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How can I implement Cinematic Fencing (à la “The Princess Bride”)?

Like most people, I'm utterly entranced by the fencing scene between Westley and Inigo in The Princess Bride, but trying to replicate their style in a tabletop RPG has never really worked out. I've ...
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Can a wish spell grant new skills?

I was researching and trying to discern if a wish spell could give a PC a skill he does not have. I don't see anything that states it can or cannot but when compared to some of the things a wish could ...
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Which of the gods in Points of Light were completely new in that setting?

Points of Light features a relatively small number of gods for a D&D setting. Most of them are either gods used in multiple settings (Bahamut, Moradin, Gruumsh, Corellon, Lolth), a fair deal from ...
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How long is the initial “training time” to get the first level of a class?

Consider a 0th level character, or a character with existing character levels, multi-classing into a new one. I think, she needs to go somewhere - to a fighters' school, or to a wizards guild, etc - ...
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For druid companions, such as riding dogs, what is the base hp?

I am trying to make a companion to go with my druid but cant figure out what its starting hp would be and what modifiers might be on it later as I level as a druid. Can someone tell me how it works?
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How do you decide who will be contacted by Contact Other Plane spell

Contact Other Plane says: You mentally contact a demigod, the spirit of a long-dead sage, or some other mysterious entity from another plane. Does the caster decide whom they are contacting? ...
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What are the two weapon fighting penalties for a Large creature with the Lighten Weapon feat?

I have a Strix, a size Large creature, who wields a bastard sword in his main hand and a long sword in his off-hand. He has the two weapon fighting feat, Strength 20, and Dex 23. Do these weapons ...
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Can “Symbol of” spells be thrown at enemies?

The "Symbol of" line of spells (starting at Symbol of Death) state that "You can't use a symbol of [whatever] offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of [whatever] remains untriggered ...
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Are the immunities granted by Rank 0 and Rank 1 deity redundant?

In Deities and Demigods, a Rank 0 deity gains transmutation immunity: Transmutation A deity is immune to polymorphing, petrification, or any other attack that alters its form. Any shape-...
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Can my one-handed or hook-handed ex-pirate use Dervish Dance?

So I'm making a character for a pathfinder game and I'm wanting to give her Dervish Dance, but there are a few questions I have about the feat. First of all, Dervish Dance says, "You cannot use this ...
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How do I implement a deferred pain stunt into dresden files?

I'll be running a Dresden Files campaign in a couple of weeks using the up to your waist power level, and one of my players has requested a character with the ability to "turn off" pain for a certain ...
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Fair facing house rules for 5e

I am a bit disappointed by the lack of tactical positioning in 5e, as evidenced in questions such as Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?. I have tried ...
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1answer
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What is the name of this book, covering character history generation?

Recently, over a text-chat session, my game master ran through a process of detailing my character's history, using a product she never named. My GM is currently unavailable to me, so I cannot simply ...
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What Role-Playing Game System Works Best for a DM who Hates Reading? [closed]

I don't actually hate reading. I just realized that not having to read a long rulebook is a thing and am keenly interested in answers to this question so I can share them with other people, who ...
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Extending Coven to affect class level instead of just caster level for scaling effects

The Coven hex allows you to use an 'aid another' action to increase the caster level of the other witch for one round, In addition, whenever the witch with this hex is within 30 feet of another ...
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Where can I get miniatures of The Four Horsemen of Apocalyse? [on hold]

I have looked a lot online but I am reaching the end of my search. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy miniatures of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — ideally resembling the Pathfinder ...
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Can the Wizard move “Ritual” be used to create a permanent effect or learn a new move?

In my specific instance, I have an Immolator player that wants to gain the following move: Ogdru Jahad Gain the Wizard move Ritual. The GM will always tell you what you have to sacrifice to ...
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Would Gust of Wind affect a Vampire in Gaseous Form?

Scenario I had some players fighting off a vampire's attack. The vampire was a sorcerer and rather than dying to the player characters, he casted Gust of Wind and used his Gaseous Form ability to ...
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What are some good items/equipment to consider for a ranged disarm character?

I currently have a level 12 character (5monk, 5rogue, 2fighter) who specializes in disarming (ranged and melee) and improvised weapon fighting. I am curious if there is any equipment that would help a ...
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3answers
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What happens to a creature who is enlarged and then reduced?

Inspired by Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes? Focusing on the specific effect of the Enlarge/Reduce spell: You cause a creature or an object ...
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How does Mental Stress work for non-combat Veils?

If a Wizard casts a spell creating a Veil1 & 2 they take a Mental Stress. According to the book Mental Stress goes away right after combat3, unless of course going from one conflict immediately ...
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Do the D&D source books assume any particular ethical system?

AceCalhoon's answer to this question got me thinking, is there any reason to believe that the D&D source books assume a specific system of ethics, such as deontology, virtue ethics, or ...
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Mortal infrastructure

A straight forward question as I had a discussion there with a player of mine: Infrastructure is a physical arrangement of materials and manpower. It is the vacuum cleaner in the closet that ...
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2answers
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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Is making a bet you can't lose an evil act? [closed]

Background The campaign's upcoming antagonist was raised in a good-aligned but poor home in a typical Dungeons and Dragons setting. He's since dedicated himself to wealth redistribution, using the ...
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2answers
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Ways to limit the power and overuse of Phantasmal Force

I've been DMing 1st edition for about 12 years now, and while I've experimented with different editions I always go back to 1st. Over the years DMing I have written a number of my own house rules to ...
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1answer
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Do flaming weapons with the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage on trip attempts?

Do flaming (and other elemental damage) weapons that have the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage when they are used in a trip attack and hit successfully?
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757 views

How can I avoid metagaming when I know things my character doesn't?

One common problem I run into, as a player, is having to feign not-knowing things my character doesn't but I do, be it rules about certain creatures ("Hmm that rock golem sure looks weak against [...]"...
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3answers
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Is the trigger of a smartgun mechanical or software?

With Data Trails out and additional matrix actions available, the following question came to my mind when reading the garbage in/garbage out Matrix action: It states that you can repgrogam a smartgun ...
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How to deal with anti-authoritarian player characters?

One player I infrequently role play with (let's call him Bob) seems to have a bit of an issue with authority - or at the very least he likes playing characters who do. It's not that he does not ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to take Cleric & Cloistered Cleric on the same character?

My archer cleric(7x Normal Cleric) would like to take a level of Cloistered Cleric for access to a third domain. Is this possible, or should I be looking elsewhere for more domain choices? TL;DR Are ...
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544 views

What's a good system for a short adventure / one-shot in Westeros [closed]

Since I am thinking about running a short adventure (one or two sessions) set in Westeros for some roleplaying amateurs, and I personally think the Song of Ice and Fire RPG Rules by Green Ronin might ...
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12answers
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As a GM is it unfair to secretly protect one player's character to keep the peace?

I have recently started playing (as GM) tabletop RPGs after a several year hiatus because I was no longer finding it fun. My current game, which uses Hackmaster 5E, has been running for about 6 months ...
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1answer
228 views

Looking for a great single level class dip for bard, no spell progression needed [closed]

I am working on a build that starts the first 19 levels this way: Bard 9 Sublime Chord 6 Fatespinner 4 I'm looking for something to use for level 20. The best I've got right now is Fatespinner 5, ...
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1answer
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What is the Strength of a Landing Bay?

In Rogue Trader's Battlefield Koronus book, page 36, it indicates that "a Landing Bay comes equipped with one squadron per point of strength". While it indicates clearly what a squadron can entail, it ...
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1answer
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Maximum Ranks in Speak Language?

Is Speak Langauges subject to the same maximum rank as other skills? I.e., at level 1 with speak languages as a class skill, how many languages can I learn? 4, or more?
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1answer
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Are there translation-specific errata for D&D 3.5e?

Stemming from: Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense? has WotC ever issued 3.5e errata against certain translations to fix translation issues?
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Is the English text authoritative?

The question “Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?” highlights an apparent error in the French translation of the D&D 3.5e PHB. Is there an official ...
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Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?

My Player's Handbook, in French, as well as this other source, describes Combat Style (two-weapon fighting) as follows: Si le rôdeur choisit le combat à deux armes, il peut se battre comme s'il ...
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1answer
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How many Shapechanged Familiar Dragons can I have at once?

As per this question, certain classes can indeed have multiple Animal Companions or Familiars able to share spells. I want to know what the theoretical limit of this would be. A Druid19/Wiz1 would ...
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At which moment does the 'Surprised' state disappear?

I am trying to figure out if the surprised state ends on a creature after the first attack of a surprise round, or if the surprised state (which I would then see almost as an unofficial condition) ...
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2answers
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Can an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with Returning?

Can a melee weapon that is being used as an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with the returning property? The returning property seems to state that if a weapon can be thrown, it's eligible ...
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1answer
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Throwing a weapon as an improvised weapon

In Pathfinder, if a weapon is thrown by a character at a target, does it become an improvised thrown weapon? For example purposes, the character in question is a Barbarian with the feat Throw ...
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4answers
756 views

How can I balance the power of loot between players?

The 5e dmg only gives proximate levels of item strength: common, uncommon, rare, very rare, and legendary. The item levels don't really seem to help me judge if two items of the same rarity will be ...
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10answers
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How can I suggest the DM stop trying to kill us?

We have been playing a game for a while now, and while the game itself is quite enjoyable, the only problem is that the DM seems to be aiming to kill us. Sort of. For example, there have been three ...
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2answers
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Do flaming, etc. weapon properties deal their extra damage just on contact?

Some magic weapons have special abilities such as flaming, where it does extra damage on a hit. Since it's elemental damage, would just the extra damage be dealt on contact? For example, would an ...
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1answer
149 views

What is an example of a Supers module/adventure that preserves/highly values player agency? [closed]

I'm asking this question because I've yet to see a Superhero adventure written in any system that doesn't read like a railroad, or have interesting choices beyond win/lose the fight and get a slightly ...
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5answers
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Can I stabilize an enemy we just defeated in combat?

Spare the Dying You touch a living creature that has 0 hit points. The creature becomes stable. This spell has no effect on undead or constructs. Same scenario two different ways. The party ...
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2answers
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Would this Conjure Dragons spell be too powerful?

Would this homebrewed spell for dragon-themed conjurers be too powerful? It is a variant of conjure animals / conjure minor elementals / conjure woodland beings but dragon-themed. This is what I have ...
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4answers
202 views

How can I play a survival-based FATE 2.0 game where access to items plays a major role?

My background is mostly in d20, (Pathfinder, D&D 3.5 and 5e) and I'm getting into Fate with FATE 2.0. I like the system but it keeps bothering me how few rules there are concerning equipment and ...

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