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Replacement for a Samurai Mount in a Dungeon-Crawler

With some friends of mine, I play pathfinder in a dungeon-crawler way (a bit inspired by the phenomenal game Darkest Dungeon, so the heroes venture into dungeons to gain treasure and rebuild a town, ...
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What is a fair trade for a Paladin's mount in exchange for alternate abilities, feats, and skills, in dungeons and dragons 3.5?

I never use my mount for my level six swordsman/archer paladin, and I need a good idea to approach the DM with, he offered me a bonus feat instead, is that fair?
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How do the Checks and Balances work in Mutants and Masterminds 3 and DC Adventures?

Using the specific example of Attack Bonus v Effect Ranks, the rules state that when added together your attack bonus and the effect ranks of your attack cannot exceed twice the series power level. ...
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DnD starter kits and buying equipment [duplicate]

The rules of 5e say that I can use my gp to buy gear instead of the class starter kit. In that case, does that mean that I can use both weapons from the starter kit and weapons that I buy? Or do I ...
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Does the Dread's Nightmare Touch ability actually do anything at all?

The Dread is a psionic class from Dreamscarred Press's Psionics Expanded and Psionics Unleashed products. It gains a series of selectable abilities called Terrors, one of which, Nightmare Form, allows ...
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How do skills work?

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...
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How do I hint at events outside the scope of the current quest?

I'm GMing a long-term game with some friends, and they are the sort who, as soon as I drop a hint about anything, go "Let's investigate that!" I want there to be an overarching story arc, but it's ...
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How can I tell how powerful an NPC is without being explicitly told?

Recently in a session, I almost caused our party to fight a lich at level 5. For dnd 5e, a lich has a CR of 21. There were a few clues to his strength that I missed, such as being locked in a room ...
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Are skills that an animal companion has ranks in considered class skills

For the purpose of getting a +3 to an animal companions skills, are skills that an animal companion invests in considered class skills? The rules as written state the following: This lists the ...
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Can creatures tell if they've been blessed or cursed by Prayer?

When casting Prayer, you give your allies a bonus and your foes a penalty on most rolls. Now, assuming you get to choose who your allies and foes are, can a creature tell which one you've designated ...
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What is the blood point cost of using Obfuscate in V20?

I was reading through Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition, and while reading up on Obfuscate I couldn't find a mention of a blood cost at all, except for on the level 3 power Mask the ...
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Should you always become a Specialty Priest when you qualify for it?

Going through Faiths & Avatars and its sorta-followup Powers & Pantheons I saw the various Specialty Priests listed there, and some of them looked pretty neat with all sorts of unique ...
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My campaign calls for characters of a certain level for the final boss fight. How do I best get them there?

In a custom 5e campaign I've designed, the big boss is a very powerful entity. It is not stylistically reasonable for the players to fight it below level 17. They are currently level 6. My planned ...
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How should I emulate the highest in an irregular dice pool in AnyDice?

Basically, I'm trying to do something like [highest 1 of {a pool of Xd4, Yd6, Zd8, etc, all together}] For example:I roll 1d4 and 1d6 and 1d8; their results are, respectively, 4(out of 4 max), 5(out ...
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How do you make loremaster characters more than just a GM mouthpiece?

You know, like how the Mouth of Sauron is just a mouthpiece and nothing more. Even his name was forgotten. Many a time, I have see this type of exchange when dealing with a lore master character ...
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1answer
137 views

How does mounted combat work?

I couldn't find a direct explanation for these questions in the PHB: Is it possible to wield two-handed weapons, a shield or dual wield whilst mounted? Is it possible for a rogue to dash in, attack, ...
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I keep forgetting about lighting in the heat of a session. How do I remember my notes?

One thing I’ve been struggling with as a newbie GM is keeping track of how light or dark a certain room is. My players and I have been playing a D&D 5e starter campaign with me as the GM. I might ...
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2answers
798 views

Does magic armor stack with a magic shield?

Does the magical bonus of armor and a shield stack? For example, would a PC with a +2 armor and a +2 shield be able to stack both bonuses?
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388 views

Who can charge a ring of storing?

Ring of spell storing specifies that it requires attunement. That's fine, that makes sense for using the ring. But the text on charging it states that 'Any creature can cast a spell...' Does the ...
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3answers
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How do I cater to the Three Stooges and good roleplayers at the same time?

As a little background, in case it matters: most of the players in my group (but not all) are college aged, and all of them are personal friends of mine. We're playing D&D 3.5. I myself am the ...
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1answer
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Should the Mistaken be Secretly Colluding with the Moons?

I'm currently playing a game of Polaris that has been going on for about six sessions. Our protagonists are all deep into their various plots, two of us are veterans, and we're getting towards the ...
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How does exactly it works if someone wants to walk into an enemy while being pierced? [closed]

So there we are, playing Pathfinder, the players are battling a bunch of guys. The combat's really intense and in one momento an enemy scores a crit and confirms it, piercing one of the players, the ...
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173 views

Hit dice vs Hit Points [closed]

Old 1E player now getting back into 5E. What are HIT DICE? I understand hit points and a 3rd level player has rolled 3 times for HP ( I do like the MAX at first level and then roll option) but what ...
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Does rogue's Assassinate + surprise allow critting with Magic Missile?

My 5e group just finished playing through the 5e Starter Set. I am currently a level 4 rogue that has specialized at level 3 as an Assassin. In the starter set I was able to pick up a Wand of Magic ...
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1answer
233 views

Making a tanky Monk in D&D 5e?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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Do bonuses of the same type stack?

My group and I have a question about stacking enhancement effects of spell and items. For example: A fighter got ogre power gauntlets +2; in a fight, the wizard cast Bull's Strength on him, which ...
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My PCs have a plan that will get them all killed; how and why should I save them?

Related: How do I help my players figure out how to stay alive in a realistically-deadly sandbox campaign? I am running a sandbox game for a group of players who are used to more traditional ...
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1answer
135 views

How can I improve my Touch AC outside of increasing my Dex Mod?

I'm currently playing a LVl5 Caster Druid in a PVP arena, where the other players are quite fond of blaster type characters, and I tend not to last more then 2 or 3 rounds. While I'd like any ...
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Is a green dragon's breath weapon “poison” for the purposes of “advantage on saves against poison”

A green dragon has a breath weapon that deals poison damage. In addition to the MM entry, this is an example given in the PHB Description of Damage types: Poison. Venomous stings and the toxic ...
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How does the Elemental Evil product line relate to eachother?

According to this article The new 5th edition campaign ties in with the new board game. I have a few friends who are interested in learning D&D and my current group is almost finished with Rise of ...
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Can Use-Activated Magic Items Trigger Spells on successful attacks?

So I ran into a discussion about creating a sword that cast shocking grasp whenever it hit at Caster Level 5 which would bring the cost of the item up to 10,000 gp (5 x 1 x 2000). I know that though ...
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How can one gain the Ride skill as a class skill with minimal expenditure

In a new game, my character is going to be a steppe warrior archer battle leader, using buffs / White Raven Tactics for the leadership part. It is a Gestalt game, and my initial thought was to use ...
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1answer
91 views

Upgrading from D&D Adventure System to a full D&D Campaign

Me and my gaming group recently decided to try Role-playing as it's something that isn't offered by any of the local gaming groups / stores. Since the popular hobby around here is miniature ...
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7answers
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How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?

We are a group of five who rotates DMing with each quest. We have one DM who only does what he wants when he's DM, with no regard for other players, other DMs, or the rules, which forces the next DM ...
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1answer
196 views

Does metamagic specialist let you quicken spells?

The metamagic specialist (PHB2, 61) lets you cast metamagic'd spells at normal casting time, but there is a particular phrase in the description that confused me: This benefit even lets you ...
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1answer
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Does using a dual-bladed weapon count as Two-Weapon Fighting?

This is a little roundabout... I started playing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (not the MMO) out of nostalgia, and I noticed for the first time that it's actually based on a D20 system - in ...
3
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1answer
150 views

Optimizing pure magus for single turn damage

As per title I'm looking for ways to optimize a magus meant mainly for assassination and boss-dispatching. I know about the shocking grasp "trick", but I feel that's not enough for higher-level ...
2
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1answer
197 views

How are statistics for zombie versions of creatures determined?

I am trying to make a centaur zombie but am confused as to how it is done. The two examples of the ogre and the beholder make no sense: The ogre loses 3 AC but gains 26 HP while remaining ...
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Is the “+1” in “Long Sword +1” for OOC use only?

Do your characters say, "I'd like to buy that Long Sword +1," or is that "+1" for OOC reference only?
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2answers
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How can you train/tame monsters & magical beasts?

Some background. My party recently went up against a Cloud Ray (MMII p.49 INT 2) and decided they were going to bring it down non-lethally in order to make it their pet/mascot. Unfortunately as much ...
2
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1answer
471 views

A pen-and-paper RPG with a “Save Game” function (and how that works)?

The vast majority of computer games, roleplaying ones included, utilize a simple Save function I guess most of us are familiar with. If not: primarily it allows the user to quit the game, do other ...
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1answer
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Does an Oracle get bonus spells AND revelations every second level?

I'm building an Oracle for an upcoming campaign and I'm somewhat new to Pathfinder. If you The explanation of mysteries says I get bonus spells every other level. However, I also get another ...
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1answer
298 views

What's that Seattle Fast-Food joint?

I know that, when reading through some splatbooks, I found a write-up on some Seattle fast-food restaurant. The food was horrible, the service was lousy, but everyone liked to meet there because the ...
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1answer
260 views

How can I become more akin to my “Mary Sue” Player? [duplicate]

I've been playing for about 3 years with this guy on my group. He's a very nice and encouraging person and I actually appreciate him as an individual; however I just can't come to enjoy his presence ...
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3answers
442 views

What is the fallout of unarmed strikes no longer being weapons?

In the latest errata for the D&D 5.0 PHB, unarmed strikes apparently ceased to count as weapons, being something you use instead of weapons: Equipment Weapons (p. 149). Unarmed strike ...
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Must one make an Attack Roll when targetting an Ally with a Touch Spell? [duplicate]

For example, say Jim the Cleric and Bob the Rogue are standing next to each other. Bob the Rogue gets hit with an arrow. Bob the Rogue has optimized his Touch AC to the point where Jim the Cleric ...
3
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1answer
207 views

Can Spirit Guardians affect enemies through walls?

We just had a scenario where the enemy set up a 'death trap' with arrow slits covering a corridor, allowing them to pop in, shoot, then pop out -- all without actually entering the corridor. Which ...
2
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0answers
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Keeping secrets [closed]

I'm running a game where the characters are unraveling a group of assassins that are hunting down magic users. I was looking for some realistic ways to dole out enough information to keep the PCs ...
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2answers
85 views

Does Haunting Melody use a Standard Action?

Benefit: When you sing or use some other Perform skill, you can inspire fear in enemies within 30 feet of you. Any opponent in range must succeed on a Will saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 your bard ...
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Can maho or Oni powers harm creatures of the Lying Darkness?

The Way of Shadow says that creatures (or perhaps “extensions” might be a more fitting term) of the Lying Darkness could be harmed by weapons of crystal. What about beings of Jigoku or the ...

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