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Help Calculating Dice Odds for a Unique d6 Dice Pool

I'm attempting to design a unique d6 dice pool system, and I want to try programming the probabilities in AnyDice but I'm not sure how. Here's how the system works: Dice pools are between 2 and 10 ...
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Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level?

Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level? For example a Bag of Holding has a CL of 9th Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Does that mean a creator has to have a Caster Level ...
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What was the name of this Cleric Prestige Class that shapes metal with its bare hands?

I know this is a vague question, but I seem to remember a Cleric prestige class that was very into crafting metalic items. They even became able to shape metals with their bare hands without the use ...
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How to GM a zombie-apocalypse game?

I was asked, not a long time ago, to GM a zombie-apocalypse one-shot. Being versed in horror-GMing, I decided to approach the genre as I approach most other genres of horror, but I've encountered a ...
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Is falling damage affected by falling speed?

Supposed you try launching a party member across a 500 feet wide and 50 feet deep gap with a trebuchet. however, something goes horribly wrong and he's launched straight down into the pit (let's just ...
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What Aspects of Pathfinder Are Most Important for New Players?

In the near future I will be running a Pathfinder campaign for a group of players rather new to the system. One has not roleplayed in many years and got out of the hobby late in the run of 2e D&D; the ...
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Was Chaosium's founder first to buy a copy of D&D? [closed]

Quote Alexander Dotor once interviewed Greg Stafford, during which Greg Stafford stated the following: Greg Stafford: I knew about D&D. I had a friend in Lake Geneva who was picking up ...
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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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Showcasing a support-focused mortal's contributions

I've never played Dresden Files RPG before, and I'm trying to figure out a character which will work for it.. My character concept is "action survivor in over his head who grows into a weak but ...
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Does a Strix drinking the breath of a victim exsanguinate the victim?

The Strix can gain "Vitae" by stealing breath. This reminds me a bit of the Succubi Chi stealing in "Lost Girl", at least in its general description. I'm left wondering though, when a Strix isn't ...
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What happens when a creature falls on player-improvised spikes?

I'm new to D&D 4e. What happens when a creature falls on some spikes or on the blade of a weapon from 10 feet and higher? I have situations where, for example, one character lifts an enemy 20 feet ...
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How does shaking off hold person work?

The following situation came up in a recent game: Character A cast hold person on enemy B. B failed the will save roll and became held. When B's turn came up, he got another attempt at a will save, ...
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Can large characters sqeeze through 5' spaces between 2 enemies, or do they do something else?

The PHB doesn't have very much information on Squeezing, and I'm wondering how the rule applies to a creature "squeezing" between two other creatures. Page 192 says: Squeezing into a Smaller ...
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Alternatives to Wisdom to AC

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?

I have been comparing the stats of the different spells and i am a little stumped as to how the drain has been decided. Blast is Indirect Physical stun at line of sight does F drain (AOE) Indirect ...
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Looking for three specific Magics & Powers in GURPS 4E

Do the following types of powers exist in any 4E GURPS products, or can they be constructed without too much kludging? And if so, where are they found? Astral Projection / Out of Body Experience ...
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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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In which books can I read about the supernal realms?

Which books contain the best details on the supernal realms (Arcadia and such)? The Mage core book is light on these kinds of details, but someone told me that one of the expansions gets pretty depthy ...
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Can Entangle be used indoors?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our party was in a T-shaped hallway in a house when the Ranger spotted the big bad at the end of the 'crossbar' portion of the T. They cast ...
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Can fireball burn away vegetation 'enhanced' by Entangle?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our Ranger cast entangle on our opponent. Later, that area was hit by a fireball, but we were not sure if the fact that a fireball sets fire ...
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How should GM deal with 'standing orders'?

I once got this scenario. This is what the player says as he infiltrates an enemy NPC's mansion. I am always checking for trap wherever I go. Assume that I am always looking around me wary and ...
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How does a DM correct the balance after accidentally giving the players too much gold?

Inspired by some of the answers to Pitfalls of using the optional 'XP for Gold' rule in a Basic D&D Retro Clone game? As DM/GM, you slipped up and ended up giving the PCs significantly ...
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How to DM mind control effects without angering my friends?

I have a bit of a problem, particularly relating to a custom monster I created. D&D has a lot of effects and abilities that change a character's behavior, ranging from a simple intimidate check ...
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How do I use Unlockables in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying to represent a mentor?

I'm busy preparing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game using the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (MHR) system. It was suggested to me that I use Master Splinter as an Unlockable, but I'm not really sure how ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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In 5e, can a player pick and choose quantity of spells on the fly?

What I mean is, I know that if a play has 4 spell slots of level 1, they can cast 4 level 1 spells and no more. But what I am confused about is does a player have to specify if they want, for example, ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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How to distinguish between arcane and divine spellcasters?

I'm making a setting where there's a large cultural importance placed on whether you're a divine or arcane caster. I was wondering if detect magic (or any other plausible and simple method) could ...
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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to ...
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What to do when you seem like you do not fit in with a group?

I'm looking for some advice and input on a situation I've found myself in as a player. To give a little background, my gaming group (4 men, 2 women, between the ages of 25 and 32) is about to end a ...
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Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?

I am playing with a group of relatively new players aside from one and the DM, and while another character and I seem to be contradicting each other, we have both been told we are right. What we don't ...
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When exactly do “once each round” effects work?

Quite a bit of spell effects state that they work once in a round. For example, Balor Nimbus: each round, the flames deal 6d6 points of fire damage to any creature grappling you (or any creature ...
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Master of Shrouds Summon Undead caster level

At second level Master of Shrouds (LM p46) gets Summon Undead ability: Summon Undead (Sp):At 2nd level and higher, a master of shrouds can summon one or more incorporeal undead creatures a ...
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How many scrolls can I have deciphered at once?

My sorcerer has 4 CL 3 scrolls of Fireball. I know that he cannot use them before deciphering them and this can be done in advance. Can he decipher all of them before a battle? How long before he ...
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Is there a way for Adepts to swap/retrain adept powers?

For one of my characters I've found that certain powers I've chosen as an adept don't really come in to play much; is there a way for an adept to essentially retrain power points? I realize magic ...
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Rule-lite titles available in Japanese (PDF would be even better)

I know one Japanese person who teaches Japanese here in Europe. Someone suggested to try using roleplaying games to develop fluency and communication skills in the students, but the teacher has ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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Action in Combat , Can I make a full attack with touch attacks for a trigger spell?

Myself and the other characters have 10 levels for templates or monster class and 8 levels for class levels, with Divine Power I gain a bab equal my character level. (18 right?). I cast Shivering ...
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How to expose information without making a villain monologue

I'm preparing this game of Shadowrun where I have 3 main metaplots driving the campaign. One of them for instance is Seattle hosting the Olympics. Of course in Shadowrun, what the bad guys want is ...
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How to make D&D-like Alignment work [on hold]

This is something I've been thinking about for some time, and now KRyan's Excellent Answer made me think about that again: is there a way to make alignments work, albeit not as intended? I'm looking ...
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Can I use a Transference weapon to transfer grabbing to someone else?

If you're grabbed, you gain the Immobilized condition. Can you use a Transference Weapon to transfer the Immobilized condition to someone else? I believe "Grabbed" is not a condition, so can't be ...
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What happens to your physical belongings in Twilight and Shadow Realms

There are various spells that let Awakened mages go to the Twilight and Shadow realms. Some of them (Ghost Gate and Spirit Road) open a portal for anyone to step through. Also, werewolves can enter ...
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Several damage reduction clarifications for Pathfinder

There are a few bits about damage reduction that I'm unclear on in pathfinder, specifically... Easy one first; Do cold iron/silver weapons equivalent (+3) count as magic for purposes of ignoring DR? ...
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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Does the Poisoner's(Rogue) Master Poisoner Ability change the onset and frequency times?

Master Poisoner (Ex) At 3rd level, a poisoner can use Craft (alchemy) to change the type of a poison. This requires 1 hour of work with an alchemist’s lab and a Craft (alchemy) skill check ...
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How to add invisible ink to a character sheet?

I am planning on running a game (not sure what system yet) with pre-made characters for a few weeks while one of my friends is back home for Christmas. I had an idea that one of the characters has ...
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How do Bane bonuses from multiple sources stack?

If I have a +1 dragons-bane Body Wrap of Mighty Strikes and a +1 dragons-bane Amulet of Mighty Fists, what happens? Do my unarmed strikes have an enhancement bonus vs dragons of +4 or +6 (or something ...
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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In the area of effect of Sleet Storm, do creatures gain the Blinded condition?

If a creature is inside a Sleet Storm spell, does it gain the Blinded condition? For example, does it take the -2 penalty to Armor Class from Blinded? The relevant text of Sleet Storm: Driving ...

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