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I picked the wrong spells as a wizard, how do I recover?

Being a newcomer to DnD (5e), I got invited to a campaign with some friends. It is my first time playing tabletop DnD. Video games like Neverwinter Nights was my only experience with DnD. I now ...
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How would someone go about training magical animals (such as hydras)?

We were playing in a good friend of mine's campaign, and while he's smart he's pretty new, so sometimes the players get one over on him. We ended up in a tournament against a hydra, and my druid came ...
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Why are there damage differences with these breath weapons?

In the group I am playing with, my character is a level 20 Sorcerer with the Draconic Bloodline. Through this Bloodline, I obtain a special attack of Breath Weapon and automatic spell of Form of the ...
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Feat Interaction: Does the Magic in the Blood apply to Highborn Drow?

Magic in the Blood1 turns your racial spell-like abilities from 1/day to 3/day. Highborn Drow2 gives you additional spell-like abilities. Would those spell-like abilities count as racial spell-like ...
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Building an assassin

I'm starting a new D&D campaign. I'm still fairly new to D&D and I want to build a Rogue/Assassin that dips into Swordsage for the assassin stance. I have read on other sources that this is ...
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Is the Purple Dragon Knight archetype as underpowered as it looks?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide includes a new martial archetype for fighters, the Purple Knight of Cormyr. Comparing its traits to the fighter archetypes in the PHB, it seems really underpowered. ...
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Does Mirror Image enable Sneak Attack?

This question is related to this other question and builds on that. From some of the answer provided in the linked question, it would seem that the RAI for proccing sneak attack is that the enemy ...
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Are there any D&D rules for spells addressing past lives and the effects of reincarnation? [closed]

To clarify: This is not a question asking about different mechanics of reincarnation, or about a framework for reincarnation that spans any number of D&D variants. The tl;dr is that the question ...
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How are poisons handled in the d6 system?

I've tried to search for but didn't find anything exactly in the OGL rules about how poisons are handled. Are there any rules there?
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Optimal Wizard build giving a strongest Monk flavor ( touch or cone attack centered )

I am starting playing in a new campaign of 5E, and what I currently have is a first level Wizard. STR 10 DEX 14 CON 12 INT 16 WIS 14 CHA 12 Human ( Chaotic Neutral ) with a Sage ...
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How can DMs effectively telegraph specific dangers in D&D?

There are some play-styles of D&D in which the spectre of player-character death is considered a feature of the game rather than a bug. For my own reasons (which aren't the point of the question), ...
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Does a creature with swallow whole retain damage reduction inside?

When a creature is swallowed whole in Pathfinder, it can attempt to attack the swallowing creature from the inside to cut its way out with a light or natural weapon. The armor class is 10+1/2 nat ...
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How many ranged touch attacks can a Master Thrower do with the weak spot trick shot?

I'm playing as a Master Thrower who just attained the weak spot trick shot and I was wondering how often I could utilize the ability.
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Is it possible to hire someone to train you in skills or armor/weapon proficiencies?

As the title suggests, I am wondering if it is actually within the rules of the game for your character to hire someone for skill/armor/weapon training/proficiency. Is this possible, or can you only ...
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Switching from dead characters mid-game [on hold]

As a GM, how do I wrap game-caused character switching into the story? Suppose I had to murder one of the PCs for great ju... didactic purposes. Q: What is the most common/reasonable way of ...
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Can you use mind control spells to learn a demon's true name?

The wizard in my campaign has the Eye of Vecna and is a yuan-ti, and this means he has suggestion and dominate monster at least once a day. Could he simply suggest to a demon that it reveal its true ...
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How to get high level casting, warlock invocations, and binding

I would like to make a character, probably amoral to evil thematically focused on forbidden knowledge, who can cast high level spells (arcane, divine, or both. As close to possible to a single ...
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Optimize dwarven barbarian/battlerager wanna-be

So, in an upcoming campaign I wanted to play a dwarven battlerager. This was a prestige class from 3.5, however we are playing pathfinder. I am not a fan of converting the prestige class and am not a ...
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Is is unrealistic not to bring a decker / hacker to shadow runs?

I'm going to host a Shadowrun game soon (have played a bit before ages ago). It is going to be a second RPG alongside our regular group so we want to keep the time to get into the matter very low. ...
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How much has to pay a custom droid PC to have extensions in its locomotion systems?

A player of mine has decided to create a custom droid as PC, and as I have gone through the rules to create one, I couldn't find any specifics about this. The rules state that medium sized droids ...
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What type of damage accounts for bleeding damage?

I am writing a feat for D&D 5E that causes a creature hit by your critical Slashing weapon attack to receive ongoing bleeding damage until some time has passed or they receive healing. This damage ...
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Do custom PC droids start with Basic language and vocabulator by default?

I have a player who decided to play a droid, and when I was going through the rules to create custom droids, I couldn't find anywhere what automatic languages they have. The best aproximations to ...
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Can I use Silent Image as an adjacent enemy for Sneak Attack

Sneak attack says: You don't need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5ft of it, that enemy isn't incapacitated, and you don't have disadvantage on the attack ...
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Can a character with two warring personalities have two alignments?

I have a half-orc character that was brought up by orcs to be evil. While he was growing up his human conscience used to give him doubts about what he was doing but he ignored it. Then something ...
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Shadowrun 5, physical area Illusions

I'm confused about illusion spells in SR5. The rulebook states that illusions do not cause direct permanent damage but can cause side effects such as pain, nausea, or loss of balance and/or indirect ...
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Would a caster's AoE spell hit the caster?

Our warlock was being assaulted by a few stirges, surrounding her. She cast Shatter around herself to defeat all of them. Does she get hit by her own spell?
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Exactly when can a player “on hold” interrupt another character?

It says you can interrupt the "Action" of a character when you are on hold--for simplicity let's assume the interrupting character was dealt a joker. Here are a few increasingly unlikely-to-be-legal ...
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How to design a GMPC that is not supposed to push the story ahead?

I'm finally after a long time of thinking about it, going to play a campaign of DnD. For that I have bought the starter set and I'm actually still in preparation for it. I'm going to be the DM and it ...
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What happens with the Drow's poisoned weapons when picked up by a PC?

The Drow Elite Warrior does 3d6 extra poison damage (no save!), it's not a magical sword but an ability of the creature. So that same sword in the hands of another character is just a sword, it's the ...
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Dual-nature beings and attacks from astral plane

We are playing SR3 and I as GM have problems with mages and dual-nature beings (like ghouls) because the ghouls are vulnerable from astral, but cannot retaliate in projecting mage is not in their ...
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Is it appropriate to punish a player who snatches thing from under the other players?

My players and I often have a bit of conflict or frustration in our games because one player in particular is quite controlling, and feels that they can just snatch up what they want because they said ...
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When a spell has no defined shape, what shape does it take?

When a spell has no defined shape (i.e. Cone, Line, Sphere, etc.) is it up to the DM/group to decide its shape or is there a commonly held RAI interpretation? e.g. Spirit Guardians [Spirits] flit ...
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What happens if a large vehicle collides with an arcane gate?

If Arcane Gate is cast at a point where a vehicle that is too large to pass through would collide with it should there be damage to the vehicle? Would the gate collapse? What if part of the ...
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Optimizing a spellsword bard

I recently rolled a bard for a new game set in a low fantasy world. It's a halfling bard, with 17 CHA and 16 DEX and +0s or +1s elsewhere. In the party there is also a defensively minded Paladin, a ...
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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 ...
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How does one become a god?

How does one become a deity? I read Deities and Demigods, but some things are either not explained or not mentioned at all. Do you have to get a blessing from a god with 20+ divinity? Can you ...
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What action ends the spell 'Invisibility' in terms of how indirect it must be?

This concerns the spell Invisibility in Pathfinder and what causes it to end. The relevant text for reference: The spell ends if the subject attacks any creature. For purposes of this spell, an ...
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How Do I login if I haven't confirmed my email? [migrated]

I know this isn't an RPG question, but I need to know right now. I made an account on a computer where gmail is blocked and I can't log in. the tag is irrelavant
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2answers
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Automatic-Dodge vs. Regular Dodge Bonus

I've been consulting a few RIFTS and Palladium system forums online to try and figure out exactly how the Automatic Dodge system in the games work and have been rather unsuccessful. So I'm turning to ...
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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
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What is a good way to introduce new players to Pathfinder without making things too linear? [on hold]

I wanted to create a dungeon to get a new group of players together and teach them pathfinder, but I felt I wanted something more than 'go to the goblin cave and get the macguffin' for this first ...
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2answers
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What is the alignment of a Gold Shadow Dragon?

What alignment are Gold Shadow Dragons? I recently purchased a miniature booster box and inside I found a Gold Shadow Dragon and have not been able to find any sources that describe its alignment. ...
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Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape?

I'm wondering if any feats might carry over when a druid assumes a Wild Shape. I'm specifically looking at the Alert and Lucky Feats. PHB p.67 stipulates: Your game statistics are replaced by the ...
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What is psionics?

Psionics is a source of power that originates from within a creature’s mind, allowing it to augment its physical abilities and affect the minds of other creatures. ~from Unearthed Arcana: ...
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How to make my character the villain in a campaign with multiple DMs?

Recently my long-time gaming group began a Round Robin style campaign where we each take turns being the DM. We decided the decided that we'll each get to DM one session with a randomly determined ...
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3answers
141 views

Does skulker remove the attack penalty for targeting creatures in low-light? Also, does that stack with Darkvision?

I'm developing an NPC whose area of expertise is night assault. Variant Human Rogue (Assassin) with Goggles of Night and the Skulker feat. My reasoning is thus: Goggles of Night: Total darkness = ...
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3answers
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How does rolling two dice and taking the highest affect the average outcome?

D&D 5E has an "advantage" concept where instead of rolling 1d20, you roll 2d20 and take the highest. Likewise, disadvantage means rolling 2d20 and taking the lowest. How does this affect the ...
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2answers
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What book contains the rules for creating travelling shows?

I noticed that the Palladium website has a Traveling Show Creation Log. Presumably this worksheet would be used while working through the rules, detailed in a supplement of some kind, for defining a ...
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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

I'm playing a warlock, a follower of the old god Cthulhu (chaotic evil). My character is chaotic neutral, and has been doing some not-so-neutral things (in my opinion). My patron god is a big part of ...
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What are some good resources for designing maps (regional, provincial, dungeon, etc)? [on hold]

Alright, I hope this question is narrow enough in scope that it's alright for RPG.SE. What I am asking for is a list of resources such as essays, books, blog posts, articles, how-to's, etc., that ...

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