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comment Can I make ability checks when my ability score is lower than the DC?
By RAW, "Automatic success on natural 20" only applies to attack rolls and saving throws versus spells. As you've mentioned, there are GMs who houserule that apply to everything or to a broader set of things.
2d
comment Can Wizards wear cloaks and capes instead of robes?
Even wizards who prefer wearing robes tend to wear something else under them. Hopefully.
2d
comment How do characters retreat from an encounter?
"Don't leave your hoard unguarded while there are adventurers about" is a lesson every dragon should be taught from birth.
Oct
27
comment How does Demon: the Descent handle the common problems with Splinters and Time Travel?
@Sandwich That can be hard to engineer in a roleplaying game - Do you have any anecdotes you could share?
Oct
27
comment When players have settled into “routines” for runs, how to break them out of the rut?
@longbow I probably don't need to tell you this, but I enjoy stating the obvious: Be aware that contacts are a thing players must pay for, so they expect them to be an advantage; If you make them less useful, your players may stop dealing with them.
Oct
23
comment Is your character's ability to avoid attacks based solely on AC?
Does 5e's ruleset not mention that AC represents a character's dodging and parrying and such?
Oct
23
comment Designing a spell to create works of art
Related question: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/11532/…
Oct
17
comment Are there any sources more concretely describing the Shield spell?
#1 is sort of borne out by the fact that shield was directional in certain editions of D&D: It only protected from attacks coming from the direction the caster chose to set it against.
Oct
17
comment Are there any sources more concretely describing the Shield spell?
#3 is surprisingly close to how actual shields-of-the-kind-used-by-fighters work, come to think of it.
Oct
17
comment Revealing game world information
In its current form, the analogy is long and winding enough to distract from the point this answer is trying to make, I think. Could the non-essential parts be trimmed out, leaving only the details that are relevant?
Oct
15
comment What are the most popular/well known larp systems that meet our requirements?
Thanks for contributing to our site, @rane. As SevenSidedDie says, including details of how your LARP system addresses the OP's concerns would really help make this answer solid.
Oct
14
comment Modifying spell components to add flavor
The description of the Magic Missile spell even explicitly states that the caster can customise the appearance of the missiles.
Oct
13
comment Does a mithral rose change your weapon to silver, or add it?
This answer doesn't address the player whose GM says "Your attacks are treated as if made using silver weapons. Since a thing composed of silver is not also composed of cold iron, your weapons doesn't count as cold iron for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction."
Oct
10
comment I failed to open a lock. Now what?
Mm, while these techniques work well with some campaigns and playstyles, there are other playstyles and campaigns they won't work quite so well with. Some discussion of the pros and cons of each one might help the OP in deciding whether and when to use them.
Oct
9
comment I failed to open a lock. Now what?
@BraddSzonye You're conflating a number of decisions there, and disentangling and answering them all is too complex to do in just a comment. Not that I should answer in a comment at all, of course; The SE format doesn't handle followup questions well. I advise you ask another question.
Oct
9
comment How far does Sympathy reach?
Considering the narrative function of the spell might help with GM adjudication: This is the spell that, when you find a mysterious artefact glistening in the underground chamber you just fell into, provides the whispered voiceover going "Touch me... Touch me..." that only the audience can hear.
Oct
8
comment How do I choose a Mood for my game?
@Quentin Make that an answer.
Oct
8
comment How to create a dungeon based on a realistic tomb, but still enjoyable to explore?
I'm not disputing that a college campus could make a fascinating dungeon, buried or not. It's just that the question was specifically about the kind of tomb that's constructed for corpses, and most college campuses aren't. Could you edit your answer to be more relevant to the question? (Incidentally, was Lurking Horror the one where the janitor polishing the floors would occasionally try to kill you?)
Oct
3
comment Can a Power Word spell be cast silently?
It's worth mentioning that, because such spells take large amounts of ink and multiple pages of spellbook to scribe down and require spell slots to cast instead of just saying the verbal component, some players (mine, at least) have concluded that there is more to a power word spell than just the utterance itself. Your mileage may vary, though.
Oct
3
comment How to create a dungeon based on a realistic tomb, but still enjoyable to explore?
Your college campus is a tomb?