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Sep
15
comment Which is likely to provide more chances to OA, Polearm Master or Sentinel (with War Caster)?
@Khashir no just modify the above as it should be included here in my opinion.
Sep
15
comment Which is likely to provide more chances to OA, Polearm Master or Sentinel (with War Caster)?
Note that question is not whether you can use Polearm Master/Sentinel with with War Caster. Rather which is the better choice if that is allowed.
Sep
12
comment What happens when an invisible creature is detected?
@NeilSlater you edit the answer and add this or wax eagle should.
Sep
12
comment What is a good, free, Space-faring RPG?
@mxyzplk Clicking Free, Sci-Fi, Core Rulebooks gives 194 entries but only a couple are truly core rulebooks interspersed among previews of paid rule book, and mislabeled products. On the list of Free RPGs only a few sci-fi are fleshed out commercial products. In combination with the rest of the criteria the answer isn't overly broad at all.
Sep
11
comment What is a good, free, Space-faring RPG?
You do realize folks there are not that many FREE science fiction RPGs out there. It is not overly broad. The criteria only fits a few RPGs.
Sep
4
comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
@SevenSidedDie Finger of Death is a great example. What is searing pain in game terms? It not a defined term. As it stands the spell does a lot of necrotic damage. One referee can argue that the searing pain. While another, like the text about thumbs touching for Burning hands, could use his knowledge of real life accounts of searing pain to rule that the target suffers additional effects. But the only rule is the con save and the necrotic damage. The rest is flavor to be interpreted at the discretion of the referee.
Sep
4
comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
@SevenSidedDie The only fluff is that it is a mote of fire. The referee will need to decide whether the fact that spell it a tiny bit of substance is relevant or not.
Sep
4
comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
OK on fire bolt, looking it up.
Sep
4
comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
@SevenSidedDie that fine for a campaign but for a game it has no precise meaning. The only precise things about the spell is in the stat block and the fact, I am paraphrasing here, that you can hit up to four targets spaced no further than 30 feet apart for 10d8 damage each. Anything beyond that the referee has to supply the specifics.
Sep
4
comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
Sorry hit the wrong button there.
Sep
4
comment Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
@SevenSidedDie I realize what arcing means in real life. My point was that arcing is not defined in the game itself. In addition the reason that arc was applied to the path of a electric current between two conductor because the initial experimenters saw it tracing a curve. It curves between two points hence it arcs. So a referee could interpret this to mean the shape of the bolts.
Aug
24
comment How bad is “Sunlight Sensitivity” (Drow, etc.) in 5E, esp. for casters?
@Khashir I understand and I am not criticizing you for asking. But unlike 4e and most of 3.5e, there are many part of 5e that will require an interpretation by the referee. That it is deliberately set up this way to accommodate varying play styles.
Aug
20
comment Does a reach weapon allow you to threaten squares 10 feet away or not?
Reach is an attribute of a entity. Normally it based on the creature's size. But it can otherwise if the entity wields a weapon with reach or has some other attribute (like long tentacles) that give is a longer reach for its size. Attacks of opportunity work within a entity's reach period. Finally what Polearm master does, among other things, is grant opportunity attacks when creatures ENTERs your reach. This is a benefit on top of the existing rule as it does not normally happen.
Aug
13
comment Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?
Murderhobo has a history of being a loaded term that is used by many to criticize what many perceive the stereotypical playstyle of past edition. As with all stereotypes while it has some truth it is near useless in judging the specific of a situation or how a individual plays. I bring this up not to criticize its use but to remind people not to color their judgement when reading 5e adventure. In the two released adventure I noticed a liberal use of defeat and similar terms that I believe tells the referee (and players) that there are more options than killing.
Aug
13
comment Does 5e address the murderhobos problem?
@waxeagle, note the liberal use of the word defeat instead of killing. For example the party gets 150 XP for defeating the Skeletons in room 4 (The Crypts) on Page 22. It doesn't say kill but defeaut. If the party was of evil alignment and seized control of the skeletons that is a defeat as much as the Paladin and Cleric of Life smashing them to bits.
Aug
11
comment Are there any systems similar to Pathfinder's Kingmaker that are more complex and realistic?
Yup apparently when you log in your download page is a mix of what you paid for and what free my bad. Fixed my answer.
Aug
10
comment Wild Magic Sorcerer
Yeah I missed that and modified my answer.
Aug
10
comment When leveling - Is the hit die only added to the maximum?
It is defined on page 196 and it says. A creature's current hit points (usually called hit points) can be any number from the creature's hit point maximum to 0. This number changes frequently as the creatures takes damage or receives healing. I believe this support the OP's ruling that current hp doesn't increase as a result of leveling.
Aug
1
comment Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?
Again the problem is that they left focus with an open ended list with the "or some similar item". That RAW as well. I don't view the two in conflict as I view the Equipment List as a reflection of a implied setting behind the rules. Equipment are an implementation detail not rules. Katanas are not on the equipment list either but doesn't mean they can't exist in a 5e setting. All just means that the referee has to do the work in defining the stats for a katana.
Jul
31
comment Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?
I think this the way to go without a debate over what is a wand like piece of wood or similar object. The only physical requirement is that the caster has to have his hands free to use the focus. So this means a bow (or other weapon) with a focus embedded can only be used as one or the other.