AceCalhoon
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Could non-lethal damage draw blood?
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Dungeons and Dragons uses an extremely abstract damage system. A hit for normal damage could mean: The target wasn't actually in danger, but is unnerved by the attack. The target dodged out of the ...

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What happens when you cast dominate person on yourself?
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It's complicated. To begin with, yes, you can cast it on yourself. The target line is "one humanoid," with no further restrictions in the text of the spell. If you are a humanoid, legally, ...

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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?
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Abstractions Before you tweak the combat system, make sure you understand how its abstraction works. A single attack roll is not necessarily a single swipe of a character's sword. Rather, it ...

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How to deal with players not taking things seriously?
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Well, it's complicated. The problem is that the line between acceptable and unacceptable is pretty blurry, and difficult to parse from a brief forum post. Step One: Are you overreacting? To begin ...

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What are the consequences of the new (5 choice) alignment system in 4e versus the (9 choice) system of earlier editions?
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I think the key issue here is that you're thinking of it as "the old system with alignments removed" rather than "the old system simplified." Character archetypes haven't gone away,...

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Which creatures don't speak Common?
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There's two steps to this one. Step one is finding the data in a format that's easy to manipulate. The base SRD documents are in .rtf format, which isn't very good for querying. Andargor's database ...

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How can I prevent a TPK without obvious Deus Ex Machina?
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This is an interesting problem, that I've run into a few times but haven't solved yet. Here's some of my observations on it, in case they help. The first thing to understand is that you can't do this ...

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Help! My party isn't challenged?
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The Assumptions Behind Challenge Rating I don't have my 3.x DMG handy for a page reference, but somewhere in there it states that D&D 3.x operates on the assumption that players have multiple ...

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of develop in play (DIP) compared to develop at the start (DAS) character generation?
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(Answering the question introduced by Brian's title edit) DAS and DIP are both tools, and as such they each apply to slightly different situations. They also have quite a lot of overlap: DIP ...

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How can I make a Mi-Go city seem dangerous?
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Here's how I'd approach the concept of sneaking through a hostile city. Don't use single stealth rolls on their own. Instead, use series of rolls for each instance. Require two successes out of three ...

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Good RPG for pirate-oriented setting
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The 7th Sea Role Playing Game is focused on swashbuckling adventures. The setting is designed to be similar to Europe in the 17th century, with the addition of a few magical elements. The game comes ...

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How long does damage resistance granted by Wish last?
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The resistance is permanent, and cannot be dispelled. Wish's duration is Instantaneous: Many spells are instantaneous. The spell harms, heals, creates, or alters a creature or an object in a way ...

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Is Sunbeam's beam considered sunlight, for the purposes of Sunlight Hypersensitivity?
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As is noted in your answer, the mechanics here are pretty clear: The vampire takes normal damage from Sunbeam (6d8, with the option to repeat on subsequent turns) and Sunburst (12d6). In the case of ...

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How do I help players whose time with previous editions confuses their understanding of D&D 5th Edition?
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Teaching a game isn't really something that gets accomplished once at the beginning of the first session. It's a process that will last several sessions, even with experienced players. It's also ...

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Should I buy second-hand core rule books?
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Most of the books I've purchased have been used, and purchased from eBay. I seem to have the habit of getting very interested in out of print games :) Wait for a reprint? Will that happen? Once a ...

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What does insubstantial mean?
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Rules for Insubstantial can be found on page 277 of the 4th Edition Player's Handbook. The short version is that insubstantial creatures take half damage.

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What ways are there to convey loneliness and betrayal in an encounter?
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Betrayal Depending on whether or not you've already begun to run the campaign, betrayal can be engineered with a bit of setup. Give the PCs an NPC companion of some kind. Perhaps it's a creature of ...

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Does Protection from Evil protect you from Suggestion?
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Yes. The phrase "including X" means that X is not a comprehensive list of effects. The only way for Suggestion to not be stopped by Protection from Evil would be for Suggestion to not ...

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Is an unchangable character bad roleplaying ettiquite?
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The situation you describe is pretty complex. I'll pull it apart and look at the different aspects, but the short version is: There should be a way for both of you to get what you want. Player Agency ...

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Is there a standard way of calculating XP when the characters are in no immediate danger?
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In General The typical recommendation here is to decouple experience from the process of killing, and take advantage of the concept of encounters. In other words, an orc isn't worth X experience ...

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How much is a Second roll worth in Modifier Bonus
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The answer depends on what you're rolling, what your target number is, and what modifiers are already in place. For D20s, the answer is about five, but less if you need to roll really high or really ...

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If you are dying, are you still bloodied?
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As per the PHB, page 293, yes. Unless, of course, zero or fewer hitpoints is greater than half your maximum hit points.

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Close Blast Targeting Options
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Yes, that's valid. As long as one of the blast's squares is adjacent to your character, it's a legal placement. A blast fills an area adjacent to you that is a specified number of squares on a side....

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Regarding resting and spell meditation for casters
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From the SRD's section on Arcane Spells: Rest To prepare her daily spells, a wizard must first sleep for 8 hours. The wizard does not have to slumber for every minute of the time, but she must ...

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Difference between Heavy/Light Crossbows and Long/Short Bows
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For example, Friend A states that Crossbows take an entire turn to reload, while Friend B tells me that it only uses up a move action. Both friends are right. There are four different types of ...

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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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Why does a d10 count from 0 to 9?
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If a game asks you to roll a ten-sided die, you treat the "0" face as "10." This gives you the value range you'd expect: 1 - 10, matching the other dice. This is extremely common. Usually if a game ...

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Does a wyvern have disadvantage when making a bite attack against a prone target 10' away?
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Yes, the Wyvern is probably intended to have disadvantage. While Word of God could always overturn this (but it didn't), it seems pretty clear that the intent is for this to apply to reach attacks. ...

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Is there any fluff for the druid's "A Thousand Faces" ability?
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Nature What bugs me is that I can't see proper use of this ability besides deception, and deception doesn't feel too "natural". I think a big part of your confusion is that you're coming at nature ...

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Who should roll the dice?
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In my experience, the driving factors in this choice are less about fun and roleplaying, and more about practicality. Specifically, having players make their own rolls takes some of the pressure off ...

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