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I am working on making an RPG Game with an end of the world storyline [closed]

I am working on making an RPG Game with an end of the world storyline, I want it to be like a huge asteroid is coming to hit earth. I got inspiration from an asteroid simulation website, you can visit ...
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What are the consequences of a crossbow without the loading property?

Years ago efforts were made to discuss use of two hand crossbows/dual wielding. It was determined that loading was a problem and such gear would not work past the first shot. Interestingly, rapid ...
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How many times can dancing double weapons attack?

Let's assume my character has 6 BAB. He can make two attacks per turn with a basic one handed sword. His wizard friend wants to create an Urgrosh with the dancing property. As far as I know, dancing ...
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Can you use your off-handed weapon for your main attack action?

My friend is 2 weapon fighting a flesh golem. He has one sword that does lightning damage, and one sword that does fire damage. His right hand holds the lightning sword, and his left hand holds the ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight fighter's Weapon-Bonded net free a restrained creature when summoned?

The Eldritch Knight fighter's Weapon Bond feature (PHB, p. 75) says: At 3rd level, you learn a ritual that creates a magical bond between yourself and one weapon. [...] If it is on the same plane ...
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How does the “Burst” trait work?

A handful of explosives, as well as the rules on explosive charges, and some explosive munitions, reference the "Burst" trait, as if it where similar (but distinct from) the "Blast" trait. Does anyone ...
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How would one go about creating a sorcerer that uses a sword in D&D 5e?

I really want to make a Sorcerer that uses a sword, but I don't know how that could be accomplished in D&D when creating a lvl 1 character. How would I go about accomplishing this?
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A Thri-Kreen wielding two long swords two handedly, damage bonus calculation

A Thri Kreen has multiple limbs according to page 15 of the expanded psionics handbook: Multiple Limbs thri-kreen have four arms and thus can take the Multiweapon Fighting feat page 304 of the ...
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Thri-Kreen multi-attack total attack bonus calculation

Would you mind casting an eye over this and check my understanding is correct? This question refers to an NPC I'm modelling from AD&D Pegasus magazine #8. It's a 5th level Thri Kreen fighter and ...
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Is this homebrew trident weapon and associated feat balanced compared to the published weapons and Feats for Weapons?

Currently, the martial weapon trident is strictly inferior to the simple weapon spear. Here is my homebrew fix for it: Trident (Martial Meelee Weapon) Cost: 15 GP Weight: 5 lbs Damage: 3d4 ...
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Is it possible to wield a 'greatsword'? [closed]

Whenever I play a fighter or barbarian wielding a greatsword, I imagine them wielding a sword like this: Later I discovered that a greatsword is not that big, but it's more like a longer sword. The ...
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Is this a doable character build in this particular instance? [closed]

I've been debating this for a couple weeks now and I was wondering if this is a doable build, and if a DM would even be likely to allow this considering it is almost entirely home brewed. I am ...
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What's the significance of different laser weapon types?

What is up with all the different types of laser weapons? There's Zenith, Parallax, Corona, and others, but I can't seem to find the significance of these subtypes of laser. I am assuming there are ...
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Is there a character build that allows or optimizes using two-handed weapons with one hand?

I was recommended to post this here because I didn't realize at the time that I was side tracking from a previous question with a new one. This is my question and reasoning behind it. Can I use a ...
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Are lances in 5e a one-use item?

I cannot find a single bit of info on this subject. My group shares around the DMing between our three different on-going and concurrent campaigns, and twice now this issue has come up. Granted there ...
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Do Hexblade warlocks with Pact of the Blade ignore the limits on the type of weapons summoned?

I play Hexblade warlocks a lot. I, of course, usually take Pact of the Blade to go with it. It says you can only summon melee weapons. Do Hexblades ignore this rule? Would I be able to summon a ...
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Does switching between using a versatile weapon one-handed to two-handed cost anything with regards to the action economy?

The versatile weapon property says (PHB, p. 147): Versatile. This weapon can be used with one or two hands. A damage value in parentheses appears with the property–the damage when the weapon is ...
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Is a Pact of the Blade Warlock proficient with all weapons of the same kind as their wielded pact weapon?

According to the Warlock class, the Pact of the Blade Pact Boon feature allows a Warlock to use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee ...
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How can a new DM deal with having given out overpowered weapons at a low level?

I am in a few campaigns, one of them has a DM who's never been a Dungeon Master before. Their grasp of the rules and how the game is played is sound but they are a bit of a pushover when it comes to ...
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If a character has a light weapon that is made one size larger, is it treated as a one-handed weapon or a two-handed weapon?

If a character has a light weapon that is made one size larger, would it be considered a 1-handed weapon, or a 2-handed weapon? (I.e Weapons type being: Light, One Handed, Two Handed.)
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Would a Sun Blade be considered to be made of metal, for the purposes of the Heat Metal spell?

As the title states, would a Sun Blade be considered to be an item made of metal? I'm trying to work out if the Heat Metal spell would be effective against it. A regular long sword would almost ...
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Can magic weapons grant (Great) Cleave or similar effects?

I want to make a melee weapon whose main purpose is mowing down large numbers of low-level creatures. I can't find magic weapon special abilities that grant Cleave, though the specific weapon Sylvan ...
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Would declaring a sworn enemy using an oathbow cause disadvantage when attacking with a spiritual weapon?

The oathbow allows you to make the target of its ranged attack your "sworn enemy", which grants a number of benefits to your attacks with the oathbow against that enemy. However, it also states: ...
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How can a tiny-sized gunslinger increase the base die when we use houserules that favor larger creatures?

I plan to go dwarf gunslinger with dual revolvers. So in our game, size class rules have the following changes, size classes scale closer to what an IRL human would 4' 1" is the highest end of tiny ...
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By what factor does the weight of a melee weapon change if created for a creature with a size class other than Medium?

So it's safe to assume that a Small creature will have a lighter weapon than a Medium creature, and a Large creature will have a heavier weapon than a Medium creature, since the amount of material ...
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What is the criteria for light weapon?

So when I was researching a stealth-based ninja I came across weapon finesse and piranha strike which mention light weapons. I know there's the light weapon property but what would the criteria for ...
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What adds up to the damage of a high crit weapon?

I'm seeking for the swarm intelligence of this forum because I couldn't find rules for it: I have a high crit weapon (scimitar) which is magically enhanced (+1) and for which I have a weapon ...
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Bilethorn weapons

In 4th edition dungeons and dragons, when you use the daily power of a Bilethorn Weapon (Adventurer's Vault, p, 64), does it repeat the damage dealt by sources like sneak attack and poison, or just ...
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Would modifying the “Polearm Master” feat to work with a longsword be overpowered?

On of my players (an Eldritch Knight) wants to make a modification to the "Polearm Master" feat by replacing the weapons given with a longsword. So it would be written as such Longsword Master ...
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Can I wield a Saw-tooth Sabre with my tail as a Ratfolk using the Versatile Design weapon modification while being a Red Mantis Assassin?

I started playing a Rogue Ratfolk and have brought myself to the RMA prestige class. I used to wield a ratfolk Tailblade to maximise sneak potential, but it didn't work out because the attacks kept ...
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Do unarmed strikes count as “weapon attacks” for purposes of features like Enlarge and Brute Force?

According to this tweet by Jeremy Crawford: Unarmed strikes have always been weapon attacks. Here's where the confusion comes in: your unarmed strike (fist, elbow, knee, butt, etc.) is not ...
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Is there an equivalent to the Monkey Grip feat in D&D 5e?

While I was DMing a D&D 3.5 adventure, one of my players played a character with the Monkey Grip feat (because he liked the manga Berserk, where the hero has a giant sword). And it turned out that ...
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If using a weapon as an improvised weapon, are any of its properties retained?

I'm unsure what happens to a weapon's properties when used to make an improvised attack. What happens if you were to use any of the following as improvised weapons to make either melee or ranged ...
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Can you use Tavern Brawler to wield a 2 handed sword with one hand as an improvised weapon?

So I'm wielding a two handed sword. Can I grapple with one hand and use the 2hd sword as a improvised weapon? Obviously the damage dice would be less.
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Is this whip master feat balanced?

One of my players wants the ability to grapple other creatures at range when using a whip (think Indiana Jones wrapping his whip around things). I think this is a reasonable ability to have, but ...
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Are lances and nets and versatile weapons considered one-handed weapons?

The Bladesinging Wizard gets the Training in War and Song feature, which states (SCAG, p. 142; emphasis mine): [...] You gain proficiency with one type of one-handed melee weapon of your choice [......
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Can an armblade be a lance?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, an Armblade is a magic item that can be "any one-handed melee weapon". With there not being an actual one-handed trait, it's assumed that melee weapons that don't ...
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How does the Overkill weapon tag interact with critical hits?

The Overkill weapon tag is defined on page 105 of the Lancer Core Book First Edition PDF as follows: OVERKILL: When rolling for damage with this weapon, any damage dice that land on a 1 cause the ...
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Dual wielding two +1 Longswords, do they stack?

In my campaign, my character has the opportunity to dual wield two +1 longswords. I'm just wondering if it's effective to do so or just a flex for my character. Would it make sense to do this? Would ...
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How much damage does a stolen Merrow’s harpoon do if you have Powerful Build?

Can a PC use a Merrow's Harpoon? says that a Merrow’s harpoon’s damage changes based on the PC’s size. The answer mentions that because PCs are usually medium sized that the damage changes from ...
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Is the Artillerist artificer's Eldritch Cannon a carryable weapon?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, the Artillerist subclass for the Artificer gets a feature called Eldritch Cannon. When you summon the cannon you can choose to summon it as either a Small object ...
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How does the double-bladed scimitar compare to using two weapons with the Dual Wielder feat and Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style?

I've often felt that having a consistent bonus-action attack (or other mechanic) is 'optimal' in builds during combat. The more actions/options you have, the 'better' you are able to handle different ...
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Can the Magus cast a spell using the Spell Combat feature while holding a one-handed weapon with two hands?

The Magus' Spell Combat feature says in part: To use this ability, the magus must have one hand free (even if the spell being cast does not have somatic components), while wielding a light or ...
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Can any player character features alter the base stats of weapons?

Some spells, like Elemental Weapon and Magic Weapon, change base stats of weapons. Are there any player character features that are not spells that alter the base stats of weapons? Stats being any ...
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Is it possible to use a Mordhau grip to deal bludgeoning damage?

I play in a short D&D 5e campaign, with many undead type monsters, like skeletons and the like. My character has a Longsword, which deals slashing damage. Now I would like if it would be ...
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What action is changing your grip on a weapon with the two-hand poperty?

The Fighter feat Dual-handed Assault (CRB p146) lets you grip your weapon with 2 hands, strike, and release it with one of your hands, all in one action. How many actions would it be without the ...
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If the UA Wild Soul barbarian's Wild Surge table causes a greatsword to gain the light property, can it be dual-wielded?

The playtest Wild Soul barbarian subclass (from Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian and Monk has the Wild Surge feature at 3rd level, causing magic to erupt from the barbarian when they rage. Row 7 in the ...
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How much damage does a Pick do on a critical hit?

If I have critical specialization with Picks, how much damage do I cause? Pick critical specialization: 2 additional damage per weapon damage die. However, Picks also have the Fatal property: ...
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How can a Human Druid achieve expert proficiency with a weapon?

How can a Human Druid achieve expert proficiency with a weapon? It would be nice to have a feat for that, but I could not find any. I would prefer a procedure that works for any weapon, but more ...
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Does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip work if I've cast the Shillelagh cantrip on my staff?

The Shillelagh cantrip says that your attacks become magical, but the green-flame blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143) says it works with a melee attack. As part of the action used to cast this spell, you ...

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