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Can I wield an enchanted spiked shield and magic weapon in the same hand?

The Adventurer's Vault states that the spiked shield: can be enchanted as a magic shield or a magic weapon, but not both. A spiked shield enchanted as a magical weapon does not occupy a character'...
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How to use passive bonuses from weapon enchantments?

Basically, how do I have to hold/store/whatever the items to get whatever passive bonuses they grant. For example, Eager and Warning provide passive initiative bonuses. I think one of these actually ...
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Accurate Population Scale of Forgotten Realms Cities

Do the maps of cities in the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Books accurately reflect the statistics of those cities? I recently decided to use the city of Everlund from the Forgotten Realms ...
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What are the advantages to choosing a 2nd Edition Monks over other classes? [closed]

It seems monks have the following: Unarmed dmg is 25% lethal, 75% non lethal The dmg is pre-calculated depending on what you roll on the chart of punching or wrestling or martial arts chart, you don'...
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What does “The Load” mean? [closed]

This question calls their character "The Load". It's not a term I've heard, and the words are too common for Google to be helpful (that question is the only relevant one on the first few pages). What ...
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Does food change with your Druid form? [closed]

Does food in the Druid form change size with you? Let's say you transform into an Allosaurus, and eat an entire deer, when you transform back would your stomach explode from having a deer in it, or ...
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Neverwinter & Sword Coast adventures

We're a new group of D&D 5e players and I've been DMing the Lost Mines of Phandelver with a great deal of success. What I am looking for for my group are a few good resources that will help flesh ...
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How could I procure an Illithid mask?

I'm playing going to be playing Elementum, a LARP (or in french, Grandeur Nature) on the south bank of Montreal. Their rulebooks account for Illithids (mind flayers), which seem to be really fun to ...
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What to bear in mind when I make banded mail?

I've been planning on making some banded mail for a long time, and I've found some aluminium to make it out of. I'm looking to use 2 sheets of 1000mm by 250mm by 1.2mm aluminium, and a 12 in 6 ...
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Ways to reduce Arcane Spell Failure on pre-existing gear

At level 1, I bought this really cool armor that, given a masterwork, and custom fit quality, had 0 armor check penalty and a +6 to max dexterity bonus, and a really good amount of armor, plus it didn'...
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Tome of battle multiclassing recovery method

In tome of battle page 97, the book says that if I multiclass with multiple martial adept classes, I "retain the same method for readying and recovering maneuvers that I previously used". Does that ...
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Why are elves immune to a ghoul's paralyzing touch?

I was reading Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action? and it struck me that I have no idea as to why elves would be immune to the paralyzing touch of a ghoul, ...
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How powerful is the skill Bluff?

Is there any limit to the Bluff skill's ability to change other creatures' perceptions of the world around them? I think a high enough check result may allow any degree of change, but what's the Bluff ...
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While flying with a grappled opponent, will they get a free grapple check any time they're above 10 feet?

In a game this weekend, we came upon an Iron Golem that was very difficult for our group to kill. I had the idea to have my Eidolon (Serpentine, large, wingless flight) grapple the golem, then fly him ...
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Can you cast a spell while holding a shield? [duplicate]

I am a Wizard with 1 multiclass level of Cleric. Can I cast a spell if I have my other hand free? I thought I could but the text of the War Caster feat leads me to believe I might not be able to.
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Can a wizard copy prepared spells into a spellbook?

My spellbook got destroyed by water, and the DM decided that was enough for my spellbook to stop working. This means that my Wizard will need a new spellbook, but I still have several spells prepared. ...
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How to calculate earnings for downtime buildings when the hero is away?

I have read the Downtime rules and I am still unsure about some key aspects of it. Lets say I have a building with an Artisans' workshop and a team of Craftspeople Craftspeople Earnings gp, ...
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Extra cantrip for High Elf?

I read that High Elves could chose a cantrip from the wizard spells, but is it additional to your own class cantrips, or is it counted as one of them? For this instance, I want to make a Cleric which ...
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Can a creature in Golarion revere multiple deities?

In the Golorian setting can a creature meet prerequisites for feats and requirements for prestige classes and traits that mandate the patronage or worship of different deities? Specifically, can a ...
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How do I select background music for my RPG campaign?

Music is an essential component of my games. When running games set in the Star Wars universe, the music of John Williams adds a new dimension to the experience, both for me and for my players. Now ...
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Advice for low-level enemy NPCs [closed]

I'm GMing a game for friends in 5e (first time GMing anything really). Currently, we're running the Mines of Phandelver campaign with pretty good results. However, my players like to test the limits ...
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Which book can I find grenades in?

Is there a type of thrown object that can do damage, cause distractions, cover advances, start fires etc? I am basically looking for a medieval grenade. I think I saw something in one of the books, ...
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What does 3/6/9 mean for damage?

For instance, divine sanction says the enemy takes damage equal to 3/6/9 + Charisma modifier. How do I determine how much damage that actually does?
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Are there any templates available for creating new backgrounds in DnD 5E?

I understand that the background section says that you can tweak the existing ones to fit a campaign (PHB, p.125-126), but are there any available for making ones completely from scratch? Perhaps, ...
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How Should I Change the Star Trek Phaser Table? [closed]

I'm setting up an online campaign using the Star Trek RPG by Last Unicorn Games. While going over the rules, I came across the following "Phaser Damage" table, and several things immediately stood out....
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Is there a “campaign background” story system or method?

microscope is a historical fractal story system that I've used successfully to generate background worlds for several campaigns, what it does it does very well. What I'm looking for is something ...
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Are there any Handbooks for the “Expert” NPC Class?

Question is in the title: Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class? I'm only looking at the Core NPC class, not any homemade or other "Experts" floating around. I have checked all the ...
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What is a fractal style of story generator?

Inspired by this question: I have never heard of a Fractal style story generator, I did a quick google and am somewhat uncertain as to how this differs from developing a normal story arc. So, what ...
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Does reapplying Hex cost a spell slot?

The PHB for the spell "Hex" indicates that (5e) If the target drops to 0 hit points before this spell ends, you can use a bonus action on a subsequent turn of yours to curse a new creature. Does ...
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How do sunder modifiers for size and weapon work?

With sunder, The wielder of a two-handed weapon on a sunder attempt gets a +4 bonus on this roll, and the wielder of a light weapon takes a -4 penalty. If the combatants are of different sizes, ...
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List of all core Bard spells in an excel format

Is there a list of Bard spells in an excel format from the SRD? A Google search pulls up lists like this one but if I copy and paste them they paste into a single column with name and description on ...
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How do I convince my group to try a new system without always having to DM it first?

I always play roleplaying games with the same friends. We have a lot of fun, but I'm always a bit frustrated by the fact that they always resist when I propose to try new roleplaying games. Even ...
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Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?

I am preparing for a game with a bunch of new players, with a mix of varying familiarity with the setting/system and RPGs in general. To get them to taste the setting ASAP I decided to play a one-off ...
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How is it determined which souls end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon?

In Pathfinder, evil souls may end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon, where various unpleasant fates await them, but how is it determined which plane an evil soul ends up in? I know Pharasma judges the ...
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How much Truecolor Dye would I need to color a whole cloak for a medium creature? [closed]

I'm wondering how much Truecolor Dye one would need to color an entire cloak to be worn by a medium creature. The item description says that one vial is enough to coat a square foot of material—but ...
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1answer
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How to address Damage/Toughness bias in M&M Tradeoffs

The Basic Problem Right, Mutants and Masterminds is a True20 system where everything is resolved via rolling a d20. Attacks are made by rolling a d20 and adding the attack bonus, trying to match or ...
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How do thresholds affect true shapeshifters with modular abilities?

How would a threshold affect characters with the True Shapeshifting power? Would it prevent them from shifting once past the threshold (uninvited)? And would the threshold affect their Modular ...
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Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?

There´s a first-level spell on the Witch's spell list available for Changelings, Sow Thought, that says: You plant an idea, concept, or suspicion in the mind of the subject. The target genuinely ...
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Can you stack Disinformation bonuses?

Disinformation The character makes a Difficult (–10) Deceive or Blather Test. If he succeeds, he can increase the crew’s Morale by 1d5 for every degree of success for the duration of the ...
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What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
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When can you invoke an aspect twice for free on the same roll?

Pages 14-15 of the Fate Accelerated PDF says this about the Create an Advantage action: If you're creating a new aspect or discovering an existing one: ... * If you succeed with style: You ...
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Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll (...
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1answer
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How does Blood Money interact with spells that take longer than one round to cast?

The spell blood money allows you to create temporary material components by damaging yourself. It's pretty clear how this works with standard action spells: You cast blood money, you get a component, ...
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Is Command spell a charm? [duplicate]

Is the 1st level Command spell [PHB p223] a "charm" (that would trigger an elf's Fey Ancestry [PHB p23] racial ability and thus get advantage on the saving throw)?
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Using 2x on d12 instead of x on a d6 in OD&D/Classic D&D/Clones

A staple of of early D&D is the "1 in 6" or "2 in 6" chance for surprise, finding secret doors, and so on. Recently, some of the retro-clones, mostly noticeably Lamentations of the Flame Princess ...
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Power based game based on describing powers' scopes

I remember reading a power based/super hero like game where each character was allowed to list a few powers. Each power was defined by examples of what it was or wasn't possible to do with that power. ...
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How can I make a short tutorial adventure for Pathfinder? [closed]

How do I design a short "Tutorial mode" adventure for pathfinder? I want to GM one for 2 of my players, to help them get into the normal mechanics of pathfinder, and show them how it works. It should ...
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1answer
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Do Cleric's domain spells add slots?

I'm a little bit confused with the whole spell system and additions to them. If I pick for instance Tempest Domain Spell, are the spells additional to the other ones? (2 at level 1) So do that make it ...
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Does a wyvern have disadvantage when making a bite attack against a prone target 10' away?

In the rules for the prone condition, it states: An attack roll against the [prone] creature has advantage if the attacker is within 5 feet of the creature. Otherwise, the attack roll has ...
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1answer
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Vertical distances of the three layers of the Darklands

The group I am GMing may plan to go down deep into the Darklands. They are in Nar-Voth already and might want to go all the way down to Orv through the Endless Gulf. How deep is this thing? (...

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