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When players have settled into “routines” for runs, how to break them out of the rut?

One way or another almost 95% of all the Shadowruns I either played or was GM in, somehow got to the point where the players would either: gather building plans and/or use their existing collection ...
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Scion Underworlds in Geist's Cosmology

Does anyone have advice for combining the underworld rules from Scion and Geist without the mechanics bumping into each other? Like a botched exorcism opening to a gate to Scion's Mictlan, or a Geist ...
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How does Demon: the Descent handle the common problems with Splinters and Time Travel?

So the main Demon the Descent features a campaign seed based on time travel but it doesn't discuss the "common" time travel issues such as causing a paradox, meeting yourself in the past, or reasons ...
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In Nomine Superiors for a Psychological/Surrealist Setting [closed]

I'm looking to create a psychological In Nomine setting based around Human Dreams and the Marches. What are the most usefulsuperiors to use for a comical/surrealist interpretation of the ethereal ...
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Does Assassins Strike deal Max damage on a Critical hit? [duplicate]

My friends and I are debating whether the Assasin's Strike power is maxxed on a crit roll. Since it is not declared until after the hit we weren't sure on the ruling. As I understand it it is ...
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Do Black Tentacles Bypass DR?

The amusing spell Black Tentacles can be a great spell for harassing enemies in a area while your characters get some popcorn and place bets on which monster can escape the swarm of grappling. The ...
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Does the game break if a character can't fail Appraise skill checks?

I'm homebrewing a class, and at about character level 14 I'm considering granting the class the following special ability: Appraise Anything (Ex): The creature's Appraise skill check result always ...
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How do I help players engage with plot despite giving me no good background hooks?

Two of my players are very excited about the game ("Super-Assassins Take On the Mafia, Ancient Evil") and made backgrounds with lots of good hooks I can use to tie them into the plot. The other two ...
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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?

Minor Illusion allows the creation of a 5-foot illusory object: can I hide behind this object (wall/crate/anything) and gain advantage vs. creatures who can't see past the illusion? If so, given that ...
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Capturing enemies alive in Warcraft tabletop

Hey guys I'm playing a human tinker in the World of Warcraft D&D setting. I was going to have the character specialize in non lethal damage, I was wondering what kind of technological device I ...
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Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?

This is a bit of an equipment logistics question so might not be all that interesting to everyone but... Reading the 5e PHB, the backpack weight listing says: Backpack: 1 cubic foot/30 pounds of ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as a full attack?

In Pathfinder, does using FoB count as a full attack for purposes such as using Medusa's Wrath?
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Active Opposition with Free-Form Professions in Fate

I'm running a Fate Core game with Free-Form Professions as skill list. Now different actions may be more or less difficult from the perspective of different skills. Breaking into a house unseen should ...
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1answer
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How does the temporary feat granted by Paragon Surge work with preparing spells?

When a half-elf character belonging to a prepared spellcasting class that is able to prepare any spells on it's class spell list (Like Cleric or Ranger) casts Paragon Surge on himself and selects the ...
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Can I dodge if I don't have the initiative?

It seems every World of Darkness game from the Revised edition allows defensive actions at any point of turn, even if you don't have initiative. I have read it in Vampire: the Masquerade, Mage: the ...
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Are there rules and guidelines anywhere for loot in D&D 5e?

My players are used to playing RPG's on PC and love getting new weapons and loot. I can't really find much in the PHB or basic DM guide. I have been using ...
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Did my clothes catch fire?

My Ifrit chose last session to walk into a flaming sphere cast by our druid in order to melee attack a Troglodyte. The damage of the sphere rolled lower than the Ifrit's fire resistance. Should I ...
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855 views

Is Resilient (Constitution) the go-to choice for a level 1 variant human diviner wizard? [closed]

I know eventually the wizard will want that feat, but I'm wondering if War Caster or even Lucky (or something else) might be a competitive choice?
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How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door?

Anticipate Telep. Greater states: As anticipate teleportation, except that greater anticipate teleportation identifies the type of the arriving creature (and any companions accompanying it) ...
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Is blasting a suboptimal strategy for 5e Wizards?

In D&D 3.5e, blasting was known to be a comparatively weak strategy for a Wizard to adopt. On the other hand, in D&D 5e, there have been a number of changes that potentially render it more ...
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I'm DMing for a party of two. How can I make sure my players have classes that can play well together?

I am going to be a DM of D&D 5e for my two friends, and they asked me which classes work well paired together. I have only played games with parties of four player characters before, though, so I ...
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Did I Calculate this Crit Damage Correctly?

Based on the questions below, I think I probably did: Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit? Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit? Is the extra damage ...
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Monk 4 + 1 level full BAB Options

So, my goal here is to have my character hit the Fist of the Forest Prestige class by 6 from a Monk start. This class requires a +4 BAB to start out. This means if I stick 100% monk I won't get that ...
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Benefit of Armored Kilt

The Armored Kilt can be added worn alone or added to a piece of armor. I always worked under the assumption that if you added the kilt the AC bonus was increased by 1 and the weight of the armor went ...
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Rogue Talents and Feat Prerequisites

Does a rogue need to meet the prerequisites of a Combat Feat he or she gains via the Combat Trick talent? Could I, for example, gain Spring Attack without Dodge and Mobility?
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What classes are designed to pair together in lore or class description? [closed]

I'm looking for classes that play together, like Thayan Knight and Red Mage.I'm asking about classes which are specifically called in the lore or class descriptions as being paired. Any suggestions?
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Is encounter balancing/creation in 5e different to previous editions?

I have been GMing for a group for a few sessions now and I have had a lot of trouble balancing encounters. I go by the rules that it should be the xp the party needs to level as a "balance" and you ...
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How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet

In our fourth edition game, our party's rogue has gained the habit of checking for traps whenever he moves anywhere. I find this annoying, not only because it stops traps from ever coming into ...
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Does Concealment exist in D&D 5th Edition?

After looking over a few of the rules in the PDFs for the next edition of D&D I didn't see anything about concealment ( as in miss chance percentage ) similar to D&D 3.5e or D&D 4e. Has ...
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How should I adjust my campaign for additional players, unforeseen high stats?

I'm new to DMing, and I'm running the 5th edition starter set Mines of Phandelver. The starter set calls for 4 people, but my crew is 6. I ran our first night tonight, to try and get a handle on ...
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When do Lair Actions occur?

The Monster Manual describes Lair Actions as occurring "On initiative count 20 (losing all ties)..." (p 11). What does "initiative count 20" mean? I can't find that phrase anywhere in the PHB or in ...
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1answer
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Designing a spell to create works of art

I want to create a spell that can create a big wooden statue. The statue should not be basic and should be seen as a work of art. As long as I want to create the exact same statue, this spell is ...
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1answer
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Does the Warlock Hex damage apply to spell attacks?

The Hex spell increases the damage when you hit with an attack and Eldritch Blast is a spell which causes you to make a spell attack roll. Does any attack roll trigger the extra damage of Hex, or ...
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How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?

Role playing is an excellent hobby to train your problem solving skills. You learn to look at situations from different view points (i.e. the characters) and you have various skills and resources at ...
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166 views

incorporeal, corporeal source in case of spells and damage

In the incorporeal description it is said "... Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, it takes only half damage from a corporeal source..." What is/isn't a corporeal source? Do for ex. fireball, ...
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How to keep track of campaign timeline?

Introduction I've been playing table top RPGs for some twelve years now, both as a player and a frequent DM. During this time, I've had maybe half a dozen campaigns and none of them have been ...
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What can a character do during a rest?

I have an elf in my group who only needs 4 hours of rest instead of 8 like all the others. The problem is he keeps asking what he can do in that time and I have no idea what to tell him. I've read in ...
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What effect does combining Mithril and an Armored Kilt have on armor category?

I have a few questions regarding the interaction between Mithril and Armored Kilts in Pathfinder. I would like either official sources, or the words of pathfinder creators/developers if possible. I'm ...
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Does Elemental Wild Shape work like regular Wild Shape?

A Druid of the Circle of the Moon gets a feature called Elemental Wild Shape which allows them to transform into elementals. I couldn't find anywhere that said one way or the other, do the usual ...
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1answer
189 views

In Emerald Spire, is a room or entire floor an encounter, and when should I give out treasure?

This is my first time as a GM, and our second session played, and I need this answered: how big is an encounter? I'm doing the emerald spire and I'm trying to figure out: is the entire level an ...
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527 views

How does dungeon world combat work? [closed]

I don't understand what dice I'm supposed to roll or anything. Do I roll my damage dice? I've never actually played a tabletop RPG so this'll be my first, so I guess my confusion is understandable.
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Prop Coins: what denominations should I buy to get started?

Since restarting my D&D passion this fall with a group of awesome friends learning 5e, I've been hankering to buy a set of Campaign Coins. My group is casual - twice a month for 3-5 hours. We've ...
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Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for DPR/AC with Blade pact and Fiend patron

How can I get the highest Damage-Per-Round (both melee and ranged using pact weapon and Eldritch Blast) and AC possible (with DPR being more important than AC) with a Dragonborn Warlock taking the ...
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2answers
596 views

How do Druid animal companions work?

Do I control my Companion and his/her actions or does the DM? If I control them, does my PC have to be there to give the order? For example, could my PC's wolf stand guard while the party sleeps with ...
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407 views

Arcane Ward and Resistance

Does the abjuration wizards arcane ward take damage before or after resistance applies? The arcane ward ability states that 'Whenever you take damage, the ward takes it instead.' Damage Resistance ...
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3answers
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Custom paper character sheet that's updatable without erasing

So far I've been using a printed copy of the official character sheet for my D&D characters. It features a blank space for every stat. As a consequence of that, every time my character levels up ...
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3answers
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Can you jump in combat?

On page 182 of the PHB there are rules describing how far and high characters can jump. However, there is no mention of what type of action jumping is or how much movement it takes to initiate a jump. ...
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1answer
52 views

Where can I find stats for greater spirits and elementals?

I have seen a lot of references to spirits and elementals which are strong enough to wipe mining crews and all, but I can't find a single place where they are described (except wood elementals in ...
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1answer
966 views

When Wild Shaping, does your HD change to match the creature form's HD?

I have a Druid in a D&D 3.5 campaign, currently level 2, but I was looking ahead and loving the idea of Wild Shape. The problem is that it is apparently based on Polymorph, which does not explain ...

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