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Can you free-tag multiple aspects at once?

Assuming you are fighting an opponent one-on-one and they have used consequences to negate stress and placed aspects on themself, could you tag two of those consequences for free on one roll, if they ...
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Duelling serious costs between characters

So here's the scenario: Sam, Jack, and Dan roll opposed Overcome checks at +1, +2, and +3, respectively. Sam and Jack both want to use the "serious cost" option to succeed on their rolls. What ...
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How does a dungeon ring work with regard to scrying and teleportation?

One member of the party that I am GMing may put on a Dungeon Ring (prisoner) soon. The jailer does not know them, but might use "Scry" or "Teleport"to find out his lost ring's whereabouts. I don't ...
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Are ranged attack within melee reach disadvantaged if non-adjacent?

In D&D 5e, moving within reach of an opponent does not provoke any attacks of opportunity unless you leave the opponents reach. Ranged attacks have disadvantage if you're next to an opponent. ...
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Why is holding a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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488 views

Spell to Duplicate a PC

Okay so here's the story: in an upcoming campaign, I will be sharing DMS duties with a player who's shown interest. Now, we are planning on playing the same person, but the PC has mutiple ...
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What happens when Hiding behind one's tower shield?

I've heard of a trick of Hiding behind one's tower shield with the implication that, since the hider becomes hidden, so too should the tower shield. Now, obviously, the hider's tower shield should ...
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What's the deal with Pazuzu?

I've read that Pazuzu is some superdevil—I mean, demon lord, and he can be summoned by saying his name three times, and he grants wishes, but why? I haven't heard of him ever offering a binding ...
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What happens when the dark arts exceed the boundary of reality?

Dungeons & Dragons is about fantasy. Things that happen in the game aren't real, we only pretend that they are. For example, shadow conjurations "are actually one-fifth (20%) as strong as the real ...
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How does Breath Weapon interact with stealth?

Say a hidden Dragonfire Adept (DfA) (Dragon Magic, p.24) uses their Breath Weapon on someone. Can the victim scream in pain? Even if the attack does enough damage to drop them? What can they tell ...
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Does alternate form affect somatic component?

Hengeyokai are an animal shapeshifting race in Oriental Adventures (p.10). Invocations are a class feature of the Warlock (Complete Arcane, p.5) and Dragonfire Adept (Dragon Magic, p.25). Complete ...
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Advancing a monster with spell-like abilities

I am interested in advancing an Efreeti to 16 HD and thus making it huge. My question is about advancing a monster with spell-like abilities. Would the caster level - currently 12 - increase by ...
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Symbiotic Races in 4e?

My group is starting a new campaign and one of my players asked about any races that display symbiotic relationships. Basically, like Venom or Carnage from Spider-Man but in a fantasy setting. ...
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Do Invocations duplicating spells count as Spell-like abilities of those spells?

Title straight from MrLemon. For example, "A 1st-level dragonfire adept begins with knowledge of one least invocation[...]. [...] See Draconic Invocations, below, for a list of available ...
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Can Hellfire Blast be used with the Strongheart Vest soulmeld?

Hellfire Blast (Sp) [...] Each time you use this ability, you take 1 point of Constitution damage. Because the diabolical forces behind the power of hellfire demand part of your essence in ...
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Danger and Location Moves in Dungeon World

What is a "danger move" or "location move" exactly? Are the danger moves part of the dangers from the description of the front (i.e. campaign or adventure)? Are location moves specific to a ...
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Is there a rule (or house rule) for capping exploding dice damage in Earthdawn?

So i've just hit a strange situation where an attack did 1d8 damage, and, thanks to the exploding mechanics, the wolf (worth 30 XP) did 33 Damage. That's 4 8's in a row and a 1. It completely exploded ...
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Cheat-proof online die roller?

I am looking for an online die roller that works similarly to the following: The GM provides a string identifier to the player. E.g., "gandalf attacks balrog #12" The player enters the id on the ...
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How do I deal with players that do not put much effort on character background? [closed]

My group is, on its majority, formed by young players. Even though we have shared Game Table for 4 years and are close friends of mine, they have a tendency to make shallow characters and observe my ...
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Should I use a GMPC to help a small party?

I am starting a Pathfinder game. It will be my first time DM'ing, though I have played 3.x and Pathfinder for a few years. The party will consist of my girlfriend, my best friend, and his girlfriend. ...
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How can I Help a New GM Get Started?

My daughter wants to run a Changeling game. However, she's never tried to run a pen and paper RP, and is very nervous about it. What are some things I can do to help her get a good start? For more ...
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How exactly does the Attack Bonus on Weapons work in DnD 5e?

Completely new to DND and jumped in with the 5th Edition with a group of similarly inexperienced players. Searched around but can't find an answer for this. What exactly is the Attack Bonus listed on ...
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Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?

Can I use an at-will ability to fuel an ability that is fueled by spending a use of that ability? For example, dragonfire adepts can use any invocation they know at-will, one of which is DARKNESS ...
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How do I quickly find the official errata for any book?

When answering questions, I often find that I want to double-check that my answer is in-line with the most current version of the rules. Though I can often recognise that I need to check the errata ...
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What is the role of different damage types in D&D 5e

I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the different types of damage, i.e. if I take 3 cold damage as opposed to 3 fire damage, I lose 3 hit points, but what else? Is the only purpose that maybe I ...
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2answers
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Does an ordinary sword get cut in half when a lightsaber blocks it?

By the rules does a lightsaber cuts an ordinary steel sword in a half when the attack is blocked? For example: A soldier wielding an ordinary steel sword makes an attack attempt against a jedi and the ...
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Purpose of spell attack modifier

In the 5e Player Handbook, the Wizard Class on page 114 defines a Spell Attack modifier, but the spells I have looked at all specify attack damage without using this modifier or mentioning it. I can't ...
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Can a flying character have the Prone status? Do they have to “stand up” if they have a flight ability?

Mutants and Masterminds 2E uses the standard d20 system definition of Prone, as follows. Prone: The character is lying on the ground. He suffers a –4 penalty on melee attack rolls. Opponents ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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What to roll to unjam gun in Shadowrun 5e

Let's say player rolled a glitch and weapon is jammed. What skill should he roll to unjam it? I tried to find this info in core rulebook but I failed. It makes no sense to me to use Armorer (Logic) ...
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How to tell when a material is flammable?

I was reading various questions about whether or not grease is flammable, which got me thinking about other flammable materials, so I'm asking what qualifies a material as flammable or not and how ...
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How does the GM split the exp in Earthdawn?

If a crakbill is worth 60 Legend points, should i give each character 60 or a fraction of the exp derived from the number of PC?
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What happens when an incapacitated character takes wounds?

This seems to me a pretty basic question, but I can't find a definitive answer in the rule book: Let's say I control a PC that took 3 wounds and a 4th one has put him incapacitated. He also have an ...
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1answer
335 views

When does the Charisma bonus from Fire Affinity apply?

Per the SRD: "Fire Affinity: Ifrit sorcerers with the elemental (fire) bloodline treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer spells and class abilities..." When does that +2 ...
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Which book is all about the Hosts?

I want to know more about the hosts. The Azlu and the Beshilu. There is a little about them in Werewolf Core. A friend told me there was a book that was all about them, but couldn't recall the name. ...
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How does looting treasures worth legend points work?

Earthdawn rewards player when they best an opponent with legend points. It also rewards them legend points when they loot "treasures" (e.g., Crackbill necks). Am i right that they won't have the ...
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Where can I find the full Clyde Caldwell artwork that appears on these covers?

The art by Clyde Caldwell (identified in this question) that was featured on the cover of both the Genesis CRPG Warriors of Eternal Sun and the AD&D sourcebook The Book of Lairs is an excerpt from ...
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Do Familiars Advance in Power?

Do familiars advance in the same way player characters advance? Can they advance at all?
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Is knocking someone prone worth it?

In 4e, proning was a Defender's best friend. Easy to get with Flail Expertise or Polearm Momentum, and it provided a great reward: no shift+charge for the enemy. It improved your stickiness greatly. ...
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Do multiple Speed weapons grant multiple extra attacks?

I was asked by a player if Speed weapons granted an extra attack per speed weapon. So if a player dual wields speed weapons do they get two extra attacks. I have always interpreted the rules of speed ...
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Does rope last forever?

Whe I created my character, I had him purchase 50 feet of silk rope. Our party has used that rope to temporarily bind NPCs, and do other mundane things. All uses were temporary and the rope was ...
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What is the casting strength limit of an enchanted item?

In the DFRPG book Your Story, under "Enchanted Items" on page 280 it states that: Subsequent enchanted item slots allow you to: Create a new enchanted item with a new effect Add +1 to ...
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Do Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item work together?

This is a question concerning 2 different rituals and if they work in conjunction with one another, namely, Transfer Magic and Enchant Magic Item. If I understand the reading of the spells correctly, ...
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Animated Armor Trap

In the Dungeon Master's Basic Rules, one of the monsters that was featured is Animated Armor. I was disappointed that they did not address the possibility of intelligent animated armor attempting to ...
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How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil? [closed]

I'm playing a 9th level wizard, and playing him as a necromancer. He is nice and very outgoing, and has plans to build a city in which he will have a church for every alignment, as well as an ...
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2answers
176 views

Can the Family Subdomain temporarily bring someone back to life?

Binding Ties (Su): As a standard action, you can touch an ally and remove one condition affecting the ally by transferring it to yourself. This transfer lasts a number of rounds equal to your ...
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How to GM and Play a Character fairly [duplicate]

I'm a new player to RPGs and I'm trying to incubate my skills so that I can play in a group one day. I've got a fair grasp of the rules and I've been running one on one campaigns with my wife; both as ...
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4answers
643 views

Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...
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1answer
113 views

Definition of “using” in Dizzying Mace

Benefit: When you hit an enemy with a power that dazes the target while you are using a mace, the target also takes a penalty to attack rolls equal to your Constitution modifier for as long as it ...
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(Various) Shaman archetypes and valid domains for Druids

For the various shaman archetypes (such as Bear Shaman) in the druid class, your domain choices and animal companion choices are restricted. Are the Animal and terrain domains valid selections for a ...

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