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Greasing a wall

The grease spell is well known for being an excellent spell for many reasons; my Wizard found amusing use for it that caused some head scratching in a game. An enemy was climbing down a wall, so my ...
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Insanity vs. Break Enchantment

Last week our group fought against a couple of enemies that had a Prismatic Spray spell-like ability. They got us with the effect while fighting their minions, and the barbarian of the team failed the ...
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Could a wizard multiclassed with a sorceror spontaneous cast all their wizard spells?

In D&D 3.5e, if I multiclass my wizard with a sorcerer, would I be able to spontaneously cast my spells like a sorcerer and still get the rest of the spells that a wizard gets? Or is that not ...
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Risks and benefits from letting a monk use higher stats than the party

One of my players would like to eventually play a monk in a low-level campaign I'm planning. I wouldn't want to say no, as the monks are definitely high in flavour. But I'm aware of the huge ...
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Pros & Cons: Sorcerer & Cleric cross-class

I'm toying with the idea of cross-classing a Sorcerer with one level in Cleric (Life domain for the bonuses to heals and heavy armor). At 2nd level, 1st level Cleric & 1st level Sorcerer, what ...
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What's the Fastest Way to Reload an Off-Hand Hand Crossbow

As was pointed out in answers to a related question of mine, you need to have a free hand to reload a hand crossbow. There's an Assassin (Executioner) in my group who wields a rapier and a hand ...
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What is advantage? [on hold]

Numerous powers read that you "gain advantage" - does that mean the character succeeds on the roll, check, or saving throw? For instance the Sorcerer's Tides of Chaos reads: Starting at 1st ...
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What should be the DC to identify monster vulnerabilities?

What should be the DCs for checks revealing monster vulnerabilities, damage reductions, and other qualities of the like? Knowing such facts about a monster can dramatically change the dynamic of a ...
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Does Repulsion Armor Stop Movement?

My players fought a mage who was going to drop Leather Repulsion Armor, so I had the mage use the power during the fight. Repulsion Armor's power reads: Power(Daily): Minor Action. Whenever an ...
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How do I figure out the alignment of a morally ambiguous character?

I am working with someone on a campaign that involves some members of a church of a good deity who cross moral lines in the name of good. Among them is an inquisitor NPC who delights in torture and ...
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Is there a limit on the volume of material that can be affected by the Minor Alchemy class feature?

PHB Page 119, Wizard, School of Transmutation, Minor Alchemy: For each 10 minutes you spend performing the procedure, you can transform up to 1 cubic foot of material. After 1 hour, or until you ...
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How do I use a person as a shield?

The Scenerio Player is lured into the woods by a creature disguised as a nymph, basically. Player then allows creature to wrap its arms around him. Creature decides this is a great time to unhinge ...
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Where can I find the Quick Start for Doctor Who: AiTaS?

My wife and I are Whovians and I am a long time RPG nerd, and recently I discovered Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space which looks (and judging by reviews is) awesome. The problem is that I am ...
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What PC RPG should I play first [on hold]

I am new to role playing games, but I am really interested in them now. I'm wondering what the first game I should play is. I would strongly prefer if it is free, and must be for the PC. I think ...
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What guidelines exist for players creating characters for organized play?

With Hoard of the Dragon Queen releasing as the first part of the Tyranny of the Dragons storyline I was wondering what guidelines and rules exist for players looking to create and run characters for ...
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Should I leave this group or recover it?

Long Version I got a friend into Pathfinder less than a year ago. She had lots of fun. She had so much fun she decided to become a DM/GM. I was very excited about it. Her grasp of the rules is ...
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Should Savage World Allies be made as Wild Cards?

I've been reading the basic manual on Allies and Extras, and it seems it's intended for such characters to work as non-wild card characters. I'm playing a Super Powers game with friends, and they ...
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Are balanced groups important in D&D 5e?

In my 4e campaign the group (4 players) often ran into trouble in combat if they didn't have one person was in each role of Striker, Defender, Controller & Leader (especially for published ...
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Preserving your Humanity with different vampiric concepts in VtRequiem

There is a very clear rule about when the player needs to roll a humanity roll. If you kill someone in the heat of passion, your humanity drops as low as 3, if you kill as a planned murder, your ...
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How do you encourage group decisions over individual actions?

In my campaign (4th edition Dungeons & Dragons, but I've encountered the same problem in other systems) we sometimes arrive at a point where the group should make a decision, for example "should ...
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Is there a Parry option in D&D 5e?

In the basic set there is an NPC, a fighter, who has a Parry reaction that lets him roll 1d6 and reduce damage. I also remember seeing the parry power/action in some beta rules. I don't (yet) have ...
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Determining the caster level for magic weapons?

In response to a question about a melee rogue magic weapon, I noticed I have a question myself about the requirement for creating magic items, or magic weapons in this case. For an example, lets use ...
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Techniques for fast paced storytelling [on hold]

I'm a long time GM who is a storyteller at heart. Thus when characters wander through a city and try to haggle for prices I like playing that out. Now what I have observed the last year is that my ...
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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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Can I use Domain powers on myself?

Some Domain powers are enabling the cleric to touch one creature to give it some boons. Example, from CRB, War Domain: Battle Rage (Sp): You can touch a creature as a standard action to give it a ...
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501 views

The relationship between a cleric and their deity

3 closely related questions that didn't seem worth asking in separate questions: Is there any requirement that the alignment of a cleric be the same or close to that of their deity? (Obviously, for ...
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Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?

I was looking through the Dungeon Master's Guide and I'm having trouble finding a table on how much XP is required for the player characters to level up. Which page is it on, or is it in one of the ...
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52 views

Can you maintain bardic music and still make an attack action? [duplicate]

Ive recently been looking into bard as a class choice and am confused on a bit about bardic music. It says "Starting a bardic music effect is a standard action. Some bardic music abilities require ...
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Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?

In D&D 5e, does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares up to 10 feet away for the purpose of Opportunity Attacks or does it just allow you to attack squares up to 10 feet away? There is ...
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Replacing exotic animal companions

A druid in the game I am running just had his ape animal companion die last session. His druid is from a jungle region on another continent where he got his ape companion. Where he is adventuring now ...
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How do you keep track of the Moon?

The current phase of the Moon is slightly important in a werewolf game, how do you keep track of it in your game? this seems more problematic for me because I mostly haven't cared much about how much ...
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Does a half-giant druid in Wild Shape retain Powerful Build?

I'm not 100% sure if this is completely official, but it appears to be similar to other instances: Lesser half-giant race Their Powerful Build allows them to be considered 1 size larger when it is ...
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Are gloves of Enlarge Weapon what I want?

Are gloves of Enlarge Weapon (Complete Scoundrel p97) for my half-giant possible and legal by RAW? With powerful build I already have a large weapon, and I'm looking to get huge sized weapon damage. ...
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How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?

Here’s the basic rule for Surprise (Player’s Basic Rules, p. 69): If neither side tries to be stealthy, they automatically notice each other. Otherwise, the DM compares the Dexterity (Stealth) ...
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How can I improve my pregame introduction? [duplicate]

I've been running a game for three sessions now, and each time I feel uncertain as to how to raise the curtains, so to speak, to let everyone know that we're entering the magic circle and it's time ...
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What rules in the Player's Handbook are new/different from the Basic Rules?

The D&D 5 Basic Rules are free and have been out for a month, so I've pored over those. The Player's Handbook came out today. Aside from the obvious content increase (the PHB has more spells, ...
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4answers
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Can you Wield an Off-Hand Weapon with a Spiked Guantlet

One of my players wants to use a spiked guantlet with his offhand. He also wants to wield a hand crossbow in that hand. This seems silly to me, but I can't find anything in the rules saying he can't ...
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53 views

Optimized Level 4-6 Grappler/wrestler build

I wanted to have the idea of a 'Wrestler' for my next character. No limitations to the build by race or classes besides available to dnd 3.5. What is the most optimal I can get out of this build? I ...
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What are the rules for crafting traps that don't cost anything?

In D&D 3.5, crafting time is linked to the cost of the item created. But how is it handled when the item doesn't have a cost? Example: a group of PCs want to build a camouflaged pit trap to kill ...
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0answers
123 views

How to master a game where the player group is not a group IG [on hold]

So, I've had this crazy idea of making a new type of pen and paper RPG, the goal is to enforce two principles : The players are important in their own, not as a group There is no prerequisite for ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

I'm currently in the middle of DM'ing a city campaign. I've found it's quite a bit more difficult than a dungeon. I have the city mostly planned out (type of city, the ruler, the districts, centers of ...
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2answers
613 views

How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

I have been reading the Basic Rules a couple times, but could not find any way to gain proficiency in skills past level 1. For example, if I create a Rogue, I may chose 4 skills among 11: ...
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1answer
139 views

Lore about Gibbeth

I am a big friend of solid background and since I read about the warlock in Wish Upon a Star from Dungeon Magazine 366, I am quite curious about the Star Pact and well... the stars. I am not very ...
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111 views

What is the difference between “ghosts” and “spirits of the dead” in Pathfinder?

I want to make a good-aligned shaman character that deals with ghosts on a friendly and pact-based relationship. However ghosts are described as always being CE undead meanwhile "spirits of the dead" ...
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Where and how are you mostly playing [duplicate]

I know a lot of people will ahte me for posting like this, but recently i felt the need to start playing again. A few years back i played "traveler" with a few friends while sitting in someone living ...
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2answers
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Does a Medic's Weapon's action include the extra channel divinity action?

A character with the Channel Divinity class feature will have a set of associated channel divinity powers that may range from free actions to standard actions. They usually may only use one such power ...
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Is there a general rule of take the average or roll the dice?

There was a comment on one of my answers that stated that all instances of average or dice rolling are treated the same by the rules. Specifically mentioned are players gaining HP, Monster Damage and ...
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Is fireburst overpowered?

The party I DM for tries to play D&D 3.5 strictly by the rules as written. The wizard of the party came to me with the fireburst spell, from the D&D 3.5 book "Complete Arcane" (page 107). ...
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290 views

Complicated Homemade Game dice odds, AnyDice or Troll formula help required

I'm playing a home made game, and it uses a slightly complicated system with regards to training. It works rolling 1d10+bonuses against a variable target number, minus "headway". Headway is gained ...

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