6
votes
3answers
497 views

How do I balance artifacts of my own invention?

I want to create an artifact, but I want it to be “balanced” with the others presented in the books. What I'm stuck on is what defines the difference between a Major artifact and a Minor artifact. ...
4
votes
4answers
140 views

AnyDice Help: ORE-Like Resolution

I am looking for help with creating an AnyDice program that can calculate the possibilities of the following mechanic. Players roll a number of d6, then proceed to sum all dice of a single set of ...
1
vote
2answers
161 views

Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
99 views

Does the bonus attack from “Polearm Master” have reach as well?

phb.s.168: POLEARM MASTER You gain the following benefits: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Extra Attack, Crossbow Expert, and hand crossbow: 4 shots per turn?

In D&D 5e, can a 5th level fighter shoot a hand crossbow 4 times per turn using the Crossbow Expert feat? Extra Attack, PHB p. 72: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of ...
15
votes
3answers
244 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
75 views

What software is there for creating custom color hex maps?

I would like to find software to help me create an regional hex map, preferably in color. I already have the region mapped out by hand, but I want to re-create it as a classic hex map with each hex ...
14
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I convert D&D Next Saving Throws into Defences?

In D&D 5, the saving throws for spells has the following formula: The DC is set to 8 + prof bonus + magical stat bonus. The target then makes a saving throw, adding their stat bonus and hoping ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Can the wizard in our group prepare a spell from the spellbook of an NPC wizard?

Whether the players killed a mage and got his spellbook(s) or they met with a nice wizard who let him or her learn a spell from his spellbook, can a player prepare a spell from a spellbook that isn't ...
5
votes
2answers
437 views

Can you be tripped by an AoO while standing up?

Let's say "John" is a fighter who has selected a number of feats to focus on tripping his enemies, including Greater Trip, and Combat Reflexes, and wielding a Reach Weapon while under the effect of a ...
2
votes
0answers
43 views

How do I correctly convert enemy saving throws so that players roll all the dice? [duplicate]

Much in the same vein as this question, I am trying to convert 5e so players roll all the dice. I'm using this variant as a starting framework that seems to work well with 5e so far, without changing ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Can you choose the energy type of Elemental Flux when creating it?

I am playing a level 10 alchemist and I've been wondering about Elemental Flux. The descriptions states that [a] DC 10 Craft (alchemy) check identifies what energy type the activated flask has. ...
2
votes
2answers
203 views

Can you attack with more than one weapon when using Extra Attack?

When one uses the Extra Attack class feature, must it be done with only one weapon? If I had, for example, one throwing axe and sword, couldn't I throw the axe and attack with the sword as part of ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Slashing with Short Swords

Can a short sword be used to deal slashing damage? The Weapons Table seems to list short swords as having only the damage type of piercing, and lacking the slashing damage type. However, this ...
7
votes
1answer
102 views

Do vampires have a theory on the origins of werewolves?

Werewolf lore claims that vampires are manifestations of an entity they call the Wyrm, which obviously contradicts the Vampires' legend of being created by Caine. So do vampires have their own 'myth' ...
0
votes
2answers
140 views

How can I threaten with a whip?

Is there any way to threaten with a whip aside from taking 3 feats to get Improved whip mastery, which still only increases your range by 5 ft? I found one forum post with a solution but that is to ...
3
votes
3answers
370 views

Do saving throw based spells that do damage count as attacks?

During our last session, two of my players got involved in a little PvP, and the Rogue was fireballed by the Wizard as a last act of defiance, hoping to take the Rogue with him as she died. The ...
22
votes
5answers
4k views

What is the use of a little bag of sand?

In the Scholar's pack on page 151 of the PHB it notes that you get a 'little bag of sand'. Is there any mention of what the intended use of that is in-game? I haven't found anything in the equipment ...
2
votes
2answers
712 views

How do I determine this monster's HP if I'm only given its HD?

The Hungry Coffin homebrew monster from Goblin Punch states the following: Hungry Coffin HD 6 AC 14 Slam 2d6 or 2d8 Swallow 1d6 + swallow Fly 9 Int 5 Morale 12 It says the Hungry Coffin has ...
3
votes
3answers
224 views

Can I load a hand crossbow while holding a shield?

Can I load a hand crossbow if I am using a shield and the crossbow? Would I be able to get multiple attacks with Crossbow Expert if I am using a shield and a hand crossbow?
5
votes
2answers
106 views

Running a D&D game in the afterlife

No, I'm not referring to suggestions about playing D&D after I die. I'm referring to playing a D&D campaign with a plot centered on the afterlife. Particularly, the concept of a petitioner in ...
4
votes
2answers
197 views

Can the 'wild' modifier be applied to non-armor items, such as enchanted cloaks or jewelry?

D&D 3.x has the "wild" modifier specified for armor and shields that causes its base AC bonus and any enhancement-type bonus (such as magical AC bonuses and/or ability score bonuses) to be applied ...
4
votes
1answer
39 views

Do any Heavy Gear books cover landships?

I only have a couple of Heavy Gear books but they are some mentions of landships existing. I haven't found any stats for them. It's possible they are in a more miniatures focused product but I was ...
-3
votes
2answers
63 views

In D&D 5e, does the Rogue's Cunning Action allow for Two-Weapon Fighting? [duplicate]

For example, does the Cunning Action allow a 5th level Rogue to have a bonus action, thus letting him fight with two shortswords? I don't think he would have any other bonus action unless wielding two ...
9
votes
2answers
209 views

Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
12
votes
4answers
3k views

What's a good fast-combat system that scales to 6-10 players?

I've been running Pathfinder and D&D 4e games for my friends for a while now. We treat them more as social gatherings where a game happens. (Sometimes. :P ) Friends drop in and out on a weekly ...
3
votes
2answers
245 views

How to build a knight commander?

I would like to build a character for D&D 3 ed (3.5 acceptable too). My intention is to build a heavy-armored melee combatant who would be able to withstand some punishment, deal some damage and ...
7
votes
1answer
298 views

Is there a difference between “spell scrolls” and “spells on a scroll” for copying purposes?

Wizards can copy spells to her spellbook as per the PHB and basic rules: "You could discover a spell recorded on a scroll in an evil wizard’s chest, for example, or in a dusty tome in an ancient ...
1
vote
0answers
119 views

Customizing D&D 5e to simulate Dark Souls universe [on hold]

I want to simulate Dark Souls universe, where even a char lvl 1 is still dangerous to a char lvl 20, using D&D 5e as my starting point. I though of several ways of doing this: Never level up ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Is this a good way to represent the inability to capitalize on attacks in Fate Core? [on hold]

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm running an Old West meets Supernatural setting in Fate Core. One of the key components of most of the fights on the show - and the reason the danger really jumps ...
5
votes
1answer
449 views

What is the new Magician's Way?

So long story short, Shadowrun 5th Edition seems to continue a love affair with mystic adepts (and hey, who wouldn't?) by introducing the new Way of the Magician, which, in short, says: "Unlike ...
3
votes
0answers
151 views

Playing with a Doppelganger disguised as a hero? [on hold]

I'm putting together an adventure where during one encounter, the entire party is blinded for a few seconds and a doppelganger disguised as one of them(randomly chosen) appears. However, the original ...
5
votes
1answer
115 views

Does Magic resistance allow a creature to know it has been targeted?

In 2nd Edition AD&D does natural Magic Resistance allow a creature to know when it has been targeted by a spell if it resists the spell? (some spells do not make the target aware it has been ...
9
votes
2answers
64 views

Is there a use for the skills Biotechnology and Cybertechnology?

As far as I know it there are no crafting rules besides the table on p. 146 and the repairing section in Run and Gun p.143. So I wonder how you can use Bio- and Cybertechnology. Does the GM just make ...
14
votes
4answers
513 views

Can physical devices be hidden inside a host in SR5?

Over the weekend my Technomancer hit a very basic point of disagreement with my GM: physical devices being hidden entirely inside hosts. My Crack Sprite failed to get onto the host when I sent it to ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

Deflection bonus from possession? [on hold]

The fiend of possession prestige class in Fiend Folio can posess creatures . I have a ghost template so I gain a deflection bonus. Does the possessed item/PC/NPC gain this bonus while possessed?
3
votes
1answer
193 views

What do I do about a player with the half-celestial template turning non-Good?

In my party, I have a half-celestial cat folk that has behaving badly. Prioritizing loot over rescuing people, forgetting he can heal (or refusing to heal), and going off to do his own thing all the ...
7
votes
4answers
181 views

How severe should a Compel be if it's worth one Fate Point?

If a Compel is the most interesting way to gain Fate Points, then how serious should it be? What kind of trouble does a character have to go through to get one? If it's too bad, they might end up ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How to heal undead

Fifth edition seems to have removed any means of healing undead. The positive/negative energy duality of 3rd edition seems to be gone. Negative energy spells now do necrotic damage; some undead are ...
5
votes
2answers
268 views

Making a rules-light non-combat version of Call of Cthulhu

I'm familiar with the very basics of BRP system and I have 6th edition CoC corebook, but right now my schedule doesn't allow me to even glance through it. Aside from the obviously essential skill ...
12
votes
3answers
206 views

Modeling cutaway prep scenes in Fate

Many crime stories feature a particular kind of foreshadowing and plot twist: Early in the story, you see a character doing something significant, but the scene cuts away before you find out what it ...
7
votes
2answers
387 views

Is a permission a cost?

In the latest FATE Core draft when describing extras a "permission aspect" is often referenced, as are a concept of extra "costs". However, it is unclear whether the permission itself is a cost (some ...
4
votes
2answers
936 views

Does copying a spell from a scroll into your spellbook consume the scroll?

The text on page 32 of the Basic Rules that talks about copying spells does not explicitly state that the process consumes the scroll. Does it?
61
votes
10answers
14k views

What can I do to paper to make it look aged?

I want to add some props to my game, I'm thinking of ancient scrolls or maps. What methods can I do to artificially age the paper in order to make it look older? A simple google search gives several ...
3
votes
1answer
61 views

Do Kindred have an Oriental counterpart in nWoD?

The closest to an "asian" Vampire I've seen so far is the Aswang described in Antagonists- are there other variations?
7
votes
1answer
511 views

What essentials are required to build a Fate Core session/campaign expediently?

"How about tomorrow?" A GM's nightmare. A group that has a planning horizon of twelve hours (sometimes even "how about right now?"). A group in want of a Fate game. And a group that isn't into the ...
5
votes
3answers
331 views

Sneak attacks in Fate Core

I know that Fate Core is a bit loose with letting you interpret the rules as they make sense in a narrative context, but I want to understand what's written regarding the use of stealth. First, the ...
3
votes
2answers
187 views

How do I avoid making a taciturn character? [on hold]

I've played several characters in different D&D systems, and they almost invariably end up being grumpy, by-the-book, mood-killing characters. I think part of the problem is that I haven't been ...

15 30 50 per page