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Can Descent demons sense Fallen demons and vice versa?

With the Demon Translation Guide out now there is the ability to combine both fallen and descent demons in hybrid settings. One question that popped up though is: Does Aetheric Resonance register ...
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Do items from Adventuring Gear or Bag of Books persist?

Equipment like Adventuring Gear and Bag of Books employ a "uses" mechanic that helps abstract the equipment buying process and encourages improvisation. Adventuring Gear: "When you rummage ...
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Choose to use STR when attacking with Precise weapons?

The Precise tag has an ambiguous description in the book: "​Precise: You can use DEX instead of STR when using this weapon." (1st edition, p396. Emphasis added) To me that sounds like the ...
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How to assign PCs differing goals without breaking up the group?

In this question I describe my intention of running a courtly intrigue game where player characters have different goals: To keep the group coherent, I would like to give them two sets of goals - ...
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What can I polymorph into, whose natural attacks count as magic for DR? [on hold]

Are there any monsters you can polymorph into that allow you to attack as if you had a magical weapon for the purposes of Damage Reduction? EDIT: I think an example would be easier to understand: ...
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My novice players slaughtered some NPCs out of hand. Do I write this off as a learning mistake or show them the consequences of actions?

I have two roleplaying newbies in a 5th edition D&D campaign. I started them at level 1 to prepare them for joining some more experienced players for a level-4 campaign in the near future. The ...
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System for a game of courtly intrigue

I'm considering running a game, in which characters take on a role of courtiers in a sovereign ruler's court. The idea is that these courtiers all serve as spies, diplomats, enforcers etc. to some ...
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What book has prices for alternative muses?

In the Eclipse Phase core rule book, there are rules for buying a muse. It is listed with stats and a price in the section with other AIs like Vecheil AIs and Hacking (Kaos) AIs. It notes that all ...
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How Does Bone Knight's Paladin Conversion Interact with Paladin of Tyranny

I was wondering what rulings there are on how the Bone Knight's Paladin Conversion ability interacts with the Paladin of Tyranny? It would seem that the class had the PHB Paladin in mind during the ...
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What are the recommended character ranks for The Flood plot points?

What rank should characters have reached when playing the individual plot points in Deadlands Reloaded's campaign "The Flood"? In particular, what rank is the final encounter designed for?
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What happens to a character's skill ranks if they happen to be over the maximum ranks allowed?

Let's say a character is a cleric with a domain granting access to a skill in-class, such as Trickery granting Bluff, Disguise, and Hide. After maxing out one of those skills, how many ranks does the ...
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Can I use a bonus action before my action?

In D&D 5e can I use my bonus action before my action? For example if I wanted to cast Ensnaring Strike before my action to benefit from the bonus immediately. Is this OK, or is a bonus action ...
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Are obvious cybereyes cheaper?

A player recently got the idea that obvious cybereyes should be cheaper, just like obvious cyberlimbs. I disagreed, but for the sake of group morale I'm asking here. If possible, I would like a ...
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What is the fastest path to an Ur-Priest Mystic Theurge

From the Complete Divine, the requirements for the Ur-Priest prestige class are: Any evil Base Saves: Fort +3, Will +3 Skill Ranks: Bluff 6, Knowledge (arcana) 5, Knowledge (the planes) 5, Knowledge ...
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Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?

I have looked all over this site & Google but I can't seem to get a good answer to this. When creating a Wizard over level 1, how many spells should he have in his spellbook? I'm speaking in ...
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When casting a spell with War Caster feat reaction does it use up a spell slot?

War Caster When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature rather than making an opportunity attack. ...
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How do you choose Spells Known when creating a new character above 1st level?

It's not clear to me how to choose Spells Known when creating a new character at a higher level. Let's take the Bard as a working example first: Bard level 2: Spells Known: 5 Slots per Spell ...
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How does the Postcognition Sense work?

Looking at the postcognition sense effect in the DC Adventures book (same rules as m&m3e) I noticed it required checks to determine what your visions are that reveal info about the past (DC15 for ...
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Does Armor affect magic casting in Dnd 5e?

I am currently using a wizard and I was wondering if I decided to take a feat that would allow me to use heavier than light armor if that would affect my magic casting. I thought I read something ...
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How do I calculate DPR for spellcasters?

The title says it all: it's fairly simple to get a melee/ranged attacker's DPR with the formula but what about Spellcasters? I'm trying to gauge an NPC antagonist spellcaster's Offensive Challenge ...
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Does the half orc's Reckless Attack work when wild shaped?

Does the half orc Reckless Attack work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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Does Wind Soul (Storm Sorcerer) stack with the Mobile feat?

The Storm Sorcerous Origin (from Unearthed Arcana) includes the following feature: Wind Soul At 18th level, you gain a flying speed of 60 feet... The Mobile feat (PHB, pg 168) includes the ...
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Does Smite work while wild-shaped?

Does Smite work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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Most expensive magic item at caster levels 3 through to 6 in 3.5e's Core?

In a game using 3.5e's Core books exclusively, what is the most expensive magic item available at each of the caster levels 3, 4, 5 and 6? I want to make money making magic items, so I want to know ...
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How does a “theurge” prestige class mix with another spellcasting prestige class? [duplicate]

Scenario: Given a Cleric 1 / Wizard 4 / Ur-Priest 2 (character level 7). This character has both arcane and divine spellcasting and is assumed to meet the requirements for Mystic Theurge. Takes 8 ...
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When gaining a level of Mystic Theurge based on a Wizard, does the character gain 2 new Wizard spells? [duplicate]

On advancing a level of Mystic Theurge wherein the base arcane class is Wizard, does the advancement of "+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class" include the 2 additional new spells a Wizard ...
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How do I overcome a tendency to play in an excessively goal-driven style? [on hold]

I have come to the conclusion that a large portion of my long-standing trouble with integrating with narrativist/literary RP is that I expect driven teamplay -- when in a team environment, I expect ...
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What published D&D adventures take place in the Astral Sea/Plane?

My players may soon find themselves in the Astral Sea. I don't know much about the area, but if that's where the adventure goes, so be it. Only problem is I find the 4e Manual of the Planes to be ...
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How to do mystery based storytelling in Fate?

One of the answers in What better not to use Fate Core for? was that story lines where information is withheld from the players were less suitable for Fate. However, people commented they had been ...
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If an awakened animal dies and then reincarnates, can she talk in her new body?

It is about intelligent animals created by the 5th level druid spell Awaken. The spell description says: "An awakened tree or animal can speak one language that you know, plus one additional language ...
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Does Major Image block Deeper Darkness and allow Daylight to prevail?

So next session, our party (5/6 of whom are D&D first-timers, myself included) is going to be facing our first really big battle, against a large amount of Drow and such. Since we have about 1.5 ...
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Does Cold Resistance help against cold weather?

Does Cold Resistance help against extreme cold temperatures in any way, or does it apply to only magical cold damage?
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Is Soothing Voice overpowered?

This half-elf bard class ability strikes me as particularly strong: Soothing Voice A 1st-level bard with 3 or more ranks in Diplomacy can spend one daily use of his bardic music to use a ...
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What Paladin fighting styles are usable while wild shaped?

What fighting style, if any, can I choose from Paladin 2 that will help in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I ...
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What is Armor Class used for?

I have never understood or found any answer to how to use your AC. Is it something the GM have to keep in mind all the time to reduce or add damage to specific players based on how high their AC is, ...
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My players are one-hitting everything in The Dragon's Demand. How do I toughen up the opposition?

I'm running my first campaign and decided to start out with a module called The Dragon's Demand, which brings players from level 1 to level 7. I've heard that modules are fairly easy for both DM and ...
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Do I empower a spell after or before I cast it?

I wanted to know if I (as a sorcerer with empower spell metamagic) have to say that I'm empowering a spell before I cast it, or can I see the damage roll and then say I'm empowering it?
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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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How does the Trance Advantage function?

While researching an answer to this question I asked, I came across the hero Raven, who has precognition (I was hoping her character info might shed light on my postcog dilemma). While reading about ...
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Dungeons & Dragons starring Dragons: Which edition would work best for dragon PCs?

Next year's theme for our local gaming 'Con is "Year of the Dragon", and I've had inspiration to prepare and run a "Dungeons & Dragons starring the Dragons" scenario. While I have a fairly varied ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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Rogue with Mirror Image up and Sentinel feat

If I'm playing a Rogue with the Mirror Image spell and possess the Sentinel feat, do I get an opportunity attack if an enemy attacks me in melee but hits a mirror image instead? Would this trigger a ...
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Do you get skill points retroactively for increased Int?

In D&D 3.5 you don't get skill points retroactively, only from the next level onwards after you increase your intelligence enough to gain an increased bonus, leading to extra skill points per ...
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Can sonic or sound attack AOEs affect hidden creatures? [on hold]

I think that when a creature uses an area of effect sound attack, hidden creatures take damage from it, but a player argues that stealth checks keep rogues safe because they are "not seen." Is there ...
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Optimizing pure magus for single turn damage

As per title I'm looking for ways to optimize a magus meant mainly for assassination and boss-dispatching. I know about the shocking grasp "trick", but I feel that's not enough for higher-level ...
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Bard Feat Optimization: Buff/Control/Face

I'm building a bard for DND 3.5. I am trying to plan my feats out into the future. We expect to play this campaign to level 20 over the course of 5-6 years. Roleplaying wise, my character is the ...
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How would you build DCU martial artist characters in the new DC Adventures M&M game?

I picked up Green Ronin's Hero's Handbook for their DC Adventures game, because I'm a sucker for superhero games and I happen to have recently reread Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad. It's pretty clear ...
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What better not to use Fate Core for?

I've seen lots of praise about the Fate system, especially it's Fate Core implementation. Because of that I was thinking about which of my past campaigns could have been played in Fate instead of ...
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When turning undead in close confines, what do trapped undead do?

Turn Undead says the creatures turned must run away from you. But it also says they can't willingly move to a space within 30 feet of you. If I am in a small zombie-infested room, and there's a door ...
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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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