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What happens when Resurrection is cast on a zombie?

I know the Resurrection spell brings something back to life, but what happens when casting it on a zombie? A zombie is already dead, but now undead—does it "die" and is brought back to life, or does ...
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System recommendation: Dynamic, engaging, and realistic skill rolls

Our group has been taking issue with traditional systems for rolling and resolving skill checks/skill encounters, and we were wondering if there are more dynamic and realistic options out there. Most ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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How much experience does a cleric get when he Turns Undead?

Is there a standard amount of XP given to a cleric who is successful at Turning Undead?
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Optimizing Riddick Build

For my new party I started playing this character build. But now at level 2 having the knowledge that everybody else is playing a powerplay character I would like to know if anyone has ideas getting ...
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Does the offhand attack from Crossbow Expert get a Dex bonus?

The Crossbow Expert feat lets you use a Hand Crossbow in your offhand and take a shot when you attack with your main hand. Most people I've seen, seem to think this will allow Dual Wielding Hand ...
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Is there a Swordmage in 3.5e? [duplicate]

My friend plays 4e and he enjoys the swordmage class. He was wondering if it's in 3.5 so he can use it in a campaign I'm making. Is it?
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Help ensuring my monk will be useful in and out of combat

I have my first tabletop RPG game starting soon using pathfinder and I've decided to be a monk. Specifically a Suli Monk of the Four Winds with the alternate racial trait Energy Strike that buffs one ...
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Dark Heresy 2nd edition vs. 1st edition

Dark Heresy 2nd edition has recently been released. What are the major changes in 2nd edition?
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Gunsmithing and special bullets

Does Gunsmithing allow you to create bullets made from special materials at 10% of the cost of buying bullets of the same type?
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Can two people cooperate on a check with different skills?

Let's say one player has the Healing skill. The other player wants to assist but is without that skill, however she has skill Knowledge: Biology. Would it be within the rules to allow her to make a ...
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How many times does Sneak Attack damage apply?

In 3.5e, I used to add Sneak Attack damages to all the attacks of my character as long as the target was flat-footed or flanked or... However, when discussing the feature with wax eagle he mentioned ...
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Should I replace the swarm with the individual creature after enough damage?

So one thing I found odd in the DM's Basic Rules v0.1pdf was a large list of animals that seemed so insignificant as to wonder why it was included in the PDF. For example, the "Rat" monster, has 1 ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”?

The Players handbook has a list of creatures in the back which are designed for use by the players. Various tweets and materials have said that the players handbook has creatures that players need to ...
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In Hunters Hunted II, how do you use Plan dice?

In Hunters Hunted II they introduced the mechanic of Plan Dice, which rewards vampire/witch hunters who build an elaborate plan to kill their prey. I understand how dice are gathered, but the uses ...
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is there a pecil and paper type rpg that you can play by yourself? [duplicate]

I am looking for an old style rpg that I can play by myself. is there such a thing? I was kinda thinking the munchkin series was like that
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

With Forgotten Realms being the default setting for 5e, I am curious if there is the possibility for a necromancer, specifically a wizard, to be considered not evil: In terms of alignment In terms ...
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Can physical devices be hidden inside a host in SR5?

Over the weekend my Technomancer hit a very basic point of disagreement with my GM: physical devices being hidden entirely inside hosts. My Crack Sprite failed to get onto the host when I sent it to ...
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How to choose between dual wielding and two hand weapon fighting

At first glance dual wielding two weapons and two handing a single large weapon seem to be competing to fill the same role of martial damage per round. However, I have the feeling that like in past ...
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How to introduce and encourage role playing in non-roleplayers?

I'm going to be hosting a game at the end of the month. Myself, I am a semi-experienced DM but I will be playing with those who know only the basic mechanics of the game or have never roleplayed ...
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1answer
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(Clockwork Automaton) construct back to 1 HP with repair spell wand? additional cost, how?

The Clockwork Automaton template makes a creature a construct with a soul. Inorganic Functioning (Ex) A clockwork automaton can only be repaired by spells that affect the construct type ...
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How many attacks does this dragon have per round?

I created a dragon for my group and am interested about its attacks during a fight. The detailed statblock can be found here. Am I right that the dragon has two attacks per round, since his BAB is ...
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Isn't getting control over a grapple better than trying to escape?

I'm looking at the Pathfinder rules for grappling, with the intent to use them instead of the usual D&D 3.X rules in future campaigns. A flowchart on the unofficial prd page about combat tells me ...
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Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?

In DnD 3.5, the system by default only gives significant XP for killing things (monsters, vermin, shopkeepers, etc), which often leads to player characters becoming "murderhobos" in an effort to ...
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Is it rude to request multiple signatures at a gamebook signing event?

Later on this week I'll be attending a book signing event with the author of the Lone Wolf game book series Joe Dever. The event coincides with the publication (whether entirely new or simply ...
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Does the Challenge Rating of a monster assume a party or a single PC?

I'm reading through the new DM D&D Basic Rules, but I'm confused about the challenge rating of a monster. Does the challenge rating assume a single PC or a group of PC's? As a CR3 a challenge for ...
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2answers
421 views

What abilities remain when using Draconic Exemplar's shapechange ability?

Draconic Exemplar is a Racial Paragon Class for the dragonlike Taninim Race by Rite. One of the Draconic Gifts is Humanoid Form (Su): The draconic exemplar can assume a specific humanoid form of ...
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How different is D&D since it first came out?

I have never played Dungeons and Dragons, but I have participated in several other RPGs, and my Dad recently posed interest in playing since he was an avid D&D player when he was younger. I ...
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Do you gain any proficiencies when multi-classing other than weapon and armor?

When multi-classing, do you gain any other proficiencies outside of weapon and armor. In particular do you gain saving throw proficiencies?
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How would you handle a D&D 4e Total Party Kill without killing them? [duplicate]

I have a lot of story planned and it's just as lame for me as it is for them. I accidently threw a couple Mud Lashers that were too difficult after they had defeated the huge Mudbeast. This was ...
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How can I prevent analysis paralysis when choosing spells?

Recently I played a game of D&D 5th Edition. While we liked the simplicity and made characters quickly, there was one big bottleneck: the Wizard (and to a lesser extent, the Cleric) kept having ...
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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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Help with Seven Samurai-style 1st level adventure [closed]

Without going into too much detail, I'm looking for help or examples for writing a 5th edition adventure / small-scale sandbox that will put the players in the role of defending a small village from a ...
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How should a GM deal with players that want to be “too cool”?

In my time as a GM, I've always hated stuff such as magic items, artifacts, etc; even as a player, I dislike the feeling of becoming "too cool" for the game world in question. However, I have a ...
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3answers
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How do you resolve a basic attack in D&D 5e?

My friends and I have started playing 5th edition with no previous knowledge of D&D. We're about 12 hours in and still learning the rules as we go, but I think we may be doing basic combat wrong. ...
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2answers
368 views

How to use INT as CHA for all purposes

I am wondering if there is a way to use my INT Ability score as my CHA score, plain and simple. Basically I would like a feat or something that makes this the case. However, if that is not possible, ...
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2answers
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Finding the local Forsaken on a road trip

During a game change I sent one of the players off into a God Machine experiment in New Mexico (See WtF - The Pure). The rest of the pack is now attempting to catch up to him (via details I gave ...
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Are enemy weapons and armour up for grabs as loot?

I am running the Starter Set Adventure (Lost Mine of Phelvander), and the majority of enemies have weapons and armour. For example every goblin has a scimitar, a shortbow, and leather armour. When ...
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246 views

Combat Gear versus Other Gear versus Treasure

I am having trouble understanding what treasure my players should get when they kill a creature. The stat blocks list "combat gear" and "other gear," and sometimes a published adventure will have a ...
3
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1answer
330 views

Dimensional step and AoO

Does a dimensional step provoke any attack of opportunity? From the rules: Dimensional Steps (Sp) At 8th level, you can use this ability to teleport up to 30 feet per wizard level per day ...
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5answers
655 views

Can an opponent allow you to move through his square?

Can you move through squares occupied by an opponent if he allows you? The rules only says: Moving Through a Square You can move through an unoccupied square without difficulty in most ...
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1answer
90 views

Death Rage whilst recovering?

If a werewolf gets knocked out, say, over 4-5 dots in a hit. Do they immediately roll for death rage when they heal enough? Presume this question where you are already in Gauru form, which means you ...
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Would a place of business be gifted along with the territory it's in?

So early in my chronicle I mentioned that a certain local bar (which is a 90% outside bar and very dog friendly) is a werewolf hangout. When the group decided they were going to all play werewolf ...
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Does roleplaying inherently put you at a disadvantage?

My friend is going to be DMing DnD 3.5 with me and 4 other new players. I want to be the best player I can be. One thing I have always struggled with is roleplaying. I am an analytical, competitive ...
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2answers
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Go Coup de Grace your self

I was reading into Magic Jar. It is used to takeover someone's body and you can have all the fun you whant with that body, you have total control. If the host body is slain, you return to the ...
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1answer
265 views

Can you Accept Affliction something you are immune to

The spell Accept Affliction lets you transfer a harmful effect to yourself. If you are immune to the effect, what happens? The specific example I see coming up soon in our campaign is if a cleric is ...
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1answer
200 views

Armored Glass vs. Ballistic Glass

I'm confused about the difference between the two. How is armored glass different? It certainly has a higher structure and armor rating than ballistic glass. When would my players tend to encounter ...
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2answers
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Is this the way that “Control Weather” is supposed to function?

In our last session, after a nasty battle at sea (A dragon pride pirate ship magically enhanced by 5 dragons), we were stranded on a large ship with broken masts and our ship listing heavily to one ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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2answers
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RPG sytem which is based on character's character not stats

I read a review of a system to do with the walking dead, last week or so, but I have lost the reference to it. It was a system which rather than using strength, dexterity etc. used motivations and ...

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