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Ask the Kobold: Succubi and Enervation

Say I cast the simulacrum spell on a succubus (for, you know, science). The spell description says that my simulacrum would have only one-half of the real creature’s levels or hit dice (and the appropriate hit points, feats, skill ranks, and special abilities for a creature of that level or hit dice). My question is, …

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Ask the Kobold: Clay Golems, Falling Damage, Stoneskin, and the Truth about DR

Exactly how much “curse” does a clay golem’s cursed wound really have? The creature description says the damage the golem deals doesn’t heal naturally and that anyone casting a conjuration (healing) spell on the injured character must make a DC 26 caster level check to actually heal the injury. Can a remove curse spell remove …

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Ask the Kobold: Magic and the Fine Art of DMing

The players in one of my groups are very much enamored with spontaneous spellcasting, to the degree that the druid and the cleric have both taken the various spontaneous divine casting feats. They ran up against of the limitations of that build in a recent play session. A lamia cast blindness/deafness on the party wizard …

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Ask the Kobold: How to Kill with a Heal Spell

Can the harm spell kill the target on a failed save? The text of the spell says the deals half damage if target makes a successful save, but it cannot reduce the target’s hit points to less than one. I’ve always read it so that the clause “but it cannot reduce the target’s hit points …

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Ask the Kobold: Bending the Rules

Skip Williams is one of the designers of 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons. He’s also a regular columnist for Kobold Quarterly. As long as you send in your questions, we’ll keep running the column here for free. But if you don’t ask the kobold, don’t expect a reply! I encountered an odd thing recently. A …

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Ask the Kobold: Caster Level

Skip Williams is one of the designers of 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons. He’s also a regular columnist for Kobold Quarterly. We ran out of room in the upcoming issue for his Ask the Kobold column, so we’re running those questions here on the site, together with Skip’s insights on game design decisions. Enjoy! QUESTION: …

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Ask the Kobold: Undead and Constitution

Skip Williams is one of the designers of 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons. He’s also a regular columnist for Kobold Quarterly. We ran out of room in the upcoming issue for his Ask the Kobold column, so we’re running those questions here on the site, together with Skip’s insights on game design decisions. Enjoy! QUESTION: …

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