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What would the CR of a player character be?

I wanted to play as a fairy, and thought that a good way to introduce my character to the party would be with a scroll that casts conjure fey without the cast time or duration, but the spell brings CR ...
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One of PCs backstabbed a powerful ally. How do I punish them without seeming like singling them out?

Followup to this question. So, I'm running a Starfinder game, and we are 50 sessions into this campaign. The campaign involves the fate of a small but strategically important settlement, which several ...
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Can a creature with reach flank without being directly next to the enemy? [duplicate]

This is something one of my players asked me recently and I'm not 100% sure how to handle it. I'm leaning towards "no, this does not work" but I am not certain and don't want to be unfair to ...
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Can I have a Lawful Evil Paladin with his justification being its the word of his god? [closed]

I'm thinking of having a lawful evil Paladin whose reason for being evil is it is the word of his god. Would this work? Is this a good idea?
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

I'm running a Starfinder game, and we are 40 sessions into this campaign. The campaign involves the fate of a small but strategically important settlement, which several factions are vying for control ...
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Can you play a vampire in the 5th Edition?

So I got this sudden thing to want to play a vampire. I tried to do some research on vampires in the 5th edition of D&D, but I couldn't find anything. Am I able to play a vampire in the 5th ...
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Can a Doppelganger buy Changeling racial feats?

The Changeling race in D&D 3.5 has a history defined as They evolved through the union of doppelgangers and humans, eventually becoming a separate race distinct from either ancestral tree. In D&...
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Can the term "item" also apply to creatures?

The rules sometimes refer to items, for example bag of holding says: "Retrieving an item from the bag requires an action." The term item is not formally defined in the rules, so normally we ...
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Game was fun for a year but suddenly is not? [closed]

So this may be a long story but my group and I have been playing “The Curse of Strahd” for a little over a year. It has been a really amazing and wonderful time. Everyone got a long so well and the ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

I am currently in talks with a player, who wants his character to have the Charlatan Background, while I as the DM am not sure that's what the character actually is. The player describes his character ...
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How to add negative healing to a character temporarily?

Beside Undeath's Blessing, is there a way to add temporary negative healing to a character? A potion or a divine spell would be best, but any solution is welcome.
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(Path of the Ancesteral Guardian Barbarian) Can you use Spirit Shield without activating Vengeful Ancestors?

If I'm reducing the Area of Effect damage dealt to a friendly NPC by a PC, can I opt to not cause the damage blowback dealt by the Vengeful Ancestors? Spirit Shield the guardian spirits that aid you ...
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What would be the 5e version of Willow Ufgood's background? [closed]

I have a character concept I'd like to develop which has similar ties for the background to the "main" character of the 1988 film Willow, in that they are both destined not to be a chosen ...
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How can we as players stop being murderhobos? [closed]

My group is the classic example of murderhobos. When we come upon a strange creature, rather than trying to understand what it is, we simply kill it and ask questions once it is dead. Or instead of ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

I'm a new DM playing Lost Mine of Phandelver with two other adults and our kids, two 11-year-olds. We started with the pre-generated characters; I'm playing the Dwarf cleric as an NPC. One of the kids ...
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Playing a PC with lycanthrope abilities [closed]

I have a player who wants to play a Lycanthrope (werewolf). But that is technically against the rules. Using only the 5e official rules form hardcover books, what is the best combination of race/...
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What was the status of Half-Orcs as playable characters in 2e?

The AD&D 2e Player's Handbook did not list half-orc as a playable race, unlike 1e. However, half-orcs in the Monstrous Compendium are listed under orcs with class and levels limits if players want ...
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How to pick a name for a Dungeons & Dragons character

I'm starting to create a character in Dungeons & Dragons. Is there a set of rules or standards, or any references or fashion, on creating a character's name? For example, on D&D Beyond, it ...
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My characters, though different classes/races/etc., always seem to have similar personalities. Is this a problem, and, if so, how can I fix it?

This is a question about something I've noticed in my own play style, asked because I want to make sure that I and those I play with enjoy the game as much as possible. I played AD&D and 2e ten ...
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Question about a build; Paladin Monk or Fighter Monk? [closed]

I plan on making either a Paladin Monk or Fighter Monk, one that uses a Longsword/Battleaxe, depending on the race I choose (with my main two races being Mountain Dwarf and Human Variant for their ...
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Can I make a NPC just like a player character? [closed]

I’m DM in one of my D&D games and I want a NPC to be a Wood Elf, Ranger, is it possible to make that NPC on a character sheet? Just like a player would build their characters, so I can keep stats ...
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How do I deal with my group having issues with my character?

I am fairly newish to D&D. Our group plays every week and I have been a GM before. My character is fairly chill, chaotic neutral and will often get distracted for a few moments looking at ...
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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

A few friends and I (as game master) are gearing up to start a Fate game set in a society inspired by ancient Greece, with a direct democratic political system. One of my players wants to play a ...
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In 5e, do the terms "creature" and "character" refer to different concepts? [duplicate]

Creatures in 5e is a general term covering all living entities, from NPCs to PCs, wolves to level 20 gnome wizards. Monsters, characters, and NPCs are all creatures. Monsters are creatures with a stat ...
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How do you become a lich and what happens when you become one? [duplicate]

So I was researching the Book of Vile Darkness. It says in it that it contains the information in which you could become a lich. How would you become one and what happens when you do?
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Should I allow my players to change their characters in the middle of my campaign?

Two of my players, asking if they can change their characters, mid game. Their reason being that they don't really like there characters anymore, and don't feel any energy towards being them anymore. ...
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Outsider Type and Racial Traits [duplicate]

My PG is a Shade, so: Racial Traits As creatures of the Plane of Shadows, shades are considered to be of the outsider type. So far so good. The problem is: if the Shade race is already a ...
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What's a good resource to learn about advanced character and narrative development? [closed]

I've seen the "50 questions to ask yourself about your character" lists. Those are very helpful early on and I still use them after 10 years of roleplay. I think I'd like to move into more advanced ...
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Character development question for a god of Knowledge and Machines: How to make a god an interesting character? [closed]

System We are playing a custom system, and in the system we are all gods that create a universe, having mortals with a primary planet. The mortals are in the early iron age. There is a rotating GM, ...
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Have filled in my character sheet properly? [closed]

This is the second character I've ever made and I was hoping that I could get someone to check it over, to make sure it was done right. It may not be what you'd choose as your class or race, but I ...
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How can I encourage a fellow player to develop a character a bit more?

As a player myself, I would like to encourage another player to add a little nuance to his dark and cringey character. The player in question is young and quite enthusiastic, didn't derail anything in-...
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How to deal with a non-force-sensitive character trying to harvest a saber crystal?

Three of my characters are close to lvl 7 and plan to enter the crystal cave on Mygeeto to harvest their own kyber crystal for their future weapons. This will be a standalone sidequest for them. One ...
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How can I roleplay a character who's been lobotomized? [closed]

I am doing a Starfinder campaign playing a Ysoki technomancer who had a black market brain augmentation go wrong, resulting in a "unique type of emergency lobotomization." I was lucky in my ability ...
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How to deal with a PC being played as homophobic?

I’m about to start a sci-fi campaign using Ultramodern5 (a modification of D&D 5e for non-fantasy settings). I’ve been working with players to help build their characters, and one player character ...
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Should my "average" PC be able to discern the potential of encountering a gelatinous cube from subtle clues?

Relatively new to DnD/TTRPGs. Playing a Barb with +0 to INT and -1 to WIS. I just realized that my party might be walking right into a gelatinous cube. What is considered "average" intelligence and ...
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Can Blindsight see through walls? [duplicate]

The reason I'm asking this (when it's been asked before) is because I'm playing an Animated Armor, which technically HAS no senses. It's just magic in a shell. (Ghost in the shell, anyone?) So that ...
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Can I have a nameless character?

I am planning on running a High Elf Far Traveler Sorcerer, whose "far traveler" motifs are due to a loss of memory early in life. He lacks an upbringing to draw motivation from - he is self-motivated ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

My boyfriend is DMing a D&D 5e game for a good friend of mine and I. It's a pirate themed campaign, which I was excited about, and takes place in a universe where magic is not believed in by most (...
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How do I develop my character's story without spoiling myself on what's about to happen? [closed]

Today, at the table, we reached a point where we have no more goals in sight, and need to think of how we continue the game from this point onward. We are all level 6. The problem I'm facing here is ...
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Is using the same theme over and over again a sign of being too attached to a concept? [closed]

I have been playing in several roleplay groups taking place in different systems. I have noticed that while the personality of my character can vary to a degree, I always end up playing with a nature ...
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How can I roleplay a follower-type character when I as a player have a leader-type personality?

Background When I started playing RPGs, I made characters with high intelligence and problem-solving skills. As an engineer, these kinds of characters were similar to myself in real life and suited my ...
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If I'm playing a game where one of my characters died and then that character is revived how would that be handled/what do I do? [closed]

So I was playing dnd and I was on my second character it was heading toward the end of the game and then an my first characters wife got a wish and wished my first character back to life and that was ...
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Gameplay-to-cutscene ratio: how interactive should I make the introduction to the campaign? [closed]

I'm planning a campaign with a specific backdrop-the characters are employees of a certain organization and this is their first day on the job. The organization and the job will no longer actually ...
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What is a good storytelling way to change a characters class? [closed]

So let's say I am playing a bard. But now my bard is level 7 and I would like to change the class because I'm just not feeling it anymore. Now I want to play the same character. I still want the ...
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How can my new character avoid being a role-playing handicap to the party? [closed]

I play D&D-5e online on Roll 20 with a friend and some of his friends. Background Recently in the campaign, a member of our party (neutral alignment) (ab)used his position of power among ...
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Which check would be best for deciding which personality of a multiple-personality character is in control? [closed]

My brother wants to play a character with multiple personalities but we're unsure how to actually go about switching which personality is in control. The system he currently has is this: Every ...
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Can you enchant player characters' prosthetics permanently? [closed]

I understand that there's a huge difference between people and magical items, but the focus of this is on creating permanent magical enhancement on prosthetics itself and seeing how far you can push ...
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Should I allow one of my players to change characters mid-campaign? [closed]

I found myself in a predicament. One of my players told me that he wants to change his PC to play a different one mid-campaign. I would generally just say yes if there's a good reason, but that's the ...
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How do I make my single-minded character more interested in the main story?

Currently, I'm playing a campaign with a couple of friends and we're about 5 sessions in. My character has a single purpose, which is saving his mother who has disappeared. For that reason my ...
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What can I do to roleplay better in DnD? [closed]

I have been playing D&D for nearly 2 years with the same character, a female elven monk who is a sage librarian. I was previously in a party where role playing wasn't pushed as much as it is in ...
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