The systems used in roleplaying games to resolve conflict through violent means, often to the death of one or more characters. Combat often involves several subsystems that determine whether harm is inflicted (to-hit) and the extent of that harm (damage).

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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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How do I make Encounters Awesome? [on hold]

What are your best tips for making combat encounters as awesome as possible? e.g., Create multiple objectives Add time constraints I run all sorts of RPG, specifically Numenera (Now)
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What does it take to throw a splash weapon?

I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action. This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash ...
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What tools can I use to help me calculate Damage in combat?

Whenever I am in combat I find it really hard to calculate the damage my NPCs receive, because it has a lot of small steps: account the damage the PC did, subtract any Pen the PC's weapon may have to ...
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How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?

The Multiweapon Fighting feat clearly states that it Replaces two-weapon fighting for creatures with more than two arms. What does that mean? I've given it some thought, and I can think of only three ...
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Do enemies have the same rules for death as PCs?

Once an enemy is lowered to 0 HP, are they dead or just knocked out? Do you have to reduce them to their negative Con score or is that mechanic strictly reserved for players?
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Are there any rules for jumping/falling attacks such as jumping from a ledge or table?

Are there any rules for jumping/falling attacks such as jumping from a ledge or table? My Pixie character gave our barbarian flight and he tried to drop from the air axe first and hit an enemy. We ...
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Do you gain combat advantage from a flanking charge?

Can you gain combat advantage from flanking as the result of a charge? For example, if I charge an enemy, and will end my charge opposite an ally, do I get +2 for CA from flanking in addition to +1 ...
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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?

In DnD 4e, the consequences for being hit by basic attacks are a simple loss of HP, and narration is what gives the basic attacks their 'spice'. The use of encounter and daily powers is the main ...
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How many iterative attacks can an Eidolon with a two-handed weapon make?

I'm experienced with RPG's but this is my first run of Pathfinder. I elected to play a summoner who's Eidolon wield a greatsword. I've heard of this class's supposed "brokenness" so I elected to ...
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Most effective means of dealing with lack of players in AD&D 1e?

I am a DM who is going to be running AD&D 1e for my first time next week. I have a group ready, and I bought the newly reprinted edition of "Against the Slave Lords" to play because it looked very ...
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Spaceship Combat in Fate Core

I'm trying to run a space-opera RPG in Fate Core, and ship-to-ship combat is a central focus. I'm looking to emulate the kind of fighting we see in Star Wars, Wing Commander, FreeSpace, etc, but ...
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How do I make my fights more interesting? [closed]

Sometimes my combats are too boring, just a bunch of dice rolls. I want my fightings to be fast and various. Often is all about "you See the enemy, roll the dice a few Times, go on". This takes too ...
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How does the Shadowrun SR4 combat mechanic work?

I have recently played the Shadowrun Returns PC game and the expansion Dragonfall, quite liked the character system, and that got me thinking about playing Shadowrun tabletop too. Before I buy the ...
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Melee touch attack with two weapons?

I have a Rogue/Swordsage that fights with 2 daggers and has Two Weapon Fighting (TWF). I'm considering taking Fire Riposte (Tome of Battle, 53) which grants the ability to do an immediate melee touch ...
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What Are the Movement Limits When Maintaining a Grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in ...
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What are the rules of using a ranged weapon while flying?

What are the rules (if any) on ranged weapons while flying? (I'd assume that the rules would be similar to using ranged weapons while running, but I just want to know if there are any actual rules on ...
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Can you use someone as a human shield?

With human shield I mean grabbing someone like this and using him as a mobile cover while you can still shoot your enemies. I thought this would be covered in the Grapple rules, but to my surprise ...
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Can I choose not to defend against an attack?

Playing D&D4e, I have a situation in mind where a character could reasonably WANT to get hit with a normally harmful attack. Is there anything in the rules allowing the character to purposefully ...
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How can I give strong weapons to enemies without the players looting them?

If I give an enemy NPC a Meltagun in combat, nothing prevents the players from taking the weapon after they kill him, which leads to the inevitable snowballing: they get stronger, I need stronger ...
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Can you deliver a Magus' spellstrike through a combat maneuver?

If you take a look at the PRD it states this about sunder, disarm, and trip maneuvers: You can attempt [this maneuver] ... as part of an attack action in place of a melee attack. Source Now, the ...
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Preventing servitor spamming?

I made a similar question earlier, but I still don't quite understand how exactly do his "minions" work. Is he able to control as many servitors as his Tech-Use (intelligence bonus) allows him? How ...
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Are class and feat based proficiencies cumulative?

A dnd 4e dwarf fighter has the feat Dwarven Weapon Training, which reads: '+ damage and proficiency with axes and hammers.' Our dwarf is already proficient with both weapons, being a fighter. Does ...
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Can any creature be tamed?

In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?
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How long can I estimate a combat to take, and how long should an average dungeon be?

Upon going back and looking at the dungeons I've created in the past, many of them have lasted for too long. I want to create a feeling of scope and adversity, and I don't want it to feel like a slog ...
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Synthesist, Combat Reflexes, Improved Grab and Bite

I have a player who want to make a "tanky" build with a Synthesist Summoner (from Pathfinder APG). The plan is as follows: The fused eidolon is a bipedal with dual claws. Evolutions are: Bite, ...
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Tricks to speed up the combat of 3.5 D&D? [duplicate]

While I would like to ask this question of many other games the answer to each system of rules would undoubtedly be vary different and it'd be too heavy-handed a question to address. So In regards ...
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How exactly do multiple attacks work in 3.5?

So I seem full of questions, but one thing we've never fully understood in our group is how do multiple attacks work in 3.5 D&D? I mean when you start getting fighters and such at level 6+ and ...
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How to create battles in a war

I've been creating my own campaign loosely basses on the Eberron campaign setting (as in very loosely, I've only been using the names of countries & cities to create my own map). I was planning ...
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Does the psyker have to roll for psychic phenomena every time he wants to use a psychic ability while pushing?

Or he has to roll only once, when "activating" the power? If so, he maintains the bonus psy rating until he "decativates" the ability?
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Can Magus change their grip on their sword during spell combat as a free action?

RAW, grabbing a 1-handed weapon in both hands is a free action, as is letting go of your weapons. I also know that it is generally accepted that you can take at least 1 free action (5 ft step) during ...
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How do I design exciting, fun boss fights for my players?

So I've DM'd three separate games, of which one that I'm largely happy with. However, one consistent problem I run into is designing fun, exciting, and interesting boss fights. I've run into two major ...
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Fighting an opponent with higher Reflexes

Say you have a character with Reflexes B4 — pretty standard for many kinds of PCs and NPCs in Burning Wheel. That character is likely to eventually face someone with Reflexes B5 or B6, maybe ...
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Two Weapon Fighting Feat with light weapons

Hello I am relatively new to pathfinder and I have read that when using the two weapons the penalties are as followed. Normal penalties –6/-10, Off-hand weapon is light –4/–8, Two-Weapon Fighting ...
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Multiple attacks, parry and actions

When fighting someone with the trait like Swift Attack/Lightning Attack (as a full action, make 2/3 attacks), does the player have to roll for each attack can he roll once for all of them? Also, how ...
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Standard attack vs full attack at low level

At a low enough level that a character only has one BAB, is there any incentive to using a full attack, or is it more advantageous to hang on to the move action and use a standard attack?
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Up Close and Deadly and Full-Attack Actions

Do you need to spend 1 grit point for each attack made as part of a full-attack action when using the Pistolero Deed up Close and Deadly? The Deed says: Up Close and Deadly (Ex) At 1st level, ...
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Using a ranged weapon in melee

In the last Rogue Trader session I ran, one of the PC's wanted to use the butt of his pistol in an attempt to 'pistol whip'. This came about because I told him that ranged weapons cannot be used in ...
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Does Evard's Black Tentacles affect the spell's caster?

Recently in a game the issue arose of whether a Wizard is affected by his/her own casting of the Evard's Black Tentacles spell. We all agreed that both enemies and allies alike that are located within ...
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Avoiding slow and boring combat

I ran my first 'mini' session as a GM yesterday for Rogue Trader. It was a 1 on 1 session designed to help both myself and one of my players to get familiar with the rules and the setting. After a ...
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How do I keep track of invisible/hidden targets

The upcoming fight which I am designing takes place in the sewers, with many twists and bends. 13th Age does not use a battle grid or count squares per se, but keep track of the distance combatants ...
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Do creatures get an attack of opportunity against targets with soft cover?

Let's say that, in completely open ground (i.e., no actual physical cover anywhere nearby), a creature with reach is immediately adjacent to a foe. That foe's ally is immediately behind the foe, ...
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Managing complexity due to concrete-scale rules [closed]

We are rolling out an RPG system for the fun of it. However, recent tests have lead us to a rather unsolvable problem. In order to make single combat interesting and hopefully realistic, close-combat ...
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Can a dagger be used as a melee weapon?

In the PHB1, daggers are indicated to be light-thrown weapons. But is it possible to use them also for melee attacks against adjacent opponents? That seems to be logistically possible, but I am not ...
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Can a white-haired witch grapple multiple targets?

The white-haired witch needs to spend a standard action to maintain the grapple at the beginning of the next round, if she succeeded in hitting (and thus grappling) a target, and the target failed to ...
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How do light thrown ranged attacks interact with a Hidden condition?

If a character is Hidden (as it is defined in The Rules of Hidden Club), having done all the necessary skill checks, and is in a Totally Obscured area, can he perform a light thrown attack while ...
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What stats should King Wolf have?

Some PC's in my game may possibly be going to pick a Fight with King Wolf of Ussuran legend (from Nations of Theah #7: Ussura). While not expressly impossible for them to win, I have about 4 ...
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Adjusting Combat Balance

My Problem My players all seem to have +5 defenses and attacks over the monsters, in addition to the health and more deadly abilities... and they're in appropriate gear for their level (+2 gear at ...
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Do level bonuses in D&D 3.5 accurately simulate learning curve with combat skills? [closed]

For example, comparing an inexperienced NPC squaring off against a 1st level Fighter, we see the NPC suffers a -4 to-hit penalty in combat. Using the roll off table constructed by Ichoran in this post ...
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Incoming!: How Can a Creature Get Out of Its Space as an Immediate Action?

The Situation The lone creature needs to occupy a different space--probably only once--, but it needs to be in that different space now, while it would normally be flat-footed, after an attack's made ...