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What happened to the Permanency spell?

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like True Polymorph ...
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How do I increase resistance to drain?

My Aztec shaman character, Chimalli, is primarily a spirit summoner, using Willpower (5)+Charisma (7) to resist drain. He has one level of the Focused Concentration quality (+1). Is there any easy ...
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Do Area Spells really not affect anyone you can't see?

The spellcasting section specifies (emphasis mine): Area Spells: Area spells can be cast on a specific target or a point in space that you can see. Unless noted in a spell, the area of the ...
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Looking for a nice magic system to convert to FATE

I'm playing around a lot with the FATE system at the moment (particularly with Diaspora) and I'm now looking at how I might apply it to a fantasy setting. What I'm looking for is a nice magic system ...
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How to bring a player to not exclusively rely on his rote spells?

In our first Dresden Files game, one of our players created a warden character, who relied heavily on his evocation rote spells. In fact, due to the high power level we started at (30 skill points, 10 ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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What is thaumaturgy?

I keep getting conflicting reports on what exactly thaumaturgy is. Some sources say it's a form of divine spellcasting. Others say it's a form of summoning. Others still say it's a method of ...
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Do spells with a range of “Self” target the caster?

New to D&D, and thought about creating a Beast Master. I was wondering if spells with a range of "Self" would count you as the "target" of the spell. There's some debate in my group, as unlike ...
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Puppetry in Pathfinder

I'm specifically looking for a way for an arcane (probably demented) NPC caster to create animated puppets for an adventure. I'm aware of animate object, but I'm looking for something more akin to a ...
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How does concentration interact with spells cast via the Wild Magic Surge table?

I can't find any official ruling about this. I'll use the example of Fog Cloud on the Wild Magic Surge Table (PHB pg. 104) as an example. The Wild Magic entry reads: You cast fog cloud centered ...
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Can You Concentrate Through a Long Rest?

According to the PHB, concentration is broken under one of three conditions: Casting another spell that requires concentration Taking damage and failing the CON save Being incapacitated or killed ...
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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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Can I choose to increase the casting time of a spell?

When a character casts a buff with a casting time of 1 standard action and a duration of one round, the buff expires at the beginning of their next combat round (is this correct?). So they do not get ...
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How do rotes and cantrips work?

While reading the rulebook and class sheets of dungeon world, I had some problems. Most of them are answered somewhere, but I was unable to find information regarding rotes and cantrips. I am just not ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...
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Creatively targeting summoning spells

Me and my party have a plan in our upcoming session, that will need some clarifications on how summoning spells can be used. Its all about creative targeting with the Summon Monster I spell, let me ...
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Is there any system which lets me play an astrologer mage?

Is there any system which has a mage class/magic system dedicated to astrology so I could play a court astrologer using the planets and constellations to divine the future? I would like to mention ...
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What magic aura does a summoned elemental have?

When detect magic is cast on an elemental, or an area where an elemental resides (like a pool of water containing a hidden water elemental), which of the eight traditional schools of magic would the ...
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Sculpting Spells

As a level 2 Evocation Wizard, the School allows you to sculpt spells around allies, up to 1 + the spell's level, allowing them to avoid the effects of the spell. Certain spells, such as Thunderwave, ...
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How can I make a magical photocopier?

One of my players wants a way to reproduce books quickly in an Ars Magica (5th edition) setting. What spells exist (preferably without using vis) to accomplish this goal?
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Can I hide easter eggs in my spells?

I've a plan for an adventure that I think would be interesting, but the idea depends on it being possible for certain spells to be learned and memorised without the mage in question gaining insight ...
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Do metamagic feats increase a spell's casting time in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, there was a rule that a spontaneous spellcaster had to spend extra time casting a spell if they chose to apply a metamagic feat. Is this also true in Pathfinder, or was this limitation ...
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Resources containing practical, yet non-combat, non-adventuring D&D spells

Continuing the train of thoughts emerging from the discussion of this previous question (about magocracies and theocracies in DnD), I'd like to know if there are any good official or unofficial ...
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Can spells be supercharged for free with Soulfire's new mechanics?

Since the release of the Paranet Papers and the changes to Soulfire, I have a question. According to YS288 it says In addition, if you already practice evocation, you may use a sponsored power ...
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What does it mean to “master” a path of magic?

In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, magic is divided up into paths, some of which are opposed to each other. The rules quite clearly state that it costs twice as much to advance along a path opposed to one ...
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What are the exact rolls and totals for a direct combat spell?

As a Shadowrun 4E GM, I have had a couple of arguments with players about exactly how the magic system works. Suppose a player goes to cast a spell like a Force 6 Powerbolt at an enemy. Exactly which ...
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Rulesets to make magic more unpredictable and dangerous?

I am considering starting a Pathfinder game, however before I do this I would like to brew-up some house-rules on the use of magic for a "low-magic" setting (think Conan or A Song of Ice and Fire) ...
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Reputed Magical Effects of Real-World Herbs [closed]

For various reasons I want to go back to primary sources to develop a list of herb and their magic effects for various fantasy RPGs that I use to run my campaign, the Majestic Wilderlands. Does ...
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What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules

I'm starting a campaign and will be the DM. We are basing our system off the D&D 3rd ed. Most of us (players and myself) don't really like the rules surrounding Wizards / Sorcerers when they have ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura Make You Immune To Dominate Person?

Nystul's Magic Aura can make it so that magic and spells treat a creature as though it were another creature type. However the extent of this effect is ambiguous. At first, it says the following, ...
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Can NPCs tell I am casting Command?

If I cast Command on an unfriendly NPC, can their allies (and other NPCs) tell I am casting magic, or would it appear to simply be a (small-c) command? For a concrete example, if I Command a bandit ...
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Can a wizard cast the same spells on the following day without a spellbook?

I am a lvl 6 wizard/rogue about to go arcane trickster. One of my companions and myself were captured and all of our stuff taken. I had some spells left and then I used them. My question is, if I keep ...
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Regarding resting and spell meditation for casters

My group recently started a game in D&D 3.5. Even though we are all rather familiar with the ruleset, there are certain details that we have trouble discerning from the official documentation, ...
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What purpose does keeping Vancian Spell-casting in Legend serve?

I've got to admit, I'm somewhat confused by the option to keep Vancian-style spell slots for the Shaman and Tactician casting tracks. Most tracks in Legend either provide abilities that are at-will or ...
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Magic college default skill in GURPS

Is there a way in GURPS to create a mage with a default level of skill in a specific magical college? I'm imagining something like an earth wizard who can attempt any earth college spell at a -3 ...
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Can a newly created vampire learn to cast spells?

I have a player who was previously mundane and just became infected with vampirism. The character now has a Magic attribute of 1, and they want to learn spellcasting and spells. Part of me thinks that ...
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Can a Magic User cast 'Illusion Disguise' on someone even though they don't agree with it

I am currently reading 'Gurps 4th Magic' and the spell 'Illusion Disguise' just says that you have to create a basic illusion and then use 'Illusion Disguise' to superimpose it. However it never ...
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Does temporal stasis freeze spell effects?

My question boils down to what qualifies as a condition in the spell temporal stasis, as emphasized below. You place the subject into a state of suspended animation. For the creature, time ceases ...
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How quickly can fortifications be built in D&D 4e, magically and otherwise

My bad guys have holed themselves up for a couple months. Given little preexisting fortification, what resources are there for for building mechanical and magical defenses? Is there something ...
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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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Does a Psychic Caster still have to point to cast Mage Hand?

Psychic Magic says that Psychic Casters (from Occult Adventures) use emotional and thought components rather than verbal and somatic components: Instead of verbal and somatic components, all ...
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What caster level is used for PC supernatural abilities?

As per this answer, D&D 3.0 lets you use dispel magic to remove supernatural abilities from targets. Typically, this is something PCs do to monsters, so, the applicable caster level is defined ...
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Why do magical traditions specify a spirit type for each spell category?

In the SR4 rulebooks, magical traditions have listings of which spirits a character of that tradition can summon. For example: The Aztec Tradition Concept: ... Combat: Guardian Detection: Fire ...
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What happens to a creature inside both Aqueous Orb and Black Tentacles?

I'm playing a wizard that uses conjuration for a lot of his offensive magic. I was looking at my spell list and was wondering what happens to a creature who fails a save against Aqueous Orb (and is ...
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Reactive Shield Spells in DFRPG

So after reading the Paranet Papers, my group is now attempting to sort out the new rules concerning reactive shield spells. The main issue we're having is what to do about rote spells. PP doesn't ...
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Dresden files movement rote

Hi I'm looking to create a rote to do an effect similar to Harry's quick escape potion. I have a good discipline and conviction and air control specialisation. Harry's potion is 5 shifts of power for ...
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If a spell is cast enough times, does it become a cantrip?

I was wondering if a spell can become a cantrip if a wizard casts it say 40 times, since the D&D 5e rulebook says cantrips are spells that have been fixed in the caster's mind by frequent use, ...
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Do Sorcerers need to know a lot of attack spells?

I was building a Sorcerer character I had in mind for high-level campaigns (e.g. starting at 10th) and noticed that while I was planning and selecting his spells known, I seemed to gravitate mostly ...
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How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?

For example, could characters build a simple self-propelled, steerable wagon using either magic spells or magic items to rotate and guide the wheels, with rules as written from Dungeons & Dragons ...
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Permanently hiding items/objects

I'm curious how one might go arranging for an item or object to become permanently lost, and completely inaccessible to everyone (I would prefer a method that's reasonably secure against even divine ...