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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

This is my first time GMing, and I'm trying to get a small group going with 5E, but it seems no one has much interest in playing Cleric or Paladin. Among the many new-found freedoms granted by 5E, ...
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Is a Greatclub a club in regards to the Shillelagh spell?

I know that according to a strict interpretation of the RAW it isn't since the spell description only mention club and quarterstaff and makes no mention of greatclubs. However, considering the ...
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Trying to find a power/feat, free stealth check at start of combat if you have concealment?

I've been trying a bunch of different things trying to come up with a ranged attacker that I like. Right now I'm working with a Shadowy Rogue. Some time ago I remember bumping into a power or feat ...
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Artificer with a Defender-y bent

I’m interested in building an artificer who has a defender-y bent; still an artificer, still a leader, but with a minor in defending. I’m fine with sacrificing some Leadership for Defense; I ...
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How viable is a Wizard with 10 levels in Rainbow Servant as a melee combatant?

Going with the conservative Wizard 5/Rainbow Servant 10/Wizard 5 build, you can cast spells from both the Wizard and the Cleric spell lists. But what I am interested in is if there are enough spells ...
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How long does it take to try to break manacles?

In D&D 5e, how long does it take to attempt to make the DC 20 Strength check to break manacles (or Dexterity check to try to escape)? Is it just one action? (If so, manacles don't seem that useful ...
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Is RAW Binding a death sentence?

The Chaining and Hedged prison variants of Binding restrict the subject's movement in quite an extreme way, and prevent other creatures from approaching it. Unlike the other variants, however, they do ...
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Do you know the value of an attack or damage roll on you before the hit is resolved?

In D+D 5e, there are many effects that enable AC, attack rolls, or damage rolls to be modified after being rolled but before the hit is resolves. Examples are the Shield spell and the "Parry" Battle ...
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What is the AC of an inanimate object?

In D&D 5e, what is the AC of an inanimate object, in case someone wants to attack it? Does it depend on its size? Is it different depending on whether you are making a ranged or melee attack?
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In D&D Adventurers League, what can Druids Wild Shape into?

The Druid's Wild Shape ability states that the Druid can only Wild Shape into a beast type that it has seen before. In D&D Adventurers League play: At character creation, can the Druid count as ...
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Playing two characters in unison in D&D 5e

I am looking for some input: how fair is it to play a pair of characters in a single unit, and what effect does it have on the gameplay? Essentially my idea is a druid who is inept at using his own ...
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Does Spiritual Weapon stay until the end of its duration if the caster goes uncounscious?

Spiritual Weapon does not require concentration and only has a duration of a minute. When my cleric was knocked unconscious the on-the-fly decision was to keep the weapon waiting around until the end ...
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Do rules exist for creating artefacts?

Are there any hard rules aside from the few examples given and "use your imagination" to build your own artefacts?
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Do rules exist for creating wondrous items?

Are there any hard rules aside from the few examples given and "use your imagination" to build your own wondrous items?
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1answer
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Should I put a Bard's ability score increases all in Cha or spread them out?

This is my first Pathfinder campaign and I was wondering how one would spread their additional ability points they get while leveling. I usually play straight caster or melee but the bard seems to be ...
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How to expand a primal burst at paragon level?

I'm remaking my Hunter in my home game for when we hit level 15. Paragon Multiclass Path, Druid. Human, took bonus at will power (Twin Strike), now swapping it out for the Druid power Grasping Tide. ...
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1answer
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CRs and ELs in D&D3.5 [duplicate]

I've a question about CRs and ELs in D&D3.5 (and probably it has been already answered and I haven't understood it, so feel free to close it). I have a party of five characters at level 11 ...
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Letting PCs be the target of a skill challenge

I started a new campaign with a brand-new set of players. After the first evening, one of the PCs reacted poorly to a decision made by another PC and 'went home'. This reaction was totally in ...
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1answer
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How can I improvise battle encounters on the fly? [closed]

As of late, I've been very busy with college now that my schedule forces me to stay pretty much all day long, so I've had to stick with "low prep" games like Savage Worlds, and improvise adventures on ...
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How do I deal with players that pick very situational skills for a Campaign?

Well, luckily I don't have Power Gamers, in my game table, they all like to tailor skills according to the character background; however in many situation this makes them pick skills that are rarely ...
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Do the Dashing Hero's “borrow a move” moves work like multiclass moves?

That is, when you pick a move using Anything You Can Do... or ...I Can Do Better that relies on other moves to work (such as the Wizard's Cast A Spell move), do you get the other moves too, like you ...
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1answer
298 views

Can you use Versatile Evocation (Su) with Rime Spell (Metamagic)?

A player of mine wants to play to take Admixture which is a focused school under Evocation. He wants to combine take Versatile Evocation (Su) which comes under Admixture to cast Fireballs (for ...
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7answers
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How do I make it absolutely clear that I'm shooting you in the face?

I play live action roleplaying games (LARPs), where myself and the players around me adopt actual physical characters. I've had a problem in the past where I hold a gun and want to shoot someone, ...
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4answers
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How to protect a Cha-based caster against Feeblemind?

Feeblemind requires an Int save: on a fail, the target's Intelligence and Charisma are set to 1. This pretty much destroys any Int or Cha-based caster, but the fact that the latter have low Int (and ...
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1answer
474 views

Can a sorcerer write their own spells into a wizard's spellbook in 3.5?

I have a sorcerer who found a wizard's spellbook. She cast read magic and wanted to put some of her spells into the book for the wizard. Is this possible?
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1answer
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Do aftereffects trigger upon death?

The druid power Fires of Life has an aftereffect where a creature can gain 5 hit points. It also has the ability for a creature to gain 5 hit points if the target reaches 0 hit points before the ...
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Does the Outlander have a Poor or Comfortable lifestyle?

P. 3 of the Adventurer's League Player's Guide has a table indicating that an Outlander has a Poor lifestyle. However, Outlanders are proficient in Survival, and PHB. 159 says the following: ...
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How to use Paizo-style module flip-mats without spoilering the players?

How does a GM use Paizo-style module flip-mats at the table without giving away the entire layout of the level? Take, for instance, Paizo's Emerald Spire Flip-Mat Mega-Pack… wouldn't putting one of ...
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1answer
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Can a Spiked Shield be enchanted with bashing

The rules state: Bashing: A shield with this special ability is designed to perform a shield bash. A bashing shield deals damage as if it were a weapon of two size categories larger (a Medium light ...
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Dwarf Warpriest creation help

I wanted to build a healer/melée fighter character for a Pathfinder campaign. With the 4E Essentials Warpriest in mind, and having no PF experience, I wanted to build a Dwarf Warpriest. Given that the ...
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6answers
997 views

Items to enhance spot checks?

My character often has to make spot checks for various purposes, so I am considering trying to help myself with some magic tool to improve my spot checks. But after a quick research in D&Dtools ...
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1answer
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Can the Druid heal themselves with the Balance move?

Can the character who has the balance move (either from being a druid or acquiring it as a multiclass move) use it on themselves? Balance: When you deal damage, gain 1 balance. When you touch ...
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How can I deal with players that get bored waiting for their turns playing online?

All of my friends (and my only and favorite role playing group) live far away from me now. One of them still lives in the city, the other three are in Nicaragua. We've spent great moments roleplaying ...
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1answer
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I would like a self-contained, non–Al Amarja Over The Edge adventure

I would like to use the Over The Edge rules (I have access to both the original game and the WaRP rules) to experiment with remote gaming (either via chat, email or some of the dedicated stuff). I am ...
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2answers
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Are 'Mechs included in A Time of War's core book?

I'm considering buying The latest core book for BattleTech RPG, and from the 7 page preview on DriveThruRPG I can't tell whether there are any mechs given playable stats in the book. Given that from ...
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3answers
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How does Counterspell work in 5e?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...
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1answer
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Where can I find Airship alterations?

Where can I find alterations/improvements stats that PCs could make to a very basic airship? Although I went (quickly) through "the forge of war", "explorer handbook" and the "campaign setting" I ...
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4answers
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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1answer
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Disadvantage on Range Attack Spell vs Range Spells?

When casting a ranged spell within melee reach of an enemy, if the spell doesn't require a ranged attack roll, are there any downsides (assuming the enemy doesn't have the Mage Slayer feat)? ...
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0answers
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Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help [closed]

A pair of follow-up questions spawned from this question, on making a 1 Rogue / 19 Sorcerer viable in melee. 'Viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to survive in the front-lines. Ideally, the ...
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1answer
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How should I divide Party Monster XP witha 2nd lvl fighter and a 6th lvl fighter in the party

I had 2 new players join my group. They are now 2nd lvl. My highest lvl player is a 6th lvl fighter. I have a large party of 10, 7 PCs, 3 NPCs. The XP for a CR 3 is 600 for a 6th lvl character and ...
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1answer
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How to use modifiers and checks

We have just started playing 4e D&D (bought the books and then 5e comes out sigh) and I want to know what is the difference between the modifier and a check? For example, a character might have an ...
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3answers
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What exactly is “base AC”?

The phrase "base AC" appears in the D&D 5E basic rules exactly once, in the description of the Mage Armor spell. This says: The target’s base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier. But ...
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2answers
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What simple weapons can the “Scorching Weapon” feat be applied to?

In creating my Ifrit Sorcerer, I am wondering if the feat Scorching Weapon would be of any use to me. This part of its text from its page on d20pfsrd seems ambiguous: As a swift action, you can ...
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2answers
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Does Bard's Jack of All Trades grant them greater initiative?

Bards get the ability "Jack of All Trades" which reads: Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include ...
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3answers
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Do Ifrit start with the outsider skill point bonus?

I am building an Ifrit Sorcerer, Bloodline: Elemental Fire Since this is my first Pathfinder character, I am going through all of the bonus skills and feats, etc. to determine what I want. I see ...
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9answers
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Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?

With my current group we have 2 lifestyles. One is always sleeping in the muddy stables and the rest of the group are usually taking the most expensive rooms available, eating fresh meat and drinking ...
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3answers
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How does barkskin work?

Now the wording in the spell description is extremely vague and ambiguous making the spell effect up for interpretation. It just says: ... the target's AC can't be less than 16, regardless of ...
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3answers
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Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth? [closed]

What systems have mechanics that deal with and express who characters are as people (i.e., with their personalities) in ways that have direct mechanical application in gameplay, not just vague ...
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3answers
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Porting a WoD werewolf to Pathfinder

I've been playing WoD pen and paper for some time, but had to change my gaming group. Now I'm playing Pathfinder. Thanks to my GM I'm allowed to play a kind of WoD werewolf. We have a concept of a ...

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