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Sixth level Magus Skirnir in Pathfinder. What are some good feats? (Not looking for metagaming/optimizing)

There are so many feats in Pathfinder, and I oft have trouble navigating the websites to find feats RELEVANT to my class or character. I have a sixth level Magus Skirnir in Pathfinder who specializes ...
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Can a Pathfinder Vampire store blood for later use?

I know it's kind of vague in terms of what kind of vampire archetype i.e. Dhampir and nosferatu, but I'm mostly just curious: A. Can you drink it from a cup or container if it's fresh, and what's the ...
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What is the Post-Cataclysm Population of Neverwinter?

I'm running a campaign in 4E Neverwinter, and I know the town was supposed to have been decimated by the spellplague and then the cataclysm, but they've been rebuilding for ten years, and I'm trying ...
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Can an Unseen Servant be used as a scout?

The Bard in my game knows the spell Unseen Servant, and I'm not sure of its limitations. The PHB (284) says: This spell creates an invisible, mindless, shapeless force that performs simple tasks ...
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How do I keep my game moving when the group feels it has to retreat after every encounter? [on hold]

I found an answer to this question for 4e, but was hoping to get some more tips specific to 5e. Background: I'm running the 5e starter set campaign and my group is in the final dungeon. A difficulty ...
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I have an Ardent-Battlemind, and I need some ideas for feats

I am playing in 4e, and I had decided to make a level five half-elf Ardent/Battlemind hybrid, with Charisma and Constitution as my top scores. Its main role is defender, with the secondary role of ...
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Mystic Theurge Early Access with Magical Linneage

So I was thinking about the old 3.5 prestige class early entry tricks and how they might apply in pathfinder when I thought of Magical Lineage. Say you took levels in Wizard and Cleric and for your ...
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Can wizards learn spells that are not on their class list?

Aside from multi-classing and taking the Magic Initiate feat I know you are generally limited to the class list. But what about scrolls? It says in the PHB that you can learn spells that are found ...
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How does mounted ride-by attack work?

I'm designing a semi-hostile cavalier type npc for the players to encounter on a road at some point. I understand completely how cavaliers function off the horse. However, the poorly worded feats and ...
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How easy is it to make the distinction between a druid in beast form and a normal animal?

Short Version: If a druid knows what animals are local to an area, and changes into something that wouldn't cause immediate suspicion I.E. changing into a polar bear in the middle of the desert, ...
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How perceptive are trancing elves?

Trance. Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”) While meditating, you can dream ...
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Recommended protocol for effective communication using a Virtual Table Top (VTT)

I'm a player in a group that meets weekly. We use FantasyGround+Teamspeak combo and it seems to work for the most part. Or, should I say, it's better than not meeting at all. ;-) One consistent ...
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What inspired the Ioun Stone?

While looking over the rules for Ioun Stones a question came to mind. What inspired the Ioun Stone? It is present in nearly all editions of D&D, and also made it into Pathfinder. This ...
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Does a Barbarian get an extra 1d6 or 2d6 if they are using a Greatsword?

At 9th level, the Barbarian has a class feature that reads: you can roll one additional weapon damage die when determining the extra damage for a critical hit with a melee attack. (PHB 49) The ...
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Can the adept powers stack with bonuses from implants?

Let's say my character is both super-good at magic and super-rich. I take levels in the Improved Attribute adept power to increase my agility and I buy the bioware implant to improve agility too. Do ...
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How to handle the magical girl genre in Fate Core?

I'm a newcomer to Fate Core, and working out a magic system is daunting. I have read over the core and glanced through the system toolkit as well, but some experience-based advice would be helpful ...
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RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting

So, here is the situation: I am DMing an RPG group that is almost finishing one of those old and small RPG books with introductory campaigns (written by Steve Jackson and NO GURPS!). The problem IS: ...
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Are there any benefits to being a small character?

Small characters face a number of disadvantages. They can't use two-handed weapons, and have to use two hands to wield a versatile weapon DDI. Further disadvantages include: The inability to Grab ...
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How do you handle the cost increase for magic items with multiple effects?

In the DMG for D&D 3.5 on page 285 there is a chart for estimating the cost of new magic items. Under the section "Special" there is an attribute titled "Multiple Different Abilities". This ...
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Dealing with Mana Barriers in Shadowrun

In page 316 of the 5th edition core rulebook, in Getting around mana barriers, says that you can opt for breaking through violently or you can try passing through subtly, then: If you want the ...
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Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent

Alright so, I titled this after running silent because that was my original problem. All I wanted to do was make a sniper who dabbled into rigging for a couple of MCT-Fly drones. So I figured I need ...
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Do you HAVE to have Thieves tools in order to pick a lock?

Does a character have to have thieves tools (TT) in order to pick a lock? Not necessarily proficiency in the tool, but at least have the tool itself? I'm confused about picking locks and whether or ...
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Does the Necromancer's Skeletal Minion prevent familiars gained from other sources?

Among the Wizard's Necromancer variants is the Skeletal Minion feature, which says (among other things): A 1st-level necromancer using this variant can begin play with an undead minion (a human ...
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Difficulty of Skill Challenge [on hold]

I have read the other posts about this but they do not give me the info I want. My party is level 2 and they have done a few SC so far, however they always seem to be unbalanced on way or the other. ...
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What do the Strix look like when they are “flying”?

For descriptive purposes, when a Strix is sitting it looks like a shadow owl, when it's attacking like a cloud of mist shadow, and smoke. What's it look like when it flys? does it retain an owl form ...
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What kind of check would it be to identify meat?

If the characters were presented with some cubes of cooked meat, what kind of check would be necessary for them to make in order to determine what kind of animal or creature it came from. For ...
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Can you use swift or free actions whilst nauseated?

The text for Nauseated states that: "The only action such a character can take is a single move action per turn." Does this also preclude swift, immediate or free actions? This question ...
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Eldritch Blast with multiple beams and Agonizing Blast on a single target: Cha Mod just once?

Agonizing Blast allows a 'lock to add Cha mod to EB damage. Two questions: At higher levels, when directing multiple beams at a single target, does it work like Magic Missile, where the modifier is ...
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What can I leave out of a first session?

I'm about to run my first session of Mouse Guard. The group has never played it. We'll have a 4 hour session. What should I emphasize and what should I leave out? My feel is that the flavor of the ...
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Does a line of salt prevent a baned entity from crossing?

If a being that can have banes (such as a Strix, spirit, ghost, etc) has a bane of salt, would a line of salt on a doorway prevent it from entering (like in Supernatural), or would it essentially have ...
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Question about top RPG reviewers [on hold]

Who do you think are the best/most followed RPG reviewers out there? I'm looking for input in this area as I would like to send my prototype to them. Thanks!
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War Caster opportunity attack spell clarifications

The War Caster feat gives the ability to cast certain spells as reactions, which creates some ambiguous rules. So far I've found: Command: the spell states that the creature must do a specified ...
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What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?

The mayor of Generic Fantasytown wants a means to monitor his town (population 4,000, perhaps 1 mi. (1.64 km) square). The townsfolk are cowed and submissive, fearing their mayor but fearing even more ...
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Can you make several of the same potion at once?

The DMG says that brewing a potion takes 1 day. What if my priest prepares 3 slots with the same spell and has 3 times the ingredients? Can he then make 3 potions? Does anyone have an idea about ...
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The evasive shulassakar: origin and resources

The shulassakar crop up in Eberron materials for both 3.5 and 4e, and they have a brief uncited mention in the Wikipedia article on yuan-ti. However, the rainbow serpent folk never seem to get much ...
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Help me manage a Vampire homebrew roleplay issue [on hold]

I have a (8th level) Magus [Skirnir archetype, so, casting using shields as a catalyst, etc. Not entirely relevant] who, for the sake of roleplay, is an exile from Kelesh who was removed due to his ...
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An in-print superhero game system which is descriptor-based?

Mutants & Masterminds is an effects-based system. HERO System is an effects-based system. In character creation, you pick the power effects you want your character to have, and then you add the ...
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How do I play in a system with rules that aren't written down?

A group that I'm playing in has just met for the first time to start working out setting, characters, and a theme for the game. It was a fun meeting, and I have high hopes for the campaign. However, ...
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LARP: Group psychology in antagonistic player groups

I am part of a GM committee which organizes a yearly 3 day LARP near my hometown and it has been going on for quite a while. The setting is a custom made low-magic fantasy world, and the rule system ...
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Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?

Is it possible to choose to grant Combat Advantage to an enemy? In 4e, a defender grants CA when dazed, stunned, or blind, for example. Could not a player replicate these states willingly? Because of ...
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Looking for a free-form PvP RPG with a “last resort” arbitration mechanic [on hold]

I am after a RPG system that: Allows for freeform (for the most part) play -- and isn't terribly genre-dependent (i.e. doesn't assume things about what NPCs will be like, what races exist in the ...
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How can I convert the Illithid Savant prestige class to Pathfinder? [on hold]

Pathfinder does not support Illithids (Mind Flayers), and I wish to incorporate the Illithid Savant prestige class (from Savage Species) into a campaign. How could I include this class into the game? ...
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What major differences exist between the 1st english edition and the 2nd english edition of Anima?

Inspired by this. My understanding had been that only the Revised edition rules were available in English, and that a translation of the Core Exxet (2nd ed. core rules) had never made it into ...
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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Can I throw my hands to spite my enemies?

Here's an odd question a player brought up to me about D&D 4e. I was curious on your thoughts. Barbarians can take the feat Hurl Weapon: You can use any one-handed off-hand weapon as a heavy ...
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Is there any objective reason to favour d20PFSRD over the Paizo PRD?

I've seen different references to online manuals for Pathfinder at d20pfsrd.com and paizo.com/prd. What is the difference between these two sites? Since the core rules are likely to be the same, ...
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Can PCs learn skill, proficiencies, or spells from other PCs?

Can PCs learn skills, tool proficiencies, or spells from other players' characters in the game? In our game the rogue and ranger spend a lot of time scouting and working together. The rogue wanted to ...
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What happens when a flying creature is knocked prone?

As per the title. The specific example I'm thinking of is an Archer Battle Master Fighter using Trip Attack on a Druid shapeshifted into an Air Elemental floating 120 feet off the ground. If the ...
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Does Heedless Charge, Domino Rush and Improved Trip work together?

I have a fighter with Power Attack, Leap Attack, Improved Trip, Improved Bull Rush, Shock Trooper and Combat Reflexes, who has a reach weapon (Guisarme). Let's assume that I am in a charging range of ...
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Where is time travel introduced in Anima?

I just read a question about time travel in anima and I'm wondering there. I've the core rules book from the beginning of the anima-rpg and at least in there I don't remember reading anything about ...

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