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What does the lack of a Will defense mean?

There's a module which features an inanimate object without a Will defense. Does a lack of Will defense mean you can't attack the target with a power that goes against Will? Or you can but it ...
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For an Elder Polyp, do each of its tentacles get its own attack of opportunity?

My PCs have an upcoming bottle with an Elder Polyp (Tome of Horrors III 10). The monster is copied into an adventure path I'm running and has 4 tentacles. The Elder Polyp does not have Combat Reflexes ...
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Does a defender get to respond to a marked target making an opportunity attack on another PC?

Had a moment in my last session where the Striker provoked an Opportunity Attack from a Monster that was marked by the Defender. After the attack was resolved, our Defender wanted to respond with his ...
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Does the spell “Control Weather” create a mobile effect?

Are the effects of the spell Control Weather mobile with the caster, or does the caster need to use a standard action repeatedly to change the area of effect? For example, say that the caster is ...
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What kind of character is unique for Eberron?

I am going to start playing Eberron for the first time. I have never played any D&D as I am not a fan of the series, but my friend is planning on doing some storytelling in the Eberron setting. I ...
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Can I throw a splash weapon into an unoccupied square?

Sometimes enemies are spaced out with empty space between them. According to what I can find on the SRD, You can instead target a specific grid intersection. Treat this as a ranged attack against ...
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Combat system that is less abstract than hit points yet is not more lethal

I have a campaign based on battles with miniatures in mind, with my players controlling the standard "heroes". It should be possible for the players to keep their characters alive through the ...
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Savage Worlds: Lasers, Reflective Vests, and Armor Piercing

Are Reflective Vests the only defense against lasers? If they are not, what would you suggest the AP value of a laser gun is?
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What are the rules for sleep in Pathfinder?

I can't find much of any rules for sleep in pathfinder, or at least the requirement for sleep. Specifically, what happens if you sleep with no bed (in the wilderness, etc)? What happens if you sleep ...
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Guide to convert a 3.5e DM to a 4e DM

I have never played fourth ed, I have read most of the new books, but it is so different as to be quite foreign to my play style. Is there a primer or guide out to help 3.5 DMs switch to 4th smoothly? ...
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Does Savage World have flying rules?

The title pretty much sums up the question. I don't have any of the books but I specifically want the rules as they might apply to a fantasy setting and players (not sure if there are any rules that ...
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D&D 3.5e HP Damage and Constitution Damage

Say my character is level 5 and I have 12 constitution (+1 modifier) with 25 total hit Points. What happens if I have 5 points of damage (20 out of 25 total hit points) and then I take 1 point of ...
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How can i build a character that is blind but has an alternate way of sight? [closed]

I was talking with my DM recently and i thought about building a character that is blind but does not relie on tremor-sense. Could i make a character that is blind but uses say a type of Magical Sight ...
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Point of strength versus strength feat

Why would anyone take a point of Strength when they'd get an ability score increase, if taking the Athlete feat instead does that and more?
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How has sneaking changed from 3.5 to Pathfinder?

Was researching this in order to answer How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight? I learned a fair amount about these changes and since they’re pretty significant, I ...
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What's the most armor I can give a vehicle at character creation?

In SR4, there's a rule that you can't get an item over rating 6 or availability 12 at chargen: "no piece of gear purchased at character creation can haev a rating higher than 6 or an Availability ...
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How do you keep PCs from killing each other when 1 or more is evil?

I'd like to run a more mature themed campaign, along the lines of game of thrones. In that story, several of the main characters have an evil alignment. I'd like to do something similar to this ...
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Is Kalamar Campaign Setting official or 3rd party?

I am runnig a game with all official D&D 3.5 rulebooks available + Dragonlance Campaign books from WoDC, SoveignPress and MW Productions (since it is a Dragonlance campaign). I discard classes/...
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How do I not cheapen death, while also respecting my players' time?

I DM for a group of very busy people, for whom the commitment of several hours a week is a real sacrifice: that’s a sizeable chunk of their free time for the week that I’m asking for. Now,...
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Do conjurations still appear if you miss?

A question came up in my last gaming session about conjurations. I looked around online, but can't locate a clear answer on this. There's another wizard besides myself in our party and he tried to ...
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Beginner Friendly game for my friends and I. (No experienced GM) [duplicate]

My three friends and I are very interested in playing Table-top rpg's but we're having some trouble getting started. We're looking for a pretty beginner friendly game that doesn't require an ...
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Acceptable human rogue monster?

I'm working on an encounter for my game this coming Sunday. The party is made up of five level four characters. I want this encounter to be comprised of a group of "Human Rabble", and maybe a "Human ...
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Justice of Weald & Woe PrC and Fighter levels

The Prestige class Justice of Weald and Woe (from Champions of Ruin forgotten realms book) has bonus feat class feature that states you can use the level of the prc to qualify for feats that require ...
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Difference in basing damage on degree of success compared to a separate roll

So I am thinking about my own homebrewed system, and am wondering how to implement damage. I am considering two types of system here: Damage is rolled separately (base on weapon), and success of the ...
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Rules system for playing out the details of founding and developing a city?

I want to run a campaign in which the players control individual but influential characters (maybe heads of families), with the main focus of play on the PCs building up a city over time, starting ...
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How to handle player run taverns?

Inspired partly by this question I have noticed that the natural progression of my campaign has led to a path that could potentially land my players with the oppurtunity to take ownership of a tavern. ...
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Can we add trains in D&D without breaking the world

Question upfront: Is there a way I can add trains to the core world of D&D 3.5 (Greyhawk/Oerth) without “messing up” the world or its economies? Reason: 1st: Mainly, it makes no sense to me ...
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Can a dragonborn sorcerer designed to recharge her breath choose to fail a save against ongoing damage? [duplicate]

Does a character have to do a saving throw at the end of his turn or can he or she choose to keep an effect active on them? Will my idea below work as intended? I'm looking into making a dragonborn ...
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When determining Line of Effect with multiple targets, can you use multiple corners?

So the PHB seems clear with Line of Effect on 1 target at a time: if you can pick a corner and draw a line to any of your target's corners, it's a valid target. But what about when you're targeting ...
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In the spell construction rules, is this an instant-kill?

I was looking at the rules for constructing spells in the book The First Year of Our REIGN, and was a little confused by the wording on one of the effects. The effect is a +7 to intensity, and says "...
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Does a Barbarian's Rage End When He Becomes Unconscious?

If a barbarian is raging and he falls unconscious, does the rage end? Is it different if the barbarian dropped to 0 hit points versus due to a spell effect? Are there other conditions that cause ...
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Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?

I use a huge Chessex wet-erase battle mat to draw maps from published adventures on and I'm currently running The Lost Mines of Karak Lode. It's, by far, the largest map I've had my party play. It's ...
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How do the print D&D Rules Compendium and the DDI Compendium compare?

I am new to 4E and am looking for a resource that provides all the rules in one place, instead of having to flip through a handful of books in order to find what I need. I see that Wizards has a print ...
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How can I stat up a troll in 5 different systems?

I'm developing a small, system-agnostic setting, which will be published in several mediums (blog, PDF, and paper). I'd like to stat up several of the most unusual creatures for popular systems: D&...
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555 views

Which skills are lost first if Intelligence drops? Can I choose?

As per this question, permanent increases to Intelligence retroactively grant new skill points in Pathfinder. If I lose my Intelligence bonus, is there a rule for which skill I lose first? Can I ...
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Does Two-Weapon Fighting help Flurry of Blows?

The Two-Weapon Fighting feat by base definition gives bonuses to negate the usual penalties of dual wielding. Does this have any effect on a monk's Flurry of Blows ability, where the penalties ...
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Is the Greenbound Summoning Feat as powerful as it looks, or am I missing something?

Druids have a feat called Greenbound Summoning (Lost Empires of Faerun, p. 8), which has the following benefit: "All animals that you summon using summon nature's ally acquire the greenbound template (...
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Do celestials weigh the same amount as their template creatures?

When refereeing a game, the following question came up: Do celestials weigh the same as their base template creatures? For example, if a large celestial is injured and needs to be carried out of ...
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How can I fool my players into being pawns for the villain?

Concept I want to get a generally benevolent party to unwittingly further the villain's motives. More than parcel delivery - I'd like to tap into their sense of right/wrong, justice, vigilantism, ...
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Is a Racial hatred to all Humans enough for an evil alignment?

I have a Strix Character that I am building. In Pathfinder, all Strixes HATE Humans, and even get a racial attack bonus against them. Since they hate humans so much, they see no issue with harming ...
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What are debuff exploits until lvl 4/5 for a warlord / Role of warlord

I keep hearing about warlords being the best buffers/debuffers in the game. I have a tactical warlord with Inspiring Word, Commander's Strike, Wolf Pack Tactics, Warlord's Favor (+2 Power Bonus), and ...
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Can a thief sneak attack with an implement power?

Inspired by this: If a thief with ki focus proficiency (via a theme) finds herself wielding a ki focus enhanced dagger and an implement power that qualifies as a melee basic attack, does the thief ...
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Summoning focus in 4e?

I'd like to play a summoning focused Invoker in 4e, but I can't find any feats or Paragon classes that focus on it. In 3.X there wasn't much, but there was at least Augment Summoning and the ...
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How to deal with Moderate consequences lasting longer than Severe near the end of scenarios?

I'm planning a Fate Accelerated campaign with a "monster of the week" episodic structure (sorta, but that's a valid simplification for the purpose of this question). I'm hoping to have scenarios wrap ...
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Can a Gray Rain Cloak be refilled?

The Gray Rain Cloak is made from Feywild rain using a minor ritual. Players can stretch it on the ground and take out water from it, but this "depletes" the cloak and makes it shorter every time. ...
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What are the main differences between Fading Suns editions and which would be recommended to a beginner?

I am interested in investing in the Fading Suns RPG for the first time. My interest is almost wholly in the fiction rather than the ruleset. There are several different versions still available (...
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Looking for a battle map designer with ice-themed objects

I am looking for an online map designer I can use to make a battle map for Pathfinder. The theme is supposed to be icy and harsh. I already tried Dungeon Painter Online, and I found in terms of ...
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Is the use of XP as a narrative currency for both GMs and players a novel idea?

In Monte Cook's new roleplaying game Numenera, XP is used as a narrative currency not only by the GM but by the players as well. Taken from his design diaries: Say the PCs find a hidden console ...
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Can Power Attack be used with light weapons?

I've searched the web for this but haven't found a conclusive answer. Most answers indicated that it is possible. So, Can I use Power Attack with light weapons? If it can be done, why does this feat ...
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Does flight warrant Move Silently checks?

I just had a thought concerning a Half-Fae Warlock I'm building: if the Half-Fae template grants him butterfly wings for flight, and butterflies aren't exactly known for having audible flying sounds. ...

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