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How to calculate cantrip damage

I noticed Ray of Frost does 1d8 damage accordig to the Spells section. Do you add your magic ability modifier to this? It makes sense, as otherwise it would be less than Light Crossbow with 12 Dex. ...
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How should I give out treasure in Dungeons and Dragons 4e Essentials

I am new to DMing dungeons and dragons and have bought the following products from the essentials line: Red Box Starter Set Heroes of Fallen Lands Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms I have decided to ...
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How do I build a non-biomorphic AI?

I'm building an ally for one of my players in a GURPS game, but I'm having trouble figuring out the point cost of a non-biomorphic AI. Basically, this AI lives in a computer that the player wears on ...
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How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies

I am currently running an LotFP adventure using D&D Next, the amazing Better than any man. In SevenSidedDie' s great answer to a previous post of mine he touched upon philosophical differences ...
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What is the full text of 'Favored in Guild: Jazred Chalssin'?

Several Assassin Handbooks out there (eg. this one) seem to reference a certain feat. Favored in Guild – Jazred Chalssin (DMG2+web): +4 DC [of death attack]. Tied pretty tightly with anti-Lolth ...
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Can Kobolds count as tiny for sharing a square with a teammate?

I'm playing a Dragon Fire Adept Kobold, and the Slight Build feature made it seem like I could share a space with a party member. Slight Build: The physical stature of kobolds lets them function ...
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Are Alchemist bombs light weapons?

I'm currently looking at a design for a bomb-focused alchemist. I plan to use Two-Weapon Fighting (along with the Fast Bombs discovery) to get more bombs per round in mid- and late levels, and I'll ...
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How can I reliably turn a formulaic Eye range spell into a Touch spell?

I have a Magus who specialises in Mentem magics, as such most of his spells are Eye range. Sadly the campaign has ended up being more about stealth and physical subtlety rather than politics and ...
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How does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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Conversion of LotFP (OSR) monsters to D&D Next Final Playtest rules

I am running an LotFP adventure for my group; we play using the Final Playtest ruleset of D&D Next. LotFP is part of the old school renaissance, and James Raggi (the creator) writes that it ...
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Does dropping an item on an enemy break invisibility?

I am planning on having an imp commanding several kobolds ambush and attack my players. An imp devil in Pathfinder has invisibility as a spell-like ability, with a caster level of 6th. This means he ...
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Can a Spiritual Weapon spell harm diminuative creature swarms?

Spiritual Weapon creates a weapon made of force that can automatically attack creatures at a distance. Normally swarms made up of diminutive creatures, such as wasps, are immune to weapon damage. Is ...
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Representing the Shinto faith mechanically as a Blessed character in Deadlands Reloaded

One of my players has asked to play a Blessed character in my new Deadlands Reloaded campaign, following the Shinto faith. As written, Blessed characters have to follow the beliefs of their religion ...
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Should I show the health of enemies?

This is my first time hosting a PnP session, and one issue I've run into is whether to let players know the health of their enemies. Should I show them the monster's HP number, or describe in varying ...
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Attack Bonuses in Final D&D Playtest Packet

When attacking, do you add your proficiency bonus to the attack if you're proficient with the weapon you're using? Or does being proficient with a weapon simply allow you to use that weapon without ...
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Feedback for a Point Buy System for Spellcreation/Research [closed]

I'm working on an RPG as a class project that uses 3.5e rules, and as a experiment I created a point buy system for spell creation rules. Its a very rough second draft that seems to come out roughly ...
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Contacts, and how to use them?

I'm starting a 5e shadowrun campaign for the first time and running into some issue with what I've read on how contacts function. Basically, I'm trying to find out how to leverage the contacts of ...
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How can I recreate in 3.5e the Shifter class from Neverwinter Nights?

I would like to create a shapeshifting character. I'm used to Neverwinter Nights' Shifter prestige class, I would like to play something similar in DnD 3.5. I would appreciate some pointers about ...
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1answer
131 views

How flexible is the Fang Dragon's Sound Imitation

The Fang Dragon (taken from Draconomicon) has an ability called Sound Imitation: Sound Imitation (Ex): A fang dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard, anytime it likes. Listeners must ...
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Using Intimidate and/or Diplomacy to kill enemies

This question came up during another question regarding the use of cursed items as offensive weapons; however, I think there's a more general question that's otherwise identical: If a PC X succeeds ...
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Wondrous Effects: What Are the Durations?

The rod of wonder (DMG 237) creates Wondrous Effects that have printed durations, creates Wondrous Effects that mimic spell effects yet don't include printed durations, and creates Wondrous Effects ...
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Can I “use” an alternative ki-focus to the one I make an attack with?

I know usually you have to decide whether you use your ki focus or your enchantment on your weapon to decide damage and special effects. However I couldn't help to notice that in some of the text of ...
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How can market price of magic items be calculated from crafting price?

How would you calculate the market price of a magic item when only the crafting price is given? Some books like Magic Item Compendium give market prices, I know, but other books still have magic items ...
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How does a DM handle time limits in-game?

An upcoming arc I have planned requires a thirteen-hour time limit to escape from an area. How do I plan for that in game time, and how do I keep the players aware of the time? I usually run six ...
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Oracle and Inquisitor spell preparation

Oracles and Inquisitors are a little on the fence when it comes to spell preparation as they are both Divine caster and Spontaneous casters. How to reconcile the rules for both? Preps like a divine ...
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Forcing others to use cursed items against their will?

I have a few specific questions, but I think they can all be sufficiently generalized as follows: Do cursed items which activate upon being worn, held or seen affect creatures that do not willingly ...
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How do I play NPC abilities?

In Numenera, an NPC's description could be e.g. Malik Harcrow: level 5, level 6 at all subterfuge- related tasks, level 7 at lockpicking Now, I understand how players would attack or defend ...
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How do I know which enemy aspects I hand out to my players?

We've been doing FATE Accelerated very frequently, and we're really beginning to like it. Our game is based on the Gantz manga/anime in a way, since thew characters have to go every week to kill a ...
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Best way to promote the Indie RPG I am developing [duplicate]

I am currently developing a Indie RPG that I hope to Kickstart next year. What is the best way to promote it? (I know this is a common question) Currently I have found Google+ communities the best, ...
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What are the Differences Between the Original and Revised Versions of Star Wars d20?

While we have a question about the differences between Star Wars d20 Revised and Saga Editions, I'm wondering what the differences are between the original version and the Revised version. ...
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How can I strategise IC with the other players when my PC is stupid?

I have a very strong preference for keeping discussions in-character and avoiding out-of-character table talk. The trouble is that my PC is not very smart (an Int 8, Wis 13 half-orc barbarian) but I'm ...
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Barbarian Revenant Half-Orc: How to roleplay

Introduction We have been playing 4e D&D for a while now. First we started with 3.5e skills but recently incorporated Burning Wheel style skills because we wanted more role-playing possibilities ...
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How do I balance an encounter for my party?

I'm currently DMing some games in the D&D 4e Adventure Series. We started with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell, and we're just about to start H2, Thunderspide labyrinth. I have six players who are all ...
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Can an alchemist learn any Wizard spell?

From the SRD: An alchemist can study a wizard’s spellbook to learn any formula that is equivalent to a spell the spellbook contains I'm playing an alchemist in a party with a wizard. He can know ...
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How do I escape the Quicksand Box?

I have a very significant problem whenever I try GMing any given game; I try to provide a world with a lot of wiggle room for the characters as well as factions/NPCs they interact with. Oftentimes my ...
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How do you get a DM to stop targeting you? [closed]

My group previously had our latest session over the weekend. It was the first one in this campaign so we changed up the roles a bit. I usually DM and I wanted to be PC for a while so we switched it ...
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5answers
358 views

How many creatures should face a party of 6 PCs?

I am going to DM for the first time. The group of players is 6 people. I have no clue on how many creatures I should make them face. For example, a group of 2 people would face about 3-5 bugbears but ...
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1answer
197 views

Can an enemy creature who is grabbed and prone escape?

A PC in my campaign has an enemy grabbed and prone and is attempting to drown them. It's the enemy's turn. Can the enemy escape while grabbed? If so can he shift while prone if he succeeds on an ...
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How do I implement freeform magic on a system? [closed]

i'd like to ask you if any of you has ever played an rpg where players we're entitled to make their own spells, and how it turned to be. Also, i'd like some answer to a problem concerning this topic ...
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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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635 views

Are there items that can be worn under/in addition to armor that grant AC bonuses?

Pretty self-explanatory; I began wondering this when I misread the description of Mithral Shirt and thought it could be worn on the body slot in addition to existing armor to grant additional AC ...
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2answers
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Does Screaming Bow's daily power affect the triggering attack?

My DM is saying that the power on Screaming Bow which gives vulnerable 5 thunder does not apply to the attack which allows the power to activate. Is this the case? For reference: Power (daily): ...
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Off-hand penalty in PHB 3.5 glossary, how does it work?

I've played 3.5 for quite some time, and this has been something I've never quite understood, at least with respect to rules as written. On pp 311 of the 3.5 Player's Handbook, under the entry for ...
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First time ever playing soon, advice? [closed]

I've always been interested in these sorts of things, rpg, gaming etc, but been too shy to join. Now I've finally joined a dnd 4th ed group and I'm going soon. I'm positive it's my thing, but I'm not ...
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3answers
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Does casting while greater invisible make the spell effects also invisible?

I'm pretty sure that even if you're greater invisible and cast say, a lightning bolt, while you stay invisible per the spell, that the spells effects are still visible. I can't find a rule citation ...
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What books comprise “Core” D&D3.5e?

I keep seeing references to "Core" D&D3.5e (as opposed to the SRD), but I'm not sure which books are included. I know the Player's Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and Monster Manual ...
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What role-playing games don't feature experience? [closed]

I've never played a tabletop role-playing game, but when I was young I played a lot of role-playing video games, and I never liked the experience system they all used. I won't say that everything ...
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What are some suggestions for a brawler-type unarmed character in Pathfinder?

I have played a monk before and enjoyed it but I was thinking of playing a character who's more of a brawler than a mystic martial artist. I know there are some options in the barbarian class but what ...
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240 views

What is the bonus for Treat Deadly Wounds when using no uses of a healer's kit?

Reading Pathfider's heal skill it states you can use it with a healer's kit to restore hitpoints ("Treat Deadly Wounds") as follows (Pathfinder SRD): You must expend two uses from a healer's kit ...
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1answer
538 views

Which of these favored class/race options should I take for my magus?

I have a human of level 1 Myrmidarch Magus that will eventually turn to a Myrmidarch Magus 8 / Arcane Archer 10 + 2 more level of something. I have the option of taking 1/4 * magus level in bonus ...

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