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How many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)

I'm thinking of making a finesse melee Wizard leader, which means I'll need good INT, DEX, CON, and CHA, however from my previous understandings of D&D character builds, this would make my ...
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Build a social assassin

I'm trying to trick a PC into killing someone in a duel with Merciful pistols. Suppressing the Merciful enchantment ought to be enough, but it helps to be sure, so I'm trying to build a level 8-ish ...
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What rules in the Player's Handbook are new/different from the Basic Rules?

The D&D 5 Basic Rules are free and have been out for a month, so I've pored over those. The Player's Handbook came out today. Aside from the obvious content increase (the PHB has more spells, ...
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How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?

Here’s the basic rule for Surprise (Player’s Basic Rules, p. 69): If neither side tries to be stealthy, they automatically notice each other. Otherwise, the DM compares the Dexterity (Stealth) ...
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How to handle a Summoner with his Eidolon having too much “stage time”?

In the group of six players I am GMing (all on level 1), there is a player using a summoner who chose his eidolon to look like a human. The result is, that he has a lot of stage time (once for the ...
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56 views

Optimized Level 4-6 Grappler/wrestler build

I wanted to have the idea of a 'Wrestler' for my next character. No limitations to the build by race or classes besides available to dnd 3.5. What is the most optimal I can get out of this build? I ...
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970 views

How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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How can I improve my pregame introduction? [duplicate]

I've been running a game for three sessions now, and each time I feel uncertain as to how to raise the curtains, so to speak, to let everyone know that we're entering the magic circle and it's time ...
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673 views

Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

I'm currently in the middle of DM'ing a city campaign. I've found it's quite a bit more difficult than a dungeon. I have the city mostly planned out (type of city, the ruler, the districts, centers of ...
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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Removing XP as a requirement to level

I was reading on geek-related.com that there is a large debate on the effectiveness of using experience ("XP") as a means to level up for DnD Next. I want to start using a non-XP method of ...
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What are the rules for crafting traps that don't cost anything?

In D&D 3.5, crafting time is linked to the cost of the item created. But how is it handled when the item doesn't have a cost? Example: a group of PCs want to build a camouflaged pit trap to kill ...
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Complicated Homemade Game dice odds, AnyDice or Troll formula help required

I'm playing a home made game, and it uses a slightly complicated system with regards to training. It works rolling 1d10+bonuses against a variable target number, minus "headway". Headway is gained ...
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145 views

Lore about Gibbeth

I am a big friend of solid background and since I read about the warlock in Wish Upon a Star from Dungeon Magazine 366, I am quite curious about the Star Pact and well... the stars. I am not very ...
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How to deal with a character that does not fit my plot?

I am running a campaign in 4e, in which everyone is very very new, including myself. I have played a bit, but this is my first time DMing. I have a Warlord PC who does not work with my overarching ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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What is the correct progression for Warlock slot levels?

Instead of a “Spell Slots for Spell Level” table, the warlock just has two columns, one for number of slots and one for slot level, because all of their slots are the same level. However, the table ...
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Is fireburst overpowered?

The party I DM for tries to play D&D 3.5 strictly by the rules as written. The wizard of the party came to me with the fireburst spell, from the D&D 3.5 book "Complete Arcane" (page 107). ...
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244 views

Is there a general rule of take the average or roll the dice?

There was a comment on one of my answers that stated that all instances of average or dice rolling are treated the same by the rules. Specifically mentioned are players gaining HP, Monster Damage and ...
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Does a Medic's Weapon's action include the extra channel divinity action?

A character with the Channel Divinity class feature will have a set of associated channel divinity powers that may range from free actions to standard actions. They usually may only use one such power ...
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When adding 1-1/2 or 1/2 your strength mod to damage how does it round?

The pathfinder core books states: "Off-Hand Weapon: When you deal damage with a weapon in your off hand, you add only 1/2 your Strength bonus. If you have a Strength penalty, the entire penalty ...
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Where and how are you mostly playing [duplicate]

I know a lot of people will ahte me for posting like this, but recently i felt the need to start playing again. A few years back i played "traveler" with a few friends while sitting in someone living ...
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Too Many New Posts when I Log into my Roleplay Thread [on hold]

I roleplay online sometimes, but everytime I run into the problem where there's at least 20 pages worth of new posts and it takes me a long time to catch up on a daily basis. Is there any online or ...
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How does augmenting a psionic power with multiple augmentation options work?

I can't really seem to find clarification on this. I'm playing a Marksman in a Pathfinder campaign, it's my first time using psionics, and I'm trying to figure out how augments work in the event there ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e?

I'm a totally new player to Shadowrun 5e. My experiences are largely with D&D 4e, Savage Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2020. I'm just seeing if there are any unofficial (but very helpful) guides or tools ...
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Is this a balanced power + trapping?

I have a priest/martial artist character in an upcoming campaign who can heal but can also fight barehanded. I wanted to create a power for him that would be a sort of general enhancement to his ...
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732 views

If I roll a low Hit Die, can I use the fixed value instead?

In D&D5, players have the choice of rolling their Hit Dice or using a fixed average value instead: Each time you gain a level, you gain 1 additional Hit Die. Roll that Hit Die, add your ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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Class level vs. Character level vs. “my” level

Forgive me for not being good at game terminology, but there is one concept that I simply have been unable to fully grasp. I have read the core rulebook, but I am not strong with books in general. (I ...
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What does the +1 caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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How do I create and use NPCs that actually matter?

My players love to interact with my NPCs, make friends, allies, enemies, make characters fall in love, etc. But I always end up with either bland NPCs that don't matter much to the game and get ...
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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Can a flying construct escape from an open bag of holding on its own?

My group had a debate on a particular event in play last night: a flying construct was grappled and put into someone's bag of holding. Some time later, another player opened the bag for three rounds ...
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92 views

Can enemies charge through, walk through, or even go through Witch Thorns and other walls?

I was playing as my Wizard and I was up against a golem protecting some treasure. I was all alone in a small room, and to block the entrance and prevent the golem from getting to me, I used the power ...
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658 views

Does the defense bonus from shields stack with cloaks?

In Gurps (4th Edition), does the DB given from a shield stack with the DB given from a cloak? If so, isn't it possible to raise your dodge skill untouchably high? Default dodge of 8 plus 2 from a ...
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287 views

Are there maneuver options for non-combat skills?

My GURPS GM complains that the PCs put a point or two in most skills, except for combat skills which get 10-20% of our character points. Aside from the fact that he asks us to make more combat checks ...
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3answers
790 views

Writing a better Weapon Focus feat

Last time a played D&D it was 3.0, and I remember thinking the Weapon Focus feat is kind of dull, but it's sometimes a prerequisite for more advanced feats. So I would like to rewrite it ...
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How can I implement legacies for PCs?

I'm starting a new campaign with two new players, and one of the senior players requested to have her new character be the offspring of her first character (one I didn't DM). Then my other senior ...
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181 views

What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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700 views

What is the weight of a laden adventurer?

There are a number of weight-based traps in the Starter Set's adventure, so when running the game I'll need to know the weights of the player characters. I was planning on getting them to do a quick ...
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Can I cast two spells a round while Hasted?

Can Haste allow me to cast two spells (not quickened) in one round? This is given that haste gives an extra attack on a full round action, if I take a full round action can I cast two spells?
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65 views

Minimum Feat of Strength throwing weight

In Exalted, feats of strength (lifting/breaking/throwing heavy objects) are diceless actions based on your total (Strength + Athletics) pool. Page 127 in the core book provides a table correlating ...
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10answers
576 views

System recommendation: Dynamic, engaging, and realistic skill rolls

Our group has been taking issue with traditional systems for rolling and resolving skill checks/skill encounters, and we were wondering if there are more dynamic and realistic options out there. Most ...
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2answers
789 views

Why do spontaneous casters lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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166 views

How does one craft Potions of Healing?

The Basic Rules/PHB say that an Herbalism Kit is required to create potions of healing. However, the crafting rules only allow you to make nonmagical items, and the description under Potion of Healing ...
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340 views

How to emulate a Gadget of the Week power?

I'm wondering how to emulate a "gadget of the week" concept for a Mutants & Masterminds 3e character. A Device or Equipment that the character builds or has built herself or that is given to her ...
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2answers
194 views

Making the most of Adventure Bonds

D&D 5e has a new D&D concept called Bonds. Bonds are pieces of your background that tie you to the campaign world. These can either be connections to NPCs, or a homeland, or even a particular ...
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125 views

Sneak attack advancement feat

One of my players is trying to play as a rogue/druid (mostly for sneak attacking). Unfortunately, these classes don't have a lot of synergy. Are there any feats or items, ideally for pathfinder, that ...
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2answers
537 views

How do Wild Magic Surge and Tides of Chaos interact

The rules for Wild Magic Surge are: Immediately after you cast a sorcerer spell of 1st level or higher, the DM can have you roll a d20. If you roll a 1, roll on the Wild Magic Surge table to ...

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