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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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Recommended Forgotten Realms Novels for 5e?

For someone who has never read any FR novels what are recommended as a primer for running the 5E modules? I intend to read the guidebooks but prefer pointers to novels that best capture the "feel" of ...
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How bad is Sunlight Sensitivity (of Drow, etc.), especially for casters?

Sunlight Sensitivity looks pretty bad — Disadvantage to attack rolls and Perception checks whenever you, your target, or what you're trying to perceive are in direct sunlight. I hope I'm missing ...
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Is there some reason Wild Sorcerers don't have Nahal's Reckless Dweomer in 5E?

Is there any info on why NRD was removed from Wild Sorcerers (compared to previous editions, since NRD was one of the reasons the class was well-liked)?
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Does a god machine doorway opening leave behind “spiritual” evidence?

So I had a player taken by an angel through a doorway in the infrastructure, from his home. What I'm wondering is if any of his packmates would be able to find any kind of spiritual change by the ...
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Is there fluff available for the towns in Middenland?

Is there any fluff for the towns in Middenland, like Hargum, Holzbeck, Immelscheld, and so on? I am about to begin running the Ashes of Middenheim series, and I was wanting to add a few things on the ...
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Long rest regains half hit dice - round up or down? [duplicate]

When having a long rest, you regain all your hit points and half your spent Hit Dice (for use in future short rests). I know that normally when faced with fractions you round down. But then, I see no ...
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Help me fit Archmage into the mailman build (3.5)

New player Here. Short intro: I finally found a gaming group on my LGS thats willing to take in a complete newbie. My first game will be ready in a month and I'd like some help with my first ...
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Which ability do monks use to determine their spell save DC

Most every class that can cast a spell has a Spell Save DC, which is typically DC = 8 + proficiency + [ability modifier] However, if a monk follows the Way of the Four Elements, they gain access to ...
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Should the players roll a defense if the attack didn't succeed?

In AFMBE, attacking consists of two rolls: an attack vs TN 9, a defense vs TN 9, and if they both succeed, the higher number wins. If the attack doesn't total at least a 9, should the defender roll a ...
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Is Freedom of Movement hampered from actually working to escape a grapple?

The 5e D&D spell Freedom of Movement says: The target can also spend 5 feet of movement to automatically escape from nonmagical restraints, such as manacles or a creature that has it grappled. ...
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If a monster escapes my grapple, can it immediately move away?

A grappled creature had 0 speed, so it can't get away from me. But it can attempt to escape the grapple as an action. If it attempts to escape and succeeds, does it immediately get its speed back, ...
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Can I Dodge before a combat starts?

My party is outside the open door to a room. We are pretty sure there are goblins in there, because we chased one this far, but we can't see them through the door so we suspect they are hiding inside ...
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Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?

The D&D 5E spell Burning Hands has verbal and somatic components, and is described like this: As you hold your hands with thumbs touching and fingers spread, a thin sheet of flames shoots ...
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What are all the playable races and starting classes? [closed]

I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What ...
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Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?

In the 3rd and 4th editions of D&D, there were explicit rules for determining if a character knew anything about a monster before them. In 3rd edition, for example, use of the Knowledge skill ...
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Detect Magic interacting with Negative Levels debuff

While alone, one of my teammates had been Energy Drained by a creature. We cast Detect Magic on the teammate and to determine if there were any magical effects. Reading the rules, it doesn't say ...
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Hiding Gear From Sensors

I have a player who wants to buy clothing/armor with built-in pockets that have a lining of fabric that helps to hide gear from sensors (like a gun or explosives). I like the idea, but I can't seem to ...
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221 views

How many shadowrunners are there in Shadowrun?

How many shadowrunners are there in Shadowrun? (And, to be more specific, in Seattle?) Is there an official stance on what percentage / how many people of the world's population can be considered ...
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Is anti-gravity technology available in Shadowrun?

Is anti-gravity technology available in the world of Shadowrun? If so, how widespread is its use, and which official source books and/or novels deal with it? Official sources only, please. Thanks.
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Does going prone break a grapple?

If two medium creatures are in a grapple with one another, will an effect that causes one of the grapplers to go prone end the grapple?
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Does a Barbarian get an extra 1d6 or 2d6 if they are using a Greatsword?

At 9th level, the Barbarian has a class feature that reads: you can roll one additional weapon damage die when determining the extra damage for a critical hit with a melee attack. (PHB 49) The ...
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How do I determine my character's maximum load?

According to the d20 SRD regarding carrying capacity: A character can lift as much as his or her maximum load over his or her head. What is the maximum load? Is it the same as the "heavy load" ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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When do “per day” spell-like abilities recover in 3rd edition?

In D&D 3.0 and 3.5, when does a creature with spell-like abilities limited by "per day" uses regain their expired uses? At the beginning of the next new day? (i..e, at midnight, dusk, or ...
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What methods exist to get your AC higher than 20 without magic items?

I was poking around answering for this question and noticed something odd. It doesn't seem to be possible except in the case of the Barbarian to naturally get your AC over 20 without the use of magic ...
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Highest AC possible for Sorcerer?

What is the highest Armor Class achievable for a Sorcerer with the Sorcerous Origin of Dragon Bloodline? Player's Handbook Chapter 6 variant rules included. (Multiclassing, Feats, etc.)
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Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size? [duplicate]

I'm looking to start a solo DnD adventure with my wife as the only player. She's a total novice. Which is generally the most successful way to handle the single-PC issue in your experience: NPC ...
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Existing solo DnD campaigns to use with a novice player?

Are there any recommendations for premade solo adventures for DnD I could use to DM for my wife as a solo campaign? She's a total novice to role-playing, so I'd like to focus on the exploration and ...
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Can a Decker Brick an Enemy's Gun?

I feel like this is a question that should have a simple answer, but I have had a difficult time finding a clear answer one way or the other. Some sources seem to hint that you can brick a gun, like ...
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How do you handle distractions caused by small children?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5E. After some discussion, we have 4 players and a GM ready to start a campaign. Three of us have little or no experience, while the other two have a few ...
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1answer
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Can AIs opt to instead use a cyberdeck?

The title covers the core question, but there's a lot of clarification necessary: I assume AIs do not get the benefit of Hot Sim, because (1) no +1 benefit to Initiative, (2) no +2 to Matrix tests ...
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What happens if a Wizard casts Antimagic Field while under the effects of Time Stop?

Another player in one of my games recently suggested an interesting tactic for capturing opponents inside an Antimagic Field: Doing it inside a Time Stop. But, we are not sure what exactly what ...
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2answers
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Ranger Whirlwind Attack vs Extra Attack and Horde Breaker

Whirlwind Attack says: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target. Am I right that ...
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Can wizards really cast spells in armor?

I've just read the D&D 5e basic rules, and I'm not sure I'm up to speed regarding casting spells while clad in armor. The only mention I can find about this (page 79): Because of the mental ...
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How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
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How to find items and feats based on a specific requirement like “CON enhancement”?

I am looking for a database or a filterable list online where I can find out specific bonuses on abilities. My current specific problem is, that my character has lousy CON stats, and I'd like to ...
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Can a Gloom Blade be enchanted, and if so, what would its base enchantment level be?

I've been working on my two-weapon fighting Rogue, and I just got a set of Gloom Blades. I'm wondering: can they be enchanted, and if so, what base enchantment level would I count the blade as? A +1 ...
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How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?

I am planning a small scenario where the PCs must travel down a narrow corridor to reach the enemy at the other end. The enemy raises skeletons along the corridor, as a moving, attacking barrier. I ...
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1answer
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Patching new parents onto a Cover

In Demon, you can improve your covers by patching pieces of other peoples lives onto them. For example if someone, a NPC named Fiona, was known as a cat lover, you might pact with her to take her ...
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How can I stop a teleporting enemy?

I'm currently playing a 7th level Fighter in a Pathfinder campaign. My character is built around controlling movement as much as possible in Pathfinder. Since the campaign is Wrath of the Righteous ...
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A good class to play when new to 5e and RPGs in general?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5e. Our group is very inexperienced and are going for a few short campaigns while we all learn. So far, we have a mage and a cleric. What is a fun ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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Roleplaying online without having to post in public

I've recently tried Hero Central for running a Hero System campaign. We have two problems with Hero Central though: it requires posting in English (our group is German-speaking), and campaigns are can ...
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Armor proficiency for a multiclassed Rogue/Wizard

I have a character Rogue1/Wizard1 (favored class rogue). Since a rogue has light armor proficiency, is this also valid for wizard spells that I cast with somatic components? By "valid" i mean: Can I ...
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What damage does Whip of Spiders do and how is it used?

In the Advanced Class Guide there is a new spell: Whip of Spiders. There are also two follow on spells Whip of Centipedes and Whip of (Army) Ants. All of these are in the Conjuration (Summoning) ...
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Does 5e better explain what they mean by “duration, or until you lose your concentration?”

From many spells: After 1 hour, or until you lose your concentration This can be read either as "Whichever comes first" or "Whichever comes last". Presumably it means whichever comes first, but ...
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Can a sorc 19 / cleric 1 cast cleric spells at higher sorcerer levels?

Inspired by this answer http://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/46442/3799 Sorc 19/Cleric 1 has a bit more issues. You only have the few L1 cleric spells, and lots of Sorcerer spells, make sure you took ...

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