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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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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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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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If you manifest Fission, kill yourself on the last round, and revive yourself with psionic revivify next round, is your Fission duplicate permanent?

The duplicate is permanent, and it's you now; the corpse has no psyche to reunite any more Fission says: If you die, your duplicate remains in existence, and is for all intents you, but with two ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 a Surprised character use powers triggered when initiative is rolled?

Initiative being rolled happens before the surprise round starts (PHB, p. 267), and your actions are only limited during the surprise round (same page), so the fact that you can't act in the surprise ...
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How many attacks per turn can a vampire with Celerity 3 make?

Two. In this iteration of Celerity (unique to Dark Ages Vampire 20th), Celerity doesn't so much give you extra actions as make you less subject to the penalties for multiple actions. As detailed on p....
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Does the "Ki Strike" Power for a Monk cost Spell Points to use?

RAW: it costs 1 spell point now. Paizo released another errata which you can access even though they are down. Page 99—In Ki Strike, at the end of the third sentence, add “, which you can cast at a ...
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How do you make a Bicycle in Mutants and Masterminds?

I have typically (working with my GM), built a bicycle as 1 EP Equipment that grants Speed 1 rather than using Vehicle rules. That boosts my speed, and allows for Athletics checks to go faster, and ...
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For areas of effect, what is the difference between "each creature in blast" and "each creature in area"?

It makes Dragon Breath forward-compatible. Most attack powers in 4e will use the more specific nomenclature of their Close or Area targeting type to describe their targets. A close blast that targets ...
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Do powers that let me shift as reaction make me negate the triggering attack at all?

No, powers that let you shift as an REACTION don't negate attacks. There are two different kind of immediate actions: Immediate Reactions and Immediate Interrupt. Immediate Reactions powers happpen ...
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Dilettante replaced by Encounter-atk replacing feat?

You cannot trade away your Dilettante power with Thirst for Blood. From PHB1, pg27, Half-Elves (emphasis mine): Dilettante: At 1st level, you choose an at-will power from a class different from ...
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Is it possible to use a Cleric's Melee power with a Non-Melee weapon?

Without homebrew, your choices are very limited. The Seldarine Dedicate paragon path from Divine Power allows you to use a bow as an implement for cleric & Seldarine Dedicate powers. You must be ...
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Does Vampire's "Hidden Power" trigger on "Blood Drinker" and base power

No, Hidden Power only triggers once. Taste of Life is a power that has a damage roll, so it is affected by Hidden Power. Blood Drinker is a power as well, but it does NOT have a damage roll. Instead, ...
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Is the Jedi Power Mind Trick OP?

Circumstantially Mind Trick is Good but it's not Overpowered When looking at mind trick, specifically the suggestion aspect of this force power it's very important to make a note of the special ...
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If a monster "cannot attack you" does that prevent it from using burst attacks that would include you?

Overpowered or not, it was stopped correctly. Choosing Targets, PHB 272 Many powers allow you to target multiple enemies. Each of these enemies must be an eligible target. Using its death rattle ...
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How can I get the Defend the Line power if I'm not a Knight?

RAW, you can't get Defend the Line unless you're a Knight. Defend the Line is a utility power granted by the Fighter Stance class feature of Knights. It has no level, and thus cannot even be replaced ...
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How often can I do a Minor Action to activate a Goliath's racial power?

Unfortunately, material from different editions of D&D isn't compatible without a bit of legwork. Fortunately for you, the Elemental Evil Player's Companion has rules for playing a Goliath in 5th ...
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How often can I do a Minor Action to activate a Goliath's racial power?

The Goliath in 5th edition is different from the Goliath in 4th edition (as are many other things). The Goliaths' racial ability, likewise, functions differently in 5th edition: Stone’s Endurance ...
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