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dnd 5e – Can an Arcane Firearm staff receive the d8 bonus when casting any of the blade cantrips?

Can an artillerist’s Arcane Firearm staff receive the d8 bonus when casting any of the blade cantrips? Since the staff can be both an arcane focus and can supposedly be used as a melee weapon.

Specifically Booming Blade and/or Greenflame Blade

Additionally, if yes, which damage does the d8 add to? The bludgeoning from the staff, or the secondary damage types?

dnd 5e – Do you need to roll when using the Staff of Magi’s spell absorption?

The Staff of the Magi(Basic rules, 203) is a Legendary item! This is something incredibly powerful and using up a reaction (which removes other options for a character) is the cost for absorbing. They do that enough times without tracking the risk, and they risk losing the item entirely (and self or party harm as well.)

Balance by spell information

However, the staff doesn’t say you get to know what spell is being cast at you. It is up to the player to decide when to use it. The only information they technically have is a spell coming at them. It could be a cantrip, it could be a 9th level spell.

I don’t know how you treat spell identification in your game, but that is a potential balance consideration to include at your table.

modeling – Need some help on the “Staff” entity and its relationships

me and my team are having some issues on finalizing this ER diagram and we’re hoping somebody here could help us. We added the “Place of Work” and “Bussiness Name” attributes to better help with the connections, but something still seems off, since we can’t seem to create a good relational data model with this. So I guess what I’m asking is if there are any tips on the “Eatery”, “Fire Station” and “Staff” entities that could help us with our diagram.

Screenshot of our ER Diagram

dnd 3.5e – Is there any way to access Craft Staff in E6?


Caster level 12th

This poses an obvious problem for most characters in E6: as 6th-level characters, they’re 6 caster levels short of meeting this prerequisite. There are a few bonuses to caster level out there, but most are specific to particular spells or types of spells, or limited-usage, in ways that prevent them from meeting this requirement.1 Off the top of my head, only the orange ioun stone provides a sufficiently consistent and blanket bonus to caster level that should work for feat prerequisites. Artificers get a +2 bonus to caster level for the purposes of actually crafting items, but this doesn’t appear to carry over to meeting item-creation feats’ prerequisites.

So, is there any way to meet this requirement? Leaving out any infinite or arbitrary loops, manipulate form in its entirety, or anything that breaks 6 HD assumption inherent in E6 (e.g. becoming a lycanthrope as a 6th-level character to get more HD to work with Practiced Spellcaster or something), that is. This is obviously cheesy but I’m trying to avoid “extreme” cheese. Outside assistance is frowned upon, but is valid if it’s assistance from another valid E6 character—assistance from monsters and other creatures is out. And I would like to actually have the feat, not merely get around it somehow, though it’s acceptable if actually using it requires some kind of set-up or special conditions (as long as those can be maintained for 8 hours of crafting).

Otherwise, all Wizards of the Coast-published 3.5e material, as well as all Dragon and Dungeon 3.5e material, is acceptable.

Any combination of race and class is allowed, again so long as it’s legal under the usual E6 rules (I presume some kind of 6th-level spellcaster is best, but if not then that’s fine). Any number of bonus feats can be assumed, again as usual for E6 rules.

  1. Probably.

Is there anything preventing a wizard from using a staff of healing?

The Staff of Healing has a lot of spells I wouldn’t expect to see a wizard cast – Regenerate, Heal, etc, but I don’t see anything in the rules on staves that precludes a wizard from using it.

Is any staff usable by any caster?

hotels – How did the Raffles staff know my colleague had been unwell during the week?

Last October (2019), we stayed at Raffles Jakarta for 7 days, it was a business trip. The hotel was fantastic and exceeded our expectations.

On the third day, we had a business lunch arranged by the hotel (a buffet), one of my colleagues who is allergic to seafood had some prawns accidentally causing him a severe allergic reaction which required an immediate medical intervention which was arranged by the hotel very quickly.

Two hours later my colleague was fine, he was able to go back to his room, which was on the 5th floor, while the whole action was on the second floor if I remember correctly. On the way to his room, almost every staff member he met asked him if he was OK! At first, he thought the staff witnessed the accident somehow, but the story does not end.

Literally, wherever he was moving inside the hotel for the two days following the accident, regardless of the floor, the staff would approach him nicely and ask him if he was OK and if he needs anything. I am talking about all kinds of staff, room service, housekeeping, maintenance, pool staff, etc.

Funny thing is, the business trip was about “service excellence” as I work in the hospitality business (airlines, not hotels). In one of the seminars on that trip, we actually included this story as an example, yet we didn’t know how was the staff all over the hotel briefed about my colleague, how did they approach him every time they see him, and ensured that he forgets this bad experience in a magical way.

The question: How did the staff know? there were hundreds of guests at the time staying at the hotel, I would understand that this would be easy if my colleague had green or blue skin, but he looks like any other guest!
Was his photo sent to the staff? perhaps from the passport copy they had? what was actually going on?

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dnd 5e – Can you use more charges to upcast spells from the Staff of Power?

The description of the Staff of Power (DMG, p. 202) explicitly describes what level its spells are cast at, and gives a single number for how many charges it costs:

Spells. While holding the staff, you can use an action to expend 1 or more of its charges to cast one of the following spells from it, using your spell save DC and spell attack bonus: cone of cold (5 charges), fireball (5th-level version, 5 charges), …

I won’t include the rest of the spells, cone of cold and fireball serve as sufficient examples; cone of cold would be cast at its base level1, and fireball would be upcast at the level it specifies (5th-level).

No further text seems to imply that the level that these spells are cast at can be in any way modified by using a different number of charges (not only upcasting, say, cone of cold or fireball to 6th-level or higher, but also there’s no way to cast fireball at 3rd- or 4th-level by using fewer charges, for example).

As a counterexample, consider the description of wands; let’s take the Wand of Fireballs as our example (DMG, p. 210):

The wand has 7 charges. While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 or more charges to cast the fireball spell (save DC 15) from it. For 1 charge, you cast the 3rd-level version of the spell. You can increase the spell slot level by one for each additional charge you expend.

Since the Staff of Power does not describe that you can upcast using additional charges, whereas the Wand of Fireball does, then by omission, we must conclude that the Staff of Power cannot do this.

1 We know that spells cast from magic items are cast at their base level unless specified otherwise because of the generic information on spells cast from magic items from DMG, p. 141 (under the heading “Spells”):

Some magic items allow the user to cast a spell from that item. The spell is cast at the lowest possible spell level, doesn’t expend any of the user’s spell slots, and requires no components, unless the item’s description says otherwise.

java – How can I design my Spring program so that when a user logs in I can tell if they are a Staff member, student or faculty member?

A little more detail. Like I said I’m building this University Management System and it will have user authentication. It will also user authorization for some parts of the web layer, for example only a Student will be able to access the Student web portal to add/drop classes and only a Faculty will be able to use the faculty portal to grade students and see their list of course.

Here is the problem: When someone logs in (This is all using Spring Security and Spring MVC btw) I need to be able to tell if this a student, faculty or staff. And querying each table until I find a match seems like TERRIBLE design. Each Entity inherits from a common abstract class Person but the interface that they share is very basic, they have getters and setters for the ID, first name, last name ect. I could store the Authorization role in the abstract class and that would tell me if this Person instance is a Staff, Student or Faculty and then check the role to figure what specific subclass I am using but that seems contrived as well. Is there a intuitive and common sense way to approach this problem?