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Does allowing players to choose spells from the Spell Compendium unbalance the game

Druids and Clerics (and also Paladins and Rangers) have, compared to other spellcasters, the advantage that they can prepare spells from a fairly big pool of spells. Now, if you let your players ...
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How to properly render “The Estate” when playing in German?

As I'm preparing to run a The Strange campaign in German, I wonder how to translate "The Estate". There are a number of different possible meanings to the name. My initial guess was that it meant ...
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Optimizing a barbarian alchemist

I'm trying to optimize a barbarian/alchemist for a core-only game of 3.5 (DM allows alchemist from pathfinder as well) We're playing in a very low-magic world (We're 4th level and havent run into any ...
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Can a martial character ready the same maneuver multiple times simultaneously?

All the martial classes from ToB have different methods of preparing and re-preparing maneuvers, but the basic mechanics are pretty much the same for all of them (well, maybe just two, except the ...
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Will adding spells to the Duskblade Spell list unbalance play?

I'm wanting to build a GMPC Duskblade character for a gestalt game. I've read different sources with spells and thought of a number to add. Here's the complete spell list (regular Duskblade spells ...
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How do you learn the number of charges on a wand?

My players have come across a cache of wands in my Pathfinder campaign. Some of the wands have 50 charges while some have less. At the moment I've house ruled that Detect Magic will only state if a ...
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How can I equip a psion shaper without being reduced to clothless poverty? [on hold]

Here's the story: All I wanted to do was make an honest-to-god no cheese robot-building psion. But to make a very mediocre creature that deals a whooping 1d6 + 9 damage with an attack at level 9 I ...
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Using a 'confidence' buff to reduce party splitting up

I am GMing a game for the first time and we are 2 sessions in. We are playing D6 star wars, and its tending to be comic, which is great. There are 5 players, which manageable but quite busy. They are ...
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How do I keep spellcasters from casting while in jail?

Interesting situation came up in my session. The players captured a wizard NPC and put him in jail. Then came a long discussion about what measures needed to be taken in order to prevent said wizard ...
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Where is the petrified Oni located?

I once read about a site in my (now gone) 1st edition of the Legend of the Five Rings rulebook. The site is a large rock belived to be a petrified Oni, with an axe lodged into it. I remember that ...
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What is the exact benefit and usage of “Spin Identity”?

In the strange, Spin identity is a twist a spinner can use to convince intelligent creatures that you are someone else. Its a relatively expensive use of your intellect pool. Disguises can be an asset ...
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Focus changes when returning to home world

If I return to homeworld after having found a draggable focus, do I get the chance to keep the draggable focus? Or is it a recursion change-specific feature?
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How much is too much? Rules for looting in D&D4

We're a brand new gaming group. We ran our first session tonight. (I believe it is Keep on the Shadowfell, but I'm not positive.) We headed towards Winterhaven, encountered some Kobolds, and made our ...
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is there any risk of exploited gadgets causing compromise?

Demon the Descent p187 Whatever the change, an Exploited gadget is never mistaken for mundane. At best a Demon might be able to pass one off as a prop or toy, but that is unlikely to fool a ...
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How far below the average CR should I count monsters when determining encounter difficulty?

DMG82 says "When [calculating encounter difficulty multipliers], don't count any monsters whose challenge rating is significantly below the average challenge rating of the other monsters in the ...
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Can I use 4th edition Power (Spell) cards in a 3.5e game session?

Can I use Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Power Cards in a 3.5 game? I haven't actually looked into the 4e power cards, because I play 3.5e and didn't think spells changed from 3.5 to 4th edition; ...
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Does Adaptive Style really let you recover expended maneuvers?

You can change your readied maneuvers at any time by taking a full-round action. If you’re a crusader, your current granted maneuvers are lost and you gain new granted maneuvers as if you had ...
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What published adventures are available for D&D 5e?

I'm running the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure for my son and his friends as DM. With the future in mind, I want to get more published adventures. How can I find out a comprehensive list of all ...
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What is the Symbol on the Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location?

On page 150 of the D&D 5e Dungeon Master's Guide, there is an illustration of the Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location. The illustration depicts a closed eye, with a symbol above it, ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level ...
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Non-feat-based ways to decrease ACP and bash with tower shields?

I've got a character who is to dual wield tower shields. The challenges are attacking, as well as the feat cost. I've done most of the work on GitP. In Plot and Poison: A Guidebook to Drow, there is ...
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Can I wield just a shield and use magic in dnd5e?

I play a wizard and while I am rarely hit due to being in the back I'm still paranoid I will get hit so I was wondering if after getting a feat to wield a shield I can use that with one hand and use ...
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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?

If lets say... an Owlbear which has the multiattack trait wants to knock someone down and grapple them. Can the owlbear replace the 2 attack actions covered under the multiattack with a grapple and a ...
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Does Armor affect magic casting in Dnd 5e?

I am currently using a wizard and I was wondering if I decided to take a feat that would allow me to use heavier than light armor if that would affect my magic casting. I thought I read something ...
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Dual wield and sneak attack with rogue?

I have heard when you dual wield with a rogue you have one primary action which is used to attack main hand and you have a bonus action which is used to attack off hand. My question is can you attack ...
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Do crusader and warblade stances stack?

Since maneuvers readied from crusaders and warblades stack, can I have a crusader stance and a warblade stance active at once?
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Are there any new/alternate Reincarnate Tables?

3.5 has countless Splat books with numerous new races, yet I have been unable to find any new/alternate Reincarnate Tables. Do any (preferably "official" 3.5) alternate tables exist to address the ...
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1answer
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Does a Cleric with high Wisdom get all their bonus spells? [duplicate]

How do bonus spells work? Bob is a Level 2 Cleric with a 16 Wisdom. The class table grants him the following spells per day [O:4] [L1:2+1] But his high casting stat grants him the following Bonus ...
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1answer
27 views

How easy is it for a non-spellcaster to enable coups de grace?

Basic question: what are the ways in which a mundane character can cause coup de grace? Are there any ways that haven't been listed here? Sure, coup de grace is a really low level technique, save for ...
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Looking for an RPG portraying dogfights and fighter pilots

I have been playing a lot of Wings of War (rebranded Wings of Glory) and Ace Patrol recently. I'm looking for a roleplaying game that captures the feel and the complexity, but also the speed and ...
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511 views

Sorcerer Wild Surge result quandries

I've got a couple of questions about some of the results in the wild surge table for the sorcerer. First of all, the magic missile result. On a roll of 09-10 "You cast magic missile as a 5th-level ...
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69 views

Is there anything like an Arcane Archer in the 5e players handbook?

In the playtest there was a feat that allowed character to imbue arrows will certain types of spells. The one in the playtest let an arcane caster attach a spell to an arrow and the spell would go off ...
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What feats should I take with my Constructor Psion?

I've been playing a Metacreativity (Constructor) Psion for a few months, and I'm worried that my feat selection is not very good. I've been told by multiple sources that some of the feats that I've ...
2
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1answer
37 views

What is the pool cost of splitting effort?

We had a question in our game last night that didn't seem to have a clear resolution in the manual. So if you have an effort of two and are splitting it between attack and damage (one point to lower ...
2
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1answer
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Does Elemental Focus affect spells modified with Elemental Spell?

I take Elemental Focus (fire) to add +1 to the DC for all of my spells that deal fire damage. If I also take Elemental Spell (fire), then cast an elemental lightning bolt, does it receive the DC bonus ...
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316 views

Are the monsters in the MM actually following the monster creation rules?

The guidelines for making your own monsters are based around the Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating table on p274. Inspired by this question regarding Animated Armor (MM 19), which is CR1, let's ...
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Does “Shield Specialization” apply to an unwielded “Winged Shield”?

Will I get the feat bonus if I am using both hands to wield a two-handed weapon and having the Winged Shield float near me? The feat: Shield Specialization Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus ...
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1answer
73 views

How would one alter the stats on animated armor to reflect a wooden statue instead?

I want to hit my (low-level) players with an animated ship's figurehead. I was toying with stats for the Sea Hag, but an animated suit of armor might work better. I'm thinking the damage resistances ...
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How do Templates/monsters stack?

I was thinking of various monsters from popular fiction (specifically the 5 nights at freddy's robots), and I wondered. is it possible to have an undead construct? How do templates work in the game? ...
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362 views

Why does the point buy system allow players to put “8” in one slot only?

In the 4th edition, when using point-buy system to set ability scores, players can only choose to put "8" in one ability. What is the reason for this? Why don't the rules allow for an "8" to be put in ...
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Does 5e's (dis)advantage rule break Pathfinder?

I really like the advantage/disadvantage system in 5e. Has it been play tested as a sole addition to the Pathfinder rules and practically or theoretically demonstrated and found to have any breaking ...
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Can I get magic initiate at lvl one

I was wondering about the magic initiate feat. Because I want to know if you can take it first level because I'm making a human warlock who's always been in-tune with magic even before making the pact ...
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66 views

Where do I find out about Archetypes?

I keep hearing about "Archetypes" for Pathfinder. What sourcebooks could I read for them?
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How should I determine when to use which Social method?

In 2e their is a new mechanic called Social Maneuvering, in theory their are also regular social rolls and Extended social rolls. How do I decide which of these my players should be using in a given ...
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3answers
466 views

When advantage isn't enough. Other circumstantial bonuses in 5e?

As noted in this question in many cases a party is going to be able to reasonably gain advantage on a check due to simply working together. However what happens when the party also gets some extra ...
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1answer
197 views

Duration of feather fall for very long distances

Let's say a character has to go down into a vertical gulf of about ten miles. A helpful NPC (wizard, character level of about 10) who does not want to join her on the way down casts feather fall on ...
6
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1answer
116 views

Is exiting the Warp inside a solar system as catastrophic as entering it from inside one?

In Warhammer 40k, the established canon requires that a ship attempting to enter the Warp must travel outside of a solar system before activating its warp drive. It is accepted that attempting to jump ...
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1answer
98 views

How to build a flexible and scalable system for PCs' NPC organizations?

Background: I am preparing to run a campaign using Dark Heresy Second Edition. Although this is nominally an investigative game, several key non-combat mechanical systems are either anemic or missing ...
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How to do I show my players it's their own damn fault, without making them feel bad?

Somewhat related to my other question. At this point, the players in my game have travelled through a Kobold Empire. They have killed Ogres for them. They have slain a Dragon and given them back ...
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How to effectively combine Ars Magica's Agent rules with Reign's Company rules?

This question was originally posed hypothetically in this Answer and ensuing comments. I am attempting to do something very similar to this as seen in this Question. In that question I am looking ...

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