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What to do when a player dislikes his character, that is vital for the story?

One of the PCs (a greedy, quirky dwarf fighter) in the game I am hosting recently died, and his player chose to join the group as a new character, a human paladin. After two sessions the player is not ...
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How can a Paladin be converted into an Anti-Paladin?

I'm the GM of a group where one PC (a greedy dwarf fighter) recently died. The player chose a new character, a human paladin. The player is new at roleplaying and after two sessions playing the ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines out there for in-game gambling in D&D 4e?

Several years ago, when most of my group were still newcomers and unadapted to 4e, I asked my Dungeon Master which Skills to use in gambling situations for money, and how they should be used. He did ...
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What does it take to throw a splash weapon?

I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action. This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash ...
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1answer
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How can I create more compelling villains? [closed]

A consistent issue with the games that I've run comes through with villain characters. Not just at the end of an adventure, but overarching villains; movers and shakers of the world. I notice that I ...
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How do I use acrobatics to move past foes and their threatened areas?

I think I would need at least 2. One for moving past the enemies occupied square and another for the threatened square, but do I need an acrobatics check for every threatened square I move past or ...
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3answers
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character ...
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1answer
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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2answers
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Can all 3 uses of Metamagic School Focus be used on the same spell?

Can all 3 uses of Metamagic School Focus from Complete Mage be used on the same spell?
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1answer
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Is there an item that prevents expending a power on a miss?

I know that some powers have the Reliable Keyword. Is there an item that prevents me from expending a power on a miss? I've read my share of books, but it is just too many books.
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Building Spellcaster Cleric [closed]

I am playing a Forgotten Realms game with very specific rules: 1) "All gods in this plane are dead", so there is only one cleric in the game (he is NPC) 2) Only some books are allowed (CAd, Car, CD, ...
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1answer
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Can one push a wild animal using the Handle Animal skill?

I was wondering how the Handle Animal skill can be used when concerning wild animals. For example; If you come across a wolf in the woods and he's hungry and eyeing you down like he wants to attack, ...
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2answers
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What options exist for a “divine bard” in D&D 3.5?

One character I'm considering playing in a 3.5e D&D game is a dwarvish bard (yes, I know that's a really bad idea from a min-max perspective, and no, I don't care!). The back story for the ...
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1answer
48 views

How are increases calculated when leveling up?

At first it seemed obvious to me but now I'm beginning to question it seeing as how I can't find anything explicit in the RAW. This is hard to phrase but I'll do my best. The question is regarding ...
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Are the effects of the awaken spell permanent?

Could you have a druid being followed by any number of awakened creatures permanently (assuming their relationship is a good one, and the creatures want to follow the druid)?
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What are the details involved in rearing an animal?

The Handle Animal skill is fairly detailed in most respects but in the CRB there is very little about actually rearing an animal. It's stated that a wild animal can be reared from infancy to become ...
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2answers
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How does Stress work for characters with multiple Affiliation dice?

Some characters in MHR can have various levels of Affiliation. For example, Thanos has the following Affiliations: Solo 3d10, Buddy d6, Team 2d8. Now let's suppose Thanos is in a conflict with some ...
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2answers
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How does a character recover from the dying state on his own?

In RAW it's a bit confusing how you go about this if no one is aiding you at all. It states that a dying character "must make a DC 10 Constitution check to become stable. The character takes a ...
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1answer
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How does wild shape work when adjusting ability scores and performing natural attacks?

I'm curious because the Wild Shape ability states that it works as the Beast Shape spell. The spell simply states that it adjusts certain ability scores (seems to only adjust size related ability ...
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1answer
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How do the 90° and 180° turns work while flying?

The RAW seem to indicate that to turn 90° or 180° you have to perform a fly check and lose either 5 or 10 feet of movement respectively. That's fine, but I'm a little confused as to how to actually ...
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1answer
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What kind of action is an active Perception roll?

There's this popular treatise on what it means to be hidden called The Rules Of Hidden Club posted on the WotC boards. It's widely regarded as a good and toroughful explanation on what being hidden ...
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1answer
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What's with the Paladin's ranged powers? Do they provoke opportunity attacks?

So I am a little bit confused. I am currently playing a Paladin built for tanking and holding the front while my party hopefully finishes the enemy off before I die. I was looking though some of the ...
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Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?

As written it seems like there are several holes in the Flanking rules that lead to really weird results. I was hoping someone could provide insights or ideas on this. The first issue I ran into was ...
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2answers
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How do I cast spells and determine damage?

So my friends and I picked up an intro game in Shadowrun e5 and I played a street shaman. We were a bit stuck on the rules to casting spells. I'm reading some of the rules now and I'm stuck on where ...
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2answers
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Can you use superior weapons without training?

According to the Player's Handbook (4e), Superior weapons are even more effective than military weapons but require special training to use. You can learn to use a superior weapon by taking the ...
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One of my players is too passive and uninterested

Game is DnD 3.5, not that it matters. So, yeah, she is playing an Elf Rogue and she is like a ghost during the game. In the last session, the party was searching for a guy and some Halfling told ...
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8answers
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When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?

I was wondering what is the point to roll behind a screen as a GM? If nobody can see the roll then I could claim that i rolled any number I require, right? If I would have to show the roll, then why ...
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1answer
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Carrying Capacity and multipliers

I have a character that's Large and has a Belt of Wide Earth. Large size characters have a carrying capacity twice as good as Medium size characters, and the Belt doubles the carrying capacity of the ...
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1answer
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Can the Oracle Mystery Brain Drain be used to gather surface thoughts?

There is an Occult Oracle mystery called Brain Drain which allows the oracle to obtain a "jumble of stolen thoughts and memories" from an enemy. This can be used to make a Knowledge check using one ...
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How can I deal with the challenges a player having Mind-Reading represents without negating their ability?

As I prepare for a campaign to run, I realize that several of the things I want to do in this campaign may be shortcut by mind reading and telepathy. Unfortunately, many of the solutions to defending ...
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1answer
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Creating new minor talents for an Empath/Telepath

I'm an old GM, new to DFRPG. How would you create an empath or mind reader minor talent? I was thinking: Empath: You can use your empathy skill to roll an assessment check and reveal a character's ...
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0answers
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How reliable is the d20 PFSRD? [duplicate]

I'm beginning Pathfinder and I'm curious as to how reliable the information is on that site. I only ask because occasionally I find it is lacking sources and I know it also has some 3rd party items ...
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1answer
108 views

How is reach interpreted in the Bestiary?

When interpreting a creature's reach is that the amount of feet it can attack beyond its own space? For example, the Gorilla in the Bestiary 1 has a space 10ft and reach 10ft. Does that mean that ...
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11answers
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Plausible explanation for large number of armed adventurers in fantasy RPG setting?

I'm working on a Dungeons & Dragons setting and want a comprehensive and logical explanation why, in a feudal society similar to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, there might be bands of armed ...
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2answers
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Would an Empath/Telepath run afoul of the White Council's Laws of Magic?

Would a minor talent using his power to read surface thoughts or emotion be in violation of the Laws of Magic, or are those meant for wizards only?
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Better Rules for Breaking In with MET:VTR

My understanding of breaking into a secured area in NWOD is that it is an extended test using Dexterity + Larceny + Equipment vs a set number of successes (5, 10, or 15) required depending on the ...
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2answers
405 views

Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?

There has been some contention recently over the RAW-ness of officially published FAQs for tabletop games. While (as far as I am aware) the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not considered RAW, I'm not aware of any ...
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8answers
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Chess Trap Variant

I'm planning to run a Dungeon World campaign based on a classic D&D Super Endless Quest book called The Ghost Tower which, in turn, is based on a classic D&D module called The Ghost Tower of ...
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2answers
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Do you provoke opportunity attacks when flying?

Moving away from a square which is within threatening reach of an enemy, provokes OA if one does not shift, is pushed/pulled/slid or teleports. Further, so far I know, squares are 3d, as indicated ...
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6answers
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How can I learn about other editions of D&D?

I am presently a 4e player, and I love the game. But I am also interested in the other editions of the game, and would like to be able to get a good overview of them. By overview I mean a good look ...
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2answers
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Does bonus damage from a feat apply to an ongoing damage effect?

When a character hits a target with a power that has an ongoing damage effect of 5 (for example psychic damage), and they have a feat which adds bonus damage of the same type of damage, does that ...
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1answer
188 views

Rangers making attacks with different melee weapons?

I'm somewhat confused by the Ranger class attack powers from the Player's Handbook. Many powers require the player to wield two melee weapons. What's bothering me is the damage: the book says the ...
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2answers
141 views

What tools are available to help me create creatures and NPCs?

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software tools or ...
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1answer
102 views

Combining Swordsage and Broken One Substitution Levels [closed]

I want to be able to offer my DM suggestions about how this can work mechanically. I want to use the Broken One monk substitution levels from Champions of Valor 36-7 but use Tome of Battle's swordsage ...
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8answers
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How to handle player knowledge when they fumble a knowledge roll [duplicate]

I'm a new DM of D&D 4e and I'm looking for some advice for handling failed and fumbled information rolls. I am using a house-rule that allows for misinformation when a 1 is rolled on the ...
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5answers
991 views

Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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3answers
405 views

Can I use a Heighten Spell on high ability score extra spell slot to benefit from a Reserve Feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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2answers
601 views

How broken is Aid Another to individual skill checks?

So I've got a party of 6 who regularly will jump in automatically to 'Aid Another' when someone makes an individual, out-of-comabt skill check. Perception the room for traps? Aid Another. History or ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...

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