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Are druid's wild shape+mage armor compatible?

Does mage armor work with the druid's wild shape? A player might multi-class for that. As a whim I feel it's OP but can't find anywhere that it's not allowed.
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Can non-masterwork or magic weapons be affected by special quality bestowing abilities?

According to Magic weapon special abilities, a weapon requires at least a +1 enhancement bonus. Does this mean a good domain cleric's 8th level ability, or any other ability that bestows a magic ...
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Can Good Domain clerics bestow negative levels?

According to the good domain in PFSRD, an 8th level cleric can bestow a weapon with the special weapon quality, 'holy' Holy Lance (Su): At 8th level, you can give a weapon you touch the holy ...
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How many rounds are in a minute?

Lets say a debuff lasts a "minute" on an enemy. We all know a round takes approx 6 seconds. Is this 6 seconds per person? or just for that particular person. IE: Lets say it's 4 hero's vs 2 enemies. ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of languages?

Is there a more comprehensive list of basic non-Golarian languages in Pathfinder than the one found in the Linguistics skill's description?
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Is Refocus an action in 3.5?

Is Refocus still an action in D&D 3.5? In original 3e, it was a full-round action which reset your initiative as though you had rolled a natural 20. However, I can't find that rule on d20srd.com. (...
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Why is the heavy crossbow's weight so ridiculous high? [closed]

Hand crossbow deals 1d6 damage, has range 30/120 and weighs 3 lb. Light crossbow deals 1d8 damage, has range 80/320 and weighs 5 lb. Heavy crossbow deals 1d10 damage, has range 100/400 and weighs 18 ...
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Is Holding initaitive possible?

Can characters hold their initiative (or simply wait until another acts) in order to coordinate with each other, like to perfectly strike the enemy in sync? Would there be any mechanical benefit from ...
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Full Turn Attacks, Two Weapon Fighting, and Path of War questions

Okay, I have a few questions about how exactly things stack and what happens. I'm new to Pathfinder and so is pretty much everyone else playing. The GM has played a little before but isn't an expert. ...
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How does Expertise work?

Bards get Expertise at level 3. How does this work? For example, if I have a standard proficiency bonus of +2, and if I have proficiency in Perception with a Wisdom ability modifier of +2, then my ...
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What is the most reasonable conversion rate for a 5e “Gold for XP” house rule?

I am thinking about using a OSR-like XP for Gold rule for my next 5e campaign. Instead of handing out Combat or Quest XP, I want to use the following rule: Players can purchase XP / a level when ...
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Is only one turret required to make all reaction shots?

1st edition Mongoose Traveller. Under the Reactions section of the Space Combat chapter on page 149 of the main rulebook, there's rules for shooting down missiles, and how it costs 1 reaction for ...
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Are Battle Master Maneuvers considered magical? If not how do they work?

A situation came up in game where a battle master wished to use a Goading Attack maneuver inside the area of a silence spell. As DM, I ruled that the enemy would get advantage on the wisdom save ...
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Can a Helmet Provide an AC Bonus to a Beheaded Familiar?

Background I recently gained a Beheaded Familiar with the Improved Familiar feat. Since it has a slam attack, and is tiny, it would provoke attacks of opportunity to attack with said slam attack. ...
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What's the point of a hand crossbow?

I have seen the following information a few different places, and it raises the question for me: If the hand crossbow requires two hands to use--one for shooting, one for loading--then is there any ...
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How do Zones work from a Runepriest?

I've been playing as a Runepriest for a number of sessions now. I have two powers that create Zones, but I think I've been using them wrong and couldn't find any clarification. Both are similar. They ...
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How does zen archer monk trick shot work?

At 11th level a Zen Archer Monk gains the trick shot ability and I would like to understand how it fully works. At 11th level, a zen archer may hit targets that he might otherwise miss. By ...
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Is there a one-word replacement for resistance to magic?

Is there a one-word term that's understood by role-playing gamers to mean resistance to magical attacks, in the same way that many role-playing gamers would quickly recognize armor to mean resistance ...
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2answers
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Can you Counterspell a spell-like ability?

Specifically, can a PC cast Counterspell on a beholder's eye stalk to prevent a spell-like ability? The text for Counterspell says: You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a ...
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90 views

What checks can familiars Help with?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. What checks can familiars use the Help action to help with? It seems that the provided list of creatures have ...
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How do I transition smoothly from True Neutral to Lawful Evil without disrupting the party? [closed]

In our current campaign, my character has oscillated between Neutral Good and True Neutral for a long time, but recent plot events have fundamentally changed the way my alignment works. The Short ...
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What spells can familiars use?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast ...
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69 views

Where do I find a monster's AC bonus from high dexterity?

There are a couple of ways for a creature to lose its dexterity bonus to armor class. I am used to 3rd/4th/5th monster manuals, where dexterity values are given, but in AD&D 2e I can't find those ...
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1answer
99 views

Transfering Demi Style spells to D&D [closed]

I am trying to fill out a full roster of spells to make D&D feel more like final fantasy games. Is there any suggestions on a good way to implement Demi style spells into D&D to maintain ...
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Do you add the Strength DM to melee damage in Mongoose Traveller?

Everyone from the wimpiest schoolkid from a low gravity planet to the biggest, buffest bodybuilder from a high gravity planet appears to do 1d6 damage when they punch someone. Should we be adding the ...
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94 views

What published adventures are officially set in Westeros?

I'm looking adventures set in Westeros. I know there are at least two role-playing games set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by Guardians of Order and A Song of Ice and Fire ...
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1answer
230 views

Do the Rod of the Pact Keeper and Wand of the War Mage stack?

Can a warlock hold a +3 Rod of the Pact Keeper in one hand and a +3 Wand of the War Mage in the other and gain +6 on her spell attacks?
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How can I GM a deal with the devil without a law degree and without reducing it to just a roll?

The players in my campaign want to go up against a noble family that's been dealing with a particularly high ranking contract devil. When they reach him, I want to be ready to offer them a deal, and ...
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1answer
171 views

Can I start a campaign with a leveled up character? [closed]

I've been reading the Player's Handbook and it seems like I have to lose all my stuff to start a new adventure, but I've been playing the same characters in different campaigns. Is that allowed?
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How do spellcasters know what's on their spell list?

Most of the players in my campaign are new, and one of them is playing a warlock. As part of her backstory, she wrote that she is seeking out her patron so that it can help her fly over some ancient ...
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4answers
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How can we play every week when the DM can only run the game every two weeks?

My gaming group really enjoys playing every week, but I can only DM every two weeks (due to preparation time limits, not availability), and no one else wants to DM for those weeks. How can we play ...
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6answers
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How to make combat encounters terrifying?

I'm running a 5e, self-written, horror/psychological themed adventure for a group of experienced players this weekend. Noting that many players have the mindset of "meh, if this character dies I'll ...
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11answers
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

In my attempt to make a more harsh, uncaring setting, I’ve hit a stumbling block in terms of the ease with which even low level Clerics can treat the poor and the sick: A 1st-level Cleric can bring ...
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1answer
859 views

Can an illusion hold weight?

For this quesiton, I'm asking for RAW rulings. Let's say you have a "standard" illusion over a pit, and the character believes it's real; does it support weight? (Typically the answer would be no, ...
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2answers
953 views

Can a fighter use his shield as an improvised weapon in addition to a regular attack?

Can you use your shield as an improvised weapon and attack using your bonus action? This is on top of you regular attack, and the character in question is a level 3 fighter as of the moment.
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8answers
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What is the easiest way a Wizard can copy-protect the scrolls he makes?

I'm trying to come up with a way for a greedy NPC Wizard who sells spell scrolls exclusively to be used as consumables to prevent the buyers from copying the spell into their own spellbooks. For ...
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1answer
597 views

What overcomes “DR 15/cold iron and magic”?

A friend showed me a wendigo and there was something in its entry that left me confused. DR 15/cold iron and magic; Now to overcome the DR / Magic could be done by any magic weapon or spell as ...
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2answers
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How long does it take for a Dire Wolf to mature?

I am playing DnD 5e and I acquired a month old Dire wolf pup as a beast master. How long would it take for it to be combat ready? Is there a way to reduce this time?
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2answers
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Languages and the Linguistics skill in Pathfinder

I'm running an Eberron campaign using the Pathfinder system. Suppose a character has several bonus languages from character creation. She is able to read and speak this language, per the Core ...
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3answers
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Can the skill Craft (cooking) influence magical effects?

Can a cleric use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting create food and water to attempt to create better tasting food and water? Similarly, can a wizard use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting ...
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Can I use force move to throw myself?

I'm wondering about force move. Can it be used to throw oneself at a location (or to use it while falling down to throw oneself upwards to a target location)? As far as I interpret things: There is ...
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Player has arachnophobia: what to use in place of spiders?

I have a player who joined an ongoing campaign; after a session which involved a fight against giant spiders and an anxiety attack, I was asked by said player's partner to remove the spiders from the ...
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3answers
348 views

How are numerical bonuses combined?

Are there explicit rules for combining numerical bonuses in 5th edition, or is it just left implicitly to "common sense"? There are special cases (e.g. damage resistance and vulnerability, choice of ...
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1answer
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Is everything a Malkavian sees or does automatically added to the Malkavian Madness Network?

I've been reading up on the Malkavian and their Madness Network, but it isn't entirely clear to me exactly what gets "uploaded" into it and what does not. Is it recording 24/7, or does the Malkavian ...
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6answers
614 views

Do people get XP for battles they weren't in?

I'm a real new DM here. If a character does not participate in a battle, do they still get the XP from the fight? My main issue is that I had a character refuse to participate in a fight due to moral ...
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0answers
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Did X-Risks change biomorph infection rolls?

So X-Risks is out, and does a lot to define the rolls to resist exsurgent infection. Some of these apply to info previously in core or elsewhere, particularly so for the below: A biomorph exposed ...
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1answer
217 views

Is it okay to encourage class changes with magic items? [closed]

My party consist mostly of spellcasters: 2 Wizards 1 Sorcerer 1 Ranger (who is new) 1 Rogue The party is 5th-level, having made it this far because we had a Barbarian and a Paladin to man the ...
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2answers
153 views

Nature vs nuture: How much of a race's abilities and stats are genetics vs. upbringing? [closed]

If a person of X race were raised in Y (different) race's culture, would they "pick up" the stat bonuses, penalties and racial abilities of Y race? If so, how would one determine which bonuses, ...
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1answer
494 views

Spell Casting Time messed with by Wild Magic?

The Wild Magic result on 27-28 is For the next minute, all your spells with a casting time of 1 action have a casting time of 1 bonus action. Does this mean that you can only cast spells (other ...
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0answers
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Do class levels obtained from a gestalt count towards a Swordsage's maximum maneuver level known? [duplicate]

So I wanted to take a short dip in Swordsage to give my character some options if he gets caught in melee, and maybe eventually work up to learning Assassin's Stance (he's a homebrew martial class ...

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