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Are there rules for torture?

My PCs decided to torture a vampire; are there rules regarding bonuses to social rolls (for information) or how to deal with inflicting damage in the controlled manner of a torture method?
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Does contact with red-hot metal cause frenzy, as being near open flame does?

My PCs decided to torture a vampire with a red-hot knife — would that have caused frenzy? I decided for the session that it was not a flame, and so did not, but I'm not sure that was the right call.
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Is there a good way to boost monsters with character levels?

I want my Doppelganger villain in my D&D 5e game to be a worthy match for my level 7 party, but since it's CR 3, if they get it into combat, though it will be fun, it won't last long. Is there a ...
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Does Sculpt Flesh persist for a Lycanthrope once they transform?

A player wants to create a nano with focus Howls At The Moon (Numenera Corebook, page 64) which causes a transformation into a beast. If Sculpt Flesh (Numenera Character Options, page 12) is active ...
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Is Dex or Int more valuable for this Kensai Bladebound Magus?

We are currently level 11 and are planning on going to 20 (maybe 25) and having a final evil boss so there's a lot of room to work with. My current plan for this character is Race: Tiefling +2 dex, ...
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What materials should a new player bring to a gaming group

I am a new player with almost no experience in RPGs. I have joined a public gaming group and the first session is in a week. They are playing Pathfinder. My question: should I buy some Pathfinder ...
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Assigning XP to Party: To Split or Not to Split?

At this point I am unclear as to how to handle encounter XP. Does each surviving party member receive a proportional share or the full amount? That is, assume a 4-character party had completed an ...
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What is a “spellcaster” for the purpose of magic item attunement?

Several wands and other magic items in the DMG cite "spellcaster" as an attunement requirement, specifically "requires attunement by a spellcaster" while others list multiple spellcasting classes ...
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Does a high Constitution give regeneration in recent editions like it does in 2e?

When playing Baldur's Gate which runs on 2nd edition AD&D rules, I found out that in older editions high constitution supposedly provided minor HP regeneration for the character. Does this really ...
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Is the Slave 1 not a Firespray?

I've tried to rebuild the Slave 1 from its wikia entry but ran into the problem that I didn't have nearly enough hardpoints to build it on the Firespray chassis. Am I overlooking something here? Or ...
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What Are the Effects of a Pearly White Spindle Ioun Stone?

This item has the following description: This stone grants the wearer the ability to regenerate 1 point of damage per 10 minutes. Regeneration works like a ring of regeneration. It only cures ...
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Can you use a Bonus Action on a turn other than your own?

The rules for Bonus Actions state; (PHB pg.189) You can take only one bonus action on your turn... Which to me can be read in two ways. 1. You can only take a bonus action if it is your turn. ...
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Is there something like a (readied) charge in 5e?

We're moving from D&D 3.5e to 5e. In 3.5 games there usually was a lot of charging going on, and DMs would also (as a house rule) allow partial charges as readied actions (nothing more dramatic ...
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Are Battle Master maneuvers usable once per attack, or per attack action?

It says in the PHB that you can use only one maneuver per attack. If that's per attack, not per attack action, that seems somewhat powerful, since after 5th level you get multiple attacks per attack ...
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At what point do I stop my charge while mounted and using a Lance?

So I got into this discussion the last time my group met and I still don't have a solid answer. When a medium character wielding a lance charges on his mount he needs to stop and attack from 10 feet ...
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Are feats only included in the PHB?

I'm trying to use the Basic Rules for 5th edition to create a level 3 character (we're trying out 5e today). I don't have a PHB (yet). Chapter 6 from the basic rules (which is one page) seems to have ...
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d&d 3.5 can anyone help understand how to make a monster race as a playable race? [closed]

First of all, Hello. I am very very very very new to D&D. I want to create a character from a monster race. I have read the books but I can't understand them. I will use Drow elf as an example ...
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Do Domination powers make memory permanently irrecoverable?

If a Vampire dominates a person into forgetting something is the memory lost permanently? or are they just unable to access it normally? could hypnosis, a spell, or other memory reading power recover ...
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At what level do monsters cast cantrips?

A 9 HD Yuan-ti Pureblood can innately cast the poison spray cantrip 3 times per day. The monster description says the save is DC 12, but it does not go into damage. So does it do 1d12 or 2d12 damage?
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Magus (Card Caster) and Holding the Charge

If a Magus casts a spell with the range of "touch" such as Shocking Grasp, and attempts to deliver that spell via a thrown weapon as per the Harrowed Spellstrike ability, and the attack misses, does ...
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Does Wild-Shaping break a grapple?

I had a halfling druid Wild Shape into a bear while being grappled by a roper. Would this have broken the grapple? I could see it breaking the grapple if he was being grappled by another small ...
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How long till I can use the property of a magic item again?

I was reading about how you can "activate" the animated shield and it will float for a minute or so. My question is: how long till I can use this item's property again? And is it the same for every ...
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1answer
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Is there a high-level overview of Cosmology and Prehistory?

Based on The Voice of an Angel and other tales, e.g. Atlantis, Father Wolf, has anyone tried to put together a very high level historical summary for the World of Darkness? Obviously a lot of this ...
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Does Feather Fall prevent falling damage to a creature fallen upon, too?

My DM has a lot of enemies that jump on other characters as a damaging attack, similar to Mario. As the sorcerer, I have feather fall, and plan to make the next session more fun by casting it on the ...
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How do you balance preserving the agency of other players with playing a character that him/herself is aggressive in combat in a freeform RP? [closed]

Background: Same community as before -- mostly-freeform online RP in a proto-MMO. This time, my problem concerns combat in particular. I have received quite a few accusations that my ...
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Is creating a custom land circle for the Land Druid making him too versatile?

I am unsure on how to ask this question more spot on, so I am sorry in advance. Looking through the different land circles the land druid gets at level 3, I found myself wondering why a lot of those ...
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Are mountain dwarves proficient with shields?

In 5e, the Moderately Armored feat grants proficiency with both medium armor and shields. It is, that I can see, the only feat that grants proficiency with shields. Every single class that has ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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1answer
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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458 views

How do I calculate proficiency advancement for multiclass characters?

My question is about my multiclass character, a cleric/thief. I read that the cleric class gains 1/4 weapon and 1/3 nonweapon proficiencies, while the thief class gains 1/4 for both kinds of ...
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How can I make a better ruined culture? [closed]

I don't want to make a cliche magic-heavy ancient empire destroyed by hubris. How can I make a more interesting one?
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How long does damage resistance granted by Wish last?

One of the possible effects you can create with the 9th level spell Wish states: You grant up to ten creatures that you can see resistance to a damage type you choose. And that's it. No ...
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Dialogue Interaction Between NPCs [duplicate]

What is a good way to have NPCs interact with each other without it feeling clunky? Say I want to have 2 or more NPCs be a part of the dialogue with the party as a means to reveal plot to the players. ...
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Do you make death saving throws out of combat?

Death saving throws are made on each turn where you are dying and not stable. However, the rules specifically talk about making saves during combat rounds - so what about after combat? Two PCs are up, ...
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Can I just make tons of mutagens by handing them off to other people?

The rules state that it takes an hour to brew a mutagen, and that you can create more than one, but only the currently brewed mutagen is active. However, it also states that if a mutagen were to leave ...
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Does a creature get a guild's fringe benefit for the guild's type and for the specific guild?

The Dungeon Master's Guide II feat Favored in Guild (227-8) describes guilds as types (e.g. arcane guild, criminal guild). Belonging to one of these guild types grants a fringe benefit.1 Champions of ...
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What other undead paths are there for immortality?

I am developing a campaign were the party is tracking down a group of ancient powerful mages. These mages would have undoubtedly sought undeath to extend their existence and I didn't just want them to ...
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154 views

Leadership logic question [closed]

This is just a logic question, but why does having a familiar/mount reduce your leadership rating? IMO I would be more inspired/ would have more morale to follow someone on a mount/familiar. It just ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between skill- and save-specific modifiers and the Proficiency bonus?

Currently I only have the 5th Edition Starter Set and I'm new to D&D. I understand that there is the Proficiency Bonus (+2 for the Starter Set's Cleric for example) which would be applied to the ...
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1answer
868 views

What's the benefit to having low-light vision as a deep gnome?

A deep gnome has darkvision out to 120 feet and low-light vision. What benefit is there from the low-light vision? The only thing I could think of was with a bulls-eye lantern or daylight spell, he ...
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Does a sorcerer's metamagic work for non-sorcerer spells?

Can a multiclass sorcerer/cleric use the Metamagic class ability with non-sorcerer spells? For example, using Twinned Spell when casting cure wounds to heal two creatures instead of just one?
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How does the Healer feat actually work?

So, the feat actually says this: • As an action, you can spend one use of a healer’s kit to tend to a creature and restore 1d6 + 4 hit points to it, plus additional hit points equal to the ...
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If I'm getting The Strange Core Rulebook, do I need the Player's Guide?

I'm talking about these: The Strange Core Book, and The Strange Player's Guide. If I'm getting the Core Book, do I need the Player's Guide?
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What do I do when no rules cover what players improvise, and I don't know from real life? [duplicate]

I'm a fairly new DM running my first campaign. What do I do when players try something, but there are no rules for it, and my real-world knowledge doesn't help me figure out what would happen? For ...
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1answer
139 views

What happens to a graft if the “donor” dies?

I've seen there are rules for grafts in case the donor "goes loud". If the donor goes loud you loose the graft and it can have some nasty side effects. But what happens if instead he dies/is ...
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How do I weaken Drinax without making it too weak?

Over the last 3 years of real-life and 14.7 ears by Traveller Time, my group has been building up, in The Pirates Of Drinax Campaign, The Kingdom Of Drinax consists of 2,177 ships and 62 planets and ...
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460 views

Is there any RPG with a tech tree or crafting system? [closed]

Are there any RPGs with a tech tree like Age of Empires or Civilization? What about a crafting system? For the tech tree, I want a tree-based mechanic for technology in a sweeping scale world ...
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1answer
39 views

Can you add your athletics score to defense multiple times?

Under "defensive do-over", it states that you can spend one legend point to add half your athletics score to your defense retroactively. Can you activate this multiple times on one attack until you ...
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197 views

Are there any other Psionically-active metaloids?

Are there any other Psionically-active metaloids besides Riedran crysteel? From what I remember and have been able to find, besides crystals, Riendran Crysteel is the only metal that allows the use of ...
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1answer
205 views

How to use a wand without being noticed

Let's say a thief wants to use a wand stealthily. Is there any way of using a wand without being noticed? Is a stealth check sufficient? Can he activate the wand under his clothes without being seen? ...

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