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Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?

I am arguing with my D&D group about the following: I, as a halfling rogue, want to play stealth, but some member of my group are arguing that I should play as a tank (which doesn't make any ...
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Detect magic (drows) and invisibility (spells) [duplicate]

I'm wondering about detect magic from the drow nobles. It is a constant effect. From the description you see that an aura is around the area. This question What happens when Detect Magic is used upon ...
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What would an “E6” for 5e look like?

I understand that 5e has flattened the curve significantly, but characters will still achieve (at least demi-) godlike powers by the time they are level 20. I'm interested in a more gritty setting, ...
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How do I narrate the Last Breath move?

When a character reaches 0HP, they trigger the Last Breath move. The move has 3 outcomes: Success: They cheat death Partial success: Death offers them a deal Failure: They are marked by death ...
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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...
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How to voice an NPC?

As a GM should I put a different voice if, for instance, the NPC is an old sick man, or if it's a kid or even a member of the opposite sex? What advices can you give me to enrich NPC acting?
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Speed up campaign development

I'm making a campaign, and it's going fairly nicely. However, I found out that my group is able to meet this week, which I didn't expect. So instead of having 9 days to find time to prepare, I have 2 ...
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What mundane means can overcome Arcane Lock?

The D&D 5e spell Arcane Lock says that a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway "becomes locked". The spell says it is impassable until it is broken or the spell is dispelled ...
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What synergizes with Awesome Display?

I'm thinking about building a Heavens Oracle with Awesome Display, and I'm looking for things that synergize well with that, especially at higher levels where Color Spray will not be effective, even ...
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Spells and powers storing in Psionic Glyph of Warding

The Glyph of Warding is, basically, "deal elemental damage or cast a pre-determinded offensive spell on anyone activating it". The Psionic version of it works almost the same way, except for the way ...
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Do you generally do anything with a creature's remains?

Say the party goes off into the woods and kills a few wolves. Would anything useful come from the carcasses? How about at higher levels when killing Dragons and such? I understand with creatures ...
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Would armor that you're wearing and weapons be counted in your carry weight?

I've heard people who run games where they don't count armor that you wear in your carry weight and people who do. I'm wondering what the RAW would state - does it count?
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Party Size and Roles for Rogue Trader

I'm planning to start up a new Rogue Trader game as th GM for a a group of friends. I have about 3 players that are interested which are keen on taking up these roles: Rogue Trader Arch Militant ...
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Should I give skills and full stats to NPCs?

Some friends have asked me to master a game for the first time. We are going to play All Flesh Must Be Eaten (It's fun, easy and rules are not as important as actual roleplaying). I have created the ...
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Avoiding slow and boring combat

I ran my first 'mini' session as a GM yesterday for Rogue Trader. It was a 1 on 1 session designed to help both myself and one of my players to get familiar with the rules and the setting. After a ...
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How can I help my players grok Risus?

I've been trying to get a gaming group together for the past several years. All my players-to-be have never touched a tabletop role playing game in their lives, so I've decided to introduce them to ...
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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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Using archery with fighter maneuvers

I was looking through the list of fighter battle master maneuvers, and I noticed that most of the maneuvers say 'a weapon attack' and not 'a melee weapon attack'. For example Disarming Attack only ...
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How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?

Chapter 1: The Secret History (Unrecorded History: Voice of the Angel) of the new World of Darkness core book tells a story about a god-machine, angels, ancients, their children and whatnot. How ...
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Where are cleric spells listed?

I'm building a cleric and I can't seem to find the spells I get at lvl 1. I don't know if I'm not looking in the right place or if I'm just blind but a friend of mine (who plays a cleric in her ...
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Hacking the Muse (Why interrogate the transhuman if Muse knows it all?)

The Muse is a AI companion that assists its owner on every day basis. Often it does so from early childhood and knows it's master very well. It resides in master's mesh inserts and to be able to serve ...
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Is a Greatclub a club in regards to the Shillelagh spell?

I know that according to a strict interpretation of the RAW it isn't since the spell description only mention club and quarterstaff and makes no mention of greatclubs. However, considering the ...
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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Is there a clan/bloodline that has all physical desciplines at in clan cost?

I am currently looking towards building a very physical character, in Vampire the Requiem. I am wondering if there is any clan/ bloodline, that gains all physical disciplines (Celerity, Resilience, ...
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Is RAW Binding a death sentence?

The Chaining and Hedged prison variants of Binding restrict the subject's movement in quite an extreme way, and prevent other creatures from approaching it. Unlike the other variants, however, they do ...
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

It appears that in anticipation of D&D Next Wizards of the Coast has removed much of the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition Web content. I didn't perform a thorough search to determine if all the ...
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Where can I find Airship alterations?

Where can I find alterations/improvements stats that PCs could make to a very basic airship? Although I went (quickly) through "the forge of war", "explorer handbook" and the "campaign setting" I ...
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My links to articles on WotC's site are broken with the 2014 site update. Where can I find the same content? [duplicate]

In 2014, Wizards of the Coast gave their D&D site a massive overhaul. As is WotC's tradition, all of the links are now broken and 404ing. So now I have a link to the errata archive which doesn't ...
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How do I know what approach to defend with in FAE?

When defending against an attack, do you have to use the same approach that the attacker used? It seems like if the foe is hitting hard Forcefully, you should likewise defend Forcefully. If they are ...
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Can metamagic be acquired at first level?

In D&D 3.5, can I acquire a metamagic feat at lvl 1? I'm wondering this because I am playing a cleric and would like to get Empower spell to increase my healing to my party
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Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help [on hold]

A pair of follow-up questions spawned from this question, on making a 1 Rogue / 19 Sorcerer viable in melee. 'Viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to survive in the front-lines. Ideally, the ...
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Optimizing Inherent bonus purchasing to gain as many Skill Points as possible

Premise: I know that houseruling retroactive skill points would prevent this from being a problem. I'm aware of the possibility. It just isn't what is true for most characters I make. This question ...
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How to Optimize a Tactician [on hold]

I was looking at the Tactician class (found in Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide), and I think it serves to be a really cool addition to the already well-done gallery of psionics ports made ...
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Artificer with a Defender-y bent

I’m interested in building an artificer who has a defender-y bent; still an artificer, still a leader, but with a minor in defending. I’m fine with sacrificing some Leadership for Defense; I ...
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How to protect a Cha-based caster against Feeblemind?

Feeblemind requires an Int save: on a fail, the target's Intelligence and Charisma are set to 1. This pretty much destroys any Int or Cha-based caster, but the fact that the latter have low Int (and ...
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Trying to find a power/feat, free stealth check at start of combat if you have concealment?

I've been trying a bunch of different things trying to come up with a ranged attacker that I like. Right now I'm working with a Shadowy Rogue. Some time ago I remember bumping into a power or feat ...
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How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?

Well, luckily I don't have Power Gamers, in my game table, they all like to tailor skills according to the character background; however in many situation this makes them pick skills that are rarely ...
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Items to enhance spot checks?

My character often has to make spot checks for various purposes, so I am considering trying to help myself with some magic tool to improve my spot checks. But after a quick research in D&Dtools ...
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How viable is a Wizard with 10 levels in Rainbow Servant as a melee combatant?

Going with the conservative Wizard 5/Rainbow Servant 10/Wizard 5 build, you can cast spells from both the Wizard and the Cleric spell lists. But what I am interested in is if there are enough spells ...
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Help me fit Archmage into the mailman build (3.5)

New player Here. Short intro: I finally found a gaming group on my LGS thats willing to take in a complete newbie. My first game will be ready in a month and I'd like some help with my first ...
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How can I clean a stained battlemat?

I just bought a brand new $40 Chessex Battlemat. Instead of reading the included paper I just assumed that Crayola "WASHable markers" would easily wash off. Now I have a brand new mat covered in ...
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What do I do when some players can't show up consistently?

I am running a campaign in Roll20, and I have some players that will very often miss sessions without any warning, or just show up really late into the campaign. Because of their absences, I have had ...
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How long does it take to try to break manacles?

In D&D 5e, how long does it take to attempt to make the DC 20 Strength check to break manacles (or Dexterity check to try to escape)? Is it just one action? (If so, manacles don't seem that useful ...
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Do you know the value of an attack or damage roll on you before the hit is resolved?

In D+D 5e, there are many effects that enable AC, attack rolls, or damage rolls to be modified after being rolled but before the hit is resolves. Examples are the Shield spell and the "Parry" Battle ...
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What is the AC of an inanimate object?

In D&D 5e, what is the AC of an inanimate object, in case someone wants to attack it? Does it depend on its size? Is it different depending on whether you are making a ranged or melee attack?
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Will D&D Adventures have International access?

Wizard of the Coast just announced a new program for Organizational Play. I'm not aware of how organizational play has worked in the passed other than the Encounters Program when it was for official ...
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Does the Outlander have a Poor or Comfortable lifestyle?

P. 3 of the Adventurer's League Player's Guide has a table indicating that an Outlander has a Poor lifestyle. However, Outlanders are proficient in Survival, and PHB. 159 says the following: ...
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In the skill list, when do ability modifiers apply?

In D&D 3.5e, do ability modifiers apply to all skills, or do they only apply to skills that you've spent skill points putting ranks into? The way the rulebook explains it is a bit confusing.
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What happens to HP when Constitution decreases?

WotC recently released the Basic Rules for the DM, and with it come a few items like the Amulet of Health: Amulet of Health Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) Your ...

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