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Wondrous Effects: What Are the Durations?

The rod of wonder (DMG 237) creates Wondrous Effects that have printed durations, creates Wondrous Effects that mimic spell effects yet don't include printed durations, and creates Wondrous Effects ...
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Can I “use” an alternative ki-focus to the one I make an attack with?

I know usually you have to decide whether you use your ki focus or your enchantment on your weapon to decide damage and special effects. However I couldn't help to notice that in some of the text of ...
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364 views

How can market price of magic items be calculated from crafting price?

How would you calculate the market price of a magic item when only the crafting price is given? Some books like Magic Item Compendium give market prices, I know, but other books still have magic items ...
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How does a DM handle time limits in-game?

An upcoming arc I have planned requires a thirteen-hour time limit to escape from an area. How do I plan for that in game time, and how do I keep the players aware of the time? I usually run six ...
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Oracle and Inquisitor spell preparation

Oracles and Inquisitors are a little on the fence when it comes to spell preparation as they are both Divine caster and Spontaneous casters. How to reconcile the rules for both? Preps like a divine ...
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Forcing others to use cursed items against their will?

I have a few specific questions, but I think they can all be sufficiently generalized as follows: Do cursed items which activate upon being worn, held or seen affect creatures that do not willingly ...
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How do I play NPC abilities?

In Numenera, an NPC's description could be e.g. Malik Harcrow: level 5, level 6 at all subterfuge- related tasks, level 7 at lockpicking Now, I understand how players would attack or defend ...
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164 views

How do I know which enemy aspects I hand out to my players?

We've been doing FATE Accelerated very frequently, and we're really beginning to like it. Our game is based on the Gantz manga/anime in a way, since thew characters have to go every week to kill a ...
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Best way to promote the Indie RPG I am developing [duplicate]

I am currently developing a Indie RPG that I hope to Kickstart next year. What is the best way to promote it? (I know this is a common question) Currently I have found Google+ communities the best, ...
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305 views

What are the Differences Between the Original and Revised Versions of Star Wars d20?

While we have a question about the differences between Star Wars d20 Revised and Saga Editions, I'm wondering what the differences are between the original version and the Revised version. ...
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How can I strategise IC with the other players when my PC is stupid?

I have a very strong preference for keeping discussions in-character and avoiding out-of-character table talk. The trouble is that my PC is not very smart (an Int 8, Wis 13 half-orc barbarian) but I'm ...
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Barbarian Revenant Half-Orc: How to roleplay

Introduction We have been playing 4e D&D for a while now. First we started with 3.5e skills but recently incorporated Burning Wheel style skills because we wanted more role-playing possibilities ...
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How do I balance an encounter for my party?

I'm currently DMing some games in the D&D 4e Adventure Series. We started with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell, and we're just about to start H2, Thunderspide labyrinth. I have six players who are all ...
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Can an alchemist learn any Wizard spell?

From the SRD: An alchemist can study a wizard’s spellbook to learn any formula that is equivalent to a spell the spellbook contains I'm playing an alchemist in a party with a wizard. He can know ...
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How do I escape the Quicksand Box?

I have a very significant problem whenever I try GMing any given game; I try to provide a world with a lot of wiggle room for the characters as well as factions/NPCs they interact with. Oftentimes my ...
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2answers
914 views

How do you get a DM to stop targeting you? [closed]

My group previously had our latest session over the weekend. It was the first one in this campaign so we changed up the roles a bit. I usually DM and I wanted to be PC for a while so we switched it ...
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389 views

How many creatures should face a party of 6 PCs?

I am going to DM for the first time. The group of players is 6 people. I have no clue on how many creatures I should make them face. For example, a group of 2 people would face about 3-5 bugbears but ...
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1answer
214 views

Can an enemy creature who is grabbed and prone escape?

A PC in my campaign has an enemy grabbed and prone and is attempting to drown them. It's the enemy's turn. Can the enemy escape while grabbed? If so can he shift while prone if he succeeds on an ...
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How do I implement freeform magic on a system? [closed]

i'd like to ask you if any of you has ever played an rpg where players we're entitled to make their own spells, and how it turned to be. Also, i'd like some answer to a problem concerning this topic ...
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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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846 views

Are there items that can be worn under/in addition to armor that grant AC bonuses?

Pretty self-explanatory; I began wondering this when I misread the description of Mithral Shirt and thought it could be worn on the body slot in addition to existing armor to grant additional AC ...
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2answers
138 views

Does Screaming Bow's daily power affect the triggering attack?

My DM is saying that the power on Screaming Bow which gives vulnerable 5 thunder does not apply to the attack which allows the power to activate. Is this the case? For reference: Power (daily): ...
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4answers
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Off-hand penalty in PHB 3.5 glossary, how does it work?

I've played 3.5 for quite some time, and this has been something I've never quite understood, at least with respect to rules as written. On pp 311 of the 3.5 Player's Handbook, under the entry for ...
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2answers
358 views

First time ever playing soon, advice? [closed]

I've always been interested in these sorts of things, rpg, gaming etc, but been too shy to join. Now I've finally joined a dnd 4th ed group and I'm going soon. I'm positive it's my thing, but I'm not ...
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3answers
463 views

Does casting while greater invisible make the spell effects also invisible?

I'm pretty sure that even if you're greater invisible and cast say, a lightning bolt, while you stay invisible per the spell, that the spells effects are still visible. I can't find a rule citation ...
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1answer
189 views

What books comprise “Core” D&D3.5e?

I keep seeing references to "Core" D&D3.5e (as opposed to the SRD), but I'm not sure which books are included. I know the Player's Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and Monster Manual ...
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373 views

What role-playing games don't feature experience? [closed]

I've never played a tabletop role-playing game, but when I was young I played a lot of role-playing video games, and I never liked the experience system they all used. I won't say that everything ...
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3answers
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What are some suggestions for a brawler-type unarmed character in Pathfinder?

I have played a monk before and enjoyed it but I was thinking of playing a character who's more of a brawler than a mystic martial artist. I know there are some options in the barbarian class but what ...
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3answers
265 views

What is the bonus for Treat Deadly Wounds when using no uses of a healer's kit?

Reading Pathfider's heal skill it states you can use it with a healer's kit to restore hitpoints ("Treat Deadly Wounds") as follows (Pathfinder SRD): You must expend two uses from a healer's kit ...
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1answer
652 views

Which of these favored class/race options should I take for my magus?

I have a human of level 1 Myrmidarch Magus that will eventually turn to a Myrmidarch Magus 8 / Arcane Archer 10 + 2 more level of something. I have the option of taking 1/4 * magus level in bonus ...
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4answers
392 views

Heart of Water and grappling threats

I have been making a new wizard lately and I have been trying to have many ways of avoiding statuses/effects that easily disable/endanger a caster. As many of you know, one of these is Grapple, and ...
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1answer
682 views

Which weapons are metal-hafted?

Since it is required to defined the Hardness and HP of a weapon in the case of sundering, how do I determine whether a weapon is metal-hafted? Should I look at the illustrations? Can any hafted ...
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3answers
455 views

How to improvise [closed]

I've read a short passage on GMing noting that improvisation is very important. But I can't seem to do it right. Does anyone have any suggestions for me that could help me improvise better? As in, is ...
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2answers
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Do magic weapons automagically change size based on the user?

From the PRD: When an article of magic clothing or jewelry is discovered, most of the time size shouldn't be an issue. Many magic garments are made to be easily adjustable, or they adjust ...
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1answer
553 views

How to avoid players using the same Approaches?

Well, yesterday my player and I were running a game, and I have to say: we had fun with it... to a point. The whole game was good in the way it looked like watching an Anime Show on our heads, it ...
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2answers
281 views

Does an attack with a ghost touch weapon work normally vs. corporeal opponents?

So it's a bit of a habit as it seems for my questions to have a really explanatory title. My characters randomly rolled a looted ghost touch weapon last session. I'm a bit confused about the ...
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1answer
359 views

Line of Sight and Teleport (e.g. Clairvoyance with Fey Step)

In D&D 4e teleport actions need line of sight to destination place. Seer's Clairvoyance gives a vision of place where I have no line of sight. Can I after use of Clairvoyance teleport, e.g. using ...
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10answers
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Betrayed by my GM; how can I respond?

I was introduced to D&D three months ago and really delved into the world. I had so much fun creating my character and tried very hard to roleplay him differently from myself. I did my very best ...
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2answers
469 views

Can a Shardmind use Warforged Components?

In the Eberron Player's Guide there is a section called Warforged Components, containing components that are said to be for the Warforged. However, the items themselves say: Requirement: You must ...
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1answer
323 views

Rulings on Invisibility

If you cast greater invisibility on yourself, do you gain the same benefits as invisibility as an ability? It does not say so under the spell, but under special abilities it states: Invisibility: ...
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4answers
452 views

How do you present plot hooks to string together premade adventures?

I am about to run my first adventure as a GM. I have never GM'd or participated in table top role playing before so I am following premade adventures (in this case starting with the 4e Redbox ...
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1answer
258 views

Is there any official rule on Half-Construct aging?

Does adding the Half-Construct template to a race change aging in any way?
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2answers
352 views

What are the commonly accepted definitions of reskinning and refluffing?

I have come across this comment that seems to say there is a globally accepted definition of reskinning and refluffing and that it's not the same thing (I thought it was). What are the commonly ...
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1answer
104 views

How can I view Paragon Tier feats in the Character Builder?

I'm DMing a 4E campaign for my friends who have never played any D&D game before. So far they're loving it. We're using the old character builder that WOTC released a while back, that you run from ...
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1answer
311 views

To what extent is reskinning acceptable?

At what point does reskinning become gamebreaking? If a player desperately wants to swap out a Force keyword for Fire, is that going to destroy the combat system? I know there's a precedent for it ...
14
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7answers
524 views

How can I run a campaign in isolation without restricting access to items?

I'm running a game where an entire village, the PCs and its people has been swallowed into the earth by a cataclysmic earthquake. This happened in the first session, and it was explained beforehand ...
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1answer
1k views

How do Treasure Parcels work?

I'm quite new to Dungeons and Dragons 4e, and am currently DMing a game with some friends of mine using the Dungeon Master's Guide. I'm a little stuck however with the treasure parcel system. There ...
2
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1answer
669 views

Does an improved familiar's caster level for SLAs rise with it's master's HD?

Many Improved Familiars (e.g. ratling, imp, faerie dragon) have spell like abilities (SLAs). In each's default monster listing, it lists a caster level (CL) for them, e.g. (from ratling) ...
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432 views

Are item creation feats worth it for a magus? [closed]

I have a level 2 Myrmidarch Magus that will eventually be Myrmidarch Magus 10 / Arcane Archer 10 and am focusing on blasting spell (you know, standard stuff for this build). I recently found that ...
9
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2answers
557 views

Are creatures automatically immune to their own abilities?

It seems creatures using elemental damage are not automatically immune to that damage type since they have an Immunity entry (see Fire Elemental or Hell Hound). What about poison and disease? The ...

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