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Need help understanding the purchase of magic items

I'm having a really hard time understanding the mechanics of this with regard to magic item availability. I'm basically confused by this section; There is a 75% chance that any item of that value ...
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Trouble with certain spell saving throws

Some of them are a bit confusing. Take, for example, Ghoul Touch. It states "Saving Throw Fortitude negates," but in the text it mentions that it "causes all living creatures in a 10-foot-radius ...
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Is there anything in the RAW for replacing taught tricks for new ones?

If you're trying to teach an animal a trick and the animal has a maximum of 3 tricks and already knows 3, can you replace one of the old ones for a new trick? I can't find anyhting in the RAW about ...
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Are swift actions allowed during surprise round

I know that normally you are only allowed either a standard or move action during a surprise round. Also you are allowed a free action. The book says nothing about swift actions during the surprise ...
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In need of general tips for making more interesting and fun battles

I've been a Game Master for about 5 years now and I've mantained the same group of players for that long, we're all young gamers (I being the oldest with 22 years old) and since we're not from USA we ...
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What happens if my players capture a cultist at the start of Masks of Nyarlathotep?

I'm about to run Masks of Nyarlathotep for the first time. In the very first scenario, Jackson Elias is murdered by cultists, which kick starts the adventure. However, the scenario assumes that the ...
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What size is an Alchemist's Lab in PF?

The 200 gp and 40 lbs one ! How large is it ? Can I put it on a table ?
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Quickdraw shield and move action

The quickdraw shield text is a bit confusing Benefit: If you have a base attack bonus of +1 or higher, you may don or put away a quickdraw shield as a swift action combined with a regular move. If ...
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Is there any exisiting feature similar to this (poorly worded?) homebrew?

I'm working with an homebrew artifact from this file, page 34, but the way its (poorly worded?) powers work baffles me. The artifact is a morning star, but it has an attack without the Weapon keyword ...
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Is there a way to use Attacks of Opportunity while using Total Defense?

The text for Total defense reads as. Total Defense You can defend yourself as a standard action. You get a +4 dodge bonus to your AC for 1 round. Your AC improves at the start of this action. ...
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Can Saving Shield and Bodyguard stack?

The two feats Saving Shield And Bodyguard allow you to grant bonuses to adjacent allies who are being attacked. If a character with both feats is defending an adjacent ally would both feats apply? One ...
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Bardic Music with visual or silent performance types

Bardic Music states two conflicting things. I want to know what you guys think should be the ruling, because I'm seriously trying to convince my DM that this should work. Bardic Music can use ANY ...
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Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities

I am playing in a campaign as a wild reaper, which is a druid variant. One of the wild reaper disadvantages compared to a normal druid is that I only get 2 + Int bonus skill points per level, and I ...
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How can a PC craft armor?

I am DMing a dnd-4e game, and there was a wolf in the party's first encounter. After they defeated the enemy, the rogue wanted to skin the wolf in order to use it's hide for armor. I know there are ...
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Druids - What is the meaning of revere nature?

Is there a RAW definition of "revering nature" for the Druid class or is it assumed to be an up to GM discretion type of thing? The terminology appears under the "Ex-Druids" language in the Druid ...
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Recommendations on edition or version for experienced D&D 2nd Edition players that haven't played in 10+ years

The specific question is: For experienced AD&D 2nd edition players who haven't played in 10+ years, but want to get together for a 1-time adventure (not continued play), what would be the ...
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Making a mount out of an exotic animal

What is needed, mechanically, to get a tamed but exotic animal, such as a wolf or lion, into a mount? I see there is a Riding training, including Come, Heel and Stay. Is this training the only way to ...
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If a typically-mindless creature type gains an Intelligence score, does it retain immunity to mind-affecting effects?

Typically, creatures from types like Undead or Construct have no intelligence scores. However, there are examples of both that have intelligence scores (Say, a Vampire and an enhanced Clockwork ...
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Are undead immune to intimidate/demoralize

I wanted to confirm this I've heard tell they are but there seems to be much debate. Can you use intimidate to demoralize undead? This seems like the sort of thing that they would have made clear in ...
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Defending a house against demons

I'm a fairly rookie GM and I'm running a campaign in which the characters are going to eventually become a group of professional monster hunters. We are at present low level we are starting off with ...
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I play a level 11 dwarf fighter in DnD 4e, is there any kind of loophole that would stop me from aging?

Due to some reckless play my dwarf has lost about half his life span. Trying to get around this problem, is there any kind of loophole he could use to regain his full life span or gain immortality ...
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Soulmelds and Wild Shape

Let's say, there is a Druid. He has some soulmelds shaped and really likes them, through he also likes his Wild Shape ability. He looks at his soulmelds, he looks at his Wild Shape and asks himself - ...
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Are you flat-footed after taking an action but before your first turn?

This might seem like an odd question. Ordinarily, you can't take any actions before your first turn. However, I can think of at least two ways that you can take an immediate action while flat-footed: ...
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Forgot the name of a game I saw once - like Ars Magica, but more freeform

About four years ago I ran across a tabletop system I really liked, but neglected to save the file. It had a magic system rather like Ars Magica's - you picked a form and an element and paid a cost to ...
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Giving away too much information about alignment?

So, I had an idea for a future campaign where spells and magical abilities would be color coded based on the user's alignment. Good and Evil would be white and black respectively, while Lawful and ...
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FAE or Dungeon World as first game for kids, rusty DM?

I'm looking at FAE or Dungeon World for a first RPG for some ~11 year olds with me as a GM (who hasn't played anything but AD&D in nearly 30 years). The kids are interested in a D&D style ...
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Can I use Maneuvers out of combat?

Can you initiate a maneuver outside of combat? This is specifically about the Moment of Perfect Mind maneuver, which allows me to substitute my Will save for a concentration check. My GM feels that I ...
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What happens to spells (buffs, curses, ect.) that are active on you when you die?

Lets say I have a Wizard. I cast mage armor on myself. Nasty kobolds kill me with their traps. Luckily, I have a cleric who (for sake of this question) can cast breath of life, at will. He "raises" ...
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How Does the underhanded talent work?

I do not understand the rogue talent "Underhanded" from Ultimate Combat. It states that you are able to make a sneak attack for max damage during a surprise round with a hidden weapon. However when I ...
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How can I be more descriptive about actions and events in my game?

Whenever I'm running or playing a game, I consistently run into an issue of setting atmosphere. I've realized the best way to do this is through more effective, engaging descriptions of settings, ...
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Variant Channeling half die rolls

The following is an excerpt from the PRD section on Variant Channeling (found here on Paizo's site (emphasis is mine): When using positive energy to heal, affected creatures gain only half the ...
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Tome of Battle: Strikes and Weapon Properties

I'm making a Warblade and I'm wondering if I get my weapons properties on all my maneuvers that initiate a melee strike. For example, Steel Wind or Mithril Tornado, would I get my Vicious weapon ...
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Need info about the holidays of Hextor deity (Greyhawk setting)

So, my players are planning on joining Hextor's faction for an infiltration questline. But they need to rack up some brownie points with the church first. While looking for what kind of opportunities ...
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Running a Game for a 2-man Party [closed]

I'm a fairly veteran DM, cut my teeth on 2nd edition DnD and have spent the bulk of my time with d20 and its derivatives. I have generally run campaigns for groups of 4-8 players and usually there are ...
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Fate/Freeport as a first RPG?

I've kicked around the idea of starting some roleplaying games with my son (11) and his friends. I played AD&D when I was a kid (stopping around 1987, not sure what version that was). While I ...
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Hero Lab : What are the +nn/+nn/+nn for?

Posted here is a screenshot of my eidolon, but the numbers are all over the place on other characters. I'm not sure what terminology to use to describe it is because I have no idea of the purpose. ...
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Checklist of what a GM should cover when creating a campaign [closed]

I think the best way to explain what I mean is to explain the situation. I've been creating what will be my first serious fantastic campaign and I found myself creating a lot of content for one part ...
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Is there a directory of Optimization Handbooks for Legend?

I'm the sort of person that likes looking at optimization guides for d20 related games. I know directories for handbooks to certain classes/playstyles exist for both D&D 3.5 and D&D 4E, but I ...
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Does the rogue Talent Underhanded count in the first regular round of combat?

The rogue talent underhanded from Ultimate Combat states that an opponent that is attacked with a concealed weapon in the surprise round of combat gets his max damage on sneak attack. If the rogue ...
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Project Image across immense distance?

Couldn't think of a good title for this question, sorry in advance. I have a situation where I'd like to have a wizard doing his wizard thing off in a tower somewhere, however he has somehow ...
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What counts as a “non-attack” spell for the purposes of Sanctuary?

The spell Sanctuary says that the spell is broken if the subject attacks. It also states that the subject can use "non-attack spells" without breaking the spell. What I'm confused about is what ...
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How does a PC get the Air Subtype for Improved Familiar?

I was looking at the feat Improved Familiar, and one of the options listed is a small Air Elemental. The feat text says this: For instance, improved familiars could be assigned by the master’s ...
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Can non-psionic classes use the Autohypnosis skill?

The Autohypnosis skill was added by Ultimate Psionics, published by Dreamscarred Press*. On this page it says: Presented are new psionics-related skills and existing skills that are used in new ...
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How does Selective Spell influence magical disguises?

The metamagic feat Selective Spell, from Shining South (3e but never errata'd to my knowledge and used as is in many 3.5e games I'm in), allows the caster to choose one target in the area of effect of ...
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Does Diamond Spray bypass DR/Magic?

Does the spell Diamond Spray count as a magical weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR/Magic? The spell states: These magical slivers are treated as adamantine and cold iron for the purpose of ...
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Maximum levels in AD&D 2nd Edition

I just inherited a bunch of old school adventures for AD&D 2nd Edition, which I'm going to adapt for Pathfinder. At the beginning of many of these old adventures it lists what levels characters ...
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1answer
108 views

Responding to Opportunity Attacks with Snarling Wolf Stance

I have a 5th Level Ranger/Psion playing in a Dungeons and Dragons 4e Eberron campaign. The other day, we had a situation come up in a fight and I want to see if we handled it right. I had Snarling ...
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Tips to run engaging exploration in 4e

Fighting is a fun thing in D&D 4e, and every session we enjoy battles. The next sessions I will no doubt have some. But at this point in the adventure I'm running for my PCs, I think it would be a ...
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Do Alchemists need sleep before preparing Extracts?

I can't find anything saying the Alchemist needs rest to replenish his capacity to make Extracts. But then again, she's not a caster, so it'd make sense. I'd just like to make sure I'm not missing ...
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What do people mean when they say things are retroactive in Pathfinder?

I've heard this on several questions including questions about ability scores, wizard spell books, and skill points. What exactly does this mean in regard to those things and in general? If someone ...

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