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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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 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 to deal with combats where the enemies cannot damage the PCs?

I recently ran a session where the enemies listed in the pre-made adventure did 2 damage with a light weapon (a dagger). The PC had 2 points of armour, so unless the player rolled a natural one on the ...
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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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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From the God-Machine Chronicles, what do the different intensity stun guns do?

What do the three intensities of this weapon do? It's made clear that: • = 1 intensity •• = 2 ••• = 3 But intensity is no further mentioned.
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Using step up feat on moving npc

I'm playing pathfinder with the core rulebook only for my campaign. I wanted to take the step up feat for my monk, and I was wondering if it applies to every movement like a full movement/withdraw or ...
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Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?

Can I cast Elemental Touch in one round, and then cast Shocking Grasp afterwards? Do they stack? If so, could I cast elemental touch and choose lightning for even more lightning damage?
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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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Dual Wielding Daggers with Bucklers

So I got inspired to think about a fighter or rogue character that uses Two-Weapon-Fighting with two very light weapons and using two bucklers strapped to each arm, or at least some lengthy advanced ...
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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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Beyond hit points: injury in D&D [closed]

I'm interested in adding a touch of realism to combat in D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder. Hit points are a very simple way of measuring injury and stamina, that contributes to the "hit things first, ask ...
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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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Can a Player Character create and use diseases or traps?

In several 4th edition books, I have seen traps and diseases, such as Deathsong (Book of Vile Darkness p33) or a magic crossbow turret. Is there a way for a character to learn how to create and use ...
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How can I improve damage for a 2e rogue? (Particularly a Kender handler)

I'm roleplaying a 2nd Ed. Dragonlance Kender Handler. I had no experience in roleplaying, and kender sounded like a great opportunity to do fun stuff. In particular, my hiding / sneaking stats are ...
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How can I GM and play a PC without spoiling the fun?

We're returning to D&D 4E after a long absence from it, coming back from Savage Worlds since we've really missed HP-based battles and videogame-like logic. However, as we talked about our new ...
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How can I discharge a touch spell on an attack without provoking an AoO?

Is there a way to basically hit someone in the face with a charged spell in hand, without provoking an attack of opportunity? In the core rules it says that you can perform an unarmed strike or ...
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How to easily track combat in Feng Shui?

While incredibly fun, the Feng Shui combat system can get unwieldy when you have a large number of mooks and named characters fighting the players. Its hard to keep track of what shot each character ...
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How should I handle PCs using a humanoid creature for a living shield?

In my last game I had an interesting situation. The PCs took a Goblin captive and interrogated him. After that they decided to bind him up with rope, and use the Goblin as a living shield against ...
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What happens when you combine Deft Strike and Ghostwalker Style?

Deft Strike: Requirement: You must be wielding a crossbow, a light blade, or a sling. Effect: Before the attack, you can move up to 2 squares. Ghostwalker Style, from Dragon Magazine 373, adds ...
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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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Is a 'double move' one action or two, for the purpose of things triggering off ending movement?

When I 'double move' in pathfinder does that count as making 1 or 2 moves? Is there any reason to go against RAW for balance/sanity (see swarm example below)? I understand that it would consume 2 ...
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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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Ways to minimize the negative effects of miniature use on immersion

Quite a number of games recommend and support the use of miniatures for combat to provide players a tactical view and tactical options. However—besides obviously having its distinct advantages—using ...
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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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Wolf trip on hit during an attack of opportunity [duplicate]

A wolf gets a free trip attempt on a successful bite attack. However, this trip attack is a free action, and free actions must be taken on your turn. Does this mean that if a wolf gets an attack of ...
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How do I make my overpowered character more fun to play?

My friend is running a modified cyberpunk campaign, where we are fighting zombies during WWII in Germany. Fun stuff. However, I made my character a Martial arts boxer, giving them a 10 in reflex, ...
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When does The Drop apply to ranged attacks?

In Savage Worlds, when does a character get The Drop bonus when making a ranged attack? How does this interact with the rules for starting combat with surprise? Should the target get an extra notice ...
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How is an 'enemy' defined for the purpose of spell targeting?

What constitutes as an "enemy"? Can for some reason a PC declare another PC an enemy at any point? For example, we will take this first level Warden spell which puts spikes around an enemy that will ...
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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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How does one determine damage when using the feat Leap Attack?

Just so nobody has to find it, the Complete Adventurer errata says that in the feat Leap Attack that the second sentence of the Benefit paragraph should read as follows: If you cover at least 10 ...
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Does a dominated monster deal sneak attack (or other bonus) damage to itself?

There are a number of monsters that have attack powers or features that deal extra damage to targets under certain conditions, similar to sneak attack (extra damage with combat advantage) or other ...
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Can a creature choose to inflict less damage?

The Player's Handbook says in the section about Damage When your attack succeeds, you deal damage. The type of weapon used (see Table 7–5: Weapons, page 116) determines the amount of damage you ...
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Are there any ways for a Swift Hunter build to get Movement+Full Attack in a round besides Travel Devotion and Shadow Pounce?

I've been looking into this for quite a while, seen many different methods and builds regarding Shadow Hunter builds, and most of which at least mention Travel Devotion. Thus far I haven't been able ...
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Frequency of combat encounters in Pathfinder

I'm starting a new self-designed Pathfinder campaign as the DM and I'm unsure how many combat encounters I should plan each session. The characters will start at level 1. The group consists of 4 ...
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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 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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What are the complete set of combat modifers for fighting in darkness?

I am slightly confused on combat in darkness. There are modifiers for blinded combatants and invisible combatants, but not specifically combatants who cannot see due to darkness. Are they all ...
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Simulating samurai duels in Pathfinder

Samurai duels are an important part of any Japanese themed campaign, and I'm looking for a good method to run such duels in my own campaign. Ideally, such a system should include: Pre-duel phase: ...
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Cornugon Smash, Shatter Defenses: how many attacks do I need to activate the combo?

Let's figure what happens in a certain situation, which is "all my attacks hit, my demoralize attempt manages to shake my opponent but only for this round". Let's also suppose the opponent isn't ...
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Custom Team for Fighting in an Arena [closed]

We are playing Hero's Championship in a wicked Arena of Terror. That's beside our regular storyline with characters built just for this purpose. It's to get some adrenalin in a Player versus Player ...
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How can I incorporate pressure point attacks?

I am wondering if there are any classes, alternatives, or anything else than roleplay to incorporate pressure point techniques in D&D 3.5. The monk's stunning fist (or the feat) could be ...
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What to do in Labyrinth Lord when both PCs and Foes are surprised?

In Labyrinth Lord, when there is a possibility of surprise for both PCs and foes, both sides roll 1d6. A 1-2 indicates that side is surprised for the first round. If both sides roll a 1-2, both ...
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Can you use the pounce ability during a surprise round

I remember reading that during a surprise round you can only take a single action. A charge is usually a full round action but can be used if you are restricted to a single action, as stated in the ...
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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How do the Ranger features Hunter's Quarry and Prime Shot work?

First of all. I'm really sorry if the question is so "dumb". There is nobody that can teach me at this point, and I'm really clueless So I'm playing in this solo D&D And I currently in a room, ...
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Are swift actions allowed during surprise round

I know that normally you are only allowed either a standard or move action during a surprise round. Also you are allowed a free action. The book says nothing about swift actions during the surprise ...
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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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What software tools or websites are available for running RPG, grid-based combat? [duplicate]

Are there any software tools (or websites) that support creating tactical combat maps as well as actively running them for combat? I'm looking to do away with paper and battle-mats. Here are my ...
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What is the most rules intensive system that can be played with no prep? [closed]

Having just finished a 4e campaign, I'm interested in running something lighter. I didn't spend much time prepping combats (mainly because I downloaded all my enemies from DDI), but I still had to ...