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Does Burning Disarm get a reflex save on something worn, but not locked?

Burning Disarm says they get a reflex save if they can drop it, but don't if they can't drop it. What about if they are wearing something that isn't locked? This spell causes a metal object to ...
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Do a Mesmerist's spells provoke attacks of opportunity?

If a spell contains no material or somatic components — e.g. telepathic casting (Mesmerist) — does it provoke attacks of opportunity?
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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How can I create a magic system that works like the one in The Black Company novels? [closed]

I'm building a D&D campaign modeled after the Black Company books by Glen Cook. I especially like the system of magic used in his books. What guidelines should I follow when creating a magic ...
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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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What Happens When Moving Existing Effects Between Paradigms?

Are there existing rules on what happens when you take an existing effect between two areas where the paradigms are meaningfully different? I'm playing oMage Revised, so M20 rules are deprecated but ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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What exactly are the sources from which you can copy spells into a Book of Shadows?

The Book of Ancient Secrets invocation says (PHB p. 110): On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of Shadows. When you find such a spell, you can add it to the book if the ...
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What happens when you target dispel magic over a summoned creature?

Regarding spells that summon more than one creature, like conjure animals, conjure woodland beings, etc. What happens when you cast dispel magic on one of the summoned creatures? Does the whole spell ...
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What “tier” are Thieves' World casters?

Having never been satisfied with the way the core magic system works, either for player fun, thematically, or even logically, I began looking for alternatives. What I have become enamoured with is the ...
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What happens when my dead wizard decides to planeshift out of the afterlife?

So, I know that if my High Elf Wizard dies he goes to the chaotic-good afterlife plane or whatever. That's clear. He leaves a body behind, and gets a brand-new afterlife body in the chaotic good ...
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How does D&D 5E Wizard's magic work, in Lore terms?

Not asking about the mechanics, but about the "lore" for the purpose of eg novel or short story. Before, memorisation was represented in the following, IMHO coherent way: You prepare a spell and ...
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Does Reverse Gravity affect creatures with Flight?

Say a wizard casts reverse gravity, if creatures with Flight are caught in the radius, are they affected by the pull?
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Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from their Bard class, into their wizard spellbook? e.g. they know the Comprehend Languages as a Bard spell, and want to write it directly into their ...
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Can a Sorcerer use Sorcery Points to create spell slots higher than he can cast?

At level 6, a Sorcerer may have a maximum of 6 Sorcery Points. This is enough to create a level 4 spell slot. Would the Sorcerer be able to create a level 4 spell slot, even though he only knows level ...
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Is it possible to increase the number of spell slots a wizard has?

In the Basic Rules for D&D 5e, the number of spells a wizard can prepare is somewhat determined by your ability score, but it seems that the number of spell slots is constant, no matter what your ...
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What are the levels used for Cantrips learned with the “Magic Initiate” feat?

The Magic Initiate feat gives access to two cantrips from a class. It says Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that ...
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How to introduce the levelless, cost-based spells of Cthulhu d20 into D&D 5e

Cthulhu d20 has a magic system in which spells aren't tied to classes nor to levels. Anyone can learn and use a spell, if they're willing to pay the price, which usually comes in the form of a ...
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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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Can spells with a verbal component be cast underwater if the caster can't breathe water?

My party recently tipped over a boat of enemies into what was essentially rapids and trapped the enemies in a cube of force underwater. The warriors inevitably drowned as they had no way out. However, ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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Is there any way to completely conceal spellcasting?

I know several ways to conceal spellcasting, but I'm not really sure about where the crunch ends and the fluff begins, especially about including all the types of components into the concealing. Out ...
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What do I see in an illusionary mirror? [duplicate]

Assuming an illusion spell can create a working mirror: If I use an illusionary mirror to look around a corner, a corner that neither I nor the caster of the illusion can see, what do I see in the ...
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How do I cast a spell in Microlite20?

I'm completely new to Microlite20, and to the D20 system in general. What, if anything, do I need to roll to cast a spell in Microlite20? The rules say "Magic Attack Bonus = MIND + level". Is that ...
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Can a Shadow Dragon become a Dracolich or vice versa?

Can a Shadow Dragon subdue itself to the ritual that would transform it into a Dracolich? Likewise, would a Dracolich that stays in Shadowfell for a time gain the traits of a Shadow Dragon? According ...
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Where do these magic runes come from?

I am encountering runes a lot in campaigns, like protection runes at doors, but have not seen any source on how to create them. What is the source of such magic? Is it even possible to play a rune ...
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Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting in 5e?

As this blog post suggests, there seems to be a hole in the D&D Basic rules. Maybe. The rules for readying an action state: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right ...
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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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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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What counts as a bardic focus?

Inspired by this question: Can a multi-class spellcaster have one thing be two different focuses? The PHB, on p54 says: Spellcasting focus You can use a musical instrument (found in chapter 5) ...
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Can a rogue with minor/major magic talent use wizard wands without UMD

Can a pathfinder rogue who takes the Minor Magic / Major Magic talents then be able to use Wizard wands (ie no UMD check required)? From the below research I can not see why they could not. You can ...
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What check to use for finding out current hit points?

There are Words of Power in Pathfinder, like the Power Word Kill and other similar Words for "Blind" and "Stun", which affect creatures according to their current hit points. E.g. any creature having ...
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How viable is shrink item and massive projectiles?

I'm sure it's been done many times in many variations over the spell's history, but I'm having trouble finding any reasonably conclusive ruling or argument as to whether or not it should work. Is it ...
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Is there a way to get Burning Wheel Revised's Abstraction and Distillation mechanics to be compatible with Burning Wheel Gold?

In the change between Burning Wheel Revised and Burning Wheel Gold, casting spells no longer uses Sorcery + Will, and instead just uses Sorcery. Spellweaver was stripped out, which presents a problem ...
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Is magical force visible, generally?

A Magic Missile is visible, a Wall of Force is invisible, and a Tenser's Floating Disk is... which? Specific beats general, but what's the general rule for visibility of magical force? 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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Clarification On Staying Hidden For Long Range Spell Snipers

If you have a Sorcerer with Spell Sniper and Distant Spell, you have just gained the ability to cast Scorching Ray at a 480ft range. Let's assume you found a sniper's perch at this distance, and ...
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What to Roll against with innate attack

I am currently reading GURPS Magic. I want to use Thaumatology ritual path magic and have run into a problem. When using missile spells you have to roll against Innate Attack but how do I determine ...
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Dispelling contingent magic

If someone casts a Contingency spell triggered by Dispel Magic, will the contingent spell still trigger if an attempt is made to Dispel Magic on the Contingency-caster, or will the Dispel Magic wipe ...
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What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?

Firstly, a quick anecdote. In our most recent Pathfinder session our cleric jokingly mentioned he will soon be able to summon 1d3 dolphins. Another player then mentioned that some dolphins (orca) can ...
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Can an illusionist be competitive in an average encounter? [closed]

I'm thinking of playing a sorcerous Illusionist in a DnD 5E campaign. There may also be a combat mage in the party. I was just wondering if clever use of illusions could be on par, combat-wise with a ...
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Is the number of spells I can prepare the same as the number of spells I can cast per day?

I'm currently playing a Druid and I'm extremely confused with "prepared spells". I know how to prepare a spell but I'm not sure how many I can prepare; is it the same number of spells I can cast a ...
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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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Is it possible to permanently create/transmute metal through magic without level nine spells?

Are there any official methods of permanently creating significant quantities of adamantine, iron or similar through magic, principally transmutation of lesser materials (creating a portal to a place ...
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Which rules, spells or abilities - if any - can be used in 5E that dictate sanguimancy for PCs or hire? [closed]

Which skills, spells and abilities can be achieved with dragon's blood in 5E beyond directly damaging or locating the creature? I am looking for both homebrew and as-written rules, spells or ...
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What mechanisms have been used to make magic risky?

I'm about to start running a Fate Core game that focuses on magic-using PCs. As I've conceptualized magic in the setting, it's easy to use but very dangerous unless one has invested a lot in the ...
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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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Shadowrun 5, physical area Illusions

I'm confused about illusion spells in SR5. The rulebook states that illusions do not cause direct permanent damage but can cause side effects such as pain, nausea, or loss of balance and/or indirect ...
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Can I counter an Antimagic field with Dispel Magic?

Counterspell section of SRD states: "If the target is within range, both spells automatically negate each other with no other results." Antimagic field description of SRD states: "Dispel magic does ...