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Upper limit on “create water” container size

From the core rule book, the spell "create water" includes the following: Water can be created in an area as small as will actually contain the liquid, or in an area three times as ...
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Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?

This weekend while playing, our wizard found an invisible creature (detected with see invis) and when asked where it was by the party, the player started counting the squares to give an exact measure ...
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Does Hellfire Warlock give me another invocation on its second level?

It's my second time playing 3.5e and I plan to go for the relatively simple Warlock 11 > Binder 1 (for Naberius) > Hellfire Warlock 3 > Warlock all the way to 20th level. My question here is, since ...
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Should I let a character be build with foreknowledge of the adventure? [closed]

We are playing (a converted) City of the Spider Queen and a player whose character died has now created a new one; a Dwarven Rogue. He asked me if he can take the Ancient Enmity Alternate Racial Trait ...
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Can “Locate City” locate a city other than the nearest city?

Can you use Locate City to locate some other city than the one nearest to you? I'm trying to build a system of "blind" aerial navigation using 3.5e spells instead of the RL tools for this, and as per ...
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What is Wychwood?

In D&D 5th edition the dancing lights cantrip has "wychwood" as one option for its spell component. However googling for wychwood brings up a brewery, an art space, and wychwood forest in ...
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How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?

I'm trying to come up with the D&D 3.5e world's functional equivalent to a real life Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). Are there any existing spells in D&D 3.5e that can be cast on durable ...
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How can I ride my Pseudodragon?

I play a tiny sorcerer with a Pseudodragon familiar, I'd like to be able to ride it, but we are both tiny. We play d&d 3/3.5 mixed (whatever rules end up being more convienent). The best route ...
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How do the actions work out when sheathing/drawing weapon and then casting a spell?

My character is a Warlock/Fighter with two-weapons fighting speciality. I'm kinda confused with 2 weapons and the spellcasting. All at the same time. So I have the following scenario, please, correct ...
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Do acid and sonic damage bypass object hardness?

Similar to Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?, but in 3.5. Particularly relevant is the following: Hardness: Each object has hardness—a number ...
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What penalties does Sensory Deprivation apply?

Description of the ability: The psyker has learned how to block the messages of the target’s senses. The psyker makes an Opposed Willpower Test against the target. If he succeeds, the target ...
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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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What is the holy creature around the same power as a Pit Fiend?

I am making a D&D campaign with Heaven and a Hell as the setting. This is a custom cosmology with one heaven and one hell, not the default cosmology of D&D with many different planes. In the ...
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How does one determine the effects of an aspect mask?

Is the special ability granted by an aspect mask determined by the wearer's level or the creator's caster level? The face-slot item aspect mask (6,500 gp; 2 lbs.) says that This leather mask is ...
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How to interpret rules to make the serial killer from the movie “Relentless?”

The serial killer in Relentless (1989) was able to grapple and control his victims enough to make them hold the murder weapon(s) and force them to finish themselves off. I am unaware of grapple rules ...
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Can a character drop a net as a free action and have it affect an enemy under them?

For example: A Raptoran is in flight and is holding a net. His movement from his previous turn ended 20 feet directly above an enemy. At the start of his next turn could he, as a free action, drop ...
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Dimension door, does it really have a door?

In the player's handbook there's a spell called Dimension Door. I know it is used for teleportation but everything else is vague. How does it really work? Does the user have to use the door to ...
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I need a great short/side adventure for level 1 - 3 [closed]

I recently began playing D&D for the first time in 30 years. Last I played, it was AD&D 1st edition. I am DM-ing my step son Gavin who is just now learning to play, his best friend Jackson, ...
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How can we 'regift' a group of highly dangerous gem scarabs across a continent? We don't want them anymore

I need my group to transport several (8-10) gem scarabs across a great distance of ~800 miles from a desert. These are from the Monster Manual V, and for the record, they have a spell like ability ...
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Does a normally-mindless creature get the standard one feat if it gains an INT rating?

A Greensting Scorpion is a vermin with 1 HD, and it is mindless (INT —). The monster creation rules don't allow a mindless creature to get the usual extra feat that all other creatures with 1 HD do. ...
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Can I let one hand go from a two-handed weapon to use Wrist Razors?

I'm making a character that comes from a primal, uncivilized wilderness and I thought using Wrist Razors and a Trikal would be cool. Can I let go of the Trikal (a two-handed weapon) with the hand ...
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What to do with a mean Dungeon Master? [closed]

Myself and a few other people are in a Pathfinder group where our original DM was wanting to play. So he gave the DM duties to one of the players. That player turned out to be a controlling, mean DM ...
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Do you add Proficiency bonus AND the stat modifier to skill rolls?

I know this basic knowledge, but I seemed to have missed this info in the player's manual. Say someone makes an stealth check: do I add their Dexterity modifier and their proficiency bonus in Stealth ...
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How does Max-HP reduction affect wild-shaped/polymorphed creatures?

Certain creatures have abilities which can reduce a character's maximum HP, and usually if it gets reduced to 0 the character dies outright. Suppose a HP30 PC is wild-shaped/polymorphed to a creature ...
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How can I improve this homebrewed Defiler/Preserver for 5e?

I am planning a 5e Dark Sun game, and I wanted to use the following rules for homebrewed preserving and defiling. Arcane Defiling When a defiler casts a spell of level 1 or higher, each living ...
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Recovering ammunition (bolts, etc.) in Numenera

Suppose a ranged combat character in the Numenera setting, using a non-artifact ranged/thrown weapon. Say, a heavy crossbow. There is limited ammunition that players usually have to buy. After a ...
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Are there advantages to descending AC?

From a game design standpoint, are there any advantages to descending AC? I've tagged this D&D because I think this was the most popular game which required a low AC all the way to the year 2000 ...
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How much is enough for a 5th-ranked character to beat a 2nd-ranked character?

How much does it take for a 5th-ranked character to defeat a 2nd ranked character at something? I have two characters who are going to be fighting a duel. One of them is 5th place of 6 in warfare ...
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How can I keep Darkness on a monster

I'm trying to determine how to get the 5e Darkness spell to move with a monster. It says Magical darkness spreads from a point you choose within range to fill a 15-foot-radius sphere for the ...
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Does poison's effect on ability scores end when the effect ends?

It's not clear to me whether a poison whose "effect" is 1d6 Dex is dealing ability damage that must be healed, or has an effect that vanishes when the poison's duration is over. My question is ...
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Is it possible? Arcane Archer at lvl 5? [closed]

So here is my dilemma. I'm starting a Pathfinder campaign and a new Player, his first time making a character and playing Pathfinder, has read up on the Arcane Archer Prestige Class, and I'm trying to ...
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Should every high-level druid have a treant bodyguard?

The spell 6th-level druid spell liveoak has as its description This spell turns an oak tree into a protector or guardian. The spell can only be cast on a single tree at a time; while liveoak is in ...
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Does Hunter's Mark provide bonus damage to both main hand and off hand attacks?

Once the Ranger has marked a creature with Hunter's Mark, does she get to apply the extra 1d6 damage dice to both her main attack action and bonus off-hand attack? The spell says: Until the ...
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What happens when two Spheres of Annihilation touch one another?

What happens if a Sphere of Annihilation touches another Sphere of Annihilation? I see a few possibilities: They destroy one another The universe turns inside out The effect of hitting one with Gate ...
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What effects do critical and fumble tables have on D&D 3.5?

Just getting some extra damage, and just missing, seem pretty boring. A lot of people like to spruce things up by having critical hits and natural-1 fumbles result in a roll on a special table, which ...
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What does a Copper Dragon's Slow Gas do?

The Copper Dragon in the SRD has two breath weapons, one of which is a cone of slow gas. The description says: A copper dragon has two types of breath weapon, a line of acid and a cone of slow ...
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Can a non-spellcaster attune to & use a wand or staff that doesn't require a spellcaster?

I've been going through the DMG's magic item list, and I notice some wands & staves require attunement without specifying "by a spellcaster". An example is the Wand of Magic Missiles. Is it the ...
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How to decide the level of new monsters? [closed]

I'm running a D&D sandbox (with my own variant of D&D, of course, but it is reasonably compatible with old versions of D&D and various retroclones), and I use several adventure modules and ...
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809 views

Is there a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style of character creator? [closed]

I have never played D&D before, but was thinking of getting a character going to play with a group of friends. I was told that there might be a "choose your own adventure" type of walkthrough ...
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What is “Following through someone else's move”?

Apocalypse World playbook's optional battle moves include a move called "follow through on someone else's move". Sadly, while there are plenty of examples for the usual moves, the optional battle ...
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What are the real Challenge Ratings of Copper and Red Dragons?

The title is basically the question. I'm prepping a session, which might feature a battle between the PCs aiding a wounded Copper Dragon and a Red Dragon with its Kobold tribe, so I was looking over ...
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Running multiple cyberdecks

Can a decker with two cyberdecks and two unique agent programs load one agent onto each deck, slave one deck to the other, run their persona on the master deck and end up receiving teamwork tests from ...
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1answer
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Help finding D&D coin look-alike monster

I recall reading about a monster in AD&D 2e that was a gold piece, but had a stinger that existed in another plane of existence. The extra-planar stinger made the monster very difficult to detect ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder?

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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Two portable holes would rupture if one were inside the other, right?

The Dungeon Master's Guide, on page 187, says: Placing a portable hole inside an extradimensional space created by a bag of holding, Heward's handy haversack, or similar item instantly ...
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How long does a game of Microscope take?

What is the duration of a single game of Microscope? What makes it last longer? What might speed it up? I plan to facilitate a session of Microscope at some point during a board gaming afternoon, and ...
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1answer
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Magic weapons add their plus to both attack and damage, and armor to AC, right?

I'm probably going blind. I am looking for somewhere in the PHB that specifies that +1 weapons give the +1 to both attack and damage. I see on page 196 of the PHB that it's explicitly stated that ...
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Can Vicious Mockery hit a target behind full cover?

We ran into this situation where a creature was behind a large rock in a cave and had full cover. My bard knowing the creature was behind the rock wanted to use Vicious Mockery against the creature. ...
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Is teleporting out of a grab considered escaping it?

I had a game the other night, and the guys ran into a few hellstinger scorpions. One of them grabbed the assassin, and when it was his turn he teleported out of the grab. The scorpion has an attack ...
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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...

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