackled City Adventure Path and ...
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4answers
346 views

How could I make Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk as a valid character?

After watching the Avengers, and getting back into Marvel Comics, I've wanted to make a Hunter: the Vigil character that, as close as possible, resembles the duality of "Bruce Banner/The Incredible ...
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1answer
91 views

When Multi-Classing, do you gain all class benefits?

For Example: If a Cleric multi-classes into a warlock, does the cleric gain +1 to his Will and Reflex defenses due to the warlock's "bonus to defense"?
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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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1answer
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How do I use the damage workspace on 4e character sheets?

Just looking for clarification on this. I'm DM and all my player's just leveled up so I'm making sure they did this properly. When using the character sheet's damage workspace, is this just for basic ...

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