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Are there any PbtA games for Contemporary Fantasy and Magic? [closed]

I'm being (late) introduced to PbtA games and I'm looking for a Contemporary Fantasy and Magic option, something like Ars Magica, Mage The Ascension, Dresden Files? Let me narrow down the question a ...
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Can you identify telepathically received messages sent through spells like Sending as magical via Detect Magic? [duplicate]

An enemy casts Sending to communicate with a player from far away. In this example, the player character doesn't know anything about the Sending spell and he might think he is just hearing voices or ...
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Can you detect telepathic messages in your head, like the Sending spell, via Detect Magic?

An enemy casts sending to communicate with a player from far away. In this example, the player character doesn't know anything about the sending spell and he might think he is just hearing voices or ...
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Magic Resistance and Destructive Wrath

Currently hit a debate within our campaign in regards to a bearded devil gaining advantage on a Saving Throw from Magic Resistance when our Tempest Cleric can use their Channel Divinity for ...
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Spell-Storing weapon + Magus' Spellstrike

Okay, I've seen a few questions about this but not the exact question I have so I figure it's reasonable to ask. Let's assume the following situation, I have a magus with a spell-storing weapon with, ...
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Magic Stone + Enlarge [duplicate]

Can a thrown magic pebble be a target to the enlarge spell? For that matter, can anything from an arrow to a hurled table become enlarged while in mid-air and if so how would you suggest fantasy ...
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A PC in Curse of Strahd is cursed by Mother Night and eats a dream pastry. What happens?

A PC in Curse of Strahd has the opportunity to be cursed by Mother Night, at which point they are (emphasis mine): On the other hand, a PC who eats a dream pastry (emphasis mine): As luck would have ...
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Are there examples in lore of a dragon learning new spells like a wizard?

I am working on the first main antagonist for my campaign, DnD 5th edition. This will be a green or blue dragon who has the ability to shape change into a human and is a magic user. The dragon will be ...
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In Pathfinder 1E, how do Greater Magic Fang and Amulet of Mighty Fists stack

My animal companion has an Amulet of Mighty Fists that only gives me, say, +1, Frost, without any enhancement bonus. So it's a +2 equivalency, with a +1 enhancement bonus. Let's say that I then cast a ...
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If a Defiler native to Athas managed to get to another Material Plane, could they still use Defiling magic?

From what I understand, in Dark Sun, Defilers can destroy the plants around them to make their magic more powerful. If a Defiler from Athas somehow ended up in another material plane (don't care which,...
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Is Wall of Stone suppressed by Antimagic Field?

I noticed that the Wall of Stone spell includes this interesting tidbit in its first sentence (emphasized in bold): A nonmagical wall of solid stone springs into existence at a point you choose ...
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Does playing magical music count as casting a spell?

So in DnD 5e, my bard character happened upon some fragments of a musical composition. When my character tried playing it, it caused some sonic-charged magical effect. My question is--specifically in ...
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Is there an official explanation for the fluff of why magical healing is less effective on creatures with lots of hit points?

I'm most familiar with D&D 3.5e and 5e, which both have pretty similar ways of describing hit points. The 3.5e SRD says Hit points mean two things in the game world: the ability to take physical ...
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How can a player character make a working magical prosthesis?

For the purpose of this question, a PC spellcaster wants to make say, a prosthetic hand (for himself or someone else). What would be required to ensure the prosthesis would both respond to the ...
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Which magic skill should a PC use to identify a magic item?

It's my understanding that when a PC finds a magic item, they need to use the Identify Magic exploration activity to determine what it does and how to activate it. Page 283 of the Core Rulebook says ...
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Any way to cast dragonmark SLAs in a rage?

Pretty obvious dual to this question, but now for (dragonmark) spell-like abilities. While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, ...
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What is the casting time of a spell with no listed time?

I’ve been playing GURPS 4e for a couple of months now, but I only now started looking at magic. Looking through the spells, I noticed that some (namely Shield and Armour) seem to have no listed ...
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How do Bolts From the Grave and a Rakshasa's Limited Magical Immunity interact?

We recently included an UA Revived Rogue subclass in the group and the players had to face off against a Rakshasa. The question is, Bolt From the Grave says it's a Ranged Spell Attack, but doesn't ...
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How can I make crime meaningful for rich players?

For the D&D 5e campaign I'm DMing, the party has been caught for a murder of a government official and put on trial. Out of character, a player pointed out that his character can just pay for a ...
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Can the Staff of the Woodlands be subject to an Awaken spell?

A Staff of the Woodlands can take the form of a healthy tree (60 feet tall / 5-foot-diameter trunk / branches spread 20-foot radius). The Awaken spell can give sentience to a tree, potentially turning ...
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What does Detect Magic show for different Warlock special weapons?

For reference, Detect Magic snippet: you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any. ...
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General questions on channeling magic through daggers in 4e

When a sorcerer uses an a dagger to channel a power with the implement key word, what bonus does the dagger give them? The phb 2 says you don't add the proficiency, but it also says you are proficient ...
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Is the kinetisist considered a magic class

The description for kinetisists wild talents says Wild talents are typically spell-like abilities (though some are supernatural abilities), and take a standard action to use unless otherwise noted. ...
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For the purpose of the Detect Magic and Identify spells, is a magic item that is currently out of power still treated as a magic item?

If a magic item runs on "Magic Batteries", when the item is out of power, would it be treated as a magic item for the purpose of the identify and detect magic spells? For example, I have a ...
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What class would be good for a magician/trickster character? [closed]

I'm relatively new to DND-5e and want to make a magician/trickster character. I'd prefer this character to rely mostly on illusions, slight of hand, and trickery rather than pure magic. My DM ...
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Lichdom for Warlocks [duplicate]

In our next campaign, I will play a fiend warlock. I have made a pact with a powerful devil. He will get my soul once I die. In exchange, he gave me a portion of his power. Since the deal, I have ...
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When does “Goblin Magic” happen?

I'm exploring some rules-light RPGs, and am intrigued by "Goblin Court v2" by BESW (though I haven't played it yet). I'm confused by the wording on how "Goblin Magic" happens. If some dice succeed and ...
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Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with?

Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with? In particular, I'm not interested in speculation or opinions, but rather if such a thing has ever been outright stated in any ...
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Are the effects of a conjured object or creature nonmagical? [closed]

Spells like Conjure Animals and Web can conjure creatures (a wolf) or objects (a sticky web). While the conjuration itself is magical (it was created by a spell), the effects of a conjuration are not ...
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Gouging holes into a surface with magic damage

I have one player currently stuck in a pit. Another player is attempting to use magical damage to gouge holes, or rather handholds into the surfaces of said pit to make it easier to climb out. As far ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, how does a Wizard cast spells when away from their plane?

In the Forgotten Realms, how does a Wizard cast spells when away from their plane? That is, how exactly do they wield magic when they have no access to the Weave? Can a Wizard still cast if he is ...
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Are there ways besides the Thaumaturgy spell to make a person louder?

I'm a relatively new DM playing with a couple of people from my school, and I was trying to find a way to explain a general being able to announce something at superhuman volume (while still talking ...
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Does the Arcane Strike feat allow you to hit incorporeal creatures?

The Arcane Strike feat says that your weapons [...] are treated as magic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. I do not read this as suggesting that a mundane weapon actually becomes ...
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Can you use Magic Jar against creatures who have had their creature-type changed into “humanoid”? [duplicate]

Here's a question: can you use Magic Jar against creatures who have had their creature-type changed into "humanoid"? For example, using the 'Mask' option of Nystul's Magic Aura on a dragon to change ...
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Can an Awakened Shrub become an Awakened Tree?

This question is irrelevant to most campaign settings so I'm mostly asking this out of curiosity and to see what others think. Essentially the primary distinction between a Tree and a Shrub is height ...
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Can a 6th level monk choose to not deal magical damage with unarmed strikes?

In my campaign we have a 6th level monk. She has: Ki-Empowered Strikes Starting at 6th level, your unarmed strikes count as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical ...
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What happens if 2 wizards cast Secret Chest on the same chest?

In my game, in which I play a wizard, I have met an NPC wizard who is willing to let me learn Leomund's Secret Chest from her spellbook. This got me wondering what would happen if I learned the spell ...
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Mechanics of a town where magic doesn't work

I'm planning a campaign and I want to have a village where magic doesn't work. You can't cast spells, magical items lose their ability, things like that. I am fairly new to the lore and mechanics of ...
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What would happen to a demiplane created by the Demiplane spell if you cast Earthquake inside it?

The demiplane spell creates a door (and a demiplane) that leads to an extradimensional room of a fixed size: [...] When opened, the door leads to a demiplane that appears to be an empty room 30 ...
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If I cast True Polymorph on my simulacrum and concentrate for the full duration, will casting Simulacrum again still destroy it?

Simulacrum states: If you cast this spell again, any currently active duplicates you created with this spell are instantly destroyed. Does this mean that if I take my simulacrum and permanently ...
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Do enhancements count as magic when it comes to magic immunity? [duplicate]

I was looking at a construct's immunities and noticed "immune to magic" in its list. Naturally, this means you can't really cast spells at it. How does this affect magical weapons? Do Enhancement ...
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Does Time Stop apply a magical effect on only the caster, or does it affect everyone else too? [duplicate]

If the answers to this question are anything to go by, time stop seems to be a surprisingly nuanced spell, but one basic disagreement that's appeared in the comments has been that one camp thinks time ...
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Can a creature take turns as normal if they are inside an Antimagic Field while another creature casts Time Stop?

Time stop is a spell that stops time for other creatures, allowing one creature to take multiple turns in a row. It says: You briefly stop the flow of time for everyone but yourself. No time passes ...
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What is the AC of a Human with 16 dex combined with the spell Armor?

The Spell Armor (Unearthed Arcana p.51-52) states: The caster creates ,a magical field of force which serves as if it were leather armor (AC 8). If the spell is cast upon a person already armored, it ...
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How is the magic within a sorcerer different from the magic permeating everything else such that they naturally cast spells and most do not?

The Raw Magic section (PHB 99) for the sorcerer states: Magic is a part of every sorcerer, suffusing body, mind, and spirit with a latent power that waits to be tapped. while the Weave of Magic ...
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What options do adepts have for resisting drain?

I was looking at taking the Centering metamagic on my adept, before realizing that it specified "magician," and the sidebar at the bottom of CRB p.325 stating that only four metamagics in the book are ...
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Is it possible to coordinate castings this way?

Follow-on to this question, is it possible to coordinate (synchronize) the castings of spells such that if Alice the Mage is casting a spell that needs more FP than she has available (from her own FP, ...
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Can energy from Lend Energy be banked like that from paut?

At the simplest, Lend Energy (Healing college) and paut (as defined in Dungeon Fantasy/DFRPG and from GURPS: Thaumatology) are both intended to replace Fatigue Points spent in casting magic (faster ...
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How would learning Share Energy unbalance GURPS Dungeon Fantasy/DFRPG?

So, Dungeon Fantasy/DFRPG doesn't offer Share Energy. To any character. It's a Healing College spell, and those (barring Lend Energy and Recover Energy) are the exclusive domain of Clerics -- but it'...
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How can a wandering, destitute GURPS DFRPG Cleric cast high cost spells?

In GURPS Dungeon Fantasy/DFRPG, there's at least one spell offered to Clerics (even with low Power Investiture, meaning it's available to Henchman level or Priest lens characters) that has a ...

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