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Differing expectations on fight or flight

Last night, I joined a D&D 3.5e campaign. The two other characters in the party were on their way to a grove, inhabited by friendly druids, when they discovered it had been converted to a quarry. ...
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Does defense bonus from class increase as you level up?

In the Star Wars revised saga edition, classes gain a defense bonus. My question is do they increase as they level up, or do they constantly stay the same unless you multiclass?
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Is the NDA for DnDNext still in Effect?

When signing up for the playtest, you sign an agreement that basically says you can't quote or share material from the playtest packet. However, recently, Wizards of the Coast has started to sell ...
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How can I portray the Spring Court as more than a lust-crazed rabble?

The Spring Court in Changeling: the Lost is part of the Seasonal Court system, as described in the core rulebook. Their driving emotion is Desire, ranging from gluttony to greed to adrenaline junkies ...
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What does the caster level refer to in the magic items?

I'm particularly curious about armor, rings, and weapons. I'm new to Pathfinder but I was under the impression that anyone could wear magic armor or use a magic weapon. The caster level on each ...
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468 views

What are the rules for switching an animal companion and how exactly are they summoned?

I have a Druid and a Ranger in the game I'm DM'ing. They constantly change their animal companions. I know that a Druid can release an animal companion from service and get another one (or replace a ...
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335 views

How to handle a shying horse mount as GM?

The party of my players who ride on horses (given to them from a nice NPC) through a valley will get into a heavy thunderstorm soon. Some of the horses will get nervous or even start running and ...
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Can other casters use an Artificer's Magic Items (without UMD)?

I thought I read the answer to this somewhere but I can't find it in the rules anywhere; please help me clarify. (As this is a RAW question, please include source, thanks) Since the Artificer is not ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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How do you measure time in Dungeons and Dragons 4th ed? [closed]

How does the DM measure time in game?
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Should I ask my mates to give me some money when I craft wondrous objects for them?

In fact, 2 mates asked me the question while I was crafting some stuff for them and it seemed legit for them because while I craft for them, I don't craft for me. But this idea never crossed my mind. ...
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Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?

The comment below was originally posted on another answer: Furthermore, from a super-strict RAW perspective, it has been argued (not by me!) that the Errata rules don’t actually let a book claim ...
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A modern-SF, non-transhumanist, simulationist-leaning game?

I'd like to GM a sci-fi game, one that falls, preferably, somewhere between space opera and hard sf. I've been looking at options, reviews, etc., but haven't found anything to my taste. Please, ...
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When randomly determining a town's magic items, are items like scrolls and potions hand picked?

The tables seem to only state the level of the spell and the caster level so I'm guessing the GM picks the actual spell based on those results?
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How does Changeling Disguise affect your allies?

In my current campaign one of my players is playing a Changeling. He has requested that he be allowed to keep his Changeling lineage a secret, and so far it hasn't been a problem as he hasn't shifted ...
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How to Fix a Terrible Lapse in Judgement

In the gaming group I run, I said at the very first day that this was going to be a very "adult" campaign. I told them I wasn't going to pull punches, and that the party would have to really think ...
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3answers
264 views

What should be in a players' campaign overview document?

I'm running my first campaign, which will take place in Eberron. I want to put together a campaign handout for the players, to be kind of like an intro to the world, a run down of what to expect in ...
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1answer
144 views

How does Wizard spell preparation deal with non-spell powers?

How do non-spell powers work with Wizard preparation? Say, for example, I made a Tiefling Wizard with the Grim Isolation racial daily power — how would this work with regards to choosing my ...
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7answers
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How can I design beyond “one-solution” obstacles?

When creating dungeons, I want to create a dungeon that allows the players to come up with their own solutions to an obstacle/puzzle, etc. However, I seem to be stuck on the "one/two solution" ...
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1answer
592 views

Shadowrun 5e breakdown/tutorial

Long time D&D'er, I purchased the 5th edition Shadowrun Core Rulebook. Now I am in a bit of a pickle, as with most things when reading trough the books I usually get a gest of the rules, but I ...
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73 views

Making Games Seem Late Middle Ages/Early Renissance [closed]

What things can I do or resources can I tap to make my fantasy games (system-independent) seem more late middle ages/early renaissance? e.g., the world as envisioned in Lamentations of the Flame ...
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1answer
394 views

Making monks better but not broken

I am about to run a campaign where 2 of the 3 PCs are monk-based classes. They will be starting at level 10 and I expect the campaign to run till 15 or 16. One is a Monk 2/ Sorcerer 4/ Enlightened ...
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1answer
199 views

Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges?

I understand the 4E rules for skill challenges, including the revisions in DMG2. But when I read the "examples of play" it strikes me that the players in the examples are suspiciously good at picking ...
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1answer
178 views

What are good tools for converting an entire setting to different systems? [closed]

I'm writing a World and I want it to be playable in MERP, Rolemaster, HARP, DnD and possibly others. As such, I would need to include NPC with their own histories and stats. And with stats it comes ...
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1answer
475 views

CBLoader : Character sheet has skills like fishing, farming, and actor. How do I remove them?

I'm using a 3rd party program called CBLoader (think WotC Character Builder). I created a character in it, choosing its skills and feats etc. I then attempted to create a printable version of the ...
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1answer
392 views

Swift action spell scrolls

If a spell has a casting time of one swift action, does a scroll of that spell also take a swift action to activate, or does it still take a standard action?
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8answers
1k views

How to Format a DM's Notebook for an Open World Game

I've been DM'ing a homebrew sandbox-style D&D 4e game for the past few months, and it's been going well so far. However, the players have finally left the "starting area" of bouncing between three ...
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3answers
336 views

How to be a Dungeon Master? [duplicate]

About a year ago, a saw a Dungeons and Dragons beginner set on Amazon. I was curious because I heard so much, but didn't know anyone who played. I bought it, read the books that came with it. And then ...
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2answers
94 views

Leaping Flame versus different enemy's actions

The 5th level Desert Wind counter Leaping Flame allows you to teleport to an enemy within 100' that attacks you with a melee (which is useful if the enemy has reach, or if you need to quickly grant ...
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3answers
1k views

D&D character levels and population - Is the Fifty Percent Rule valid?

In this answer I suggested that "the majority" of NPCs would be 0-level characters, and was told by our friendly moderator @BrianBallson-Stanton in a comment (since deleted) that D&D 4 didn't have ...
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2answers
78 views

Are there metamagic feats for martial manuevers?

Is there any equivalent to a metamagic feats that can be applied to martial maneuvers. For example a maximized death in the dark would be amazing.
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3answers
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I want to have elite troop of undead, but which undead?

It's me again with more questions about undead. I was reading the cleric's animate dead spell, and I was a little bit disappointed after reading the skeleton's stats. 6 hp is kind of bad for an elite ...
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1answer
341 views

How do Stabilize and Bleed work on those with Negative Energy Affinity?

I'm going to be running a campaign with a Dhampir player. They have: Negative Energy Affinity: Though a living creature, a dhampir reacts to positive and negative energy as if it were ...
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1answer
187 views

Does the spellcasting service for a town also determine what kinds of magic items are available?

I'm wondering how the Spellcasting service available in a town alter the available magic items as well. For example, would a town with a maximum spellcasting level of 2 not have potions that are ...
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15answers
7k views

Dealing with “fearless” players

I have some "badass" players in my group who do not fear death, 4 out of 6 to be precise, which causes problems for the rest players as they feel they are always getting dragged into trouble, trying ...
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2answers
498 views

How can I expand my crit ranges in D&D 4e?

This question exists for 3.5, but I haven't seen it for 4e. How far can you go with crit range expansion in 4e? I'm not interested in how far is worth it, or value judgements, just how far it's ...
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4answers
978 views

Healing a PC with spell resistance

I have a drow in my party that doesn't have a lot of HP. When she's unconscious and bleeding out, I am having trouble stabilizing her—her spell resistance is still active, and I only have a +6 ...
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1answer
297 views

Where can I buy a good, but cheap D&D board? [closed]

I'm looking to buy a real D&D game board, with all the pieces and brand new, but all i can find are extremely expensive sets. I am based in the UK and am looking to spend up to a max of £50, ...
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6answers
8k views

How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?

I hear that full casters are considered the best in pathfinder, but a lot of campaigns that I seem to play in never make it past level 5 or 6. I'd like to play wizard, but right as I'm about to become ...
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2answers
220 views

Is there an in-setting explanation for the existence of religion in Eberron?

Most real world religions, current and past, are (very generally) based on either the idea of a pleasant afterlife for the faithful (or avoiding death through reincarnation), or appeasing angry gods. ...
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1answer
1k views

Does the shooting into melee penalty apply for ranged touch spells?

If an enemy is involved in melee combat with a friend would firing a ranged touch spell work just like firing an arrow and be subject to the shooting into melee penalty? In other words, if the foe is ...
3
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1answer
163 views

Pathfinder Cavalier Order of the Tome and Scribe Scroll

Looking at the Order of the Tome for Cavalier, they gain the ability "Powerful Knowledge." This ability allows a Cavalier to cast divine or arcane spells from scrolls as if they were a divine or ...
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1answer
364 views

Does an invisible creature trigger an opportunity attack if it makes a ranged attack

Does an invisible creature trigger an opportunity attack if it makes a ranged attack? And if it does, is the opportunity attack -5 as it's against an invisible creature? Where does the invisibility ...
3
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1answer
103 views

What would be the weight of the Tome of the Unicorn?

Given the dimensions of the book: "two feet broad by three feet in height, and over four inches thick", and being its pages made of "polished plates of electrum" (data from Forgotten Realms Campaign ...
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1answer
192 views

Are hand grenades the same as the ammunition for grenade launchers?

In Only War, do grenade launchers use the same grenades as the ones you can use as hand grenades? What about the auxiliary grenade launcher / underslung GL?
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1answer
123 views

What ammo does a launcher-type regimental favored weapon come with?

In Only War, two classes, the Weapons Specialist and the Heavy Gunner, can start the game equipped with Launcher-type weapons. The errata has clarified that class equipment comes with three 'clips'. ...
9
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1answer
929 views

Two-weapon fighting with inappropriately small off-hand whip

So I'm running a whip-bard, and I'm wondering whether taking a small whip in my off-hand would be considered a light weapon for two-weapon fighting? If so, that would make for -2/-4 instead of -4/-4 ...
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5answers
2k views

How should the party heal up between encounters?

Since there's quite a lot of discussion on the button of cure light wounds question, I'd like to pose a separate question: What is the most effective solution for healing outside of combat as ...
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1answer
226 views

What are the upsides of Changeling Wizard's Dual Specialization ACF?

I'm looking at building a Changeling Wizard for a new campaign. While I'm likely to still take at least the first level of the racial substitution for the delicious skills, I'm less sold on the Dual ...
2
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1answer
979 views

PC build - Beguiler/Wizard/Ultimate Magus

I am currently in my first campaign, playing as a level 6 Beguiler (aiming for Shadowcraft Mage). In the case where I die and have to reroll, I think I would like to adapt a slightly different build, ...

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