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Do hydras breathe X times or once?

Hydra (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/hydra.htm) text includes "...can breathe jets of fire 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. All heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds. Each jet deals ...
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How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?

How do I handle having a party without a Healer? I have a Healer character ready but not a player for her, and I don't know how well I could handle playing her as a GMPC when I have another character ...
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1answer
121 views

Can a Demon collect a Soul Pact on supernatural entities?

Can a demon make a soul pact with Supernatural entities? My gut instinct says no, they can make pacts but not soul pact, but I haven't confirmed this. I'm primarily interested in Vampires but it ...
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1answer
177 views

Do you have to finish one action to start another one?

The question is about action economy. I want to know whether you need to finish a continuous action to start an instant action. I am only interested in RAW answers and combat applications, where you ...
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Armored Wisdom to AC

Is there any combination of races, classes, items, or feats that allows you to add your Wisdom bonus to AC, without restricting the armor that you wear? Several classes offer Wisdom to AC while ...
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1answer
589 views

How to deal with DM favoritism? [duplicate]

I've been playing a 4e dungeons and dragons campaign for a while now, and it's the first campaign I've ever played in. The DM seems to keep pampering one player in particular. He usually only gives ...
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5answers
825 views

How can I get my players to ask the right questions so that I can tell them important stuff?

I GM a campaign for a newbie party. For now everything is fine: they roleplay well, they don't solve their problems with violence, etc. In their scenario, they came from a relatively small city ...
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Clarification on 4e Raise Dead's 'part of the corpse'

In 4th ed, the Raise Dead ritual specifies that "you must have a part of the corpse of a creature." Is a part removed from a living body considered a part of the corpse once the original body has ...
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Can 4e druids use machetes? [closed]

I don't even know if machetes are in d&d but since druids can use simple weapons would a druid be able to use a machete.
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760 views

Roleplaying games for political intrigues, mass battles

My friends an I want to start a political campaign on Skype. Each player would play a character or faction/kingdom. They should be able do wage war and do mass battles against each other, do the ...
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1answer
208 views

Can a Peryton Dive Attack and Multiattack in the same round?

The Peryton has the following ability: "Dive Attack. If the peryton is flying and dives at least 30 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a melee weapon attack, the attack deals an extra ...
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How can I fairly knock a player unconscious for a doppelganger swap? [closed]

I am DM'ing a D&D 5e campaign online using Roll20, and I want to introduce a section where a PC is swapped out for a doppelganger. I have come up with a plan/scenario where a character can be ...
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What's a good class and race for beginners?

I'm a newbie GM and I have a new player at the table. He wants to play and I'm letting him (despite his loud, overly energetic behavior, and has a short attention span). Whats a good 3.5 class for ...
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2answers
154 views

Weapons/Means for touch attacks

Since touch attacks are against a lower AC they are easier to land than normal ones. Are there reliable, affordable weapons that go versus the touch AC, or actions that anyone can take with a ...
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3answers
871 views

How to find the line between an investigation and railroading

I'm a fairly experienced GM creating and running a series of Delta Green games (a modern supplement for Call of Cthulhu). While my players and I enjoy the game, there are parts that bog down and get ...
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1answer
199 views

What good are Data Sprites?

Data Sprites appear to be worse than other sprites in almost every way at a reasonable level of resonance. In particular the Courier sprite has access to most of the same abilities, gets an extra ...
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2answers
538 views

Can you trip someone if you have no free hands?

I'm building a Fighter for shield fighting and tripping attempts. The trip section of the SRD specifically states that you must take an unarmed melee touch attack against your target. If I have both ...
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0answers
194 views

How can I effectively connect ingame and real life experience [closed]

I would like to understand how to effectively implement physical techniques in my game where I can blur the lines between what the players and characters are feeling. I'm focused more on physical ...
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4answers
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Can a white-haired witch grapple multiple targets?

The white-haired witch needs to spend a standard action to maintain the grapple at the beginning of the next round, if she succeeded in hitting (and thus grappling) a target, and the target failed to ...
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2answers
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History of Hell and the Arch Devils and Demon Lords

My favourite book when I played Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 was the Book of Vile Darkness, for one and only reason: Its last chapter on Demon Lords and Arch Devils, malign beings that ruled over the ...
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1answer
191 views

Does an enhancement bonus on ammunition impact attack rolls, or only damage rolls?

It seems intuitive to me that firing +2 arrows out of a nonmagical longbow would give me a +2 bonus on damage, but not attack rolls; the arrows don't really have much of an impact on how well I can ...
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1answer
182 views

The Remorhaz in the Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl

In room 28 of the first level there is a Remorhaz with 58 hit points. How many hit dice does it has? The AD&D Monster Manual says 7 to 14 HD. It definitely not 7 HD (d8 x 7 = max of 56).
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Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?

I am looking at items like Manual of Bodily Health, Tome of Clear Thought, etc. Quoting from Manual of Bodily Health If you spend 48 hours ... your Constitution score increases by 2, as does ...
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2answers
311 views

Mordenkainen 's disjunction and Mage's disjunction how to protect yourself?

On arriving at level 18 , you can find NPCs with Mordenkainen 's disjunction , how to protect beyond the chance of antimagic field ? Losing the properties of magic items is not good for a group. ...
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What are the different types of stores I should include when designing a town? (D&D) [closed]

The other night I was designing the first town for my upcoming D&D campaign, and after a while I quickly ran into a wall: although I knew enough to include an inn, a fishing market (for the town's ...
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44 views

Where can I find a list of Demons for Polaris?

Just looking for names, actually. There's a bunch of nice ones in the rulebook, but I'm not clear on what the naming conventions are. They seem vaguely Aztec-myth-y in origin (Etzlitotec, Four ...
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1answer
127 views

Does the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil's Indigo Veil protect against supernatural abilities?

The Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil (Complete Arcane) has a "Indigo Veil" ability which provides a protection against incoming spells and spell-like abilities: Indigo Veil: A 6th-level initiate can ...
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4answers
805 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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2answers
407 views

Magically becoming multi-headed creatures

If someone Polymorphs into a Hydra, what happens when a head is cut off? Hydra heads have complicated rules about hitpoints and regrown heads and stuff. What if instead of a wizard casting polymorph ...
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2answers
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How does DnD 5e handle group skill checks?

I have looked at the Lost Mine of Phandelver and see many times where a skill check for wisdom is vital, I want to get my group to work together, like everyone contributing and cooperating, instead of ...
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6answers
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How to handle plates and drinks on the game table?

We are a group of 5 plus a game master. We play around a table, that is roughly capable of fitting our inventory: character sheets, game world map, area map by the game master, dice. The first ...
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2answers
884 views

Grapple + Totemic Attunement (Eagle) = Zangief's Spinning Atomic Piledriver?

Could a Barbarian with Totemic Attunement (eagle) use grapple to perform the iconic move by dragging the enemy straight up as far as the fly speed allows and ending the turn in the air? If so, who ...
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3answers
2k views

How long would it take to raise a Wyvern?

In the monster manual, it states that if you get it as a hatchling, you can raise a wyvern much easier but how long would that take? It doesn't state how old they can live and how long it takes an egg ...
4
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1answer
383 views

What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?

D&D 4e loves its experience pools in encounter building, and, because it is a system that inherently cares about party balance, carefully has laid out the math for experience - to encounter level ...
7
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1answer
509 views

Is there a Fate LARP?

I was wondering whether there is a LARP implementation of Fate Core or Accelerated anywhere? I did take a look at Fate SRD, but they don't seem to mention that. I am really curious at this point, ...
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2answers
517 views

Advanced rules or suggestions for traps/trapped items?

I'm working on a story concept where the villain is a tinker who is seeking revenge against a noble house, and his M.O. is intricate mechanical traps. The trap rules given are fine for dungeon ...
3
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3answers
847 views

Damage type of quarterstaff thrusts

Is thrusting with a quarterstaff still considered as bludgeoning damage under all circumstances? (From a simulationist standpoint, thrusting with a stave is not an unheard-of maneuver, and can be ...
3
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1answer
2k views

A Noir detective RPG with published adventure support?

I am looking for a noir style detective game for a small group of players, preferably a 1–2 person party (e.g., the detective and the femme fatale or possibly 2 detectives.) I want to capture the ...
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3answers
832 views

Why do Clerics unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the same experience level?

In Moldvay, possibly Holmes, and the retro-clone, Swords & Wizardry, Clerics simultaneously unlock 3rd and 4th level spells at the 6th experience level. They advance from 2/2 at level 5, to ...
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2answers
332 views

What would be the pros and cons of removing ability scores from O D&D?

Recently, I've been playing quite a bit of a variant on the Swords & Wizardy retroclone of O-D&D. What our group has noticed in general is that high and low scores rarely matter, and even ...
6
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1answer
109 views

Does the Armor Class of a potion vial include the users Dexterity modifier?

Page 478 of the core rulebook states: A typical potion or oil consists of 1 ounce of liquid held in a ceramic or glass vial fitted with a tight stopper. The stoppered container is usually no ...
5
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1answer
237 views

Are there any guidelines for awarding inspiration?

In D&D Next, Inspiration can be granted to a player for good roleplay and playing your background's bond, personality, ideal or flaw. Because inspiration is not cumulative so you have it or not, ...
13
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4answers
29k views

What is inspiration?

I've noticed a new mechanic in the 5th edition rules that stands out from the rest. It's called Inspiration. What is this, what is it good for and how should I as a DM grant it? It looks like it's ...
7
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1answer
1k views

What does “10% cumulative chance” mean in the description of a potion of longevity?

The DMG description of Potion of Longevity says: When you drink this potion, your physical age is reduced by 1d6 + 6 years, to a minimum of 13 years. Each time you subsequently drink a potion of ...
3
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3answers
511 views

How does Resilient Sphere work?

Resilient sphere works basically like a wall of force, except in a sphere around a targeted creature. I have two questions about how it works, mostly with regards to the save it allows: The sphere ...
6
votes
2answers
11k views

Am I hurting my party by being a Bard? [closed]

I have a group of 3-5 people (2 of the people are often busy and show up about half the time), and I am a Bard. I was wondering if it is worth it to be bard in such a small group. I am the only ...
3
votes
1answer
340 views

Do incorporeal creatures trigger symbol spells normally?

As per symbol of death, symbol spells can have one or more of the following triggers: Creature looks at a symbol Creature reads a symbol Creature touches a symbol Creature passes over a symbol ...
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votes
2answers
361 views

What are the best barbarian/heavy player races from a narrative standpoint?

Short story: I don't like half-orcs. I am looking for a thematic fantasy race that lends itself to the barbarian archetype for my dungeon-crawl RPG I'd like to start. I've never really gotten the ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

How to effectively run a sandbox campaign in a weekly 2hrs timeframe

Premise I'm a relative new GM who only run a 2 years long heavily railroaded fantasy campaign that went south for various problems and that I decided to drop. Now I started to run a sci-fi sandbox ...
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votes
1answer
104 views

What can happen in a month? [closed]

So at some point, my players decided that what was supposed to be a mostly nameless starting city for them to use a base of operations until they ventured out had to become their own personal ...

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