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Can I use Oversized weapons this way?

I have a few questions about Oversized D&D 4e weapons: I'm playing a bugbear. I use Oversized to use a weapon one size larger. What does the damage of longbows (1d10) and greatbows (1d12) ...
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Can you Detect Magical Items on an invisible creature?

My players were going up against a mid-threat mage last session. He cast Greater Invisibility on himself one round, and the next round, he cast Fly. As this silently flying mage was circling the ...
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5E Trap/Ambush/Stealth Mechanics VS Passive Perception Confusion

I thought I knew, at first, how passive perception versus hidden/invisible creatures and/or well laid traps worked. I have a group of level 2 adventurers that are about to come upon their first trap ...
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Are the feats from Essential supposed to be used with the older classes? [duplicate]

As far as I can see, the feats from Essentials are way more powerful than their older counterparts. On the other hand, I see the Essential classes as weaker versions of the older ones (specially ...
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Handling Effects on a Split Creature

I don't really see an area in the MM, PHB, or DMG that specifies what happens to effects on a creature that splits. A case came up where my party was being attacked by an Ochre Jelly, our Hunter cast ...
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Sixth Excellency and Craft abilities- Is this as awesome as I think it is?

Alchemical exalted have an array of 'extra' charms compared to other exalt types. One of them in particular is evading my understanding. You pick it for an attribute/ability pair (say, ...
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How to deal with differing levels of ability in Polaris

A concern I have in running Polaris is that the group I intend to run the game with possesses RPGers of vastly mixed ability with regards to the skills used in the game. Three of us are veteran ...
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153 views

How Do Granted Saving Throws Interact with the Dying Condition?

Setup I've been assuming that granting death saving throws was probably not a good thing, but this recent question got me thinking. Death saving throws are a type of saving throw, so you should be ...
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Good system for large tactical battles?

So I'm a player in a Star Wars Saga Edition game, and am starting to feel like a d20-based systems is not a great one for the game we're playing. We're playing in the clone wars era, so our battles ...
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What is useful to delegate to Assistant DMs, and how many is it useful to have?

I have a 5e D&D campaign right now that is very successful. Right now I have 10 players in two groups, each group playing once a week. However, recently I have had 6 more people who want to make a ...
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Can you use a power lower than your number of dots?

This has been a point of arguement between me and another storyteller: Can a vampire starting with (e.g.) 4 dots in Domination use the lower level power (i.e. 2 dots Mesmerise)? To me it's pretty ...
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Do I have to be proficient with an Implement to get its properties?

I'm trying to get low-light vision with any magic item that is not a Head slot item. I found Totem of the Night (Adventurer's Vault 2 pg.46). Property: You gain low-light vision. If you already ...
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Poor visibility and cliffs

I have a situation where several of my party members will be fighting in a treacherous canyon, with rope bridges, zip lines, and a lot of angry gnolls. Some of the gnoll clerics may be prone to ...
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Can anyone else learn Drow Sign Language?

Can anyone else than drow learn Drow Sign Language? or is it a language that only drow can learn because of, I dunno... dexterity or some other physical conditions?
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Do Vampires need Auspex to see in the dark?

Can vampires now see in complete darkness, or only with Auspex added to them? The fluff text for them never suffering the full penalties for being in complete darkness (vampiric senses) is: ...
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How strong must an NPC be if I know they can throw a car?

I'm trying to build a certain character in M&M 3E. I've run into some limits due to not knowing the extent of their abilities (the source material is a series of web videos, which totals 45 ...
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407 views

Clone and Cocoon, what happens.?

I'm currently creating a high level caster (3.5) for fun and I came across an odd spell combination. Clone (source: PHB, Arcane spell) basically this spell makes a clone of your body (that you have ...
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318 views

I want to play Dr. Manhattan. How can I? [closed]

How can I create a character that is powerful like Dr. Manhattan? The critical thematic elements are that he: is composed of energy uses pure energy as a power source Either one of these are the ...
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443 views

What other ways are there to make a Wizard more intelligent?

There are four ways I know of to get your intelligence increased as a Wizard: Levelling to get stat bonus (Untyped, 5 by level 20) Headband of vast intelligence (+2 to +6 enhancement bonus) Crimson ...
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1answer
217 views

How can the Rod of Seven parts turn a player to Lawful Stupid without it becoming unfun for the other players?

I've been going through the Rod of Seven Parts adventure/source book, and it's a fun read. The side effects of the Rod are mighty interesting to read, but it makes me wonder how assembling it would ...
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How to play boring everyday tasks

I am about to run a Traveller rpg game using the Outer Veil setting by Spice publishing. I am having the players be very much like the firefly crew, needing to work to keep their ship barely flying. ...
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447 views

Does a blind creature with tremorsense still have a 50% miss chance?

A creature with the extraordinary ability tremorsense can automatically pinpoint the location of anything that is in contact with the ground. Does pinpoint here mean an otherwise blind creature ...
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Are there any canon reasons for why evil beings put up with the certainty of damnation? [closed]

Is there any written canon material that explains why evil beings in the D&D multiverse put up with the certainty of damnation? Here's a thing that's always bothered me about the "default ...
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692 views

Do Prestige class levels stack with caster level?

Do levels taken in a prestige class of the same kind of magic (arcane/divine) as a base class stack with a character's existing caster level? For example, if a ...
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Would Shriekers prevent someone from hearing Harpies?

A few people climb a mountain, finally reaching a safe tunnel for the night. Upon entry, a few Shriekers start screeching. That alarms the Harpies that live on the other side of the tunnel. The ...
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How can I balance loot distribution for my players?

Im having a bit of trouble getting a general sense of what amount of loot my players should receive during their sessions. They are started as 3rd level, mostly new players to the DnD universe. I ...
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990 views

How can I dissuade my players from attacking a deadly foe who isn't meant to be attacked? [duplicate]

I will be taking over as DM of our group in a few weeks. Our party right now has a large number of magic items, and while I don't have a problem balancing that, I would rather replace lesser ones ...
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2answers
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Good early-level feat options for a Wildshape Druid

I'm trying to help a player create her Druid character. She wants to focus on Wild Shape, and we were thinking about feats and I couldn't find many applicable early-level feats for her. I'm thinking ...
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How does Pathfinder handle PCs having pets?

One of my PC's wants to have a fox- just a regular albeit tamed fox- as a pet, and frankly I want to let him have it. Does Pathfinder have any specific rules concerning non-class-feature pets, or do I ...
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Can I make unarmed strikes without exceptional ability?

It seems to me like you're supposed to be able to try to attack people while unarmed in Pathfinder, but I'm not sure you actually can. Threatened Squares You threaten all squares into which ...
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557 views

At what range can you perform combat maneuvers?

I can't find any rules that explicitly state at what range you can perform some combat maneuvers. Most combat maneuvers are clear: Overrun is about moving through an opponent's square(s); Steal uses ...
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1answer
367 views

Can you stack abilities on a weapon or armor?

My group formed when 3.5 came out and they were generally very careful and tactical in building their characters and their gear. We're giving 5th Edition a try but we can't seem to find any rules for ...
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130 views

Official rules for using optional skills

I'm having troubles in my D&D 4e table because the skill system, even though it's simple and fast, is also limited. And there are quite a few things my characters want to do and sometimes I just ...
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306 views

Limiting player freedom in introductory scenarios

As discussed in Would GURPS be a good choice for a non-magic, 19th century tech level, roleplay focused campaign?, I am planning to introduce a couple of friends to pen & paper tabletop RPGs. I am ...
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1answer
283 views

How can I make sense of the vehicle encumbrance rules for freighters?

Comparing the encumbrance for personal equipment against the listed encumbrance capacities of transport vehicles leads to results like the maximum load for the Millenium Falcon is about 300, carefully ...
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104 views

What information should be on a Sorcerer's spell sheet? [closed]

I am working on a custom spell sheet for the sorcerer class. The sheet is meant to be suitable for an intermediate or advanced player who understands sorcerer spell casting but has not memorized every ...
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380 views

Would GURPS be a good choice for a non-magic, 19th century tech level, roleplay focused campaign?

As the title says, would the GURPS system be a good choice for a non-magic campaign that has a tech level roughly equivalent to earth Europe's 19th century and a focus on roleplaying rather than ...
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20 Stats at level 1 too powerful? [closed]

I'm starting a campaign with some people and we all rolled our stats. We all rolled really well. I even ended up nerfing my stats to avoid being too powerful overall. Nobody has any stats under 10 ...
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352 views

Armour and shields in Aspect based combat. Fate Core [closed]

Short Version: What is the correct way to balance a PC having a shield that gives the player additional stress boxes to use. Should this require a stunt or a fate point or use another balancing ...
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Can I use skills with a sword of light in SAGA Marvel system?

In SAGA Marvel system, one can use the light sword stunt from the power Light Control to create a sword. Can I associete the skill Sword when using this power with this stunt?
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Can I add card values to power intensity in SAGA Marvel system?

Some powers like plasticity state that one can "raise his or her streight to the power's intensity". I would like to know if, when I use this stunt, I can add card value to it in order to raise it.
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Why does the Clumsy armor tag impose −1 ongoing for all rolls?

For example, why would it affect wisdom or intelligence? ...or am I just misunderstanding the rule? Thank you!
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121 views

Do miniatures for the WH40K Primarchs exist?

This is not a question asking where they are/where to get them. This is not a "Let's go shopping" question I'm merely wondering if there are any miniatures for the WH40K Primarchs, and if so, for who ...
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407 views

What is the status of all the Primarchs?

I'm not too caught up on the 40K Universe, though I have heard, through the grapevine things like "The Lion has awoken..." Being a Dark Angels fan, that certainly caught my attention. So what is ...
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Can Clerics take Spell Focus?

Can Clerics use the Spell Focus feat by RAW? The Summoner advice Brian linked me to in his answer mentions that Augment Summoning is a good feat for summoning focused characters, but it requires Spell ...
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1answer
138 views

Can Create Water summon into a tall, narrow space?

Based on this question Can you target Create Water into a tall, narrow space, such as the top of a drain pipe (with an unsuspecting victim at the bottom, presumably), and would the results be similar ...
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911 views

A character with a reach weapon also has the feat Improved Unarmed Strike; does he threaten all squares within 10' simultaneously?

Does the answer change depending on whether he has levels as a monk?
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706 views

Can a character take Attacks of Opportunity while moving without stopping?

This mostly would come up in the context of readied actions, but other situations could arise. If a character is moving past an opponent who is provoking an attack of opportunity, can that character ...
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Does killing humans impact Humanity if it's in pre-emptive self-defense?

We were being hunted by (what we suspect is) an angel. We entered a room with no way back and there were two figures in front of us, shoveling dead bodies into a machine. My character couldn't know ...
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Can create water break some of the conjuration rules?

In the core rule book, this is stated about conjuration spells: A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another ...

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