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How to stop one player taking control of the game?

In my Pathfinder game, I have a problem with a player. He constantly tells people what to do with their characters and turns and never lets anyone get a word in during RP. I've told him he needs to ...
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How do I make a PC's religion help drive the story?

As a GM, how can I make a player-character's religion help drive the story? I'm going to be making up a local religion for the region that most of the party is from, and I'd like it to really matter ...
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Can show of power be used as a simple demon detector?

Related to this question: Do demons in cover generate disbelief? So I have a demon character in one game who thinks that he can use a hunter power he has seen in combination with show of power to ...
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Is the spell Words of Truth affected by sympathy?

Words of Truth, on page 168 of the new Mage the awakening 2nd edition, let's you impart a true message to the spell's subject's: subjects of this spell can hear her and understand her clearly, ...
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Is cleanse pattern lasting, otherwise what does extra potency provide?

Cleanse Pattern is on page 168 of the new edition of Mage the Awakening and says: With this spell, a mage removes the tell-tale signs of Awakened interference. But it's primary spell factor is ...
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Can secret room affect spaces acquired by merits?

Secret room is on page 178 of the new edition of Mage the Awakening, and stated it can increase the space of a room: the subject space’s volume is increased or decreased a number of steps along ...
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Different kinds of natural attacks require multiple instances of the Improved Critical feat

I can pick Improved Critical to enhance my natural attacks, no? When I pick the feat, is it tied to a specific natural attack or all of them? For example, lets say I have a bite attack and two claw ...
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Can you add weapon enhancements to a ring? (Specifically Devlin's Ring)

I'm having a small disagreement with a good friend and, like a good patient, I'd like a second opinion. The Complete Book of Eldritch Might, (3.5 revised) has a fantastic ring that creates infinite ...
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Can the whole party ready their action?

Let's says three party members have initiative before me. I want to cast Faerie Fire to give possible advantage. Can my three allies ready their attack saying, “When our bard casts his spell, I ...
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

Cantrips scale automatically with character level. Weapon attacks only scale with ability score and any extra attack features you might get. How could the damage of weapon attacks keep up?
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Can you choose to add a template to a druid's animal companion instead of adding a hit die?

One of my fellow players posed a scenario that I can't really find a satisfactory answer to. A level 10 character has the Wild Cohort feat and can have an animal companion as a level 7 druid. Since he ...
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Is there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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What is a good way to explain the difference between a Chaotic Neutral character, and a character who is just crazed?

When I first started playing with a group of completely new players, one of the first things I did was to explain the alignments as best I could at the time. When describing Chaotic Neutral, my exact ...
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How can I make my players stop speaking out of character?

I'm a GM running my own homebrewed system, in a campaign with three players. My players rarely talk to each other about what to do, forcing me to make suggestions that basically give away plot. The ...
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What does “chaotic” as in “chaotic good” or “chaotic evil” mean?

I do not play D&D, but players in my roleplaying game have called stuff "chaotic," like "chaotic good" and "chaotic evil" and I would like to know what they mean. The game I play does not use this ...
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Two Weapon Fighting Probability

I'm thinking about taking the Two Weapon Fighting feat. I'm a 7th level unchained rogue with the knife fighter and scout archetypes. So far I've concentrated on optimising my movement around the ...
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Can I attack the target of my Overrun?

Simply put: Can I attack the same creature I choose to use the Overrun combat maneuver on? The entry for the Overrun maneuver states it can be done as part of a charge, does that mean I can attack ...
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Does unbound fate repel time magic?

Unbound Fate is a level four attainment on page 195 of Mage the awakening 2nd edition that says: The mage can reflexively repel deleterious magic that will or could harm her fate. She can resist ...
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How does temporal stutter use potency?

Temporal stutter is on page 191 of the new Mage the awakening 2nd Edition. The spell throws the victim forward for the spell's duration, but the text makes no mention of using potency. How does ...
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Staff as implement: one hand or two?

Staves count as both an implement and as a weapon (a “weapliment” in common parlance). When used as a weapon, they are treated as quarterstaves, a two-handed weapon, so undoubtedly when used to make ...
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How does Land's Stride interact with Plant Growth?

Circle of the Land Druids gain the Land's Stride ability one level after the ability to cast Plant Growth. How do these two interact with respect to movement? A good answer will explain in detail ...
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What are the limits of an arcane lock?

The spell arcane lock can be cast on "a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway." What are limits of this entryway? That is, must this entryway have a flap, lid, or other type of barrier ...
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How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?

Several times when I have played in or ran a game in which the players had an objective and reasonable resources, a lot of (real) time was spent trying to plan for every contingency. For example, ...
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What demo scenarios exist for Burning Wheel? [on hold]

While there are a fair number of demos here for burning wheel, the wiki is quite light on details. I would like feedback on useful demo scenarios to run for Burning Wheel and why they are useful. ...
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Can I use Force Push or similar force powers without killing the opponent?

I have a Jedi character in a Star Wars Saga edition game, who does not want to kill without good reason. If he uses a force power like Force Push, it causes a set amount of damage which usually kills ...
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1answer
911 views

Does Detect Magic allow players to find magical traps without a perception check?

Consider the following scenario: The party enters a room that appears to be a dead end, but in fact has a secret door with a magical trap on it. While standing in the room, a member of the party casts ...
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Which Outsider features and traits does the Apotheosis class feature grant?

According to the Apotheosis class feature of the Knight of the Sacred Seal prestige class, found in Tome of Magic, "your type changes to outsider, and you gain the native subtype (see the perfect self ...
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What do the skills listed in the starship block do?

I'm just starting a new Star Wars Saga campaign, and the GM has provided us with a (very nice) ship. I'm a bit confused as to what the starship skills section does. Example: Skills Initiative +0, ...
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1answer
82 views

Does making an Overwatch attack end the Overwatch?

In the two versions of WH40K Roleplay I have access to (Deathwatch and Only War) the Overwatch action is presented with largely identical text, as follows: The active character guards a specific ...
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2answers
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Are fae ephemeral and or supernal entities in Mage 2E?

Fae are mentioned in the section on ephemeral entities in the new Chronicles of Darkness book Mage: the Awakening. Bans & Banes All ephemeral and Supernal entities suffer from a mystical ...
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How much does a holocron weigh?

Despite every D20 flavor of the Star Wars RPG dedicating several pages throughout multiple books to the subject of holocrons, not a single one of them appears to mention their weight. My gaming group ...
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Can missiles pass through a Resilient Sphere created by a Shadow Evocation?

I think Shadow Evocation is usually used as an offensive spell and the rules cover that quite well. However, my NPC is about to use it to protect himself from a whirlwind of flying glass that an Air ...
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Does the “heroic level defense bonus” make armor pointless for DEX based characters?

I admit I'm a bit confused about the way how "Star Wars - Saga Edition" handles it's defenses, especially because of the addition of the heroic level. Reflex Defense: 10 + [your heroic level or ...
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Does Force damage bypass DR?

I am running a game of Star Wars Saga Edition and one of my players is insisting that force damage, which is done only by a few force powers (e.g. force lighting), completely bypasses damage ...
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Can a fundamentally deceptive character work?

This question is in the spirit of another question I asked before. I would like to explore a style of role-playing in DnD (specifically 3.5e) that may be slightly different from how characters usually ...
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1answer
67 views

Does Burning Disarm get a reflex save on something worn, but not locked?

Burning Disarm says they get a reflex save if they can drop it, but don't if they can't drop it. What about if they are wearing something that isn't locked? This spell causes a metal object to ...
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375 views

What good options are there for this version of a classic D&D moral quandary? [on hold]

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Module 3, the players eventually come to room 10A. My question is... what are the players' options for dealing with the contents of this room? Some possibilities come ...
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1answer
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Can Aereni Focus and Skill Focus be stacked?

Aereni Focus says that it counts as Skill Focus for meeting requirements/prerequisites. So, for instance, I could take Aereni Focus (Listen) and I would qualify for the Keen-Eared Scout feat through ...
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1answer
63 views

Weakening Spell Resistance with melee attacks

For the life of me I can't remember where, but I remember reading somewhere, maybe under runes or Magus that there was a way that melee attacks would weaken a target's Spell Resistance? Can anyone ...
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2answers
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How long does the Battlemaster's evasive footwork last?

I have the feeling that the "evasive footwork" maneuver is extremely powerful even without getting really creative. Does the "evasive footwork" maneuver provide the additional AC, for an infinite ...
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Mechanics of magical attacks

I'm pretty new to DnD and I'm playing with a group who is also just starting so I'd just like something clarified. I'm not entirely sure I understand what the PHB is telling me about spell attacks. ...
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3answers
465 views

Do You Need to Have Advantage Against a Surprised Opponent to Use Sneak Attack?

The definition out of rules of the sneak attack is Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe's distraction. But following the rules, you can only use sneak attack ...
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Are Gnosis rolls made with Permanent or Temporary Gnosis?

My GM and I are confused about whether you roll your Permanent or Temporary Gnosis when making a Gnosis Roll. What is the proper choice, and what pages specify it?
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Can Force effects from the Border Ethereal affect targets on the Prime Material?

According to the DMG, force extends from prime material plane into the border ethereal plane. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to ...
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1answer
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How do I read the power tables in ICONS: Assembled Edition?

I recently picked up ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: Assembled Edition, and I am at a loss for how to read the power tables: I had thought it was roll in the first column, then roll in the second ...
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1answer
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What are the changes in ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: Assembled Edition?

ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying is a superhero RPG derived from FATE and featuring random character generation and simple gameplay. What are the differences between the original edition, released in ...
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737 views

What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I haven't played D&D in decades and came across the PH & DMG for both the 3.0 and 3.5. editions free (score!). I played avidly as a kid but it's literally been 25+ years, so I have no ...
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Can All-Out Attack be used with Combination Blow?

They both cause the character to lose their Defense for the turn. Can they be used together though?
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1answer
93 views

In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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1answer
63 views

What are the limitations on my divine focus choices?

What are the limitations of what can be selected for a divine focus? How big can my holy symbol be? Can clerics use a shield or weapon as their divine focus? Can I set the divine focus into a ring, ...

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