Questions about the nature of magic in a game. Use [spells] for questions on specific spells.

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Spell placement on a grid, and possibly the differences between “Effect” and “Area”

This question came up when the spells wall of fire and blade barrier were cast and we weren't sure how to handle it. Described below are the issues we had, but first the relevant portions of the ...
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What's a good defense against silence?

Well, a dungeon master keeps throwing characters who can silence spells at me. It's a pain in the butt when trying to fight as a group, as most of my friends and I are casters. We're dealing with ...
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Is high level magic available in the D&D 3.5 E6 variant rules?

The D&D 3.5 E6 variant rules cap character's level progression to Level 6. How does this affect high level magic? I understand that spellcasters may continue to add more spell slots once they ...
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How does a character become magical in the Dresden Files?

I'm trying to create a character. I've already worked out some of my character. My character is, at the moment, superstitious with that being pretty much the only personality trait. It has glamours ...
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How should I handle arcane spell failure in pathfinder?

I'm playing a rogue 3/ sorcerer 1 as a prelude to an arcane trickster. Since I expect to be spending more time in melee than most spellcasters, I want to have pretty good AC, but the armor I have now ...
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What's a good source for a fantasy common-magic setting?

I'm looking to create a new culture in my current campaign that lives in what I'll call a common-magic area (for whatever reason, in my case a McGuffin, there's heaps of magic), and I want to reflect ...
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Can you touch up to six objects as a full round action when casting a touch spell?

You can touch one friend as a standard action or up to six friends as a full-round action. So states the PRD. But let's say you were to cast a spell that's designed to be cast on a touched ...
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Alignment restrictions and Trap the Soul

Saw it mentioned in a thread (How do you make a vampire cleric stay dead?) and now I'm curious... Does binding a creature's soul into a gem in itself constitute an evil act? Trap the soul says ...
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Toxic vs. Normal Magic

Is there anywhere in Street Grimoire that says that regular mages cannot learn toxic spells or that an adept who does not follow a toxic path cannot use the Radiation Elemental Weapon power? It seems ...
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Can positive or negative energy be dissipated into surrounding plant life?

This came up specifically in a discussion of the Tome of Battle Shadow Sun Ninja prestige class. One of his first abilities is Touch of the Shadow Sun, which deals Negative Energy damage, then Touch ...
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Reduce/enlarge person's equipment acquired while enlarged?

The rules for enlarge and reduce person say "All equipment worn or carried by a creature is similarly [reduced or enlarged] by the spell." Does that happen once at the beginning of the spell for the ...
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What happens if a Teleportation Circle destinations moves?

So I want to make a Howl's Moving Castle home base, but I want to be able to have visitors teleport in from a little cottage. My DM and I are wondering if a Teleportation Circle that was made ...
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Is there a way for Adepts to swap/retrain adept powers?

For one of my characters I've found that certain powers I've chosen as an adept don't really come in to play much; is there a way for an adept to essentially retrain power points? I realize magic ...
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How to make a Dark Brotherhood-esque Job Request System in D&D 3.5 E6

The Goal In a E6 campaign I am playing in I want my character to start an assassins guild similar to The Dark Brotherhood from The Elder Scrolls games. The Problem/Question I am stuck on how to set ...
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What point-buy systems of magic (like psionics in 3e D&D) are there? [closed]

The RPG I'm currently developing is a d20 model, skill driven rules system. The mechanics of spellcasting center around spell effects and point cost for stamina (a universal energy pool for all ...
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What can I do with Spirit Magic?

I have a player who wants to take Spirit evocation, as an idea, but neither of us are sure practically on what sort of spells it would let him evoke. What does Spirit Magic let my player's character ...
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“High on Magic” - how original is it?

I have written a RPG called "Chuť magie" - it's in Czech and it means literary "Taste of Magic", but I'd definitely call it "High on Magic" in English. I'm not planning to translate it to English ...
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Combining Jump and Step of the Wind

Inspired by this question Step of the Wind ... Your jump distance is doubled for the turn p. 78 Jump ... the creature's jump distance is tripled ... p. 254 Combining Magical ...
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Ways to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell

Is there a spell, feat, special ability, etc. in DnD3.x – or possibly Pathfinder – that would allow a character to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell? Or is there a certain ...
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What ways exist to re-introduce vancian magic to 4E D&D?

As much as I like the system in D&D 4E, I'm slightly nostalgic of Vancian magic. The idea of the mage having to re-memorise the spells each day. Obviously it came with the baggage of resting every ...
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Arcane magic and divine magic detect/identify

As there is no mentioning of it in the rules I'm wondering: Does it make a difference if detect magic is cast from an arcane or divine caster? Thus does detect magic always detect BOTH types of magic ...
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Can a magus with a high BAB cast two spells or attack and cast, with their full attack action?

Suppose you are a level 10 Magus or something similar. (Something with a decent BAB progression and spellcasting abilities) When you hit +6/+1, can you cast a spell, then attack, vice-versa, or simply ...
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Disbelief, Interaction & Shadow Conjuration / Shades

What counts as interaction for the purposes of determining who gets a will save to disbelieve a shadow conjuration? Suppose I use shadow conjuration to summon a wolf, for instance. Does an enemy get ...
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What are the RAW for Spellsong

Specifically for the maintaining concentration part. Suppose I start an Inspire Courage as a move action and cast Major Image as a standard action. Next round I want to sustain with Spellsong. Does my ...
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Can a mage use multiple Foci to decrease the difficulty of an Arete roll?

As the title says, would a mage (according to the latest Revised edition) be able to use multiple applicable Foci for his Tradition/Sphere when casting an Effect in order to decrease the difficulty? ...
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Do Mortals have a means of casting magic?

So far in the World of Darkness, most forms of magic seem to be directly connected with being a supernatural entity (or finding a way to have dealings with one). Are there any rules that allow for ...
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Can a breath weapon's area be willingly reduced?

Does a breath weapon's area of effect always have to extend to its fullest size, or could you use it over a smaller area than your maximum if you so chose (e.g. breath weapon is 60 foot line, stop ...
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Deeper darkness and dancing lights interaction

Hello I am relatively new to Pathfinder and I ran into an interaction that I don't quite know how it will resolve as a Drow with Darkvision. As a Drow with the feats, Drow Nobility and Improved Drow ...
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Castle Falkenstein: Is there a faster Magic system?

I love running games in the Castle Falkenstein diceless system. However, I find the CF magic system to be a little slow (to set up, run and play) for a high-fantasy campaign. Can anyone suggest ...
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Gestalt character with the same invocation from two classes

I have recently decided to run Rappan Athuk - Dungeon of Graves again, and due to the difficulty of the dungeon, I have decided to allow Gestalt Characters. One player applied with a ...
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How does metamagic feats interact with each type of casters?

Wizards Wizards must choose to apply the metamagic feat to their spells while preparing the spell? If yes, can they just cast spells with the metamagic feat this way? Sorcerers and Bards When ...
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Can a custom spell's effect last after the caster's death?

As GM, I am having a now-deceased 30th-level wizard's spell last after his death. It is a spell to conceal an object in a Dimensional Pocket keyed to one of the right bloodline who knows the password. ...
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Is a spell considered to “end” if it is re-cast?

Several spells, including many of the Exalted spells, have a penalty or sacrifice that applies at the end of the spell's duration. If the spell is re-castcast before the duration ends, does the ...
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Which multiclass to choose for melee-damage-dealing mage when starting from Wizard 5 / Fighter 1

RPG: DnD 3.5 Hi! I need advice on which classes to choose to multiclass in to make a super-high-damage-dealing melee character who also knows magic (currently, the char is Wizard 5/Fighter 1). I've ...
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What is the save DC of a supernatural ability?

I am playing as a oracle who has the supernatural ability Brain Drain. It says that the target gets to make a Will save. What is the DC of this Will save? Normally a Will save's DC is 10 + spell level ...
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How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?

I am starting an adventure in a custom setting that may end up as a campaign, depending on popularity. However, part of what makes the setting unique is that magic is illegal and severely punished by ...
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Examples of “High Technology” Monsters/Traps in D&D

In my home-spun campaign, players are about to discover the ruins of an ancient city. Long ago, there was a civilization with an advanced level of technology, which is now dead. I'm thinking of ...
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How to prolong a spell in absence?

In Pathfinder lets say that I am a medium to high level wizard and I cast "Charm Monster" on someone on whom I want to have control over. This spell lasts a couple days. (Side question: does the ...
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Are there any metamagic feats worth taking for bard?

My question is simple - are there, in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, any metamagic feats that work good for Bard? Two most useful from core would be Quickened and Silent, but both are simply forbidden1. ...
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Can opponents differentiate bardic performance from normal music?

I have this plan where if the PC would come to make a famous local warrior angry he would challenge them to a duel. The duel would happen in the town's square where merchants and local performers ...
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How does the Magic Staff (from the Handbook) work?

The Magic Staff in the Weapons and Equipment chapter of the 4e handbook sounds like something I'd want as a Lv. 6 Wizard, but I'm unclear as to how exactly it's bonuses are applied and what to. Here's ...
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What happens to ritual components when a ritual is cast?

In Vampire the Masquerade, what happens to ritual components when the ritual is cast? Do they disappear, are they spent, or can they be used indefinitely?
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Does an antimagic field remain after the caster dies/goes unconscious?

If I kill or knock unconscious somebody who has cast an antimagic field, does it stay in effect, following his body? I gather from this RPG SE answer that durational spells don't automatically end ...
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The Warcaster Feat and Arcane Focus

I'm playing a Warlock in 5e and I'm trying to make him a front line fighter/tank because we...don't have any and our healing sucks. Thus, I'm trying everything I can to avoid being hit altogether. ...
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Can I get innate precognition abilities without psionics, religion, or being a sorcerer?

In D&D3.5e, what options do I have to play a non-psionic, non-religious seer? I want to play a character who has an innate talent for predicting the future, but isn’t religious (so no cleric). We ...
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Para-elements by mixing two Classical Elements

I am building a system in which the physics (and metaphysics) are based on a Western Classical Element system: the four basic elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth can intermingle with each other ...
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Free-floating magical effects and planetary rotation [closed]

Many magic systems allow the creation of magical effects such as teleportation portals which are not anchored to a physical object, but rather conjured floating in the air. However, many settings are ...
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Does a disguise check using magical aid take less time?

In Player's Handbook, the rules for Disguise say creating a disguise takes 1d3x10 minutes, and that using magic like alter self, shapechange, polymorph self, or disguise self adds a +10 modifier to ...
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Catching Spirits

Is there a way in Pathfinder to catch a spirit or bind it with your PC? (hopefully for the benefit of the PC) I am hoping it is possible to possess a scroll or magical charm or something as my ...
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Optimizing the single target blast

The monster is coming. You hear it pounding on the door outside, and you have perhaps a moment before it breaks through, and you need to put it down hard and fast. Fortunately, you're a spellcaster. ...