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Can player characters identify monsters?

In D&D 5e, I can't find a skill check for identifying monsters. (Other than Arcana for planar monsters). Can PCs identify monsters, and if so, what skill should they use? (Or is it just a Wis/Int ...
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Sorcerer Wild Surge result quandries

I've got a couple of questions about some of the results in the wild surge table for the sorcerer. First of all, the magic missile result. On a roll of 09-10 "You cast magic missile as a 5th-level ...
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Forced usage of “at-will” Basic Attacks

I am playing a Warlock with the Eldritch Strike power, which has the following piece of text: This power counts as a melee basic attack. This means that I have two MBAs, my normal strength-scaling ...
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Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer: Elemental Affinity Optimization

PHB Page 102, Sorcerer, Sorcerous Origins, Draconic Bloodline, Elemental Affinity: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ...
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Not being able to get a feeling for Shadowrun setting

I am having trouble getting into the Shadowrun setting; whenever I try to come up with character ideas or feel into characters there.... my mind goes blank (regardless if I'm a player or a GM). ...
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Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters

The following question is for DND 3.5 -- The links however are SRD rules links IF that matters somehow. Shadows deal 1D6 strength damage with their incorporeal melee touch attacks. If a shadow were ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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Does a character with 10 Constitution only need to eat every 4 days?

According to the food rules, A character can go without food for a number of days equal to 3 + his or her Constitution modifier (minimum 1). At the end of each day beyond that limit, a ...
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How does Dominated work? Can it really make me attack allies or walk off a cliff?

In one of the games I was in a creature was able to Dominate my friend and he was getting angry that the DM forced his character to attack a NPC character that was nocked prone that we where trying to ...
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Multiclass Warlock/Sorcerer: How do spell slots recover?

If you multiclass a Warlock and a Sorcerer, then you have a character with both the Spellcasting and Pact Magic features. PHB Page 101, Sorcerer, Spellcasting, Spell Slots: You regain all ...
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Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?

So one of my player is a clever guy. At night when the others are putting the camp together he digs a hole big enough for himself (between 3-4 feet deep) and ask someone to cover his body with dirt ...
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Tutorials and advice regarding RPG layout design

I sometimes see great variations of layout/design quality between different RPGs. For example, Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5, or the recent OVA have great layouts and designs. Some others ... less ...
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Optimizing the single target blast

The monster is coming. You hear it pounding on the door outside, and you have perhaps a moment before it breaks through, and you need to put it down hard and fast. Fortunately, you're a spellcaster. ...
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When leveling - Is the hit die only added to the maximum?

Can anyone give their thoughts on how hit dice are added when leveling takes place? Hit Points are pretty straight forward in that the new hit points that are gained through a level advancement are ...
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First-worlder Summons and Eidolon

On Archives of Nethys the First Worlder Summoner summon replacement ability is defined as: Summon Nature’s Ally (Sp): Starting at 1st level, a first worlder can cast summon nature’s ally a ...
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Wild Magic Sorcerer

The player's handbook came out, and a friend and I were looking at the various classes. We noticed the sorcerer made a comeback and comes in two flavors. A Dragon Magic Sorcerer and then a Wild Magic ...
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Which sourcebooks include tattoos (both magical and nonmagical)?

As they are not in the core books I wonder in which books are the definitions for nonmagical and also magical tattoos?
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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Where is the “Tyranny of Dragons online appendix”?

The D&D 5e adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen states that it requires the "Tyranny of Dragons appendix online" which contains some of the monster stats. However I can't seem to find this on the ...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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Can a duskblade's Arcane Channeling affect a target more than once per round?

The question is pretty simple actually, though I have trouble deciphering the features of the Duskblade class from PHB2. The arcane channeling of level 3 allows you to use a standard action in order ...
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How do common townspeople identify and react to unusual creatures?

It is clear that most people in Golarion can identify an elf or a dwarf on sight, but what about more unusual creatures such as a drow or succubus? Do normal townspeople identify them on sight? If ...
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Elemental Touch Questions

I have 2 question about the spell Elemental Touch. I'm running a suli magus that specializes in electricity so the spells seems appealing to me, but I need to figure out some things first. The first ...
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Do drow elf wizards need to sleep

I know Drows as a race do not need to sleep but have to do a 4 hour trance to stay rested but is that enough for a drow wizard to memorize their spells or do they still need to sleep for 8 hours?
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Interaction Taint and Pestilence Domain

So my Cleric has been tainted and has now 2 points of taint. Looking up the rules I discovered taint can be partially removed by the spell remove disease. So I guess taint is considered some kind of ...
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Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
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Probabilities using 3d10 as 1d1000 [duplicate]

I'm trying to use anydice to figure out the probabilities of the various values of 1d1000 rolled on 3d10. I want to know stuff like "what's the chance of rolling 900 or higher? How about 950 or ...
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What would a Bayushi Samurai think of the Scorpion Shinobi if he realizes those exist?

It's a common knowledge that Samurai despise ninjas, consequence of their lack of honor, counter-posed with the Bushido lifestyle. But what if you are a Samurai from the trickiest families, and the ...
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Must a half-fiend be evil?

The half fiend alignment says that it has any evil alignment. Can that be different by 1 step during character creation or change to a non evill one later on? (thus chaotic neutral, lawful neutral or ...
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Tattoos and change shape

I'm currently looking at alter self and change shape spells and abilities and began to wonder. If a being like a kitsune has change shape (su) which functions similar to alter self and gets tattooed ...
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Force equip cursed item on another character in pathfinder

TL;DR: is there a way to force equip a cursed belt onto another character One of the players I'm playing with is trying to seek revenge on another player for exploding his pet dead koi(long story). ...
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Why were ducks blamed for Starbrow's Rebellion?

I'm in the early stages of preparing an all-duck campaign set in Glorantha, at the time Fazzur Wideread issued the edict that made the Durulz Tribe the scapegoats of Starbrow's Rebellion, put a bounty ...
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How do you “pinpoint” with Listen Skill and “Keen Eared Scout” Feat in 3.5?

As per the Rules Compendium at p.14, beating a Listen DC by 20 allows you to pinpoint the 5' square that the sound is coming from, a very important function when facing stealthy or invisible ...
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Using a Readied Action to avoid Opportunity Attacks

In 4E, combatants can't take Opportunity Actions (OAs) and Immediate Actions (IAs) on their own turn. Some Defenders function by getting to make OAs or IAs whenever the enemy attacks or shifts. This ...
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Do targets of Spell Reflection get a saving throw?

The description of a Spectator from the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure says they have the following reaction (p. 62): Spell Reflection. If the spectator makes a successful saving throw against ...
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Changing the attribute applied to a skill and penalties to attribute based checks

Student of philosophy causes you to use intelligent instead of charisma for certain uses of diplomacy and bluffing. Would family ties apply a penalty to those uses since it now uses intelligence? ...
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What is a scene, when do i roll etc.? [closed]

As someone who only played for like an hour in an ad-hoc, two-player session as GM, i would like to get some advice: First the example: The basic, on-the-fly idea was that the hero gipsy arrives in ...
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How to generate requests to PC with decision power and keep track of their conclusions

Background My players are officially recognized deputies, underlings of clan capital's chief magistrate, the most likely pretender to being next clan chief magistrate (same position but for whole ...
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How much does a “Potion of cure light wounds” heal?

According to the documentation, a potion of cure light wounds points to the spell "cure light wounds". Now, the spell has some info about healing: cures 1d8 points of damage +1 point per caster ...
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D&D good edition for newbies [closed]

I'm totally new to D&D having only played 2 games neither of which I GM'd, one being 3.5, the other being heavily home brewed version of 3.5. I want to GM a game. I have a group ready, but I was ...
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Extra Health from Death Rage in Gauru form?

If a werewolf ever suffers a wound that exceeds his Health dots (it would cause him to go unconscious or start bleeding to death), and the attack could trigger Death Rage (say, it’s an ...
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261 views

How far ahead do you plan? [closed]

Iv written a simple intro session for my group that has not played for over a year. I took the time to set it up so the characters are part pre gened and you need only make 3 simple choices before we ...
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How to respond to “stress tracks / narrative consequences are arbitrary”?

Fate is admittedly an acquired taste. Interestingly, my players don't mind facing off against powerful enemies with stunts and skills that they themselves could not gain any time soon (full immunity ...
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Increase power of or control over accidentally discovered abilities? [closed]

TL;DR: PCs discovered magical powers by accident, should further practice increase control or power? Magic is often something that either exists or doesn't, but I find it much more intriguing to ...
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How could discipline be used to aim weapons?

My friend is a cryomancer and is arguing using Discipline to aim Guns, is this possible? Maybe as a stunt or something. It would be like the inverse of using Guns to aim an enchanted item effect ...
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Hidden Moves in Dungeon World

In an upcoming conflict (partly being a battle, but there shall be more than fighting, the time horizon will be not more than a few day in-game time) between two religions, I expect one of my PCs will ...
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1answer
274 views

It is possible to cast a spell that allows you to coat a real sword in fire?

Basically what the title says. It is possible to cast a spell that allows you to coat a real sword in fire? I want a Wizard that has a decent weapons skill. So I was wondering If I would be able to do ...
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How can I use anger as an aspect to contribute to fire spells?

My theoretical Wizard has an aspect that has to do anger. Specifically "Fiery Temper." I'm trying to find a way to invoke that for bonus for fire spells. Would that be acceptable by general rules?
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Strangling Hair acting “independently of your own actions”

The Wizard spell Strangling Hair has the listed duration "concentration, up to 1 round/level", but later on in the spell it states that "your hair continues to attack that target independently of your ...
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Color Spray vs. Small Earth Elementals

The spell Color Spray causes up to three effects. Can you confirm what each effect does against Small Earth Elementals? I know the mechanics of the spell. Pathfinder has a habit of tripping me up on ...

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