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Link between deities' domains and alignment

Major characteristics of deity in D&D 3.5e are domains and alignment. It is common sense that deity with law domain should have lawful alignment, deity with evil domain should have evil alignment ...
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Taking 20 with Quick Change

How long in game time should a characters one-time-a-day bonus from the Streetwise Performer bard archetype take? The bluff skill reads that bluffing to deceive takes one round minimum, longer for ...
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Does the accurate weapon trait stack if I wield 2 accurate weapons?

If I wile 2 weapons each with accurate (example 2 shotos) stack? And if so are there any requirements like attacking with both at the same time,... ?
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What can make something immune to Crusader's “Iron guard's Glare” stance

My DM put us in front of an undead skeleton and a purple worm. My Crusader attempted to use Iron Guard's Glare, but the DM ruled that the enemies were not affected by it. What are the rules for ...
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Support character for a primarily melee centric party to reduce downtime?

We have a party made up of a vengeance paladin, a moon druid, and an eldritch knight. What options are available for support characters specifically to help reduce downtime for the party? I'm ...
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Are there benchmarks for the “in-game time” to “out-game time” spent in combat for different games? [on hold]

I'm currently looking at how "efficiently" different games handle combat. Like "for one minute in-game battle the group needs an average 30 min out game." Of course you can prolong a battle with good ...
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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Can a single attack with bolas both deal damage and trip a foe?

The Player's Handbook describes the bolas as two or three heavy wooden spheres connected by lengths of cord. Because the bolas can wrap around an enemy’s leg or other limb, you can use this weapon ...
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Can the DM choose to always attack me instead of my mount?

I've been trying to work out the whole "Combat while mounted" thing in 5e. My biggest question is this, if I am up against a monster (or a few), does the DM roll to see if the monster will attack me ...
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Any way to overcome a Paladin's immunity to disease without GM fiat?

Is there any way to overcome a paladin's immunity to disease without a gm fiat? The goal is to make a paladin able to fall ill through any means possible without him losing his immunity, but instead ...
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How do Ability Bonuses and Penalties Stack?

According to the Pathfinder rules as written on temporary ability bonuses and penalties, gaining a bonus to your ability scores that lasts one day or less would not actually increase your ability ...
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Does a Shadow Conjuration Illusion have mass?

This is assuming the wizard in question has access to the spells Shadow conjuration or Greater Shadow Conjuration and uses it to duplicate the effects of major creation Let's say you're in trapped ...
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How would magic effect mass warfare? [on hold]

In the campaign world of Forgotten Realms, how could mass warfare be conducted between city states? What magical options exist in 5th edition assuming the number of medium and high level NPCs is ...
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Drow Charisma over Intelligence

The Player's Handbook says that Drow can use magic, which allows them to cast the cantrip Dancing Lights, as well as cast Faerie Fire at level three and Darkness at level five. It says that Charisma ...
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White Lotus Master Riposte and AOE at wills

The feat White Lotus Master Riposte reads: Prerequisites: 11th level, any arcane class, White Lotus Riposte feat Benefit: When an enemy you hit with an arcane at-will attack power attacks you ...
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Why does Intelligence seem so useless in 5e? [on hold]

Of the base stats, it seems that some are more generally useful than others. It's a common observation that Dexterity is more useful than Strength, as an example. However, the thing that's bugging me ...
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Must you be able to see your opponents to be flanked?

Neither the entry on flanking from the SRD nor the Player's Handbook entry (p 153) nor the Rules Compendium (pp 56-57) mention anything about being able to see the flanker or being aware of the threat....
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Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...
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What grade is required of gems used as spell material components?

Quite a few higher-level spells require x GP of gemstone or gemstone dust in order to cast -- I will not bother listing them here, as it'd just take up space in the question. However, the value of a ...
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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How do I threaten characters who aren't afraid of the usual things? [on hold]

The threat of dying is a fundamental motivator for most PCs (and, frankly, most people in real life). You buy armor so people can't kill you, you buy weapons so you can kill people before they kill ...
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How might a dex Fighter multiclass to maximize AC and damage per round?

I have a level 6 TWF monster hunter in a Curse of Strahd campaign. Quick summary of monster hunter: it's a new fighter archetype (hence TWF), it gets superiority dice to use on attack/damage and a ...
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Getting started with a small group? [on hold]

I'm looking to GM a game with a few friends (2 players total besides myself, with maybe an occasional 3rd thrown in.) I have some familiarity with D&D 5E, but the mechanics in that are balanced ...
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Is “Bowgentle's Fleeting Jorney” overpowered as a 5th-level spell?

Bowgentle's Book from “Pages From the Mages” makes a cameo in Lost Mine of Phandelver in the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. If the characters ever find this book, it will contain a couple of unique ...
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How can you maintain breathable air in a sealed location long term?

Wizard Bob has created himself a mighty tower, but being a reclusive, paranoid crazy sort of Wizard he'd like to create it entirely sealed to stop anything getting in that he doesn't want inside. The ...
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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What are the movement restrictions caused by natural webs?

In relation to the monster ability web walker, in this case from a giant spider: Web Walker. The spider ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing. The only other mentions I can find of ...
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What exactly does the Ardent's Wormhole Plunge do?

I am the DM in a campaign in which one of my friends plays an ardent. Everyone agrees with my friend that his ardent's Wormhole Plunge power kills any enemies that go into it. Is this true? It's ...
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Can your Attributes go beyond 10?

I have been playing in my first campaign of Tenra Bansho Zero (TBZ) and have ran into a disagreement with my fellow players and the GM regarding how far stats can be increased in the game, since there ...
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How big is a 50 gp diamond?

The material requirement for the spell chromatic orb is a diamond worth at least 50 gp, but in the Dungeon Master's Guide a diamond is listed under the 500 gp gem list. How small would a diamond be ...
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Is there a reason that there are no magic items that set charisma, wisdom or dexterity to 19?

The DMG provides the following stat-increase items: Gauntlet of Ogre Power (Strength) Headband of Intellect (Intelligence) Amulet of Health (Constitution) Each of those set a stat to "19" unless ...
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Can you move or speak while paralyzed?

I've seen in the rules for the Paralyzed condition that you can't move or speak while affected. Since it doesn't say "nor," I assume that you are either unable to speak or unable to move. So I wanted ...
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How do I get others to frame scenes aggressively?

I just tried Montsegur 1244, and it did not really sing for us in this group because we did take long time framing scenes, the scenes were quite discussion-heavy and correspondingly lasted quite long. ...
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What makes a weapon magical, for the purpose of immunity to non-magical weapons?

I am planning on having an encounter with a monster that has immunity to basically any attack from a non-magical weapon. Now, my players mostly have weapons with magical qualities, but they are not ...
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What is the spellcasting modifier of a spell cast from a magic item?

I'm making some fun magical items and one of the effects is that it can cast a 2nd level spell, scorching ray, and the spell description says, "Make a ranged spell attack for each ray." But what if a ...
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What to do with a player who falsely claims My Guy Syndrome, so MGS handling doesn't work?

I have a player that is claiming "that's what my guy would do", but I don't think they're actually suffering My Guy Syndrome. Based on What is "my guy syndrome" and how do I handle it?, a ...
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How do I play a dumb and stupid and Intelligent Hill Giant?

The Hill Giant (DW p.272) is described thusly: Ever seen an ogre before? Bigger than that. Dumber & meaner, too. In addition, it has the move Do something stupid. However, it has the ...
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How do I add an animal companion in Hero Lab for 5th Edition D&D?

My group is playing D&D 5E, and as DM I use Hero Lab to manage the character sheets because I find it easy to use (normally), and it can be used via tablets, which saves on ink and paper cost. ...
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Why is this stunt from It's Not My Fault not horribly broken?

I just played "It's Not My Fault", which is a character and situation generator for Fate Accelerated. One of my players got the Swashbuckler card, which grants this stunt: Three Against One?: ...
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What does “strike” mean in Robilar's Gambit?

Robilar's Gambit includes the following phrase: ... exposed defenses as they reach in to attack you. Anyone who strikes at you ... What does strike mean and what would count as an attack? Would ...
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Can a Solid Note be shaped like a manacle?

Can I cast Solid Note to make a whole note? In common western music notation, a whole note is an empty circle. The way I imagine it, the magical version would be a ring, kind of like the rings on a ...
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Can a feat “interupt” another feat?

Can a feat stop another feat, while said first feat is in effect? For example: Would a character with the feat Deflect Attack (homebrew feat) be able to use the feat Evasive Reflexes When an ...
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Can Chord of Shards be cast any time, or only during a performance?

Do you already have to be in a bardic performance to cast Chord of Shards, effectively taking two rounds to cast, or could you freely cast it as a standard action whenever?
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What happens if you Polymorph Any Object a magic weapon into another form while its magic is suppressed by Dispel Magic?

I'm aware of this question but it hasn't really come to any solid conclusion. Additionally, that question is more concerned about spell stacking in general, and I'm interested in this specific case. ...
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Chahar-aina and Dastana have stackable armor bonuses, enhancement bonuses increase armor bonus, how does this stack?

We know that enhancement bonuses increase the armor bonus: Enhancement bonuses to armor or natural armor effectively increase the armor or natural armor’s bonus to AC. … and armor bonuses ...
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Would a Chameleon's Arcane Focus allow the character to use Spell Trigger and/or Spell Completion items?

The chameleon prestige class from Races of Destiny can gain an unusual form of arcane spellcasting through the use of its arcane focus class feature. Is this class feature sufficient for a chameleon ...
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Do miss chances stack?

Say a paranoid magic user has Blurring bracers of armor, Mirror Image, Blink, Invisibility, Wings of Cover, and Etherealness going. How to calculate the miss chances versus a normal attack, magic ...
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In what circumstances does Mithral Armor count as one weight category less, and when does it not?

Mithral counts as one armor weight category less (heavy, medium, light) for "purposes of movement and other limitations... which are left unspecified. An example of where this might come up: Armor ...
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Looking for a specific horror gaming podcast

This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but I'm trying to find a specific horror gaming podcast I listened to a few episodes of way, way back. Things I know about it: It had one, male, speaker. It ...
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Can you raise a discipline to 5 at character creation?

In VTM a player is given 15 freebie points and the disciplines only cost 7, this seems to mean that you can raise a discipline to 5 dots from character creation which seems grossly overpowered, is ...

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