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Comprehend Languages vs. Linguistics

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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266 views

How can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?

We have a party member in Pathfinder get bitten on purpose where the rest of the party didn't see, so he turned into a vampire and nobody knows in-game. He is pretty much planing on turning the whole ...
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Is it worth teaching ourselves D&D with the Starter Set, or better to join an existing group? [closed]

I'm new to playing D&D and RPGs in general, and I have a group that's unsure about the game. Is the new Starter Set (5th edition) a good way to start? Is it even worth the cost when there are ...
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Ideas for a plot twist during a hijacking? [on hold]

I'm devising a scenario set on a prestigious vehicle (ocean liner, Concorde, or similar). A little while into the voyage, a group of other passengers (separatist rebels) hijack the vessel via small ...
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Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?

I am preparing for a game with a bunch of new players, with a mix of varying familiarity with the setting/system and RPGs in general. To get them to taste the setting ASAP I decided to play a one-off ...
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5answers
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How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?

I'm preparing to run my first session as a GM (Pathfinder but I don't think it matters for this question). I love the world building side of things, so I'm not too interested in pre-published ...
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2answers
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Creating magic items in 3.5 without spells

Is there any way to create magical weapons or armor/shields without using spells? I'm not asking for wondrous items or anything, just your basic +2 Flaming Sword or +3 Ghost Touch Breastplate? I know ...
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How do I Block or Defend in DFRPG? Can the following Blocking & Defense Actions Examples be Critiqued/Verified?

I've struggled a bit with what I consider to be somewhat vague sidebars on pages 252 & 253 in regard to Blocks. Thus I've written out other examples of how I think Blocks work and am hoping to get ...
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Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
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How many shifts are needed to take out a character with a single blow?

I am aware of the fact that Fate emphasis is on the narrative aspects of the play, but still we are rolling dice and using numbers to measure the outcome of some actions. I am trying to figure out how ...
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Does movement whilst hidden provoke opportunity attacks?

Playing a rogue in my first two D&D Sessions ever thanks to online tabletop (a god send, really!) However, I've come to learn that it's not an easy task (however, my healer has kept me from death ...
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Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?

Bounded accuracy is a major feature of the new system. It promises that bonuses to rolls won't grow too much throughout a character's career. And indeed, a first-level fighter would have an apex skill ...
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4answers
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Custom rules for character advancement

Normally a cleric would gain +1 to attack bonus, +1 to fort save, +1 to will save, +1 1st-level spell per day and +1d8 hit points (+CON) when he reached level 2. I've always found this mechanic kind ...
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Advice for creating/running a city adventure session? [on hold]

My group is playing Swords and Wizardry, they just went through Grimmsgate and we're branching out from there. I've never ran a city adventure before, but my group is really interested in more in ...
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Can I cause a Bleeding Fullstrike with a Concussive Weapon?

My 6th level Aldar, Cleric of Ligth, uses a Heavy Mace as her favourite weapon. While the stun that comes with the "normal" Fullstrike of the Heavy Mace is pretty awesome, there's times that you ...
3
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1answer
282 views

Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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How do I stop my PCs from acting like insomniac monkeys on crack?

An issue came up in the last session of my Pathfinder campaign - that of chronic PC impatience. It happens especially when they go to cities and between major adventures. They go into a frenzy of ...
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What magic items would help a monk hit incorporeal creatures? [on hold]

Im considering getting my darkwood quarterstaff enchanted with ghost touch and sure striking...but am wondering is there any gloves, rings, gauntlets, amulets, etc. that allow for my monk to hit ...
3
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1answer
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Transmuter/Abjurer with Racial Proficiencies

If you focus your stats on combat (melee or ranged depending on race), and if most of the spells you take are based on buffing or gaining a situational advantage, (Transmutation, with some Abjuration, ...
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5answers
197 views

How can I play as a DM, and still have a character who keeps up in levels and can influence the story?

I'm forming a group of new players along with myself to play D&D 5e together. The DMing will probably fall to me, and maybe another friend. However, I'd also like to sometimes have my own ...
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2answers
765 views

Can you use more than one martial maneuver in a single round?

At first I thought you could only use one martial maneuver a round, but after looking through Tome of Battle, I can't seem to find that explicitly stated anywhere. Is there really such a restriction ...
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Would there be issues with porting the 3.5e Breaking & Entering rules and object tables to 5e?

Would there be any major balance concerns with porting the Breaking & Entering rules (specifically the tables contained within, but also possibly adjusting DCs) from 3.5 to 5e?
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2answers
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How many “pets” can an Explorator have at the same time?

The Explorator comes with a servo-skull, now he is about to recieve a Grapplehawk as a gift. Can he use them both at the same time? Furthermore, how do these work in combat? Do they roll initiative as ...
3
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2answers
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Pathfinder Earth Glide clarification

I'm hoping some one can point out some rules I've missed, or some rules extrapolation I've overlooked that might explain some of these questions. There are different descriptions for Earth Glide ...
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5answers
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A fast rule to replace iterative attacks

In D&D 3.5, higher-level players and monsters get iterative attacks. This can slow down the game sometimes. Therefore, I am looking for an alternative rule that fulfills the following requisites: ...
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2answers
346 views

What is the experience cost of learning a ritual?

As in the title. The game in question is Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition. For some reason I cannot find it anywhere in the book.
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730 views

How can I make downtime interesting?

My group is running a set of published adventures, so there's a pretty linear path between them. But between modules, there is the opportunity to go back to town, spend some money, and get some good ...
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13answers
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What living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?

When a theme is dragon* on. Dragons are apex predators and widely regarded by most players and systems as about one of the worst things you can ever deal with. I have a campaign that's been running ...
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1answer
142 views

Character differentiation (through sub- and crafts talents) in Dungeon World

Compared to other game systems like The Dark Eye or DnD, Dungeon World seems to lack in character differentiation through game mechanics outside of combat environments. A player of my group recently ...
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3answers
107 views

What are the setting implications of significant and minor blasts?

I'm currently trying to get my head around the Unknown Armies setting, and one thing that I am having issues with is some of the implications of adepts using minor and significant blasts. Firstly, ...
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898 views

How to get a new player to understand the time investment of a table top RPG

I have a problem and I was hoping you guys could help me. My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign. We are all very new, none of us have played any sort of table top RPG before. Most ...
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3answers
350 views

How can I make puzzles a challenge for the character, rather than the player?

I'm designing an adventure, in which at one point the party meets a giant who will only let them pass if they solve some puzzles. However, the problem is that the riddles are a test for the player, ...
5
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1answer
115 views

Bringing 4e Blood Mage into a 3.5 Campaign

A group of friends and I will be beginning a 3.5 campaign in the near future. I have never played 3.5, but would like to use the Blood Mage Paragon Path in the 3.5 campaign. So, is there a prestige ...
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2answers
486 views

What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity? [on hold]

I often see some people in the table top RPG claim that RPGs are inherently social. As such, the claim is used to invalidate the existence of solitaire rpg'ing, computer RPGs as "real rpgs", etc. I ...
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2answers
76 views

Where can I find pre-painted plastic miniatures for Sci-Fi games?

I love the plastic d&d and pathfinder miniatures. No assembling, no painting, lightweight, cheap(ish) and most importantly you can throw them in box together without worrying about them chipping ...
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2answers
338 views

Power bonus to AC stacking with power bonus to defense

Seems like a 'no' but figured i'd double check. If I have a power bonus to all 'defenses', would a power bonus to just AC stack on top of it?
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3answers
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What are the important weapons characteristics for a rogue?

There are several characteristics that affect a damage weapon, here I am specifically concentrating on: the weapon base damage (say, 1d6 for a Short Sword) the weapon critical range (usually 20) the ...
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10answers
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How to have a game in which one player character is the leader but it's still fun for everyone?

I think the most natural party organization for a group of friends that are playing a game is a flat one, in which no one has authority over another, and decisions are made by consensus (and if that ...
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0answers
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Adding Dervish Dance to PCgen

PCgen appears to be missing the Dervish Dance feat and I'd like to add it. I'm familiar with the homebrew files, but unsure how to add the bonus for that feat as I'm only proficient enough to copy and ...
7
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1answer
305 views

According to the Playtest Rules, can a Paladin own a Familiar? [on hold]

I'm here discussing with a friend if the Paladin can have a Familiar or not. The Familiar Feat says that as long as you have a spell of the Wizard list on your Spell List, you can own a familiar, ...
4
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1answer
42 views

How many shifts do you get on a Riposte?

In Dresden Files, there's a Weapons stunt called Riposte: you can use it during a successful defense roll, skip your next turn, and get an "automatically successful" immediate attack against your ...
15
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1answer
881 views

Is there any good reason not to kick people?

The Kick Attack maneuver in Arsenal p160 reads: A staple of many martial arts, kicking has a greater range and power than punching. The attacker receives +1 Reach on Unarmed Combat Tests when ...
2
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0answers
70 views

What does a polished, quality campaign look like? [on hold]

I've played many sessions of D&D 3.5e over the years as a player, but haven't played in about 7 years. I've decided it's time to start again, but this time as a DM. I've got a group of 3 players ...
4
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3answers
99 views

How should I handle gang casualties in Apocalypse World?

In Apocalypse World, many characters have gangs or other followers. In my current game, one of the player characters is a Hocus who, in an act of desperation, ordered his followers to attack a group ...
6
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1answer
121 views

What stops you attempting to cast minor and significant formula spells repeatedly until you succeed?

The rules for casting spells state that if you fail in casting a minor or significant spell, you don't lose the magical charge. There also do not seem to be any other drawbacks to rerolling until you ...
2
votes
2answers
116 views

Can a multi-armed eidolon get the multiweapon fighting monster feat?

Can a Synthesist whose eidolon has multiples of the evolution limbs (arms) pick up the monster feat Multiweapon Fighting?
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6answers
320 views

How do I analyze and improve myself as a GM?

I'm pretty new to tabletop RPG and recently started to GM a campaign with a group of friends. None of us has much experience, so it's a learning curve for all of us. I've found myself completely ...
15
votes
3answers
589 views

Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?

(This question is a comparison to 3.x, though things might have been different in 4e) In 3.5e there is a large power and capability gap between fighters and wizards that fighters couldn't hope to ...
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1answer
64 views

Where are the rules for “magic” pools?

Encountered a problem in a game the other night, no one had written down their "magic" pool. I looked under quick character creation sections, and may have skimmed over it, but couldn't find it. By ...
16
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1answer
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Are temporary hit points able to make you concious?

Last game a character dropped unconscious with exactly -1 HP. The party's paladin used on his turn 'Beacon of Nobility' to give the unconscious character 5 temporary hit points. The Rules Compendium ...

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