Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition, a revision of D&D Third Edition, published in 2003.

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What happens after I grapple as Attack of Opportunity?

Assume that my character has Improved Unarmed Strike (to threaten squares nearby) and Improved Grapple (to prevent getting AoOs from grappling). Now, an enemy provokes attack of opportunity. Rules of ...
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Setting up a food pantry/orphanage?

I can't find much on how to set up any kind of establishments that are for charity. HOw would I go about this? Acquiring a building, a few volunteers, how much to run it per day, ect? Anyone have any ...
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About critical rolls on D&D

In both the third and fourth edition of D&D, rolling a “natural 20” on an attack roll automatically hits regardless of the target’s AC, and results in a critical threat, which must then be ...
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What are the rules for multiple prestige classes?

Nowhere in the rules I have seen a statement about not being able to choose several prestige classes at the same time. And since there is no XP penalty when multiclassing prestige, it seems quite ...
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Early optimized/broken caster [closed]

My DM is about to run us through a heck of a campaign. I don't know what to expect, but he has told us that anything goes. All non-homebrew source flies, and he has challenged us to make the most ...
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What reason would there be for a ruler to forgo having himself resurrected?

If a rich ruler has trustworthy relatives, or even multiple lackeys (only one of which would need to honor a command to have them resurrected), why would they ever choose to pass on? Since the only ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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If I counterspell another spell, can it be cast again?

We were playing against a boss which could cast Deeper Darkness at will. If we had Daylight (which we didn't) or Dispel Magic (which we didn't) and countered his casting, would he be able to just cast ...
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Can a succubus fly when in another shape?

A succubus has the ability Change Shape (Su): A succubus can assume the form of any Small or Medium humanoid. It also has the natural ability to fly (50 ft, average maneuverability). Does it lose ...
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Combining multiple Performance skill types in a single gig

I am creating a bard for my first ever DnD session (3.5e) with my friends and I had a question about the subcategories in the Perform skill being able to stack or not. Like, if my bard has Perform ...
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Is it legal to “use” (reference) copyrighted material in a way that requires ownership of its original publication?

The actual question: Suppose I wrote a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, and wanted to say something like “To use this material, you need Tome of Battle by Wizards of the ...
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Contact Other Plane clarification

Contact Other Plane has and (appropriate) listing in the Plane Contacted column of the table. What's that supposed to mean? What are appropriate questions for each Elemental Plane? Also it says if ...
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Good campaigns for a small group?

Are there any pre-made campaigns that are fairly simple and able to be played by a group of three people for D&D 3.5? My friends and I have a hard time getting a campaign that we can play, as it ...
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Options for leveraging non-lethal damage

What options exist for creating a character focused on doing solely non-lethal damage? Are there ways to have increased damage output compared to a lethal-damage-dealing characters by accepting the ...
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What is the soonest an item that traps a person can be made?

I am searching for the best combination of spells (Druid and Wizard only, no Enchantment or Evocation) with which to craft a magic item (Wondrous, manacles + leg irons) that could be used to ...
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Does Martial study feat allow you to choose maneuvers earlier than a standard martial adept class?

The Martial Study feat states: Select any maneuver from the chosen discipline for which you meet the prerequisite. If you have martial adept levels, this maneuver becomes one of your maneuvers ...
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Improving Animal Companions for E6 Gestalt Characters

In my experience, Animal Companions for Gestalt characters seem especially underpowered. As the DM, I have a 2-part plan to address this. Max out HP vs Rolling Allow Gestalt Druid/Rangers to ...
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Roguish question: Concealment and hide “in plain sight”?

This is a short one: Can a rogue under the effects of blur spell, but in plain sight, make a hide check? Hide says under concealment he can... but just doesn't sound right, does it?
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Do Boots of Teleportation allow you to take allies with you?

Boots of Teleportation says: Any character wearing this footwear may teleport three times per day, exactly as if he had cast the spell of the same name. The spell says (highlighting mine): ...
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In Eberron do Elves dream and did Giants create them?

Did the Giants find the primitive Elves and civilized and enslaved them or did they create them, like they did their own version of Warforged? I think I heard somewhere (probably The Dreaming Dark ...
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Can Druids tame a dinosaur?

In D&D 3.5, the rule book says nothing about a Druid being able to tame or have a velociraptor. Could a Druid tame one and use it as his/her companion?
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Pricing items as a DM

I seem to be struggling with pricing items that players can purchase. In particular magic items such as scrolls/potions ect. I read the rules and have scoured the internets to try figure it out but ...
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Do luck bonuses stack?

I know that usually you pick the highest value bonus of the same type, but I see a lot of D&D threads where people are stacking their luck bonuses. Let's say I cast Divine Favor (You gain a +1 ...
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Can Mass Lesser Vigor be persisted?

I am creating my cleric character and considering taking feats persistent spell and power it up with Divine Meta magic. Now, the question is: can I make Vigor, Mass Lesser persistent? The ...
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Druid's wild shape natural attacks and magical item

I'd like to have some details about the Druid transformation in D&D 3.5. Ok, you have reached level 8, so your BA is +6/+1 and let's say that I want to transform into a lion; according to rules I ...
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Can I use the Deadeye Shot feat with ranged-touch spells (rays)?

I was wondering if i can use the Deadeye Shot feat with a spell like scorching ray(ranged-touch) for example. The feat description says that you have to ready action a ranged attack for the feat to ...
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Are there any good alternatives to the Move Silently skill, preferably magic or spell based?

I want to create a spellcaster who specializes in stealth. I know that I can substitute spells like Invisibility for the Hide skill, and I can use either the Mindsight feat or the Tremorsense spell to ...
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How can I roleplay my evil character properly?

I have started playing as an evil character in a group of neutral and good characters. We are traveling in a caravan through an undead-ridden world. No teleportation or plane traveling possible. We ...
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Does Evard's Black Tentacles affect the spell's caster?

Recently in a game the issue arose of whether a Wizard is affected by his/her own casting of the Evard's Black Tentacles spell. We all agreed that both enemies and allies alike that are located within ...
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What does the +1 caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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Ways to Overcome Damage Reduction in E6

Aside from using the requisite materials (Such as silver or adamantine) or fulfilling the right conditions (such as using a piercing weapon or a good aligned weapon) are there any ways other than the ...
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Performing actions while falling

If a character falls from a great height and has a skill or item that may save them if used early enough, how does one determine where in the fall the item is used? Depending on the reason for the ...
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How do I build Kratos [closed]

For those of you who have played God of War, this should be easy. For those who have not, here is the spiffy: Demigod, son of Zeus. Shows superhuman stamina and strength. Average speed and ...
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What happens if I combine Ur-priest and prestige class to exceed 10 effective spells-per-day level?

Suppose I have a human character who invested 5 levels on Wizard, 2 on Ur-priest(by appropriate feat chain), and 8 levels of Mystic Theurge, net level of 15. This allows you to cast spells as stated ...
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Is there a way to indicate a binding agreement on an item?

The setting at hand is more or less grim irony, reflecting the modern days. Ontological categories adopted by characters in the setting map to the modern ontologies. In the storyline there are ...
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Arcane and Divine Spells vs Massive Damage

So, let's say we've got a character who can learn both Wizard's and Cleric's spells up to 9th spell level. The said character knows that he will face something that deals massive damage (and, by ...
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What mechanics for naval combat exist in D&D 3.5 and in which books are they in?

In an upcoming D&D encounter that I am running the party has taken command of a small ship and are trying to sail across the sea to a secret island with a lost treasure (never bean done before). ...
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How can I create a first level teenaged rogue?

A new member to my campaign wants to play as a teenager human character in D&D 3.5 The character is going to be a 15 year old rogue. I'm not sure how to build this character as I would assume a ...
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Can I cast two swift spells in a round, or otherwise trade a move action for a swift?

Can you use a move action to make a swift action? What if you have 2 swift spells and a standard one, can you cast them all in one round?
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Can you suffocate a creature using Create Water?

Can a cleric with Create Water conjure water inside a corporeal creature's lung (or appropriate respiratory system) to suffocate him? If not, can he drown the creature by conjuring water around him?
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Does moving towards an enemy with a reach weapon provoke an attack of opportunity?

If a character is 10 ft. from an enemy wielding Reach weapon, does moving five feet closer into their threatened area provoke an attack of opportunity?
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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Determining an NPC's Gear Value

A PC's Wealth by Level (DMG 135) is determined by the PC's effective character level, but how does the DM determine an NPC's gear value on Table 4-23: NPC Gear Value (DMG 127)? Does the DM use the ...
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Can a spell effect from a worn magic object be stolen by a Spellthief?

I'm playing a Spellthief, and the rules for stealing a spell effect say he could steal a spell effect (within certain limits) whenever he could do a sneak attack, instead of getting extra precision ...
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Do creatures get an attack of opportunity against targets with soft cover?

Let's say that, in completely open ground (i.e., no actual physical cover anywhere nearby), a creature with reach is immediately adjacent to a foe. That foe's ally is immediately behind the foe, ...
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What does it take to make a Masterwork Tool?

Here's an odd one that a friend and I couldn't agree on: How does one make a masterwork artisan tool? Specifically, what skill is used? The same skill that the tool will be used for? What about the ...
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Magically becoming multi-headed creatures

If someone Polymorphs into a Hydra, what happens when a head is cut off? Hydra heads have complicated rules about hitpoints and regrown heads and stuff. What if instead of a wizard casting polymorph ...
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Which number to use when using “hit dice” in ability calculations?

I've got a debate in my group about what numbers to use when "hit dice" or "racial hit dice" are to be used in a calculation. We are using D&D 3.5. For example, if calculating the damage of ...
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What's a Solid Way to Strike up a Conversation With a LE Devil outsider without the Gate Spell?

My DM has allowed me to make a vampire / hexblade player character for our weekly game. Naturally, my character's motivations include betraying her old boss (vampire lord) and murdering him. Her back ...
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How can somebody perform a grab and throw (person)?

Reading the online description for fire giants, you read that They are also fond of grabbing smaller opponents and tossing them somewhere very hot. I always imagined larger creatures to do ...