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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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Can PCs brew uncommon potions?

The Artificer in our party has the ritual to brew common potions, but we are trying to figure out what he needs to learn to brew uncommon potions. Below is the ritual. Brew Potion Liquids ...
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Recommendations for plots featuring div/daeva conspiracy to destroy civilization

I'm putting together a plot in a Pathfinder RPG campaign where divs (aka daevas) are orchestrating the downfall of civilization. I'm trying to set it up so that evil is working indirectly, by ...
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Ring of Rope of Climbing

OK, this is a multipart question: 1) The spell animate rope does not make a rope behave at all like the wonderous item Rope of Climbing, does it? 2) Is there a spell that can temporarily make a rope ...
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What skill would be used when looking for an item that is among many items?

When the PCs come across say, an abandoned room that is full of items they don't really care about, but they are looking for something in particular, what skill makes the most sense? Appraise says it ...
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Can I take the same Daily Spell twice?

13th Age uses a 4-E'ish system of Daily, Encounter, Rechargable, and At-Will powers for it's abilities. However, Spells are treated a little oddly compared to, say, Class Talents in that, well, a ...
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How does Jacking Spells with unusual descriptors tied to Class Features work?

The Bard Talent Jack of Spells allows the bard to poach a spell from another spell casting class. Several Wizard Spells have the descriptor "Cyclic"; these spells are usable at will so long as the ...
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How to help a player to roleplay the character he created?

When we first met to create my players' characters, the first thing I asked was to create normal characters (e.g. no freaks/depression/obsession/psychologically disturbed, etc). Normal people with ...
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How can I roleplay a character more manipulative than myself?

In a game of Maids RP (don't laugh) right now, I'm playing a character significantly more 'cunning' than me. I don't have a problem playing intelligent characters - I consider myself fairly smart, ...
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How to hide the system in FATE (Dresden Files)

In the past when introducing a new player to roleplaying games I have found they understand it much quicker if I handle the mechanics of the game, and let them experience the story and play without ...
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How do I roleplay an intelligent character?

What are some strategies and techniques for role playing a character that is more intelligent than you actually are? It's pretty easy to pretend to be someone who is less intelligent, but the reverse ...
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How to chain a druid?

How can a captured druid be restrained so that he can't shapeshift to something that can slip his bonds (such as a small snake)? I would prefer minimum or no magic used. And what about natural-fibre ...
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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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Are there any Mechanical differences between the Eberron and D&D Home Settings?

In D&D Insider's character builder, both Eberron and D&D Home campaign presented as separate options when creating a character. Does choosing Eberron vs. "D&D" actually make any changes ...
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Good source book for wilderness/road encounters?

I'm a GM and like for my players to have several interesting encounters when making long road journeys between cities. I especially enjoy when the party has options of how to deal with what they ...
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Is there a cross referenced DPR / build list, or optimized build list, somewhere?

I'm a DM who is starting to play PC's, and I don't know the many many character options out there that well. My group is full of expert power gamers and I want my PC to match up reasonably, but I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of dual wielding in 13th Age?

Our normal 4e encounters group is running a 13th Age playtest session, and I'm creating a Level 1 fighter character based on Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I'm skimming the rules and the ...
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Do burst/close burst attacks “splash” around corners?

I know that blasts require LoS in 4e and that bursts require line of effect between the target square and the creature using the power but one my players asked if a burst would hit diagonally around a ...
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Does the combination of the Blinded and Deafened status effects make other creatures effectively hidden?

If an item and or attack power in 4e gives a creature both the blinded and deafened status effects and the creature has no alternative senses (blind sight, tremor sight) is it mechanically accurate to ...
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When & How often do 4e Monster powers recharge?

How often should I roll power recharge rolls and at which point in the monster's turn do I re-roll them? I'm trying to find the official definition of the recharge mechanic in the online compendium ...
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What book has prices for alternative muses?

In the Eclipse Phase core rule book, there are rules for buying a muse. It is listed with stats and a price in the section with other AIs like Vecheil AIs and Hacking (Kaos) AIs. It notes that all ...
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How can I judge if combat in a dungeon room attracts attention?

A question that usually props up at my table is "If we start a fight in this room, will we attract any attention?" I guess usually this refers to the noise and din of combat. So, say the party is ...
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Do I need both DMG1 and 2 to create adventures?

I'm working on my first custom campaign for my players and I am wondering if I should read both DMG1 and 2 or if it's possible to just use DMG2 as a guideline. I have previously run modules out of ...
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What options exist for a “divine bard” in D&D 3.5?

One character I'm considering playing in a 3.5e D&D game is a dwarvish bard (yes, I know that's a really bad idea from a min-max perspective, and no, I don't care!). The back story for the ...
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Which Necromancy Path would make my Giovanni more effective in combat?

For a VtM session I'm taking part in – we're playing using the Vampire 20th Anniversary book – I have created an interesting young Giovanni necromancer. “Young” is a keyword here – my “powers” aren't ...
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375 views

Are Lair Assaults treated as one long, unending encounter?

Specifically I'm asking about Lair Assault: Kill the Wizard, but would also like to know if this is an overall rule for Lair Assaults. It's my first Lair Assault and I want to build my potential PCs ...
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Do Defender Auras require activation?

I'm asking here because I've gotten different responses from different DMs. My home campaign DM said I had to activate my Knight's defender aura during my first round of an encounter before it was ...
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1answer
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Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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How do I plan out a character's growth in Pathfinder?

I've played a few Pathfinder games, I've even considered running one myself, and I've come across a common problem for me when I play my character (or in any system really). I start out with a ...
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4answers
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How to get the most out of an encounter by combining foes

I am an new GM playing DnD-4E and i am looking for advice on how to compose challenging encounters. I have played with my group ~10 times so far and what i really like is to challenge them. Not a TPK ...
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A rollable automatic D&D 3.5 Treasure Table?

I am in search of a page or online tool that lets me roll the standard 3.5 treasure table. By "roll" I mean that I don't want a "random treasure generator". I want to enter the numbers my players roll ...
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1answer
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Channelling Spells Through Implanted Ioun Stones

The entry for Ioun Stones on the PFSRD, under the heading Implanted Ioun Stones, says this: Rumors exist of stranger, darker magics that allow spellcasters to channel spells through their ...
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1answer
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Where does a temporary ability bonus count for in spellcasting?

A "Headband of Inspired Wisdom +2" adds +2 to your Wisdom score. So a +1 to you Wisdom modifier. The first 24 hours it is worn you get a temporary ability bonus after that it is permanent for as long ...
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What should I do about a not-so-good dungeon master? [on hold]

I'm part of a group where the only D.M. Is a really bad dm. He plays with overpowered GMPCs, and he doesn't even roll the checks on tests. What should I do?
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Does Arcane Spell Failure Chance affect activated magic items?

I am wondering if the arcane spell failure chance on armor affects activated magical items such as wands, rods, and other items. I was not able to find a clarification on this in the book.
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My friends and I are new to RPGs and need a system I can DM and they can pick up. Suggestions?

My friends and I are trying to get into tabletop RPGs but have ran into some difficultly finding a system/setting that fits. We gave Eclipse Phase a shot but found it to have a pretty high barrier to ...
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3answers
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How to ensure players spend XP on both short- and long-term benefits in Numenera?

I recently bought the core rulebook for Numenera. As well as reading through it to learn the system, I've been reading online reviews. It seems from reading what other experienced Role-Players think, ...
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3answers
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What books should I bring with me to my first gaming session?

I am interested in joining the role-playing scene, and have an interest in joining a campaign-particularly a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. But, with little experience, I'm not sure what I should ...
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Can you place something living in a bag of holding?

I don't have any rule books to read and the last rule book I had was dnd 2e, but this question came up at lunch today at work. Is it possible to place live objects in a bag of holding. For instance, ...
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How can I roleplay my evil character properly?

I have started playing as an evil character in a group of neutral and good characters. We are traveling in a caravan through an undead-ridden world. No teleportation or plane traveling possible. We ...
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What reason would there be for a ruler to forgo having himself resurrected?

If a rich ruler has trustworthy relatives, or even multiple lackeys (only one of which would need to honor a command to have them resurrected), why would they ever choose to pass on? Since the only ...
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How to encourage a player's creativity without breaking the game?

I've just started a new D&D 4e campaign with a new group of players. One of my players came straight from 2nd edition, and has never played 4e before. She doesn't seem to grasp the layer of ...
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5answers
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Spaceship Combat in Fate Core

I'm trying to run a space-opera RPG in Fate Core, and ship-to-ship combat is a central focus. I'm looking to emulate the kind of fighting we see in Star Wars, Wing Commander, FreeSpace, etc, but ...
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2answers
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What happens when Zombies are Slowed?

I'm referring to the specific system of DnD 3.5 and to Zombies being slowed with the spell Slow. Zombies already have "Partial Action" in that they only have a standard action per round. I understand ...
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1answer
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Do secondary natural attacks get the entire strength modifier on the attack roll?

I've read that they only get half the strength modifier to the damage roll but what about the attack roll?
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How can I Intimidate (demoralize foe) as a Move or Swift action?

I would like to make Intimidate a major part of my PC's fighting style. I think it's cool, and themey; I don't like the fact that it takes a Standard action, though. Is there any way to speed it up a ...
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2answers
549 views

Does Casting a Spell with Somatic and Material Components Require 2 Hands?

Question Can a spell with both somatic components and material, focus, or divine focus components be cast with only one free hand? To clarify further... What does it mean to prepare material ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to create undead with class levels?

This came from a conversation I had with a friend: is it possible for a PC necromancer to raise or create undead with class levels? The specific example that sparked this was the possibility of ...
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What are the consequences of different speeds of time interacting?

How do different flows of time interact? In a moment of improvisation, I created an extremely dangerous orb that is frozen in time by a spell. The next session will be in a couple of weeks because of ...
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Does a character sleeping in mithral breastplate incur fatigue?

A character who sleeps in medium or heavy armor is automatically fatigued the next day. He takes a –2 penalty on Str and Dex and can't charge or run. Sleeping in light armor does not cause fatigue. ...

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