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

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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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What type of action is hiding in plain sight

In the PHB it says that hiding takes no action and usually is performed as part of a move action. However if I'm playing a rogue/ranger or rogue/shadowdancer and I have the hide in plain sight ability ...
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How to represent an “Abhorsien,” “Speaker for the Dead,” or “Shepherd of Souls” type of theme?

I have a character who recently hit level 21, which will be the last level of the campaign. As such, I am looking for something fitting her destiny more than power, and the DM is most likely willing ...
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How does metamagic feats interact with each type of casters?

Wizards Wizards must choose to apply the metamagic feat to their spells while preparing the spell? If yes, can they just cast spells with the metamagic feat this way? Sorcerers and Bards When ...
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Can polymorph any object affect an abomination?

My group and I are playing D&D 3.5e, and we're unclear on what the ruling is: can Polymorph Any Object affect an abomination?
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Using Rot of Ages to enable sneak attacks

This is more a question about 3.5e stealth mechanics than anything else. The Rot of Ages spell grants all creatures concealment against the target. I would think this would enable a rogue to attempt ...
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Does Petrifying Gaze special ability still work posthumously in D&D 3.5/Pathfinder?

Meaning can a PC use the severed head of a medusa or basilisk as a weapon to petrify his opponents?
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Does a weapon augment crystal grant its powers to a ranged weapon's ammo?

Does a weapon augment crystal grant the augment crystal's effect to a ranged weapon's ammunition? I'm uninterested in augment crystals' effects on thrown weapons. The information under the subheading ...
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Can a wizard use wands and scrolls of spells from his prohibited schools of magic?

Can a wizard use wands and scrolls of spells from his prohibited schools of magic? i.e: Can an abjurer who banned evocation and enchantment use a wand or scroll of fireball (an evocation spell) ...
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Living forever in D&D (via spells)?

I was thinking of a way for a humanoid (PC or NPC) to live forever in a D&D setting, but through rather "common" and reproducible means, such that they will be available to many. By this logic I ...
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What are some good stealth rules for D&D 3/Pathfinder [closed]

So I'm going to run a lone wolf pathfinder campaign with a friend soon, and they want to play a half-orc rogue. I think they're aiming to play kind of a stealthy game, but the pathfinder stealth rules ...
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Drow Spellcaster build for 1 vs 1 & 1 vs 2

Currently I am making a Drow Spellcaster character with the build learned towards 1v1 combat in a small area, it is specific for the D&D drow based campaign. The fights are most of time 1v1 with ...
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What are the rules for ability score maximums?

There are a bunch of rules I seem to remember about ability score maximums, but I can't remember where they come from or if they're actually the rules as written: I believe there is a RAW that you ...
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Does the SR from Celestial Template and Spell Resistance stack?

I have a character who recently acquired the Celestial Template, which gives: Damage Reduction: 10/Magic Spell Resistance: 19 If I cast the cleric spell Spell Resistance as a 10th level ...
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Truenamer's Knowledge Focus

I've had a little of a dispute with a player regarding Truenamer, his Knowledge Focus class feature and whenever it applies as prereq to, let's say, gaining a prestige class. The class feature is: ...
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Cloud Chariot: Movement abuse?

Among other arcane spellcasters, Wu Jen is, probally, the least mentioned because of how little official support this class has (Complete Arcane which introduced it + Complete Mage with several new ...
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Where can I find the World's Largest Dungeon Actual Play podcasts

Back in 2007 I overheard a conversation at my D&D table about a D&D group over in Europe that was releasing a game-by-game podcast in English of their time in the Worlds Largest Dungeon ...
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Bardic Music with visual or silent performance types

Bardic Music states two conflicting things. I want to know what you guys think should be the ruling, because I'm seriously trying to convince my DM that this should work. Bardic Music can use ANY ...
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Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities

I am playing in a campaign as a wild reaper, which is a druid variant. One of the wild reaper disadvantages compared to a normal druid is that I only get 2 + Int bonus skill points per level, and I ...
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Defending a house against demons

I'm a fairly rookie GM and I'm running a campaign in which the characters are going to eventually become a group of professional monster hunters. We are at present low level we are starting off with ...
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Soulmelds and Wild Shape

Let's say, there is a Druid. He has some soulmelds shaped and really likes them, through he also likes his Wild Shape ability. He looks at his soulmelds, he looks at his Wild Shape and asks himself - ...
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Are you flat-footed after taking an action but before your first turn?

This might seem like an odd question. Ordinarily, you can't take any actions before your first turn. However, I can think of at least two ways that you can take an immediate action while flat-footed: ...
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Giving away too much information about alignment?

So, I had an idea for a future campaign where spells and magical abilities would be color coded based on the user's alignment. Good and Evil would be white and black respectively, while Lawful and ...
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Can I use Maneuvers out of combat?

Can you initiate a maneuver outside of combat? This is specifically about the Moment of Perfect Mind maneuver, which allows me to substitute my Will save for a concentration check. My GM feels that I ...
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Tome of Battle: Strikes and Weapon Properties

I'm making a Warblade and I'm wondering if I get my weapons properties on all my maneuvers that initiate a melee strike. For example, Steel Wind or Mithril Tornado, would I get my Vicious weapon ...
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Project Image across immense distance?

Couldn't think of a good title for this question, sorry in advance. I have a situation where I'd like to have a wizard doing his wizard thing off in a tower somewhere, however he has somehow ...
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How does a PC get the Air Subtype for Improved Familiar?

I was looking at the feat Improved Familiar, and one of the options listed is a small Air Elemental. The feat text says this: For instance, improved familiars could be assigned by the master’s ...
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How does Selective Spell influence magical disguises?

The metamagic feat Selective Spell, from Shining South (3e but never errata'd to my knowledge and used as is in many 3.5e games I'm in), allows the caster to choose one target in the area of effect of ...
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Flaw-provided feats VS class dips

Let's say, you want a certain PrC. Its flavor is perfect for your character, its mechanics are nice and the only bad thing about it are the prerequesites - like, let's say, Dodge+several other feats. ...
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Ring of Rope of Climbing

OK, this is a multipart question: 1) The spell animate rope does not make a rope behave at all like the wonderous item Rope of Climbing, does it? 2) Is there a spell that can temporarily make a rope ...
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A rollable automatic D&D 3.5 Treasure Table?

I am in search of a page or online tool that lets me roll the standard 3.5 treasure table. By "roll" I mean that I don't want a "random treasure generator". I want to enter the numbers my players roll ...
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How to chain a druid?

How can a captured druid be restrained so that he can't shapeshift to something that can slip his bonds (such as a small snake)? I would prefer minimum or no magic used. And what about natural-fibre ...
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What books should I bring with me to my first gaming session?

I am interested in joining the role-playing scene, and have an interest in joining a campaign-particularly a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. But, with little experience, I'm not sure what I should ...
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Is it possible to create undead with class levels?

This came from a conversation I had with a friend: is it possible for a PC necromancer to raise or create undead with class levels? The specific example that sparked this was the possibility of ...
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What happens when Zombies are Slowed?

I'm referring to the specific system of DnD 3.5 and to Zombies being slowed with the spell Slow. Zombies already have "Partial Action" in that they only have a standard action per round. I understand ...
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Is there a list of RPG jargon words? [duplicate]

Though I'm also interested in general slang words, I'm more specifically asking for slang used in D&D 3.5e. While looking at the comments of a question, I saw someone introducing BAB as ...
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What are the consequences of different speeds of time interacting?

How do different flows of time interact? In a moment of improvisation, I created an extremely dangerous orb that is frozen in time by a spell. The next session will be in a couple of weeks because of ...
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character ...
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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Can all 3 uses of Metamagic School Focus be used on the same spell?

Can all 3 uses of Metamagic School Focus from Complete Mage be used on the same spell?
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What options exist for a “divine bard” in D&D 3.5?

One character I'm considering playing in a 3.5e D&D game is a dwarvish bard (yes, I know that's a really bad idea from a min-max perspective, and no, I don't care!). The back story for the ...
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Carrying Capacity and multipliers

I have a character that's Large and has a Belt of Wide Earth. Large size characters have a carrying capacity twice as good as Medium size characters, and the Belt doubles the carrying capacity of the ...
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What tools are available to help me create creatures and NPCs?

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software tools or ...
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Combining Swordsage and Broken One Substitution Levels [closed]

I want to be able to offer my DM suggestions about how this can work mechanically. I want to use the Broken One monk substitution levels from Champions of Valor 36-7 but use Tome of Battle's swordsage ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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Can a Bloodclaw Master stack Superior TWF with Improved/Greater TWF?

Does the Bloodclaw Master ability Superior Two-Weapon Fighting interact in any way with the benefits of Improved and/or Greater Two-Weapon Fighting in terms of attack bonus modifiers?
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How much custom content is too much

So, I'm a relatively new GM (having only run a quick foray into the Tomb of Horrors for fun) and I've got an idea for a city-based custom campaign. I feel pretty good about my story telling abilities ...
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How to limit magical friendly fire risks during a fight

I followed @Hey I Can Chan advice and put a prismatic burst (MIC 40) on my rapier. Now when I look into the spell description it says that the area of effect is a cone with a 60ft range, and that any ...