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Is there a way knowledge checks can be done without an Intelligence trait?

I've seen people criticize the use of intelligence traits in RPGs- for example, in the Gemini RPG there is no intelligence trait because the authors intended a PC to be "as intelligent as you ...
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Is this "Withhold Summon" feature problematic?

I found this summoner class on DMsGuild, and it seems like a fun, balanced class that fills an interesting niche. One of the major features of this class is "Withhold Summon", an ability ...
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Is it possible to avoid ending Time Stop by making attacks from inside an Antimagic Field?

Okay so, the effects of Time Stop: You briefly stop the flow of time for everyone but yourself. No time passes for other creatures, while you take 1d4 + 1 turns in a row, during which you can use ...
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Can you combine Arcanist's Counterspell Exploit with Dispel Magic

I was wondering if Dispel Magic can be used with Counterspell Exploit feature instead of same level / same level +1 spell slot in counterspelling attempt... ...in the same way it can already by used ...
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Is this homebrew "Summoner" class balanced, compared to the existing classes?

I found this summoner class on DMsGuild, and it seems like a fun, balanced class that fills an interesting niche. I intend to play this character without multiclassing, using the Collector subclass, ...
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Can a creature with Mimicry activate command word magic items?

Can creatures that lack the ability to actually speak but have the Mimicry ability (such as Raven or VGM Kenku) activate magic items that require a command word to activate? Relevant rules I could ...
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Falling damage based on creature size

The party is on the second story of the Great Fane of Lolth and is running low on spells. But they do have a wand of polymorph and a great number of open windows. For whatever reason they typically ...
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Do you get the benefits of Oversized Weapons with Path of Giant?

The description of the Path of the Giant barbarian's Elemental Cleaver feature (from Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants) says, in part: Giant Stature: Your reach increases by 5 feet, and if you are ...
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D&D Fighter (Brute) damage increase [closed]

I couldn't find anyone mentioning anything to do with this at all. I am assuming it is definitely not how I'm reading it, however: Why does it sound like the fighter brute stacks damage on every hit? ...
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What should I do? My GM seems very dismissive of my choices and is not giving good reasons for it

Summary of the Problem My GM does not like the name of my character but gives poor reasons for not liking it and is gung-ho to change aspects of my character for little reason. What do I do to protect ...
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Can the Minor Illusion cantrip create a taxidermy look-alike of a creature?

The Minor Illusion spell description states: You create a sound or an image of an object within range that lasts for the duration. (...) If you create an image of an object--such as a chair, muddy ...
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Is this homebrew "Firemind Dragonborn" race overpowered?

I found this homebrew "Firemind Dragonborn" race on Dungeon Master's Guild (It was almost immediately taken down for some reason). It represents an Izzet Guild member given the Gift of ...
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Where is weapon damage stated?

So I've read from multiple sources that weapon damage in the original D&D booklets is 1d6 regardless of weapon. However, reading through the books, I can't find reference to weapon damage at all. ...
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What does a player learn when their spell fails for a hidden reason?

(this is effectively this Q&A, but for 5th edition) Sometimes, a player may try to cast a spell on something, or someone, that is not a valid target or cannot be affected by the spell. Whether it ...
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Conjure Animals Control Range

I've got a question on the Conjure Animals spell. I was DM'ing a game, and a player used it. They summoned their creatures within 60' of themselves, and then directed them to attack the bad guys. The ...
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Does Possess Object have the size limitation?

Posses Object is a spell that shares some features with both Magic Jar and Animate Objects and is written very strangely. https://aonprd.com/SpellDisplay.aspx?ItemName=Possess%20Object Key parts being:...
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Stars Without Number: effort cost for maintaining connect with friends

Can a level 2 telepath maintain a connection with multiple "allies" for free (no effort committed)? Does he need to spend effort to communicate with them through that link? Reading the two ...
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Core-only specifications for whips & scourges

I'm looking for details pertaining to whips and scourges in the core of 2e. They're the only weapons with no weapon type (-- instead of bludgeoning/piercing/slashing) according to their entries on p....
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How close do I have to be to the thing I Hide behind?

During a game when I tried to use Distracting Shadows I was told that I need to be adjacent to the creature I want to use as cover. The feat itself does not say anything like this: You have learned ...
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Why are there general use extras/flaws that aren't listed in extras/flaws? (+a resource for those wanting to use them)

Something I noticed is that on pg. 149 where Afflictions are listed, the Effect Description format has the following to say about how Extras are listed "A listing of extras relevant or unique to ...
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Can a mortal use an artifact in Exalted 3e? If so, how?

Motivation for the question We are running into questions around whether and how mortals can use artifacts in Exalted 3E. My Twilight has now twice wanted to make artifacts to give to mortals, once to ...
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Can minor illusion or prestidigitation create a spyglass that works?

Can I create a lens that will function as a magnifying glass or spyglass with Minor Illusion by using the illusion as a focus to warp or bend light as a lens might? Alternatively, can Prestidigitation ...
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In Exalted 3E, can Dragon Blooded reasonably integrate with celestial exalted?

As I understand the lore of Exalted 3E, the Dragon-Blooded are supposed to be explicitly less powerful than Celestial Exalted such as the Solars and the Lunars, but drastically more numerous. I do not ...
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What's the Head of Vecna and why is it important?

I'm vaguely familiar with the RPG anecdote the Head of Vecna. Is there more to this tale? Why is this story important to RPG culture? Note: In Comments on this question (now deleted but available on ...
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My players think they found a loophole that gives them infinite poison and XP. How can I add the proper challenges to slow them down?

(I'm the game master.) The party (lvl. 4) reached a Kobold village. It has several dozen Kobolds, many of them pretty powerful. The players aren't supposed to kill everyone in it, but to solve the ...
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Is there any way to improve a Cleric's Channel Bonus for variant channeling abilities?

For Variant Channeling scaling is related to a Cleric's "Channel Bonus" which is 1 + 1 every 5 levels. Is there any way such feats or magic items to improve it?
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How do I encourage a GM to use the rules as written?

Related to this question, there are some game masters who either don't know the rules or ignore them properly. They come into conflict with rules lawyers, players who know the rules well and expect ...
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Is a dead creature's body considered an "object"?

I never really gave this much thought until this question brought it up: Is a dead creature's body considered to be an object? And is it still a creature? My initial reaction was that it would not ...
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Would it break things to allow a Barbarian to cast spells in rage?

If I was to make a homebrew barbarian subclass that allows barbarians to cast spells in rage, or allowed a barbarian that multiclassed into a spellcasting class, would it break anything? It doesn’t ...
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How to make the battle against Tiamat last longer?

I am running Rise of Tiamat and the party (2 barbarians, 1 fighter, 1 paladin, 1 druid, all level 15) is going to fight Tiamat in a few sessions. I'm particularly concerned not only about the balance ...
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What happens when you target a dead creature with Scrying?

In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, the spell Scrying is described, in part, as follows: You can see and hear a particular creature you choose that is on the same plane of existence as you. The ...
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Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?

In the 3rd and 4th editions of D&D, there were explicit rules for determining if a character knew anything about a monster before them. In 3rd edition, for example, use of the Knowledge skill ...
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Why are we abbreviating Player's Handbook to PHB?

The official abbreviations for the rule books of fifth edition according to the Sage Advice Compendium are: Player’s Handbook (abbreviated PH) Monster Manual (abbreviated MM) Dungeon Master’s Guide (...
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Does Locate Object work on polymorphed equipment?

The spell Locate Object says: You sense the direction to the object's location, as long as that object is within 1,000 feet of you. The spell Polymorph says: The target's gear melds into the new ...
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Aasimar bonus damage plus "Save for half"-spell

Aasimar subraces (VGM and MPMM) have abilities that proc when they damage a creature. As an example, here's MPMM Aasimar Radiant Soul ability: Two luminous, spectral wings sprout from your back ...
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Is Daern’s Instant Fortress considered an extra-dimensional space?

Some context: myself, and another dungeon master were discussing Daern's instant fortress and its interactions with a bag of holding. My stance was that the instant fortress is essentially utilizing ...
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Spellcasting Contract as an Arcanist

I intend to use: https://www.aonprd.com/SpellDisplay.aspx?ItemName=Spellcasting%20Contract ...for the sake of improving my action economy as an Arcanist. I intend to cast Spellcasting Contract in one ...
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Can Meld to Stone be used with Offensive Spells?

Suppose my character is locked in a jail cell with several of their worst enemies, none of whom have any spell-casting abilities. (Assume the character has retained their holy symbol for spell-casting....
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Is this GURPS flaw balanced?

I’m not sure if this is balanced, thusly my question. Flaw name: Bookworm Effect: you must carry at least 2 books with you when you leave your residence unless its to get more books & even then ...
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What happens when a Night Hag dies on the Material plane?

I know that Devils, Demons and Yugoloths, when slain on the Material Plane, are simply reformed on their native plane of existence. To kill such creatures, they must be struck down on their native ...
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What happens to the souls of non-evil creatures when they reach their aligned outer plane?

MToF (pg. 6) says that when most Lawful Evil creatures die, their souls emerge from the River Styx as Lemures: Most of the evil souls consigned to an afterlife in the Nine Hells become lemures... ...
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Magic Item for summoning minions?

This question is a follow up for my question Can a player use two characters in a campaign? Instead of adding another PC to the party to make up for how squishy the group is (the group being a wizard, ...
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How would a druid protect their campsite for the night?

I am currently playing a level 6 Circle of the Shepherd Druid, and planning how they would deal with having to spend time in a dangerous area overnight. A wizard would use all sorts of rituals to set ...
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Can you use the special use features with tools without the tool?

Relevant Text [1] Special Use. Proficiency with a tool usually brings with it a particular benefit in the form of a special use, as described in this paragraph. Weaver's Tools Repair. As part of a ...
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Does the Fathomless Warlock's Tentacle of the Deeps occupy space?

Even if the feature itself doesn't describe the tentacle as being a creature, it does describe its size (A 10-foot long tentacle). So would it occupy its space/a square and impede movement from foes?
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What to do when your character is just too good?

I'm playing in the Paizo Pathfinder Jade Regent adventure path and we're having a good time so far (campaign blog and session summaries). However, as my character has gone up in power I'm now ...
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Parody of early D&D rules set, and specifically character creation, as part of a web novel of some kind

I'm looking (with no luck so far) for a story I read online at least a decade ago. It had some specific interpretations of early D&D rules that are, at best, controversial but I'd like to ...
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How to remind myself of important matters in the heat of running the game?

I want to improve my Game Master skills - so I analyze what went well during session, synthesize findings, formulate advice and even put reminders on my GM screen. Then when doing next session review ...
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What's the best magic item for punching monsters in their stupid faces?

My character, a barbarian with the feat Improved Unarmed Strike,1 occasionally eschews his greataxe and punches monsters. After reading this 2009 thread and this 2009 thread, I don't know what works ...
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How does Death Ward interact with Band of Loyalty?

Band of Loyalty: If you are reduced to 0 hit points while attuned to a Band of Loyalty, you instantly die. These rings are favored by spies who can’t afford to fall into enemy hands. Death Ward: ...

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