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An old school experienced DM insists Magic Missile always goes first. Does it or not, and why?

A friend of mine is an experienced DM who started with D&D and then the AD&D 1st edition back in the day. I'm currently DMing AD&D Second Edition for him and he's playing a Wizard. He has ...
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Countermeasures against a Diplomancer

A character with 40+ to social skillchecks is always a problem, moreso in a PvP campaign. True, Diplomacy is only so useful against PCs, but there are also Bluff and, especially, Intimidate. Those two ...
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Song of Rest Healing during Short Rests?

Just downloaded the Errata PDF and right off the bat I read this update to the Bard's Song of Rest: Song of Rest (p. 54). A creature regains the extra hit points only if it spends one or more ...
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Can a Grappler Rogue Sneak Attack while grappling?

I don't believe that a Rogue can normally sneak attack when it grapples. This is why (let me know if I'm wrong): Under Sneak Attack in the Rogue section it states Once per turn you can deal an ...
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Can an evil character worship a good deity?

I am making a bard character, that will be a complete diva, throwing glitter everywhere, hitting on anything that moves, I poured an insane amount of points into charisma, and have chosen the most ...
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Is there any more lore on Maleffluent?

I'm doing a campaign in 5e and I'm going to be bringing my PC's into 'The Forgotten Terror' scenario from the Ruby of Aggarath (Dagger, not domain.) It will have my own spin on it and rules will be ...
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Pathfinder character creation using multiple books

Is there a good resource that leads you step by step through creating a character using more than just the core book? For example, if I choose an Elf character, it reminds you that there are variant ...
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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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What qualifies as a surface in Glyph of Warding?

Can a player specify the surface of a small object as the surface affected by Glyph of Warding? One of my players decided to create guns in the world (there are no guns present until now) by having ...
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Brawler and two weapon fighting feat tree

One of my players is a brawler. He just reached level 8 and got improved two weapon fighting. He asked what his attacks were suppose to be and I went to tell him, only to find out that I didnt know ...
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What does “familiar” mean in the Sending spell?

The Sending spell states that: You send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar. The creature hears the message in its mind, recognizes you as the ...
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How can I help my players be interested in others' characters?

In asking this question I realized something that I never have before: my players aren't interested in each other's characters. How can I, as DM but also game session organizer and facilitator, help ...
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Does grappling cause bludgeoning damage?

According to the grapple rules in the SRD: ...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike. When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see: Would that mean ...
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Why can't my monk use the Frost Unarmed Attack +1?

I use the official D&D character creator and I currently have a monk who uses the monk unarmed strike attack. I gave him the Primordial Adept theme and I want him to be able to constantly deal ...
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Good classes with Multiple Ability Dependence

Often times when contemplating what class I want to play I will take a look at my rolls : if they're overall good, I'll generally go something with a little more Multiple Ability Dependence (MAD) vs. ...
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How do extracts based on Communal spells work?

One of my players asked a very interesting question. Their playing an alchemist. Their wanting to know how their communal extracts works, and Im having a hard time coming up with an acceptable answer. ...
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Advice for Running the “In Between Times”

I usually run published adventures which may or may not be related to each other. During and in between the adventures there are often times when the two main facets of RPGs, story role-playing and ...
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146 views

What does it mean that clans have differing numbers of unique feats?

In Oriental Adventures for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and that text's update to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, the Dragon #318 article “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor” (32-48), ...
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5e D&D Monk/Warlock Build Help [closed]

So I will be playing a 5e D&D campaign soonish for the first time, and have very little experience with D&D so I would like some help with my character build. I am really liking the idea of a ...
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372 views

What is a good combat system I can use for a story-driven PVP game?

Alright, I know that most who read the title will go: "PVP (Player vs Player) games? In RPGs?! NO WAY!!!" Yes, yes, I know. Many advise against doing PVP in RPGs, arguing that clubbing GM-controlled ...
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680 views

Adamantine vs adamantine

So other discussions got me thinking in circles. Special materials of 3.5 DND say adamantine weapons bypass hardness less than 20. Adamantine has a hardness 20. How would sundering work between ...
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Do harmful but non-damaging spells cause a character to wake up?

Do harmful spells (specifically Bestow Curse) that don't do damage cause people to wake from normal sleep? Does any damage cause a character to wake up?
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Does the Alert feat make it impossible to pickpocket a character?

I'm currently a player/co-dm for a 5e campaign. There is one player who is trying to power game and do his best to gain the upperhand in all situations. This has led to him abusing wording on certain ...
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How can you get advantage from Invisibility if attacking ends it?

Monsters or players can have the ability to become invisible, as the spell. In the rules, it's said that an invisible creature gets advantage and enemy have disavantage. p194 of PHB : When you ...
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Riding/beating a dead horse

Context: My Undead Lord Cleric's current Corpse Companion is a fast zombie heavy horse. So, my GM and I disagree on a key aspect of riding an undead horse. He thinks that because riding a living ...
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331 views

What is the origin of Dis/Advantage in D&D 5?

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the mechanic of Dis/Advantage as being one of the coolest aspects of the game. I was wondering: Is this innovation ...
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242 views

Can I create a Warlock that can Sneak Attack with Eldritch Blast?

Starting a DnD 4e game where I'm making a Halfling Warlock. I've given him a background where he used to be part of a Thieves' Guild and I thought I could perhaps flavour him as an ex-assassin. I've ...
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What is the origin of Inspiration in D&D 5?

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the mechanic of Inspiration (points awarded (5e DMG Inspiration) by the DM for a roll boost due to good role play) as ...
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1answer
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Alternate raw break DC

Due to events that occurred during my games I had to come up with a DC to break a door. The DMG has some details on this but its max DC was 28 vs str check on an iron door. After doing the normal made ...
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How many cantrips can I cast continuously out of combat?

Playing Skull & Shackles and we got shipwrecked. My character has Mending as a cantrip. According to the books, cantrips are so inconsequential that they can be cast "without limit". ...
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Where can I find maps of Rifts Earth?

Specifically maps that show borders of nations like the CS, Manistique, federation of Magic, ect?
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Power player is a problem. Any fix?

Context I'm a new DM because the old DM wanted to play for once. No big deal right? Man was I wrong in accepting. Let me explain. This "DM" knows everything. He is always right. Even if he is ...
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479 views

Does the damage for Delayed Blast Fireball increase each round?

The damage for the spell delayed blast fireball is listed as: The spell’s base damage is 12d6. If at the end of your turn the bead has not yet detonated, the damage increases by 1d6. The ...
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1answer
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Missing a throwing roll in savage worlds with an 'area of effect' weapon

In Savage Worlds the rules for Area Of Effect say that if you miss your throwing or shooting roll, the blast deviates, and they reinforce this by saying you move the blast template. I added emphasis ...
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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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1answer
526 views

What is the origin of Backgrounds in D&D 5?

I was listening to a podcast on D&D 5 discussing its design. They mentioned the Backgrounds as being one of the coolest things in the game. I was wondering: Is this innovation created by the ...
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431 views

First RPG to use randomness during character creation

Randomness during character creation - such as for example rolling for your base stats - is a very old concept in RPGs and has been around for quite a while. But while I personally like the idea ...
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1answer
325 views

How can an epic spell-to-power erudite manifest 9th-level spells?

Is there a way that an erudite (Complete Psionic 153-6) with the expanded class option convert spell to power (The Mind's Eye Web column "Expanded Classes, Part Four: Ardent, Divine Mind, Lurk, and ...
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4answers
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How do you deal with a player slowing the group because of excessive RP?

The campaign is set in an open world, giving the players lots of freedom, including the option to split up. This specific player was unfortunate enough to become plagued with a terrible illness, and ...
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3answers
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Can you use a Dragon's Change Shape Ability to Turn Back Into Yourself?

If you are a level 20 Wizard who is True Polymorphed into an Ancient Brass Dragon, can you then use the Dragon's Change Shape ability to turn back into a level 20 Wizard, maintaining all your class ...
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What does “minmax” mean?

I've seen the term minmax used on several answers (relating to D&D), but nobody has elaborated and there's no actual answer to the question on this site. What does minmax mean and where did the ...
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Player has little faith in DM, unhappy with in-game events, acts stubborn, obstructing game play

I am currently playing in a small group, 3 players, 1 DM. All rogues (I recommend this btw!). Normally I am one of the players, but the DM wanted a break and so I offered to do a side quest of about ...
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Are there maximums for stats (such as by class)?

It has been a long time since I played D&D, and my neighbors and I just started back up with AD&D. While we were rolling characters something crazy happened: we had 16s, 17's, and 18's. The ...
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1answer
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Would this Point Buy house rule for Maid character creation work at all?

Recently we've started a maid game here on the stack and we have a huge disparity of stats between the players, one of them has barely average stats, while some of the other players are pushing fours ...
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Why should I worry about non-violent humans?

I've recently been toying with the idea of running a campaign of Pokemon Tabletop United v1.05. The system seems like it would accommodate my preferred GMing style, the settings of the various games ...
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Adjusting Stats for Higher Level party [closed]

Can you give me some examples of how to increase the challenge rating of a basic giant spider to level 5 other than just hp, damage and AC? What would be your proposed monster set up.
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How exactly are SINs checked?

In the core rulebook, there is a section about checking fake System Identification Numbers (SINs) which details on how the SIN check is handled mechanically (p. 368): In game terms, the gamemaster ...
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3answers
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Where can I find a free post apocalyptic map generator online? [closed]

I'm trying to make a map for a post apocalyptic idea I have. The landscape is your typical barren frozen wasteland caused by radiation and a large drop of temperature. I need to make a map based on ...
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1answer
536 views

When do you make the saving throw to move that is imposed by Ensnaring Strike?

Let's say my Ranger is trying to keep a target at bay, so he uses Ensnaring Strike and hits. On hit, the target is ensnared and must pass a strength save to move. Now, the question is this: Is that ...
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Are partially charged wands generally purchasable?

In the D&D 3.5 DMG rules are given for the pricing of partially charged wands, which one may explicitly purchase during character creation or sell during play. So long as the wand's final ...

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