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Best brand-agnostic term for encounters? [on hold]

I'm building myself a little tool for keeping track of campaign and adventure details, and I need a generic term for what D&D refers to as encounters. Something simple that can refer to combat, ...
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1answer
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Can a Shardmind communicate telepathically with intelligent undead?

In previous editions of D&D undead were immune to the effects of telepathy. In 4e, can a Shardmind use telepathy with a Deathwight? We also have a Revenant in the party — are the Shardmind and ...
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337 views

How often should the players roll Bluff when interacting with NPCs

My party had secretly infiltrated a stronghold and we were Disguised (using magic) as the leadership of the place after eliminating the real leadership. While rifling through the head honchos stuff ...
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1answer
178 views

Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid who is Wild Shaped preform Unarmed Strikes?
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How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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1answer
134 views

How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric? [on hold]

I am a 3.5/Pathfinder player that will be playing in my first 5e campaign soon. I was wondering how one would go about building an optimized battle cleric. I don't need to know every spell that ...
6
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0answers
82 views

How can PCs create potions? [duplicate]

Related: How does one craft Potions of Healing? The DMG has been released but I can't find details for making potions. The PHB specifically states that herbalism kit proficiency is required to make ...
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2answers
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How long would take for a brilliant person to decypher/crack an alien language and how to use its technology? [on hold]

Consider this: A fallen spaceship is approached by a person of very high intelligence. Think of someone really really smart, like top 50 in the world. How long would take for such a person to grasp ...
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12answers
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Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic

So far, I've seen questions about minimum-bookkeeping game recommendations, to keep it simple easy, and fast-to-play. That is understandable, since many play their games in-person. However, lots of ...
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0answers
64 views

Combat With a Focus on Momentum

As some of you may know, Exalted 3E is on its way, but isn't released yet. In some of the preview/teaser info, the Devs were talking about combat in the following way: ...in the epics, and in ...
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1answer
44 views

How do I go about running a Microscope game with a large group of beginners?

I'm starting a new role-playing group with some friends of mine. Most of my friends have little to no experience with RPing so I thought Microscope would be a good game to introduce them to the ...
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319 views

How to convert a Pathfinder NPC to D&D 5th edition?

In trying to convert Rise of the Runelords for an upcoming 5th edition game. Monsters I'm simply going to swap out with the equivalents in the Monster Manual, but are there any guides for converting ...
12
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1answer
338 views

How long does a touch spell last before my familiar can deliver it?

The Pathfinder SRD says about Familiar Abilities: Deliver Touch Spells (Su): If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are ...
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1answer
53 views

Can Invention designs be re-used?

In the Invention rules, it says that there are two phases to making an invention, Design and Construction. The rules also say that inventions are one-use; they work for one scene and then break. ...
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2answers
404 views

Is it possible to use the Animal Devotion Feat whilst Wildshaped?

The animal devotion feat allows you to gain the power of a specific animal for one minute per day. Bonus include a +2 sacred/profane strength bonus, a +5-foot sacred/profane bonus to your base land ...
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0answers
107 views

How can I set up a villain with a really, really, long scope to his plans? [on hold]

In the near future I will be running a campaign where the plot, very roughly goes as follows: It's the year X. The world has been destroyed in a process that has taken a long time. Most people ...
7
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1answer
170 views

Do melee attacks provoke attacks of opportunity from other combatants?

I know that ranged or unarmed attacks provoke Attacks of Opportunity, but consider this case. There's an enemy one space north of me, and one space east, both threatening and threatened by me. If I ...
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1answer
330 views

How do the Injury and Death mechanics work (Flow Chart) [on hold]

In detail how do the Injury and Death mechanics work?
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3answers
2k views

Shoe-themed race or class features

My character is really into shoes and I'm planning on taking Leadership next level. I want my cohort to be devoted to the old norse god of shoes and vengance, Víðarr. While there is a retribution ...
13
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2answers
340 views

When should I make my players actually roll for stuff?

I've tried to focus my group heavily on Role Playing, perhaps too well given some of my recent problems, which are Orthagonal, and linked mostly to provide historical context. How to reveal plot ...
4
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1answer
117 views

How does a fight started by a Sucker Punch get handled?

How should I handle starting combat that starts from a sucker punch? a punch made without warning, allowing no time for preparation or defense on the part of the recipient. This happened in a ...
4
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1answer
47 views

When does a demon “become someone else” in a Cover?

So from what I've read in Demon: the Descent, it feels like covers can manifest in 2 ways? First is when a demon becomes someone else quite literally, the demon becomes Bob. Second is when the Demon ...
6
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1answer
134 views

Clarification of the Injury and Death mechanics

Greetings once again fellow adventures!! Using some of the work done by Hey I Can Chan in the post How does a character recover from the dying state on his own? I am trying to clarify my ...
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2answers
268 views

Handy Haversack vs. Bag of Holding

The Bag of Holding (DMG pg.153) is an uncommon magic item and has a significantly greater volume than any of the pouches (or even all combined) of Heward's Handy Haversack (DMG pg.174), which is rare. ...
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1answer
202 views

Can players “Ready” outside of combat?

Can players in 5e ready an action before combat begins? If so, does this impose any penalties? (I saw this, but it is written for 4e and IMO the answer left something to be desired)
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1answer
141 views

Limitations of bluffing a PC on the bluffed PC's actions

Greetings fellow adventures!! In regards to bluffing PC's (Bluff Skill check),to what limitation does that affect the bluffed PC's actions. I will give an example to help portray the question; some ...
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1answer
288 views

Attack of opportunity when moving in and out of range of a creature in the same move?

Let's say I'm 10ft away from an enemy. In my turn, I choose to move 5ft to get close enough to attack, attack, then use my remaining movement to move out of range of the enemy. Does this still allow ...
16
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1answer
1k views

Is Moonbeam amazing, or are we doing it wrong?

PHB pg. 261, Moonbeam: When a creature enters the spell's area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it is engulfed in ghostly flames that cause searing pain... On each of ...
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2answers
292 views

Does a spell critical do double damage?

Specifically, do you double the damage dice if a spell attack is a natural 20? This came up in a game with Guiding Bolt, which seemed really powerful with twice the damage dice. (I saw this, but ...
7
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1answer
194 views

What happens when a burrowing creature falls unconscious?

What happens if a monster falls unconscious while burrowing? My game just had an encounter where I launched into the boss with Vestige of Baatar at the start of combat. On the boss's turn, it used a ...
5
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1answer
87 views

Do creatures have spell resistance while they are dead?

For example, if I were trying to cast a spell on a dead creature who previously had spell resistance, would it still apply?
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3answers
616 views

Could someone explain traits to me?

I'm currently preparing for a Pathfinder session for the first time (we played degenesis and wanted to do something with more freedom). I got myself only the Core Rule Book. However, I (we) simply ...
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2answers
137 views

Are there holidays in Eberron?

Between the Sovereign Host, Silver Flame, and the cults of Vol and of the Dragon Below, are there any significant holidays or even a "festive season"?
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1answer
98 views

What does Trap the Soul do? [duplicate]

I see the 8th level wizard spell Trap the Soul in the PHB's spell lists on page 211, but it's not in the spell definitions. How does Trap the Soul work in 5E?
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1answer
118 views

Where is the down-time “life experience” system I recall from?

I remember reading somewhere that characters can gain general 'life' experience during story downtime, usually downtime that takes place over years of story line... Could someone (if anyone remembers ...
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1answer
106 views

Virtual Immortality [closed]

I'm looking for ways to make PC's and NPC's virtually immortal. I know that EVERYTHING can be killed in one way or another, but that's not where I'm headed with this discussion. Elves have extremely ...
7
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2answers
117 views

How do I avoid outlandish backgrounds when using the Background Generator in Ultimate Campaign?

I am starting the Iron Gods campaign soon, and I want to play a human witch. I have already determined that I want my witch's familiar to be a weasel, and she will be neutral, and her patron is ...
12
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2answers
152 views

If I take a feat that allows Critical Hits on undead, can I make sneak attacks too?

Maybe this question has a very simple answer, but I'm not sure how this works. The SRD says about the Rogue's Sneak Attack: "Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to sneak ...
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4answers
115 views

Can See Invisibility reveal an Unseen Servant?

I'm in a game where we have an NPC who is a budding Sorcerer, and since my character is a Sorcerer, I plan to teach him how to master the use of his innate arcane ability. The GM and the party all ...
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0answers
59 views

Since Spellforge is gone, what Spellbook management software is available? [duplicate]

I want to be able to manage my Sorceror's "spellbook" on my computer and print a nice list of spells, and ideally descriptions. We level up very frequently compared to normal (accelerated campaign), ...
3
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2answers
69 views

Targeting a Ship with the Darkness Spell

The AD&D 1e darkness spell description states that its area of effect is a 1 1/2" radius globe that can targeted on a spot up to 1"/level of the caster (PHB 69). Usually this is no problem to ...
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1answer
185 views

The Effect of Size on Using Magic Items?

By RAW, can a Diminutive creature use a Medium-sized Wand? Can a Huge creature use said Wand?
7
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1answer
145 views

What would being able to split the move action do to combat?

In D&D5e a player can choose to do his standard action while moving. So a character (who can normally move 30 feet) may move 10 feet, then attack, and then move again in any direction up to his ...
11
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1answer
534 views

Can a summoned rogue perform a sneak attack immediately after appearing?

I do not know if any other creatures summonable with Summon Monster spells have sneak attack, but the Summon Monster III alternate creature table has Human Natural Wererat Rogue 2 available. Would ...
5
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1answer
236 views

Fighting defensively penalty (penalty on attack rolls, damage rolls or both?)

Greetings fellow adventures! A little query in regards to fight defensively You can choose to fight defensively when attacking. If you do so, you take a –4 penalty on all attacks in a round ...
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0answers
66 views

Help to the creation of epic boss battle [closed]

A little intro:         We are playing in Faerun and currently are in a southern city in calimshan. The story is that this city used to be controlled by a great ...
12
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1answer
736 views

Skill checks, can they go negative?

Example: Attempting to snipe with no perks means I get a -20 to my stealth check. When I roll the d20, can the result be negative, or is 0 the absolute minimum?
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0answers
56 views

Codename: Morningstar aka Dungeonscape [closed]

Several months ago I applied for the Dungeonscape beta, but unfortunately the tool was canceled before I received an beta invite. At the moment the creators (Trapdoor Technologies) are on kickstarter ...
11
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3answers
394 views

Is the first encounter of the starter set really “deadly”?

Reading the DMG I'm confused by the encounter difficulty chart. It seems straight forward, but upon really testing it I've found that according to the chart, the very first encounter in Lost Mines of ...
11
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6answers
419 views

How do I GM a character immeasurably more intelligent than myself?

In the near future I am likely to have to GM God. Part of the difficulty I perceive I am going to have in this is God is smarter, wiser, more creative, etc than I am. Ordinarily when I GM characters ...

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