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Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?

In our campaign we have several characters who never remove their armor. They wear it adventuring, sleeping, swimming, bathing, etc. Are there any penalties for: Wearing armor while sleeping ...
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What Hit Dice do multiclass characters spend at the end of a short rest?

Under the rules for Short Rest you are able to heal: A character can spend one or more Hit Dice at the end of a short rest, up to the characters maximum number of Hit Dice, which is equal to the ...
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How to avoid Werewolves

I'm playing D&D 3.5 and we are about to travel through lands where Werewolves are living. There aren't many of them but we need to deceive them somehow, so that, if it comes to a fight, we don't ...
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How can I encourage the use of willpower?

I've never (or rarely, maybe once) seen anyone make use of willpower in a World of Darkness game, it seems like such a vastly underutilized resource. What can I do to encourage my players to remember ...
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What is the timing of Parrying Weapon's ability?

Parrying Weapon Level 2+ Uncommon Weapon: Any melee Power Daily (Immediate Reaction) Use this power when an enemy makes a melee attack against you. Make a melee basic attack against that ...
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Do all spellcasting classes get unlimited cantrips?

I at least know that Wizards get to use level-0 spells an unlimited number of times a day, but is this a class feature, or are all cantrips unlimited use? I ask this because some spontaneous ...
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Tips for first time Dungeon Master [duplicate]

I'm a first time dungeons and dragons dungeon master. I've played the game only a couple of times before. Basically I am using the starter set that I got at the bookstore. Characters are premade as ...
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Does the Vanguard Weapon property only trigger when used to make the attack?

This question is in response to my answer for Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting? which I deleted because of contention. In short I suggested that weapons, such as ...
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faking a spellcaster, while keeping the sneak

I'm currently a level 2 half-orc rogue, I have 18 dex and 18 int, I'm very focused on skill points with my 18 int. and am maxing out my UMD at every level to use wands and scrolls as best as possible. ...
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How best to include a 4-5 year old in a D&D 5e game

My eldest daughter is nine, the same age I was when I got into the hobby. With the new edition of D&D out, it seems like too much of a fun co-incidence to give her her first taste of role playing ...
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How to have Goblins Spring Out of Barrels

I would like to make an encounter in a storage room which is full of barrels and chests. The room is, seemingly, only guarded by goblin archers. When a PC runs past certain barrels, I would like ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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Is there any way to increase the number of spells I can cast per day as a wizard?

I know about the bonus spells per day you get from your INT modifier and the specializing bonus. Is there any other way to get more spell casts per day? Just to make sure I have this right, as a ...
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How to write an adventure where the primary focus is the characters being hunted

My germ of an idea is that the PC's are in the Mist Realm (an alternate plane where visibility is dramatically reduced) and are being hunted by a group of Displacer Beasts. Under the PC's care are ...
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How to avoid arguments with a player about what “should” happen?

I recently GMed my first real role-playing game with a few friends who are also new to tabletop RPGs, and it went quite well except for a few parts. Here's an example; the basic scenario was (a few ...
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Do you add your strength modifier to touch spells?

I can't find anything explicit about whether a touch melee spell is considered a melee attack or not.
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Where is “Create Influence” documented?

The phrase "Create Influence" shows up a few times like a noun in the text, however, I'm only able to find two references in the text to it, and those are using it. I'm assuming it's documented under ...
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Does a god machine doorway opening leave behind “spiritual” evidence?

So I had a player taken by an angel through a doorway in the infrastructure, from his home. What I'm wondering is if any of his packmates would be able to find any kind of spiritual change by the ...
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Can I get innate precognition abilities without psionics, religion, or being a sorcerer?

In D&D3.5e, what options do I have to play a non-psionic, non-religious seer? I want to play a character who has an innate talent for predicting the future, but isn’t religious (so no cleric). We ...
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7answers
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?

What is the effect on game play of replacing d20 rolls with 3d6 rolls in a D&D 4e campaign? I started thinking about this after reading this question where the example was given of playing a d20 ...
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How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?

So, the last session I tried to make an encounter where my players had to escape from a burning house. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boring bunch of pass-or-suck checks. How can I make this ...
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Why do Warlocks only have spells up to 5th level? What's the correct progression for their slots?

Instead of a “Spell Slots for Spell Level” table, the warlock just has two columns: one for number of slots and one for slot level, because all of their slots are the same level. However, the table ...
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How do I avoid placing useless battle grid features?

I'm not very good for map building, actually, especially on tactical games such as Savage Worlds; however every time I add some map feature, it becomes so useless or non-interesting that it ends up ...
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1answer
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How should a shaman act in combat?

In my group, there is a shaman whose spiritual companion is a panther. The problem is that he is too afraid to go on the front lines, and as consequence he sends his panther to take care of it, but ...
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How do I keep the narrative alive during combats?

For years, I've had trouble keeping the players engaged in the narrative of combat and what happens during their turns. After the first 4 turns or so, it becomes hard to imagine what everyone does ...
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Does the DM have to give me magical weapons?

In the Legend and Lore articles where Mike Mearls explains the design goals of D&D 5e, he mentions in one of them that there will be no assumption that character acquire magical weapons and armor. ...
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3answers
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Help w/Character Sheet: What are ability modifiers and how do I calculate them?

So I was filling out the character sheet and suddenly I saw an "ability modifier". I'm confused, and am asking these questions for clarification: Where do you put your "Standard Array" number. In ...
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What does “Strength modifier damage” mean? [duplicate]

Some powers, for instance the warden's Earth Shield Strike, say "1[W] plus Strength modifier damage", though I've seen the same line used with different ability scores in different powers. What is ...
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Rules for multi-classing in D&D Next?

I am participating in the D&D Encounters current season, which is being run with the recommended D&D Next ruleset. I am fond of the striker classes from 4e that combine martial with magic and ...
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1answer
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Do animal ghouls generally exist or are wolf ghouls an exception?

Until I looked up ghouls in the SRD I always thought there are ONLY humanoid ghouls then I saw a wolf ghoul which seemingly is an official pathfinder thing (from the magazines). So I wonder there: ...
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How can I design balanced customized hexes for witches?

I'm working with my GM to have my character creating new spells for a thematic purpose, based around water. We were talking and he had asked what to consider the differences between hexes and spells. ...
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1answer
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Talking skeletal or zombielike undead

When I read up the skeletal champion it reminded me of something that was only existant in a specific setting in the old (a)d&d: Death knights. These were undead that could talk and think (and ...
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10answers
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Creating a campaign everyone can DM in?

So I have a group of players I'm playing D&D 4e with. Two of them are hardcore gaming nerds, my brother and his friend. His friend actually has a job but it's not intensive, my brother on the ...
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How do I deal with my players not roleplaying at all? [duplicate]

I know I should "let them have fun" or something, but the game isn't really working. I'm GMing a pathfinder campaign, but this isn't system-dependent. My players aren't roleplaying at all. Ok, they ...
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9answers
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New players missing the big picture?

Ok so I've just started my two daughters on their first ever Pathfinder campaign using the pre-built TC1 "Into the Haunted Forest". It's going ok, they are having fun, but they seem to be overlooking ...
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3answers
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Should I take turns during a skill challenge?

I'm trying to use 4e's skill challenges in Pathfinder, but I have a question: should I ask my player to roll for initiative and take turns to Win the challenge, or just the best PCs should play it?
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4answers
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What are the best ways for a group of players and/or the GM to believably/fairly get one's hands on a spaceship? [closed]

Well of course you can always get yourself a credit from a bank and buy one, but both the interest and the payment of said credit being due every month make this a pretty big gamble. Since finding ...
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Brief Tutorials for AD&D 1e?

Simple question, are there any video tutorials available that run-through the basics of the mechanics of AD&D 1e? Or perhaps brief, succinct texts/discussions of said basics? I am finding the ...
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The Mysteries of AD&D 1e Initiative

Out of all the concepts I have learnt in AD&D 1e, I find initiative to be the most difficult to wrap my head around in a realistic way. I understand thus far that combat is divided into rounds of ...
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3answers
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Keeping track of time in AD&D 1e

I notice while reading the AD&D 1e manuals there seems to be a heightened importance on the tracking of time compared to when I was playing 4e. I agree with this, I think it helps the game world ...
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231 views

Short One-Session Adventures for AD&D 1e?

My group and I are planning to play a simple trial session with AD&D 1e just to learn the basics of the game. We agreed that this adventure would not be connected to the larger campaign introduced ...
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2answers
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A few questions about mounts

One of my players who is playing a warden uses a griffin as a mount. Besides being able to fly, he also gains a lot bigger range than his regular move speed is. This seems a huge advantage to me and I ...
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1answer
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what breaks using nWoD rules with classic WoD cosmology?

What major problems will I run into if I ran an nWoD game with the classic WoD cosmology being the "true" cosmology? At this point, my major (only) concerns are the big three (Werewolf, Mage and ...
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1answer
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Do multiple effects of the same power stack

During the last session, we had two PC's with the same power: a full Bard and a Bard/Warlord Hybrid both had the daily power Stirring Shout. Stirring Shout has an effect: Effect: Until end of ...
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Are the Magic Items Compendium and Spell Compendium both 3.5e? [duplicate]

Are the Magic Items Compendium and Spell Compendium both for 3.5e, or are they based in 3rd version and need conversion before being used in 3.5?
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Are cantrips spells?

There are a number of class features that provide benefits to 'spells'. For example, the Eldritch Knight's attacks can give an enemy disadvantage on saving throws from the EK's spells. Do cantrips ...
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5answers
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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

This is my first time GMing, and I'm trying to get a small group going with 5E, but it seems no one has much interest in playing Cleric or Paladin. Among the many new-found freedoms granted by 5E, ...
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2answers
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What level of lifestyle do you have when living in the wild without practicing a profession?

Now the box on page 159 says that if you live in the wild and practicing a profession you have the equivalent of a poor lifestyle and if you have proficiency in the survival skill you have the ...
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Letting PCs be the target of a skill challenge

I started a new campaign with a brand-new set of players. After the first evening, one of the PCs reacted poorly to a decision made by another PC and 'went home'. This reaction was totally in ...

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