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Are negative levels necessarily energy drain?

As far as I can find in the rules, negative levels are always described in conjunction with energy drain, and are even listed together as one special ability in some cases. Usually there will be a ...
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Would being able to wild-shape into aberrations/monstrosities be unbalanced?

I am making a Circle of the Moon druid, and when I flipped through the monster manual to see what I could transform into I was struck by how much cooler Aberrations and Monstrosities are than Beasts. ...
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How to deal with a disruptive player?

I DM for a group of a group of rather intellectual players. They like to discuss the situations at hand and really try to do the right things. I use that a lot by posing them with moral questions and ...
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Does a polymorphed creature remember who his friends are?

The polymorph spell states, in part: The target’s game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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Are the Starter Set rules compatible with the regular D&D 5e rules?

Are the rules in the Player's Handbook different from the Starter Set rules or just more expanded? Can you carry your level 5 character created from the Starter Set forward into "regular" play?
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Is there any way for a 3rd level Human Eldritch Knight to have a sustainable source of dark vision?

I am playing a Human Eldritch Knight in D&D 5E, and as I am not a demi-human blessed with dark-vision, while the rest of the party are, I have to be burdened with a light source. Half of the ...
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Can you use your own movement separately from your mount's movement?

SevensidedDie and myself came up with a quandary concerning Mounted Combat, or any mount at all, actually. When moving while riding a mount that has been trained to take a rider or is otherwise ...
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Remotely Disabling Traps — do I have to disable Disable Device to allow this?

How does D&D 3.5e handle the case where the means of bypassing or disabling a trap is located somewhere other than the trapped door/lock/...? For instance, take an electricity-based trap (such as ...
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What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...
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Ways to remove exhaustion

We have a player in the game I am in playing a frenzying barbarian. Whenever they frenzy, it ends with them gaining a level of exhaustion. The penalties from exhaustion stack up quickly. Quickly ...
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How can I start Hoard of the Dragon Queen with 4th level characters?

I'm pretty new to DM'ing and was just wondering if there would be a way to start the hoard of the dragon queen adventure with a group of 4th level characters? There don't really seem to be any ...
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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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Buttering up the Brainless — Social checks on unintelligent npcs?

Does Pathfinder have options for using Diplomacy to befriend or interact mindless creatures, such as oozes, zombies, golems or plants? What about Intimidate checks for instructing these sorts? If it ...
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Does a Dracolich possessing a new corpse reform as its original type or as the corpse's type?

In the 5th Edition Monster Manual, it states the following under the Dracolich Phylacteries section: If a dracolich's physical form is ever destroyed, its spirit returns to the gem as long as the ...
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Eldritch Blast with multiple beams and Agonizing Blast on a single target: Cha Mod just once?

Agonizing Blast allows a 'lock to add Cha mod to EB damage. Two questions: At higher levels, when directing multiple beams at a single target, does it work like Magic Missile, where the modifier is ...
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What happens when Hiding behind one's tower shield?

I've heard of a trick of Hiding behind one's tower shield with the implication that, since the hider becomes hidden, so too should the tower shield. Now, obviously, the hider's tower shield should ...
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Can I requisition Plate Armor? [duplicate]

The Soldier Background allows one to: your rank to exert influence over other soldiers and requisition simple equipment or horses for temporary use. No value is placed as a limit to this ...
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Letting PCs be the target of a skill challenge

I started a new campaign with a brand-new set of players. After the first evening, one of the PCs reacted poorly to a decision made by another PC and 'went home'. This reaction was totally in ...
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Is a Pact Weapon a spell attack or a normal weapon?

Basically, do I use Charisma to attack? If not, is it a normal weapon? So if I create a Greatsword, I use Strength, but with a Scimitar I use Dexterity? Do I apply feats, if I have Extra Attack from ...
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Can I cast two spells a round while Hasted?

Can Haste allow me to cast two spells (not quickened) in one round? This is given that haste gives an extra attack on a full round action, if I take a full round action can I cast two spells?
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Help with an apparently bored player [duplicate]

I have a group of 5 players, 3 are long time veterans and we have been playing together for 15 years, the other is a newcomer who is actually liking the game a lot, and there's a 5th player that ...
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Does sneak attack class feature apply for ranged touch attacks?

Player Handbook states that ranged attacks within 30 ft may use benefits of sneak attack. But what about ranged touch attacks? I paid attention to description part of the sneak attack rule. It seems ...
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How can I associate Hit Dice with healing?

My first version of D&D was 4th Edition and one of the things that was new to me during the Next playtest period was the inclusion of Hit Dice (which I understand were present in earlier ...
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Should I give my players the stats of the NPCs they control?

I'm running a game of Savage Worlds in which my players, as seems to be the norm in the system, end up in command of a group of human and kobold soldiers. As with most things in Savage Worlds I want ...
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How can I use AnyDice to check counting-success probabilities?

Sorry for asking a "do the work for me" type question, but I'm looking at the AnyDice documentation and appear to be missing something. I'm hoping to not just get the question answered, but learn how ...
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How many power points do I gain from Psionic Talent?

Psionic Talent, in Dreamscarred Press's Psionics Unleashed, is a feat that grants bonus power points. Benefit: When you take this feat for the first time, you gain 2 power points. That's all ...
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Is my finger a light weapon?

Normally, my melee attack rolls use my Strength bonus. Weapon Finesse allows me to use Dexterity instead of Strength when using light weapons and specifies that natural weapons are considered light ...
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How can a Level 1 Mage be useful to the group?

In MERP, Level 1 characters can only cast Level 1 spells, which are quite limited (projecting light, making an object vibrate, and such). This in turn makes the wizard unable to gather XP as fast as ...
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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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If a typically-mindless creature type gains an Intelligence score, does it retain immunity to mind-affecting effects?

Typically, creatures from types like Undead or Construct have no intelligence scores. However, there are examples of both that have intelligence scores (Say, a Vampire and an enhanced Clockwork ...
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Under What Circumstances Do Additional Creatures Add to EL?

Question The Dungeon Master's Guide explains that DMs Do not award XP for creatures that enemies summon or otherwise add to their forces with magic powers. An enemy’s ability to summon or add ...
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Do the core D&D 4th edition rulebooks get updated?

Before I buy any books for 4.0, I would like to know if the physical books (PHB, DMG, MM) have been edited after WotC updated their online definitions. This has been bugging me for a while now. A ...
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Can Charisma be considered a physical score?

From the PRD: Charisma measures a character's personality, personal magnetism, ability to lead, and appearance. From the 3.5 Player's Guide: Charisma measures a character’s force of ...
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Stone warden armor limits?

I recently came upon a class named Deepwarden. It has a great class feature: Stone Warden (Ex): Beginning at 2nd level, a deepwarden knows how to use his strengths to compensate for his ...
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About critical rolls on D&D

In both the third and fourth edition of D&D, rolling a “natural 20” on an attack roll automatically hits regardless of the target’s AC, and results in a critical threat, which must then be ...
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Handling a dragon lair's treasure consistently with treasure parcels

It's my first time as the DM of a D&D campaign and I'm planning an encounter against a dragon in his lair. Since dragons hoard large amount of treasure, I would like to know how you deal with all ...
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Pricing items as a DM

I seem to be struggling with pricing items that players can purchase. In particular magic items such as scrolls/potions ect. I read the rules and have scoured the internets to try figure it out but ...
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Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream

Is there a mechanical reason why a creature who activates the Magic of Eberron psionic power forced dream (104-5) can't reset his turn to before he drew a card from the deck of many things (DMG ...
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1st-level Pathfinder group without healer

I am a GM, and I just started a campaign of Pathfinder with a group formed by a rogue, a warrior, and a ranger. I came from Vampire and WoD games, so I don't have experience with a balanced game like ...
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Which skills are lost first if Intelligence drops? Can I choose?

As per this question, permanent increases to Intelligence retroactively grant new skill points in Pathfinder. If I lose my Intelligence bonus, is there a rule for which skill I lose first? Can I ...
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Can a flying creature that has been knocked prone fly away without standing up?

Focus of my question is given in the title. More generally, which movement options a prone creature has? I am aware of the 5-ft. crawl and the stand up (both move actions that provoke an attack of ...
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Seattle weather report in the 2070s

What's the weather like in Seattle in the world of Shadowrun (preferably 5th edition)? Does the city (and its immediate area) still get a lot of rain, after all the heavy changes to the world? What's ...
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What good is magic if your skill is better?

In Dresden Files, you can use magic to grant yourself a temporary skill; with 5 shifts of power, you could give yourself a skill of 5 in Athletics for a short while. (Or a longer while, if you use ...
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Attack of Opportunity & spell casting

I'm a little stumped with this. Example, casting a spell, 1 standard action provokes attack of opportunity. The enemy is allowed a single melee attack. So, each time the wizard casts a spell, ...
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Need help understanding Pathfinder poison rules

I’m unsure how poisons work in Pathfinder. For example: black adder venom. From the frequency of the poison, am I required to make a saving throw per minute for every six minutes? Each time I fail a ...
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Can you take 10 on Aid Another?

I've only seen the "take 10" specifically disabled for ritual checks (PH1, p. 300). Are they allowed for Aid Another?
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Question about ability score bonus spells

The Player's Handbook states that you can get "bonus spells" for certain ability scores, but does that mean more spell slots/spells per day, more spells known, or both?
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Rulesets to make magic more unpredictable and dangerous?

I am considering starting a Pathfinder game, however before I do this I would like to brew-up some house-rules on the use of magic for a "low-magic" setting (think Conan or A Song of Ice and Fire) ...
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Intimidation in D&D 4e - What can it be used for and what are the consequences for doing so?

I'm a Halfling Warlock with a +17 to my rolls in Intimidation. As such I want to be able to make use of this as much as I can. So far I've only really used it to force bloodied targets to surrender. ...
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What is the scale of the map of Rokugan?

Is anyone aware of the scale of the map for L5R? They talk about the sorts of tribulations of travel, but not what sorts of travel times are to be expected for any range and inquiring minds (my table) ...

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