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Is bringing a major villain back from the dead a bad idea? [closed]

I have a major villain that the players killed a long time ago* in a previous campaign. Is it too clichéd to bringing her back? Is there anything I should avoid if I do so? Is it just lazy? I am ...
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Is there a OGL or GSL license for D&D 5e?

With the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Basic Rules being a free PDF, they are practically the SRD. But is there a license available for content creators that want to create commercial products ...
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Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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How does the Hacker's Master Key I ability actually work when creating codes?

When creating a code, the Power Rating is determined by the number of challenges rolled in creating it. But, you can continue to attempt challenges until certain conditions are met. So, the PR isn't ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
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Can a cleric cast Firestorm as a L8 spell, even if it doesn't have an “At higher levels” entry?

Many spells have "At higher levels" that provides for more targets or more damage. For example Magic Missile can be cast as a second level spell and shoot 4 missiles instead of it's 3 as a first ...
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How many projectiles from a single attack can you catch with Snatch Arrows?

Certain ranged attacks involve shooting multiple projectiles at once, but it's still a single attack. So what if you are shot by, say, Manyshot, or that one monster from the ELH who can throw 50 ...
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What are possible ways to deal with a player who frequently switches characters?

I have had problems in the past with players who are serial character creators. What I'm referring to are the players who cannot seem to stick with a character more than two sessions at a time without ...
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in Psionic Item Creation how does power augmentation work?

If i wanted to make a Psionic item that once per day allowed me to manifest Fate Link (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/psionic/powers/fateLink.htm) at an 7th Manifester Level, which means normally it could ...
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Wild Shape + Master of Many Forms + Spellweaver = Sorcerer casting?

first time posting. I encountered a spellweaver for the first time last night, and now I'm trying to figure out how to be one as a PC. Five levels of Druid and you can Wild Shape to turn into ...
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Can I use modified playtest characters in my 5e game?

I understand that some of the information will change, and that there are some important differences between the last playtest package and the basic rules. For player characters I see the major ...
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Bonded Object and Fashionable Trait

A question from one of my Pathfinder Society players: "...I want to take the fashionable trait for Taldor, and if I had a (bonded item) ring or amulet would that count towards the gold needed to be ...
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Can you teleport someone else out of a grapple?

An interesting idea struck me during a combat in a recent game; we were being attacked by a Chuul and our hapless gnome had been caught and grappled by the beast. A crazy idea came to my mind, that ...
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Party RPG (ala Werewolf) [closed]

I'm looking for an idea for an RPG that uses minimal materials (like werewolf/mafia) that can work for a big group of people. We use werewolf (and werewolf ultimate, one-night) just looking for ...
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4E Polearm Specialist Build

I'm interested in making a character that specializes in polearms and is more Striker oriented. I'm have a bit of trouble with where to start looking. If a class already has this built-in that would ...
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How do touch attacks work in Microlite20?

How do touch attacks work in the Microlite20 system? For example, on page 7 the description of the 1st Level Arcane Spell "Shocking Grasp" reads as follows: Touch delivers 1d6/level electricity ...
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What ability is used for playing a woodwind instrument?

While reading the D&d 5E Basic Rules, I noticed that under "Other Dexterity Checks", it said "Play a stringed instrument". This led me to wonder what ability is used for playing other types of ...
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How can I play as a DM, and still have a character who keeps up in levels and can influence the story?

I'm forming a group of new players along with myself to play D&D 5e together. The DMing will probably fall to me, and maybe another friend. However, I'd also like to sometimes have my own ...
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Where do I go after the Starter Set?

I'm new to D&D and RPGs in general, but have wanted to play for a long time. Jumping into the new edition, If I purchase the starter set I'm trying to figure out where we would go after we finish. ...
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Is it worth teaching ourselves D&D with the Starter Set, or better to join an existing group?

I'm new to playing D&D and RPGs in general, and I have a group that's unsure about the game. Is the new Starter Set (5th edition) a good way to start? Is it even worth the cost when there are ...
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Spell Perfection disambiguation

The Spell Perfection feat: Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its level ...
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Is it possible for cleric to cast spells of opposed alignments?

Are there are means for clerics to cast spells with incompatible alignment descriptors? I can think of two possibilities. The first is creating a spell that temporary switches the caster's alignment. ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG, how should the magically disruptive properties of water be structured?

My players have really latched onto the idea that running water disrupts magic in the DFRPG setting. One of them is asking to have a water-gun in order to mess up another caster's magic. Another used ...
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Magus question: Combining spell strike and spell combat

I was hoping yall could answer a specific question related to my character. Unfortunately, I don't have the reputation points to link more than 2 of my abilities. Apologies! I play a level 9 Magus ...
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What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?

I'm a bit confused about this one. Like, almost every melee class have an at-will power that is basically equivalent: Main Stat VS AC 1[W]+Stat modifier + Stat modifier Temp HP on hit. ...
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Do players have to roll to discover an obvious aspect?

This is a fairly straightforward question, but one that has led to some debate in my group. We know that aspects are generally not reflections of physical reality but rather narrative focus, so things ...
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How should I handle a door the players know is trapped, but the characters don't?

My group and I have recently stumbled upon what we, being inexperienced with FATE, perceive as somewhat of a conflict within the game's approach and rules itself, which I hope someone could shed some ...
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How do I make random adventures relevant to player motivations in a Sandbox Hexcrawl Campaign?

I've spent my vacations planning my very first sandbox, however, I noticed that, being a hexcrawl, most of the time my players will be exploring the world and sometimes, they might spend a lot of time ...
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Clarifications on combat in water

The rules in the DMG on water in different environments seem to contradict each other. The section on aquatic terrain claims that creatures at least chest deep in water gain improved cover from ...
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How can a young player get into a gaming group? [duplicate]

I live in the quintessential "middle of nowhere", and as such it is nearly impossible for me to get a weekly, monthly, or even yearly group together. I have tried to get a semi-regular group of ...
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Custom rules for character advancement

Normally a cleric would gain +1 to attack bonus, +1 to fort save, +1 to will save, +1 1st-level spell per day and +1d8 hit points (+CON) when he reached level 2. I've always found this mechanic kind ...
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Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?

From reading the current preview of the "Basic Rules" it looks like each ability score is now granted the possibility of being connected to a Saving Throw. In fact, certain classes get proficiency ...
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Can I GM a Pathfinder game using the D&D 3.5e DMG or is the GameMastery Guide a must?

I know there are a lot of differences between these two games, and I don't mean to ask for a comprehensive list. What I would like to know is if there are any important differences between the D&D ...
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What content is not included in the Rules Compendium?

Shopping on D&D Classics today I noticed that the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual 1 and 2 are all missing from the catalog. However, the Rules Compendium is ...
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Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD? [duplicate]

I recently started playing/GMing Pathfinder (beginner rules) and currently shopping around for the Core Rulebook (planning ahead). The way the PRD puts it, it sounds like the Core Rulebook is entirely ...
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Can a Vampire run when shifting?

I was recently trying to optimise a character for the fastest movement possible in one turn. After looking around, I found this vampire power: Unfettered Hunger Vampire Attack 5 Daily; ...
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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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Does the Blistering Flourish bonus apply to both hits and effects?

The reason why this question came up was due to the Blistering Flourish power of the Desert Wind monk. It gives the following bonus: Until the end of your next turn, your melee attacks deal extra ...
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How to get to know my players' expectations?

I am soon starting a new game with a bunch of new people that I have never played with - and some of them I barely spoken to. I am going to be the GM and will introduce them into the setting that they ...
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Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?

(This question is a comparison to 3.x, though things might have been different in 4e) In 3.5e there is a large power and capability gap between fighters and wizards that fighters couldn't hope to ...
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How to GM a zombie-apocalypse game?

I was asked, not a long time ago, to GM a zombie-apocalypse one-shot. Being versed in horror-GMing, I decided to approach the genre as I approach most other genres of horror, but I've encountered a ...
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2answers
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How can I prepare unique locations for my sandbox, when I don't know which unique locations my group will travel to? [duplicate]

I'm making a sandbox campaign using 5e to run a post apocalyptic fantasy Tokyo adventure, so each main location is known to the players and I can't just put in random encounters. Those locations need ...
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What are the differences between 5e compared to 4e and 3.5e in terms of power level?

Looking for a short, sweet, and authoritative answer as to the tone/theme power level of characters in 5e in comparison to 4e and 3.5e. I'm looking specifically for theme of the power level presented ...
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Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting in 5e?

As this blog post suggests, there seems to be a hole in the D&D Basic rules. Maybe. The rules for readying an action state: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right ...
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When Should Disadvantages be Inflicted on (N)PC's?

I was tempted to add the System Agnostic tag to this, but for today there is a specific game in mind to receive an answer. Regardless of the source of the disad, (Physical, Mental, etc.) there are ...
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12answers
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As a GM, how can I stop killing my games?

Probably the worst issue I have as a Game Master is that I think of a game, I write a campaign plot for it -- End, Beginning and Middle, get hyped, hype my players, and after 2 months I get bored with ...
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1answer
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When a Sorcerer with the Maestro Bloodline casts verbal+somatic spells, are they affected by Bloodline Arcana?

The Sorcerer's Maestro Bloodline has the following feature, Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell with a verbal component and no somatic or material component, you treat your caster level as ...
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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?

Say that a character has 5 HP remaining and is dealt 10 damage from an attack. Of course, 5 - 10 = -5, so the character has dropped below 0 Hit Points and follows the rules for making death saving ...
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How to follow up the adventure if the party split?

In the last session, the party I'm DMing got into a great fight against the spirit of the valley (a big dire wolf). In the heat of the fight the cleric was bitten to the point that he dropped to 0 hp ...
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Arbitrary timer on a breach and clear style scenario

I'm writing up a scenario base on the idea of a breach and clear of a hostage situation. I imagine it being a failure if it lasts more than about 30 seconds and as a round is about 5 seconds i ...

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