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During D&D 5e's different design iterations, were Assassins ever different?

I am running Hoard of the Dragon Queen for my players. I am currently preparing the next session and am reading "Episode 4: On the Road". The event No Room at the Inn (page 36) mentions an encounter ...
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What overpowered combinations would be available if I allow a bonus action to be used in place of a standard action?

It has come up in game a couple of times that a player might want to cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 bonus action using their "main" action (if they have another bonus action they also want ...
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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

I'm playing a warlock, a follower of the old god Cthulhu (chaotic evil). My character is chaotic neutral, and has been doing some not-so-neutral things (in my opinion). My patron god is a big part of ...
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In which book can I find the Rhythm Blade dagger?

I am looking into buying a Rhythm Blade dagger for my warlock to use in his off-hand. I have found this weapon online but I can't seem to find it in any of the 4e books. So my question is: in which ...
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Is this battlemaster houserule balanced?

I don't like the fact that a battlemaster can burn through his superiority dice in the first two rounds, and is forced to wait until the next short rest to use them again. So I'm considering the ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura Make You Immune To Dominate Person?

Nystul's Magic Aura can make it so that magic and spells treat a creature as though it were another creature type. However the extent of this effect is ambiguous. At first, it says the following, ...
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Multiple Bolts and Wizard Edge

If someone casts the power Bolt and casts multiple bolts at once, he rolls multiple attacks for those. So the caster rolls 1-3 psionic rolls + 1 wild die (similar to a weapon shooting multiple shots), ...
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Can I have Magic Vestment spell on armor and shield simultaneously?

Magic Vestment spell says you can imbue a suit of armor OR a shield with an enhancement bonus. So, you must decide which armor or which shield you imbue with the bonus. Lets say I decide my nom magic ...
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on ranged spells that require an attack roll?

I had a player ask me whether Sharpshooter works on spells and I wasn't entirely sure. It says “ranged weapon attacks”, but I'm not sure if an Eldritch Blast counts as a ranged weapon attack. I'm ...
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What are all the sources of Constitution damage? [closed]

Looking to make a Constitution Obliteration Build. Sort of a one-trick pony, but that's fine. Things I've found so far: Venom Domain grants Venomous Saliva, which allows Swift Action application of ...
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I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do Dragon Ancestry and Expertise Stack?)

Lets say there exist some enterprising young bard 3/ sorcerer 1 named Kirk. Deciding to uphold (long past) family tradition, he has chosen to go out and have a little half-dragon of his own. He ...
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Racial advantages/disadvantages for a rules light system [closed]

I started a lunch break rpg with some of my coworkers last week, using Michael Wolf's Warrior, Rogue and Mage system. The first session was fun, with character creation and some explanation of what an ...
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Is there any way to eliminate the material component cost for Glyph of Warding?

Glyph of Warding is a great spell. I may wish to invest substantial resources in it to avoid the 200 gp cost per casting. I am aware that this can be done via the custom magic item system for an ...
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1answer
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Can an Unseen Servant administer a potion during combat?

If I have a Unseen Servant, could I leave a bucket of potions of healing in the back and direct him to administer them to people? For example, could an unseen servant execute the command "Pour this ...
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What happens if you make an impossible wish

What would happen if someone were to use a wish spell to request something that is literally impossible? For example, the resurrection of someone who is not dead. Would the spell simply be wasted, or ...
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Hiding in Plain Sight (not the feat)

I currently have a character who is a large mass of insects in vaguely human form. Due to vagaries of Insubstantial and Growth, he can spread himself out over a large area but, by the book, he'd be ...
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How to apply inhalable poison?

There are four categories of poison: contact, ingested, inhaled, and injury. I'm interested in inhaled. For example, there's a poison (inhaled) called Burnt Othor Fumes. Let's say I craft some. How do ...
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1answer
159 views

How can a specialist contribute without dealing sneak attack damage?

In Maximum XCrawl (which uses the Pathfinder engine), the specialist class (basically a Pathfinder rogue) deals extra sneak attack damage when flanking. I play a specialist in a Maximum XCrawl ...
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1answer
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What happens when Wild Shape/Polymorph runs out in a space that's too small?

So in a 5e campaign I'm running, the party Druid has recently been doing some scouting of the local monster caves in spider form to avoid notice. I've also described how the goblins and kobolds who ...
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Does Animate Dead just create human skeletons/zombies, or can it raise whole creatures as undead?

My GM insists that animate dead can only create the skeleton or zombie listed in the bestiary, namely the 1HD human skeleton/zombie. I had always read it can zombify any creature, as long as you have ...
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2answers
567 views

What weapon is the best for a brawler

In pathfinder there is a hybrid class called the brawler. It is part monk, part fighter. It can increase the damage of "close weapons" to the damage of an unarmed strike from a brawler 4 levels lower. ...
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Price of items that should come in pairs?

The Poisoner's Gloves wondrous item(s) cost 5,000 gp. However, I can't find any ruling stating that gloves (or similar items) come in pairs. So, is 5,000 gp the cost of one poisoner's glove?
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How does Inexorable Shroud work?

I've seen this feat debated a lot and want to know your thoughts on it. Inexorable Shroud reads as follows: "If an enemy is reduced to 0 hit points while it is subject to two or more of your shrouds, ...
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Does Dueling Fighting Style apply to thrown weapons?

PHB p. 72 (and others) 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 weapon. PHB p.147 Thrown. If a weapon ...
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Does Alchemical Allocation work on extracts?

Does Alchemical Allocation allow you to consume an extract on the round following the consumption of this extract [Alchemical Allocation], spit it [the other extract] back into its container as a free ...
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1answer
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Is UPP an in-game or just a metagame construct?

In Classic Traveller are UPPs solely a metagame construct, or would they be something characters are aware of? Both Personality and Planetary, I mean. On the Personality side I imagine characters ...
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How to deal with players that fight villains but are worse than them?

The long story I started a Warhammer fantasy campaign with 4 players. Two of them were totally new to RPGs, and two others just slightly experimented. They created "good" characters, not a chaotic ...
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1answer
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Can you make a recharging Tattoo Spell?

Is it possible to make a spell tattoo from the Craft Spell Tattoo feat that is permanently reusable? That is, a tattoo that recharges and can be cast (e.g.) 1/day?
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Can other Shifters enter Weretouched Master?

The Weretouched Master is supposed to be designed for shifters of any bloodline right? So why are Bear, Boar, Rat, Tiger, Wolf and Wolverine the only bloodlines with listed info.? Shifters are ...
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How can I assume a larger alternate form?

The Weretouched Master prestige class from Eberron Campaign Setting and the Primeval prestige class from Frostburn have a size limit restriction on your alternate form. I'm wondering if there's any ...
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1answer
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What's the starting Exhaustion score for PCs in a new game?

I've looked through the manual three times for starting Exhaustion scores and can't locate anything definitive. I've found a few places that might imply Exhaustion starts at 0, but nothing that comes ...
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Can a wraith be used in Game with vampires and werewolves?

A friend of mine wants to run a game in the old world of darkness. The world is a combined world of Vampire, Werewolf and Mage books. He is allowing anything but mummies (for some reason)...and ...
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1answer
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What Pathfinder Chronicles books are considered outdated, and what are considered still canon?

So, after the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game came out, Paizo shifted from Pathfinder Chronicles (3.5) to Pathfinder Campaign Setting. I was wondering if anyone had a good list of books that have been ...
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1answer
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How do I know which Attack a creature would use for an Opportunity Attack?

Take for example a Ruffian CR 1/2 creature, he has a Multiattack Action of 2 Shortswords both with a reach of 5 ft so when something provokes an Opportunity Attack against it, it is obvious that the ...
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1answer
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How do excite my player to show up to the next session?

I have a group of friends, and we all live in different countries around the world now. I am preparing an epic fantasy adventure and like to play every two weeks with them as the GM. I worry that each ...
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Any good, lightweight systems for a Borrowers-based RPG? [closed]

I'm a brand-new GM (and new RPG player in general), and I'm having a lot of trouble finding a system that fits the kind of gameplay I want for my setting. The setting is going to be based on The ...
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1answer
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Is the Kensai Magus Archetype's Canny Defense ability limited by his class level like the Duelist?

I've seen a lot of builds online that feature shallow dips into Kensai for the INT bonus to Armor Class but upon further reading it seems that those assumptions that you immediately get your entire ...
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1answer
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Is Charm Monster/Person “harmless” for the purpose of the Insistent Benefactor trait?

Do the spells Charm Monster and Charm Person benefit from the Insistent Benefactor trait? More specifically, will it increase the Spell Save DC by 2? If not, is this because the spells are not ...
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Is there a playtested house rule for prone that makes its usefulness less dependent on initiative order?

As discussed somewhat in Is knocking someone prone worth it? the advantages of knocking prone are rather situational, and in particular, depend a lot on where you and the enemy you want to knock prone ...
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1answer
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How many Acrobatics checks are needed to pass through a medium creature's threatened area via its space?

I'm trying to understand how using Acrobatics to avoid attacks of opportunity works. The green dot is the creature that wants to move past its foe without provoking any attacks of opportunity. The ...
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1answer
365 views

Does the Staff of Defense count as an arcane focus?

I thought the Staff of Defense from the start set should count as an arcane focus, but a few people have disagreed with me. I'm wondering if there's any explicit information out there, because most ...
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The World Will End, But Not Tomorrow (or How to Manage Unwarranted Urgency in Players)

For the last couple of years my group’s been playing two high-tempo D&D 3.5 campaigns (I’m the DM in one of them). The PCs, their families, their homelands and their worlds have been constantly ...
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Is a creature's square included in its threatened area?

A creature threatens the squares in which it can make a melee attack, but does that include its own space? (If it's relevant, assume it's a medium creature.)
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Why does “dungeon” mean the places adventurers go to kill stuff?

Why does ‘dungeon’, in the context of roleplaying games and D&D in particular, mean the places adventurers go to kill stuff? I’m asking because ‘dungeon’ usually means a kind of prison, and I can’...
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1answer
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Treasure placement based on APL and/or CR

This may be a somewhat convoluted question, but I will try to be clear. My question is in regards to treasure placement. According to the CRB Pg 400: 1.) To aid in placing treasure, the amount of ...
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Is there a way to share XP?

We're playing D&D 3.5 and currently, our party is lvl 5. Someone wanted to join the party, and after a lot of haggling our DM agreed to let him start at lvl 4. Is there a way to let the party ...
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Does your strength modifier impact your ability to draw weapons?

Our DM has a rule that if your Strength modifier is -1 or lower, drawing your weapon is a full-round action. If you have a neutral or positive strength modifier, drawing your weapon would become a ...
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1answer
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How do level adjustment and racial levels work?

So we're starting a 3.5 game soon and I decided to roll my first non-core character. I'm usually the guy who sticks with Orcs/Elves/Humans etc. But this time I decided to be a Hound Archon. What I ...
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1answer
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Can you attack while Gliding?

Say I have a hunter with the Glide spell, and I use it to jump off a high cliff overlooking an orc encampment. Assuming the cliff is high enough to give me at least a couple rounds before reaching ...
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How fragile are Minor Conjurations?

The School of Conjuration grants a Wizard the Minor Conjuration feature: [...] you can use your action to conjure up an inanimate object in your hand or on the ground in an unoccupied space that ...

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