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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

Background: I've been playing RPGs for a long time and I've been playing AD&D for years. I enjoyed both the original D&D and D&D3/3.5/Pathfinder, other than (especially) tons of other ...
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Sensible values for a human child's AC / HP / Ini

To spice up a chapter of Rise of the Runelords, I want to introduce an additional NPC: human child (about 8 to 12 years old). The child should be saved by the PCs and brought back to her parents. What ...
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Is it possible to stack multiple claws from bloodlines/feats/class abilities?

I have a player that currently has Aspect of the Beast and has chosen Claws of the Beast. This grants him a pair of claws. He would also like to take Eldritch Heritage and take the Abyssal Bloodline ...
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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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How do you interpret the attacks in the Bestiary?

For example, in Bestiary 1, the Yeti has the melee attack 2 claws +9(1d6+4 plus 1d6 cold) Does the 2 claws part mean he gets that attack doubled? Does the +9 go to attack bonus and damage, or just ...
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Can I take a 5-foot Step and perform any standard action after?

If I'm in a threatened square can I take a 5-foot step back (to an non-threatened square) and perform a standard action like a ranged attack or cast a spell?
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How is a ranged touch spell attack calculated?

I know that when attacking with a melee weapon you would add your Attack Bonus to your attack roll and your Strength Modifier to the damage roll. How does this work when you're casting a ranged spell ...
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Can you begin casting, move, then unleash a spell in the same round?

In the Core Rulebook it states that you can cast a "touch" spell, move, and touch your target (as a free action) all in 1 round if you want, in whatever order you want. Does this also apply to range ...
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Do all spells require an attack roll?

I know if I cast a touch spell like Chill Touch, I have to roll a d20 to see if I hit against their touch AC, and I can potentially crit. What if it's a spell like Entangle that has a range of long, ...
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How can I challenge my players with something other than combat?

So originally I was going to ask, How can I represent hardships for players in game?, however that seemed to broad. Even now, I'm not sure if my current question is too broad, if it is please let me ...
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Can druids be neutral good or neutral evil?

I'm playing pathfinder and it says they can be "any neutral" but I'm confused as to whether that means LN N and CN or if that also includes NG and NE.
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How do I determine my burrow speed?

On the default character sheet, there is a burrow speed that I don't know how to determine it or if I even have it. I was able to find fly and swim speeds in the skills section but don't know where ...
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What is armor “properties” on the default character sheet?

On page 2, the AC Items table at the top has a "properties" column. What goes in that slot of the character sheet?
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Can Bards attack while Performing?

If a bard is Performing and he's playing, say, the flute, can he attack during the Performance? At first, I'd say "no"; how do you swing a sword while playing? But then in this thread I read: ...
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What does a 1d6/1d6 damage mean?

When reading the weapon attacks from the core rulebook I noticed quarterstaves (and a few other weapons) have something like this under the Dmg column; 1d6/1d6 What does this mean? It looks to me ...
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What sourcebook has 0th-level psionic powers?

So, I've heard about the existence of 0-level psionic powers somewhere in D&D, which would be a fantastic boon for low-level psionic characters (and a nice feature for mid- and high-level ones). ...
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Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...
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How does Spell Mastery work exactly?

Could someone clarify this feat a bit? Does it mean that you can cast those "mastered" spells an unlimited amount of times per day or is it more like "oh I didn't have that 1 hour to prepare my ...
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Can I use touch creature spells on myself?

Can I use spells whose target is "creature touched" or "living creature touched" on myself?
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Does a character benefit from both racial and class weapon proficiencies?

If I play a dwarf wizard, does he have both Wizard weapon proficiencies (e.g. daggers) as well as Dwarf weapon proficiencies (e.g. battleaxes)?
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Large humanoid with reach weapon and gore, unthreatened radius?

Let's say we have a minotaur (large creature with a Gore natural attack) armed with a large guisarme (reach weapon). A large reach weapon has it's range doubled (from 10' to 20') and the gore attack ...
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Can a creature with reach using Sunder be targeted by an AoO if it isn't within range of the defender?

Let's assume that the large creature with reach weapon (reach 20') does not have a feat to not provoke AoO. And a medium humanoid with a longsword (reach 5') is standing out of his own reach but in ...
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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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What does 1-1/2 mean?

In Pathfinder I've seen the phrase "adds 1-1/2 the creature's strength bonus on damage rolls" Does that mean multiply by 1.5?
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Using the bestiary

I'm new to Pathfinder and there are a few things I'm confused about in the bestiary; 1) All monsters have an hp score, but beside it they have, what seems to be their hit die. What does this mean? ...
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On a critical hit, does one double negative modifiers?

Let's say a character with an 8 STR confirms a critical hit with a short sword. A normal hit for them would deal 1d6-1 damage. Does the critical deal 2d6-2?
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As a Sorcerer of the Efreeti Bloodline, can I turn Stone Call into Fire Call?

I'm playing a Sorcerer with the Efreeti Bloodline. That means that I can change the elements in my spells to Fire using this feature: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy ...
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Pathfinder: How does taking 2 archetypes in from the same core class work?

In the APG it states; "A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature." So does that ...
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PC as Familiar?

One of my PC's wants a familiar and one of my other PC's thinks it would be cool if she could take on the role of a familiar because she thinks it would allow her freedom to be "cute" in the game. ...
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk unarmed strikes except by increasing in size?
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What game system should I use for a new campaign: familiarity or abundant material [closed]

After a couple of decades away from RPGs, I've have been a player for several months with a steady group playing FantasyCraft. Meanwhile, I've been preparing a campaign of my own and done a lot of ...
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Can a thrown dagger do slashing damage?

Daggers can do either slashing or piercing damage, and have a range increment of 10'. I don't see anything in the rules to suggest that thrown they only deal piercing damage...though it seems like a ...
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In Pathfinder, do magical weapons automatically overcome damage reduction?

Let's say I have a monster with DR 10/Adamantine. Would it be correct to say that if a PC attacks that monster with a +3 non-Adamantine weapon, the monster's DR would not be overcome? The general ...
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How do I make my fights more interesting? [closed]

Sometimes my combats are too boring, just a bunch of dice rolls. I want my fightings to be fast and various. Often is all about "you See the enemy, roll the dice a few Times, go on". This takes too ...
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Class Skill and Skill Focus as requirement for feat

The answer is probably, "no you have burn another feat for this," but I wanted to ask the community anyway. I am looking at taking the Eldritch Heritage feat with my Dhampir Oracle and one of the ...
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Leveling up a non-companion animal

Our level 4 rogue did an amazing diplomacy/handle animal check and befriended a shadow mastiff. The group as a whole thinks the shadow mastiff is awesome, and gave it a name. They want to level it up ...
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What do I have to roll to make a horse squeeze through a tight space?

I ran into an issue in my last session - my party headed into an area that is only accessible via tight tunnels. My horse is physically capable of passing through them, but it would have to "squeeze" ...
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Community-created dungeons for Pathfinder?

Just finished playing the Pathfinder Beginner Box Set adventure with my sons (as a first experience for us, and it was great fun). It would be fun to continue this, but building a whole dungeon after ...
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Crafting in the Wilderness

We've started a campaign recently where we are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Our characters are fairly low-level and do not have any starting equipment other than the clothes on our back As such, ...
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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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Does Entangling Shot involve one duration roll or one per target?

Does each target in the AoE of an Entangling Shot roll independently for the 2d4 rounds of entanglement, or does the PC roll one duration shared by all who fail the reflex save?
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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Where it says longsword +3 and short sword +2, what does the +3 and +2 mean?

In the following example character, in this case Valeros: http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/npcCodex/iconic/valeros.html What does the +3 and +2 mean in relation to his weapons? Are these ...
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Should I take turns during a skill challenge?

I'm trying to use 4e's skill challenges in Pathfinder, but I have a question: should I ask my player to roll for initiative and take turns to Win the challenge, or just the best PCs should play it?
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Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level

I want to learn how to optimize. I am aware of optimization and have seen examples of optimized characters, I have found many 'guides' on optimization but in reality all of these are simply lists of ...
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New players missing the big picture?

Ok so I've just started my two daughters on their first ever Pathfinder campaign using the pre-built TC1 "Into the Haunted Forest". It's going ok, they are having fun, but they seem to be overlooking ...
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Can Intimidate be used to cause fear of other forces?

In Pathfinder, can the Intimidate skill be used to cause fear of and act on fear of third party forces? For example, my veteran Dwarven soldier walks up to a civilian, and says "I've seen the terrors ...
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How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?

So, the last session I tried to make an encounter where my players had to escape from a burning house. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boring bunch of pass-or-suck checks. How can I make this ...
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Injury Poison vs Temp Hit Points / Damage Reduction

Specifically looking at poisons of type Injury: Injury: These poisons are primarily delivered through the attacks of certain creatures and through weapons coated in the toxin...One dose of ...
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Creating custom preparation rituals and boons for Pathfinder

Ultimate Magic has a section describing several pre-built spellbooks that PCs may use and some of them include preparation rituals. These rituals grant a boon to the caster if a minimum number of ...