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How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?

I am planning a small scenario where the PCs must travel down a narrow corridor to reach the enemy at the other end. The enemy raises skeletons along the corridor, as a moving, attacking barrier. I ...
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Does going prone break a grapple?

If two medium creatures are in a grapple with one another, will an effect that causes one of the grapplers to go prone end the grapple?
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Does a Barbarian get an extra 1d6 or 2d6 if they are using a Greatsword?

At 9th level, the Barbarian has a class feature that reads: you can roll one additional weapon damage die when determining the extra damage for a critical hit with a melee attack. (PHB 49) The ...
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Why did the D&D devs design spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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How do I determine my character's maximum load?

According to the d20 SRD regarding carrying capacity: A character can lift as much as his or her maximum load over his or her head. What is the maximum load? Is it the same as the "heavy load" ...
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New to Tabletops, Starting with 5E. Advice? [on hold]

I've found some helpful discussions on differences between the versions and introducing players to 5E, but nothing specifically directed at players new to tabletop gaming who are starting in 5E. A ...
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Highest AC possible for Sorcerer?

What is the highest Armor Class achievable for a Sorcerer with the Sorcerous Origin of Dragon Bloodline? Player's Handbook Chapter 6 variant rules included. (Multiclassing, Feats, etc.)
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How can I get people to play a “diceless system”?

I have a wonderful game that I love very much, “Lord of Gossamer and Shadow” by Rite Publishing, and I loved the idea, worldwalking, and that the game is a spiritual successor to Amber (so it’s an ...
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What's the Fastest Way to Reload an Off-Hand Hand Crossbow

As was pointed out in answers to a related question of mine, you need to have a free hand to reload a hand crossbow. There's an Assassin (Executioner) in my group who wields a rapier and a hand ...
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How to roleplay languages that none of the player characters know?

Imagine a Dwarf meets an Elf. Both speak common, but the Elf doesn't speak Dwarven and the Dwarf doesn't speak Elvish. The Elf is in a bad mood and decides to speak to the Dwarf only in Elvish instead ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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When do “per day” spell-like abilties recover in 3rd edition?

In D&D 3.0 and 3.5, when does a creature with spell-like abilities limited by "per day" uses regain their expired uses? At the beginning of the next new day? (i..e, at midnight, dusk, or ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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What methods exist to get your AC higher than 20 without magic items?

I was poking around answering for this question and noticed something odd. It doesn't seem to be possible except in the case of the Barbarian to naturally get your AC over 20 without the use of magic ...
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Do projectiles exist in flight?

I have a Warlock with the Utility Power Ruinous Phrase. Target: One unattended Medium or smaller non-magical, inanimate object Effect: if the target has hit pints equal to 20 + your level or ...
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Is there a Parry option in D&D 5e?

In the basic set there is an NPC, a fighter, who has a Parry reaction that lets him roll 1d6 and reduce damage. I also remember seeing the parry power/action in some beta rules. I don't (yet) have ...
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How do I obscure writing in a book?

I have a book with writing that has key information. I'm trying to hide it from my players to make it a bit more challenging. I was going to use the Erase spell but can the spell "Erase" even be ...
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How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
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Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size?

I'm looking to start a solo DnD adventure with my wife as the only player. She's a total novice. Which is generally the most successful way to handle the single-PC issue in your experience: NPC ...
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Can I Take Advantage of both a Versatile Weapon and Swordmage Warding?

In 4th Edition D&D, Swordmages have a feature called Swordmage Warding, which reads: While you are conscious and wielding either a light blade or a heavy blade, you maintain a field of magical ...
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What happens if a Wizard casts Antimagic Field while under the effects of Time Stop?

Another player in one of my games recently suggested an interesting tactic for capturing opponents inside an Antimagic Field: Doing it inside a Time Stop. But, we are not sure what exactly what ...
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Existing solo DnD campaigns to use with a novice player?

Are there any recommendations for premade solo adventures for DnD I could use to DM for my wife as a solo campaign? She's a total novice to role-playing, so I'd like to focus on the exploration and ...
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Should I leave this group or recover it?

Long Version I got a friend into Pathfinder less than a year ago. She had lots of fun. She had so much fun she decided to become a DM/GM. I was very excited about it. Her grasp of the rules is ...
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New to Tabletops. Have kids. How do you handle distractions?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5E. After some discussion, we have 4 players and a GM ready to start a campaign. Three of us have little or no experience, while the other two have a few ...
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Can a Decker Brick an Enemy's Gun?

I feel like this is a question that should have a simple answer, but I have had a difficult time finding a clear answer one way or the other. Some sources seem to hint that you can brick a gun, like ...
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How to find items and feats based on a specific requirement like “CON enhancement”?

I am looking for a database or a filterable list online where I can find out specific bonuses on abilities. My current specific problem is, that my character has lousy CON stats, and I'd like to ...
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What damage does Whip of Spiders do and how is it used?

In the Advanced Class Guide there is a new spell: Whip of Spiders. There are also two follow on spells Whip of Centipedes and Whip of (Army) Ants. All of these are in the Conjuration (Summoning) ...
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Ranger Whirlwind Attack vs Extra Attack and Horde Breaker

Whirlwind Attack says: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target. Am I right that ...
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Can AIs opt to instead use a cyberdeck?

The title covers the core question, but there's a lot of clarification necessary: I assume AIs do not get the benefit of Hot Sim, because (1) no +1 benefit to Initiative, (2) no +2 to Matrix tests ...
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Roleplaying online without having to post in public

I've recently tried Hero Central for running a Hero System campaign. We have two problems with Hero Central though: it requires posting in English (our group is German-speaking), and campaigns are can ...
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Can a Gloom Blade be enchanted, and if so, what would its base enchantment level be?

I've been working on my two-weapon fighting Rogue, and I just got a set of Gloom Blades. I'm wondering: can they be enchanted, and if so, what base enchantment level would I count the blade as? A +1 ...
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Casting spells in armor

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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Patching new parents onto a Cover

In Demon, you can improve your covers by patching pieces of other peoples lives onto them. For example if someone, a NPC named Fiona, was known as a cat lover, you might pact with her to take her ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer: Elemental Affinity Optimization

PHB Page 102, Sorcerer, Sorcerous Origins, Draconic Bloodline, Elemental Affinity: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ...
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The Shotgun Diaries - Allotted dice per risk

Some questions relating to the allotted dice per risk. If a character is alone, can she roll for a risk type other than her own? Like a "clever" risk for a "dangerous" survivor. If yes, that means ...
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What risks are suited for a Dangerous survivor in the Shotgun Diaries?

When does the Dangerous survivor get to use his ability? Since weapons grant bonus dice by default, what risks are suited for a Dangerous survivor? Combating humans doesn't seem applicable, because ...
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How can I stop a teleporting enemy?

I'm currently playing a 7th level Fighter in a Pathfinder campaign. My character is built around controlling movement as much as possible in Pathfinder. Since the campaign is Wrath of the Righteous ...
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How can I deal with character classes and builds so specific they don't fit in with the group?

This is a problem I've been having in general so far as a Game Master; some character classes seem to be designed not for party play, but to be "loners" and shine only in specific situations. Some ...
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Should Savage World Allies be made as Wild Cards?

I've been reading the basic manual on Allies and Extras, and it seems it's intended for such characters to work as non-wild card characters. I'm playing a Super Powers game with friends, and they ...
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Making a melee called shot on a hand that's wielding a weapon

In a melee combat, if the character aims at the hand of the oponent, does it matter if this opponent is wielding an weapon in this same hand? I'm asking because my players started to end all of their ...
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Dark Heresy 2nd edition vs. 1st edition

Dark Heresy 2nd edition has recently been released. What are the major changes in 2nd edition?
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How does rolling two dice and taking the highest affect the average outcome?

D&D 5E has an "advantage" concept where instead of rolling 1d20, you roll 2d20 and take the highest. Likewise, disadvantage means rolling 2d20 and taking the lowest. How does this affect the ...
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Armor proficiency for a multiclassed Rogue/Wizard

I have a character Rogue1/Wizard1 (favored class rogue). Since a rogue has light armor proficiency, is this also valid for wizard spells that I cast with somatic components? By "valid" i mean: Can I ...
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What software is available for virtual table tops?

As the younger members of our group get older, they are going off to college or {gasp} getting on with their lives. We still game but are finding it harder to get together as distances increase. ...
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Play-by-web tools for Universalis

I've seen Wiki's being used as a technological base for playing Universalis, but I'm not aware of any wildly successful runs with that. Are there any other good web tools for universalis?
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Can a bard directly take the Improved Familiar feat?

I am currently a level 6 Gnome Bard, and due to some odd circumstances the DM is allowing me to take a new feat. I was considering taking a familiar in order to deliver some of my touch spells ...
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Stealing near sleeping people

How does stealing near sleeping people work in D&D 3.5e? I couldn’t find anything in the Player’s Handbook when looking for “pickpocket” or “steal”. A concrete situation is the following: A ...
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Is there a limit on the volume of material that can be affected by the Minor Alchemy class feature?

PHB Page 119, Wizard, School of Transmutation, Minor Alchemy: For each 10 minutes you spend performing the procedure, you can transform up to 1 cubic foot of material. After 1 hour, or until you ...
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Does Repulsion Armor Stop Movement?

My players fought a mage who was going to drop Leather Repulsion Armor, so I had the mage use the power during the fight. Repulsion Armor's power reads: Power(Daily): Minor Action. Whenever an ...

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