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    Powering up Cursed items

    So.... cursed items. They're a staple of fantasy stories and common enough in some of the genre shows. D&D has had them too, but their implementation and what they bring to the story of the game sucks. At their best, they're an annoyance that players have to figure out a way around and then...
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    Mixing 3.0 and 3.5 SRD bits?

    A slightly odd question... The move from the 3.0 to the 3.5 SRD resulted in not just changes to the rules, but other changes too, such as descriptions disappearing. For example: In looking at the copyright section (section 15) we have: Now, I _believe_ that as long as I include _both_ of...
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    Counterspelling... another approach?

    Howdy! So, one of those staples that shows up in fiction is the mage duel. Books, anime, manga, movies... it's a great idea. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have made it to D&D in a particularly satisfying or easy fashion. There's been suggestions and ideas before, but I figured I'd float one...
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    Monsters, reskinning and whatever happened to templates?

    I've recently started looking back through templates for several reasons and I've been struck by the apparent lack of... anything... regarding them for some time. Sure, you can pick up the Book of Templates Deluxe from Silverthorne Games and there's the Advanced Bestiary from Green Ronin; both...
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    Psionics - What system/approach to use?

    So, as part of ongoing stuff, I find myself looking at psionics. And I'm wondering, what's the system I should go with and/or the approach I should take? On rather large consideration is the OGC aspect. Part of my problem is that I've never been in a game in the past 10 years that allowed...
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    D&D 4E Reconsidering Pathfinder over 4E

    Having GMed/played games of all 3 (3.x, Pathfinder, Pathfinder Beta, 4e) I'd have to say that if there's things you _hate_ about 3.x, they're probably still there in Pathfinder. Even James Jacobs said as much: He also noted: And that really does sum things up. It's hard to know what to...
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    [OGC] Aboleth material?

    Howdy folks, For a project I'm working on, I'm thinking of making the Aboleth be the bad guys. A big stretch I know. Anyway, I'm looking for some additional stuff to fill out what I've already got. Looking over at rpgnow, I see the following bits which might be useful: Monstrous Bloodlines -...
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    Doing Action Points differently

    Howdy, I'm thinking of starting up a Trailblazer game but the one thing I stumble on is Action Points. I personally absolutely loathe the way they're handled in d20, being given out when characters level. My own personal experience over the years (which apparently is different from everyone...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 Action Points. (3.5)

    As they're written? I don't use them. I find them to basically be worthless; only getting them back when you level simply encourages players to hoard them until the very last minute. If you're looking for an "OMG!! I need to avoid character death right now!" sort of thing, I guess they're ok...
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    D&D 4E Castle Ravenloft boardgame as a simpler 4e?

    *shrug* No offense, but if I want a "minis combat system", I'll break out a real wargame and play it. Miniatures as an _aid_ to combat? *shrug* Ok, whatever. Up through 2nd Ed AD&D I could see it. Sometimes it was useful. 3.x rolls around and WotC strongly pushes for miniatures, although a...
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    D&D 4E Castle Ravenloft boardgame as a simpler 4e?

    Perhaps a bit odd and maybe folks have already hashed this out... Background: I ran 4E for a while and found it to be fine. Some solid stuff in it, with one major problem: I don't like running minis-based games. I ran 4E without minis and it did just fine, but I'm also quite aware of the fact...
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    [3.x] Spells organised by Alignment?

    Howdy folks, Kind of an odd question, but does anyone know if someone took a stab at organising spells based on the "alignment" of the spell? We've got spells organised by schools and there's even a couple of stabs at organising them by MTG colors. But I don't know off the top of my head if...
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    [OGL] Generic Pantheon base?

    Howdy folks, a slightly odd question. I wasn't quite sure where to put this, so if it gets bumped to another section I understand. What I'm look for is a generic Pantheon that's available to use as a base. Allow me to explain... I'm working on a fantasy OGL SRD project and as usual the issue...
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    D&D 4E Is Essentials the answer to E6 for 4E?

    *sigh* look, I'm going to guess you mean well, but yeah... I do know there's other games out there. I play them, I run them, and I've been doing it for the past 20 years. "Play a different game" isn't an especially useful answer. It mainly come across as "OMG!! You're BadTouching my game! Go...
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    D&D 4E Is Essentials the answer to E6 for 4E?

    So, I'm a big fan of E6. If you're not familiar with the premise, you can find it here: http://www.enworld.org/forum/general-rpg-discussion/206323-e6-game-inside-d-d.html Now, before you go clicking the "reply" button, take a second to read the background so that the question (and therefore...
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    D&D 4E [4E only] What kind of miniatures do you use, if any?

    Nice to know I'm not the only mini-free GM for 4E. The idea of doing lego-minis is vaguely appealing, but on the whole I personally don't run with minis, regardless of the edition or game.
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    D&D 4E Please recomend iPad apps for DMing 4e.

    So, I've got the DM Tool Kit from lvl99 games and think it's a decent enough program. It's got some decent enough potential and while it might not be as "awesome" as running a game using a full laptop is concerned, I think it's useful enough that I don't regret the money spent on it. Like a lot...
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    Is a retro-clone the right game for me?

    Howdy folks. By and large I haven't paid too much attention to the retro-clone stuff for a variety of reasons. But I've recently started thinking about doing a "standard" dungeoncrawling game at the local gameclub. It's a monthly meeting and I'm a fairly busy fellow, which combined with the...
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    D&D 4E Playing 4E without miniatures and the battle grid.

    Ummmm... you know, that's _really_ not helpful. Yes, if you were faced with the option of 4E without minis, you'd play a different game. But that's not what the OP asked. He asked If anyone does, and if they do, How is it done. If you've done it mini-less and had specific issues, then yeah...
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    D&D 4E Playing 4E without miniatures and the battle grid.

    Rather than retype it all out, here's what I've said before in a different thread: I don't actually print the strip out. Like I said, I've got a magnetic dry erase board that I use to keep track of initiative order and monster HP. It might seem a bit hard to wrap your head around how to...