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Is the “+1” in “Long Sword +1” for OOC use only?

Do your characters say, "I'd like to buy that Long Sword +1," or is that "+1" for OOC reference only?
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How can you train/tame monsters & magical beasts?

Some background. My party recently went up against a Cloud Ray (MMII p.49 INT 2) and decided they were going to bring it down non-lethally in order to make it their pet/mascot. Unfortunately as much ...
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A pen-and-paper RPG with a “Save Game” function (and how that works)?

The vast majority of computer games, roleplaying ones included, utilize a simple Save function I guess most of us are familiar with. If not: primarily it allows the user to quit the game, do other ...
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Does an Oracle get bonus spells AND revelations every second level?

I'm building an Oracle for an upcoming campaign and I'm somewhat new to Pathfinder. If you The explanation of mysteries says I get bonus spells every other level. However, I also get another ...
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What's that Seattle Fast-Food joint?

I know that, when reading through some splatbooks, I found a write-up on some Seattle fast-food restaurant. The food was horrible, the service was lousy, but everyone liked to meet there because the ...
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How can I become more akin to my “Mary Sue” Player? [duplicate]

I've been playing for about 3 years with this guy on my group. He's a very nice and encouraging person and I actually appreciate him as an individual; however I just can't come to enjoy his presence ...
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What is the fallout of unarmed strikes no longer being weapons?

In the latest errata for the D&D 5.0 PHB, unarmed strikes apparently ceased to count as weapons, being something you use instead of weapons: Equipment Weapons (p. 149). Unarmed strike ...
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Can Spirit Guardians affect enemies through walls?

We just had a scenario where the enemy set up a 'death trap' with arrow slits covering a corridor, allowing them to pop in, shoot, then pop out -- all without actually entering the corridor. Which ...
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Keeping secrets [closed]

I'm running a game where the characters are unraveling a group of assassins that are hunting down magic users. I was looking for some realistic ways to dole out enough information to keep the PCs ...
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Does Haunting Melody use a Standard Action?

Benefit: When you sing or use some other Perform skill, you can inspire fear in enemies within 30 feet of you. Any opponent in range must succeed on a Will saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 your bard ...
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Can maho or Oni powers harm creatures of the Lying Darkness?

The Way of Shadow says that creatures (or perhaps “extensions” might be a more fitting term) of the Lying Darkness can be harmed by weapons of crystal. What about beings of Jigoku or the Shadowlands ...
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Do you have to make a touch attack to heal an ally?

Question The cure wounds spells, and most healing spells, have a range of touch and a target of creature touched. Do you have to actually succeed on a touch attack roll to heal an ally? Reason for ...
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Where can I find rules for naval combat for Pathfinder?

I'm running a pirate setting campaign and I think it's time the party got a taste of ship-to-ship combat. But I'm not sure where I can find the specifics for this type of combat. Like the type of ...
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How should pets/summons/familiars be handled in Fate? [closed]

I find that having some other entity that, while part of your character conceptually, is separate from their person, adds a lot to an RPG... Whether it's an Engineer's drone, a Warlock's summon or ...
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Where do I find a “monster level” for monsters in the AD&D 2nd edition manuals?

I have the 2nd edition Dungeon Master Guide 1995 printing and the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual Book (not binder) 1994 printing. I can't find the a table with monster level like 1st edition had. Is it ...
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How do arrows work against Lava Children?

Lava children have metal immunity meaning all metal passes through them and they straight up ignore metal. How would arrows work against them?
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Warlock's Create thrall doesn't get a saving throw even if the target takes damage? What kind of enchantment spell is it?

Warlock having a Great Old one as a Patron upon reaching 14th level unlocks the ability to Create Thrall by charming an incapacitated humanoid. The power as it is written looks like it uses the ...
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How can I incorporate Koldunic Sorcery in Vampire: The Requiem?

I'm looking for a method to use the Masquerade blood magic, Koldunic Sorcery, in my Requiem game. I've taken a look on the Translation Guide, but there's no mention of it there, so I'm stumped. In ...
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If an awakened animal dies and then reincarnates, can she talk in her new body?

It is about intelligent animals created by the 5th level druid spell Awaken. The spell description says: "An awakened tree or animal can speak one language that you know, plus one additional language ...
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1answer
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What's the point of the character sheet? [closed]

How do character sheets fit into the game of Polaris and what functionality do they serve? It's not like it's hard to remember your stats; there are only 3. The vast majority of the sheet's info is ...
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Are you affected by your own Blasphemy spell?

Are you (the caster) affected by a Blasphemy spell you cast if you are non-evil? If you are, if you raise your CL somehow (feats/items), are you affected by 2 or more effects? Can you cast it with a ...
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1answer
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Does ammo blessed by Daybreak Arrow bypass all creatures DR?

Looking at Daybreak Arrow, it talks about adding extra damage to undead, then includes, This extra damage and half of any other damage you deal with an affected projectile results directly from ...
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1answer
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Can you use the Elemental metamagic to then use Flaring metamagic?

Can I use the Elemental Spell metamagic to change, say Cone of Cold, to deal fire damage, then use Flaring Spell metamagic to cause it to dazzle? The feat says: "A flare spell causes a creature ...
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Asking people to leave the group [duplicate]

I'm just going to get straight to the point I recently just finished DMing a short campaign that hadn't gone as well as I hoped but people still seemed to enjoy themselves and want to play again! ...
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Does Protection from Evil protect you from Suggestion?

Protection from evil reads: Second, the barrier blocks any attempt to possess the warded creature (by a magic jar attack, for example) or to exercise mental control over the creature ...
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1answer
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What are the mechanical benefits of having your PC being Legio Mortuum?

I have been looking through Requiem for Rome and having troubles following the book or finding a section that tells the mechanical benefits of having a PC within the folds of the Legio Mortuum.
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2answers
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At what point are weapons and items carried for quick access too much?

I know in the game you can carry whatever you want as long as you have the str to do so. After dealing with one of my players trying to quick draw a grappling hook I started to wonder about how people ...
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0answers
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Can you see areas outside from inside an area of Darkness? [duplicate]

Lets say you're in an area of dim light (20% miss chance). You get in combat with some archers, and so cast Darkness on your weapon/holy symbol. This lowers the light in a 20ft radius, in this case to ...
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What advantages does hiding have?

It is possible to use the stealth skill to "hide" in D&D 5e. But are there any mechanical benefits to doing so? In combat, you gain advantage on an attack if your target can't see you, and confer ...
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2answers
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Why aren't you allowed to check off multiple stress boxes per hit?

It's not just a question of "have you done it in your game or not", but rather I'm wondering about the rationale behind the rules. What's the desired effect of this restriction and what effect on the ...
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3answers
663 views

How can I implement injuries on crit?

We are well on our way in a 5e campaign, but everyone getting fully healed after a long rest takes some of the sense of danger out of the game. I am looking for a set of rules that would give ...
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2answers
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Are there poltergeist-like undead in D&D?

My character is a cleric necromancer looking for utility-type undead. I'd like to find a low-HD undead critter to Command who would be able to act as an Unseen servant (pick up small objects, trigger ...
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399 views

What's the difference between a ranged touch attack and a ray?

I'm looking at various spells like Ray of Exhaustion that have effect:Ray and you make a ranged touch attack with the ray. I'm also looking at spells like Mark of the Reptile God and Reach enhanced ...
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Why are high ability scores mandatory to cast spells?

After reading this answer, I was once again struck by the fact that a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 spellcaster, no matter his level, is unable to overcome the limits imposed by his ability scores. Like ...
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How severe should a Compel be if it's worth one Fate Point?

If a Compel is the most interesting way to gain Fate Points, then how serious should it be? What kind of trouble does a character have to go through to get one? If it's too bad, they might end up ...
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Things a Paladin with low Wis/Cha can do with his spellcasting ability?

One of my players was fairly new to the game back when he made his Paladin, and decided to emphasise heavily on Strength/Constitution. However it's now a bit later into the game and he has reached the ...
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As a group unfamiliar with RPGs, how do I encourage my players to read the rulebook?

A little bit of background: We are a new DnD group, living in a country where DnD is obscure, at best (the Philippines). We have no prior background to any kind of RPGs except in video games and MMOs. ...
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1answer
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Does Elan apply to non-combat Trait tests?

The Elan edga gives a +2 bonus on any trait rolls made when spending a Benny. However, Elan is a Combat Edge. Does this +2 bonus apply to rolls made outside of combat? If so, what makes this a ...
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What is an ability check without a DC called?

Sometimes the DM will want players to perform an ability check and not set a DC. They will instead use the result of the roll to give a sliding scale of success. Example: Two players are asked to ...
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1answer
56 views

Do benefits from a talent on a given spell only apply during character creation?

When I buy a talent for a single spell, I can improve the spell ability at a lower cost. Does this hold universally (i.e. during advancement) or only during character creation?
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Where is the Swiftblade PrC and what are its requirements?

I'm a level 1 rogue playing 3.5. My DM said I could multiclass at level 3. I want to multiclass as a swiftblade, but I need more details. What expansion is it part of and what are the requirements?
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Does falling damage by weight get limited to 20d6?

I'm trying to build a character that does damage by dropping on people. (It's a baleen whale with grafted wings.) I was reading the SRD on falling damage and it has this very confusing line about ...
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Modeling gear destruction

Basically I have a dwarf cleric that thinks he is an invulnerable tank and takes the brunt of most attacks to the party. In the 5 sessions so far his shield has had the following: A throwing axe ...
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1answer
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Barkskin and Wild Shape

Assume you cast Barkskin in humanoid form: You touch a willing creature. Until the spell ends, the target’s skin has a rough, bark-like appearance, and the target’s AC can’t be less than 16, ...
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Once you take a Prestige Class, can you advance your base class later?

Okay, so here is the situation. I have a lvl 4 Rogue/lvl 3 Fighter/lvl 2 Shadowblade character, which is all fine and well. But I am curious if I can take my next level in Rogue or Fighter or if, ...
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How to run a campaign for intelligent players with idiot PCs?

I've just started a pathfinder campaign, and all of the players have taken intelligence as their dump stat. This is causing problems, because usually I depend on knowledge checks to determine what ...
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1answer
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Can shadowrunners use legitimate licenses if they have a legitimate SIN?

I can not find anything in the shadowrun books about official licenses. I know why a runner would prefer to have a fake SIN and fake licenses, but if you have an official SIN (with the disadvantage ...
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Can equipment be enchanted and dis/reenchanted without destroying the item?

I'm thinking in fifth edition but this may apply to all editions. If playing a character with a family sword or a particular set of armour that they wish to use throughout the game (from level 1 to ...
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1answer
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What paragon path should I choose for my Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage?

I've got a Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage (currently L9) in an ongoing War of the Burning Sky campaign, and I am slightly stumped on paragon path choices. Yes I'm aware that Swordmage is a janky class ...
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1answer
152 views

How much space does housing people take up?

Assuming I'm aiming for "approximate realism" about how much space do my covenfolk take up with housing / kitchens / etc? (They have an LCM of +1 but it would be good to know for a range of such ...

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