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Top new questions this week:

What to do when players bypass plot hooks

I am going to just start out by acknowledging that this is the best possible 'problem' a GM can ever have. My players are awesome, I just didn't know how awesome. They solved months of combat, ...

gm-techniques plot-hooks  
asked by Tritium21 48 votes
answered by BESW 55 votes

What is wrong with the D&D 3.5 FAQ?

I've heard from several places that the D&D 3.5 FAQ is generally a bad place to find information about the rules of the game. I don't really understand this distrust, since it's an official ...

asked by DuckTapeAl 34 votes
answered by KRyan 42 votes

Since when were demiliches weaker than regular liches?

In the D&D 5e Monster Manual, demiliches are explained as being liches who neglected to feed and were weakened. There is a more powerful variant that deliberately become demiliches in their ...

dnd-5e dungeons-and-dragons undead  
asked by Miniman 22 votes
answered by Justin T 34 votes

Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?

dnd-5e spells magic-items  
asked by SevenSidedDie 21 votes
answered by SevenSidedDie 23 votes

Decking in combat seems useless. Have we missed something?

In a few days I will master my first Round of Shadowrun and I talked with my players about specifics of their roles. During that I stumbled across the problems of deckers in combat. To me the rulebook ...

combat shadowrun-sr5 hacking  
asked by Antrix 19 votes
answered by gatherer818 16 votes

Does Evard's Black Tentacles only go "up"?

Recently, I was running a game where the party was flying in an urban environment to face off against a wizard. They were all bunched together next to a building about 20' up to avoid attacks from ...

dnd-3.5e spells 3d-space  
asked by joedragons 18 votes
answered by WannabeCoder 18 votes

How do I deal with high speed, blunt action declaration outside of combat?

Here's an example from a one-on-one playtest I've had, to better illustrate my question: My rogue player got a minor quest from a blacksmith to retreve an item. He instructs her that the road to ...

gm-techniques roleplaying  
asked by Alex Mitan 18 votes
answered by Jessa 40 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?

Role playing is an excellent hobby to train your problem solving skills. You learn to look at situations from different view points (i.e. the characters) and you have various skills and resources at ...

gm-techniques system-agnostic players  
asked by fgysin 62 votes
answered by Gunnar Södergren 41 votes

Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?

There was quite a bit of discussion about this after I posted this question, so I thought I would do as advised and re-ask the question in a new topic. I will be playing D&D 5th edition soon with ...

new-players social gender  
asked by Asteria 126 votes
answered by GMJoe 73 votes

Can you answer these?

What are the major differences between Dream and Vocation versions of Princess: the Hopeful?

What are the major differences in setting, themes, approach and general mechanics between the two versions of Princess: the Hopeful fansplat? Both Dream and Vocation books appear robust and well ...

new-world-of-darkness homebrew new-world-of-darkness-2e  
asked by frank 8 votes

Does telekinesis/psychokinesis add Strength dice to wielding weapons?

If you have a psychic with Telekinesis/Psychokinesis in oWoD, can you use the telekinetic Strength value for a damage roll on a melee weapon attack (assuming requisite attack/TK rolls succeed)? Would ...

old-world-of-darkness owod-sorcerer  
asked by Xenophyn 4 votes

An alchemist without spells?

One of my players asked if there is any way to replace the alchemist's spell list with a different class feature. They want an "alchemist without spellcasting." So, is there any possibility of a ...

pathfinder alchemist  
asked by Blockman 1 vote
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