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How do I prevent a character from being resurrected?

I'm part of a team of level 20 characters (5 players total). I am a Shadow Dancer 10 / Investigator 10. Our party is in a war, and I am a spy within the group. I am planning to betray them. The ...
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What skill gives knowledge of undead?

In a recent D&D 5e session, the issue came up where the party wanted to identify an undead creature, along with its strengths and weaknesses. The party Wizard wanted to use the skill he was ...
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What RPG was the first to use stats, and what was it inspired by?

The notion that different characters or pieces have different attributes seems to be one we take for granted today, but upon a quick historical survey, it is not so. After all, in chess, a pawn takes ...
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Does the 1-2 diagonal count reset on each move action?

In Pathfinder and 3.x (and possibly other systems I imagine?), diagonal movement is handled by a 1-2 rule to simplify calculation; first diagonal move is 1 square, then 2, then 1, and etc. But what ...
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Is there an official rule for minimum damage on a landing hit? [duplicate]

As discussed here, a negative modifier should always be applied to a damage roll. However, it is suggested in the answer that the minimum damage should be 1. I'd like to know if there's an official ...
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Is there a game mechanism to transition from DnD 4e to DnD 5e? [on hold]

I realize WotC has moved on, but my group started late (Dec. '14) with 4e. I was amazed there wasn't a full campaign setting available for what I now know as 'Points of Light'. Is there any good ...
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Can a character have 2 types of Sorcery?

In 7th Sea 2e, the books seems to indicate that sorcery is tied to where you are from. This seems to implied you have the sorcery of your region and only that of your region. However I found nothing ...
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Do Alertness and Dark Blue Rhomboïd stack?

Let's assume someone gets the Alertness feat and a Dark Blue Rhomboïd Ioun Stone turning upon his head. Do the bonuses from both stack, to make +4 (+8 if 10 ranks) to Perception/Sense Motive checks or ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

In D&D 3.5e, being behind in levels compared to the party grants the relevant characters more experience per encounter. Intuitively, this is because the encounter is relatively harder for them and ...
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What happens if a character has more than one gang?

Some improvement picks in Apocalypse World allow the same character to control more than a single gang. For example, Maestro'd can pick the security options of armed staff (providing 2-harm gang small ...
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Difference between Hacker and Rigger?

I'm just reading the Shadowrun 5.Ed Book and perhaps i missed something. Is there a difference between Hackers and Riggers or is it just a descriptive label for how this character spent his ...
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Must both creatures have the feat Darkstalker for a beholder to be flanked?

A beholder has the extraordinary ability all-around vision, which says, in part, that "they can’t be flanked" (Monster Manual 25). The benefit of the feat Darkstalker says, in part, that "you can ...
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Does a Qinggon monk fulfill the requirements to take craft magical arms and armor feat?

My group has just reached level 6 and we still do not have magic weapons, largely because we are well under WBL and considerable spending on side resources such as rations. I have been researching ...
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magic item light generation

Under the magic weapons page it has the following information Light Generation: Fully 30% of magic weapons shed light equivalent to a light spell. These glowing weapons are quite obviously magical....
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Warlock and Hellfire Warlock stacking for Eldritch blast in D&D 3.5

The Hellfire Warlock text says: At each level, you gain new invocations known, increased damage with eldritch blast, and an increase in invoker level as if you had also gained a level in the ...
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Is there any D&D 5e art for the Acolyte background/monster?

I run a lot of adventures on roll20, and I do my best to use official D&D art for my monsters to match the feel of the world I am trying to represent. Currently, I'm doing stats for an Acolyte, ...
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Stats of a Sheep

Effect 77-78 of the wild magic surge table in the Player's Handbook states: You cast polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell's duration. ...
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Can a Fallen's Faith pool be greater than their permanent Faith?

Going by the rules in the core rulebook for Demon: The Fallen (p. 159) a Fallen starts out with a number of points in its Faith pool equal to its permanent Faith. It then states that this pool can go ...
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Do Story rewards have to be narratively tied to the Story?

In 7th Sea, it doesn't seem to state whether story rewards have to be tied to the goal or story in some way or not. It would seem to me that they should be, so that part of the story is providing a ...
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As the only player with prior knowlege in an otherwise new group, should I be the DM or a player? [on hold]

I'm going to be participating in a game with a group of people looking to play 5th ed online. (probably using Tabletop Simulator or Roll20) I'm the only person in this group who has played D&D ...
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Do you need to be holding a Pearl of Power to use it?

Does a character need to manipulate a Pearl of Power when recalling a spell, or does just having one in their possession give the caster that ability?
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Does a familiar's poison attack take its effective familiar hit dice into account?

A few animals and vermins available as familiars have a poisonous attack. My personal familiar is a house centipede with a dazing poison. As a familiar, it has currently 5 effective hit dice and will ...
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Monk flurry and deadly aim, class bab or flurry bab?

So last night it occurred to me that I might have been using deadly aim incorrectly for the last 2 levels. I just became a 6th level monk (zen archer) and as their bab is a 3/4 progression I just got ...
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Where can I find ship deck plans for ships from around the 16-1700's for a pirate roleplay? [duplicate]

I've been having trouble finding any clear and useful resource for old top-down ship plans, and all my searches would turn up things too modern, or too basic and cartoonish or nothing at all.
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Multiplying and dividing

Rules for "multiplication" in D&D and Pathfinder are unusual. This is what Pathfinder rules say about multiplication: When you are asked to apply more than one multiplier to a roll, the ...
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How do swift alchemy, toxicologist and Master Alchemist interact?

The alchemist archetype eldritch poisoner gets the class feature toxicology, which halves the time it takes to create poisons. I'm assuming this stacks with the alchemist's class feature swift alchemy ...
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What is the state of sea travel in Forgotten Realms?

What is the state of sea travel in Faerun? How reliable is sea travel? Will ships wander off course? How long does sea travel take? Can people be stranded at sea for months? Can nations in Faerun ...
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How do bonuses work in Alternity

My group recently began an Alternity campaign and a rather simple disagreement has come up. There are two kinds of bonuses in Alternity. Straight modifiers are mentioned such as -1, -2, but mainly ...
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How can a Castle generate gold to help adventurers in Pathfinder? [on hold]

Through some randomness and a deck of many things, I have acquired a small castle. I am very new to pathfinder/D&D as is the rest of my group. The group overall is starved for gold, me ...
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d100 mechanics? [on hold]

I got a D100 recently thinking it might be interesting to use in my homemade RPg campaign but then my creativity fell really quick with the use of the D100. The only thing i can think of is that it ...
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What is this monster's AC in White Plume Mountain?

In the original White Plume Mountain, How does one determine this monster's actual AC? In other words, is the Ring of Protection +3 already factored in to the listed AC of 1? This sort of monster ...
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What's the point of the disarm action? [duplicate]

The Disarm action is designed to knock an object out of the holder's hand and presumably into the holder's space. Because enemies aren't allowed to enter that space, nobody will be able to pick up the ...
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WarForged composite plating as item Familiar?

Item familiar says it can be applied to any magical item (including weapons and armor as it shows examples of both) with a minimum +1 Enhancement and a magical effects the user understand ds and can ...
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House rules for “critical zero”? [on hold]

Rolling four blanks on 4dF yields the most-common outcome, zero, but it's one of the three most-uncommon rolls. It's exactly as unlikely as rolling a -4 or rolling a +4. Have any of you made house-...
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Order of cost reduction application? [duplicate]

Ive read through the cost reduction handbook and a few other locations on reducing the cost of an item during item creation. Using my currently available cost reductions 25% extraordinary Artisan ...
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56 views

Does Technomancer gain a spell caster level at level one or can you only reach level 19 as a caster with technomancy?

The rules say +1 on all levels but first. I was wondering if the first level just doesn't give you it or if the class itself is a caster class.
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Does Green-Flame Blade damage the caster if no other targets are available?

Green-Flame Blade reads: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell’s range, otherwise the spell fails. On a ...
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How do you distinguish between magic effects that bypass immunity and those that don't?

This question was triggered by a question with respect to punching with Ogre Gauntlets and counting the unarmed attack as a magical attack for purposes of bypassing immunity. Basically, it goes like ...
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Feat planning breakdown for Half - Orc fighter. balance of damage and AC tank for Sword and Board Champion Fighter

Im new to D&D (just started 2 weeks ago) playing Curse of Strahd tier 1 I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on Half-Orc Champion with Soldier background. my stats currently are: (orc racial ...
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Can I sneak attack with Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade?

Most spells can't be combined with sneak attack because 5e sneak attack specifies a finesse or ranged weapon attack. However, booming blade and green-flame blade require you to "…make a melee attack ...
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How long does a game of Montsegur 1244 take?

I have aquired a new one-session game, and as so often I plan to facilitate a session of it at some point during a board gaming afternoon, and for planning the time (can we play a short or a long game ...
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Are the dreamlands compatible with the Cthulhu Mythos-like RPG?

Reading the stories of H. P. Lovecraft always felt like glimpsing a dark realm in which mankind is insignificant. The greater powers (mythos creatures) at work are so powerful and alien to us that the ...
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When I use my short sword to Inflict Wounds, do I use my Dex or Wis mod?

When making a melee attack with inflict wounds, do you use your Strength (or Dexterity, if you're using a finesse weapon), on the attack roll or do you use your Wisdom mod? I'm playing a rogue/cleric ...
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What is a “readiness” level?

Page 22 of Hoard of the Dragon Queen contains the following text (emphasis mine): Determine surprise normally; the dragonclaws' readiness is high. I checked the PHB and SRD for information on "...
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Bonus Action Timing - When is it specified?

The PHB States: You choose when to take a bonus action during your turn, unless the bonus action’s timing is specified, and anything that deprives you of your ability to take actions also prevents ...
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Are punches with Gauntlets of Ogre Strength magical, improvised weapon attacks?

My Gnoll Paladin just got the Gauntlets of Ogre Strength from Phandelver the other day, and it got me wondering: Would it be possible/make sense for punches using them to count as an improvised ...
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Passing an item in combat

One player wants to pass a potion to another player in the middle of combat. What kind of actions are needed?
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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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What resources are available for DMs running high-level encounters, in particular tips for running high-level combats? [on hold]

My ongoing campaign has hit the third tier of play, with characters from 13th to 15th level. The published materials that I've seen top out at 15th level. I started out using materials from published ...

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