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What is a Mega Dungeon?

I've come across the expression "mega dungeon" quite a few times on the net. It seems like it's not just about the size of a den of monsters but it might imply a play style or something. What are the ...
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1answer
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What is the technical name for “cylinder” shaped dice?

I once saw dice with a "cylindrical" shape, and numbers printed on the sides. The friend who had them called them "clippide", although a google search returns nothing. What is the real, official name ...
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How vested should every player be in the Burning Wheel's rule system?

I am currently pitching a Burning Wheel game for two of my buddies. Most of our group has succumbed to a busy schedule, so its pretty much down to the 3 of us. It's going to be a kind of fantasy Roman-...
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9answers
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Effective Light Armor Fighter?

In D&D 4e is it feasible to have an effective lightly armored fighter? I'd like to do a rapier wielder for aesthetics but I want to make sure the character can still fill the role of defender. ...
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Your experience with alternate loot systems for D&D 4e

As an old-school AD&D 2nd Edition player, I like most of the changes in 4e. One thing I can't come to grips with is the loot system. I hate hate hate that the treasure drops are tailored to such ...
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1answer
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Are there any references for the night sky of Toril?

Where can I find details about the constellations and night sky characteristics of Toril? Is this information presented in any of the released books?
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4answers
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Rules for being drunk?

If a character is drunk, what are the penalties associated to it? Are there any benefits to it? I do remember a special prestige class for monks about it, but I don't remember anything specific in the ...
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16answers
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How does a GM deal effectively with a player unable to lose gracefully?

How does a GM handle effectively a player that overreacts to any negative effects the player's character suffers, like level drain or death?
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8answers
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How do I use the same type of creature as characters level up without using more of them?

Is there a good formula/strategy for making monsters harder as characters level up without just throwing more of them? My kids, for example, love Kobolds but I just don't want combats of 30 of them.
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How do you reassure a parent who is worried about RPGs being unhealthy for their children?

Are there any constructive steps fellow players and GMs can take when a high-school age player's parents express concern at their roleplaying game hobby? Assume the player is a healthy creative ...
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2answers
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How are Pathfinder Fighters different from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play?

How do Pathfinder Fighters differ from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play? Is the feat structure different? What are the changes regarding combat feats and special rules like ...
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6answers
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Good ways to handle presenting information to one or some members of the group?

What are some good methods for presenting information to a limited number of players in a gaming group so as to allow them to control when and how that information gets released to the rest of the ...
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Best answer for people concerned about RPG activities being occult or dangerous?

I've had many experiences where the very fact of roleplaying triggered some concerned comment from the "uninitiated," likely parents or neighbors. Some examples: A friend of mine hosted a Vampires ...
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18answers
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What RPG systems work well online? [closed]

I have a number of RPG-loving friends, but they're unfortunately scattered around the world. I'd like to run a game with them online, using emails or message boards or something of that ilk. (like ...
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3answers
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How many encounters can you squeeze into a 3 hour slot?

A local game day is coming within the next month and I am planning on running an adventure. The slots are three hours long. Given that time slot I would like to see the players complete the ...
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6answers
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Help Identify a Medieval City [closed]

This is a fictional city. What I need help with is finding a medieval city that has roughly the same shape. I want to get a sense of the surrounding geography in order to create my regional map around ...
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Good resources for travel times?

What are some good resources, on or off-line, for determining clear travel times for: different methods of travel (eg: foot, horse, vehicles by period and type, etc) different terrain types (eg:...
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To document house rules, or no?

Or, how much documentation should your "campaign world" provide? This is a fairly generic (and subjective) question, but there is a genuine purpose behind it: I have a set of "house rules" for Tales ...
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8answers
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How do you DM differently when it's for only one person?

I've just finished running my first session with only one player, and it felt pretty different from running a session for a group. Could someone with more experience in this talk about what one ...
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9answers
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Any toys that are at proper miniature scale? [closed]

One thing I've periodically wondered is whether there are any kid's toy/action figures that are of the proper scale to be used as minis. Has anybody found anything that works?
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17answers
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A 2 Player RPG for buddies? [closed]

If myself and an old buddy sit down for a night of roleplaying, what game can we use? I've heard of a couple of romantic games, but they're not really for buddies. Are they? Suggestions please. I'm ...
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5answers
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Do I need the “X power” books

We've just been using the Character Builder for all the builds and Powers an what have you. Is there enough guidance/play advice in the various Power Books (Divine, Martial, Arcane etc) to make them ...
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6answers
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Oriental-themed characters in Pathfinder

We were planning on running a 3.5 campaign with an oriental-themed party: Samurai, Ninja, Shugenja, Wu Jen etc. There are all sorts of story reasons in place to make sense of this: a quasi-oriental ...
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2answers
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Eye Contact as a Game Master's tool [closed]

Do you consciously use eye contact to help control or encourage players? When an extroverted or otherwise dominant player adversely affects the group experience, do you use eye contact to seize his/...
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22answers
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What to do when a player loses or forgets their character sheet?

Sadly, most of the games I play in have monthly sessions at best. Also, players travel from a somewhat greater distance to play. A consequence is that during the month many players misplace their ...
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26answers
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How do you deal with missing players? [closed]

If you know ahead of time that you're going to be missing a player, do you reschedule? Or just play them as an NPC or as a group puppet?
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8answers
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Can rules changes fix interpersonal problems at the table?

Can rules tweaks help deal with some of the common interpersonal problems at the gaming table? For example: Someone is not really interested in the game, and reads and ignores play until they ...
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8answers
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Roleplaying as a job: skills and background? [closed]

A friend of mine is a great DM, and we always told him that he should be paid for his skills. He smiles and says that it's enough to have fun, but seriously, can you make a living out of role-playing ...
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2answers
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In Dictionary of Mu, does the end of an epoch mean game over?

When playing in the Sorcerer setting Dictionary of Mu, when you have 20 player-authored demon entries the end of an epoch is triggered. Does this have to be a world-ending meteorite for the game to ...
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2answers
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Is the Psionics Power Source Ki?

Is the psionics power source really just Ki and thus easily fit into a Wushu-based paradigm? Do I need to changes Psionics to make it this way? Specifically, how do I re-figure the Psion in this ...
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16answers
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Where can I find other RPG players?

I'd really like to learn how to play pen-and-paper RPGs. I know that it takes a few players to actually sit down and play, but I'm not at all sure where to find more gamers. How do I find existing ...
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3answers
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Can there be consequences for a player when it is not their turn in Fiasco?

I played a game of Fiasco recently, and we had a pretty large bit of confusion. When it's your turn you have a scene, and that scene will either end well or poorly for your character based on the ...
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4answers
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What if the GM knocks over the tower during a game of Dread?

In Dread, the status of the tower is pretty much the entire game. If it falls over accidentally, it really sort of ruins everything. Obviously the GM stays as far away from it as possible to avoid the ...
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Are Beginner's Luck Perception tests open-ended in Burning Wheel Revised?

How does Beginner's Luck work with Perception in Burning Wheel Revised? If I am using a Perception-based skill with Beginner's Luck, then I roll my Perception stat at a double obstacle. However, ...
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1answer
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Can you use something before your burn it in a challenge in Freemarket?

On Freemarket page 29 it says you can burn resources to remove points from your opponent's hand. However, if tech or interface are reduced to zero, you can't use them until they are repaired or ...
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Sword of Truth 4e Setting

Has anyone seen or heard of anyone working up a Sword of Truth series 4e setting?
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4answers
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What is an appropriate list of Medical Investigation Skills for GUMSHOE?

I’m currently working on a one-shot for Gumsheos that will be very medically focused where the characters are quarantined in a medical facility and trying to identify a “super plague” of occult ...
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How can the GM go diceless in classic D&D?

For those unfamiliar with the concept semi-diceless gaming is only having the players roll the dice. It's used in Cinematic Unisystem and the old (and now free) game Legendary Lives. I'd like to ...
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How do I manage created content in D&D Character Builder?

I love Character Builder. But I'm wondering how I manage creations specific to my campaign, like gods, boons, magic items or rituals (let alone feats, powers and backgrounds). What are the ways ...
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12answers
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What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?

I've asked several questions about 4th Edition D&D because I may be able to start a game. However, I'd need to purchase (some) materials. I am aware of the 4 book set (core) and the expected ...
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Does anyone have good examples of an Adventuring Guild charter?

I'm planning on using established guilds as npc rivals. The player characters start out as nobodies, in some cases as slaves, and will eventually have the opportunity of starting up their own guild(...
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How do you optimize in 1st Edition AD&D?

1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons gives its players a few strategic options during character creation, many of which are restricted by randomly generated attributes. With this in mind, what are some ...
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Are my 4E reincarnation rules reasonable and fun? [closed]

So I want to have near-instant (next in-game day) reincarnation, as I plan on running a fairly brutal campaign. There are a couple of things I plan on doing, and I would love some help fine tuning the ...
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The Giants modules in BRP Classic Fantasy

I'm interested in playing some of the classic early AD&D adventures, like the Giants modules, with Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying using their Classic Fantasy module. My big issue is power doesn't ...
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What defines the “old school renaissance”?

I'm aware that the old school renaissance (OSR) is all about hearkening back to old versions of D&D and the play styles of the 70's and 80's, but what characteristics really define this movement? ...
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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How compatible are books for D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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Which version of d20 is World of Warcraft RPG compatible with?

I picked up the WoW RPG a few years back before I knew anything about D&D/d20 and am just now getting around to checking out D&D and am wondering where this book fits into the d20 versions?
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I'm creating an original setting for D&D—where do I start? [closed]

Creating a new fantasy setting for D&D is daunting but I don't want to use one of the published settings. I have a blank piece of paper in front of me and a whole world to create. My friends want ...
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What is the single most influential book every GM should read? [closed]

If you had your career as a GM to start again, what book would you wish to have read before you started on the path of learning to be a GM. This needn't be restricted to RPG source and rulebooks of ...

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