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How to explain D&D to new players?

I recently brought up the fact that I play D&D to a friend, and a few days later he came back to me and said that he wanted to play. I was excited at the idea and said that I would be willing to ...
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Reduce a one-hand weapon to a light weapon? [closed]

Is there any way to reduce a weapon's category from one-handed to a light weapon? I.e. make a scimitar usable with Weapon Finesse?
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1answer
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How do I make the Tarokka Deck reading in Curse of Strahd suitably dramatic?

I'm going to be running Curse of Strahd for my regular group. I'm usually a player and have only DM'd once to give our usual DM a break. This is my first time with a published adventure. I finished ...
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11answers
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How to stop one player taking control of the game?

In my Pathfinder game, I have a problem with a player who constantly tells people what to do with their characters and turns and never lets anyone get a word in during roleplaying. I've told him he ...
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0answers
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What scenarios are evergreen in PFS?

What are the official evergreen (replayable) scenarios in Pathfinder Society? Society rules only permit a player to repeat specific 'evergreen' scenarios for credit; the vast majority cannot be ...
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Is there a way for a vampire to share its blood to make a human stronger and dependent?

In some role-playing games, a vampire can share its blood with a human without turning the human into a full vampire, and, usually, this results in a human with some minor vampire-themed powers and a ...
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Are there places of learning in the Forgotten Realms I could use in my backstory?

I am playing a High Elf with the Sage Background and the specialization of Researcher and I would like to develop more details about what university or similar institution I might frequent. My ...
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How can I get my players to focus OOC chat. [on hold]

I'm a GM running my own homebrewed system, in a campaign with three players. The problem seems to be their way of socializing. My players know what their character motives are as well they're aware ...
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Best way to get into playing D&D? [duplicate]

Okay so I have a friend who's recently started playing D&D and me and a bunch of other people have said that we would want to join in. However, we're worried that we'll be a bit clueless and are ...
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What does “chaotic” as in “chaotic good” or “chaotic evil” mean?

I do not play D&D, but players in my roleplaying game have called stuff "chaotic," like "chaotic good" and "chaotic evil" and I would like to know what they mean. The game I play does not use this ...
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626 views

How to make players care about a community

I've built a lot of villages, some towns and a city or two but I've failed to bring them to life and make the PCs feel like they belong there (maybe not much belong but to just make them care about ...
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3answers
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How to make Remote Bombs work?

This is a question about the Remote Bomb feat available to Alchemists and any other class that can use their Bombs. It basically allows to set explosive traps and would see great use for a saboteur ...
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3answers
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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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2answers
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Custom Devlin's ring combined with the quiver of Anariel

I'm having a small disagreement with a good friend and, like a good patient, I'd like a second opinion. The Complete Book of Eldritch Might, (3.5 revised) has a fantastic ring that creates infinite ...
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5answers
657 views

Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop Shadow Jaunt?

Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop the ability Shadow Jaunt from the Tome of Battle?
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0answers
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Unique D&D 3.5 artifacts and magic items from Dungeon Adventures? [on hold]

In which issues of Dungeon Adventures and Dragon Magazines can I find unique artifacts and magic items for D&D 3.5? I am looking for new ideas which I could use in my campaign, but I am fed up ...
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Where could I find a transcript of Rise of the Tomb Raider? [on hold]

I know that this isn't really a rpg question but i'm looking everywhere for a transcript of The Rise of the Tomb Raider for a university project. Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!
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3answers
546 views

What are the effects of losing your feat prerequisite?

I have a human cleric with the Extend Spell feat thanks to the domain power of the Spell domain. The first level human bonus feat was spent on Persistent Spell and the regular first level feat was ...
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3answers
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What level of lifestyle do you have when living in the wild without practicing a profession?

Now the box on page 159 says that if you live in the wild and practicing a profession you have the equivalent of a poor lifestyle and if you have proficiency in the survival skill you have the ...
2
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1answer
57 views

How does the Barbarian rage power Guarded Life function, exactly?

Barbarian's Guarded life rage power states: While raging, if the barbarian is reduced below 0 hit points, 1 hit point of lethal damage per barbarian level is converted to nonlethal damage. If the ...
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1answer
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Is there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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2answers
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Can a spellbook contain cantrips?

Is it possible for cantrips to be written in a spellbook? Their description suggests not, as well as the fact that the Wizard's cantrips are 'known' rather than being in their spellbook. For example, ...
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5answers
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How do I make a PC's religion help drive the story?

As a GM, how can I make a player-character's religion help drive the story? I'm going to be making up a local religion for the region that most of the party is from, and I'd like it to really matter ...
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1answer
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Can show of power be used as a simple demon detector?

Related to this question: Do demons in cover generate disbelief? So I have a demon character in one game who thinks that he can use a hunter power he has seen in combination with show of power to ...
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0answers
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Is the spell Words of Truth affected by sympathy?

Words of Truth, on page 168 of the new Mage the awakening 2nd edition, let's you impart a true message to the spell's subject's: subjects of this spell can hear her and understand her clearly, ...
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0answers
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Is cleanse pattern lasting, otherwise what does extra potency provide?

Cleanse Pattern is on page 168 of the new edition of Mage the Awakening and says: With this spell, a mage removes the tell-tale signs of Awakened interference. But it's primary spell factor is ...
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0answers
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Can secret room affect spaces acquired by merits?

Secret room is on page 178 of the new edition of Mage the Awakening, and stated it can increase the space of a room: the subject space’s volume is increased or decreased a number of steps along ...
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2answers
205 views

Different kinds of natural attacks require multiple instances of the Improved Critical feat

I can pick Improved Critical to enhance my natural attacks, no? When I pick the feat, is it tied to a specific natural attack or all of them? For example, lets say I have a bite attack and two claw ...
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2answers
954 views

Can the whole party ready their action?

Let's says three party members have initiative before me. I want to cast Faerie Fire to give possible advantage. Can my three allies ready their attack saying, “When our bard casts his spell, I ...
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2answers
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

Cantrips scale automatically with character level. Weapon attacks only scale with ability score and any extra attack features you might get. How could the damage of weapon attacks keep up?
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1answer
148 views

Can you choose to add a template to a druid's animal companion instead of adding a hit die?

One of my fellow players posed a scenario that I can't really find a satisfactory answer to. A level 10 character has the Wild Cohort feat and can have an animal companion as a level 7 druid. Since he ...
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9answers
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What is a good way to explain the difference between a Chaotic Neutral character, and a character who is just crazed?

When I first started playing with a group of completely new players, one of the first things I did was to explain the alignments as best I could at the time. When describing Chaotic Neutral, my exact ...
5
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1answer
141 views

Two Weapon Fighting Probability

I'm thinking about taking the Two Weapon Fighting feat. I'm a 7th level unchained rogue with the knife fighter and scout archetypes. So far I've concentrated on optimising my movement around the ...
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1answer
97 views

Can I attack the target of my Overrun?

Simply put: Can I attack the same creature I choose to use the Overrun combat maneuver on? The entry for the Overrun maneuver states it can be done as part of a charge, does that mean I can attack ...
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0answers
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Does unbound fate repel time magic?

Unbound Fate is a level four attainment on page 195 of Mage the awakening 2nd edition that says: The mage can reflexively repel deleterious magic that will or could harm her fate. She can resist ...
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0answers
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How does temporal stutter use potency?

Temporal stutter is on page 191 of the new Mage the awakening 2nd Edition. The spell throws the victim forward for the spell's duration, but the text makes no mention of using potency. How does ...
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3answers
171 views

Staff as implement: one hand or two?

Staves count as both an implement and as a weapon (a “weapliment” in common parlance). When used as a weapon, they are treated as quarterstaves, a two-handed weapon, so undoubtedly when used to make ...
5
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1answer
379 views

How does Land's Stride interact with Plant Growth?

Circle of the Land Druids gain the Land's Stride ability one level after the ability to cast Plant Growth. How do these two interact with respect to movement? A good answer will explain in detail ...
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1answer
576 views

What are the limits of an arcane lock?

The spell arcane lock can be cast on "a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway." What are limits of this entryway? That is, must this entryway have a flap, lid, or other type of barrier ...
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22answers
3k views

How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?

Several times when I have played in or ran a game in which the players had an objective and reasonable resources, a lot of (real) time was spent trying to plan for every contingency. For example, ...
9
votes
4answers
947 views

What demo scenarios exist for Burning Wheel? [on hold]

While there are a fair number of demos here for burning wheel, the wiki is quite light on details. I would like feedback on useful demo scenarios to run for Burning Wheel and why they are useful. ...
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3answers
259 views

Can I use Force Push or similar force powers without killing the opponent?

I have a Jedi character in a Star Wars Saga edition game, who does not want to kill without good reason. If he uses a force power like Force Push, it causes a set amount of damage which usually kills ...
12
votes
1answer
948 views

Does Detect Magic allow players to find magical traps without a perception check?

Consider the following scenario: The party enters a room that appears to be a dead end, but in fact has a secret door with a magical trap on it. While standing in the room, a member of the party casts ...
5
votes
1answer
232 views

Which Outsider features and traits does the Apotheosis class feature grant?

According to the Apotheosis class feature of the Knight of the Sacred Seal prestige class, found in Tome of Magic, "your type changes to outsider, and you gain the native subtype (see the perfect self ...
4
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3answers
171 views

What do the skills listed in the starship block do?

I'm just starting a new Star Wars Saga campaign, and the GM has provided us with a (very nice) ship. I'm a bit confused as to what the starship skills section does. Example: Skills Initiative +0, ...
3
votes
1answer
89 views

Does making an Overwatch attack end the Overwatch?

In the two versions of WH40K Roleplay I have access to (Deathwatch and Only War) the Overwatch action is presented with largely identical text, as follows: The active character guards a specific ...
2
votes
2answers
43 views

Are fae ephemeral and or supernal entities in Mage 2E?

Fae are mentioned in the section on ephemeral entities in the new Chronicles of Darkness book Mage: the Awakening. Bans & Banes All ephemeral and Supernal entities suffer from a mystical ...
5
votes
2answers
233 views

How much does a holocron weigh?

Despite every D20 flavor of the Star Wars RPG dedicating several pages throughout multiple books to the subject of holocrons, not a single one of them appears to mention their weight. My gaming group ...
5
votes
1answer
79 views

Can missiles pass through a Resilient Sphere created by a Shadow Evocation?

I think Shadow Evocation is usually used as an offensive spell and the rules cover that quite well. However, my NPC is about to use it to protect himself from a whirlwind of flying glass that an Air ...
5
votes
3answers
362 views

Does Force damage bypass DR?

I am running a game of Star Wars Saga Edition and one of my players is insisting that force damage, which is done only by a few force powers (e.g. force lighting), completely bypasses damage ...

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