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Has anyone adapted Otto's Irresistible Dance to the 4e rules?

It's one of my favorite spells. Are there any official (or formal attempts at) adaptations of it to the 4e rules?
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What does Detect [Alignment] show for a possessed creature?

What does Detect [Alignment] reveal about a creature that is possessed? Does it reveal the presence of the base creature's alignment, the possessing creature's alignment, or both?
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Prolonging spells in Dresden Files

I have 2 questions on spell duration for the Dresden Files RPG: Is it possible to cast a shield spell that has no duration as a rote, but then prolong the shield on my next turn? Can you prolong an ...
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How many spells would a 3rd level Sorcerer have with a Charisma 19?

I'm trying to create a character with an online character sheet from google docs and the calculations are coming up unexpectedly. I suspect there is an error in the formula, so I want to make sure I ...
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A question about Celerity spells

I have a question regarding Celerity line of spells introduced in PHB2. Let's say we have 2 wizards, A and B. Wizard A has higher initiative roll than wizard B; neither is flat-footed; it's A's turn; ...
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Does a Portal's mana cost cover the sympathetic nature, or is that another +1 mana?

The spell description for Portal (Space***; M:Aw p 238) gives a casting cost of one mana. It also mentions how the number of successes required is based on the caster's sympathetic connection to the ...
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Does the Celestial Brilliance spell stack with itself?

I've a couple of questions regarding stacking multiple area effect spells: Does Celestial Brilliance spell (BoED p94) stack with itself? That is, if two instances of this spell are cast and an evil ...
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How does Charm Person affect a PC?

It's quite clear how the DM should play any NPCs that get Charmed by a PC -- the NPC should behave as the caster's best friend, and do things that he'd do for his best friend. But how do you play ...
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How real are illusions?

The PCs this week tried to do something that stumped me, and I am sure this question has been asked before. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the PCs decided that they would cast an illusion ...
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Does Protection from Evil protect against the Fear spell?

Does Protection from Evil protect against Fear in Pathfinder? Note that Protection from Evil is written a little differently in Pathfinder than in D&D 3.5: Second, the subject immediately ...
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Does a Pathfinder Witch's Slumber Hex Count as Mind-Affecting Effect?

From d20pfsrd.com, the Witch gets the following Hex: Slumber (Su): A witch can cause a creature within 30 feet to fall into a deep, magical sleep, as per the spell sleep. The creature ...
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Do fire spells cast underwater still affect creatures vulnerable to fire?

Related Question: Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater? As mentioned in the above question: From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ...
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What options are available for a Cleric casting multiple spells per round?

I am playing a Cleric in 3.5e who's neutral good, plant/good domain, and going up to level 6 next session. To be effective in combat, I rely on my spells. However, before I join combat, I'd prefer to ...
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Can you use Shrink Item on a living creature?

Are you allowed to use the spell Shrink Item on a living creature?
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Spell Selection on Lore Seeker campaign Trait

On page 331 of the Pathfinder Advanced Players Guide, there is the lore seeker trait that has the following: If you cast arcane spells, pick three spells on your spell list. You are particularly ...
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What happens when a spell fails?

I was running a campaign the other evening, and I ran into a problem. One of the players wanted to cast 'color spray' on a creature. The player did not know that the creature was undead, but suspected ...
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Does the ability Sudden Raystrike work on rays cast from a Wand?

One of the abilities that the Spellwarp Sniper gains at 2nd level is Sudden Raystrike (p64 of Complete Scoundrel). The description says: If you can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend ...
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How to balance conviction with discipline?

I'm playing a caster in a setting hack of the Dresden files. I find that it's very easy to get in an unbalance of my Conviction and Discipline skills. If Conviction is too high then I fail my ...
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Can touch-range spells be counterspelled at range?

Rather than fight our way out of a particularly hard encounter at the end of the last adventure, the party tried to teleport away. An enemy spellcaster attempted to counterspell it from across the ...
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Any games with a Magicka-like (experimental/combination-based) magic system? [closed]

I really like the exploratory/combining elements of the magic system in the computer game Magicka. Can anyone recommend a tabletop game with a similar system? The system is based on obtaining ...
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Does a Flaming Sphere gain combat advantage with its initial attack against a prone enemy?

Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Flame Sphere: Effect: You conjure a Medium flaming sphere that occupies a square within range, and the sphere ...
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Does the prone ranged defensive bonus apply to a creature hit by Flaming Sphere's initial attack?

Flaming Sphere is a nice low-level wizard power, but even the errata text is a little confusing. Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Effect: You conjure ...
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Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot?

Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot in AD&D 1st edition? There are several problems that I'm not sure can be solved: How would the harness be attached to the disk? Can a ...
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Can Minor Healing be used multiple times to cure a medium or serious injury in HARP?

In ICE's HARP (High Adventure Role Playing) system the Minor Healing spell says: The caster must select one of the following options when casting this spell: Reduce a maneuver penalty by up to 20 ...
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Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?

From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ineffective underwater unless the caster makes a Spellcraft check (DC 20 + spell level). If the check succeeds, the ...
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Good Single Word Instruction for "Command" Spell [closed]

The first level Cleric spell "Command" allows a single word verb command to be issued which will be obeyed by the target. What commands would you recommend / have you had success with? It feels like ...
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Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?

If a player casts polymorph and they get more arms, can they have extra attacks with those extra arms? If they do get extra attacks, what is your base attack bonus? Is the same true for wildshape? ...
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When using the polymorph spell is the new shape always centred on the targets old shape?

Normally, you would assume that a character changing from a medium sized character to a Huge character using polymorph would do so as shown in example A, filling the empty squares. Is example B a ...
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Can my mage prepare powers of the same level but of a different type (encounter, daily, utility)?

I'm reading about the Mage on the Heroes of the Fallen Lands, and page 200 says You cannot prepare more than one power of any given level on the same day. For example, a 14th level mage [...] can ...
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How does Magic Circle against Evil work?

Magic Circle against Evild20SRD has two primary effects: Affecting all creatures within 10-ft. of its target with a Protection from Evild20SRD effect. Drawing a 10-ft.-radius circle centered on its ...
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Is there a Potion of Magic Circle against Evil?

I know that you can brew a potion for any 3rd-level or lower spell that targets one or more creatures : If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?. ...
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Does shutting your eyes help when mirror images are in different squares?

The spell mirror image creates figments of the caster. These figments separate from you and remain in a cluster, each within 5 feet of at least one other figment or you. You can move into and ...
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Are Transmutation spells lost after dismissing or casting Alter Self

The description of transmutation spells is Transmutation spells change the properties of some creature, thing, or condition. So if a transmutation spell was cast after an alter self, and then ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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Shadowrun: Do Lightning Bolt/Ball Lightning spells do physical or stun damage?

The Setup The Lightning Bolt and Ball Lightning spells both have their damage type listed as P for Physical (as opposed to S for Stun, such as Knockout). However, the rules also state (emphasis mine)...
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Creating and researching new spells in Shadowrun

This is a two part related question: The combat spells in Shadowrun cover fire, electric and acid elemental attacks, but not cold elemental attacks. Considering that the direct-attack spells all ...
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When a Stinking Cloud is moved onto a creature, does the creature take damage immediately?

In a recent session of D&D 4e, a Stinking Cloud was moved onto a creature who was outside of it. Stinking Cloud Effect: ...Creatures that enter the zone or start their turns there take ...
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If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?

I'm aware that you can't brew a potion from any spell with "range: personal, target: you", since it is restricted to: any 3rd-level or lower spell that you know and that targets one or more ...
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What is the disadvantage of casting Raise Dead and then Restoration twice instead of casting True Resurrection?

We (my group and I) figured out, that in Pathfinder you can use True Resurrection for a price of 25,000 gp but Raise Dead works for 5,000 gp and you can remove the negative levels with Restoration (...
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What hexes should I take for my huckster?

I'm in a Deadlands game using the classic Pinnacle rules set. Our posse is fairly well mixed — two or three gunslingers of varying types, a sharpshooter, a voudonista, a mad scientist, and me. What ...
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How much (if any) force does Tenser's Floating Disk transfer to ground?

One question here is asking "What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?". The query seems aimed at using levitative powers or effects on whatever object the Disk is floating above. Since ...
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What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?

What counts as ground for this ritual, if you have a 5x5 piece of stone/paper/metal/wood under the disk, and that is moved up, say 10 feet, would the disk phase through that stone, or hover 1 foot ...
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Is there a high limit on how high the Tenser's Floating Disk will fly?

Is there a high limit on how high the disk will fly? If i'm on it and use a move action to go "UP" how far will it go before it refuses to go any farther? I did not see any mention of high limits ...
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How can I pass through a Blade Barrier?

Can I safely get through a "Blade Barrier" by crawling through with an overturned bathtub over me or does the blade barrier form inside it as well?
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Can You Use a Metamagic Rod and a Scroll/Staff/Wand Together?

Are you allowed to use a Metamagic Rod (say Extend) with a spell cast from a scroll or other magical device?
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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...
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Lower spells in higher spell slots

Can you place a lower level spell in a higher spell slot? In other words, can you place magic missile in a 4th level slot if you want to, without a metamagic feat? This came up in our Pathfinder game ...
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Counter to Celestial Brilliance

The cleric in my party makes frequent use of the spell Celestial Brilliance (from Book of Exalted Deeds) and I've been doing some research on the web. Most people I've seen in other forums tend to ...
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Sleep spell in DFRPG

Has anyone here put together a "Sleep" spell in the Dresden Files RPG yet? One of my PC wizards (we're playing a "Submerged", or high-powered game) has a sleep spell as a Rote, and I wanted to see if ...
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