Combat refers to 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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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 ...
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How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?

I'm preparing to play my first Roll For Shoes game soon, with me as the GM and about 3-4 friends as my PC's. Knowing my friends, it won't be long before they attack or provoke someone, and looking at ...
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Using spells and weapons together in PF card game [closed]

In Pathfinders Card Game I have a question about using both spells and weapons. A weapon says to use my strength for combat - a d8. And my spell says to use another trait for combat - a d6. Can I use ...
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Fair facing house rules for 5e

I am a bit disappointed by the lack of tactical positioning in 5e, as evidenced in questions such as Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?. I have tried ...
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When should the DM hide a PC's hit points?

In any game with hit points (I'm thinking D&D, but any will do), is there ever a situation where the DM ought to keep track of a player character's hit points, and not reveal it to the player? ...
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Firing into a melee combat

While running a session recently, one of the players chose to "assist" his companion who was in melee with a goblin, by firing an arrow at the pair of them. I couldn't find any particular rules for ...
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How to create a useful bird companion?

I am playing PFS and I wonder what could make a bird companion for a human druid useful. Right now I have thought about the following: It has 10 STR, so it has 0 damage modifiers on any of his ...
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What is the difference between line of sight and line of effect?

As the title. I've seen many definitions such as concealment refer to one or both, but I can't find a clear definition of them or how they are different.
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How can I secretly notate which squares on a combat map are traps?

The party has ventured underground. One of the civilizations where they are is kobolds. I (GM) went trigger-happy with pit traps, falling block traps, and a couple of others. The kobolds have one path ...
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How can I deal faster with enemy actions on large-scale battles?

I returned to Savage Worlds after a while of playing 5th Edition and Anima, and I'm falling in love with the system again. I finally understood how the system goes better with many characters ...
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How can I design encounters that appeal more to stealth based characters and are fun for me to run?

I'm currently running a levels 1 to 20 campaign with my friends, and one of them is a Ninja (Pathfinder's class using the Basic Rogue Template). Functionally it's pretty much the same, and the thing ...
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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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Can a chainsword's discarded die trigger righteous fury as well?

So here's an issue that came up in a campaign I'm running. A party member is using a chainsword with the tearing rule. This rule states that you roll an additional die for damage and discard the ...
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Sniping: How Does It Work?

The Player's Handbook says the following about sniping: Sniping: If you’ve already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide ...
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How common is Damage Reduction on monsters in Pathfinder?

I was thinking of building a Summoner for a game of Pathfinder. I kinda like the idea of a cat-like Eidolon that can deal a lot of damage by pouncing a target and just shredding them. Going through ...
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How can I damage or break a foe's weapon?

Can someone provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make an attack against a foe's weapon? I wasn't able to find the specifics maneuvers and descriptions on official L5R 4E material (only some ...
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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome isn't it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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Would the Shield Wall feat grant a shield bonus for each adjacent ally, or just one adjacent ally?

Situation: I am believing the feat limits the benefit to only one adjacent ally, but friends state that it should include an additional adjacent ally due to the wording: Benefit: When you and an ...
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Does the feat Ironheart Aura benefit the feat's possessor?

The feat Ironheart Aura says While you are in any Iron Heart stance, adjacent allies gain a +2 morale bonus on saving throws. (Tome of Battle 31) The Player's Handbook in the Glossary defines ...
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Consequences of a Tumble and Overrun

Page 272 of the DMG states: Overrun When a creature tries to move through a hostile creature's space, the mover can try to force its way through by overrunning the hostile creature ...
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How to determine initiative for a summoned creature entering an ongoing combat?

Lets consider that a creature is summoned during an ongoing fight: Does it roll initiative normally? Does it have to wait a whole round to act? Can it act before other creatures (assuming it's got ...
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Hide while fighting

I would like to do the following: Someone throws a Smokestick or casts a Fog cloud spell, so the fighter and his enemy are both has concealment. The fighter has Improved Diversion. First, he takes ...
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How do I make an unwinnable fight fun?

In one of my campaigns, it's possible that I'm going to have to pull off a Hopeless Boss Fight depending on the choices of my player (we're playing one-on-one). The gist is that they're interfering ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Is an arrow destroyed when used successfully as an improvised melee weapon?

The SRD says about Arrows that An arrow used as a melee weapon is treated as a light improvised weapon (-4 penalty on attack rolls) and deals damage as a dagger of its size (critical multiplier ...
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When using a reach weapon, which squares around me can I attack?

Considering a medium creature, with 5ft of reach, wielding a reach weapon such as a longspear. By the rules: With a typical reach weapon, you can strike opponents 10 feet away, but you can't ...
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How does exactly it works if someone wants to walk into an enemy while being pierced? [closed]

So there we are, playing Pathfinder, the players are battling a bunch of guys. The combat's really intense and in one momento an enemy scores a crit and confirms it, piercing one of the players, the ...
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What's the difference between a ranged touch attack and a ray?

I'm looking at various spells like Ray of Exhaustion that have effect:Ray and you make a ranged touch attack with the ray. I'm also looking at spells like Mark of the Reptile God and Reach enhanced ...
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Where can I find rules for naval combat for Pathfinder?

I'm running a pirate setting campaign and I think it's time the party got a taste of ship-to-ship combat. But I'm not sure where I can find the specifics for this type of combat. Like the type of ...
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A game with a combat system based on standard playing cards?

I am searching for a combat system based on standard playing cards (aka the French 52-card deck) instead of dice. The system should include melee combat and modern firearms, so that it can be used for ...
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Can you see areas outside from inside an area of Darkness? [duplicate]

Lets say you're in an area of dim light (20% miss chance). You get in combat with some archers, and so cast Darkness on your weapon/holy symbol. This lowers the light in a 20ft radius, in this case to ...
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How far do I need to be from a creature to be outside its reach?

I had my wood-elf beside a scarecrow. I moved 35 feet away, and then on its turn the scarecrow moved 30 feet after me. My character is now five feet away from a scarecrow, because I have five more ...
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What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?

In Vampire: The Masquerade, one of my NPCs was a dual-sword-wielding Assamite with the ambidextrous merit. In the rules, I did not find specifics about dual-wielding in melee other than a short ...
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Do Overhand Chop and Backswing never work together?

The Two-Handed Fighter advanced core class (in the Advanced Players Guide) gives two abilities (Overhand Chop and Backswing) that seem like they should overlap, but I'm not sure they do. Am I ...
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How can I implement Cinematic Fencing (à la “The Princess Bride”)?

Like most people, I'm utterly entranced by the fencing scene between Westley and Inigo in The Princess Bride, but trying to replicate their style in a tabletop RPG has never really worked out. I've ...
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for a 1st-level party?

TL;DR: I've already 'cheated' a lot to help the group survive the first mission, and it seems like I'll have to cheat even more if they'll make it to the Keep. Did I do something wrong? What can I do ...
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Do the combat systems of the 20th Anniversary oWOD more or less work the same?

Discounting obvious differences due to the nature of the books and the supernaturals within them, does the core of the combat system work the same? I know it's not recommended for oWOD, but if I were ...
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Can a Rogue's Hunter's Surprise be part of a Full Attack?

If a party with the Swing About teamwork feat moves a rogue adjacent to an enemy, can the rogue use the Hunter's Surprise talent to designate prey (normally a Standard action) on his turn as part of a ...
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Does pounce let a Beast Shaped Druid rake even before Beast Shape grants rake?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. Due to the wording of Beast Shape 2 and 3, pounce is granted for the 2nd, but rake is part of the 3rd. After reading pounce, grab, and rake I'm a little ...
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How do I reward creative combat improvisation without making it overpowered?

I have a level five fighter who enjoys using the terrain as a weapon in a somewhat WWE style. I am at a loss as to how to go about adjusting the damage he does for the less than by-the-book actions. ...
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Can someone use one Psychic Power multiple times in one turn?

Could someone use (for example) Psychokinetic Impact multiple times in one turn by splitting his potential into a +10 potential for each? Perhaps using the same power 5 times, assuming he had a ...
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Good items for Sword and Pistol trench fighter using Power Attack and Deadly Aim

I'm playing a level 8 fighter with the archetype trench fighter and using the feat Sword and Pistol. When using feats like Power Attack and Deadly Aim I take around a -7 penalty on all attack rolls. ...
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How to accurately calculate party level for combat once they have magical items?

I'm a fan of giving my characters magical items. In the past though, I've found that magical items start making combat trivial until I started adding extra enemies just to make it more difficult. I'm ...
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Avengers 2 in M&M

I'm going to try to keep this spoiler-free, but there may be limited spoilers for specific actions in the movies. In Avengers 2, Captain America and Thor work together at least twice, taking ...
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How does d20 Modern handle having someone at gunpoint?

How does d20 Modern handle the common situation of having someone at gunpoint, or entering a room with your firearm in hand, cocked and ready to fire? I'm asking because I notice that to draw a ...
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Does Cutting Words work on things with very low (animal) intelligence?

Is it possible for a Lore Bard to use Cutting Words on an animal? In the session the group was dealing with a pack of stirges. The Bard stated he was using his Cutting Words to reduce a stirge's ...
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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 I use extra attack as the bonus action to improved war magic to get 2 hits and a spell?

The War Magic feature of the Eldritch Knight states (PHB p. 75): when you use your action to cast a cantrip [or at level 18+ a spell], you can make one weapon attack as a bonus action. I'm quite ...
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How do you increase your combat effectiveness in Anima BF? [closed]

I'm getting introduced into Anima BF. Right now my character has 65 Attack and 53 Dodge, and today when I had a fight I realized these values are amazingly low. Since the story is already commenced I ...
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Must a barbarian in a whirling frenzy take a full attack to make the extra attack?

The rage variant whirling frenzy says that While in a whirling frenzy, the barbarian may make one extra attack in a round at his highest base attack bonus, but this attack takes a -2 penalty, as ...