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In D&D can a cleric choose to 'partially use' turn undead for purposes of, say, torture

In our fourth edition campaign we have a cleric trying to partially use Turn Undead against an undead character. Disregarding whether this constitutes a use of power, can the cleric intentionally ...
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What's the highest Restriction Rating of equipment that a player can buy at character creation?

The title says it all. I'm trying to figure out what items I can get for a Shadowrun 4e campagin on roll20
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1answer
115 views

Game that Teaches RPGs effectively “by itself”

I am looking to give someone who has never played an RPG a gift of a game and some dice, but this isn't someone who I can necessarily just RUN a game for, so the book needs to do as good a job as ...
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2answers
103 views

How do multiple-round touch spells work?

I'm the GM for a group of four people, two of whom are deviously creative. This time, this dynamic duo is playing a pair of 7th-level druids, both of which had taken the spell Produce Flame for the ...
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4answers
459 views

Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
4
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1answer
77 views

Multiple Arms and Grappling in Pathfinder

I built a creature with 16 limbs and a focus on grappling. However I could not find any bonus to grapple for having extra limbs. Searching online I found a few forum posts but they seemed primarily ...
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0answers
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Circle of Crone: Love-Lies-Bleeding ritual

In circle of crone covenant book page 36 talks about a ritual to hide black veins caused by diablerie: Love-Lies-Bleeding The Amaranth, or Amaranthus, is a beautiful flower with rich crimson ...
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5answers
218 views

Is there an exchange rate between hit points and spell levels?

I'm in the midst of creating a magic item that would steal hit points from enemies and store them. Once a certain level of hit points have been stored, the user of the item would be able to convert ...
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4answers
537 views

In Pathfinder can spells target invisible opponents?

In the game I was running last night the bad guy cast invisibility on himself. The players managed to work out which 5' square she was in and among other things one of the players tried to use the ...
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2answers
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Where can I find information on forming spirit pacts?

I have been reading over the Book of Spirits and it mentioned some form of trade that normal humans could make with Spirits for favors and such. Unfortunately, the page referenced in the book to find ...
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365 views

Does globe of invulnerability exclude summoned monsters from the area?

Globe of invulnerability states: An immobile, faintly shimmering magical sphere surrounds you and excludes all spell effects of 3rd level or lower. Summon Monster has the following effect: ...
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1answer
336 views

Are there any Large playable races with a LA of +0/+1 and if so where are they?

I know of the half-minotaur that's in a dragon mag somewhere but other than that I have no idea. I've been consulting lists of +0 and +1 LA playable races and templates but they don't seem to mention ...
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0answers
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Is “The One Ring” suitable as an introductory game? [on hold]

Some of my friends want to play The One Ring RPG, but they have never played an RPG before. If any of you have experience using The One Ring as a vehicle for introducing people to roleplaying games, ...
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Does your spell modifier add to your spell damage?

So I know how to calculate spell DC (8 + proficiency + modifier) and spell attack rolls (1d20 + proficiency + modifier), but I am not clear on spell damage. Namely: Do you add your spell modifier ...
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96 views

How do I create a good fighter character that is focused on damage output? [on hold]

Can anybody help me create a Fighter character that is primarily focused on damage? How do i determine my edition? I have a 4th edition monster manual 2 from Wizards of the coast.
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61 views

Pathfinder encounter building checklist [on hold]

I have been GMing in pathfinder for a little under a year now and I have recently realized that I have not been taking full advantage of certain aspects of combat encounters such as terrain effects ...
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1answer
82 views

Differences between Hunter: the Reckoning and Hunter: the Vigil?

I don't understand the differences between the oWoD Hunter and nWoD Hunter. Most of the games I could see a fairly clear difference in mechanics and theme between them. I have not been able to find ...
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2answers
1k views

What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconcious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
8
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3answers
231 views

How Do I Assassinate a Vampire or Garou?

I'm playing a character in a Werewolf game and I'd like to play a sniper or soldier who specialises in Firearms. It seems from my limited understanding of the rules that it's quite hard to kill a ...
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1answer
191 views

How can a player in a PbP D&D 5e game ensure the health and fun of that game?

I recently found this question which has a lot of good advice for things that a game-master can do to ensure that the game is successful and fun for everyone involved. However, it doesn't say anything ...
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1answer
179 views

How do I finish filling out this character sheet? [on hold]

I am trying to pick up D&D for the very time and need some help for my very first character creation. Here are the choices I made; Race: Half-Orc Class: Barbarian Ability Scores (rolled, ...
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3answers
2k views

How to build an evil campaign

I'm going to start DM'ing for the first time next week. When I got together with my group to figure out what type of game to play, when we got to alignment, I told them they either all needed to be ...
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1answer
97 views

When laws conflict what does a Lawful character do? [on hold]

I was thinking of Lawful dragons originally but this question could apply to extra planar creatures and even Paladins visiting from another country. It also applies to followers of gods who might obey ...
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Good mapping tools for odd topologies

I'm looking to host a game that takes place in an asteroid terrarium traveling through interstellar space. Does anyone know of mapping software for 1) the inside of the asteroid, which resembles the ...
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0answers
50 views

Difference in Core Mechanics between Revised Edition and W20?

I've joined a long running group playing Werewolf but whereas I've got the 20th Anniversary PDF rulebook they're playing from their original Revised Edition (second edition?) rulebooks and ...
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1answer
83 views

How many Supernatural Creatures are there per 'X' population?

I don't have many of the White Wolf books so this is a mystery to me. In the 'standard' World of Darkness (revised edition if it matters) how many supernatural creatures are there likely to be per ...
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1answer
441 views

Why are staves class-dependent?

Why can any player use a wand, but magical staves have class limitations? Is there a mechanical reason for it (like balance), or is it purely for flavor / game design?
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110 views

Where can I find a background for a lawful evil character? [on hold]

I'm playing for few weeks now but my DM asked me what my bond of evil was. He said he needs a second background what makes the evil side in me come up. Where can I find backgrounds for lawful evil ...
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1answer
63 views

Pricing Kaorti Resin Spinning Swords

I am considering getting a Spinning Sword made from Kaorti Resin for a character in an upcoming game. She is a Medium creature, though depending on how things go I may get the Monkey Grip feat so I ...
5
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3answers
179 views

How am I supposed to award magic items so that PCs aren't over/under-powered?

I'm a noob DM. In previous campaigns, I've only given out magic items as rewards for completing quests, but players complained that they didn't have enough control over what items they wanted to use, ...
5
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0answers
64 views

How do people handle failure in Roll For Shoes? [on hold]

One of the points that aren't very clear in Roll For Shoes is how to handle failure/HP type situations. I am curious how other people have handled it and if they ran into any problems. I was toying ...
3
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1answer
89 views

Is there a way to affect a familiar with a spell that targets animals?

Basically what i had in mind was a way to target a familiar with Anthropomorphic animal so that he can manipulate tools and speak, but since a familiar becomes a magical beast, it shouldn't be ...
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3answers
91 views

Stealth and invisibility

Under invisibility it says: Of course, the subject is not magically silenced [...] If a check is required, a stationary invisible creature has a +40 bonus on its Stealth checks. This bonus is ...
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0answers
51 views

Programs for generating a character sheet [duplicate]

This is my first question. I'm looking for a character sheet generator. For example, names, skills, attributes, missions. Dou you know a program (Web or desktop)? A long time ago I read a question ...
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0answers
37 views

How do I play a Roll20 Game? [on hold]

I'm entered for my first roleplaying game on Friday, on Roll20.com, a virtual tabletop. I'm a bit confused as to whether I need a character sheet for the game, or how I prepare. any help?
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6answers
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Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?

A paladin's special mount ability says, in part, that Once per day, as a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is ...
4
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1answer
118 views

Casting Flame Strike or Ice Storm in a cave/dungeon

So, one of my players who plays a druid wanted to cast "Flame Strike" and "Ice Storm" in a dungeon. In the german version of the rule books, those spells both state that the Ice/Fire comes from the ...
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3answers
272 views

Are Paladin Tenets Subjective?

In the 5e rules as framed (not based on your own personal philosophy or opinion), are Paladin tenets, like the Oath of Vengeance's Fight the Greater Evil, meant to be subjective or objective (or is ...
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2answers
113 views

Random weather in flight-centric campaigns

This is inspired by a quick gander at the answers (in particular, the Empire Weather tables) to Randomly-generating weather for a sandbox campaign. How do you adapt Empire Weather, or a similar ...
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1answer
81 views

Best brand-agnostic term for encounters? [on hold]

I'm building myself a little tool for keeping track of campaign and adventure details, and I need a generic term for what D&D refers to as encounters. Something simple that can refer to combat, ...
4
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1answer
63 views

Can a Shardmind communicate telepathically with intelligent undead?

In previous editions of D&D undead were immune to the effects of telepathy. In 4e, can a Shardmind use telepathy with a Deathwight? We also have a Revenant in the party — are the Shardmind and ...
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2answers
335 views

How often should the players roll Bluff when interacting with NPCs

My party had secretly infiltrated a stronghold and we were Disguised (using magic) as the leadership of the place after eliminating the real leadership. While rifling through the head honchos stuff ...
6
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1answer
175 views

Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid who is Wild Shaped preform Unarmed Strikes?
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7answers
2k views

How much do I tell new players about new monsters?

Background I am a brand-new DM, about to lead a game for brand-new players. I have a lot of knowledge of rules from playing Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights over and over, leafing through a ...
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1answer
130 views

How to Build an Optimized Battle Cleric? [on hold]

I am a 3.5/Pathfinder player that will be playing in my first 5e campaign soon. I was wondering how one would go about building an optimized battle cleric. I don't need to know every spell that ...
6
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0answers
82 views

How can PCs create potions? [duplicate]

Related: How does one craft Potions of Healing? The DMG has been released but I can't find details for making potions. The PHB specifically states that herbalism kit proficiency is required to make ...
0
votes
2answers
100 views

How long would take for a brilliant person to decypher/crack an alien language and how to use its technology? [on hold]

Consider this: A fallen spaceship is approached by a person of very high intelligence. Think of someone really really smart, like top 50 in the world. How long would take for such a person to grasp ...
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12answers
3k views

Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic

So far, I've seen questions about minimum-bookkeeping game recommendations, to keep it simple easy, and fast-to-play. That is understandable, since many play their games in-person. However, lots of ...
4
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0answers
64 views

Combat With a Focus on Momentum

As some of you may know, Exalted 3E is on its way, but isn't released yet. In some of the preview/teaser info, the Devs were talking about combat in the following way: ...in the epics, and in ...
4
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1answer
44 views

How do I go about running a Microscope game with a large group of beginners?

I'm starting a new role-playing group with some friends of mine. Most of my friends have little to no experience with RPing so I thought Microscope would be a good game to introduce them to the ...

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