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High Elf Racial Cantrips: Do they improve for non-Wizards?

For example if a High Elf Rogue chooses Ray of Frost for his or her racial cantrip, does that cantrip improve as his or her Rogue level increases? Ray of Frost gets better damage as you advance in ...
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How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?

I hear that full casters are considered the best in pathfinder, but a lot of campaigns that I seem to play in never make it past level 5 or 6. I'd like to play wizard, but right as I'm about to become ...
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Can a Sorcerer learn “Cure Light Wounds” from a scroll?

According to the book, the sorcerer can learn an unusual spell from a scroll if the spell is Arcane. A Bard can use Arcane spells, and the "Cure Light Wounds" is available on his magic table. So if I ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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What is a crystalline creature?

Although this may seem like a very trivial question, I still do not know how to interpret this. Several (sonic) spells and effects, like shatter or shout mention different effects on crystalline ...
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Modeling cutaway prep scenes in Fate

Many crime stories feature a particular kind of foreshadowing and plot twist: Early in the story, you see a character doing something significant, but the scene cuts away before you find out what it ...
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Tips and pitfalls for a variable-size group

My gaming group has very fluid attendance. From week to week it's been known to fluctuate between ten and two players, usually hovering around three to five. I've become reasonably adept at building ...
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How can I encourage players to Spout lore

I have this rich setting with plenty of details and it's not a published one that players read and know by heart. I'd like to give them a lot of information contextual to locations and events ...
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Where does the stereotype that wizards can't wear armor come from? [closed]

Why are wizards and their ilk so restricted in their choice of personal armor in most fantasy roleplaying games? (...let alone novels etc.) Sure, learning takes up a lot of time, especially about ...
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Are there any restrictions on action order when dealing with summoned creatures?

I know that I can take my actions in any order when I'm by myself, but are there any restrictions on ordering when I'm dealing with summoned creatures or followers? For instance, could I order my ...
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How can a GM calm down the group when they're chatty? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and how should I get the players to cut back on their out of character chatter? Now and then the groups I play in or GM can get rather chatty. They're talking and ...
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What's the history of the Darkness spell?

In D&D 3.0, the darkness spell was a sphere of blackness, impenetrable even to darkvision, which was terrifyingly powerful (except against demons and devils). In D&D 3.5, it's a zone of 20% ...
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What systems or special mechanics enforce equal stage-time between players most effectively?

What systems/mechanics have proven most effective at giving each player about equal spotlight-time and enforcing that equality between look-at-me players and 'turtles'? There's a pretty shy player who ...
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An insomniac character, how could that work?

I searched the player's handbook a while ago for the sleep deprivation rules but I don't remember finding anything, even though I recall having been told about such rules. Apart from asking if any ...
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What will happen with DDI subscriptions and online content for 4e?

With a new edition of D&D releasing next year (5e) what will happen to the online content for 4e? Will wizards continue to offer subscription services for 4th edition support, make those ...
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What is the reason for introducing the rule for Attacks of Opportunity in D&D?

The Attacks of Opportunity are an important part in D&D and spinoffs of the game like Pathfinder. What does this rule for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was this ...
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Can I play an effective pacifist in D&D 4e?

Is it possible to play an effective D&D 4e character who is thematically a pacifist, uses almost no damage-dealing abilities, but is still effective in combat? Similarly, is it possible to build ...
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What happens to a Summoner's Eidolon if it is Petrified?

What happens to a Summoner's Eidolon if it is Petrified? Does it return at the beginning of the next day as if it were killed, or must it be freed of its effect first?
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Character wealth by level for 4E?

I know that the DMG addresses this slightly on page 143 by stating that a character's wealth is equal to: One magic item of character level +1 One magic item of character level One magic ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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In early D&D, why would chainmail ever be preferred over plate armor?

In early D&D, both chainmail and plate armor were considered metal armor, and to slow the wearer to 60' per turn. Chainmail cost 40gp, and plate armor 60gp. Their encumbrance was 400 or 500 coins ...
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What are the changes in the third edition in Earthdawn?

I like Earthdawn and own the second-edition rulebooks from Living Room Games. There seems to be a third edition. Is it worth it to buy these books too? To answer this question for me, I want to know ...
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How do I adjudicate the natural tendency for hikers to spread in D&D 4e?

This question inspired by this rather grognardian post over on the Tao of D&D. Functionally, the post asserts: But suggest to a party that they're too far apart to hear one another as they ...
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How does a GM know they have done enough prep? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When GMing a game, how much should you prepare in advance? How do you, as a GM, keep from getting into an endless prep loop and to know when you have enough to run a ...
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Can forced movement be used to dismount a rider?

Are a rider and mount considered different targets so I could push or pull one but not the other with a power? If I can push the rider off of the mount, would the "Catching yourself"(PHB p284) clause ...
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Sustaining a power and readied actions: what happens?

This came up today at our gaming session. I was sustaining a Wall of Fire with my minor actions. The enemy was out of sight and I readied an action to Thunderwave them into the Wall of Fire if they ...
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Downtuning lethality in Savage Worlds

My groups go-to system is Savage Worlds, and it works pretty well for our needs. But the system uses exploding dice, and that means that sometimes a casual encounter that should be a cakewalk for the ...
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Does “Disarm” basically allow you to steal?

DMG 271 describes the disarm action and states that if the attack roll is successful, the defender "drops the item." SRD 92 lists things you can do on your turn in tandem with your move and action. ...
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Can I Ready an action to Disengage?

I want to ready the disengage action as a trigger if a creature appears near me. Is that possible? My DM told me I could ready any other action like dodge, etc. as a trigger except for disengage. ...
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Can you make a weapon bond with an improvised weapon?

The Eldritch Knight Fighter archetype has the ability Weapon Bond where they bond with a weapon, making it summonable and you cannot be disarmed of it. My question is, can you make a bond with an ...
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Heal as a paladin spell

By far the best healing spell in the game, heal, is a 6th-level spell for clerics. It’s also found on the Healing domain, again as a 6th-level spell. Various other classes get it as a 6th-level spell, ...
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Can you bypass travel by fast forwarding in your campaign?

Instead of having the players cover every single room in a dungeon or square of travel overland, is it permissible (or even warranted) to "fast forward" to a more interesting place, provided that ...
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How many Astral Constructs may exist at one time, created from the same manifester?

I can find nothing in the Expanded Psionics Handbook mentioning a limit on the number of astral constructs that can be manifested at one time. The duration of the Astral Construct power is 1 round / ...
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What can a wizard do without a spellbook?

So I have been reading through the 5e PHB section on wizards and a couple of things surprised me and I'm not sure if I am missing something. I was under the impression that Wizards required their ...
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Can I save immediately against Otto's Irresistible Dance, and have a chance of never dancing at all?

Otto's Irresistible Dance has two components relevant to this question: A dancing creature must use all its movement to dance And As an action, a dancing creature makes a Wisdom saving throw ...
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A character with a reach weapon also has the feat Improved Unarmed Strike; does he threaten all squares within 10' simultaneously?

Does the answer change depending on whether he has levels as a monk?
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How many attack rolls do I need to make for an area attack?

I'm having trouble shaking this answer out of my PHB. Scenario: I cast a spell that affects a 3x3 area. How many attack rolls do I make? Do I make one per creature in the area (IE, like 4e), or one ...
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Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?

If the elven wizard had proficiency in a bow could he use that as his arcane focus?
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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one?

Many of the spells in the Basic Rules indicate that they require material components. For the components that don't have a specific cost (I tend to call these mundane components), the Basic Rules ...
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What race is most similar to a cat?

I'm getting ready to start a D&D 3.5 game with my kids. When I asked them what characters wanted to play, my daughter said she wanted to be a cat. I told her I was pretty sure there is a race of ...
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Can I use a Combat Maneuver in place of an AoO?

Does this require a feat? If not, does itself provoke an AoO? For example, my cleric is standing between some guards and the rogue picking a lock. One of the guards walks through the square next to ...
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Looking for a WWII RPG that requires no adaptation/conversion

I am a massive fan of history - particularly the 20th century. Of course, the Second World War is massive and fascinating specter of this era. Are there any pen and paper RPGs based upon this ...
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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?

The Invisibility spell states: If the subject attacks directly, however, it immediately becomes visible Who is the attacker when a familiar delivers a touch spell? The familiar, the spellcaster ...
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D&D 3.5e HP Damage and Constitution Damage

Say my character is level 5 and I have 12 constitution (+1 modifier) with 25 total hit Points. What happens if I have 5 points of damage (20 out of 25 total hit points) and then I take 1 point of ...
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What should the GM do when players constantly argue?

I've got a group that it seems no matter what I do, they always end up arguing about every single situation I put in front of them. This includes the more simplistic situations like, "Where do you ...
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Are the money pumps described in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 legal under 3.5 rules?

Harry Potter and the Natural 20, a fanfic, describes several potential money pumps in the 3.5 rules: Casting Wall of Iron, and selling the iron produced. Creating items of summon undead, and then ...
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Forced movement - PUSH

When I use a power that allow me to push a target X squares, can I choose the direction the target will be pushed to? For example: can I push a target in front of me to the diagonal or it must be ...
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Can you concede by dying in Dresden Files?

If you concede, can you choose to die? I ask because my GM has mentioned this is possible. I think he's just trying to keep us from throwing Massively Overpowered Fireballs in every direction, but ...

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