Lord_Gareth
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How can I play monsters and NPCs up to their potential?
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Study, Study, Study Information is really the only way to overcome this problem, and it comes in a few varieties: Know Your Players - This one is the most important. You should familiarize yourself ...

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How can I play a lawful rogue?
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Check this part: Thieves and gamblers, fast talkers and diplomats, bandits and bounty hunters, and explorers and investigators all might be considered rogues, as well as countless other professions ...

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Is Coup de Grace on sleeping and bound opponents an evil act?
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No, it was not an evil act Was it a Good act? Probably not. But there's that N in the middle for the act to fall under. On the one hand, the pirates were helpless, and thus not an immediate threat. ...

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What are the "Dark Powers"?
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This requires answering a few other, related questions So I wanted to first spend some time declaring my sources: namely, the 2e books Ravenloft Campaign Setting, Darklords, and Islands of Terror, a ...

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Can a lich redeem itself?
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Yes...depending Alignment causes a lot of arguments around the D&D community. There are a pair of rock-solid methods: the Sanctify the Wicked spell, and the redemption rules, both of them found ...

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How can we optimize a monk (especially for offense)?
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Essentially, sixth level is the end of Monk as an independent class. Monk's biggest and most pervasive problem is that it can't play well with itself. More than any other class in the game, a Monk's ...

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What do I do about no treasure encounters?
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They don't have to be no treasure There's ways to do things like this without inexplicably giving the monsters wealth. Here's a few: Location, Location, Location In the module Ruins of Myth Drannor ...

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Dark Lord knowledge in Ravenloft
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It Depends on the Darklord Not all Darklords are also the temporal rulers of their Domains (though some are), and not all of them reveal or flaunt their true natures. Indeed, some Darklords are ...

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Sensible values for a human child's AC / HP / Ini
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Use the Young Template Young, a simple template, is pretty much exactly what you're wanting. Take an NPC class - I suggest Expert or maybe just a single humanoid hit die - and then apply the template ...

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Where it says longsword +3 and short sword +2, what does the +3 and +2 mean?
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That's his attack bonuses The entry you're seeing is a stat block for the character. The headings there under his attacks indicate his various attack options, their accuracy (that's the +2/+3) and ...

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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?
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It's the Mental Damage Drink Like a Demon has two problems. The first is that it's an uneven trade; you're losing 4 points of ability score and only getting 2 back. This does a few things to your ...

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Is it legal to write and distribute adventures or campaign settings for D&D 3.5?
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Anything you find in the SRD is Open Gaming Licence content and thus free to use so long as you abide by the terms of the OGL. You'll note that it does not contain XP or Wealth-By-Level rules, and you'...

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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?
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The Real Problems Did Not Get Fixed But let's talk about these individually. Multiple Attribute Dependancy Also known as MAD, this has plagued the poor Monk for ages. Monks need Strength for accuracy ...

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The "Quantum Barbarian" -- Beginning the Rage Ends the Rage, and Ending the Rage Begins the Rage
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It exists The Quantum Barbarian hinges on the Berserker option (which causes him to start raging below a certain amount of hit points, and stop above that amount) and the Bear Warrior prestige class. ...

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Can a good cleric use necromancy
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Necromancy is not inherently evil Necromancy spells are only characterized by their use of negative energy; negative energy is entropic in nature but is not a moral force. The inflict line of spells, ...

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Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder?
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Here's a few considerations: Version Conflicts Pathfinder has a lot of small, subtle edits to things like feats, spells, and items that make them function very differently from how they were in 3.5; ...

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Can a true neutral character cast spells affected by alignment?
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Only Clerics really care Clerics cannot cast spells of an alignment opposed to their own. A TN cleric has no opposing alignment and, as a result, can cast aligned spells freely. But... Casting a ...

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What does "advanced simple template" mean in the context of a creature?
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It's a specific template This is the Advanced simple template. Simple Templates are like normal templates, but they barely change anything; they're intended to quickly and easily improve, or nerf, a ...

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Does a Rogue using Use Magic Device for a scroll or wand also need to emulate a class feature?
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No The relevant parts of Use Magic Device are as follows, from the PFSRD (emphasis mine): You can use this skill to read a spell or to activate a magic item. Use Magic Device lets you use a magic ...

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What's a good class and race for beginners?
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Races Human is always a good choice. We are humans, of course, so it's easy to understand the racial mindset, and the extra feat and skill points are always, always handy to have. Human is a solid ...

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What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
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RPGs and board/card games do have a lot in common, including the shared first goal of entertainment. I'd say what sets RPGs apart is that they make an effort to actively have their players attempt to ...

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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?
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I've had problems like these before - you have my sympathies, friend. Here's what I'd suggest: Solve this problem before the session, or after it, but not during. No one - NO ONE - likes it when a ...

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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?
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The Familiar is the Attacker From the PFSRD: Deliver Touch Spells (Su): If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are in ...

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Description trumps example?
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The lack of 'and so on' implies absolutely nothing RAW only deals in what is written, not in anything that is implied or could be implied. The spell specifies no cap and as a result has no cap. It ...

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High Intelligence Paladin Build?
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There are no solutions for you At least, not for Paladin. If you want to combine magic and melee with a faith-based character I can suggest a highly pious Magus, but Paladin's not going to work out ...

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Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream
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What you've mentioned are house rules, not interpretations The RAW is super-simple; forced dream resets the entire turn (or more if you've got some quintessence to hand) and cannot be gainsaid or ...

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How can I satisfy my RP desire of Knighthood?
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Cavalier is literally the "I am a Knight" class Check it out in the PFSRD - it fills all the various Knight tropes, and isn't...insulting, the way some melee classes can be. Be warned that you may ...

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How can I keep the Tarrasque "dead"?
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Keeping it down is easy Dealing continual damage will keep the Big T down for the count as long as you want to keep it down. Drowning him or placing him in an environment that causes continual damage ...

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Can I take a 5-foot Step and perform any standard action after?
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Yes That is precisely how the 5-foot step rules work. Watch Out Though Step Up and its sequel feats are designed to counter this tactic; you may end up facing this down.

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Bringing the Realism
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For the knife thing, there's always Coup de Grace A Coup de Grace can happen in a situation where one character has another - PC or NPC - helpless. They normally take a full-round action to happen, ...

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