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Can Summoned Monsters have their own initiative?

The spell description for summon monster includes this line: "It appears where you designate and acts immediately, on your turn." This means that the summons would act on the summoners initiative ...
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Can a Familiar aid a Rogue's Sneak Attack?

A Rogue character with the Arcane Trickster archetype chooses Find Familiar as her non-enchantment, non-illusion, 1st level spell. How does that creature interact with the Sneack Attack feature? From ...
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Was Chodana ever expressed?

Euthanatos in Mage: Ascension are death-mages who think that it is their duty to give Good Death to those whom they deem corrupted beyond repair. They have an elaborate set of traditions, rules and ...
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What's the best way to kill a character in a way that is memorable, and treated with respect by players?

Sooner or later they're going to die. Most games have a risk of death in them and that means that a character is going to get killed and is not coming back, no way, no how. It's new character time. ...
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613 views

How is learning spells of certain levels restricted by available spellslots?

For example, creating a Sorcerer 3/ Druid 2 character, who (as a level 5 multiclass character of entirely spell-casting classes) has four Lv1 spellslots, three Lv2 SSs and two Lv3 SSs. A level 3 ...
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1answer
155 views

Fate based minigames in a historic/fantasy realm? [closed]

I was reading through the demo chapter of Diaspora's Fate based sci-fi game and it featured a list of ships and some rules in order to play ship-to-ship combat as a mini-game, without any roleplaying/...
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1answer
348 views

confirmation on how Incite Rampage works on the Gnoll pack lord

"Multiattack. The gnoll makes two attacks, either with its glaive or its longbow, and uses its Incite Rampage if it can."(Monster Manual 163) I take that to mean that Incite rampage can replace one ...
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Simple and Martial Weapons - is that melee only, or both melee and ranged?

In DnD 5e the Ranger get simple and martial weapon proficiencies. Do these include RANGED weapons of those types, or only melee? I had assumed only melee, but then there's no way they can be ...
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Do advantages in Fate Core just “wear off?”

I have a character in my game with the aspect My Father's Sword. So the guy who plays the character is in his first combat and he's using the sword, invoking its +2 for all it's worth, because, hey, a ...
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How to distinguish and quantify zone aspects in Fate Core

Let's say for example that there's a scene on the rooftops. Zone 1 has the aspect Slippery Second Story Rooftop, and after a bit of running and sci-fi shenanigans, Zone 2 has Top of a Scyscraper. Let'...
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2answers
466 views

How do 2 pairs of wings work?

I have a character that has a pair of draconic wings from the feat of the same name. I would like to use the cloak of the dragon from complete champion page 138. It says that I "grow a pair of ...
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1answer
102 views

Obstacles and success levels in Magister Lor

There's a lot of supporting discussion on the internet about Lady Blackbird, but as yet there's much less about the sequels Magister Lor and Lord Scurlock. I am confused about some of the changes in ...
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Can a cloak be used to hide someone's wings?

I have a character with dragon wings and I would like to make a dramatic entrance with her in the game. Are there rules that specify whether wings can be hidden under a cloak? If so, where? When I ...
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1answer
362 views

Can multiple conditional bonus attacks activate on the same turn if those multiple conditions are all met?

If conditional bonus attacks can stack with each other, can they also stack as different instances of the same source ability? Like If I kill with Great Weapon Master and then use the bonus attack to ...
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How does Creative interact with the first tier ability of Levity?

One of my players chose Creative Spinner who Entertains for his character. Now we are wondering whether the inability from Creative - "The diffilty of all tasks related to pleasant social interaction ...
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What spells does the Sorcerer Elemental Bloodline Arcana apply to?

Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy damage, you can change the type of damage to match the type of your bloodline. This also changes the spell's type to match the type of ...
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Must you pay Raise Dead component cost when using the Ashen Crown?

The Ashen Crown, an artifact from Seekers of the Ashen Crown, reads, in part: Power Daily (Standard Action) As the ritual Gentle Repose, but no ...
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Map making for the artistically deficient

I am woefully terrible at drawing, sketching, or even tracing. As to be expected, then, my map-making skills are underwhelming, to say the least. I have a specific overworld map idea in mind, but lack ...
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3answers
285 views

Is there a class that can change their weapon's form?

Is there any class in D&D 3.5e that can change its weapon's form? For example having a Longsword and changing its form to be a spear.
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390 views

How does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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1answer
207 views

Has the 3.5e Samurai been rebuilt for Pathfinder? [closed]

I read the Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment Guide and noticed that the Katana and Wakizashi got their own weapon count (as well as a samurai armor as an armor type). Has someone converted the samurai ...
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How to easily come up with improvised dialogue

I'm a new GM, working with a few friends in a sci-fi campaign that I wrote using GURPS 4e. I think its going well, but the glaring flaw I've noticed in my work is that I can't come up with good, ...
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3answers
507 views

How can a Shifter get along with a Silver Flame Inquisitor?

I will be joining a game in the world of Eberron and I want to play a druid shifter. The problem is that there is an inquisitor of the Silver Flame in the party. Is there a way to interact with him ...
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Sleeves of Many Garments. Multiple uses? Swarmsuit?

In my campaign, one of my players utilized Sleeves of Many Garments. These go for 200gp, and can become any kind of mundane clothing, and say that the clothes revert afterwards. The player utilized ...
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Is Drinax Part 8 not released yet, or am I just having trouble downloading it?

The Mongoose Website clearly says that Part 8 is out, but it is only available to download as a Ebook and will not let me download just Part 8. Does anyone know whether this is a general issue, or if ...
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0answers
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How to deal with stubborn player who does not participate in missions? [duplicate]

One of the members of our group likes to choose characters with personal agendas or secret motives that prevent him from cooperating with the rest of the team. He will sit out of missions entirely if ...
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11answers
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How can I allow one character to sneak off and assassinate an NPC without boring the other players?

Setup In my campaign, one of the PCs is an assassin. Before the game started, I gave the player a list of assassination targets. One of the targets happens to be friends with the party's warlord. It'...
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1answer
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Can a longbow be stored in a glove of storing?

Glove of storing states that The item can weigh no more than 20 pounds and must be able to be held in one hand The longbow requires 2 hands to be USED, but it doesn't say it can't be held in one ...
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2answers
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Can Dispel Magic be used on Geas?

At the end of the Geas spell description it is stated that You can end the spell early by using an action to dismiss it. A remove curse, greater restoration or wish also ends it. So the ...
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When to and when not to apply comic relief? [closed]

A recent talk with my players revealed that they wanted me to add characters akin to a comic relief character I presented in an earlier campaign. While I have really wanted to add more comic relief ...
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1answer
772 views

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, can Hazirawn influence or control its wielder?

I have a question about Hazirawn. Since the sword can talk and is neutral evil. Can it influence the wielder, or control him/her eventually?
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Providing Cover to an Ally

Rules about cover state when a creature provides cover to an ally or an enemy, it cannot be hit by an attacker and the covered target obtains +2 AC bonus (my group does not use the optional rule about ...
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2answers
145 views

How do zones and line of effect work, and are they adjusted if the zone follows the player (kinda like an aura, but defined as a zone)?

So lets say your situation is like so: ..... .XXX. CXB.. .XXX. ..... Where C is the caster, and B is blocking terrain, and the x's are the squares affected by a ...
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1answer
524 views

How does Naga Rejuvenation work?

The 5E MM says Guardian and Spirit Naga can come back from the dead but the details are murky- does what's left of the Naga's body 'regenerate' or does the creature form a new body? Would moving its ...
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1answer
359 views

Can mythic spells be cast using wild arcana?

The wording of Wild Arcana (errata notwithstanding) states As a swift action, you can expend one use of mythic power to cast any one arcane spell without expending a prepared spell or spell slot....
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2answers
580 views

How can I make a wizard swear something in a way that will bind them to their word?

I want to make an neutral evil wizard swear to be my teacher in exchange for saving his life. Is there a spell or something to make him keep his word? Are there options if he is from another magic ...
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2answers
403 views

Balancing starting dots and XP at character creation

In Vampire: The Requiem, the character has points to spend between attributes, skills, disciplines, etc. Purchasing a new level in a skill, attribute or other merit has a linear cost. During game ...
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4answers
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Do I get advantage if attacking from behind?

On pg 195 of the PHB it states: When a creature can't see you, you have advantage on attack rolls against it. So, does this mean I have to successfully hide from the creature, or if it was ...
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How to handle public displays of affection between players during the game?

Is there anything I can do about a player and his girlfriend constantly making out instead of playing the game without full support of the rest of the group? I’ve recently started a campaign with my ...
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5answers
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How do I convince my group to try a new system without always having to DM it first?

I always play roleplaying games with the same friends. We have a lot of fun, but I'm always a bit frustrated by the fact that they always resist when I propose to try new roleplaying games. Even ...
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2answers
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How do I handle the castle my PCs suddenly acquired, and the shift in game focus it brings?

So my players managed to land a "Deck of Many Things" last night. I had intended a silly one shot "break" in our long campaign, and the result was one player getting a chance to pull a single card. ...
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How do I get inexperienced, reluctant players to set in-character goals?

When GMing for a group of players of mixed level of experience in RPGs and with varying knowledge of the setting. However, my experience shows that less experienced players have harder time creating ...
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3answers
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Are Goliaths able to wield large sized weapons in 5e?

With the new Elemental Evil Player's Companion released awhile ago, Goliaths were added to 5e. I'm unfamiliar with 3.5 and previous editions, but I know that they were included and wielding large ...
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6answers
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How to deal with a quiet player?

I have an ongoing game of Mage: the Ascension. While everything is going quite OK and I am pretty happy about what is going on around the table, I noticed that one of my players is a bit quiet and ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I make someone visible using dye?

I have an invisible enemy (an Oni). The party's archer has just picked up a way to see invisible creatures. He wants to use dye arrows to fire at the Oni and splash it with paint, which will then ...
6
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3answers
276 views

Using a 'confidence' buff to reduce party splitting up

I am GMing a game for the first time and we are 2 sessions in. We are playing D6 star wars, and its tending to be comic, which is great. There are 5 players, which manageable but quite busy. They are ...
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2answers
309 views

Will adding spells to the Duskblade Spell list unbalance play?

I'm wanting to build a GMPC Duskblade character for a gestalt game. I've read different sources with spells and thought of a number to add. Here's the complete spell list (regular Duskblade spells ...
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1answer
63 views

is there any risk of exploited gadgets causing compromise?

Demon the Descent p187 Whatever the change, an Exploited gadget is never mistaken for mundane. At best a Demon might be able to pass one off as a prop or toy, but that is unlikely to fool a ...
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1answer
446 views

How far below the average CR should I count monsters when determining encounter difficulty?

DMG82 says "When [calculating encounter difficulty multipliers], don't count any monsters whose challenge rating is significantly below the average challenge rating of the other monsters in the group."...
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Does allowing players to choose spells from the Spell Compendium unbalance the game

Druids and Clerics (and also Paladins and Rangers) have, compared to other spellcasters, the advantage that they can prepare spells from a fairly big pool of spells. Now, if you let your players ...

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