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How do I alter a sequence element in Anydice?

I have a sequence storing a variety of stats for a unit which will be put through a probabilistic gauntlet. Because the gauntlet is multi-step and I want to know when the unit's hp reaches 0, I need ...
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Can Control Winds create a *horizontal* vortex?

Can you turn the "rotation" option offered by the Control Winds spell on its side, so that instead of creating a vortex around a vertical axis, it creates a vortex around a horizontal axis instead? ...
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Space combat system for text-only play [closed]

I have been shanghaied into running a sci-fi game over text-only chat. The setting is Star Trek, and as such will involve a fair bit of space combat. I have a bit of limitations to work against/with;...
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How does a Beastmaster Ranger acquire his Animal Companion?

There seems to be very little in the PHB about how a Beastmaster Ranger is supposed to acquire his animal companion. Initially we have: Choose a beast that is no larger than Medium and that has ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

My friends and I are playing a 5e campaign. My other friend is the DM for the group. We have been playing for about a week (we're at level 5). All this time we've had a Paladin who is able to do more ...
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Occult Adventures: Does the Navel Chakra Breath Weapon grant a Reflex Save?

The new Occult Adventures book provides a new ability for people with a Ki Pool and a prerequisite feat: Unlocking Chakras. One of the Chakras is the Navel, and unlocking it provides access to a ...
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Flight, Gliding, and Falling

In working with Race Creation (Advanced Race Guide), I saw the movement trait Gliding wings. I want to know, if the race has Wings and the flight movement trait, ergo natural flight speed, do they ...
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Sleep vs rest for elves

Long story short, I need to kill a teammate, but unfortunately, our scouts include an elf and a shardmind. I read that eladrin instead of sleeping during their extended rest, enter a trance, but there ...
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Game Recommendation: Tribe/Kingdom management (King of Dragon Pass)

I have been (re)playing the PC and mobile versions of King of Dragon Pass. I am really falling in love with the concept of the game, and I would like to give it a try at a table with some friends. I'...
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How do I run a satisfying and successful seeking in the context of a chronicle?

In Mage: the Ascension, in order to raise one's Arete, a mage must undergo a seeking, something between a vision quest and a personally tailored one-on-one adventure. At the end of this side mission, ...
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How can I discover if players would react positively to a change of tone for a game without them knowing of the change?

I'm currently running a game of Cyberpunk 2020 for a couple of friends. Things are incredibly silly so far and the group seems to really like it. To get an idea of what I've run them through so far: ...
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What does intensified spell mean?

Intensified spell says: an intensified spell increases the maximum number of damage dice by 5 levels. What does it mean that it improves damage dice by 5 levels? That spells of damage based on ...
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Can an Azverkan make use of MOM Implants?

Are Azverkan close enough to "human-like" to sucessfully undergo Mind Over Matter Conversion?
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Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?

I'm currently the DM for a group playing a 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign in the Neverwinter Campaign Setting. In a recent adventure, my players asked me some unexpected questions, I said "...
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Can Monks use Shortbows?

Haven't played D&D since ABBA was hot, and I'm trying to retool on 5e, playing a Wood Elf Monk. I see that on p78 of the PHB it states in Martial Arts that monk weapons are "shortswords and any ...
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Dance of spider mountain hammer combo

Would mountain hammer work standing on a stone wall in dance of the spider stance? Would the attack bypass hardness and give bonus damage to cut through bars on a window?
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“Empty” areas for me to add in an adventuring hub near the Sword Coast?

My setting is going to be near the 5e Sword Coast. My story is that the Sundering has brought back a creator race from Abeir, and I want them to have a presence south of what used to be Maztica on ...
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Can a centaur use a saddle pack?

Since a centaur has the body of a horse I thought it would make sense that they would be able to have a saddle pack since it covers the back of a horse and on the sides. With that in mind, can a ...
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Campaigns are unsatisfying when made-up or slow when pre-written. How do we fix that? [closed]

We have tried to get started playing D&D three times and each have not worked out how we hoped. Our first DM made up his own story and we played about 5 sessions. It was very fun, but the ...
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Is there any way to cast non-cantrip spells without taking a level in a spellcasting class?

Can a Fighter learn spells and cast them without multiclassing? I know of feats in supplement books that allow characters to learn and cast 1 cantrip ( lvl 0 spell). I was wondering if there is either ...
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Pathfinder: How to balance Wealth by Level for a guild of player characters?

After several years of running tabletop one-offs I decided to try a campaign format that would let casual players hop in and out without straining disbelief while allowing for dedicated players to get ...
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Has anyone house-ruled a limited “charge” action that doesn't require a feat?

5e doesn't have in its core rules a "charge" action similar to 3.5e's where you can both dash and attack on the same round, if your movement is in a straight line to a target. By a charge action I ...
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How to design and clearly represent a 3-D location?

I would like to design a dungeon-like location, a city surrounding a keep built on a limestone hill littered with caves. Tunnels and caverns would connect certain city locations to keep dungeons but ...
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How to mechanically balance a PC Being Permanently blind

One of my players (I'm the DM) wants to be a completely blind character. I like to let them play whatever they feel enjoyable, even though, I'd like to find out how to make it not a too impeding ...
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Why is the caster level of the cape of the mountebank 9?

The wondrous item cape of the mountebank allows the wearer to use dimension door once a day. The spell dimension door is available to a wizard as a level 4 spell, which a wizard can learn at level 7. ...
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Are there rules in 5e for shooting into combat? [duplicate]

What rules govern "shooting into combat" -- that is making a ranged attack on an enemy who is partially obscured by other creatures. I know that the rules regarding cover may give the enemy an AC ...
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Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?

I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going Fighter 1 > Barb 1 >...
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What and where was the Cloak Tower?

What I Want to Know In the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS), there is a building called Cloak Tower. The NCS says this about Cloak Tower: The tower takes its ...
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How do I create a D&D character correctly as a total newbie?

I am a brand new player trying to create a character for D&D 5e. I have the PHB and a character sheet and am trying to figure out how to proceed and I'm getting stuck a lot. I have the normal ...
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How do I determine the special ability bonus of a homemade ability in Pathfinder?

In the campaign I run with some of my friends, the fighter in the group asked me if it was possible to have a sword that could turn the damage he dealt into hp, very much like the vampiric touch spell....
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When/how does the Quick Learner merit work?

The quick learner merit (Quick Learner 3-point Mental Quality) states that: As a result, when the character starts learning a new regular skill he gains one level or speciality free up to level ...
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Does making an Opportunity Attack with Lashing Flail cancel the target's movement?

Lashing flail (Martial Power 2, pg.143): Whenever you use a flail to hit an enemy with a melee basic attack, you can slide that enemy 1 square. If an enemy tries to move past me while I have ...
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For the purposes of the Monk's AC bonus class feature, does the Gunman's Duster count as armor?

I'm currently playing a Gunslinger with a dip in Monk and I'll be taking an unarmored approach to make full use of Wisdom synergy. The Gunman's Duster is a wondrous item worn in the body slot which ...
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1answer
205 views

Alternatives to Kevlar Vests ignoring AP of bullets

I am not exactly happy with the AP-ignoring capabilities of kevlar vests in a modern setting I am playing. Combat in the setting is mainly ranged, even though melee is still really effective. The ...
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Are psionics overpowered or especially exploitable?

My DM is very picky about what materials we're allowed to use, pretty much PHB only, and we can't multiclass until level 6. I really like psionics, and would especially like to play a psionic warrior ...
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How to begin a role-playing scenario in medias res?

If I am running a pre-planned role-playing scenario, how and when can it work to start the session in medias res? The narrative technique can work so well in literature, film and video to increase ...
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Is there any benefit to using Total Defense when a character has Combat Expertise?

I can't see any good reason for someone to use Total Defense when they have Combat Expertise. If I understand correctly, using Combat Expertise the character (assuming a BAB of 4 or higher) could ...
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Can Control Water create water?

How does control water operate if there is a limited volume of water to work with? Create Water is a lower level spell but Control Water doesn't say anything in particular about creating water.
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What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?

A frequent problem in my D&D 5E group (4-6 players plus DM) is prolonged discussion about group actions. Upon reaching a point where the group has to make a decision, players will argue about the ...
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How to calculate probabilities for a three pool elimination mechanic?

I've been struggling to get my head around this dice pool mechanic either in anydice or even a bespoke program. There are 3 pools of d6, call them A, B & C: ...
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How does maintaining a Concentration spell work?

There are many spells that have a duration of "concentration", sometimes with a max duration. I understand concentration checks and interruptions, but I can't find specific rules on maintaining a ...
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How much fire damage would contact with/submergence in lava/magma/molten metal do?

If a character has Resist 35 fire, and was standing on the rocky shore of a river of lava, exactly how far into the process of wading/swimming across would he get before he starts taking damage? I ...
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256 views

How to deal with combat immediately after entering room through narrow passage

On the first dungeon in my campaign, most rooms have enemies spread throughout them, and as soon as players enter the room, the player heading the party is spotted and combat begins. But said player ...
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1answer
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How does this Great Weapon Fighting + Sneak Attack build measure up?

I'm considering a Fighter 1/Monk 1/Rogue 18 for a character. Our DM has a few house rules that I want to take full advantage of by combining Great Weapon Fighting's rerolls with Sneak Attacks. ...
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125 views

How exactly does Word of Recall work?

Word of Recall states: Word of recall teleports you instantly back to your sanctuary when the word is uttered. You must designate the sanctuary when you prepare the spell, and it must be a very ...
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Would an Ettin and Otyugh live in the same area?

According to the 3.5 monster manual - Ettins like to establish their lairs in remote, rocky areas. They dwell in dark, underground caves that stink of decaying food and offal. They tolerate ...
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Can I use Force Push or similar force powers without killing the opponent?

I have a Jedi character in a Star Wars Saga edition game, who does not want to kill without good reason. If he uses a force power like Force Push, it causes a set amount of damage which usually kills ...
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Is my short-ish human counted as small?

I play a female human rogue, who is 5'2'' and 110 lb. One of my playmates jokingly mentioned how ridiculous it is that she and his character (a dragonborn) are both medium size. I know that the ...
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Improving “fumbles” when using pools of d10s in TROS

The original rules in TROS use varying pools of d10s to attempt rolling one or more successes against a varying Target Number (e.g., commonly a TN=7). Roll the pool of dice, count up the successes ...
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Dispelling contingent magic

If someone casts a Contingency spell triggered by Dispel Magic, will the contingent spell still trigger if an attempt is made to Dispel Magic on the Contingency-caster, or will the Dispel Magic wipe ...

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