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What software or sites can help me create creatures and NPCs? [on hold]

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software or sites that ...
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Combining Swordsage and Broken One Substitution Levels [on hold]

I want to be able to offer my DM suggestions about how this can work mechanically. I want to use the Broken One monk substitution levels from Champions of Valor 36-7 but use Tome of Battle's swordsage ...
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Does bonus damage from a feat apply to an ongoing damage effect?

When a character hits a target with a power that has an ongoing damage effect of 5 (for example psychic damage), and they have a feat which adds bonus damage of the same type of damage, does that ...
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How to handle player knowledge when they fumble a knowledge roll

I'm a new DM of D&D 4e and I'm looking for some advice for handling failed and fumbled information rolls. Let's say the player does a nature check, to find out if a monster (let's say a Troll) is ...
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Rangers making attacks with different melee weapons?

I'm somewhat confused by the Ranger class attack powers from the Player's Handbook. Many powers require the player to wield two melee weapons. What's bothering me is the damage: the book says the ...
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Melee Egoist Build

I am thinking of creating an Egoist for a new pathfinder game. I am inclined to try and make him melee-like by selecting powers that will improve his combat effectiveness rather than blasting things ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Teaching Polaris for a single session game

I run weekly gaming sessions, with variable players. As a result, we play single-session, zero-prep, no-GM, story-games. I've been told that Polaris: Chivalric Tragedy at Utmost North is great for ...
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Resources for Creating a Home-Brewed Alchemy System Using Real World Herbs?

I am in the preliminary steps of creating an Herb-gathering / Alchemy system for my OSR game. I will be using real world herbs, as I feel that's more interesting than any list of fantasy herbs that I ...
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Rules for increasing ability scores in Basic D&D?

Are there any rules (house or otherwise) for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D or any of its retro clones? (Other than magic items or wishes.) When we generated ...
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Seeking a specific D&D retro-clone

I'm fairly sure this game exists, but I can't figure out for the life of me which one it is. I know it's not Darker Dungeons, Labyrinth Lord, or LotFP, because I just checked them before posting this. ...
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Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?

I will start a campaing in a few days and my players are on the "Character Building" mode for this week, and they are asking me a lot of really creative questions regarding possible builds. That's ...
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How to improve AC when it's so low that enemies hit on 3–5?

The AC of my character is falling far behind her other defenses, and I'm wondering if I have missed out on something basic and important. I am going to post some of her stats as an example to this ...
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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Sorcerer elemental bloodline ray SLA and +1damage per die (crossblood-wildblood)

Let's take for example Pathfinder level 2 half-orc Crossblooded Primal_fire-Orc sorcerer. He took elemental ray at level 1. How much damage he should do with it at level 2? There are several options: ...
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What should I consider when creating a time travel adventure?

I'm sure that many would advise against doing so at all, but knowing that I will likely try to do so anyway, what are the factors I should consider when creating a time travel adventure? ...
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Can I use a Heighten Spell on high ability score extra spell slot to benefit from a Reserve Feat? [on hold]

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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How broken is Aid Another to individual skill checks?

So I've got a party of 6 who regularly will jump in automatically to 'Aid Another' when someone makes an individual, out-of-comabt skill check. Perception the room for traps? Aid Another. History or ...
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How much custom content is too much

So, I'm a relatively new GM (having only run a quick foray into the Tomb of Horrors for fun) and I've got an idea for a city-based custom campaign. I feel pretty good about my story telling abilities ...
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How can I have non-Euclidean dungeons in non-magic settings?

I really enjoy having non-Euclidean dungeons in my campaigns. My players also enjoy them. But the whole idea of warped geometry tends to rely on magic. How, if at all, could I explain a non-Euclidean ...
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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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How can I optimize this Slayer?

I am Creating a 5th level Charge Happy Slayer. Should I choose to do an extra 1d8+3 damage on each charge or knock the enemy prone on every attack? Our party is Cleric, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue & ...
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How to limit magical friendly fire risks during a fight

I followed @Hey I Can Chan advice and put a prismatic burst (MIC 40) on my rapier. Now when I look into the spell description it says that the area of effect is a cone with a 60ft range, and that any ...
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What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage

What is the definition of "hitting" when a move misses but still deals damage in relation to using consecutive powers. For example: Jaws of the Wolf Attack: Strength vs. AC (main weapon and ...
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Can a Bloodclaw Master stack Superior TWF with Improved/Greater TWF?

Does the Bloodclaw Master ability Superior Two-Weapon Fighting interact in any way with the benefits of Improved and/or Greater Two-Weapon Fighting in terms of attack bonus modifiers?
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What tools can I use to help me calculate Damage in combat?

Whenever I am in combat I find it really hard to calculate the damage my NPCs receive, because it has a lot of small steps: account the damage the PC did, subtract any Pen the PC's weapon may have to ...
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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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Which benefits do Extreme Endurance bestow?

The Martial Artist archetype from Ultimate Combat gains an ability named Extreme Endurance at fifth level. I quote: At 5th level, a martial artist gains immunity to fatigue. At 10th level, he ...
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Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks?

My gaming group is brand new. We had our first session tonight. I had a few questions for this SE... the first is this one. Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks? Or am I ...
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How do slide, push and pull works for huge and gargantuan enemies?

Basically, can a medium monk slide or push or pull a huge or gargantuan enemy? Can any character (the example with my party was a monk) move (slide, push or pull) a bigger creature than him? in 3.5e ...
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Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system?

I want to construct an immersive, complex and functional fantasy economy in order to inform my world-building process. I'm interested in finding a working economic model and applying that into ...
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Is there any way a Binder can use Metabreath feats?

Some of the vestiges that Binders have give breath weapons like fire breath, or sleep breath, which is flavorful and fluffy. Though, to maintain battle efficiency, one may want to do something to make ...
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How do underground tunnels stay up? Is it possible to dig under a castle wall without magic to support the tunnel?

I'm considering running a quest where the players must deal with a large, powerful, and well organized underground Kobold tribe. They initially find the opening of a tunnel in the middle of a village ...
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What do I get the druid that has everything? [closed]

I've got a group of players in a D&D 3.5 campaign: a human rog3/clr1 a human clr4 an elven bard2/sorc2 an elven druid4 a dwarven fighter4 Soon they'll be playing a special Thanksgiving/Xmas ...
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How many kobolds does it take to dig a Pit Trap?

I did some maths, based on PF SRD for both traps and crafting, and this is what I found : a Pit Trap is a CR-1 trap (but it's a lazy kind of trap, so let's assume, as PF SRD tells us to do, that it ...
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Star Wars Saga Edition for the 3.5 player

So I'm starting in a new Star Wars Saga Edition game (set just after the end of the Clone Wars) and I've never played this system before. My background is heavy on 3.5, and I read a bit of the first ...
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How do I support an anxious friend's introduction to Role-Playing?

What is a good introduction to Role Playing? I have a friend who has some anxiety around it, as he is afraid of being judged. I've suggested a couple of things, namely an RPG that would be right up ...
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How can I squeeze a place for utility spells with limited number of preparable spells?

A full caster in D&D Next can prepare 1 + Caster Level kinds of spells per day. It seems to me those are not enough to justify preparing utility spells. Assuming a single defensive and offensive ...
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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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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family?

My brother and I have dabbled in D&D when we were younger. Also, at the last place where I worked, we had a weekly Pathfinder game session, which was fun. Usually at our family get-togethers my ...
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Location generation system?

I tend to GM campaigns where players travel a lot. Whether it is through D&D planes or in a space-opera setting, they are bound to visit a lot of very different and varied places. And I have to ...
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Does the marked condition affect Secondary Attacks?

More specifically, Deathrattle Viper on MM1 page 240 makes a secondary attack vs Fortitude. From my point of view this secondary attack should not be affected by Marked condition, since it's a ...
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Is there an official rule set for for unstable magic in 3.5 edition?

I want to design a campaign with a theme on dangerous magic, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. I can't find any official rules for making the casting of spells hazardous in some way. Does ...
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How can I make things easier on my dyslexic and high-functioning autistic players?

I have other players read out information from my dyslexic player's character sheets when necessary, and I use non-verbal visual aids whenever possible. I generally give out copies of any important ...
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How do I fit my character in to a universe I am unfamiliar with?

I have recently finished my second session of a game universe I am only vaguely familiar with (namely Rogue Traders in Warhammer 40k, but this is a generic question). This universe has a very heavily ...
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How would I make custom items into a set?

Magic Item Compendium introduced us to magic item sets, which as their name implied were thematically-linked sets of magic items that provided bonus benefits for wearing multiple items from that set ...
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Are there any examples of OGL retro-clones of non-D&D games?

I'm planning a project to create a retro-clone of a non-D&D game. The problem is that I specifically want to restate the mechanics of the game as faithfully as possible, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Where can I find a list of sources for D&D 4E?

Where can I find a resource that will let me look up the name of something (mostly mechanical) and find out which supplement it came from? I don't need stats or anything else that is restricted, just ...
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With Throw Anything, is there any reason to take thrown weapon proficiencies?

If you have the Throw Anything feat, is there any reason to take shuriken proficiency? Are you effectively proficient with all thrown weapons upon taking this feat?

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