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Options for leveraging non-lethal damage

What options exist for creating a character focused on doing solely non-lethal damage? Are there ways to have increased damage output compared to a lethal-damage-dealing characters by accepting the ...
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Average Damage Output in 4e?

Is there a resource that lists the average damage output for each role (Defender, striker, leader, controller) that is divided into ADO per level or at the very least ADO per tier? I am really just ...
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Is Smite Evil from the Half-Celestial template different from the Smite Evil from the Simple Celestial template?

The smite evil ability on the Half-Celestial template is worded this way: Once per day, as a swift action, the half-celestial can smite evil as a paladin of the same level as its Hit Dice. The ...
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What damage does a Halfling's Staff Sling deal?

I'm about to play a Halfling in my 1st Pathfinder game and I'm a bit confused about the Halflings Staff Sling. Relevant information Under "Standard Racial Traits" for halflings it states: Size: ...
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Can a true neutral character cast spells affected by alignment?

Is a true neutral character restricted by alignment from casting a spell that is, say lawful or chaotic, or can he/she cast a spell no matter if its affected by an alignment. (A lawful character can't ...
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Smaller bolter patterns?

The Exlorator comes with a default "boltgun", but as it is described in the book, it is a smaller (or normal-human adapted) version of the regular bolter that the Adeptus Astartes use (which is called ...
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How does the Alternative Favored Class bonus work for a Halfling Sorcerer Arcane Bloodline?

How does the Alternative Favored Class bonus work for a Halfling Sorcerer Arcane Bloodline? If I choose Sorcerer as my favored class I'm entitled to +1 hit point, +1 skill rank, or another race and ...
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Confusion with opposed rolls

I am thoroughly confused with the way opposed skill checks worth with Unknown Armies. Lets say Sneaky McSneak is trying to use his I am a Ninja skill to get past Eagle Eye Eddie, who is using his ...
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Can Conceal be used to sneak past someone?

The description of the free skill, Conceal, seems to imply that it only works when hiding a person if they are stationary. Also, there doesn't appear to be a different stealth-based skill that would ...
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Can Dragon Shards augment implements?

I'm used to dragon shards being used on weapons and I'm feeling that they should, but nothing in the dragon shard item descriptions says one way or another and their does not seem to be an appropriate ...
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What is the soonest an item that traps a person can be made?

I am searching for the best combination of spells (Druid and Wizard only, no Enchantment or Evocation) with which to craft a magic item (Wondrous, manacles + leg irons) that could be used to ...
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Are a Druid's Tree Shape ability and the spell “Entangle” compatible for a spell combo?

The Tree Shape spell indicates that a Druid (or other character with the spell or ability) can turn into a "large living tree or shrub" and that the "exact type of tree, as well as its appearance is ...
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What character creation tools exist for Earthdawn?

I am looking for a character builder for Earthdawn, preferably 3rd edition. As the editions are not that different, this is not an important detail for me. I downloaded the Earthdawn Character Editor ...
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Can I resume levelling up as a paladin after taking a few levels as an Oracle? [duplicate]

I want to do a build that is Paladin and Oracle, but I can't seem to find any concrete information on going about this. If I start at Paladin, get to level 2, then level Oracle to 4, can I then ...
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How can I play a lawful rogue?

I wanted to try something new in a Pathfinder campaign, so I created a lawful good cleric/rogue. Problem is, I have no idea how to play a rogue as lawful, due to this: From the PRD: Life is an ...
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Does Martial study feat allow you to choose maneuvers earlier than a standard martial adept class?

The Martial Study feat states: Select any maneuver from the chosen discipline for which you meet the prerequisite. If you have martial adept levels, this maneuver becomes one of your maneuvers ...
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Pathfinder Wildshape Size Question

OK, so, let's say I have a small creature, like a gnome, who is a druid. They wild shape into a large-sized animal. Small creatures have these size stats: +1 AC, -1 CMB, -1 CMD, +4 Stealth Checks ...
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Improving Animal Companions for E6 Gestalt Characters

In my experience, Animal Companions for Gestalt characters seem especially underpowered. As the DM, I have a 2-part plan to address this. Max out HP vs Rolling Allow Gestalt Druid/Rangers to ...
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Roguish question: Concealment and hide “in plain sight”?

This is a short one: Can a rogue under the effects of blur spell, but in plain sight, make a hide check? Hide says under concealment he can... but just doesn't sound right, does it?
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Custom magical item

I am interested in a custom magic item that allows me to treat my Caster Level and Manifester Level as 4 levels higher than it is, ideally using the Bracers slot. What should that cost?
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Up Close and Deadly and Full-Attack Actions

Do you need to spend 1 grit point for each attack made as part of a full-attack action when using the Pistolero Deed up Close and Deadly? The Deed says: Up Close and Deadly (Ex) At 1st level, ...
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How do spells work in D&D Essentials Starter kit? [duplicate]

I have this starter kit. I first made a fighter (easy in my mind), but now I am making a Wizard. I don't understand how the Hypnotism spell works. I don't throw anything? Attack:_ (Intelligence) ...
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Is the Halflings bonus vs fear any good?

In D&D 4th Ed., the races seem relatively well balanced. However, I have been playing a Halfling for two years now and have never had an opportunity to use his Bold ability: Bold: You gain a ...
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Qualifying for other races' feats

Is it possible in general to qualify for feats that have another race as a prerequisite? (I am thinking of something similar to how taking a multiclass feat allows you to qualify for feats from ...
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Are there mechanics for determining a starting age in D&D BECMI?

Is there a mechanical determination for 1st Level character ages in BECMI/Rules Cyclopedia? Appendix 3 character sheets and most 3rd Party sheets suggest that an age should be provided, but I can't ...
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Do Boots of Teleportation allow you to take allies with you?

Boots of Teleportation says: Any character wearing this footwear may teleport three times per day, exactly as if he had cast the spell of the same name. The spell says (highlighting mine): ...
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Magic Item Creation with instantaneous, continuous spell effects

I am looking through the magic item creation rules, and I cannot seem to find the actual RAW for for the limitations of what spells can and cannot be put on an item as a continuous effect. A player ...
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How can I send magicians into space?

I am the GM in a SR4 game, and am considering setting my PCs' next run in space (interesting + dangerous + unique = perfect location). However, as far as I know magic is impossible in space, and I ...
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Is Sword's Vengeance a “win button”?

In Arcane Powers, the Arcane Sword epic destiny gives you the Sword's Vengeance daily power that basically lets you keep fighting in an untargetable state after you die. Even if you were fighting the ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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Is there a Wild Hunt in Pathfinder?

I am not sure if I am delusional, but I seem to recall reading about a Pathfinder version of The Wild Hunt. It wasn't explicitly called that, but something else, so I haven't been able to find it by ...
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In Eberron do Elves dream and did Giants create them?

Did the Giants find the primitive Elves and civilized and enslaved them or did they create them, like they did their own version of Warforged? I think I heard somewhere (probably The Dreaming Dark ...
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How can I encourage role playing in a custom setting?

Since creating a fully living and breathing world for the players to inhabit is a time-consuming process, I have been feeding them background info as often as possible as it is relevant to the story. ...
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Can Druids tame a dinosaur?

In D&D 3.5, the rule book says nothing about a Druid being able to tame or have a velociraptor. Could a Druid tame one and use it as his/her companion?
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Hacking into a mesh insert in Eclipse Phase

I've read the hacking chapter of the core book repeatedly, and while I think I understand how individual parts of the system work, I have trouble putting it all together. Assume I'm walking down the ...
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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?

The Invisibility spell states: If the subject attacks directly, however, it immediately becomes visible Who is the attacker when a familiar delivers a touch spell? The familiar, the spellcaster ...
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Pricing items as a DM

I seem to be struggling with pricing items that players can purchase. In particular magic items such as scrolls/potions ect. I read the rules and have scoured the internets to try figure it out but ...
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Do luck bonuses stack?

I know that usually you pick the highest value bonus of the same type, but I see a lot of D&D threads where people are stacking their luck bonuses. Let's say I cast Divine Favor (You gain a +1 ...
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Can Mass Lesser Vigor be persisted?

I am creating my cleric character and considering taking feats persistent spell and power it up with Divine Meta magic. Now, the question is: can I make Vigor, Mass Lesser persistent? The ...
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Using a ranged weapon in melee

In the last Rogue Trader session I ran, one of the PC's wanted to use the butt of his pistol in an attempt to 'pistol whip'. This came about because I told him that ranged weapons cannot be used in ...
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Club as a Two-Handed Weapon?

So I'm building a two-handed weapon character in Pathfinder and was planning on using a longspear, however if I get pinned down, I want a good backup two-handed weapon. Someone suggested a club, as I ...
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When wielding a reach weapon can you use armored spikes to make Attacks of Opportunity?

Something showed up in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 (a HP & D&D 3.5e fanfiction) and I was wondering about application in pathfinder: When wielding a two handed reach weapon (or 1 handed ...
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What feats should a velociraptor animal companion have to fill the “scout” role well?

I'm a level 5 Druid and my group consists of me, the DM and a level 5 fighter. I am unsure of what feats my companion should have. I'm having it fill in the role of a scout. It knows common, and its ...
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Precision damage and damage reduction

So reading through the rules on damage types and damage reduction they read as the following summary Bludge\Peirc\Slashing yadda yadda these can have damage reduction Then it says energy - Not ...
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How can I get people to play a “diceless system”?

I have a wonderful game that I love very much, “Lord of Gossamer and Shadow” by Rite Publishing, and I loved the idea, worldwalking, and that the game is a spiritual successor to Amber (so it’s an ...
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What do the different levels of the magic item quicken spell rod do?

I am using http://www.d20pfsrd.com for most of my pathfinder rules but it's entry on rods has three tiers but it does not clarify what the different tiers do. ...
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Druid's wild shape natural attacks and magical item

I'd like to have some details about the Druid transformation in D&D 3.5. Ok, you have reached level 8, so your BA is +6/+1 and let's say that I want to transform into a lion; according to rules I ...
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How to ensure players spend XP on both short- and long-term benefits in Numenera?

I recently bought the core rulebook for Numenera. As well as reading through it to learn the system, I've been reading online reviews. It seems from reading what other experienced Role-Players think, ...
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Can temporary character banality be lower than permanent?

In Changeling the Dreaming, can a Changeling's temporary Banality be lower than its permanent? Or does it always starts from the permanent one?
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How many times a round does a creature take damage from Force Shard?

Force Shard does your charisma mod damage to anyone in its area. but here is an interesting line from the power in the Psionic Power book: An enemy can take this damage only once per turn. Is ...

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