Pathfinder RPG, derived from Dungeons & Dragons v3.5, published in 2009.

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What does a perception check really signify? Can they be repeated?

When a character makes a perception check, does fail indicate whether they permanently fail to see what is hidden, or just that they need to try again? So far our DM has let us repeat perception ...
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What to do when a player dislikes his character, that is vital for the story?

One of the PCs (a greedy, quirky dwarf fighter) in the game I am hosting recently died, and his player chose to join the group as a new character, a human paladin. After two sessions the player is not ...
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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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Why does Quick Draw not apply to alchemical items?

From the Quick Draw feat description: Benefit: You can draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. (...) Alchemical items, potions, scrolls, and wands cannot be drawn quickly ...
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Does a ring of feather falling work for any height?

Triggered by This Question A ring of feather falling: This ring is crafted with a feather pattern all around its edge. It acts exactly like a feather fall spell, activated immediately if the ...
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Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?

In a fight, can one wizard take over one of the enemies? Wouldn't it be strange, my new best friend was some seconds before my worst enemy? And if it works, how to handle the rest of the fight? Does ...
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How are feats determined for creatures with hit dice and class levels?

For a character with hit dice that is adding its first character level, does it get a feat at first character level or its next odd hit dice? For example a bugbear becomes a bugbear barbarian 1. ...
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Which skill is more suitable for provoking someone?

If a character wants to provoke some sort of reaction (be it anger, or even just breaking his self-imposed silence) by talking to another [player] character; which skill is best suited for a skill ...
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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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Investigating suspects and evidence in a D&D3.x based world

First of all, I know there's been a question titled Crime Investigation in a fantasy world. My question is only partially similar to that, though. The problem: In a DnD3.x based world (including ...
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How does identifying a scroll work?

The way the rules are spread across the book for this confuses me. Here are the methods I consider with corresponding DCs when applicable: Read Magic spell (automatic) Spellcraft check DC 20 + Spell ...
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What action is it to switch between holding a weapon two-handed, and then wielding it one-handed

I'm planning on building a Gish for the next game I play in, and I was wondering how to best plan the build. I want power attack so I can do damage in combat, and I want to wield the weapon ...
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Does a Magus/Sorcerer still have to prepare some spells?

If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, ...
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Pathfinder Fate Points

I'm looking for a mechanic in Pathfinder to provide a fate-point like system for the characters. What mechanic could provide players a small boost here to belt the bad guy when needed or save them ...
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How does the Master Craftsman feat work?

The feat Master Craftsman allows opportunities for non-caster classes to fabricate magic items. If a level 6 fighter has both Master Craftsman and the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feats, how would this ...
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What is a good way to handle a multi-plane adventure?

Any advice for a group/GM that's new to the concept when it comes to adventures across multiple planes? Ways to make the game more fun, issues to avoid, and potential hazards we may come across, both ...
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Benefits for eating good food

I have designed a character to be able to cook just about anything and make it taste great. This was done mainly for RP purposes but I was curious if there is any system that adds benefits for eating ...
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Does an Eidolon share initiative with the Summoner?

The note for Eidolons indicate they are treated as a summoned creature. I assume this means they are treated as per a Summon Monster spell, with the noted exceptions. Does this mean that the ...
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What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the Summon Monster spells?

On the Pathfinder SRD the lists as shown currently are, according to what I have read on the Paizo messageboards, not entirely accurate nor are all calculations done correctly for the various ...
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How can I convert 3.5 Generic Classes to Pathfinder?

I recently obtained the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, and I'm really impressed by the changes. I am going to change my campaign from 3.5e to Pathfinder, but I'm stuck on one major thing. In our ...
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How do I get players to invest in their character concept and stop making new PCs?

I have been playing in a specific group for some time now. I now am in a position where I am going to be the GM once more. However I have a recurring problem with the players continuously switching ...
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Can a multiclassing Wizard/Magus cast a Wizard spell as a Magus spell?

A close friend and I were wondering, if a Magus/Wizard share a spell from both of their spell lists, how it is cast in regards to usage and preparation. Say, a Magus has a spell in their Wizard ...
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk's unarmed strikes other than by increasing in size?
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The effects of saving throws on mind reading

A number of creatures in D&D systems (specific editions may not be necessary here, but let's use 3/3.5/3.75 for simplicity) have the ability to use spell or spell-like effects such as Detect ...
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Order of actions in combat

Is there a specific order in which move / move-equivalent actions and standard actions should occur during a combat round? I know you can take the 5-foot step at the beginning or the end of the turn, ...
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Can a lance receive bonuses from a source other than Strength?

I had the fun idea of making a cavalier that was a small race (gnome, halfling, etc) so they could ride a medium-sized mount and run around indoors. The only problem is that I want to use a lance ...
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How many hit dice do monster player characters have?

Let's say we have party of humans and a minotaur(cr 4). Everybody is level 10, so according to Pathfinder's monsters as races rules minotaur should have 8th (let's say barbarian) level.And the ...
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Techniques for rote-learning a character sheet layout?

I'm a relatively new player, and have been trying to learn and follow as much of the mechanics as possible. Compounding on this, is my (in)ability to be able to find anything on a character sheet (or ...
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How to communicate with your summons?

The Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally spells mention: If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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Does Mnemonic Enhancer give you extra spells the next day?

The 4th level spell Mnemonic Enhancer seems a bit weird and a bit useless: Burn a forth level spell to get back a third or lower spell you cast the previous round. You prepare up to three additional ...
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Magus Maneuvers

Researched and valid magus maneuver: Cast Touch Spell -> 5 foot step -> Spellstrike with no concentration check Is this valid: Cast Touch Spell -> Move action -> Spellstrike with no ...
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How does a character recover from the dying state on his own?

In RAW it's a bit confusing how you go about this if no one is aiding you at all. It states that a dying character "must make a DC 10 Constitution check to become stable. The character takes a ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit

So this came up in our game today and after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As a tank if you give up your turn to waste ...
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Using Dodge (Mythic) as an Immediate Action

Dodge (Mythic) The bonus to AC from Dodge increases by 1. As an immediate action, you can expend one use of mythic power to grant yourself an additional +10 dodge bonus to AC against one attack. ...
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Looking for lycanthropy-related accessories

I've been planning to use lycanthropes as important characters (NPCs) in my next campaign (Pathfinder). I'm looking for any relevant accessories (rules, adventures, magazine articles, blog posts) ...
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Does this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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What abilities remain when using Draconic Exemplar's shapechange ability?

Draconic Exemplar is a Racial Paragon Class for the dragonlike Taninim Race by Rite. One of the Draconic Gifts is Humanoid Form (Su): The draconic exemplar can assume a specific humanoid form of ...
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Do Attack of Opportunity and Readied Action both apply?

Suppose I have a rogue facing an enemy spell-caster. My rogue drinks a potion of invisibility, stealths behind the caster, and readies an action to attack when the caster casts a spell. The caster ...
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Is negative energy (or chanelling it) necessarily evil?

I'm building a Lawful Neutral cleric of Abadar, and picture her channeling negative energy as "Abadar's rebuke of the unjust". In my case, she'll use the Rulership variant channeling rules, cutting ...
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Why can you only craft one magic item per day?

Most magical items of any significant power will take far longer than one day to create. Given the crafting rate of 1 day per 1,000 gold, it seems unlikely there will be any serious balance concerns ...
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How relatively strong is a character of a given level

I'm new to DMing and writing my own campaign, and I've only played Pathfinder once with a group of other new players. I was wondering how "powerful" of something level X (in terms of character level) ...
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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What is implied by a temporary ability bonus?

What is implied by a "temporary ability bonus"? I've noticed this wording on all of the stat boosting items in the core book. Treat this as a temporary ability bonus for the first 24 hours the ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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What are experience points?

Here it was suggested more than once that running away from a too dangerous encounter should add as much experience points as defeating it. This struck me as really odd and made me wonder what exactly ...
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Save against a spell thought to be harmless

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...