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Are the names of the more generic planes copyrighted under the OGL as Product Identity?

I.e. "Negative Energy Plane", "Elemental Plane of Air", "Material Plane", essentially all the inner planes plus the material plane: Are these considered Product Identity or could I use them for other ...
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What is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...
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How do I approach the probability of a d100, using 2 d100's?

We're running an almost 100% homebrew system, which uses skills in order to craft objects during play. Allow me to first formulate an example to explain my question better: Jack is quite the mason ...
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How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf

A little backstory: One of my earliest DnD characters was a Two-Weapon-Fighting Purple-haired Barbarian Elf. He was immensely popular due to his unorthadox nature as a war-loving elf that embraced ...
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incorporeal, corporeal source in case of spells and damage

In the incorporeal description it is said "... Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, it takes only half damage from a corporeal source..." What is/isn't a corporeal source? Do for ex. fireball, ...
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As a GM, how can I stop killing my games?

Probably the worst issue I have as a Game Master is that I think of a game, I write a campaign plot for it -- End, Beginning and Middle, get hyped, hype my players, and after 2 months I get bored with ...
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/roll formula for critical hit damage in roll20

I posted this over on the Roll20 support forums but I figured I'd ask here as well. Basically I want to incorporate bonus damage dice in my attack macros. Right now I've got this line: /roll ...
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In Roll20, how to program a macro that mimics the built-in attack function?

In R20, when you make an attack roll using the built-in char sheet for 5E, it outputs 2 results (with modifiers and everything) in a single line. I'd like to do this with a Macro, so that I can access ...
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The scale of my maps are HUGE! What can I do about it?

Newbie GM here again, now confused about map sizes: I'm overlaying the maps from this site onto R20 for a Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure. The 'problem' (if there is one, there might not be) is ...
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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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In Emerald Spire, is a room or entire floor an encounter, and when should I give out treasure?

This is my first time as a GM, and our second session played, and I need this answered: how big is an encounter? I'm doing the emerald spire and I'm trying to figure out: is the entire level an ...
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Can Detect Magic detect prepared spells?

Inspired by a recent question about discerning divine and arcane spellcasters, of like to hear the case for and against detecting spellcasters of either style with Detect Magic. I think you can ...
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Does the spell Nondetection offer protection against all divination spells?

Does the spell Nondetection (and therefore the Unseen Seer ability Guarded Mind) protect the target from all divination spells or just the ones given as examples in the PHB (see quote)? The ...
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Can you jump in combat?

On page 182 of the PHB there are rules describing how far and high characters can jump. However, there is no mention of what type of action jumping is or how much movement it takes to initiate a jump. ...
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How does dungeon world combat work? [closed]

I don't understand what dice I'm supposed to roll or anything. Do I roll my damage dice? I've never actually played a tabletop RPG so this'll be my first, so I guess my confusion is understandable.
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What's the name of the AD&D module with the parasitic worms in the rubble?

I'm trying to remember a module, AD&D I'm fairly certain. They had a listing of rooms and what was there. A few of the rooms had rubble in them which could be searched for treasure with one of ...
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When Wild Shaping, does your HD change to match the creature form's HD?

I have a Druid in a D&D 3.5 campaign, currently level 2, but I was looking ahead and loving the idea of Wild Shape. The problem is that it is apparently based on Polymorph, which does not explain ...
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Custom paper character sheet that's updatable without erasing

So far I've been using a printed copy of the official character sheet for my D&D characters. It features a blank space for every stat. As a consequence of that, every time my character levels up ...
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Did Kelemvor lose the death domain to Myrkul?

I was reading the Basic Rules (V2) and Appendix B has a table with the Forgotten Realms' deities. In this table, Myrkul is listed as the "god of death", while Kelemvor is "god of the dead". Since I ...
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How do Druid animal companions work?

Do I control my Companion and his/her actions or does the DM? If I control them, does my PC have to be there to give the order? For example, could my PC's wolf stand guard while the party sleeps with ...
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What to do when a great idea comes too soon?

As a GM, often a fantastic ending to a campaign comes to me before I start it. In the Star Wars universe, I picture the heroes stealing a Star Destroyer from the Empire or, in D&D, I picture the ...
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Arcane Ward and Resistance

Does the abjuration wizards arcane ward take damage before or after resistance applies? The arcane ward ability states that 'Whenever you take damage, the ward takes it instead.' Damage Resistance ...
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Dice roll methods and their averages

So, to build some background I am trying to help my DM build a fair Dice roll methods for character generation according to tiers of classes. Ex. Giving weaker classes more stat points although ...
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Can you make a Spring Attack with a single standard action that includes both the attack and the movement?

I believe you can, but apparently not everyone agrees. Please refer to the feat description: When using an attack action with a melee weapon, the character can move both before and after the ...
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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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Is it possible to produce a bowl-shaped probability curve with dice rolls?

In D&D's basic D20 system, you roll one d20 and add in some modifiers, then compare the result to a target number. Each modifier effectively adds or removes a 5% chance of success with the roll. ...
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What does Use an Object cover?

I saw this come up in another question in regards to drinking a healing potion not being a Use an Object action as the text in the equipment chapter under healing potion specifically says that using a ...
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Does a Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to the sneak attack dice as well?

The ability description states (emphasis mine): The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks attempted against that opponent, and a +1 bonus ...
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Pitfalls to avoid when using kingdom building rules for the first time?

Our group is playing the Kingmaker adventure path and we are about to start a kingdom. I'm intending to use the Ultimate Campaign rules for kingdom building (they seem to be genuinely the same, aside ...
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Confused about fighter's Two Weapon Fighting Style

A fighter in a campaign I am running has the Two Weapon Fighting Style and I am having some trouble with finding details on how it works. Does he have to wield two light weapons? Or can he use (for ...
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What silhouette number do droids and playable species have?

What silhouette do the playable species and droids count as — 0, 1, or something else? The move power mentions silhouette but I couldn't find an explanation there.
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Does a Fey Beast Companion share your actions?

Looking at Fey Beast Tamer in DDI, there are no indications about how it takes its turns, performs movements, or attacks. Is there an online reference providing rules for how the creature takes ...
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Fey Beast Tamer, Scaling of your Fey Beast companion

How does the companion chosen, via Theme: Fey Beast Tamer, scale with the PC it is bonded with? I am a lv01 Wood Elf (archer) ranger (14 AC before armor) with the theme Fey Beast Tamer and have ...
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Can a 5e D&D character acquire multiple archetypes from the same class?

I have a player that wants to build a Dragonborn Outlander Ranger/Sorcerer, with Slaad as the first Favored Enemy. The archetypes for the Sorcerer are Draconic Bloodline and Wild Magic. Being ...
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Optimizing Natural Killer Build

For my new party I started playing THIS character. But now at level 2 having the knowledge that everybody else is playing a powerplay character I would like to know if anyone has ideas getting the ...
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How can I find a challenge/dilemma for my robot character? [closed]

So...I'm playing in this game as an android that is a hacker and electrically skill based. It is not designed for front line combat and has a control chip which makes it obey the commands of it's ...
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How can I speed up action in an IRC-based Shadowrun game?

I have a small group that plays games weekly on IRC. We've been playing Dogs in the Vineyard for a while now and that appears to work pretty well. We've been a little slow at the start, but it was ...
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What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?

I have a character (it's the same overly clever character from my first question, even) whose primary flaw can be summed up as "Bull in a Social China Shop". In other words, the character is ...
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How to play a published adventure solo?

I have an adventure module that I want to play through but can't convince anyone to play with me (or our schedules don't line up right). I know I can use the Mythic GM Emulator to simulate a GM, but I ...
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Are there any software tools for the Mythic system?

I've tried to find some computerized tools for this system, but I did not manage to find any. The quite generic name is bringing back lots of not-related-to-the-game answers. I would like to have at ...
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Does corruption affect the choices you make?

We have begun to take a trip into the mind of our Rogue Trader, and in his self-discovery, he has quite plainly taken the path of Chaos, and is taking corruption points by the handful (took 30 in one ...
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AD&D scrolls and learning spells

Can a magic-user who finds a scroll in a dungeon take said scroll and copy the spell to his/her spell book so that he/she can prepare that spell in the future? Also if the character finds the scroll ...
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How does background count affect an Adept's passive powers?

Background count is described in the Street Grimoire (PDF p. 32). However, how it affects adepts is really vague at best: A background count imposes a negative dice pool penalty equal to its ...
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Berserk SFX for NPCs

I am a bit confused about how to apply the Berserk SFX for NPCs. The normal version of the SFX reads: Add a die from the doom pool to one or more attack actions. Step up the doom pool die by +1 ...
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What is the CR/XP-Character Level relationship for opponents?

I can't seem to find information in the Monster Manual for how to design an opponent with class levels of an appropriate challenge for my 7th-level party. Perhaps this appears in the DMG? I want to ...
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How quick is an immediate action (spell)? [duplicate]

Immediate actions "can be performed at any time", but how quickly can they be used? Does it mean a spell like emergency force sphere could be used to avoid (for instance) fireball? Ie Wizard Bob ...
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Can you multiclass the same class twice for different class features?

The way that 5e works, each class has a sub class that dictates a heap of class features. The question here is generally, can a character of a specific class take levels in that same class in order to ...
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Dice pool success probability with one exploding die

I'm looking for the math behind the following: Players have a pool of 3–11 d6s, and have to get from 1–4 successes, "success" being a roll of 5+. One of these dice is special (represented ...
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How can damage to a Ranger's animal companion be handled?

So in our last session of Dungeon World the Ranger's animal companion came under direct attack by a PC. The pet in question is a huge 'eagle' called Trace. We're sure it's actually a disguised dragon ...
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How does finding herbs work?

A druid in my game wants to pick herbs as they spend the day walking. How do I DM this? Should I pick a DC based on the environment (high in the desert, lower in a meadow), and have him roll for it? ...

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