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Does flight warrant Move Silently checks?
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Flight does indeed require Move Silently checks. (If, of course, you're trying to not make noise.) This is backed up in the rules by the entry for Giant Owl, which states: When in flight, giant ...

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Is a summoned tyrannosaurus overpowered?
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It sounds to me that you as the GM are playing the enemies wrong in the presence of the T-Rex. The T-Rex is powerful, no doubt, but it is a seventh level spell. It's on par with spells like Mass ...

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Does smite evil bypass DR for non-evil targets?
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No. The next paragraph in the description states: If the paladin targets a creature that is not evil, the smite is wasted with no effect. The ordering is a little confusing—I think this should ...

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How necessary is mechanical character advancement?
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I would argue that "mechanical character advancement" isn't necessary, but advancement as a whole is. Non-mechanical Character Advancement could fill this need. This could be accomplished not with ...

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Can an Immovable Rod be carried in a Bag of Holding?
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Yes. Since the bag of holding specifies that it utilizes its own, non-dimensional space, the immovable rod may not move within that separate dimension, but the dimension itself is moved along with ...

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"Ray of Frost" Spell + Water = Lock Broken?
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Generally speaking, instantaneous spells don't have any unintended side-effects. Just because a spell deals a certain type of damage doesn't mean that that spell has any effect related to the damage ...

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How do players acquire weapons in DnD 4e?
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This is entirely up to you as the DM! Typically, after each session or adventure, the characters return to some sort of a town. Depending on the size and wealth of the town, you can limit the ...

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Is it plausible that characters can invent devices in a medieval setting, and how should one balance it?
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Since you asked for a general answer, and not one specific to your example, I'll put in my two cents: (You didn't tag a system, and I don't know what "TDE" is, so I answered this medieval D&...

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What model railroad scale is closest to my 1-inch grid?
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S scale models will fit best on a standard 1-inch grid, and with your heroic scale 25mm miniatures. With a 1-inch grid, where each 1-inch square represents a 5-foot square, you are playing at a 1:60 ...

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Can I further increase my critical threat range?
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While there may be alternative ways to increase your threat range, none of these stack. Keen, Improved Critical, etc. are all very explicit about this. The feat itself states: This effect doesn't ...

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How can I convey the nonsensicality of a dream world?
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If you're drawing parts of the world on a game mat, change colors. Stick with black for a non-dream setting, but then switch to blue or purple or other colors when they enter a dream. Don't mention ...

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How can I turn a B*-tree into a puzzle?
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You walk into a giant cave, floored with clouds. There is a single golden platform, floating in the sky near the precipice you stand on, like a boat docked on the shore. Engraved on it is the ...

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What are experience points?
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Experience points are a way to track a character's progression in class levels. That's it. It's not necessarily a measure of how much fighting experience the character has unless that's how the GM ...

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Does a buckler's defense apply to the PC while shooting arrows through a bow?
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You do not get the buckler's armor bonus when attacking with a bow. A bow requires two hands to shoot, and therefore uses the arm on which the buckler sits to fire. Typically, in real archery, the bow ...

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Does a successful hit that does no damage due to DR still count as a hit?
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Yes, you "hit" but do not "deal damage." The abilities which are negated due to not overcoming DR are those which have some effect correlated with damage. Poisons are a good example of this - if you ...

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How do new characters get equipment?
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#3 - Players typically purchase their starting gear from the gold they are given at first level. The SRD has a great article on character creation, and equipment is under section 8. The gold you have ...

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How can I let players make more choices during combat?
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Fights aren't played out on grids. Well, they are played out on grids, on tables - but in "real" life they take place in dungeons and swamps and forests. Use this to your advantage. Make one fight in ...

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How can I use two ranged weapons against two different targets?
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There is no rule stating that all attacks made during a Full Attack action need to be against a single target. This is true regardless of why you are making multiple attacks. In fact, as long as you ...

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Can I take 2 metamagic feats that both have the prerequisite of "any other metamagic feat" at level 1?
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No. Character Advancement When adding new levels of an existing class or adding levels of a new class (see Multiclassing, below), make sure to take the following steps in order. First, select your ...

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Is there a way to give animals fine manipulators at low level?
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Hand of the Mage (900 gp) allows for unlimited uses of mage hand, but that only allows for moving objects, not manipulating them. Ask the GM if you can get a special magical item crafted for you that ...

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Randomly-generating weather for a sandbox campaign
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If you had access to the internet during your gaming sessions, I would highly suggest using WolframAlpha. A bit unconventional, sure, but extraordinarily impressive and precise. What you'd need to do ...

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Are there well-stocked repositories of well-built PCs?
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The d20pfsrd has a page for pre-built NPCs. I would start there, at least for Pathfinder needs. I believe it contains all the NPCs from the Pathfinder NPC Codex, as well as many fan-made ones of ...

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How does a multiclass gestalt work in terms of BAB and saves?
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As Flenyar quoted in his answer: Each time he gains a new level, he chooses two classes, takes the best aspects of each and applies them to his characteristic. This implies that if one class ...

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Does casting Pyrotechnics for Fireworks break Invisibility?
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Yes, I think. To quote from Invisibility: The spell ends if the subject attacks any creature. For purposes of this spell, an attack includes any spell targeting a foe or whose area or effect ...

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Performing actions while falling
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The rules for falling don't make any special allowances for actions while falling, though immediate actions (such as casting Feather Fall) can be used immediately at the beginning or during any point ...

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Can "Animate Rope" be used on a spiked chain?
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Yes, I would argue that you can animate a chain, as it is "rope-like." However, a spiked chain probably has a diameter of more than an inch. As a GM, I would consider the spikes when determining the ...

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Are there rules for or against unusual or alternate weapon types?
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Both systems define "improvised weapons," found in the weapons rules. Sometimes objects not crafted to be weapons nonetheless see use in combat. Because such objects are not designed for this use,...

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How can more than one person work on a single magic item?
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To quote the creation rules you cited: To create magic items, spellcasters use special feats which allow them to invest time and money in an item's creation. At the end of this process, the ...

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How can I cast what can't be cast?
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With this particular scenario, I would suggest that certain spells have additional effects. Since the fire plane is your destination, maybe casting a spell with the fire descriptor in the area fails, ...

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Making weapon choices that count, and more realistic/interesting weapons
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I don't think the problem lies as much in the rules as it does in the mindset of players. Granted, this mindset is reinforced by enhancement bonuses - like you said, it's expensive to get multiple ...

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