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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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Where can I find resources to create a realistic castle dungeon?

Shortly, I will send my PCs into a castle ruin, and I plan on them spending some time there, possibly to refurbish the castle and claim it as their own. I want to make this castle a realistic place, ...
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Does intiating maneuvers with skill checks trigger attacks of opportunity?

When I initiate Death from Above, does the Jump check trigger an attack of opportunity?
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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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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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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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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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Maneuvers and Cleave

So, Maneuvers in Tome of Battle come in three shapes (strikes, boosts and counters), which make the martial characters extremely deadly, even through they are usually limited to 1 boosted attack per ...
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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 can I murder people and lie about it?

My character is a Halfing Rogue specializing in lying and ranged sneak kills with a concealed crossbow. With the Childlike and Pass for Human feats plus max ranks in Bluff I'm crazy good at a ...
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How can I have non-Euclidean dungeons in non-magic settings?

I really enjoy having non-Euclidean dungeons in my campaigns. My players also enjoy them. But the whole idea of warped geometry tends to rely on magic. How, if at all, could I explain a non-Euclidean ...
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Strategies for dealing with turtle or roach players?

How should GMs deal with players who turtle or roach? By turtle I am referring to players who obviously wanted to play because they joined the game, but when they're actually at the table they keep ...
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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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Are Strength and Dexterity balanced in Vampire the Masquerade? If not, how can I fix it?

Since Revised edition, I have found that Dexterity is a very powerful trait and that Strength is not so important. Dexterity + Wits determine initiative, which is a big advantage in combat. ...
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1answer
452 views

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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1answer
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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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340 views

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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Can deaf people play RPGs?

As a deaf person, I guess that I can't play RPGs but I am not sure, as I have never played one. Generally speaking, I think there are two genres of RPG: Table RPG (such as D&D) and Performing RPG ...
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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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Half-man, half-snake monster in Pathfinder?

Nagas and Lamias have various representations in mythology and fiction. One of them is that of a human upper-body (waist up) and the lower body of a snake. What I'm looking for would have a torso, ...
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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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Are there any good alternatives to the Move Silently skill, preferably magic or spell based?

I want to create a spellcaster who specializes in stealth. I know that I can substitute spells like Invisibility for the Hide skill, and I can use either the Mindsight feat or the Tremorsense spell to ...
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0answers
362 views

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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1answer
195 views

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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1answer
199 views

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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2answers
524 views

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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3answers
395 views

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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1answer
264 views

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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2answers
374 views

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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1answer
456 views

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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3answers
544 views

What sourcebook has 0th-level psionic powers?

So, I've heard about the existence of 0-level psionic powers somewhere in D&D, which would be a fantastic boon for low-level psionic characters (and a nice feature for mid- and high-level ones). ...
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How should a GM deal with sexuality in an RPG?

I think it's a matter of fact that since the first moment a player realizes that he or she can interact with someone of the opposite sex romantically within the game, things get hairy. I had my fair ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
561 views

How can I use Psionic Wild Talents with a Dark Sun campaign in Pathfinder?

Using Pathfinder, is there a place or reference to help with Psionic wild talents for when a Dark Sun campaign is used? My players don't want to be full psionic classes. Instead, they'd like to ...
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4answers
991 views

Permanently gain extra Psionic powers

I am aware of the ability to temporarily gain Psionic powers from other users as well as the Expanded knowledge feat. I am looking for an ability or ritual that allows a Psionic to learn extra powers ...
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1answer
480 views

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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1answer
213 views

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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2answers
326 views

Does Word of Life interrupt and heal a dying ally before they fall unconscious?

The Bard level 10 utility power Word of Lifeddi states: Immediate Reaction Close burst 20 Trigger: An enemy attack reduces an ally within 20 squares of you to 0 hit points or fewer ...
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4answers
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What is a good pdf/excel/app to use to create a computerized character sheet and power cards without the DDI (Dnd Essentials)

I've been searching the net for a way to make a nice looking / easy to read/access character sheet, similar to the ones that are given out at encounters. I've found a couple, and I'm curious if there ...
2
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1answer
102 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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5answers
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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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1answer
738 views

What software tools or websites are available for running RPG, grid-based combat? [duplicate]

Are there any software tools (or websites) that support creating tactical combat maps as well as actively running them for combat? I'm looking to do away with paper and battle-mats. Here are my ...
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1answer
600 views

What does “one step away on each alignment axis” mean?

I'm looking at the improved familiar feat and it says that, does that mean if I'm a LG character I can pick a familiar who is LG, NG, LN, or N?
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2answers
643 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
326 views

Flaw-provided feats VS class dips

Let's say, you want a certain PrC. Its flavor is perfect for your character, its mechanics are nice and the only bad thing about it are the prerequesites - like, let's say, Dodge+several other feats. ...
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5answers
419 views

Software to keep track of mapnotes

Can anyone recommend a good tool for keeping track of maps? I want to run an Eberron setting game, and I'd like to use the Eberron map, which I have as a high-resolution png, but be able to add quick ...
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4answers
463 views

How do I determine number of damage sources for calculating Damage Reduction?

Damage reduction reduces damage from each source: Consider having DR2, if you were attacked by 6 sources each dealing 3 damage, you would take 6*(3-2)=6, however, if it was 1 source dealing 18 you ...
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6answers
504 views

What is the most rules intensive system that can be played with no prep? [closed]

Having just finished a 4e campaign, I'm interested in running something lighter. I didn't spend much time prepping combats (mainly because I downloaded all my enemies from DDI), but I still had to ...

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