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comment What advantages does hiding have?
@daze413 quite right, good catch
2d
comment Low-Light, Darkvision and nightfall
Well, I can see the Andromeda Galaxy in starlight - its 2.5 billion light years away; is that far enough :)?
Aug
1
comment Does a druidic focus count as a material component while in beast shape?
@SevenSidedDie you have better eyes than me because I can't see an unambiguous yes or no. I think the referenced but not included text from p.151 would be very enlightening.
Aug
1
comment Wish on a scroll: Who suffers the consequences?
Probably deserves a question in its own right don't you think?
Jul
31
comment How does surprise work in D&D 5e?
@GMNoob Is this different from the DM decides what monsters might be in the dungeon?
Jul
30
comment Do Weapon Proficiency and Fighting Style stack?
Actually, making the sheets available for free does not make them "fair game". There is a specific licence granted - "TM & © 2014 Wizards of the Coast LLC. Permission is granted to photocopy this document for personal use." which your use does not comply with. However, as @SevenSidedDie says, your use would probably meet the fair use/fair dealing provisions in most jurisdictions.
Jul
30
comment How does surprise work in D&D 5e?
@detly Yes you can take a reaction before your first turn. For Example 1, if Bob were a wizard/sorcerer and had Shield prepared he could react to Alice's attack by casting it if he wasn't surprised
Jul
30
comment How does surprise work in D&D 5e?
@detly A round is 6 seconds; if the VMU can act in the first round it was effectively there from the beginning. You are surprised before you roll for initiative - if you are not surprised then you won't be for this encounter.
Jul
30
comment How does surprise work in D&D 5e?
@GMNoob I think "The DM determines who might be surprised." is pretty clear that the DM can do this - do you not think Example 2 justifies surprise?
Jul
30
comment How does surprise work in D&D 5e?
@NeilSlater it's a community wiki, if you want to add that, you go right ahead
Jul
29
comment Can I use Minor Illusion to create a wall, hide behind it, and attack with advantage?
There is a subtle difference between being unseen and being hidden - there,s a question on it somewhere
Jul
28
comment Can the wizard in our group prepare a spell from the spellbook of an NPC wizard?
@DavidK you could copy the spell into your book at the time and cost shown; you could then prepare it from your book
Jul
27
comment How often during combat can you be Surprised?
The assassin strikes, the victim's catlike reactions allow him to see the blade before it strikes (i.e. he wins initiative) twisting just enough that it strikes his shoulder rather than his neck (i.e. negating the sneak attack) but his surprise is such that he cannot get his blade out to strike first (i.e. he loses his action). Your issue is?
Jul
27
comment How often during combat can you be Surprised?
@Lexible I believe I did "... with the passive Wisdom (Perception) score" is the RAW default - active Wisdom (Perception) would require something to justify that activeness.
Jul
27
comment How often during combat can you be Surprised?
@LinoFrankCiaralli But you have "got the jump on it"; if you hadn't surprised it, it would have been able to do something before you as a result of beating your initiative, instead on its turn it can do nothing and you get to do something before it. If you are lucky enough to beat its initiative as well, you get to do two somethings.
Jul
27
comment What to do when someone's attacking you, but succeeding the save is worse than failing it?
@daze413 What does the character have to do with it? How to Play is about the players and the DM. The player knows because the DM told her; the character fails the save because the player described that and the DM agreed.
Jul
25
comment How far can you see? (targets, lip reading etc)
I can see the Andromeda Galaxy at 2.25 million light years; is that far enough?
Jul
24
comment How visible/noticeable is psychic damage, and spells which inflict it?
@GMJoe Because it is my own pet bugbear :-)
Jul
23
comment Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?
I will expand my answer
Jul
23
comment Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?
@mala that is entirely the point - it should not be possible for the character to roll a die to get past the obstacle; it is therefore reliant on the player working out how to do it and the DM providing them with the information they need. Unlearn your 3.5e & 4e preconceptions my young Padawan.