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Varying Success When Casting Difficult Spells

I am trying to adapt D&D 5e to a Harry Potter setting,* basically creating an adventuring group of wizards.† For the most part, I've matched up Harry Potter magic with D&D schools and ...
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How long does it take to learn Thaumaturgy/Necromancy rituals?

I found in Rites of the Blood on pg.136 that rituals can be learned for free for Tremere/Giovanni/Other as long a teacher is available + other resources (those are not a problem) but it takes time. I ...
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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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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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Clarification on magic with Sigil and the Outlands

Something has been bugging me about the magic traits of the outlands. According to the Manual of the Planes the closer you get to the central spire the less magic works. However, in the module ...
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Are cleric domain spells unlimited like cantrips?

I'm trying to make a level 1 Cleric. I'm going to use the Life Domain; at level 1 it says the Domain spells are Bless and Cure Wounds. It also says they are always prepared and don't use up a spell ...
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Does a sorcerer's metamagic work for non-sorcerer spells?

Can a multiclass sorcerer/cleric use the Metamagic class ability with non-sorcerer spells? For example, using Twinned Spell when casting cure wounds to heal two creatures instead of just one?
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Is there a one-word replacement for resistance to magic?

Is there a one-word term that's understood by role-playing gamers to mean resistance to magical attacks, in the same way that many role-playing gamers would quickly recognize armor to mean resistance ...
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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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Masters of Magic 1.3.1; trouble saving [migrated]

I'm running MOM 1.3.1 (the last Micro-prose Version; on win ten; dos box 0.74) and I am having trouble with keeping my saves, Lets say I will save a game. Then I will close dos-box and then turn off ...
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Does Detect Magic detect supernatural creatures like demons, or items connected with them?

One of my PCs, a Wizard, found an item of demonic origins. Basically, the carrier develops a sort of connection with a dark entity that affects his personality over time and possibly provides demonic ...
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Two Weapon fighting, Heavy weapons

First off I'm pretty new to D&D, starting off in 5e, so if all my ideas are completely wrong please forgive me. I love the idea of Two-weapon fighting, and tinkering around with it. My character ...
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Can a character have 2 types of Sorcery?

In 7th Sea 2e, the books seems to indicate that sorcery is tied to where you are from. This seems to implied you have the sorcery of your region and only that of your region. However I found nothing ...
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How does Phantasmal Arms work?

I will provide a set-up situation and then ask how it works. I have a Chronicles of Darkness 1e character within the Mage: the Awakening source. He has Intelligence 4, Crafts 3, and Prime 4. He casts ...
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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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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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What is the difference between arcane and eldritch in D&D lore?

As the title says, I am curious if the D&D lore mentions the differences between arcane power and eldritch power. I noticed that eldritch is mostly associated with "evil" aspects of the mythology,...
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Magic User moves, then touches (spell attack), then moves again

If a magic user wants to move 10 feet toward a monster, touch it for a spell attack, and then move back 10 feet, does the monster get an opportunity attack when the magic user moves back? Or can the ...
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Relations between types of sources of magic

Currently, after years of not playing using D&D 3.5, I am planning magic-heavy campaing. Basically each player will have to play caster class (no mundane fighters or rogues), so I wanted to ...
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Multiclassing eldritch godling and cleric confusion

Though a discussion about different classes a strange wording in the Lineage Domain of the Eldritch Godling (a 3pp class from Super Genius Games) came up: As a result of their divine bloodline, ...
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What resources will my PCs not have if I remove divine spellcasting?

I'm in the planning stages of a campaign where the gods have fallen (for various history related reasons) and so clerics, druids, rangers and paladins do not have access to their source of power. ...
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Are there any details about magic academy / courses in SR?

As there is quite a lot of background info out for shadowrun regarding how people life there and what they do and can't do, what they buy and can't buy, ... I'm wondering if there is also some info ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

Interesting situation came up in my session. The players captured a wizard NPC and put him in jail. Then came a long discussion about what measures needed to be taken in order to prevent said wizard ...
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Does Detect Magic reveal the presence of a Wizard?

Detect Magic: For the duration, you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet o f you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature ...
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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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Offensive spells vs immunity to mundane weapons

Supposing the party encounters a monster or group of monsters with immunity to mundane weapons (in other words, that unenchanted weapons can't harm)- could offensive spells such as magic missile, ...
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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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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 class'...
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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 ...