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Should I be able to use the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher class feature when attacking before initiative has been rolled to add a d8 damage?
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Yes XGE p 42 says "at the start of your first round in combat" to describe the Dread Ambusher ability. Making Attack actions without (or before) initiative having been rolled is a house rule, since ...

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Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?
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Battle Master level seven feature, Know Your Enemy. Starting at 7th level, if you spend at least 1 minute observing or interacting with another creature outside combat, you can learn certain ...

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Which skill should be used for secret doors or traps: Perception or Investigation?
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Perception is used for senses "You walk down the hallway and you see a row of tiny holes along the bottom of the right-hand-side wall, what do you do?" Primary sensations you can see or hear or ...

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Am I required to clear the use of class, race, or sub-race found in sources outside of the PHB with my DM?
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For most D&D groups it's praxis to clear any characters you make with the DM. You're going to play the game together so it's good to get on the same page about things. D&D 5e can be played ...

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Is "Unearthed Arcana: Players Make All Rolls" Correct?
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We've been using this mechanic for three years and are still using them. But here are the numbers we use: Player character's "defense roll" → armor class minus 12. Monster's "attack value" → 10 + to ...

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How to make GURPS combat fast?
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Have each combatant have a favored active defense noted, and then roll the attack roll, damage roll and active defense roll all together (using three separate styles (color/size) of six-side dice). ...

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How do I know when to have a PC use perception versus investigation?
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Perception is used for senses "You walk down the hallway and you see a row of tiny holes along the bottom of the right-hand-side wall, what do you do?" Primary sensations you can see or hear or ...

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Should players know other creatures' HP? How do you deal with players not knowing the opponent's HP if not?
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Normally not. One reason to disclose is that since some DMs (for various reasons) set or alter the number of hit points on the fly instead of committing to the number ahead of time, and some (not all!)...

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When should I fudge dice rolls?
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Fudging, whether it's die rolls or it's monster stats, is never a good idea. You are playing the game to find out what happens. In this case, you've a situation where a die roll can end the world. ...

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When is each skill used when searching for hidden objects like traps?
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Perception is used for senses "You walk down the hallway and you see a row of tiny holes along the bottom of the right-hand-side wall, what do you do?" Primary sensations you can see or hear or ...

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