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comment Is there a limit on the volume of material that can be affected by the Minor Alchemy class feature?
I’m not entirely sure whether the duration is supposed to be whichever comes first or last (although most spells end early if you stop concentrating). And I’m not sure whether the hour starts at the beginning of the spell or the completion of the transmutation. But I do think your interpretation is a reasonable one.
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awarded  Custodian
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is advantage?
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comment Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?
That would be neutralizing the threat in some other manner. I'm not seeing the distinction you're making.
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accepted If I roll a low Hit Die, can I use the fixed value instead?
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comment How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?
Yes, unfortunately sentences like this are ambiguous in English – the not is an even bigger problem than the indefinite article – but I like the approach you took to resolving it. I was thinking along the same lines myself, that surprise makes more sense if you interpret it that way.
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comment How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?
Thanks, I think that’s an improvement, although I still don’t think the group passive Perception is a good idea. (The rest of the house rule is good, though.)
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asked How to determine surprise when only part of a side is stealthy?
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comment Is there a general rule of take the average or roll the dice?
There are also many instances where you are allowed to optionally modify a roll after you have rolled it. All of the ones I recall explicitly state that you can choose to add the modifier after you have rolled but before the DM announces the result.
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comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
Focuses are not weapons that need to be drawn and stowed and carried around tying up a free hand. Only the material component rules state that they need to be handled at all, and that just requires a free hand that can be shared with the somatic component. (Also, the rules for handling objects allow you to do whatever you want with a single object, so you could draw and stow it anyway. But that juggling shouldn't be necessary anyway.)
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comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
Yes you can use a holy symbol, without a hand free, if you bear it on a shield. However if you do that then you are not holding your focus (you are holding a shield) and you do not have that hand free for somatic components. See Seven's answer for an excellent explanation of why.
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comment What is the correct progression for Warlock slot levels?
Turns out it was an RTFM problem after all, but I don't regret asking. Weird mechanic!
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accepted What is the correct progression for Warlock slot levels?
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comment What is the correct progression for Warlock slot levels?
At first I just assumed that warlock spells only go to 5 like paladins and rangers, but then I saw the spell list. Somebody must have gotten the two progressions mixed up.
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asked What is the correct progression for Warlock slot levels?
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comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
You're right about shields, but I don't think you're right about focuses. The material component rule is the only place I saw that says you even need to touch a focus, and it explicitly allows you do to it in conjunction with somatic components.
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comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
This is what I was getting at too. Great job explaining it.
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comment How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?
By the way, in the holy symbol rules I interpret “hold it in hand” as meaning the same thing as “have a hand free to access these components.” That is, the rule only loosens the usual restrictions, it doesn’t tighten them. But loosening the restrictions is exactly what can get you into trouble (with somatic components).