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How can a Battlemind be made effective against flying/ranged monsters?

The Battlemind in D&D4e is extremely melee-focused. Almost all of his powers are Melee powers, and most of his mark penalties rely on adjacency to the marked creature. In most situations, this ...
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How do I integrate an implement based ranged basic attack with the Hunter's Rapid Shot feature?

I've made a hunter that can fire Divine Bolts as a ranged basic attack. (Half-elf + power of skill + Invoker MC + Versatile Master = divine bolts at will as RBA) Divine bolts: Standard Action ...
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Glossary of Common Dungeons & Dragons Terminology [closed]

This is a Community Wiki containing a list of terms specific to the D&D game with which outsiders looking to enter may not be familiar. Dungeons and Dragons may share some terminology with the ...
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How does surprise actually work in 7th Sea? Does it?

I'm finding myself confused by the surprise rules on page 196 of the Players' Guide. [make rolls] If you win, your target is surprised for one Phase. Which phase? The first phase of combat? Or ...
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Do creatures occupy cubic space, or are larger creatures still one square tall?

Does a large creature need to squeeze to fit into at 5' tall passageway?
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How can you add more meaning to skill challenges through narration?

This question is inspired by Baker's discussion of "What's at Stake?" and "Skill Challenges: All in the Cards" I run many of my 4e games as pregen adventures and the skill challenges tend to be ...
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What books cover Star Pact Warlocks and their awful masters?

I'm a huge sucker for blending cthulu-inspired material into high fantasy. I can't stop myself. What books (and magazine articles) provide background (3rd party material okay). Please specify as much ...
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Too many players: Is it possible to adjust Lost Mines of Phandelver to cater for more than 5 players?

I've just started GM'ing The Lost Mines of Phandelver for a group of people new to RPG's. They're all very excited about it and originally it was meant to be four people, but I now have 7 people ...
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War caster feat and green flame blade, is it legit?

The War Caster feat allows a single-target spell ("must target only that creature") to be cast instead of a melee strike for an opportunity attack. Green-Flame Blade appears to have a single target, ...
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Monk Proficiency with Spears/Javelins

I have some questions about monks in DnD 5e. I want to make a monk that uses dual spears/javelins, one in each hand so he can have the option to throw them when necessary. Because Spears/Javelins are ...
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When can you choose to control a mount?

The rules for mounted combat (PHB p.198) state: While you're mounted, you have two options. You can either control the mount or allow it to act independently. Intelligent creatures, such as ...
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Can Illusory Reality Bind Or Restrain Opponents?

Say you use Major Image. You tightly wrap your opponents with illusory adamantium chains (or another material strong enough your opponent cannot reasonably destroy), then make it real with Illusory ...
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Does Mirror Image enable Sneak Attack?

This question is related to this other question and builds on that. From some of the answer provided in the linked question, it would seem that the RAI for proccing sneak attack is that the enemy ...
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Temporary hit points gained by Duskblade with Vampiric Touch

Vampiric touch deals 1-6 points of damage per 2 levels, and gives you temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal.(PHB page 298) When a Duskblade channels this spell does he receive temporary ...
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The D20 / 4th edition OGL licence switching what was really up there? [closed]

As was pointed out to me just in another question the 4th ed / D20 licence switch was not a revoke of the D20 open license. Although what I remember from that time is that publishers were forced to ...
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Where can I find a list of Magic Items by rarity?

I am currently looking for a list of Magic Items (non-homebrew and preferably Armor/Weapons) arranged in Common, Uncommon, Rare, Very Rare, and Legendary. There is not one in the Players Handbook or ...
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Can you use a feat if your ability falls below the prerequisite?

My character's strength is normally 20. I had the feat Power Attack. My strength dropped to 6 due to poison. Does that mean I no longer can use Power Attack until I regain my strength?
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The cost of writing a spell in my spellbook

I have seen from various online sources that it costs some gold to write a new spell in your spellbook from a scroll or other spellbook you've found. The player's handbook only mentions that a wizard ...
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If a druid in wild shape is over healed, does it carry over to normal form?

Pretty much what the title says. If the druid -in normal form- takes damage, then uses wild shape, does healing the wild shape carry over to the normal form hit points? or does healing only affect the ...
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How to balance my encounters for a party with lots of burst damage

I'm having trouble balancing my combat encounters because my party is able to ditch too much damage in a round. It's a party of 5 lvl 9 but anything with less than a 100hp and high AC doesn't live ...
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How many times can a Teleport Circle be activated without a Permanency spell?

I know that the Pathfinder version of this spell can be made permanent and lasts 10 minutes per level, but how many times can it be activated before rendered inert? For instance, if a high level ...
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What do you and do you not inherit from your new form when using Wild Shape / Beast Shape?

Changing shape using Wild Shape appears quite daunting when first looking it over. I was wondering if there was a clear, step-by-step, process of working out what you do and do not gain from changing ...
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What is the caster level for a supernatural ability?

As per the errata to the D&D 3.0 DMG, as explained here, supernatural abilities can be dispelled as if they were spells. However, I have never seen a definition of what their caster level is, and ...
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Can Half-Orc choose Alternate Racial Traits?

So, according to the official FAQ: half-orcs may select racial favored class options, archetypes, traits, and so on, as if they were a full member of both races Does this mean that I also can ...
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Can a caster grant class levels to the target form of a True Polymorph?

This is a follow-on to: Does a caster under the effect of a True Polymorph spell retain their class levels? Assume we have a wizard who wants to check out a cave system where he or she can't fit ...
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What is psionics?

Psionics is a source of power that originates from within a creature’s mind, allowing it to augment its physical abilities and affect the minds of other creatures. ~from Unearthed Arcana: ...
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Play by post mapping system [closed]

I'm looking for a means of having a battle map and tokens for a play by post game. Something that doesn't require anyone, except maybe the DM, to download software, and functions perfectly well, even ...
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Dark One's Blessing and Armor of Agathys Synergy?

Recently, I played a warlock in a 5e one-shot. We were playing at level 7 and I was a blade/fiend warlock. I have as a Fiend Warlock a skill called "Dark One's Blessing" which is described thus: ...
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Does having improved grab allow a character to deal unarmed strike + natural attack damage?

The SRD for improved grab states (emphasis mine): If a creature with this special attack hits with a melee weapon (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start ...
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How do I determine this monster's HP if I'm only given its HD?

The Hungry Coffin homebrew monster from Goblin Punch states the following: Hungry Coffin HD 6 AC 14 Slam 2d6 or 2d8 Swallow 1d6 + swallow Fly 9 Int 5 Morale 12 It says the Hungry Coffin has ...
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What do I do about a player with the half-celestial template turning non-Good?

In my party, I have a half-celestial cat folk that has behaving badly. Prioritizing loot over rescuing people, forgetting he can heal (or refusing to heal), and going off to do his own thing all the ...
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How do you reconcile conflicting Transhuman Lifepath results in Step 3?

In the Transhuman method of character creation, Step 3 can be rolled multiple times if you get the split or fractured childhoods. What does that mean for your morphs? Do you just default to the last ...
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How can I design a balanced hybrid race as the offspring of a gnome and halfling?

Assuming a gnome and a halfling could interbreed, what race would the child be? If a half-gnome/half-halfling instead of just one or the other, what traits would the child have? Are there any ...
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Can True Polymorph be used to recover from diseases or curses?

Say a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore is tired of his hand hurting. Said appendage was damaged magically and cannot be cured by any known means (short of deity magic or a Wish spell, which ...
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How can an incorporeal creature gain a physical form and use equipment?

I'm playing a level 6 character in a gestalt game and on one side my character is an unbodied. Can I gain a physical body somehow? Is there a way I can use the special ability manifestation at will? ...
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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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What's the most effective way to maximize skills as a character of any class?

I feel like Pathfinder skills are very compact when compared to 3.5 skills, as a result that makes each individual skill point worth more than each individual point in 3.5, due to combining some ...
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Do flaming, etc. weapon properties deal their extra damage just on contact?

Some magic weapons have special abilities such as flaming, where it does extra damage on a hit. Since it's elemental damage, would just the extra damage be dealt on contact? For example, would an ...
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Can I inscribe or inset a holy symbol into my longbow?

In the Player's Handbook, the holy symbols of the gods are detailed. The symbol of Corellon Larethian is a crescent moon. Can I take some of my chalk, and draw (reverently, of course) a crescent ...
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How many dots can be purchased at a time during advancement?

Is there any limitation on how many dots can be purchased at a time? e.g. one attribute dot per advancement, perhaps? I saw this somewhere on the inter-webs, but cannot find the post again, so I ...
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When do characters advance?

Do the rules have suggested guidelines for when to advance? Is it assumed that it's as soon as the characters have enough Experiences saved up? Or do PCs have to wait to advance until there is a break ...
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Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?

I was told in How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series? that I should make a question of what kind of RPG system I should use. What I want it to be. A loose ...
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Good items for Sword and Pistol trench fighter using Power Attack and Deadly Aim

I'm playing a level 8 fighter with the archetype trench fighter and using the feat Sword and Pistol. When using feats like Power Attack and Deadly Aim I take around a -7 penalty on all attack rolls. ...
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What might be the downside of taking “Duelling” over “Great Weapon Fighting”?

Taken from the Player's Handbook - Fighter's Fighting Styles (p. 72) Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that ...
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Are there specific skills required to tame mounts?

I was recently playing a D&D 5e campaign, and we came across what appeared to be a newly born dragon. Being a Dragonborn character, I thought "Hey, it'd be cool if I had a dragon mount, right?". ...
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Party communication across languages

I'm running the 5e starter set for the first time - remotely - with a bunch of friends. The party speaks a range of languages, and we'll be using Google Chat so each of us will have our computers ...
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Should I worry about “picking the wrong spell” for a prepared caster?

I'm thinking of picking a magus to play, but I'm nervous that I'll at some point pick the wrong spell and make the party worse off. Is this a legitimate fear? Or am I just paranoid? I'm nervous to ...
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Specific charming rules?

In the Great Old One branch of Warlock, there is a Create Thrall effect, which states that if I touch an incapacitated creature it becomes charmed toward me but it describes nothing else about the ...
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Is Stormguard Warrior really that good?

I have an idea of build centered around the Crusader class, with some possible dips in Warblade/Swordsage to take advantage of the goodies in other disciplines (such as Ironheart Surge or Time Stands ...
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How to make grappling hooks a main focus for your character?

In an attempt to make a custom race, I'm parsing down a large, broad question idea into several smaller ones. This race, flavorfully, is supposed to have extreme proficiency with grappling hooks and ...

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