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Does a diceless, non-combat, freeform RPG exist?

I'm looking for a free-form "table-top" (non-computerized) RPG with no dice, little or no combat, no stats/skills (or very simplified), and emphasizes imagination, discussion, and improvisation, with ...
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How does surprise work in D&D 5e?

There are a number of questions on this site that touch on different aspects and collectively indicate some confusion with surprise : Surprise when kicking down a door? How to determine surprise ...
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How to keep an upset player in the group? [on hold]

First of all: Sorry for my bad english... Long question short: What can I do to keep a player in my group who is upset with my campaign? His character was captured by the group because they thought ...
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How would I classify a “disease” for an NPC that's not really a “disease” in Pathfinder?

I am in the process of planning a campaign but I am not sure how to classify this sickness/disease. The whole point of the campaign is to rescue a person who has been held captive for about 5 ...
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How do I calculate APL and CR for mythic PCs and enemies?

I'm GMing a Pathfinder campaign and some players have mythic tiers. They seem really powerful to me? As far as I can tell, even adjusting CR for mythic tiers, their power makes the CR system even more ...
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How to handle pre-scene character preparation in Fate?

I haven't been able to find any discussion of this, but I'm interested in allowing characters to prepare for a coming scene (e.g., prepping something that exploits an opponents weakness, gear up, cast ...
4
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Any precedent for combining a halberd with a wizard's staff?

I'm running a traditional D&D 3.5E game. One of my players, a Ftr/Wiz/Eldritch Knight, uses a halberd as his primary weapon. He wants to know if he takes both the Craft Magic Arms & Armor feat ...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
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Does the bonus attack from “Polearm Master” have reach as well?

PHB p. 168: Polearm Master You gain the following benefits: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a ...
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Can you be tripped by an AoO while standing up?

Let's say "John" is a fighter who has selected a number of feats to focus on tripping his enemies, including Greater Trip, and Combat Reflexes, and wielding a Reach Weapon while under the effect of a ...
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How do I correctly convert enemy saving throws so that players roll all the dice? [duplicate]

Much in the same vein as this question, I am trying to convert 5e so players roll all the dice. I'm using this variant as a starting framework that seems to work well with 5e so far, without changing ...
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What software is there for creating custom color hex maps?

I would like to find software to help me create an regional hex map, preferably in color. I already have the region mapped out by hand, but I want to re-create it as a classic hex map with each hex ...
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Can the 'wild' modifier be applied to non-armor items, such as enchanted cloaks or jewelry?

D&D 3.x has the "wild" modifier specified for armor and shields that causes its base AC bonus and any enhancement-type bonus (such as magical AC bonuses and/or ability score bonuses) to be applied ...
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Do saving throw based spells that do damage count as attacks?

During our last session, two of my players got involved in a little PvP, and the Rogue was fireballed by the Wizard as a last act of defiance, hoping to take the Rogue with him as she died. The ...
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How do I determine this monster's HP if I'm only given its HD?

The Hungry Coffin homebrew monster from Goblin Punch states the following: Hungry Coffin HD 6 AC 14 Slam 2d6 or 2d8 Swallow 1d6 + swallow Fly 9 Int 5 Morale 12 It says the Hungry Coffin has ...
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1answer
122 views

Slashing with Short Swords

Can a short sword be used to deal slashing damage? The Weapons Table seems to list short swords as having only the damage type of piercing, and lacking the slashing damage type. However, this ...
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Running a D&D game in the afterlife

No, I'm not referring to suggestions about playing D&D after I die. I'm referring to playing a D&D campaign with a plot centered on the afterlife. Particularly, the concept of a petitioner in ...
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In D&D 5e, does the Rogue's Cunning Action allow for Two-Weapon Fighting? [duplicate]

For example, does the Cunning Action allow a 5th level Rogue to have a bonus action, thus letting him fight with two shortswords? I don't think he would have any other bonus action unless wielding two ...
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Do any Heavy Gear books cover landships?

I only have a couple of Heavy Gear books but they are some mentions of landships existing. I haven't found any stats for them. It's possible they are in a more miniatures focused product but I was ...
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Is this a good way to represent the inability to capitalize on attacks in Fate Core? [on hold]

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm running an Old West meets Supernatural setting in Fate Core. One of the key components of most of the fights on the show - and the reason the danger really jumps ...
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554 views

How do I balance artifacts of my own invention?

I want to create an artifact, but I want it to be “balanced” with the others presented in the books. What I'm stuck on is what defines the difference between a Major artifact and a Minor artifact. ...
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Is there a difference between “spell scrolls” and “spells on a scroll” for copying purposes?

Wizards can copy spells to her spellbook as per the PHB and basic rules: "You could discover a spell recorded on a scroll in an evil wizard’s chest, for example, or in a dusty tome in an ancient ...
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Playing with a Doppelganger disguised as a hero? [on hold]

I'm putting together an adventure where during one encounter, the entire party is blinded for a few seconds and a doppelganger disguised as one of them(randomly chosen) appears. However, the original ...
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527 views

What essentials are required to build a Fate Core session/campaign expediently?

"How about tomorrow?" A GM's nightmare. A group that has a planning horizon of twelve hours (sometimes even "how about right now?"). A group in want of a Fate game. And a group that isn't into the ...
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Can the wizard in our group prepare a spell from the spellbook of an NPC wizard?

Whether the players killed a mage and got his spellbook(s) or they met with a nice wizard who let him or her learn a spell from his spellbook, can a player prepare a spell from a spellbook that isn't ...
3
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63 views

Do Kindred have an Oriental counterpart in nWoD?

The closest to an "asian" Vampire I've seen so far is the Aswang described in Antagonists- are there other variations?
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238 views

Can I load a hand crossbow while holding a shield?

Can I load a hand crossbow if I am using a shield and the crossbow? Would I be able to get multiple attacks with Crossbow Expert if I am using a shield and a hand crossbow?
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Custom made trap, is it balanced? [on hold]

I made a trap for my PC's. I based it off of the caltrop boots ability where caltrops can be created and will disappear after time. There were a large number scattered down a lane that was 40 feet ...
2
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2answers
221 views

Can you attack with more than one weapon when using Extra Attack?

When one uses the Extra Attack class feature, must it be done with only one weapon? If I had, for example, one throwing axe and sword, couldn't I throw the axe and attack with the sword as part of ...
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117 views

Do vampires have a theory on the origins of werewolves?

Werewolf lore claims that vampires are manifestations of an entity they call the Wyrm, which obviously contradicts the Vampires' legend of being created by Caine. So do vampires have their own 'myth' ...
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184 views

How can I threaten with a whip?

Is there any way to threaten with a whip aside from taking 3 feats to get Improved whip mastery, which still only increases your range by 5 ft? I found one forum post with a solution but that is to ...
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Can you choose the energy type of Elemental Flux when creating it?

I am playing a level 10 alchemist and I've been wondering about Elemental Flux. The descriptions states that [a] DC 10 Craft (alchemy) check identifies what energy type the activated flask has. ...
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Is Apotheosis cosmetic or functional?

Apotheosis states that the cleric permanently gains a physical characteristic of his deity. Examples given are claws, wings made of sapphires, and an all seeing third eye. Assuming functionality as ...
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1answer
79 views

Deflection bonus from possession? [on hold]

The fiend of possession prestige class in Fiend Folio can posess creatures . I have a ghost template so I gain a deflection bonus. Does the possessed item/PC/NPC gain this bonus while possessed?
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195 views

How do I avoid making a taciturn character? [on hold]

I've played several characters in different D&D systems, and they almost invariably end up being grumpy, by-the-book, mood-killing characters. I think part of the problem is that I haven't been ...
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70 views

Is there a use for the skills Biotechnology and Cybertechnology?

As far as I know it there are no crafting rules besides the table on p. 146 and the repairing section in Run and Gun p.143. So I wonder how you can use Bio- and Cybertechnology. Does the GM just make ...
4
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112 views

designing encounters for a tournament with set rules

I am running an in-game tournament. The qualifiers are pit fights with the last two standing going through. Hopefully all of the party will qualify so it seems like I'm not doing endless pit fights ...
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Customizing D&D 5e to simulate Dark Souls universe [on hold]

I want to simulate Dark Souls universe, where even a char lvl 1 is still dangerous to a char lvl 20, using D&D 5e as my starting point. I though of several ways of doing this: Never level up ...
3
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1answer
249 views

What do I do about a player with the half-celestial template turning non-Good?

In my party, I have a half-celestial cat folk that has behaving badly. Prioritizing loot over rescuing people, forgetting he can heal (or refusing to heal), and going off to do his own thing all the ...
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1answer
29 views

How do defense test against indirect area of effect spells work?

Since there is a defense test against indirect area of effect spells, as pointed out in How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?, I wonder how that exactly works out. ...
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80 views

How to gain Turn Undead class feature without taking a cleric or paladin level?

I'd thinking of building a zealot-type character, who would use Divine Feats to bolster his combat. To fuel those feats I need Turn Undead attempts per day. The normal way of getting them is having at ...
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Can I throw a bonded weapon, summon it to my hand, and throw it again?

Consider an Eldritch Knight that has a bonded thrown weapon. Once he gets extra attack can he or she throw the weapon, use his bonus action to retrieve and then throw it again? Or does that mess too ...
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Will petrification prevent lich from being reborn near phylactery (possibly forever)?

If I am not mistaken, liches now aren't immune to being petrified. Granted, they have Legendary resistance and high CON save, but spamming petrification by Prismatic Spray/Wall: Indigo, Flesh to ...
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253 views

How to build a knight commander?

I would like to build a character for D&D 3 ed (3.5 acceptable too). My intention is to build a heavy-armored melee combatant who would be able to withstand some punishment, deal some damage and ...
5
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2answers
691 views

Should circumstance modifiers be used in Roll for Shoes?

As I now know from reading How many dice does the GM roll when challenging the players?, there is almost certainly no clear ruling on this. Consider the situation: Player A is a chef Player B is an ...
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196 views

How much does the Starter Set cleric's Cure Wounds spell heal?

Cure Wounds spells says it heals 1d8 + spell ability modifier. For a lvl 1 cleric, that's +3 wisdom. However, the pregenerated cleric character sheet from the Starter Set says he has the Disciple of ...
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All The Magical Boots In D&D? [on hold]

Our dm is going to give us each 500,000gp if we beat azazel so I'm wondering what kind of good boots I can get with it I've checked the item compendium and it doesn't have anything really good I have ...
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339 views

What to do when someone's attacking you, but succeeding the save is worse than failing it? [duplicate]

I was reading through the Monk rules in D&D 5e when I came across this section in the rules for Quivering Palm: When you use this action, the creature must make a Constitution saving throw. If ...
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2k views

Do your spells end when you die?

I linked to this answer in a 5e question, attempting to bring support for the idea that, if you cast an open-ended spell, like Magic Mouth, it could remain after you die. Someone pointed out that, as ...
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685 views

What's the mechanism for magically understood speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...

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