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How challenging is "challenging" in Shadowrun?

I'm reading the core book about the mechanics and I see that a Success threshold of 4 is supposed to be challenging. Here's the exact wording. The standard threshold is 1 (so only 1 hit is ...
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How can I balance and blend spotlight time between PCs of different Lodges?

Recently, one of the players in my Werewolf game has taken on the Lodge of Spires, which is effectively "Batman: The Lodge". One of the benefits of this lodge (for those who don't play, consider a ...
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Preventing saturation in a horror campaign

I am currently designing my first horror campaign and what I've come up with so far is pretty dark and gruesome. I worry that if it is gut wrenching the whole way through, eventually the players will ...
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How does one use the Character Builder Magic Items in conjunction with Inherent Bonuses?

(Related to How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e? ) I'm about to start my another 4th edition game, and I want to use Inherent ...
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Dealing with power gamers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Handle a Powergamer / Munchkin I'm pretty sure this was asked before but I couldn't find it How do you deal with power gamers? That player who is clearly maxing skills ...
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Question on Stacked conditions

According to Pathfinder rules on conditions: "If more than one condition affects a character, apply them all. If effects can't combine, apply the most severe effect." Using this, is it safe to ...
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As a complete newcomer - what do I have to look out for? [closed]

I just orderer the D&D Red Box 4th edition. I plan to play it with my GF and maybe I can convince my flat mate as well. None of us has any experience playing Pen and Paper games (I have Baldur's ...
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How does channel energy work in combat?

How is positive channel energy used in combat? Do I just declare that I am using it or do I have to wish to use it and then roll to see if I am successful? I suppose I'm asking when would the DC 13 ...
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Can I see through an open doorway?

I have what might seem like a weird question, let me explain. I'm playing with a DM I've never played with before. In his game, a character has no idea what is in the next room until they are in that ...
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Stopping rule questions from overrunning encounters

A common problem I observe is that the players start flooding the GM with questions regarding rules during an encounter (within and outside their respective turns). From the perspective of a GM, how ...
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Does a Paladin's Divine Bond stack with levels from Holy Vindicator?

I am unsure as to the answer to this myself. It states in the description of the Paladin's Divine Bond that you gain a +1 bonus every 4 levels, but it doesn't say ...
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Can items be retrieved from Alchemical Defense Nodes?

In D&D 4e, a piece of armor Alchemical Defense Nodes has the following property: You can stow up to three consumable alchemical items within this armor. While you can stow items in it, there is ...
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Are there any problems with spies amongst the players?

As GM, I'm planning to, at some point, invite a friend from out of town who plays RPGs, to join our game with a appropriately levelled character. This character (and the new player) is actually a spy ...
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How to deal with intimidating amount of rules in Shadowrun

I started to read about Shadowrun as a setting and I'm currently reading the rules and they are really intimidating. There's a lot to know as a player since every aspect of the game as it's own set of ...
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How do I transition my players from roll-playing to role-playing?

The context for this question is the same as this related question about spending time in town, but I am looking for sufficiently different advice so I thought it warranted its own question. I've ...
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How can I make downtime interesting?

My group is running a set of published adventures, so there's a pretty linear path between them. But between modules, there is the opportunity to go back to town, spend some money, and get some good ...
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Can Technomancers use software and complex forms simultaneously?

Currently, I am delving into playing a Technomancing Rigger, but part of his whole deal is the hacking bit (because seriously, why the heck not?!). While reading complex forms, I hit a beehive of ...
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Can you choose to not apply your divine sanction from a power?

I have a hybrid blackguard, and am looking to add a little defender to my repertoire. I wouldn't want to do this all the time though. If I choose some paladin powers that say the target is "subject ...
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Brilliant energy not all it's cracked up to be?

I have this sai and it's already a speed weapon. That character will be taking improved disarm. Am looking at the entry for brilliant energy. "A brilliant energy weapon ignores nonliving matter." ...
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Can my fancy shirt be as tough as that guy's magical platemail?

Not as in armor bonus, but with the enchantment. If my ninja or duelist is wearing a really nice shirt in place of armor, can they have heavy fortification (or any armor enchantment) added to that ...
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Mini Six: How many skill dice can you spend on specialisations?

Mini Six's rules for skill specialisations aren't very specific. The example shows a character spending one skill die to get +3D in a specialisation without putting any dice into the base skill. Which ...
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How can I emulate TV Shows with only 2-3 main characters?

I watch a lot of TV. Probably too much. Shows like Buffy the vampire slayer and Firefly have a whole slew of characters, which is perfect for a gaming party as you fill in the slots to the point you ...
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When the rules bog you down, how do you see past them?

Humans have a limited amount of working memory, and each of us has a different set of mental aptitudes and processes. I'm finding, personally, that the rules are so detailed and all-encompassing that ...
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In FATE, can action descriptions be revised after die rolls to apply aspects?

In FATE, you can utilize aspects to improve your die rolls, granting bonuses or re-rolls. However, you can choose to apply aspects after the die has already rolled. Does one revise the description of ...
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Are there any software tools for the Mythic system? [closed]

I've tried to find some computerized tools for this system, but I did not manage to find any. The quite generic name is bringing back lots of not-related-to-the-game answers. I would like to have at ...
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Do wound and multiple-action penalties apply to damage rolls?

In Mini Six, the rules for multiple actions are brief: Characters may attempt to do more than one thing on a turn by withholding one die from every action they attempt for each action beyond the ...
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RPG with background in ancient Europe (-1000 to 1000) close to reality [closed]

I want to run a game which as both an historical and geographical background matching our own reality. Description of lore should be quite accurate, but can have a pinch of myth, legend and magic as ...
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Arcane Bonds and Familiars

Is it possible for a Wizard to gain both an arcane bond and a familiar without multiclassing? I have not found a way to do it, but I'm keen to find out if it is possible.
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What special ability do Improved Familiars give?

The improved familiar feat allows a higher level arcane spellcaster to get a, well, improved familiar. However the Special Abilities for these familiars is not listed. For some of these (Celestial ...
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Does my secondary attack use up my standard action for my turn?

Visions of Avarice Daily - Arcane, Illusion, Implement, Zone Standard Action Area burst 5 within 10 squares Effect: The burst creates a zone in its origin square. The zone lasts until the end of your ...
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Universalis: The thundering herd -- Where did I misunderstand the rules?

I'm going to describe a problem I had in a game of universalis. What I want to know is, Did I misunderstand the rules. We had a master component of a barbarian, who had (relevant) traits of "mighty ...
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What skill to use to determine cause of death and analyse wounds?

When running Pathfinder one of the players wanted his character to investigate how a walking corpse had originally died. This obviously calls for some skill check, as the task if far from easy (the ...
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Can assets be given to another player's character?

If a player creates an asset in Leverage like Baseball Bat d6 (paying the plot point to do so) can the PC then give the bat to some other PC? Of course they can in the fiction, but does the other PC ...
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Are there any rapid-transit spells that can be achieved without rego?

My players have collectively decided to shy away from Rego as a technique this campaign as a stylistic choice*. However, this does inhibit their rapid-transit capabilities quite significantly as (ReCo,...
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How are point totals for unknown enemies calculated?

The Enemy disadvantage means there's a person or group of people out to get you. One of the modifiers for this disadvantage is: Unknown: You know you have an ...
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What class options make a good ranged and melee striker? [closed]

What I'm looking for is a Striker, who is mainly a ranged striker, but also, sometimes, can go melee. As obvious. Something like an Arcane Archer or whatever would you call it. I've read a lot of ...
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Mini Six: How can I avoid the "dodge" skill tax?

I have been reading over the "fast static combat" rules for Mini Six. A character's dodge value is equal to the number of pips in their dodge score, so a character with dodge of 6D would be hit if the ...
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Clockwork and Chivalry first versus second edition: setting and background

Which edition of Clockwork and Chivalry has more setting and background material? I run systemless games, thus I am not interested in which edition contains the "better" version of the rule set. ...
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How should a stealthy attack start combat?

Say, a PC fires a longbow at an enemy without their knowledge before combat has begun, how should combat start? Should there be a stealth/perception opposed check? Should a successful/unsuccessful ...
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Druid animal companions

I currently have a Druid in my game that is approaching epic level. In the epic level handbook there is a passage that I cannot find clarification on. The passage reads: Animal Companion: The druid ...
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What can Shardminds do instead of sleep?

In D&D 4e, a Shardmind does not require sleep, but do need to rest. It is my understanding that this means that during an extended rest they can engage in non-strenuous activities. What are the ...
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Is the DC for the first hour of a forced march 10 or 12?

The Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 rules state: A character can walk for more than 8 hours in a day by making a forced march. For each hour of marching beyond 8 hours, a Constitution check (DC 10, +2 per ...
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What happens when a creature with a flight speed falls from great heights?

What happens if a creature with a flight speed/altitude of 4, suddenly, for whatever reason, finds itself 50 squares above ground? Does it fall/crash until it reaches an altitude of 4, then fly as ...
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Moving Enchantments

Say you have +2 Frost Mace and you want the enchantment on your dagger instead. Is there a way to move it from one item to another without the Enchant Magic Item ritual?
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How to help players settle down and focus?

We have a weekly game in the evenings; however, we often don't start playing for a few hours after we get together, if at all. This has been exacerbated recently by other events with the same people ...
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Can a creature shift while swimming?

The party I was DMing for was fighting in a sewer passage with small water ways running through the passage, and some questions came up about movement and water. The DM's guide 1 explains some ...
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Is it possible to produce a bowl-shaped probability curve with dice rolls?

In D&D's basic D20 system, you roll one d20 and add in some modifiers, then compare the result to a target number. Each modifier effectively adds or removes a 5% chance of success with the roll. ...
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What items do players start with?

I am trying to start my own Fallout RPG campaign and am new at this and at GMing in general. I can't figure out what starting gear and stuff the PCs should get. I've looked around for a GM guide or an ...
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Where do I find a 3.5 update for the Sha'ir from Al Qadim?

Where do I find a - preferably official - 3.5 update for the Sha'ir from Al Qadim (the boxed setting for AD&D 2nd ed.)? (Not about to DM the setting just got curious about the d20 adaptation of ...
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Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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