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comment How should I award XP for traps?
The Lost Mine of Phandelver specifically grants XP for avoiding or triggering traps
Apr
20
comment Does a slung Magic Stone have the same normal and long range as a mundane bullet?
Specific beats general - there is nothing specific so general wins.
Apr
13
comment Is there a “campaign background” story system or method?
There is a review at thealexandrian.net/wordpress/10632/roleplaying-games/…
Apr
13
comment Can a Familiar aid a Rogue's Sneak Attack?
I believe the mount rules would apply here - only with you being the mount. An enemy would be free to target either you or your familiar.
Apr
10
comment When does a flying creature start and end falling?
On Earth, yes, in D&D everything reaches the same terminal velocity after 200 feet. We don't have access to magic either.
Mar
30
comment How far below the average CR should I count monsters when determining encounter difficulty?
Yep - forgot to multiply by the number of characters - I will fix that.
Mar
17
comment Handling a dead PC in D&D 5e Starter Kit adventure
Ah! Then they were being stupid and death is a just reward. One further tip - "The wolves are yanking at their chains, throwing themselves forward and backwards, the noise of the howling and straining metal is incredible. What do you do?", if they keep procrastinating after than than its fair enough to eat them.
Mar
16
comment How does extra damage work for critical hits?
Don't overlook that spells that roll to hit can also score critical hits.
Mar
1
comment How much damage do torches used as improvised weapons do?
One thing to consider is can a torch (lit or unlit) be an improvised weapon given that it is identified as a weapon for which stats are given? Similarly for the other items you mention.
Feb
24
comment Can a Creature with Multiattack use it on an Opportunity Attack?
Welcome to the site! May I suggest that you read the rule carefully before posting your question? Posting questions with self-evident answers are a sure way to earn yourself a lot of downvotes.
Feb
17
comment Can a water elemental move through Bigsby's Interposing Hand?
Next time just tell your DM that your Bigby's hand has had its fingers amputated - no gaps to exploit :-)
Feb
15
comment Can a sprite (warlock's familiar) use help action and stay invisible?
The sprite is invisible; how can the warlock see it?
Jan
19
comment Should I choose targets before or after I roll for the Beholder's rays?
For OP and @DaviBrand - the similarity is that the dragon "knows" its breath weapon has reset; it doesn't have to try to use it and only then find out if it has or it hasn't. For a beholder I believe the randomness of which rays are available is a game mechanism to simulate a bunch of things including maybe a type of resetting effect like the dragons breath, which eyes are looking the right way and frankly a mechanism to reduce the leathality of the beholder vis a vis the characters - a beholder who can choose just the right ray all the time is too damn deadly!
Jan
19
comment How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?
NRBH but I would say it is when the spell is cast, "readying" means pre-planning the (re)action you will take in response to the trigger - it is not the action itself.
Jan
16
comment Overall mechanical effects of 16 point buy in 5e
Its no more broken than allowing players to roll - this can create much greater differences for and against the character. Roll an 18, choose the right class and you have 20 at 1st level. Similarly, roll poorly and you may not get there until 12th level.
Jan
11
comment What does the Warlock's Fey Presence ability actually do?
@miniman in what way does this NOT stand on its own? It quotes RAW and directly answers the question in far more detail than the original +1 from me
Jan
7
comment Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers]
Maybe, look at where they are with the factions and give them enough to shore up support but not so much that it becomes a cakewalk.
Jan
5
comment Who can use magic scrolls?
This is again an example of more specific trumping less specific.
Dec
8
comment Heavy duty Excavation aka Stone to Mud in 5e?
A wizard (or other spellcaster) could do it the way anyone else can - with a pick and shovel.
Dec
8
comment Can a character use Healing Word on themselves?
Clearly, there are many social situations where it is not appropriate to touch yourself :-)