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Questions tagged [non-combat]

For situations where combat is either absent or of low emphasis.

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Awarding encounter experience when enemies flee/get intimidated/are convinced to help

This is my first time DM'ing and I'm playing DnD 5e's "Lost Mine of Phandelver" campaign with 3 other players. The PCs seem to have a trend of encountering a group of enemies, start fighting and ...
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How is XP awarded in AL for non-combat puzzles in Tomb of Annihilation?

I have been DMing our party for the final parts of Tomb of Annihilation. Some parts of the adventure have vast numbers of puzzles. For example, tonight, the party spent almost four hours simply ...
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How does a Melee Spell Attack work if you are already touching your target (not fighting edition) [duplicate]

I recently asked this question about usage of a melee attack spell when you are already touching the target. although it's pretty must answered, I had a non-fighting situation in mind and ended up ...
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Roleplaying system with minimal focus on combat [closed]

I'm looking to play a tabletop RPG with a couple of friends, and I own the main D&D 4e books. However, we'd like to play a game which is focused more on intrigue and adventure rather than combat. ...
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The Detect Thoughts spell is trivializing social encounters. How to deal with it?

A bard in my party has been trivializing social encounters with the detect thoughts spell, especially when the NPCs are deceitful or dissembling in any way. I'm looking for advice for dealing with it ...
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Can Rally and other Maneuvers be used outside of battle?

I just recently started messing around with a friend using D&D 5e, and the two of us have been goofing around in Roll20 with characters we made to test some things, one of which a 3rd level ...
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How to manage XP in non-combat missions

So I'm creating my first D&D 5e campaign and I want there to be an even balance between combat and non-combat with a slight bias to the non-combat style of missions. However I'm unsure about how ...
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Is a non-combat character damaging in a party? [closed]

I'm trying to build a rogue/cleric based on having a ton of proficiencies and languages with high mental stats (especially charisma). The problem is, I'm worried I will not be an effective PC in the ...
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Suggestions for structure around “investigation” scenes/stories?

I am GMing Dresden Files. One thing I have found myself struggling with is how to make investigation fun and engaging. Being a huge part of the DF novels, I really want the idea of trying to ...
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What actions/bonus actions/reactions can a character perform out of combat?

DnD 5e has a fairly clear set of rules governing a player's possible Actions in Combat, and in other fast-paced situations a GM may break time into rounds. Among the listed actions, some would seem to ...
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Casting outside of combat

Can a PC cast any kind of spells outside of combat? Wouldn't that render items such as torches useless if for example a cleric or a bard was in the group?
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Does a diceless, non-combat, freeform RPG exist?

I'm looking for a free-form RPG with no dice, little or no combat, no stats/skills (or very simplified), and emphasizes imagination, discussion, and improvisation, with very few simple rules. Does ...
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Why should I worry about non-violent humans?

I've recently been toying with the idea of running a campaign of Pokemon Tabletop United v1.05. The system seems like it would accommodate my preferred GMing style, the settings of the various games ...
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Can a Space Combat action get more than +60 bonus?

The rules describing "normal" combat say If a situation calls for two or more bonuses or penalties, simply combine all modifiers together and apply the total to the appropriate Characteristic. ...
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Determining Rounds out of combat

I want to run a module that focuses a lot on time related traps and encounters. Example: There are four candles in a room if they are extinguished in anyway, or burn out in 2d6 rounds, the trap will ...
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Are there alternative ways to gain XP?

As a new DM I'm wondering Is there's such a thing as noncombat experience? For example, can PCs gain xp from finding and disabling traps, discovering secret doors, or solving puzzles? What would be ...
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How to challenge epic level characters? [closed]

I've seen a lot of people ask about epic level characters in D&D. I have played a lot of D&D from 1e to 5e with only a short dip into 4e, which was so different (not necessarily bad, just ...
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Role playing with powers, solely for the effect without damage

Certain abilities have very interesting effects, but are accompanied by damage. In combat, this is no problem. But say you want to use the ability outside of combat, for role-playing reasons. Can you ...
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Why is the Monk class considered sub-par in some games of 3.5? [duplicate]

This question is a combination of theoretical-optimization and practical-optimization. In some games, I acknowledge that the monk can be a fun and flavourful choice. Unfortunately, looking at the ...
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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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Are there maneuver options for non-combat skills?

My GURPS GM complains that the PCs put a point or two in most skills, except for combat skills which get 10-20% of our character points. Aside from the fact that he asks us to make more combat checks ...
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How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?

I've been doing a lot of planning of a new campaign, and I'm very happy with the setting. I've made a large and satisfying list of themes, plot hooks, and potential stories. The problem -- if it ...
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How to design game elements other than combat? [closed]

Most RPGs I know about and have played are fighting-centered. That doesn't mean that all gaming is only about fighting, but that most of the rules and character abilities are primarily useful in ...