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How do you price magic items with continuous effects based on spells with duration: concentration?

If a continuous item has an effect based on a spell with a duration measured in rounds, multiply the cost by 4. If the duration of the spell is 1 minute/level, multiply the cost by 2, and if the ...
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656 views

How does the Alert feat change the first turn of the battle?

One of my players has the Alert feat, according to which: [...] You can’t be surprised while you are conscious. Now, does this mean that a hidden enemy is automatically spotted? Let me provide ...
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257 views

Dragon character with non dragon group?

I'm looking for dragon as a player character that doesn't destroy the game -- if it is too powerful for the players who don't play dragons it is not a desirable choice. I would like to play a ...
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1answer
630 views

How many horrifying visages can affect a PC?

I'm making a dungeon with a bunch of ghosts in it. The situation is: Time Stop is cast by a necromancer using an artifact at the very end of the dungeon. The PCs will see the whole dungeon, realize ...
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1answer
213 views

What is the difference between a god and a non-god power in Forgotten Realms?

What is the difference between a "god" and a non-god power in the Forgotten Realms? I assume that a "god" can grant cleric spells and that a non-god power cannot. I am assuming D&D 5th edition.
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400 views

Can a character be surprised mid-combat?

Imagine the following scenario: Four adventurers are traveling from one city to another. They have 1 horse which is pulling a covered wagon. One adventurer is riding and controlling the horse, two ...
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1answer
118 views

When is the d100 roll made for Wild Surge?

I am in the process of rolling up a Wild Mage and was looking through the archetype for the rules on when the d100 for the Wild Surge is supposed to be applied. I am not finding much at all. My ...
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235 views

What predicates a being having their own afterlife realm in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting followers of gods are sentenced by Kelemvor and his servants to go to their god's realm after death (unless possibly they made a pact with a devil or ...
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221 views

What are the requirements for a warlock patron in Forgotten Realms?

In D&D 5th edition's Forgotten Realms setting what ability is required for a creature to be able to grant a creature warlock powers?
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107 views

Does Reverse Gravity affect creatures with Flight?

Say a wizard casts reverse gravity, if creatures with Flight are caught in the radius, are they affected by the pull?
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443 views

How can I have a level 3 character with influence over wolves?

I'll admit I've never played D&D, but my friends want me to join a game for a special event and so there's a first time for everything. I want to model my character after Perrin Aybara from the ...
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For double weapons, how do the hardness bonuses from enhancement bonuses stack?

From the SRD: Hardness and Hit Points Each +1 of enhancement bonus adds 2 to a weapon’s or shield’s hardness and +10 to its hit points. Does a quarterstaff +1/+2 get a total increase in ...
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243 views

How can tome warlocks “back up” ritual spells they have inscribed?

PHB hints that wizards may want to have a backup copy of their spellbook in case they lose it. Tome warlocks have a way to restore their Book of Shadows should they lose it, but it's not clear if ...
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169 views

Can a wizard use a 25gp book as a replacement spellbook?

Or must they use the 50gp spellbook? (PHB pg 150) RAW only, please.
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318 views

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from their Bard class, into their wizard spellbook? e.g. they know the Comprehend Languages as a Bard spell, and want to write it directly into their ...
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1answer
100 views

Would flying a grappled character hard into the ground deal them extra falling damage?

Trying to figure out the mechanics of a certain situation. PC grapples enemy and uses a move that doubles movement speed. Following that, a stacked move allows the PC to carry grappled enemy 60 ft ...
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107 views

Where can I find CLEAN play by post games? [closed]

I haven't played in years -- online or otherwise -- but I'd like to give it another try, and maybe find a good, consistent Play by Post game. However, I'm one who prefers to avoid swearing, graphic ...
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1answer
49 views

When do creatures start receiving additional attacks while under Freezing Cloud?

The effect part of the Freezing Cloud spell description reads (PHB, p. 160): Effect: The cloud lasts until the end of your next turn. Any creature that enters the cloud or starts its turn there ...
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3answers
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Do different monsters cooperate? Do I need to justify it when they do?

I'm new to GMing, and am having difficulty with understanding how often different types of monsters interact cooperatively (so to speak). In keeping with trying to give my PC's variety, and to also ...
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1answer
141 views

Who can create copies of spells that can subsequently be copied into spellbooks, etc?

Character A finds a spell written on a wall and copies it. He takes the copy to character B who copies it into her spellbook or Book of Shadows for her future use. Assume the spell is one B can ...
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7answers
2k views

Can you play pen & paper roleplaying games over the Internet?

I'm sad to say that I have absolutely no friends who would like to play D&D with me however I would love to play. I know about Neverwinter Nights and I've played quite a bit of it, but I'm looking ...
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3answers
487 views

Are there any morale rules that say when NPCs should flee?

In AD&D 2nd edition there were morale checks to determine whether an NPC or monster continues to fight, or tries to surrender or flee. In core D&D 3.5 there is nothing of that sort (if I've ...
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2answers
605 views

What are turns and rounds and how long are they each?

In AD&D a turn was ten 6-second rounds during combat. So when I read in D&D 5e that the Thief's Sneak Attack ability says "Once per turn you can deal an extra 1d6 damage", is this saying that ...
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2answers
533 views

Not clear on number of skills my character can have

I'm starting a half-elf sorcerer character with a custom background. If I read correctly, as half-elf I get any two skills to choose from (PHB 39). As a sorcerer I get to select two skills from the ...
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2answers
115 views

How do I encourage more character movement as part of the narrative during combat?

For a long time I've been having a problem with most Tabletop RPGs: They feel way too static during combat, and it gets reduced into an exchange of who hits harder until everything is dead. Recently, ...
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1answer
33 views

What does “plus changing existing physical trait allocations” mean on a Variable Power?

I'm studying some stat blocks from both the M&M 3E Forums and the DC Heroes and Villains Vol. 1 and 2, and I find many shapeshifter themed powers using Variable have "plus changing existing ...
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4answers
625 views

Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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3answers
295 views

How do you determine when an animal is Hostile to the PCs?

I'm trying to understand how as a GM to handle encounters with creatures such as wolves, bears, giant rats, etc. Are animals always hostile to the PCs or is there always an element of animal handling ...
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1answer
166 views

May a character switch from a druidic to an arcane focus without expending an action?

If a multiclass Sorcerer/Druid wielding a shield and an arcane focus decides to cast a druid spell, can they switch their focus and cast the spell in a single turn? Secondarily, is it reasonable for ...
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1answer
1k views

Do would-be Tarrasque slayers need to cast a wish spell?

In previous editions part of what made the Tarrasque so difficult an opponent was its ability to rise from the dead (even if disintegrated) unless the party used a wish spell to prevent its ...
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2answers
162 views

If you have Steady Concentration, can you take 10 on Elder Giant Magic?

Elder Giant Magic (Secrets of Xen'drik p.135) requires a Concentration check each round you use it, and “You cannot take 10 on these checks.” Steady Concentration (Races of Stone p.144) says that ...
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3answers
175 views

Suggestions for structure around “investigation” scenes/stories?

I am GMing Dresden Files. One thing I have found myself struggling with is how to make investigation fun and engaging. Being a huge part of the DF novels, I really want the idea of trying to ...
5
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1answer
170 views

What actions/bonus actions/reactions can a character perform out of combat?

DnD 5e has a fairly clear set of rules governing a player's possible Actions in Combat, and in other fast-paced situations a GM may break time into rounds. Among the listed actions, some would seem to ...
5
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1answer
151 views

How Does a Shield Bash Work on Multiple Targets?

I had a circumstance come up in the 5E Campaign I am running where a PC (Paladin) came across several (3) goblins that all stood up and advanced on him as he came around a corner in a dungeon. He ...
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1answer
175 views

What is this old RPG where players have to mitigate the effects of time travel?

So I'm looking for a Time Traveling based RPG in which the players have to actively mitigate their actions to make sure they don't break reality and the more they do the higher chances they have of ...
7
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1answer
325 views

Are there rules for fleeing from combat?

Newbie GM here. Neither I nor any of my friends have played D&D for years. I recently found five 3e books at a second hand store, and we thought we'd start up again for fun. However none of us ...
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4answers
208 views

How can I scale traps in a published adventure for a larger party?

I'm about to start DMing for a group of 7, mostly new to Pathfinder. I myself have not DMed Pathfinder before, and haven't played it recently. We'll be going through the Mummy's Mask adventure path, ...
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4answers
1k views

(How) can a Warforged get the Dragonblood Subtype?

I am currently trying to make a Warforged Bard, and wanted to give him the Dragonfire Inspiration Feat to trade +X Atk and +X Dmg for +Xd6 dmg. However, this requires me to have 11 Cha (No problem) ...
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4answers
175 views

How to handle experience point distribution for inconstant group size?

Two of out of four party member are inconsistently participating due to their jobs. Up till now that was not a problem for us since we were playing self made adventures but now we start Wrath of the ...
5
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1answer
172 views

How much do players need to know before a campaign [closed]

My friends and I are soon going to start a short campaign. The DM is wondering how much information he should give us at the start. Any tips? We are pretty new to DnD.
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1answer
64 views

What changes if I allow a free invocation to pay for a compel?

The distinction between invoke for effect and compel in Fate has not always been clear. Free invocations are often stacked on temporary aspects created as advantage or otherwise not thought of as ...
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1answer
125 views

What is the best way to phase a PC out of a campaign? [closed]

Our group has a fairly fresh campaign running, I am DM'ing the campaign (5E) there are currently 4 PC's (paladin, warlock, gunslinger (fighter) and ranger. The ranger has other time commitments that ...
7
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5answers
705 views

Protection against mind-affecting spells (low resources, high-level, low will save)

My character has failed a few critical Will saves in the last couple of encounters. All encounters are pretty tight, so losing one character makes them way more difficult, not to mention that fun ...
9
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6answers
2k views

What do you have to roll to successfully steal a health potion from a store? [closed]

Some friends and I are running a campaign and we are in a small town. I was wondering if I walked into a potion shop, what would I have to roll for, and how high would my roll roughly have to be, to ...
25
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2answers
975 views

How can a character escape after being engulfed by a shambling mound?

A shambling mound will be attacking the party I DM for during tonight's session, and I am unsure about how to deal with the monster's Engulf feature. The shambling mound's multiattack action states ...
2
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1answer
67 views

Natives' spells and abilities pretty useless on elemental plane of fire? [closed]

Let's take a couple of examples: Efreeti and Salamander on the elemental plane of fire. Both have some spell-like abilities which are manifesting their capabilities to use fire. However, it seems that ...
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2answers
406 views

How does Seoni have the skill bonuses listed for her at 1st level?

I am reading an official sample character and have some questions. According to my understanding, a level 1 sorcerer has 2+(int modifier) + other skill points. And Seoni should only have 2 skill ...
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4answers
131 views

Does taking off or landing require an action or any movement speed?

The following examples I think capture the question: Let's say a Giant Eagle is on the ground, walking. It has a 10 foot movement speed on the ground and an 80 foot flying movement speed. In one ...
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72 views

Do all 4th level characters get an Ability increase/Feat or only those who are not multiclass? [duplicate]

So you have a straight 4th lvl Cleric and a 2nd lvl Rogue/2nd lvl Barbarian. They both are 4th level so do they both get an ability score/feat? Or does the 4th lvl cleric only get it? Basically are ...
2
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1answer
58 views

Are component costs fixed in D&D 4e?

How do we actually calculate components cost? In the books there is always the name of the ritual, the price in the market, and the component cost. Is this a fixed price? I usually like to have all ...

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