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    Flying creatures standing up from prone

    Narrative: The Blue Dragon plummeted down from its globe of darkness, broke its fall with a spread of the wings, and unleashed a continuous stroke of lightning - smoking the Fighter, Bard and Paladin. Mechanics: Natural flier dropped prone (free downward vertical movement), stood up at altitude...
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    Speed buffs and Fly

    Here's a simple question. Barbarian fast movement (BFM) increases speed by 10' while not heavily encumbered. Wizard casts Fly on Barbarian, giving him a 60' fly speed. Does BFM boost it to 70'?
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    5E Customizing a Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin) Druid

    Hi all, One of my players wants to play a Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin) Druid - either Circle of the Moon or Land. For Circle of the Moon the player would like his character to be able to wild shape into fungi and underdark creatures, rather than snakes and bears. Has anyone come across this? He'd...
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    5E Characters using traps - issues?

    Hi all. I ran a game the other day and the players used a bunch of traps - to good effect I thought. They set hunters traps and a line of unlit oil in a breach in a wall and later, their 2nd level PCs fought off a trio of bugbears there, taking minimal damage. Two bugbears were caught in the...
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    5E How good is the default Paladin at mounted combat?

    I see the noble background doesn't give animal handling nor is it included in the Paladin skills. So what gives? Is the default Paladin going to have to buy a military saddle, strap in and otherwise bounce around the battlefield all Don Quixote?
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    5E Humans ability increase and level ability increases

    With the character sheet preview I have been thinking about the Human racial trait, the default ability score array, and level boosts, specifically how they all interact. First the default array. It has been bumped down slightly to 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8 and as such using this and picking Human...
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    5E Flat math ability scores vs roleplay considerations

    One of the consequences of the new flat math / emphasis on ability scores is that in D&DN the scores are an amalgamation of raw talent and developed skill. Fine so far? Good. Well now I've got a wee problem, stats go up by level and naturally the prime stat is going to approach the 20 ceiling...
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    Mental saves

    Ok I'm still a bit at a loss on what's going on with int/wis/cha saves. There seems to a be a bit of a mish/mash on what saves against what and that's coupled with wisdom seemingly the stat that really matters. I am aware of the pitfalls of enforced symmetry, but how about splitting the saves...
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    Useful aspects of Alignment in D&DN

    I'd like to explore the areas where alignment is most useful in a practical sense. Sure I've got my own ideas but, yeah, just want to know what other people think. Disclaimer - I'm taking it as a given that alignment is an option that can be removed by players that don't want to use it. The...
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    Stat bumps from level increase

    I've been toying with an idea that stat bumps could be the player 'rolling it' instead of a set +1 per X levels to however many stats. Something along the lines of rolling 4d6dl for a stat and if you beat it, it increases. Anybody thought of a developed system along these lines?
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    If 4d6dl is the baseline, what's the PB/Array?

    As the title, if 4d6dl is the D&D Next baseline, what's the equivalent Point buy & Array? Point Buy is customizable so I'd imagine the flexibility would create a slight discount compared to a default array. I'm aware this wasn't the case in 3E/4E, so maybe I'm off with the fairies with this one?
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    Where's the lance?

    I don't own so many supplementary books nor subscribe, so is it out there officially? Cheers :)
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    Shield spec. & imp defences

    Quick question folks, Looking specifically at the ref bonus from shield spec, that hasn't been changed from a feat bonus has it? The books I've got show it doesn't stack with imp defences.
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    Move 6 then move 2 and hide without penalty?

    As the title say. Got a player pull this doozy ;) His character used a move action to move 6, then another move action to move 2, and hid as part of the second move. Does he suffer the -5 penalty to stealth or not?
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    Essentials Paladin/Cavalier??

    Hi all, The one big thing I want to hear is all about the upcoming Paladin/Cavalier. What do we know (or guess) about this?? My hope is a str/cha build with the bad case of MAD finally cured. Seriously, the Paladin has been needing stats stretched everywhere since go. Beats me how they're...
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    How can a Warlock be a prisoner?

    Hi all, The character of a new player is a human Infernal Warlock (level 3, no equipment) who is a soon to be rescued prisoner of a more powerful Warlock. The question is, how can you keep a Warlock prisoner when the game no longer has vocal, somatic & material components? It seems to me that...
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    What was your character's best starting stat?

    Hi all, Time for another highly scientific and worthwhile internet poll.;) Let's talk starting stats for your character. My MAD Human Paladin wanted so much here and there, he started with a 16. Seems to be managing so far. :)
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    Is this character suboptimal/viable?

    Hi all, I'm (finally - hooray!) playing a PC, a human paladin to be exact, and the dm has given warning that my guy may be a little "too balanced" to thrive in 4E. The basic build: Loric Human paladin 1 str 16, con 12, dex 13, int 10, wis 14, cha 14 Skills: religion +5, history +5, diplomacy...
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    My armour hinders my recovery from... Lycanthropy??

    Ok, I've finally actually started reading the rules in detail and I'm left scratching my head over the endurance skill. The armour check penalty applies to endurance for holding breath, extreme temperature etc... That's fine. But then when my paladin is trying to shrug off the effects of say...
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    3.5 Wellington, NZ, 3.5E, RttToEE, lvl 11+

    Hi there, We're looking to invite a Wellington NZ gamer to out weekly/fortnightly session. The current 3.5 core books only campaign we're playing (before 4E) is Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, and the characters are 11th-12th level. Our play style is: 1) minimal house rules 2) you're...