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How do some of the Hunter Abilities interact with Extra Attack for Rangers?

So, first up, we need to make something clear: The (capital A) Attack action is a specific action defined on page 192 of the PHB. It lets you make a (lowercase a) attack, or multiple (lowercase a) ...
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Can you make your ally die faster when trying to save him from a Death Ray?

No. The Player's Handbook 2, page 219 has this to say on the matter (emphasis mine): Failed Saving Throw: Sometimes an effect changes as a target fails saving throws against it. The new effect, ...
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How to balance Celerity against other powers in 20th Anniversary

I'm going to copy from another answer of mine regarding changes between Revised and the 20th Anniversary edition. Potence and Celerity have been significantly altered. Each now adds a passive bonus ...
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Do attacks against gelatinous cubes hit engulfed players?

Rules as written: When an attack targets "one creature", it targets one creature. The engulf ability of the cube (as detailed in Monster Manual) says nothing about the creatures engulfed being ...
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How often can I do a Minor Action to activate a Goliath's racial power?

The Player's Handbook 2 is a 4th Edition book which means it is not compatible with 5th Edition. Two of the main reasons with this power is that the turn structure was changed from 4th having a ...
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Does "each creature in blast" include allies?

Yep, allies are hit too, otherwise it would say "each Enemy in the blast", as is the case on plenty of attacks (For example, Fire Shroud, contrast with Shock sphere).
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, Shugenja (from Complete Divine), Rogue and Ninja (from Complete Adventurer) Unfortunately, you have selected a massively disparate subset of the classes. ...
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Can I use 4th edition Power (Spell) cards in a 3.5e game session?

No. They're completely different rules for two rather different games. None of the Powers from D&D 4th edition are part of D&D 3.5e, and those that happen to have similar names to 3.5e spells ...
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Could Touchsight be used to feel the presence of the microscopic or nanoscopic?

D&D is not based on the real world. There aren't viruses or bacteria, just diseases, curses, and poisons. Atoms may not even exist. It's much more "four elements of creation" and less &...
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How do I read the 2[W] and 'at level X' of attack cards?

This is nothing special for power cards in particular - powers in the books share this notation as well. The [W] means your weapon damage dice. Crack your Player's Handbook open to page 276 — ...
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How does the Nova's Burn power work at the 7-9 level?

Any result of 7 or higher is a hit. On a 7-9, the Nova holds 3 burns and marks a condition. There are quite a few moves in Masks that use this basic phrasing: On a hit, something happens; on a 7-9, ...
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Does "each creature in blast" include allies?

Yes, it means enemies and allies Creature A being in the game world. Both adventurers and monsters are creatures. See also adventurer and monster. - Published in Rules Compendium, page(s) 310. There ...
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Do powers that can be used as basic attacks trigger effects that happen when you make a basic attack?

It depends on the exact writing of the power. The Warlock's Eldritch Strike has "This power counts as a basic attack." So all things that trigger on basic attacks do so. However, powers such as the ...
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Does a Daily gained from a feat count against my current 3/day limit?

TL;DR: It does not limit your daily power usage, because there is not a limit on the number of daily powers you can use. Daily powers are granted and used independently of each other. You have two ...
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Is Reaper's Challenge really that broken? Did I get it wrong?

Yes, you are reading it correctly, but this is really just a worse, persistent mark. It's not overpowered for it's level, and is actually pretty easy to get around with the right monster. So here's ...
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Do class features count against the number of powers you can choose at 1st level?

It depends on the class feature. In most cases powers from class features do not count against your normal allotment of powers. For example, a paladin's Lay on Hands, Divine Challenge, and Channel ...
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How to stat a character with truesight that is blind outside a certain radius?

There is a power from the Supers sourcebook that might do what you want. Radar Sense 50pt +1 per hex of range You have a complete radar image of everything around you. You can perceive shapes ...
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How can I motivate my players' characters to explore, when they have teleportation?

Do you really have a problem? If the players are having fun is this an issue? I believe exploring is part of the game and enjoy doing it, but your players may not. Make sure you discuss the group ...
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Do attacks against gelatinous cubes hit engulfed players?

As kviiri pointed out, the rules as written do not say that an engulfed creature is affected by whatever affects the creature which engulfed it. However, when your DM insists to house-rule that they ...
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What is the Empyreal Lord ability Seed of Life?

Seed of Life is listed as part of the Empyreal Lord traits. A Universal Monster Rule introduced in Bestiary 4. From the SRD: Seed of Life (Sp) An empyreal lord can touch a willing creature and imbue ...
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What's the point of Enhanced Trait?

First, because you can assign flaws and extras Flaws reduce the cost of the power, and thus allow for a more efficient use of power points. For example, if I was making a character like Iron Man, I ...
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What does the Beacon ability "phasing" refer to?

You determine what the Phasing ability means for your Beacon as you create them, and determine or discover more during play. (Or you can wholly defer finding out to during play, and decide nothing ...
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What are good guidelines and principles for designing and balancing superpower stunts in FATE Core?

Parahuman Powers, the Atomic Robo Way You're right in that the core rules gain a huge benefit from being a general framework to drop stunts on. Stunts are a way to express your individuality, and if ...
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Burst Power +2 because of Cone Template?

No. The roll for the flamethrower is to correctly direct and to operate it. Both of these things are easy, and so you get a bonus when using it. The roll for the spell is to correctly direct and cast ...
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How exactly does Phrenic Strike Work?

As an Immediate Reaction, Phrenic Strike takes place after the trigger occurs. Therefore, the Hit that triggered the attack would complete (meaning you take the damage and any other effects), before ...
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What exactly does the Ardent's Wormhole Plunge do?

It used to one-hit kill non-flying enemies who entered the zone, but that was ridiculous so it was errata-ed. Wormhole Plunge creates a zone. Any time a creature enters the zone, the ardent can ...
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Is it possible to use Fey step to bypass locks?

Yes, if they can actually see through the keyhole. From the RC, p214: Line of Sight: The user of the teleportation power must have line of sight to the destination space. No Line of Effect Required: ...
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What's the order of operations when multiple game elements check that a monster's dropped to 0 hp?

Turn the Wheel has no effect on any on-death abilities a foe may have. From the description of Keeper of the Everflow: A constant stream of spirits passes through the Shadowfell—part of a grand ...
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Can I use "Heroic Effort" benefit with a reroll?

Yes. Provided you mean after the second roll is rolled. If the you applied it to the first roll, it's spent. Here is the order of operations, to show how this works with the trigger: Roll melee ...
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How does "Skilled Companion" work in Dungeons and Dragons 4e

Skilled Companion gives one ally a bonus. They could have written it better. Your confusion is 100% justified. It is quite confusing that the target line says "one ally", and the effect says ...
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