TimothyAWiseman
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?
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Borrow the Lifestyle Concept Shadowrun has the concept of "Lifestyle". Essentially, the character pays a fixed amount of money to cover all the various parts of life that aren't part of adventuring (...

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How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?
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There are several ways to approach this. The most common and easiest is: Handwaving. In short, probably the traditional approach to this problem is to essentially ignore it. The peasant needs to ...

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How do I encourage a GM to use the rules as written?
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I think this comes down to the (for lack of a better term) "social contract". Personally, I tend to house rule things extensively, sometimes very extensively. But I also tend to be upfront about the ...

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What 3–4 social skills would cover every need?
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Going with your tendency to define broad categories I would look having three core ones that have some subspecialties: Negotiation - This is a significant skill with numerous books and training ...

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How can I quickly get a player back into a session after their character dies?
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This varies somewhat by the tone of your campaign and the system/setting. In some systems/settings, resurrections are relatively easy. In that case, the obvious answer is to perform the resurrection ...

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As a GM, how do I make sure a self-contained session (an episode or one-shot) reaches its completion within the designated session length?
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This is hard, but there are a few things you can do to help. I have often wanted to do this, but in practice it is incredibly hard. It is even harder to do without impeding the fun of the players. TV ...

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What is a realistic way to incorporate firearms into D&D 3.5
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Depending on what you mean by "realistic", it probably isn't possible. I don't just mean the damage aspect (for that, see CatLord's answer and look at d20 Ultramodern Firearms), I mean that ...

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How to fool characters while avoiding metagame
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You were right about the secret messages, you just need a subtle method. You had it right. This requires DM cooperation and that is achieved by communicating with the DM privately. Passing notes ...

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Does the Devil's Sight eldritch invocation let me see the inside of my eyelids?
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Yes, that seems to follow from a literal reading, though I can't think of a time it would matter. Though, as noted in the question you linked, Devil's Sight arguably works only in total darkness. ...

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How much to bend "the rules" about populating a world?
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I second everything AceCalhoon said and he said it better than I could. But I think I can add a couple of relevant things. I use the rulebooks for inspiration and modify relentlessly Personally, I ...

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Can a Ghoul or Revenant Participate in the Vaulderie or be Subject to a Vinculum?
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I have never seen a clear cut answer to this question, but there are strong indications that the sabbat would not do that. Vaulderie is viewed as something akin to a sacrament among the Sabbat, and ...

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Why was Tremere unable to become immortal as a mage?
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In story, Tremere took his action as the Technocracy was first rising. At that time, the paradigm of the world (or, arguably, at least Europe) was changing rapidly away from the style of magick ...

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How do I create a sense of science about magic?
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Preliminary I think there a couple of preliminary points that need to be addressed. This is marked as system agnostic, and that is probably a good call in the sense that neither the question nor this ...

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Repercussions of breaking a Tremere Blood Contract while being dominated or otherwise made to talk/act against the terms
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First, thanks to Rob for posting the actual text and to Sardathrion for the intelligent discussion of an option. But I respectfully disagree with both of them. Bottom line Since this wound up ...

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How can I get players to realize that their enemies aren't evil?
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It is not always bad to be blunt You said you are worried about being too obvious. But sometimes there is nothing wrong wtih being obvious. This could well be one of those times. In purely human ...

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How to Manage Player Frustration and Disengagement
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First, realize that randomness is part of some of these games. The best approach may be to simply accept this fact. If the fact that randomness is a factor bothers the player, then perhaps this game ...

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What's a good mechanic for rewarding players for keeping their characters happy?
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Are you sure you want to? First, are you sure you want to do this? I've been in some groups that focused on character and players did those kinds of things. They arranged in character fine meals, ...

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How can I balance an enemy that my players might encounter at different levels?
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Soulrift has a great answer, but you have some other options. One option is: don't balance at all. In some sense this gives the most sense of realism. If they go after an angel they aren't ready for ...

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Am I being unreasonable with my role playing of a cursed item?
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I believe it is reasonable, but beware "my guy" syndrome... Not only do I think your take on it is reasonable, it is the one I would take. A cursed item is not meant to be "unequipped&...

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What to do as a DM if my players are in constant disagreement with each other?
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Consider eliminating character death Towards the end you suggest that some of the problems come from the fact that part of your group is very worried about character death. As the DM, you have the ...

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How Much Blood and Vitae Does a Vampire Contain?
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The rules as written all suggest that a ghoul could extract no more than the vitae a vampire had. As mentioned by Sardathrion's answer, vitae measures potency, not volume. Even if there was still ...

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How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?
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Make it interested by adding challenges which are interesting in their own right. The fire can play a number of roles. It can be as simple as background scenery, a cause for the challenge, or simply ...

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When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?
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Oblivious Sage's answer is fantastic, but except for his very last bullet they are all reasons to deny a request for equipment, they don't do much to help if you already handed the players a piece of ...

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How do I keep NPCs from just sounding the alarm?
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There are a number of approaches you can take, depending on the specific campaign. 1. Remember that many places don't have an alarm to hit. A lot of interesting targets will not have an alarm to hit,...

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Does wall of force allow the caster to essentially end encounters with one spell?
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No, it is not overpowered. Wall of Force is certainly a powerful spell. It can be used to split a group of hostiles into smaller pieces, which can be very useful to ensure the party is not ...

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As a DM, how can I ensure that everyone feels involved when only a single player is driving the story?
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Is this a problem? Obviously, this is reason for concern. In some groups, it will be a problem. The only way to know for certain is to talk to them. But some groups will not see it as a problem and ...

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What could prevent a vampire from learning magic-related disciplines?
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As JRodge01 said there is nothing mechanically that would prevent an otherwise normal vampire character from learning the magic related disciplines. There are ways that fit within at least the lore ...

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How can I discourage gluttony while still granting buffs?
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1. Don't use that rule "Feast of Legends" is deliberately silly with much of it being somewhat "tongue in cheek". Personally, I wouldn't use the rules about buffs based on real life food at all (they ...

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How can I deal with a player trying to insert real-world mythology into my homebrew setting?
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This is largely a matter of playstyle. There are many playstyles which work well, as long as everyone is using at least roughly the same playstyle. He seems to assume that you will allow the players ...

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Am I acting unreasonably or do I rein in my players?
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First, I wholeheartedly second everything KorvinStarmast and mxyzplk said, but I think they are omitting some things and underemphasizing others. The main point is fun for everyone at the table. The ...

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