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What's the best way to present a sand-box world to your players?

In my sessions, I let my players play in a sand-box world. There is a main story that I always plan that they could follow, and I have no problems with them doing so. However, I would like my players ...
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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?

In D&D 5E, does natural armor stack with Unarmored Defense? We have a level 2 player character who wild shaped into an animal. The player said they could stack its natural armor with Unarmored ...
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Pathfinder Multi classing as a rogue archetype

I have been running Pathfinder for various groups for many years, so character creation is fairly simple for me. However, one of my players and I have locked horns over something which to me seems ...
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How to make the best 9 level Dwarf Warrior? [on hold]

I once was dnd 3.5 player for about a year, and I was playing dwarf warrior, but I needed to take a "break". Now I'm returning back, but I need to make new character. GM says to make it 9-level so i ...
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How to model a dice pool with re-rolls mechanic?

I have a dice mechanic where players roll a number of D10s and have a different number of re-rolls they can use to maximize the total. For example: The player has 3D10 and 2 re-rolls. They roll 9,6,3 ...
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How do you handle an early death in Dread?

Starting prep for a game of Dread. I am wondering what is the best way to handle an early exit for a character in the game? I understand the ghost or doomed method of allowing the player to continue ...
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How do polymorph-like spells interact with spellcasting capability?

For this question I am going to define these spells as, namely, Polymorph, True Polymorph & Shapechange. You must also, for the sake of this question, disregard any creature type limitations and ...
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Can a paladin use divine smite with a thrown weapon by raw?

A paladin's divine smite says (PHB. 85), "...when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack...", which I'm seeing two ways to interpret. "A melee attack with a weapon", so as long as it's a ...
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What does the P stand for in the Type6 column?

I'm hoping someone can help me clarify what all the columns mean. Take Barbed Dart, for example. The 1sp is obviously to indicate that it costs 1 silver piece per dart. The 2 indicates that it ...
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Providing and recieving ranged flanking [duplicate]

The main reason for asking this question is the DM at the time would not allow a ranged attack to provide or benefit from flanking, and depending on the situation I could not understand why. Not to ...
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How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?

Background In a campaign I'm DMing, I like to give special treats to each character, often after a spectacular feat they managed to pull; as a result of this, the Warlord has a talking demonslayer ...
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What does the Cleric alignment requirement mean for Clerics with no deity?

The Cleric rules say: Alignment: A cleric's alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. But you can also be a cleric with no deity: ...
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Why are the Faithless condemed to the Wall of the Faithless after death?

If you live in the Forgotten Realms and die without worshipping a deity you are sentenced to the Wall of the Faithless by Kelemvor to serve as another proverbial brick in the Wall. But why does this ...
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How are Oriental Adventures shaman animal companions updated for 3.5?

The book Oriental Adventures for D&D 3.0 was updated in Dragon magazine #318, but it didn't include an update for the shaman's animal companion from 3.0 to 3.5. I have heard that the druid had ...
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Does a Cave Druid keep their Tremorsense when wildshaped?

One of my players has a 7th level druid who has the cave domain. The cave domain grants Tremorsense (Ex) 30 when 6th level is reached. What I'm trying to figure out is what happens to this sense when ...
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How can we prevent a sorcerer with subtle spell metamagic from casting?

The sorcerer's subtle spell metamagic states: When you cast a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. The description of material components ...
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Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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How does the Charger feat work with multiattack?

If I wildshape into a bear form and have the Charger feat (I'm a human druid with feat variant), can I then use Charger, charge as a bear, use the attack action granted to take a bear's multiattack, ...
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Is the Slave 1 not a Firespray?

I've tried to rebuild the Slave 1 from its wikia entry but ran into the problem that I didn't have nearly enough hardpoints to build it on the Firespray chassis. Am I overlooking something here? Or ...
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How many forms is a Druid familiar with?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. I can't tell you how much I dislike them having ever-increasing numbers of animals, elementals, and plants that they can just change into. Under the druid's ...
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Alchemist using splash weapon feat to attack square and redirect to invisible creature

I'm running a Pathfinder game and we have a 7th-level Alchemist. Recently, they were in an area of magical darkness and were blind. They attempted to attack the square where they had last seen an ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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1answer
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Does pounce let a Beast Shaped Druid rake even before Beast Shape grants rake?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. Due to the wording of Beast Shape 2 and 3, pounce is granted for the 2nd, but rake is part of the 3rd. After reading pounce, grab, and rake I'm a little ...
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Can an Archlich keep using Blood Mage features without any blood in their body?

Can a PC wizard become a Blood Mage at paragon path, and later become an archlich at epic path? Since undead don't have blood, is it possible for a lich to keep blood mage path features?
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?

I was looking for the Wizard Handbook but all the links were broken. Somewhere on the handbooks of other classes (on other forums) I saw a This was archived by WotC, here's the link But the ...
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Broken links in the community-made Tome of Battle Build Compendium [duplicate]

I'm looking for a build for a new Swordsage character and I bumped into the Tome of Battle Build Compendium, but all of the links are broken. As I read, there was some changing in the site forum ...
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Do adept enhanced physical attribute modify karma cost?

For the enhanced attributes, do they modify the karma cost for increasing the physical attributes? (thus if you have strength 3 and have +2 for physical attributes: strength do you then increase with ...
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For Pathfinder, how do I go about creating mutagens and extracts as an alchemist?

I'm very new to d&d and I was immediately drawn to alchemist when our group's now dm informed us that she had purchased a Pathfinder guide book. Using extracts and mutagens in combat sounded ...
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Games with dynamic combat system [on hold]

I'm building a campaign around CAPCOM Monster Hunter videogame, I only know 3 games, D&D (3.5e, 4e,5e), Roleage ( a spanish d100 game that has a duengeon siege progresion feeling), and Anima: ...
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Can a Gnome Summoner (Unchained) ride his Biped Inevitable Eidolon if the Eidolon can't take the Mount evolution?

One of my character ideas involves a Gnomish Unchained Summoner who rides on the back of his Eidolon, who would be an Inevitable. As the Inevitable only has the biped base form, it does not qualify ...
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How do you calculate your character's Maximum Hit Points in D&D 5th Edition?

I am very new to table top games. I have recently started playing D&D 5th Edition with a good group of people and we have a great DM. I have also purchased the 5th edition players handbook. Half ...
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Is there a system that supports playing really high-powered characters for a Dragon Ball Z scenario?

What's the best game system for role-playing characters that are incredibly powerful? For example, a low-powered character in such a system should be able to take a few seconds and destroy Earth's ...
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1answer
635 views

What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?

I'm going to be running a Harry Potter game in the near future, and I don't really know what system would be best for the kind of game that I want to run. The vast majority of my experience is in ...
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1answer
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Does an entity speaking the god's language understand every language?

I can't remember exactly the name, but I heard of a language used by gods, wich is understandable by every sentient being. It directly form the concept in the auditor's mind (thus, you can adress ...
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Blighter Blightfire range

The Blighter class in D&D 3.5e (Complete Divine) has an ability called "Blightfire" Blightfire (Su): Starting at 2nd level, as a standard action, a blighter can unleash a scorching blast of ...
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Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?

I was hoping to rewrite the Duskblade for Pathfinder, but I wanted to know if there are specific rules I can find on converting D&D 3.x classes to Pathfinder. Are there?
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Need help finding this DM tool!

First time post here. I have been running a game for over a year and a half now and am on technically my 3rd campaign. I am trying to introduce more visual elements to the table that would not be ...
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What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them?

Miniatures traditionally are expensive and time-consuming to paint. Plus, most of us aren't great artists. If I'm playing a game that requires miniatures of some kind, but people aren't sticklers for ...
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How do I increase a drone's Response? [on hold]

One of the players in my group just lost all his PC's drones in one combat turn. Is there a way to increase their Response or make them less squishy?
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1answer
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Does an enemy being easier to hit prevent backlash?

The situation: A wizard is going up against a mook who has been tagged with the boost Off Balance thanks to the wizard's ally pushing him around. His roll is good enough to hit already -- if it ...
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368 views

How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?

I've recently begun DMing a 5th edition D&D campaign after a long time of quiescence as Dungeon Master. I really like this new take on D&D, but still, soon a problem has resurfaced, that is: ...
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Handling a multi incarnate character? [on hold]

I had an idea for a character with multiple incarnations with various personalities from those I have generic names for. The normal: His own, neutral good personality The Bard: a chaotic good ...
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How can I get the most synergy out of this Paladin/Warlock multi-class combination?

I'm planning on playing a Paladin/Warlock in an upcoming game and I've picked the Oath of Vengeance, and Great Old One Patron/Pact of Tome. I've made my backstory (island home sunk when invaded by ...
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Are spent spell slots maintained when True Polymorphing between two spellcasting forms?

True polymorph is a spell that allows you to take any form you want and it states that the targets game statistics are replaced by the new form statistics including also its mental ability scores. By ...
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How can I get PCGen to recognise Poison Use when gained as a class skill? [on hold]

PCGen does not seem to be able to recognize poison use gained as a class skill in order for appropriate feats, etc. I cannot seem to find a solution through Google, and I'm not quite tech savy enough ...
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How to kill PC without hard feelings

Reading this Question, the accepted advice for killing a player is to talk to them first. My campaign is run in a Game of Thrones style setting, the good and honorable die doing what is right, ...
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1answer
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With street grimoire out are there more ways by which mystic adepts can gain power points?

As mentioned here: How do mystic adepts gain power points in Shadowrun 5? mystic adepts can gain power points at character creation. Later on they can only gain them by not choosing a metamagic ...
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Do you have to reveal your NPC's aspects?

Important NPCs may have hidden aspects that PCs are supposed to assess somehow before using them: can such a NPC invoke one of his hidden aspects without the GM revealing it to the players? Example: ...

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