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Advancing a Choker

I'm designing an encounter into which I'd like to include a Choker, but I'd like to make it lawful evil and give it levels in Monk. Would its Constrict special attack (extraordinary ability) damage ...
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How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?

My team has been tasked with defending a high value target on a lightning rail train. They're fairly certain that the train will be hit hard and are considering hiring mercenaries to flesh out the ...
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How can I find old Dungeon and Dragon magazine articles without a subscription?

I have an interest in the pre-WOTC editions of Dungeons & Dragons, and would like to learn more about the history and foundation of the game; I would therefore like to get a hold of various back ...
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Magic Weapon Creation

So I have a few questions about Magic weapon creation in DND 3.5. As far as I have been told the following notions are true: A weapon can't have a +11 or higher enhancement bonus total (between the ...
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Will changing an artifact sword to another weapon type impact game balance much?

I have an ongoing campaign, that started with a vampire-paladin who is now a blackguard — he fallen to the dark side, thanks to Nightbringer. Then he lost the sword: he wanted to control ...
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Where can I find extensions for RISUS?

RISUS is an RPG system in 6 pages, completely setting-neutral and generally a good beer-and-pretzels game. However, I want to use it for more fleshed-out games. The core engine is good but I'd like to ...
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Key differences between Words of Power and traditional divine spellcasting?

I'm building an oracle and considering making him use Words of Power. Obviously it's a whole new system with many differences, but I'm wondering what the key difference are... and especially if there ...
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What is the correct way to calculate the Knowledge DC to identify a creature?

Something that has always confused me about the Knowledge skill in D&D 3.5 is that identifying a monster with advancement is more difficult only because the HD increase. The DC of the knowledge ...
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4e Essentials with the Kids - options for sourcing Essentials?

I have managed to get my boys (6 and 10) into D&D Essentials and we're working through the starter pack. It's been a bit of a shock to discover that the rest of it is seemingly out of print. The ...
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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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Can one create variant undead with Undeath word of power?

The Undeath word of power is somewhat similar to Animate Dead, but the latter mentions creating variants (e.g. fast zombies and bloody skeletons) and the former doesn't. Rules as written, is there a ...
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Can a monk increase his dodge bonus as a swift action out of his turn?

In Pathfinder, a monk has a power which lets him spend a point of his Ki Pool to increase his AC Dodge Bonus as a swift action. Can he do it even when it isn't his turn? a monk can spend 1 point ...
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Movement and sight [duplicate]

A character has a light source on himself, in an otherwise dark area. She ventures in an enemy-ridden area, revealing the position and nature of some enemies as she moves. How is this ruled? Should ...
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Can you shapechange into an object instead of a creature?

I'm fairly new to Pathfinder and I was wondering if a character could shapechange into something like a door, table, or wall? If not shapechange would polymorph do it? I don't have a particular ...
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144 views

Can Inquisitors use Determination twice/day at 3rd level?

Inquisitors have an archtype Preacher that allows them to effect rerolls in certain circumstances. They gain this ability (called "Determination") at 3rd level, and may use it once/day. Preachers ...
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Sometimes, losing a big conflict is the better plotline. For D&D, how do you encourage this result?

It is practically an old adage that D&D parties will never let a fight end in a loss (short of a TPK.) And that the game mechanics (especially later editions) encourage this thinking. But ...
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Is there an organized list of the published D&D Dungeon and Dragon magazine adventures?

I have access to both Dungeon and Dragon Magazines through my D&D Insider subscription, but WOTC only lists their articles in the database by title. What would really help is if it a list exists ...
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313 views

Burst and other multiple bullets attack

I'm trying to understand firing modes in Shadowrun 5. Let's say an attacker shoots a defender with Burst fire (three rounds in one shot). There's only a target, so we don't use Multiple attacks. Is ...
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449 views

Do all players have to agree to accept or deny a group compel?

I just ran my first game of Fate Core and I ran into a question I can't seem to find an exact answer to. Basically at one point I used a situation aspect "Wanted by the city guard" to compel all ...
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XP System: Class and Character Level Separated, with XP spent determining level

I am looking for suggestions for an RPG system that handles character level and class level tracked separately. Ideally I would like to find something that does this based on XP spent. For context, ...
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491 views

Does a negative Dex mod affect AC and Initiative?

I'm rolling up a Human Paladin for the opening session of the latest D&D Encounters season, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, and trying to decide where my dump stat (randomly rolled 8) is going. I ...
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502 views

DnD 3.5 and “Blink” [closed]

The spell Blink raises some interesting problems. First, many players believe the spell allows its recipient to attack with the benefits of invisibility (+2 to attacks, denial of Dexterity AC ...
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Do I add an enchantment bonus to sneak attack damage?

I was looking over the Sneak Attack entries in D&D 4th Edition, as I am playing a rogue in a Planescape campaign. Anywho, I was wondering if a Short Sword +2 would add it's enhancement bonus to ...
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How can I politely ask a player to leave my game?

So, after a few sessions, the new player I'd invited has been a bit of a disaster. He doesn't get on well with any of the other players, laughed when someone's character died (in our campaign that's ...
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293 views

Ways to regain Oath of Enmity with a multiclass Avenger?

The 2 multiclass Avenger feats, Disciple of Divine Wrath from PHB 2 and Hero of Faith from Divine Power, contain the following text: Once per encounter, you can use the avenger’s oath of enmity ...
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How is shooting into water handled?

I'm running a D&D Next Campaign and it does seem that there must be some kind of mechanic that would in-game handle these problems, but I just don't know where to look. I've gone into a few forums ...
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Too many divergent side quests. What do I do?

I'm running a D&D 4e campaign taking place in Forgotten Realms (in 3e timeframe as I'm more familiar with it). My plan for the campaign was for the group of PCs to arrive in Waterdeep, where, as ...
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Spell comparison: Shield vs Mage Armor

Wizards have access to 2 very similar spells: Shield and Mage Armor Both provide you with AC +4 Bonus, but Mage Armor has Range touch (i.e. you can cast it on other party members) and Duration 1 ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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Gauntlets & Spiked Gauntlets: How do they work?

There are a lot of questions I have about Gauntlets and Spiked Gauntlets. For the weapons gauntlets and spiked gauntlets (the answers may vary based on whether they are spiked or not): Do they ...
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259 views

In 3.5 DnD, readying a move action to go adjacent to an enemy provoking AoO

If you ready an action to move into threat range of an enemy triggered by that enemy doing something that would trigger an Attack of Opportunity (such as casting a spell or moving out of a square), do ...
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Death During Possession?

What happens when a person, monster, animal etc is possessed but dies? Such as a PC kills the possessed creature, a suicide, or any other means? What happens to the creature causing the possession? ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...
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Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions?

When a player has their character do something completely outside of the perceived norm for that character, is it okay to ask them for a justification? If they can not give satisfactory ...
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1answer
705 views

Disbelief, Interaction & Shadow Conjuration / Shades

What counts as interaction for the purposes of determining who gets a will save to disbelieve a shadow conjuration? Suppose I use shadow conjuration to summon a wolf, for instance. Does an enemy get ...
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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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Are the GM principles from Advanced Delving meant as alternatives, or are they typos?

The Advanced Delving section of the manual lists GM principles that are different than the ones described elsewhere in the manual. I am confused by whether the examples in Advanced Delving are ...
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How to tell your players about the setting without make them read?

I'm a (quite) new GM who's going to start a Traveller campaign, where my players don't know anything about the setting (be it the canon one or a modified one). I tried to sum the basic setting ...
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Is it possible to work a Spiked Chain as a collar?

I had an idea for a spiked chain-wielding Barbarian character, but instead of the usual warrior brute I thought I'd try something different; he was some kind of escaped slave or something that had ...
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How can I overcome spell resistance?

Is there a reasonably complete collection of ways for casters to overcome spell resistance?
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Can a character choose to be taken out?

Getting "taken out" in Fate seems relatively straightforward, at first. From p.168 of Fate Core: If you don’t have any stress or consequences left to buy off all the shifts of a hit, that means ...
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553 views

Any software to help manage mass combat from Ultimate Campaign?

I'm new to Pathfinder (haven't event looked at RPGs since D&D 2e) and I've been investigating the concept of mass combat for a campaign I'm thinking about creating. I guess Ultimate Campaign is a ...
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259 views

Homebrew special ability for invincibility in 3.5

Concept (spoilers in first and third links) I'm interested in creating something along the lines of the Dahaka from the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within game. In summary, it's invincible throughout ...
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3answers
866 views

How much should NPCs charge to identify magic items?

I'm GMing for a party that has no casters with spellcraft (crazy I know), and needs to pay NPCs to identify magic items for them. Especially potions, which they find en masse. I was surprised that I ...
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How to get players to care about their and each others characters and play them like they are actual people

This question made me think about a problem I have been having that was brought up last night during a session. This session was the first of a new campaign I was running, with the party meeting ...
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143 views

What's the attack of opportunity for a monk

What if a monk is allowed to do an attack of opportunity on a spellcasting enemy, is the monk only allowed to one attack, or use full attack like +10 / +5 for a level 14 monk?
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Adding and balancing a new Stress Track?

I'm tweaking and testing the Fate Core system to fit the Torg RPG setting, and after much deliberation I came to the conclusion that a third stress track would be needed for "Reality Stress." ...
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1answer
124 views

Can my Cleric with the Primordial Adept theme use his holy symbol for theme powers?

The Primordial Adept theme, which gives rod proficiency and has Implement-keyword powers, mentions no restrictions or caveats to its powers' implement use. Do only rods work for Primordial Adept ...
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1answer
148 views

4th Edition-style Alternate Rewards in 3.5e/Pathfinder

Is it possible to give players magical gifts or supernatural powers that don't come as a physical item? In 4e, there's the "alternate rewards" which give similar effects to magical items, without ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...

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