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 is a good combat tracker for D&D 4th Edition?

As my players go up levels there are more and more variables in combat. I need help. What solutions exist out there and what makes them good?
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In D&D 4th Edition, how numerically close should party member levels be? What happens if they aren't?

I've read a lot here (and in the official books) about balanced parties in Dungeons and Dragon's 4th edition. Parties should contain at least one each of four specific roles, a distribution of skills ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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Does the Executioner Assassin apply dexterity to its melee basic attacks?

I am trying to figure out if the Executioner assassin (Heroes of Shadow) applies its dexterity to its melee basic attacks. The Attack Finesse Class feature says: You can use Dexterity instead of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Flanking and swarms in 4e

Can swarms be flanked by two PCs? What if the swarm is occupying the same square as a PC? Does a PC grant combat advantage to a swarm if a regular mob is adjacent in a flank? Does it matter if the ...
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How do you administer combat without an Initiative system?

So in Dungeon World, there doesn't seem to be any stat for initiative or any structure to the sequence of moves that people can make. Is the game intended to be simply played "round robin", or do ...
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Can a monk increase his dodge bonus as a swift action out of his turn?

In Pathfinder, a monk has a power which lets him spend a point of his Ki Pool to increase his AC Dodge Bonus as a swift action. Can he do it even when it isn't his turn? a monk can spend 1 point ...
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What book has archer volley rules?

In what book (and preferably, page numbers) are the rules for archer volleys in D&D 3.5?
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Math for calculating radius attacks [closed]

I am working on implementing the SRD in Python (programming language), but unfortunately I am not great at math. I am stumped with figuring out how to calculate all of the squares that are within ...
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What action is it to switch between holding a weapon two-handed, and then wielding it one-handed

I'm planning on building a Gish for the next game I play in, and I was wondering how to best plan the build. I want power attack so I can do damage in combat, and I want to wield the weapon ...
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If I am using 2 weapons, can I trip with one and attack the tripped target in the same round?

I'm playing a dual wield fighter and I was wondering is it possible to, when using a full round action to attack and you have more then one strike, can you trip with your first hit and then proceed 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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Does Ninja's Sudden Strike apply for multiple-attack rounds?

Given the following information; I have a Ninja which has the necessary feats and levels to have four attacks in a single round. I can turn invisible for a full round. The invisibility of a ninja ...
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I'm looking for advice on Wizard status effect powers. Anyone have good advice?

After studying up on the wizards forums and reading the class 'handbooks' there (as well as getting pummeled to near death in the last few combat encounters in my group), I've begun to consider using ...
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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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How to increase the hitting chances of a drone?

A drone I have not jumped in has a Pilot rating of 3 and a maximum Targeting of 6, this is a 9 Dice Pool for shooting. How can I increase it? I was not able to find anything like this in the rulebook, ...
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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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Counter-Attack Houserule

I'm thinking of making a house rule for Pathfinder which lets you counter attack when your opponent rolls a natural 1 to attack. First, is there already a counter attack system in Pathfinder? If not, ...
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Smartlink on drone mounted weapons

Can I benefit from a Smartgun system if I am jumped in a drone that has a mounted weapon with a smartgun? Does the drone benefit from it when attacking autonomously?
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Can creatures attack anything within their natural reach?

I get the sense that there is a difference between a natural reach of 10ft and a weapon reach of 10ft, namely that you should be able to attack anything within your natural reach, but I can't find ...
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Is there a penalty for “reaching into melee”?

When using ranged weapons, firing into melee incurs a -4 penalty. Reach weapons are considered melee weapons, but they use ranged attack rules when it comes to determining cover. Since the firing ...
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Can any dragon be used for half dragon?

I would like to know if the half-dragon template can use other dragons from the various monster manuals like the Ssvaklor (MM3) or Dragon Turtle(MM1) or any other nonstandard dragon (i.e. the ones ...
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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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Lighting in Combat: The Mechanics? [duplicate]

I need to know EXACTLY how lighting affects combat, and if it does at all. It's listed in the DMG as just an explanation of an environmental thing, but how does it work specifically? Does Dim Light ...
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vehicles in combat situations

The scenario in play is as such: the PC's are crashing their car into an NPC's car in an attempt to stop the NPCs from attacking another group of NPCs. the NPC car has a mounted machine gun with ...
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How does Stealth work with Sneak Attack?

So, in Pathfinder, it seems that being able to use stealth in order to gain sneak attacks only works in the surprise round, with the rules as written. So, imagine a scenario where we have a sniper ...
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Vast and expanded realistic combat system

I am searching for a combat & damage system for an ad hoc RPG system set in Victoria era, more or less (though this part is completely unimportant). Are there any system that would bring me close ...
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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 ...