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Is there a way to make a human character that is kept alive by an unfinished task?

Is there a way to design a human character in World of Darkness who is unable to die permanently until he does (or finds out) something? Examples of this sort of story include The Deaths of Ian Stone, ...
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What feats should a human rogue take to be stealthy?

I am helping a player to make a level 1 human trickster rogue in D&D 4e, but we cannot decide on a good feat. He is looking to be good at stealth both in and out of combat as well have good melee ...
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What ways are there to magically enforce an agreement?

Assume a PC (or the whole party) wants to make a deal with another PC or NPC. What magical ways are there to make this "contract" binding and enforceable, or at least somewhat so? Examples where this ...
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How to calculate cantrip damage

I noticed Ray of Frost does 1d8 damage accordig to the Spells section. Do you add your magic ability modifier to this? It makes sense, as otherwise it would be less than Light Crossbow with 12 Dex. ...
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Where does the Sun go at night?

Planes are flat, right? And the Material Plane is infinitely large? I typically describe the sky material plane in a manner similar to that of the Earth: there's a sun in the sky and clouds and ...
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Investigation game with secret magic [on hold]

I've been reading a lot about Call of Cthulhu recently, and a game idea occurred to me. The idea is that I would initially tell the players that we were going to play a crime/investigation game and it ...
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In what order do multiple readied actions with the same trigger resolve?

My players have been scheming with rapid entry tactics for the megadungeon I've recently started running. Unfortunately, the monsters are aware of the adventurers, and this has lead to a weird ...
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Does Trid Phantasm affect the perception of characters within its area of effect?

In SR5, the way area illusion spells (such as Trid Phantasm) work is by interacting with the environment within the affected area such that anyone, whether perceiving the area normally or ...
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Limits to psionic power augmentation in DnD 3.5

Is there a limit as to how many power points a psion can use to augment a power? As an example, the power Swarm of crystals has the following description: Thousands of tiny crystal shards spray ...
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Are missing extremities still missing in Wild Shape?

The subject says it all. There's a druid of 4th level, and in his natural form he is missing an arm. Is the corresponding extremity (a paw, or a wing) still missing after wild shaping into an animal ...
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How do Metamagic feats apply to Warlock Invocations?

I'm looking at some of the invocations I can get as a Warlock, and the thought occurred to me, can I apply Metamagic feats to them? Would the standard Metamagic feats work or would I need to hunt ...
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Do Invocations duplicating spells count as Spell-like abilities of those spells?

Title straight from MrLemon. For example, "A 1st-level dragonfire adept begins with knowledge of one least invocation[...]. [...] See Draconic Invocations, below, for a list of available ...
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Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?

Can I use an at-will ability to fuel an ability that is fueled by spending a use of that ability? For example, dragonfire adepts can use any invocation they know at-will, one of which is DARKNESS ...
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Is a Servo Skull still “alive”?

So I have recently come into the acquisition of my first Servo Skull (yay!), which is actually the skull of one of our other comrades. To be specific it's the skull of a Psyker who fried himself with ...
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Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?

I have looked all over this site & Google but I can't seem to get a good answer to this. When creating a Wizard over level 1, how many spells should he have in his spellbook? I'm speaking in ...
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What special materials exist for weapons and armor in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?

Can anyone give me a good reference to a relatively complete list of Item Special Materials, such as Adamantine, Mithril, etc? Most sources are so spread out and lack vital information that it's ...
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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

I've been discussing critical strikes with a friend. He states that there is no way to get more than 11-20 range in any D&D version, but he refuses to explain how he gets there, and it's based on ...
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What are the benefits of taking the sage background?

In the PHB aside from the proficiencies, languages, and equipment the only thing it gives you is researcher. Do you get any benefits from the specialty you take? For example, if you take or roll the ...
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What Should I Roll to See if a Character Remembers a Face?

Motivation I'm planning an adventure where a character runs into someone he's seen once. Because of the nature of the encounter, the NPC will remember the PC, but the PC might not remember the NPC. ...
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Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?

I have been using the D&D Insider character builder recently to help my group streamline leveling up and keep their powers better organized. I noticed that a carefully statted-out character at ...
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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Does “Wild Shape” require the caster to have seen the elemental they are changing into?

At 10th level, a Druid of the Circle of Moon gains the ability to take the form of 4 Elementals (fire, water, air, or earth). My question is: Does the Druid unlock access to these 4 elementals ...
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Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra

Let's assume a Garou and a Lasombra meet each other in battle. The Lasombra uses an Obtenebration power like Arms of the Abyss and the Garou steps sideways into the Umbra. What would he see? My take ...
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I want to be hit, but my AC is too high [duplicate]

One of my players has a build that grants advantages when he is hit, especially when hit by an Opportunity Attack. The problem is that his AC is very high, so straight rolls miss. My natural ...
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How loud/obvious is a wizard casting a spell?

Some spells have somatic and vocal components, that's well known. How loud must a wizard talk? How obvious/wide should his gestures be? Some spells that would be awesome would be fairly limited if ...
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Is it possible to have many people using aid another use craft to earn a lot per week?

One of my players is trying to find loopholes to make lots of money without having to work. His latest idea is as follows: Get a ton of low-to-mid-level NPCs willing (or "willing") to waste a lot of ...
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Puzzled about buff durations

I've just recently become interested in playing Pathfinder. I like the role of a cleric as the backbone of a group that makes sure everything goes smoothly and has a great role in controlling a ...
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Anger management: How to keep raging

As a player of a barbarian character, I am finding it very easy for the PC to lose its rage after only a one or two rounds. The rules for maintaining rage say that the character has to of been damaged ...
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Can NPCs tell I am casting Command?

If I cast Command on an unfriendly NPC, can their allies (and other NPCs) tell I am casting magic, or would it appear to simply be a (small-c) command? For a concrete example, if I Command a bandit ...
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Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e

With the free release of the 5e Basic Rules, I'm looking for an adventure to introduce myself and my group to 5e (in the spirit of this question): we want to try the system before deciding if we'll ...
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Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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D&D 5e Passive Perception confusion

So, I'm trying to figure out how to run the scene from the beginning of Lost Mine of Phandelver (5e starter set) where the party is ambushed by goblins and I'm really confused as to how Passive Wisdom ...
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How can I give rogues opportunity in a different alignment system? [closed]

In my campaigns not all goblins are evil, not all lammasu are good, etc so killing sentient creatures on sight based on race is strongly discouraged. Well, sneaking up and sneak-attacking is a rogue ...
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Writing D&D content (adventures, mostly) as a paying job, is it possible? [closed]

I've heard of people who write adventures and sell them, for real-life money. I'd like to know how is it possible, profitable, and if so where can I do it? I have rather good writing skills and ...
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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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Alternatives to Wisdom to AC

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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What makes a Servo Skull fly?

I was having a discussion about how many attachments a single servo skull could carry, and the topic led onto how a Servo Skull actually stayed afloat. One theory was that it used a jet-based ...
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How should I talk about temporally active events with my players?

So, I really like Anima, and I've had a lot of fun playing it. I'd like to GM it but it seems a bit overwhelming compared due to the high powered nature of the game. I've GMed Amber before, but Anima ...
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Fantasy games opposite to 5e's Bounded Accuracy [closed]

I started playing 5e D&D with a group of totally new players (only one player beside me ever played a tabletop rpg before). We have great fun with 5e, because it's simple, easy and just plain fun. ...
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Do Bards gain bonus spells from Dragon Disciple's “Blood of Dragons”?

I'm planning to take Dragon Disciple with my bard, and it's unclear whether I would gain the Draconic bloodline's bonus spells (like mage armor at Dragon Disciple 3, for example) through the Blood of ...
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How Can I Undestand Anima's Cosmology, Particularly with Regards to Time

So, I really like Anima, and I've had a lot of fun playing it. I'd like to GM it but it seems a bit overwhelming compared due to the high powered nature of the game. I've GMed Amber before, but Anima ...
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Using a net while mounted to drag someone around

Are there any rules on dragging someone around via a net while mounted? If there are none, would you allow it, and what rules would you use for it?
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Is there something that should be making my spell saving throws stronger?

I've read the many queries relating to this but they are mostly D&D related. I'm playing a sorcerer, and it seems that now that we are hitting L6-7, I'm less effective: my spell's saving throws ...
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How do I handle large conversations with multiple NPCs?

To begin I've read How do you handle verbal exchanges between NPCs without taking the PCs out of the spotlight? but I don't believe that it answer my question, because it focuses more on dialog simply ...
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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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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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Will Improved Trip & Knock-Down yield up to 3 actions per attack?

Odd question... Since with Improved Trip, If you trip an opponent in melee combat, you immediately get a melee attack against that opponent as if you hadn’t used your attack for the trip ...
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When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs?

I grew up playing and DMing AD&D 1st edition. Have played a few other systems like Paranoia but really know the AD&D system well enough to not spend time constantly looking up rules. Do you ...
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Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors?

Can a person be marked by multiple Horrors in Earthdawn (1st ed.)? Or... does a single mark give access to the person to any Horror that "sees" it? (Yes, this is a straight to the point Q.)

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