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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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What special materials exist for weapons and armor in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?

Can anyone give me a good reference to a relatively complete list of Item Special Materials, such as Adamantine, Mithril, etc? Most sources are so spread out and lack vital information that it's ...
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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

I've been discussing critical strikes with a friend. He states that there is no way to get more than 11-20 range in any D&D version, but he refuses to explain how he gets there, and it's based on ...
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What are the benefits of taking the sage background?

In the PHB aside from the proficiencies, languages, and equipment the only thing it gives you is researcher. Do you get any benefits from the specialty you take? For example, if you take or roll the ...
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What Should I Roll to See if a Character Remembers a Face?

Motivation I'm planning an adventure where a character runs into someone he's seen once. Because of the nature of the encounter, the NPC will remember the PC, but the PC might not remember the NPC. ...
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Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?

I have been using the D&D Insider character builder recently to help my group streamline leveling up and keep their powers better organized. I noticed that a carefully statted-out character at ...
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Does “Wild Shape” require the caster to have seen the elemental they are changing into?

At 10th level, a Druid of the Circle of Moon gains the ability to take the form of 4 Elementals (fire, water, air, or earth). My question is: Does the Druid unlock access to these 4 elementals ...
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Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra

Let's assume a Garou and a Lasombra meet each other in battle. The Lasombra uses an Obtenebration power like Arms of the Abyss and the Garou steps sideways into the Umbra. What would he see? My take ...
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I want to be hit, but my AC is too high [duplicate]

One of my players has a build that grants advantages when he is hit, especially when hit by an Opportunity Attack. The problem is that his AC is very high, so straight rolls miss. My natural ...
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How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell?

Some spells have somatic and vocal components, that's well known. How loud must a wizard talk? How obvious/wide should his gestures be? Some spells that would be awesome would be fairly limited if ...
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Is it possible to have many people using aid another use craft to earn a lot per week?

One of my players is trying to find loopholes to make lots of money without having to work. His latest idea is as follows: Get a ton of low-to-mid-level NPCs willing (or "willing") to waste a lot of ...
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Puzzled about buff durations

I've just recently become interested in playing Pathfinder. I like the role of a cleric as the backbone of a group that makes sure everything goes smoothly and has a great role in controlling a ...
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D&D 5e Passive Perception confusion

So, I'm trying to figure out how to run the scene from the beginning of Lost Mine of Phandelver (5e starter set) where the party is ambushed by goblins and I'm really confused as to how Passive Wisdom ...
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How can I give rogues opportunity in a different alignment system? [closed]

In my campaigns not all goblins are evil, not all lammasu are good, etc so killing sentient creatures on sight based on race is strongly discouraged. Well, sneaking up and sneak-attacking is a rogue ...
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Writing D&D content (adventures, mostly) as a paying job, is it possible? [closed]

I've heard of people who write adventures and sell them, for real-life money. I'd like to know how is it possible, profitable, and if so where can I do it? I have rather good writing skills and ...
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What makes a Servo Skull fly?

I was having a discussion about how many attachments a single servo skull could carry, and the topic led onto how a Servo Skull actually stayed afloat. One theory was that it used a jet-based ...
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How should I talk about temporally active events with my players?

So, I really like Anima, and I've had a lot of fun playing it. I'd like to GM it but it seems a bit overwhelming compared due to the high powered nature of the game. I've GMed Amber before, but Anima ...
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Do Bards gain bonus spells from Dragon Disciple's “Blood of Dragons”?

I'm planning to take Dragon Disciple with my bard, and it's unclear whether I would gain the Draconic bloodline's bonus spells (like mage armor at Dragon Disciple 3, for example) through the Blood of ...
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Using a net while mounted to drag someone around

Are there any rules on dragging someone around via a net while mounted? If there are none, would you allow it, and what rules would you use for it?
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How do I handle large conversations with multiple NPCs?

To begin I've read How do you handle verbal exchanges between NPCs without taking the PCs out of the spotlight? but I don't believe that it answer my question, because it focuses more on dialog simply ...
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Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors?

Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors in Earthdawn (1st ed.)? Or... does a single mark give access to the person to any Horror that "sees" it? (Yes, this is a straight to the point Q.)
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Can a human spellcaster using Versatility learn any spell of their circle?

The Versatility talent allows a human character to learn a talent from Disciplines other than their own. The only limitations to casting spells are: (ED r2, p152) Your character must have learnt ...
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What's the history of the Darkness spell?

In D&D 3.0, the darkness spell was a sphere of blackness, impenetrable even to darkvision, which was terrifyingly powerful (except against demons and devils). In D&D 3.5, it's a zone of 20% ...
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How does Jack of All Trades interact with Reliable Talent?

The Bard's Jack of All Trades says you can add half of your proficiency bonus to rolls to skills that you otherwise can't add your proficiency bonus. And the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature lets them ...
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Could a lvl 1 drow disguise their race from party for lengthy period of time? [closed]

We are roleplaying in 5e D&D. Typically, I agree with DM decisions. However, a question came up on a decision that I don't agree with and I'm wondering if maybe I'm just missing something. Our ...
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How do I handle attacks with multiple damage types on an unconscious player?

Here's the situation: The party rogue comes up against a rather nasty enemy (homebrew) that does 1d8 bludgeoning damage and 1d8 psychic damage on a melee attack. The bludgeoning damage drops her to 0 ...
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Does a Wizard in Ochre Jelly form split, and if so, what happens to the Wizard?

The lvl 9 spell, shapechange, gives you all the physical attributes of whatever form you choose, including whatever natural weapon attacks and abilities come with that form, right? So a wizard shape ...
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How does a regular sized helm interact with vision and head armour?

The AD&D DMG states that wearing a 'great helm' gives the head an armour class of 1, along with limiting the field of vision of the wearer to 60 degrees. But it does not specify (at least, I ...
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Free-form spells? [closed]

A long time ago, I fiddled around with ideas for an FRPG system in which spells were free-form rather than taken from a stereotyped list. My question is whether there is a system out there like this ...
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How does damage from Arms of Hadar get assigned?

So, the spell hits 5 creatures and they all fail the Str check. Do you roll 2d6 for each creature that the arms hit or just roll once for the damage that affects each of the 5?
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Is studying rules and pointing out which ones we've stretched or broken ok?

My group is mostly new to Pathfinder (including the GM), and we sometimes take "Accidental Liberties" while playing. For instance, my character has a spear with the "Brace" feature. I had been using ...
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What can a wizard take instead of a familiar at 1st level?

The familiar is brilliant feature for a wizard, but not for a prestige multiclassing one. Such a wizard stops upgrading his familiar once getting off the main road. So if he still wants to utilize his ...
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Burst Power +2 because of Cone Template?

In the core rules of the deluxe version it is mentioned that a flamethrower gets +2 to hit since its failry easy for this kind of weapon. But what about the Burst power? It uses the cone template and ...
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Changeling to early Warshaper options

This is for a low magic campaign (No full casters. Partial casters are fine. Ex. Rangers/Paladins and similar). This means sources of magical healing will be pretty lacking and I'm looking for a ...
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Can bardic music Inspire Courage be combined with attack actions?

I have seen Pathfinder question about that: Can Bards attack while Performing? But my problem is D&D 3.5 related. In D&D general text states: Starting a bardic music effect is a standard ...
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Clarifying the wraith's Life Drain attack

May contain spoilers for a published 5e campaign. I'm not referring to how their stats are different to reflect their CR's. Both of their attacks refer to the effect of reducing HP maximums on a ...
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Lightfoot Halflings — is their natural stealth penalized by armors that normally confer a disadvantage to stealth?

Some armor types (scale, chain, splint, plate) confer a disadvantage to stealth actions in 5e. How does this interact with the Naturally Stealthy racial feature of Lightfoot Halflings? Does it ...
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Is there any way to teleport to a person in Pathfinder?

If I am familiar with a person, but either don't know where they are or aren't familiar enough with their location to teleport there, is there any method of teleporting to the person rather than his ...
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Is there a dwarf god for the Light domain?

Is there a dwarven deity for whom the Light domain would be applicable? Obviously, with GM buy-in you can take any domain for any deity, but I'd prefer to create a thematically consistent character. ...
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How does the 1st edition D&D Color Spray spell work

I am just starting an illusionist in a first edition game, and the GM has given me this spell. I am confused about how it works. Let me quote the text Explanation/Description: Upon casting this ...
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How do I fit my character in to a universe I am unfamiliar with?

I have recently finished my second session of a game universe I am only vaguely familiar with (namely Rogue Traders in Warhammer 40k, but this is a generic question). This universe has a very heavily ...
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How does a Cavalier's Immune to Fear ability work in First Edition D&D?

In First Edition D&D, Unearthed Arcana 1985 made the Paladin into a subclass of a new class called the Cavalier. What creatures is "Immune to Fear" effective against and how does it work?
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Why wouldn’t I just run away from the eldritch horror?

I am struggling with character motivations in Call of Cthulhu or similarly investigative horror settings. For some reason I seem to have issues imagining the reasoning behind characters who really ...
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AD&D/2e: how do you play a PC that's from a NPC race?

Are there supplemental rules in AD&D 1e or 2e for playing a PC who's a NPC race -- say a kobold or a goblin? The PHB does not speak to this topic, unlike the 3.x SRD. P.S. I know it's possible ...
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Ready Action to 5-foot step a Reach Weapon

Ready Action: You can take a 5-foot step as part of your readied action, but only if you don’t otherwise move any distance during the round. Does that mean you can ready a 5-foot step forward plus ...
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Advantage to a literal “Army of Darkness”

If an army composed entirely of creatures that have darkvision leveraged their ability by attacking only a night, how significant would their advantage be? Under normal circumstances, darkvision is ...
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How to prolong a spell in absence?

In Pathfinder lets say that I am a medium to high level wizard and I cast "Charm Monster" on someone on whom I want to have control over. This spell lasts a couple days. (Side question: does the ...
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What are the rules for characters covering other characters?

I'm unclear on how cover works in combat. Assume we have a combat taking place in a big, open, flat field with no furnishings - so we're just dealing with the characters themselves. In this case, how ...
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How to quickly introduce character creation mechanics to new Numenera players?

Situation: Experienced game master with experienced players, predominantly from Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 background, but everyone new to Numenera. I've read the book, and think I have a pretty good ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit

So this came up in our game today and after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As a tank if you give up your turn to waste ...

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