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

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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 ...
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Was “Temple of Elemental Evil” ever updated?

The Temple of Elemental Evil was first made for AD&D, meaning that characters and monsters were still built for that system. It is still ranked as one of the best campaigns in the system. Was it ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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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?

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 ...