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Good News! There's actually a template for that in the official rules - see here. That link contains all the information on creating a lycanthrope template for any were-thingy you can think of :) The specific details for a were-rex follow. rule quotes are shown like this specific details will appear below them like this. Creating a Lycanthrope ...


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It depends on your players and campaign style The problem, as you've noted, is that players start being able to do specific things really well. However, that's also the solution - force them to do new things. If your campaign is a dungeon crawl, this will be harder than if it's a city-based setting, but you have to remember that the PCs' actions shouldn't ...


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I've tried to modify my games to use a non-standard leveling system. Basically, it amounted to each character gaining an npc-class level halfway through leveling up, giving them appropriate skills, BaB, and hit dice, but denying them class features until they level up fully, including feats. While it was interesting, it came with three primary flaws. I ...


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If they have Safecracking 5 and there aren't any safes around, then that 5 doesn't matter; they're going to be falling back on their broader, lower-dice skills. They may get new skills out of that, but they'll be something different again. In order for them to actually progress beyond the point where they have made Skullduggery 2 obsolete, they'd have to ...


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In DnD 4e, characters tend to level every 8-10 or so encounters. Depending on the exact Encounter Level of each fight (or noncombat encounter (eg Trap). Faster if the encounters are above their Character level, slower if below, Also faster if they are getting XP for completing a story/dungeon/quest, and if you have any house rules like XP for good ...


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The phrasing is, as I understand, shorthand for how many times you can acquire the talent - it means that at Rank 2 you can get one additional wound, three times; not three wounds at once. My groups have always ruled that each is treated as a separate advance, so if you have 600xp you can get 3 wounds, but if you only have 200xp you can get 1 wound and save ...


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The Telekinetic discipline has 7 force techniques (as listed in Table 6-15) and a basic technique, Mind Over Matter (p171): this gives a total of 8 powers. They just haven't listed the basic technique in the table, which would lead to some confusion about there only being 7 powers.


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Gaming the Help System 1. Follow the Leader/AKA the Gandalf Effect Take the person with the highest stat, have them deal with the higher obstacle things, have the rest of the group each throw in Helping dice in order to get the advancements. The leader often will get nothing beyond a Routine test at best, but everyone else gets a good advancement out of ...


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Each Skin has its own advancement list, so you can raise your Dark again after you've switched. Parts of Monsterhearts are straight ports of Apocalypse World (MH p. 38 quotes AW p. 184 extensively), including the process of changing Skins, called Playbooks in AW parlance. In AW, when you change your Playbook you keep and lose various things (whatever is ...


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The rules here are a lot more complicated than they need to be. Getting Started To begin with, Psychic abilities are divided into Disciplines, Basic Techniques, and Techniques. Each Discipline has one Basic Technique, which you automatically acquire when you learn the discipline. Each Discipline has several Techniques. You cannot learn a Technique unless ...


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Each time you take Sound Constitution, you gain 1 Wound. Where a career rank lists SC (x2), that means you can take it twice in that rank, gaining 1 Wound each time.


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This is actually fairly common. Weird events often occur during an adventurer's adventures, and sometimes an adventurer gains permanent powers from those weird events. In other words, Yes, There's Precedent In Advanced Dungeons and Dragons DMs were sort of expected to run adventures that changed characters--usually for ill. The Dungeon Master's Guide ...


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Artha Persona gives you more dice—which don't count toward dice used in the test, and thus don't shift the test down from challenging and difficult—and Fate opens sixes or, for Faith which already open-ended, allows you to reroll a failed die. And of course Deeds, when you need to break out the big guns. Call-on traits, such as Pennywise for Resources, are ...


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Difficulty of the encounters (by how much XP each encounter is worth) determines how fast your PCs level Simply put, Take the total XP of an encounter, divide it by the number of PCs, and you are left with the amount of XP each party member will receive for defeating all the monsters in an encounter. If you are planning a straight-up murderfest then thats ...


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Warning, I would not let the player control the dino post transformation. That is just asking for balance problems. Use the following curse: Werewolf Lycanthropy Type: curse, injury; Save Fortitude DC 15 negates, Will DC 15 to avoid effects Onset the next full moon; Frequency on the night of every full moon or whenever the target is ...


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A psyker starts out knowing a Discipline (or Disciplines) depending on his career path; for example, from Psychic Techniques (Rogue Trader Core Rulebook, p 157) In Rogue Trader, the Astropath Transcendent Career begins the game with access to the Telepathy Discipline and the Astro-Telepathy Technique. An Astropath Transcendent may also select two more ...


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After asking this question I looked at the math and playtested a couple of different modifications. I have found that increasing the amount of xp required to buy a skill is a very effective way to reduce the rate of skill acquisition. Rather than the default cost of 1 xp to change a die to a six for advancement, I adjusted the cost to 10 xp. So far this ...


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I think it would make more sense from an in-game point of view if he became a little bit stronger one day, learned something new the next day, became more resilient the day after that, etc., instead of all this occurring at once. From an in-game point of view, that is exactly what does happen. The game-mechanics numbers all improving at once are an ...


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Be careful of changing things like this. First, you never know what sort of subtle things you might break, and then your players have to deal with the fact that its no longer standard rules. It tends to cause problems. And then, once you go down that road, you start changing other things you don't like, and then more things. I used to do that and finally ...


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Upsides: More natural level progression Downsides: More effort required from the DM to determine when the characters get things in sub levels. More interruptions to your campaign as people constantly need to be adjusting character sheets, choosing spells etc. At low levels, if you give out new spells and BaB before you give out new HP and saves, your ...



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