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

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If a DM uses Zone of Truth as a permanent effect, should creatures get only one save?

In my current setting, the local temple has a permanent Zone of Truth effect in the main hall. While I intended the effect to be an innate quality of the stone used to build the temple, there is no ...
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Can you cast Invisibility on a large box and hide inside?

What happens if you cast invisibility on a chest or closet that weighs no more than 100 lb./level and then put some items inside it (and close the door)? What if you put a living creature and not ...
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Where can I find a guide to making custom templates in 3.5?

I have access to some neat templates in 3.5 but my party and DM wants to make some custom ones. We don't really levelup classically in our classes, but find orbs of power that enhance our "natural ...
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Constitution bonus and health

When you gain Constitution by leveling up and your mod increases do you gain past levels in health? For example, A gunslinger has 13 con which makes a +1 mod. If they roll 4 each level at level 4 ...
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How many charges does the Wandstrike feat use?

The Complete Arcane feat Wandstrike states you can expend a charge of the wand to inflict damage, but also that "you can activate the wand as part of the attack." If you want to both inflict damage ...
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Can you stack favored enemy bonuses instead of choosing a new one every 5 levels?

One of my players wants to know if they can stack all the bonuses for one favored enemy instead of picking a new one, basically picking the same enemy type twice in addition to the extra +2 bonus. the ...
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Can an Ogre-Mage cast invisibility on others?

The Ogre Mage can cast Invisibility at will as a spell-like ability. Can he cast it on his allies? I'm looking mostly for errata or precedent (FAQ/Sage/Module/Whatever) about whether the Ogre Mage's ...
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Throwing upwards

Some Setting Sun maneuvers are concentrated on throwing your target - Devastating Throw, Comet Throw etc, and some of them get even more throwing range than 10 ft. AND add some decent damage to that. ...
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Dimension door while grappled

If character is grappled but able to activate dimension door, what happens: Grappling creature find its lap empty and character flees. Grappling creature is teleported with character and is still ...
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How does the duration “concentration” work when using scrolls and power stones?

I'm playing a Pathfinder game as a Psion, and am considering making some power stones (effectively scrolls) of Control Light. Control Light, unlike Darkness, is a "Concentration" duration power. Does ...
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Do 'Seeking' ranged weapons work against nonconcealment miss chances? (3.5)

The phrasing in the DMG seems (to me) to indicate Seeking weapons would work against any miss chance, including Entropic Shield or Blink. Is there disagreement regarding this?
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Keeping house-ruled handout feats fair across classes

I'm drafting some new house rules for a coming campaign. First on the chopping block: eschew materials. I want rid of the constraints of virtually costless material components so I'm going to just ...
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D&D 3.x criticals similar to Dragon Age RPG's Stunts?

Having just skimmed the Dragon Age RPG Quickstart Guide PDF for practically the first time, I've found the game's Stunts system - which gives you a chance to accomplish some interesting, useful trick ...
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What happens to a wizard who loses his/her memory?

So I'm a fairly new GM (at least to 3.5e), and I have a NPC who was a wizard but now has lost his memory and possessions. Of course, as GM I can do whatever I like with this character, but I was ...
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Are there zones that affect shadow weavers the way dead magic zones affect regular weavers?

Are there instances of zones (artificially or naturally occurring) that Shadow Weave magic won't work in? I've read quite a bit about dead magic zones but I've not yet come across an instance of a ...
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What rulebooks should I get for an E6 campaign?

After linking one of my players to this site, he was interested enough to have a poke around, and decided he wanted to try some D&D 3.5e. However, to keep the heroic fantasy style, he wants to ...
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Do level bonuses in D&D 3.5 accurately simulate learning curve with combat skills? [closed]

For example, comparing an inexperienced NPC squaring off against a 1st level Fighter, we see the NPC suffers a -4 to-hit penalty in combat. Using the roll off table constructed by Ichoran in this post ...
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Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream

Is there a mechanical reason why a creature who activates the Magic of Eberron psionic power forced dream (104-5) can't reset his turn to before he drew a card from the deck of many things (DMG ...
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How do you grant a ranger his animal companion within the story?

I'm a first time DM in D&D 3.5e. My ranger player just earned level 4 and gets his animal companion. How do you grant this to him within the context of the story? Does an animal just magically ...
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Incoming!: How Can a Creature Get Out of Its Space as an Immediate Action?

The Situation The lone creature needs to occupy a different space--probably only once--, but it needs to be in that different space now, while it would normally be flat-footed, after an attack's made ...
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What is the limit of the DM's power over the PCs? [closed]

Can a DM take your equipment away or affect your player character directly? This sounds a bit impossible for a story teller to do. I don't personally believe that the DM should be seen as a god in the ...
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How many epic spell seeds can you know?

I understand the ruling on epic spells per day, and how many epic spells know, but does the 'seed' itself count as a spell itself that takes up one of the slots? I am reading Epic Spellcasting in the ...
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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character? [closed]

What is the best class or classes in 3.5e to build a character that uses both a sword and either arcane magic or psionics which can be fluffed as arcane magic and focuses on fighting powerful ...
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Where can I discuss design and homebrewing for PF/D&D3.5 online?

I'm new to RPGs and I'm interested in having a discussion of some game design topics I need help with. I've learned that subjective discussion questions are off topic here. I'm willing to join a ...
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Restricted Extradimensional Movement: A Death Sentence?

If a creature in an extradimensional space is subject to an effect that prevents extradimensional movement does the creature drop out of the extradimensional space when the spell that created the ...
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Can you dual-wield bows with four hands?

I know, I know, dual-wielding a bow would be near impossible to manage with the basic races (human, elf, dwarf etc). But, what if you were playing a monster race that had four hands such as a ...
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Does a Shadow Veil grant concealment or total concealment when in shadows?

In the writeup for the magic item "Shadow Veil," Magic Item Compendium p. 133, it states "...In addition, while in shadowy areas, you are treated as if you had concealment against creatures lacking ...
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Are there any +1 Level Adjustment templates that grant Damage Reduction?

I'm looking for a template with no more than a +1 LA that grants Damage Reduction. If possible it would be best if it applied to Humanoids but I can also make Monstrous Humanoid or Giant work. I am ...
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Does bestow curse stack?

I was curious that would the spell "bestow curse" stack with any other curses? Would it stack if two "bestow curses" were to be casted on one given target? Is it the same ruling for "greater bestow ...
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How can I deliberately cause my player character's alignment to shift?

I'm playing D&D 3.5e as a human Ranger. Our party has recently had a couple of wins, resulting in some nice loot. I was lucky and got the pick of the pile both times. The first time I got a ...
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Does anybody have any good premade creatures from the void I can use?

I have been looking for creatures from the void (the plane) and haven't found any premade creatures, or anything in the books. Does anybody have any ideas where I can find creatures from the void? I'm ...
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If a feat replaces the Strength mod to melee attacks with a different stat, can I still choose to use Strength?

Can you revert to using base attack roll stats (i.e. Strength for calculating melee attack rolls) if you have a feat that lets you use a different stat, or does taking the feat permanently switch you ...
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What do I get the druid that has everything? [closed]

I've got a group of players in a D&D 3.5 campaign: a human rog3/clr1 a human clr4 an elven bard2/sorc2 an elven druid4 a dwarven fighter4 Soon they'll be playing a special Thanksgiving/Xmas ...
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Ideas on a PvP campaign [closed]

I'm a young DM, and I need ideas for a PvP campaign. I am currently overwhelmed by trying to make a campaign and I need a little more time. I have 4 players, all level 3. Do you have any suggestions?
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Capping hit points in D&D possible without seriously breaking the game?

By "cap" I mean set a maximum level of hit points a character can acquire, let's say 20 hit points. I realize D&D is intended to be heroic fantasy, and there are other RPG systems which are more ...
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How Does Inappropriately Sized Spiked Armor Work?

Question: Can a creature use spiked armor (PH 116 and 121 and cf. armor spikes on PH 123, 124) that is 1 or 2 size categories inappropriately sized (PH 113) so that the creature employs the spiked ...
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Can you use spell-like abilities in a grapple?

The rules say you can cast spells as an in-grapple maneuver (subject to some strict limitations), but don't appear to expressly mention spell-like abilities. Yet in most ways spell-like abilities act ...
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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice

So, our 3.5 party is about to make a quick dive to the next story location, and just before that, our Bard remembers that he don't want to get his lute wet since it would damage the instrument. Then, ...
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Advancing a Choker

I'm designing an encounter into which I'd like to include a Choker, but I'd like to make it lawful evil and give it levels in Monk. Would its Constrict special attack (extraordinary ability) damage ...
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Magic Weapon Creation

So I have a few questions about Magic weapon creation in DND 3.5. As far as I have been told the following notions are true: A weapon can't have a +11 or higher enhancement bonus total (between the ...
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What is the correct way to calculate the Knowledge DC to identify a creature?

Something that has always confused me about the Knowledge skill in D&D 3.5 is that identifying a monster with advancement is more difficult only because the HD increase. The DC of the knowledge ...
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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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DnD 3.5 and “Blink” [closed]

The spell Blink raises some interesting problems. First, many players believe the spell allows its recipient to attack with the benefits of invisibility (+2 to attacks, denial of Dexterity AC ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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Gauntlets & Spiked Gauntlets: How do they work?

There are a lot of questions I have about Gauntlets and Spiked Gauntlets. For the weapons gauntlets and spiked gauntlets (the answers may vary based on whether they are spiked or not): Do they ...
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In 3.5 DnD, readying a move action to go adjacent to an enemy provoking AoO

If you ready an action to move into threat range of an enemy triggered by that enemy doing something that would trigger an Attack of Opportunity (such as casting a spell or moving out of a square), do ...
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Death During Possession?

What happens when a person, monster, animal etc is possessed but dies? Such as a PC kills the possessed creature, a suicide, or any other means? What happens to the creature causing the possession? ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...
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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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Is it possible to work a Spiked Chain as a collar?

I had an idea for a spiked chain-wielding Barbarian character, but instead of the usual warrior brute I thought I'd try something different; he was some kind of escaped slave or something that had ...