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I think the DM is trying to drive the group apart

In our game we have 5 players. 3 characters are in the Lawful/Good, Good/Neutral area, and the other two are in the Chaotic/Neutral, Neutral/Evil area. The DM has lately been playing on the ...
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What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body?

What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body? Is it 1,500 or 1,500 + 21,500? I ask because the Golem Manual says The cost of the book does not include the cost of constructing the golem's body. Once ...
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How do vision penalties work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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Why are there no skill descriptions in the 5E players handbook?

I can't find a description of hte clerics medicine skill anywhere. Am I just not looking in the right place? Thanks.
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610 views

How would one create a balanced dragon PC?

I'm running a DnD 5e campaign and had a dragon-born sorcerer with Draconic Bloodline as a sorcerous origin that used the level 9 Wish spell to wish to become a "true dragon." Are there any rules ...
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Does a barbarian's unarmored defense count when flat footed?

A flat footed character loses their dexterity bonus to their AC. Is a Barbarian's Unarmored Defense still considered if caught flat footed? Perhaps just the Con bonus? Help?
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If a character has the TWF feat from 3.5 and the Ambidexterity feat from 3.0, does this remove the TWF penalty?

I'm not exactly sure how these would stack if they were both allowed. Would the -2/-2 with a light weapon and TWF be eliminated or would it be exactly the same (thus making Ambidexterity obviously ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [on hold]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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D&D 3.5e Duskblade Build Question [on hold]

My Build: Duskblade 4 / Wizard 1 / Abjurant Champion (Wizard) 5 / Duskblade 4-13 / ?? 1 This gives me at level 19 a BAB of 18 and a Wizard level of 18(Martial Arcanist), with an extra level for a ...
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Is there a way to completely eliminate the penalties for Two-Weapon Fighting?

From what I can tell, using Two-Weapon Fighting and having a Light weapon in your offhand at best reduces the penalty to -2/-2. Is there an official 3.5 method of completely eliminating this penalty? ...
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Does the Sword of the Planes have a basis in the rules for its GP cost for its abilities?

As per the SRD: This longsword has an enhancement bonus of +1 on the Material Plane, but on any Elemental Plane its enhancement bonus increases to +2. (The +2 enhancement bonus also applies on the ...
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In D&D 5E, What spells can a spell caster prepare? [on hold]

Can he prepare any spell for his class from the spell list that is at his level? Does he have to learn them first?
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Is there a system for creating visuals of characters?

I'm thinking something like this, except for fantasy games like D&D or Pathfinder. Base models of various races (gnome, human, half-orc, whatever), each with compatible artwork of equipment. It ...
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2answers
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". ...
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1answer
526 views

What happens if Fortitude sinks to 0?

I'm currently DMing a campaign (a ready adventure), where a monster can drain Fortitude inposing -2 penalty to it (save ends). The power description says that it's cumulative. The question is: what ...
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117 views

Can a soulknife with quickdraw use iaijutsu focus?

A soulknife of 5th level can create a mindblade as a free action. Iaijutsu focus requires you to draw your weapon to deal extra damage. Could I, for example, create a mindblade inside a sheathe then ...
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1answer
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Does Draconic Breath qualify for Metabreath Feats?

I stumbled upon an interesting feat called Draconic Breath in the Complete Arcane and decided to read up on it. It reads as follows: [Draconic] You can convert your arcane spells into a ...
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1answer
66 views

What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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How to create a “TV Series”-style campaign with “episode” scenarios?

Followup of this answer to a question about short-stories lasting about one 4h play session or two max. I master a game of Vampire: The Masquerade, and I would like to find (and modify) or write ...
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3answers
764 views

Can Mage Hand be used on the turn it is cast?

The description for Mage Hand lists a casting time of 1 action. The spell's description elaborates on its function as: You can use your action to control the hand. I would personally interpret ...
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6answers
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Which player character do I attack first?

When I played 1st and 2nd edition AD&D, I was always a player. The party was written down in order and numbered. When monsters would attack us, the DM would roll the die and check which character ...
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1answer
426 views

Is a Previous Edition's Beginner Set Useful?

I am a complete beginner and have the 199x D&D "New Easy To Master" beginner game and I'm trying to learn 5e. Would it still be beneficial to play through this learning card adventure game for ...
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386 views

Does a polymorphed creature remember who his friends are?

The polymorph spell states, in part: The target’s game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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1answer
138 views

Are the Starter Set rules compatible with the regular D&D 5e rules?

Are the rules in the Player's Handbook different from the Starter Set rules or just more expanded? Can you carry your level 5 character created from the Starter Set forward into "regular" play?
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What are the limits to the genesis power?

As part of some fairly silly nonsense, I've suggested the use of the genesis power to a colleague. The power, as stated, allows the caster to: You determine the environment within the demiplane ...
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1answer
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What is the manifesting time for a quickened power?

Quicken Power from 3.5 states that You can perform another action, even manifest another power, in the same round that you manifest a quickened power. But it doesn't state if the manifesting ...
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1answer
166 views

How do I Convert Basic D&D modules to 5E?

I am a new DM back from the ancient days of D&D Basic (the original Red Box). I have a collection of old basic modules that I would like to use in 5E, for example, B5 Horror on the Hill. So far I ...
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1answer
51 views

Can a Thief use a Trick without moving?

Can a Thief use a Trick power to gain a benefit without actually moving? For example, could they use Thug's Trick to make shifting provoke OAs or Acrobat's Trick to gain a damage bonus without ...
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2answers
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Does Hex disadvantage apply to the next concentration spell?

I am trying to build a Warlock and see how I can optimize the hex spell and this question came up: will the disadvantage from the hex spell apply to the next concentration spell when I cast it? Or ...
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1answer
129 views

Can Cleric attempt to turn undead instead of usual attack of opportunity?

Turning undead is a supernatural ability that a character can perform as a standard action. It does not provoke attacks of opportunity. You must present your holy symbol to turn undead. Turning is ...
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2answers
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Does a Ranger's Companion get proficiency bonuses twice on its skills?

A Ranger's Companion (PH p.93) enjoys the following bonuses relative to a typical member of its species: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to ...
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Should I warn my players when they're about to do something stupid?

As a GM, I occasionally run into situations where the players want to do something very poorly thought-out. Honest mistakes, not intentional derailing. In these situations, I often feel the urge to ...
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2answers
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Can you use an action point while Dazed to take another standard action?

Dazed allows you the use of ONE of your normal actions (standard, move, minor) and the use of free actions. Using an Action Point grants the use of another Standard, move, or minor actions. Can you ...
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What is an Othur of Burnt Othur Fumes fame?

D&D has a poison which goes by the name "burnt othur fumes". What is an "othur"? Google provides me with the fact that in 3.5, pathfinder and 5e, "burnt othur fumes" have some effect on ...
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2answers
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Is a spell that rolls attack an “attack” for familiars

In the subsection about attacking (as opposed to the subsection about spellcasting) it says: A few spells also involve making a melee attack. ... When you make a ranged attack, you fire ...
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Do you have advantage when multiple sources give advantage and only one gives disadvantage?

As I understand it: if you have Advantage from two different sources, you simply have Advantage (no stacking) if you have advantage from one source, and disadvantage from one source, they cancel ...
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6answers
861 views

Are PCs supposed to start a game knowing each other, and if not, how should they meet?

I'm currently putting together a D&D game and I have most of it worked out. The only part about it that I'm still a little unclear on is whether or not the player characters should know each other ...
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Does Fate have precedents for mechanical inabilities/weaknesses?

Core/FAE has Stunts that give a numerical bonus to actions or otherwise let a character do things beyond the normal rules. But reading through the rulebooks, I haven't found any guidance for the ...
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1answer
49 views

Does the Ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana heal when you cast a spell or when deal damage?

The ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana states, "Whenever you cast a spell of the necromancy school that deals hit point damage, you are healed of 1 hit point per spell level." Does this happen when you ...
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580 views

How to prevent a droid from denouncing you?

I'm preparing a campaign of Star Wars Saga Edition, and I'm stuck with two of my player's backgrounds. The campaign takes place in 3 659 BBY, and the party is mainly composed of Sith. The characters, ...
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0answers
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Legendary Items in Pathfinder Hero Lab Editor

My DM has introduced Legendary Items that provide different perks as the character levels up. I'm trying to re-create those items using the Hero Lab Editor but I'm a bit iffy when it comes to ...
2
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1answer
78 views

If you are a Half-Giant Brawler, what size are your fists for damage?

I have a friend setting up this character, and we were not sure, since Half-Giants can use weapons upto one size larger.
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Does a willing creature know the outcome of a spell that is being used on him?

Perhaps put another way, can you lie with a spell? For instance, I could cast Dimension Door on myself and one willing creature. I may tell him we're going across that gorge, but in reality, we're ...
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1answer
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How many attacks does a Horde get per turn

I am going to start gm-ing a Deathwatch game soon. I think I am reasonably clear on the Horde rules, but one thing I couldn't find is how many attacks a Horde gets per round. Do they get as many ...
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1answer
99 views

Two ships passing in the night, how to prevent hostilities?

I'm running my players through a modified version of Serpents Skull - Racing into Ruin, which has them leading a caravan/barge upriver. The scenario is a race with a rival party doing the same, which ...
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4answers
209 views

Can I stick darkness on an enemy with an arrow?

What happens if I cast darkness on an arrow and then shoot an enemy with it? Assuming it hits, does the effect stay with the person who was shot? Does the arrow stick into the target, or does it ...
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Can a demilich use its spell-like abilities on itself?

The demilich, an epic monster originally from the Epic Level Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and nominally updated to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 by the SRD and Conversion Book, has the ...
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Can a character meet prerequisites using a magic item?

Just as the title says, I'm wondering if a character can meet the prerequisites of a particular choice (feat, prestige class, etc.) by using a magic item that grants the prerequisite? As an example: ...
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2answers
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How do you change the alignment of Hazirawn, the magic sword from Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Well, Gellak the Half-Orc Bard kind of inherited the sword after his friend, Durrash, killed the previous owner and then inconvenient-like got himself killed defending us from a dragon. The thing is ...
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How does the flaming sphere reflex save work?

How do I calculate what a successful reflex DC save when trying to dodge against the flaming sphere?

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