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Disadvantage on Range Attack Spell vs Range Spells?

When casting a ranged spell within melee reach of an enemy, if the spell doesn't require a ranged attack roll, are there any downsides (assuming the enemy doesn't have the Mage Slayer feat)? ...
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Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help [closed]

A pair of follow-up questions spawned from this question, on making a 1 Rogue / 19 Sorcerer viable in melee. 'Viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to survive in the front-lines. Ideally, the ...
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How should I divide Party Monster XP witha 2nd lvl fighter and a 6th lvl fighter in the party

I had 2 new players join my group. They are now 2nd lvl. My highest lvl player is a 6th lvl fighter. I have a large party of 10, 7 PCs, 3 NPCs. The XP for a CR 3 is 600 for a 6th lvl character and ...
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How to use modifiers and checks

We have just started playing 4e D&D (bought the books and then 5e comes out sigh) and I want to know what is the difference between the modifier and a check? For example, a character might have an ...
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What exactly is “base AC”?

The phrase "base AC" appears in the D&D 5E basic rules exactly once, in the description of the Mage Armor spell. This says: The target’s base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier. But ...
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What simple weapons can the “Scorching Weapon” feat be applied to?

In creating my Ifrit Sorcerer, I am wondering if the feat Scorching Weapon would be of any use to me. This part of its text from its page on d20pfsrd seems ambiguous: As a swift action, you can ...
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Does Bard's Jack of All Trades grant them greater initiative?

Bards get the ability "Jack of All Trades" which reads: Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include ...
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Do Ifrit start with the outsider skill point bonus?

I am building an Ifrit Sorcerer, Bloodline: Elemental Fire Since this is my first Pathfinder character, I am going through all of the bonus skills and feats, etc. to determine what I want. I see ...
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Can an aasimar be evil? [duplicate]

I just had a character die in my DM's campaign and am building a new one at lvl 14 (6 cleric/8 stormlord). I want to use a lesser aasimar for this because I think their +2 bonus to wis and chr would ...
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Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?

With my current group we have 2 lifestyles. One is always sleeping in the muddy stables and the rest of the group are usually taking the most expensive rooms available, eating fresh meat and drinking ...
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How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?

Now the wording in the spell description is extremely vague and ambiguous making the spell effect up for interpretation. It just says: ... the target's AC can't be less than 16, regardless of ...
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Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?

What systems have mechanics that deal with and express who characters are as people (i.e., with their personalities) in ways that have direct mechanical application in gameplay, not just vague ...
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Porting a WoD werewolf to Pathfinder

I've been playing WoD pen and paper for some time, but had to change my gaming group. Now I'm playing Pathfinder. Thanks to my GM I'm allowed to play a kind of WoD werewolf. We have a concept of a ...
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Does multiclassing into Cleric grant Domain Bonus Proficiencies?

I know that the Multiclassing Proficiencies are listed on p. 164 of the Player's Handbook: Proficiencies When you gain a level in a class other than your first, you gain only some of that ...
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Is this build a viable melee Sorcerer?

My goal is to have a viable front-line sorcerer--'viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to stay in the front (as high as a rogue should be sufficient, no?), and good-enough damage that he's not a ...
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How do I get players to Name a Horror? [closed]

I'm running an Earthdawn campaign and the party's current adversary is an unNamed Horror. In Earthdawn, Horrors fall somewhere between a demon in D&D and an Elder God in Cthulhu. It's important ...
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What about the whetstone?

In the Adventuring Gear section of the PHB, the whetstone is listed as an item. Yet it gets no description, game rules or anything. So, how does the whetstone work? What are the game rules that apply ...
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Clarification on magic with Sigil and the Outlands

Something has been bugging me about the magic traits of the outlands. According to the Manual of the Planes the closer you get to the central spire the less magic works. However, in the module ...
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Is it worth buying the “Super Powers Companion 2nd Edition” if I have 1st Ed. and the free changes supplements?

I own the original SW: Super Powers pdf that came out some years ago, however my group and I have been playing with the PDF that Pinnacle released with the rules for power creation. I'd like to know ...
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Optimizing Inherent bonus purchasing to gain as many Skill Points as possible

Premise: I know that houseruling retroactive skill points would prevent this from being a problem. I'm aware of the possibility. It just isn't what is true for most characters I make. This question ...
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When to throw away a bad RPG system design? [closed]

Let's say you're putting together a custom RPG system of yours (core mechanics of dice and conflict resolution, support mechanics, the skills, the races, the fluff, etc.) Let's say you're making a ...
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How to determine Difficulty Class for skills?

Does anyone have specific rules they use to determine a skill check's difficulty class for players? I've been using this rule of thumb: DC 5 = Very Easy DC 10 = Easy ... DC 35+ Extremely Hard ...
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How does an Fighter (Eldritch Knight) 20 compare to a Fighter 10/Wizard 10 for both damage dealt and durability?

With the release of the PHB we have the Eldritch Knight fighter archetype as an innate, class-driven way for the fighter to compete with the wizard in the AoE department. This prompted a discussion ...
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Will Wizards offer a Character Builder for D&D 5e? [duplicate]

For those of us who are subscribed (and get the character builder online application as well as the monster creator, among other things), will they support a 5th edition builder? If not, will they at ...
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What kinds of considerations can be made in a base building campaign?

My Edge of the Empire game has shifted focus away from traveling around taking odd jobs as the group has joined the Rebellion formerly. They have asked that I slow the pace of the game down so they ...
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How do semi-mortals affect technology?

My group is gearing up to play DFRPG, and one of the players is interested in making a Changeling with mortal evocation and Summer Court fae magic. The other day, he asked me how he would affect ...
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The players focus too much on NPCs and ignore the plot, what do I do?

I'm currently playing a young supers game with friends using Savage Worlds as our favored system. The plot really hyped them, they loved the first allied extras, and with time they asked me for more ...
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Can the arcane/druidic focus staff double as quarterstaff?

Does the staff version of an arcane or druidic focus also work as a quarterstaff? At least at character creation can you say that for example your druids quarterstaff and druid focus staff is one and ...
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What happens to HP when Constitution decreases?

WotC recently released the Basic Rules for the DM, and with it come a few items like the Amulet of Health: Amulet of Health Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) Your ...
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Can you multiclass the same class twice for different class features?

The way that 5e works, each class has a sub class that dictates a heap of class features. The question here is generally, can a character of a specific class take levels in that same class in order to ...
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Are there dragon stats in any published OWOD or NWOD books?

I play in a World of Darkness game, and I have seen two different powers that allow someone turn into mythic creatures, such as dragons. I have never found stats on a dragon though in any WOD books. ...
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Ideas for a Political Power Struggle [closed]

I need suggestions of good ideas to help in this beginning of a political power struggle as well as a formation of a nation. Here is the story of the campaign that I am in: The party started the ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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Choosing equipment options at character creation

So if I'm correct, when you chose your starter gear and wealth you can either choose to roll some dice depending on your class and buy everything from that or you can choose the starter gear from your ...
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Improving item saving throws

A character is being prepared with the Voidspawn template from the Book of Templates. They have an ability that can cause items to disintegrate on touch. There is an increasing chance per hour that ...
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How can the God Machine transport players to another place?

This is a prelude for this question about the spiritual effect of such transportation. I didn't realize there were options at the time I started implementing my story. So here's the relevant thus far, ...
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Should Players declare their actions once Initiative is dealt?

I've been wondering this for a long time... What is usualy the order things should take on the game table? Should the GM handle the cards and then players declare what they want to do and lastly ...
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538 views

Does Flame Blade count as a weapon for Extra Attack?

Assume you are a Druid 3 / Ranger 5. Can you attack twice with the Flame Blade when you use Extra Attack?
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares about your level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean, that cantrips use your character level, instead of ...
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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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Does “each creature in blast” include allies?

When a power says "Each creature in the blast", does that mean my allies are hit by the attack too? I play a Control Wizard/Witch and almost all of my powers are blast and burst that target creatures. ...
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Can summoned creatures be attacked?

I have two friends who play as the Druid and Cleric and they both have summoning powers. We got confused as to whether the summoned creatures (such as a guardian drake) can be targeted by monsters or ...
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What are reasonable additional statistics for modern and futuristic weapons?

In Chapter 5: Campaigns in the section Building a Different World on pages 145-6 of the Dungeon Master's Guide there's the subsection Modern and Future Technology. I'm designing a prestige class ...
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Where is the Mill and Temple in Greenest?

In the hoard of the Dragon Queen module, there is a map of Greenest. None of the areas are labeled, but two of the sections tell me that 1 is the Keep, and 2 is the location of the old tunnel. ...
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How do people swear in Eclipse Phase?

I wonder how should I play some hot-tempered NPCs when it comes to swearing. First, there are sex-based and ancestry-based insults but even that is slightly outdated because procreation is different ...
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Is a kineticist immortal?

When a psion who follows the path of the kineticist reaches level 9 (or when any other psion or wilder reaches level 12 and takes Expanded Knowledge) they gain access to the psionic power fiery ...
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I'm a quarter Draconian, a quarter Dragonborn and half Half-Dragon?

What are the differences between "Dragonborn", "Half-Dragon", and "Draconian" races in D&D? In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, for example there is a Half-Dragon npc. I had assumed that ...
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Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM

The problem What are the best practices to overcome that certain “complexity paralysis” that may strike a GM when trying to learn and immerse himself in a setting that has a lot of intricate ...
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Does Warlock combat just equal Eldritch Blast spam?

Been looking over the warlock because I thought it would be cool to make a spellcaster that can also mix it up in melee combat. After all how awesome isn't it to conjure up a magical weapon and start ...
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What properties of a magic item can be identified with skill checks?

Let's say a Level 1 Cleric finds a very powerful ring (e.g. Ring of Three Wishes). Since the cleric has no idea what this ring is for, what kinds of skill checks etc. can he use at which DC to ...

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