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    This thread contains a poll. Mutants & Masterminds 2e. Trailblazer (3.5...

    Mutants & Masterminds 2e.

    Trailblazer (3.5 variant) is a solid second.
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    Coyote is absolutely correct on this one. NPC...

    Coyote is absolutely correct on this one.

    NPC PL has almost no relation to the mechanics PCs have. Their PL means "this is what PL this guy happens to work out to", not "this is the PL of a...
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    Then pass your Will save, hygiene, and get out...

    Then pass your Will save, hygiene, and get out there. :p

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    For pretty much my entire gaming career I've had one or more women in most of my gaming groups. Just treat female gamers as Gamers...
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    No harm, no foul. Hal is a great character. ...

    No harm, no foul.

    Hal is a great character. Even with his obscene power, he's never actually bothered me, either.

    ... :o
    I never would have come up with that one. I can see it, though.
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    Which is what I was trying to say, though not...

    Which is what I was trying to say, though not nearly as well as you did. :)

    I did forget to do the math (it was a long day before that post) about how many power points a PL 14 was recommended to...
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    Really experienced PL 14. If you read the...

    Really experienced PL 14. If you read the previous preview (number 3), it talks about how these characters have a lot more points than a starting character of their PL (Batman, at PL 12, has almost...
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    Actually the case. Have fun and good luck.

    Actually the case.

    Have fun and good luck.
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    I'm currently running a campaign (I'm the main...

    I'm currently running a campaign (I'm the main DM, but we switch up when one of the others has a plot they'd like to run) where I have a PC in the party. He's screwed up my plots on a few occasions...
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    I don't know, but you're more likely to find the...

    I don't know, but you're more likely to find the answer over at the Pinnacle forums.

    Good luck.
  10. For my money, it's "Forum-users are a bunch of...

    For my money, it's "Forum-users are a bunch of thin-skinned rage-oholics". It's just that a lot of gamers are also forum users.

    But, it's the internet. People look upon it as a license to freak...
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    Mutants & Masterminds (2E). It can do everything...

    Mutants & Masterminds (2E). It can do everything from dumb kids in a van investigating wierdness, to high fantasy, to Olympian pantheons, to whatever.

    It's not perfect for Deadlands: Hell on...
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    No they don't. Find me anything in 3.x rules...

    No they don't.

    Find me anything in 3.x rules that supports your claim and I'll be open for discussion. Until then, your position is hollow, untenable, and wrong.

    Good gaming. :)
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    If he's smart, he's cool. If he forgets to put...

    If he's smart, he's cool. If he forgets to put various alarms and wards around his sleeping space, then the first he'll learn in when he has to make a fort save or die to coup de grace.

    Of...
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    Just what do you mean by "Free Form" magic? ...

    Just what do you mean by "Free Form" magic?

    There are Spell Points.
    ENWorld's Elements of Magic is pretty good. Just stay away from the (unplaytested and unbalanced) Mythic Earth version.
    Green...
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    Interesting. Powerful and flavorful, but not...

    Interesting. Powerful and flavorful, but not very powerful (the probabilities shift massively when you give up the Wild Die).

    A lot weaker.
    +1 changes your odds from {1-(3/6 * 3/X)} (62.5% to...
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    It isn't a shield and has no penalties. That...

    It isn't a shield and has no penalties.

    That said, I'd allow the feat to work. It's a weak item, one I've never seen used in play, and it's not going to break anything to allow it. However, I...
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    This game is awesome. It comes in three...

    This game is awesome. It comes in three mechanical flavors (Classic, D20, Savage Worlds). All use the same (amazing) setting, flavor, and world but have their own quirks due to the game mechanics...
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    Really? Then I wish you'd have some experiences...

    Really? Then I wish you'd have some experiences like I've had.

    I've had players create, on their own initiative and out of their own resources:
    academy to teach villagers how to resist rape...
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    Which system I prefer depends upon what I want...

    Which system I prefer depends upon what I want out of it.

    For high-heroics I generally prefer Variable Die systems (d20 is the most common, especially Mutants & Masterminds 2, but others are used...
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    Truer words have rarely been spoken of Kobolds.

    Truer words have rarely been spoken of Kobolds.
  21. I'll probably stop participating in this forum. ...

    I'll probably stop participating in this forum. Too much noise makes me wander off.
  22. Thread: D&D online

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    There are a lot of people who do. Take a look in...

    There are a lot of people who do. Take a look in the Looking For Games forum.

    Good luck.
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    2 domains from any Evil deity? So, any 2...

    2 domains from any Evil deity? So, any 2 domains, except Good.

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    What the heck is this for? Because it's too strong to be a PC class, and too jumbled to be a good NPC class. Unless you just...
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    Burn Notice: "Burn Notice" (2007)...

    Burn Notice: "Burn Notice" (2007) , Burn Notice - Episode Guide : Pilot
    Models Inc.: "Models Inc." (1994)
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    Then Savage Worlds will probably help. It's a...

    Then Savage Worlds will probably help. It's a pretty slick-playing system, where resolving anything involving a dice roll doesn't usually take more than a few seconds (roll, possibly reroll, add as...
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    It is a huge difference, and something that's not...

    It is a huge difference, and something that's not immediately obvious.
    a) It goes on until either people get tired of punching each other to no real effect (ala Greggory Peck and Charlton Heston in...
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    All of which makes Turning useful when the party...

    All of which makes Turning useful when the party first encounters that group of undead. So round 1, and every time a new wave shows up.

    The only reason to use multiple rounds of turning on the...
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    Yes. 1) There is no Sub-dual damage. If...

    Yes.
    1) There is no Sub-dual damage. If non-lethal doesn't equal or exceed MDT then it's utterly meaningless; nothing happens. CMA lets you were through an enemy's hp with unarmed attacks.

    2)...
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    Honestly, I'm not sure. I never really got into...

    Honestly, I'm not sure. I never really got into BR, so I don't know all the nuances (which is the vast majority of the differences). Still, I know some and will list the BR version first.
    Armor as...
  30. Thread: Hellboy

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    Try D20 Modern, Modern20, True20, or Mutants &...

    Try D20 Modern, Modern20, True20, or Mutants & Masterminds. Or a number of non-d20 systems. D&D doesn't do him at all well.

    Good luck.
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    Okay, I'll try for something a bit more helpful...

    Okay, I'll try for something a bit more helpful since you're so new at this.

    Make a note that this stuff replaces their usual undead traits. Otherwise, as several have pointed out, you get a lot...
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    First off, they need a note about when you stop...

    First off, they need a note about when you stop being a child. No one gets to be a child for their entire life, no matter how much they want to.
    Misc: total AC bonus is +2 (+1 size, +1 Dex).
    ...
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    So head over to Amazon and PoD that bitch. Or...

    So head over to Amazon and PoD that bitch. Or whatever you do to not pay for digital editions.
    I only mention it because it addresses most 3.x issues in balanced, fun, and OGL-compatible ways.
    ...
  34. Interesting. My initial reaction is "that's...

    Interesting.

    My initial reaction is "that's way too high a level". But, considering how the TV series ended, it's not off by more than 5 levels (especially if he actually did take the dragon).
    ...
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    Not really. All it added was an attack bonus...

    Not really. All it added was an attack bonus (equal to the damage bonus). It's a buff, and a decent one, but nothing that makes it a powerful ability.
    Add in the Favored Terrain, Quarry, and...
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    There's a Spell-Stitched template for undead,...

    There's a Spell-Stitched template for undead, though I forget which book it is in. I know it's an official WotC book (and I've got a couple minis of the Spell-Stitched hobgoblin zombie) but I forget...
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    That's really vague and unclear. Really, really,...

    That's really vague and unclear. Really, really, really vague and unclear.

    If you just don't want to play a healer then don't bother casting healing spells (except via wands, after the fight). ...
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    Take a look at Trailblazer...

    Take a look at Trailblazer. (From Bad Axe Games, not to be confused with Pathfinder from Paizo.) It introduces the 10 minute rest (that doesn't use resources), reduces a full attack to 2 iteratives...
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    Yeah, but all the dragons are underrated for CR. ...

    Yeah, but all the dragons are underrated for CR. That's because they were meant to be the elites or solos or a game that didn't allow for either concept in it's monster design.
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    Alternatively, the Ego rules for magic weapons. ...

    Alternatively, the Ego rules for magic weapons. Just have the DM come up with an Ego score for the demon heart, and make him have to RP your character being evil / chaotic.

    Good luck.
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    He said starting level 11. No idea how high...

    He said starting level 11. No idea how high it'll go, but being enjoyable from 11 on is obviously a priority.
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    Did you check the errata...

    Did you check the errata? It's probably a typo from 3.0 (when that was the case).
    For future reference, the SRD is the most up-to-date rules.

    A T Rex can sunder a +1 bow. He just has to...
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    And what's the one-stop-shot record on .50 BMG? ...

    And what's the one-stop-shot record on .50 BMG?


    That's my inclination as well.

    Good luck.
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    Nowhere. I believed incorrectly :) . I forgot...

    Nowhere. I believed incorrectly :) . I forgot that Stream's post wasn't part of the OP's stipulations.
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    Unless you can't use Races of Stone in the...

    Unless you can't use Races of Stone in the campaign. Which, I believe, was one of the stipulations of the OP's situation.

    Yes, the pre-req feats for DD are crap. I still had fun with my War Axe...
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    I always thought that DR 6 / - was pretty nice;...

    I always thought that DR 6 / - was pretty nice; uncanny dodge is pretty good too. Plus d12, two good saves, full bab, and a class AC bonus.

    Accepting that pure-warrior classes suck, it's not bad...
  47. It would also apply to the Charisma checks...

    It would also apply to the Charisma checks related to turning undead.
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    No, and No. Blue Rose is it's own system (very...

    No, and No. Blue Rose is it's own system (very similar to True 20, but different). And no major books, including rules updates, have come out for it since 2005.
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    Huh? When did that happen? (Citations desired.)

    Huh? When did that happen? (Citations desired.)
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    Some of my reaction is leftovers from my time...

    Some of my reaction is leftovers from my time with Iron Heroes. When a single ranged attack is doing 1d8+4d6+18 (18-20, x4) at level 12 and you're getting four shots per full attack (plus rapid...
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    I've taken Improved Unarmed Strike before. It's...

    I've taken Improved Unarmed Strike before. It's a crap feat if it never comes up. However, when a character is unarmed (imprisoned), needs to trip or grapple (no AoO), or other obscure situation...
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    So ... All classes (except Cleric) are...

    So ... All classes (except Cleric) are underpowered?
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    Grr. Stupid post ate all my math. Rapid shot...

    Grr. Stupid post ate all my math.
    Rapid shot is brokenly good.
    TWF has the same average damage per round as using a two-handed weapon.
    This feat is too good. If you use a single melee...
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    Well, that's not quantified, so I can't really...

    Well, that's not quantified, so I can't really discuss it.
    I know players that will take at least 5 minutes to say "I hit him with my sword. I miss." If they have to do anything more complicated...
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    So, you've got two answers and both are correct....

    So, you've got two answers and both are correct.

    If the power misses because of something like Shield, which increases the AC so that the total now misses, then the power simply missed and...
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    Just so he knows what overpowered really looks...

    Just so he knows what overpowered really looks like? ... That's not the best way to make or maintain a friendship, though it can be an excellent way to make a point.
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    Relevant rules as written (RAW): 1) The DM's...

    Relevant rules as written (RAW):
    1) The DM's rulings are always right. (Though you may be able to debate them, but not mid-session because that's tacky.)
    2) You can sneak attack any time you meet...
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    "Dang it! That was my favorite arm! Stupid...

    "Dang it! That was my favorite arm! Stupid elevator. ... Oh, and someone get me to a doctor."
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    Well now you know...

    Well now you know.
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    Can. Not will, just can. For reference, I point...

    Can. Not will, just can. For reference, I point to "Gray Render Zombie; CR 6; Immune to Turn Undead attempts by a cleric of level 15 or less".

    The effectiveness of Turn Undead is dependent upon...
  61. Free. No. D) Free. E) Null question. F)...

    Free.

    No.

    D) Free. E) Null question. F) What's the question?
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    I'm reproducing a subsystem from an existing RPG...

    I'm reproducing a subsystem from an existing RPG product. That's the way it was written, that's what I'm giving you. (Minus the vitals entry).
    It actually comes up a lot in that game due to the...
  63. Oh! My bad, I thought you wanted a cover system...

    Oh!
    My bad, I thought you wanted a cover system that was for everyone. I didn't realize that it was a Rogue feature to let him avoid ranged attacks from one foe, and start hiding to set up sneak...
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    Try out the hit location table from the Original...

    Try out the hit location table from the Original Deadlands

    1d20 (odd left, even right)
    1-4 Leg
    5-10 Lower Guts
    11-14 Arm
    15-19 Upper Guts
    20 Head

    If attacking in melee, +2 to the...
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    Me. Because Rage gets you dead*, and Power...

    Me. Because Rage gets you dead*, and Power Attack makes your enemies die (Doge is worthless without house rules, except as a gateway feat). Also, Rage 1 / day is fairly weak if you regularly have...
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    That's normal. Bodak's are weak, except that...

    That's normal.
    Bodak's are weak, except that they have a decent chance of consuming 1/4 party resources in one action. By successfully using their death gaze on a PC. For the standard 4-man party,...
  67. Thread: Dragon Age

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    Very well. Lots of good information, the tone is...

    Very well. Lots of good information, the tone is very well maintained, and any GM that reads it is going to have lot of great guidance on how to run an appropriate Dark Fantasy campaign.
  68. It's still very restrictive (only in difficult...

    It's still very restrictive (only in difficult terrain; only against 1 foe; only if that foe is at least 1 zone away). It makes a castle battlement, while resisting a siege, fairly useless (only...
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    I'd say "No." That is based upon a choice made...

    I'd say "No." That is based upon a choice made at character creation and cannot be changed (without a massive, DM approved, transformation of the character) unless an ability explicitly says that it...
  70. Thread: No 4E fey?

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    Not for any normal definition of fey (though I'll...

    Not for any normal definition of fey (though I'll grant that everything related to D&D is abnormal).
    Fey is an adjective referring to:
    Fate, particularly fatal dooms.
    Suffering from an...
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    Iron Heroes is still available for sale: here...

    Iron Heroes is still available for sale: here.
    It's forum is still open, including a discussion over the upcoming Iron Heroes 2: here.

    True20 Skill Challenges are similar to the ones in Mutants &...
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    Not boring at all, in my experience. I've run...

    Not boring at all, in my experience. I've run the same pre-gen campaign three times. Each time it has been wildly different, due to different PCs (some different players), different choices,...
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    Things to consider: While the DM knows all the...

    Things to consider:
    While the DM knows all the answers, the NPCs do not. Think about what they know and have them give advice and perform actions based on that knowledge.
    You've got a lot of...
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    If you played before 2007 then the answer is...

    If you played before 2007 then the answer is "Yes!"
    I haven't seen anything that was in that format. However "skill challenges", which are similar but less restrictive and totally unrelated to what...
  75. As a standard action, Cover is utterly and...

    As a standard action, Cover is utterly and completely worthless. Which is wrong.
    Make it a Move action and it is situationally useful. Make it a Swift action and it is usually useful.
  76. Thread: Dragon Age

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    That's totally irrelevant to this discussion.

    That's totally irrelevant to this discussion.
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    Well, one issue is that you're immediately...

    Well, one issue is that you're immediately missing out on one of the biggest benefits of the Trailblazer / Pathfinder method: if you train a class skill then it has at least four ranks in it (1 for...
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    Nope. Increased Charisma, the Extra Turning...

    Nope. Increased Charisma, the Extra Turning feat, and possible class features for various prestige classes (as well as assorted artifact powers) are the only ways to increase the available number of...
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    United States Marine Corps. 5th Batallion, 11th...

    United States Marine Corps. 5th Batallion, 11th Marine Regiment (field artillery).
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    Depends upon the military. ;) Most squids never...

    Depends upon the military. ;) Most squids never spent more than fourteen hours, over the course of six years, in body armor. Flyboys, and their ground crews, aren't much more experienced. And...
  81. First, Holy Water is about as effective against...

    First, Holy Water is about as effective against undead as alchemist fire is against people. I.e. crappy because D&D doesn't want characters dying from only those attacks. The larger immediate...
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    This is an argument for leaving the reduction at...

    This is an argument for leaving the reduction at a lower level than the maximum for the weapon category. The armor can stop those rounds, reliably, but some of the force transfers to the body, and...
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    Partially true. It won't be directly connected,...

    Partially true.
    It won't be directly connected, but the prevalence of cell phones with wireless connection systems (blue tooth, IR, etc) plus near-constant broad-band internet access means that any...
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    Fast poison, knife in the neck, or gunshot to the...

    Fast poison, knife in the neck, or gunshot to the brain-pan are your best bets.
    The key to killing folks without freaking them out is to make the entire event a surprise. They shouldn't even be...
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    Well, for the terrain issues, just look at the...

    Well, for the terrain issues, just look at the movies:
    Almost all of their space fights take place in suicidally tight quarters. Asteroid fields, planetary rings, skimming along the hulls of...
  86. Mine's going well, so far. (Running the Shackled...

    Mine's going well, so far. (Running the Shackled City adventure path.)
    The PCs decided to do stuff on their own, playing with the various hooks and red herrings that they've come across so far. ...
  87. Thread: Dragon Age

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    You need a healing mage about as much as you did...

    You need a healing mage about as much as you did in D&D 3.5.
    Which means: for in-combat healing you need either potions or a healing mage. Between combats, you're generally fine with the "natural"...
  88. Or she. Historically, the masculine form was...

    Or she.
    Historically, the masculine form was also used for gender-neutral in English. That recently went through a reversal, partly due to the political correctness movement.
    The current...
  89. Thread: Dragon Age

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    I got to play in a Dragon Age campaign for a...

    I got to play in a Dragon Age campaign for a couple of months. It fell apart (like all that group's games) when the DM found his new shiney thing, but it was fun.

    Cons:
    Character creation is...
  90. 1) These situations are always deadlier than they...

    1) These situations are always deadlier than they were before the "amusement" started.
    2) I'm playing a heroic epic, not a Buster Keaton movie. If I wanted slap-stick, I'd play one of those games....
  91. The Stargate game died because they weren't...

    The Stargate game died because they weren't allowed to keep the lisence.
    Spycraft is still going. In fact, Crafty Games is releasing the Third Edition in a year.

    If you've got the basic...
  92. If you've bought it then you can check for...

    If you've bought it then you can check for yoruself, right?
    Doing the same, no it does not have an adventure in it. It is "just" an excellent guideline for running Mythos campaigns using the True20...
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    Batman is only mentioned in your posts, fire. :D...

    Batman is only mentioned in your posts, fire. :D You're the only one to talk about his PL.

    That said, Batman, like most other iconic comic heroes, has a large element of plot-device incorporated...
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    Bad news for you is that some people never really...

    Bad news for you is that some people never really get it. You may be one of those. That said, I hope I can help out.
    Note: I only know the second edition (current edition). From what I have...
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    It's a really interesting system. I don't think...

    It's a really interesting system. I don't think I'd call it streamlined; there are too many knobs, buttons, and options for it to be simple.
    It is pretty slick; iterative attack penalties are based...
  96. The base system is solid. The condition track...

    The base system is solid. The condition track can be wonky and unbalanced (especially a powerful Force Wizard with several uses of Force Stun) since it essentially gives all characters only 5 hp...
  97. I can completely understand being underwhelmed...

    I can completely understand being underwhelmed with the Saga combat manuevers. Most require a (hefty) feat investment, and still aren't worth the action expenditure. (Except for Bantha Rush; a free...
  98. Why does flanking have to be eliminated? Can't...

    Why does flanking have to be eliminated? Can't you simply abstract it?
    Something like Savage World's "gang-up" bonus. "Attackers get +1 to attacks for each ally adjacent to the target. This...
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    Try the [ code ] [ /code ] tags

    Try the [ code ] [ /code ] tags
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    Devoted Defender first appeared in the 3.0 splat...

    Devoted Defender first appeared in the 3.0 splat book "Sword & Fist". I really liked it, but it was weaker than going straight Fighter.
    I'm not sure when / if it showed up in 3.5.
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