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How do I narrate a Called Shot to the head?

The Ranger has a starting move of Called Shot. When you attack a defenseless or surprised enemy at range, you can choose to deal your damage or name your target and roll + DEX. Head. *10+: ...
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AD&D/2e: how do you play a PC that's from a NPC race?

Are there supplemental rules in AD&D 1e or 2e for playing a PC who's a NPC race -- say a kobold or a goblin? The PHB does not speak to this topic, unlike the 3.x SRD. P.S. I know it's possible ...
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Ready Action to 5-foot step a Reach Weapon

Ready Action: You can take a 5-foot step as part of your readied action, but only if you don’t otherwise move any distance during the round. Does that mean you can ready a 5-foot step forward plus ...
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Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...
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Advantage to a literal “Army of Darkness”

If an army composed entirely of creatures that have darkvision leveraged their ability by attacking only a night, how significant would their advantage be? Under normal circumstances, darkvision is ...
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Armored Wisdom to AC

Is there any combination of races, classes, items, or feats that allows you to add your Wisdom bonus to AC, without restricting the armor that you wear? Several classes offer Wisdom to AC while ...
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How to prolong a spell in absence?

In Pathfinder lets say that I am a medium to high level wizard and I cast "Charm Monster" on someone on whom I want to have control over. This spell lasts a couple days. (Side question: does the ...
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When creatures provide cover against attacks, can they be hit?

If one creature is providing cover for another, is it possible that it ends up taking the hit? If so, what are the mechanics for it? I see it like this: 2 goblins (AC 15) are standing in a row. An ...
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What are the rules for characters covering other characters?

I'm unclear on how cover works in combat. Assume we have a combat taking place in a big, open, flat field with no furnishings - so we're just dealing with the characters themselves. In this case, how ...
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Is there a real use for the Medicine skill in D&D 5e?

Does the Medicine skill have a hidden use I don't know about? All I can see in the rules is that it allows a successful skill roll to stabilize a dying character, which a healer kit does without a ...
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How to quickly introduce character creation mechanics to new Numenera players?

Situation: Experienced game master with experienced players, predominantly from Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 background, but everyone new to Numenera. I've read the book, and think I have a pretty good ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit

So this came up in our game today and after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As a tank if you give up your turn to waste ...
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Durations of chained conditions

Two related questions here; here, I use Fatigued and Exhausted for illustration, but I'm really asking about the general case of condition "chains" like this. Question 1: A character is currently ...
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1answer
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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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How do I help create story around the table without writing it?

I love RPGs. I think they can create some of the most fun and enjoyable stories, both from an out-of-game and in-game standpoint. I also realize that "story" is the result of the game played by the ...
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How can I learn how to lay out an “evidence scene”?

I feel like I'm particularly bad at any kind of scene where I want to drop clues. I'm hesitant to use the term "crime scene" because it's not always being investigated by "police", and some of these ...
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Where can I find other RPG players?

I'd really like to learn how to play pen-and-paper RPGs. I know that it takes a few players to actually sit down and play, but I'm not at all sure where to find more gamers. How do I find existing ...
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Is there a genre-agnostic RPG as complex as Aftermath RPG?

I am seeking a game like the RPG Aftermath, in terms of complexity of action resolution, but a universal generic game that I can use for any setting or genre. Are there other in-print games that are ...
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Does Magical Darkness Protect Light-Sensitive Creatures from the Effects of Sunlight?

I am wonder if casting darkness on an object or creature that has either light sensitivity, such as an Orc, or a complete aversion to sunlight, like a vampire, would protect them from the ill effects ...
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Neutralize Poison and previous poison ability damage

If a creature gets poisoned and loses 1d3 Str and will lose another 1d3 after a minute but someone casts Neutralize Poison on it, does it regain the first 1d3 lost too as well as not rolling for the ...
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Summary of differences between Pathfinder Beginner Box and Core Rules?

Does anywhere have a good reference of the summary of differences between the Pathfinder Beginner Box rules and the Core Rules (which I believe are identical to the online PRD)?
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What are the specifics of the Summoner's eidolon summoning ritual?

The summoner class casts a one minute ritual to call forth their Eidolon. From the PFSRD: A summoner can summon his eidolon in a ritual that takes 1 minute to perform. Have Paizo ever stated ...
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Does the bone bow adjust automatically to the user's Strength?

The exotic weapon bone bow (Frostburn 75, 76) (250 gp; 4 lbs.) says that it functions as a composite longbow with regard to applying the user’s Strength bonus to damage done with arrows shot from ...
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What online chat or chat-like resource will work for my closed game?

I'm designing a RP forum but when the characters have to talk to each other the game slows to a crawl. Do you know of any online chat or chat-like resource I can use for a closed game? I am looking ...
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Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus

I'm gearing up for a 2-person campaign (my wife and myself, with myself as DM). The party will be two characters, with occasional hirelings/NPCs. One of the characters will be a DMPC (we've run one ...
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Give when you can't see a violent raise

I just have read the Dogs in the Vineyard rulebook, and I have a question regarding conflict resolution. If there is a conflict between two characters, and at some point one escalates from talking to ...
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Dungeon World Leveling at level 10

I didn't really understand the leveling portion other than: XPTotal & LevelUp = Level+7 - XP However when you hit level 10 the manual says you must create a new character as an assistant or etc. ...
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A fellow player is uncooperative with the group and gets GM favoritism. How do I handle this?

I actually have two situations but they are interconnected. Our group is currently playing a Dresden game. The GM and one of the players are married. Along with that, he is a new member to the group. ...
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Can a DnD vampire or spawn use a mobile coffin?

The Vampire Spawn monster class from DnD 3.5e Libris Mortis states under their Fast Healing that If reduced to 0 hit points in combat, it automatically assumes gaseous form and attempts to ...
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Does Icon of Fear's additional effect still work if no ally is close enough to the target?

The Icon of Fear Cleric power has the following effect: One ally adjacent to you can shift up to 2 squares as a free action and must end adjacent to the target. If none of my allies can get to ...
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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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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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Player as animal companion?

I have two players who want to play a druid and his animal companion. While I have no problems with it, I'm concerned that the animal companion player won't be as interested as the others, because he: ...
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How does one avoid a bottleneck of enemies in a doorway?

As a new DM I'm still learning how to control the monsters in a battle. A situation came up last game and although it was fine and fun, I wonder if there are better strategies for a DM to avoid a ...
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Can an unseen servant hustle?

Unseen servants have a speed of 15 feet. Can they take the run full round action or otherwise keep up with their master moving at a normal base land speed? Can they do this while pulling a cart ...
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One of my players is too passive and uninterested

Game is DnD 3.5, not that it matters. So, yeah, she is playing an Elf Rogue and she is like a ghost during the game. In the last session, the party was searching for a guy and some Halfling told ...
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Does making an animal more intelligent automatically make them a magical beast

Inspired by this question Most animals have an intelligence of 1-2 in PF. But should you cast Fox's Cunning on one and raise it's int to (say) 6, does it become a magical beast automatically (with ...
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How to hire freelance writers for my self-published RPG who will adhere to my canon?

So, I'm in the early stages of writing my own tabletop RPG System/Setting. I plan to self-publish most likely, probably starting off just on DriveThruRPG and seeing how it goes from there. And I'm ...
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PC as Familiar?

One of my PC's wants a familiar and one of my other PC's thinks it would be cool if she could take on the role of a familiar because she thinks it would allow her freedom to be "cute" in the game. ...
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20 foot square versus a 20 foot circle on a battle mat

A druid in my game used the Entangle spell, and it was pretty easy to know how a 20' square rendered on a battle mat with a 5' spacing grid. Now he also knows Spike Growth... The Spike Growth effect ...
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How can I get mic-shy players invested in roleplaying over Skype?

My roleplaying group is composed of four friends who roleplay using roll20 as our board and Skype to handle our voice communications. I have one player who is used to roleplaying only in text and ...
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How much can saddle bags hold?

I'm not seeing any stats in the PHB. What is the limit that saddle bags on a horse can carry? If there's not any definitive stats would it be OK to assume that each saddlebag is similar to a backpack? ...
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How do you pronounce 'svirfneblin'?

In a campaign I'm writing, an aged sage sends my party to the underdark to aid Deep Gnomes against a Drow takeover. The group that will be playing this has read R.A Salvador's books and knows both ...
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How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?

I play small role playing activities and games with some friends of mine, and one of them always has highly destructive and somewhat unpredictable characters. He will consistently attempt to kill ...
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How does the Diviner's Portent ability interact with Advantage and Disadvantage?

The portent ability says, in part, You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can see with one of these foretelling rolls. You must choose ...
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Which creatures in Middle Earth can speak common in the One Ring RPG?

We are getting set to start a One Ring game. The creature section does not seem to delineate languages. Which creatures speak common in this game? It's been a while since I read The Hobbit but I seem ...
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Help building a Battlemage [duplicate]

I've been using a warmage 4/fighter 2 for a campaign for awhile now. We took a long break, then we decided to begin again, so our DM had us review our characters, and somehow I ended up as a level 6 ...
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When wielding a two-handed weapon in one hand, how much benefit does Power Attack confer?

The Pathfinder FAQ states that: Power Attack: If I am using a two-handed weapon with one hand (such as a lance while mounted), do still I get the +50% damage for using a two-handed weapon? ...
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How do you handle distractions caused by small children?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5E. After some discussion, we have 4 players and a GM ready to start a campaign. Three of us have little or no experience, while the other two have a few ...
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Duskblade with a 1-level Crusader dip?

Some background: I'm playing a tiefling Duskblade, currently at lvl4 and just about to hit 5th. I'm not overly concerned about perfectly optimising the character, so there's a few things I've take ...

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