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Questions tagged [time]

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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can I reduce the number of encounters per day without throwing off game balance?

I'm running an Open Table sandbox game this summer. The 5E DMG states that they expect 6-8 Medium or Hard combat encounters per day, with about two short rests. If I tried to do that, we'd never get ...
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Looking for a complete timeline of Golarion

I have a lot of books now about Golarion and besides of the timeline in the Inner Sea World Guide there are many others in the books concentrating on specific races and so on. I am looking for a ...
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When do the events of Storm King's Thunder take place relative to Rise of Tiamat?

We are looking to start a Storm King's Thunder campaign, but I'm trying to figure out when in the timeline the campaign takes place relative to Rise of Tiamat. Are there any references that state ...
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How does time pass in combat?

In D&D turns are resolved in an order determined by initiative, but is this what is literally happening in the world? Say you have characters Abe and Ben. Abe goes first and hits Ben with their ...
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What's an efficient way to handle magical item identification? [closed]

Background I'm running an Eberron (read: "industrialized magic") campaign under the Pathfinder rule system. They have a (semi-GM) PC who is a warforged artificer, which at their APL of 8 means the ...
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How many hours to go from level 1 to 10 in a campaign?

Background: I've DM'd before (3 past campaigns). I started playing D&D 4e when I was 12 or 13, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, school commitments took me away from the game for ...
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How can I very quickly summarize a series of easy combats?

(Similar to this question, but for 5e and with slightly different requirements.) I have a group of players who are in an area where there are two opposing factions they're planning to pit against ...
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How do I judge when and how much time passes in game?

Some moves say things like, "when resting for at least and hour or so". What is the most reasonable method to assess this? I understand that the GM can interrupt resting with moves, but how would a ...
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What game mechanics may be inadvertently broken by changing the time required for resting?

In this question we addressed a problem in which my players were finding combat too easy, and were not having to ration their stronger abilities. After discussion I've decided to implement Dale's ...
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Reducing enemy HP by half to speed up combat

Lately, I've been feeling like combats in my 5e game have been taking too many rounds. Once the novelty of the situation is established, the fight eventually becomes a slog as the players grind away ...
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How can I stress my players' resources while making the stressors feel natural without simply adding more combat encounters?

In a weekly campaign I've been running my players have recently reached levels where they are obtaining some of their core abilities. One of my players is a druid, who has chosen the wild shape-...
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What is equivalent to an hour of “table time” in a play-by-post environment?

I'm currently playing GURPS on a play-by-post system, and one of my characters has an ability ("Luck", allows me to reroll an attack or ability check and take the better of the two results) that can ...
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How long does Dread usually take?

I'm planning on running a game of Dread for the first time this weekend, but some people have conflicts and we can't start until 9:30pm. Obviously it's nice to start a horror game when it's dark, but ...
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What happens if you sequester a target which has a spell with a duration running on it?

The Sequester spell (PHB p.274) states: If the target is a creature, it falls into a state of suspended animation. Time ceases to flow for it, and it doesn’t grow older. If the target has spell ...
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How many rounds does the average combat encounter last?

I am trying to create a simple way to track ammunition for my upcoming sandbox game. In this system, players will buy ammunition in (for lack of a better word) "packets". One packet of ammunition ...
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What is the default date of Fireborn?

From what I see is that 2001 magic came back. But what I didn't find is when the usual Fireborn game is mostly meant to be set date wise (neither in the published adventure nor in the infos in game). ...
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How much time passes on the Astral plane relative to the Material plane?

How much time passes on the Material plane while Astral Projecting? From reading various wikis I have the impression that the Astral plane is timeless — time doesn't exist there. I imagine this would ...
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Are there any canonical correlations or known overlaps between D&D campaign setting's various timelines that could be used to determine the WHENs?

D&D canon has demonstrated numerous times that the various campaign settings are in fact, connected to each other. Powerful beings from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and even Athas have found ways ...
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How do I manage real-time progress effectively?

The next Rolemaster adventure my group will play, day and night cycle will be very important, how do I manage the day night cycle without making it unrealistic? A clock or a timer does not work. For ...