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Questions about Earthdawn 1st Edition; by FASA Corporation in 1993.

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What needs to change to make 1st-edition Earthdawn a single-roll initiative system?

The first edition Earthdawn combat system involves declaring actions and rolling initiative every round, which for me is tedious; I want combat to flow, so I want to skip rerolling initiative every ...
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What happens to a skill when an adept learns it as a talent?

Adepts can learn skills (at increased cost) for abilities that they will eventually be able to learn as talents at higher circles. E.g. Norman the Windling thief learns the skill 'Missile weapons' at ...
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How can I balance my Earthdawn encounters?

I am having a great deal of trouble making my encounters challenging, fast and non-stalemate. Added to the problem of exploding dice that can turn the whole fight upside down in a single blow. I have ...
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Creature's treasures and legend points

The lightning lizard's eyes are worth 150 silver each, thus 300 total. It is mentioned they are treasures worth legend points. Are they worth the full 300 legend or a fraction of? Are they worth it ...
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Where can I find stats for greater spirits and elementals?

I have seen a lot of references to spirits and elementals which are strong enough to wipe mining crews and all, but I can't find a single place where they are described (except wood elementals in ...
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How do armor stack with physical defence?

I've made an Earthdawn campaign and i've used the character pre-generated in Earthdawn Classics intro-game (Kaer Tardim) as a starting point for my players. To put you in context, the troll has 9 ...
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How much should PCs be paid?

I'm GMing an Earthdawn campaign, and I've opted for a sandbox approach instead of generic quests with big loot piles at the ends of dungeons. The PCs--rather than loot killed creatures, hunt for gems,...
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How are Legend Points from creatures split when one PC died in the fight?

Say, if a creature is worth 100 LP, and the party is made of 4 adepts, but one of the adepts is killed, is their share split among the survivors or does their XP just disappear? Does it depend on how ...
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Is there a rule (or house rule) for capping exploding dice damage in Earthdawn?

So i've just hit a strange situation where an attack did 1d8 damage, and, thanks to the exploding mechanics, the wolf (worth 30 XP) did 33 Damage. That's 4 8's in a row and a 1. It completely exploded ...
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How does the GM split the exp in Earthdawn?

If a crakbill is worth 60 Legend points, should i give each character 60 or a fraction of the exp derived from the number of PC?
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How does looting treasures worth legend points work?

Earthdawn rewards player when they best an opponent with legend points. It also rewards them legend points when they loot "treasures" (e.g., Crackbill necks). Am I right that they won't ...
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Do rolls other than talent/skill/attribute tests explode?

I know for a fact that when you roll the max on a dice, you get to reroll and add the new result. Is this mechanic only used on talent/skill/attribute tests or is it also used for damage rolls, ...
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Talents that require Karma vs Discipline talents

My question is twofold. Have i understood clearly that you may use karma in any discipline talent? And that you also may choose not to use karma for discipline talents that requires karma? Using ...
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Can any character weave a thread to any item?

So, I know there are minor, major and wondrous items. I also know that some magical items are made, and some other just happen to become magical after they become significant. I know you need to know ...
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Can a human wizard use Versatility to get an extra spell matrix?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. As part of the limitations of it it states: (p120 ED First Edition) Characters with ...
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Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors?

Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors in Earthdawn (1st ed.)? Or... does a single mark give access to the person to any Horror that "sees" it? (Yes, this is a straight to the point Q.)
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