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How do you enforce "niche protection" in one-shots with multiple PC options?

I usually GM point-based games without classes (like Star Wars D6, WoD -- Mage the Awakening or Wraith -- etc.) When I prepare an adventure for 5 players, I usually make more than 5 PCs to have some ...
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Most effective means of dealing with lack of players in AD&D 1e?

I am a DM who is going to be running AD&D 1e for my first time next week. I have a group ready, and I bought the newly reprinted edition of "Against the Slave Lords" to play because it looked very ...
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What is the hardest character to play as from low to high level? [closed]

So mages at low levels are pretty pathetic but they grow up to be pretty dangerous. Most Fighter classes are pretty balanced from bottom to top. So my question is what is the hardest class to play as ...
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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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(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 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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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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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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What are some mage-related abilities in a Sci-Fi setting?

One of my PC's wants to be a mage type character. I would be all for this, except that we are playing the Fallout Pen and Paper game, which doesn't really have any magic related techniques or attacks. ...
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How compatible is Gloomhaven with Dungeons and Dragons?

I play dnd 5e with a group of friends. Obviously, we each have our own character sheets, dice, etc. I have never played gloomhaven, but am thinking of purchasing it to play at home with my family. It ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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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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How many hit dice do monster player characters have?

Let's say we have party of humans and a minotaur(cr 4). Everybody is level 10, so according to Pathfinder's monsters as races rules minotaur should have 8th (let's say barbarian) level.And the ...
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Can a PC change Backgrounds mid-campaign?

I've read about instances of class changes in the middle of a campaign, but what about background changes? For example, if a level 5 character had a Soldier background, but found another to fit their ...
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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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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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Are there rules for playing two characters in one body?

I have a character designed that is two different characters that have been merged into one body by some force (magic, a god, whatever) So they share one physical body, but they have two fully ...
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Role-playing and being "stuck" with an archetype? [closed]

I never played the "board" D&D games; my experience is limited to what is available via "classic" PC games. But I'd like to try D&D with the real players in real life at the board with the ...
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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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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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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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Do characters tend to get used for a while nowadays, or disposed of and replaced regularly? [closed]

When I was in high school, a long time ago, kids talked about their characters lasting and up-leveling for so long that they reached high enough levels to get to send them away to Wizards of the Coast ...
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Software to manage AD&D characters [closed]

Is there some software out there (beside core rules) that does character management? Really what I am looking for is a way to fill out the sheet and remember the information so I can update it and ...
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Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
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Which Thief-Style Striker Build is Simplest to Master?

So we have some players in our group who play 4e for the "Role" play aspect, not the "Roll" play aspect. They have a firm grasp on the "general" flow/rules and whatnot, but generally don't spend much ...
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What changes when an Alienist becomes an outsider?

When a character becomes a 10th level Alienist (prestige class), the following change is said to occur (emphasis mine): Alien Transcendence (Su): A 10th-level alienist, because of long ...
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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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Tips for getting into character [closed]

I'm relatively new to D&D and I'm rolling my second character. While I enjoyed my first one, he didn't have much of a personality. This next time around, I'm aiming to play a Swashbuckler ...
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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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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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How do I make a player feel important when their skills don't affect the campaign? [closed]

You know how sometimes a character takes Dwarvish as their second language but you have no dwarves in your campaign? Or a Cleric specializes in killing undead when your campaign revolves around ...
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How can I convince my D&D players to restart their characters? [closed]

I'm trying to start a D&D/Pathfinder club and I think that all of the players should restart/re-roll their characters. Half the group does not want to do so since they are already invested in an ...
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The Undying Deva

Can a player continually play the same Deva character according to RAW? The reason I ask is because according to the PHB2, the deva are simply continually reincarnated to a deva shrine or holy place ...
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Are there any rules on allowing players to swap out characters of equal level?

In a previous game, one of my players played a Bard that got up to level 5. That player wants to bring him back for a few sessions when he gets his current Artificer up to level 5 (which will probably ...
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Is there any official guidance on customizing class options?

This is not a suggestions question. I'm not looking for someone to suggest how I should balance ability X. I want to know the "rules" or customs for balancing. I am also not looking for ...
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How are characters converted from Dark Heresy 1st to 2nd edition?

Is it possible to convert characters from previous edition to current one? How is it achieved?
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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 convert this Burning Empires diplomat character to Pathfinder?

A diplomat character from Burning Empires was (trivially) converted to Burning Wheel. Now I'm running a game with Pathfinder rules in the same setting and there is a fine opportunity to bring the ...
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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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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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Formula for determining attributes of character created with reproduction [closed]

I am trying to find information about D&D's rules regarding ability-scores of a character who is a result of two other characters' reproduction. I haven't been able to find any official ...
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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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What happens when you have two races? [closed]

I've been searching for a bit now and have found nothing. My character is a Human paladin but is also eladrin, So what the specifics towards these rules, like could I take all the racial powers from ...
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Merits of vow of poverty in this build

I'm rolling up a character for a 20th level one-shot game I hope to get started at some point, as follows: Blackscale Lizardfolk (3hd+3LA) Druid 10 with shapeshifter variant/(monk or ninja) 2/(full ...
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Playing a child oracle in pathfinder, how to prove age and how open will population be to believing it? [closed]

I'm thinking about playing an oracle in Pathfinder with the Child curse. He stopped aging at roughly 7 years old. He is now around 18-20 years old, still looks like a kid. I think it would be fun ...
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Did something very uncharacteristic, not sure where to go (Contains Jade Regent spoilers)

Disclaimer: This involves events from the Jade Regent AP. Spoilers will exist. So I have a dilemma and I'm really not sure how to go from here. I basically did something very out of character because ...
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How can I find a challenge/dilemma for my robot character? [closed]

So...I'm playing in this game as an android that is a hacker and electrically skill based. It is not designed for front line combat and has a control chip which makes it obey the commands of it's ...
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On and off NPC/PC [duplicate]

Still just spitballing, but I came across an idea for a new group I might be starting. One of the players will only be available half the time the rest of the group will be (let's call him Bob), and ...
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Influencing a PC's attitude with Intimidate

Intimidate states You can use Intimidate to force an opponent to act friendly toward you for 1d6 × 10 minutes with a successful check. The DC of this check is equal to 10 + the target’s Hit Dice + ...
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How can I play multiple characters at once?

Okay, so I'll be playing the World of Warcraft RPG with my family and friends on the weekend, and I'm wondering if playing multiple characters at once would be viable or easy to do. I'll be playing ...
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