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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does an intelligence boost retroactively give skill points?

If I add my bonus ability point gaining by achieving the 12th level, to an odd intelligence score, should I gain retroactively a skill point for each past level?
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223 views

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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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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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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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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Invocation prerequisites, class or character level?

The level requirements for Warlock invocations stated in the PHB are refering to which level, character or Warlock class? Example: If I multiclassed into Warlock, Monk6/Warlock2, would I be able to ...
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What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?

Introduction I've recently joined a new RP group and a DM has decided to give DnD 3.5e a run. I am told it will be a short, but intriguing campaign. When asked about what kind of characters and ...
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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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Sorcerer, mage, wizard, magician, what's the difference? [closed]

Sorcerer, mage, wizard, magician, what's the difference? I'm a non-native english speaker.
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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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When do I need to declare I'm blocking in Star Wars Saga Edition?

Block/Deflect state that "as a reaction, you may negate a melee/ranged attack by making a successful Use the Force check". I'm unclear on the timing of reactions. Do I have to declare block/deflect ...
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Keeping track of time in Dungeon World during combat/conflict

In Dungeon World, combat runs without concept of rounds or turns. However, in some cases, I need to simulate the passage of time in a pitched battle. In other systems, I could use estimates like "the ...
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When a War Caster Wizard carrying a shield casts the spell “Shield” does the AC bonus Stack?

Basically, if you are a wizard with the war caster feat carrying a shield and you cast shield, do you get the bonus of your physical shield and the bonus from the spell shield (+5 AC) or not?
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Is a Wild Shape attack considered an unarmed strike?

So, I got intrigued by grappling after reading The Grappler's Manual for 5e. It didn't mention if wild shape attacks were considered unarmed strikes, especially in regards to the Tavern Brawler feat's ...
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Dislocation enchant, does it stack with Splitting enchant?

The party Rogue has a new bow: +1, +3 Splitting, +1 Fire, +2 Greater Dislocation 3/day, +8000 Vanishing 1/day and a Quiver with +1 and Keen. He has the feats Multishot, Opportunist, Savvy Rogue, ...
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An in-print superhero game system which is descriptor-based?

Mutants & Masterminds is an effects-based system. HERO System is an effects-based system. In character creation, you pick the power effects you want your character to have, and then you add the ...
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Use of Technology at the Tabletop [closed]

I am relatively new to tabletop rpgs. I am currently involved in a dragon age game with some friends and I am loving it. I've seen a few tools for managing online campaigns like roll20 and rpgtools. ...
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Is there software for generating encounters for D&D 3.5e?

I've been a long time player of D&D 3.5e, and I was wondering if there are any programs that can help me generate encounters, loot and experience. I'm new to being a DM and have trouble following ...
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Where can I find the rules for an eviscerator in Deathwatch?

The Memor Nihilis, a Relic of the Flesh Tearers is described as "a two-handed variant of the Astartes chainsword, more commonly known as an eviscerator" (Honor the Chapter, p.131). But what are the ...
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When does a creature called with gate act?

If I use gate to call a kind of monster within the HD limit, to fight for me in the current battle, when does it act?
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Hand of the Mage with +2 Wisdom

Ok, I haven't been in touch with magic item creation in a while. So what would a hand of the mage further enchanted with +2 Wisdom cost? Assuming I have an enchanter capable and willing to do the ...
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How do you GM well for a party of characters of vastly differing ability and interest [closed]

I'm still looking to be ready to GM an Anima: Beyond Fantasy game and, while my previous problem has still not been solved (shameless plug here), I've run into another one: how to GM for characters of ...
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189 views

When does Hoard of the Dragon Queen start?

One of my players is attempting to write journal entries as session summaries, and I was wondering what date (approximate is fine), Hoard of the Dragon Queen begins. I know from my research that the ...
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How should I go about blowing up a bridge?

My players are setting up to defend a village from a (small) invading army and they want to have some form of explosives, most likely would be barrels full of pitch or the like, placed under the ...
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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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Does “Pass Without Trace” enable a character to hide in plain sight?

Scenario: A group is in a room and the Druid amongst them casts the spell "Pass Without Trace" on the whole group, boosting their Dex (stealth) checks by 10. There is nothing in the room to hide ...
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1answer
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Do the greater and normal versions of a spell stack in Pathfinder?

As far as I am aware, you can't have multiple instances of the same spell active on you in Pathfinder (and even if you could, the benefits probably wouldn't stack). For example, you couldn't cast ...
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Can spells that target weapons be cast on magically created temporary weapons?

A creature casts a spell that creates a temporary but real weapon.1 Can that temporary-but-real weapon be targeted by a spell that targets a weapon?2 That is, is the created weapon weapon enough to ...
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Can I throw a Snowball made of fire?

Sorcerers with the Elemental Bloodline have the ability to change damage type on spells that do energy damage to their bloodline type because of this: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell ...
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1answer
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Rapiers for Fighters Light or One Handed Weapon?

Background: I'm trying to build a TWF Fighter who focuses on criticals. I was looking for a weapon that would let me leverage power attack and still let me dual wield so proficiency would apply to ...
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Making a Wizard NPC with Familiar

The amount of NPCs in the MM are ok, but I'm wanting to create a highly magically charged campaign and one of the central NPCs is a Dwarf Wizard with a constantly summoned familiar. My question is ...
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Does the Ring of Animal Friendship allow a save?

The description for the Ring of Animal Friendship says that it "affects an animal as if the wearer had cast charm animal". However, no save is listed, and there is no clarification given to whether ...
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What to do with all this money? [duplicate]

I'm new to running a game with money in it (the last game I ran was Judge Dredd so it was't an issue), and one of my players turned to me while he was looting the Tresandor Manor and said "What am I ...
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1answer
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Approaches for shooting?

I started recently GMing a Fate Accelerated campaign set in modern day. This is my first attempt at using the system. During the session the PCs ended up in a shoot-out and none of us were really sure ...
12
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1answer
601 views

Is there advantage on a non-adjacent attack against an unconscious creature?

The unconscious condition states the following two effects (PHB292) The creature drops whatever it's holding and falls prone. Attack rolls against the creature have advantage By prone it is ...
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Is a Summoner wearing Mithral Breastplate subject to ASF?

The Summoner class gives the ability to cast arcane spells while wearing light armor. The Mithral special material can make a set of armor count as one category lighter for the purposes of "movement ...
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1answer
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Healing negation

I am trying to run an adventure for a 4 player group with one strongly optimised cleric. The thing is that his healing capabilities + optimalisation level of the whole group in general make most ...
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1answer
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Can I True Polymorph a goblin into adamantine (and then forge him into a sword?)

Is it possible to make crafting materials, like adamantine, out of a goblin or such using the True Polymorph spell for the full duration of the spell? On a side note, while adamantine is mentioned in ...
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785 views

Can I use Fabricate to make a Keen weapon?

First, does the Keen weapon trait exist in D&D 5e? And if it does, is it possible to make a keen weapon using the Fabricate spell? Smithing tools proficiency is needed by the spell caster to ...
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298 views

How many targets can be hit by wall of lava?

This spell creates a vertical wall of lava that is 1 inch thick for every 4 caster levels and composed of up to one 5-foot square per level. A wall of lava's maximum height cannot exceed half ...
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1answer
57 views

Can one win points for acting both for and against belief in a session?

Page 52 of the Mouse Guard manual states "if your character's actions in the game reflect his Belief, you earn one fate point. You may get this award once per session." [Example follows] Page 53 ...
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Does Clone spell makes someone effectively immortal?

While reading through PHB 5e spellist, I found an interesting spell: Clone This spell grows an inert duplicate o f a living creature as a safeguard against death. This clone forms inside ...
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2answers
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How can I increase Spells per Day for my Inquisitor most effectively?

So, I'm making an Inquisitor in a PF game, and since I'll be taking the Spellhammer archetype I was wondering how I could increase my spells per day so I have more slots to spend on Spelldrive. I was ...
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1answer
201 views

Drawing and sheathing a weapon in 5e, and the actions required

I've seen this question asked about 4e, and I think I've found the passage in the 5e PHB that answers the question, but I'd like to make sure I understand this correctly before I impose it on my game. ...

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