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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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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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How does Resilient Sphere work?

Resilient sphere works basically like a wall of force, except in a sphere around a targeted creature. I have two questions about how it works, mostly with regards to the save it allows: The sphere ...
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Do incorporeal creatures trigger symbol spells normally?

As per symbol of death, symbol spells can have one or more of the following triggers: Creature looks at a symbol Creature reads a symbol Creature touches a symbol Creature passes over a symbol ...
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Tracking down an adept with facial sculpt

Is there any way for law enforcement to hunt down a wanted adept who can change his face at will? I have a player with a rather large bounty on his head, and a very powerful enemy (yeah, he made more ...
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Which kind of magic fits a celtic-based setting? [closed]

I'm preparing a campaign set on mythic ireland-wales; and I would like to know which kind of spells, spellcasters, rituals and such could fit best to this scenario. Spoken incantations? Brewed ...
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What is the Hardness and Hitpoints of Mage Armor?

In a 3.5 game I play, our DM has a rule for armor that it wears out and breaks over time through natural wear and tear unless we maintain it. He uses a table much like ...
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In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?

Playing a 6th level halfling rogue in 3.5, and I'd like to replicate a door lock mechanism from a copypasta. The setting is sort of prone to Magic Mart syndrome, so access to 1-4th level spells ...
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How to Reconcile the MERP/RM High-Magic System with the Low-Magic Middle Earth Setting?

Our group is regularly playing in Tolkiens Middle Earth universe, and we use a combination of MERP extended with Rolemaster as our system. And from what I gathered online, this seems to be a popular ...
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How does D&D Vancian magic make sense in-game?

One thing that bugs me about Vancian Magic in D&D as I understand it is the following: How is "fire and forget" remotely believable when I can slot and ready more than one "copy" of a spell? Say ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?

I'm a wizard and I like everything to go my way. Recently we ran into a situation on a boat in which we were attacked by a trio of Water Elementals. I thought this was a fine time to test out the ...
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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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Can a Spiritual Weapon be summoned within someone's body?

A little bit out of left field I know, but someone in my game tried to summon a Spiritual Weapon within an enemy's body. Now, strictly speaking the range of the spell is 60' and doesn't say anything ...
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How can I improve this homebrewed Defiler/Preserver for 5e?

I am planning a 5e Dark Sun game, and I wanted to use the following rules for homebrewed preserving and defiling. Arcane Defiling When a defiler casts a spell of level 1 or higher, each living ...
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What are some standard monsters or NPCs that can dispel magic?

I will (possibly) be DMing "Hoard of the Dragon Queen", a 5e adventure which was designed for 4 players starting at level 1. I will be needing to scale the adventure to account for more players (6) ...
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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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Does a Blessed character need to be in at least the rank of a power to be able to cast it?

In the Savage Worlds Deadlands Reloaded setting, does a Blessed character (the modified version of Arcane Background Miracles that is casting without needing powerpoints) need to be at least of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any way to remove/nullify an antimagic field without disjunction?

An antimagic field remains if the caster is killed or incapacitated, can't be affected by dispel magic, and only has a partial chance (generally 20% at best) of being affected by mage's disjunction. ...
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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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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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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 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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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 the adept powers stack with bonuses from implants?

Let's say my character is both super-good at magic and super-rich. I take levels in the Improved Attribute adept power to increase my agility and I buy the bioware implant to improve agility too. Do ...
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How to handle the magical girl genre in Fate Core?

I'm a newcomer to Fate Core, and working out a magic system is daunting. I have read over the core and glanced through the system toolkit as well, but some experience-based advice would be helpful ...
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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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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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Does “Pass Without Trace” enable a character to hide in plain sight?

Scenario: A group is in a room and the Druid amongst them casts the spell "Pass Without Trace" on the whole group, boosting their Dex (stealth) checks by 10. There is nothing in the room to hide ...
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Do the greater and normal versions of a spell stack in Pathfinder?

As far as I am aware, you can't have multiple instances of the same spell active on you in Pathfinder (and even if you could, the benefits probably wouldn't stack). For example, you couldn't cast ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Having a hard time understanding the cost of magic enhancements as listed

Can anyone help clear up the costs of magic items? I am looking at some magic items and the costs only say "+1 enhancement cost." For an example I will use the "Flaming" enhancement. Before an item ...
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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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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 ...