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

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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 ...
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Is there an official rule set for unstable magic in D&D 3.5?

I want to design a campaign with a theme on dangerous magic, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. I can't find any official rules for making the casting of spells hazardous in some way. Does ...
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Does intiating maneuvers with skill checks trigger attacks of opportunity?

When I initiate Death from Above, does the Jump check trigger an attack of opportunity?
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How would I make custom items into a set?

Magic Item Compendium introduced us to magic item sets, which as their name implied were thematically-linked sets of magic items that provided bonus benefits for wearing multiple items from that set ...
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Can a Swordsage become a Lich?

Could a Swordsage become a Lich, using the standard Lich template in the MM? The description says "undead spellcaster," but the template itself does not specify any requirements with regards to ...
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Maneuvers and Cleave

So, Maneuvers in Tome of Battle come in three shapes (strikes, boosts and counters), which make the martial characters extremely deadly, even through they are usually limited to 1 boosted attack per ...
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Can a cleric of Auril cast Flame Strike?

Okay, I've created an Neutral Evil Cleric. I worship Auril, the Frostmaiden, who abhors fire. What should I do if I've taken the War domain, and I have Flamestrike? Would it lose the fire damage,and ...
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What kind of bonus is the hedgehog familiar armor bonus?

Let's say I'm a wizard with a hedgehog familiar from the DMG guide (page 203). It says, "Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus." What kind of bonus is this? Is it enhancement bonus, dodge bonus, ...
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Does Improved Overrun prevent AoO or not?

In the 3.5 Player's Handbook, the entry for the feat Improved Overrun on Table 5-1: Feats (p 90-91) states the benefit as: +4 bonus on overrun attempts; no attack of opportunity The full ...
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Attacking an Illusion

In 3.5 for Major Image, a monster was summoned and someone charged it. If somebody charges for an illusion, what is the "to hit" on it? The description of major image is: "The image disappears when ...
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How do casting times greater than 1 minute work?

d20srd.org says : When you begin a spell that takes 1 round or longer to cast, you must continue the concentration from the current round to just before your turn in the next round (at least). If ...
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Controlling animal companion in first round of combat

I am a novice player who recently started playing D&D 3.5 with a group (who are also novices). In the game I am a druid, and this question relates to using the animal companion in combat. As we ...
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Double weapons and switching hands

I am playing a Warblade weilding a Spiked Chain. I have one head of the chain enchanted with +1 Sweeping, and the other head with +2. My question is, if I have the +2 end as my main attack, and the ...
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Prestige Classes for a stealthy Barbarian/Rogue

Hot on the heels of this question, Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?, I'd decided that I want to build a Half Orc barbarian/rogue for an upcoming low-magic* pirate ...
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Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?

Is there anything stopping you using Animate Objects, with or without Permanency, to affect a bunch of corpses? If so, what? And would that qualify as an Evil, Chaotic, or Neutral act? Have you ...
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Does a disguise check using magical aid take less time?

In Player's Handbook, the rules for Disguise say creating a disguise takes 1d3x10 minutes, and that using magic like alter self, shapechange, polymorph self, or disguise self adds a +10 modifier to ...
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Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?

I'm in the extremely early stages of planning a character for a low-magic D&D 3.5 campaign. The theme of the campaign is that the party will be pirates. I'm currently mulling around the idea of a ...
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What is considered a “special power” for the Leadership feat?

For the feat Leadership, there are several modifiers listed that change a character's Leadership score. One of the entries on the Reputation table is "Special Power," but there is nothing describing ...
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Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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What are the limits of glamered armor?

From Dungeon Master's Guide Glamered: A suit of armor with this ability appears normal. Upon command, the armor changes shape and form to assume the appearance of a normal set of clothing. The ...
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How do I survive the first five levels as an erudite?

Erudite is, potentially, the most powerful psionic class since he can learn every and any power from whatever list he desires. He can have literally hundreds of powers at his disposal, through it is ...
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Immediate actions during other actions

As we all know, immediate actions are just like swift actions, but can be performed outside of one's turn. However, unlike a swift action, an immediate action can be performed at any time - even ...
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Multiple attacks in a round (iterative attacks)

In what order do iterative attacks resolve? Right after the character who has initiative has resolved his first attack (attack with highest BAB), or do the other characters and npc's resolve their ...
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Can a breath weapon's area be willingly reduced?

Does a breath weapon's area of effect always have to extend to its fullest size, or could you use it over a smaller area than your maximum if you so chose (e.g. breath weapon is 60 foot line, stop ...
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Unarmed Attacks, animal forms and Natural Weapons

Is it possible for a creature like a bear to make an attack that counts as an unarmed attack, even though it has a claw attack as a Natural Weapon?
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Magic Jar and Revenance?

What happens if someone cast Magic Jar (PH p.250) on a person who has been revived by a Revenance spell (Spell Compendium p.175)? Does it keep him alive after Revenance has ended? Does the caster of ...
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Way to prevent teleportation

My party (average level 10) just had a pre-boss fight. That was an opportunity for me to make them spend some of their resources, because they thought that was actually the big bad boss fight. So we ...
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Can low level priests cast high level spells off scrolls?

I am a DM with a 2nd lvl priest. I want my priest to be able to cast a remove disease spell off of a scroll that he will find. Can he do this? Where is the rule?
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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation?

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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Minor Creation and food

So, a hungry wizard walks into a bar... And then gets kicked out before he's able to get any food in his stomach. He throws some curses and then remembers - he has some olives left, as well as a Minor ...
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Does Casting a Spell with Somatic and Material Components Require 2 Hands?

Question Can a spell with both somatic components and material, focus, or divine focus components be cast with only one free hand? To clarify further... What does it mean to prepare material ...
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Is there a way to turn a melee touch attack into a ranged touch attack?

I'm playing a Kalashtar Psion in Eberron. I'm considering taking the Quori Nightmare prestige class (from the Eberron books) when I get to level 6. Quori Nightmares gain Disturbing Touch (Su), a ...
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3.5e: Concealment from Child of Shadow (martial stance) clarifications

I'm working on a new build and some questions regarding concealment and the application of this particular stance have come up. I would ask them separately, but it seems to me that all of these are ...
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Ring of the Ram and (Any) Golem 3.5 D&D

Golems, pretty terrifying in their own right (and, I've heard, broken in design), are immune to any spells or spell-like abilities that allow spell resistance and have DR 5-15 / adamantine (and ...
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Initiate of [Deity] feats and spontaneous divine caster?

Assuming I'm using the Spontaneous Cleric Variant and there's an Initiate of [some deity] which grants some special spells (only when this feat is taken) and the spontaneous cleric takes that feat ...
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Off Hand optimization

I am asking on a general base since I think answers might be useful for several types of characters, but if you want the details, I am currently playing a swashbuckler/duellist and I am not allowed to ...
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How are damage penalties on melee attacks calculated?

Several attacks get only half the Strength bonus to damage - off-hand attacks or attacks from light weapons come to mind. Of course, main hand, non-light attacks get the full Strength bonus and two ...
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Multiclassed spellcaster, full spell knowledge?

I am making an arcane/divine multiclass to later prestige as a mystic theurge. I have 'practices spellcaster' twice, as to have full caster level in both spellcaster classes. My question is if there ...
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Elven Wizard Generalist number of new spells per level?

The Elven Wizard 1st level Racial Substitution 'Generalist Wizardy' (Races of the Wild) says: At each new wizard level, she gains one extra spell of any spell level that she can cast. which ...
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Is there any way to turn regular ranged weapon attacks into Touch attacks?

Just this basic question. Any feat, skill trick, spell, regardless of source would be fine, just want to know if i've missed something or if the means doesn't actually exist to do so. The only way ...
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Which humanoid has the highest strength?

I am seeking a humanoid typed creature with as high strength as possible. The strength may not come from a template, an elite array, or class levels, but solely from its own racial bonuses. The ...
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Where can I find a Pathfinder charsheet PSD?

I am looking to customize my pathfinder sheet to remove things I don't use and add some houserules elements of my DM. All of us in the party can use these things. I have searched for a charsheet for ...
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Barbarian rage and fight on defense

Can a Barbarian in Rage mode fight defensively or use Full Defense? I didnt find any rule about it, I think there is something about using Combat Expertise, but nothing else. In the session that the ...
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Can non-barbarians take Whirling Frenzy?

Can non-Barbarians take the Whirling Frenzy alternate class feature? For example, if I were to take two levels in the Half-Orc Paragon class, can I replace rage gained this way with Whirling Frenzy? ...
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Practical aspects of fire immunity [closed]

Fire immunity certainly defends the creature against magic attacks with fire description. But I'm curious about natural hazards. How does a fire immune creature react to a extremely high temperature? ...
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Alternating GM/Campaigns within the same group?

This question gave me some ideas regarding my current gaming group. I was introduced to D&D roughly a year ago before graduation, so shortly after getting into it everyone involved went separate ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

Background: I've been playing RPGs for a long time and I've been playing AD&D for years. I enjoyed both the original D&D and D&D3/3.5/Pathfinder, other than (especially) tons of other ...
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Spell placement on a grid, and possibly the differences between “Effect” and “Area”

This question came up when the spells wall of fire and blade barrier were cast and we weren't sure how to handle it. Described below are the issues we had, but first the relevant portions of the ...
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Level-0 spells for Duskblade?

I was creating a duskblade with the Player's Handbook 2, and on page 98 spells for the Duskblade are listed, but there are no level 0 spells to chose from... (I'm guessing there is another source for ...