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What online chat or chat-like resource will work for my closed game?

I'm designing a RP forum but when the characters have to talk to each other the game slows to a crawl. Do you know of any online chat or chat-like resource I can use for a closed game? I am looking ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM? [closed]

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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What software can I use to simulate a deck of cards for playing online? [closed]

I'm going to be running a game over a Google+ hangout, and the game needs a deck of cards that all of the players will draw from, keeping some of the draws hidden. I've searched around but most of the ...
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Recommend large, complex, logical dungeons

I did not find the right question, so if this has a duplicate, simply relink this question. As a treat for my players I would like to master a very good dungeon. Good means: It should be free or so ...
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Can you attack with more than one weapon when using Extra Attack? [duplicate]

When one uses the Extra Attack class feature, must it be done with only one weapon? If I had, for example, one throwing axe and sword, couldn't I throw the axe and attack with the sword as part of ...
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Looking for resource material for a dream world [closed]

I have started working on a world that is set in a dream realm. I am using it to create one-off gaming sessions that I can do in a single day and pull in any characters that are currently being used. ...
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Is anyone playing Mazes & Minotaurs? [closed]

I discovered Mazes & Minotaurs just days ago, and am extremely impressed. Why is the community so small? For a game allegedly created prior to D&D, with such a simple rule system, why does a ...
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Real World Mythic Setting Material [closed]

Can you recommend setting material for roleplaying games (books, websites, etc.) that presents places in the real world but with supernatural overtones based upon a locale's myths, fairytales, and ...
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What is the rationale behind the comparatively low number of spells known for Sorcerers? [closed]

Druids, clerics and wizards are full casters as well and can "prepare a number of spells equal to your spell casting ability modifier plus your class level", which is considerably more than what the ...
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Why did the designers move Vengeance of Samiel (Valeren •••••) to level 6 in V20 Dark Ages? [closed]

In Vampire: The Masquerade: 20th Anniversary the first three powers of Valeren's Warrior path (page 474 of the Corebook) are rather useless. One would only learn them if one wanted to learn the •••• ...
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1answer
898 views

Why did Paizo say they dropped the evil subtype from Animate Dead? [closed]

I was reading the new Starfinder Core Rulebook and as going through the spells section, I stumbled upon Animate Dead lacking the evil subtype (which was there in Pathfinder). Further reading the ...
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Why is there a saving throw for each ability score? [closed]

From reading the current preview of the "Basic Rules" it looks like each ability score is now granted the possibility of being connected to a Saving Throw. In fact, certain classes get proficiency ...
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1answer
683 views

Why don't we find out what the Frost Shepherds are? [closed]

In The Quiet Year, the game is ended by the arrival of the Frost Shepherds. When this happens, the instructions tell us to end the game immediately and without discussion. (And, if we like, we can ...
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1answer
359 views

Why is a sniper rifle wealth 4 in open legend rpg? [closed]

Open legend, an open source rpg uses a wealth level system for equipment. It states that a sniper rifle requires wealth level 4. However, at the end of the same chapter it discusses how to price a ...
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What's a good printing/publishing service for tabletop RPGs? [closed]

I'm making a tabletop RPG (with some friends) that we plan to put on Kickstarter. Along with releasing the RPG in electronic form, I would really like to have a printing or publishing service so that ...
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1answer
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Are there any published RPG adventures set in Utumno or Angband? [closed]

Are there any published RPG adventures set in Utumno or Angband, the the dungeon fortresses of Morgoth as described in J.R.R. Tolkien's works? Anything that's published is fine - say with the MERP, ...
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Is there any way to improve ability score without items, only with spells or class features? [closed]

I found a few, but they are all bad, like true polymorph to improve ability scores (but I lose class features), does someone know any way to improve ability scores without losing class features, and ...
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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family? [closed]

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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Creating my own RPG but having a hard time. Need advice

I've been playing tabletop RPGs for 20 years and I finally mustered the courage to create my own RPG. The problem is that I've gotten very discouraged as of late. I asked my local gaming community ...
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What's a good source for a fantasy common-magic setting?

I'm looking to create a new culture in my current campaign that lives in what I'll call a common-magic area (for whatever reason, in my case a McGuffin, there's heaps of magic), and I want to reflect ...
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1answer
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Why is mayo in the alchemy jug?

The 5e Alchemy Jug (on page 150 of the Dungeon Master's Guide) has several uses. Some are common and useful, like water, poison, acid. Some are natural ingredients and liquids, like honey, vinegar, ...
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Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC?

Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC when wearing armor you are proficient with?
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When did the 5-foot square/hex become the standard unit of measurement in Dungeons & Dragons? [duplicate]

I was playing with AutoREALM the other day and noticed a lack of a five-foot-unit of measurement. There are inches, feet, yards, meters and then fathoms (apparently, six feet). This tool seems fairly ...
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6answers
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What are some character development tools? [closed]

I have a character that I want to develop slowly through the campaign. By this I mean I want him to slowly mature and change his personality through the sessions. What tool or trick can I use to ...
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Why are the requirements to drop a Prismatic Wall's layers so specific?

Unless a caster uses mage's disjunction, a Pathfinder caster must employ 7 different and specific spells to bring down a prismatic wall. These really are specific spells like cone of cold for the ...
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What reasons have the designers given for why unarmed strikes aren't 'light melee weapons'?

According to the PHB: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you’re holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon ...
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Has anybody actually already played Dungeons The Dragoning 40000 7th Edition? [closed]

Released as an April Fools joke, Dungeons The Dragoning 40000 7th Edition is a parody and conglomerate of many established roleplaying games, including but not limited to: D&D, WoD, 7th Sea, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of develop in play (DIP) compared to develop at the start (DAS) character generation?

Originally, Are you really DIPpy?1 What are the advantages and disadvantages to developing your character in play (DIP) compared to developing at the start (DAS)? What experiences have you had with ...
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7answers
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How could towns restrain a magic user? [closed]

The modern concept of crime and punishment is very reliant on the ability to disarm and restrain and control an individual (think handcuffs, the dividers in police cars, and jails). How can that be ...
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Where can I find desert random encounter tables? [closed]

The players in my Greyhawk campaign are about to enter the Bright Desert, and I'd like to use some desert-specific random encounter tables — does anyone have anything suitable? Edition is irrelevant, ...
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6answers
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Where can I get fantasy public domain art? [closed]

I'm working on a series of NPC cards but I'm having trouble finding good pictures. Is there a good source for public domain/creative commons fantasy-themed art out there? Is there another good way to ...
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16answers
2k views

Do role-playing games have to be fun? [closed]

There is a hypothesis that entertaining activities (like role-playing games) should be "fun." Quotes like "It doesn't matter, as long as you're having fun" and "The rules aren't important as long as ...
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Is Overchanneling announced before or after determining if a spell hits? [duplicate]

School of Evocation Wizards in 5E gain Overchannel at level 14. It states: When you cast a wizard spell 1st through 5th level that deals damage, you can deal maximum damage with that spell. The ...
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95 views

Can a monster attack with the same action that it's using to hold a grapple? [duplicate]

I'm unclear on how attacks and grappling work with monsters as opposed to players. Let me elaborate my question. With PCs, it seems clear to me. Let's say a PC has two creatures grappled and thus ...
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832 views

Is there a fox people race in D&D 5e? [duplicate]

Is there any race that can make let me play as a fox? Either an anthropomorphic fox, or (preferably) a human looking race with fox ears and tail, like an inumimi if you know what that is.
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One-off simple game with little to no character creation? [closed]

We are between campaigns and are looking for a good, short game to fill the prep time for the GM. Character creation must be very short. Minimal stats is best. We want to be able to start playing ...
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4answers
555 views

What is a good gaming system for running a 'con man' game? [closed]

Follow up to this question: What gaming system would work the best for running a 'con-man' scenario? I'm thinking of a team of people who run a con on greedy rich landholders or merchants. Most ...
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4answers
543 views

Is there a game that places a similar amount of emphasis on the creation of worlds by player characters as the Myst series? [closed]

A major part of the premise of the Myst series is that a number of characters in the setting can 'write' worlds (mostly ones you could walk across in a few minutes). The gameplay of the series is ...
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5answers
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What are the best computer generators for historical timelines? [closed]

Every world or campaign setting has a timeline of historical events. Normally this has the format of a year number followed by a short description. For example: −9800 DR: The Yuirwood was settled by ...
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0answers
83 views

Beginner Friendly game for my friends and I. (No experienced GM) [duplicate]

My three friends and I are very interested in playing Table-top rpg's but we're having some trouble getting started. We're looking for a pretty beginner friendly game that doesn't require an ...
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12answers
11k views

What role-playing games should I pick for an absolute beginner group? [closed]

I've always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but where I live it's more of an underground thing, so it was difficult to find other players. After recently moving to a new school, I made a few ...
7
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5answers
6k views

Good games for inexperienced players and GMs? [closed]

I have been the GM for my little circle of friends for a few months. We are having trouble finding an RPG system to be comfortable with. On my part, I seem to be unable to settle on any particular ...
10
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6answers
769 views

Are there any systems featuring skill atrophy? [closed]

I was thinking the other day about skill atrophy - the opposite of advancement. What I mean precisely is a system that takes a use-it-or-lose-it approach to even maintaining skill proficiency. I was ...
9
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3answers
2k views

Are there good tools for managing custom (homebrew) classes? [closed]

The D&D 4e character builder works OK for the official classes, but doesn't seem to have much support for anything custom. Are there good tools for managing characters with custom (homebrew) ...
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5answers
8k views

Which rpg system supports freeform magic and is intended for Fantasy games? [closed]

We've been looking for a system that fits our current requirements for a while and we seem to be failing miserably at it... Does anyone know of a system that fits the following? Magic system ...
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14answers
9k views

Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories? [closed]

I know of a few online retailers that specialise in out-of-print (OOP), second-hand, and original editions of RPG books and accessories. Let's make a definitive list of them!
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5answers
4k views

What did you do for a Tarrasque adventure? [closed]

What did you do for a Tarrasque adventure? When you ran it, did you wait for the players to be epic level? Did having such an overpowered enemy detract from anything? Or did your players - on the ...
11
votes
2answers
828 views

Using (Android) tablet as a virtual online whiteboard [closed]

I am considering running some online RPGs, and even though I have Cartographer to make maps, players always tend to get into situations not planned for. So I thought since I have an Android tablet ...
11
votes
2answers
4k views

Software for adding atmosphere via music and sounds [closed]

Currently I am collecting some music and sounds for an upcoming D&D campaign. It would be simple to set up an iPod with speakers for managing the music, but I want both music and a sound board of ...
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votes
3answers
698 views

What attributes are considered spell requirements? [closed]

Each spell has the following: Name of Spell [Level] [School] Casting Time: x Range: x Components: x, y, z (special) Duration: x Classes: x Description: [Effects] So what parts of each attribute in a ...
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