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Any way to overcome a Paladin's immunity to disease without GM fiat?

Is there any way to overcome a paladin's immunity to disease without a gm fiat? The goal is to make a paladin able to fall ill through any means possible without him losing his immunity, but instead ...
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Cleric Channel Energy heals and damages at the same time?

Can a Cleric use Channel Positive Energy to damage and heal at the same time? For example: An undead and a living human are 10 feet from the cleric. The cleric Channels Positive Energy. Does he ...
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Why does Intelligence seem so useless in 5e? [on hold]

Of the base stats, it seems that some are more generally useful than others. It's a common observation that Dexterity is more useful than Strength, as an example. However, the thing that's bugging me ...
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Does Intensified Spell Work on Ball Lightning?

As the title states, I simply would like to know if intensified spell will add an extra ball when I cast Ball Lightning.
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What does “strike” mean in Robilar's Gambit?

Robilar's Gambit includes the following phrase: ... exposed defenses as they reach in to attack you. Anyone who strikes at you ... What does strike mean and what would count as an attack? Would ...
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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Taking 20 with Quick Change

How long in game time should a characters one-time-a-day bonus from the Streetwise Performer bard archetype take? The bluff skill reads that bluffing to deceive takes one round minimum, longer for ...
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How would conflict in DitV change if only d6s were used?

I'm hacking on Dogs in the Vineyard, trying to replace all the dice with d6s. Since gaming dice are expensive in my country, I was wondering how feasible this adaptation would be and what effect it ...
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How do Ability Bonuses and Penalties Stack?

According to the Pathfinder rules as written on temporary ability bonuses and penalties, gaining a bonus to your ability scores that lasts one day or less would not actually increase your ability ...
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Can a single attack with bolas both deal damage and trip a foe?

The Player's Handbook describes the bolas as two or three heavy wooden spheres connected by lengths of cord. Because the bolas can wrap around an enemy’s leg or other limb, you can use this weapon ...
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Confused about how CL is calculated for multiple and single enemies

New GM here and I'm not quite sure how CL is calculated. So, the CL of an encounter (involving multiple enemies) is suppose to be the combined CL of all enemies/3. But that doesn't make sense. That ...
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Does a Shadow Conjuration Illusion have mass?

This is assuming the wizard in question has access to the spells Shadow conjuration or Greater Shadow Conjuration and uses it to duplicate the effects of major creation Let's say you're in trapped ...
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Is there an Ability Modifier equation?

Is there an equation to determine the Ability Modifier? I'm not talking about the chart that lists 1 = −5 2-3 = −4 4-5 = −3 6-7 = −2 etc. I mean a legit equation that, if I somehow misplaced this ...
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How to allow cantrips to be changed

The wizard in my game has requested the ability to change out his cantrips similarly to his higher level spells. His justification is that every other wizard spell is memorizable, so having fixed ...
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Drow Charisma over Intelligence

The Player's Handbook says that Drow can use magic, which allows them to cast the cantrip Dancing Lights, as well as cast Faerie Fire at level three and Darkness at level five. It says that Charisma ...
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How to deal with lack of downtime as a wizard?

As we all know the wizard is a physically weak class that relies on his spells to perform in his adventures. Other than the spells gained at each level-up however he needs to spend 32 hours learning ...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

This is my first time being a DM, and one of my players (the reason I became a DM), is constantly going out on their own, hunting or stealthing ahead of the group, to kill things before any one else ...
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How would magic effect mass warfare? [on hold]

In the campaign world of Forgotten Realms, how could mass warfare be conducted between city states? What magical options exist in 5th edition assuming the number of medium and high level NPCs is ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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How to write an adventure where the primary focus is the characters being hunted

My germ of an idea is that the PC's are in the Mist Realm (an alternate plane where visibility is dramatically reduced) and are being hunted by a group of Displacer Beasts. Under the PC's care are ...
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539 views

Does using material components in spells make D&D 5e more challenging?

In my campaigns we typically don't rely on material components, allowing casters to use any spells as long as they have the right spell slots available. My impression is that using components would be ...
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Introducing new players to GURPS

So, I have a group of players who have played a variety of other systems - D&D 3.5, D&D 4th, Shadowrun, White Wolf, etc. Some have played GURPS in the past and had some less than ideal ...
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How much is 500 pounds of gems worth?

I am a player in a D&D 5e game with 4 other players and a Novice DM. We were 4th level characters at the time, hadn't been getting a lot of monetary reward for our dungeon crawling, and we've been ...
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Sources for officially published GURPS monsters

When I recently purchased the Dungeon Fantasy collection of monsters, I noticed that most of the listed monsters are not "every-game" monsters. It seems to be lacking simple goblins, harpies, etc. ...
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White Lotus Master Riposte and AOE at wills

The feat White Lotus Master Riposte reads: Prerequisites: 11th level, any arcane class, White Lotus Riposte feat Benefit: When an enemy you hit with an arcane at-will attack power attacks you ...
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What are some ways to increase melee damage?

I've got a character who needs more melee weapon damage. What kind of things can you buy with character points, besides ST, to increase the damage?
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What grade is required of gems used as spell material components?

Quite a few higher-level spells require x GP of gemstone or gemstone dust in order to cast -- I will not bother listing them here, as it'd just take up space in the question. However, the value of a ...
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690 views

Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Do any published Shadowrun adventures feature (non-Ghoul) Infected?

Shadowrun has a disease called Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus. Depending on the strain of the disease, it turns humans (and some non-human) animals into different types of creatures of legend. HMHVV-I ...
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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What to do with a player who falsely claims My Guy Syndrome, so MGS handling doesn't work?

I have a player that is claiming "that's what my guy would do", but I don't think they're actually suffering My Guy Syndrome. Based on What is "my guy syndrome" and how do I handle it?, a ...
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Rules for owning and training wolf

I'm fairly new to DMing and so is my group so we are all on a learning curve together. We're using D&D 5e Last week a fighter in our group tamed a wolf with Animal handling and then requested ...
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646 views

How does the Ready action work in D&D 5e?

So from reading the Players Handbook it seems that the Ready action is taken instead of any other action as it is an action in its own right. However can you move on the same turn that you ready an ...
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Can you move and act with the Ready action?

I am trying to understand the Find Familiar spell and its interaction with the Ready action. The PHB reads about Ready: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. ...
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1answer
305 views

How might a dex Fighter multiclass to maximize AC and damage per round?

I have a level 6 TWF monster hunter in a Curse of Strahd campaign. Quick summary of monster hunter: it's a new fighter archetype (hence TWF), it gets superiority dice to use on attack/damage and a ...
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1answer
55 views

How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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5answers
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How can you maintain breathable air in a sealed location long term?

Wizard Bob has created himself a mighty tower, but being a reclusive, paranoid crazy sort of Wizard he'd like to create it entirely sealed to stop anything getting in that he doesn't want inside. The ...
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4answers
516 views

What can I do when I've introduced an overpowered plot element?

In my Mythic Fantasy Role-playing Game homebrew setting, one god gave his cultists the recipe for a special alloy, and a rival god gave to a kingdom that opposes the cultists the same recipe. The PCs ...
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138 views

How do I threaten characters who aren't afraid of the usual things? [on hold]

The threat of dying is a fundamental motivator for most PCs (and, frankly, most people in real life). You buy armor so people can't kill you, you buy weapons so you can kill people before they kill ...
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2answers
179 views

What makes a weapon magical, for the purpose of immunity to non-magical weapons?

I am planning on having an encounter with a monster that has immunity to basically any attack from a non-magical weapon. Now, my players mostly have weapons with magical qualities, but they are not ...
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6answers
10k views

What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in the D&D 5th ...
12
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2answers
842 views

How can I balance loot distribution for my players?

Im having a bit of trouble getting a general sense of what amount of loot my players should receive during their sessions. They are started as 3rd level, mostly new players to the DnD universe. I ...
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1answer
68 views

Getting started with a small group? [on hold]

I'm looking to GM a game with a few friends (2 players total besides myself, with maybe an occasional 3rd thrown in.) I have some familiarity with D&D 5E, but the mechanics in that are balanced ...
12
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11answers
5k views

How do I handle a player asking insistently about game secrets between sessions?

I usually like to give little bits and pieces of information to the group to get them excited about the upcoming session, but nothing that could be considered spoilers, something like: I had a ...
7
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2answers
469 views

Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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votes
4answers
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What is “my guy syndrome” and how do I handle it?

I've been reading forum posts and blogs who mention "my guy" syndrome as a specific type of difficult player, but I can't seem to find a solid definition for the term. Can someone explain this ...
5
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1answer
62 views

Would a Chameleon's Arcane Focus allow the character to use Spell Trigger and/or Spell Completion items?

The chameleon prestige class from Races of Destiny can gain an unusual form of arcane spellcasting through the use of its arcane focus class feature. Is this class feature sufficient for a chameleon ...
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3answers
150 views

Can you move or speak while paralyzed?

I've seen in the rules for the Paralyzed condition that you can't move or speak while affected. Since it doesn't say "nor," I assume that you are either unable to speak or unable to move. So I wanted ...
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4answers
332 views

Why is this stunt from It's Not My Fault not horribly broken?

I just played "It's Not My Fault", which is a character and situation generator for Fate Accelerated. One of my players got the Swashbuckler card, which grants this stunt: Three Against One?: ...

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