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How can I create more compelling villains?

A consistent issue with the games that I've run comes through with villain characters. Not just at the end of an adventure, but overarching villains; movers and shakers of the world. I notice that I ...
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What does it take to throw a splash weapon?

I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action. This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash ...
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How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?

I'm thinking of starting my own campaign with a few of my friends with me as DM, primarily because I wasn't extremely impressed with the campaign my friend was DMing. When I started thinking about the ...
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What options exist for a “divine bard” in D&D 3.5?

One character I'm considering playing in a 3.5e D&D game is a dwarvish bard (yes, I know that's a really bad idea from a min-max perspective, and no, I don't care!). The back story for the ...
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How do I handle a player who plays his character far differently than the character was originally presented?

I'm not asking how to make every character be played as I would play them. I'm asking how to handle a situation in which the character that the player presents to me as a GM (with complete back-story, ...
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Better Rules for Breaking In with MET:VTR

My understanding of breaking into a secured area in NWOD is that it is an extended test using Dexterity + Larceny + Equipment vs a set number of successes (5, 10, or 15) required depending on the ...
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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Naztharune Rakshasa BaB

I have a question that my buddy and myself have been fighting over for some time now. If I have a Naztharune Rakshasa (MMIII page 136) with a racial Base attack bonus of 11, plus 8 levels in rogue and ...
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How does a character recover from the dying state on his own?

In RAW it's a bit confusing how you go about this if no one is aiding you at all. It states that a dying character "must make a DC 10 Constitution check to become stable. The character takes a ...
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Can all 3 uses of Metamagic School Focus be used on the same spell?

Can all 3 uses of Metamagic School Focus from Complete Mage be used on the same spell?
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system? Is it a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier? Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character ...
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1answer
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How do I use acrobatics to move past foes and their threatened areas?

I think I would need at least 2. One for moving past the enemies occupied square and another for the threatened square, but do I need an acrobatics check for every threatened square I move past or ...
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2answers
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How can I add psychic damage to wizard powers?

If I want to add the psychic keyword to my wizard powers, the only thing I can come up with is to get heavy blades as an implement, and use a Githyanki Silver Sword. Are there any other ways to get ...
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How do I emphasize role-playing during combat?

Right now, the group that I GM for is very, very tactical-combat focused. To some extent, we may as well be playing a dungeon crawl board game for all the role-play we manage. Now, in and of itself ...
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Should a GM be a Player?

Game Masters have plenty to do; no need to enumerate the tasks here. But should a non-player character be a 'regular' in a party? By gaining a voice in the in-character interactions, the GM taps a ...
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How to deal with players asking for an “infodump”

I read some questions about how to have players ask questions, but I happen to have the opposite issue. While players asking questions is nice, I often am in the situation where they ask too much ...
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How do I build a non-biomorphic AI?

I'm building an ally for one of my players in a GURPS game, but I'm having trouble figuring out the point cost of a non-biomorphic AI. Basically, this AI lives in a computer that the player wears on ...
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Is there an item that prevents expending a power on a miss?

I know that some powers have the Reliable Keyword. Is there an item that prevents me from expending a power on a miss? I've read my share of books, but it is just too many books.
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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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Building Spellcaster Cleric [on hold]

I am playing a Forgotten Realms game with very specific rules: 1) "All gods in this plane are dead", so there is only one cleric in the game (he is NPC) 2) Only some books are allowed (CAd, Car, CD, ...
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One of my players is too passive and uninterested

Game is DnD 3.5, not that it matters. So, yeah, she is playing an Elf Rogue and she is like a ghost during the game. In the last session, the party was searching for a guy and some Halfling told ...
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Did I overstep my power as DM?

While playing a game with a previous group, in the middle of a combat, I had an enemy caster hidden from general combat, but still casting different spells like heal and other non-damage spells to ...
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When would PCs choose to walk instead of ride?

I'm putting together an adventure where the PCs are on a time limit. As such, travel times become quite important and I want to make sure that I've understood the different means of travel beforehand. ...
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What qualities are important when creating a fantasy RPG campaign?

Creating custom game play content for a group can be challenging for even the most experienced GM. Understanding how your group members' play and understanding what they want to experience is ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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How does Stress work for characters with multiple Affiliation dice?

Some characters in MHR can have various levels of Affiliation. For example, Thanos has the following Affiliations: Solo 3d10, Buddy d6, Team 2d8. Now let's suppose Thanos is in a conflict with some ...
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When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?

I was wondering what is the point to roll behind a screen as a GM? If nobody can see the roll then I could claim that i rolled any number I require, right? If I would have to show the roll, then why ...
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How to get better feedback from players?

OK, we started a new campaign yesterday and I really want to take quality feedback from my players. When I ask, "How was it? Do you like it?", I generally get some vague answers like "It was good, I ...
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How can I learn about other editions of D&D?

I am presently a 4e player, and I love the game. But I am also interested in the other editions of the game, and would like to be able to get a good overview of them. By overview I mean a good look ...
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What are the details involved in rearing an animal?

The Handle Animal skill is fairly detailed in most respects but in the CRB there is very little about actually rearing an animal. It's stated that a wild animal can be reared from infancy to become ...
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Can one push a wild animal using the Handle Animal skill?

I was wondering how the Handle Animal skill can be used when concerning wild animals. For example; If you come across a wolf in the woods and he's hungry and eyeing you down like he wants to attack, ...
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Barbarians vs Berserkers

This is a history-of-gaming question, and it has to do with the name choice between Barbarian and Berserkers. Due to the race-and-class mixing and matching of many different gaming systems, you can ...
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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm ...
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Plausible explanation for large number of armed adventurers in fantasy RPG setting?

I'm working on a Dungeons & Dragons setting and want a comprehensive and logical explanation why, in a feudal society similar to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, there might be bands of armed ...
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How are increases calculated when leveling up?

At first it seemed obvious to me but now I'm beginning to question it seeing as how I can't find anything explicit in the RAW. This is hard to phrase but I'll do my best. The question is regarding ...
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Are the effects of the awaken spell permanent?

Could you have a druid being followed by any number of awakened creatures permanently (assuming their relationship is a good one, and the creatures want to follow the druid)?
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What kind of action is an active Perception roll?

There's this popular treatise on what it means to be hidden called The Rules Of Hidden Club posted on the WotC boards. It's widely regarded as a good and toroughful explanation on what being hidden ...
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Can you use superior weapons without training?

According to the Player's Handbook (4e), Superior weapons are even more effective than military weapons but require special training to use. You can learn to use a superior weapon by taking the ...
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How can my co-GM and I improvise together when running a game?

Here's the background - one of the players have to leave town for an exchange programmee lasting 6 months, but I have already filled his slot with another player. We are thinking of ways to include ...
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How do I remove a poorly-designed rule without my players feeling cheated?

(This question is inspired by by Neil Slater's answer here: What are the acceptable limits for questions using the probability tag?. Other related questions are: Rules for increasing ability scores in ...
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How do I cast spells and determine damage?

So my friends and I picked up an intro game in Shadowrun e5 and I played a street shaman. We were a bit stuck on the rules to casting spells. I'm reading some of the rules now and I'm stuck on where ...
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1answer
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What unfortunate side effects am I missing in allowing a feint as part of movement at a -10 penalty?

Within Mutants and Masterminds, if you have a feat called Acrobatic Bluff, you can make use an Acrobatics check in place of Bluff for the purpose of feinting to make someone flat-footed for your next ...
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Bringing the Realism

As I have played D&D we have come to many points on the road where things don't seem quite fair and as the DM I have to be the arbiter of sticky wickets. For example: If you have a situation where ...
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Realism of Poisoned Weapons

Many games have classes that make extensive use of poisons. Poisons of course have been used in murder and poisonous gases have been used in war. But how realistic are the poisoned weapons so common ...
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How does wild shape work when adjusting ability scores and performing natural attacks?

I'm curious because the Wild Shape ability states that it works as the Beast Shape spell. The spell simply states that it adjusts certain ability scores (seems to only adjust size related ability ...
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1answer
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What's with the Paladin's ranged powers? Do they provoke opportunity attacks?

So I am a little bit confused. I am currently playing a Paladin built for tanking and holding the front while my party hopefully finishes the enemy off before I die. I was looking though some of the ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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13answers
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Where can I find other RPG players?

I'd really like to learn how to play pen-and-paper RPGs. I know that it takes a few players to actually sit down and play, but I'm not at all sure where to find more gamers. How do I find existing ...
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3answers
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How can I find old Dungeon and Dragon magazine articles without a subscription?

I have an interest in the pre-WOTC editions of Dungeons & Dragons, and would like to learn more about the history and foundation of the game; I would therefore like to get a hold of various back ...
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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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