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Repurposing magic items in crafting

Suppose that in the course of an adventure, you come across some magic or otherwise special item (magic, or has special properties, or both); for instance, you find a necklace of resistance, or an ...
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What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?

I'm planning an encounter where a mid level party would be assaulted by a a large number of lower level characters. We've all read Tucker's Kobolds, but what makes this kind of encounter actually ...
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How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?

When we first met to create my players' characters, the first thing I asked was to create normal characters (e.g. no freaks/depression/obsession/psychologically disturbed, etc). Normal people with ...
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How should a GM deal with sexuality in an RPG?

I think it's a matter of fact that since the first moment a player realizes that he or she can interact with someone of the opposite sex romantically within the game, things get hairy. I had my fair ...
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1answer
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Flaw-provided feats VS class dips

Let's say, you want a certain PrC. Its flavor is perfect for your character, its mechanics are nice and the only bad thing about it are the prerequesites - like, let's say, Dodge+several other feats. ...
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How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
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Might have found a “Rare” edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons?

I found this hard cover book and wasn't really sure on what it was. So I called a friend and he said it was "A rare eddition" and that i could get quite a bit of money out of it. the Back cover ...
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Alertness feat, Perception and being surprised

I am a new GM playing D&D 4e. I have a question regarding the Alertness feat. In the Compendium it is described as the following: Alertness Benefit: You cannot be surprised. Also, you gain ...
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Roleplay alignment in combat

I am playing a highly combat focused story in Pathfinder. My character is a neutral evil summoner, he basically thinks that the real freedom is achieved by leaving all moral, and that the weak must ...
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How does the Acrobatics long jump work with a double move action?

The Acrobatics skill states "No jump can allow you to exceed your maximum movement for the round." To me this sounds like you can get your double movement out of the jump. For example, a character ...
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How do you choose treasure for encounters with creatures that drop treasure?

In the past, I generally try to send the PCs off on a quest "yadda yadda yadda, kill this and I'll give you 200 gold!" However, this time, my PCs went off without any quest and entered a cave. I ...
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Do you add your strength modifier to touch spells?

I can't find anything explicit about whether a touch melee spell is considered a melee attack or not.
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Where can I find resources to create a realistic castle dungeon?

Shortly, I will send my PCs into a castle ruin, and I plan on them spending some time there, possibly to refurbish the castle and claim it as their own. I want to make this castle a realistic place, ...
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Worm-like Superhero RPG?

Is there a system that captures the feel of the excellent superhero webfiction Worm? The key features are moral complexity (the motto of the series is 'doing the wrong things for the right reasons'), ...
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2answers
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What book has prices for alternative muses?

In the Eclipse Phase core rule book, there are rules for buying a muse. It is listed with stats and a price in the section with other AIs like Vecheil AIs and Hacking (Kaos) AIs. It notes that all ...
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Where are the rules about fire damage?

I have a flamethrower, which deals fire damage, but I don't know where to find the rules about it. Where in the core rule book (or any other book) can I find it?
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1answer
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How does the Climb skill work with a double move action?

The Climb skill states "With a successful Climb check, you can advance up, down, or across a slope, wall, or other steep incline (or even across a ceiling, provided it has handholds) at one-quarter ...
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What kind of steps can I take to avoid overwhelming a new, support-heavy party?

I'm a new DM looking to introduce my group to D&D 4E via a brief low-level (3-4) custom adventure and setting. I have a limited amount of experience with D&D 3E, but the fourth edition is an ...
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2answers
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Designing and Implementing a Crypto-Puzzle Language

Currently I am in the planning stages for when I plan to run a game of D&D 4E, but this question its self is more system-agnostic. I want to design a written language that will come up in some of ...
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Anyone have write-ups (or alternatives) for “missing” skills in D&D 4E?

I decided that my urban campaign setting for 4E would be better off if characters had some "mundane skills and knowledge." One solution is adding the Knowledge, Craft, and Profession skills back in ...
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What is the most rules intensive system that can be played with no prep?

Having just finished a 4e campaign, I'm interested in running something lighter. I didn't spend much time prepping combats (mainly because I downloaded all my enemies from DDI), but I still had to ...
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3answers
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How do you make your players see beyond their power cards?

This question is similar in intent to How do you help players not focus on the rules?, but more focused on a particular feature of D&D 4E: the power list. On today's Rule of Three's article, ...
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5answers
660 views

What makes a skill challenge great?

What makes a skill challenge a good one. What makes then enjoyable and fun? What ways can we make them memorable?
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In Amber Diceless, what is the reason for the order of the Stat Auction?

In Amber Diceless, stats are auctioned off in the order: Psyche Strength Endurance Warfare What is the reasoning for this order? A friend of mine argues they should be auctioned off in a random ...
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1answer
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Does Hammerblow stack with Mighty Swing or Dual Weapon Mastery?

I'm trying to make a character based on STR and DEX to do great unarmed melee attacks. Now I am wondering: does the Hammerblow talent of the soldier stack with the Mighty Swing feats? As far as I ...
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9answers
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How can I roleplay a character more manipulative than myself?

In a game of Maids RP (don't laugh) right now, I'm playing a character significantly more 'cunning' than me. I don't have a problem playing intelligent characters - I consider myself fairly smart, ...
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How can I deal with the challenges a player having Mind-Reading represents without negating their ability?

As I prepare for a campaign to run, I realize that several of the things I want to do in this campaign may be shortcut by mind reading and telepathy. Unfortunately, many of the solutions to defending ...
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1answer
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Can i jump over monsters while im using the charge jump granted by pouncing armor

Im wondering if a barbarian with pouncing armor and an ability score of 17 in athletics can feasibly jump over an monster to reach the monsters behind as part of the charge jump allowed by the ...
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2answers
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Good source book for wilderness/road encounters?

I'm a GM and like for my players to have several interesting encounters when making long road journeys between cities. I especially enjoy when the party has options of how to deal with what they ...
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How do I plan out a character's growth in Pathfinder?

I've played a few Pathfinder games, I've even considered running one myself, and I've come across a common problem for me when I play my character (or in any system really). I start out with a ...
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1answer
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What are the rules for called shots?

The d20pfsrd presents variant rules for called shots here. The source information for this page claims they come from the core rules, but I can't find them in the Core Rulebook. What source can I ...
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5answers
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Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?

As written it seems like there are several holes in the Flanking rules that lead to really weird results. I was hoping someone could provide insights or ideas on this. The first issue I ran into was ...
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Looking for a Space marine RPG similar to Starship Troopers (the Novel)

I'm trying to find an RPG that appropriately reflects the feel of Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers and could use a system commendation. (The novel, not the movies. They're very different in many ...
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2answers
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Paranoia playable with just two Troubleshooters?

Are two troubleshooters (+ me as GM) really enough for Paranoia? I believe the rules do not forbid this, but would you recommend this? Have you experienced playing Paranoia in a rather small group? ...
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What resources should I use to create a mod for d20 Modern?

This is a tangent off of my question about Looking for a Space marine RPG similar to Starship Troopers (the Novel) where there were some good suggestions about systems to use or modify to meet my ...
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1answer
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What happened to SVDPress?

I used to read SVDPress's blog about fourthcore and their updates but the last time I went to their site it simply was a download page for the three fourthcore modules they created. I've archived them ...
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If A Changeling becomes a Succubus, can she fly?

If a Changeling becomes a Succubus, can she fly? More broadly, does a Changeling gain the racial abilities of any race he or she is mimicking?
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Are having the D&D 4e books and errata sufficient to replace a subscription?

I'm considering playing around with D&D 4e again. I last ran it in 2012 and had a DDI subscription to get the latest rules, monsters, etc. I'm not really interested in subscribing to the online ...
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4answers
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What career options are available for a role playing game addict?

What, if any, careers are there out there that are built around playing role-playing games for a living? That is, jobs which go beyond supporting the addiction ;)
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Ring of Rope of Climbing

OK, this is a multipart question: 1) The spell animate rope does not make a rope behave at all like the wonderous item Rope of Climbing, does it? 2) Is there a spell that can temporarily make a rope ...
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1answer
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Can I take the same Daily Spell twice?

13th Age uses a 4-E'ish system of Daily, Encounter, Rechargable, and At-Will powers for it's abilities. However, Spells are treated a little oddly compared to, say, Class Talents in that, well, a ...
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1answer
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How does Jacking Spells with unusual descriptors tied to Class Features work?

The Bard Talent Jack of Spells allows the bard to poach a spell from another spell casting class. Several Wizard Spells have the descriptor "Cyclic"; these spells are usable at will so long as the ...
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2answers
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Can PCs brew uncommon potions?

The Artificer in our party has the ritual to brew common potions, but we are trying to figure out what he needs to learn to brew uncommon potions. Below is the ritual. Brew Potion Liquids ...
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1answer
71 views

Recommendations for plots featuring div/daeva conspiracy to destroy civilization

I'm putting together a plot in a Pathfinder RPG campaign where divs (aka daevas) are orchestrating the downfall of civilization. I'm trying to set it up so that evil is working indirectly, by ...
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2answers
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What skill would be used when looking for an item that is among many items?

When the PCs come across say, an abandoned room that is full of items they don't really care about, but they are looking for something in particular, what skill makes the most sense? Appraise says it ...
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3answers
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How to hide the system in FATE (Dresden Files)

In the past when introducing a new player to roleplaying games I have found they understand it much quicker if I handle the mechanics of the game, and let them experience the story and play without ...
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16answers
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How do I roleplay an intelligent character?

What are some strategies and techniques for role playing a character that is more intelligent than you actually are? It's pretty easy to pretend to be someone who is less intelligent, but the reverse ...
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4answers
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How to chain a druid?

How can a captured druid be restrained so that he can't shapeshift to something that can slip his bonds (such as a small snake)? I would prefer minimum or no magic used. And what about natural-fibre ...
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4answers
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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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2answers
453 views

Are there any Mechanical differences between the Eberron and D&D Home Settings?

In D&D Insider's character builder, both Eberron and D&D Home campaign presented as separate options when creating a character. Does choosing Eberron vs. "D&D" actually make any changes ...

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