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What is the default date of Fireborn?

From what I see is that 2001 magic came back. But what I didn't find is when the usual Fireborn game is mostly meant to be set date wise (neither in the published adventure nor in the infos in game). ...
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Are there guidelines for punishments for crimes?

I have a player with a character that is a likely to get in trouble with the law. His character is currently Chaotic Neutral and is slowly slipping toward Chaotic Evil. The player is not being ...
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Do paper books exist in the 5th ed. of D&D?

In the PHB a Spellbook is described as a leather-bound tome with 100 blank vellum pages The way PHB describes a Forgery Kit is: This small box contains a variety of papers and parchments The ...
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Are there any canonical correlations or known overlaps between D&D settings' various timelines that could be used to determine when they correspond?

D&D canon has demonstrated numerous times that the various campaign settings are in fact, connected to each other. Powerful beings from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and even Athas have found ways ...
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A witcher and their apprentice…

In an upcoming game set in the Northern Realms of the Witcherverse, two of my players decided to come up with this character concept: One plays an older established Witcher, the other plays their in-...
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How can I run an interesting council meeting? [closed]

The Story so Far The end is nigh for planet earth! The sun is running out of fuel and life on earth only has about 100-500 years before it gets burnt to a crisp as the sun expands. Several years ago ...
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How do we transition from D&D 4e's world to D&D 5e's world?

My group started in late Dec 14th with D&D 4e, in the Points of Light. My players have expressed an interest in making the switch to 5e. D&D 5e is set in Forgotten Realms, a completely new and ...
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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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How much do players need to know before a campaign [closed]

My friends and I are soon going to start a short campaign. The DM is wondering how much information he should give us at the start. Any tips? We are pretty new to DnD.
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Is there a way to play a mage in Dragon Age that won't be bossed around, locked up, or killed?

In Dragon Age canon, mages are controlled by the Chantry, who assigns Templars to watch them. They stay in the Tower unless given a specific mission, and when they leave it is with a Templar to guard (...
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What is the Warhammer Fantasy RPG oneshot/campaign set in an inn?

I was recently told about a WFRPG campaign set entirely in an inn. But I can't remember the name of it. Does anyone know it?
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What types of undead exist in Z-Corps?

Recently I stumbled over the existence of Z-Corps, a French zombie RPG based on the D6 system. As intriguing as it is... it is only available in French and Spanish at this time and the English ...
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Is there a compilation/timeline of the default 13th Age setting history?

I would like to run a game of 13th Age after working with my players through a worldbuilding session of Microscope. In order to have some prompts and framework for us to build on (or replace), I ...
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In the Eclipse Phase setting, is there a solution to continuity of identity? How does it impact the setting?

By continuity of identity I mean the classic teleportation problem: when you teleport, do you arrive at the destination, or do you die and your clone arrives? The problem being that no-one other than ...
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An RPG Setting for Low-Powered Space Opera [closed]

I'm looking for a setting that's well suited for adventures similar to what we see with Han Solo in Star Wars, or Mal's gang in Firefly. It should be the kind of galaxy where it makes sense for a ...
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Is it legal to write and publish a novel based on a pre-existing campaign or setting?

I have read over the OGL and researched copyright laws, but I still am not sure how much of what I want to do is legal. What if someone wanted to write a story about a pre-existing campaign, such as ...
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What resources detail other planets in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting

I recently came across the other planets of the Pathfinder Campaign setting. I see that they are only briefly described in the setting book. What other resources exist that describe the other ...
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Adapting classes for a game in a world become newly magical

Civilisation prospered in the world of Ishtar. The world was separated into many countries, but war was rare and trade was flourishing. Harvests were not always abundant, but the good years more than ...
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Is there a template to create a Savage Worlds world

I just saw Mad Max Fury road and I figured that it would make an excellent 'world' to game in. I was thinking, what does it take to build enough material to make a convincing world? And how do you ...
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Do any studies exist that show what the most popular RPG setting genres are?

Have there been any studies or polls about the most popular RPG setting genres, across systems? Intuition tells me that High Fantasy would top the list, but there are a bunch of strong contenders for ...
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Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue? [closed]

I'm looking for a fantasy campaign setting with the following elements: Savage Worlds or Fate. But I'm open to hacks or others rules systems that match this requisites: Rules light, narrative flavor (...
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Duration of the first Wizard's war and the plausibility of Atlantis's downfall taking an abroad mage by surprise

Consider a campaign starting around the time of the downfall of Atlantis. Would (or could) it be plausible for a young mage to be away from Atlantis and suddenly discover things have drastically ...
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How can I retain a classical (rather than medieval) feel in my game?

I'm running a campaign (D&D 3.5, moderately houseruled) set in a world in a classical era. You might compare it to the Han dynasty, or to the Roman Republic--Roman Principate (Sulla to Trajan), in ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder? [closed]

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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Is there a map for the feywild equivalent of Faerûn?

It is stated somewhere between the books in D&D 4e that the Feywild is a lot like Toril when its about its geographical shape. Even though, it isn't the same. And I'm looking for those small ...
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What Paragon-Tier modules can I use to showcase the Underdark?

My group is going through the Underdark top to bottom to get to Menzoberranzan. I'm looking for recommendations for Underdark themed modules - starting with near-the-surface (no- or lite-Drow) dungeon ...
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Looking for “high dark” fantasy setting

I'm looking for a fantasy setting which should fit these rather specific key points: Overall dark feeling. This will be a Monster Hunters game, so heroic sillyness, a comic-book feel, and so on are ...
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What about the areas without description in the Forgotten Realms?

I've noticed places in Toril without any sort of description. When I searched about it online, not even the Forgotten Wikia had anything about some of these places. Let's use the Kryptgarden as an ...
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How should I handle including features from a settings book when they might cause problems for me? [closed]

I have a player of a gnome who tries to get almost everything from campaign setting books. Should I grant him these thing without including the entire book? For example: He tried to get the feat "...
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Demons vs. Devils? [closed]

I come across Demons in 13th Age, and Devils in the 13 True Ways, and sort of know that such distinctions exist in d20 games. In D20 games, what are the differences between demons and devils, and do ...
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How can I set up a villain with a really, really, long scope to his plans? [closed]

In the near future I will be running a campaign where the plot, very roughly goes as follows: It's the year X. The world has been destroyed in a process that has taken a long time. Most people alive ...
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What should I include in a setting book for an RPG? [closed]

My original question was too broad, so I hope this is a better question for what I'm looking for. What is the absolutely necessary information for a setting book to have to be published as a complete ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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How can PCs defeat a magical Necrotic Cyst-based surveillance state?

In his excellent answer to this question, Brian Ballsun-Stanton posited a horrifying surveillance state using, at its core, a handful of powerful creatures, the feat Mother Cyst (LM 28), and a ...
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Is a victim of the Mind Control Power from Necessary Evil ever aware of their plight?

In Necessary Evil for Savage Worlds, the Mind Control power gives no indication of whether the victim is aware, either before or after the fact, that they have been controlled. However, the Mind ...
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Does the “Primordial Soup Kitchen” Campaign from Andy Hopp's “Low Life” need much updating for Savage Worlds Deluxe rules?

I'm planning to introduce my players to the Low Life setting, and I'd really like to go through the "Primordial Soup Kitchen" campaign that is in the back of the old setting book. Since that book came ...
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What is the Post-Cataclysm Population of Neverwinter?

This question is specific to the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Campaign Setting. I know Neverwinter was decimated by the spellplague and then the cataclysm, but Neverember has been ...
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How to brief a party on WoD setting

I am not sure what a good method for briefing a party in WoD is. When the players are just before the character creation stage, is it standard to tell the party what city they will be starting in, if ...
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What to do when my players want vanilla?

I'm interested in creating my own setting, but my players want to use published, old-school deities, more or less types of Greyhawk planes, and have not expressed interest in anything but a Greyhawk/...
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What monsters and races are from the Shadowfell?

I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list ...
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Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM

The problem What are the best practices to overcome that certain “complexity paralysis” that may strike a GM when trying to learn and immerse himself in a setting that has a lot of intricate ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

I'm currently in the middle of DM'ing a city campaign. I've found it's quite a bit more difficult than a dungeon. I have the city mostly planned out (type of city, the ruler, the districts, centers of ...
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How do I determine the argument of periapsis in GURPS Space? [closed]

I am currently in the process of writing a program that generates a GURPS Space star system according to the RAW. For the final output format I intended to make plots of the orbits, thus this question ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy? [closed]

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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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 module ...
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D&D character levels and population - Is the Fifty Percent Rule valid?

In this answer I suggested that "the majority" of NPCs would be 0-level characters, and was told by our friendly moderator @BrianBallson-Stanton in a comment (since deleted) that D&D 4 didn't have ...
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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Auzmezar's age at the fall of the Stonewilds 4621AR

I'm creating an elf druid for the wrath of the righteous campaign. I thought it would be fun to have him be old enough to remember when the worldwound formed and when the druids of the Stonewilds ...
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Is there a plausible explanation for a large number of armed adventurers in a fantasy RPG setting?

I'm working on a Dungeons & Dragons setting. I'm looking for a comprehensive and logical explanation why, in a feudal society similar to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, there might be bands of ...
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What are established ways for playing a campaign based on a real-life environment?

I am thinking about starting a campaign which is based on my and my players' hometown and direct environment. I can imagine a plethora of pitfalls that come with this as opposed to creating a purely ...