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What does “Range: 10/20” mean?

Ranged weapons have a range which usually shows two values, for example "10/20". I'm guessing depending on something a PC (or NPC) might have a range of 10 OR 20. Sadly, I don't know what causes this ...
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Druid's wild shape natural attacks and magical item

I'd like to have some details about the Druid transformation in D&D 3.5. Ok, you have reached level 8, so your BA is +6/+1 and let's say that I want to transform into a lion; according to rules I ...
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Can Mass Lesser Vigor be persisted?

I am creating my cleric character and considering taking feats persistent spell and power it up with Divine Meta magic. Now, the question is: can I make Vigor, Mass Lesser persistent? The ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...
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How many times a round does a creature take damage from Force Shard?

Force Shard does your charisma mod damage to anyone in its area. but here is an interesting line from the power in the Psionic Power book: An enemy can take this damage only once per turn. Is ...
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Magic Item Creation with instantaneous, continuous spell effects

I am looking through the magic item creation rules, and I cannot seem to find the actual RAW for for the limitations of what spells can and cannot be put on an item as a continuous effect. A player ...
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Is there a Wild Hunt in Pathfinder?

I am not sure if I am delusional, but I seem to recall reading about a Pathfinder version of The Wild Hunt. It wasn't explicitly called that, but something else, so I haven't been able to find it by ...
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Are there mechanics for determining a starting age in D&D BECMI?

Is there a mechanical determination for 1st Level character ages in BECMI/Rules Cyclopedia? Appendix 3 character sheets and most 3rd Party sheets suggest that an age should be provided, but I can't ...
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What feats should a velociraptor animal companion have to fill the “scout” role well?

I'm a level 5 Druid and my group consists of me, the DM and a level 5 fighter. I am unsure of what feats my companion should have. I'm having it fill in the role of a scout. It knows common, and its ...
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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?

The Invisibility spell states: If the subject attacks directly, however, it immediately becomes visible Who is the attacker when a familiar delivers a touch spell? The familiar, the spellcaster ...
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A level 18 wizard's heritage (treasure) in D&D 3.5

To cut a long story very short, the campaign's opening story ends with the following: The party's mentor, master, and "step-father", a level 18 neutral evil wizard who dabbled in shadow magic, is ...
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Does flaming sphere always need a move action to attack?

A Flaming Sphere will 'attack' anyone it rolls into the same square as: If it enters a space with a creature, it stops moving for the round and deals 3d6 points of fire damage to that creature, ...
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Comparing package-based and traditional character generation in Eclipse Phase

Transhuman has introduced an alternative, package-based character generation for EP. It features a sidebar on the topic on page 13: Note that this package system builds characters that are worth ...
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Do luck bonuses stack?

I know that usually you pick the highest value bonus of the same type, but I see a lot of D&D threads where people are stacking their luck bonuses. Let's say I cast Divine Favor (You gain a +1 ...
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How to roleplay a PC torture scene

How should a GM role-play a torture scene for a PC? In one of my games, one of my PCs will be captured by the enemy who wishes to get information from him, using... less than ethical methods. ...
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Using a ranged weapon in melee

In the last Rogue Trader session I ran, one of the PC's wanted to use the butt of his pistol in an attempt to 'pistol whip'. This came about because I told him that ranged weapons cannot be used in ...
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How to effectively run a “Petal” trip or other dream-like sequences

A little background: Eclipse Phase has a drug in the setting that creates a shared hallucinated experience among participants. These drugs, called Petals, are also designed to have some sort of ...
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1answer
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Club as a Two-Handed Weapon?

So I'm building a two-handed weapon character in Pathfinder and was planning on using a longspear, however if I get pinned down, I want a good backup two-handed weapon. Someone suggested a club, as I ...
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Can temporary character banality be lower than permanent?

In Changeling the Dreaming, can a Changeling's temporary Banality be lower than its permanent? Or does it always starts from the permanent one?
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When wielding a reach weapon can you use armored spikes to make Attacks of Opportunity?

Something showed up in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 (a HP & D&D 3.5e fanfiction) and I was wondering about application in pathfinder: When wielding a two handed reach weapon (or 1 handed ...
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How to: Create a good backstory for how the party got together?

I'm making a list of things to do for character creation for my first game as DM, and one things I've often heard is to have at least some reason for the players to have come together for their ...
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Best ways to spot sneaky characters

I am playing in a game where it has been hinted we may come across creatures with very good hide and move silently skills, and most likely have abilities such as hide in plain sight, darkstalker ...
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What do the different levels of the magic item quicken spell rod do?

I am using http://www.d20pfsrd.com for most of my pathfinder rules but it's entry on rods has three tiers but it does not clarify what the different tiers do. ...
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How exactly does the Web spell work?

A player in my group plays a Wizard who favors terrain controlling spells. One such spell that he uses is Web. Up to this point he would cast Web and it would spread on the ground, with it's effects ...
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How much resistance is dragon shield worth?

There is an epic destiny called "Dragonheart" in Martial Powers 2. The utility power for this epic destiny is called "Dragon Shield". The power is defined as follows: Daily ✦ Martial, ...
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Ways for a Bard (or other +3/4 BAB class) to get early access to Dazzling Display

I'm considering building a controller bard, as described in Treatmonk's Guide. Given that Weapon Focus is a requirement for Dazzling Display, and that you can't take Weapon Focus until you have at ...
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What does it mean to designate something as “prey” in the Bravo Feat?

From the online compendium: Bravo [Multiclass Bravo] Benefit: You gain training in the Intimidate skill. Once per encounter, as a minor action, you can designate one creature you can see ...
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What are the major innovations in Dungeon World compared to D&D 3.5/Pf/4e?

In various comments on this site, DW was mentioned as [Dungeon world/Apocalypse World] is really more required reading for any designer today working on innovation in mechanics Having read the ...
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Does the 4e Feat Diabolic Soul only replace Infernal Wrath after receiving a critical hit?

The way I currently understand it, the feat appears to imply that the transformation power replaces infernal wrath only after receiving a critical hit. Am I correct in this? The relevant piece of the ...
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One-sheet Savage Worlds adventures: do they only require the core rules?

Do the one-sheet Savage Worlds adventures only require the core rules, or do they generally use some setting-specific rules?
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Does the Fencing Master feat stack with the 5th level extra attack?

Do the extra attacks from the Fencing Master feat and the extra attack 5th level class benefit stack? Do I get to attack 3 times in one turn when having both of these?
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Call of Cthulhu 6th or 7th edition?

I am trying to put together a couple of Call of Cthulhu games for my local gaming group and to run some games at Mid South Con. Now I am not familiar with the system or anything, I have heard older ...
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Can someone explain haunts to me?

It seems like haunts are just souped up traps. My problem is according to the book, they have some ridiculous requirements for getting rid of them. How would my party even know the very specific ...
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Performing actions while falling

If a character falls from a great height and has a skill or item that may save them if used early enough, how does one determine where in the fall the item is used? Depending on the reason for the ...
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How do you play a character of the opposite gender effectively? [duplicate]

Without coming off as either a gender swapped version of a character (with no differences other than its gender), or being overly feminine/masculine? For example i am currently playing a female mage ...
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Can a PC “loot” a dead monster's corpse?

This is probably a silly question, but I am new to D&D and am unclear on a few things regarding equipment and armor, specifically as it relates to dead monsters. Lets say that a creature is ...
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Alchemist starting formulas

An alchemist begins play with two 1st level formulae of his choice, plus a number of additional forumlae equal to his Intelligence modifier. Just want to make sure I'm getting this right. I ...
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What is “GM/DM Fiat?”

While I explore this site, I occasionally see the phrase "GM fiat" (or "DM fiat", for D&D questions and answers), but I don't know the exact meaning of that. I want to know the meaning of that ...
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1answer
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Master of Flame (Paragon Path) and Flaming Weapon

Master of Flame paragon path has a level 12 Utility Power called Burning Transformation. Burning Transformation - You transform into a creature of fire until the end of the encounter. While in ...
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How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?

I've often attempted to run Hunter: the Vigil (part of the New World of Darkness gameline) for my players. Unfortunately I frequently run into the same problem; namely, when I set up villains with the ...
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4answers
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How to adjust CR of a campaign?

So I'll be GMing for the first time ever. All of us except for the previous GM (who will now be playing) are very inexperienced. We just got done with first major campaign, and me being new, decided ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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Using 3d6 instead of d20 for D&D Next

I am currently running a campaign with D&D Next playtest packet released at September. My player has been complaining about his terrible attack rolls (He didn't prevail because of fumbles, even at ...
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What Wizard schools are best to specialize in? Which schools are best to sacrifice?

The Wizard gains the ability to specialize in a school of spells, gaining a bonus spell slot per level that must be used to prepare spells of that school. In exchange, he must ban two other schools; ...
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How can I wield two swords in prehensile tails?

Is there a feat tree I could take that would allow me to wield two custom made katana using multiple prehensile tails? (The multiple prehensile tails are already taken care of by a custom race in our ...
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Ways to Overcome Damage Reduction in E6

Aside from using the requisite materials (Such as silver or adamantine) or fulfilling the right conditions (such as using a piercing weapon or a good aligned weapon) are there any ways other than the ...
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Drawing a weapon and attacking the same turn

I'm playing Pathfinder for the first time and was wondering exactly what I can do with one turn in combat. My character has a reach weapon and so I an trying to figure out what my options are once a ...
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1answer
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Mechanicus and armor

How does exactly armor works with an Explorator? Technically, won't the implants and mechadendrites interfere with the armor? Are they able to wear it normally? (let's say, a carapace armor or such)
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Does the Rogue's Riposte stop the enemy's attack?

Rogue's Riposte Strike (PHB1 Pg 118) says: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. If the target attacks you before the start of your next turn, you make your riposte against the target as an ...
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Creative Problem Solving Combat System Suggestions [closed]

Here it goes, I am working on my own RPG system and I need some suggestions for a combat system that promotes creative problem solving. One of the key aspects to this system is that its not ...

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