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Clarification of Blink Mechanics, or “Should Someone have Punched in my Sandwich?”

I am looking for clarification as to the mechanics of the Blink spell. I believe that the spell reads quite clearly, however most of my play group does not agree with my recent ruling. Some ...
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Can one enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below?

In a session today we were camped out in a Leomund's Tiny Hut and the DM determined that since it is described as a dome, the bad guys (Wraiths, so they are incorporeal) could enter the area from ...
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Hostage Situation: Do you miss, hit the hostage, or chance of either one?

Does holding someone hostage give partial cover and is there a chance of hitting the hostage if you miss hitting the intended target that is holding the hostage? My opinion is that it should trigger ...
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My party bypassed a combat encouter. Should they still get XP?

Some thug bandits set up a road block on the main road to extract a toll from passerbys. It was twilight when my party encountered them. They used the Rogue to scout ahead, and they ultimately decided ...
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Can I use Relentless Endurance after failing the Relentless Rage Constitution saving throw?

Can I make the saving throw from Relentless Rage (PHB p.49, Barbarian) and use my Relentless Endurance (PHB p.41, Half-Orc) if I fail it? Is there anything that would suggest this is not possible?
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Can you take a Squire at 3rd level?

According to the prerequisites of the Squire Feat you can take the feat at level 3, but you cannot have a squire more than 3 levels lower than you. The Leadership Feat does not provide rules for ...
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Under what circumstances do ranged attackers provide flanking?

Suppose my character is a monk (and thus can make unarmed strikes with her feet). Suppose that for some reason she's wielding a longbow. Does she threaten the area around her? Can she provide a ...
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Can “Phantasmal Force” be used as a flanking buddy?

If someone casts "Phantasmal Force" (2nd level illusion) on a foe, in a campaign that uses the optional flanking rules, and it renders to the foe as another attacking creature from a flanking position,...
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Normal weapons immunity…as hardened armor or complete immunity vs normal weapons?

On page 397-398 immunities are mentioned. Now the question is how to handle normal weapons immunities. The first paragraph of the power mentions it working as hardened armor: Effectively, the ...
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What are the limits of the Feat Spell Perfection?

The reason I asked is because I think I found a bit of a loophole when using the feat that I'd like a bit of clarification on. Spell perfection states the following: Pick one spell which you have ...
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Does a spellcaster know when concentration ends?

Does a spellcaster know when concentration ends on one of their spells? For example, when a wizard casts invisibility, that target is invisible until they attack or after one hour. So if the ...
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Can a shove give an AoO?

For example the shield mastery feat gives the option to shove an adjacent creature 5ft as a bonus action could you make an AoO on the creature because it leaves your threat range without using the ...
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What ways exist for a creature using the XPH to get psionic attack and defense modes?

Are there one or more ways for a creature in a campaign that usually uses for its psionics rules the Expanded Psionics Handbook to gain psionic combat attack and defense modes from the Psionics ...
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Enlarge Spell with Critical. Which dice do I count?

The Enlarge Spell feat allows you to increase your at-will/encounter burst and blast attacks by 1 if you take a -2 damage penalty per die. Enlarge Spell Before using a wizard at-will or ...
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Does ignoring a Specific Resistance allow you to ignore Resist All when using that specific type?

Follow-up Question to Does a Pyromancy Apprentice with the Burn Everything Feat ignore Fire Immunity? There are plenty of feats and benefits that characters can get that allow them to ignore ...
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Does a Pyromancy Apprentice with the Burn Everything Feat ignore Fire Immunity?

If a Wizard (Mage) who was apprenticed under the Pyromancy School also had the Burn Everything feat, would he ignore Fire Immunity? Let me explain: The Pyromancy Apprentice benefit allows you to ...
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Is it possible to spread holy water on a weapon like you do with poison?

I'm wondering whether a character could spread holy water over his sword or axe and then hit an undead and on the first hit, inflict an extra 2d6 as if the holy water had been thrown at the undead. ...
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Does Accelerated magic item crafting increase the daily cap?

Magic Creation rules The creator also needs a fairly quiet, comfortable, and well-lit place in which to work. Any place suitable for preparing spells is suitable for making items. Creating an item ...
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How do Death Saves interact with Actions that have multiple Attacks?

Inspired by the efforts to kill a Vampire, the GM in me got in a fight with the engineer. Per the text from Death Saves, taking damage while you have 0 hit points will cause a death saving throw ...
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Can you Stabilize while suffocating?

A quick read over the suffocation rules for 5E (see p.183 in the PHB) gives this snippet of text: When a creature runs out of breath, it can survive for a number of rounds equal to its ...
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Is there a way to see through smoke as opposed to “darkness”?

Darkness is the absence of light. Smoke/fog is the presence of another medium effecting vision. RAW in 5e are there ways for PCs to see through smoke/fog/things-that-are-not-darkness? Is smoke/fog ...
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Can swarms be pushed or pulled?

Following up my question about grappling conditions on swarms, a situation came up in my group when the Druid attempted to use the spell Thorn Whip to pull a swarm of piranhas on shore to defeat them, ...
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Can you grapple a swarm?

While it doesn't make sense from a rules as intended perspective, I haven't seen anything in the Grapple section or your average swarm's stat-block that protect it from being grappled.
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What happens when a creature loses its next move action?

The feat Undermountain Tactics allows the use of the tactical maneuver stair king, which says To use this maneuver, you must gain the high ground bonus on your attacks against an opponent. If you ...
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Is a character obligated to advance in level?

Kind of a crazy question, but I was wondering if there were any written rules on the obligation of a character to advance in level? The reason I'm asking is this: since this summer, I have created ...
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Can I use the bonus action attack granted by War magic before casting the spell?

A Fighter with archetype Eldritch knight gets the feature War magic at 7th level (and Improved war magic at 18th level). It states: War Magic: Beginning at 7th level, when you use your action to ...
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Does Grim Harvest trigger when my Teleport causes a death?

Prompted by Does Grim Harvest trigger when my minions kill something? I Teleport a large, flat rock into the air some dozens of feet above an enemy. My DM rules that the rock falling does damage, and ...
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Does Grim Harvest trigger when my minions kill something?

The Necromancy School's Grim Harvest ability restores HP when you kill an enemy with a spell of 1st-level or higher. Does this apply when minions created by a spell, such as Animate Dead, or Conjure ...
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What happens when two Interference powers oppose each other?

In Wild Talents, a power with the Interference extra serves to reduce an opposing power's width: Interference allows your power to reduce the width of an opposed roll before the resolution of all ...
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What order are individual attacks taken in during a full attack action, and does it differ between editions?

What rules apply to the order in which individual attacks are taken during a full attack action in D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder? I am specifically interested in RAW requirements on the order in ...
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Can I sneak attack after using Hide in Plain Sight?

I'm currently playing a TWF Rogue, and am looking to take a level in Shadowdancer for the HiPS ability. My line of thinking is I could sneak attack an enemy and use HiPS to effectively disappear ...
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What are the rules regarding taking actions while bluffing? [closed]

In Pathfinder, I am in the middle of creating a minor plot element that could become a full-blown side quest where a coven of witches have trained their familiars for the specific purpose of ...
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Can other party members wield a warlock's pact weapon?

Lets say the group's Great Weapon Fighter and Bladelock have their weapons confiscated. Can the Warlock call his pact weapon and, assuming it is the type of weapon the Fighter uses mostly, give it to ...
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How can an object hide the fact that it is Animated?

I am currently designing an encounter with an animated ship carrying a massive cargo of animated objects. However, the entire thing loses its magic when all that a player needs to do in order to ...
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Iaijutsu dueling rules

I find iaijutsu dueling weird in 4th. This is what I understand so far: If someone doesn't roll high enough to strike first, the duel is over and considered a draw. That seems a weird rule. I feel ...
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Are any solar medicine charms effective against Final Viridescence?

In Exalted 2e, is there any solar medicine charm that can effectively cure (or aid in treating) Final Viridescence? I'm confused as to how it works, because while it initially calls itself a disease, ...
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How does the feat Ranged Pin work?

The feat Ranged Pin has as its benefit the following: You can perform a ranged grapple attempt against an opponent by pinning a bit of its clothing to a nearby surface. The target must be within 5 ...
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Is the Massive Damage Rule Needed? [closed]

In D&D 3.5 there is a Massive Damage rule: Massive Damage If you ever sustain a single attack deals 50 points of damage or more and it doesn’t kill you outright, you must make a DC 15 ...
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Who can use a Ring of adept maneuvers?

I'm here to ask your assistance to locate an official ruling or errata about an item. Last time our Group played we got among the enemy's belongings a Ring of adept maneuvers. According to our DM's ...
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Does a healing spell after Beacon of Hope deal maximum healing?

Beacon of Hope is a concentration spell. Say a cleric casts it one turn and then decides to use Cure Wounds on their next turn. Cure Wounds would break concentration on the spell, thereby ending ...
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Does the “heroic level defense bonus” make armor pointless for DEX based characters?

I admit I'm a bit confused about the way how "Star Wars - Saga Edition" handles it's defenses, especially because of the addition of the heroic level. Reflex Defense: 10 + [your heroic level or ...
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How should we interpret the word “death” in the Deck of Many Things, Jack of Hearts, Knight?

Reading the description of the Deck of Many Things for the Jack of Hearts card, Knight, it says: the fighter ... serves you loyally until death.... (DMG5e, p.164) Usually, descriptions say ...
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Automatic-Dodge vs. Regular Dodge Bonus

I've been consulting a few RIFTS and Palladium system forums online to try and figure out exactly how the Automatic Dodge system in the games work and have been rather unsuccessful. So I'm turning to ...
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Where are the rules for Ride skill and beasts?

The ride skill (not pilot) in SAGA edition core rule books states: Use this skill to ride any kind of mount, such as a tauntaun, dewback or bantha Obviously these are types of beasts, as opposed ...
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Can I get trapped in my own Demiplane?

I've been looking at the 8th-level spell Demiplane: When the spell ends, the door disappears, and any creatures or objects inside the demiplane remain trapped there, as the door also disappears ...
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What's the real benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker?

The benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker says When grappling, you can make an unarmed attack to deal 1d6 points of normal damage with a successful grapple check. You do not suffer the usual −4 ...
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Does Jack Of All Trades allow me to keep the bonus after I become proficient in the skill later?

Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include your proficiency bonus. I could at level 2 add half my ...
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What happens to a permanent Greater Magic Fang if you lose your natural weapon?

For instance, a caster with access to permanency and Greater Magic Fang casts a permanent GMF (claw) on a weretiger while he is in tiger form. When the lycan shifts back to his human form (no longer ...
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Do weapon enhancing spells let them hit incorporeal opponents?

So, a party of a Fighter, a Rogue, a Barbarian and a Wizard walks into a ghost city, and meets a hostile Joystealer (or a ghost, or some other incorporeal enemy). The party only has mundane and ...
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What happens if I empower a spell with limits?

In last session, out of panic, my magus used an empowered mirror image to protect himself. I rolled a 4 on the dice, +3 since I'm level 9, which totals 7 images, and the empower would bring that ...