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1d
comment Stealthing and hiding
@DCShannon correct. You get the following in a round of combat. 1 Action, 1 Bonus Action, 1 Reaction, 1 Interaction. You can't freely exchange Bonus Actions with Actions. What allows the Rogue the choice is the fact Hide is a actions for all characters but the Rogue has a class feature that allows him take a Hide Action as a bonus action.
1d
comment Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcana + Illusory Reality?
@SevenSidedDie I going to have to disagree otherwise the authors would have written the spell similar to Hallucinatory Terrain with a larger AOE. Consider that other illusion spell are able to make "real" effects like the 5th level spell Creation. Could it be clearer sure but the wording indicates that Mirage Arcane isn't just a Hallucinatory Terrain with a larger area of effect. But a temporary alteration of terrain within the limits of the spell.
1d
comment Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcana + Illusory Reality?
Also Hallucinatory Terrain, a 4th level spell, makes an explicit point about how the tactile characteristic of the terrain remains unchanged. While Mirage Arcane explicitly adds in the tactile element.
1d
comment Can I get creatures stuck in the ground with Mirage Arcana + Illusory Reality?
"but only because it feels real and interacts with you magically-intelligently. A precipice can appear to be a gentle slope — but you will still fall vertically if you try to walk down it." That is not clear from the spell's description because of the initial statement that the changes feel as if the terrain is real. Ruling that you fall over a precipice that been changed to a gradual slope is contradiction because falling doesn't not feel like there is a gradual slope. Keep in mind it is after all a 7th level spell.
2d
comment Can you take the same feat multiple times?
@DrewS, Considering how the action system work in combat, I find it hard to think taking Magic Initiate:Cleric, Druid, etc multiple times is unbalancing considering there is multi-classing and you are foregoing an ability increase. It smells like a space saving move to me.
2d
comment Can you take the same feat multiple times?
@GamerJosh well that further ammo to consider each class section of Magic Initiate as a separate feat in of itself.
Apr
15
comment Is expanding foam a suitable material for LARP weapon construction?
@Racheet, I didn't examine all the possible different types of spraycan applied foam. The one I find readily available and have experience with are just not suitable for anything other than for props. The foam has durability issues and safety issues.
Apr
8
comment Would “Detect Magic” reveal a sorcerer?
This is the not the same question as the one it is a marked a duplicate of. It is similar in that is about spellcasters and using detect magic to detect them. However this one deals with whether sorcerers or warlock are inherently magical thus detectable. The other one asks about whether wizards with prepared spells are inherently magic. Not the same question at all despite their focus on detect magic.
Feb
27
comment Can you make a grapple attack as an Attack of Opportunity
Some would argue that by the plain reading of the rule 'can use X' does not imply 'must use X'. However the rules goes on to state 'If you’re able to make multiple attacks with the Attack action, this attack replaces one of them.' In my view this makes your interpretation the correct one. As grappling has special limitation over and above other types of melee attacks.
Jan
19
comment Why can't Cure Wounds heal necrotic damage done by powerful undead, but sleeping can?
@AlexisWilke it is a specific power granted to the vampire's bite not a function of necrotic damage itself.
Jan
16
comment What should happen when a player does not follow his class at all? (i.e. plays his role badly)
@Miniman it is a consequence of his in-game behavior. The key is wherever were the limits defined beforehand? If not and the referee wants to ret-con it during the campaign than the fair thing to do is allow the player a re-write. As it would have been a factor during initial character creation. A paladin violating his oath, a cleric going against the strictures of his religion. A ranger violating his ethos all have similar negative in-game consequences for the player's choice as his character.
Dec
19
comment Game that Teaches RPGs effectively “by itself”
I read and played MSH RPGs.
Dec
17
comment Are Paladin Tenets Subjective?
@user3735278 yes, and the text is quite clear that paladins can be of any alignment and quite clear about what the cause of righteousness. Also understand the referee still have to define the philosophy behind what is justice, good, and evil in his setting.The text says nothing about that.
Dec
15
comment Can players “Ready” outside of combat?
Yup you got it provided that Bob set the right condition to act as the trigger.
Nov
25
comment Are you immune to the fear generated by a creature after your first successful save?
Yes you need to be more specific about where the fear is coming from. AD&D doesn't have a system of defined terms like later editions. Any ruling on fear effects has to be based on the text of what generating the fear.
Nov
24
comment Can I “shove” with a reach weapon?
@Lexible while the rules technically allow a whip to push. I would not allow any shift in position away from the wielder of the whip as this doesn't make sense given how the weapons works. I would allows movement to the sides or towards the wielder as that does make sense. My guess that many referees would rule the same ways so be prepared for yours to do so as well.
Oct
16
comment Does the lack of automatic AC scaling mean you get easier to hit as you level up?
@MikeRiverso yes previous editions stated that but the healing and rest rules never reflected it in the way that 5e does. That the big change that the fatigue/skill aspect of hit point has both flavor and mechanical support.
Oct
13
comment How can I make a deal with a devil?
That how things appear at this time. Probably there are lover level spells that could work including the option of just beating down the demon/devil and opt NOT the kill it when it goes negative.
Oct
7
comment Ordinary people and magic in D&D5
@waxeagle the rules as written do not specify a default setting. Instead they use the various published settings as example with the Forgotten Realms used the most.
Sep
30
comment What is a more realistic carrying capacity for a backpack?
The list attribute is how much a backpack can carry. He want to change that rule. He needs information on what to change it too. In addition full answer would express any consequence of the change in terms usable in a the game. I don't see any issue with this question as RPGs are about experiencing a setting either imagined or based on reality.