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How can a young player get into a gaming group?

I live in the quintessential "middle of nowhere", and as such it is nearly impossible for me to get a weekly, monthly, or even yearly group together. I have tried to get a semi-regular group of ...
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Custom rules for character advancement

Normally a cleric would gain +1 to attack bonus, +1 to fort save, +1 to will save, +1 1st-level spell per day and +1d8 hit points (+CON) when he reached level 2. I've always found this mechanic kind ...
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Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?

From reading the current preview of the "Basic Rules" it looks like each ability score is now granted the possibility of being connected to a Saving Throw. In fact, certain classes get proficiency ...
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Can I GM a Pathfinder game using the D&D 3.5e DMG or is the GameMastery Guide a must?

I know there are a lot of differences between these two games, and I don't mean to ask for a comprehensive list. What I would like to know is if there are any important differences between the D&D ...
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What content is not included in the Rules Compendium?

Shopping on D&D Classics today I noticed that the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual 1 and 2 are all missing from the catalog. However, the Rules Compendium is ...
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Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD? [duplicate]

I recently started playing/GMing Pathfinder (beginner rules) and currently shopping around for the Core Rulebook (planning ahead). The way the PRD puts it, it sounds like the Core Rulebook is entirely ...
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Can a Vampire run when shifting?

I was recently trying to optimise a character for the fastest movement possible in one turn. After looking around, I found this vampire power: Unfettered Hunger Vampire Attack 5 Daily; ...
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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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Does the Blistering Flourish bonus apply to both hits and effects?

The reason why this question came up was due to the Blistering Flourish power of the Desert Wind monk. It gives the following bonus: Until the end of your next turn, your melee attacks deal extra ...
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How to get to know my players' expectations?

I am soon starting a new game with a bunch of new people that I have never played with - and some of them I barely spoken to. I am going to be the GM and will introduce them into the setting that they ...
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Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?

Disclaimer: I didn't play 4e, this is relative to 3.5. According to the generally accepted tier system, are evocation wizards still tier 1 and champion fighters still tier 5. Have the definitions of ...
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How to GM a zombie-apocalypse game?

I was asked, not a long time ago, to GM a zombie-apocalypse one-shot. Being versed in horror-GMing, I decided to approach the genre as I approach most other genres of horror, but I've encountered a ...
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How can I prepare unique locations for my sandbox, when I don't know which unique locations my group will travel to?

I'm making a sandbox campaign using 5e to run a post apocalyptic fantasy Tokyo adventure, so each main location is known to the players and I can't just put in random encounters. Those locations need ...
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What are the differences between 5e compared to 4e and 3.5e in terms of power level?

Looking for a short, sweet, and authoritative answer as to the tone/theme power level of characters in 5e in comparison to 4e and 3.5e. I'm looking specifically for theme of the power level presented ...
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Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting in 5e?

As this blog post suggests, there seems to be a hole in the D&D Basic rules. Maybe. The rules for readying an action state: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right ...
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When Should Disadvantages be Inflicted on (N)PC's?

I was tempted to add the System Agnostic tag to this, but for today there is a specific game in mind to receive an answer. Regardless of the source of the disad, (Physical, Mental, etc.) there are ...
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Multiclassing & Archetypes [on hold]

This is entirely theoretical, and based on only having the Basic edition, but... Is it possible to Multiclass into your own class again? A lot of games talk about retraining, which replaces ...
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As a GM, how can I stop killing my games?

It's probably the worst issue I have as a Game Master, I think of a Game, I write a campaign plot for it, End, Beggining and Middle, get Hyped, Hype my players, and after 2 months I want the story to ...
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When a Sorcerer with the Maestro Bloodline casts verbal+somatic spells, are they affected by Bloodline Arcana?

The Sorcerer's Maestro Bloodline has the following feature, Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell with a verbal component and no somatic or material component, you treat your caster level as ...
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Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?

Bounded accuracy is a major feature of the new system. It promises that bonuses to rolls won't grow too much throughout a character's career. And indeed, a first-level fighter would have an apex skill ...
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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?

Say that a character has 5 HP remaining and is dealt 10 damage from an attack. Of course, 5 - 10 = -5, so the character has dropped below 0 Hit Points and follows the rules for making death saving ...
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What does a paladin's ability to “detect evil” at-will mean? [on hold]

What is evil to one person may not necessarily be evil to everyone else. Some examples: Are all creatures from the negative plane automatically evil, just because? Must every ghost be evil? Can a ...
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How to follow up the adventure if the party split?

In the last session, the party I'm DMing got into a great fight against the spirit of the valley (a big dire wolf). In the heat of the fight the cleric was bitten to the point that he dropped to 0 hp ...
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Arbitrary timer on a breach and clear style scenario

I'm writing up a scenario base on the idea of a breach and clear of a hostage situation. I imagine it being a failure if it lasts more than about 30 seconds and as a round is about 5 seconds i ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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What conditions prevent a caster from using Somatic spells?

The text from Somatic reads that the caster must have a hand free to gesture with when they cast a spell with a somatic component. None of the conditions such as restrained or grappled seem to ...
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Can a sorcerer use a scroll of a spell not known?

I'm a bit confused because the section on Magic Items that talks about scrolls being Spell Completion items states; If he can't already cast the spell, there's a chance he'll make a mistake. ...
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What other living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?

When a theme is dragon* on. Dragons are apex predators and widely regarded by most players and systems as about one of the worst things you can ever deal with. I have a campaign that's been running ...
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How to deal with an overly-specific GM

So we started a new game tonight, and only an hour in I was bored out of my brain. The GM kept ranting about where each of our characters were from, the heritage of the area, etc. It could be argued ...
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How do enchantment spells work with V/S components?

A discussion has started up in my group about how you actually use enchantment spells on people without them noticing. A good example is as follows: Charm Person, one of the good lower level spells ...
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What function does the “light” keyword serve on the hand crossbow

In the equipment section of the D&D basic rules, it lists "light" as a keyword for the hand crossbow. The "light" property offers the following attributes: Light. A light weapon is small and ...
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Is there a D&D 3.5e feat that's the opposite of Power Attack?

I'm looking for a feat that does the opposite of power attack, if one exists, in DND 3.5. A friend of mine is playing a rogue and would like to use such a thing in conjunction with sneak attacks. I ...
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131 views

Creating magic items in 3.5 without spells

Is there any way to create magical weapons or armor/shields without using spells? I'm not asking for wondrous items or anything, just your basic +2 Flaming Sword or +3 Ghost Touch Breastplate? I know ...
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How should I border myself when playing a character AND DMing?

I'm currently playing a IRL game with two of my friends. As you might imagine I was worried that they weren't powerful enough to take on the higher level encounters so I made a character to help them ...
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Roleplaying a Dragon Better

So I'm DMing a very Dragon-Heavy campaign that my friend gave me, but I seem to have trouble roleplaying dragons. I don't want to stop the campaign and find a new one because I'm having difficulty ...
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When you Obtain a Cohort through the Leadership feat is it per the MM Entry or is it statted as a character?

When you obtain a Cohort through the Leadership feat do you roll its stats and generate it like an extra character? Or is it as per the appropriate entry in the Monster Manual? For example, if I have ...
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What happens if I concede a fight to someone who only wants me dead?

I'm in a game where my non-combat character ended up in a physical fight with two bobcat-like creatures who have been ordered to kill me. The entity ordering my death is powerful enough (and so are ...
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Our group had some confusion about preparing spells for a Wizard and Cleric. The rules say that you prepare a number of spells from your list and that you tick off spell slots when you cast a spell. ...
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Are there any good Ranged Cleric options in 4e?

Clerics aren't a ranged class by default, but sometimes you need that adaptability, especially if you are pinned down or can't move. I have found some minor ranged Cleric at-wills (Lance of Faith ...
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Barbarian's Rage + Eye of Gruumsh's Rage = Greater Rage?

I was wondering if a Barbarian's Rage with an Eye of Gruumsh's Rage would stack to make Greater Rage. It would make sense to me since you can have two classes with Uncanny Dodge which turns into ...
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652 views

How can I stop being afraid of PC death as a GM? [on hold]

Well guys, I've noticed that I have a tendency to hold back too much with my players. All of them have been playing for long, however they're used to linear plot style campaigns, and besides the fact ...
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Can PCs hide motivations from the DM?

So, one of my PCs is a Lawful Neutral Knight, coming from a small landless noble family. From the beginning of the campaign he told me that he wanted a lord to serve under, and to enhance the ...
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Does the shield bonus in Battle Cleric's Lore only affect AC?

The description for Battle Cleric's Lore says "You gain a +2 shield bonus to AC", but shield bonuses are a special type of bonus that boosts AC and Reflex. Is this an exception, or can I boost Reflex ...
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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long ...
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Is there a way to make someone unconscious without threat of death?

I keep looking through but not finding anything that talks about knocking someone out, other than like paralysis. Looking for a way to knock enemies out such that they'll get up after a few hours and ...
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Can a Neutral cleric cast Sanctified Magic?

When I read through Book of Exalted Deeds once again, I came up with a question: Can a true neutral cleric cast sanctified spells? While the book explicitly says that evil ones cannot cast such ...
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How can I improve roleplaying as monsters during the encounters?

Lately, I've noticed regadrless of the game and edition, my games pretty much flow as a Final Fantasy Game: Roll Initiatives, and spend the whole encounter being a piñata that hits the players back ...
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How do different classes affect the damage output and thus balance of the adventuring day? [on hold]

In Dnd 4e, it was common to look at builds to see how much damage they do per round of combat. For simplicity sake, encounters and daily powers were often ignored, with a general target of "X rounds ...
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Is there any good 1 session D&D stories for beginners? [on hold]

I am hoping to organize a small D&D night for me and 3-4 of my friends, who are all new to the game. I bought the starter set so I already have characters (Level 1 to start, but modifiable) and ...
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85 views

D&D 4e Stalker's Mist

Im the DM of a group of 40 somethings. The ranger in my group keeps dropping Stalker's Mist, either on my NPC's, or on the group itself. This makes my mobs either into a bunch of pilons, or at the ...

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