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Feat planning breakdown for Half - Orc fighter. balance of damage and AC tank for Sword and Board Champion Fighter

Im new to D&D (just started 2 weeks ago) playing Curse of Strahd tier 1 I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on Half-Orc Champion with Soldier background. my stats currently are: (orc racial ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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How can a Castle generate gold to help adventurers in Pathfinder? [on hold]

Through some randomness and a deck of many things, I have acquired a small castle. I am very new to pathfinder/D&D as is the rest of my group. The group overall is starved for gold, me ...
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What's the point of the disarm action? [duplicate]

The Disarm action is designed to knock an object out of the holder's hand and presumably into the holder's space. Because enemies aren't allowed to enter that space, nobody will be able to pick up the ...
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d100 mechanics? [on hold]

I got a D100 recently thinking it might be interesting to use in my homemade RPg campaign but then my creativity fell really quick with the use of the D100. The only thing i can think of is that it ...
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How do I calculate a monster's damage output per round for breath weapons?

When creating a monster, on DMG p. 274 I am instructed to "Read down the Damage/Round column... until you find your monster's damage output per round." So how do I figure that? Is it just the damage ...
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House rules for “critical zero”? [on hold]

Rolling four blanks on 4dF yields the most-common outcome, zero, but it's one of the three most-uncommon rolls. It's exactly as unlikely as rolling a -4 or rolling a +4. Have any of you made house-...
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Order of cost reduction application? [duplicate]

Ive read through the cost reduction handbook and a few other locations on reducing the cost of an item during item creation. Using my currently available cost reductions 25% extraordinary Artisan ...
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Does Arcane Lock Make An Object More Resistant to Damage?

Arcane Lock says that it increases the DC of checks to break the object or pick any of its locks by 10. However, there is no listed increase in the object's AC or HP. Does this mean that a character ...
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Does Technomancer gain a spell caster level at level one or can you only reach level 19 as a caster with technomancy?

The rules say +1 on all levels but first. I was wondering if the first level just doesn't give you it or if the class itself is a caster class.
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Can I sneak attack with Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade?

Most spells can't be combined with sneak attack because 5e sneak attack specifies a finesse or ranged weapon attack. However, booming blade and green-flame blade require you to "…make a melee attack ...
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Adding followers to my Warlock's patron

Context I'm playing a level 6 Warlock, my patron is Cthulhu (old god). I am a fan of Lovecraftian style horror, and I'd like to incorporate some of these themes in my quest. My personal quest is to ...
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Are punches with Gauntlets of Ogre Strength magical, improvised weapon attacks?

My Gnoll Paladin just got the Gauntlets of Ogre Strength from Phandelver the other day, and it got me wondering: Would it be possible/make sense for punches using them to count as an improvised ...
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When I use my short sword to Inflict Wounds, do I use my Dex or Wis mod?

When making a melee attack with inflict wounds, do you use your Strength (or Dexterity, if you're using a finesse weapon), on the attack roll or do you use your Wisdom mod? I'm playing a rogue/cleric ...
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How long does a game of Montsegur 1244 take?

I have aquired a new one-session game, and as so often I plan to facilitate a session of it at some point during a board gaming afternoon, and for planning the time (can we play a short or a long game ...
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D&D 5e Feats - Blade Mastery [closed]

Hello. last week,(week of june 12 2016) the Feat - Blade Mastery was removed from the wikia section on feats. but a week before that it was there. my question is, is it removed? and cant be used in an ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive (and constantly updating) list of 5e reference and adventure books?

When I started D&D, I bought the PHB, MM, and DMG, of course. And not too long after that I picked up Tyranny of Dragons and Out of the Abyss. I haven't checked in for a while and I'm suddenly ...
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What do you do when there's nothing to do in combat?

There are a lot of situations in D&D combat where characters seem to be left without anything to do that round. For example, a bard out of inspires and without slashing weapons beset by zombies, ...
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

We were trying to understand how the "Action Surge" rule works, and after some discussion we came to a standstill. Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a ...
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Mechanics of magical attacks

I'm pretty new to DnD and I'm playing with a group who is also just starting so I'd just like something clarified. I'm not entirely sure I understand what the PHB is telling me about spell attacks. ...
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What happens if everyone uses the same class?

Normally in Dungeon World, each player plays a different class: thief, druid, fighter, etc. What happens if everyone uses the same class? Does this have a harmful effect on the game? I'm looking to ...
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What is a “readiness” level?

Page 22 of Hoard of the Dragon Queen contains the following text (emphasis mine): Determine surprise normally; the dragonclaws' readiness is high. I checked the PHB and SRD for information on "...
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Bonus Action Timing - When is it specified?

The PHB States: You choose when to take a bonus action during your turn, unless the bonus action’s timing is specified, and anything that deprives you of your ability to take actions also prevents ...
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Why does 5e remove XP loss?

There seem to be no spells that cost XP, creating magic items doesn't cost XP, and monsters don't drain levels. The first two, at least, were significant considerations in 3.5. I can speculate, but do ...
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What resources are available for DMs running high-level encounters, in particular tips for running high-level combats? [on hold]

My ongoing campaign has hit the third tier of play, with characters from 13th to 15th level. The published materials that I've seen top out at 15th level. I started out using materials from published ...
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Can Force effects from the Border Ethereal affect targets on the Prime Material?

According to the DMG, force extends from prime material plane into the border ethereal plane. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to ...
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How can I add house rules for interesting wrestling moves for a wrestler PC?

I'm a fledgling DM trying to help a player make a wrestler PC. (I saw How can I make a grappling Fighter?, but it's for Pathfinder.) My friend would like the following if possible: Size: Large (...
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How can a party defend against the Nightmare Haunting action of a Night Hag?

This question was asked previously with respect to D&D 3.5: What are the ways that a CR-appropriate party can stop a Night Hag's dream haunting? There are some interesting answers there, but ...
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When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?

This question stems from my Eclipse Phase campaign, but applies to any high-tech setting. While the setting books describe a wealth of technology, there are plenty of tools that are not listed. That's ...
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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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Passing an item in combat

One player wants to pass a potion to another player in the middle of combat. What kind of actions are needed?
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Can fighter use Commander's strike when he only has one attack?

Question is about Battle Master maneuver. From PHB (74): Commander's Strike. When you take the Attack action on your turn, you can forgo one of your attacks and use a bonus action to direct ...
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Where are the one-handed grappling rules?

The feat Grabbing Style says it's possible to grapple with one hand (at −4 without the feat). The feat Grabbing Master says it's possible to grapple two different foes (and maybe more if the grappler ...
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How do Multiple Multi-Class Feats work?

I am wondering if I took 2 multiclassing feats, could they a) effect a class ability given by a class other then the one the feat is made for (Having wildshape ability but getting it from Ranger ...
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Is there a way to leave melee combat without causing OA?

As the title says. Is there a way for a character to leave melee combat without causing opportunity attacks? Do they have to make an athletics or acrobatics check to do so?
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Reasons for young PC to leave their town? [closed]

I'm writing a short one-shot for an introduction to a campaign. The player will be tasked to carry goods from their town to another town. The particularities of the setting are : Townfolks rarely ...
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How does Phantasmal Arms work?

I will provide a set-up situation and then ask how it works. I have a Chronicles of Darkness 1e character within the Mage: the Awakening source. He has Intelligence 4, Crafts 3, and Prime 4. He casts ...
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Do Dragonborn get tails/wings?

I have heard along the grapevine that at some point, Dragonborn can get wings and/or a tail. But I haven't been able to find anything on it. I have looked through the Player's Handbook, and I couldn't ...
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Confused about how CL is calculated for multiple and single enemies

New GM here and I'm not quite sure how CL is calculated. So, the CL of an encounter (involving multiple enemies) is suppose to be the combined CL of all enemies/3. But that doesn't make sense. That ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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War Magic and Extra Attack? Can it work? [duplicate]

I'm asking if when I use extra attack, can I attack then cast a spell then bonus attack?
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Having Grab with constrict, VS without constrict, clarify the automatic damage from maintaining grapples

The Question: Does the Tiger automatically deal its bite damage, even when it is moving or pinning the target? That's what it says it gets. It "does not constrict" and so it gets to deal automatic ...
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Do effects that modify Void Points stack?

There are several places in the L5R rules where absolute values are meant to be interpreted as relative bonuses/penalties. Eg. The price advantages and disadvantages are modified if a character meets ...
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1answer
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Are callbacks once per session, or once per session for each previous Episode?

On page 256 of the core rulebook it says: You can only use a callback once per Episode, but at the end of each Episode, the callbacks refresh. You are then free to use them again in the next ...
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What happened to the Permanency spell?

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like True Polymorph ...
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Can I Apply Sneak Attack Damage Twice in One Attack?

Is there a rule that states sneak attack damage can't be applied more than once per attack? There are several instances of feats and weapon enchants that allow rogues to gain the sneak attack damage ...
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What does “Proficient as: Dagger” mean in Mage's Blade enchantment?

I'm using Mage's Blade enchantment on a rapier. Does this Mage's Rapier now count as a dagger for powers and feats that need a dagger or what does "Proficient as: Dagger" mean?
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How much higher can I make a enemy boss than the party?

I'm looking to introduce an recurring enemy in my new 4e/Ultramodern4 campaign that's an on-going, ruthless opponent. I want this specific opponent to be an exception of the normal 4e pattern of all ...
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When does Fighting Defensively activate?

Let's say that I'm about to fight some monster. We both roll Initiative, and the monster wins. It can reach me and hit me on its turn. Can I declare that I'm Fighting Defensively right away (and incur ...
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Are there any spells that can create the effects of a flash grenade, but persistently?

Are there any spells that can make a light so bright, you have to look away or else you can't really see anything? I have read through all the spells in the PHB and not found one that obviously does ...

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