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What are the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest?

As the question suggests, I'm interested in the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest. I'm fairly familiar with the RuneQuest system. I've heard a bit about Pathfinder ...
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How many shifts are needed to take out a character with a single blow?

I am aware of the fact that Fate emphasis is on the narrative aspects of the play, but still we are rolling dice and using numbers to measure the outcome of some actions. I am trying to figure out how ...
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Pros & Cons: Sorcerer & Cleric cross-class

I'm toying with the idea of cross-classing a Sorcerer with one level in Cleric (Life domain for the bonuses to heals and heavy armor). At 2nd level, 1st level Cleric & 1st level Sorcerer, what ...
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618 views

Pathfinder Magus/Sorceror Multiclass question

If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, ...
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Risks and benefits from letting a monk use higher stats than the party

One of my players would like to eventually play a monk in a low-level campaign I'm planning. I wouldn't want to say no, as the monks are definitely high in flavour. But I'm aware of the huge ...
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House Rules for AD&D Character Generation (1e+)

Looking at starting an AD&D game for a bunch of players who haven't played for a while and have never played together so there are no common house rules. To maximise playing time we want ...
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How do I figure out the alignment of a morally ambiguous character?

I am working with someone on a campaign that involves some members of a church of a good deity who cross moral lines in the name of good. Among them is an inquisitor NPC who delights in torture and ...
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Are gloves of Enlarge Weapon what I want?

Are gloves of Enlarge Weapon (Complete Scoundrel p97) for my half-giant possible and legal by RAW? With powerful build I already have a large weapon, and I'm looking to get huge sized weapon damage. ...
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295 views

Can you make several of the same potion at once?

The DMG says that brewing a potion takes 1 day. What if my priest prepares 3 slots with the same spell and has 3 times the ingredients? Can he then make 3 potions? Does anyone have an idea about ...
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162 views

What is advantage? [on hold]

Numerous powers read that you "gain advantage" - does that mean the character succeeds on the roll, check, or saving throw? For instance the Sorcerer's Tides of Chaos reads: Starting at 1st ...
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1answer
76 views

How do I use a person as a shield?

The Scenerio Player is lured into the woods by a creature disguised as a nymph, basically. Player then allows creature to wrap its arms around him. Creature decides this is a great time to unhinge ...
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73 views

What should be the DC to identify monster vulnerabilities?

What should be the DCs for checks revealing monster vulnerabilities, damage reductions, and other qualities of the like? Knowing such facts about a monster can dramatically change the dynamic of a ...
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How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

I have been reading the Basic Rules a couple times, but could not find any way to gain proficiency in skills past level 1. For example, if I create a Rogue, I may chose 4 skills among 11: ...
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How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?

I GM a game of D&D with my cousins, who are 10 and 11 years old. This happens: Me: Let's fill your character sheet. Which race do you want? Eleven-year-old: What are the available choices? ...
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What guidelines exist for players creating characters for organized play?

With Hoard of the Dragon Queen releasing as the first part of the Tyranny of the Dragons storyline I was wondering what guidelines and rules exist for players looking to create and run characters for ...
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What is the difference between “ghosts” and “spirits of the dead” in Pathfinder?

I want to make a good-aligned shaman character that deals with ghosts on a friendly and pact-based relationship. However ghosts are described as always being CE undead meanwhile "spirits of the dead" ...
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How do you encourage group decisions over individual actions?

In my campaign (4th edition Dungeons & Dragons, but I've encountered the same problem in other systems) we sometimes arrive at a point where the group should make a decision, for example "should ...
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1answer
336 views

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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1answer
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Where can I find the Quick Start for Doctor Who: AiTaS?

My wife and I are Whovians and I am a long time RPG nerd, and recently I discovered Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space which looks (and judging by reviews is) awesome. The problem is that I am ...
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1answer
122 views

How can I always see ethereal and incorporeal creatures?

I am trying to adapt a character who can see spirits continuously to Pathfinder. I looked all over the d20pfsrd site for a feat or supernatural ability that lets a character continuously see ethereal ...
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Are balanced groups important in D&D 5e?

In my 4e campaign the group (4 players) often ran into trouble in combat if they didn't have one person was in each role of Striker, Defender, Controller & Leader (especially for published ...
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Is the Player's Handbook sufficient to run a campaign?

The Player's Handbook (PHB) for D&D Next is being released in August. The Dungeon Master's Guide and the Monster Manual are being released a few months after, however. Can a group run a successful ...
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79 views

What PC RPG should I play first [on hold]

I am new to role playing games, but I am really interested in them now. I'm wondering what the first game I should play is. I would strongly prefer if it is free, and must be for the PC. I think ...
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2answers
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Is there a Parry option in D&D 5e?

In the basic set there is an NPC, a fighter, who has a Parry reaction that lets him roll 1d6 and reduce damage. I also remember seeing the parry power/action in some beta rules. I don't (yet) have ...
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525 views

Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?

In D&D 5e, does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares up to 10 feet away for the purpose of Opportunity Attacks or does it just allow you to attack squares up to 10 feet away? There is ...
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Does the DM have to give me magical weapons?

In the Legend and Lore articles where Mike Mearls explains the design goals of D&D 5e, he mentions in one of them that there will be no assumption that character acquire magical weapons and armor. ...
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866 views

How do you keep track of the Moon?

The current phase of the Moon is slightly important in a werewolf game, how do you keep track of it in your game? this seems more problematic for me because I mostly haven't cared much about how much ...
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73 views

Determining the caster level for magic weapons?

In response to a question about a melee rogue magic weapon, I noticed I have a question myself about the requirement for creating magic items, or magic weapons in this case. For an example, lets use ...
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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?

Say that a character has 5 HP remaining and is dealt 10 damage from an attack. Of course, 5 - 10 = -5, so the character has dropped below 0 Hit Points and follows the rules for making death saving ...
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533 views

The relationship between a cleric and their deity

3 closely related questions that didn't seem worth asking in separate questions: Is there any requirement that the alignment of a cleric be the same or close to that of their deity? (Obviously, for ...
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Can I use Domain powers on myself?

Some Domain powers are enabling the cleric to touch one creature to give it some boons. Example, from CRB, War Domain: Battle Rage (Sp): You can touch a creature as a standard action to give it a ...
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Does a half-giant druid in Wild Shape retain Powerful Build?

I'm not 100% sure if this is completely official, but it appears to be similar to other instances: Lesser half-giant race Their Powerful Build allows them to be considered 1 size larger when it is ...
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Techniques for fast paced storytelling [on hold]

I'm a long time GM who is a storyteller at heart. Thus when characters wander through a city and try to haggle for prices I like playing that out. Now what I have observed the last year is that my ...
2
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1answer
58 views

Can you maintain bardic music and still make an attack action? [duplicate]

Ive recently been looking into bard as a class choice and am confused on a bit about bardic music. It says "Starting a bardic music effect is a standard action. Some bardic music abilities require ...
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Can you Wield an Off-Hand Weapon with a Spiked Guantlet

One of my players wants to use a spiked guantlet with his offhand. He also wants to wield a hand crossbow in that hand. This seems silly to me, but I can't find anything in the rules saying he can't ...
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0answers
127 views

How to master a game where the player group is not a group IG [on hold]

So, I've had this crazy idea of making a new type of pen and paper RPG, the goal is to enforce two principles : The players are important in their own, not as a group There is no prerequisite for ...
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682 views

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
384 views

Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?

I was looking through the Dungeon Master's Guide and I'm having trouble finding a table on how much XP is required for the player characters to level up. Which page is it on, or is it in one of the ...
2
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1answer
107 views

Breaking up the Plasma Drive Propulsion

Every Demon starts with Propulsion in Demon Form. It is difficult and limited to get additional Propulsions, but not impossible. Propulsions are (as the name suggests) movement abilities, though many ...
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1answer
148 views

Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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1answer
316 views

Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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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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2answers
223 views

Replacing exotic animal companions

A druid in the game I am running just had his ape animal companion die last session. His druid is from a jungle region on another continent where he got his ape companion. Where he is adventuring now ...
4
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1answer
177 views

How many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)

I'm thinking of making a finesse melee Wizard leader, which means I'll need good INT, DEX, CON, and CHA, however from my previous understandings of D&D character builds, this would make my ...
4
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2answers
486 views

Build a social assassin

I'm trying to trick a PC into killing someone in a duel with Merciful pistols. Suppressing the Merciful enchantment ought to be enough, but it helps to be sure, so I'm trying to build a level 8-ish ...
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1answer
182 views

What rules in the Player's Handbook are new/different from the Basic Rules?

The D&D 5 Basic Rules are free and have been out for a month, so I've pored over those. The Player's Handbook came out today. Aside from the obvious content increase (the PHB has more spells, ...
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2answers
146 views

How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?

Here’s the basic rule for Surprise (Player’s Basic Rules, p. 69): If neither side tries to be stealthy, they automatically notice each other. Otherwise, the DM compares the Dexterity (Stealth) ...
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4answers
816 views

How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?

In the group of six players I am GMing (all on level 1), there is a player using a summoner who chose his eidolon to look like a human. The result is, that he has a lot of stage time (once for the ...
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1answer
56 views

Optimized Level 4-6 Grappler/wrestler build

I wanted to have the idea of a 'Wrestler' for my next character. No limitations to the build by race or classes besides available to dnd 3.5. What is the most optimal I can get out of this build? I ...
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1answer
969 views

How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...

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