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Does Wall of Fire cast in the middle of a huge creature cause it to take damage twice?

Wall of Fire reads (emphasis mine): An immobile, blazing curtain of shimmering violet fire springs into existence. One side of the wall, selected by you, sends forth waves of heat, dealing 2d4 ...
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Paladin + Multi-Attack + Smite = Overpowered? [closed]

In the AL game that I run a player's paladin rocks the polearm master paladin. He has been able to triple smite every big boss that I've thrown at him so far leaving me feeling a sense similar to an ...
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Does an Action Surge grant a second bonus action?

We were trying to understand how the "Action Surge" rule works, and after some discussion we came to a standstill. Starting at 2nd level, you can push yourself beyond your normal limits for a ...
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What is available to mitigate the damage of physical blows?

I am working on creating a "Tank" character, of course the goal is to prevent the party to be hit, rather than getting hit, but obviously getting hit is likely and the character should survive hits as ...
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can juggling be used to perform attacks? If so, how would it work?

Here's the scenario: a player wants to play a bard (jester fluffed) character who has dozens of mundane ribbon knives secretly stowed all over his body that he pulls out during battle, juggles them ...
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How do I leave a campaign politely when I'm not having fun? [duplicate]

So I've been playing a DnD 5e campaign for the past couple of weeks, and I've come to the conclusion today that I'm not really having much fun with it. I've come into the campaign midway-through and ...
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Does Pathfinder have a spell of desirability?

I'm looking for a pathfinder spell, but I don't even know if the spell I'm thinking of even exists. Basic premise of the spell is that the object which the spell is cast on has an aura of ...
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Setting DCs based on their desired impact [closed]

I'm trying to set the DC for something (poisoned caltrops spread wide across a street) which ranges from a mild annoyance (no poison) to truly dangerous (it is poisoned). I know the effect I want them ...
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166 views

Hide while fighting

I would like to do the following: Someone throws a Smokestick or casts a Fog cloud spell, so the fighter and his enemy are both has concealment. The fighter has Improved Diversion. First, he takes ...
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Are there rules for sacrificing living creatures for personal gain?

What official rules exist for sacrificing living creatures? That is, outside of the standard encounter system, are there rules for using ritual murder to improve my character? If no official sources ...
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How to assign exp for indirect kills

During the last session, my players sneaked into a camp at night. A lot of enemies (several tens) were resting in their tents. My players managed to set fire to the tents without being caught and so ...
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Dodging during mounted combat

I have a question about mounted combat. The PHB says (p. 198): The initiative of a controlled mount changes to match yours when you mount it. It moves as you direct it, and it has only three ...
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Can a ring of spell storing hold a stolen spell?

If I steal a spell with a spellthief and cast it into a Minor Ring of Spell Storing, can I store the spell indefinitely? Because spellthief says A spellthief must cast a stolen spell (or use its ...
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Is it possible to block a breath weapon with a shield?

Most of us may have seen similar imagery: How could a player character do as such, with a shield? Anything RAW, and without resorting to spellcasting (if at all possible), would be nice.
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Name of a feat, race, or something else that lets a character intimidate more types of monsters in Pathfinder

I remember reading the Pathfinder SRD a year or two ago and seeing something that let a character intimidate monsters that normally couldn't be intimidated. I think it expanded the range to cover ...
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How to optimize a bard/paladin in 5e?

I have a 9th level tiefling Valor bard, who I think would be interesting as a bard/paladin. Her current spell list is action/advantage denial heavy with a few utility spells; I'd like to enhance her ...
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Taking a level in Airship Pilot instead of level 3 Rogue

I'm a 1st level Rogue in 3.5e. Instead of taking 3rd level Rogue, I want to take a level of Airship Pilot. I'll be playing Sky Pirate style captain. I know that the prerequisites are challenging for a ...
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Can a Half-Elf reach Charisma 22 naturally?

This question isn't just about Half Elves specifically, but playing as a Half Elf Bard this came to mind. I know that when you reach levels, such as level 4, that you cannot raise an ability score ...
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How do I deal with aggressive/disrespectful criticism?

This problem hit me as both a Storyteller and as player. I joined a "Survival Horror" game of Vampire: the Masquerade; a minor encounter spiraled out of control in the second session. The GM gave us a ...
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Are Slippers of Spider Climb usable while Wild Shaped?

Are Slippers of Spider Climb usable while Wild Shaped? I don't know if the item is use-activated is the problem. I'm under the impression that use activated items, like Boots of Striding and ...
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Can summon spells be used to summon the same specific creatures repeatedly?

Can one use a summon monster spell to summon each time Bob the Celestial Monkey specifically, or must the summoned celestial monkey be a different celestial monkey each time?
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Where can I find the rules on acuiring or training beast companions in D&D 5e? [duplicate]

Tonight during our game session a player asked if he could buy a mastiff companion, but I could not find any rules that governed the acquiring of companions. I'm not sure if he wants to use the animal ...
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Do a Barbarian's different damage resistances stack or just overlap?

I have a player who recently joined my current game who thinks he only takes ¼ damage from bludgeoning, slashing and piercing damage. He claims that the resistance granted by barbarian rage ...
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Can summoned creatures take items back with them?

If you summon a creature and give it any item then dismiss it, does the item go with it?
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Can you bypass travel by fast forwarding in your campaign?

Instead of having the players cover every single room in a dungeon or square of travel overland, is it permissible (or even warranted) to "fast forward" to a more interesting place, provided that ...
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What does the paladin spell list hold for an already versatile caster? [closed]

I am considering playing a cleric//wizard gestalt character in an upcoming campaign set in Eberron. I haven't picked a race, but I'm considering taking, on the wizard side, the prestige class silver ...
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Have I missed how to calculate the DC for knowing Monster characteristics?

My players often want to see if they know something about a monster or not, specially stuff like weaknesses and resistances. I have this idea that there should be somewhere in the MM or DMG explaining ...
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Which Dresden Files novels are “spoiled” by the core rpg books?

I'm currently reading my way through the Dresden Files novels as a background to playing the game. (Related: Should I read the Dresden Files fiction before I get the RPG?). I now want to know how many ...
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Is Dungeons & Dragons the origin of “Bahamut” as a dragon?

Bahamut, the platinum dragon god of good, metallic dragons, takes his name from the Bahamut of Arabian mythology, the great fish upon which the earth rests. The similarities between dragons, serpents,...
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Replacing a Samurais “Mounted Archer” class feature

Following up on my question about replacing a samurais mount, I took a look at the features a samurai has and thought about his Weapons Expertise, which allows him to choose a weapon from a very ...
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Are there any good, free introductory Dungeon World adventures for a DM used to D&D? [closed]

I have been playing & GMing for some time, mostly in various versions of D&D, and other 80s-90s systems. And most of my GMing has been with published adventure modules. I want to try Dungeon ...
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443 views

In which book does Tordek mention a “+3 weapon”?

I recall a D&D 3.5e (or maybe 3e) book in which a fighter (probably Tordek the dwarf) talks in-character about "a +3 weapon," most likely a sword or an axe. This would have been in one of those ...
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How can I categorize objects by size?

I got two drunken masters in the party that fight with improvised weapons by melee and/or ranged. They have lots of teamwork related feats to aid each other and they make a very good mini team between ...
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Into what game-term classifications are half-elves put?

The half-elf has unique racial traits, but one of those racial traits is elven blood, which says For all effects related to race, a half-elf is considered an elf. Half-elves aren't available as ...
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1answer
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Need some help with the fabricate spell

I'm having trouble mathing my way to success with the Fabricate spell. Say I want to magic a pile of adamantine into an Earth Breaker. Would I be able to do that in one cast of fabricate? How much ...
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How do I publish content for Pathfinder? [closed]

I have created a reference document for Pathfinder that I am interested in getting published. I have no clue about how to get this done. I can find the OGL rules and whatnot, but no advice on how to ...
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1answer
392 views

My players know the world/galaxy/universe better than I do [closed]

A bunch of friends decided they wanted to try RPG. As the only person with any RPG experience I offered to GM. We have had the first few sessions and so far it's a laugh! I am quite new to GMing and ...
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2answers
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Replacement for a Samurai Mount in a Dungeon-Crawler

With some friends of mine, I play pathfinder in a dungeon-crawler way (a bit inspired by the phenomenal game Darkest Dungeon, so the heroes venture into dungeons to gain treasure and rebuild a town, ...
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What is a fair trade for a Paladin's mount in exchange for alternate abilities, feats, and skills, in dungeons and dragons 3.5?

I never use my mount for my level six swordsman/archer paladin, and I need a good idea to approach the DM with, he offered me a bonus feat instead, is that fair?
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How do the Checks and Balances work in Mutants and Masterminds 3 and DC Adventures?

Using the specific example of Attack Bonus v Effect Ranks, the rules state that when added together your attack bonus and the effect ranks of your attack cannot exceed twice the series power level. ...
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DnD starter kits and buying equipment [duplicate]

The rules of 5e say that I can use my gp to buy gear instead of the class starter kit. In that case, does that mean that I can use both weapons from the starter kit and weapons that I buy? Or do I ...
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1answer
225 views

Does the Dread's Nightmare Touch ability actually do anything at all?

The Dread is a psionic class from Dreamscarred Press's Psionics Expanded and Psionics Unleashed products. It gains a series of selectable abilities called Terrors, one of which, Nightmare Form, allows ...
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1answer
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How do skills work?

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...
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10answers
2k views

How do I hint at events outside the scope of the current quest?

I'm GMing a long-term game with some friends, and they are the sort who, as soon as I drop a hint about anything, go "Let's investigate that!" I want there to be an overarching story arc, but it's ...
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9answers
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How can I tell how powerful an NPC is without being explicitly told?

Recently in a session, I almost caused our party to fight a lich at level 5. For dnd 5e, a lich has a CR of 21. There were a few clues to his strength that I missed, such as being locked in a room ...
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1answer
360 views

Are skills that an animal companion has ranks in considered class skills

For the purpose of getting a +3 to an animal companions skills, are skills that an animal companion invests in considered class skills? The rules as written state the following: This lists the ...
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241 views

Can creatures tell if they've been blessed or cursed by Prayer?

When casting Prayer, you give your allies a bonus and your foes a penalty on most rolls. Now, assuming you get to choose who your allies and foes are, can a creature tell which one you've designated ...
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1answer
233 views

What is the blood point cost of using Obfuscate in V20?

I was reading through Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition, and while reading up on Obfuscate I couldn't find a mention of a blood cost at all, except for on the level 3 power Mask the ...
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1answer
113 views

Should you always become a Specialty Priest when you qualify for it?

Going through Faiths & Avatars and its sorta-followup Powers & Pantheons I saw the various Specialty Priests listed there, and some of them looked pretty neat with all sorts of unique ...
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3answers
527 views

My campaign calls for characters of a certain level for the final boss fight. How do I best get them there?

In a custom 5e campaign I've designed, the big boss is a very powerful entity. It is not stylistically reasonable for the players to fight it below level 17. They are currently level 6. My planned ...

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