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Is the Player's Handbook sufficient to run a campaign?

The Player's Handbook (PHB) for D&D Next is being released in August. The Dungeon Master's Guide and the Monster Manual are being released a few months after, however. Can a group run a successful ...
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Any games based on Warp/OTE out there?

Atlas Games has recently made the Over the Edge core rules available as OGL. Are there any games using it? Even if not yet available (i.e. still under design/playtest) I would like to see what ...
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Does reincarnation affect magic ability?

I've read the effect from Reincarnate repeatedly, but there seem to be missing parts or contradictions. For the purposes of the question, consider a level 4 Sorcerer. First, the spell states : ...
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Where can I find the stats for a magic item that produces magically delicious spices?

I remember reading somewhere about a magic jar that produced an inexhaustible supply of spices that magically made anything cooked with them taste fantastic. It didn't change the mechanical effects of ...
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Are there mechanics for a PC to pull a levitated PC?

The wizard class of dnd 4e has a lv6 spell called levitate, see below for excerpt from the ddi compendium: Levitate You rise off the ground a short distance. Daily Arcane ...
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Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?

In D&D 5e, does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares up to 10 feet away for the purpose of Opportunity Attacks or does it just allow you to attack squares up to 10 feet away? There is ...
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Do touch-range spells create an attack of opportunity?

If I cast a touch spell, such as Bull Strength, does it provoke an Attack of Opportunity? I realize that touch attack spells do not, but is that still the case if I'm not attacking?
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What's the reasoning behind the weapon restrictions on AD&D 2e's mage?

I am working on a mage for a D&D 2e party I'm joining -- they need the arcane support! However, I was reviewing the weapon restrictions list in the 2e PHB, and while the intent (weapons that ...
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Does 3.5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?

Psychic Paper is an item carried frequently by the Doctor in the revival of Doctor Who. The Doctor sometimes uses it as a form of changeable ID, and people see on it what he wants them to see. Using ...
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Is there a ranged weapon with an 18-20 crit range? [duplicate]

I have looked for a ranged weapon with an 18-20 critical threat range. So far I have only been able to find the Crystal Chakram but obviously it is not a good option for a main weapon as it shatters ...
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What field-specific puzzles can I give to engineering and psychology students?

A few sessions ago, I gave my players a puzzle that involved converting a decimal number to binary to figure out the correct sequence to open a door. Since my group consists primarily of computer ...
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Old school dungeon with undead toads

I remember reading a dungeon that involved either undead or vampiric toads as the final encounter. Now I can't find it again. Does anyone know what it was? I know it was from one of the OSR-type ...
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Does any of the material in Kobold Press' Sunken Empires clash mechanically with Alluria's Cerulean Seas?

I recently picked up Cerulean Seas (Alluria Publishing), and I'm loving it so far. I have previously purchased Sunken Empires (Kobold Press), and I'm not mechanics-savvy enough to recognise problems ...
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Title of small press Space Colonization-Faring RPG

Many years ago, c. 1995, I had a small press space colonization/faring/asteroid RPG I picked up mostly for the setting. I can't recall the name of this title. So here are some clues: Softcover, ...
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Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard

Is there any way for an arcane spell-casting class other than wizard to obtain and use a spellbook without multi-classing into wizard? I'm interested in this because a campaign my group is currently ...
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Does an Incantatrix learn new spells per level?

This may be something I'm just missing, but it seems by a strict reading, the Incantatrix (I also checked the Mystic Theurge, I'm assuming some of the other prestige classes), no longer get the two ...
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Creating an easily-defeatable dragon

For the group I am GMing I am in need of a blue dragon which should be defeatable by a group of six PCs having levels 3-4. The classes of my PCs are barbarian, bard, cleric, fighter, rogue and witch. ...
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Roleplaying in Pathfinder.Paladin [on hold]

Is it bad roleplaying being a bit of a blood thirsty paladin, i mean im getting thrilled in fights etc love slaying the evil and generally im a bit excited when comes to slaying but only the evil and ...
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How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?

I play small role playing activities and games with some friends of mine, and one of them always has highly destructive and somewhat unpredictable characters. He will consistently attempt to kill ...
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1answer
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With a negative Strength value, how much damage can I do?

When skipping through the All Flesh Must Be Eaten rulebook, I noticed that you can create PCs with negative strength values (e.g., children). As hand weapons do damage based on that strength value, ...
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How do I deal with exploding dices ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?

We love playing with Super Powers companion 2nd Edition since it gives us all the flexibility for character creation we want while preventing the usage of the simplistic Powers found on the base core ...
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What are the limits of Glibness concerning Deception?

I was reading the description of the the 8th-level spell Glibness the other day and its wording seemed to be pretty broad in scope. The specific passage I'm interested in is this: Additionally, no ...
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Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent

Alright so, I titled this after running silent because that was my original problem. All I wanted to do was make a sniper who dabbled into rigging for a couple of MCT-Fly drones. So I figured I need ...
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Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E

I'm looking for a DM tool like Masterplan for 5e (standalone tool, offline preferred) for making loot tables, plot and quest tracking. Or maybe is there an Add-on to the original Masterplan for other ...
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Questions Concerning Hazirawn (Hoard of the Dragon Queen - *Spoilers*)

NOTE: This question contains spoilers regarding HotDQ! I'm about to finish up running a playthrough of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I have a few questions regarding Hazirawn, the magical greatsword ...
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How do I deal with Messiah Complex Players?

I have this player, he's a great friend of mine and a psychology student. His goal in life has always been helping others out, and is very enthusiastic when talking about RPG games, however he has ...
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Have I made the Players too Powerful and is this a good solution [on hold]

I am DMing a homebrew game mixed with elements of the Ashardalon campaigns. In the homebrew I Challenged the group and offered a absolutely absurd amount of gold for an impossible task. I put the ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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What is the purpose of Light and Dark Tone? [duplicate]

Every time card: Period Event Scene Is to be marked with a Black (/filled) or White (/unfilled) circle, to indicate if the events described with in are Light or Dark, in nature/theme. Periods and ...
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Can you use Wish to duplicate a spell at a higher level?

In 5E, Wish allows you to duplicate the effects of any spell L8 or lower--does that include a lower-level spell, cast at L8? Say, as a Wizard, casting Heal at L8. I'm leaning towards yes, but it ...
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Can you roll to take over a PC's guard dog without Handle Animal [on hold]

I am playing a Cleric with the Plant and Animal domains. I have worked really hard over the past 3 months meeting 2 times a week to build my character to have a 15 in Handle Animal. This last ...
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Who wears the purple robes?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen features a cult whose leaders wear purple robes, but even though the adventure presents that as an important character detail, I can’t figure out from the text which ...
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LARP: Group psychology in antagonistic player groups

I am part of a GM committee which organizes a yearly 3 day LARP near my hometown and it has been going on for quite a while. The setting is a custom made low-magic fantasy world, and the rule system ...
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What is the best weapon option for a Templar Cleric?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and I have a question about the best weapon choice for him. Morningstar seems pretty useless... Now I got a defensive staff that gives +1 to my ...
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What does the Battle Cleric's Lore +2 shield bonus mean when I'm not proficient with shields?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and it says that I get +2 shield bonus to AC with this Lore. I'm confused though, because I'm not proficient with shields. Could anyone please ...
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Charnel Houses of Europe: Geist Dread Domains/Dark Kingdoms [on hold]

Could the dread domains in Geist use anything from the Dark Kingdom of the wire in Charnel Houses of Europe? Would anything need to be changed to reflect Geist's atmosphere? Or are they incompatible ...
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Can Deadlands Mad Scientists re-use Alchemy Formulas?

Can Formulas for Elixirs be recycled like Blueprints? The book (Deadlands: Way of New Science) doesn't say specifically, but it only mentions having to re-roll the Alchemy check to brew new batches of ...
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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with less bookkeeping? [on hold]

I want to run a campaign in a fantasy-setting. I want there to be a primary focus on travel, adventure, swordplay and sorcery, with the option of pursuing more diplomatic solutions to problems. I ...
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In Nomine Superiors for a Psychological/Surrealist Setting [on hold]

I'm looking to create a psychological In Nomine setting based around Human Dreams and the Marches. What are the most usefulsuperiors to use for a comical/surrealist interpretation of the ethereal ...
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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Where can I find actual play posts and podcast for Exalted?

As the title says I am looking for exalted actual play podcasts and texts. My preference is something I can listen to but text is also welcome.
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Do D&D 3.5e's Warlocks always source their power from a pact?

(This is in the context of Neverwinter Nights 2 Persistent World) Short version I would like to know if there's a quote from source books that explicitly prove following: Not all warlocks' powers ...
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What prestige classes can Warlocks take?

I know there are prestige classes for casters, but due to the Warlock's Invocation mechanics, I'm not sure which ones it can qualify for, or at least which ones would be beneficial for it. What are ...
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Is there a disadvantage I'm missing to starting outside my “main” class?

I am planning a character as a level 1 Rogue / 19 Wizard. If I take the Rogue level first, I get a bunch of skill, weapon, tool, and armour proficiencies I wouldn't get if I started Wizard and ...
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How can I boost my Beastmaster Ranger's bear's attack roll?

I'm creating a level 2 Beastmaster Ranger for a game this weekend, and I was fumbling through the different sources to find something that could help with this. I'm a bit confused that my level 2 ...
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Differences Between Warpriest and Paladin

Both the Paladin and the Warpriest are combat-oriented divine casters, but what I want to know is, from an optimizer's perspective, what is the difference between the two classes in practice? What ...
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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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How to ease down the munchkin factor?

I've been playing RPGs since the early eighties and have come to terms with the fact that not everyone enjoys this hobby for the same reasons as myself. I'm into it for the sake of the adventure, the ...
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Scion Underworlds in Geist's Cosmology

Does anyone have advice for combining the underworld rules from Scion and Geist without the mechanics bumping into each other? Like a botched exorcism opening to a gate to Scion's Mictlan, or a Geist ...
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What happens to a ranger when her alignment changes to CN in 3.5?

I have a PC ranger in my campaign whose alignment just changed to CN from CG. I give the usual 3 strikes and then I change a players alignment. As a ranger though does she lose all the abilities that ...

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