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Does Pathfinder have the character imbalance problem that D&D 3.X has?

Many agree that D&D 3.X has a tier "problem" (or system or classification, depending upon your preference). I enjoy the basic rule set of 3.X but have a hard time having fun with a system that is ...
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How many attacks would be in a full-attack with this Ratfolk Monk/Ninja?

I've tried doing some research on this, and I'm still confused on the rules. By RAW, how many attacks could I get as a full-attack with this guy? Steve the Testrat, 4 Flowing Monk/16 Ninja (BAB+15), ...
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Are there any templates available for creating new backgrounds in DnD 5E?

I understand that the background section says that you can tweak the existing ones to fit a campaign (PHB, p.125-126), but are there any available for making ones completely from scratch? Perhaps, ...
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Level 1 fighter seems over powered

I have a level 1 fighter who can do a ridiculous amount of damage and easily fight monsters with CR of two or three. I am completely new to pathfinder so I feel that I might be calculating some damage ...
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How many times can a monk use Deflect Missile in a round?

One of my players and I got into a debate. I contend that it is for one successful attack per round, while he maintains that it is more of a reaction and can be done as often as needed. Could ...
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How does Gunnery work when Jumped In

I could have sworn that this rule is SOMEWHERE in the book, but I can't seem to find it. Gunnery, as a skill, is linked to Agility for use. However, when a rigger jumps into the device that has the ...
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What is a fractal style of story generator?

Inspired by this question: I have never heard of a Fractal style story generator, I did a quick google and am somewhat uncertain as to how this differs from developing a normal story arc. So, what ...
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Is there a “campaign background” story system or method?

microscope is a historical fractal story system that I've used successfully to generate background worlds for several campaigns, what it does it does very well. What I'm looking for is something ...
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Critical damage from an Alchemist Bomb

The rules regarding an Alchemist's bombs states: On a direct hit, an alchemist's bomb inflicts 1d6 points of fire damage + additional damage equal to the alchemist's Intelligence modifier. The ...
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Are there negative impacts to having characters advance at different rates?

It's my first time running a campaign (D&D 3.5), and I'm trying to figure out how to assign XP to the players. I am used to playing in games where everyone gets exactly the same XP, whether they ...
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How to relay a game mechanic in character

This question came up during a round of Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Depending on the system this kind of question may already be answered in the rules. But I figure it's more of a general ...
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Are spells that do piercing, bludgeoning, or slashing damage considered magical damage?

Are spells that do only bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage considered magical or nonmagical damage? Most especially when considering them for purposes of resistance/immunity against "...
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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Situation: Alice the Aarakokra sees Bob the Battlemaster coming. She ascends to 605', just out of the 600' range of Bob's longbow. Bob (Str 14) performs a running high jump 5' into the air and ...
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Are there any Handbooks for the “Expert” NPC Class?

Question is in the title: Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class? I'm only looking at the Core NPC class, not any homemade or other "Experts" floating around. I have checked all the ...
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Does a roleplaying game that uses continuous probability exist? [closed]

I have an idea for a roleplaying game that uses continuous probability distributions (like the normal distribution) to decide random outcomes (instead of discrete distributions that comes from using ...
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Does a Readied spell immediately use a spell slot?

The PHB is a bit unclear when it comes to readied spells in combat. If I lose my concentration do I lose the spell slot? What about if the trigger never occurs, do I get the spell slot back?
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How to turn an ex-PC into a narrative device? [closed]

One of the players recently left the game and agreed to have me control her former character. I would really like to use that character and have permission to do so from the original creator. What I ...
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551 views

How does the Ranger Whirlwind Attack feature compare to the Volley feature?

The goal of this question is to compare both Ranger level 11 features Whirlwind Attack & Volley and examine their comparative strengths and weaknesses for Rangers. Whirlwind Attack You can ...
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Vertical distances of the three layers of the Darklands

The group I am GMing may plan to go down deep into the Darklands. They are in Nar-Voth already and might want to go all the way down to Orv through the Endless Gulf. How deep is this thing? (...
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Are there A4/letter-sized battle grids?

I want to start DM'ing regularly (I've played my share of D&D, but this will be a different group). Now, I like using grids from time to time, so I'm looking for the right equipment to do so. My ...
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Fallout 3 Role Playing Game [closed]

I am new into role playing and I feel that it is something that I want to do more often but the setting of D&D seems like something I wouldn't be so much into. I would rather play it on a setting ...
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Need to play D&D on a budget, at least for now [closed]

My friends and I plan on playing D&D this summer, and I'm going to be the DM. I need advice on reducing the price as much as I can without reducing fun so we can have enough of it to bring my ...
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Recognize Firefly-esque sci-fi scenario with minimalist narrative d6 system?

In the first half of 2009 a friend of mine went to a con in the USA (don't know where exactly), and brought back a great scenario which we played in the UK. I would like to know if anyone recognizes ...
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Death saving throws / critical hits

In the PHB it says that three death saving throw failures means you die, and damage causes 1 failure, and a critical hit causes 2 failures. But the unconscious condition says that attacks against an ...
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Does Extra Attack stack?

In the WotC article it creates the "Favored Soul" origin for Sorcerer and it gives it the Extra Attack feature at level 6. Say I then multiclassed ranger to get its Extra Attack at level 5. Would they ...
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Rules for owning and training wolf

I'm fairly new to DMing and so is my group so we are all on a learning curve together. We're using D&D 5e Last week a fighter in our group tamed a wolf with Animal handling and then requested ...
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Pathfinder Downtime: Earning capital, Owning Buildings, in a small town

My character is a bard with a lyre of building which the GM states generates 300 labor for the 10g per point but has no limit based on the small town. A small town normally has a limit on "utilising" ...
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612 views

What level are spells cast at if a warlock multiclasses as another caster?

The Pact Magic paragraph on page 164 of the Player's Handbook multiclassing section reads: you can use the spell slots you gain from the Spellcasting class feature to cast warlock spells you know....
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Does a Daily gained from a feat count against my current 3/day limit?

I am playing a tiefling level 9 Rogue and I learned the Diabolic Soul feat that gives me the Diabolic Transformation daily feat power. Right now I can use only 3 daily powers in one day. Will Diabolic ...
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Looking for the name of a rpg where players take on heroes from actual mythology [closed]

The description of the game in question I saw listed Hercules as an example- but that's pretty much all I remember.
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Can you cast epic spells before character level 21?

OK, probably never going to come up in the vast majority of games, but I found a prestige class in the Plot and Poison a Guidebook to the Drow, which advances spell casting (at every odd level of the ...
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When benefits from an Aspect call for Fate point expenditure and when not?

I find myself in a pinch trying to understand what Aspects do when they are not being invoked. I do know that they are supposed to be narrative tools that describe the character. When invoked, they ...
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How to make extremely lethal stories in Fate

Fate is my default system for "book/TV modeling". The system itself has a lot of similarities with how those media are built (the same way MHR "feels" similar to comics), such as character concepts ...
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How can I get better land speed with a warforged?

I have a lvl 1 warforged character with adamantine body and he is SO SLOW. Every encounter I find myself taking entire turns just to get where I need to be in order to be able to fight. Are there ...
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How can I optimize my ranger?

I'm a beginner at Pathfinder and looking for advice on character progression. (This is kind of related to Feats for a TWF Ranger?). I'm playing a level 2 half-elf ranger on a forum, and characters ...
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Pummeling Strike + Additional Effects

Does a weapon effect such as Holy apply once to a character who is using a pummeling strike? Or does it apply to each consecutive hit?
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Would “Detect Magic” reveal a sorcerer?

Since sorcerers are inherently magical (or maybe more accurately, inherently contain magic), would Detect Magic reveal an aura around the sorcerer? If so, would this also be the case with a warlock? ...
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How do you alter encounter difficulty in regards to decreased party size?

Encounters are usually written in advance and balanced against the makeup and the abilities of the party. Sometimes though the party makeup when writing such an encounter in advance and when actully ...
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1answer
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Character advancement - buying new skills with Karma

p.105 Core Rule book The skill table works on a similar principle, though Active Skill ratings costs are computed at new Rating x 2. If you are purchasing a brand new skill, find the desired ...
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When adding a new ability to a magic weapon, does the crafter need to meet only the prerequisites of the addition?

The Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, gives the example of turning a +1 longsword, to a flaming +1 longsword, costing only the difference between a plain +1 weapon and a +1 ...
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Which are the best sourcebooks for creating D&D 4e Forgotten Realms?

Since D&D Next came out, I figured out I should pick up some 4e books before they become completely unavailable, since my gaming company loves 4e. (Atm I own 3 core books, Neverwinter campaign and ...
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Which negative modifiers should I apply when transforming myself?

I'm running a witcheling, a changeling witch who, because of a GM's homebrew magic ring, can transform into a pixie. What effects does this pixie transformation have? Specifically... Since I'm now ...
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2answers
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How can a creature create duplicates of itself?

I want an upcoming high-level antagonist to have the ability to create loyal short-term duplicates of himself. Using class features, magic items, and spells what ways exist to do this for a lone level ...
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1answer
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Can a non-action be taken as part of an OA/reaction?

Some acts, such as dropping items or speaking, are consistently considered "non-actions" in the D&D rules (I'm asking about 3.5e in this question, but it seems that this is consistent among all ...
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Can a character use a quickened action during an AoO?

I can't quite figure out how this works: I caused an AoO and an enemy dragon used a quickened breath weapon (free action) on me as an AoO, while the rule states that an AoO is a single melee attack......
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Ideal small town adventuring hub in Forgotten Realms

I will soon be starting a new 5e campaign. I am in need of a small to mid-size town to use as the hub for the entire campaign. My current plans are to use the Forgotten Realms setting. I would love ...
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195 views

Having only one die +Gremlins

If a pc has the disadvantage "gremlins" (which results in him needing less 1s for a glitch when dealing with tech), and needs to roll on something which results in him having only one die (e.g. ...
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1answer
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Improving Cleric Survivability

I'm doing PFS (Pathfinder Society) play as a cleric. Currently I'm level 2 and focused mostly on buffing/supporting. Generally I stand in the back, buff people at the beginning of combat, then pull a ...
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Can a Warlock become a lich?

I'm going to play a Warlock character starting at 3rd level. I want to know if he can become a lich. If this is possible, is there something that I must do before he can become a lich, such as take ...
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How do thresholds affect true shapeshifters with modular abilities?

How would a threshold affect characters with the True Shapeshifting power? Would it prevent them from shifting once past the threshold (uninvited)? And would the threshold affect their Modular ...

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