Joe Bedurndurn
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How do I not cheapen death, while also respecting my players' time?
49 votes

You can try to structure your play time so that your life or death stuff isn't hitting until the end of the session. That way if somebody buys it, they're at least being sidelined at the natural end ...

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Can a sleeping character Hide?
29 votes

I'm often unable to find where my cat is sleeping, so I'd say yes, sleeping characters can still be hidden. I'd say have the character make a single hide check when they go to sleep to establish a DC (...

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Do desert heat hazards actually pose a threat to a Pathfinder party?
29 votes

Deserts are dangerous to real people, because real people have limitations. Even low level Pathfinder spellcasters laugh in the face of puny mundane hazards. If you want things to be dangerous to your ...

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How can I make my PCs flee?
17 votes

Okay so here's your problems: Most games are terrible at presenting threat levels. Absent direct GM comment, most games have absolutely no mechanics at all for judging how tough a foe is! Think of ...

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How to reveal initiative dice simultaneously online?
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13 votes

This shouldn't be too hard to cobble together. Here's an attempt: You as the GM privately make the die choice for all of your NPCs. Do not reveal the outcomes. Each player then privately messages you ...

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How can I learn how to negotiate as an NPC?
13 votes

In your particular example, I think you triggered an Ackbar-Alert by having a powerful NPC guy want to know a whole bunch of details about them. If the players get the idea that they're setting ...

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What good is magic if your skill is better?
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10 votes

Somewhat disappointing answer: If your non-magical skills are better than your magic, you should just use the non-magical skills. If you want to be the kind of character that gets things done with ...

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How to make GURPS combat fast?
10 votes

If you want your NPCs to get busy dying, make liberal use of All-Out Attacks (both to make them more immediately threatening to the players and to avoid those pesky defense rolls) and fiat that ...

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Where do the standard racial tropes for Dwarves come from?
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9 votes

Dwarves are critters of Norse/Germanic myth (of the two, probably a little heavier in Germanic influence). That's the origin of at least the short, mining, and craftsmanship aspects (and the very name ...

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What happens to my caster roll when maintaining a power that targets 5?
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9 votes

One power. Basically you can count your castings. So if you've got a multi-target spell like Burrow, you can maintain it on everybody as one spell (you're only casting the spell once, you're just ...

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How do Berzerk and Shaken interact?
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8 votes

Berserk characters recover from Shaken like everyone else does. http://www.peginc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=195974

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What is the physical stress cap for a Diminutive Size creature with Claws?
6 votes

It stacks. So Wolverine the Gnome (David the Gnome's much surlier cousin) can do 2 points of physical stress per attack. As for why... natural weapons increase the stress you can inflict, just like a ...

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Is there any information on how exactly verbal spell components must be phrased?
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I don't think there's any actual rule about the content of a spell's verbal component. That said, anyone observing you who has the Spellcraft skill can make a check to figure out what you're doing if ...

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How do I get the PCs to visit scary places at night?
6 votes

This is difficult to answer in a system-agnostic way, but you should remember that horror gaming also relies on how you use your 'safe' time too. If you're getting near the big finish of your story, ...

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What is the threshold strength of the sunrise?
5 votes

I think you might be over thinking it. Dresden Files and Fate aren't big on accounting and precise timekeeping, so it's kind of a wing it situation. To summarize the bit on Duration and Enhanced ...

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Can you keep someone from running away?
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In the Dresden Files version of Fate, here are your options: Grapple your opponent. That would let you maintain the block on your turn while also inflicting stress on your target. Unfortunately, you ...

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Do you use character sheets? Or, do you use a blank sheet of paper?
4 votes

Neither. I keep everything on my iPad/phone. The good: Everything's either in Evernote or Google Drive as either a straight up document or a spreadsheet (for games with lots of fiddly bits). Being ...

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Does ASF Apply to the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil Class Abilities?
3 votes

It's been a while, but if memory serves the only Spell-Like Abilities that are subject to arcane spell failure from armor are everything the warlock does. Why the designers hated warlocks so much will ...

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Should the DM try to actively fix party wealth in a sandbox game?
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Probably If the party is just getting XP rewards without picking up their normal wealth by level treasure, then you're shifting class balance as the party levels up. I'd say a low wealth game ...

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Is Improved Trip / Combat Reflexes / Elusive Target / Spiked Chain overly powerful?
1 votes

You didn't mention what level your party is at, which is going to be a factor. As for 'overly powerful', that'll depend on your party. That kind of combo is a huge disadvantage for melee-based ...

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Should PCs be limited to choosing forms into which to polymorph (or wild shape, etc.) that the PCs have previously encountered?
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I recommend handling polymorph spells the following way: The player casts polymorph, wildshape, etc and tells the table what he's turning into. If anyone at the table then exclaims any of the ...

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If my Initiator Level is high enough, can I take Stances of a level higher than 1st when I take my first level in a martial adept class?
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No. You get a 1st level stance. It says you get a first level stance, so you get a first level stance. If you want more stances or better stances, keep leveling up the class till you get another ...

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What iPhone / iPad apps do you use for gaming?
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A custom web app I wrote to do Savage Worlds character sheets and dice rolling. iOS devices do awesomely with HTML5/javascript stuff (except sound playing, which is a giant pain in the ass) and a good ...

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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?
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Say 'Tada! You're blind!' during character creation, remind the player that he should probably fail any absolutely sight dependent tasks when they come up and play the game as normal. If Steve wants ...

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