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What is the source of the persistent rumor that D&D 3.5's Orb spells were written to provide an advantage in the writer's home game?

D&D 3.5's Complete Arcane introduced the Orb of Fire/Acid/Whatever line of spells. They are conjuration spells (normally you might expect them to be evocation), they do a reasonably large pile of ...
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Building the template for a half-elf nymph in PCGen

A friend of mine wants to build a half-elf half-nymph using a homebrewed LA 3 half-nymph template, so I need to produce a half-nymph template for LA 3 in PCGen for that character. This means I need to ...
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What is the correct way to calculate Position in Dark Souls?

In the Dark Souls tabletop RPG, 5e’s Hit Points are replaced with “Position”, a more flexible resource. I found the rules for determining the Base Position of a character to be slightly confusing. For ...
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What is this RPGA world/campaign design contest winner (ca. 2006?) I remember?

More than a decade ago, my best friend had an online subscription to various D&D materials. When he was back home visiting, he let me spend a few hours exploring this treasure trove. From what I ...
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Looking for a product with a specific inn in a drow city

Our last play session with me as rotating DM ended with the party about to enter the (classic Greyhawk version) Vault of the Drow. Currently, I am a player in another DM's game, but when it cycles ...
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Is it possible to translate in-place after inapposite travel?

When a creature travels via inapposite means (inapposite gate, harness, directly from the strange, etc), will end up out of context when the laws of the destination recursion differ, and will begin ...
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Are a data fortress's programs always visible in their cells, or only triggered when a netrunner passes by their cell?

In all the samples of Netmap, we can see a data fortress with walls, gates, CPUs, memories, and also programs in a determined cell. Now I wonder, when the netrunner enters in the subgrid and starts to ...
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How to Reconcile Pax Arcanum and Permission of New Second Awakenings?

Archmasters possess superhuman capabilities of both foresight and scheming, have immense supernatural powers, and are always on the lookout for aspirants. The Pax Arcanum forbids interfering with ...
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Does a lower, reactive Dodge Dice Pool replace the current Pool in W:tA 2nd edition?

Does a lower Dodge Dice Pool introduced via reactive Dodging replace (that is force a recalculation of) the current Pool in Werewolf: the Apocalypse, 2nd edition? P.226 of the core rulebook says the ...
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What range scale does a human-sized Mek-Pirate use?

Some of the really nice tech in the Mekton Workshop costs a lot. Cloaking demands to add 0.8 to the final cost multiplier for active, fire control, combat cloaking.1 And another 0.33 for a the dirty ...
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Do the rules for Creatures creation for the Star Trek RPG by Decipher really make them weak?

The rules given in the books, whether in the Narrator's Guide or the Creatures supplement, are a mess. But, as far as I can tell, creatures created with the rules from the Narrator's Guide look ...
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Where are the unmarked maps for Scales of War?

I'm a DM about to start a campaign of Scales of War with my group. I have all of the stuff ready, except for the maps. I purchased a DDI Subscription through Digital River, but when I downloaded the ...
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Can I find traditional roleplaying in Fastaval?

Fastaval is famous for one-shot scenarios, many of which are freeform/jeepform/structured freeform in style. That is, at least, true of the scenarios that have been translated to English or Finnish ...
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Is the moons' influence on spellcasting balanced for a Dragonlance campaign?

I am about to DM Shadow of the Dragon Queen and I have almost finished reading the manual, to get the general idea of the adventure. To be honest, I feel that the setting depicted here does not feel ...
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Does the breed of a feline influence the house of an excellent Cat like it does for dogs in Pugmire?

Welcome to the Royal Lands of the Monarchies of Mau, traveller! Here, the cats reign, and most belong to the Houses Angora, Cymrik, Korat, Mau, Rex, and Siberian, or any of the smaller noble houses ...
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The fate of "the Lord of the Ashtray"

Back in 2002, the Fans that made Orpheus held a contest to make a Samual Haight-themed campaign. The Lord of the Ashtray won. Through sheer luck, the web archive crawled the fans' website starting in ...
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Balancing new critters in Mouse Guard

I am currently developing a campaign setting using the rules and lore for Mouse Guard. The setting will be similar but not in the same geographical location (Northern Michigan) that the original was ...
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How does the Bargain skill interact with Wealth levels in BRP 4th Edition?

Recently I got my hands on a copy of Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying, 4th Edition book and am going through it. On page 237, the first of the chapter on "Equipment", under the heading "...
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How can I construct/modify conflict resolution to make player tactical skill a primary determining factor in combat?

While I find FATE 2.0's conflict resolution system satisfying for many purposes, one area where it frequently falls short is in highly-detailed combat. If I'm expected series of highly detailed one-on-...
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Looking for a specific softcover book from the 90's, one in a series of 3 I think, had white cover about overpowered artifacts

I had the book in question at one time and lost it during a move. The front and back covers were glossy and white with not the greatest art. I think it was the 2nd in a series of 3, but I could never ...
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What's the difficulty to detect Were-beings with Shintao/Kenning?

The Wording for Shentao and Kenning is a little ambiguous and I need a little help here: Shentao Much like Kenning, which it replaces, Shentao represents the innate magical sense common to the Shinma....
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What is the minimum setup for this Troll adept Grenade-thrower character?

Back in the late-90 Shadowrun 3 days, someone made a character that he told about repeatedly in the local game store 1. It was a Troll adept that would throw grenades. Instead of using the grenades ...
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Can a Legendary with the Nature/Oceans/Sky Aura summon itself?

In the Blessed and the Damned, Legendary Pokémon are given auras that grant special abilities to make them even more formidable. Three of these allow the user to summon a combatant of a level equal to ...
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What rules can I use to emulate a W20 Wendigo werewolf with V5 mechanics?

I’m making a scenario using Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition (V5) rules, and I want my players to face a werewolf of the Wendigo tribe, as they're depicted in Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th ...
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When using or crafting a Spellcasting item, do modifiers that apply to spellcasting apply?

Specifically, I am interested in if the Power Boost power (from the Prometheum Exxet) could interact with an item that has the Spellcasting power (though there may be other cases where interactions ...
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For the Destruction by Ki ability, do structures/inanimate objects roll for resistance?

For example, if a level 3 character uses the ability Destruction by Ki against lets say a "Solid Bridge" (PhR 80) and spends 1 ki to perform the attack, plus 1 extra ki to raise the ...
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What are the published adventures for WFRP which are not set plots?

Many of the published adventures for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay(WFRP) follow a set plot and are a bit of a railroad experience, for example "Through the Drakwald" and "Ashes of ...
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What are the typefaces or fonts that are used for the Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game? (FASERIP)

What are the typefaces or fonts that are used for the cover and internal texts of the Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game by TSR? Preferably for the Advanced Judges and Players books. Off the top of ...
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Capturing a sneaky Bane

Our Kaganmadi just encountered a Bane last round, that is sneaky and tries to influence a Bête by whispering to them sneakily. Now we had stopped at a cliffhanger, having found out the following: A ...
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What Lore Changed Between Editions?

Now that the second edition of Eclipse Phase is out, I would like to know what bits of lore are different in second edition. I know most of it was meant to stay intact, but that doesn't mean that ...
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Thuuldom spells

Does Thuuldom dimwalker have to learn all previous levels of rune in order to learn, for example, level 3? I mean - it is necessary to learn levels 1 and 2 before? All other religions have few ...
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When is damage inflicted?

I can't find anything in Ki Khanga about when or how to deal damage without a special Effect. The Combat section (KK 83) just says to look at the Action Resolution section for info on what happens ...
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What does an embodied companion (Strange Alchemies merit) use for Power + Finesse?

I'm preparing to run a Promethean the Created game (1st edition) and one of my players is taking the Companion merit at 4 dots from Strange Alchemies (page 55). It looks like the embodied spirit has ...
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How can I make abilities from custom classes in PCGen show on my D&D 3.5e character sheet?

I feel like I am missing a step. I take the code for a wild mage prestige class from a site (I dont know if I am allowed to write the exact site here). I put the data/code of the class in the ...
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Is there any psion variant/ACF/etc that gets Grip of Iron?

I have a character who would really like to have grip of iron, the 1st-level psychic warrior power. However, said character is a psion, specifically an egoist, not a psychic warrior, and doesn’t have ...
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What happens when Armour Level equals Penetration Level exactly?

I have the original version of Ghost Ops (which uses Fudge dice), not the Savage Worlds version or the OSR version. This question is about that original version, but if you think the rules in one of ...
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Are terrain tiles for immurement magic items available?

Regarding immurements, a class of consumable magic item which transforms a 4×4 square area into a specified sort of terrain, the Adventurer's Vault 2 says (p. 89): Players can find printable maps for ...
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To how many odd keystones can one Spiritomb be synchronized?

Spiritombs have the "Keystone Warp" capability, which says the following: Spiritomb carries around with it an Odd Keystone. Trainers may collect additional Odd Keystones as they travel. ...
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Placing Critters in the appropriate place in the Natural Order Hierarchy in Mouse Guard

I am currently developing a campaign setting using the rules and lore for Mouse Guard. The setting will be similar but not in the same geographical location (Northern Michigan) that the original was ...
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How can a wandering, destitute GURPS DFRPG Cleric cast high cost spells?

In GURPS Dungeon Fantasy/DFRPG, there's at least one spell offered to Clerics (even with low Power Investiture, meaning it's available to Henchman level or Priest lens characters) that has a ...
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How to prepare Cthulhu Confidential (Gumshoe One-2-One)?

I'm looking for some practical advice on how to prepare for a session of Cthulhu Confidential. I'm a novice GM with some dozens of sessions of other games under my belt, but this will be my first one-...
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What are the errata for Swords & Wizardry Complete, 3rd Printing?

I just received a copy of S&W Complete, 3rd Printing. I've found a few minor errors, and I was wondering what errors have been noticed already for this edition? I'm especially interested in ...
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In Würm, when should a bonus be an extra die, and when is it a static value?

In Würm, actions are resolved by rolling 2d6 and beating a threshold for the challenge. Context, special abilities, and items can provide bonuses or penalties to this roll. I'm going to be GMing my ...
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Is there any way to gain an evasion reaction when using All Out Attacks

I'm playing a character with a focus on all out attack actions. This allows me to hit hard, but comes with the downside of being incapable of evading attacks. In general there are three types of melee ...
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What happens to cards after an action is resolved?

What happens to the cards played, and the cards still in hand if any, after an action has been resolved in Ki Khanga? Are played cards shuffled back into the deck or set aside? Do you get to keep ...
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What are the indications of an investigation?

I'm playing Crime Network: Cosa Nostra. I like to follow the guidelines in the manual pretty closely, to keep things organized. I'm unclear on how to handle the investigators though and the book doesn'...
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Can the base damage of a Sorcerous Fetish be raised?

In the new MET Werewolf book, one of the options for a Fetish is the Sorcerous cantrip, which inflicts a damage of one. Is there any way to raise that damage with Fetish or Equipment Qualities?
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Can a Non-Genius use a larval wonder with 0 mania activation?

I was sifting through the rules, and there are a few wonders that does not need any mania to activate (most of the Apokalipsi and Prostasia wonders, level 3 wonders with -3 mania variable). Also, if ...
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How can I adapt fourthcore to play-by-forum?

Fourthcore adventures have an ingrained time limit that puts pressure on player action and prompts fast, dashy solutions rather than overcautious approaches (or at least has the players chose which ...
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Does a Weapon Siphon with Bottled Sunlight deal both Fire AND Vitality damage?

Weapon Siphon adds 1d4 of an alchemical bomb's damage type to a weapon, but what happens when the bomb deals two damage types? The bomb must be one that deals energy damage, such as an acid flask, ...
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