Bryant
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How to communicate to the players that an encounter can be solved also through diplomacy?
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I grapple with this question all the time. I'm not sure this is the best answer, but I try to start by having the enemy negotiate with them. Early in a campaign, I'll have the enemy surrender on ...

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How can I make my game more "noir" as a GM?
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When I think of noir, I think about the following elements: crime, betrayal, temptation (often sexual), urban settings, pessimism, cynicism, and no-win situations. There's also a host of cinematic ...

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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?
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First off, those little +1s and +2s are going to be much more important. Being flanked is suddenly a matter of, say, a 50% increase in their chance to hit you rather than a 10% increase. You noticed ...

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How to deal with a Batman PC as a DM?
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I would probably have told him he couldn't do that. As an Organized Play DM, you're trying to make sure the entire table has fun; you are not required to indulge any single player if it causes ...

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Were Illithids inspired by Cthulhu?
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Indirectly, yes. Gary Gygax tells us that "the mind flayer I made up out of whole cloth using my imagination, but inspired by the cover of Brian Lumley's novel in paperback edition, The Burrowers ...

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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?
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The two games are very different, despite sharing the same underpinnings. I know plenty of people who played previous editions who don't like 4e, and I know plenty of people who played previous ...

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How to Handle a Powergamer / Munchkin
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Does he know there's a problem? There are plenty of mechanical ways to limit his character, but bear in mind that you may wind up moving the frustration from yourselves over to him. And if he's at all ...

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How do I create a great fantasy villain that inspires the party to rally against them?
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An interesting villain has: Motivations for doing what he does. There's this cliche, "nobody thinks of themselves as evil." That's not true for all settings, but I think it is fair to say that very ...

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Dice Notation - Dice that start at 0
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According to Wikipedia, this is called zero bias notation(retrieved Aug 31, 2010). You simply replace the “d” with a “z” and the old highest die value with the new one. So your example of three eight-...

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How do I use restful healing? (using encounter powers outside of an encounter)
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You were correct -- by the book, you can absolutely use encounter powers outside an encounter. Healing powers are the most common example of this, but there are others -- for example, the bardic power ...

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Narrative Combat versus Use of Miniatures
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Pros: no arguments about where something is no confusion based on differing visions of the world if you use 3d terrain and so forth, it can be very evocative easier/quicker to do crunchy strategy ...

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What to do when a player loses or forgets their character sheet?
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I allow them to reconstruct it during play. To a degree, this depends on the game, but even in the more complex games it's the end results that matter more than the formulas. For example, if I know ...

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100 sides vs 10 sides
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Advantages: novelty. That's about it. It's hard to keep it on the table when you roll it, and it's super-hard to read it, because you can't always tell which facet is the highest. It's a cute ...

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What is the full list of official D&D settings?
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Well, if we're only counting the WotC ones, in no particular order: Dark Sun -- 3.x material in Dragon and Dungeon, and of course it just came out for 4e. Eberron -- winner of the setting search, by ...

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Players playing multiple characters
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It's probably useful to distinguish between playing more than one character sequentially and more than one character at once. I'm assuming from your question that you mean at once. I'd say it's ...

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Will a house-rule for trained skills work?
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That's actually not even a house rule — it's by the book. See pages 179-180 of the Player's Handbook, which discuss monster knowledge checks. On page 180: Monster Knowledge: No action required — ...

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Can you use a Spelljammer ship to get to Krynn?
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Apparently there was an entire book on the topic of Krynnspace. There's since been a fan book updating that material. The Dragonlance FAQ confirms the connection. So Krynn looks pretty accessible, ...

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What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?
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The basic three books -- Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual -- will give you what you need. You can find hard copies if you look online, possibly as a gift set. If you're ...

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What are some character development tools?
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This answer comes from a MMORPG-oriented roleplaying group, but it's a good one! There's this technique called a character diamond. Basically, you choose four words that define the personality of ...

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How to encourage the GM-curious?
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Have them serve as assistant GMs for you a couple of times. Start out by giving them NPCs to voice, and extend by asking them "so, what do you think should happen here?" You'll always be there to prop ...

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How do I retain momentum in an irregular game?
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You're definitely doing all the right things; it's hard if your players don't cooperate. Let's see. The first thing I'd try is starting sessions in media res. You can sort of force a bit of momentum ...

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Does D&D 4 suffer as much drift/house-ruling as previous versions? (Primarily 3 and 2)
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My impression is that there's not as much drift; people not only tend to stick to the rules, they tend to stick to WotC-specific material. This is based on the unreliable evidence of reading a lot of ...

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What game systems determine skill levels only through use?
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The original Runequest was a lot like that: the world was quite magical, and most PCs had some magic available to them. Experience worked just like you're thinking about. When you used a skill, you ...

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What ebook readers work well with roleplaying PDF?
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The smaller sized Kindles aren't great for PDFs; they're a little bit slow and the screen size is a big issue for most roleplaying PDFs. I haven't tried the Kindle DX, but it's designed for PDF ...

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How to be a Centaur PC?
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If your GM doesn't mind, there's no reason why a centaur couldn't work. You'd want to keep him roughly balanced with other races; 4e doesn't really have the same concept of monster levels as 3e did, ...

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How do you alter the difficulty of a challenge/fight in the middle of it?
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Use the personality of the opposition. The easiest way to adjust difficulty is to either focus fire on a single PC or spread the damage out. Particularly in the heroic tier, few PCs can stand up ...

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Are spear fighters sensible in DnD 4e?
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Nope, that's a perfectly reasonable choice. Here're a couple of ways to build a net-and-spear character. (Which is a great archetype.) Fighter Choose fighter if you want to be more about controlling ...

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Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap?
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The cheapest source of metal minis I know is Mega Minis, which does reproductions of a lot of old Grenadier minis plus a ton of new stuff. They go down to $1, $1.50 apiece. EBay sometimes has big ...

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How does character movement translate to real-world speed?
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Assuming speed 6: A square is 5'. Running gives him two extra squares of movement per move action, so he'll move 8 squares per action. He gets three actions in your scenario; thus, he's moved 24 ...

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A class with at-will powers only
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More or less, yes. This is pretty similar to what Essentials does for fighters or rogues, although it doesn't completely remove the encounter power options. However, their encounter powers are addons ...

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