AceCalhoon
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD
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Try Savage Progressions This is pretty much precisely the use case of the Savage Progressions articles. They still have some of the problems of templates (particularly at high levels), but they allow ...

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How to turn hand-drawn maps to digital
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Dyson Logos has a tutorial that touches briefly on scanning and touching up hand-drawn maps The important part for you is this: Finally with that map in hand, I would normally scan it for the ...

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Benefits of using an off-hand parrying object in 7th Sea
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Mechanically, there is effectively no reason to use your off-hand to parry, unless you have a swordsman school. You're not missing anything. That's just the way the mechanics work. There are a very ...

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How to make finding an NPC interesting?
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Use a skill challenge Pathfinder makes the tradeoff of using a very simple pass/fail system for its skill checks. This makes them fast and easy, but means they don't get the drama that the more ...

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What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric?
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There are some related terms which you seem to be confusing. Your answer depends on which one you actually intend: Turn or Rebuke Undead Ability This is the generic word for the class ability of ...

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Why do Ability Score method names imply difficulty inversely?
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Because ability score method names don't really imply game difficulty. Using alternate ability score generation methods tweaks one dial: approximately how powerful player characters are relative to a ...

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Would adding a Move-Attack-Move "basic combat power" to DnD 4e unbalance the game?
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I can see two issues with this: It effectively allows a ranged attacker to fight from full cover. Ranged characters can now move out of cover, attack, and then move back into cover. This allows them ...

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What would be the proper mechanics and stats for playing a siege?
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Yes, this could make sense. The main concern you'll need to watch out for is scale (and the larger the forces involved, the more of an issue it becomes). You need to be careful of the two extremes. ...

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How do I handle treasure parcels?
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This is based on the DMG's version of treasure packets: You start by planning out your encounters. There are roughly ten encounters per level, and that's probably about how many you want to plan at a ...

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Does the DM tell the players when a skill check can be used in a conversation?
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For skill challenges (which is the primary means of using skills in conversation), most of the DMs I've played with have spelled out the associated skills for the check. There are just too many ...

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Good sources for pre-painted minis?
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MageKnight figures can usually be found on eBay fairly cheap. The bases are a bit too large, but can easily be replaced with wood, cardboard, or scrap plastic.

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How do you adjudicate a chase?
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Most non-D&D systems run the fight as a series of extended skill checks, with victory going to whichever side accumulates the most successes. An example would go something like this: The quarry ...

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Can attribute dice satisfy the prerequisites of advanced skills?
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The requirement for an advanced skill is that you must have a prerequisite skill at a certain threshold. We'll use Medicine as an example, because it's in the book. That requires First Aid at 5D. All ...

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Is Holding initaitive possible?
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There are two mechanics that do what you want: Readying, and Delaying. Both of these actions allow characters to manipulate their own initiative order. As to benefits... Yes, there absolutely are. ...

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Do Story rewards have to be narratively tied to the Story?
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The rules don't really spell it out. All of the example stories in the hero stories section tie their reward to some aspect of the story (either they come up in the steps, or are a result of the goal)...

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Is there any reason why weapons use increasing D6 numbers instead of size?
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Because scale also modifies the difficulty to hit your target. Your hypothetical Giant Sidewinder might do similar damage, but it becomes much more difficult to hit your target with. You can adjust ...

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How are the followers and the cohort obtained with the Leadership feat?
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Typically the same way you deal with all of the other new resources / abilities that you gain on level-up (e.g. Wizard spells, new feats, etc.). The most common way is to restrict leveling up to some ...

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Game-within-a-Game Cross-Genre Ideas
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Dragon Age is a reasonably light-weight level-based fantasy system. It's default setting is based on a video game, although it isn't necessarily MMO-like by default. It also has an interesting system ...

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Is the spell Soul Shackles dysfunctional?
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I think your interpretation 2 is correct, but that it is breaking because you are being overly liberal in your interpretation. Specially Made Talisman I think the biggest issue is your interpretation ...

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How large would a Strix's wingspan be?
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It's kind of arbitrary. Why do you want to know? Eyeballing a fictional bird-man is certainly a valid way to go most of the time. You won't get an exact, consistent number because the artists are ...

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How does surprise actually work in 7th Sea? Does it?
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Per the Compendium, page 5 (aka the official errata): You are surprised for one entire round, not one phase. This cleans up most issues with surprise. Surprised characters do not roll ...

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How to fix this scenario for D&D Encounters?
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Based on your comment, it sounds like you generally approve of how the narrative went, but felt that how you mechanically implemented the search at the end wasn't satisfying. Redoing a purely ...

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Threatend fields for a large person with a long spear
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The creature can attack anything within 25' of it, but can't attack anything within 10' of it. First, here are the pieces that are important: Enlarge Person: A humanoid creature whose size increases ...

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Is there a resource for Animal Ethics and Intelligence?
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I'll set aside the considerations of ethics, and write a bit about the meaning of the ability scores. I've not seen 5e spell this out, but you can derive it pretty easily. The beast creature-type ...

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In 7th Sea, how does initiative work during an ambush?
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Per the Compendium, page 5 (aka the official errata): You are surprised for one entire round, not one phase. This cleans up most issues with surprise. Surprised characters do not roll ...

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