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How do the disguise kit and forgery kit work?

Many of the kits and tools described in the PHB (p. 154) state something like: Proficiency with this kit lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability check you make to create [visual ...
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How do weapon properties apply to double weapons?

The mechanics of wielding a double weapon is described in the Adventurer's Vault on page 10: Wielding a double weapon is like wielding a weapon in each hand. The first die given in the damage ...
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Creating a magic item with two continuous effects I can pick between (or deactivate)

I was working on a magic item belt in Pathfinder. The belt is going to provide the standard boosts to Str/Dex/Con. However, I also want it to have a split property, and I'm struggling with how to ...
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1answer
43 views

What kind of check is disguising a command word activation?

I want to activate a magic item using Command Words. I don't need to disguise the effect or that I used a command word at all. However, I want to disguise what the command word is, such as by saying a ...
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1answer
46 views

Take a worse result on a skill check

I was recently working on something in Pathfinder and I was wondering about circumstances where it would be more favorable to automatically fail on the check then to have any success. An example ...
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Command word activation questions [on hold]

I was working on a Pathfinder Character build for the whole 20 levels. As a monk you really have no ability with casting spells (with minor exceptions using the new Unchained rules and the one ...
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1answer
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How many bomb attacks does my 8th-level Bomber Alchemist get with a Full Attack?

I was wondering what a full attack would look like for a level 8 alchemist. I've seen a few builds, but i must be missing something because the BAB For my full attack using bombs doesn't match and all ...
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Are negative levels necessarily energy drain?

As far as I can find in the rules, negative levels are always described in conjunction with energy drain, and are even listed together as one special ability in some cases. Usually there will be a ...
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How can I model this in AnyDice?

I humbly request an AnyDice program for this mechanic: The attacker (A) rolls a number of d6 based on his parameters. The defender (D) rolls a number of d6 based on his parameters. The highest die ...
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1answer
41 views

Can a Rogue's Hunter's Surprise be part of a Full Attack?

If a party with the Swing About teamwork feat moves a rogue adjacent to an enemy, can the rogue use the Hunter's Surprise talent to designate prey (normally a Standard action) on his turn as part of a ...
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Are magical items / armor / equipment subject to the effects of environmental damage or deterioration

I'm pretty sure I've read that magic weapons never lose their edge (sharpness). I also thought I'd read somewhere that they don't rust either and that the same applies to armor. But what about ...
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How can I get my group to agree on a set of stable house rules? [on hold]

Our group has been playing RPGs in changing formations for the last 10 years or more. We have played many different systems, but some of them we always eventually return to (Rolemaster/MERP, Star Wars ...
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109 views

How do I name a Half-Orc? [on hold]

I'm part of a group of new players trying out DnD 5E. One of us is creating a half-orc, and would like help choosing a name. Of course picking a specific name is quite opinion-based, so I'm asking ...
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1answer
131 views

How to change Charger to make it useful [on hold]

Feats are expensive. Taking one means giving up a +2 on your main stat, for the average weapon user it means around 20% DPR as opportunity cost. And I do not see any reason for a non-melee weapon user ...
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How can I get my character immunity to compulsion effects?

I have a personal problem with having my characters being subject to magical compulsions, specifically Dominate. I know they're part of the game, but they touch on some personal history stuff that ...
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Does “Invisibility” require sight to maintain concentration? [duplicate]

So, one of the spellcasters in my group wants to cast invisibility on the thief to have him scout out a dungeon. The Players Handbook doesn't specifically say the caster must be in sight range of the ...
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59 views

Can Eldritch Blast be Twinned? [duplicate]

I was just reading this on an online max-DPR build and there were some who thought using the metamagic twinned spell on the warlock cantrip was illegal, and some who thought the opposite. So can the ...
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1answer
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Does Muleback Cords' effect apply to something/one slung over my shoulder?

So I bought the Muleback Cords in order to carry more stuff. In its description it says (emphasis mine): When worn, they make the wearer’s muscles appear larger than normal. The wearer treats ...
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84 views

What is the point of paper alchemical cartridges?

Using a paper cartridge cost 1 gold more than just a bullet and a dose of black powder, so what exactly is the point of having them when you can just have a bullet and some loose black powder?
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Expanding Jade phoenix mage's maneuvers?

I was reading the tome of battle and found this in jade phoenix mage Maneuvers: At each odd-numbered level, you gain a new maneuver known from the Desert Wind or Devoted Spirit disciplines. You ...
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2answers
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Would being able to wild-shape into aberrations/monstrosities be unbalanced?

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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What are the more common house rules for Cthulhutech and the Framewerk system? [on hold]

Do you remember Cthulhutech? I been interested in running a game inside that universe, but I have read some people saying that "Framewerk" is a broken system. Framewerk is the Cthulhutech conflicts ...
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1answer
155 views

How do elves develop as they get older, and could an elven child be a PC?

Some time ago one of my player asked me if she can play and "elven child" (an Asrai, or Wood Elf). Something comparable to human 12 years old girl. The more I think about elven childs/elders the ...
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2answers
776 views

How do you know if a weapon is two-handed in D&D2E?

In second edition AD&D, The only weapons I can find that are explicitly stated to be two-handed weapons are a two-handed sword and a (two handed) bastard sword, which can also be used ...
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6answers
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What's the best way to present a sandbox world to your players?

In my sessions, I let my players play in a sand-box world. There is a main story that I always plan that they could follow, and I have no problems with them doing so. However, I would like my players ...
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2answers
452 views

Pathfinder Multi classing as a rogue archetype

I have been running Pathfinder for various groups for many years, so character creation is fairly simple for me. However, one of my players and I have locked horns over something which to me seems ...
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1answer
130 views

What elements make a simple 9 level Dwarf martial tank? [on hold]

I once was a D&D 3.5 player for about a year, and I was playing a dwarf fighter, but I needed to take a break. Now I'm returning, but I need to make a new character. The DM says to make a 9th ...
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1answer
376 views

What does the P stand for in the Type column?

I'm hoping someone can help me clarify what all the columns mean. Take Barbed Dart, for example. The 1sp is obviously to indicate that it costs 1 silver piece per dart. The 2 indicates that it ...
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1answer
125 views

How do polymorph-like spells interact with spellcasting capability? [on hold]

For this question I am going to define these spells as, namely, Polymorph, True Polymorph & Shapechange. You must also, for the sake of this question, disregard any creature type limitations and ...
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2answers
469 views

How to model a dice pool with re-rolls mechanic? [on hold]

I have a dice mechanic where players roll a number of D10s and have a different number of re-rolls they can use to maximize the total. For example: The player has 3D10 and 2 re-rolls. They roll 9,6,3 ...
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45 views

Providing and recieving ranged flanking [duplicate]

The main reason for asking this question is the DM at the time would not allow a ranged attack to provide or benefit from flanking, and depending on the situation I could not understand why. Not to ...
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2answers
283 views

Can a paladin use divine smite with a thrown weapon by raw?

A paladin's divine smite says (PHB. 85), "...when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack...", which I'm seeing two ways to interpret. "A melee attack with a weapon", so as long as it's a ...
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1answer
177 views

How does the Charger feat work with multiattack?

If I wildshape into a bear form and have the Charger feat (I'm a human druid with feat variant), can I then use Charger, charge as a bear, use the attack action granted to take a bear's multiattack, ...
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195 views

Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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2answers
585 views

How can we prevent a sorcerer with subtle spell metamagic from casting?

The sorcerer's subtle spell metamagic states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. The description of material components ...
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2answers
529 views

Alchemist using splash weapon feat to attack square and redirect to invisible creature

I'm running a Pathfinder game and we have a 7th-level Alchemist. Recently, they were in an area of magical darkness and were blind. They attempted to attack the square where they had last seen an ...
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1answer
134 views

How many forms is a Druid familiar with?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. I can't tell you how much I dislike them having ever-increasing numbers of animals, elementals, and plants that they can just change into. Under the druid's ...
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1answer
83 views

Does pounce let a Beast Shaped Druid rake even before Beast Shape grants rake?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. Due to the wording of Beast Shape 2 and 3, pounce is granted for the 2nd, but rake is part of the 3rd. After reading pounce, grab, and rake I'm a little ...
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1answer
70 views

Does a Cave Druid keep their Tremorsense when wildshaped?

One of my players has a 7th level druid who has the cave domain. The cave domain grants Tremorsense (Ex) 30 when 6th level is reached. What I'm trying to figure out is what happens to this sense when ...
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1answer
128 views

Can an Archlich keep using Blood Mage features without any blood in their body?

Can a PC wizard become a Blood Mage at paragon path, and later become an archlich at epic path? Since undead don't have blood, is it possible for a lich to keep blood mage path features?
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Broken links in the community-made Tome of Battle Build Compendium [duplicate]

I'm looking for a build for a new Swordsage character and I bumped into the Tome of Battle Build Compendium, but all of the links are broken. As I read, there was some changing in the site forum ...
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88 views

Games with dynamic combat system [on hold]

I'm building a campaign around CAPCOM Monster Hunter videogame, I only know 3 games, D&D (3.5e, 4e,5e), Roleage ( a spanish d100 game that has a duengeon siege progresion feeling), and Anima: ...
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2answers
167 views

What does the Cleric alignment requirement mean for Clerics with no deity?

The Cleric rules say: Alignment: A cleric's alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. But you can also be a cleric with no deity: ...
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1answer
124 views

Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?

I was hoping to rewrite the Duskblade for Pathfinder, but I wanted to know if there are specific rules I can find on converting D&D 3.x classes to Pathfinder. Are there?
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316 views

Need help finding this DM tool!

First time post here. I have been running a game for over a year and a half now and am on technically my 3rd campaign. I am trying to introduce more visual elements to the table that would not be ...
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1answer
883 views

Does an entity speaking the god's language understand every language?

I can't remember exactly the name, but I heard of a language used by gods, wich is understandable by every sentient being. It directly form the concept in the auditor's mind (thus, you can adress ...
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Handling a multi incarnate character? [on hold]

I had an idea for a character with multiple incarnations with various personalities from those I have generic names for. The normal: His own, neutral good personality The Bard: a chaotic good ...
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1answer
79 views

Can a Gnome Summoner (Unchained) ride his Biped Inevitable Eidolon if the Eidolon can't take the Mount evolution?

One of my character ideas involves a Gnomish Unchained Summoner who rides on the back of his Eidolon, who would be an Inevitable. As the Inevitable only has the biped base form, it does not qualify ...
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1answer
102 views

Blighter Blightfire range

The Blighter class in D&D 3.5e (Complete Divine) has an ability called "Blightfire" Blightfire (Su): Starting at 2nd level, as a standard action, a blighter can unleash a scorching blast of ...
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111 views

How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?

Background In a campaign I'm DMing, I like to give special treats to each character, often after a spectacular feat they managed to pull; as a result of this, the Warlord has a talking demonslayer ...

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