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Troublesome player that I can't convince to change and can't exclude from group

So there's a lot of topics about this on RG.StackExchange.com, but they all boil down to "Talk to the player." Unfortunately that's been done multiple times over the years to no meaningful effect. I'...
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Can you pump while being part of a team?

One of the advanced options for Risus are the rules for Pumps (R:TARPG p. 4), allowing your to take a hit in order to roll more dice. But can you do this while part of a team (R:TARPG p. 3)? I ...
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Break Enchantment v. Feeblemind

Break enchantment's description contains the following: This spell frees victims from enchantments, transmutations, and curses. Break enchantment can reverse even an instantaneous effect. [...] If ...
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Can a Warlock become a lich?

I'm going to play a Warlock character starting at 3rd level. I want to know if he can become a lich. If this is possible, is there something that I must do before he can become a lich, such as take ...
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How do we transition from D&D 4e's world to D&D 5e's world?

My group started in late Dec 14th with D&D 4e, in the Points of Light. My players have expressed an interest in making the switch to 5e. D&D 5e is set in Forgotten Realms, a completely new and ...
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Rulebook Requirements for Curse of Strahd

Do I need to own both the Dungeon Masters Guide & the Monster Manual in order to run Curse of Strahd? I currently only have the Players Handbook and the starter pack.
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does damage from a enchanted weapon automatically count as magical damage?

So one of my party members received an enchanted mace, a +1 weapon with the ability to shine like a torch (light-bringer from mines of Phandelver for those familiar) ACTUAL QUESTION: So does this ...
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What good is Adamantine for arrows aside from sundering?

In what scenario, aside from a ranged sunder Combat Maneuver, would having an adamantine arrow be useful? Weapons fashioned from adamantine have a natural ability to bypass hardness when sundering ...
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How do you deal with a player who always wants to be in the spotlight?

How do you deal during play with a player who makes things miserable for the others when he or she is not actively in the spotlight? Such miserable-making activities include frequently doing things in-...
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Combat Expertise/Readied Action

If one readies an attack using the combat expertise feat, does one immediately get the dodge bonus to AC, or only until after the attack is actually initiated?
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How does the AC evolve with high levels?

I am currently DMing a group with an average level of 10. This is my first experience as DM so I have never mastered high levels. Current ACs are reasonably high at the moment (22 for the Paladin with ...
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Can the Prodigals see Chimerae?

Chimerae are products of the Dreaming or objects infused with Glamour. Changelings can see them for what they are just fine, but how does this work for Prodigals, the other supernaturals in the World ...
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Casting while blinded in D&D 5e

I'm playing a Wild Magic Sorcerer who obtained a Wand of Wonders — randomness ftw! Anyway, I accidentally blinded myself by using the wand. On my next turn, still being blind, I want to cast Acid ...
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Do common folk like staying dead?

This is based on How do I prevent a character from being resurrected? One of the answers was that a good way to keep them dead is to threaten a loved one, but then the comments pointed out that you ...
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What's an appropriate banality rating for the Fallen?

In the old World of Darkness game Changeling: the Dreaming, no specific banality rating is given for demons (as in Demon: the Fallen)? What is an appropriate rating, and how is that rating justified ...
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How do I find quest books for sale?

As a fairly new player to D&D I'd like to try running a quest as a Dungeon Master. I'm looking to get some 5th edition quest books (and am happy to buy some) but at the moment I'm struggling to ...
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When does Fighting Defensively activate?

Let's say that I'm about to fight some monster. We both roll Initiative, and the monster wins. It can reach me and hit me on its turn. Can I declare that I'm Fighting Defensively right away (and incur ...
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How do I prevent a character from being resurrected?

I'm part of a team of level 20 characters (5 players total). I am a Shadow Dancer 10 / Investigator 10. Our party is in a war, and I am a spy within the group. I am planning to betray them. The ...
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Does spell resistance from Oath of Ancients protect against dragon breath attacks?

I'm trying to find some clarification on something that seems a little vague to me: I'm going to be turning level 7 soon as a Paladin, and my oath gives me resistance against spell damage. I'm not ...
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Two Weapon fighting, Heavy weapons

First off I'm pretty new to D&D, starting off in 5e, so if all my ideas are completely wrong please forgive me. I love the idea of Two-weapon fighting, and tinkering around with it. My character ...
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How Many Hero Points do you get when use Virtue Humble with the Hubris Unfortunate?

In 7th Sea Second edition I'm having trouble figuring out how these Arcana stack? Virtue: Humble Activate your Virtue to gain 2 Hero points instead of 1 when you activate your Hubris or trigger a ...
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Size bonus from enlarge person when naturally large?

I made a character using the race builder and spent the points required to be large. During a comment conversation it was pointed out to me that I might be doing something wrong here (besides that you ...
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What is “the ground”?

The spell Maximilian's Earthen Grasp describes compacted soil rising from the ground. This could be interepreted that compacted soil needs to come from "actual" ground containing dirt. (And this is ...
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Have the designers said why they did not include XP loss?

There seem to be no spells that cost XP, creating magic items doesn't cost XP, and monsters don't drain levels. The first two, at least, were significant considerations in 3.5. I can speculate, but do ...
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What's the wizard prestige class that creates its own familiar?

I'm trying to locate a prestige class. The prestige class is designed for wizards. One of the requirements is the feat Craft Wondrous Item. The class description mentions that the wizard studies and ...
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From when to when does a 1 round effect last?

In Pathfinder with 3pp content allowed, I want to build a soulknife whose mind blade has the coup de grace enchantment. It reads: Coup de grace weapons are exceptionally dangerous. On a successful ...
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Games with mechanics for dreams [on hold]

I'm interested in developing a RPG based on Inception. The team would have a mission similar to the movie, invade several layers of dreams to plant or retrieve information from a target. For the ...
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Effect of Reduce Person on a Large character

I am naturally large from using the race builder, this gives me Large (7 RP): Prerequisite: Humanoids taking this quality must have the giant subtype; Benefit: Large creatures gain a +2 size bonus ...
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Questions about lances and mounted combat

A lance is a 2 handed reach weapon. PHB also states the following: Lance: A lance deals double damage when used from the back of a charging mount. It has reach, so you can strike opponents 10 ...
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Cost of custom crafted item with multiple enhancements spells?

Google-fu has thus failed me. I've been researching and learning the 3.5 crafting system for my upcoming artificer and I seem to have hit a snag in the pricing system. I am aware that it is only ...
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What counts as “knowing some facts about the target's life” for the purposes of imprisonment or other spells?

Pathfinder has a spell called Imprisonment: ... If you know the target's name and some facts about its life, the target takes a -4 penalty on its save. My problem with this is that "knowing ...
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Balance issues for gestalt melee (or other lower Tier) characters

An idea I had for balancing higher level play is to allow characters who are not tier 1 spellcasters to gestalt. The worries I have are What is the cutoff where a character becomes tier 1? generally ...
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Making an optimized Rage character for d&d 3.5 [closed]

Although there is a question for the 4.0 version, I want to ask it for 3.5. I would like some lvl 20 builds for a Rage focused character, official wotc books only except for Book of Exalted Deeds and ...
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How do I read 2d10 as a percentage?

I own 2 d10 dice with differently numbered sides (0 through 9, and 00 through 90), although the same applies for two identical 'regular' d10 dice. How do I read the percentage value if I use both ...
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What do I consider when populating D&D 4E Dungeons?

Ok guys, tomorrow is gonna be my first dungeon crawl experience with my new group of level 1 players, and after some encounters to let them understand the game, we're finally trying dungeon delving. ...
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How to give directions to megadungeon locations without giving players too much info?

One of my favorite blogs, Beyond the Black Gate, had a good post a while back about structuring megadungeon play for episodic (i.e., irregular) games by creating mini-quests or missions that get the ...
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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps? [on hold]

I'm trying to design a module and I was wondering if there were any free or open source encounter or trap designers for D&D 4e Mostly I just like something that lets me fill in the blanks and ...
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Help Identify a Medieval City [closed]

This is a fictional city. What I need help with is finding a medieval city that has roughly the same shape. I want to get a sense of the surrounding geography in order to create my regional map around ...
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How can I turn the Kobold Hall delve into a full-fledged Adventure? [on hold]

For my first experience as a DM, I'm taking the Kobold Hall adventure included in the first DMG, and repurposing it. The overall idea is to turn it from a 5 encounter delve to a "Level 1 to Level 2 ...
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Is using the term “gypsy” in a game racist?

I've been working on a set of house rules for a "retroclone" game called OSRIC. This game plays similar to the original 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. I was planning to tweak a few of ...
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Has anyone released Castle of the Mad Archmage upper levels?

I'd really like to run COTMA, but for some reason the idea of coming up with the ruins and level 1 kind of intimidate me. I'd like to see some examples that I could either use as written or just use ...
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Show off your Character Sheet Designs [on hold]

Notice: This thread has a associated meta-thread, If you want to discuss if it is on topic please do so there. This is a chance to show off the great character sheets you have created. Rules: 1 ...
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Are there advantages to descending AC?

From a game design standpoint, are there any advantages to descending AC? I've tagged this D&D because I think this was the most popular game which required a low AC all the way to the year 2000 ...
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What to do in the Shadowfell? [on hold]

I have a drow assassin character who has recently been brought to the Shadowfell by the Raven Queen for a short quest involving taking out an upstart Dark One toying with necromancy. It will be a ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over the Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMG's quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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How do different ways of increasing carrying capacity work together?

How would ant haul, enlarge person, and muleback cords (or bulls strength) work together for carrying capacity? Ant haul increases carrying capacity by 3x. Enlarge person increases carrying capacity ...
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Stacking the skill ranks from multiple headbands of vast intelligence

I have been researching magic item creation and headbands of vast intelligence. There is a specific property of the headband which interests me. A headband of vast intelligence has one skill ...
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Ideas for Challenges to face in a One Shot [on hold]

I'm a first time DM writing a one shot campaign for four players. I'm using a simplified version of 5e, same mechanics but simpler and no magic anywhere in the world. It's essentially medieval fiction,...
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What happens if a character has more than one gang?

Some improvement picks in Apocalypse World allow the same character to control more than a single gang. For example, Maestro'd can pick the security options of armed staff (providing 2-harm gang small ...
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What RPG was the first to use stats, and what was it inspired by?

The notion that different characters or pieces have different attributes seems to be one we take for granted today, but upon a quick historical survey, it is not so. After all, in chess, a pawn takes ...

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