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Where does the “apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order” rule come from, if it exists?

I have seen quoted several places on the internet a rule that one can apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order. An example I come across frequently (as a druid) is the combination of ...
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Can you use the pounce ability during a surprise round

I remember reading that during a surprise round you can only take a single action. A charge is usually a full round action but can be used if you are restricted to a single action, as stated in the ...
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When crafting with the ironwood spell, are the effects permanent?

The Ironwood spell has a very defined duration, but the Craft skill has the following line in its description; A successful Craft check related to woodworking in conjunction with the casting of ...
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Dresden files movement rote

Hi I'm looking to create a rote to do an effect similar to Harry's quick escape potion. I have a good discipline and conviction and air control specialisation. Harry's potion is 5 shifts of power for ...
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Maximum levels in AD&D 2nd Edition

I just inherited a bunch of old school adventures for AD&D 2nd Edition, which I'm going to adapt for Pathfinder. At the beginning of many of these old adventures it lists what levels characters ...
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Celestial Commander Summoned Monsters

This is a follow-up on this question Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another? The answer to that questions seems to be "Not if they cannot understand you." I am currently playing a ...
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Minor Creation and food

So, a hungry wizard walks into a bar... And then gets kicked out before he's able to get any food in his stomach. He throws some curses and then remembers - he has some olives left, as well as a Minor ...
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Our ranger has too many skill ranks for his skills

My group is fairly small (3 characters including my own), and ranks in skills seem to be a bit off for us. We are calculating skill ranks properly for each of our characters, but our ranger seems to ...
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Can I make a worthwhile one-handed paladin?

I would really like my pally to use just ONE weapon, and wield nothing in their other hand (or at least appear to do so), but I don't really see any thing that makes it beneficial at all. Using 2 ...
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Is there any fluff for the druid's “A Thousand Faces” ability?

I played a D&D 3.5 campaign years ago, and one PC was a druid. The player did a pretty awesome job as a spy thanks to the multiple divination spells, Wild Shape and especially A Thousand Faces: ...
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Playing Dresden Files RPG with Fate Core rules?

I just introduced my gaming group to Fate, and some of the players have expressed interest in the Dresden Files RPG. I understand that Fate Core has introduced some changes and refinements to the ...
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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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Newbie starting first D&D campaign

My friends want to play D&D and they expect me to be the GM; since none of us has ever played before, their wanting to keep playing or not pretty much depends on me. I have bought the Player's ...
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How to sneak attack in the dark?

Backstabbing and darkness go together in most RPGs that I ever played. However, in Pathfinder you actually have to see what you're doing if you want your precision damage. How else are you going to ...
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Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there ...
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Do two standard actions equal a full round action?

If a character was somehow able to get two extra standard actions on their round in combat, could those actions be used as an extra full attack action or full round action? Elaboration: In the first ...
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What kind of action is rake?

Rake descriptions are annoyingly unclear. Does winning a grapple check let you rake immediately as a free/triggered/no action, or Is winning a grapple check simply a prerequisite for being able to ...
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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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Question about D&D 4E bonus stacking

I have a question related to D&D 4E bonus stacking, specifically related to overlapping type stacking. I understand that in general similar types do not stack, however I'm wondering if there are ...
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Wearing armor without proficiency?

As far as I can tell, a sorcerer in padded armor has to apply a check penalty to attack rolls and all DEX and STR based skill checks… but padded armor has check penalty 0. Does that mean that a ...
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How important is charisma for a 3.X bard?

I've just started a DnD 3.5 campaign that will probably run through the summer, taking us from level three (where we start) to around level eight or nine. It's a small party (four players) and two of ...
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Multiple Sources of Damage against a single vulnerability

A very common occurance, a Paladin has used Sign of Vulnerability to apply Vulnerable 5 Radiant to an enemy. In the following round, they use the Minor Action, Bless Weapon, which adds 1d6 radiant to ...
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How many members make up the typical Savage Worlds adventuring party?

After looking at the Test Drive, I do not see anything about party sizes. Is there a standard Savage Worlds party size? I want to try out the Tomb of Terrors one-shot with the Test Drive rules, but ...
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What does insubstantial mean?

We've seen a few powers that make a creature insubstantial now, but we haven't been able to find out what it means. What does it mean and where can we get a clear definition?
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What are class skills in Pathfinder?

Stupid question, but what exactly are class skills in the Pathfinder RPG? I believe it means I get one "free" skill rank in that class, am I right in this assumption?
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What action is removing a shield and dropping it to the ground?

I know that removing an equipped shield and stowing it (usually on the back) is a standard action. I also know that dropping an held or wielded item is a free action. What action type is removing an ...
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How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?

I have a bunch of different ways I use to make maps for my tabletop game. Sometimes I draw one on graph paper. Sometimes I use Dungeonographer. Sometimes I copy a map from a published adventure or ...
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House Rules for AD&D Character Generation (1e+)

Looking at starting an AD&D game for a bunch of players who haven't played for a while and have never played together so there are no common house rules. To maximise playing time we want ...
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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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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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Can wizard's staff of defense class feature stack with Wizard Utility 2 Shield on the same triggering effect?

Staff of Defense class feature: ...once per encounter as an immediate interrupt, you gain a bonus to defense against one attack equal to your Constitution modifier. You can declare the ...
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What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover combinations? [closed]

I'm curious: What RPG worlds have you combined most successfully in a crossover setting as a GM? (Or what was the best crossover that you played as a player?) My best experiences almost always ...
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Does the New Magic Missile Trigger “On Hit” Powers or Effects?

The new Magic Missile (p203 in Heroes of the Fallen Lands) introduces a new (I think) mechanic. It is an Attack that does damage without an Attack line, only an Effect line. IE, you don't have to ...
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
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Rules for lasso capture?

In D&D 3.5 suppose a character decides to capture another character, animal or object with a lasso. How would you handle a throw for this situation ?
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Must 5e elves take a long rest?

If an elf uses their trance regularly, takes short rests periodically, and is willing to forego the benefits of long rests (hit points and dice restored, spell slots and abilities restored, etc), is ...
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As a GM, how can I adjudicate de-escalating combat?

As a sister question to How can combat be de-escalated once started by a player? In a D&D 5e game, a player rushed into combat with an NPC that wasn't particularly hostile. As a player, I ...
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Prison break with an Aarakocra

I am going to play the Out of the Abyss scenario with my players, and I allowed them to choose among all available races (fun is my primary objective). One of the players chose to play an Aarakocra, ...
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Must an unseen servant stay on the ground?

The spell says: The servant springs into existence in an unoccupied space on the ground within range. Does the servant need to stay on the ground, or can it move through the air? Ideally I'm ...
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Can a basilisk turn another basilisk to stone?

Can a basilisk turn another basilisk to stone with its petrifying gaze? If yes: then I imagine that around any basilisk herd there should be many petrified basilisks. If no: then I'm thinking that ...
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To Kill a Vampire in Mist Form

There are two different cases for a Vampire being in Mist Form. By volition: (Shapechanger ability) Via combat reduction to 0 hit points. (Misty Escape) Shapechanger. If the vampire isn’t in ...
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What are the consequences if I allow a Bard to Inspire himself?

Watching a video stream of a game, one of the players, the Bard, asked if he could inspire himself with his Bardic Inspiration feature. The GM objected and said that the feature specifically said that ...
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Did the designers intend that you need only carry the Cloak of Charisma to get the bonus?

The SRD's entry for the Cloak of Charisma says: This lightweight and fashionable cloak has a highly decorative silver trim. When in a character’s possession, it adds a +2, +4, or +6 enhancement ...
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Do dragons rest in the air or on the ground?

You're a dragon who has just spent 16 hours straight of dodging tropical thunderstorms and in-flight icing. You really would like a nice nap about now...can you simply "lock your wings" and glide ...
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What is the history of the term “Dungeon Master's Screen”?

The question What's the name of cardboard wall DMs use to hide their part of table? has a fairly clearcut answer--"X Master's Screen," where X is "Game" or "Dungeon" depending on the speaker, the game ...
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Are Blastlocks not Special?

I am making a character for d&d 5e and I am thinking about playing an Abjurer Eldritch Knight with a dip of Warlock for some refluffed flavor, out of combat utility, in combat utility, and I just ...
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How should one handle tournament jousting? [closed]

I'd like to run a jousting tournament within a D&D game as a nonlethal (but nevertheless dangerous) sporting event, rather than as an actual combat. Specifically, two mounted contestants with ...
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Can you use emergency force sphere to stop someone charging you when casting already?

Emergency force sphere is a useful spell to stop someone being crushed by rocks. It is cast as an immediate action - so if a creature charges a character they should be able to cast EFS to stop ...
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How does crafting poisons work?

So I have been playing D&D for some while now, since 3.5 (skipped 4e) and crafting in D&D has always been something I detest as its REALLY poorly handled in my opinion as a game designer ...
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What are the creative limits of Prestidigitation?

In our current campaign we've come across a village where the locals and I do not share a language. Some people in the party have garnered some trust through this by playing music, or showing off ...

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