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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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1answer
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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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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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3answers
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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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8answers
872 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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259 views

According to the Playtest Rules, can a Paladin own a Familiar?

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, ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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3answers
92 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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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2answers
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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
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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 ...
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3answers
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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
59 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 ...
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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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Looking for RPGs without character-classes [on hold]

Right now I'm playing Shadowrun4, I know that there don't exist classes which restrict your character developement. Are there any other P&P RPGs out there, which also don't have classes? That ...
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How do you calculate THAC0?

So, I get what THAC0 stands for (To Hit Armour Class 0) but it's not something I ever used when playing way back when - we just pored over the to hit tables all the time, manually worked out ...
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Looking for a Space marine RPG similar to Starship Troopers (the Novel)

I'm trying to find an RPG that appropriately reflects the feel of Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers and could use a system commendation. (The novel, not the movies. They're very different in many ...
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2answers
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Can a 6th level character do forced march forever?

If a character fails a Constitution check while doing a forced march, they take 1d6 nonlethal damage and become fatigued. Eliminating the nonlethal damage also eliminates the fatigue. However, ...
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2answers
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Where are the rules about fire damage?

I have a flamethrower, which deals fire damage, but I don't know where to find the rules about it. Where in the core rule book (or any other book) can I find it?
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2answers
166 views

Magus Kensai - Iaijutsu

Iaijutsu (Ex): At 7th level, a kensai applies his Intelligence modifier as well as his Dexterity modifier on initiative rolls (minimum 0). A kensai may make attacks of opportunity when ...
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1answer
201 views

What are Ketephys' subdomains?

Is it written anywhere in an official source what Ketephys' subdomains are? Google only responds with a single wiki and about 20 different people quoting that wiki, but not listing a source. I'm ...
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2answers
110 views

Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in pre-CoC D&D?

I'm interested in the appearances of elements of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in D&D previous to the publication of Call of Cthulhu in 1981. Is there a comprehensive, detailed list available ...
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What are the key in-setting differences between D&D Oriental Adventures and L5R?

The Legend of the Five Rings product line has a moderately interesting history (OOC and IC). What I have been able to piece together of the setting's publishing history: AD&D has a setting ...
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In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?

Inspired by the closed question: DnD Next Hitpoint Inflation, There have been claims of HP inflation in dnd-next, and there certainly were increased in the absolute value of HP in 4e. In order to ...
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1answer
87 views

Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?

I would like to introduce my friends to role-playing games. I have played some D&D and a few parlour LARPS organised by other in the past, now I'm thinking about organising something for friends ...
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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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2answers
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Is there a quality “adept”?

Working myself though the quick start rules, I notice that the archetype combat adept has a quality adept. Looking at the core rulebook, I did not find adept in the list of qualities on page 73. My ...
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1answer
71 views

How many hp does a starting eidolon have?

Does a level 1 summoner's eidolon start with maximum hp just like a PC or is there a rule I missed somewhere?
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5answers
1k views

Creating a group plot arc in Changeling: The Lost

I'm very enamored of White Wolf's Changeling: The Lost for a wide variety of reasons. First and foremost, I love the dramatic character hooks the setting provides - just coming up with variations on ...
0
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1answer
91 views

Dungeons and dragons maximum hit points [on hold]

I am new to D&D and wanted to know if there was a maximum number of hit points a character reaches where no more can be earned? For example, can a character earn an infinite number of hit points ...
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7answers
638 views

As an experienced GM, what pitfalls should I watch out for? [on hold]

I've been GMing for 20 years and have recently started to question if I need a GM-makeover. We are still having fun but could the game be more fun if I shed some bad, and well ingrained habits? I ...
3
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1answer
99 views

Can Edge Be Reduced to 0?

I am about to start a campaign using SR5 rules. One of the things that I love about Shadowrun is that the threat of PC death is very real. Combat is often quite deadly. As a GM who likes to constantly ...
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1answer
81 views

Withdraw mechanics for large+ creatures

Which square or squares are considered starting for a large creature trying to withdraw from combat? Can it withdraw from a medium opponent (5' reach) threatening it from the front? What if it is ...
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12answers
5k views

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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0answers
123 views

Are there other RPGs with the phenomenon where the class that is stereotypically the best at something isn't the best at all? [on hold]

D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder have a particular phenomenon that is evident in their tier system (3.5e's is defined here, for reference): there are many classes that have a stereotype about what they're ...
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8answers
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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4answers
259 views

How do you make an encounter actually match its CR level?

I recently started using encounter generators and tables. I've noticed that there are encounters like "8 Cave Spiders" or similar. While the number of enemies will result in an encounter that "should" ...
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1answer
337 views

Can I use modified playtest characters in my 5e game?

I understand that some of the information will change, and that there are some important differences between the last playtest package and the basic rules. For player characters I see the major ...

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