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GMing for a hyper optimized character

One of my players loves building characters that are, for lack of a better term, broken. I don't mean he min/maxes them, I mean he builds characters that are way more powerful than they should be ...
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What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?

Several of my friends are starting a game pretty soon, and one of the players is a great guy, and fun to play with EXCEPT, he plays with the objective of optimization, while everyone else plays much ...
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How can I prevent casters from stealing the spotlight from non-casters?

I have been running a game of D&D and the group is split with two non magic users (Fighter, Barbarian), one quarter-caster (Paladin), one half-caster (Bard), and two full casters (Cleric, Wizard). ...
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Is it ever okay to flat-out ban Tier 1 classes?

Background Trying to DM a party that has a Cleric, a Druid, and a Wizard (Tier 1 classes) together is pretty much difficult, especially whenever there is always one person that wants to make a Monk (....
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Rules lawyers and how to deal with them

I've been running a Pathfinder campaign set in my own world for close to three years now. We play using a VTT system (d20pro) since all of my players aren't in the same state. Since the beginning I'd ...
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As a DM, how do you adjust the difficulty to create challenging encounters when your party is well constructed (aka Power Players)

I am a newbie DM and started DMing because our current DM was not bringing a nice and engaging story. I am doing really good on the role playing and storytelling, but my encounters had been nothing ...
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What tier are the Pathfinder classes?

I know what tiers are, but what tier are the various Pathfinder classes? This is about Pathfinder only, no 3.5 material is relevant. An ideal answer would cover all available (non-prestige) classes, ...
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How do I make a tanky Monk?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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What is wrong with the Truenamer?

I have seen a lot of people say that the Truenamer does not work (such as this answer placing Truenamer at the bottom tier) or that it's terrible. As far as I can read and see, though, it seems to be ...
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Is there a D&D 3.5 fighting class with more non-combat use than the fighter?

The common, D&D 3.5 fighter is a war machine, it is build to fight (effectively or not is another thing). But when it comes to out of combat situations, it's better built in technique to handle ...
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Is succubus in savage species underpowered?

One of my friends mentioned wanting to play a succubus in a pathfinder game and wants to use the savage species succubus class for it though at a glance the succubus class in savage species seems ...
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Acceptable background by level

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with backgrounds from D&D 5e. It happens a lot that the story you create for your character sometimes is not well aligned with what happens afterwards in-game. ...
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Can a Warlock Selectively Curse Anyone they can See?

This question was prompted by reading this answer. That answer, and accompanying comments, indicate that a Warlock can curse the closest enemy that he can see, even if he's aware of enemies that are ...
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What is the benefit of a Necklace of Fireballs?

A Necklace of Fireballs sounds like a cool item. Cast Fireballs by throwing its beads, hah! However, it doesn't seem to be practical due to its cost. The market price of the Necklace of Fireballs is ...
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Is there enough disparity between the classes to put them into tiers?

I'm interested in the balance of this new edition's classes. Are casters still noticeably more effective in almost all situations than non casters?
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What tier is the Kineticist?

What tier is Pathfinder's Kineticist? Why ought it to be classified in that tier? Some background: This lists the Kineticist as T5 alongside the monk, with another poster arguing it should be T4 ...
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Is this homebrew Monk archetype with sneak attack too overpowered?

So I came across a homebrew archetype for Monk called Way Of The Lynx. The abilities at the higher levels are completely okay, but the one in question is the third level, Sneak Attack: Starting at ...
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Are there Class Tiers in D&D 5e?

From this and this, I get that there are some (official?) tiers for classes in D&D 3.5e. Is there such a thing for D&D 5e? If there are, at least I expect them to be separated across class ...
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Is allowing Shot On The Run with a net to bag and drag a target in one turn overpowered?

So I am running a 9th-level 3.5e campaign for a mix of new and old players. Since not everyone has a handbook, I've been keeping generally to the SRD rule base, since all my players can look them up. ...
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Does this fix the "Quadratic Wizards" problem in Pathfinder? [closed]

I am planning a Pathfinder campaign which I hope to reach higher level play (at least 15+, maybe up to 25th level.). I see a lot of concern about spell casters in 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder becoming "god-...
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What tier is Pathfinder Unchained Monk?

I am currently looking for a play-by-chat Pathfinder game and am choosing a class. I am choosing between the Oracle and the Monk, both options sound cool. However, the Monk has a reputation of being ...
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Are there homebrew fix classes or rules that put Fighting types and Roguish types into Tier 1?

See the question on what character tiers are if you don't understand this. Basically, I'm fine with Tier 1 classes being able to do all their tricks; a fun game can be had that way. What I'm not ...
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Are There Weaker Alternatives to Cleric, Wizard, or Druid? [closed]

Clerics, Wizards, and Druids are widely regarded as having so many more and more powerful options than non-spellcasters, like Fighters, that trying to play a game involving both of them will leave the ...
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Do Starfinder classes have different tiers of power?

I know that in 3.x (including Pathfinder) it's common to talk about different tiers of classes in terms of power and versatility. Does this also apply to Starfinder, and if so, what are they? I rarely ...
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Are there melee builds that can keep up with well-played tier 1 casters? [closed]

I want to know if there are melee builds, i.e. characters designed to use either melee or ranged weapons in combat, that can keep up with/compete with/or be useful to competent tier 1 casters (Wizard, ...
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Why is the skald nearly tier 2?

In the Pathfinder tier list, the Skald is a blue tier 3 — in other words, nearly tier 2. The Bard isn't. What made it deserve this notation? Is there an extremly powerful particular build or option ...
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Why is the cleric class declared to be unpopular in a published game document? [closed]

In the Player's Handbook 2 it says: The divine spellcaster is the element most commonly missing from a party. Many players prefer to go for the spotlight with a fighter or wizard... This seems ...
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Give your players characters to play or let them decide for themselves? [closed]

I am starting out as a DM in my third D&D game (first as a DM), and during my time making a world and an adventurer I found out that the characters playing your game (ingame characters of the ...
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When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Artificers. This series of question is based on the ...
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How can I justify a gnome samurai in Faerûn? [closed]

A new player wants to join a game I'm running. The campaign is set in Thesk in Faerûn, and the player wants to play a gnome samurai. I'd like to find a way to make this work, but I keep running into ...
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Aside from Epic Spellcasting, what earned Epic level play its bad reputation? [closed]

Among 3.5e players, the Epic Level Handbook has a very bad reputation and its rules are often called out as being highly dysfunctional. In addition to this, high level play in general has a poor ...
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How to make research not boring

My players are playing a warlock, a ranger, a rogue/fighter, and an adept (tier 4 campaign). The adept is a knowledge-based adept, and is trying to research a way to stop an ancient evil. Three of the ...
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Is there a way to replace druid spells in D&D 3.5?

I am planning a character who is a lvl 1 druid with the shape-shift variant from PH2. He is human and has the following feats: Sacred Vow, Vow of Poverty, and Intuitive Attack. I'm not a big fan of ...
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Can invisibility be put in a glyph seal to get effectively free casting?

A glyph seal (Magic Item Compendium 161) allows you to cast a spell into it, creating an effect like a glyph of warding as a spell glyph. Can you put a spell like invisibility in it, put the glyph ...
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What would the character-optimization consequences be of using the "one-step" rule for Warlock alignment?

Although the source material for the Warlock class in D&D 3.5e makes no specification on what alignment a Warlock must be (and explicitly mentions Good-aligned warlocks more than once), it is not ...
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Will a level 10 pixie druid be unbalanced—either overpowered or underpowered—in a group of otherwise typical level 14 PCs?

A friend of mine wants to reenter the level 14 group in my campaign. She describes her ideal character thus: nature-loving, woodland home, spiritual, rather eccentric, small and nimble The other ...
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Are those changes enough to save the Kineticist?

I've been toying with the idea of making a kineticist for a bit, now. The class is quite flavorful, with some interesting options and a nice set of utility. ...That said, its core sucks. Like, really ...
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How to build a psionic Ranger?

I would like to build a 13th level NPC Ranger-type, i.e. nature and stealth themed warrior, with psionics instead of spellcasting. Are there a) guidelines to adept spellcasters to psionics b) ...
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Will a spellthief break Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder PC died recently, and the GM is allowing me to pick also from D&D 3.5 classes for my next PC. I'm considering the class spellthief, and my DM has approved this pick, but I'm worried ...
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What if standing up from prone didn't provoke attacks of opportunity?

For an upcoming campaign I'm considering making a house rule saying that A creature can take a move action that doesn't provoke attacks of opportunity to stand up from prone. Alternatively, I'm ...
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What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?

The D&D 3.5e's original Truenamer is considered so badly broken it's nearly unusable, and in the Tier system, it gets pegged at tier 6 or 7, i.e. it is the lowest of the low. However, the folks ...
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What changes between 2E and 3E D&D, if any, made standard XP progression appropriate?

In editions of Dungeons & Dragons up to and including AD&D 2E, each class has its own progression rate, so that at 3,000 XP you could have a level 2 fighter, or a level 3 thief. In 3E, 4E, ...
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If I have multiple attacks, does the penalty from Combat Expertise apply to all attacks?

We're playing using the D&D 3.5 rules. In the rulebook for "Combat Expertise" it states that When you use the attack or full attack action in melee, you can take a penalty of -5 on your attack ...
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How well can a Truenamer (the recreated, GitP, The Way Words Work version) cover for the role played by a divine caster?

I am in a D&D 3.5e campaign (custom setting) where the party is all 1st-level and consists of: Halfling Druid with partial alternate class features, no animal companion yet and a quarterstaff &...
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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Must all attacks be melee touch attacks when using Combat Rhythm?

The tactical feat Stormguard Warrior (ToB 36) grants the use of the tactical maneuver Combat Rhythm, which says To use this option, you can choose to make melee touch attacks in place of normal ...
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What "tier" are Thieves' World casters?

Having never been satisfied with the way the core magic system works, either for player fun, thematically, or even logically, I began looking for alternatives. What I have become enamoured with is the ...
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Do Rogues become Tier 3 by removing restrictions on sneak attack?

I enjoy playing Rogues, but they generally have a hard time keeping pace in a 3.5 game and are only Tier 4* per this answer. I've personally found one of the biggest hindrances to Rogues is the absurd ...
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Why is D&D 3.5 such a mess? [closed]

The Premise: D&D 3.5 is my favorite TTRPG. It's also a huge mess: There are well-documented, major imbalances among the game's classes, even using only core material. The game's designers ...
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Animal companion: roll additional HDs or not?

When a druid reaches level 3, his animal companion earns two hit dice. Do I have to roll them to give him more hp or is it only a number to use, for example, for spell effects? The manual also says ...
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