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What is the history of vampires having high natural armor class?

Based on this question to Order of the Stick #1002 featuring combat between the main protagonist and a vampire, I wonder what is historical motivation for D&D vampires being tough to hit, not ...
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Abstract system with unified rules [on hold]

I'm looking for a system which would provide the mechanical advantages of Fate without having to embrace the full philosophy of this game. Let me explain. In the past months, I've been reading a lot ...
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How to summon an Invisible Stalker?

In the Monster Manual you can find the lore on this matter: Invisible stalkers are creatures native to the Elemental Plane of Air. They sometimes serve wizards and sorcerers, who summon them to ...
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Is an NPC's proportional response to a perceived threat fair and balanced against a low level party? [on hold]

Background So, here's what happened to this level 4 party: The party ended up having a chat with Bahamut and were granted a choice of any of the magic items from Magic Item Table G in the DMG (I'm ...
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What effect would “simultaneous combat” have on Fate gameplay?

By default, there is an element of retaliation in defending with style, where you gain a boost, but what about using simultaneous combat rules instead? In simultaneous combat, attackers take damage on ...
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What are the XP and Challenge Ratings for the pregenerated characters? [duplicate]

I've done a lot of GMing in D&D 3.5 but now I'm writing an adventure for a new group of 1st level 5th edition characters set in a city where they will generally only encounter NPCs and no ...
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How do I learn enough about military tactics to run credible military-type NPCs in combat?

I'm the GM of a Shadowrun Campaign and have difficulties letting the NPCs move in a battle like they would in real-life. Two of my players are pretty informed about how military or police would act ...
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Deathwatch 'Lead by Example' Squad Mode Ability

I have a question concerning the Squad Mode Ability stated in the title. As the rules state, Chapter Squad Mode Abilities can only be used and taken benefit of by members of the specific Chapter. ...
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Is homebrewing D&D okay?

I am DMing for the first time, and I am really excited about playing D&D. I love the idea of it because it is so open ended. I want to increase the amount the players can do in terms of skills, ...
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What is the lowest level wizard spell that will allow me to see through concealment?

Just as the title says, I'm looking for the lowest level spell on the wizard spell list that will allow me to negate the miss chance on ranged attacks imposed by concealment such as that given by ...
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What are some buffing options for a divine caster?

I am currently playing a lvl 8 Half-Orc Life Oracle with the haunted curse in pathfinder and am very weak in the fighting aspect of the game, which is fine with me because I really like to heal (plus ...
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What maps would be most helpful for random encounters in Star Wars Saga Edition? [on hold]

My boyfriend's looking for helpful maps (to print) for random encounters in Dawn of Defiance, any suggestions?
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What is the best way for me to re-learn D&D rules to be a DM and introduce game to kids? [on hold]

My daughter, who is about 12, recently was given the Starter Set for D&D. She has never played before and would like me to DM for her and either her friends, her sister, whomever (assume none ...
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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder ...
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Warlock/Cleric: Would the Fiend and a God Get Along?

So I have a character in the Forgotten Realms, Orryn, who is a Gnome whose village was burnt down, who forged a pact with a pit fiend to gain Warlock powers. This was all to avenge his people and he ...
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Can a Mage find someone on a map?

Is it possible for a Mage to find someone on a map? If yes, which Spheres are required? (I think Connection and maybe Mind) Are some components required too (hair, blood...) or are just the name and ...
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Are any creatures in 5e immune to all disease according to the manuals?

In fifth edition D&D, do any of the manuals specify that a creature (besides players) can be immune to all diseases or is this left up to DM discretion? Say for example that the party comes up ...
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In Fate, how long should the break between the Worldbuilding Session and the next session be? [on hold]

I'm going to run my first game in two days, and I'm going to spend the entire day with the two players I'll run it with. I plan to have a brainstormy worldbuilding session first, to figure out what ...
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102 views

Tips for running extended/prolonged Encounters [on hold]

I have run this campaign for just over a year. Many encounters later, I have come to one snag; If I run an encounter that lasts for more than a few rounds, I lose all my flair. I just resort to "hit" ...
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Can you use emergency force sphere to stop someone charging you when casting already?

Emergency force sphere is a useful spell to stop someone being crushed by rocks. It is cast as an immediate action - so if a creature charges a character they should be able to cast EFS to stop ...
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What are some industry best practices for playtesting and tabletop game development? [on hold]

I'm looking for resources that cater to developers and tabletop roleplaying game creation. I'm also looking for a description of the process and if possible, what the industry best practices are.
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160 views

Firing a ranged weapon (gun) while in melee

So, I'm looking for both a RAW and RAI ruling here. General DM advice/houserules would be appreciated as well, especially if you have experience with similar scenarios. About to start a campaign, ...
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Which are races, and which are species? [on hold]

In all of the incarnations of D&D players can choose to be of different "races." Humans, Dwarves, Elves, and Halflings, from the beginning (putting on pause the race-as-class idea from ODD). In 1e ...
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Pathfinder Unfettered Eidolons can't pounce?

I've heard a lot of people talking about the pounce evolution being overpowered for unfettered eidolons, and while it is very strong for normal summoners, I don't see it in the list unfettered ...
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Poisons? How does crafting them work?

So I have been playing D&D for some while now, since 3.5 (skipped 4e) and crafting in D&D has always been something I detest as its REALLY poorly handled in my opinion as a game designer ...
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Printable character sheet for Feng Shui 2? [on hold]

Does anyone have linkage on a blank character sheet for Feng Shui 2? For reasons of unreasonable IT policy, I can't print the one in the text pdf at work. Would love to find a web-hosted pdf that's ...
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Are creatures outlined by Faerie Fire concealed by Obscuring Mist?

Faerie Fire: A pale glow surrounds and outlines the subjects. Outlined subjects shed light as candles. Outlined creatures do not benefit from the concealment normally provided by darkness (though ...
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How to introduce new group [on hold]

I have a new group of players and I would like to have them meet. I really want to try something new over "you are old aquaintences. Now begin". Any stories or reference material's?
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148 views

How do I get my PC's interested in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen? [on hold]

I have Hoard of the Dragon Queen and I'm concerned my new PC's are going to be bored. What do you do as a GM to keep players interested? Real players Player charcters (Unfortunately we just rolled ...
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774 views

How long should I wait to bring back the Player character? [on hold]

So I have been running this game for a while now. The player character has died a few times at this point and was resurrected each time. I made it clear that they had run out of resurrects. In our ...
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64 views

May I end my turn in mid-air? [duplicate]

Inspired by Can you jump in combat?, along with answers and comments, where the assertion made by many seems to be "yes, you drop to the ground at the end of your turn." However, I'm not so sure it's ...
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1answer
249 views

Does Hex stack with (each) Scorching Ray?

If I use Hex (PHB p251) on a target and then hit it with all three rays making up Scorching Ray (PHB p273), do I add the extra 1d6 necrotic damage to EACH ray that hits, or do I only add a single 1d6 ...
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122 views

Stacking Multiple Initiator Classes

If i'm playing with a Swordsage 13/Warblade 2/Master of Nine 5, what will my Initiator level be? Is it one of these?: 20 (12 SS + 2 WB + 5 Mo9); 19 (12 SS + 1 (Half WB Progression) + 5 Mo9); 13 ...
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1answer
179 views

How many spells does a level 3 Tiefling Warlock have?

Tried reading through the PHB, and every post here, but no luck! I'm a level 3 Tiefling Warlock and so: Infernal Legacy says I know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. My Otherworldly Patron is Fiend and "the ...
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114 views

How does Stealth work after using Bluff in Pathfinder?

Bluff checks enable a creature to move unnoticed while moving stealthily, by creating a diversion, but the RAW is unclear because it states: This check, however, is made at a –10 penalty because ...
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Are there crafting rules for incorporating or embedding magic items into other objects?

Are there any rules regarding the possibility of a character who wants to embed, for instance, an immovable rod into the handle of a spear? What about other magic items—something like the Rod of the ...
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What happens if I Minor Conjuration an object I have seen - but didn't know it was magical?

Say I see an object. I try to replicate it with Minor Conjuration. But I was unaware it was a magic object. What will happen? The limitations define a non-magical object I have seen. Does this then ...
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How do I balance detailed encounter maps with not wanting to give away my dungeon layout?

I'm in the process of designing a Megadungeon, and it seems like people run large dungeons like this using the theater of the mind to avoid giving the layout away and allow players to explore, get ...
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1answer
127 views

Taking Larp sword in plane cabin [on hold]

Is it possible to take a foam boffer sword on a plane without checking in the suitcase?
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26 views

Does a Magic Weapon's damage bonus apply to Miss Damage?

In 13th age, most effects that add damage to an attack specify that they either add damage on a successful attack: Building Frenzy (Barbarian) One battle per day, as a free action after you have ...
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1answer
130 views

Is this custom Sniper Crossbow magic item correctly priced?

I have created this custom Sniper Crossbow, but I'm very bad at judging how it shhould be priced so I'm asking for some feedback. Is this overpowered/underpriced? Sniper's Crossbow This +1 ...
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1answer
65 views

Is there a polymorph effect that grants the new form's gaze attack?

I have been reading up on polymorph spells, and I want to know if there is any way to gain a Medusa's Petrifying Gaze. Monsterous Physique grants special abilities based on what level of the spell you ...
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1answer
149 views

Can you tell when you've been Smitten?

The Paladin of one of my players is about to encounter a Black Guard during a jousting competition. The Black Guard will probably use smite attacks against him. Would a creature know it is the ...
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1answer
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Does a summoned or transformed creature/character fall under animal ruling?

I have found this quote (see below), and was wondering if these rules apply to summoned or transformed creature/characters? An animal is a living, nonhuman creature, usually a vertebrate with no ...
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1answer
192 views

What do Martial Discipline Weapons cost?

I have questions about the price of discipline weapons from Tome of Battle. What is the price of a +1 (some discipline) dwarven waraxe, +2,000 gp or +8,000 gp? Does it give me a +1 bonus to damage? ...
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407 views

Can I employ Relentless Endurance while in Wild Shape?

As a Half-Orc I have Relentless Endurance: Relentless Endurance When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can't use this feature again ...
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178 views

Is it possible to summon an outsider without a spell?

I play an evil Sorcerer (Infernal Bloodline) and my GM allowed me to summon an Imp for guidance (after a Knowledge: Religion skill check result of 32) on ascending to a Devil in full. To be honest, ...
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Why are Solars so powerful compared to other Outsiders in D&D?

Going through a number of D&D books that feature the Solar I noted that it is amongst the most powerful monsters in the book, frequently only matched in level and power by the likes of the ...
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1answer
69 views

Is an enhancement bonus due to invested essentia sufficient to overcome DR X/magic?

Magic of Incarnum describes several soulmelds that when shaped or bound grant the meldshaper one or more natural weapons. When a meldshaper invests essentia into some of these soulmelds, these natural ...
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Does “Speak with Dead” work with (well preserved) skeletons?

The spell Speak with Dead says that we can talk with a dead corpse. Does that mean it only works with bodies of people who were recently killed? A body that was not yet completely rotten? I was ...

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