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Is there a general rule of take the average or roll the dice?

There was a comment on one of my answers that stated that all instances of average or dice rolling are treated the same by the rules. Specifically mentioned are players gaining HP, Monster Damage and ...
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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What happens to the Warlock Spell Slots when he obtains new Spell Levels?

This isn't explained on the spellcasting section of the warlock. On the table, it's shown the warlock acquires new spell slots as it levels up, for example, starts at level 1 with 1 1st level slot, ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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Do NPCs have their own personal refresh and pool of fate points?

I'm studying FATE Core System, while reading the FATE Freeport Companion I found the refresh value for some NPC. Now I'm not sure about how to use this value because the GM available fate point is ...
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Understanding the Swashbuckler's Dizzying Defense ability

I'm trying to understand how the new Swashbuckler 15th level ability dizzying defense works, rules-as-written. (I suspect I may not play it RAW, but I at least want to understand the RAW before making ...
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How many times per scene can I attempt to cast a spell such as Postcognition?

In this question I'm using Postcognition as more of an example of how instant / concentration spells work. I have a situation in my Mage The Awakening group where a player cast Postcognition rote on ...
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Can the Monk Feature “Stunning Strike” be used with Martial Arts?

Stunning Strike reads like the following paragraph: "Starting at 5th level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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Gunsmithing and special bullets

Does Gunsmithing allow you to create bullets made from special materials at 10% of the cost of buying bullets of the same type?
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Are enemy weapons and armour up for grabs as loot?

I am running the Starter Set Adventure (Lost Mine of Phelvander), and the majority of enemies have weapons and armour. For example every goblin has a scimitar, a shortbow, and leather armour. When ...
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Forced usage of “at-will” Basic Attacks

I am playing a Warlock with the Eldritch Strike power, which has the following piece of text: This power counts as a melee basic attack. This means that I have two MBAs, my normal strength-scaling ...
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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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Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
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Changing the attribute applied to a skill and penalties to attribute based checks

Student of philosophy causes you to use intelligent instead of charisma for certain uses of diplomacy and bluffing. Would family ties apply a penalty to those uses since it now uses intelligence? ...
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How much does a “Potion of cure light wounds” heal?

According to the documentation, a potion of cure light wounds points to the spell "cure light wounds". Now, the spell has some info about healing: cures 1d8 points of damage +1 point per caster ...
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Taking feats while multiclassing

Let's suppose that we have a multiclassing barbarian/PRC. The character has 6 levels of Barbarian and does not intend to take any more, focusing on leveling as a rogue. However, the player would like ...
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What is required to be able to sneak attack with a spell or ranged attack?

I'm playing a 3rd level rogue, and I'm looking at at taking a few levels of sorcerer for the Draconic bloodline's claws, and as a prerequisite for the arcane trickster prestige class. Since I'm going ...
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The Stack'O'Mounts

This is an exercise in ridiculousness, but I find it quite fun to consider - hence powergaming. Let's consider three characters: a gnomish cavalier (small) with his wolf mount (medium), half-orc ...
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Do natural attacks count as melee weapons?

Consider a barbarian that loves to charge at things. On top of his trusty axe (which is indeed a manufactured weapon) he also has a pair of claws by the virtue of Beast Totem or maybe from some ...
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How are caster levels determined in concert with the feat Master Spellthief?

The first and third benefits of the feat Master Spellthief from page 79 of Complete Scoundrel are pretty straightforward (although the first's a little sad in that it only affects the level of spell ...
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How to generate a monster with levels in wizard?

I read in a Pathfinder book about a monster (intellect devourer) that had nine levels in Wizard. How would I be able to create an NPC character sheet for such a thing? The monster without any wizard ...
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Can a vampire cross running water in Pathfinder?

(Inspired by some comments in this question) In D&D 3.5 and earlier, vampires couldn't cross running water - even over a bridge or on a boat (I vaguely remember them being able to do so if they ...
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Does magic armor automatically resize?

I tought I was pretty sure this is not the case, but some discussion has arisen and I'm not so sure anymore. What I know: Most magical objects in the game auto-resize when worn by creatures of ...
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According to the Playtest Rules, can a Paladin own a Familiar? [closed]

I'm here discussing with a friend if the Paladin can have a Familiar or not. The Familiar Feat says that as long as you have a spell of the Wizard list on your Spell List, you can own a familiar, ...
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Where are the rules for “magic” pools?

Encountered a problem in a game the other night, no one had written down their "magic" pool. I looked under quick character creation sections, and may have skimmed over it, but couldn't find it. By ...
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How many projectiles from a single attack can you catch with Snatch Arrows?

Certain ranged attacks involve shooting multiple projectiles at once, but it's still a single attack. So what if you are shot by, say, Manyshot, or that one monster from the ELH who can throw 50 ...
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How do touch attacks work in Microlite20?

How do touch attacks work in the Microlite20 system? For example, on page 7 the description of the 1st Level Arcane Spell "Shocking Grasp" reads as follows: Touch delivers 1d6/level electricity ...
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What function does the “light” keyword serve on the hand crossbow

In the equipment section of the D&D basic rules, it lists "light" as a keyword for the hand crossbow. The "light" property offers the following attributes: Light. A light weapon is small and ...
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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long ...
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Is it possible for a wizard to change the spells in her spellbook?

Wizards choose new spells to add to their spellbooks at level-up; however, through the course of play a wizard might find that one of the spells she learned is not very useful, and want to exchange ...
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How to build an organisation in pathfinder?

My char plans to create a religious organisation. Facts Name: "Order of the Starfall" (OS) Base of Operation: Sandpoint What dos OS wants to achieve? Live the old ways Aroden suggested Hope and ...
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Why is the dice pool splitting handled the way it is?

In V20 the rules say that a character can split his dice pool as many times as he likes to try to fit a few actions in one turn at the expense of rolling only 1/2 for two, 1/3 for three actions etc. ...
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Can I give the blinded condition through an improvised action?

Under the rules for contests it says that anytime you wish to do something that is opposed by another you make a contest ability check. Later in the combat rules it says that you can use a shove ...
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Does untyped damage overcome all DR?

According to a Pathfinder designer, untyped damage overcomes all DR. The comments are recorded in the last entry in this d20pfsrd FAQ section (just before "Blink and Mirror Image (4/22/10)") and comes ...
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What materials/information would I need to construct a gameworld? [closed]

I'm planning on creating my own game world and I was wondering what specifics should I be looking at to help with its accuracy, detail and playability?
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How to effectively protect a VIP in the streets?

A diplomat of a foreign country resides in the current city. Now he wants to go from the townhall to some event a couple of blocks down the street. How would you protect him, in case a group of highly ...
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What happens when an Inquisitor's alignment changes?

According to the rules: An inquisitor’s alignment must be within one step of her deity’s, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. So what happens when the alignment of an ...
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How do you decide if a disease is the cause of death?

When a character who has low hit points from a fight dies after losing constitution from a disease, how do you tell which is responsible of death? Example: Lets take a character who has ghoul fever. ...
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How do I Block or Defend in DFRPG? Can the following Blocking & Defense Actions Examples be Critiqued/Verified?

I've struggled a bit with what I consider to be somewhat vague sidebars on pages 252 & 253 in regard to Blocks. Thus I've written out other examples of how I think Blocks work and am hoping to get ...
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Where do you install a Cybersnake?

For a game of Cyberpunk 2020 I want to build a villan with a pair of cybernetic tusks who can function as Cybersnakes, effectively making him a cybernetic walrus-man. The problem is, the rules on the ...
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If the weapon for divine bond is already magic, can a paladin add Keen to it at 5th level?

The rules for Divine Bond, state: At 5th level, this spirit grants the weapon a +1 enhancement bonus. It then goes on: For every three levels beyond 5th, the weapon gains another +1 ...
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How many times can a paladin use Lay on Hands per day?

The rules for Lay on Hands state that: Each day she can use this ability a number of times equal to 1/2 her paladin level plus her Charisma modifier. If the paladin's charisma score is 18, this ...
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Dresden Files RPG: Can Spells Mimic or Replace other Skills?

I haven't found the section in the DFRPG Your Story Core Rule book that specifically talks about if a Spell could fully replace Skills. Can anybody point me to the specific section in the book that ...
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How much strength-based damage does a Quadruped eidolon's add to a bite attack?

Specifically, does a Quadruped eidolon add its STR, or 1.5*STR on its bite attacks? Assume for the sake of this question that the eidolon has at least one other natural attack and that it's not using ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Creation Limits

The rules for Upgrading Magic Items states that you can add new abilities to your items by paying 50% more gold. It does not put any limit to how many abilities you can add to items such as wondrous ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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Penalties to running long distances outside of combat?

I'm running a game with a couple of friends, one of which is a druid with a base speed of 8, and the party has hired some horses (speed 10) but almost lost one in combat as an enemy tried to escape on ...
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How does Delay Poison interact with Drow Poison?

If a character has Delay Poison cast on them before being hit by the poison, my understanding is that both fortitude saves are delayed until the Delay Poison wears off. If a character is hit by Drow ...
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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...