Bryant James
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I have an aggravating new party member in my D&D game, what to do?
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I would normally talk to the problem player first, but with such blatantly destructive actions I'd probably talk to the affected players first. See what their thoughts are. Do they want to extend an ...

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What is the point of lowering the hood on a hooded lantern?
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A hooded lamp's light is easier to cover than a standard lamp. It allows for quicker dousing of light without actually dousing the lamp. Imagine you're carrying a torch in a dungeon. You hear a ...

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Do PCs gain experience from a fight that they lost?
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The DM has quite a bit of freedom in the awarding of experience. First I'd take care of the obvious: If they subdued or killed any of the opposing group, award experience. Now, the more subjective ...

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How do I make a samurai character?
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While there are source books for Samurai classes, the easiest solution is just to reskin. 5e was designed with reskinning in mind. I would just pick a class that matches the play-style you want (...

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How do druids learn new spells?
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My understanding is that druids do get to pull from their entire pool of spells. Druid spells tend to be lower impact than wizards, reducing the harm.

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How to add a deep chasm-type hazard to an encounter without risk of instant death to PCs?
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I would aim to populate the encounter with monsters who are unlikely to be able to successfully push the user but are themselves easily push-able. In addition, you're the DM, so a fudged save here and ...

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How to handle a PC that likes to "push the envelope" without resorting to OOC conversations
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How does his behavior affect other members of the group? If other members of the group want to go along with his in-game actions, then why limit it? Take a ten minute break, change a bunch of dungeon/...

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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them?
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I'm thinking you let them do it. You have a couple choices here: Make the combat more meaty by throwing in some minions for the dragon, or Make the guards treasure-happy. Perhaps after the dragon ...

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How can I best implement a recurring villain when the players are not opposed to killing?
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One thought would be to put the villian behind-the-curtains. They aren't fighting the big bad villain, they're fighting his henchman. Maybe he's looking on from safety. Maybe he's not. Maybe the ...

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Avoiding the "invisible jet" effect with a shadow mastiff mount
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Short answer? There's no way to make it work. You can't have the rider invisible and unbalance the game, and you don't want to have the rider stay visible while the creature is not. Aside, why have ...

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How does drowning work when you're already at 0 hp and fall into water?
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Dropping into water with 0 hp is the equivalent of falling in while winded. You didn't have a chance to hold your breath and immediately begin the death/dying sequence. It's not an instant death, just ...

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Is it imbalanced give the Eldritch Knight's Bard spells instead of Wizard?
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The best way to swap up spell lists without unbalancing too much is simply to flavorize your spells. Simply changing the descriptions and appearance of your spells may be enough to achieve what you ...

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All I really want are squirrels
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First, it's a homebrew class, so there is no source for an official ruling, but I believe you're misreading the class ability. My interpretation is: You can turn into any kind of squirrel, but the ...

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Can I cast Stretch Weapon well before the battle?
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The closest I can come to an official ruling on this is to actually fast-forward to 3.5e, so take this with a grain of salt. Let's compare the "one attack" duration to a "touch spell". In the case of ...

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How can metagaming retries on poor skill checks be prevented?
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I think the "take 20" mentality could be of value here. If the characters are going to (and can safely) search every nook and cranny, they should find everything (or everything that's not blatantly ...

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Can PCs create a Mob?
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This sort of behavior robs users of their individual roleplaying ability and I would discourage it. It sounds an awful lot like a hacky attempt to get a stat boost. If there is a valid need for ...

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Can Iron Dragon Charge be used each time, or only once?
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The implication (intended or otherwise) is that it can be used repeatedly until the end of the encounter. Short of an errata rewrite, that would be my official DM ruling.

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Do casters know target's HD when they cast Cause Fear?
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In general, you shouldn't know a target's HD in any case. The GM may handwave this as 'intuition', however. In general though, no you don't. The spell is wasted on higher HD creatures.

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Is there a way to animate undead creatures beyond existing spells' restrictions, such as size?
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I would recommend awarding large undead as rewards for completing intricate rituals. Make them quest a little bit, then give them a big beastie as their reward for gathering all the ritual components. ...

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Where can I find more information about the Kel'Dor?
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This article goes a little more into their biology, but not too terribly much. Wookipedia tends to be very thorough, so you may not find much more in the way of general information. I would recommend ...

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Does anything prevent a paladin from taking levels in a prestige class?
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There are specific prestige classes that don't affect this rule. This is explicitly mentioned in the prestige class's description (such as the indicated Knight of the Chalice). Unless explicitly ...

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How do I describe and portray Vor Rukoth, the evil capitol?
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A lawful evil society will not be as chaotic as you assume (thus the lawful). A merchant might be more likely to low-ball you or lie to you about a product's origin. A merchant is still a merchant, ...

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Can you use the speed reduction of the Curse Bringer invocation without using a spellslot?
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I'm going to agree with everyone, and say you have to expend a spell slot to use the effect. BUT, gramatically, you are in the clear. That comma changes the sentence meaning. Its a standard compound ...

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When does a player have to state they are making a passive check?
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Passive checks are exactly that. They need no player input. Passing a passive check to notice something implies you were keeping your eye out. An active check would be if you were searching for ...

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Casting a spell in a smaller space than the spell itself?
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Area of effect spells radiate from the user and are blocked by walls, floors, and other bits of scenery. From a mechanical standpoint, it ends there. One must also take into story telling, though. ...

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What kind of instrument is a horn?
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A blunt one. Unless you use the pointy end. Then its a pointed weapon. That is what you're using your instrument for, right? Otherwise you're doing it wrong.

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How to add a deep chasm-type hazard to an encounter without risk of instant death to PCs?
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An additional idea, Maybe the fall doesn't need to be dangerous. Maybe the bottom of the chasm is actually a cleverly disguised portal. Maybe they land in a pile of refuse left by the local gully ...

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Finding ways to "nerf" a PC that is too strong with base stats, after a long period of playing
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First off, you're about to step on someone's toes. You need to talk to them. But it can be fun too. Let me propose the following solution: Talk. Pull the player aside after a session and explain the ...

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Convincing characters to take up epic quests in a (mostly) realistic world
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How do you get anyone to do anything? What would compel you to commit to a grand adventure? Pay them. Raise the price until they can't possible say no. Compel them. Perhaps a high lord or priest has ...

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What is the best way to handle hundreds of attacks?
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I would recommend allowing the PCs to participate in a number of smaller skirmishes within the larger fighting. And then separate the larger fighting using more popular mass combat rules. My ...

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