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How do I get my PCs to not be a bunch of murderous cretins?

Most RPGs teach you that casual violence is the best solution to all your in-game problems. This is so well established a part of the vast majority of RPGs that there are entire satire RPGs like Greg ...
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Treasure placement based on APL and/or CR

This may be a somewhat convoluted question, but I will try to be clear. My question is in regards to treasure placement. According to the CRB Pg 400: 1.) To aid in placing treasure, the amount of ...
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Can Touch Injection discharge unintentionally, or only willfully?

While the spell lasts, you can deliver the substance with a mere touch. To do so to an opponent, you must make a successful melee touch attack. If you hit, the substance takes effect immediately, ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster Rogue learn all of the wizard spells from the low levels it has slots for?

My take on this is as follows: Arcane Trickster level 17 class ability allows for stealing spells somebody is casting (this isn't restricted to wizard spells). Skill is located on PHB pg. 98, ...
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Post character creation, getting spellcraft bonuses

After character creation what is a good way to get bonuses to spellcraft? I'd rather not have to use feats, however. Are there any items, equipment, spells or suchlike that could be used? Such as ...
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Does your strength modifier impact your ability to draw weapons?

Our DM has a rule that if your Strength modifier is -1 or lower, drawing your weapon is a full-round action. If you have a neutral or positive strength modifier, drawing your weapon would become a ...
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How do level adjustment and racial levels work?

So we're starting a 3.5 game soon and I decided to roll my first non-core character. I'm usually the guy who sticks with Orcs/Elves/Humans etc. But this time I decided to be a Hound Archon. What I ...
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What are the (non-encumbrance) effects that discriminate between rods and wands?

For context, I'm puzzling over the larger question of "what, really, is the difference between a rod and a wand?" Obviously one is larger and heavier, so encumbrance might be one consideration. I ...
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How will I go about simulating a gang war? [closed]

I have two gangs in the city by where my PC's base is. A group of organized smugglers and a gang called the Black Hand are at odds. The Black Hand has been promised power when ley lines are ...
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Spell Strike + Touch Injection?

Spell Strike (Su): The blade adept can deliver touch spells with her bonded weapon. This works as the magus ability of the same name. ...
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Can you attack while Gliding?

Say I have a hunter with the Glide spell, and I use it to jump off a high cliff overlooking an orc encampment. Assuming the cliff is high enough to give me at least a couple rounds before reaching ...
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The Hiding Rules Contradict Themselves. What Can I Make Of This?

Page 177 "Hiding" says: You can't hide from a creature that can see you. Page 192 "Hide" says: When you take the Hide action, you make a Dexterity (Stealth) check in an attempt to hide, ...
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What does it mean that clans have differing numbers of unique feats?

In Oriental Adventures for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and that text's update to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, the Dragon #318 article “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor” (32-48), ...
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Where does Gozreh live?

Where does the god Gozreh live? His alignment suggests purgatory, but his flavour suggests he would prefer a more natural environment.
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Can interpersonal interactions that use investigative abilities fail or make things worse?

The core idea behind Gumshoe as a system is that 'Core' clues are successfully found with an appropriate use of an investigative skill. There are a whole bunch of interpersonal investigative skills ...
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Could someone describe different methods for turning another character into magical armor? [duplicate]

I am interested in transforming a defeated boss into a series armor based objects that grants the racial traits of the transformed for other individuals in game, could someone describe any spells or ...
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What software can I use to voice chat with my players while also being able to reproduce SFX comfortably? [closed]

I'm hosting an online Role Playing Game through Maptool and I need to be able to speak through the microphone while at the same time playing sounds from a soundboard without having to switch the ...
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Can one tumble past a reach weapon

Consider the following situation: target is using a reach weapon (a glaive). Is it possible for character to move to C1 and attack target avoiding an attack of opportunity from the reach weapon by ...
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What kind of action is used to change aspects in Fate?

If I want to change one aspect into another (for example, throwing a bucket of water on an NPC's head to change "My hair's on fire!" to Drenched), what kind of action is that? Do I use Overcome to ...
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Can improvised weapons be magically enhanced? [duplicate]

I'm entering into a campaign with a new character who wields a giant clock pendulum in battle and I was wondering if an improvised weapon such as a pendulum could be magically enhanced to improve its ...
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857 views

What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?

I'm going to be running a Harry Potter game in the near future, and I don't really know what system would be best for the kind of game that I want to run. The vast majority of my experience is in ...
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2answers
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Leaving and re-entering Stinking Cloud

The spell stinking cloud says This condition [nauseated] lasts as long as the creature is in the cloud and for 1d4+1 rounds after it leaves. So, here's the scenario: A creature is in the area of ...
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Game Recommendation: Tribe/Kingdom management (King of Dragon Pass)

I have been (re)playing the PC and mobile versions of King of Dragon Pass. I am really falling in love with the concept of the game, and I would like to give it a try at a table with some friends. ...
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Do I still get the AC bonus from a shield if I use a 2 handed weapon?

Do I get the +2AC from a shield if it stays on my back all the time? Another way to look at it: If I use my Versatile weapon as two-handed, does my AC go down? I'm still proficient in all my gear, ...
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Play by post mapping system

I'm looking for a means of having a battle map and tokens for a play by post game. Something that doesn't require anyone, except maybe the DM, to download software, and functions perfectly well, even ...
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3answers
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Can a Glaive be stowed in a Ruby Scabbard?

Can a Glaive be stowed in a Ruby Scabbard, as a Glaive is both Polearm and Heavy Blade? I think RaW means it can, but it somehow feels "wrong" to put a polearm in a scabbard Group: Heavy blade ...
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1answer
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Using the Well of Many Worlds

My group is about to come into possession of the wondrous item, the Well of Many Worlds. At the conclusion of this current module I am going to take the group to level 20 with a few Mythic tiers. ...
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1answer
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Are Paragon Path powers considered class powers?

Example: I have a Warlock with the feat 'Sacrifice to Caiphon', which reads thusly: When you attack with a Warlock attack power that has targets and you miss all targets, then you can deal ...
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2answers
179 views

Is there a Wizard/ Thief class [closed]

Is there an example of a wizard/ thief character class?
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1answer
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Are Battle Master maneuvers usable once per attack, or per attack action?

It says in the PHB that you can use only one maneuver per attack. If that's per attack, not per attack action, that seems somewhat powerful, since after 5th level you get multiple attacks per attack ...
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1answer
344 views

Cantrips for each multi-class class?

Would a Cleric 1 / Wizard 1 multi-classed character know 3 cleric cantrips and 3 wizard cantrips?
5
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1answer
141 views

Magic Staff counts as a magic weapon?

many creatures have resistance to weapons that aren't "magic weapons". A Magic Staff can be used as a quarterstaff, but (usually) doesn't have a bonus to hit (a "plus"). Is it considered a Magic ...
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2answers
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What are the implications of allowing Dex to Hit and Damage?

While in the process of building a Magus character, I got annoyed that paizo decided to make Dex to damage quite difficult to obtain. Apart from Agile weaponry, I know of three feats that do this: ...
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2answers
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Does whether a Wizard can maintain the spell Polymorph upon themselves depend on the form they change into?

The level 4 spell Polymorph requires concentration to maintain. The subject retains their personality and alignment, but they have the mental statistics of the new form, which must be a beast and ...
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1answer
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Can I use Extra attack to cast two spells

I'm a 5th level monk and a level 1 sorcerer and I'm just wondering if I can use the Extra attack from my monk class feature to cast a spell instead of a melee attack.
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5answers
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How to transform a bunch of strangers into a friendly group?

I am about to start a game with a bunch of strangers. I posted a flyer in a friendly local game shop (FLGS) and some folks responded enthusiastically. I talked a little bit to them about what sort of ...
2
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1answer
112 views

Choosing a weapon for a low STR sorcerer in Pathfinder

I'm making a Half-Orc Red Draconic Sorcerer, which will begin life at level 5 to join an existing campaign. Based on my rolls I'll probably have 8 STR and 16 DEX. So I'm using my starting gold to go ...
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1answer
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Paragon Paths for Lazy Warlords

A Lazy character is one using powers that don't allow any attack or damage roll by the attacker. The most basic example of such power is Commander's Strike. I have a player in my table that is ...
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1answer
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Does sleep immunity mean you don't need sleep?

Does sleep immunity imply you do not need to sleep, or simply that you can't be forced to sleep? I'm specifically trying to figure out what the the alchemist's Mummification discovery means on this ...
5
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1answer
265 views

What's the shortest Small-size humanoid ever published, so I can Alter Self into one?

I'm looking for the shortest official humanoid creature I can transform into with the second level wizard spell alter self. This excludes taking feats or archetypes to get even shorter, of course. ...
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1answer
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How does Wind Walk interact with combat?

The spell Wind Walk makes you "insubstantial" as per the spell Gaseous Form, which gives you DR 10/Magic, some immunities, and your armor doesn't contribute to AC. During this time you can fly at 10ft ...
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1answer
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Ranger/druid spells per day vs. spells known

The spells per day is in the chart for the class. The caster level is easy to figure out. But how many spells do I know? The same numbers as are in the chart? I though I read that I gained two spells ...
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3answers
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Learning Fate systems from a D20 background

My history is rather linear, and mostly relies on traditional d20 systems (D&D Original, AD&D, 3.5 and Rolemaster, Champions) and I am interested in learning some of the other systems that are ...
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3answers
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Is there a use for the skills Biotechnology and Cybertechnology?

As far as I know it there are no crafting rules besides the table on p. 146 and the repairing section in Run and Gun p.143. So I wonder how you can use Bio- and Cybertechnology. Does the GM just make ...
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2answers
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Are skills only improved via proficiency and ability scores?

In D&D 5e, is the only way to get higher skill ranks determined by prof bonus and ability score? Is my only choice to wait til 4th level, raise an ability score, and improve my proficiency bonus ...
7
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1answer
908 views

When can I draw my weapon?

I know I'm about to face a bunch of enemies, I have to draw them out first. If I know I'm about to be in a huge battle, can my weapon be drawn before I go in there or do I have to wait until the ...
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What is the Challenge Rating of this custom “Volcanic Dragon”?

I came across the sheet of a super awesome Volcano Dragon, custom made for D&D 5e by someone much more experienced than me. I wanted to use that sheet, but we play 3.5e instead of 5e, so I had to ...
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1answer
214 views

Is arbitrarily high ability score increase via Tomes and Manuals practically feasible?

According to "Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?" you can stack their use to increase an ability score multiple times, even beyond 20. So in ...
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3answers
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Do imps have hands?

I've looked around and everyone assumes so, but I see no specific mention that imps have hands (with which to wield wands to cast spells for their masters, as familiars).
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3answers
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Help Calculating Dice Odds for a Unique d6 Dice Pool

I'm attempting to design a unique d6 dice pool system, and I want to try programming the probabilities in AnyDice but I'm not sure how. Here's how the system works: Dice pools are between 2 and 10 ...

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