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You're not correctly quoting the feat. It reads as follows: All variable, numeric effects of a spell modified by this feat are maximized. The key word to adjudicate this is effects. The die roll is not an effect, it's something the player does when they cast the spell. And which particular ray is chosen is not numeric -- it's a qualitative, not ...


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Just For Preparation The short version is: you're right. Wizards need a spellbook to prepare spells (from the book), but not to cast. The book is not a component/material/focus/requirement of casting the spell. Long version: The preparing spells rules are here, and to prepare from a spellbook you need the book. That part is pretty straightforward. Here's ...


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D&D is not a physics engine Some rules, because they seem to simulate little bits of reality, might give you the impression that this is major point of the game. However, D&D reality is very skewed in favour of making games and fantastical stories. Neither games, nor fantasy novels nor cinema pay much more than lip service to science-based reality. ...


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I couldn't find an official errata, clarification, or FAQ for this spell, so I'm going to use the spell wording and my own explanations as best I can. If you give a quest that has a definite end, the spell says explicitly: A lesser geas places a magical command on a creature to carry out some service or to refrain from some action or course of activity, ...


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Spellbook to prepare is correct. Imagine the spellbook like a cookbook. You know what the recipe is, but you can't really remember every single detail, so before cooking, you look over the recipe book, and refresh your memory, then you cook your dish. The Spell Mastery feat will allow a certain number of spells to no longer need their spellbook to prepare ...


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One of the holes in all the answers thus far is that they take an adversarial approach to rules lawyers. That will only antagonize him more, which will only exacerbate the problem and build up to a "dude, leave our group you jerk-face" moment. Defuse the hostility and you can go back to being friends again! What makes a rules lawyer? Simply put, if you ...


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Mechanically, creatures that have fire immunity are only immune to fire. Fire immunity doesn't, by RAW, automatically allow a creature to easily traverse a desert without endurance, or heal when subjected to a fire-based attack (that would normally be a seperate ability). In terms of "super-heated plasma," the closest thing to this that a fire-immune ...


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In short, you really can't get extra spell pages by changing your form. The longer version involves some not-terribly-well-defined rules. To my knowledge, there are no rules about what happens to tattoos on your body when you change your shape. Based on a careful reading of the shapeshifting rules, I would say that any tattoos on your normal form would ...


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By RAW, we have only this: Action: Creating a disguise requires 1d3×10 minutes of work. Using Alter Self or activating some effect on a magic armor to look different is one thing, to look exactly like someone else is a completely different matter. When you create an elaborate disguise, such mimicking the appearance of someone, you are not just using ...


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I’d argue (though I have seen it argued oppositely) that the Maximize Spell does not maximize all rolls, just rolls used to set numerical values. The roll in a prismatic spell doesn’t set a numerical value, it picks an effect, and therefore is not affected. Considering that you would otherwise get an infinite loop as all rolls are maximized and demand you ...


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This... Shouldn't Happen The situation is that "a creature with multiple tentacles grappled me from 10' away, and [it] chose to maintain the distance instead of pulling me in." This must be a unique ability which you should detail to get more accurate answers. A creature that starts a grapple in D&D 3.5 just doesn't pull the grappled creature in. (Nor ...


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Control Freak Behaviour Some GMs like to feel like they are 'in control' of what is occurring. This usually means railroading. Which isn't always bad - some people are good at railroading, to the extent that people don't notice OR care. And that's fine. Sometimes this means that every rule only works how the GM thinks it does, not how it says in the ...



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