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Being naturally unCool

Bubblegumshoe 68, "Effects of Cool Damage," talks about the negative effects of spending my Cool points down to 5 or lower. But it's totally possible (though understandably discouraged) to start with ...
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Feat classification

While reading some answers, I have found that: Combat Expertise, Dodge, Mobility, and Spring Attack are all quite weak (feat) So I was wondering if there was a complete (or almost) classification or ...
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What happens when I have no Cool?

Bubblegumshoe 68, "Effects of Cool Damage," has entries labelled like this: Cool 5 to 0: [mechanical effects] Cool 0 to -5: [mechanical effects] Cool -6 to -10: [mechanical effects] Cool ...
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Can Chain warlocks have any familiar regardless of alignment?

Can a warlock with the Pact of the Chain Boon have any familiar regardless of the warlock's and familiar's alignments? Is it permissible, as an example, for a Lawful Good Warlock to have a Chaotic ...
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How many times may a character attempt a skill roll for the same test?

We have a rogue locked in a cell and he is trying to escape. How many attempts does he get to try and unlock the same door with the same hairpin if no outside influences ever change? I have a vague ...
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Which caster level bonuses stack for overcoming SR?

Which of the following bonuses stack for overcoming SR? Master Specialist: Caster Level Increase: Upon reaching 6th level, add 1 to your caster level whenever you cast a spell of your chosen ...
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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

The Flurry of Blows class feature allows the character to spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. Is this in addition to the bonus unarmed strike that monks get from their ...
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Can a Barbarian use Defense Fighting Style while raging?

I have not found any rule that prevents it, but to me the spirit of the Rage ability is attacking with no time to think about self-defense, just focus on doing the most damage possible. So: Does a ...
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How does two-weapon fighting work when using an off-hand triple dagger?

The triple dagger (Arms and Equipment Guide 6, 10) (10 gp; 1 lb.) is—with some minor adjustments due to the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 revision—a light exotic melee weapon that deals 1d4 points of ...
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Druid Shapeshifting Mechanics

I just started running a new Dungeon World campaign and one of the players is the Druid. One thing I noticed is that he was changing shapes a lot. This seems reasonable, as the rules don't really ...
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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How do PC's learn about usable items

Running a game using the beginner box, The cleric/wizard can use Spellcraft once per day to examine a magic item. And although not part of the beginner box rules, Appraise can be used to determine the ...
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Does a spell stored in a weapon, using spell storing, keep the bonuses of the original caster

So looking over this for 5th edition made me wonder if it is usually considered the same in 3.5 since it is not specified. Spell Storing: A spell storing weapon allows a spellcaster to store a ...
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What do I do if my DM wants revenge for when I was the DM? [on hold]

I ran my first D&D campaign last year for 8 players (too many I know, but they really wanted to play). One player was super excited and made a detailed character and background. Long story short, ...
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How do I get around players losing interest during mapping?

For the past couple months, my D&D hack game has been experiencing the same persistent issue. While all my players seem to have fun during the exploring/debating/combat/social parts of the game, ...
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Where do I find the “official” rules for D&D 5e?

I play D&D 5e and sometimes come here with questions. But sometimes I see things referenced here as sources that I don't have or aren't aware of.... Which are the "official rules" for D&D 5e, ...
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What are the prices for Permanency when you don't know the spell yourself?

I want to make an item, say a sword, permanently invisible and I am a little unsure as to the pricing required for this. The price of the item doesn't need to be figured out. Having an NPC cast a ...
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Are there official stats for elementals summoned with Thaumaturgy?

Five-dot Summon Elemental power in the Elemental Mastery Thaumaturgical Path lets a vampire summon an elemental (p. 215 of V20 Corebook): a salamander (fire), a sylph (air), a gnome (earth), or ...
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How to encourage players to work better as a team?

Related: What kind of rules promote good team cohesion? Unlike that question, this one is about problem players, not problem character personalities. There is a group of good friends who I ...
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Can a greatsword, a bite, and a headbutt all be used during the same full attack?

Could a multiclass fighter/ unchained barbarian use Animal Fury and Steel Headbutt in the same full-attack action? For example: a multiclass Fighter 6 and Unchained Barbarian 6 makes a full-attack ...
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Spells that use Will Save to make them stronger [on hold]

The current campaign I'm in has a few house rules, one of which is a spell charge system: it currently allows us to use ANY level 4 or under spell. Pretty soon we'll gain access to level 5 and 6. My ...
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D&D 5e Level 1 Bard Cantrips and Spells [on hold]

As a bard, how many cantrips and spells do I begin with? I'm quite confused with how many I start with and just need some clarification. Thank you ^^
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How much health will a Life Cleric gain from Mass Healing Word

This question could loosely be considered a follow up to "Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another." How much life would a level 6 Life Cleric with four party members gain from the ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold's offspring a Dragonwrought, a Half-Dragon, or a normal Kobold?

Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon? gives arguments for and against dragonwrought kobold being a "True Dragon". For this question, I assume that dragonwrought kobold is a dragon as stated in one ...
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How do spell slots and preparation work when multi-classing between cleric and bard

I'm planning to play a multi-class bard/cleric character, and I wanted to verify how spell preparation and slots work across the two classes, particularly since they use different approaches for ...
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Kobold Outrider adaptation option

This thread on the Giant in the Playground forums presents a kobold mounted ranger build. The author uses the halfling outrider prestige class (from Complete Warrior) adapted for kobolds, stating that ...
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Does a Monstrous Humanoid or a Fey count as Humanoid for armor costs and spell effects?

A question for two friends playing custom made races. One is a Monstrous Humanoid physically similar to a Lamia but with a larger bust and a less ridiculously long snake tail, the other is a Fey of ...
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When should I have an NPC actively investigate an illusion created by phantasmal force?

The phantasmal force spell can be broken if the victim examines the illusion and makes a successful investigation check against the spell's DC. What general guidelines should I use to decide when the ...
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Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another?

Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features? asked whether or not the Life domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature improved the healing of each berry. My question is: does the Life ...
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Keeping things Moving; what to do if they don't know what to do?

I'm preparing to GM my first game of Dungeon World and want to make sure I can keep the flow of the game exciting. The players are new to the system too, though, so I'd like to make sure I have an '...
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Determined but Terrified [on hold]

A few days ago I stumbled upon LARPing, and was instantly drawn in to it. The clothes, the characters, the weapons, the stories, all of it. But, of course, if there were no problems, I probabky wouldn'...
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Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative?

I know in some homebrew classes, such as Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Archetype, you can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative modifer. Are there any ways of doing this in the official rulebooks?
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Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features?

How are Goodberries affected by the cleric class features from the Life domain, if at all? I read somewhere that the Life domain's healing bonuses apply to each berry created by the spell — do they? ...
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How can I deal with the inability to speak caused by the pink bubbles Wild Magic surge effect?

One of the effects on the Wild Magic Surge chart is: You can't speak for the next minute. Whenever you try, pink bubbles float out of your mouth. This effect put me out of practically an entire ...
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Aid Another vs a spell effect

The Aid Another rules discuss how one character can make a special attack against AC 10 to grant +2 to attack rolls or AC to an ally. These rules have an addendum at the end (emphasis mine): You ...
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Do TIE Fighters use minion rules?

A thing that currently confuses me is the stat block of the TIE pilot showing that they are normally are minions. But what about space fights? In space combat are they still used according to minion ...
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Ranger/Wizard multi class in D&D 5e [on hold]

I am realtively new to D&D 5e and would like to have a Ranger class who can also cast some Wizard spells. It seems this is only possible if I multi class. What is the best way to implement such a ...
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How to justify Alliance and Horde characters in the same party? [on hold]

How could someone creating an adventure justify characters from two opposing factions cooperating? In this specific instance we are playing a Warcraft homebrew, so the factions would be Alliance and ...
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1answer
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Cross-training magic between supernatural types

Can supernatural beings other than mages and vampires learn magic? Would others be able to learn thaumaturgy/blood magic, or is that only a vampire thing that other supernaturals cannot learn? I know ...
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1answer
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Do both PCs need matching skills/abilities to get the Complementary Actions bonus?

In the Cypher system, if two player characters are taking different actions that help each other, both get a bonus. In the book, it's explained that in order to do that the second character has to ...
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What D&D manual describes this game dragons play?

In a D&D manual, I once read about a game that dragons play against each other. They use kingdoms as pawns and the games can last decades or centuries. What book is the game in or what is the ...
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D&D 5e PC Problem (Closed) [on hold]

One of my PCs created a character that is a farmer, has the soldier background, and is a fighter. His back story is that his parents died and his been looking for their killer every since. The ...
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3answers
231 views

How Can I Make My Horse Useful in Dungeons?

Related: Bring a horse in a dungeon. How is this question different? I am asking specifically as a mounted archer, who doesn't need to charge on horseback and does not have the option of choosing a ...
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15answers
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How to stop a player constantly using Detect Magic/Evil?

In a group I play with there is a player who, assuming he has the ability to do so, constantly uses Detect Magic/Evil. There's nothing in the rules against this (that I'm aware of) when it's a class ...
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1answer
51 views

Are an Isitoq's Daze & Tears of Anguish the same thing?

The Isitoq, the wonderful Undead Eye available as an Improved Familiar1. It has two abilities that appear to be... the same: Daze (Ex): An isitoq's nerves form grotesque wings. Any creature struck ...
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Is the Create Crawling Claw spell valid in v3.5?

The monster "crawling claw" (an animated amputated hand, a la Thing) seems to have a muddled history of revisions across D&D 3e and 3.5. In the 3.0 book Monsters of Faerun (29), a crawling claw ...
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How can I limit my players' options in character creation when the reason why is a spoiler?

I am currently preparing for a game of Vampire: The Masquerade. I've got a plot in the works that involves a Malkavian villain. Given the nature of the Malkavian Madness Network I want to exclude the ...
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How can I give sufficient XP per session for 7 high-level PCs without encounters being a slog?

In the DMG it suggests that the DM levels players at a rate of about 3 sessions per level past about level 5 or 6. My players' characters are currently level 8 and there are 7 of them. That would ...
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2answers
127 views

Can a worn boot be the target of Grease?

This weekend one of our party members tried to cast a grease spell on the boot of an enemy. This caused some internal quandry about whether it was allowed and resulted in a GM call. The spell does ...
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How did Baba Yaga not become a Wight with a Humanity of 0?

I found Baba Yaga's character sheet on White Wolf Wikia. It says that she has Humanity of 0, and does not list her being on any Path of Enlightment. According to the rules, she would become a Wight in ...

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