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How do favored classes work in Pathfinder?

I'm working on creating a half-elf paladin character for a Pathfinder game. Full disclosure: this is the first time I've tried creating a character; I've used ones other people created before. In ...
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Should I get the DMG 2 if I already have the DM Book?

I have the Dungeon Master's Kit, and have just finished my first reading of the DMB it includes. I think it's a good book, though some things are missing, rituals being the one I recall now (besides ...
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The Free City of Greyhawk: War of the Archmages

Where can I find print or online information on the archmages and/or the War of the Archmages?
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Does shifting count as movement, for the purpose of triggering non-attack opportunity actions? [duplicate]

Replaced by the following questions: Can shifting trigger immediate actions? Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions? Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the ...
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Resources containing practical, yet non-combat, non-adventuring D&D spells

Continuing the train of thoughts emerging from the discussion of this previous question (about magocracies and theocracies in DnD), I'd like to know if there are any good official or unofficial ...
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What does the Moilian Barrow monster in the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure look like?

From the read aloud text of encounter M3: Dark Barrow on p55 of the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure: Bones and body parts are knitting themselves together into a larger mass in the rubble. There ...
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What class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...
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How do I build a defensively focused Battlemind at level 1?

Can someone give a good idea to get a defensive Battlemind build that will work well with the following party at level 1? Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ranger, Dwarf Healing cleric ...
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What is an effective leader for a striker heavy first level party?

I'm new to D&D and recently posted a question asking what class would do the most damage and learned that we need a good damage-mitigator. We have a Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ...
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How can a Sphere of Annihilation be detected, and how can it be “disarmed”?

I'm reading the DnD Essentials DM Book, and on the Sphere of Annihilation stat block, it mentions several things I don't exactly know how to read: The sphere has "Detect automatic". Does this mean ...
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Naval Combat Sourcebook

I know there was a book in 3.5 that centered on naval campaigns, with classes for ship captains and rules for Narrative naval combat. Has that book been updated for 4e, or are there any other books ...
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What monsters are depicted on the 4.0 DM Screen?

I have the DM Screen included with the DM Kit. It depicts an underdark scene, and I can recognize: a gargoyle a beholder some zombies a mind flayer an umber hulk a black dragon a bugbear two drow a ...
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Why aren't magocracies and theocracies dominant in D&D settings?

Anyone has (or has links to) well thought-out, logical explanations for why magocracies and theocracies are not the dominant forms of government of D&D worlds? I'd also be really interested in ...
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Is there a pen and paper rpg adaptation of Half Life?

Just out of curiosity: Do you know of a good (un)official pen and paper rpg adaptation of the famous first person shooter computer game series Half Life? I know there are games/systems in which a ...
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Optional rules to replace various XP costs in DnD3.5?

Are there any official optional rules to replace various XP costs (that characters have to pay for things like potion making and so on) with something else in D&D3.5? If not, do you have any ...
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What are the consequences of the retargeting aspect of the Battlemind's Lightning Rush power on enemy area or close blasts or bursts?

Lightning Rush is one of the battlemind's featured powers: It's augment 2 (as an immediate interrupt) states: Hit: 2[W] + Constitution modifier damage, and you become the target of the triggering ...
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Replicating Modern Technology using Magic-Punk [closed]

This is generally a system-agnostic question, as I'm trying to build a feel for my world, and I can add to it whatever rules I need to later. The world is a 1930s setting, very ...
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What system or sourcebooks should I use to run a pre Roman, Celtic Britain campaign? [closed]

Someone I know, wants to run a campaign in Celtic Britain. He normally uses Pathfinder but is looking for something more appropriate to the background.
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What are some examples of games that don't invent history or language? [closed]

IE, games that don't make up words or names in languages belonging to the game-verse, but borrow as exactly as possible from history, folklore, etymology, and mythology. (What is this type of game ...
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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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How quickly can fortifications be built in D&D 4e, magically and otherwise

My bad guys have holed themselves up for a couple months. Given little preexisting fortification, what resources are there for for building mechanical and magical defenses? Is there something ...
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Can you to take a healing surge in response to being bloodied that is not Second Wind?

My group has been using a rule ever since we started playing D&D 4e. I did a search and can not find a reference to it anywhere. I need to know if I missed the reference to it or if we have ...
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Role-playing within role-playing

Suppose that the PCs are actors that have to play roles in film, television, theatre. Or that they are some sort of spirits that process other people and make them do their bidding without letting ...
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Average attack bonus of a 30th level character in DnD 4e

What is the average attack of 30th level D&D character? (Of course this number must be calculated without uber-strong homebrew items). My real question is this: What is the average chance of ...
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Firearms for DnD

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...
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Does going prone stack with having cover?

Suppose I'm playing a ranged character. I am standing with an ally between me and my enemies, which grants "+2 defenses" for cover. I decide to further go prone. Do I now have a "+4 defenses", 2 ...
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Does the interrupt granted by “Refire the Forge” prevent an Avenger from falling unconscious?

Refire the Forge: Effect: Until the stance ends, you regain hit points equal to your Dexterity or Intelligence modifier each time you hit an enemy with an attack. Additionally, until the stance ...
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Does cover work both ways for enemies behind a portcullis or similar?

As the RC and DMB say, an enemy behind an obstacle has either partial or superior cover. The example often used is that of a creature fighting behind a portcullis or window (e.g. in DMB page 141). The ...
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Fantasy adventure modules with naval adventuring

At the Recess mini-convention this weekend, someone was telling me about a classic D&D module that involved seafaring and presented rules for falling overboard in armor, etc. I'm wondering if ...
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Can characters get combat advantage more than once per encounter with Bluff?

Page 140 of the Dungeon Master's book states Once per encounter, a creature can try to gain combat advantage against a target by making a Bluff check Does this mean that I can bluff my way only ...
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Do multiple withering weapons penalties to AC stack with each other?

Withering Weapon: Property: Each time you hit with this weapon in melee, your target takes a cumulative –1 penalty to AC. The target can make a saving throw to end the entire penalty, but it can ...
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What has to occur for Quickhit Braces' damage to be maximized?

Quickhit braces: Property: When using a power, if you hit one creature with both your main weapon and your off-hand weapon, deal an extra 2d6 damage to that creature. If I'm using twin-strike, when ...
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If you are dying, are you still bloodied?

There are some powers that allow you to keep fighting when dying. Do you still count as bloodied if your HP are at 0 or less?
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Reliable ways of generating cover/concealment at range

Are there any magical items that can be used in order to reliably generate concealment at range, but do not impair/effect the user? Take the case of, say, an archer-archetype character. They may ...
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Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?

The Revenant racials, as a whole, seem to be focused on survivability/durability, granting the ability to stay in the fight even at zero HP. The Assassin class, while technically a Striker, seems to ...
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How are some Essentials classes non AEDU classes?

I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level. On the ...
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How does Magic Circle against Evil work?

Magic Circle against Evild20SRD has two primary effects: Affecting all creatures within 10-ft. of its target with a Protection from Evild20SRD effect. Drawing a 10-ft.-radius circle centered on its ...
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Is there a Potion of Magic Circle against Evil?

I know that you can brew a potion for any 3rd-level or lower spell that targets one or more creatures : If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?. ...
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Can the Ardent's Unhinging strike cause a creature to target itself?

The power reads: At-Will Augmentable, Charm, Psionic, Psychic, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: One creature Attack: Charisma vs. Will Hit: Charisma ...
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When a creature is hit with the Wizard's Sleep, do they also have to save against the initial slow effect?

The Wizard Level 1 Daily spell Sleep says: Hit: The target is slowed (save ends). If the target fails its first saving throw against this power, the target becomes unconscious (save ends). ...
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In D&D 4e What does a letter inside of brackets mean for a hit effect of an attack power?

For example, the Clerics level 1 power "brand of the sun" says the following: Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier radiant damage. What does that mean? Does that mean 1xWeapon Damage + Wisdom modifier? ...
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What magic items and feats improve a Monk's attack bonus?

The Stone Fist Monk character in my group has a relatively low attack bonus because she didn't get a really high main ability score. I'm wondering what feats and magic items, other than magic ...
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Is a utility power that has the encounter keyword considered an “encounter power”?

Powers are divided into At-Will, Encounter, Utility, and Daily powers, which you gain at different levels. At 12th level, my character (a blood mage) now has: Soul Burn Blood Mage Utility 12 ...
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Is there anything useful missing from the DnD Essentials character sheets?

I'm trying my hand at character creation with Essentials, and I have both the original 4E character sheets and the Essentials character sheets. I was wondering if some stuff left over is actually ...
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How do I fill the DnD 4E Essentials Character Sheets? - clarifications

I'm exercising to start as a DM, and one of the things I'm doing is know how to fill the 4E (especially Essentials) character sheets. I'm not sure what I should fill What are the "Modifier", "Misc" ...
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How do you calculate the Monk's Attack bonus?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to calculate the Monk's attack bonus, for some reason it seems stupidly low. If an attack power has the keywords Full Discipline, Implement, Psionic. ...
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What is an appropriate nerf for an Epic Ardent using Demoralizing Strike?

Demoralizing Strike is a 1st level Ardent at-will. Of interest here is the Augment 2 (sample build): Augment 2 Close: burst 1 Target: Each creature in burst Hit: 1[W] + Charisma ...
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Can a vehicle make a reflex save to avoid damage from Autofire?

In d20 Modern, if a character is in a square hit by autofire, he can make a DC 15 Reflex save to avoid taking damage. I can't see anything in the SRD about what happens to a vehicle hit by autofire. ...
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What systems exist with rules that fit on a single page (or so)? [closed]

I was reading the Overview of OSR Games and as many of the linked-to systems I could fine. Most of them seemed sort of ho-hum, in that they all had about the same kind of complexity as one of the ...
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Flanking while using Total Defense?

Can a combatant using Total Defense flank an opponent? Is a combatant using Total Defense threatening its surrounding? I'd say yes, but I am not sure, so I thought I'd better ask you.

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