Interpretations and applications of rules that only take into consideration specifically what published game material states.

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Stealth and invisibility

Under invisibility it says: Of course, the subject is not magically silenced [...] If a check is required, a stationary invisible creature has a +40 bonus on its Stealth checks. This bonus is ...
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Casting Flame Strike or Ice Storm in a cave/dungeon

So, one of my players who plays a druid wanted to cast "Flame Strike" and "Ice Storm" in a dungeon. In the german version of the rule books, those spells both state that the Ice/Fire comes from the ...
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What happens when a burrowing creature falls unconscious?

What happens if a monster falls unconscious while burrowing? My game just had an encounter where I launched into the boss with Vestige of Baatar at the start of combat. On the boss's turn, it used a ...
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How long does it take to use an alchemist's extract?

Each spell has it's own casting time, e.g. Enlarge Person takes 1 full round and Burst of Speed takes a swift action. On the other hand, Drinking a potion or using an oil is a standard action ...
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Encounter Budget in D&D 4e after Essentials

When the first 4e books came out, the encounter building chapter suggested to limit the enemies' level: from party level -2 to party level +4 Has this changed over the years, especially after ...
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Can I Sunder Worn Armor in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, Sunder checks explicitly could not be made against armor worn by an opponent. However, I cannot seem to discern if this rule is still part of Pathfinder, so my question is a simple ...
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How does the nature of a game system impact how in-character knowledge of a rules-based metaphysics impacts gameplay? [migrated]

Inspired by response to this, in turn inspired by this It appears to be the majority opinion that some quality of the impact of game systems prevents authoritative answers as to the impact of special ...
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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Is a Bluff check necessary when telling the truth?

Backstory During a session recently played, an NPC asked my character a question. I answered the question. The DM, after hearing a die roll, told me to roll a bluff check. I told him I wasn't lying. ...
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How does shaking off hold person work?

The following situation came up in a recent game: Character A cast hold person on enemy B. B failed the will save roll and became held. When B's turn came up, he got another attempt at a will save, ...
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How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?

For example, could characters build a simple self-propelled, steerable wagon using either magic spells or magic items to rotate and guide the wheels, with rules as written from Dungeons & Dragons ...
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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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Does the rider need to expend an action to ride a horse?

During the last session of my d20 Modern game, I had a player and NPC on horseback, and I realized that the rules aren't clear on the Action breakdown between horse and rider. Ride Animal doesn't ...
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Can a vampire enter a temple?

My party will be going to a temple soon, and I'm wondering if a vampire (who is stalking them unbeknownst to the party) will be able to enter. It's to an evil god, but the ground is still technically ...
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Can I “shove” with a reach weapon?

I'm trying to determine how the shove Attack action and Reach weapons interact. In particular, can you use shove on a creature 10' away? The shove description says: Using the Attack action, you ...
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Can you use a readied action to act on a different round?

From the PHB, page 193: Sometimes you want to get the jump on a foe or wait for a particular circumstance before you act. To do so, you can take the Ready action on your turn so that you can act ...
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How do you handle the cost increase for magic items with multiple effects?

In the DMG for D&D 3.5 on page 285 there is a chart for estimating the cost of new magic items. Under the section "Special" there is an attribute titled "Multiple Different Abilities". This ...
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War Caster opportunity attack spell clarifications

The War Caster feat gives the ability to cast certain spells as reactions, which creates some ambiguous rules. So far I've found: Command: the spell states that the creature must do a specified ...
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Does the Necromancer's Skeletal Minion prevent familiars gained from other sources?

Among the Wizard's Necromancer variants is the Skeletal Minion feature, which says (among other things): A 1st-level necromancer using this variant can begin play with an undead minion (a human ...
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What happens when a flying creature is knocked prone?

As per the title. The specific example I'm thinking of is an Archer Battle Master Fighter using Trip Attack on a Druid shapeshifted into an Air Elemental floating 120 feet off the ground. If the ...
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Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?

Is it possible to choose to grant Combat Advantage to an enemy? In 4e, a defender grants CA when dazed, stunned, or blind, for example. Could not a player replicate these states willingly? Because of ...
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Are missing extremities still missing in Wild Shape?

The subject says it all. There's a druid of 4th level, and in his natural form he is missing an arm. Is the corresponding extremity (a paw, or a wing) still missing after wild shaping into an animal ...
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I want to be hit, but my AC is too high [duplicate]

One of my players has a build that grants advantages when he is hit, especially when hit by an Opportunity Attack. The problem is that his AC is very high, so straight rolls miss. My natural ...
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How does a regular sized helm interact with vision and head armour?

The AD&D DMG states that wearing a 'great helm' gives the head an armour class of 1, along with limiting the field of vision of the wearer to 60 degrees. But it does not specify (at least, I ...
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Can bardic music Inspire Courage be combined with attack actions?

I have seen Pathfinder question about that: Can Bards attack while Performing? But my problem is D&D 3.5 related. In D&D general text states: Starting a bardic music effect is a standard ...
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Durations of chained conditions

Two related questions here; here, I use Fatigued and Exhausted for illustration, but I'm really asking about the general case of condition "chains" like this. Question 1: A character is currently ...
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How does the Diviner's Portent ability interact with Advantage and Disadvantage?

The portent ability says, in part, You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can see with one of these foretelling rolls. You must choose ...
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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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AD&D/2e: how do you play a PC that's from a NPC race?

Are there supplemental rules in AD&D 1e or 2e for playing a PC who's a NPC race -- say a kobold or a goblin? The PHB does not speak to this topic, unlike the 3.x SRD. P.S. I know it's possible ...
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When a War Caster Wizard carrying a shield casts the spell “Shield” does the AC bonus Stack?

Basically, if you are a wizard with the war caster feat carrying a shield and you cast shield, do you get the bonus of your physical shield and the bonus from the spell shield (+5 AC) or not?
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Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The unconscious condition states the following two effects (PHB292) The creature drops whatever it's holding and falls prone. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage By prone it is ...
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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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How can I gain a combat advantage with a bluff check?

I've read the following thing in wizards.com compendium: "Once per encounter, a creature can try to gain combat advantage against a target by making a Bluff check." So, I have two questions about ...
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Do touch-range spells create an attack of opportunity?

If I cast a touch spell, such as Bull Strength, does it provoke an Attack of Opportunity? I realize that touch attack spells do not, but is that still the case if I'm not attacking?
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How do I deal with exploding dice ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?

We love playing with Super Powers companion 2nd Edition since it gives us all the flexibility for character creation we want while preventing the usage of the simplistic Powers found on the base core ...
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Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent

Alright so, I titled this after running silent because that was my original problem. All I wanted to do was make a sniper who dabbled into rigging for a couple of MCT-Fly drones. So I figured I need ...
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Does an Incantatrix learn new spells per level?

This may be something I'm just missing, but it seems by a strict reading, the Incantatrix (I also checked the Mystic Theurge, I'm assuming some of the other prestige classes), no longer get the two ...
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Can you use combat expertise with no melee targets?

Picture the scenario: A skillful fighter finds himself being targeted by a clutch of archers. He can't close the distance in time, but he does have that handy combat expertise feat to give him a ...
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Does Assassins Strike deal Max damage on a Critical hit? [duplicate]

My friends and I are debating whether the Assasin's Strike power is maxxed on a crit roll. Since it is not declared until after the hit we weren't sure on the ruling. As I understand it it is ...
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Benefit of Armored Kilt

The Armored Kilt can be added worn alone or added to a piece of armor. I always worked under the assumption that if you added the kilt the AC bonus was increased by 1 and the weight of the armor went ...
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When do Lair Actions occur?

The Monster Manual describes Lair Actions as occurring "On initiative count 20 (losing all ties)..." (p 11). What does "initiative count 20" mean? I can't find that phrase anywhere in the PHB or in ...
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What effect does combining Mithril and an Armored Kilt have on armor category?

I have a few questions regarding the interaction between Mithril and Armored Kilts in Pathfinder. I would like either official sources, or the words of pathfinder creators/developers if possible. I'm ...
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Arcane Ward and Resistance

Does the abjuration wizards arcane ward take damage before or after resistance applies? The arcane ward ability states that 'Whenever you take damage, the ward takes it instead.' Damage Resistance ...
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Throwing more than once per turn

How do thrown weapons interact with the Extra Attack feature? Can you throw more than one weapon per turn? How about two-weapon fighting? Do you need the Dual-Wielder feat to throw two weapons ...
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What does Use an Object cover?

I saw this come up in another question in regards to drinking a healing potion not being a Use an Object action as the text in the equipment chapter under healing potion specifically says that using a ...
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Fumes mechanics for Acid Elementals

The Fumes ability for the Acic Elemental reads; The fumes from an acid quasi-elemental's body act as an inhaled poison. Creatures within 5 ft. of an acid quasi-elemental must make succeed on a DC ...
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Does a Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to the sneak attack dice as well?

The ability description states (emphasis mine): The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks attempted against that opponent, and a +1 bonus ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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Explosive rounds in Pathfinder

The Pathfinder version of the Hotchkiss 6 pounder (RL info) is listed as an 8d6 B/S/P siege weapon, and it's full description says: The Hotchkiss 6 pounder is a direct-fire advanced siege firearm ...