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Can you Deep Brain Scan an NPC?

The Brainer has a move called Deep Brain Scan From the Basic Character Hand Book page 6: Deep brain scan: when you have time and physical intimacy with someone — mutual intimacy like holding ...
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Can an ally cast Blood Money for me?

I'm looking at Blood Money (which I keep trying to type as blood monkey). It's casting block says: Casting Time 1 swift action Components V, S Range 0 ft. Effect 1 material ...
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Can a Synthesist use the Skilled evolution while fused?

The synthesist gains access to the eidolon’s special abilities and the eidolon’s evolutions. The synthesist eidolon has no skills or feats of its own. Evolution Skilled (Ex): An eidolon becomes ...
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What happens to a creature inside both Aqueous Orb and Black Tentacles?

I'm playing a wizard that uses conjuration for a lot of his offensive magic. I was looking at my spell list and was wondering what happens to a creature who fails a save against Aqueous Orb (and is ...
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What is the mythos behind Kult?

I'm aware that the older RPG, Kult, was loosely based on Gnostic thought and mysticism. I find the overall idea and mechanics fairly interesting and am looking into building a port of the system over ...
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How, if at all do GMs deal with secret actions? [duplicate]

I am a novice at Role-Playing, in fact I played once or twice, a while back and enjoyed it but never have since. I'm thinking of starting again. My question is this. Suppose you have an evil ...
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Can maho or Oni powers harm creatures of the Lying Darkness?

The Way of Shadow says that creatures (or perhaps “extensions” might be a more fitting term) of the Lying Darkness can be harmed by weapons of crystal. What about beings of Jigoku or the Shadowlands ...
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Aside from Quick Learner are there other qualities that take effects only AFTER character creation?

As can be seen here: When/how does the Quick Learner merit work? The quick learner positive quality comes into effect only AFTER character creation. Are there any other qualities for which this is the ...
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When/how does the Quick Learner merit work?

The quick learner merit (Quick Learner 3-point Mental Quality) states that: As a result, when the character starts learning a new regular skill he gains one level or speciality free up to level ...
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How does Wall of Fire react in a tunnel system?

We came across an issue in our game last night. We were ambushed in a system of tunnels and chambers, with monsters approaching from two directions. The druid wanted to cast a Wall of Fire in a 30 ...
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How much damage does generic, non-magical fire do per round?

Say a character was in a burning house, the fire not caused by magical means, and had to pass through a hex of fire. What is the fire damage for this in 5e? What about per round?
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Outsider interested in or specialising in art

I'm looking for a type of Outsider with a racial focus on the arts (ideally the visual arts) - preferably from Golarion, but I'd take something good from other lore also such as from Faerun or ...
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Are there any adventures/campaigns that centre around a university/college in D&D? [on hold]

I'm working on a character that is like a Maester/Scholar/University Professor (or whatever the D&D equivalent of a university would be). I was wondering if anyone knew of any adventures that ...
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Does a Barbarian's Feral Instinct prevent him from being surprised?

At 7th level, a Barbarian gains Feral Instinct: Feral Instinct ... If you are surprised at the beginning of combat and aren't incapacitated, you can act normally on your first turn, but ...
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Where is the rule for what the saving throw DC of a wand is?

Searching around, people say that the saving throw DC of a wand is based on the minimum stats required to cast the spell, but I can't find such a statement in the SRD. Can someone confirm?
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How do I improve my ranged defense in Savage Worlds?

I'm playing Savage Worlds for the first time. My character is starting as an assassin type with no ranged ability(Assassin and Martial Arts edges to start). I'm worried about dying to gunfire as I ...
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How can I have a campaign where not everyone shows up to each session? [on hold]

I'm starting a D&D (5e) club at my school. As most high schoolers don't show up to every club meeting, how can I account for this in creating parties? The club will likely have 20+ members, so ...
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Is a 10% bonus the same as a +10 bonus?

Some skills have 10% bonus, most have +10. Also, in the character sheet, the skills have a checkbox for "basic" "trained" and +10%/+20%... skills can either be untrained, trained, +10 or +20. So... is ...
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Which system can provide an enjoyable RPG experience in 2 hours or less? [on hold]

I have recently started trying to convince a few friends at college to get into tabletop RPGs. Their major complain about it is that they do not often have 3+ hours to play a session, so I set looking ...
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How can I make a CR 4 monster based on a player class (e.g. Sorcerer)?

I'd like to create a villain that can take on a party of level 4 characters all by herself. In other words, if she were a standard monster, she would have a Challenge Rating of 4. What's the right ...
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Power player is a problem. Any fix?

Context I'm a new DM because the old DM wanted to play for once. No big deal right? Man was I wrong in accepting. Let me explain. This "DM" knows everything. He is always right. Even if he is ...
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Is there any way to eliminate the material component cost for Glyph of Warding?

Glyph of Warding is a great spell. I may wish to invest substantial resources in it to avoid the 200 gp cost per casting. I am aware that this can be done via the custom magic item system for an ...
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What Is The Role-Play Justification for Named Wizard Spells?

Some Wizard spells are named after the particular famous wizard who created them, like Mordekainen or Bigby. I find it hard to understand how a convention like this could come about, considering how ...
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Monster traits classification and implementation in a database

Also I don't know the 3,5 edition very well, because I am not a "paper-and-pencil" player and just a computer gamer, who saw this system in several games. I am trying to build a "monster calculator" ...
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Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

The various magic rods, wands, staves, etc. in the DMG all have certain abilities. But do they also count as arcane foci for the purpose of not needing material components for all your other spells?
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Can more than one Battle Master maneuver be used in the same attack?

Some of the battle master maneuvers can be used whenever you make a weapon attack. My question is, could I use multiple superiority dice and do multiple maneuvers with a single strike?
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Is an Unarmed Strike considered a Weapon attack?

For the purposes of the fighter Battle Master archetype, whenever a maneuver calls for a "weapon attack" does that include an unarmed strike?
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For the purpose of magic immunity, does Counterspell target the caster or the spell?

In the MM it states that the rakshasa is immune to magic of 6th level or lower. Does this include the counterspell spell or does counterspell target the spell and not the creature?
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Is there a generic way to add disguise as a class skill?

Is there some generic way to add disguise as a class skill to any class that doesn't have it? For example, many traits add other skills, but I haven't been able to find one for disguise. I'm looking ...
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What goes into making a good megadungeon setting [on hold]

From reading some other posts, I've seen people talking about megadungeons. Due to people not always being able to attend, one of our GMs moving away for work, and the other strictly doing intensive ...
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Porting 4e Assassin to 5e [on hold]

My DM and I are trying to port a Drow Night Stalker Assassin, as released on Dragon magazine 379, from 4e to 5e, but we're having some troubles. As we see it, using the Pact of Blade Warlock as bases ...
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Do negative levels bestowed by Death Devotion work like energy drain?

The feat Death Devotion says Once per day as a swift action, you can cause one of your melee weapons to radiate negative energy for 1 minute. When you make a successful attack with this weapon, ...
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The GM disagrees that Black Lotus Extract should require two saves

I am an alchemist level 10, and I used Malignant Poison on my Black Lotus Extract so it has DC 24 and takes two consecutive saves to end. When I affected an enemy with it, my GM succeeded the 1st ...
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As a level 4 Barbarian/Level 16 Fighter how many total ability point increases does my character receive?

I calculate it as seven 1 from Barbarian level 4 and then 6 from 16 levels in Fighter "When you reach 4th level, and again at 6th, 8th, 12th, 14th, 16th, and 19th level" Someone keeps telling me it's ...
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What can make OGL material harder or easier to reuse in other products?

I keep reading about OGL material that is written in such a way that makes it harder to use than normal, and other OGL material that is written such that it's easier to reuse in other products. ...
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Improved Familiar + Valet archetype?

Deliver Aid (Ex) [...] This ability replaces speak with animals of its kind. http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/wizard/familiar/familiar-archetypes/valet-familiar-archetype ...
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Ways for a Sorcerer to cast Spells he doesn't “know”

A Wizard prepares and casts Spells from his Spellbook and can therefore cast pretty much any Spell he has the appropriate Slot for and can get a Scroll to learn it from. I'd like to have a similar ...
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Does a flaming axe's full damage bypass damage reduction?

During a session the GM's dwarf launched an attack with a +2 flaming axe at the PC barbarian with DR 4/—, somehow dealing 40 damage on a critical hit. The GM says that because the axe is flaming, all ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Final Battle [Major Spoilers]

Similar to the Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers] question, there appears to be a big lack of guidance regarding the final battle In Episode 1 p23, it says: However, without repeating ...
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How would I represent managing a pirate ship in Reign's Company rules?

I'm unclear on how to represent managing a pirate ship using Reign's Company rules. How would they be applied?
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Dealing with character monopolizing game

I've recently started a campaign with one particular player who seems to be taking up most of the screen time and unilaterally setting the direction of the party. He's an extroverted person playing an ...
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How can I prepare the map for a combat without alerting the players that combat is about to begin?

I am running an adventure in Pathfinder and I use a very large square board and some homemade model walls to define areas such as dungeons or houses and other stuff. However, building maps on the ...
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Protecting my character's secret Identity [on hold]

I am going to be playing a Bard in a new 5e Campaign (my first 5e game). I am going to be running a custom bard Archetype (that I'm about halfway through making atm), that focuses solely on creating ...
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How to effectively combine Ars Magica's Agent rules with Reign's Company rules?

This question was originally posed hypothetically in this Answer and ensuing comments. I am attempting to do something very similar to this as seen in this Question. In that question I am looking ...
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Question on game journal publication content design [on hold]

The session design that I will try to use now is to start the session with a combat and have a cliffhanger for a combat at the end of each session. It is a railway approch with "illusion of choice". ...
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Am I designing my campaign setting to be too specific?

I'm a first time DM (3.5e), and, being a passionate writer, I decided to create the entire campaign and campaign setting myself. It's been good fun, and I have about 12 pages of (elaborated upon) ...
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How much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...
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Do any fighting styles affect an unarmed strike?

If I multiclass from a monk into a fighter, do any of the Fighting styles apply to my unarmed strike?
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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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What are the good formats and online platforms for my game journal? [on hold]

I have been thinking about creating a game journal as the GM for my upcoming role-play this winter. I will publish to the journal every 2 weeks and send the link to the players. In the game journal ...

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