The process by which a character gains competence upward or laterally.

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Dresden Files: what is the long-term endgame potential of Mere Mortals?

My group is about to start a long-term campaign in Dresden Files. We know that long-term character advancement is important to us, with an eventual high-power endgame story arc. Most of the ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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Is a character obligated to advance in level?

Kind of a crazy question, but I was wondering if there were any written rules on the obligation of a character to advance in level? The reason I'm asking is this: since this summer, I have created ...
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Do I add the Warlock's “Cantrips Known” number to what I already know each level?

When I as a Warlock get to level 3, do I still only have 2 cantrips, or do I have 6? Looking at the table on page 106 of the PHB, will I only have 4 cantrips known from Warlock levels at 20th level? ...
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How do I calculate my Black Blade's skills?

I am playing a Bladebound Magus in a campaign with very quick level advancement, necessitating frequent recalculation of my stats. The only part of my character advancement that's confusing me is ...
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How do I calculate the level of evolved Pokémon?

A short while ago, I asked a question about Pokérole, and received a satisfactory answer. However, that answer made me think of another, related question: How is the level of an evolved Pokémon ...
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How do I calculate weapon damage as I level up?

I updated my weapons' damage rolls with the help of a friend when I reached level 13, but now I'm level 16, and I don't know how to do it myself. My weapons are a huge size Chakram (ranged), a Web ...
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What changes when an Alienist becomes an outsider?

When a character becomes a 10th level Alienist (prestige class), the following change is said to occur (emphasis mine): Alien Transcendence (Su): A 10th-level alienist, because of long ...
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Can College of Lore magical secrets be traded at level up?

The Player's Handbook says that a spell can be traded at level up for any other spell in any slot that you can cast. I'm wondering if I can trade a spell learned from magical secrets and if the new ...
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Does Divine Strike feature for Tempest Cleric increase to 2d8 at 14th level if 3 of the levels are Fighter?

I found that my spell casting proficiency increases for my cleric even when I multiclass as a fighter. The Divine Strike description says "When you reach 14th level, the extra damage increases to ...
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How do multiclass characters' Nonweapon Proficiency slots advance?

I would like to know, if possible, how a multiclass character non weapon proficiency works after level 1. In the players handbook its not clear at all. It just states: If the optional proficiency ...
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Favored class bonus scaling overpowered?

The favored class option system says.. Finally, some of these alternate favored class benefits only add +1/2, +1/3, +1/4, or +1/6 to a roll (rather than +1) each time the benefit is selected ...
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How to train a commoner to a level 1 character

A player in my game wants to train some commoners to be a level 1 character. How long would this take and how much would it cost?
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Do your Power Points ever increase past 10?

If you have the Arcane Background (Miracles) Edge, how can you get more than 10 Power Points? There are some powers that take more than 10 PP, but I can't find out how you'd get that much. I feel ...
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How can I balance practical spells with RP spells?

I'm playing a warlock in our DnD 5e campaign. Near as I can tell, this is sort of specific to warlocks because they have so few spells known (correct me if I am wrong). Either way, I still have a ...
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Do magic items level up with me?

If I acquire, for example, an Amulet of Life protection when I'm level 2 when its modifier is +1, does its modifier increase to +2 automatically when I reach level 7, or is that counted as a ...
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Paragon Paths for Lazy Warlords

A Lazy character is one using powers that don't allow any attack or damage roll by the attacker. The most basic example of such power is Commander's Strike. I have a player in my table that is ...
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Help with an Archer/Ranger advancement

I need some help with the advancement of my Ranger. We're playing D&D 3.5 with the following books: Complete Adventurer, Complete Divine, Complete Arcane, Complete Warrior and the Forgotten Realms ...
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How does damage dealt increase as you level up

I've recently taken over as GM in my group. We are all new to RPGs except for our original GM, so they decided to run an adventure path so it would be easier to change GMs if they had to stop ...
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How do you progress Divine Rank?

I am looking through the Deities & Demigods book for D&D 3.5 and it lists all the different powers and feats/salient abilities, but it does not touch on progressing your Divine Rank. Is this ...
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How should I reward xp to my players in my game of Dark Heresy in Stars Without Number? [closed]

I'm about to start running a game of Stars Without Number hacked to play Dark Heresy. My players will be creating their characters in a few days. But in my hack, I have so far not a word on what they ...
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My campaign calls for characters of a certain level for the final boss fight. How do I best get them there?

In a custom 5e campaign I've designed, the big boss is a very powerful entity. It is not stylistically reasonable for the players to fight it below level 17. They are currently level 6. My planned ...
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Does an Oracle get bonus spells AND revelations every second level?

I'm building an Oracle for an upcoming campaign and I'm somewhat new to Pathfinder. If you The explanation of mysteries says I get bonus spells every other level. However, I also get another ...
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Do benefits from a talent on a given spell only apply during character creation?

When I buy a talent for a single spell, I can improve the spell ability at a lower cost. Does this hold universally (i.e. during advancement) or only during character creation?
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How to play a high level character concept from level 1 [closed]

One way to form a character concept is to sketch out what they're like at the start of the adventure, and then let the adventure shape the player as time goes on. That is certainly a valid way to do ...
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What is the general pace of advancement in Monster of the Week?

I've picked up Monster of the Week (Revised edition), an Apocalypse World spin-off, and I'm excited about running it, but I'm concerned about how fast characters advance. It only takes 5 experience ...
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How many dots can be purchased at a time during advancement?

Is there any limitation on how many dots can be purchased at a time? e.g. one attribute dot per advancement, perhaps? I saw this somewhere on the inter-webs, but cannot find the post again, so I ...
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When do characters advance?

Do the rules have suggested guidelines for when to advance? Is it assumed that it's as soon as the characters have enough Experiences saved up? Or do PCs have to wait to advance until there is a break ...
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Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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With street grimoire out are there more ways by which mystic adepts can gain power points?

As mentioned here: How do mystic adepts gain power points in Shadowrun 5? mystic adepts can gain power points at character creation. Later on they can only gain them by not choosing a metamagic ...
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Is it possible to take a prestige class level 1?

I would like to take levels in Forsaker (we're importing it from 3.0) and the only requirements are Feats: Great Fortitude , Iron Will , Lightning Reflexes If I take those feats at level 1, can ...
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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Does multiclassing have an effect on exp/levelling up?

My understanding of the multiclassing system is a little vague, so I wanted to clarify. If I was to use multiclassing to level up, and increase my overall level, how does the exp get dispersed between ...
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Which Destiny should be given to a player who wants to rebuild the Jedi Order? [closed]

Introduction I am currently running my first-ever campaign in Star Wars: Saga Edition: a mildly revised version of the module Dawn of Defiance. Dawn of Defiance, for those of you who do not know, ...
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Which of the Martial Archetypes or multiclassing as a Druid will increase my versatility the most?

In our DnD 5e game, my character is (currently) a level 3 Dragonborn Fighter. Currently, his stats are not something to shake your head at (for his level). 30+ health 17 STR Greatsword (2D6 damage ...
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Do I get back the feat slot spent on proficiency if I get it from a class level later?

If I take Medium Armor Proficiency feat and Martial Weapon Proficiency feat, then later take a level in barbarian, what happens to the feats? Do I "get them back" so I can reuse them? Did I just waste ...
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What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?

D&D 4e loves its experience pools in encounter building, and, because it is a system that inherently cares about party balance, carefully has laid out the math for experience - to encounter level ...
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Does a Paladin 3/Fighter 1 get the level 4 ability score improvement? [duplicate]

I'm about to level up in a fifth edition campaign and so far I'm a level 3 paladin. I'm thinking of multiclassing into a fighter instead of increasing my paladin level to 4. I am wanting to know, if I ...
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When do you get plusses to your ability modifiers? [closed]

I'm starting to play 5e and I cannot for the life of me figure out or find out when characters get plusses to their ability modifiers and feats. What level do you get them?
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How do I calculate proficiency advancement for multiclass characters?

My question is about my multiclass character, a cleric/thief. I read that the cleric class gains 1/4 weapon and 1/3 nonweapon proficiencies, while the thief class gains 1/4 for both kinds of ...
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD

I'm interested in whether it is possible to play certain (monstruous) humanoids from MM without adding their racial HD, whist at the same time preserving balance. What exactly would I need to do to ...
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Taking out-of-career specialisations

Are there any limitations on what out-of-career specializations one can take? At first I had thought only universal specializations could be taken in addition to career specializations, but with ...
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How to Balance Magical vs Non-Magical Classes

From my experience non-magical classes in Rolemaster, i.e. combat-focused warriors and the like, do the majority of their advancement in the first couple of levels - say 1 to 6. After that the combat ...
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How do you learn new Force powers?

Do you need time or a mentor to train new force powers, or can a character just learn it without needing an in-game justification? (Thus for move-basic if you haven't learned it yet.)
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What should I consider when levelling a multi-classed character?

Following up on my last question about a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character. What's the best way to pick which class to level up in a multiclassed character? Is it better to stick with one class ...
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I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?

Three years in the past my character and the rest of the party were level 1. At that time, our selfs from 30 years in the future traveled through time and possessed us for two years. We don't remember ...
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Should I put a Bard's ability score increases all in Cha or spread them out?

This is my first Pathfinder campaign and I was wondering how one would spread their additional ability points they get while leveling. I usually play straight caster or melee but the bard seems to be ...
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Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?

I was looking through the Dungeon Master's Guide and I'm having trouble finding a table on how much XP is required for the player characters to level up. Which page is it on, or is it in one of the ...
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What changes between 2E and 3E D&D, if any, made standard XP progression appropriate?

In editions of Dungeons & Dragons up to and including AD&D 2E, each class has its own progression rate, so that at 3,000 XP you could have a level 2 fighter, or a level 3 thief. In 3E, 4E, ...