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Is there a 1 hit point minimum each level?

It came up in a game after we leveled that you always gain at least 1 hp when you level up, even if you have a negative con which would cause you to lose hp for that level. But I can't find it ...
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Do Eidolons gain levels and feats?

Do Eidolon's gain class levels and feats as their summoner becomes stronger or do they just have access to evolution points to get stronger?
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Do all PCs get Milestones at the same time?

I am reading the "The Long Game" chapter of the Fate Core System book and one thing is not totally clear to me. On page 256, when - speaking about minor milestones it is said: Cynere gets a minor ...
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Can PCs really swap ANY skill at a Minor Milestone?

I am reading the "The Long Game" chapter of the Fate Core System book and one thing is not totally clear to me. On page 256, when - speaking about minor milestones it is said: Switch the rank ...
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Is there any way for an intelligent item to gain experience without someone giving up theirs? [closed]

I am planning to play as an intelligent item character but according to the rules an intelligent item needs experience infusion to be able to level up. Are there any alternative rules or feats that ...
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Can all creatures choose between advancing Hit Dice by type and advancing by class when leveling up?

Many creatures advance solely by Hit Dice, while others are a mix of HD and class levels. Many PCs consist solely of class levels, but the Savage Species sourcebook introduced rules for playing and ...
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When gaining a level, can I take a CR+1 Template in place of a Class?

I'm curious about the actual rules regarding templates. In Pathfinder, when I have gained enough XP to level up, can I take a Template of CR+1 in place of a Class level? When I DM, I usually allow ...
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How to level up characters in D&D 5th edition? [duplicate]

I'm a new dungeon master, and I'm looking to find out how to level up my players characters to level 2 after they defeated a few monsters. How would I go about doing this? I have no experience in the ...
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Does the first level of the Agent of the Grave count as a new level gained for its spell progression?

The text of the Agent of the Grave's class feature, "Spells Per Day/Spells Known" reads When a new Agent of the Grave level is gained, the character gains new spells as if he had also gained a ...
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Apostle of Peace committed murder willingly. Now what?

The apostle of peace killed an orc. Willinglly. Justify as you wish that said orc is chaotic evil, that he eats newborn elf babies, whatever. They broke the vows. The vow of peace feat was stripped ...
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Is cleric or sorcerer a “key” class for Gold and Silver dragons?

From the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary, Appendix 2: Monster Advancement, Table 2–4: Monsters with Class Levels, on page 297, we see that class levels in Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Wizard are ...
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Do I get a Barrier Ability for overcoming a paired-Energy Barrier?

In Beyonder, when a character levels up, they can spend some Essence to increase one of their Barriers. They gain a Barrier Ability every time they do this. There are also paired-Energy Barriers, ...
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Can anybody give me a simple guide to leveling up a character?

I made a post recently about Lost Mines of Phandelver (5e), and it's safe to say I'm less experienced than a beginner. The characters are level 2 and I looked up how to level up, but since then I've ...
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What happens when you obtain a skill/talent that you already have?

Currently I GM a Black Crusade group. At character creation, it turned out the common lore a player chose as having obtained from their race was obtained also from their archetype. I ruled that she ...
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When a multiclass demihuman reaches max-level in one class, does she need to keep splitting exp?

Suppose a multiclassed elf thief/wizard reaches max level in thief (14th, 880,000xp), but can still advance pretty far as wizard (with 880,000 she is a 12th-level wizard, and has still 5 more levels ...
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Consequences of stalling 10th level progression

In Dungeon World you have 3 or 4 choices when you level up while already at the 10th (maximum) level: change classes, take on an apprentice and play both characters, retire and maybe a compendium ...
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How important is it for a spellcaster to increase primary ability scores quickly to 20 to remain at “party level”?

One can increase ability scores at 4th and 8th level, or take a feat instead with the optional rule. Assuming player-characters are built with point-buy rules, one is probably going to start with a ...
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What is it like to play in a campaign with Milestone XP? [closed]

I am currently playing D&D fifth edition with a GM I have never played with before. He will be giving out XP in milestones, so that we will be given XP when we do something specific or reach a ...
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Does a multi-class wild talent gain PSP on each of their classes' level up?

Suppose Zenobia the elven bladesinger was submitted to psionic surgery when she was an infant, and gained a wild power. As a 1st level elf fighter/mage(bladesinger), she has (...) the minimum ...
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How do dual-class humans gain proficiencies beyond their first class?

Similar to How do I calculate proficiency advancement for multiclass characters? - But for dual-classing humans. When a human character dual-classes, do they earn the starting proficiencies of the ...
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What does “2 skill ranks at each level” mean for the the Sage familiar archetype's Sage's Knowledge ability?

The Sage familiar archetype has the Sage’s Knowledge (Ex) ability: A sage stores information on every topic and is happy to lecture its master on the finer points. A sage can attempt all Knowledge ...
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How can I balance gradual character advancement for new players vs. trying to keep the PCs at a similar level?

I've been running an Open Table game this summer and it's going pretty well. I normally favor milestone leveling or other forms of keeping all PCs at the same level so I don't have to deal with level ...
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Can I save up spell learning “for later”?

As a level 3 Warlock, I didn't learn any spell at level 2 (mainly because I just couldn't decide which one to pick, so the DM told me to tell him when I make up my mind about which spell I wanted to ...
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Does the Martial Adept superiority dice scale up alongside the Battle Master fighter's superiority dice if you acquire the subclass after the feat?

Assume two 1st level Rogues, Alice and Beatrice. Alice gained 3 levels of Rogue and on her 4th level of Rogue, instead of an ability score increase she picked up the Martial Adept feat. She later ...
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How can I give one of my players a powerful plot-device weapon without making the other players feel left out?

I am building a custom setting that is medieval fantasy (technology level is almost steam engine) where some pieces of ancient technology (ours) can be found. Players' weaponry is based off the ...
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What does a test advance?

What does a test (difficult or challenging) advance exactly? Does it mean advancement for both skill and its respective stat, or does it only advance either skill (if you have it) or stat (if you don'...
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Retraining favored class points

Taking the retraining rules from Ultimate Campaign's Campaing systems, how would a character retrain a favored class point to be used for a different purpose? Would it fall under retraining skills? ...
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How can I achieve greater City/Civilization Upgrade details?

When playing Dawn of Worlds, we usually spend a lot of time coming up with neat things for cities and civilizations to develop. Unfortunately, the only thing such upgrades are used for in the base ...
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Can the UA ranger's animal companion get a feat instead of an ASI?

I'm creating a revised beast master ranger and decided to get a pet panther. Since my pet gains ASIs whenever I do and we're using the optional feats rule, then can my pet get feats instead of ASIs ...
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In Out of the Abyss, do the NPCs get a full share of XP?

This is my first time GMing. I am unsure as to whether the fellow escapee NPCs could be leveling up with the PCs. I do not see any rules for it, but it doesn't make a great deal of sense for them ...
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What happens to the old spell when a ranger replaces it?

I just need to figure out how this works. Since rangers don't write their spells down anywhere, what happens whenever I replace a spell that I gain from leveling? Is the spell just gone or am I able ...
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How are experience points given to back-up characters?

I've been playing D&D 5e for a while now, but I've recently run in to a new issue. I am going to be starting a new game soon with a new DM, and this campaign is going to be primarily nautical ...
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Why do some players write XP separate and does it really matter?

So me and almost everyone I play with, even when multi-classing write out our xp as, 1000, 10000, 50000 (ect) as its accumulated. But one to two players who are not in the majority of our games. Being ...
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The DM allowed me to wield two shields, how can I get the most AC and HP, as a Bear Barbarian?

I'm making new character, a level 5 Lizardfolk using two spiked shields. I want to build him as a wall of HP and AC but not sure how best to do this. So i'm thinking of being a Bear Totem Barbarian ...
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With a negative Constitution modifier, can you lose hit points when levelling up? [duplicate]

The PHB states that a wizard add 1d6 + constitution mod per level after first level. Would I subtract hit points when I level up if I have a negative constitution modifier and roll badly?
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Character advancements with talents “(any X)”

Question was asked to me as GM about advancing from Apprentice Runesmith to Journeyman Runesmith. Apprentice has talent list containing one position: “Rune (any two...)”. Journeyman has “Rune (any ...
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Can a Familiar level up with its master during their adventures?

Can a Familiar level up with its master during their adventures and improve their stats, abilities and skills, or are they fated to stay as written in the Monsters Manual? I want to know cause I'm ...
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Can I make the Level Up move not require so much time without breaking the game?

As written, the level up move in Dungeon World says that one must "spend some time (hours or a day)" in order to level up. Why is this the case? What mechanical or fictional benefit does this provide? ...
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How much AC do you need for it to remain relevant per level?

While I can't find the exact place, I remember someone once saying that AC to be considered a tank went something like: Level 1: 18 Level 5: 25 Level 10: 30-35 Level 15: 40 Level 20: 50 Or something ...
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Can I have net negative maximum HP per level with a negative CON modifier?

For the sake of an example, assume I'm a level 1 Sorcerer or Wizard who's somehow had the misfortune of winding up with 1 CON. Maximum HP at level 1 is determined by the highest possible roll on your ...
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Should I replace Improved Unarmed Strike with Dirty Fighting?

I have a melee druid I plan on playing specifically in wild shape form. I have tailored my hero to specifically be a specialist of grappling. My current/future feats include: Level 1 Improved Unarmed ...
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When can I change Careers?

Note that I'm only asking about using 100 xp to take a listed Career Exit, not using 200 xp to change to a Basic Career. The rules on changing careers are really confusing, and it's hard to tell ...
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How do class tiers in Pathfinder shift through levels?

I have read some explanations of abilities that make T1 classes so strong, and what makes T6 classes so useless. However, most of such explanationes mention very high-leveled abilitites, or even ...
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Do you improve your ability score at every level?

Since I'm new to Dungeons & Dragons 5e, I don't understand how ability scores work. I searched the Basic rules and the Player's Handbook, but I can't find any clarification on this question: Do ...
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Character Advancement in Numenera Starter

I recently purchased the Numenera starter set. I'm planning on running through this adventure with a group who have no prior experience with Numenera (myself included). The starter set doesn't have ...
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Is it okay to skip XP, and just award levels at the end of each story arc?

I'm interested in DMing and want to know: would it be okay to award levels to the PCs at the end of the story arc instead of keeping track of XP? The benefits I can see are: I don't want to write a ...
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I've become attached to my weapons. Can I upgrade them, so I can keep them as I level up?

My character started at level 1 and after many battles against goblins and such, has become slightly renowned. However, with renown comes people looking to me for help. To help I need proper equipment ...
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How does a character know when she's leveled up?

As we play we gain experience. The players know when they can level up because they can either see if they have enough experience or the DM will tell them they can level up. How does the character ...
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Are Constitution changes retroactive when calculating max HP?

Lets say I'm a fighter that just leveled up to level 4, and decide to bring my Constitution up from 16 to 18. How many hit points do I have? Level 1 = 10 (base) + 3 (Con mod) = 13. Level 2 = 10 + 6 (...
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Can “× Int” skill ranks only be used for Int-based skills?

When a character levels up they get a number of skill ranks based on their class and race. But the core rulebook says that a character gets × Int skill ranks. Does that mean those skill ranks can ...