Items usable by a character, sometimes carried on their person.

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Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?

This is a bit of an equipment logistics question so might not be all that interesting to everyone but... Reading the 5e PHB, the backpack weight listing says: Backpack: 1 cubic foot/30 pounds of ...
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How to reward players that come prepared for non-combat, non-RP situations? I.e., real life

For example, players who either spend their starting gold on combat gear, but not items like bedrolls and rations; or who, at char creation, simply ignored the equipment packs and just loaded up on ...
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Can the arcane/druidic focus staff double as quarterstaff?

Does the staff version of an arcane or druidic focus also work as a quarterstaff? At least at character creation can you say that for example your druids quarterstaff and druid focus staff is one and ...
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What is the use of a little bag of sand?

In the Scholar's pack on page 151 of the PHB it notes that you get a 'little bag of sand'. Is there any mention of what the intended use of that is in-game? I haven't found anything in the equipment ...
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Can I cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield?

I have a human cleric (war domain) with the war casting feat. She holds a warhammer and a shield. Am I able to cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield? If ...
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Can Mage Hand pour out a vial of acid?

The description of Mage Hand says: You can use your action to control the hand. You can use the hand to manipulate an object, open an unlocked door or container, stow or retrieve an item from an ...
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Inventory: How can you carry adequate equipment without bringing a caravan?

In our campaign, we try to stay somewhat realistic. Unfortunately, we always find ourselves in one of two situations: Lacking equipment to survive in basic adventure circumstances. Burdened by ...
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Can the 'Acid' of Acid Splash be stored?

The spell Acid Splash describes itself as: You hurl a bubble of acid. This is followed with the damage description: 1d6 acid damage. This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th ...
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How much does a day's ration really weigh, one or two pounds?

In the PHB, the equipment list says that a day's ration weighs 2 pounds (p. 150), however, page 185 says that only 1 pound of food is required per day: A character needs one pound of food per day ...
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How Many Candles in a Barrel?

In a current Pathfinder game I'm running the PCs have decided to take multiple wagons full of mundane items to outposts/remote villages/etc., both as bribes and for business purposes. They are ...
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Why does the Folk Hero get a shovel?

Equipment: A set of artisan’s tools (one of your choice), a shovel, an iron pot, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp I get pretty much everything else, but the shovel ...
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Does a Paladin's Mount retain a cart when dismissed and called?

The Paladin's Mount states: The mount also appears wearing or carrying any gear it had when it was last dismissed. Mounts and Related Gear has: Cart This two-wheeled vehicle can be ...
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What is Ghost Wire, and where is it in the books?

Recently, a freind of mine used an item called "ghost wire". I have never heard of this item before and couldn't find it any of my books, so I had to use some on the spot rulings as to its use. Can ...
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Choosing equipment options at character creation

So if I'm correct, when you chose your starter gear and wealth you can either choose to roll some dice depending on your class and buy everything from that or you can choose the starter gear from your ...
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Do shield and armor check modifiers stack?

If I wear Hide armor (Check -1) and use a Heavy Shield (Check -2) is my check -2 or -3? In other words, do the checks stack or do I use the highest negative?
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Does the defense bonus from shields stack with cloaks?

In Gurps (4th Edition), does the DB given from a shield stack with the DB given from a cloak? If so, isn't it possible to raise your dodge skill untouchably high? Default dodge of 8 plus 2 from a ...
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How to handle Legend-of-Zelda-esque magic items without aspect spamming?

I think that one of the reasons that Zelda is a good setting for Fate is because advancement is horizontal rather than vertical. In other words, instead of zero-sum increases to power level as in ...
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How much can/should a single owned item be worth at most?

How much can any single possession take up a character's wealth? For this question, I'd like answers that operate under the presumption that wealth-by-level isn't a minimum but instead a target. I've ...
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What is the procedure for retrieving a flask of oil from a backpack, throwing it, lighting a torch, and then lighting the puddle?

I'm new to Pathfinder and GMing (just have the Beginner Box), and have a couple of questions regarding the following scenario: a PC wanting to throw a flask of oil on the ground at a particular square ...
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Are the A), B), C) starting equipment choices exclusive or multiple choice?

this is an embarrassingly small question, but it's bugging me and my troupe greatly. The short form of the question is, "Can a player choose MORE THAN ONE item from a list of items on their DW ...
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What is a fair use or bonus for having a book of lore about an applicable subject?

In the PHB, a book has a listed description and value (25pg), and in the scholars's pack a book of lore is listed while those with the cloistered scholar background (SCAG) start with a book on a ...
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Do you get the equipment of your new class when you multi-class?

When multi-classing, do you take the equipment from your new class and add it to the equipment you got from your main class?
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What's the starting wealth for higher levels?

The PHB only gives starting wealth for Level 1 PCs. Based on my experience in other games, specifically Pathfinder, I would expect to get more at higher levels. Where can I find an appropriate table ...
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What is the best way to create custom weapons and armor for your PCs?

After quests have been completed, or during the course of completing them, my Player Characters might pick up new armor or weapons that I've put placeholders in for, but eventually I reach a point ...
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Are there generic enchanted implements in D&D 5e?

Looking through the alphabetical list of magic items (DMG p150) I see it includes: Ammunition, +1, +2, or +3 Armor, +1, +2, or +3 Weapon, +1, +2, or +3 But there don't appear to be any generic ...
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What are the pros and cons of wearing a helmet?

So I was working on a character for a Shadowrun 5e game and specifically did not buy a helmet because wearing a big, bulky combat helmet is extremely noticeable and I figured there might even be ...
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How does the Necklace of Adaption's bubble of air work out in practice underwater?

A recent question about the necklace of adaptation reminded me of an old question of my own that I've never been able to answer: Can a character wearing a necklace of adaption swim? It might seem a ...
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How do I set the base price in a barter system?

I'm currently working on a homebrew system and one concept I was intending to incorperate is that there is no in-game currency; items are traded using a barter system. The thing is, how do I set a '...
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Do items from Adventuring Gear or Bag of Books persist?

Equipment like Adventuring Gear and Bag of Books employ a "uses" mechanic that helps abstract the equipment buying process and encourages improvisation. Adventuring Gear: "When you rummage ...
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How do new characters get equipment?

Last week I bought the Pathfinder Beginner Box and as the GM I am preparing the first adventure for my friends. I'm pretty sure they will want to create their own characters instead of using the pre-...
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How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?

I have a bunch of different ways I use to make maps for my tabletop game. Sometimes I draw one on graph paper. Sometimes I use Dungeonographer. Sometimes I copy a map from a published adventure or ...
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Does a wizard need to hold a component pouch or focus in one hand in order for it to work?

One of my PCs is a (weird) wizard who is frequently switching quickly between items—one turn he's wielding a quarterstaff two-handed, the next he's got a component pouch and a dagger, and after that, ...
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Does a bonus to “all defenses” include AC, too?

This might seem like a stupid question, but I am a new DM and not super familiar with 4E rules and wanted to make sure I understand bonuses and how to effects that relate. I read several other ...
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Can I use an object to provide temporary hit points?

Some background first... We had a discussion in our group about object HP and using that as a kind of temporary hit points. It came about when my halfling was hiding in a barrel and a bandit hacked ...
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How much weight can an Aarakocra carry when flying?

(related to Prison break with an Aarakocra) The title pretty much says it all. Are the rules for flying creatures the same as for anyone else, using the Strength * 15 = weight in pounds formula ? ...
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Is water/beverage included in Trail Rations?

If it is, why does Standard Adventurer's Kit include a waterskin? If you need to keep track of Rations when adventuring, wouldn't you also need to keep track of how much water you've consumed from ...
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Kit weights don't seem to match contents. Am I missing something?

I was looking though a kit I wanted for a character and I calculated out the weight of the items and it came out as heavier that the kit itself. The kit is the Fighter's Kit containing: backpack, ...
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When purchasing a robot, do I have to purchase an AI to operate it?

When I buy a robot (buying gear at character creation), does it come with a basic AI that knows how to operate the 'bot, or do I have to purchase the AI separately?
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What's the price of scabbards lined with lead?

In Ultimate Equipment, the Description of viridium says: A creature carrying a viridium weapon must save every 24 hours or contract leprosy unless the weapon is kept inside an extradimensional ...
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Is there a consistent method to introducing nonmagical items with mechanical implications?

One of my Player Characters recently went to an esteemed tailor who claims to be "able to make cloth and garb of any kind." He asked to have a black sneaking cloak made and my mind immediately froze. ...
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When using a tower shields total cover ability, do you lose its AC bonus?

One of my players raised an interesting observation about how the tower shield is worded. In most situations, a tower shield provides the indicated shield bonus to your Armor Class. As a standard ...
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Number of actions to access equipment

After it came up in the last session, i wanted to try and find Information on how long it takes to draw a weapon (from a scabbard, from your back) or a shield (from your back) or things from a pouch/...
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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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Can I wear as many magic items as I want?

Is there a limit to the number of magic items I can wear? For example, can I wear a magic ring on each of my fingers and each of my toes, a couple of magic amulets, a magic robe over my magic armor ...
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Modeling gear destruction

Basically I have a dwarf cleric that thinks he is an invulnerable tank and takes the brunt of most attacks to the party. In the 5 sessions so far his shield has had the following: A throwing axe ...
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Does rope last forever?

Whe I created my character, I had him purchase 50 feet of silk rope. Our party has used that rope to temporarily bind NPCs, and do other mundane things. All uses were temporary and the rope was ...
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What items do players start with?

I am trying to start my own Fallout RPG campaign and am new at this and at GMing in general. I can't figure out what starting gear and stuff the PCs should get. I've looked around for a GM guide or an ...
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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice

So, our 3.5 party is about to make a quick dive to the next story location, and just before that, our Bard remembers that he don't want to get his lute wet since it would damage the instrument. Then, ...
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Does depleting an Ioun Stone's hit points knock it away, or destroy it?

Ioun Stones fly 1-3 feet around the wearer's head, and are susceptible to attack (AC 24, HP 10, resistance to all damage), or being grabbed (DC 24 Acrobatics). It is considered to be an object that is ...
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Arrows for which kinds of bows constitute different items?

Since the lengths of the bows and, presumably, the optimal drawn string - bow center distance, are different, my DM has said that shortbow arrows and longbow arrows are different items, and trying to ...