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How does Land's Stride interact with Plant Growth?

Circle of the Land Druids gain the Land's Stride ability one level after the ability to cast Plant Growth. How do these two interact with respect to movement? A good answer will explain in detail ...
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What are the limits of an arcane lock?

The spell arcane lock can be cast on "a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway." What are limits of this entryway? That is, must this entryway have a flap, lid, or other type of barrier ...
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How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?

Several times when I have played in or ran a game in which the players had an objective and reasonable resources, a lot of (real) time was spent trying to plan for every contingency. For example, ...
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What demo scenarios exist for Burning Wheel? [closed]

While there are a fair number of demos here for burning wheel, the wiki is quite light on details. I would like feedback on useful demo scenarios to run for Burning Wheel and why they are useful. ...
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Can I use Force Push or similar force powers without killing the opponent?

I have a Jedi character in a Star Wars Saga edition game, who does not want to kill without good reason. If he uses a force power like Force Push, it causes a set amount of damage which usually kills ...
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976 views

Does Detect Magic allow players to find magical traps without a perception check?

Consider the following scenario: The party enters a room that appears to be a dead end, but in fact has a secret door with a magical trap on it. While standing in the room, a member of the party casts ...
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235 views

Which Outsider features and traits does the Apotheosis class feature grant?

According to the Apotheosis class feature of the Knight of the Sacred Seal prestige class, found in Tome of Magic, "your type changes to outsider, and you gain the native subtype (see the perfect self ...
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What do the skills listed in the starship block do?

I'm just starting a new Star Wars Saga campaign, and the GM has provided us with a (very nice) ship. I'm a bit confused as to what the starship skills section does. Example: Skills Initiative +0, ...
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96 views

Does making an Overwatch attack end the Overwatch?

In the two versions of WH40K Roleplay I have access to (Deathwatch and Only War) the Overwatch action is presented with largely identical text, as follows: The active character guards a specific ...
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How much does a holocron weigh?

Despite every D20 flavor of the Star Wars RPG dedicating several pages throughout multiple books to the subject of holocrons, not a single one of them appears to mention their weight. My gaming group ...
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Can missiles pass through a Resilient Sphere created by a Shadow Evocation?

I think Shadow Evocation is usually used as an offensive spell and the rules cover that quite well. However, my NPC is about to use it to protect himself from a whirlwind of flying glass that an Air ...
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Does Force damage bypass DR?

I am running a game of Star Wars Saga Edition and one of my players is insisting that force damage, which is done only by a few force powers (e.g. force lighting), completely bypasses damage ...
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Can a fundamentally deceptive character work?

This question is in the spirit of another question I asked before. I would like to explore a style of role-playing in DnD (specifically 3.5e) that may be slightly different from how characters usually ...
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72 views

Does Burning Disarm get a reflex save on something worn, but not locked?

Burning Disarm says they get a reflex save if they can drop it, but don't if they can't drop it. What about if they are wearing something that isn't locked? This spell causes a metal object to ...
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What good options are there for this version of a classic D&D moral quandary? [closed]

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Module 3, the players eventually come to room 10A. My question is... what are the players' options for dealing with the contents of this room? Some possibilities come ...
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Can Aereni Focus and Skill Focus be stacked?

Aereni Focus says that it counts as Skill Focus for meeting requirements/prerequisites. So, for instance, I could take Aereni Focus (Listen) and I would qualify for the Keen-Eared Scout feat through ...
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1answer
70 views

Weakening Spell Resistance with melee attacks

For the life of me I can't remember where, but I remember reading somewhere, maybe under runes or Magus that there was a way that melee attacks would weaken a target's Spell Resistance? Can anyone ...
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2answers
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How long does the Battlemaster's evasive footwork last?

I have the feeling that the "evasive footwork" maneuver is extremely powerful even without getting really creative. Does the "evasive footwork" maneuver provide the additional AC, for an infinite ...
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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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Do You Need to Have Advantage Against a Surprised Opponent to Use Sneak Attack?

The definition out of rules of the sneak attack is Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe's distraction. But following the rules, you can only use sneak attack ...
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Are Gnosis rolls made with Permanent or Temporary Gnosis?

My GM and I are confused about whether you roll your Permanent or Temporary Gnosis when making a Gnosis Roll. What is the proper choice, and what pages specify it?
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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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45 views

How do I read the power tables in ICONS: Assembled Edition?

I recently picked up ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: Assembled Edition, and I am at a loss for how to read the power tables: I had thought it was roll in the first column, then roll in the second ...
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1answer
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What are the changes in ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: Assembled Edition?

ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying is a superhero RPG derived from FATE and featuring random character generation and simple gameplay. What are the differences between the original edition, released in ...
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771 views

What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I haven't played D&D in decades and came across the PH & DMG for both the 3.0 and 3.5. editions free (score!). I played avidly as a kid but it's literally been 25+ years, so I have no ...
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Can All-Out Attack be used with Combination Blow?

They both cause the character to lose their Defense for the turn. Can they be used together though?
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1answer
98 views

In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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1answer
67 views

What are the limitations on my divine focus choices?

What are the limitations of what can be selected for a divine focus? How big can my holy symbol be? Can clerics use a shield or weapon as their divine focus? Can I set the divine focus into a ring, ...
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51 views

How do I calculate damage for the sorcerer's Dancing Lightning spell

The level 3 encounter sorcerer spell Dancing Lightning deals 2d10 + Charisma modifier lightning damage to the primary target, and each creature adjacent to the target takes thunder damage equal to the ...
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1answer
115 views

Adding adaptive to composite bow

Say you have a +1 composite (+2) longbow. It would cost 2600, 300 for masterwork, 300 as a composite +2, 2000 for +1 enhancement. I am wanting to upgrade the bow to have the weapon property adaptive, ...
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I need to assassinate someone and my group will meta-game to stop me [closed]

My dm wants me to kill the head of the town watch and make it look like an accident However the entire party regardless that they don't know my character is an assassin will meta to stop me Any ...
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4answers
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Is my player's level 2 Ranger overpowered?

I have a ranger in the group I GM for that seems overpowered. He's a level 2 human with DEX 19 (Base 17, with the +2 Human Bonus), which gives a base +4 to hit. Factoring in his base attack bonus of ...
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2answers
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How much does mixed clear and difficult terrain reduce movement?

The rulebook states: A character's Water Ring is considered two Ranks lower (to a minimum of one) for the purposes of determining how far he can move using Move Actions when on difficult terrain. ...
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2answers
157 views

Can adaptive be added to a non-enhanced weapon?

As part of loot there was a non-magical masterwork composite (+2) longbow. I am wanting to upgrade the bow to have the weapon property adaptive. To add adaptive to the weapon, does it need to have ...
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6answers
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How is counterspell a fair spell?

I'm playing an Abjuration wizard in 5e, and am currently level 4. Looking ahead to the 3rd level spell list, I come across the spell I've been waiting for: Counterspell. And then, reading the rules, ...
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1answer
238 views

Where, exactly, is it laid out that a torch can do damage to swarms?

So it's pretty common that people say that torches can do a single point of fire damage to swarms. However, my group can't seem to find any sources that confirm this. Basically, it comes down to ...
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3answers
523 views

Does an item change the game balance in the same way with different PC classes?

I am running a custom campaign as DM with two players, P1 and P2. P1 plays as a Druid while P2 plays as a Warlock/Rogue whose game style is based on being stealthy. I let P1 find a Staff of the ...
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2answers
76 views

How does the Void-Touched Sorcerer bloodline arcana work?

The Bloodline Arcana for a Void-Touched Sorcerer reads as follows: Whenever you cast an evocation spell, you may select one affected target that fails its save to suffer the choking airlessness of ...
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1answer
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Was the d20 SRD ever printed in physical books?

I own most of the D&D 3.5e rule books, but I've always wondered: were there any printed books of the d20 SRD ruleset (e.g. like the PHB, DMG, and MM books) that just include the d20 SRD rules, ...
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1answer
60 views

Which power covers summonable armor?

I'm currently in the process of running a round with the old marvel-super-heroes rules (yepp not the 2012 version but the 'ancient' one). The players are able to choose powers and one came up with a ...
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2answers
375 views

Any tips for running more action based and less tactical encounters? [closed]

I've been using "tactical minis" games for all my games as of now, specifically Savage Worlds and 4E which has been my bread and butter. Just recently we picked up D&D Next Playtest (Oct 2013) to ...
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2answers
614 views

Are doppelgangers neuter?

Because of their shapechanging ability, I was wondering if Doppelgangers have a sex or are they sexless? Are they male, female or neither? Does it differ between editions of D&d?
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1answer
50 views

Do a Mesmerist's spells provoke attacks of opportunity?

If a spell contains no material or somatic components — e.g. telepathic casting (Mesmerist) — does it provoke attacks of opportunity?
12
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1answer
282 views

How should I choose a 5e adventure for a group of new players?

I'm thinking about taking a turn as DM after one of my current games wraps up next week. When we start, the various players will have had 0-4 sessions of experience with 5e, though some have played ...
2
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2answers
98 views

Phantasmal Affliction double save

Phantasmal Affliction Curse: The target believes she has been cursed. She takes a permanent –4 penalty on attack rolls, saves, ability checks, and skill checks for 1 hour per caster level. After ...
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4answers
694 views

Can I legally obtain AD&D 2nd core rulebook in a digital form?

My recent experience with Baldur's Gate series have filled me with the urge to master (or play) with AD&D for once, instead of recent editions. However, I think neither I can pay a visit to stores ...
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1answer
688 views

My players grow Weary of the endless Endgame

My Life With Master's Endgame (MLWM 37-40) consists of opposed rolls between minion(s) and Master: minion (LOVE minus WEARINESS) vs. Master (FEAR plus SELF-LOATHING) If the minion succeeds, ...
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0answers
44 views

Are there any resources for a gritty wilderness-based d20 game? [closed]

For one of my games, the group is looking to do a gritty wilderness survival campaign, where resource management is a little more specific and the "Man vs Wild" aesthetic is really driven home. We ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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1answer
92 views

Is there any official Forgotten Realms localization for H1-E3 after H2?

I've once saw official indications about how to set both Keep on the Shadowfell (H1) and Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) in the Forgotten Realms, specifically on the border between Cormyr and Sembia and ...

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