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How did D&D end up so focused on fighting, when its inspirations weren't?

There are a lot of systems around nowadays that don't focus on combat, and that's great. But I was struck recently by the fact that D&D has always been, and remains, heavily oriented toward ...
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Attacks of Opportunity while holding a reach and a non-reach weapon

If I wield a Whip in one hand and say a dagger in the other. When does someone provoke attacks of opportunity from me? If someone moves from 5ft to 10ft he has technically moved out of my reach ...
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Is there a list of wizard spells by level by school?

I want to try making a wizard for my next character but noticed that the spell lists are poorly sorted when choosing an arcane tradition. After a quick google search turned up nothing useful I thought ...
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How many sorcery points does twin spell use when copying a spell cast with a higher level slot?

The sorcerer ability Twin Spell (PH 102) reads: When you cast a spell that targets only one creature and doesn't have a range of self, you can spend a number of sorcery points equal to the spell's ...
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10answers
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What can I do to paper to make it look aged?

I want to add some props to my game, I'm thinking of ancient scrolls or maps. What methods can I do to artificially age the paper in order to make it look older? A simple google search gives several ...
3
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1answer
347 views

When using a grid for combat, do corners grant cover?

We are using a grid for combat with D&D 5th. In the diagram below the grey area are walls. If A attacked B, would B have any cover from A?
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Does 5th edition have the equivalent of Taking 20?

In 3rd edition D&D there was the option to Take 10 or Take 20 on a skill check. Does an equivalent rule exist in 5th edition? If the answer is no, have you tried houseruling it in, and what ...
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Brawler and Monk Multiclassing

I am currently doing a comparison between the monk and brawler to determine which is more optimal for a current build I am working towards. I have a question regarding the Brawlers Martial Training ...
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1answer
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A Noir detective RPG with published adventure support?

I am looking for a noir style detective game for a small group of players, preferably a 1–2 person party (e.g., the detective and the femme fatale or possibly 2 detectives.) I want to capture the ...
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Are overlapping language proficiencies wasted?

When creating a character, if you would receive the same skill/tool proficiency from multiple sources, you get to choose another skill/tool proficiency instead of having it go to waste. Does the same ...
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Can armor encumbrance reduce REA or AGI below 1 and what happens then?

When using armor accessories with a "+" there is a paragraph on page 169 that states: Armor accessories, items listed with a “+” in front of their rating, add to the character’s Armor for the ...
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1answer
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What triggers the Bard's “song of rest” benefit?

In D+D 5e, the Bard's "Song of Rest" benefit triggers "if you or any friendly creatures who can hear your performance regain hit points at the end of the the short rest." Does this apply just when ...
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2answers
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What would be the pros and cons of removing ability scores from O D&D?

Recently, I've been playing quite a bit of a variant on the Swords & Wizardy retroclone of O-D&D. What our group has noticed in general is that high and low scores rarely matter, and even ...
5
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1answer
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How much can a mule carry?

Are mules subject to the same encumbrance rules as PCs, leading them to only be able to carry 40lbs of gear? Or is there a more realistic number someplace I'm missing?
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1answer
298 views

How can I get my group to use actual weaponry, not just improvised?

Currently playing a survival-horror game (All Flesh Must Be Eaten), and our characters are your average mix'n'match group of lucky-to-be-alive survivors. My issue is, one of our characters (a 21 y/o ...
6
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1answer
135 views

Creating elder magi

I'm going to need to stat up a few elder magi for my saga, but the sourcebooks are drastically short of guidelines for magi of the 100-150 years / archmage level. I'm happy to wave my hands a bit for ...
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What spell to use in conjunction with “Teleport, Greater” to get sufficient information for the teleportation to succeed?

Here is the problem: we want to use the spell Teleport, Greater to reach a place we only have basic info about: We have a map of our continent (scale 1cm for 500km) and we know the general location ...
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2answers
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Are there androids in Shadowrun?

In the latest iteration of Shadowrun there are a number of things present that were absent in 2050, namely the wireless matrix and (more) ubiquitous AI. It seems clear that it (still) isn't possible ...
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What is the distinction between a city and a sprawl/metroplex… between downtown and a commercial district?

I am trying to understand what kinds of places the spam values on p 231 refer to in the 5th Edition main book for Shadowrun. Per p 15, a sprawl is a plex, a plex is a "metropolitan complex, short for ...
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1answer
107 views

Some interesting things to do [closed]

I'm running my second game for my group ever, and I like doing fun and interesting things for them. One of the things I've been thinking about is them opening up a bag, or a chest, or a portable ...
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3answers
372 views

What ever happened to rolling for stats, encountering class trainers, etc? [closed]

Every day there are questions on this site from people who are planning out level 1-XX of their character's stats without any randomness at all, just mixing whatever numbers they want, and skills and ...
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1answer
191 views

Action to stow an item

What kind of action is it to stow an item in pathfinder? There's plenty of discussion on what kind of action it is to draw an item, but not the reverse. In particular, I don't care about weapons and ...
2
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1answer
132 views

Decreasing Enemy Base Health

I'm the DM for a 4e group and none of us really like minions because of their hit-or-miss nature; its unsatisfying to use an encounter power on them, even when its strategically sound. I'd still like ...
2
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1answer
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Is there a current, 5e equivalent of Dungeon Magazine? [closed]

So, Dungeon got discontinued years ago, and it looks like D&D Insider isn't going to carry Dungeon style content. Is there, or will there be, anything similar, in terms of professionally written ...
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+1 AC or +20 HP--which is better for a nimble, frontline character?

I've planned a 1 Monk, 19 Draconic Sorcerer, and I have the option of setting Con to 14 and Wis to 12 (providing +1 HP at each level up), or Wis to 14 (+1 AC, given Monk Unarmored Defense) and Con to ...
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0answers
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“Clever” spell 'combos' for Draconic Ancestry--Elemental Affinity? [closed]

Related to this question, though a bit more specific--I'm looking for spell+element combinations that offer a bit more bang for your buck than just straight up damage once (or when the damage is a ...
2
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1answer
77 views

How many times do I get to use Winter Spirit in a Rapid Shot?

I'm a Hunter multiclass Seeker, Paragon Multiclassing paragon path. I have a Seeker encounter power called Winter Spirit from my paragon path that has a Special entry that reads: You can use ...
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1answer
131 views

In Pathfinder, how sensitive is a Shrieker to movement?

Shrieker: This human-sized purple mushroom emits a piercing sound that lasts for 1d3 rounds whenever there is movement or a light source within 10 feet. This shriek makes it impossible to hear ...
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1answer
190 views

An nWoD mage adding/removing a supernatural template?

Mages in the new World of Darkness are able to manipulate reality to a fundamental level (depending on their depth of knowledge and abilities.) Can a mage bestow a supernatural template on a normal ...
2
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8answers
704 views

Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?

What should one do with a character that is so clever at wielding whatever hand they are dealt that they simply become stronger and stronger the more attempts are made to cripple, or otherwise inflict ...
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2answers
896 views

Ways to revert wild magic aging or height effects?

My wild magic sorcerer just got dropped to 12 years old by a series of (un)lucky rolls. In light of no aging rules (that our quick glance could find) my DM got 'creative'... This is our first 5e run, ...
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6answers
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for a 1st-level party?

TL;DR: I've already 'cheated' a lot to help the group survive the first mission, and it seems like I'll have to cheat even more if they'll make it to the Keep. Did I do something wrong? What can I do ...
2
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1answer
129 views

Must all feats granted by the Holy Tactician's Tactical Acumen ability be teamwork feats?

I understand the first feat granted by the Paladin Holy Tactician archetype's Tactical Acumen extraordinary ability must be a teamwork feat, but are the other feats it grants later under the same ...
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2answers
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Are attacks with nets always made with disadvantage?

In the weapons table the net has a listed range of 5/15. This means that any attack made against a target more than 5 feet away has disadvantage. But the net is also a ranged weapon so any attack made ...
4
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1answer
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Should a Ranger be able to trigger their companion's bonus/reaction actions and how?

By RAW, the Beast Master Ranger can command their companion to move with no action and to Attack or take other actions by using their own action. What about reactions, such as opportunity attacks, and ...
3
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2answers
239 views

Qashmallim, and the similarity to Angels?

So I've been putting together a story in my chronicle, the premise in it is that the God Machine uses Pyros as sort of of fuel. The God Machine is using a Centimani to refine flux into Pyros. ...
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Are 5e Rangers competitive with other core classes?

Rangers have a lot of flavor and interesting utility spells and abilities. However, it's not clear from a quick reading of the class whether they are mechanically competitive. Their Beast Master ...
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1answer
180 views

Which items can I use to boost my hit chance?

I'm a vryloka cosmic sorcerer. I choose to start with a 16+2 Charisma to get some extra Dex from the point buy and my first three feats were almost entirely focused on boosting defenses and damage ...
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5answers
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Recommendations for a thrown weapon specialist?

I'm looking for ideas for a reasonably competitive thrown weapon specialist build. I'm fine with not being 100% optimized, but not with a build that's notably inferior to an archer or melee fighter. ...
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1answer
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What happens when an invisible creature is detected?

From the PHB, Appendix A on Conditions: INVISIBLE An invisible creature is impossible to see without the aid of magic or a special sense. For the purpose of hiding, the creature is heavily ...
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1answer
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What happens if you don't recast Animate Dead within 24 hours

The Animate Dead spell raises either a zombie or a skeleton that the caster can control with mental actions: You decide what actions the creature will take and where it will move during its next ...
5
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1answer
671 views

What happens when you target a “magical effect” with Dispel Magic?

In D&D 5e, the spell Dispel Magic says Choose one creature, object, or magical effect within range. The rest of the spell description explains that spells "on the target" of a level lower ...
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4answers
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How to behave in the first session?

For the first time I have been invited in a group where I don't know almost anybody (it's me and a friend of mine and random people we met in a game association). Since I have social anxiety I am ...
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Do the Enlarge and Shrink spells only really affect damage and AC, or do they do more?

From what I've seen, Enlarge and Shrink modify strength, dex, AC, to hit and damage roll, but strength and attack roll modifications even out. Thus is AC and damage the only things affected by those ...
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4answers
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Average/optimal AC for core classes per level

I've seen time and again that someone mentions someone has a low or a high AC for his class. So I'm wondering: Is there something like a list for what AC the core classes should have per level ...
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2answers
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Do rogues get sneak attack damage added to attacks made outside their turn?

PHB says 'once per turn,' so, it would seem that a Rogue with Sentinel, for example, could "consistently" deal Sneak attack twice per round (whether the enemy triggers an OA or the melee weapon attack ...
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Evaluate strength of enemies with class level [duplicate]

How can a player evaluate the strength of an ennemy? My players encounter guards that were far less powerful than them but fled because they looked strong. Can they make a skill check for evaluating ...
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3answers
995 views

Can Skeletons/Zombies benefit from potions?

Technically skeletons and zombies can be ordered to imbibe fluids (in the case of skeletons the fluid would flow over the bones), so: can skeletons or zombies can use and benefit from potions?
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Did SR5 fix the problems with decking?

Decking in Shadowun has it's issues, especially in SR3 it lead to a "seperation" of the party when the Decker went on a matrix run (good examples are given in this question). Our group will start to ...
2
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1answer
653 views

What monsters and races are from the Shadowfell?

I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list ...

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