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Do your spells end when you die?

I linked to this answer in a 5e question, attempting to bring support for the idea that, if you cast an open-ended spell, like Magic Mouth, it could remain after you die. Someone pointed out that, as ...
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What's the mechanism for magically understood speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Type changes confusing

So it goes like this: I am using the ghost template. I acquired the undead type. After this I applied the template Divine minion which states: Size and Type: The creature's type changes to ...
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What is the use of a little bag of sand?

In the Scholar's pack on page 151 of the PHB it notes that you get a 'little bag of sand'. Is there any mention of what the intended use of that is in-game? I haven't found anything in the equipment ...
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Can you wrap up a single humanoid with a web spell?

I'm pretty sure of what the answer is, but during combat I had a drider attack my PCs and it used web on one of them. After careful reading of the spell I'm forced to conclude that I've horribly ...
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druid and neutral alignment for planar wildshape

One of my players is a druid and they recently took the feat planar wild shape. We ended up getting into an argument due to his neutral alignment. Good druids must use the celestial template ...
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How many belt pouches can I have?

How many belt pouches can a character have on their belt in 5e? I am trying to distribute my starting equipment evenly, but my backpack is already full, and I need at least three pouches to hold ...
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How much damage should a character do when flung with Sonic Thrust? [closed]

I'm building a Skyrim-y dragon and settled on Sonic Thrust for Fus Ro Dah. in the event that I am positioned to fire one player at another I'm looking for input on the damage dealt. "Other objects ...
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Does the DM choose the target for monster attacks?

Pretty much what the title says. Say 4 goblins attack the party of adventurers, who do the goblins attack? Can each goblin attack a different target? I guess in case of characters that fall ...
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How often during combat can you be Surprised?

Looking at the rules for Surprise on page 189 of the 5e PHB. It says that a creature is surprised if the enemy's stealth check beats their passive perception. It then goes on to say: Any creature ...
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Building a striker [closed]

Okay, so I'm building a striker for one of my fellow players (the player is extremely new to DnD but is quite picky about what he actually wants to do). Basically out of a team of 4 players, we have ...
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Rogue Assassin Critical Hits

As I was reading about the Rogue at higher levels I came across this question. Does a surprised target (that fails the Constitution save from death strike) have 4 or 3 or 2 times the damage vs. it? ...
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How far can you see? (targets, lip reading etc)

I have looked in the player handbook and it does not seem very clear on character vision. In Bright light how far can characters see? For example if I have a player with the feat sharpshooter and ...
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How do the Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game and the One Ring Roleplaying Game Compare?

I am very familiar with the Star Wars RPG Saga Edition and have GMed many adventures and created many PC's. I love Tolkien and LOTR and am wanting to branch out into this universe. I looked on Amazon ...
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What constitutes a magical weapon for the purpose of overcoming resistance?

I gave my players a halberd which had a magical enchantment that's only purpose was to keep the weapon clean. Would this be considered magical enough to overcome resistance against non-magical ...
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Where can I find rules for explosives or fireworks for D&D 5E?

I noticed that there is no mention of fireworks or explosives in the Player's Handbook. Is there somewhere I could look for common rules and uses for fireworks/explosives in D&D 5E or previous ...
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Bulldogs! Gear damage vs. accuracy

I'm looking at ways to model weapons for my setting, and I like quite a few things what the Bulldogs! system does. Basically, it's a system that has Fate's Damage Floor (+Damage) combined with a ...
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Are there game balance reasons for high-priced cyberdecks?

Decking is very expensive, both financially and during character creation. A decker needs a decent deck which can cost over ¥100,000, as much as 2 Ares Roadmasters (among the game's heaviest ...
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How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?

My understanding of Counterspelling is that it adds a pool of dice to your defence. That means if you try to hit someone with an indirect combat spell she makes a defense test with reaction + ...
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Is there a class in D&D 3.5e similar to the 4e warden?

I've fallen in love with the idea of a goliath warden. I want to use things like minor shapeshifting, nature powers, and martial skill to murder monsters and take their stuff, but I want to do that in ...
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How do we make Hacking take less time without sacrificing Complexity?

I GM for a group of four players. The party consists of a shaman, a rigger, an adept and a Decker and I think we stumbled upon one of the most common problems in Shadowrun, the problem of decking ...
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Ultimate Magus Question (3.5)

I'm making a Beguiler 1/Wizard 4/Ultimate Magus X. Using the practiced spellcaster feat, I can make sure that levels 1 and 4 of UM count towards my wizard class. However, at level 7 of UM, the ...
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Should I bring any extra dice for 5e?

I will be playing my first 5e session here soon. I got to skim the basic rules PDF, so I know that it plays a bit like 3.5 with some modernization. (Please don't stone me if I'm oversimplifying that.) ...
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Do bonuses to damage rolls apply to each attack in a round?

In D&D 4e, if you don't move, you can attack twice per turn. My question is pretty simple: if I attack twice, do I add my bonus twice (which seems logical, since it's two separate attacks), or ...
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How to manage long journeys as DM

I recently started running Hoard of the Dragon Queen as a DM and this is the first time for me. During the campaign there are a lot of journeys that take several days, even weeks, and in some cases ...
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Interpretation of at-will spells in 5e

Throughout the D&D 5e player's handbook, particularly in the Warlock Invocations, there are abilities that allow the player to cast specific spells "at will, without consuming a spell slot." ...
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Can a Half-Giant Soulknife manifest Mind Blades of the Large size category?

Note: I am aware that I am quoting from 3rd party materials, and not core Pathfinder stuff. The Soulknife's ability Form Mind Blade says the following: A soulknife must choose the form of her ...
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1answer
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Does an incorporeal creature take half ability damage from corporeal sources?

The rules for incorporeal creatures states that "Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, [an incorporeal creature] takes only half damage from a corporeal source (except for channel energy)." If, as ...
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Brew Fleshcrafting poison limits

The feat Brew Fleshcrafting Poison states. You can create a fleshcrafting poison capable of mimicking one monster ability. By monster ability does it mean any ability that is listed under the ...
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Is the Saltwater Float represented in this question a good way to test for loaded dice?

Recently a question has popped up in the comments of another question I've recently answered where a player has happened to roll three 18s and other high stats at a table with his dice, which could ...
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Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
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If my team-mate absorbs a creature we have been fighting, will the rest of the party still gain EXP?

My DM is playing a DMPC along with our party, as well as the standard DM role. During an encounter, his PC absorbed a gelatinous cube, and is saying that because it was not a true kill, the rest of ...
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Action: Reaction how it works in 5E D&D

Correct me if I'm wrong but if say my initiative put me first but I wanted to attack after a certain event can I use my action as a reaction to use my attack actions(multiple attacks) and bonus action ...
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Are ability scores above 20 possible without magical means?

Is there any way to have ability scores above 20 without having magical items? Or is this the only way? Background of why question was asked: I guess if it is, it is then up to the DM to decide ...
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Is there a way for a ranger's pet to deal magic/ranged damage?

We've got a ranged beastmaster ranger with a raptor pet that has been re-fluffed as a phoenix. Said ranger is really keen for his pet to be doing lots of attacks, so we've houseruled Twin Strike to be ...
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Can I use my bonus action to have my mount Dash?

If my character has a bonus action that can be used to Dash and is on a warhorse with speed of 60 feet, that seems to mean I can shoot my short bow, move 60 feet, bonus action another 60 feet in one ...
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How to keep spellcasters from becoming too underpowered when the magic moon resets? [closed]

Magic is the result of an omnipotent terraforming satellite the size of a small moon, but all the accumulated tweaks and additions to its API used by spellcasters will reset during a double-eclipse ...
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Does Magic resistance allow a creature to know it has been targeted?

In 2nd Edition AD&D does natural Magic Resistance allow a creature to know when it has been targeted by a spell if it resists the spell? (some spells do not make the target aware it has been ...
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Does Living Link allow Magic Resistance?

The AD&D second edition spell living link can be found in the Complete Book of Necromancers. It states the target of the spell receives no saving throw due to the fact the target does not know it ...
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Does the Favored Enemy feature count when using INT skills?

The Ranger's Favored Enemy feature gives Advantage to Intelligence checks when trying to remember information about your enemy. Does that count when making an Intelligence (History) check, for ...
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If leave the Astral Plane do my magic items get weaker?

So the party traveled to the Astral Plane and found this old underground temple that is full of kids living in there. They have some really powerful magical weapons (they don't even know what they are ...
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How visible/noticeable is psychic damage, and spells which inflict it?

Following on from this question: Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it? If someone suffers a significant amount of psychic damage, how would it manifest on ...
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1answer
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Where can I find cyberpunk face-cards?

I'm searching for cyberpunk-themed face cards, like Paizo's. If I just search "face cards" on google I find random, completely-unrelated stuff, and I'm not sure what else I could search for. Either ...
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A player takes half a standard action, what am I supposed to do?

I've got a problem with how to define half a standard action. The hold portal ritual takes 1 standard action to cast. This is so the player can use it in combat. Now this player wants to create a ...
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Should encounters be adjusted to a full-magic party?

I am still a new GM and I am building a session for 3 first-time players. After discussing the game, rules and setting, all of them are interested in playing magic characters (Draconic Sorcerer, Druid ...
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How can I make an overweight character? [closed]

I'm going to start off by saying that this will be my very first time playing any sort of tabletop role-playing game. I know what I'm about to ask may be questionable due to the whole epic fantasy ...
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Is there an Aberration with a Negative Energy Breath Weapon at all in the lore?

Whether it's from D&D (any version) or Pathfinder doesn't really matter, this is lore/flavor intended anyways so I don't need the mechanics. I just need the name of the creature and where I can ...
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0answers
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How to justify a Lord dedicating much needed resources to a meaningless village? [closed]

I am running a D&D campaign, in which my players are helping a village on the edge of a large empire. The empire has just won a war against a Daemon race and they are busy restoring order to the ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...

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