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Can You Flank with Reach?

Can you flank an enemy you're not adjacent to if you have a reach weapon? How does it work?
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Can Wizards wear cloaks and capes instead of robes?

Can wizards wear cloaks or capes instead of robes? I know armor is not allowed because it prevents the movement needed to perform spells but a cloak or a cape is not specified in the PHB, at least not ...
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Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard

Is there any way for an arcane spell-casting class other than wizard to obtain and use a spellbook without multi-classing into wizard? I'm interested in this because a campaign my group is currently ...
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How do characters retreat from an encounter?

5e Starter Set spoilers below How do I handle a retreat and/or pursuit in this case? I guess I could keep "shifting" the grid over so they never get to the end of the world so to speak, but how ...
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It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?

I got a... difficult situation on my hands. I currently have three groups - a classic Vampire: The Masquerade game, a Pathfinder game, using a Eberron-like setting, and a Warcraft 2nd Ed. /D&D ...
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Am I suppose to change the difficulty of my npc as needed

I'm a DM for a 5 PC group. I think we all read the rules correctly and made the characters properly. Yet for some reason, if we're to use the monsters proposed in the player handbook, my PC's would ...
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How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect yourself?

This is a great one, that comes from here: How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door? and ...
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Most viable Battle-Priest for PF Wrath of the Righteous

I'm going to be joining a Wrath of the Righteous game that's currently @ level 3- I expect it to go to the end of the AP- 20 with mythic. The group currently lacks anyone in heavy armor and the only ...
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Differentiating between class level versus character level for alchemist discoveries

For the discoveries for alchemist, a good chunk of them say "An alchemist must be at least X level before selecting this discovery". Case in point: Explosive Missile: As a standard action, the ...
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Does Brains over brawn Factotum skill apply for grapple and initiative?

Brains over Brawn states Brains over Brawn (Ex): At 3rd level, you gain your Intelligence bonus as a modifier on Strength checks, Dexterity checks, and checks involving skills based on Strength ...
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Full Attack Bonus With numerous attacks

I have a Barbarian using the Lesser Beast Totem. According to the effect: While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the ...
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Fire Elementals in wooden buildings

The fluff for a Fire Elemental states: "This creature looks like a living, mobile bonfire, tongues of flame reaching out in search of things to burn." Does that mean that the Fire Elemental I summon ...
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Can player's build be changed in some way?

I wonder if there are any legal ways to change a build in DnD-4e? A friend of mine heard somewhere that some parts of build can be changed once per level - is that true and if yes what exactly can be ...
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Some “Storm Soul” questions

I've created a Storm Sorcerer using Character Builder and I've got a question about "Storm Soul". It is described in "Class/Other features" section and states the following: "Resist thunder and ...
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Can a spellbook contain cantrips?

Is it possible for cantrips to be written in a spellbook? Their description suggests not, as well as the fact that the Wizard's cantrips are 'known' rather than being in their spellbook. For example, ...
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How much experience points should be given to create rank 2 characters?

A starting character receives 40 xp to purchases skills, advantage and rings. How much experience should be given to players in order to create balanced rank 2 characters ?
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Can a player controlled Dire Wolf carry another character?

A druid in my game can wild shape into a Dire Wolf, which is really handy when you want to run the hell out of somewhere. The question is, can a large beast pick up a willing human in its mouth? Can ...
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Can you use combat expertise with no melee targets?

Picture the scenario: A skillful fighter finds himself being targeted by a clutch of archers. He can't close the distance in time, but he does have that handy combat expertise feat to give him a ...
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How to ease down the munchkin factor?

I've been playing RPGs since the early eighties and have come to terms with the fact that not everyone enjoys this hobby for the same reasons as myself. I'm into it for the sake of the adventure, the ...
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Does casting a spell from an item count as casting a spell?

In the released DM basic rules, Lost Mine of Phandelver, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and the DMG teaser there are wands, staves, and rings that you can use to cast spells. Do abilities that trigger ...
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Is it a bad idea to steal characters from other media?

Sometimes I need a character type, say a lawyer and I start thinking about lawyers I know from TV or movies, like Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad. I have this general urge to just straight up rip the ...
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European Medieval Fantasy RPG with less bookkeeping? [on hold]

I want to run a campaign in a fantasy-setting. I want there to be a primary focus on travel, adventure, swordplay and sorcery, with the option of pursuing more diplomatic solutions to problems. I ...
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Which issue of Dragon magazine had a chart for volleys of arrows?

I remember a chart in Dragon magazine for rolling to see how many archers using massed volley fire hit a single target, based on their attack bonus and the target's AC. The chart was in groups of 25 ...
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Can I sustain Weapon of the Astral Flame twice and get two attacks with it?

The Sustain Minor portion of Weapon of the Astral Flame's (Cleric Level 1 Daily, Divine Power) text reads "The weapon persists and makes a second­ary attack." Can I spend my minor action and a move ...
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What is a “Melee Spell Attack” and how does it differ from a regular spell?

In 5e a lot of the spells in both the Monster Manual and PHB talk about a spell being a "melee spell attack". Is this simply to do with the range of the spell or are there additional rules to rolling? ...
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When players have settled into “routines” for runs, how to break them out of the rut?

One way or another almost 95% of all the Shadowruns I either played or was GM in, somehow got to the point where the players would either: gather building plans and/or use their existing collection ...
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Scion Underworlds in Geist's Cosmology

Does anyone have advice for combining the underworld rules from Scion and Geist without the mechanics bumping into each other? Like a botched exorcism opening to a gate to Scion's Mictlan, or a Geist ...
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How does Demon: the Descent handle the common problems with Splinters and Time Travel?

So the main Demon the Descent features a campaign seed based on time travel but it doesn't discuss the "common" time travel issues such as causing a paradox, meeting yourself in the past, or reasons ...
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In Nomine Superiors for a Psychological/Surrealist Setting [on hold]

I'm looking to create a psychological In Nomine setting based around Human Dreams and the Marches. What are the most usefulsuperiors to use for a comical/surrealist interpretation of the ethereal ...
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Does Assassins Strike deal Max damage on a Critical hit? [duplicate]

My friends and I are debating whether the Assasin's Strike power is maxxed on a crit roll. Since it is not declared until after the hit we weren't sure on the ruling. As I understand it it is ...
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Do Black Tentacles Bypass DR?

The amusing spell Black Tentacles can be a great spell for harassing enemies in a area while your characters get some popcorn and place bets on which monster can escape the swarm of grappling. The ...
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Does the game break if a character can't fail Appraise skill checks?

I'm homebrewing a class, and at about character level 14 I'm considering granting the class the following special ability: Appraise Anything (Ex): The creature's Appraise skill check result always ...
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How do I help players engage with plot despite giving me no good background hooks?

Two of my players are very excited about the game ("Super-Assassins Take On the Mafia, Ancient Evil") and made backgrounds with lots of good hooks I can use to tie them into the plot. The other two ...
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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?

Minor Illusion allows the creation of a 5-foot illusory object: can I hide behind this object (wall/crate/anything) and gain advantage vs. creatures who can't see past the illusion? If so, given that ...
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Capturing enemies alive in Warcraft tabletop

Hey guys I'm playing a human tinker in the World of Warcraft D&D setting. I was going to have the character specialize in non lethal damage, I was wondering what kind of technological device I ...
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Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?

This is a bit of an equipment logistics question so might not be all that interesting to everyone but... Reading the 5e PHB, the backpack weight listing says: Backpack: 1 cubic foot/30 pounds of ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as a full attack?

In Pathfinder, does using FoB count as a full attack for purposes such as using Medusa's Wrath?
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Active Opposition with Free-Form Professions in Fate

I'm running a Fate Core game with Free-Form Professions as skill list. Now different actions may be more or less difficult from the perspective of different skills. Breaking into a house unseen should ...
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How does the temporary feat granted by Paragon Surge work with preparing spells?

When a half-elf character belonging to a prepared spellcasting class that is able to prepare any spells on it's class spell list (Like Cleric or Ranger) casts Paragon Surge on himself and selects the ...
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Can I dodge if I don't have the initiative?

It seems every World of Darkness game from the Revised edition allows defensive actions at any point of turn, even if you don't have initiative. I have read it in Vampire: the Masquerade, Mage: the ...
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Are there rules and guidelines anywhere for loot in D&D 5e?

My players are used to playing RPG's on PC and love getting new weapons and loot. I can't really find much in the PHB or basic DM guide. I have been using ...
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Did my clothes catch fire?

My Ifrit chose last session to walk into a flaming sphere cast by our druid in order to melee attack a Troglodyte. The damage of the sphere rolled lower than the Ifrit's fire resistance. Should I ...
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Is Resilient (Constitution) the go-to choice for a level 1 variant human diviner wizard? [closed]

I know eventually the wizard will want that feat, but I'm wondering if War Caster or even Lucky (or something else) might be a competitive choice?
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How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door?

Anticipate Telep. Greater states: As anticipate teleportation, except that greater anticipate teleportation identifies the type of the arriving creature (and any companions accompanying it) ...
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Is blasting a suboptimal strategy for 5e Wizards?

In D&D 3.5e, blasting was known to be a comparatively weak strategy for a Wizard to adopt. On the other hand, in D&D 5e, there have been a number of changes that potentially render it more ...
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I'm DMing for a party of two. How can I make sure my players have classes that can play well together?

I am going to be a DM of D&D 5e for my two friends, and they asked me which classes work well paired together. I have only played games with parties of four player characters before, though, so I ...
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Did I Calculate this Crit Damage Correctly?

Based on the questions below, I think I probably did: Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit? Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit? Is the extra damage ...
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Monk 4 + 1 level full BAB Options

So, my goal here is to have my character hit the Fist of the Forest Prestige class by 6 from a Monk start. This class requires a +4 BAB to start out. This means if I stick 100% monk I won't get that ...
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Benefit of Armored Kilt

The Armored Kilt can be added worn alone or added to a piece of armor. I always worked under the assumption that if you added the kilt the AC bonus was increased by 1 and the weight of the armor went ...

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