AceCalhoon
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Does Burning Hands really require touching thumbs?
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This spell is just super awkwardly worded No matter how you interpret the spell, you're going to run into problems. If it's flavor text, there's nothing that sets it apart as such. And in other spells ...

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Does Power Word Kill kill druids in wild-shape?
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By RAW, the Druid dies. Wild Shape protects you from a few specific things: When you revert to your normal form, you revert to the number of hit points you had before you transformed (and then take ...

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Are the immunities granted by Rank 0 and Rank 1 deity redundant?
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There are two ways to interpret these rules. It comes down to how you read the header. Does the header describe the immunity and the following text clarifies it? Or is the header a name for a section ...

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How do I deal with high speed, blunt action declaration outside of combat?
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Short version: Ask questions. Abstraction The first thing to be aware of is that everyone has a different level of detail that they want or are comfortable with in their narration. Both your version ...

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Combining various AC-providing clothing and armor
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Does Armor Stack? In general, there are two notations for AC: The most common variety sets your AC to a fixed value, and looks something like this: AC = 11 + Dex Modifier (Padded armor) Your AC ...

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Are there limitations/cautions to "Vorpal"?
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Alignment I would say, no. In general, killing vs. not killing is more of an alignment concern than how you kill them. Some deities might be interpretable as being against vorpal. And characters at ...

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What is the relationship between Monster CR and player level
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No. A CR (Challenge Rating) is calculated assuming all of the creature's powers are crowded into a single encounter. Player characters get to spread those powers out over the course of an entire ...

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Did Spirit Guardians just wipe out the Orc army?
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Since this question was asked, Jeremy Crawford has changed his mind on how this works. In the April Rules Answers column for Sage Advice, Crawford has this to say: Does moonbeam [or Spirit ...

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I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?
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Role Playing At their most basic, role playing games are like the games of make-believe you may have played as a child. You get a group of friends together (five or six people is a common number, ...

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Does the wording of the Wrathful Smite spell imply that there are other living beings that aren't considered "creatures"?
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The term "creature" does not include objects. In other words, if you use Wrathful Smite to break down a door, the door does not need to make a wisdom saving throw.

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Can a Beholder face its Antimagic Cone behind itself?
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It depends on what you mean by "behind itself." From a narrative standpoint, the cone is emitted from the Beholder's central eye. So it extends forwards from the front of the creature. If the DM has ...

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How can I efficiently manage Ship to Ship Tactical Combat and Boarding?
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Option 1: Reference Speed This is the quick and dirty approach (and the one I've used most). Effectively, you move the map at the same speed as one of the things on the map. That thing doesn't move, ...

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Is the spell combo Booming Blade into a quickened Thunderwave legal?
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Bonus Action A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven’t already taken a bonus action this turn. ...

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Is this house-rule removing the increased effect of cantrips at higher character levels balanced?
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This is not a good way to solve the problem you're trying to solve. What you're effectively moving towards is a "fun tax." You're balancing X% of gameplay at an overpowered level against Y% ...

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My players like to search everything. What do they find?
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Michael Shea describes a technique that works very well for this in his book Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master (he also occasionally talks about it on his blog). When prepping for your session, take ...

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How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one?
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The answer is on page 79 of the Basic Rules: Material (M) Casting some spells requires particular objects, specified in parentheses in the component entry. A character can use a component pouch or a ...

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How much to bend "the rules" about populating a world?
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It depends. What are you trying to achieve? As the author of the campaign, you have a tremendous amount of freedom to create whatever world you wish to. You don't have to stick with the world created ...

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Counterspelling a counterspell
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Is there any defense against this? There are several, but none of them are great: Bring more wizards. Put yourself within range of the first wizard, but out of range of the second. Make them want to ...

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The verbal component of 'Suggestion'
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RAW Most of this is something that will have to be determined by your group / DM: The rules don't clearly state whether or not the suggestion itself is the verbal component for Suggestion. The rules ...

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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD
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Try Savage Progressions This is pretty much precisely the use case of the Savage Progressions articles. They still have some of the problems of templates (particularly at high levels), but they allow ...

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How much damage does Great Weapon Fighting add on average?
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I've forgotten the formal proof for this, but hopefully this is correct: Consider a D6 (for the sake of concrete language). When you roll a 1, you reroll the die and keep the result. This produces an ...

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Help, in 5th edition D&D do my modifiers go up, how and why?
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Mostly yes Most of the numbers on your character sheet either have, or can have an upward trend to them. However when and how often these numbers advance depends on which modifier you're talking about....

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How do I turn a scenario idea into an adventure?
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Let's start with a few assumptions. I'm assuming you're not playing a sandbox campaign. And I'm assuming your campaign takes place in a relatively traditional RPG where you have a DM who presents a ...

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Version marking during game development
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I think you're expecting a bit more from your version number than it actually delivers. To start, yes, you can insert a Git commit ID into your file. There are equivalents in other tools, and you can ...

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How much damage does my weak wizard's dagger do?
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This is true for most melee weapons, but not the dagger. Your damage will be partially determined by the weapon you use. If you're using a quarterstaff your damage would be 1d6 - 3 (one-handed) or ...

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How to turn hand-drawn maps to digital
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Dyson Logos has a tutorial that touches briefly on scanning and touching up hand-drawn maps The important part for you is this: Finally with that map in hand, I would normally scan it for the ...

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Can attribute dice satisfy the prerequisites of advanced skills?
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The requirement for an advanced skill is that you must have a prerequisite skill at a certain threshold. We'll use Medicine as an example, because it's in the book. That requires First Aid at 5D. All ...

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Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense?
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Sort of, but no. Unarmored Defense does not provide a bonus to AC. It provides an alternate means of calculating it. So, your druid has two AC calculations available to him: AC provided by beast form....

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My players want a tighter narrative, but have wandered off course. What now?
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I'd recommend asking the group two questions. Is the current narrative something that you (as players, not characters) want to pursue? If the answer to this is "no," then go back to the drawing ...

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How do I handle a PC who likes to move allies out of danger during his turn?
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There are two broad scenarios presented in your question and comments: Forcibly moving someone outside of turn order (grabbing the princess). Prompting another character to move outside of their ...

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