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Is it appropriate to tell players the expected outcome of a throw?

I'm just getting into Pathfinder, as my first foray into RPGs. Of all the videos, tutorials and podcasts I've listened to, the GM tells the player to throw (for example, a perception check) and ...
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1answer
258 views

What would be a potential balanced Mythic version of psionic power Mind Thrust

Introduction Pathfinder's Mythic Adventures sets out rules for so-called Mythic characters. Within this ruleset is also an definition of Mythic spells. They say the following about this: Mythic ...
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3answers
259 views

Do organized play leagues allow playing modules without keeping track of a character?

At Origins and GenCon this year, I saw several organized play leagues for a number of systems, including D&D 5e, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, and Legend of the Five Rings. I understand that the point of ...
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1answer
327 views

What skill list should I use for a game set in ancient Greece? [closed]

I am pondering over a skill list for Fate Core game set in ancient Greece. Set in Athens of the Classical period (We do not want to pinpoint it on a precise year), the main themes are concerned with ...
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2answers
2k views

How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for more players?

I (newbie GM) will be running the 1st episode of HotDQ for a party of 6. While the intro states that the difficulty of the encounters can be adjusted for parties != 4, it offers no guidelines to do so ...
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1answer
247 views

Spells (debuffs) that increase damage from other spells

Motivation: I am playing a "solo" adventure with a wizard and a healbot cleric NPC/DMPC. A lot of times it would be more helpful if the cleric increased the damage output instead of healing/buffing; I ...
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1answer
405 views

Player/DM who is having trouble letting go of an old campaign

I'm part of a group of 3 (relatively new) people playing an RPG called Challenger. All three of us are interested in being GM, so we've been rotating; all of our adventures occur in the same universe, ...
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5answers
3k views

Creating Phil Taylor the darts champion in D&D 5e

My group (4 players + GM, all new to D&D 5e,) is going to organize a campaign where the characters are based on famous sports players from our world. They asked me to play the ranged striker. I ...
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1answer
113 views

Awarding Experience in RoleMaster

I want to smooth out some of the ways experience is earned in RM (original rules) as it seems a little unstable IMHO. Basically, you can get experience for killing, travelling, casting spells and ...
2
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1answer
71 views

Does Moulinet combo with other FS: Fencing levels?

I had a question concerning the 4th dot in fencing. Moulinet (••••): If your character makes a successful hit on an adversary with his sword, he may then rotate his wrist and perform a quick ...
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3answers
217 views

How to handle a fair contest between PCs in Apocalypse World?

Assuming that (for whatever reason) two PCs decided to settle their disputes by means of a fair contest it seems like it would be difficult to determine which character had the 'initiative' to take ...
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1answer
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Touch attacks on D&D 5e [closed]

Looking at this question, Does a touch spell require an attack? I assume that touch attacks no longer ignore AC provided by armor, or more exactly because of the new armor rules, make your AC 10+DEX ...
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4answers
122 views

On and off NPC/PC [duplicate]

Still just spitballing, but I came across an idea for a new group I might be starting. One of the players will only be available half the time the rest of the group will be (let's call him Bob), and ...
2
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1answer
623 views

Quality of Lecture Commentaries if using Extended book rules from Covenents

Art & Academe gives: Teacher's Com + Scribe's Scribe/2 + 1 + Teacher's Virtues for Lecture Commentaries, and also comments that "Lecture commentaries will never be as high a quality as a ...
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5answers
806 views

How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10

Ok, big edit to the question as people have suggested. I would like to use the master transmogrifist prestige class all the way to L10, as I find it interesting to use two of its key abilities. ...
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1answer
205 views

Does haste trump first strike, or vice versa?

I've added a new enchantment to my AD&D game based on the "first strike" ability from Magic: The Gathering. It's simply defined as the ability to always go first in the round, every round. If a ...
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3answers
6k views

What are the restrictions of an unarmed strike?

What are the global restrictions of making an unarmed strike ? As it is considered a weapon, I suppose one must have a "hand free" to "punch". However, there are some gray areas I can't find any ...
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17answers
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How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
5
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1answer
382 views

How does Darkvision work beyond range?

How does the Darkvision ability (or spell) work beyond range? A lot of creatures have Darkvision: range 60 feet. Does darkvision simply stop working past there? Do you get penalties to sight-based ...
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4answers
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Why don't players get extra xp for large encounters?

Based on the table Encounter XP Multipliers from the Basic Rules' DM section, Page 57, when you're building encounters in 5E, you include an XP modifier depending on the number of creatures your PCs ...
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1answer
217 views

Using a weapon to execute a combat maneuver

My character is a Marksman Finesse Style, and has the ability to use her ranged weapon to execute a combat maneuver. Once a Marksman has reached 2nd level, she may expend her psionic focus while ...
2
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1answer
116 views

What are the effects of a lowered Constitution score for a human?

After a particularly intense Pathfinder session with my buddies, my character had to go through a trial by ordeal where he was bit by a venomous snake. He succeeded (for some definition of ...
2
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1answer
131 views

Can Dark Eldar hide their signatures?

In the events of our game, we have come across several situations where blips have come up on our scanners, for a split second, and then vanished. One such occurrence was on our ship's radar, looking ...
4
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2answers
762 views

Reduce Size/ Polymorph into smaller creature wearing off in cramped space

One of my players asked me what would happen if while under a polymorph spell reducing your size it ran out while you were in a space too small for your normal size. For example you polymorph into a ...
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6answers
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Can you choose to fail a saving throw?

(Yet another) follow-up from this question: As someone mentioned in the question above, some 'friendly' spells (Calm Emotion, IIRC) specify that one can choose to fail the saving throw. In this ...
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3answers
2k views

Can I Banish a druid when he's in elemental form?

Is it possible to cast banishment or dismissal on a druid when he is wild-shaped into an elemental?
3
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1answer
133 views

What effect does the warp have?

In our game, we have entered an area that (not confirmed) has been affected by the warp. The main discrepancy is there are 3 different things, happening in different time frames; at the same time. ...
3
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2answers
670 views

What are the effects of aging?

New to D&D. I did not find any official ruling concerning the effects of aging in the PHB. I know that in some systems aging can have adverse and/or beneficial effects on stats. I ask because I am ...
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1answer
115 views

Are all descendants of a Heretic Gene-seed corrupt?

We have come across a dead Space Marine, Gene-seed apparently still intact (no holes to say it was removed), and for the most part, the party says they want to retrieve the seed and return it to the ...
4
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1answer
170 views

How long do Dark Eldar live for?

We're playing a Dark Heresy/Rogue Trader RP, and we have recently come across what remains of a Dark Eldar attack. All were dead, fairly fresh, but no way to tell how old the corpses were. However, ...
4
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1answer
787 views

Can you deal damage to two targets each round, using Twinned Spell and Witch Bolt?

A small follow-up to this answer: if you cast Witch Bolt + Twinned Spell, when you use your action to deal WB damage on your next turn, do you deal damage to both targets or to one? I lean towards the ...
4
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1answer
51 views

Detecting suppressed auras

The various Realms of Power books describe how an aura can be suppressed by a stronger (or equal-level Divine) aura; but I can't see anything definitive that says that either: You can't detect the ...
5
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1answer
128 views

Does Kidnapping call for a humanity roll?

There is a list of sins that require a vampire to make a humanity roll, like theft, arson, and killing. But I fail to find which humanity dot kidnapping stands on. It sure is an inhumane act to ...
4
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2answers
413 views

Can vampires enter Umbra?

It is specifically said in the rules that vampires have very little to do with Umbra, with the rare exception of Giovanni, who can summon wraiths for the Shadowlands and rare Kolduns who can summon ...
7
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2answers
724 views

Is there a google earth style map for Shadowrun 2050?

I started a campaign in Shadowrun 4e 2050 and would love to be able to send my players to a geography source without having them wade through the books. It occurred to me that a custom Google Earth ...
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1answer
136 views

Taninim sorcerers and human form

With taninim it is so that their sorcerers can eat the materials and then specific scales change forms to represent those materials and thus the materials are no longer needed for casting. Now my ...
3
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5answers
288 views

How can I make a shapeshifter that takes human forms?

I want to make an NPC who can change into different human forms. The concept I'm forming is the character is committing a string of murders, and the PCs have additional problems tracking the killer ...
2
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1answer
92 views

Metis Silver Fang - is such thing even possible?

When it comes to treating metis born Garou, I know that from one side of the spectrum we have Children of Gaia/Bone Gnawers that treat them as equal, on the other: Fianna who see them as monsters and ...
9
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2answers
223 views

Are healing extended tests different from standard extended tests in Shadowrun 5th Edition?

In describing natural recovery on page 207 the test to recover Stun Damage is listed as Body + Willpower (1 hour) Extended Test. Under extended tests on pg 48 it is noted that "... to simulate this, ...
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3answers
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Are Monks proficient in Darts?

Monks get 10 darts as part of their starting equipment. Except it looks like they are only proficient in Simple Melee Weapons and Shortswords. Did I miss a rule somewhere?
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1answer
222 views

Can you choose when to use your lower Base Attack Bonus?

I have a fighter level 10. She uses two-weapon fighting. With her BAB at 10/5, she has a total of 3 attacks during a full round attack correct? Also does her off hand attack receive the BAB of 10? ...
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3answers
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Are the Gods in Forgotten Realms under copyright?

I'm in the midst of writing a story involving Cyric and Tharizdon butting heads over a group of mortals attempting to obtain one of Cyric's toys and destroy it. (based on a 2 dungeon master, dungeon ...
17
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1answer
2k views

Can you cast Banishment on yourself?

Can you cast Banishment on yourself from a non-native plane, as a way of returning to your native plane?
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1answer
748 views

Shaman spontaneous casting

The Spirit Magic entry for the Shaman says: A shaman can spontaneously cast a limited number of spells per day beyond those she prepared ahead of time. She has one spell slot per day of each ...
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2answers
268 views

Can Class-granted templates stack with other templates that would negate the original?

ok. Potential Rules Break here. Playing a gestalt 3.5 game. I am a Cleric and Dread Necromancer. At level 15, I have 9 levels of Walker in the Waste from cleric on one side of the progression, 12 ...
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5answers
596 views

Can a Sorcerer protect their friend from Web by using Careful Spell?

With the metamagic "Careful Spell" does the caster protect his friend from a Web spell for its full duration or just for the first save? If the friend stays in the area or re-enters the area does he ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Bonus action spell + Cantrip— does order matter?

When casting a spell as a bonus action, you can't cast another spell except a 1-action cantrip--can the order be "reversed"? Can you cast a cantrip first as a bonus action, then any other spell? If ...
5
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1answer
3k views

In Roll20, how to program a macro that mimics the built-in attack function?

In R20, when you make an attack roll using the built-in char sheet for 5E, it outputs 2 results (with modifiers and everything) in a single line. I'd like to do this with a Macro, so that I can access ...
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4answers
926 views

How can a DM restore an over-scaled, out of control campaign?

My game system is pathfinder but the setting is entirely of my own creation, with a group that is largely interested in the role-playing aspects of the game; when it's more dynamic to wave away strict ...
4
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2answers
235 views

What happens when non-aggravated damage does not fit in the Health Chart?

Suppose my character is wounded (4 damage levels taken). Then, another attack hits for another 4 lethal damage levels. I record damage until Incapacited (3 levels), what I do with the remaining damage ...

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