Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [time]

For questions concerned primarily with the passing of time in the game world or at the table.

13
votes
1answer
456 views

When is a spell cast?

Some spells have implications "when the spell is cast again", such as mage hand or imprison no longer applying to the previous target. A wizard character is arguing that the simulacrum he has ...
2
votes
3answers
431 views

Can a character have two pasts? [closed]

I have a character in mind that has two pasts. Basically I want to create a character that has the memories of two other people in her head. Somewhat like split personality but more like a fusion of ...
32
votes
7answers
4k views

How do I implement a challenge where time runs backward?

I'm DMing a D&D 5e campaign that has pockets of "weird time" (areas where time runs faster or slower than normal). It seems like I shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have an area where time is ...
12
votes
2answers
479 views

How does the Slow spell affect the environment?

How does the slow spell actually work in D&D 5e? The description states: "You alter time around up to six creatures of your choice in a 40-foot cube within range." Is this talk about their ...
28
votes
2answers
3k views

What is the world record for the longest D&D marathon?

I have been looking for a while to find the world record for the longest Dungeons and Dragons marathon because me and my friends had a plan to try and attempt to beat it and give the money from the ...
28
votes
4answers
2k views

When exactly can a caster stop concentrating on a spell?

From the Basic Rules section on Concentration: Some spells require you to maintain concentration in order to keep their magic active. If you lose concentration, such a spell ends. If a spell ...
3
votes
2answers
137 views

How long do magic items retain their magic?

Bit of context: we're looking for the ruins of a long-lost fortress and have explored a few ideas, to speed up the research. One thing leading to another, we deduced the place had to have some strong ...
4
votes
0answers
81 views

How can I run regular one-hour sessions of D&D? [duplicate]

I had an idea while talking to some co-workers today. I asked them if they'd be interested in starting a game that we could play during our lunch hours. My idea is that we'd spend at least one hour a ...
-4
votes
1answer
521 views

How exactly does the Feywild time warp work?

I'm trying to understand how the Feywild time warp effect works. (Note that use of wish spells, or any other effect that alters the time warp effect for only particular creatures, are out of scope of ...
11
votes
1answer
274 views

Can an enemy take a reaction if you target them with a spell while the Time Stop spell is active?

Say a character casts time stop on themselves. While the spell is active, they target another creature with a spell (thus ending the time stop). Can that targeted character make a reaction to the ...
6
votes
1answer
72 views

How long does advancing levels take?

Are there any rules about the amount of time level progression takes in Rolemaster Classic? I am trying to work out a time cost for Characters advancing levels whilst events are occurring in other ...
5
votes
1answer
106 views

How many times do you suffer poison?

Given a poison with no onset, and a frequency of 1/round for 6 rounds, how many times do you take the damage? Is it "the initial damage, plus damage for 6 rounds" for a total of 7 times, or is it "6 ...
12
votes
1answer
413 views

Can a time element be part of the description of the recipient in the Animal Messenger spell?

My Druid wants to warn any unsuspecting travelers from taking a shortcut that leads to a hazard that the party is dealing with. Can he use animal messenger to do it? The animal messenger spell ...
-4
votes
3answers
227 views

In 5e, when, exactly, is a dying/stabilizing character's turn? [closed]

The rules for Death Saving Throws seem clear to me, except for one important thing: when does the person rolling for death or stabilization get to make their saving throw? Issue came up last weekend: ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

How well do characters know the time?

The Keen Mind feat (PHB, p. 167) says: You have a mind that can track time, direction, and detail with uncanny precision. You gain the following benefits. Increase your Intelligence score ...
3
votes
4answers
254 views

Time equivalent of a day in Dungeons & Dragons [closed]

How long is a typical day in Dungeons & Dragons in terms of time in our real world? I'm using the 3.5 player's handbook, and I know a round lasts 6 seconds.
6
votes
1answer
234 views

Can effects like Darkness, Light, etc. be strobed in a single turn?

I've seen multiple questions (including one that I have written) that attempt some degree of maneuvering of an object or effect that would allow them to "strobe" the effects of spells like Light or ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

For spells that can be made permanent after multiple castings, does the effect need to be maintained continuously during the setup?

There are a number of spells that normally have a 24-hour duration, but can be made permanent by casting them on the same target every day for a specified number of consecutive days. Examples include ...
5
votes
1answer
188 views

Avoiding losing much time on uninteresting scenes

As I understand it, the core idea of Fate is to only spend time playing scenes with an impact into the story and the characters. Still playing it I've seen much time being spend on scenes that are ...
6
votes
1answer
464 views

Are things besides creatures affected by the Time Stop spell?

The time stop spell says time stops for other creatures. What all is affected by the spell? Is gravity affected? Air movement? I know that the spell only does what it says, and nothing else, but ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Is it possible to use a weapon as a normal weapon and an arcane focus at the same time?

I am relatively new to D&D, and am currently creating my very first PC, a Tiefling Sorcerer with a Draconic Origin. As I was working on my weapons and items, I got into what an arcane focus is and ...
19
votes
4answers
5k views

What to do between battles while traveling for 1 week with no gold?

I am writing a campaign in which the party will likely be traveling through a savanna over a distance that will take them a week. The characters in the party are each at level 1, and the only ...
19
votes
2answers
2k views

Can sequester be used to get nearly unlimited duration spell effects?

As a follow-up to this answer, consider the following situation: Be a wizard of a level high enough to cast sequester Have a spellcaster friend that is willing to sacrifice himself "for the greater ...
6
votes
3answers
365 views

How do I efficiently track time during a dungeon delve?

This is a question about how to track time during a (mega-)dungeon delve, especially concerning the granular spell durations of 3.X D&D. So in the older editions, time during a delve is tracked ...
17
votes
2answers
2k views

How does Time Stop interact with the duration of Bless?

When someone casts time stop (in this case an Archmage), they take turns while everyone else is stopped in time: You briefly stop the flow of time for everyone but yourself. No time passes for ...
16
votes
2answers
706 views

How long are spells meant to last?

In my time playing and running 5e D&D, I've noticed that giving a spell a duration of 1 minute seems to be a polite way of saying "This spell lasts for the entirety of this encounter, but won't ...
27
votes
5answers
7k views

How can I speed up 5e combat?

Combat at my table (5 players plus me, the GM) takes a long time. Even only moderately-complex combats usually take about an hour. I find myself wanting to end the session early if the group is about ...
3
votes
1answer
128 views

Is there a time constraint for the Banneret's Bulwark feature?

The Purple Dragon Knight/Banneret's Bulwark feature at 15th level states: Beginning at 15th level, you can extend the benefit of your Indomitable feature to an ally. When you decide to use ...
6
votes
1answer
710 views

How does Blink work when not in combat?

The rules for Blink specify that you come back to the material world at the end of each turn and when the spell ends. So what happens if the spell is used out of combat, since there are no turns? Do ...
31
votes
2answers
4k views

Is 5th Edition D&D combat faster than in 3.5 at low levels?

I am trying to get a group together, and we cannot agree on an edition of D&D. An argument being made by the pro-5e side is that 5th edition D&D goes faster than in revised 3rd edition, all ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

When does my staff of fire regain charges?

My character has a staff of fire which has 10 charges. How quickly does my character gain its charges back? Can I use a turn to rest and regain staff charges? Is there something I can do to ...
23
votes
1answer
976 views

How can we better fit our D&D campaign into 30 minute sessions?

My players and I meet each day at lunch at our school to play our D&D game. The lunch period is only about 30 minutes, which gives us a very short time frame in which to advance the game. Once ...
4
votes
1answer
745 views

How long would it take this Curse of Strahd NPC to take over a town?

I am running the Curse of Strahd campaign, for 5e Dungeons & Dragons. The question is, how long would it logically take for him to be able to do this? I guess a logical subquestion would be, ...
4
votes
2answers
97 views

What rule(s) apply to duration and maintaining effects in relation to changing Initiative?

After reading over similar questions about 5e, I realized I don't really know how duration and resource cost is affected by Delaying Initiative. Examples: Spell effects, such as 'buffs' Conditions ...
3
votes
2answers
581 views

How to calculate in-world time needed to complete quests?

Similar to my other question: How to handle parallel timelines when your party is separated? but both party is racing to finish their task. There is a bet on which party found the flower and bringing ...
5
votes
2answers
408 views

How to handle parallel timelines when your party is separated?

Let's say a four-person party separated into two, with two PCs each. They each proceed to do different part of a quest to speed up progression. The quest is to find two kinds of flowers in different ...
13
votes
3answers
451 views

How do I make campaigns take place over months or years of in-game time without it being boring?

Recently, I was GMing a Pathfinder campaign (we started playing not so long ago) and one of my players told me that it was strange that the PCs went from mere adventurers having trouble with kobolds ...
40
votes
7answers
7k views

Frequency of cantrips outside of battle

Despite being "at will", how often can a cantrip be cast outside of battle? For example, how long must a player wait before shooting 2 fire bolts, and is there a limit to how many could be cast or can ...
24
votes
1answer
2k views

Can you cast a spell just before the end of a long rest?

This is quite a cheesy question, but let's say I have a human wizard. And I'm the last to "stand watch" so I've already slept during that rest. This is largely to avoid the incapacitated condition: ...
7
votes
1answer
177 views

Actual length of resting

How long does the entire process of resting actually take, factoring in all the various activities involved with it? What is covered within the scope of the standard 8 hours, and what is not? RAW ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How does a spell that lasts x minutes work?

For example Witch Bolt says "Concentration, up to 1 minute" for it's duration. Is this real world or in game? How does the GM know when this ends other than the explicit conditions in the description?
8
votes
4answers
580 views

How do adventurers keep track of time in shifts?

We where about to sleep in the woods and decided who takes what 2 hour shift as lookout. The DM was new to D&D but knowledgeable about tabletop games and asked us a simple yet stupefying question: ...
4
votes
1answer
126 views

How can I minimise the time players spend when they have many creatures with actions to take each turn?

Each action during combat requires time for the player to run and communicate. Pathfinder allows character builds that grant some players dozens of actions more than other characters. This bottlenecks ...
9
votes
2answers
5k views

How long does it take to play through Tomb of Annihilation?

I'm thinking of playing the Tomb of Annihilation through with my group. We like to play 4 hour one-shots quite frequently but also run longer term campaigns, of which we are currently in the middle of ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

When exactly do magic item charges regenerate - can they regain charges in the middle of battle?

For magic items with charges, the general description states the item will "...regain[s] XdX expended Charges daily at dawn." Does this mean there is a specific time (say, 6 AM) when the item will ...
20
votes
6answers
5k views

Trying to do a time skip, but how do I justify it to my players?

I want to run a game in Eberron, but start it on the Day of Mourning (using the adventure in the back of the 4E book) then advance the time four years. However, as I want to use 5E, I want them to use ...
8
votes
3answers
667 views

How can I advance time without presuming player action?

In Dungeon World, there is the move: Bolster When you spend your leisure time in study, meditation, or hard practice, you gain preparation. If you prepare for a week or more, take 1 ...
12
votes
1answer
135 views

How long can I expect the average drama or action sequence to last with 5-6 Players?

I am currently planning a oneshot to try out 7th Sea for the first time. My players will be experienced roleplayers, but 7th Sea will be new for them, too. With that in mind, my question is the ...
8
votes
3answers
920 views

My characters are in prison and don't plan to escape. What should I do for the next 14 (in game) years? [closed]

First off, some backstory. One of my players accidentally killed 25,000 people & the center of culture for this continent by dropping a hyper-intelligent ooze on the largest city in the area. This ...
13
votes
2answers
2k views

Does time pass at a different rate on the Astral Plane than on the Material?

Per this question (How much time passes on the Astral plane relative to the Material plane?), time in the Astral Plane passed relatively normal to Material time back in 3.5E days, but is this still ...