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Is there a way to browse Scabard's characters, irrespective of their campaign?
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Go to the Query Category page on Scabard. Returns pages across all campaigns that have that category, sorted by campaign score. Example: Searching for 'City' pages: Pick "Place Category" on the ...

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How do you add more space for group stats in Scabard
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It is not possible for GM's to add more cells to the Stats tab, regardless of whether it is a Character, Event, Group, Place or Item. Though you'd prefer not to use the description for stats, many GM'...

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Using Intimidate and/or Diplomacy to kill enemies
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Diplomacy? No. It does not allow you to "instruct" an NPC to do something, and it is not equivalent to Charm Person. You can use this skill to persuade others to agree with your arguments, to ...

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Does dropping an item on an enemy break invisibility?
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It would break invisibility. But for imps, invisibility is an "at will" ability, so they could just become invisible again in the next round. If you're concerned about this being too hard, give the ...

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How do I fix this plot hole?
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Instead of imposing your will on the players, go with the flow. Try tying in what the PC's want to do with what you want them to do. Maybe this secret technology is the key to stopping the zombie ...

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Are there any generic alternatives to Masterplan?
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Take a look at Scabard, a free, RPG campaign manager I helped develop. It is system agnostic, and handles plots and sub-plots really well. Check out my answer to a previous question on how to use ...

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How do I run a dungeon crawl, communicating how various rooms/passages look?
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We almost always use battle mats and figures. But because the mat has grid lines, the players' maps are much more accurate than they should be. Do PC's bring tape rulers into the dungeon? One time, ...

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What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules
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Scribe Scroll Feat In D&D, any spell caster with the Scroll Scribe feat can write out a copy of their known spells, which they can then cast by reading from it, so there is no need to memorize it....

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How can I help my PCs remember clues that they found?
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One technique I use is to quiz the players before a session and hand out tokens for correct answers (pieces from the game of Risk). During play they can spend these tokens to make a re-roll. Unused ...

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Way to manage world factions and events
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My website Scabard, an RPG Campaign Manager, is backed by a graph database called Neo4j, a flavor of NoSQL. This allows me to easily write fairly complex graph-based queries with their query language, ...

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What is/are the basic mathematical models for skill-check based systems?
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In your example, XX seems to be around 50% for moderate difficulty skills. ZZZZ depends on the system. The more dice you roll and add together, the closer it approximates a Gaussian bell-curve. With ...

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How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies
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Your two goals don't actually contradict. Threat of death is real, but the players have a chance (not a certainty) of continuing on with the same character (Con checks when raising). The rules ...

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How can I run a campaign in isolation without restricting access to items?
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I recommend reading the book, "City of Ember" or watching the movie. In that story "The Builders" predicted a cataclysmic event and built an underground city so that humanity would survive. ...

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Out-Of-Control Characters
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If I had such a player, I would politely but firmly eject him from my game.

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At-will Spellcasting in 3.5
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If your character has written scrolls for all known spells, you achieve the same effect: being able to cast any spell you know at will, without having to bend the rules and without having to be a ...

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What are best practices for the use of flowcharts in RPGs
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In my current campaign, I drew a digital circuit design with AND and OR gates to represent the entire adventure. Actions of the players and of the bad guys can change whether input lines to these ...

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Knocking out NPCs
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Manors are small, so maybe there's only one guard on watch at a time. I think you should let the players plan it, not you; but one possibility is that the PC's sneak in at night, head to the barracks ...

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Running a campaign alternating GMs every session
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The difficulty with this idea is keeping secrets. If it's a dungeon crawl, the GM who's acting as a player would know what's coming up, which rooms have the weakest monsters and the most treasure, ...

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What are some interesting ways to structure a random encounter table?
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I created wilderness encounter cards that include poison ivy, losing items, hostile creatures , etc.

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How should a GM deal with "standing orders?"
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It is unreasonable for him to think he shouldn't have to roll checks at all. But I think it wouldn't hurt to give him a small bonus to spot/search rolls if it'll make him happy. But there should be ...

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Adding comic relief
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In a word? Gnomes. The gnomes in my campaign play lots of practical jokes on each other and on the PC's. Just brainstorm what kinds of silly things they can do before the game and hopefully the PC'...

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