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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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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How does one avoid a bottleneck of enemies in a doorway?

As a new DM I'm still learning how to control the monsters in a battle. A situation came up last game and although it was fine and fun, I wonder if there are better strategies for a DM to avoid a ...
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Need clarification on 1 on 1 combat in Sword Noir

I think I understand how combat works, but I just ran it recently and I am not sure. I need a action flow for the following 2 round situations, if the PC's beat NC combat tests be less than 5 when ...
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How do I let players know that not every encounter has to be hack and slash? [duplicate]

My players kind of have a habit of, "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, WE MUST KILL IT!" Recently they came across a small goblin camp and one of them (who speaks goblin) verbally ...
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Can a character target multiple enemies with multiattack? Can they be separated?

The actual term "multiattack" only shows up in the PHB a few times, but it never indicates whether the subsequent attack is restricted to the same target as the first one. Because it is never ...
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Using Dodge (Mythic) as an Immediate Action

Dodge (Mythic) The bonus to AC from Dodge increases by 1. As an immediate action, you can expend one use of mythic power to grant yourself an additional +10 dodge bonus to AC against one attack. ...
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How do ranged weapons work

I am running a 1dm/1pc game where the pc is a ranger and I am having a bit of trouble understanding the specifics for ranged combat (Specifically long bow). I was under the impression that bows had a ...
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If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw?

If a mount without a saddle dashes does the rider need a saving throw? Specifically if the mount is a player controlled dire wolf and another character hops on his back. The mounted combat rules are ...
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With a negative Strength value, how much damage can I do?

When skipping through the All Flesh Must Be Eaten rulebook, I noticed that you can create PCs with negative strength values (e.g., children). As hand weapons do damage based on that strength value, ...
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Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue

I am currently working on an idea where a team of elite SWAT members (the group) is at the right time at a wrong place. It is a hostage situation, but something about the whole situation is deeply ...
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What rules should I employ for conflict in Dread?

I'm just about to run a game of Dread (the Jenga RPG) and I'm really confused about conflict within it. Do I create a combat order from who I deem most suited to this particular combat from both the ...
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Full Attack Bonus With numerous attacks

I have a Barbarian using the Lesser Beast Totem. According to the effect: While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the ...
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Does using Combat Expertise count as fighting defensively?

The wording of the combat expertise feat states... Normal A character without the Combat Expertise feat can fight defensively while using the attack or full attack action to take a -4 penalty ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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How does dungeon world combat work? [closed]

I don't understand what dice I'm supposed to roll or anything. Do I roll my damage dice? I've never actually played a tabletop RPG so this'll be my first, so I guess my confusion is understandable.
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Confused about fighter's Two Weapon Fighting Style

A fighter in a campaign I am running has the Two Weapon Fighting Style and I am having some trouble with finding details on how it works. Does he have to wield two light weapons? Or can he use (for ...
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Is rolling Stealth in Combat an Action?

This was the subject of much discussion during the Savage Worlds session I ran last night, since 3 out of 5 members of my group are rules lawyers, counting me. Having read through the relevant ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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How does one dispatch a helpless opponent?

There is no coup de grace mechanic in D&D 5e like there is in previous editions. So how is a helpless opponent dispatched quickly, mechanically? Is it just a matter of giving the opponent ...
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Can Bag of Holding + Portable Hole Turn Enemies Inside-Out?

First, the player is swallowed by a large monster, such as the Tarrasque or a Dragon. Next, the player puts a bag of holding into a portable hole. This opens a gate to the Astral plane inside the ...
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What penalties do shields have?

Shield description says "Attacks made with a shield suffer a -20 penalty" Shields also have "defensive" quality, which increases +15 to parry but attacks made by such weapons suffer -10 penalty. Do ...
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How is a tranquilizer gun used?

A tranquilizer gun doesn't give any health damage, but I'm assuming once damage given equals to size the victim falls unconscious (stun rule). Is the damage dealt proportional to the tranquilizer ...
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Where can I find rules for Revolver Fanning?

Wikipedia definition of Fanning Fanning is a revolver shooting technique in which one hand holds the trigger and the other hits the hammer repeatedly. This turns the cylinder and hits the firing ...
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Do shield's AP stack with the player's armour AP?

The rulebook says the shield applies its AP to the arm. Do these stack with the player's armour on said location?
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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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What are the mechanical effects of smoke grenades' smoke when using Auspex?

Smoke grenades fill a place with obscuring white smoke. How does this affect a vampire using Auspex 1? Can they see through the smoke, or otherwise know what's happening (by hearing footsteps, etc.)?
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D&D 5e and “Theatre of the Mind” in combat

Our target play style for combat encounters would be to use battle boards roughly half the time (when there is enough of interest in play that the tactics are fun to play out), and to skip that with ...
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How does enemy damage work on a Hack & Slash partial success?

I am about to dive into RPGs, starting with Dungeon World. The rules and explanations are all aimed at players who have played other RPGs before, skipping the most basic part: rolling dice. So the ...
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Attacking multiple enemies in Dungeon World

Is it possible to attack multiple enemies with a single strike in Dungeon World? All of the examples give the player only damaging a single enemy even if they end up hacking and slashing with ...
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Do creatures with inappropriately sized reach weapons threaten different areas?

Specific Examples & Questions Basic Question: Does a grig (MM 235) wielding a Tiny longspear (PH 116, 119) (2 gp 5 sp; 0.9 lbs.) threaten no squares, adjacent squares, or squares 10 ...
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Semi-Blind-fighting with firearms in nWoD

What happens when you see someone, draw your weapon, and suddenly a smoke grenade explodes, or the room goes dark? What penalty needs to be applied to a Dex + Firearms roll? Is it the same as blind ...
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How does mixing tracers and HP rounds affect burst-fire attacks?

How does a character loading a FN90 with tracer bullets ×1, hollow point ×2, alternating, and then doing a short burst (3-round) or medium-long burst affect firing rules? Do they get the ...
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Do Stun Grenades hurt Vampires?

Vampire: the Requiem's stun grenades have 5B damage. But does it damage only mortals, or vampires too? Stun grenades do damage by loud explosion, so there is a chance that vampires might not be ...
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Does moving into an opponent's square generate an Attack of Opportunity when you do so with a 5-foot step?

This question is relevant specifically to creatures with a reach equal to 0', as they have to go into opponents' squares in order to attack. From Big and Little Creatures in Combat: Tiny, ...
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Speeding Up Combat

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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Can you free-tag multiple aspects at once?

Assuming you are fighting an opponent one-on-one and they have used consequences to negate stress and placed aspects on themself, could you tag two of those consequences for free on one roll, if they ...
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Does an ordinary sword get cut in half when a lightsaber blocks it?

By the rules does a lightsaber cuts an ordinary steel sword in a half when the attack is blocked? For example: A soldier wielding an ordinary steel sword makes an attack attempt against a jedi and the ...
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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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Does telekinesis do Bashing or Lethal?

I'm trying to figure out what type of damage a direct physical assault with telekinesis would result in. (From NWoD) From pg. 212 of World of Darkness: Alternately, the ghost can make a direct ...
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In need of general tips for making more interesting and fun battles

I've been a Game Master for about 5 years now and I've mantained the same group of players for that long, we're all young gamers (I being the oldest with 22 years old) and since we're not from USA we ...
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Can Prehensile Hair perform combat maneuvers?

A witch's prehensile hair is described as having a strength score and being able to manipulate objects as dexterously as a human hand (with the exception of weapons, probably for balance purposes). ...
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How does using this artifact in combat work?

My players have acquired the following artifact in the Vortex glimmer: level 5 artifact that fires a green neural disruption beam at long range. Those struck suffer 2 points of Intellect ...
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Shooting with drones

I have read the Riggers part of the core rulebook, but I am still confused about some aspects of using drones. Could someone help me? I am more or less sure the Device Rating of any drone is equal ...
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How did D&D end up so focused on fighting, when its inspirations weren't?

There are a lot of systems around nowadays that don't focus on combat, and that's great. But I was struck recently by the fact that D&D has always been, and remains, heavily oriented toward ...
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When using a grid for combat, do corners grant cover?

We are using a grid for combat with D&D 5th. In the diagram below the grey area are walls. If A attacked B, would B have any cover from A?
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Can Flaming weapons set a creature on fire without a critical hit?

My party is about to encounter some trolls. I've been giving them hints that this was coming up and they have gotten some flaming weapons. I'm trying to figure out if one of them has a flaming burst ...
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Would a fight against a higher level minion work out well or badly?

I have a level 8 party in a thieves guild/pirate campaign and I was wondering how it would play out if I gave them a high level minion like a level 11 "Ogre Thug" or a level 15 "Grimlock Minion", both ...
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Does Moulinet combo with other FS: Fencing levels?

I had a question concerning the 4th dot in fencing. Moulinet (••••): If your character makes a successful hit on an adversary with his sword, he may then rotate his wrist and perform a quick ...
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Touch attacks on D&D 5e [closed]

Looking at this question, Does a touch spell require an attack? I assume that touch attacks no longer ignore AC provided by armor, or more exactly because of the new armor rules, make your AC 10+DEX ...