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Apocalypse World without Fronts: Are we missing out?

I've been playing Apocalypse World in a few different groups, both as a GM and a normal player. While I love the game, I found defining Fronts a pain and therefore decided to only introduce them in ...
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Is casting Create Demiplane (Any) from the Astral Plane a valid way to get a permanent demi-plane?

I was cruising through high level spells and noticed the Create Demi-plane serie. All of them are nice but pretty intensive on the maintenance part, Day/lvl is nice but still... you don't always have ...
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Help remembering the name of an adventure?

I have been playing tabletop RPG's since the mid-1990's. One of the first adventures I ever played the DM got from a magazine. I would really like to figure out what the adventure was called so I can ...
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Can a familiar learn languages from ranks in linguistics?

According to RAW on familiars for Wizard/Sorcerer/Witch Skills: For each skill in which either the master or the familiar has ranks, use either the normal skill ranks for an animal of that type or ...
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Has “write in to impact the metaplot” been tried since the 90s?

The Wikipedia article on Torg describes a way that players could attempt to influence the metaplot of the default setting: At the time of its release Torg's 'Infiniverse' campaign was an ambitious ...
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How should I handle a ruling that really hurts my character?

So I just started my first dnd session a couple weeks ago. The party needed a rogue, so I made a melee guy who used two-weapon fighting. As with all melee rogues, he was supposed to deal damage in ...
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Is it better to take the array and be Joe Average, or to roll for the odds of getting on average better scores?

I am new to D&D. I was looking at character creation for D&D 5th edition. There were a few ways one could generate ability scores. I assumed the optional method of taking the numbers ...
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Does passive perception supersede active perception? [duplicate]

If a player makes an active perception check and it is lower than their passive perception, should we use the passive perception instead? Background: During our weekly game yesterday the party scout ...
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Giving a Weapon Bonus Damage Against Specific Monsters, 4e

I would like to have my players contend with a monster that they aren't quite strong enough to defeat. One option available to them after doing some research would be to get certain weapons in order ...
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How should a DM handle Vorpal + Surge of Fortune?

I have a fairly clever player whose character recently died. He decided to make a new one, whose thing is being an Eldritch Disciple Halfling that throws a Returning Vorpal Dagger around. As a ...
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What is the chronological list of D&D 3(.5)e material? [duplicate]

The ring of the darkhidden wondrous item has been published in both MoF and MIC. I assume Magic of Faerûn was printed before Magic Item Compendium, but I want to know for sure. There is a similar ...
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D&D 5e Passive Perception confusion

So, I'm trying to figure out how to run the scene from the beginning of Lost Mine of Phandelver (5e starter set) where the party is ambushed by goblins and I'm really confused as to how Passive Wisdom ...
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Is there a way to counter Mindsight?

Mindsight is a notoriously powerful feat from page 126 of Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. A creature that has this feat possesses innate telepathic ability that allows it to precisely ...
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Which are the sources of a Hide in Plain Sight ability?

Source can mean anything like an item, feat, class feature, template, magical location, spell, racial trait, domain granted power, etc. from any official material, such as Drow of the Underdark ...
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How can I politely handle a GM who doesn't appear to 'get' how Dungeon World works?

My gaming group recently decided that our next game was going to be Dungeon World, GMed by my flatmate who I will refer to as Bob. Bob has played a one-shot of DW with myself as GM in the past and ...
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Can elves sleep / dream?

The PHB of D&D 5e says that elves can't be put to sleep by magic (see under "Fey Ancestry"), and that they "don't need to sleep" (under "Trance".) Note that neither of these statements deny their ...
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How can we fish an indestructible item out of lava?

My group is trying to recover an indestructible item that fell into a pool of lava of unknowable depth. How can we: Determine the depth Get to the object. If the depth isn't that deep we can just ...
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Can I take an action in the middle of another, eg a standard action whilst moving?

Is it possible to begin a movement action (Let's say my Warlock has move 5), move 3 of those spaces, take a standard action and then take the remaining 2 spaces of his movement action in the same ...
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Can a default Duuk-Tsarith perform the Stone-To-Flesh spell for creation of a Watcher?

I have started putting together a Darksword campaign for friends, and come to what is either just a universe consistency issue (which I can deal with) or a misunderstanding of the rules on my part ...
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What was bardic performance like in the D&D Next playtest?

My RPG group is made up of players who had all played either 2nd or 3rd edition before, where bards had a combat-bonus ability significantly different than what's in D&D 5. In both older ...
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Do Wasatch rail warriors have power points?

Under rail warriors, for Wasatch, it says They gain a single Weird Science Power with a trapping of your choice, and a d10 in the appropriate skill. Do they have power points, or is this ...
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Can I delay my turn in D&D 5e?

Has the delay rule to change initiative order been removed from 5th edition? I cannot find it in the PHB. In 4th edition, you can delay your turn to trigger on an action or another turn.
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How can the petrification from flesh to stone be removed?

In 5e's version of flesh-to-stone, if the spell is maintained for the full minute duration, the effect (petrification) lasts until "removed". How can this effect be removed?
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Can you Dash twice on the same turn?

The Dash actions in 5e gives you extra movement for the current turn (equal to your speed). If I have an effect (like the Expeditious Retreat spell or the monk's Step of the Wind feature) which allows ...
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Do NPCs gain feats in certain circumstances?

I'm stating an NPC as a Ranger via the DMG design steps (pages 187-188). It says they gain the Fighting Style class feature and I've chosen Two-Blade Fighting (page 104 of the PHB), which says they ...
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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

In DnD 5th edition, all classes seemingly have the option of rolling hit points -or- just increasing their hit points by a set value. That set value is defined as the dice roll's average, rounded up. ...
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Purchasing a Bar

Previously I asked a question about my players stating they've been gifted a bar. This hasn't come into play yet because they've been on a road trip. I've been unable to come up with a good reason for ...
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1answer
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What are the rules for exhaustion?

My players ran up the side of a mountain for about 8 hours. Then proceeded to get in a fight. I can't imagine that more than one of them (we got an athlete), even in wolf form, could possibly be doing ...
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What are the best ways to gain flight?

I have spent some time looking into the various methods of flying and there are many and they are varied. So I'm asking others for their opinions on this matter. A comrade and myself are both ...
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Most useful low HD animals for Embrace the Wild?

In our campaign we are using the Complete Adventurer version of Embrace the Wild that grants the caster the extraordinary senses of a chosen animal. As a druid, I salivate at the thought of getting ...
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207 views

How to let PCs run a kingdom in Dungeon World?

I have a relatively new Dungeon World game that I'm planning out a campaign front or two for, and I've found some inspiration so ideas shouldn't be too hard. My problem is that, should the players ...
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What is the typical range of high ability scores in D&D 3.5? [closed]

What is the typical range of the highest ability scores you will see in a game excluding magical items (not tomes)? 30? 40?
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What determines when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat?

Is there a rule for when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat in Pathfinder? For example, among small elementals, water elementals have no bonus feats, earth elementals have one, and air and fire ...
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3answers
125 views

When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...
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3answers
205 views

What is the average outcome of this opposed roll resolution mechanic?

Trying to work out the average number of successes for an opposed roll using the following system but can't quite seem to get it to work in Anydice Roll (3d6-5)+Stat+Skill+Modifier 3 6s = crit, ...
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2answers
653 views

Does Crossbow Expert's point-blank attack benefit apply to all ranged attacks?

The Crossbow Expert feat gives three benefits, the first of which is explicitly tied to crossbows and the last of which to only hand crossbows. But in the middle, there is: Being within 5 feet of ...
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2answers
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Can Lodestone Lure be used on adjacent targets?

The Battlemind power Lodestone Lure states: (emphasis added) Hit: Constitution modifier damage, and you must pull the target 1 square. Until the end of your next turn, the target can move only to ...
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3answers
791 views

What can PCs buy out of game?

Am I right in thinking that PCs can buy anything that is in the player's handbook without finding it in a shop in the game world? Does that mean that magic items are either bought from an in-game ...
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3answers
565 views

Techniques to improvise and run interesting social and mundane scenes

Last session (I GM Traveller, a hard science fiction rpg) I realized my lack of skills when I found myself willing to spend some minutes in playing a scene involved a 3 years old child causing trouble ...
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2answers
228 views

What does it take to get a exceptional success on a extended action?

On Page 126 of the World of Darkness Core rulebook, it defines extended actions, making no reference to exceptional successes. On page 125 it defines exceptional successes for instant actions. ...
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1answer
166 views

What's a good printing/publishing service for tabletop RPGs?

I'm making a tabletop RPG (with some friends) that we plan to put on Kickstarter. Along with releasing the RPG in electronic form, I would really like to have a printing or publishing service so that ...
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1answer
119 views

What does the Shining Example Gift actually do?

What does this ability do? "For the rest of the scene, the werewolf can change a resisted or contested action (WoD Core p130) into an instant action." (Full text at bottom). It sounds something like ...
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3answers
17k views

Is Con modifier × level added to HP every level-up?

I am new to D&D and I'm starting with the 5th edition. I have a question about how many hit points I have for a level. I am confused about the con modifier per level and if it is added to first ...
3
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1answer
187 views

How unbalancing are additional talents?

I'm currently preparing for my first saga edition game as a gm and I'm using a few houserules others made and also I'm thinking about a few myself. As this I have no real experience with talents ...
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2answers
475 views

How can a DM brighten the mood?

Sometimes a story can turn away from its original direction and take on a darker tone, what is a good approach to lightening the mood? As a new DM, I started a Pathfinder campaign a year ago with a ...
12
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3answers
492 views

What can characters observe about their own and others' hit point totals?

Question is in the title. Some examples of use cases: Are PCs supposed to know how many HP an enemy has left? If not, do they know anything about the enemy HP total, or do they just observe whether ...
7
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1answer
365 views

Can bonuses of the same type stack indirectly?

Firstly, Pathfinder' rules as written are such that positive bonuses of the same type applied to an ability/skill/etc. do not stack, and that only the highest bonus applies (negative ones always ...
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7answers
1k views

Can you ready an action for “immediately before my next turn”?

I have two actions that I want to do one right after the other, while trying to avoid anything happening between the two actions that could interfere with my plan. What I want to do is, on one turn, ...
5
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4answers
863 views

Mundane Saving Throws

I understand that 5e has abilities and spells which require you to use the different ability saves but under which mundane (assuming no magic or monster abilities) circumstances would you use either ...
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3answers
164 views

What spells other than remove curse can cancel a Cursed Blade? Any level please, any spell caster type [closed]

The cursed blade spell description says "any damage caused by a cursed weapon cannot be cured by ANY means until the damaged individual has received a removed curse spell (or some other effect that ...

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