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The Warcaster Feat and Arcane Focus

I'm playing a Warlock in 5e and I'm trying to make him a front line fighter/tank because we...don't have any and our healing sucks. Thus, I'm trying everything I can to avoid being hit altogether. ...
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Is it possible to launch a magic missile at the darkness?

I don't care what I hit, I just want to cast it AT THE DARKNESS. Is this possible? I'm currently in a lighthearted debate with one of my friends. My friend argues that the darkness doesn't count as ...
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What is the workflow in Commercial RPG writing?

What steps does writing a RPG go though? I'm talking work break down structure. and what happen. For example in software, a workflow might be: Development is divided into a series of releases Each ...
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Do specialties stack?

I'm wondering if you have 2 or more specialties that would apply to a roll, do all specialties apply their bonus. For example, if I had a specialty in handguns and revolvers (which is a handgun) and ...
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How do rotes and cantrips work?

While reading the rulebook and class sheets of dungeon world, I had some problems. Most of them are answered somewhere, but I was unable to find information regarding rotes and cantrips. I am just not ...
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Balancing character intelligence against players wits

This might be a broad topic, so let me focus on one scenario, where I would like to hear which actions and methods fellow GMs use. A fantasy campaign runs along. BLUE plays a character who is dumb as ...
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Can Blocks be useful in melee combat?

I've always had trouble understanding where Blocks are useful in the Dresden Files RPG (and Fate in general). It seems like a character that can create a Block to save themselves is not going to have ...
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Limits on Cleric's Mending?

Background: One of my players is a Cleric who knows Mending. They've used it in various inventive ways, which is good. But it also gets used to easily circumvent various problems I've tried to throw ...
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How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf

A little backstory: One of my earliest DnD characters was a Two-Weapon-Fighting Purple-haired Barbarian Elf. He was immensely popular due to his unorthadox nature as a war-loving elf that embraced ...
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rigging precision SR5

If I jumped into a vehicle. Can I drive while the auto-pilot uses the weapons mounted on the vehicle? Or vice versa? Second, how can a drone use AutoSoft Electronic Warfare? Can it act as Jammer with ...
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Are the names of the more generic planes copyrighted under the OGL as Product Identity?

E.g. "Negative Energy Plane", "Elemental Plane of Air", "Material Plane", essentially all the inner planes plus the material plane: Are these considered Product Identity or could I use them for other ...
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Should Burning Arc be a ranged touch attack?

Looking at the level 2 spell Burning Arc, there is nothing in the text that says it's a ranged touch attack. Given the power of this spell, should each target get a ranged touch attack check?
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What's the name of the AD&D module with the parasitic worms in the rubble?

I'm trying to remember a module, AD&D I'm fairly certain. They had a listing of rooms and what was there. A few of the rooms had rubble in them which could be searched for treasure with one of ...
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How do armor stack with physical defence?

I've made an Earthdawn campaign and i've used the character pre-generated in Earthdawn Classics intro-game (Kaer Tardim) as a starting point for my players. To put you in context, the troll has 9 ...
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How can I encourage my players to use overcome and create an advantage actions?

Background Our group is new to Fate, but experienced in other forms of RPGs (from pen and paper to LARP). Fate is a new concept for all of us and has a very different style from what we're used to. ...
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Where do all those new Avatars come from?

In MtA there is a specific passage stating that all humans have Avatars, even if they are only sleeping. Once a person dies, their Avatar seeks out a new one to reincarnate into. However, I have ...
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Supporting degrees of success and failure when rolling

I have only played D&D so far, but I'm not that happy with it, mainly because the results are so binary. Take, for example, picking a lock. You roll a dice, you add your lockpicking modifier and ...
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How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC? [closed]

I am the DM of a single player D&D 4e campaign and in the campaign the character finds himself on a crashed ship, but does not remember how got there. He discovers he has crashed on an island, and ...
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Can Protection Fighting Style Be Used After The Roll?

Protection Fighting Style says that you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on certain attacks, but it doesn't specify the timing. Does this mean that you can wait until the d20 has been ...
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Anything to ignore weapon damage decrease due to being small?

I joined a recent 3.5e game as a complete newbie to the game system and chose a halfling without realizing they receive a nerf to their damage for being a small creature. I was just curious if ...
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Order of Combat Operations (Warlock's Curse)

I am asking a very specific question and it is a follow-up to one of my earlier ones. (See Here.). Inside the link, is described a very specific situation in which a Warlock takes a paragon path ...
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In which Ravenloft domain does the “Tapestry of Dark Souls” take place?

There is a Ravenloft novel written by Elaine Bergstrom titled "Tapestry of Dark Souls". I am wondering in which realm of the Domains of Dread this book is supposed to take place.
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Can a 5e caster prepare extra cantrips?

My 5e cleric needs to cast Mending but it's not one of my memorized cantrips. Can he use one of his number of prepared spells to prepare a cantrip he doesn't know?
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I failed to open a lock. Now what?

Picking a lock typically requires a DC 15 Dexterity check (Basic rules, p. 49). Likewise for manacles (p. 50), which can alternately be escaped with a DC 20 Dexterity check or broken with a DC 20 ...
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How does one find new spells?

I am creating a Warlock with the pact of the tome and reading the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation I got a little lost. It says: "On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of ...
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As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?

I'm hoping to play a melee Sorcerer with Mage Slayer and Sentinel feats, both of which provide good opportunities to use your reaction to make a Melee Weapon Attack. Currently, with 16 Dex, my best ...
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Would it be worthwhile handing a Servant of the Emperor back to the Inquisition?

After some investigation and thought on the subject I hope this question is within the bounds of what I can ask... So here goes: I am wondering what the outcome would be for dealing with the return ...
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Do natural weapons have the Finesse property?

Alter Self allows a character to have Natural Weapons. IIRC, in previous editions, Unarmed Strikes and Natural Weapons were considered Finesse-able (i.e., if you had the Feat, they would use Dex ...
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Where can I find rules for Revolver Fanning?

Wikipedia definition of Fanning Fanning is a revolver shooting technique in which one hand holds the trigger and the other hits the hammer repeatedly. This turns the cylinder and hits the firing ...
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Can a Summoner Cast the Summon Monster Spell With His Eidolon Out?

I have Summon Monster IV on my spell list. Do I have to dismiss my eidolon before casting the spell, or can I cast it even with my eidolon out? I remember you couldn't have the eidolon and summon ...
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Grapple + Totemic Attunement (Eagle) = Zangief's Spinning Atomic Piledriver?

Could a Barbarian with Totemic Attunement (eagle) use grapple to perform the iconic move by dragging the enemy straight up as far as the fly speed allows and ending the turn in the air? If so, who ...
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What are the stats for an Armor of Fortification?

According to the D&D 3.5E rules, can anyone confirm whether Armor of Fortification (light) item would correspond to light armor? If so, which light armor...a chain shirt maybe? If not, is armor ...
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Where can I find information on all the familiars, including those not statted out in the PHB?

In the PHB, the spell find familiar lists a set of creatures you can summon as your familiar, however for some of them, I'm unable to find any stats in the appendix for them(particularly the octopus). ...
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1answer
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Can a Monk replace Elemental Attunement when learning new Elemental Disciplines?

When the Way of the Four Elements learns new Elemental Disciplines at 6/11/17, you're able to replace an elemental discipline you already know with a different one. Is it possible to retrain the ...
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How far does Sympathy reach?

The target of the spell Sympathy is a location or object which will attract creatures, so I assume the spell's range ('Close' in this case) refers to how far from the caster the target area or object ...
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Does a proper Gamist-Narrativist hybrid system exist?

I was thinking on some game design issues, and I realized that I had never actually run across a proper Gamist-Narrativist system designed to equally support both kinds of play. I looked at this ...
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Why do the starter set characters have unexpected attack bonuses?

I am somewhat new to 5E and had a question about attack bonuses of the pre-gen characters in the starter set. I was under the impression that attack bonus for a sword is strength bonus plus ...
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1answer
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How do mind transfers interact with soul loss?

I'm interested in stupid, over-the-top combinations. I very nearly LARPed a vampiric Ulitharilich. However, in Pathfinder this isn't actually possible, because pathfinder is sane about templates and ...
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1answer
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Does the Natural Armor a Synthesist Summoner Gains from a Fused Eidolon Stack with Base Race's Natural Armor?

I am playing a race in my home game that has a base natural armor of 4, and I am also playing a synthesist summoner. Does my eidolon's natural armor bonus stack with my characters base natural armor, ...
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1answer
461 views

Star Wars D6: How to make different alien races interesting and unique?

The Star Wars universe provides hundreds of species which are feasible for characters (essentially all humanoids and even more). In terms of star wars lore (be it canonic, expanded-univere or from ...
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Negative Aspect Compels: How often is too often?

I've seen quite a few Fate-powered games where there are Extras that use negative aspects as permissions (such as having "Limited Battery Pack" on a lightning gun, or "Unstable Mutation" for a ...
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403 views

Can Thieves wield rapiers?

My friends and I have pretty recently started playing D&D. We're playing 4th Edition Essentials and I am playing a thief character. Now, we are all still trying to figure things out a bit as we're ...
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How to Reconcile the MERP/RM High-Magic System with the Low-Magic Middle Earth Setting?

Our group is regularly playing in Tolkiens Middle Earth universe, and we use a combination of MERP extended with Rolemaster as our system. And from what I gathered online, this seems to be a popular ...
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1answer
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Why are there no benefits for ageing? Aren't the penalties a bit high?

I'm starting to play Anima: Beyond Fantasy and trying to create an old man (age 84) and I was wondering: "why the high penalty on physical Characteristics and actions and why doesn't he get anything ...
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1answer
193 views

Are Obligation, morality, … combineable? (in the same character and for character generation)

As far as I have seen and read each of the 2 (3 with force&destiny) systems is using their own "drawback" part/system. Called for example obligation in edge of the empire, something else in age of ...
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1answer
864 views

What does the letter in parentheses after a spell duration mean?

We're playing D&D using primarily Pathfinder rules. I'm just getting into a class with spell abilities and have a question regarding the duration of spells. I've noticed that some have a letter in ...
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2answers
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Have I overlooked some way of gaining characteristics?

I've recently read through the rules for edge of the empire and age of rebellion. Am I overlooking something or is it like this?: At character creation you can increase 1 to 2 characteristics once ...
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2answers
353 views

How can I get players to fall for this trap?

In 3 days I'm hosting a session and I devised a horribly fun trap. The trap kills them with a powerful poison in 1D4+2 rounds if they fail the consecutive saves. After the poison kills the target, ...
2
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1answer
149 views

What sort of damage would a buzz-saw weapon deal?

I have a Mad Scientist character in a Deadlands D20 campaign that is more or less an expy of Dr. Zed from the Borderlands series and I could imagine eventually making a steam-powered Buzz Axe as one ...

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