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How can I manage my campaign digitally, without using a screen at the table?

For big campaigns I keep my campaign information — maps, keys, session notes, reference tables, etc. — in binders and duotangs which I can reference and annotate at the table. Their content only ...
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Attacks of Opportunity while holding a reach and a non-reach weapon

If I wield a Whip in one hand and say a dagger in the other. When does someone provoke attacks of opportunity from me? If someone moves from 5ft to 10ft he has technically moved out of my reach ...
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When to allow long or short rests?

I am a new DM and I ask myself, are there restrictions to resting? Can the PCs decide to take a long rest in a goblin cave after the first group of goblins beat them to a mostly bloody pulp, because ...
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Where can I find A0 or A1 sized maps

I am DM'ing a new group in a couple of weeks and I am looking around at finding some simple maps. I love preparing custom maps but this is a group that knows nothing of D&D yet and is being ...
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561 views

Casting healing spells is automatically successful?

As far as I understood from the Rules of D&D 5e attack spells require an attack roll against the enemy's armour class, like a normal melee or ranged attack. Question: Against which difficulty ...
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577 views

Which skill is more suitable for provoking someone?

If a character wants to provoke some sort of reaction (be it anger, or even just breaking his self-imposed silence) by talking to another [player] character; which skill is best suited for a skill ...
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105 views

Are an inquisitor's teamwork feats just numbers when no ally has them?

The extraordinary ability solo tactics, the 3rd-level inquisitor class feature, reads At 3rd level, all of the inquisitor’s allies are treated as if they possessed the same teamwork feats as the ...
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How do opportunity attacks work when wielding weapons with different reach? [duplicate]

Assume a player with two weapons: a whip and a dagger. A hostile creature stands right next to the player. On the creature's turn, it moves away 5ft. So the creature left the reach of the dagger, but ...
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How could towns restrain a magic user?

The modern concept of crime and punishment is very reliant on the ability to disarm and restrain and control an individual (think handcuffs, the dividers in police cars, and jails). How can that be ...
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How can I test a system I am creating?

I'm currently trying to create a fairly basic system for running table top role playing games that is loosely based on my experience with Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition and Pathfinder. By system, I ...
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1answer
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How is immobilized resolved in the context of Screech?

Screech The Strix emits an ear-splitting screech, rendering victims unable to think or move and greatly assisting in a subsequent feeding attempt. Dice Pool: Power + Finesse vs. ...
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47 views

What swarm positionings in combat count as “contiguous”?

"Combat" section of swarm description says, it can occupy any four contiguous squares. What are contiguous squares? Should they touch each other with boarders? Should they go in a straight 20' line ...
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What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?

What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a non-roleplaying tabletop game? An RPG using miniatures looks (at a glance) a lot like a non-RP miniatures game. Some RPGs use cards, but ...
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1answer
180 views

Monk's Martial Arts and Polearm Master

I have a problem with an interpretation of outcome of monk with Polearm Master feat and with quarterstaff. You can take the Attack action and attack with quarterstaff using Dex instead of Str and ...
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1answer
353 views

Is this Wolfwere PC race balanced and playable with standard races and classes? [closed]

This is my first attempt at creating a race using the DMG. Someone posing a Wolfwere question earlier and a member of my group loving wolves prompted my attempt. It's use would be in a standard 5E ...
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6answers
477 views

How can I get around the drow's light sensitivity?

My friends and I are trying to come up with ways to get around the drow's sunlight limitations. We thought of using spells, but Darkness makes it impossible to see, which would defeat the purpose. ...
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1answer
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Is Smite Literally Sight Based?

Let's say that a Paladin is fighting against an invisible opponent. Can they target it with their Smite Evil ability, even if they have identified what square the enemy is residing in? The ...
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2answers
490 views

Can a Monk utilize touch based cantrips with their Unarmed Attacks?

While preparing for my group's first 5e game I was looking at the different classes and stumbled on a question I couldn't answer. For this example I will use druid as the class that the monk ...
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6answers
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How best to include a 4-5 year old in a D&D 5e game

My eldest daughter is nine, the same age I was when I got into the hobby. With the new edition of D&D out, it seems like too much of a fun co-incidence to give her her first taste of role playing ...
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3answers
655 views

Does Darkness cast a shadow?

If you were outside during the day and you cast darkness above you somehow, would the darkness cast a shadow? If you cast darkness in a tunnel, and the only source of light was from one end of the ...
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0answers
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Thinking about PrC Arcane Hierophant [closed]

I'm fairly new to DnD, currently I'm playing with my second party ever. We aren't really power players, we're pretty casual players more concerned with fun than with optimizing builds. I'm a lvl 2 ...
4
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1answer
139 views

Tree-like abilities system for Rolemaster

One of the things I like less from Rolemaster is that all you know from one thing can't be applied to another, and, at the same time, you can not specialize in something. You either know One-handed ...
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2answers
86 views

Minimum stat line for ex-flight officer mage, in nWoD?

I'm going to be making a character for a mage the awakening game, and I want them to be ex-military (fighter pilot). We start at 0xp. The history is that after being enlisted he goes MIA during a ...
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1answer
141 views

What's the by-the-rules difference between a Heavy Crossbow and a Large-Sized Light Crossbow?

I'm not particularly clear on how this is supposed to work, but it seems like a Large-Sized Light Crossbow is better in most respects.
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0answers
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How do you show that a spell is prepared in Fantasy Grounds?

Fantasy grounds has the column header 'Preparation', but how can you display whether a spell is prepared or not? Do you use the 'use column'?
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How do I add the Guidance spell to Fantasy Grounds?

We've got our first 5e game coming up. I'm setting up my character sheet in Fantasy Grounds, and I'm trying to work out how to add the spells. In particular, I'm having trouble adding Guidance. ...
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0answers
156 views

Is there a way to simulate the 3.5e Factotum in 5e? [closed]

I would like a homebrew class that has the same magical skill-monkey feel that 3.5e's Factotum had. I ideally would like the class to be made using the DMG custom class creation guidelines, and I ...
2
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1answer
33 views

Are rotes tied to an order?

Each spell has one or two rotes from different orders. Is this implying only that mages of that order can cast that rote? This is ignoring the ones where it openly says other orders use it.
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1answer
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How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?

The spell Armor of Agathys states: You gain 5 temporary hit points for the duration. If a creature hits you with a melee attack while you have these hit points, the creature takes 5 cold damage. ...
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1answer
689 views

What does “Hard” mean in Mouse Guard?

One thing about Mouse Guard that still baffles me when thinking about it is the difference between the rules for obstacles, that state (p88 of the Mouse Guard RPG, or p.86 in some printings) ...
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4answers
3k views

Handy spells to have on scrolls for a specific scenario? [closed]

My situation: I'm rolling up a 10th level Pathfinder witch, using all Paizo products standard starting wealth (62K GP) plus and the ability to choose Scribe Scroll if it turns out to be worth the ...
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1answer
70 views

Does Dispel Magic work on Magic Circle Against Evil?

Can magic circle against evil be dispelled by a simple dispel magic? If so, would the caster have to target an area or a specific target?
7
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1answer
109 views

What is the average roll of a die with an expanded explosion threshold as compared to one with an expanded success threshold?

This is going to be a bit of a weird question, but I'm figuring dice pool probabilities for a homebrew system and I want to know how certain abilities should be priced regarding their use. The basic ...
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0answers
92 views

Armor and weapon enhancments [closed]

I'm a new DM and I'm starting a new 5th edition campaign which will be a modification of the starter set i.e. set in Faerun on the Sword Coast. I wanted to start my group out with the choice of a +1 ...
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2answers
1k views

What content can I reproduce from Pathfinder?

What content can I reproduce from the pathfinder gaming system. Is it anything from the Core rulebook that isn't a specific name? For example, I like the D20PFSRD but the layout and ads annoy me. I ...
1
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1answer
101 views

What ranged monsters have the highest damage output?

I'm looking for monsters (Heroic Tier) with this feature. Damage as high (or higher) as a brute's, but ranged. I need them for a matter of design (I wanna compare them to other monsters to learn what ...
1
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1answer
70 views

How do I optimize a Winged Marauder Mount for flyby Bomb-Throwing?

I'm making a Winged Marauder Alchemist. I've never played a class with an animal companion or mount before, so I really don't understand any of the business of building my Vulture or Bat. For example, ...
5
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2answers
1k views

Why don't Wizards have access to Enhance Ability?

I have been searching the last couple of weeks for a reason why Sorcerers and Bards have access to Enhance Ability while the Wizard does not. Is there a clear cut reason behind this or is it a ...
15
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2answers
357 views

How to make your players hate your villain, but not your game

How does one build the character of a villain such that the players (playing heroic characters) hate the villain as much as possible without detracting too much from the quality of the game? What ...
13
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4answers
2k views

What is a Wyrm in D&D?

So I keep seeing things like "The Great Wyrm", "Forest of the Wyrm", "Wyrm aged" and they seem to be all related to Dragons. Is Wyrm just another name for Dragons? Is this a general thing or does it ...
3
votes
3answers
231 views

Warforged ability damage with Improved Fortification

In D&D3.5, I'm playing a warforged crusader who has recently taken a lot of CON damage. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I have the Improved Fortification feat which makes him immune to ...
7
votes
1answer
81 views

When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
5
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1answer
51 views

Merging egos with stress and trauma in Eclipse Phase

I'm playing a two-ego hive-mind, where I basically keep two alpha forks active in two morphs with access jacks and mnemonic augmentations so they can sync up whenever they have free time. The biggest ...
10
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2answers
145 views

Can you trade a slow track for a fast track when multiclassing in Legend?

In Rule of Cool’s Legend, there are three “types” of track: “fast” (1st, 3rd, 6th, etc.), “normal” (1st, 4th, 7th, etc.), and “slow” (2nd, 5th, ...
30
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8answers
6k views

How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?

I'm thinking of starting my own campaign with a few of my friends with me as DM, primarily because I wasn't extremely impressed with the campaign my friend was DMing. When I started thinking about the ...
7
votes
4answers
513 views

Fleshcrafting in nWoD

I have had some people express interest in recreating the Tzimisce in my VtR game. I have far more experience with nWoD then old, and I have found no rules that attempt to tackle fleshcrafting, ...
5
votes
1answer
207 views

What Paragon-Tier modules can I use to showcase the Underdark?

My group is going through the Underdark top to bottom to get to Menzoberranzan. I'm looking for recommendations for Underdark themed modules - starting with near-the-surface (no- or lite-Drow) dungeon ...
6
votes
1answer
59 views

In Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game, can I take my “move action” during any part of my turn?

It doesn't get simpler than that. Can I attack and then move? Or do I have to move before using my attack maneuver? I can't find a single phrase in the book that makes it clear.
0
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2answers
259 views

Is there any tool to calculate the Encounter XP in D&D 5e?

I've seen online tools that make random encounters for you as the donjon's one. What I need is a tool where I can select the party level and the monsters and it will tell me if it's an easy or hard ...
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1answer
85 views

How long does smite evil last?

Smite evil is: Once per day, a paladin can call out to the powers of good to aid her in her struggle against evil. As a swift action, the paladin chooses one target within sight to smite. If ...

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