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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
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Dice pool success probability with one exploding die

I'm looking for the math behind the following: Players have a pool of 3–11 d6s, and have to get from 1–4 successes, "success" being a roll of 5+. One of these dice is special (represented ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
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How can I find a challenge/dilemma for my robot character? [on hold]

So...I'm playing in this game as an android that is a hacker and electrically skill based. It is not designed for front line combat and has a control chip which makes it obey the commands of it's ...
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How to create a character with the same combat flavour as the Viper (Game of Thrones)?

I recently started my first DnD campaign and decided to go for the Swordsage from the Tome of Battle. The way I imagine my character fighting is like Prince Oberyn from Game of Thrones (be warned: the ...
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In The Strange, on repeat translations to the same recursion, do you always use the same foci?

In The Strange RPG, you can change your focus whenever you translate. One thing that isn't clear to me is if you always should use the same focus on repeat visits to a given recursion. For example, if ...
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Can a Vampire fall unconscious due to physical damage without entering torpor?

Just what the title ask. Can a Vampire fall unconscious due to physical damage (bashing, lethal or aggravated) without entering torpor, like being hit in the head? What are the rules for it?
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Official 3.5 Rule for level adjustment when applying a template?

I have a strong disagreement with my DM about how the Level Adjustment work when applying a template (I was for example considering applying a radiant template to my level 12 swashbuckling-type ...
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What happens in Wolsung when you can't take more scars?

In Wolsung, when a PC loses conflicts, they lose attribute points. Once they reach 0, they gain a scar. A scar has a dual effect: it provides a bonus to one attribute and negatively affects another. ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...
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What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?

I have a character (it's the same overly clever character from my first question, even) whose primary flaw can be summed up as "Bull in a Social China Shop". In other words, the character is ...
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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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How do I create fantasy cities? [on hold]

What do I need? How do I start? etc. I want to create city states up to 1,000 years old with probably (but not necessarily) aristocratic, oligarchinc, or tyrannical (in the ancient Greece sense) ...
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How to brief a party on WoD setting

I am not sure what a good method for briefing a party in WoD is. When the players are just before the character creation stage, is it standard to tell the party what city they will be starting in, if ...
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Can a druid's 2 uses of wild shape be used consecutively?

A druid in my game recently obtained the Wild Shape skill, and chose the Circle of the Moon to follow. This effectively turned him into a Dire Wolf tank, since the CR of the animal he can turn into is ...
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Properly describing enemies: how much detail to provide?

Faced with a group of enemies, players in our group tend to ask for enemy descriptions in some detail--the kind of armour/clothing they're wearing (to get an idea of who are the casters, the nimble ...
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How to run a wendigo/demon

I want to run a session or two of nWoD for Halloween. I am thinking about making the main plot have to do with the party (team of investigators) looking into cases of cannibalism in the Alaskan ...
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Is rolling Stealth in Combat an Action?

This was the subject of much discussion during the Savage Worlds session I ran last night, since 3 out of 5 members of my group are rules lawyers, counting me. Having read through the relevant ...
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A Ranger's Feral Senses and positional awareness of invisibile creatures?

In D&D 5e, the description of hiding (PHB p177) says an invisible creature needs to stay quiet and otherwise avoid leaving signs of its passing, while the "invisible" condition (p291) says the ...
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Using (android) tablet as a virtual online whiteboard

I am considering running some online RPGs, and even though I have Cartographer to make maps, players always tend to get into situations not planned for. So I thought since I have an android Tablet ...
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How do chases work when multiple characters are involved on both sides?

I am new to the Wolsung system and reading the rulebook, I'm not sure how conflicts play out when there are multiple PCs and enemies involved. At a guess I would say extras (or mooks, if you want to ...
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Are there any sources more concretely describing the Shield spell? [closed]

This question stems from an exercise in rule interpretation that happened in a friendly brawl after our game ended. A Dragonborn blasted an acid breath at a mage player who blurted out "I use the ...
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Air Elemental's Whirlwind

Ref: Small Air Elemental, Whirlwind What kind of action must an Air Elemental take to become a whirlwind? How often can an Air Elemental use Whirlwind? The ability's template includes a frequency ...
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Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?

While researching an edit for my answer here, I had occasion to re-read the sapphire hierarch. One of its pre-reqs is: Access to the Law domain. This wording seems to be unique to the PrC. A ...
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Taking out-of-career specialisations

Are there any limitations on what out-of-career specializations one can take? At first I had thought only universal specializations could be taken in addition to career specializations, but with ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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What to do when a great idea comes too soon?

As a GM, often a fantastic ending to a campaign comes to me before I start it. In the Star Wars universe, I picture the heroes stealing a Star Destroyer from the Empire or, in D&D, I picture the ...
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What does a Ideal Sword look like, built with modern technology? [closed]

If a person, today, was willing to spend a amount of money roughly comparable to buying a top-of-the-line sports car, on a optimal sword, what would they have? In particular on something like a ...
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What to do when my players want vanilla?

I'm interested in creating my own setting, but my players want to use published, old-school deities, more or less types of Greyhawk planes, and have not expressed interest in anything but a ...
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How does the (Main Weapon) tag work in Only War?

I haven't been able to find any explanation on what the significance of the tag (Main Weapon) is or how it affects the rules except that it obviously point out the main weapon in a regiment. Which ...
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Does the lack of automatic AC scaling mean you get easier to hit as you level up?

If I'm reading this right AC = Armor + Shield + Dex (with cap from armor) Attacks = Proficiency (increases by level) + (DEX, STR, etc) If attack bonuses increase by level and AC doesn't then ...
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What is missing in my campaign? [closed]

I'm looking for some advice and critique on the first story arc for a new PF campaign I'm going to be running soon. This is my first attempt at GMing entirely separate of a published adventure in ...
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Do Nightsticks stack with themselves?

The Nightstick is a magic item from Libris Mortis (p. 78) that gives anyone who owns one 4 extra turn/rebuke attempts per day. A number of builds use this item in conjunction with abilities that ...
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How to challenge epic level characters? [closed]

I've seen a lot of people ask about epic level characters in D&D. I have played a lot of D&D from 1e to 5e with only a short dip into 4e, which was so different (not necessarily bad, just ...
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Aid another bonuses

I have been working on a build that optimizes granting AC bonuses to allies using actions that are not used often like AOO and immediate actions. I have been looking for non-class ways of increasing ...
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How to Balance Magical vs Non-Magical Classes

From my experience non-magical classes in Rolemaster, i.e. combat-focused warriors and the like, do the majority of their advancement in the first couple of levels - say 1 to 6. After that the combat ...
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Couple RPG/Two Person Roleplaying? [closed]

I've been into RPGs for a few years now (mostly D&D 3.5), but I'm a pretty bad DM. My girlfriend likes roleplaying and I was wondering if there are any one-DM, one-PC games? Perhaps some ...
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Do I need PHB3 to use Psionic Power?

One of my players wants to play a Monk using the options available in Psionic Power. Do we also need to get PHB3? Or would Psionic Power include most of Monk's base rules?
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Mounts in armour

Mounts can be given barding to duplicate the effect of armour at 4x the cost. However, barding makes no statement about armour proficiency, nor does the stat block for some of the more obvious mounts ...
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Size/difficulty of encountrs for lvl 10+ in D&D 3.5

Right, so some basics. Homebrew campaign with 6 party members (stared with three and kept growing). Party is Lvl 12. First character is: Fighter 9/Barbarian 1/Bear Warrior 2.Armor and sword ...
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Can you roll dice pool or multiple dice rolls with only one dice?

Say I'm playing Vampire: The Requiem and I need to roll 5 d10's. Can I roll a d10 5 times instead of having 5 d10's? Can I split it up if I must, so if I only had 4 d10's could I roll the 4, then roll ...
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Revealing game world information

A player asked me the other night: "In the World of Darkness are Vampires able to enter without being invited in?". The answer to the question is, yes, and even if they weren't the area was a public ...
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What's the probability of getting three matching faces in any one roll of four Fudge dice?

I'm having a little difficulty recalling the procedure for calculating probability of dice results. My question is, using 4 Fudge d6 dice, what is the probability of getting three of any result in one ...
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Does a Strix drinking the breath of a victim exsanguinate the victim?

The Strix can gain "Vitae" by stealing breath. This reminds me a bit of the Succubi Chi stealing in "Lost Girl", at least in its general description. I'm left wondering though, when a Strix isn't ...
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Casting multiple spells in a single round

In the PHB page 202 under the 'bonus action' heading it states: "You can't cast another spell during the same turn, except for a cantrip with a casting time of 1 action." This seems to state that if ...
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Can an Orc use their Aggressive trait, plus Dash, plus running?

I don't yet have a copy of the monster manual so I apologize if this is explicitly stated in there. The Orc has an "aggressive" trait that allows it to "move up to its speed toward a hostile creature ...
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How would one handle open-ended abilities? [closed]

guys, I'm relatively new at GM'ing but I've GM'ed Anima a bit before. In fact, my group recently finished a campaign in which the end goal was to become gods or at least god-like; to this end everyone ...
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Does Magic Missile really always hit a creature of choice?

The rules state: Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range Does this mean that it is a guaranteed hit? Or is it meaning that it attempts to hit and attempt is merely ...

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