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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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Are there items that can be worn under/in addition to armor that grant AC bonuses?

Pretty self-explanatory; I began wondering this when I misread the description of Mithral Shirt and thought it could be worn on the body slot in addition to existing armor to grant additional AC ...
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Does Screaming Bow's daily power affect the triggering attack?

My DM is saying that the power on Screaming Bow which gives vulnerable 5 thunder does not apply to the attack which allows the power to activate. Is this the case? For reference: Power (daily): ...
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Off-hand penalty in PHB 3.5 glossary, how does it work?

I've played 3.5 for quite some time, and this has been something I've never quite understood, at least with respect to rules as written. On pp 311 of the 3.5 Player's Handbook, under the entry for ...
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First time ever playing soon, advice? [closed]

I've always been interested in these sorts of things, rpg, gaming etc, but been too shy to join. Now I've finally joined a dnd 4th ed group and I'm going soon. I'm positive it's my thing, but I'm not ...
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Does casting while greater invisible make the spell effects also invisible?

I'm pretty sure that even if you're greater invisible and cast say, a lightning bolt, while you stay invisible per the spell, that the spells effects are still visible. I can't find a rule citation ...
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What books comprise “Core” D&D3.5e?

I keep seeing references to "Core" D&D3.5e (as opposed to the SRD), but I'm not sure which books are included. I know the Player's Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and Monster Manual ...
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What role-playing games don't feature experience? [closed]

I've never played a tabletop role-playing game, but when I was young I played a lot of role-playing video games, and I never liked the experience system they all used. I won't say that everything ...
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What are some suggestions for a brawler-type unarmed character in Pathfinder?

I have played a monk before and enjoyed it but I was thinking of playing a character who's more of a brawler than a mystic martial artist. I know there are some options in the barbarian class but what ...
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What is the bonus for Treat Deadly Wounds when using no uses of a healer's kit?

Reading Pathfider's heal skill it states you can use it with a healer's kit to restore hitpoints ("Treat Deadly Wounds") as follows (Pathfinder SRD): You must expend two uses from a healer's kit ...
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Which of these favored class/race options should I take for my magus?

I have a human of level 1 Myrmidarch Magus that will eventually turn to a Myrmidarch Magus 8 / Arcane Archer 10 + 2 more level of something. I have the option of taking 1/4 * magus level in bonus ...
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Heart of Water and grappling threats

I have been making a new wizard lately and I have been trying to have many ways of avoiding statuses/effects that easily disable/endanger a caster. As many of you know, one of these is Grapple, and ...
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Which weapons are metal-hafted?

Since it is required to defined the Hardness and HP of a weapon in the case of sundering, how do I determine whether a weapon is metal-hafted? Should I look at the illustrations? Can any hafted ...
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How to improvise [closed]

I've read a short passage on GMing noting that improvisation is very important. But I can't seem to do it right. Does anyone have any suggestions for me that could help me improvise better? As in, is ...
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Do magic weapons automagically change size based on the user?

From the PRD: When an article of magic clothing or jewelry is discovered, most of the time size shouldn't be an issue. Many magic garments are made to be easily adjustable, or they adjust ...
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How to avoid players using the same Approaches?

Well, yesterday my player and I were running a game, and I have to say: we had fun with it... to a point. The whole game was good in the way it looked like watching an Anime Show on our heads, it ...
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Does an attack with a ghost touch weapon work normally vs. corporeal opponents?

So it's a bit of a habit as it seems for my questions to have a really explanatory title. My characters randomly rolled a looted ghost touch weapon last session. I'm a bit confused about the ...
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Line of Sight and Teleport (e.g. Clairvoyance with Fey Step)

In D&D 4e teleport actions need line of sight to destination place. Seer's Clairvoyance gives a vision of place where I have no line of sight. Can I after use of Clairvoyance teleport, e.g. using ...
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Betrayed by my GM; how can I respond?

I was introduced to D&D three months ago and really delved into the world. I had so much fun creating my character and tried very hard to roleplay him differently from myself. I did my very best ...
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Can a Shardmind use Warforged Components?

In the Eberron Player's Guide there is a section called Warforged Components, containing components that are said to be for the Warforged. However, the items themselves say: Requirement: You must ...
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Rulings on Invisibility

If you cast greater invisibility on yourself, do you gain the same benefits as invisibility as an ability? It does not say so under the spell, but under special abilities it states: Invisibility: ...
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How do you present plot hooks to string together premade adventures?

I am about to run my first adventure as a GM. I have never GM'd or participated in table top role playing before so I am following premade adventures (in this case starting with the 4e Redbox ...
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Is there any official rule on Half-Construct aging?

Does adding the Half-Construct template to a race change aging in any way?
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What are the commonly accepted definitions of reskinning and refluffing?

I have come across this comment that seems to say there is a globally accepted definition of reskinning and refluffing and that it's not the same thing (I thought it was). What are the commonly ...
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How can I view Paragon Tier feats in the Character Builder?

I'm DMing a 4E campaign for my friends who have never played any D&D game before. So far they're loving it. We're using the old character builder that WOTC released a while back, that you run from ...
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To what extent is reskinning acceptable?

At what point does reskinning become gamebreaking? If a player desperately wants to swap out a Force keyword for Fire, is that going to destroy the combat system? I know there's a precedent for it ...
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How can I run a campaign in isolation without restricting access to items?

I'm running a game where an entire village, the PCs and its people has been swallowed into the earth by a cataclysmic earthquake. This happened in the first session, and it was explained beforehand ...
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How do Treasure Parcels work?

I'm quite new to Dungeons and Dragons 4e, and am currently DMing a game with some friends of mine using the Dungeon Master's Guide. I'm a little stuck however with the treasure parcel system. There ...
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Does an improved familiar's caster level for SLAs rise with it's master's HD?

Many Improved Familiars (e.g. ratling, imp, faerie dragon) have spell like abilities (SLAs). In each's default monster listing, it lists a caster level (CL) for them, e.g. (from ratling) ...
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Are item creation feats worth it for a magus? [closed]

I have a level 2 Myrmidarch Magus that will eventually be Myrmidarch Magus 10 / Arcane Archer 10 and am focusing on blasting spell (you know, standard stuff for this build). I recently found that ...
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Are creatures automatically immune to their own abilities?

It seems creatures using elemental damage are not automatically immune to that damage type since they have an Immunity entry (see Fire Elemental or Hell Hound). What about poison and disease? The ...
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Can Treat Deadly Wounds be used on more than one creature at a time?

The Heal skill has a use called Treat Deadly Wounds. It allows the recovery of hit points and takes 1 hour. Another use of the Heal skill, Long Term Care allows taking care of multiple characters at ...
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Why is the GM usually the driving force in RPG?

In my limited experience, the GM provides a story to the players, ant their "main" characters mostly react to the environment. Having a look at a couple of random highly-voted (and IMO high-quality) ...
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If one uses Shadow Evocation on a willing ally can they choose not to disbelieve?

If one uses Shadow Evocation on a willing ally (e.g. Telekinetic Charge) can they choose not to disbelieve? Shadow Evocation Nondamaging effects have normal effects except against those who ...
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How many people can help treat a disease?

Related to some of the other disease-based questions here, I have one that's not covered: how many people can attempt to treat disease on a player using their Heal skill? My reading of the rules ...
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How can I add an ability to PCGen?

I've just started playing around with PCGen and it's pretty great. Unfortunately, while it has support for a lot of source books, it doesn't support everything, to say nothing of various homebrew ...
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Forced Movement: Can a Halfling really pull a Dragon?

One of my PCs is a Druid with "Thorn Whip". In our last session, he used it on a wall-mounted magic Turret Trap. Since the Power says "Pull the Target 2 squares", I ruled that he just ripped it out of ...
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Ranged accuracy

I have a player in my group that is playing a hybrid ranged rogue/executioner.The campaign has many options for the perma-hidden build he has. He wants to make the character more accurate, he now has ...
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Problem with Raise Dead? [duplicate]

My four players have decided on the following plan: once a week, they all cut off three pieces of their hair and give it the others. This way, if another character is ever killed, they can pull out ...
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Handy spells to have on scrolls for a specific scenario? [closed]

My situation: I'm rolling up a 10th level Pathfinder witch, using all Paizo products standard starting wealth (62K GP) plus and the ability to choose Scribe Scroll if it turns out to be worth the ...
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Too many magic rings and trinkets

I am a DM, and I have two player's who love +1 Ac Rings, or any kind of ring or trinket to help with AC. Every bit of gold or other item of any value they use it to trade for it. I try not to be mean ...
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Can mount slot items like Impenetrable Barding be used with figurines of power?

I imagine a mount slot item as something the mount carries/wears. When you use the Figurines such as the ebony fly they tend to be of use in just one or two combats--with a standard action they grow ...
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Other than We Be Goblins, are there any pregenerated goblin PCs for Pathfinder?

Other than the four found in the We Be Goblins series, are there any pregenerated Pathfinder goblin PCs out there? Ideally I'm looking for a similar format to the WBG pregens: stats, a small ...
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Identify a fantasy / cosmic horror game from its gods

I'm not even 100% sure this is from an RPG, but I think so... Years ago, I came across an RPG in PDF form. The reason I'm not confident that's what it was is because I can't remember any of the ...
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Dwarven Funeral Rites

Is there any good canon material on funeral rites for dwarves in Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e, 2e, or 3e? Dwarfs:Stone and Steel by MadAlfred (Alfred Nuñez, Jr.) speaks a bit about the religion of ...
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Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e

Non-Combat encounters should be fun, not frustrating! I'm a veteran (AD&D) DM running D&D 4e, and my first-time players really enjoy the game I'm running for them. Though, the skill-challenge ...
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Shadowrun 4th Ed: Combining Silky Skin Bioware & Implant Medics Nanoware

Augmentation page 63 details the Cosmetic Bioware augment "Silky Skin" states that it is a treatment after which your body grows new, super smooth skin which can be marked or marred by new ...
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Does the attack roll bonus of Escalating Assault apply to Virtuous Strike

So in a Swordmage/Paladin hybrid scenario: If during an encounter Escalating Assault were to trigger a MBA and I decide to replace the MBA with a Virtuous Strike, do I recieve the bonus of Escalating ...
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Can a cleric turn an undead swarm?

I ran into a monster that I'm thinking of using next session. It's the scarab swarm from the Sandstorm Book. The creature's entry reads the following type: SCARAB SWARM, DEATH Diminutive Undead ...
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Is there a Construct Class?

I am looking for a construct class or something similar enough I can change it into a construct class. An example of what I would think a construct class could do would be, it can remove and change ...

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