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How does the duration “concentration” work when using scrolls and power stones?

I'm playing a Pathfinder game as a Psion, and am considering making some power stones (effectively scrolls) of Control Light. Control Light, unlike Darkness, is a "Concentration" duration power. Does ...
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What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
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Can you use a Power to do Suppressive Fire?

Can Powers be used for Suppressive Fire? For example, can you cast a Bolt Power to do Suppressive Fire on an area?
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Using biomancy on yourself as the caster

I have a question on thaumaturgy biomancy. I'm planning on using it to boost myself in strength, armour, claws, spider climbing etc. The rules talk about using it this way but give no real examples. ...
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What are the specifics of the Summoner's eidolon summoning ritual?

The summoner class casts a one minute ritual to call forth their Eidolon. From the PFSRD: A summoner can summon his eidolon in a ritual that takes 1 minute to perform. Have Paizo ever stated ...
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What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?

I'm going to be running a Harry Potter game in the near future, and I don't really know what system would be best for the kind of game that I want to run. The vast majority of my experience is in D&...
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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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Heavy duty Excavation aka Stone to Mud in 5e?

I seem to be at a loss here. Either I can't find a spell that works here or I am not seeing it. What method would a wizard (or other spellcaster for that matter) use to excavate a part of a dungeon? ...
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Can the Create Water spell create “running water”?

In our current Pathfinder campaign, my party is (probably) dealing with a Vampire; one of the vampire weaknesses is to take damage in "running water". We have multiple Clerics and a Druid in the ...
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I want to build a castle, with magic!

Rather, one of my players, a Terram Magus, wants to be able to construct a castle or equivalent fortification without using creo magic in an Ars Magica 5th edition game. The rules for crafting with ...
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Can low level priests cast high level spells off scrolls?

I am a DM with a 2nd lvl priest. I want my priest to be able to cast a remove disease spell off of a scroll that he will find. Can he do this? Where is the rule?
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How does magic interact with mirrors? [closed]

I'm gonna be a GM for an upcoming DnD 3.5 game. I want to do an adventure into an house of mirrors / spookhouse / house of illusions. The big bad would most likely be a beholder. Given the number of ...
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Can Planar Binding an earth elemental then using Meld With Stone be used to create mecha?

Would the following sequence of steps result in my druid being able to make humongous mecha without homebrew? Summon Elemental(Earth) Use Planar Binding on said elemental Order elemental to conform ...
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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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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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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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Looking for a nice magic system to convert to FATE [closed]

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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Can I use fabricate to turn gold coins into ingots worth three times as much gold?

I was reading through some spells and I came across Fabricate. This gave me a solid moment of pause. Particularily, "Material Component: The original material, which costs the same amount as the raw ...
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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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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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Given enough time, can a wizard transmute a living creature?

As a DM, I was involved in running a couple of one offs with a large group of people who were new to D&D. The group consisted of a couple of DMs who each ran there own little session with a couple ...
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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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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

I was verifying whether my fighter's Sun Blade would in fact be a useless hilt in an antimagic field (AMF) and came across this question on a few other sites, and it piqued my interest. My first ...
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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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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 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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Can Detect Magic reveal illusions?

In 5th edition, would Detect Magic reveal illusions such as Invisibility, Disguise Self, etc? While it would not reveal the nature of the illusion, it would reveal that one is present I believe. I ...
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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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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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Are there 5th Ed. rules for restoring lost Essence / binding a spirit to a body?

We have an NPC Shamanic Talismonger in our game that is a Mana Storm chaser. He disappears into the desert for weeks at a time, but always comes back with plenty of reagents which the PCs love. Last ...
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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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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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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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Is spell level the same for all classes?

It seems to be that if a spell is a 4th-level X (wizard/sorcercer/etc) spell it is also a 4th-level Y (bard/warlock/etc) spell (provided both classes have it). Is that true? Are cantrips always ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...