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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What do characters know about the battlefield?

The PCs generally know where all enemies are and vice versa (except those who are Hidden). They also know the effects of all zones and other buffs that are in effect. This is part of the "all the ...
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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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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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Is there a limit to how many extra attacks I can have in D&D 3.5?

I'm playing a fighter/warblade with the Lightning Maces and Power Critical feats, and the Blood in the Water stance, so every time I score a crit, I have an immediate additional strike with the same ...
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Why “roll for initiative” in Pathfinder?

Perhaps related to this other question, what is the point in rolling for initiative in Pathfinder (so far the only RPG I've played)? It would seem that certain characters would "automatically" ...
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Can a monster use its other actions during a Multiattack?

I'm running my first ever campaign as DM using the modified Starter Set (Mines of Phandelver). One of the monsters (Nothic) has a stat block (under Actions) that states that the monster has a ...
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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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 ...
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My starting players miss a lot against enemies

I have a fresh campaign with new characters in my campaign, but one thing that becomes increasingly clear is how poorly they do in combat, even against simple encounters. In 3.5, An attack roll is ...
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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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Does D&D 5th edition need a board to play on? [duplicate]

I am aware that some books in the 5th edition of d&d needs board to be played on, but the cashier of the shop I was buying the adventure book (Hoard of the Dragon Queen) said that the adventure ...
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Is there a Parry option in D&D 5e?

In the basic set there is an NPC, a fighter, who has a Parry reaction that lets him roll 1d6 and reduce damage. I also remember seeing the parry power/action in some beta rules. I don't (yet) have ...
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What different styles of LARP combat exist?

I've been seeing a lot of variety in the answer to my questions about LARP, some mentioning NERO and Amtgard. Others saying things about Light-touch and lightest touch. Some conflicted ideas about ...
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Calculating attack bonuses when fighting with two rapiers

In my current campaign the rogue has decided to take Two Weapon Fighting and Improved Two Weapon Fighting. What should the attack modifiers be during a full attack? His current attack with one rapier ...
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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 hard is it to stake a vampire?

For staking a vampire through the heart in Pathfinder, what type of DC value or combat method should be used in order to perform the staking?
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What happens to aquatic creatures when they're pulled onto land?

A dire piranha swarm, for obvious reasons, has only a swim speed and no other available movement modes. The warden in our party, while standing next to a lake, used Warden's Lure, which pulled all ...
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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 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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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?

As per title, what is or should be the average time length in real time of one combat encounter in each tier of a DnD 4E game? I've noticed between heroic and paragon tier combat length starts to ...
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Rules for delaying action?

Does Advanced Dungeons & Dragons have rules for holding/delaying action in combat?
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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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When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
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How do natural and weapon attacks mix?

I have a level 1 Synthesist Summoner. Since he has the Quadruped base Eidolon, when fused, my Summoner has a bite attack (Primary). In addition, I have spent evolution points on a tentacle ...
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Does the Monk's Flurry of Blows trigger mark retribution?

Scenario: Monk is marked by Fighter. Monk attacks Fighter. Monk uses Flurry of Blows on a different creature. Does the Fighter get to use Combat Challenge to attack the Monk? UPDATE: I found this ...
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Does ranged magic that requires line-of-sight also require line-of-effect?

This came up during a combat last week. The party had barricaded themselves behind double doors and the wizard was peering through the keyholes, dropping Scorching Bursts on anything foolish enough ...
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Combat Challenge vs Opportunity Attack - which happens first?

If a fighter has marked an enemy, and the enemy does a ranged attack against someone other than the fighter, I believe the fighter can attack using Combat Challenge as the enemy is making an attack ...
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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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Can you use assistance actions in combat?

I checked the teamwork rules (YS P. 208) and it seems like it can be used in combat based on the text, but I want to be sure. So I was wondering: Can teamwork actions be used in combat to create ...
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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 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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What does “+6 to hit, Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4)” mean in a creature's stat block?

My friends and I are very new to D&D, played like 3 times. In a monster's stats next to weapon damage it says stuff like "+11 to hit" and "Hit: 5 (1d8+1)". For the premade characters it just says ...
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Drawing a weapon and attacking the same turn

I'm playing Pathfinder for the first time and was wondering exactly what I can do with one turn in combat. My character has a reach weapon and so I an trying to figure out what my options are once a ...
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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 does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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Can I teleport adjacent to a moving enemy, and then take an attack of opportunity?

I was recently discussing interesting tricks that combat casters can use to control the battlefield, and the following scenario comes up. The party is defending something against advancing enemies. ...
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Combat system that is less abstract than hit points yet is not more lethal

I have a campaign based on battles with miniatures in mind, with my players controlling the standard "heroes". It should be possible for the players to keep their characters alive through the ...
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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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How to prevent a stand-off because the player that moves opens himself up to attack

I am writing a RPG game handbook, and I am using an action point (AP) system for the game mechanics. Each turn, each character has 8 AP to spend in actions however he likes (moving costs e.g. 1AP per ...
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Go Coup de Grace your self

I was reading into Magic Jar. It is used to takeover someone's body and you can have all the fun you whant with that body, you have total control. If the host body is slain, you return to the ...
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How do you come up with attribute values and skills for your NPCs [closed]

I have been playing PnP for some years now and also had one session GMing (my first) and I discovered that my biggest problem wasn't creating a world, inventing scenes or reacting fast if my players ...
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How long does “Joker” initiative in Savage Worlds apply?

I'm trying to learn enough Savage Worlds to start running a little experimental game. I keep feeling like the rules are explained poorly, but it may just be that my brain is not ready to learn. The ...
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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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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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What is the total net bonus when attacking an unconscious creature?

I've been thinking about unconsciousness and performing a a coup de grâce lately. It came up in our game this past week and I want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. Unconscious reads: ...
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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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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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Does 2 handed multiplier apply to Dex mod with Weapon Finesse?

I have a rogue with Weapon Finesse. This allows me to: When making a melee attack with a light weapon or rapier, you may use your DEX Mod instead of your strength Mod on the attack roll. Since ...
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Can you attack with spells while concentrating on another?

On page 203 of the Player's Handbook it says that you can attack while concentrating on a spell. Does that include spell attacks like Magic Missile, or is it just physical melee attacks?