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Can you cast a spell at a higher level spell slot even if it doesn't change the spell?

If I wanted to cast finger of death but I'm all out of 7th level spell slots, could I cast it using an 8th or 9th level spell slot, even though it doesn't change the spell's effect?
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How can a GM alleviate a new player's analysis paralysis when creating a character?

My players are paralyzed about making their characters and as a GM what can I do to help? The players are new to role playing games let alone D&D 5e, and are getting bogged down. They tried out ...
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Damaging and Breaking Weapons

I'm working on a Hida character and I find myself stuck with the rules for breaking and damaging weapons. I can't find the sturdy/indestructible characteristics for weapons, armor or items in the 4e ...
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1answer
58 views

Do spellcasters need to know a spell to use a magic device?

This question came up amongst my group when, in a Pathfinder game, the Wizard acquired a wand of fireballs but does not actually know the spell fireball. Does he actually need to have fireball ...
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Sliding/shifting; straight line, or curved [migrated]

I've started playing Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Command and had a question regarding sliding/shifting. Does the sliding/shifting have to happen in a straight line, or, as in this case, the other ...
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0answers
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How does the Shot on the Run feat work with a rogue's stealth skill?

Specifically, the Fast Stealth rogue talent. In the core rulebook, it says it is impossible to use stealth while attacking, and that generally stealth checks are made during movement. I want to know ...
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1answer
152 views

How do you activate a troll's variant rule: Loathsome Limbs?

The Monster Manual states that when a Troll takes 15 slashing damage at one time, it loses one of its limbs. What does "at one time" mean? Is it one weapon attack, as I suspect, or does a ...
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1answer
79 views

What races would the drow be using as slaves?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path under Pathfinder rules. I have had to make many changes in the 3rd book to have a more balanced game, partly because my party size is 8 people. I own ...
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1answer
62 views

What should I put on my GM screen? [on hold]

I made a homemade GM screen with a huge amount of blank space on the inside, and blank space on the outside. My question is, what tables do you find most useful to have in front of you while running ...
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1answer
382 views

Can an Alchemist really get shut down by a shatter spell?

Your standard alchemist in Pathfinder usually uses vials for their bombs, mixtures, and everything else. Suppose said alchemist was hit or in an area of effect shatter spell. Since they are on his ...
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Should replacement characters have to take campaign traits?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path and between the books some players have changed out their characters. The Second Darkness Player's Guide had several campaign traits which were presented ...
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What happen to HP maximum in case of hit dice loss?

According to LotFP player core book (page 7), when a character levels up, it's maximum Hit Points are incremented by a random variable: For determining Hit Points at level two and higher, it is ...
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Are level up bonuses applied cumulatively when multiclassing?

I'm referring specifically to the fort ref and will save bonuses. say i'm a level 4 fighter, and thus have +4/+1/+1 respectively. i want to take a level in rogue for the +1d6 on sneak attacks, and ...
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1answer
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Is Roll-For-Shoes a good system to practice DM skills?

I've got several campaign ideas rolling around in my head, and I want to get into running one or two, but it has been a dragon's age since I last tried to run a campaign. I recently noticed ...
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1answer
119 views

Would allowing a druid to wildshape into aberrations/monstrosities still be unbalanced with the following restrictions? [on hold]

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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1answer
45 views

Does a monk's ki strike require a swift action?

I was working on a Monk in Pathfinder and carefully reading the entries when this occurred to me. It states that as long as you have one or more ki points in your ki pool you can make a ki strike. ...
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119 views

Can you roll social skill-checks against other players?

This is the situation: In a group of four people, they've stumbled upon a magically locked tower. They discover a balcony, and three of the PC's want to enter through there. The Lawfully Good paladin ...
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1answer
45 views

How many dots can be purchased at a time during advancement?

Is there any limitation on how many dots can be purchased at a time? e.g. one attribute dot per advancement, perhaps? I saw this somewhere on the inter-webs, but cannot find the post again, so I ...
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1answer
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What do you roll Insight against when the other person is telling the truth?

Frequently it comes up that characters will be talking to an NPC and one of them will say something similar to "Do I believe him?" "Roll an insight check." If they're lying, it's simple: an Insight ...
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1answer
47 views

When do characters advance?

Do the rules have suggested guidelines for when to advance? Is it assumed that it's as soon as the characters have enough Experiences saved up? Or do PCs have to wait to advance until there is a break ...
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230 views

How does the change to the Shaken mechanic affect other parts of the system?

Pinnacle Entertainment Group recently revised the mechanics behind one of the key Savage Worlds rules. The change relates to how the Shaken status works, and at first sight seems relatively minor. ...
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1answer
239 views

Who is affected by an area buff?

Righteous Wrath of the Faithful (SpC) is an area buff that has a round per level duration, a 30 ft range and target: all allies 30 ft from you. Is it a buff on each target that was 30 ft from me when ...
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186 views

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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1answer
70 views

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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1answer
67 views

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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4answers
101 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
94 views

Take a worse result on a skill check [duplicate]

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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35 views

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
80 views

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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1answer
77 views

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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0answers
91 views

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
47 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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2answers
386 views

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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0answers
132 views

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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0answers
120 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
156 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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5answers
1k views

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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0answers
67 views

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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0answers
84 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. Twinned ...
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1answer
90 views

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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1answer
92 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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1answer
59 views

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
847 views

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. ...
2
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0answers
81 views

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 ...
7
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1answer
167 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 ...
8
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2answers
784 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
2k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
462 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
138 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
379 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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