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How do I keep the game moving without undermining player agency?

In basically every game I've run or played, regardless of the system, I've encountered the same problem: things that should be quick decisions end up taking ten, twenty or even thirty minutes, and not ...
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Can an Earth Kineticist (Pathfinder Society Occult Playtest) sunder at range?

I have an Earth Kineticist from the PFS Occult Playtest. I have in several modules helped save my party by diverting my kinetic blast attacks to target enemy weapons and or armor (Sundering). For ...
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On-the-Fly Crafting

I do not believe there are any 5e rules for this, so this is as much asking for potential houserules as anything else. If there is an official rule somewhere, by all means, please point it out. Let's ...
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Can prestidigitation colour something permanently?

Can this zero level spell be used to colour something permanently black, such as a sword's blade? I know it can be used to soil something permanently. What I'm trying to do is make a blade look ...
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How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions? [closed]

I'm playing a chaotic good cleric in a Pathfinder campaign! I would like to know your opinion about something that happened during our last session. After we defeated a group of trolls, we returned ...
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1answer
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Requirement For Craft Magic Items

Are there any class, proficiency, or skill requirement to craft a magic item in D&D 5th edition other than to possess the minimum character levels? I.e. 3rd level for Common and Uncommon Magic ...
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Cursed items are being Identified too easily

Spellcraft in Pathfinder lets you ID magical/cursed items, and the Identify spell adds 10 to your Spellcraft skill. One of my PCs — in this case a level 8 wizard — has a stupidly high INT, ...
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In Pathfinder would damage reduction and resistances stack?

Mechanically, in regards to damage reduction from a class and resistances from a race, would those stack? For example a Tiefling [fiendish resistances of 5/ (electricity, cold, and fire) has a class ...
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Are the quotes in the Anima rulebook legit? [closed]

I like the quotations in the Core Rulebook, and have sourced some of them (like the Seneca one and the one from the Count of Monte Cristo). Others, however, are harder to track down or are ...
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How does the nature of a game system impact how in-character knowledge of a rules-based metaphysics impacts gameplay? [migrated]

Inspired by response to this, in turn inspired by this It appears to be the majority opinion that some quality of the impact of game systems prevents authoritative answers as to the impact of special ...
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How can I attack with two weapons on the same turn? [duplicate]

So I'm a bit lost on how dual wielding works in D&D 5th edition. In chapter 6 of the PHB, page 195, Two-Weapon Fighting is described as below.... When you take the Attack action and attack ...
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2answers
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Are there any generally accepted standards for larp weapons? [closed]

Many historical and fantasy larps use latex covered foam weapons for combat simulation and some of these larps (presumably) have minimum standards for these weapons. I know that many games have ...
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1answer
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Mook Stress Boxes in Fate Core

When I was looking at the section in the Fate Core rules on designing a "Good" mook on page 215, I saw the following: Stress: Two stress boxes—a three shift hit is enough to take them out. I ...
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2answers
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Aspects that Interact With Other Aspects in Fate Core

Let's say I have a character with the aspect "The moon brings out my primal fury," and the environment has an aspect called "Full Moon." Would you allow that character to invoke both aspects to do ...
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2answers
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How does the Shatter spell's single target option work?

When I use Shatter in the second way, targeting just one object, does it break the object entirely or act like sunder attack? The wording in the third paragraph is a bit confusing to me. It seems that ...
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2answers
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What exactly is a “Wound Rank” in L5R

It's been a while since I've played L5R. I don't understand what the book means by Wound Rank. It could mean things like Healthy, Nicked, etc. or it could be individual points of damage. Which does it ...
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553 views

What is the actual casting time of Summon Monster?

I'm having a hard time interpreting the 'actual casting time' for Summon Monster in Pathfinder. The casting time is listed as 1 round, but then in the text they go on to say: It appears where ...
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3answers
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How best to progressively reveal the layout of a location to players?

I have been gamemastering tabletop RPGs for years now, but I'm still wondering what is the best way to deal with this. Specifically: how to graphically describe to your players their surroundings ...
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Is the Warlock's Awakened Mind telepathy two-way, or only one-way?

When warlock chooses a pact with The Great Old One, he gains a feature called Awakened Mind: Starting at 1st level, your alien knowledge gives you the ability to touch the minds of other ...
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1answer
495 views

How much do scrolls and potions weigh?

The physical description for potions: Physical Description: A typical potion or oil consists of 1 ounce of liquid held in a ceramic or glass vial fitted with a tight stopper. The stoppered ...
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1answer
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Continuing the Reign of Winter adventure path

I'm reading through the Reign of Winter AP and have reached the final module. It feels to me that my players will want to Are there any existing modules that can be tampered with to help with that, ...
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2answers
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Do animals have souls?

I've come to this question when dealing with an animal companion death. This is not only a question about animals, I can't find any RAW material that specifies which creature types have souls. I've ...
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1answer
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How does a dire toad's tongue attack work?

An upcoming encounter with a dire toad (Monster Manual II 74, 76) has me concerned with its tongue attack. The stat block lists the creature's tongue Attack as tongue +5 ranged and the creature's ...
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1answer
108 views

Does the enhancement bonus on armor apply to armor class? [closed]

If I have a chain shirt with spell resistance 19 (+5 bonus), does that +5 apply to armor class along with the +4 from the chain shirt?
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2answers
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Is a vitalist's Steal Health ability a natural weapon, as a lamia's touch attack is?

At 3rd level, a vitalist gains Steal Health, a supernatural ability, the rules for which state that such actions take a standard action to perform unless otherwise specified. As a touch attack, ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to attack two characters at once in Fate Core?

Can you spend a single action to attack two opponents at once? Does Fate Core support this? Fate Core is supposed to be a toolkit for just about any kind of decision, so I think there's got to be a ...
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2answers
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Will there be Dungeon Master Kit for 5e?

My son wants a dungeon master kit for Christmas. Is there a 5e version? I know nothing about D&D and want to buy the correct thing. He has been playing the 4th edition with his friends (it's a ...
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3answers
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Is there a noticeably better buffer class in Pathfinder?

I tend to min/max slightly and outshine my fellow players so in the next campaign I decided to play a support role who buffs the other players to avoid this and help my fellow players shine. My aim ...
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2answers
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Shield Master - Can the shield push be taken before an attack?

Can the shield push from the Shield Master feat be taken before an attack? i.e. Push prone, follow up with an attack while they're down. Shield Master You use shields not just for protection ...
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2answers
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Harmlessly Harvesting Poison from a Monster Companion

The person who is DMing our Tyranny of Dragons campaign (HotDQ->RoT) is considering allowing my evil character to track down a Wyvern nest and find an egg to obtain a tamed mount using a significant ...
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5answers
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Do gauntlets do anything?

Scale Mail, Chain Mail, and Plate all specifically mention that they include gauntlets. In the case of Scale and Chain, it merits a separate sentence: The suit includes gauntlets. Is there a ...
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4answers
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Does the Moonbeam spell work indoors?

My druid is prepping for next week's game and he's asked me if the Moonbeam spell will work inside the dungeon. I first interpreted the spells description...(PHB pg 261) A silvery beam of pale ...
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When does a Sorcerer gain its bonus spells? [duplicate]

We're caught in a bit of a dilemma. We have a Lvl 13 Sorcerer that's managed to get their Charisma score up to 27 (I'm not arguing with them about how they got it that high). However, he is stating ...
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4answers
272 views

How to create meaningful relationships with NPCs

How do I help the PCs to create meaningful relationships with NPCs? Maybe it is a result of my group playing too many one-dimensional adventures trying to find whatever MacGuffin they are after each ...
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1answer
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Does “the Beast” have a mind of its own?

In the Strix Anthology short "There Are No Owls in Seattle", there's the following passage: There’s Mackayla and her remarkable affinity for bolt cutters, of course, but there’s other ways, too. ...
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2answers
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Is there a Lunar Calendar for Werewolf: The Forsaken?

So we're finding it a bit difficult to determine what parts of the month are each moon phase. I don't need something assigned to a real world calendar, just something that tells what each day in the ...
15
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2answers
501 views

Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?

I've been wondering lately if there is any sort of precedence or context for the soft level-cap of level 20 in various D20 style tabletop games. I say soft cap because I'd like to, for the purposes of ...
6
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3answers
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD

I'm interested in whether it is possible to play certain (monstruous) humanoids from MM without adding their racial HD, whist at the same time preserving balance. What exactly would I need to do to ...
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6answers
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Is it legally okay to blog a D&D 5e story (actual play)

Okay, this might be a stupid question (sorry about that) and possibly even a duplicate, but is it okay legally to blog a D&D 5e story, that is, to publish a kind of "actual play" publicly? Sure I ...
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Is a Bluff check necessary when telling the truth?

Backstory During a session recently played, an NPC asked my character a question. I answered the question. The DM, after hearing a die roll, told me to roll a bluff check. I told him I wasn't lying. ...
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4answers
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What Aspects of Pathfinder Are Most Important for New Players?

In the near future I will be running a Pathfinder campaign for a group of players rather new to the system. One has not roleplayed in many years and got out of the hobby late in the run of 2e D&D; the ...
6
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1answer
82 views

Showcasing a support-focused mortal's contributions

I've never played Dresden Files RPG before, and I'm trying to figure out a character which will work for it.. My character concept is "action survivor in over his head who grows into a weak but ...
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3answers
283 views

Help Calculating Dice Odds for a Unique d6 Dice Pool

I'm attempting to design a unique d6 dice pool system, and I want to try programming the probabilities in AnyDice but I'm not sure how. Here's how the system works: Dice pools are between 2 and 10 ...
5
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2answers
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How does shaking off hold person work?

The following situation came up in a recent game: Character A cast hold person on enemy B. B failed the will save roll and became held. When B's turn came up, he got another attempt at a will save, ...
6
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3answers
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Is falling damage affected by falling speed?

Supposed you try launching a party member across a 500 feet wide and 50 feet deep gap with a trebuchet. however, something goes horribly wrong and he's launched straight down into the pit (let's just ...
4
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3answers
323 views

What happens when a creature falls on player-improvised spikes?

I'm new to D&D 4e. What happens when a creature falls on some spikes or on the blade of a weapon from 10 feet or higher? I've encountered situations where, for example, one character lifts an ...
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2answers
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Can large characters sqeeze through 5' spaces between 2 enemies, or do they do something else?

The PHB doesn't have very much information on Squeezing, and I'm wondering how the rule applies to a creature "squeezing" between two other creatures. Page 192 says: Squeezing into a Smaller ...
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2answers
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What was the name of this Cleric Prestige Class that shapes metal with its bare hands?

I know this is a vague question, but I seem to remember a Cleric prestige class that was very into crafting metalic items. They even became able to shape metals with their bare hands without the use ...
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1answer
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In 5e, can a player pick and choose quantity of spells on the fly?

What I mean is, I know that if a play has 4 spell slots of level 1, they can cast 4 level 1 spells and no more. But what I am confused about is does a player have to specify if they want, for example, ...
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1answer
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Looking for three specific Magics & Powers in GURPS 4E

Do the following types of powers exist in any 4E GURPS products, or can they be constructed without too much kludging? And if so, where are they found? Astral Projection / Out of Body Experience ...

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