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How do I tell the players "This house rule sucks and we shouldn't do it anymore?" That's exactly how you do it! Say, "This house rule sucks and I think we shouldn't do it anymore." If they object, well... then they don't mind the paperwork. If they agree, then you don't have a problem. Either way they don't feel cheated, because they're part of ...


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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ve always found that the most difficult problem with appearance stats is that it’s supposed to be one single stat, that applies to all people. Even within the human race, there are people attracted to others that I’d personally find ugly, even repulsive, and people who would find those I am attracted ...


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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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D&D 3.5 actually has rules for this sort of thing: Unearthed Arcana's character traits and character flaws systems. Traits give you a small bonus for a small penalty. For example, for a fey who can't lie, you might use the Honest trait: +1 Diplomacy, -1 Bluff and Sense Motive. Flaws give you a bonus feat in exchange for a significant non-story penalty. ...


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These are bascially listed in order from “smallest and easiest” to “biggest and hardest.” Step One: Eliminate the lost spellcasting level at 3rd There’s literally no reason for it. At the time, it may have been believed that there were advantages to spontaneous casting that demanded it as a balancing factor, or, as rumored, Monte Cook may have just hated ...


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Some years ago I made just such a system; I've made it work for D&D, RuneQuest 2/3, Pendragon & Ars Magica, so I suppose it is reasonably generic. This is a "pure genetic" system, and does not allow for the effects of environment. The first step is to retrieve - or recreate - the original dice rolls involved in creating the parent characters' ...


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Yes, it is By level 30 there are all sorts of epic tier powers available to players to regen health, have massive heals, avoid taking damage at all, or basically avoid death once per day. All of these powers are in there to compensate for the deadliness of the creatures that players will face at that point. Contrariwise Different classes (generally by ...


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Abstractions Before you tweak the combat system, make sure you understand how its abstraction works. A single attack roll is not necessarily a single swipe of a character's sword. Rather, it represents your character trying hard to kill his opponent for the round. It could be a single slash, or it could be a lengthy clash of steel-on-steel coupled with ...


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Some solutions: Give everyone a free level adjustment of +1 to +3. If they want to play a standard race, they can have an equivalent number of levels in their racial paragon class. Apply templates to the core races to raise their level adjustment. For example, all elves from a certain plane have the half-celestial template. Or, just allow PCs free level ...


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I want rid of the constraints of virtually costless material components So basically, you want to get rid of the metagamey excel calculations of how many chicken feathers and sulfur is still left. That's great and a very common houserule. Most of the rounds I know don't even give a feat for this. It's simply ruled that non-costly materials do not have ...


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Now I don't know what to do. I want to play the game properly Properly means everyone is having fun. If you've got a group that wants to bash heads and fear no pain, why take that away from them? Ultimately it's the GM's call. If the GM thinks the group needs a safety net to have fun, he should keep the rule. If he doesn't, he should drop it. He ...


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I would hope in most games that there is no harm in asking your DM anything. Just be very clear that you are asking and not passive-aggressively demanding.


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Since you are doing away with a feat because you feel like the benefit of the feat should be the default, you can look at "mundane" feats that you feel should be the default behavior. Some feats that that in my opinion fit the criteria: Improved Unarmed Strike. You really need a feat to effectively punch someone in the face? What kind of a Barbarian can't ...


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It doesn't need to be. Paranoia already has that play mode baked in. Choose to play Paranoia (xp) "Straight / Dark" and make sure that they start with a higher security clearance, such that they're not the designated punching bags of the complex. By taking inspiration from The Prisoner and playing the computer as competent and not at all slapstick, the ...


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Fate Worlds: Kriegszeppelin Valkyrie You might find what you want in Fate Worlds Vol.1, specifically "Kriegszeppelin Valkyrie" (KV). It is a mod/campaign where PCs are WWI pilots. Their planes are stationed on a giant flying aircraft carrier, the eponym Kriegszeppelin Valkyrie. Change "planes" to fighters and "flying aircraft carrier" to "capital ship", and ...


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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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One, most tables really hate this kind of thing These kinds of effects tend to ruin, or severely sidetrack, campaigns, to the point that the rampaging character makes it impossible to actually make any kind of progress. Make absolutely certain that every single player in the game is on board with this. It is not enough, in this case, to just check with the ...


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Slower Progression, But More Spell Slots Sorcerers get two more spell slots per level than Wizards do. The tradeoff is that they go up the spell levels a bit more slowly (exactly one level later). Is that trade worth it? If you don't think so, you can switch it around and it won't make a big difference. Wizards also get bonus feats that Sorcerers don't get, ...


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Extensively use Tome of Battle strikes. The strikes sometimes involve multiple attacks, but often involve a single attack with greatly enhanced properties. This can help greatly. But note that even high-level initiators often still use regular full-attacks: you simply cannot easily replicate the reliability and sheer damage of a full-attack with a single ...


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The best design is to minimize the impact of “setness” Sets are a neat idea, but ultimately you run into real design problems if their full power depends much at all on having multiple items in the set. You want flavor and fun from the set bonuses more than you want power. Ideally, each item on its own is, or very nearly is, worth its cost, and ...


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Kelgore's Firebolt - No The material component for Kelgore's Firebolt is "a handful of ashes", and the spell effect says that it "conjures a shard of red-hot rock." So no, there is no RAW way to substitute your own pebble in there and have it work. Spells only do what they say they do, and the spell says quite clearly that it conjures a red-hot pebble. It ...


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My Credentials: 3 Years experience as a Player and GM with 4e. Ask for Buy-in Your players (especially the previous DM) have expressed doubts. Everyone was willing to trust the previous DM when he made his houserule, they should likewise extend trust to you in reinstating the default RAW state of 4e. The previous DM was in all likelihood building bad ...


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Don't give the feat away. Just note that it's assumed that spell component pouches are refilled when passing through interesting places and will only run dry if explicitly called for in the story. Given that the spell component pouch explicitly says this thing: A spellcaster with a spell component pouch is assumed to have all the material components and ...


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Well, if you're using the default Pathfinder setting of Golarion and the Adventure Path material, they focus a lot on "human" race and culture. Golarion is a deliberately humanocentric world - elves and dwarves tend to keep to themselves and halflings are often just a slave race. There's a host of human ethnicities (Chelaxian, Keleshite, Kellid, Vudrani, ...


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What is the purpose of not allowing tests for advancement to be converted to less difficult tests, and what would change if I removed this rule? Burning Wheel's general design philosophy is built on tugging the protagonists between heroic action and realistic vulnerability. The requirement for tough tests pushes players to either seek out difficult ...


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To answer the question rules-as-written: Wherever the DM thinks appropriate. There appears to be no answer beyond that (especially nothing as specific as a table of default destinations) using official 3.5e materials - 3PP d20 material or earlier editions may be another matter. For a more useful answer, we need to go beyond rules-as-written (which after ...


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Give them something better. If you're removing the rule because it's not worth it, why not just replace it with something that is worth it? That way they won't feel cheated. Like, every two levels, pick an ability score. Roll 3d6, and if it's higher than your current score, it goes up by one. Lets you improve your crappy scores, but prevents you from ...


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As to the question, I think if your motives are honest there's nothing "unfair" about it, no. If I was your DM I'd worry most about your place in the party. With a relatively more powerful character and a bunch of traits that, if role-played honestly, could easily drop the rest of the PC's right in it, how popular do you think your character is going to be ...


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You do not have a problem, you just think you do... In my not so humble opinion, party balance is a myth, and power gamers will game any system no matter what house rules you use. So, my advise is do not even try. In Numeneria, the recommended way is to split the XP pool but that is just that: a guideline. Any player should be free to use the XP in ...


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As you know, source books don't talk about the possibility of an intended human-made AI. Now, if you are a GM and one of your players want to go that way, here are some things to consider : The birth of an AI Most of them were born during Crash 2.0, evolving from programs or reaching self-awareness during the years since the Crash, but there are ...



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