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    Detailed sequence for an attack

    Sure, wizards could have done this, but hey, that would be... well... out-of-character for them. They're chaotic, and this is the realm of lawful. :) I sat down, partly for personal amusement, partly for trying to figure out the rules before someone in the party comes up with some crazy...
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    Saving throws can't hurt

    Hidden amongst a myriad of otherwise unimportant text, is this little nugget in PH2 (219), emphasis mine. The new effect, specified in a "First Failed Saving Throw" or a "Second Failed Saving Throw" entry, takes effect after the target fails a saving throw against the previous effect at the end...
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    Readied actions

    Me & another DM are working on a list of house rules for our group. We're trying to shut down (although it hasn't happened yet and probably won't, we're of the opinion that if we told you up front that it doesn't work, you're less likely to be cranky later if we say it doesn't work) this sort...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 D&D 3.5 Sorcerer spell levels

    In D&D 3.5, when levelling up, may a sorcerer choose to learn a lower-level spell than the system normally allows? For example, on gaining 9th level, normally he learns (among other things) a 4th-level spell. There aren't any 4th-level spells he wants, so he wants to learn another 3rd-level...
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    Multiple attacks, immediate reactions, and conditions

    Suppose you had a way to impose a condition such as blind or dazed as part of an attack power that granted multiple attacks (it would probably be something on a magic item you have, I don't know if any such thing really exists, but pretend it does because this is WoTC and eventually it will)...
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    Whisper skill check

    One of my players wants to communicate a message secretly, but in a hurry and accurately, to another PC. In the room are two NPCs that he does not want to overhear [and one more that he didn't technically specify]). At least one of the NPCs would be actively trying to listen in. The other two I...
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    KOTS maps

    Someone had made printable / projectable maps for KOTS's dungeons, and I couldn't find them, probably because the thread was too old. Does anyone still have them available who could repost them, or send me a private message and I'll give you an e-mail address to use. Thanks!
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    RIP Take 20... Hello, Take 18!

    So a careful read of the PHB finds Take 20 ... nowhere. A more careful read sees the justification... almost every use of almost every skill has a failure effect (perception being a notable exception). OK, as a DM I appreciate that. Makes life easier, lots easier. As a DM to powergamers, I was...
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    Monsters using stealth

    Anyone who's looked at the MM or KOTS knows Kobolds are really quite good at Stealth. About as good as your typical Rogue, plus or minus a few points depending on Kobold breed. The Rogue uses Stealth followed by Deft Strike to leap out from around a corner or a bunch of trees, etc., and hurl a...
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    Converting PCs to enemies

    Warning: If you're one of my PCs and you're reading this, I'm going to give this enemy +10 on all attacks against you ;) In a preliminary / warm-up campaign through Kobold Hall, the Warlock in the party decided to take out the survivors of the fight at the end of that dungeon. Since he was...
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    Move a (willing?) (able?) ally

    How would you handle pushing or pulling a willing & able ally? One could rule that it's like a bull rush (standard action str vs fort), or that you have to first grab the ally (s. act: str vs reflex) and then succeed on a str vs fort check to move them (up to half your speed). I'm leaning...
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    On pain of death: marks vs. falling unconcious

    Was DM'ing Kobold Hall (DMG adventure) last night and my PCs were up and down more times than a yo-yo during the last fight. This raised a question about marks. Does a mark (say, by a Fighter) expire when the Fighter falls unconscious? It seems really unsporting to force the monster to attack...
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    New DCs for skills

    From the 7/15 update of the core books: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/updates A level 1 "Hard" DC is now 15 and with the footnotes removed, that means a skill check is the same DC. In my play session through Kobold Hall, a halfling rogue wanted to "wall-jump" between the wall of a...
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    Stopping the "extended rest after every encounter"

    Anyone got any suggestions short of sledge hammer house rules to prohibit my PCs from idling around for half a day after each encounter to regain daily powers and healing surges? I think they should be capable of doing at least 3 if not 4 encounters per day, and have implied that they will get...
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    Size matters?

    The enchant magic item ritual (PHB three-oh-something) specifically covers resizing armor and gives an example of resizing large to small. The PHB also specifically states that except for 2-handed and versatile weapons, small and medium creatures use the same weapons with the same properties...
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    Warlock's Shadow Walk: Conceal after attack?

    RAW, I can't see why the Shadow Walk warlord can't just move three squares (actually moving 3 away, not just going in circles) and attack, which he'll probably do often enough on his turn... and gain concealment. I've already told him he can't use this to gain stealth and he finally agreed...
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    Zombie Rotter vs. Goblin Cutter

    I'm planning / reviewing KOTS which I'm going to be running soon (PCs allowed to create their own characters, so they're not crippled). One encounter has Zombie Rotters [MM 274], which by MM are Level 3 Minions. I look at their stats and I have a LOT of trouble believing they are Level 3...
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