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Questions tagged [exploration]

For questions related to the act of exploring a setting.

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How can I motivate my players' characters to explore, when they have teleportation?

My group and I are playing a Superhero Campaign. We are using the Fantasy Flight Games Roleplaying system used in their Star Wars series, with a mixture of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. In the Marvel ...
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Exploration time and Forced March

I'm currently playtesting the new Pathfinder 2e rules and preparing for the second adventure of Doomsday Dawn. Exploration rules in that adventure are specifically important, since a big part is ...
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One Man Caravan [closed]

I'm trying to take lots of stuff, but I am using the D&D 5e encumbrance system, so I can't take much, and my horse can barely hold me. I want to take a donkey as well to carry the stuff, but I ...
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Exploring with a permanent flyer

This question asks about how can a DM create suitable challenges for players with Aarakocra, who can fly at will. The question refers to challenges like pits and towers, which the Aarakocra can simply ...
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What skill is checked to avoid getting lost?

In a Savage Worlds setting, what skill is used to avoid getting lost? (I'm plotting a Deadlands end for my friends…Bwa, ha ha ha! but any setting should do…) In the various flavors of D&D, this ...
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How can I get players to a specific place without telling them where it is?

I just started to DM. I want the players to get to a bandit camp, but I want them to look around for it. They will have general directions like "Somewhere over the hills", but I can't think of a way ...
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How to stat a non-human, primitive or semi-primitive NPC race?

I'm planning to run a one-shot (with the possibility of a segue into a short campaign), set in a version of the modern world (in which, of course, there's something not quite the way you learned it in ...
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How can I maximize player involvement with the environment without affecting player's abilities?

Tomb of Annihilation has a I want to capitalize on the rich environment of the campaign, encouraging survival skills, exploration, and experimentation, but I want to do so without affecting PC's ...
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Roleplaying system with minimal focus on combat [closed]

I'm looking to play a tabletop RPG with a couple of friends, and I own the main D&D 4e books. However, we'd like to play a game which is focused more on intrigue and adventure rather than combat. ...
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Do PCs need to carry a gallon of water per person per day of travel?

A PC needs one gallon of water per day. He can take half that amount but risks an exhaustion level if he fails a con save. Any less water is an automatic level of exhaustion. The equipment chapter ...
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Is there an existing buff I can give to my PCs for using a general map of locations item? [closed]

I am currently running the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign and I am considering the idea of retrieving a general map of locations as a hook to get my players to visit Daran Edermath in Phandalin (he'...
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What chance do non-elves have to find concealed or secret doors?

I know that in AD&D 2nd Edition elves and half-elves have the ability to find secret and concealed doors when searching for them concealed: 1 in 2 chance secret: 1 in 3 chance And that they have ...
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I want to run vast and realistic dungeons, but my players get frustrated trying to search every room

Because my players' suspension of disbelief began to suffer when exploring more "normal" dungeons, I have created some big dungeons which are based on bigger, realistic structures: castles, towns, ...
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Identifying potion by tasting them. How *should* it work?

A classic method of identifying potions (especially in OSR games) is by sipping them. This method is attractive to me for the potential fun involved in experimenting with unknown effects. However, I ...
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Can you search for hidden doors multiple times in a row?

One of my players (elven fighter) read this: in the AD&D 2e PHB and decided to search every room at least 10 times: Secret doors (those constructed so as to be hard to notice) and concealed ...
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How does one get players to explore more?

In a comment on my answer to What qualifies exploration gaming?, Javafueled commented: It almost begs me to ask the question: How do I get players to explore more? :) – javafueled In order to ...