thomax
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Are mounts proficient in armour (barding)?
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As far as I can tell, rules are scarce on this subject. All we have is: PHB, Chapter 5, page 144: (on wearing armor, in general) Armor Proficiency. Anyone can put on a suit of armor or strap a ...

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How can I help the party survive a rather tough adventure?
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32 votes

Good question! And one every GM has to deal with from time to time I would think. I'd probably pick one or two of these: Keep the pace. Part of your story revolves around urgency. Let them feel ...

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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?
28 votes

I see that I have unknowingly answered this very question another place on the Internet. My answer takes the form of a flowchart, hope that's ok. I'll drop it here in the hope that it can shed ...

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What happens when Detect Magic is used upon something that is magically invisible?
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22 votes

Yes. And the quotation to back this up comes from the PRD glossary on invisibility where it says almost at the bottom: Invisibility does not thwart divination spells. If we look up Detect Magic it ...

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How can I create a Prisoner's Dilemma-style choice in Paranoia?
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The PCs do something treasonous, e.g. use items they are not cleared for, talk to someone who is a traitor etc. If one PC snitches on another, he gets a reward (credits or a nifty gadget) and the ...

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Would damage reduction and resistances stack?
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20 votes

No, DR and resistances do not stack. DR only protects against the physical damage type. Resistances apply to other damages types, like fire, acid, electricity and so on. There is no overlap between ...

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How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater
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20 votes

You're in luck, 'cause there are actually rules in Pathfinder for cave-ins and collapses: Characters in the bury zone of a cave-in take 8d6 points of damage, or half that amount if they make a DC ...

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How to factor in reduced damage for Coup De Grace?
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I would argue that this is pretty clear. CDG says: If the defender survives the damage, he must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + damage dealt) or die. DR says: The numerical part of a creature'...

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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?
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They say that if you make paper out of dried habaneros, bind together one hundred and eleven such pages, find an imp with nine ex-wives and have him fill the book with infernal obscenities and then ...

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Blowguns. What's the point?
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Slightly off because this is not a direct answer, but if I may, let me examine the premise of this question a bit... There does not always need to be "a point" to a weapon, in the sense that every ...

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Can I use Vampiric Touch on myself?
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The spell description says Target: living creature touched. The description on Cure Light Wounds, which nobody disagrees can be cast on self, says Target: creature touched. Thus there's no RAW reason ...

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How can I have a campaign where not everyone shows up to each session?
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I always prefer to solve this problem inside the story. Just an example: The PCs are all bound together by a magical tattoo they each bear. They are the Chosen agents of an unknown (or known, for ...

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With Throw Anything, is there any reason to take thrown weapon proficiencies?
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Throw anything in Pathfinder reads: Benefit: You do not suffer any penalties for using an improvised ranged weapon. You receive a +1 circumstance bonus on attack rolls made with thrown splash ...

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Can two wizards read the same spell from one scroll at the same time?
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No. You can think of the scroll as a battery: A scroll contains the stored energy of a single spell. Thus, casting/releasing a spell from a scroll can only result in the same amount of magical energy ...

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Is there any way to gain access to Evasion without taking multiple levels of a class?
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No permanent, non-dipping solution comes to mind, but otherwise the Core Rulebook item Ring of Evasion (25,000 gp) fits the bill. Edit: Just so it's clear, this ring does not bestow upon the wearer ...

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What do I do about no treasure encounters?
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I can think of a few ways to grant the players profit from monsters which are listed without any treasure: Other adventurers, unlucky travellers or the like have fallen victim to the monster and ...

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Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?
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I'd say yes, aid another does break invisibility. Strictly going by the RAW we have from the Invisibility spell: The spell ends if the subject attacks any creature. For purposes of this spell, an ...

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How can a GM prevent growing disillusioned with their own game?
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A lot of profound and thorough answers here already. I thought I might chip in with a purely in-game solution: Have the party stumble across the hideout of the main plots super powerful villain. Let ...

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How can I break world building down into something manageable?
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When writing, it might help to go breadth-first rather than depth-first. That way, you get an overview of what it is you're going to create. Say your first pass results in a few sentences about the ...

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How playable is Pathfinder at higher levels?
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In addition to what's been said here, it should be added that Epic (20+) level play does not work at all in Pathfinder. The half page in the core book on this subject is not very well thought through. ...

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How can I “counter spell” or nullify a dragon's breath, as a one-time trick?
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Not sure if you consider this obvious: Most breath weapons demand a reflex save, and thus Evasion and Improved Evasion is one way to avoid damage. Add to that the Lightning Reflexes and Improved ...

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What fantasy adventures with rich descriptions are out there?
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Javafueled has suggested Warhammer Fantasy, and I couldn't agree more! As for being specific about which adventures you should choose, let me suggest the most excellent Enemy Within campaign. I can't ...

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Unknowingly improving my players' luck
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The technical suggestions made here will certainly work. But the original question mentioned both loaded dice and a die roller contraption of some sort which fudges player rolls. So to follow up the ...

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What does a DnD (v3.5) DM need to learn to start a Pathfinder campaign?
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Re-read all the feats. And skills. Spells you can look up as you go. Get a fast rules app for you phone/pad, like PFR or PFRPG RD. Try to motivate your players for getting into the new rules as ...

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What level of lifestyle do you have when living in the wild without practicing a profession?
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You have the lifestyle you pay for. That is, choose one of the following: Wretched, Squalid, Poor, Modest, Wealthy or Aristocratic. For each day that passes, pay the price listed in the Lifestyle ...

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What does the 5 mean when a damage roll is 5 (1d6+2)
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5 is the average number you would get, rounded down, if you rolled 1d6+2 many times. A DM, or player, if the DM agrees, could use this number instead of rolling the prescribed dice.

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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice
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If any of the party members are clad in proper adventuring gear, there should be a fairly waterproof cloak available. Use it to fashion a roll-top bag. If you need to water-tight any seams, squeeze ...

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