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What to do when you end up duplicating another players character?

Frequently I seem to roll up characters who are the spitting image of someone else's character. Most recently I rolled up a Utility Force Wizard for Star wars: Saga edition, which matched someone else ...
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What kinds of rules promote good team cohesion?

It seems like a lot of roleplaying games quite freely allow players to play antisocial characters who can't really be part of the team. I've been part of groups (in D&D) with both a noble ...
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Do Druid animal companions go up in size with HD and gain size-based stat increases?

I have an animal companion which has just gained its 5th HD. On page 291 of Monster Manual 1, the Improving Monsters section says that an increase in Size also changes stats. Do animal companions ...
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Faster traveling in the Darklands

My players need to travel long distances (quickly) in Pathfinder's Darklands and go from the surface all the way down to Orv. They do not know locations down there, so teleporting is not a sensible ...
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Decanter of Endless Water in Gaseous Form

In an adventure I was running, the players overcame a nasty monster in a basement by activating a Decanter of Endless Water and then sending the character holding it into the basement in gaseous form. ...
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What kind of spells can the familiar of a witch learn?

According to this page (paragraph "Learn from scroll") a witch can teach her familiar new spells from a scroll. Are these spells restricted to the witch spell list, or can it be any other spell as ...
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What happens if one casts Blink while under Rary's Telepathic Bond?

In D&D 5th Edition, the description of Rary's Telepathic Bond states that the link breaks if a character in it leaves the plane in which the other linked characters are. Since Blink actually pulls ...
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Remotely Disabling Traps — do I have to disable Disable Device to allow this?

How does D&D 3.5e handle the case where the means of bypassing or disabling a trap is located somewhere other than the trapped door/lock/...? For instance, take an electricity-based trap (such as ...
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Multiple-stage Disable Device rolling on complex, “strung out”, non-magical traps with variable-by-means Disable Device DCs

Background: I am workshopping the dungeon from this question, and this answer suggests that I should have the rogue make a Disable Device check up front in order to figure out the trap's workings. ...
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Building an item capable of creating an “antimagic field”

One of the players in my group wants a helpful high level (≥11) wizard to build something for him that can create an antimagic field. The player is a rogue, so has "use magic device" as a skill. I ...
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What are the pitfalls of a world- and genre-hopping Savage Worlds campaign?

I’m a new GM and this will be the first campaign I’ve run. I’ve had a world in my mind for a while now and have spent the last year or so off-and-on fleshing it out. Long-story-short it is a ...
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Is there a creature similar to The Thing? [closed]

Adventure Plot: Group of adventurers, either by accident or mission, stumble across mysterious remains. The remains, unbeknownst to the adventurers, begin to "assimilate" first the NPC's. ...
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How to make your players hate your villain, but not your game

How does one build the character of a villain such that the players (playing heroic characters) hate the villain as much as possible without detracting too much from the quality of the game? What ...
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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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Can Pathfinder be played with a Dungeon World style combat system?

Could I play Pathfinder with a combat system that is fast-paced and lacks initiative like the one present in Dungeon World? The reason why I ask is because I'm trying to build a Dark Souls based ...
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Do antimagic fields nullify cursed items?

Does an antimagic field nullify a cursed item? If it does nullify it can you take that item off?
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Designing Summoners in Fate Core

I'm really excited about Fate Core and the wide variety of things that can be designed with the Fate Fractal. As a GM for players who are veterans of Pokémon Tabletop and Magic: the Gathering, I think ...
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The mechanics of Aspects on weapons/armor?

Fate Core suggests one way to differentiate weapons and armor is by giving each one an Aspect. Daggers could be Quick, for instance, and maces could be Armor Piercing. I really like this idea. My ...
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How does defending on behalf of others work in Fate Core?

There's actually multiple answers to that question in Fate Core and The Fate System Toolkit, but they seem a bit contradictory. I'd like your help to sort them out. Note: I know characters can ...
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Can situational aspects describe the same thing as consequences?

In combat, situational aspects sometimes tend to interfere with consequences. In theory, the "create advantage" action allows an opponent to create virtually any aspect, from "Stabbed in the hand" to ...
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When using a fate point to create an aspect, do you have to spend another to invoke it?

I'm running a new game, with just my friend and I on roll20. We're attempting to figure out the mechanics, while running a small game together. I'm having issues with the Fate Point system. Does ...
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Creating (Aspect) Advantages in Conflicts

I'm somewhat familiar with Fate v2, and I recently backed the Fate Core Kickstarter to get an early PDF of the rules. I have a couple questions concerning "Creating an Advantage" in a Conflict, ...
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Making PCs suffer insanity without seizing character control

My party in Apocalypse World takes a lot of advantage of the "Psychic Maelstrom". My version of the Maelstrom is an endless fountain of knowledge, but also of insanity; many of my more deranged NPCs ...
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Fate Core incongruence in Action's outcomes?

I'm new in Fate, and I'm amazed by the game style and mechanics. Nevertheless, reading the manual, I think I've found 3 mechanical incongruences. Speaking about the Four Actions and their outcomes, ...
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How can I slightly raise the CR of an NPC?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Episode 1, one of the encounters is a dual between one PC and a named NPC. This encounter is supposed to be quite deadly, a level 1 or 2 PC versus a CR 4 NPC. My ...
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Is a spell considered to “end” if it is re-cast?

Several spells, including many of the Exalted spells, have a penalty or sacrifice that applies at the end of the spell's duration. If the spell is re-castcast before the duration ends, does the ...
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Does 'World Serpent's Grasp' trigger on non-damaging attacks and item attacks?

"World Serpent's Grasp: Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone" 1: If I use an attack power such as Charisma vs Will on a nearby slowed enemy, and the ...
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Would an emp-grenade disable cyber-/bodyware?

I recently got my hands on some shadowrun4 books, and one of them has the emp-grenade in it. The emp-grenade says (translated out of my head, as I only own the german version) that it disables most ...
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Can I teleport adjacent to a moving enemy, and then take an attack of opportunity?

I was recently discussing interesting tricks that combat casters can use to control the battlefield, and the following scenario comes up. The party is defending something against advancing enemies. ...
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How Do Granted Saving Throws Interact with the Dying Condition?

Setup I've been assuming that granting death saving throws was probably not a good thing, but this recent question got me thinking. Death saving throws are a type of saving throw, so you should be ...
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How can I get mic-shy players invested in roleplaying over Skype?

My roleplaying group is composed of four friends who roleplay using roll20 as our board and Skype to handle our voice communications. I have one player who is used to roleplaying only in text and ...
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Is Forgotten Realms the default setting in 5e?

In D&D 3.x, the core books stated that the default setting was Greyhawk and the first few adventures were set in it (e.g. The Sunless Citadel, Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil). In D&D ...
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Can I make an Instant duration effect Sustained?

I originally thought that the Increased Duration Extra would allow me to get any effect up to Continuous duration, but looking over the Increased Duration Extra in both the book and the SRD, it only ...
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Is heat metal too powerful? [closed]

Heat metal is a 2nd level spell that lasts 1 minute (concentration), deals 2d8 damage per round, and has no save. If a Druid casts Heat metal from hiding at 60' on a knight and dashes away, then the ...
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Do alchemical weapons count as ammunition?

This amazing answer has inspired me to ask a very multi-faceted question. I considered breaking it up into multiple questions, but then I realized each question was really just a part of a big ...
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At what range can you perform combat maneuvers?

I can't find any rules that explicitly state at what range you can perform some combat maneuvers. Most combat maneuvers are clear: Overrun is about moving through an opponent's square(s); Steal uses ...
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Can a druid use Spirit Tongue to speak to magical creatures and monsters?

Must it only be a plain and natural creatures? What of cave rats and giant spiders, for example?
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Casting sleep on an opponent in water, bad day for them?

From the description of the Sleep spell: falls unconscious until the spell ends, the sleeper takes damage, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the sleeper awake. From the rules on ...
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1answer
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Is shared defense a zone effect or a granted boon?

For the Paladin, a Divine Defender, this is an alternative to a mercy. Shared Defense (Su) At 3rd level, a divine defender can spend one use of her lay on hands ability as a standard action ...
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What's the DC of 200 degree room?

Page 110 of the DMG lists a DC 5 Constitution saving throw for "Extreme Heat" (temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more). However, it doesn't make sense to me that it would remain the same as ...
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Spell Area of Effect Range

I was wondering what exactly does X-foot cube mean in a spells range description. Let's look Thunderwave for example. It says: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a ...
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What comes with the Pathfinder beginner box?

I am about to order Pathfinder the beginner box off the internet. However, when I told my friend this he said he had to order everything separately. What all comes with the Beginner box for ...
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Is there an efficient way to make an interactive map?

I'm looking for a way to map a world as was done in the Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas. I want the ability to be able to zoom into areas while maintaining scale, and to get down to battle maps. ...
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Favored class in Pathfinder “Advanced” [closed]

The core rulebook says: Whenever a character gains a level in his favored class, he receives either + 1 hit point or + 1 skill rank. The choice of favored class cannot be changed once the ...
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What other ways are there to make a Wizard more intelligent?

There are four ways I know of to get your intelligence increased as a Wizard: Levelling to get stat bonus (Untyped, 5 by level 20) Headband of vast intelligence (+2 to +6 enhancement bonus) Crimson ...
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1answer
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Calculating the distance when shooting at a flying foe [duplicate]

Lets say that a foe is 30' away and 20' up in the air. Using trigonometry, that gives a distance of 30^2 + 20^2 = 1300 sqrt(1300) = 36.06 ...but I don't believe Pathfinder expects folks to use trig ...
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How often does an enhancement bonus add damage?

If I had a +2 longsword & I used a 3[W] power, would I add the +2 once, or three times?
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Do the AC penalties from a lunge attack and the Samurai's Challenge stack?

If I use the Samurai's Challenge ability against an opponent (−2 AC except for attacks from my target), and use lunge to attack them (−2 AC until my next turn), do these two penalties ...
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Determining the range of spells

The Basic Set (p. B247) has the following entry for a Fireball. Lets the caster throw a ball of fire from his hand. This has 1/2D 25, Max 50, Acc 1. When it strikes something, it vanishes in a ...
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Form-fillable PDF AD&D 2nd Edition character sheets

I am scouring the net for any type of downloadable AD&D 2nd edition sheets that you can edit and print out for easy information tracking.

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