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How do I as GM handle PCs with “My Guy Syndrome”?

In my campaign I have several players that fall really heavily into "My Guy Syndrome" which is to say that they will excuse character actions that sabotage themselves and their teammates ...
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Is a character unseen by tremorsense while jumping?

Tremorsense is described as: A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin of vibrations within a specific radius, provided that the monster and the source of the vibrations are in ...
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Monstrous Mount - Animal or Magical Beast?

I am playing a Goblin Hunter. When I reach 5th level, I am considering taking the Monstrous Mount feat to gain a Worg as my animal companion. The feat says that I follow all rules for an animal ...
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Is there a way to convert MTG creatures and characters to AD&D? [closed]

There are a lot of creatures and characters from the trading card game Magic: The Gathering that I would like to incorporate into my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Specifically, I'm ...
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How to prevent players from sabotaging themselves by engaging in long arguments about what to do next?

I feel like my players often self sabotage. Often we'll experience moments where the session will come to a complete pause as the player characters argue over what to do. At this point I've started to ...
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Would Extend metamagic feat increase the duration of Warlock's eldritch essences? [closed]

Extend spell like ability mentions: The creature can use that ability as an extended spell-like ability three times per day (or less, if the ability normally usable only once or twice per day). When ...
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Calculating caster level when stacking metamagic feats for spell like abilities

Level 6 warlock is able to maximize as well as empower their eldritch blast in separate rounds. If a warlock wanted to stack empower and maximize in single round, how would you calculate required ...
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Does the Hawker's rigging crew upgrade apply to items that count as more than 1 load?

The Hawker rigging upgrade reads as follows: Hawker Rigging: One carried item is concealed and has no load. For example, you could carry a load of drugs or a weapon, perfectly concealed, for zero ...
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What is the most standardized way to handle spells from a template?

I need help with a specific piece of a problem in a game I'm running, which generalizes to the question title. Specifically, there is a big bad dracolich somewhere that the players want to be. They ...
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When the War Caster feat lets my Echo Knight fighter cast a spell instead of the Manifest Echo feature's opportunity attack, where is it cast from?

This question is inspired by the following one: Can an Echo Knight with the War Caster feat use cantrips for opportunity attacks made by their Echo? Part of the Echo Knight fighter's Manifest Echo ...
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Would the 6th level Shepherd Druid's Mighty Summoner feature works on summoned creatures not made from spells

To clarify, when I say "summoned creatures not made from spells", I mean summons that are from class features and the like, so the Shadow Sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen, the Hexblade's ...
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Home brewed and item, and now [closed]

I have made a box that I have allowed my players to find, it is the Mystical Box of locks, Mark 4. They were given one key to the box, let's call this the red key. The Red key opens the red lock. ...
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Can an Echo Knight with the War Caster feat use spells in place of opportunity attacks made by their Echo?

The Echo Knight fighter has the Manifest Echo feature, which grants the following ability, among others (EGtW, p. 183): When a creature that you can see within 5 feet of your echo moves at least 5 ...
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Does the bonus damage from Spirit Shroud apply to an Echo's opportunity attacks?

The UA spell Spirit Shroud has the following effect: Until the spell ends, any attack you make deals 1d8 extra damage when you hit a creature within 10 feet of you. The Echo Knight has the following ...
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Can I combine effects of 19 Deathwines?

Let's say that I am a level 10 Arcanist. I cast Deathwine two times to affect 20 potions of Cure Light Wounds, costing 1000 gp. Then, "the first necromancy spell you cast within the next minute ...
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Does Tremorsense allow Attacks of Opportunity while Blinded?

Can a monster with tremorsense that is blinded make attacks of opportunity when an enemy leaves its reach? Tremorsense is described as: A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin ...
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Does Command Undead last past an undead's death and raising?

If an undead creature fails its save against the Necromancy wizard feature Command Undead, and then dies and is raised or rejuvenated (eg a lich coming back from their phylactery) are they still ...
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Does Grapple / Constrict apply other Attack Effects?

Reefclaws have 2 Claws +2 (1d4 + Grab + Poison) as their melee attack. They also have Constrict (1d4) as a Special Attack If a Reefclaw succesfully grapples an opponent, decides to maintain the ...
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How to claim an abandoned dwarven fortress?

Is there any official ruleset for claiming abandoned land in DnD5e? 馃 Last session we've entered an abandoned dwarven fortress. My dwarven character, a child of thunder, wants to lead the dwarves ...
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Stone Shape: can the stone extend past the original affected area?

The spell Stone Shape allows the caster to reshape a stone object or section of stone: You touch a stone object of Medium size or smaller or a section of stone no more than 5 feet in any dimension ...
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How can I handle attunement for timebounded adventures that might not have short rests?

I will be running Strahd Must Die Tonight!, a timed, one-shot adventure for D&D 5e. In previous games of it, due to the real and in-game time constraints and lack of short rests, I have handwaved ...
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If Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade are counterspelled, does the attack still go through?

Booming Blade says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell's range. Counterspell reads: You attempt to ...
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Enemies spotting flying characters

Are there any specific rules for enemies spotting flying characters? Or does anyone have any house rules they've used which have worked well? One of my players has an aarakocra ranger, and he ...
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Can any armor rune be applied to explorer's clothing?

Explorer's clothing "can grant an item bonus to AC if etched with potency runes." But can armor runes be applied to explorer's clothing, or only potency runes? Can armor runes be applied to &...
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What's the difference between unarmored and adventurer's clothing?

From the armor table, the only difference I can see between being unarmored and wearing adventurer's clothing is that the latter imposes a dex cap (+5) while the former does not. Yes, the latter also ...
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Does Pathfinder 1e have general priority guidelines for errata?

There are a few rules discrepancies I am trying to work out as a GM and wished to refer to paizo's philosophy before making some rulings. I know that DnD 3.5 had such an outline but was wondering if ...
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When can an artificer use the Infuse Item feature to imbue an item with an artificer infusion?

While exploring Undermountain in the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage published adventure, the party has encountered a few monsters that are resistant to non-magical weapons. The artificer in the ...
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Petrification and Animate object; Can you animate a petrified person? [duplicate]

I had a friend of mine asked me if someone could animate a creature that a gorgon or basilisk had turned to stone, and I couldn't answer. The Petrified status has one of the following as part of its ...
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Does a fiend drop any items carried when it is killed and returned to Avernus?

I had a bearded devil carrying some keys that would open a jail cell, tied to his belt and was slain. My question is, does it drop the keys and can be retrieved by my players or would they go with it ...
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Does an effect that imposes disadvantage on saving throws remove the advantage from a creature's Magic Resistance trait?

How would the Magic Resistance trait interact with effects that impose disadvantage on saving throws (e.g. the sorcerer鈥檚 Heightened Spell Metamagic option, the first bullet point from the bestow ...
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Could a necromancer command an undead to act as it did in life?

It's already mentioned in the 5e Monster Manual in the entry for skeletons that uncontrolled skeletons will do things they would often do in life: Habitual Behaviors. Independent skeletons ...
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Gathering Intel - Strategies on balancing social time for different types of players?

I am both a DM and player for our group in two separate campaigns. Some of us are brand new and some are semi-moderately experienced. I have a noticed a pattern in both games where some players, (...
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If a creator of a Shield Guardian gives the control amulet to the Shield Guardian, what would happen?

There was an idea pitched at one of my play sessions earlier this week that has been gnawing at me. Suppose a wizard creates a shield guardian and gives the golem the telepathic command to put on the ...
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Evangelist Prestige class and save progression

The Evangelist Prestige class level 2 feature, Aligned Class (Ex) states as follows: Evangelists come from many different backgrounds, and they show an unusual range of diversity. At 2nd level, the ...
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Can a wild shaped druid reply to Message?

The wizard casts Message and targets my druid that's currently a wolf. Wild Shape mentions: You can鈥檛 cast spells, and your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the ...
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What do I do if my group isn't gelling?

It's my first time playing D&D with a bunch of other first-timers (using the starter kit). One of the players is steamrolling over other players and his character is insufferable. What do I do if ...
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Does Favored by the Gods work with counterspell rolls?

I was trying to counterspell power word kill and needed the extra rolls. Does Favored by the Gods work with counterspell rolls?
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Is there a way to cause an arbitrary magical beast to gain character levels in a chosen class?

I was looking at this answer from our fine cheese collection, and it occurred to me that it would be quite a lot more practical if we could arrange for the assistance of a gorilla and war mammoth with ...
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Is a lightfoot halfling obscured for the purposes of hiding while in the space of another creature?

Can a lightfoot halfling hide while in the space of some creature (like a Medium-sized or larger ally), and be hidden from an adjacent creature? The halfling is not trying to hide from the creature ...
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How easy is it to recognize that a creature is under the Dominate Monster spell?

Had an interesting session with a DM I generally quite like playing with where he made 2 decisions I disagreed with. Unfortunately a bit of research hasn't clarified if I'm misunderstanding the rules, ...
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Can I swap a maneuver known with another one if I have te requisite before the swap but stop having it after?

The Tome of Battle states the following: Upon reaching 4th level, and at every even-numbered swordsage level after that (6th, 8th, 10th, and so on), you can choose to learn a new maneuver in place of ...
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I need a set of simple steps to make a new subclass [closed]

So I'm a totally inexperienced DM and I want to make my own subclass. I checked the DMG and the instructions were okay but I really don't know what to do still. I need a fairly basic set of steps to ...
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Is the megaraptor's Fortitude saving throw correct?

I'm trying to understand whether this is an error, or whether there is something I'm missing. According to the System Reference Document, a megaraptor's Fort save is +10. As an 8 hit dice animal, its ...
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How many spells do occultists get?

In the occultist class description, under "Implements", it says (emphasis mine): At 1st level, an occultist learns to use two implement schools. At 2nd level and every 4 occultist levels ...
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Why did the spellplague happen after Cyric killed Mystra?

From what I understand, when a god kills another god he gets their portfolio. Wouldn't this mean that when Cyric killed Mystra he should have just gotten her portfolio over magic, spells, and the ...
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Are there any restriction preventing you from using Demon to build Manse?

One of my players wants to use a Demon he intends to summon to build him a Manse. Looking at the rules this seems to be within the scope of a demon contract. Core Rule Book p.473 Alternatively, she ...
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Am I correct that essence is unlikely to become a scarce resource?

We are converting from a previous edition to 3e. To me, it looks like essence is unlikely to become a scarce resource. I'm especially thinking of the rule that you regain 5 motes of Essence each ...
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The Gust of Wind spell creates a 10-foot-wide line of wind originating from the caster; how do I center it on a 5-foot grid?

Characters are on a grid where every square is 5 feet on each side. The description of the gust of wind spell says: A line of strong wind 60 feet long and 10 feet wide blasts from you in a direction ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock cause their imp, quasit, or sprite familiar to reappear (from its pocket dimension) in an invisible state?

Pact of the Chain warlocks learn the find familiar spell, and gain additional options: When you cast the spell, you can choose one of the normal forms for your familiar or one of the following ...
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What ways (other than advantage) are there to improve the total for a death saving throw?

What ways (other than advantage) are there to improve the total for a death saving throw? For instance, the bless spell allows you to add 1d4 to any saving throws you make during the duration. I'm ...

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