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Does a standard use of an investigative skill use up a pool point?

I understand how Spends work in Gumshoe, allowing Investigators to get additional 'perks'. However, does a standard use of a skill use any points from the pool associated with that skill.
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Can interpersonal interactions that use investigative abilities fail or make things worse?

The core idea behind Gumshoe as a system is that 'Core' clues are successfully found with an appropriate use of an investigative skill. There are a whole bunch of interpersonal investigative skills ...
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Black shield in deathwatch

I am a deathwath player and I play a librarian from the Dark Angels chapter. But my character found out about the dark secrets of the rock (mainly Luther and Lion) and as a result I became a black ...
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Can the warlock use his familiar as the point of origin for telepathy?

One of my players plays as a Warlock with the Great Old One patron and the Pact of the Chain boon. My question is: can he use telepathy while controlling his familiar (i.e. seeing with its eyes), ...
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Will Distant Spell Link work via Improved Share Spells

Distant spell Link lets you use your companions Share Spells feature at close range, rather then touch. Benefit(s): The range of your allied creature's share spells ability increases to close ...
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Playing a Firre Eladrin as a PC?

The Firre Eladrin is in the Book of Exalted Deeds, page 169. If someone wanted to make a character of this race, how would it work? Is there any way to reduce the +10 LA to something more realistic?
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Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Party attitude towards Leosin After Episode 2 (SPOILERS)

I just ran my second session of HotDQ and I've run into a problem. After almost wiping to find Leosin, the party absolutely furious that he didn't want to go back with them to the point where they ...
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Why do Vengeance Paladins get Banishment twice?

Typo perhaps? They released an Errata for the 5E PHB but this was not touched on. In the Paladin Spell lists (PHB, p. 209), the spell Banishment is listed at 4th level for all Paladins. On page 88 ...
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What is the difference between line of sight and line of effect?

As the title. I've seen many definitions such as concealment refer to one or both, but I can't find a clear definition of them or how they are different.
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What merit to fight in the dark?

I've only found Forces spells, such as Nightsight (Forces •), to see better in the dark. When a mage doesn't have Forces Arcanum, is there a Merit she could learn to fight better in the dark?
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How does petrify affect Shardminds in 4E D&D?

I need to know if Shardminds can be affected by any form of petrifaction in 4E D&D. Does it not work because they're already made of crystals? Does it work by changing them into regular stone? Or, ...
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What does brains over brawns apply to?

The factotum class gains brains over brawns. Does this apply to initiative? To attack rolls?
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How Can I Re-Skin the Hacker in A Medieval Game of Leverage?

I'm designing a Leverage one-shot using Robin Hood's Merry Men, and I've got pretty much everything figured out but the Hacker. I'm trying to define exactly what a Hacker can do in a medieval setting, ...
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DnD 4E list of poisons

Ok, so I've researched it quite thoroughly, and although there are a few venoms, and a few potions that can be used that way (The Goodnight Tincture), aside from those listed in Adventurer's vault and ...
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Can I use trick granting items to learn the 2nd 'attack' trick?

Expanding from this question, if I use a Bridle of Tricks or War Saddle to give my mount/animal friend the 'attack' trick, and I then use one of its normal trick slots to teach it the 2nd 'attack' ...
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What's the shape of a burst if the burst extends beyond a confined area?

The description of the area of a burst says that A burst spell affects whatever it catches in its area, even including creatures that you can’t see. It can’t affect creatures with total cover from ...
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Is using VR still possible while having both ocular drones launched?

Assuming a character has Cyber Eyes with one Ocular Drone each. In addition, they have a Datajack serving as DNI. Can they still use Virtual Reality (especially the Rigging features) while having ...
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What tabletop system should I use? (specific details inside) [closed]

I'm starting a tabletop game with my group and I'm not sure which system to use. I am looking for a system that: Allows for personalized character creations and flexibility- like the Fate system and ...
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Can Dancing Lights be used to Dazzle an opponent?

Would Dancing Lights, when commanded to stay a foot in front of the eyes of an opponent, Dazzle that NPC? Since Dancing Lights can be the brightness equivalent of a torch, and the brightness of a ...
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When is entropic ward considered “used”?

Entropic Ward is a patron of the old god feature that allows the warlock to impose disadvantage on an attack against him as a reaction. If the target misses, the warlock can give himself advantage ...
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Speed of a Tenser's floating discmobile

So Tenser's floating disc "follows you so that it remains within 20 ft" if you are more than 20 ft away. So lets get a bit of carpentry skill together, and (whilst keeping the total weight under ...
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How to transfer control of a campaign that is mostly “make it up as you go”?

For the last year I've been DMing a campaign that has included a lot of "making it up as I go", but right now I don't even have time for that. We've decided that I'll transfer the campaign to another ...
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153 views

How can I deal faster with enemy actions on large-scale battles?

I returned to Savage Worlds after a while of playing 5th Edition and Anima, and I'm falling in love with the system again. I finally understood how the system goes better with many characters ...
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When applying a template, which comes first: the template or the first level feat?

I may be using the Proto-Creature inherited template for a game in which I also plan to use the Spellfire feat. Now the Proto-Creature template removes all (Sp) and (Su) abilities from the base ...
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275 views

Pathfinder Universalist Wizard casting 0 level spells

Can a Universalist Wizard cast spells from all Schools or only from his own? Specifically, 0 Level.
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Are indirect combat spells visible before they hit their target?

I am trying to understand what mundane characters see when a Magician casts an indirect combat spell. Looking at the rules (core rulebook), I can find the following snippets (p. 283): All ...
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What is the maximum range for indirect combat spells?

When a Magician with Spellcasting uses indirect combat spells such as Fireball, what is the maximum range? Looking at the rules for choosing the target of a spell (core rulebook, p. 281): If you ...
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Skill and Knowledge Based System [closed]

I am planning a steampunk play-by-post game. Although I started by homebrewing Pathfinder, I've found that the skills (and especially knowledge/profession) aren't robust enough to handle my needs. ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat work when wielding ranged finesse weapons?

Does wielding ranged finesse weapons (e.g. a dart) trigger the Defensive Duelist feat? I note that many other references to 'wielding' specifically refer to wielding melee weapons, while the text ...
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How can I give an animal or mount skill ranks or feats?

Lets say I buy a giant chameleon and want it to have the stable gallop and narrow frame feats. How do animals (not familiars or animal companions) gain feats, if they do at all? How do they gain ...
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Do magic items granting an animal extra tricks stack with already known tricks?

Lets say I buy a Giant Chameleon for a mount/battle partner. Since the chameleon has int 2, it can learn 6 tricks, so I teach it 6. I then put a Bridle of Tricks on it (assuming the bridle tricks are ...
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146 views

How can I play multiple characters at once?

Okay, so I'll be playing the World of Warcraft RPG with my family and friends on the weekend, and I'm wondering if playing multiple characters at once would be viable or easy to do. I'll be playing ...
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What's a list of useful magic items my players could spend their gp on? [closed]

My PCs are new to Pathfinder, and not all of them are spending their gp effectively. The problem is choice paralysis: there's a huge list of magic items, and they don't want to take the time to read ...
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How to get early entry into mystic theurge?

I've heard there is some "cheese" that would allow you to enter mystic theurge without going wizard 3 / cleric 3: how do you do that? What is the earliest you can enter the class?
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If you succeed with style against multiple targets, do you get multiple boosts?

Let's say that the Player Character has a +4 in Fight. He's confident that he can take down two Goblins with a single action, so he decides to roll against both of them. The results are as follows: ...
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Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
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How to deal with a GM who does not tell us everything?

The session We just arrived in a village and one of our member got ill and puked in the inn, so we went to the village doctor for help and he told us to go to continent Y where they could know how to ...
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1answer
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SR4A drone attributes and melee weapons

One of my players in a Shadowrun 4th edition game I'm about to start running would like to play rigger with a bear drone; a drone that looks like a bear complete with claws. I was going to use the ...
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Does Voice of the Chain Master let me cast a purely verbal spell through my familiar?

In D&D 5e, as a Warlock, I can choose a feature that lets me speak in my own voice through my familiar. PHB 111: Voice of the Chain Master Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature You ...
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385 views

How do you resolve conflict when an absent player's character is played “differently” by another player?

A problem that can arise when not everyone can make it to the table is that someone running the absent person's character may make choices or decisions that are either out of character, don't sit well ...
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Can a rider attack while the mount attacks?

In a D&D 3.5 campaign I play a level 12 Paladin / level 3 Wild Planes Outrider. Can my mount make a (full) attack while I make a (full) attack? Can I make a full attack when the mount charges ...
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How can I secretly notate which squares on a combat map are traps?

The party has ventured underground. One of the civilizations where they are is kobolds. I (GM) went trigger-happy with pit traps, falling block traps, and a couple of others. The kobolds have one path ...
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Help with phrasing of an aspect in Dresden Files [closed]

I'm trying to come up with an aspect for Dresden files, and I know what I want it to be, but I'm having trouble fitting all the connotations into a simple phrase. My character helps people allot, and ...
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How to deal with feuding characters derailing the game?

I started a weekly Shadowrun campaign a month and a half ago, and two of my players' characters have decided they hate each other. It started out with frequent in-character name calling which was ...
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2answers
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How large can a thing be “produced” by True Polymorph?

In this question, it was decided a goblin could be permanently True Polymorphed into a lump of adamantine. True Polymorph can also turn a goblin into a larger creature, like a cow. This effectively ...
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How can I pitch a player-defined campaign to gamers who are used to GM-defined games?

I am about to (in a couple of weeks) pitch a game I want to GM to a small crowd of people. There is more than one challenge to it, since it's a real-life example. I am a non-student member of a local ...
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Can you permanently True Polymorph into yourself?

Can a character True Polymorph into itself (possibly after transforming into some other form first)? Possibly to prevent aging, cure wounds, or alter their original body in some way? Or as a means of ...
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1answer
298 views

Can True Polymorph be used to recover from diseases or curses?

Say a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore is tired of his hand hurting. Said appendage was damaged magically and cannot be cured by any known means (short of deity magic or a Wish spell, which ...
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3answers
429 views

How much control does Polymorph/True Polymorph allow over aesthetics?

Say a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore would like to become an elf. When casting either Polymorph or True Polymorph, can Dumbledore specify how the elf will look? For example: "I want to be a ...
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864 views

Can True Polymorph be dispelled or reversed?

My interpretation of True Polymorph is that, once made permanent, it could not be undone (except perhaps with a Wish spell, god-level magic, another casting of True Polymorph, or some similar ...

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