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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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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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Are there any rules for a Cleric to change his faith?

There are rules for a Cleric who loses faith, and how to regain his standing through atonement. But what if he abandons one faith entirely for another? Presumably his new god/faith should be picking ...
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Do any newer D&D versions grant experience for exceptional role-playing?

Do any of the newer D&D editions' books (most likely the DM Guide) have guidelines for granting experience for exceptional role-playing? I once played with a professional DM (there's a job I ...
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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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Can you heal yourself at 0 HP?

If my understanding of the rules is correct, at 0 HP you are still aware and can take certain actions, but taking a strenuous standard action such as attacking or casting a spell will drop you to -1 ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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Can I use Vampiric Touch on myself?

The Spell Vampiric Touch states: Your touch deals 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 10d6). You gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal. You can't gain more ...
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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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How does Counterspell work in 5e?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...
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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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What is the best way to prevent abuse of the gate spell?

The gate spell may be used for calling a extraplanar creature up to 39 HD for your service, e.g. Solar. That creature may be commanded to use wish spell for raising your attributes or for creating a ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Does a Wizard need a spellbook to cast spells, or just to prepare them?

I had recently gotten into an argument with a fellow player on the subject of how spellbooks work. Specifically, does a Wizard require access to his book in order to cast spells, or just to prepare ...
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Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs in D&D 3.5?

Checking the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook rules, the rules are explicit that the Diplomacy skill cannot be used to influence other PCs, only NPCs. But I see no such restrictions for Intimidate or ...
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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 flight warrant Move Silently checks?

I just had a thought concerning a Half-Fae Warlock I'm building: if the Half-Fae template grants him butterfly wings for flight, and butterflies aren't exactly known for having audible flying sounds. ...
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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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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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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Can a horse start a grapple?

I know it defies suspension of disbelief, but what official rule can I show a rules lawyer player that "proves" a horse can't start a grapple? If the answer needs to distinguish between animal ...
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Is Knowledge (Local) Tied to a Specific Region?

For a long time, one of the DMs in my usual group has claimed that Knowledge (Local) has to be tied to a specific region. For example, you could take Knowledge (Restov). So, we've always just played ...
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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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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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Is there a way to indicate a binding agreement on an item?

The setting at hand is more or less grim irony, reflecting the modern days. Ontological categories adopted by characters in the setting map to the modern ontologies. In the storyline there are ...
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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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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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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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What does it mean to “harm someone with magic” in nWoD Mage?

In New World of Darkness Mage, the Hierarchy of Sins is less than clear about some cases. Specifically, it is a Wisdom 4 sin to "Harm someone with magic". In other sourcebooks, is there a more clear ...
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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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What's the likely law enforcement response to my PCs in Nidal?

This question is fairly specific to the shadow-haunted, torture-porn, evil Cenobite god worshiping country of Nidal in Paizo's world of Golarion, but could also apply to other "lawful evil nations" ...
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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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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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Is there, in D&D 3.5, a standard/canonical ruling for skill in astronomy/knowledge(astronomy)?

Question see title; further explanation: what I mean is especially in relation to identifying time (of month, year) and location/heading based on the location of celestial objects and, say, a standard ...
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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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Can a PC start with more than one attribute at 8 or 9?

In DnD4e essentials you have a choice of 3 arrays. However in the rules compendium they mention a point buy system. I know from previous versions of the character builder that it will not allow you ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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Can you dual-wield bows with four hands?

I know, I know, dual-wielding a bow would be near impossible to manage with the basic races (human, elf, dwarf etc). But, what if you were playing a monster race that had four hands such as a ...
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Where does a traveler arrive when a planar location's unspecified?

When a creature is successfully targeted by an effect that transports the creature to another plane but no location on that plane is specified, where does the creature arrive? If the plane is the ...
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Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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Assisted healing (and Inspiring Leadership) game balance

I renamed this question because I didn't estimate the problem correctly, which actually seems to be localized to assisted healing. The old title was "How do I restrain Inspiring Leadership". (Strands ...
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Does an adept leave an astral signature when using his powers? How long does it last?

I am trying to figure out whether adepts using their magical powers leave an astral signature. So far, since checking the core rulebook and Streetmagic, I have found a few forum discussions on the ...
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When exactly do “once each round” effects work?

Quite a bit of spell effects state that they work once in a round. For example, Balor Nimbus: each round, the flames deal 6d6 points of fire damage to any creature grappling you (or any creature ...
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Can I craft a 25 AC piece of armor?

When using the Craft skill to create armor. It says the difficulty to create an armor is 10+AC bonus. So, can I create an armor that gives 25 AC? The DC would be 35. I wonder if it's possible to ...
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Does making an animal more intelligent automatically make them a magical beast

Inspired by this question Most animals have an intelligence of 1-2 in PF. But should you cast Fox's Cunning on one and raise it's int to (say) 6, does it become a magical beast automatically (with ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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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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What to do in Labyrinth Lord when both PCs and Foes are surprised?

In Labyrinth Lord, when there is a possibility of surprise for both PCs and foes, both sides roll 1d6. A 1-2 indicates that side is surprised for the first round. If both sides roll a 1-2, both ...
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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 ...