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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...
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Can unconscious characters be willing?

This situation came up last week during our session. The party was facing a pretty difficult mob of enemies and one of the party members was knocked unconscious. Seeing the situation worsening, one of ...
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How does Mind Blank affect the Zone of Truth spell?

The Archmage NPC casts Mind Blank on itself before entering combat per the MM. Mind Blank is powerful enough to foil a Wish spell to gain information about or affect the mind of a target, per the PH. ...
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Is class retraining an option in D&D 5e?

I skimmed the PHB but I wasn't able to find any information on "retraining" or any ways to "undo" character advancement. Is retraining (especially of classes and class features) available in any of ...
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How do Bane bonuses from multiple sources stack?

If I have a +1 dragons-bane Body Wrap of Mighty Strikes and a +1 dragons-bane Amulet of Mighty Fists, what happens? Do my unarmed strikes have an enhancement bonus vs dragons of +4 or +6 (or something ...
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How do I make the Pathfinder Trait 'Heirloom Weapon' function in PCGen?

I'm working on a character for an upcoming campaign, and it's looking like I'll probably be taking the Heirloom Weapon trait. I'm trying to get the character put together in PCGen, but I'm having ...
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Can you target multiple opponents in an Intrigue?

When running an intrigue if there are 3 or more participants, could one person affect multiple people with a single roll if he addressed his remark to both of them?
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I think our Two Weapon Fighting house rule is hurting our game, but the DM thinks taking it away would be unfair. How do I convince him?

I have a problem with a House Rule accepted by DM and players who get an advantage out of it. Our barbarian took the feat "Two Weapon Fighting" at lvl 1. He interpreted it as "I use 2 weapons, so I ...
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Building a Dagger Bard for flavour, that isn't completely useless [closed]

I'm going to preface this request for help with a big disclaimer: I am not worried about optimization. I am concerned with flavor first, function second. That said, I'd still like a character who ...
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Can a Paladin's Steed act like a Ranger's animal companion

So can a Paladin's steed, not using it as a mount, attack and perform other task through your command like a Ranger's animal companion since it says in the player's handbook under the Find Steed spell ...
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Typing non-lethal damage and its interaction with DR

In this answer, bacrossland suggests that throwing enemies should inflict non-lethal damage on them. While this is an eminently reasonable suggestion, it leaves one thing open: by RAW, what type is ...
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How and why does Vecna's curse transform wizards into Nothics?

The description for the Nothic in the 5e Monster Manual contains the following text: Rather than gaining the godlike supremacy they crave, some wizards who devote their lives to unearthing ...
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Can I play an evil character without letting anyone but the DM know? [duplicate]

Basically, my character would be evil in secret until she could do a huge emotional betrayal and try to kill everyone. I'd have to lie to my friends and make up two separate character sheets if I did ...
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Are adventurers supposed to sleep without armor? [duplicate]

I'm assuming that the donning/doffing section in the PHB implies that PCs are supposed to remove their armor on a regular basis. It also makes middle-of-the-night random encounters a lot more serious ...
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How can I get more spell slots for an ultimate magus without resorting to the feat Extra Slot?

I'm planning on a wizard/warmage/ultimate magus build. By level 15 the character'll have caster level 11 in both classes, yet 5 levels remain. I want to save the character's feats for metamagic feats, ...
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What's the point of the Legendary Detect action?

Every Ancient Dragon has Detect as a Legendary Action: Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check. Unless I'm missing something, this seems to be a worthlessly ambiguous action. PHB ...
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Is it possible to use Sneak Attack with the Magic Stone cantrip?

From Sneak Attack: "...Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged ...
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How can I break world building down into something manageable? [closed]

I find building an "off the rails" world to be a daunting task. I'm trying to find a process to make it more manageable for my NWOD games, kind of like "Agile" process does for developing software. I ...
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How can I apply the abstract range system used by 13th Age in my D&D 5e game to reduce reliance on diagrams and drawn maps?

I have been reading through some of the 13th Age rules on combat and I was particularly interested in the way that system handles combat range. While I am loving D&D 5e, tracking distance and ...
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How can I tell if an adventure will work with Scarlet Heroes?

The Scarlet Heroes Quickstart provides "an overlay for your favourite old-school game to make its adventures playable for single PCs," which sounds pretty great (I'm interested in twosies, but turned ...
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How does the Half-Orc/Tiefling Favored Class Option for the Inquisitor interact with the Stern Gaze class feature?

First, the relevant rule excerpts. Favored Class Options Some of these alternate class rewards only add +1/2, +1/3, +1/4, or +1/6 on a roll (rather than +1) each time the reward is selected. When ...
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Is there a generic rulebook for Powered by Apocalypse?

Does a generic rulebook exist for the system behind Apocalypse World (Powered by Apocalypse)?
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Bleeding attack (Belier's bite) and non-lethal damage

Bleeding attack feat causes unarmed strikes to deal extra d4 bleeding damage. Does non-lethal bleeding damage exist? If the attacker chooses to cause non-lethal damage with the unarmed strike, is ...
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Favored class in Pathfinder “Advanced” [closed]

The core rulebook says: Whenever a character gains a level in his favored class, he receives either + 1 hit point or + 1 skill rank. The choice of favored class cannot be changed once the ...
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Is dice stat rolling still legal in the Adventurer's League? [duplicate]

I was playing a good old one-off campaign tonight, and will be playing the same character through adventure league. I was playing a half-elf sorcerer, and my charisma modifier came into effect. I had ...
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576 views

Do the precursors to D&D 5e include details for magic items in their respective Players' Handbooks

In one of my other questions, there appears to be a popular opinion in the comments that the general absence of a Magic Items section in the D&D 5e PHB (and their restriction to the DMG) infers ...
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In AD&D 2e, is there a system that roughly equates to spot checks in 3.x?

I play a lot of AD&D 2nd edition, and it recently occurred to me that there isn't a spot check or other mechanic for finding hidden items/objects. Later editions have the spot check, but should I ...
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Help with the term radius? [closed]

Forgive me if this has been answered, but in my limited attempt to find an answer to our groups question, I found nothing satisfactory. We had a situation come up regarding this term and how it ...
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1answer
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Can confusion cause a creature to move AND attack?

The confusion effect on the Gibbering Mouther and Umber Hulk contains this text: On a 1 or 8, the creature makes one melee attack against a random creature, or it does nothing if no creature is ...
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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Can I make a skeleton from a zombie?

If I were to raise an undead zombie but I wanted a skeleton instead could I burn or peel off the flesh of the zombie in order to obtain a skeleton? If I did that would the zombie's stats change to a ...
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How does Vax from Critical Role get three attacks per round?

I am getting ready to play D&D for the first time and really excited! I have been watching Critical Role to learn a little more. I am going to be playing a rogue and on Critical Role Vax often ...
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How do the PCs' magic items factor into challenge ratings?

Everyone knows that a CR 10 monster is meant to be a perfectly balanced challenge for a party of four 10th level PCs. But does that mean it's balanced for a party of four PCs with no magically ...
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356 views

Penalty for shooting a falling target with a ranged attack?

TL;DR: Is there a to-hit penalty for attempting to hit a falling target with a ranged attack? I ask because: In our session last week, we were set upon by our Drow captors that we had escaped from, ...
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1answer
164 views

Is multi-classing Warlock/Full Caster always suboptimal compared to Full Caster/Full Caster or single-class Warlock? [closed]

My understanding of multi-classing is that when one combine levels of two Full-Casters (e.g. Bard + Sorcerer) one still progresses all the way up the uniform spell slot chart to access a full suite of ...
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Is Magic Jar a save or die?

If I possess a humanoid using Magic Jar and stay next to my original body, then someone moves the jar more than 100 feet away from me and destroys it, will the possessed creature die and will I be ...
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Can a wizard add *raise dead* to the spellbook?

The Restore Life effect of Master Transmuter on PHB119 reads: You cast the raise dead spell on a creature you touch with the transmuter's stone, without expending a spell slot or needing to have ...
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Can a hidden attacker shoot around the corner?

In our D&D 5e games, I am not sure how to handle the following situation relating to stealth: Enemies are in a room. The rogue stays outside, stepping to the side in order to be able to hide. ...
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How do I get my players to form a PC party without just forcing them to?

I believe that it is generally a good thing that all the PCs travel together, as a "party". This way the GM has to manage one environment – not, say, five. The problem is how the GM can ensure such a ...
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753 views

What are the most important things magic items do for the players into higher levels of the campaign?

Currently I am planning for a campaign that might essentially end up with no magic items, and I wanted to get an idea of how that tends to effect game balance with the PCs. The previous campaigns I've ...
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I'm a quarter Draconian, a quarter Dragonborn and half Half-Dragon?

What are the differences between "Dragonborn", "Half-Dragon", and "Draconian" races in D&D? In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, for example there is a Half-Dragon npc. I had assumed that ...
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Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?

So in the game I'm in, a cleric wanted to use Zone of Truth to ascertain the actions of a group of prisoners they were going to release. He wanted to use Zone of Truth to guarantee the course of ...
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How Do I Reverse Engineer Ability Checks from 3e to 2e?

This question relates to how the designers of 3rd edition might have come up with the roll-over Ability Check mechanics from the roll-under Ability Check mechanics of 2e. The problem I'm trying to ...
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Does a Mundane Arrow Fired From a Magical Bow Count as a Magical Weapon Attack?

I've seen this question asked in previous editions, but I want to ask this question specifically for D&D 5e. Apparently there is still some debate about this. If I am a fighter with a +2 bow and I ...
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1answer
113 views

What determines whether you are familiar or not with a device in Dark Heresy 2e?

The Heretek background gets the Master of Hidden Lores bonus which states you get a +20 for Tech-Use tests to comprehend, repair, use, or modify an unfamiliar device if I have a relevant Forbidden ...
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1answer
152 views

What would be a fair price for mithral by the pound in 5th edition? [closed]

I was looking to create some mithral armor (breastplate) in a game that I have recently reached 3rd level fighter in. In the DMG, it states that when creating a magical item, the material the item is ...
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Granting the Gentle Gift through original research

As everyone knows The Gift is a major part of Ars Magica and dealing with it provides much of the conflict between mundanes and magi. The Gentle Gift Major Virtue is available at character creation to ...
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1answer
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Guide for using all the tools and kits

I can't seem to find this information in the three main rule books, but outside of some general information about lock picking, is there a definitive guide for how to use the various tools and kits ...
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Is 4 hours long enough for a long rest for Elves and Warforged?

The Long Rest rules read as: Long Rest A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which you sleep or perform light activity: reading, talking, eating, or ...
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1answer
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Can a spectral image speak?

D&D 4th Ed says the mage spell Spectral Image creates a "complex illusion of a creature or object" that can "make sounds". Can a spectral image speak? If so, can the mage control its dialog if ...

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