Use of a discrete magical formula to accomplish an in-game effect.

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How does Charm Person work?

In a campaign I've been playing in, we've been having a real tough time deciding how powerful to make the first level Charm Person spell for Magic Users. We are playing Swords & Wizardry, a ...
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Intellego Imaginem - What feedback do I get from manipulating my sense of touch?

In Ars Magica 4, I would like to spontaneously use my sense of touch at a distance. I use Intellego Imaginem at level 5 to create this effect as described in the guidelines on page 140 of the core ...
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Any games with a Magicka-like (experimental/combination-based) magic system?

I really like the exploratory/combining elements of the magic system in the computer game Magicka. Can anyone recommend a tabletop game with a similar system? The system is based on obtaining ...
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Way to prevent teleportation

Look at my problem. My party (avg 10 lvl) just had a pre boss fight. That was an opportunity for me to make them spend some of their resources, because they thought that was actually the big bad boss ...
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Hide in Plain Sight vs True Seeing

Does casting True Seeing pierce through a Ranger's Hide in Plain Sight? What about a Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight? According to the True Seeing description: True seeing does not help the ...
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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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Magic Jar and Revenance?

What happens if someone cast Magic Jar (PH p.250) on a person who has been revived by a Revenance spell (Spell Compendium p.175)? Does it keep him alive after Revenance has ended? Does the caster of ...
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Can low level priests cast high level spells off scrolls?

I am a DM with a 2nd lvl priest. I want my priest to be able to cast a remove disease spell off of a scroll that he will find. Can he do this? Where is the rule?
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Starting spells in AD&D 1e

Where should I refer to finding the exact rules for the starting spells of magic-users, clerics, druids and illusionists? I'm not sure whether or not these spells start off ready-to-go or require ...
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Minor Creation and food

So, a hungry wizard walks into a bar... And then gets kicked out before he's able to get any food in his stomach. He throws some curses and then remembers - he has some olives left, as well as a Minor ...
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How to use Shape Earth spell

I'm an elven druid, although I don't specialize solely in any one species of familiar. I have an undead hand, three skeletons, a wolf, a hellhound, and three dragons. My fire dragon leveled up and ...
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What happens to a levitating character catching something heavy in 2nd Edition D&D?

I was listening to the Nerd Poker podcast, where Which got me wondering what would have happened if the levitating character had been in a position to catch this 400-pound falling giant. It's well ...
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Spell placement on a grid, and possibly the differences between “Effect” and “Area”

This question came up when the spells wall of fire and blade barrier were cast and we weren't sure how to handle it. Described below are the issues we had, but first the relevant portions of the ...
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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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Do touch spells crit via a natural weapon's crit range?

If I increase the threat of my natural weapon (improved crit) (19-20) does this affect my touch spell cast through it? Pg 213: A touch spell that deals damage can score a critical hit just as a ...
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How is a ranged touch spell attack calculated?

I know that when attacking with a melee weapon you would add your Attack Bonus to your attack roll and your Strength Modifier to the damage roll. How does this work when you're casting a ranged spell ...
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Can you begin casting, move, then unleash a spell in the same round?

In the Core Rulebook it states that you can cast a "touch" spell, move, and touch your target (as a free action) all in 1 round if you want, in whatever order you want. Does this also apply to range ...
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Level-0 spells for Duskblade?

I was creating a duskblade with the Player's Handbook 2, and on page 98 spells for the Duskblade are listed, but there are no level 0 spells to chose from... (I'm guessing there is another source for ...
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Can I use touch creature spells on myself?

Can I use spells whose target is "creature touched" or "living creature touched" on myself?
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What are the costs of having multiple/alternate spellbooks?

I know wizards can get a certain number of spells in their spellbook for free as they level up, but does that specifically cover having them written down in one spellbook? If you plan to maintain a ...
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As a Sorcerer of the Efreeti Bloodline, can I turn Stone Call into Fire Call?

I'm playing a Sorcerer with the Efreeti Bloodline. That means that I can change the elements in my spells to Fire using this feature: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy ...
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What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?

Firstly, a quick anecdote. In our most recent Pathfinder session our cleric jokingly mentioned he will soon be able to summon 1d3 dolphins. Another player then mentioned that some dolphins (orca) can ...
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Archivist's Spellcasting

While looking through some classes I found the Archivist class from the Heroes of Horror (page 82). While reading through the spellcasting and prayer book sections however, I find that the wording is ...
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How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e?

I'm new to D&D and roleplaying games in general, so I thought I'd ask here. On page 29 of the Player's Handbook for 4th edition, it says I get the class features, racial traits, 1 feat, 2 ...
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What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?

I'm sure we all know about the metamagic feat Maximize Spell, which allows you to cast a spell in a slot 3 levels higher in order to "maximize all variable numeric values" like damage, number of ...
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Damaging transmuted state [closed]

There are several spells (Flesh to Stone and Polymorph any Object at least) that allow you to transmute foe unlucky enough to fail his fortitude save. They have very rough description about how can ...
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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 true neutral character cast spells affected by alignment?

Is a true neutral character restricted by alignment from casting a spell that is, say lawful or chaotic, or can he/she cast a spell no matter if its affected by an alignment. (A lawful character can't ...
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Why does detect magic last more than 3 rounds?

The spell "detect magic" lasts for 1 minute/level. It says: You detect magic items and spells, or identify a magic item. On the round you cast it, you sense if any are in range. On round 2, you ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...
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Thickness and other properties of wall of force?

How thick is a wall of force? If it is infinitesimally thin, it would presumably function as if infinitely sharp such that falling on it could have interesting effects. (Would an object stay ...
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Storytelling with lie detection

Most of the fantasy systems I know has a spell to detect lies, speak with the dead, and the like. Imagine how long great movies like The Usual Suspects or In the Heat of the Night would have lasted ...
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What happens when Water Breathing is dispelled underwater?

Suppose someone has the Water Breathing spell cast on them and goes underwater. What happens if Water Breathing gets dispelled, in either D&D 3.5e or Pathfinder? Would he drown without being ...
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What does Aura of Resolve's immunity to charm spells mean?

Reading the definition of Aura of Resolve, it is said the the paladin is immune to charm spells. Now, what does this mean? Is he immune only to the spells (mass)charm person/monster or generally to ...
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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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What is a radius on a square grid?

So last night, my D&D group ran into an interesting question. The spell Entangle says "Area: plants in a 40-ft radius spread." We (like a lot of people, I think) play D&D on a square grid, ...
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Best way to get Guidance of the Avatar on a Factotum?

I currently have a level 5 factotum with Knowledge Devotion and a bunch of skill points in Iajutsu Focus, and have just become aware of the spell Guidance of the Avatar. This looks like the perfect ...
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Can Greater Dispel Magic dispel a Wall of Force?

In the description of Wall of Force, it says that it is immune to Dispel Magic, but can either modes of Greater Dispel magic, either the 20-ft burst or the single target dispel the wall?
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Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?

In a Rise of the Runelords campaign, my character is a halfling, raised by actors in the Sandpoint theater, but who's rejecting her early acting training and will instead advance primarily as a ...
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Using words of power as a mythic character

I'm interested in using words of power, but my DM is planning to run a mythic campaign next (Wrath of the Righteous). From what I've read/can find online, it seems that paizo basically treats ...
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Why can't you run with a Fly spell?

The description of the Fly spell reads: The subject of a fly spell can charge but not run, and it cannot carry aloft more weight than its maximum load, plus any armor it wears. It is however ...
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Ray of Flame's damage progression

Since the Ray deals 1d6 damage per 2 caster levels, what would be the damage if your caster level is lover than 2? 1/2, then round down. Ta-daa... 0, so 0d6 damage? I'm pretty sure from common sense, ...
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How can you discover illusions?

Manipulation spells have a mechanic that allows the victim to slowly overcome mental control. Illusions do not work this way, but I feel they should. In our last session the bad guys spent 2 Combat ...
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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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How does Charm Person affect a PC?

It's quite clear how the DM should play any NPCs that get Charmed by a PC -- the NPC should behave as the caster's best friend, and do things that he'd do for his best friend. But how do you play ...
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Does the Reloading Hands spell refill the entirety of a ranged weapon's ammunition capacity, or only one shot's worth?

Once per round, phantom hands load a single ranged weapon or firearm with conjured ammunition. This ammunition counts as magical for overcoming damage reduction and attacking incorporeal creatures, ...
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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to ...
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Can Magus change their grip on their sword during spell combat as a free action?

RAW, grabbing a 1-handed weapon in both hands is a free action, as is letting go of your weapons. I also know that it is generally accepted that you can take at least 1 free action (5 ft step) during ...
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Does the pathfinder Myrmidarch Magus archetype use ammunition when he uses ranged spellstrike?

At 4th level, a myrmidarch can use spellstrike to cast a single-target touch attack ranged spell and deliver it through a ranged weapon attack. Even if the spell can normally affect multiple ...
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How many known spells does a level 1 spellslinger with 20 int have at creation?

I'm using PCGen to help me make this character, so I'm unsure if it's correct or not. Spellslingers get no cantrips, but get detect magic and read magic as level 1 spells at character creation. I'm ...