SevenSidedDie
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How do I get my players to make their own decisions?
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First, stop railroading them when they don't do anything. You're here to make the world do stuff, not make the players or the PCs do stuff. Making their decisions for them just teaches them that it's ...

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Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?
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Two reasons. First, the various horrors and Things Man is Not Meant to Know that populate the universe in a Lovecraft Mythos game are not organised enough (against us, at least) to pull this kind of ...

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How to play a character that has an alien mindset and thought process?
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Differences that arise from different ways of perceiving and interacting with their environment are the easiest things to draw on for alien mindsets. (Harder are psychological, history-influenced ...

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What senses are available to a corpse subjected to a Speak with Dead spell?
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None The corpse has no access to senses, including hearing. The caster magically has interactive access to its memories, but it has no access to its environment at all. Speak with dead magically asks ...

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Can monsters with multiattack take grapple and shove actions?
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No, even monsters only get one action per turn, and actions should not be confused with attacks. in the case of monsters that can attack multiple times, that's because Multiattack is one action, that ...

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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?
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Yes, the rules stop this simply by how the ability works. The ability just doesn't provide any way to choose two forms. It specifies one ("a beast that you have seen"). Without something giving a ...

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Convincing my Curse of Strahd DM to reduce an inflicted character flaw that goes against my character's core beliefs
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You're in Ravenloft, a setting designed around dread, horror, and the inevitable moral corruption of even the best good people, exploring the temple of the darkest forbidden knowledge in known ...

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Can Fireballs be saved for later in the Bag of Holding?
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Nope, for two reasons. First, simply because the contents of the bag aren't held in any kind of stasis. A fireball spell is somehow put in? The spell of duration “instantaneous” is over now. It won't ...

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My DM's ruled that all spells cast in armor are subject to Arcane Spell Failure. Can you change his mind?
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The SRD is very much on your side as a Fighter/Bard if you're wearing light armour: Bards can wear light armor without incurring any arcane spell failure chance for their bard spells. And with ...

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What do I do with a dissonant player?
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Kick him out. No, really, kick him out. Just because he says he wants to play doesn't mean he wants to play the same game you all want to. You are being too kind to him. He is doing to three people ...

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How can I introduce twists to the setting without asking the players
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Run that dungeon with the weird clockwork. If the players like it, treat that dungeon as foreshadowing and continue with your clockwork invasion theme plans. If they don't like it, relegate that ...

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What is an example of a "Pure" Simulationist system?
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The exposition of GNS theory itself denies that a "pure" game of any of those is possible while still being a roleplaying game, but we can easily talk about simulation-heavy games, even if we can't ...

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How wealthy can a d20 Modern character be?
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The conditions required to get the maximum possible wealth bonus are very artificial, but for the sake of argument let's assume the following: Dilettante taken as Profession an 8 rolled on 2d4 for ...

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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?
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You choose before you know the damage. Hitting and dealing damage are separate steps — if the ability was supposed to give the choice when damage was being resolved, it would say something like "&...

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Character build for Gandalf in D&D3.5?
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On a day in 1974, D&D was published in three little books. I'm equally certain that later that week someone asked what Gandalf's character sheet would look like, and it's been debated ever since ...

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How to deal with a player who doesn't understand party roles?
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“This isn't fun anymore.” Stop the game. Put it on pause. Say "I'm stopping the game. Let's pause here. We need to talk." You have a player who is unable or refusing to play according to ...

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Is there a plausible explanation for a large number of armed adventurers in a fantasy RPG setting?
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In real history, almost no land except impassible mountains and deep desert wasn't settled, and there are exceptions even then. The population of the world during the European medieval age was much ...

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When players do the "Take Watch" move, do the results of the roll determine whether something "bad" happens?
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You're right, how a Dungeon World GM figures out what dangers (if any) threaten the PCs while they're sleeping doesn't work like in other games. How the GM handles Take Watch is somewhat complex. Let'...

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Can you cast a stealth spell on a vehicle?
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No, you can't use spells that target creatures on vehicles. A vehicle is not a creature.

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Do Cleric's domain spells add slots?
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The domain spells do not count against your number of prepared spells per day; they are extra, and always prepared (PHB, p. 58): Once you gain a domain spell, you always have it prepared, and it ...

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How can I allow one character to sneak off and assassinate an NPC without boring the other players?
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Arranging a separate session is both most convenient and most effective. It's actually most convenient, because it inconveniences two people (you and the player) a little bit, while avoiding ...

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Why is the Deck of Many Things called the Eater of Campaigns?
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The term itself is made up and merely descriptive, and was probably derived from a recent (2010) Penny Arcade strip. Its reputation as a campaign-ender predates this specific name (and definitely ...

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What's this Advanced Dungeons & Dragons book?
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This isn't rare at all. This is the Monster Manual from the 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. It's worth about $5–$25 (US) on eBay, depending on condition. I got mine there for about $12,...

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Does the wish spell trigger the 33% automatically?
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Neither reading you suggest is correct. The 33% is conditional on whether you use wish for duplication of another spell effect or not. Any casting of wish used for an ad-hoc effect causes a kind of ...

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How does Vax from Critical Role get three attacks per round?
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You're rightly confused — you don't normally get three attacks per round like that. By itself, fighting with two weapons gives you at most two attacks — one from the normal Attack Action and one from ...

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What does a magic weapon's plus apply to?
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Flip your Lost Mines booklet to "Appendix A: Magic Items" on page 52. The "Item Descriptions" heading tells you how to read magic item descriptions. The "+1 Weapon" subheading says in part (same page, ...

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What are the "rules of hidden club" for D&D 5th edition?
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There is no Hidden Club in 5e Hidden Club was invented to explain the tightly-interlocking mechanics that determined whether a D&D 4e character had the Hidden status. The very first premise of 4e'...

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Should I call for an INT check for clever ideas?
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Could you? Yes. Should you? That really, really depends. There is no "should", only things you want this houserule to encourage and discourage. Do you want to discourage players investing in ...

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What is the maximum damage done by Divine Smite?
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The maximum is on all the extra radiant damage that Divine Smite adds to your normal weapon damage, necessarily including the first 2d8 (emphasis mine): […] you can expend one paladin spell ...

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How is the bag of holding in any way preferable to a portable hole?
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The hole is slower to use and more vulnerable to enemy interference. It may take only an action to spread it on the floor… but then you have to jump down into the hole to reach its contents, let alone ...

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