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As DM, what do i do when players roll perception where there is nothing to be found?

I had my first session has DM yesterday playing pathfinder ("First Steps In Lore" from the "Pathfinder Society" series) with a group of first time tabletop RPG players (myself included). Overall the ...
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How should I budget for ally/third party NPCs in 4e combats?

I've done a few combats recently where the PCs and their enemies were not the only participants in the fight. I wasn't sure how to budget XP in this case. In the case of an NPC ally to the PCs, I ...
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Can I play D&D 4e solo?

I have played Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition for a long time now, and I am sorry to see it go. I liked the complexity of it, where as 5e is really based on quickly getting through encounters. Is ...
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What to do when players bypass plot hooks

I am going to just start out by acknowledging that this is the best possible 'problem' a GM can ever have. My players are awesome, I just didn't know how awesome. They solved months of combat, ...
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How to handle Player vs Player in FU rpg?

I GMed my first game of FU (Freeform / Universal) rpg today, and it went well, but one issue came up which I would be grateful for some 'good subjective' advice about. We were playing a "pirate ...
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Novel set in Forgotten Realms Universe [on hold]

My question regards using the forgotten realms setting for writing a novel. I'll explain. My original intention was to request permission to write a novel using WotC's Forgotten Realms setting, but ...
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What happens if a Summoner's Eidolon is sent 100 years into the future?

Halfling Summoner lvl 9 in Pathfinder, with a big problem. GM "killed" my Eidolon the only way he knew how: send it into the future a hundred years. It was planar locked, so when it got knocked out, ...
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Realtive strengths/weaknesses of Undead/Fae/Demons

For the sake of this question, I am talking about those three general categories: Abyssals, ghosts, zombies, and so on Infernals and demons Fair Folk and their pets What kind of ...
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Wild Magic Surge - What does “You cast …” mean for your spell slots?

In response to this question, I started to think about what it means when a Wild Magic Surge results in a "You cast spell-X". So, "specific beats general" gives: You can cast a second spell when ...
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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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Can a warlock cast warlock spells of 6th level or higher? [duplicate]

The warlock spell list includes spells from levels 1 through 9 (PHB page 210). However, the warlock levels table (PHB page 106) only indicates a warlock may ever cast spells up to level 5. Can a ...
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How does concentration interact with spells cast via the Wild Magic Surge table?

I can't find any official ruling about this. I'll use the example of Fog Cloud on the Wild Magic Surge Table (PHB pg. 104) as an example. The Wild Magic entry reads: You cast fog cloud centered ...
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What is the difference between Ability Checks and Saving Throws?

Mechanically, they both seem to be d20 rolls with an added ability modifier to overcome some type of challenge. Why call it a "saving throw" and not just present it as a passive ability check? The ...
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How can I get started in pen-and-paper RPG as quickly as possible without any experienced players (including me)? [duplicate]

My friend and I would like to try RPGs out, but we would rather "jump to the fun" as quickly as possible and not engage any other people in the play at first. Which RPG system would be minimalistic ...
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CoC's Sanity-like rules for the nWoD?

Is there a good adaptation of Call of Cthulhu's Sanity rules to the Storytelling system of the new World of Darkness (possibly replacing Morality)? (Edited the title to make it more precise.)
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In Changeling, does Armor of the Elements' Fury stack with multiple elements?

So, in Changeling: The Lost, the Contract of Elements allows you to take additional elements at half-cost. Cool enough, this helps hit some builds that might not otherwise be feasible (for instance, ...
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What are the different ways you can counter shifty enemies?

We're playing a 4e campaign, and last night we came up against some really annoying shift-as-a-reaction enemies. Our melee strikers (Vampire, Avenger) and defender (Warden) had a really hard time ...
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2answers
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As a fighter human is it possible to have a pixie as a companion?

I am new to Dungeons and Dragons and was wondering if only certain races or classes are allowed to have certain companions. Looking through some options, I rather enjoyed the idea of having a pixie ...
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1answer
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How can I convert poisons in the DMG to level appropriate class abilities?

I've just about finished up a Pharmacist class, which uses "recipes" instead of spells. (The recipes create short term use items) However, I'm stuck on one last step regarding the poisons. For the ...
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What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?

What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a non-roleplaying tabletop game? An RPG using miniatures looks (at a glance) a lot like a non-RP miniatures game. Some RPGs use cards, but ...
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0answers
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How do PANs and Hosts interact?

What will happen to your PAN when you use the Enter Host action? I have always assumed that your PAN goes with you, but in this thread it was suggested that only your persona goes in. Mind you the ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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1answer
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Circle of Crone: Love-Lies-Bleeding ritual

In the Circle of Crone Covenant book, page 36 talks about a ritual to hide black veins caused by diablerie: Love-Lies-Bleeding The Amaranth, or Amaranthus, is a beautiful flower with rich ...
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What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare?

Most options I've looked at are either too complicated to get new people into, or can only accept one stream per participant. I'm the GM, I need both my face AND a screen share for the aspects and a ...
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2answers
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Can a single device be both a master and a slave?

It makes sense that they can, but barring something specific in Data Trails when it comes out, I'd like community input. So I'll lay out my evidence and arguments for and let the community help me ...
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Max or average HP on 1st level when gaining fixed HP

Forgive me if this is a repost but I wasn't able to find any similar topics using search bar. One thing has always been bugging me, according to p. 198 of Dungeon Master's guide 3.5e, "instead of ...
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Virtual warhammer type system [on hold]

I have thought of an idea of creating a virtual tabletop system that would incorporate all the game systems into one. There will definitely have to be conversions made to link them all. But the ultra ...
3
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1answer
73 views

Is there a better way to conceal armor?

Is there a way to raise the notice/search DC of armor past what is listed in the armor table? As far as I can tell, the only way to make armor hard to notice is to wear armor that is listed "as ...
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1answer
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Can a wizard have more than one Alarm spell active at once?

Can a character have more than one Alarm spell active at a given time? There doesn't appear to be anything in the spell description to prevent it, and it's not a concentration spell. Is there some ...
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775 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, ...
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2answers
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How does it work when swarms or mobs take stress in Fate Core or Accelerated?

Let's say we have a group of four crabs in Core or Accelerated, but I'm treating them as a mob. One individual crab looks like this: Crab Stress: [] (one stress box, further damage takes ...
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1answer
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Must a barbarian in a whirling frenzy take a full attack to make the extra attack?

The rage variant whirling frenzy says that While in a whirling frenzy, the barbarian may make one extra attack in a round at his highest base attack bonus, but this attack takes a -2 penalty, as ...
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An explanation of magic in Call of Cthulhu

I've been searching for an explanation on how magic works in CoC but I haven't found a big recap on how to use it, what it is and how an investigator can use it. If someone had a link for me or an ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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1answer
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Can One Cast Spells Through an Energy Wall?

From my understanding, a spell caster can not cast spells through a solid object. I was wondering if this means that spell casters won't be able to cast through Energy Wall, a sheet of energy formed ...
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1answer
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How does one drop lowest and reroll ones/lowest in the context of multiple sides of dice? [on hold]

I am making a dice rolling app and am trying to implement dice roll features. I want my features to apply to any game. Are there other common functions in addition to the ones I have mentioned? Here ...
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4answers
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Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?

The table on page 129 of the DMG lists the costs to craft an item. Taking as an example a Common magic items, such as a level 1 spell scroll, the cost is listed as 100 gp. The crafter can only make ...
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1answer
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Can a creature hide from a foe affected by the feat Gloom Strike?

The ambush feat Gloom Strike (Drow of the Underdark 54) has as its benefit Your sneak attack creates an aura of magical darkness that impedes your target’s vision for 3 rounds. The target takes a ...
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Is there a system for generating characters in Star Wars similar to the MechWarrior 3rd edition system?

I'm looking for a system for generating characters similar to the system used by the MechWarrior Third Edition RPG. At each stage in a character's life from early childhood into adulthood the player ...
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How do I make the Pathfinder Trait 'Heirloom Weapon' function in PCGen?

I'm working on a character for an upcoming campaign, and it's looking like I'll probably be taking the Heirloom Weapon trait. I'm trying to get the character put together in PCGen, but I'm having ...
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Targeting people in astral via their activated foci?

Mage A has a activated focus on him and does not know about mage B since mage B is projecting and Mage A is not astraly perceiving. Can mage B use the activated focus of Mage A as a conductor to ...
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2answers
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Does the elemental monk's Water Whip require a source of water?

The Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition includes the Water Whip discipline, which allows the monk to create a whip of water that shoves and pulls a creature to unbalance it. Does the monk ...
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Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?

So one of my player is a clever guy. At night when the others are putting the camp together he digs a hole big enough for himself (between 3-4 feet deep) and ask someone to cover his body with dirt ...
4
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2answers
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Where can I play D&D 4E by forum?

I would like to play more Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition besides the campaign I run as a DM. But due to time constraints it would be best if I could find an asynchroneous game played by writing, a ...
2
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1answer
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What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body?

What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body? Is it 1,500 or 1,500 + 21,500? I ask because the Golem Manual says The cost of the book does not include the cost of constructing the golem's body. Once ...
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2answers
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Is there a difference between starting to recover from consequences in Fate Accelerated and Fate Core?

The way I understood it, any Consequence (mild, severe, extreme) in any Fate build has to have a recover action modify it before it can start fading away. So I have several questions: If a character ...
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0answers
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Making my own warmage? [on hold]

I recently was looking at the warmage and sorcerer, and realized they're similar (same spells per day, saves, and bab). So I tried to make my own pathfinder combination from it. I'd like to know if ...
6
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3answers
690 views

How does shield bashing work in DnD 5E?

I've looked in the DMG and the PHB, but have only found ancillary uses of the shield. The Shield Master feat (PHB, p.170) gives you neat perks, but doesn't act as a weapon (beyond the bonus shove ...
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8answers
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Should the DM allow characters an equal opportunity to flee or avoid an encounter?

Last session I DMed, I killed a player's character. The party wanted to assassinate the main political figure in a town. To inspire general dislike, I made the political figure a racist thug. I run a ...
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How does a team work with protected files?

A normal user could set file protection using the Edit File data processing Matrix action (core p. 239): ... You can also use this action to set protection on a file if you’re its owner. To ...

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