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Oct
7
comment Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?
It seems like you're saying "a chaotic creature can't tell you what they're going to do under a ZoT without torture", but you don't explain why very well. "Chaotic" doesn't necessarily mean "arbitrarily and spitefully random", and chaotic people can make agreements and deals just like anyone else if it suits them. The question asks if the cleric can extract a binding promise to release prisoners in exchange for their silence. Why would a chaotic person (who presumably wants to be freed) have to be tortured in order to swear such an easy-to-keep oath?
Oct
7
comment Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?
@GMJoe If that's what the answer says, it should say so more clearly. It feels like it noodles around that idea for a paragraph, but doesn't out-and-out say directly "chaotic creatures can't".
Oct
7
comment Does Zone of Truth bind people to promises?
-1: If a chaotic character is asked to swear something under a ZoT, and they know their own nature enough to realize that they're going to break any oath they make, then they can't swear the oath, since they have to speak truthfully.
Oct
5
revised Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?
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Oct
5
reviewed Reject What happens to a character that drinks green dragon acid?
Oct
4
comment What are the most important things magic items do for the players into higher levels of the campaign?
What edition(s) have you played in before? This question makes me think that you're likely coming from 4e, where magic items were a lot more important.
Oct
4
comment How do I cast a spell that's not on my spell list without spending points in Use Magic Device?
For the purposes of this question, the caster is paranoid enough that he doesn't want anyone casting a spell on him unless he can be absolutely sure that the caster's goals and his own perfectly align. He expects that any deal he makes through a summoning spell can be subverted, and any ally can be compromised.
Oct
3
comment When did the word “buff” become used to describe bolstering effects in RPGs, and why?
The reason that I'm not answering is that I don't have any hard evidence either. It's totally cool for a question to go unanswered if there isn't a good answer for it right now. In order for an answer to be useful, you have to "Back It Up!", which your answer doesn't do.
Oct
3
comment When did the word “buff” become used to describe bolstering effects in RPGs, and why?
-1 You don't give any links to hard evidence of your claims, and you make a lot of assumptions. While your 'shorthand' explanation sounds like it could be true, that doesn't mean that it actually is.
Oct
3
comment How do I cast a spell that's not on my spell list without spending points in Use Magic Device?
@annoyingimp If you can provide evidence that such items are allowable under the rules and give reasonable pricing guidelines, then sure.
Oct
3
comment How do I cast a spell that's not on my spell list without spending points in Use Magic Device?
@annoyingimp This answer has been heavily edited, and it used to have a number of incorrect suggestions.
Oct
3
comment Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?
The examples given are "presence or absence of wings", and "number of extremities". The pattern seems to be that "gross physical qualities" are ones that you can see. Since you can't see spellcasting, it doesn't qualify.
Oct
3
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Oct
3
revised Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?
Typo.
Oct
3
answered Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?
Oct
3
comment Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?
Shapechange (through Polymorph and Alter Self) explicitly gives you things like natural attacks and "gross physical qualities" like wings or gills. It says nothing of the sort about spellcasting.
Oct
3
comment Can you see the moon with the spot skill?
Pathfinder, but related: How far can characters see?
Oct
3
reviewed Leave Open Tools for tracking NPC/PC relationships and attitudes
Oct
3
reviewed Leave Open Does having a competency bonus or an insight bonus mean that even with knowledge of that subject, you cant attempt an untrained check?
Oct
3
asked Does shapechange give me access to a creature's spells?