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Aug
30
comment What mundane means can overcome Arcane Lock?
Ugh this only got half submitted through the Stack Exchange app for some reason. Will fix when I have better Internet access. Crux of question is over the raised DC for picking locks, and how that interacts with the word "impassable"
Aug
29
comment How long does it take to try to break manacles?
You note that "a normal character has to crit"; just to check, that's because a 20 happens to match the DC, not because there is a concept for automatic success for ability checks in 5E, right? (If there is, I missed it!)
Aug
29
comment How can I clean a stained battlemat?
Just for the record, Crayola says that "washable" means they "easily wash from skin and most children's clothing", not that these are meant for temporary application.
Aug
29
comment Can I Dodge before a combat starts?
That's true, but it's worth noting that it's not an official game term. More importantly and directly relevant, though, isn't what it's called — it's that these rounds don't "take place before determining initiative".
Aug
28
comment Can I Dodge before a combat starts?
Also, I believe that you are factually wrong in saying that the surprise round takes place prior to determining initiative. (In 5e, there doesn't seem to be a thing called "surprise rounds", in fact: there's just the regular first round of combat, during which some combatants might not be able to act due to surprise.)
Aug
28
comment Can I Dodge before a combat starts?
Under "Time" in the Adventuring chapter, the PHB says "In combat and _other fast-pced situations, the game relies on rounds, a 6-second span of time described in chapter 9." So, while the details are in the combat section, I don't think there is any legalistic intent to restrict rounds to combat.
Aug
28
comment Letting PCs be the target of a skill challenge
Hello, anonymous downvoter! Do you just disagree, or is there something horribly wrong here? I don't mind if you disagree, but I'm curious as to why. I recognize that this approach doesn't fit all gaming styles and all gaming groups, but from the question as given, I think it might fit this group.
Aug
27
comment Does Grappling in D&D 5 have any rules other than preventing movement?
@MagRoader I don't think you get advantage, since it's an opposed roll rather than an attack roll. Possibly a good question all on its own?
Aug
26
comment Does Grappling in D&D 5 have any rules other than preventing movement?
I think it's important to note that knocking someone prone isn't part of the grapple rules (which is what this question asks about). It's a separate attack action (Shoving a Creature — You make a Strength (athletics) check contested by Strength (athletics) or Dexterity (acrobatics), and if you win, you knock the target prone or push it 5 feet.) and the two certainly do combine nicely.
Aug
26
comment Is this build a viable melee Sorcerer?
Additionally, if you have really specific follow-up questions, it's generally better to ask them as new questions, linking back to this one as appropriate.
Aug
26
comment Is this build a viable melee Sorcerer?
The reverse-sequence updates in this question make it confusing and hard to read. The site keeps a history automatically, so doing it this way doesn't add long-lasting value. Most people who see the question in the future will see it in this form, so it's better to format as if the question is in an ideal, final state at all times, not as part of a conversation. (If you want a conversation, that's what Role-playing Games Chat is for.)
Aug
26
comment What exactly is “base AC”?
You say "Your base AC is exactly what your AC calculation says." So, therefore, "AC", "base AC", and "total AC" are all interchangeable terms? Does an unarmored character have a base AC?
Aug
26
comment Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
@AquaAlex And the ones that grew up to be adventurers didn't. :)
Aug
26
comment How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?
@GMNoob Yes, and especially the part underscoring the abstract nature of "AC".
Aug
26
comment How does barkskin work in DnD 5e?
Can you help rationalize (at least) why shields don't add to the 16?
Aug
26
comment Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
Also to consider: a rich lifestyle might be an advantage when dealing with fancy people, but you shouldn't dictate what kind of pleasures affect a character's morale. Maybe all of that rich living makes one soft, or feel guilty of waste, or so on. And as for health: sugar and other delicacies aren't necessarily good for you. If someone stays at the cheapest lodging in keeping with their character, you might impose some logical social consequences — but also give Inspiration.
Aug
26
comment Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
This seems generally fun, although I think a character with the right background and skills ought to be able to mitigate some of the situations on the first chart. There's no "streetwise" in this edition, but maybe in an urban game, Survival would apply. It seems like the "urchin" background would probably also help: you know how to deal with the rats, but literal and human.....
Aug
26
comment Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?
In 4e, sorcerers could use daggers as "implements" — the rough equivalent of 5e arcane foci. It's interesting to not see that.
Aug
24
comment Is a kineticist immortal?
I think you're making this harder than it should be with one of your premises. I wouldn't count something in an extradimensional space as "within 30 feet". Even if you are inclined to, I wouldn't consider something in a bag to be an open flame.
Aug
24
comment Recommended Forgotten Realms Novels for 5e?
Not an answer, but note that some key video games are set in Forgotten Realms — the current Neverwinter Nights MMORPG, for example, and previous Neverwinter games, and then back to Baldur's Gate.