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Can characters escape from Death House through this method?

I will be DMing the Death House adventure very soon. Because I have players that tend to exploit every little loophole, I am wondering the following: To illustrate what I mean, here is a map with the ...
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Do objects (like doors) start with a base Defense of 10?

When Damaging Objects, considered to be Defenseless: Inanimate objects are defenseless by definition and therefore subject to finishing attacks (see the Finishing Attack maneuver): essentially, you ...
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Can clothes be enchanted to change their form?

My question is simple: Can an item (clothes, rings, anything really) be enchanted to change the form of the clothes a person is wearing into other clothes of their decision? I'm new to D&D and ...
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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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Planar Ownership—how does it work?

Numerous deities and demons are "owners" of planes in the D&D cosmology. My question is for rules sources on the topic how the following questions can be answered: How is an entity the legal ...
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Can I use magic gifted by a deity if I'm not a paladin, warlock, or cleric of that deity?

So, I'm wanting to create this homebrewed God called "The Crow Lord" (basically a less depressing and edgy version of the Raven Queen) and I'm fairly new to D&D and I'm a bit confused. ...
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Can the spell immovable object be used to carry very heavy things?

The spell immovable object from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount (pg. 187) says: You touch an object that weighs no more than 10 pounds and cause it to become magically fixed in place. You and the ...
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Examples of using Dream spell in official material

The Dream spell gained a lot of power in 5th edition, and while perhaps a bit "meh" at a first glance, on a second thought it seems incredibly powerful for a mere 5th level spell (so needs ...
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Does a Pact of the Blade warlock need to make a roll when summoning their pact weapon?

My DM and I are having a disagreement over how the pact weapon from Pact of the Blade (PotB) is summoned. Specifically, as a Hexblade with PotB, when I choose to summon my pact weapon as whatever - ...
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Can you use more charges to upcast spells from the Staff of Power?

Since the Staff of Power says: While holding this staff, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast one of the following spells from it Can you expend additional changes to ...
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If OSR modules are unbalanced by design, why do they often have recommended level brackets?

Unbalanced encounters is one of the staples of the OSR/old school modules. However, most of them have some kind of recommendation regarding PC levels and/or numbers. For example, this extensive list ...
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How do Mouse Guard and Burning Wheel differ?

I am familiar with the rules of Mouse Guard, but not Burning Wheel. I've been told/read somewhere that Mouse Guard is a simplification of the BW rule set. How do they differ mechanically? How much ...
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Is there any limit to how frequently mages can cast the Heal spell?

Is there any hard limit to how frequently a mage can use the Heal spell in Shadowrun 5 Edition, i.e. some sort of cooldown?
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Pentex African Killer Bees!

Welcome to Pentex Labs! We have everything to destroy nature: Banes, Vampires, Reality Warpers! Now, my boss wants to weaponize Bees. He wants them to be super deadly, he wants them to destroy cacao -...
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How does undead anatomy work?

Here is the description of the undead anatomy spell: Undead Anatomy Here are the general rules about polymorph spells. There are two points that are contradictory in these rules: Which natural ...
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Can an elder brain shed its body to escape disaster? [closed]

Can an elder brain (monster) shed its body to escape an incoming physical disaster, or something to that effect? If so, what class feature or power would it actually qualify to use to achieve the ...
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Do the pushing effects of the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver and the Swords bard's Mobile Flourish stack on the same attack?

Do the pushing effects of the Battle Master fighter's Pushing Attack maneuver and the College of Swords bard's Mobile Flourish stack on the same attack? Assuming the target fails the Strength save ...
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Does immunity to piercing damage make you immune to the pull effect of the Thorn Whip spell?

The description of the thorn whip cantrip says: You create a long, vine-like whip covered in thorns that lashes out at your command toward a creature in range. Make a melee spell attack against the ...
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Are creatures that are immune to disease unaffected by the Harm spell?

The Harm spell, flavourfully, states it creates a virulent disease: You unleash a virulent disease on a creature that you can see within range. It later calls out that Any effect that removes a ...
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If a fear-immune creature's immunity is removed by a Draconic Malice spell and it becomes panicked, what happens when it leaves the spell's aura?

If I have an active Draconic Malice spell taking away the fear immunity of all creatures around me, and say I inflict the Panicked condition for 20 rounds on a paladin in my aura. The paladin then ...
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Does rolling a 1 with Advantage cancel out the higher roll?

Probably a simple question with a simple answer: When a player has Advantage - rolls twice and one is a 1, does this critical fail overrule the advantage roll?
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Are there legitimate methods other than feats for an erudite to learn powers not on the psion/wilder list?

An Erudite can select powers freely from the psion/wilder lists, and from all the discipline lists with certain caveats. A StP alternate class feature Erudite can learn spells, converting them to "...
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How can my necromancer become a Lich?

My RAW Necromancer (pure Wizard) wants to become a Lich. What's the surest path to becoming one? He is OK to change alignment and spend lots of coins, but not to worship any god or sell his soul ...
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How much do the humans on Absalom Station know about aliens?

I have just started playing Starfinder, and I am thinking of making an Xenophile character who only knows what common knowledge there is to aliens and refuses to do further research since she believes ...
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How to handle a party member spontaneously not showing up?

I am the GM of a party that consists of two family fathers, one guy working on a oil platform and another freelancer working in the film industry. So it happens quite often that one member ...
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What is the order in which published D&D 5e adventures should be played?

The current list of published D&D 5e adventures is: Starter Set - Lost Mines of Phandelver | 1-4 | July 15, 2014 Tyranny of Dragons - Hoard of the Dragon Queen | 1-7 | August 19, 2014 ...
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How to deal with a player “teleporting” to the action?

I have a rather large group playing Year of the Griffon, about 13 players in total, but with mixed attendance. Some just show up every 3rd or 4th session, others have left pretty much, so average we ...
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How to deal with a player that interrupts play?

As mentioned here, I started running a full blown campaign of The Dark Eye after about 4 or 5 sessions to make characters and learn the basic rules with a low impact preliminary adventure set around ...
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How to stop players from trying to gauge success of meta-ideas via meta questions?

I am running a campaign in The Dark Eye, the Year of the Griffon to be exact. Due to having quite an abundant downtime by having taken initiative quite early the group had about 2 and a half months ...
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How to give the players more felt impact on the “Battle of the Silkwiesen”?

Today I started playing "The Year of the griffon" with my DSA (TDE on German) group (after about 4 or 5 sessions to teach rules, make characters, learn a bit about the pre-orc-invasion ...
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When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
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Number of actions to access equipment

After it came up in the last session, i wanted to try and find Information on how long it takes to draw a weapon (from a scabbard, from your back) or a shield (from your back) or things from a pouch/...
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What counts as “sunlight” for the Albino and Fear of Light weaknesses?

My rules are in German. I hope I can make myself understood nonetheless. I haven't played the game for 15 years. I now want to play it again, using a character that is interesting because of his ...
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Do benefits from a talent on a given spell only apply during character creation?

In Das Schwarze Auge (TDE) Version 4.1, when I buy a talent for a single spell, I can improve the spell ability at a lower cost. Does this hold universally (i.e. during advancement) or only during ...
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The Dark Eye Universe: maximum plausible value of abilities for new character

I want to play TDE again after more than 15 years. I need some help gauging things plausibly. TDE 4.1 has a rule for how much you can increase an ability. I believe it is highest involved ...
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What are the main differences between version 4.0 and 4.1 of The Dark Eye

The underlying rule system of The Dark Eye was changed dramatically from version 3 to version 4, the major change including the introduction of a point based - rather than luck based - generation of ...
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How to deal with rumors

Me and my friends just started got into p&p and I am currently preparing our 3rd session of TDE 5. While playing our first adventures we don't know how to deal with rumors. I checked the rules we ...
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How to handle social skills in combat?

Is there any official or community guidelines on how to handle the use of social skills in combat in The Dark Eye 5? Sometimes one of my players would like to intimidate an attacking orc, while in ...
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Where to Find the Level 1 Focus Rules for Hit Locations

I am trying to find the Level Focus rules that are talked about on page 49 of the Aventurian Bestiary under the special rules of the Giant Stag Beetle. Weak Spot: The giant stag beetle has PRO 2 on ...
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Cannot find Wood Harness reference

In the The Dark Eye Aventuria Compendium, page 215 has a break down of the stats and equipment for the Dajin-Buskur template. Its equipment section makes a mention of a Wood Harness as the first item....
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Is this Tiredness Effect balanced?

In The Dark Eye/ Das Schwarze Auge v5, there are multiple 'status effects' (Zustände) a hero can be in. One example would be "poisoned", or "afraid", or "in pain", all having consequences on the ...
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How many skill points should I give my players for winning an encounter?

I am about to start my first game with The Dark Eye system (5th edition), and I am wondering how many skill points I should give my players for winning an encounter (not necessarily combat). ...
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How to help a player choosing the right character-class?

Let's consider a player, whom we shall call Bob. Bob loves to be a warrior and loves exiting stories about how he's the best in killing others and about how badass he is. Bob's pretty new to Pen &...
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How can I run a large battle in The Dark Eye?

I assume we all know the epic battle scenes from the Peter Jackson's movie version of LotR: Return of the King: Cinematically speaking, it can't get any more epic than this. Creating such a battle ...
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How do I subtly convey that the PCs’ reality is fake?

I am currently planning a campaign for two players (more would very likely not work in this scenario) in the Dark Eye. The idea is that a demon got hold of their minds and they are now being shown 5 ...
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How can I balance high-impact characters with “simpler” characters?

We are a group of 5 + me (dm) playing TDE (in German that is). We love role-playing and throughout the last years we developed our own style of playing, which is strongly focused on role-playing ...
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Is there any alternate list of armor protection according to the type of damage (S, P, B)?

It makes absolutely no sense to me that a chainmail gives the same protection against a sword and a hammer, for example. A chainmail is awesome against cutting weapons but almost useless against ...
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Movement and action economy in CthulhuTech

I am confused about the way movement works in CthulhuTech, in terms of action economy. First of all, let's assume my character is on foot. Does it cost him an Action to move ? The book would seem to ...
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Is there a way to learn what was written in a burned document?

I'm playing pathfinder and I just recovered the ashes of burned papers. The Dm told me make whole wouldn't work because a big part of the paper went off in smoke and as such there isn't all the parts. ...
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Is this Bracers of Stored Health homebrew magic item balanced?

I was thinking about the similarities between a character I was making and one from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, when the idea to make a magic item that replicated the effects of one of ...

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