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

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If leave the Astral Plane do my magic items get weaker?

So the party traveled to the Astral Plane and found this old underground temple that is full of kids living in there. They have some really powerful magical weapons (they don't even know what they are ...
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How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?

I'm currently playing an IRL game with two of my friends. As you might imagine, I was worried that they weren't powerful enough to take on the higher level encounters so I made a character to help ...
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Does grappling cause bludgeoning damage?

According to the grapple rules in the SRD: ...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike. When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see: Would that mean ...
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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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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Can a wizard cast the same spells on the following day without a spellbook?

I am a lvl 6 wizard/rogue about to go arcane trickster. One of my companions and myself were captured and all of our stuff taken. I had some spells left and then I used them. My question is, if I keep ...
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What is the relevance of Flame Blade being “wielded like a Scimitar”?

In the description of the Flame Blade spell, it is mentioned that You wield this bladelike beam as if it were a scimitar. What is the relevance of that? Does it mean that since my Druid is a ...
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Do D&D 3.5e's Warlocks always source their power from a pact?

(This is in the context of Neverwinter Nights 2 Persistent World) Short version I would like to know if there's a quote from source books that explicitly prove following: Not all warlocks' powers ...
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Lycanthropy and elves - what is the general guideline?

Well, to get to the point. AFAIK, lycanthropy is mostly reserved for humans and, from what I gained from the books, elves are immune to it as it is a human disease. I recall seeing somewhere a ...
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How do I determine how many encounters a dungeon should contain? [closed]

It's come to the point in our game where the party is going to enter the first major dungeon. They started higher level, around level 8, and we have a variable of 5-8 players. The last 3 coming depend ...
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Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?

The comment below was originally posted on another answer: Furthermore, from a super-strict RAW perspective, it has been argued (not by me!) that the Errata rules don’t actually let a book claim ...
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How do factotums interact with truespeak?

I see that a truespeaker's caster level = their ranks in truespeak -3, does this mean that if a factotum found a lexicon he could learn those utterence based on the classes progression?
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How do the treasure tables work for mixed groups of creatures?

In reference to the question Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?, how does the system expect a GM to handle groups of creatures with mixed treasure types?
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Countermeasures against a Diplomancer [closed]

A character with 40+ to social skillchecks is always a problem, moreso in a PvP campaign. True, Diplomacy is only so useful against PCs, but there are also Bluff and, especially, Intimidate. Those two ...
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Alternating GM/Campaigns within the same group? [closed]

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 is wrong with the Truenamer?

I have seen a lot of people say that the Truenamer does not work (such as this answer placing Truenamer at the bottom tier) or that it's terrible. As far as I can read and see, though, it seems to be ...
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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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How do I cater to the Three Stooges and good roleplayers at the same time?

As a little background, in case it matters: most of the players in my group (but not all) are college aged, and all of them are personal friends of mine. We're playing D&D 3.5. I myself am the ...
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What are some ways to maximize on a huge strength score?

For a game I'm playing I'm going to have a really massive strength score (and good scores in everything but Con, because undead) so I was wondering how I could really use this massive strength score. ...
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Can a Duskblade channel Magic Weapon?

Can a duskblade use his Arcane Channeling ability to channel the spell magic weapon? I haven't found this dealt with anywhere.
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What does it mean that clans have differing numbers of unique feats?

In Oriental Adventures for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and that text's update to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, the Dragon #318 article “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor” (32-48), ...
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Can a rider attack while the mount attacks?

In a D&D 3.5 campaign I play a level 12 Paladin / level 3 Wild Planes Outrider. Can my mount make a (full) attack while I make a (full) attack? Can I make a full attack when the mount charges ...
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Trouble with Player Travel!

I am currently having difficulty finding a solution to long distance traveling in D&D 3.5, I don't want to just skip the time it takes to get from one place to another but I also don't want to ...
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Adamantine vs adamantine

So other discussions got me thinking in circles. Special materials of 3.5 DND say adamantine weapons bypass hardness less than 20. Adamantine has a hardness 20. How would sundering work between ...
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Alternate raw break DC

Due to events that occurred during my games I had to come up with a DC to break a door. The DMG has some details on this but its max DC was 28 vs str check on an iron door. After doing the normal made ...
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What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?

Several of my friends are starting a game pretty soon, and one of the players is a great guy, and fun to play with EXCEPT, he plays with the objective of optimization, while everyone else plays much ...
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How can an epic spell-to-power erudite manifest 9th-level spells?

Is there a way that an erudite (Complete Psionic 153-6) with the expanded class option convert spell to power (The Mind's Eye Web column "Expanded Classes, Part Four: Ardent, Divine Mind, Lurk, and ...
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What's the shape of a burst if the burst extends beyond a confined area?

The description of the area of a burst says that A burst spell affects whatever it catches in its area, even including creatures that you can’t see. It can’t affect creatures with total cover from ...
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What race is most similar to a cat?

I'm getting ready to start a D&D 3.5 game with my kids. When I asked them what characters wanted to play, my daughter said she wanted to be a cat. I told her I was pretty sure there is a race of ...
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Are partially charged wands generally purchasable?

In the D&D 3.5 DMG rules are given for the pricing of partially charged wands, which one may explicitly purchase during character creation or sell during play. So long as the wand's final ...
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Adjusting Stats for Higher Level party [closed]

Can you give me some examples of how to increase the challenge rating of a basic giant spider to level 5 other than just hp, damage and AC? What would be your proposed monster set up.
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Playing a Firre Eladrin as a PC?

The Firre Eladrin is in the Book of Exalted Deeds, page 169. If someone wanted to make a character of this race, how would it work? Is there any way to reduce the +10 LA to something more realistic?
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What does brains over brawns apply to?

The factotum class gains brains over brawns. Does this apply to initiative? To attack rolls?
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What are the modifiers to a Hide check in combat, while under the effects of Greater Invisibility?

The modifiers I could find are When moving at a speed greater than one-half but less than your normal speed, you take a -5 penalty. It’s practically impossible (-20 penalty) to hide while ...
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How can I secretly notate which squares on a combat map are traps?

The party has ventured underground. One of the civilizations where they are is kobolds. I (GM) went trigger-happy with pit traps, falling block traps, and a couple of others. The kobolds have one path ...
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A PC made himself king, are there any rules for this? [closed]

Are there any rules or rulebooks to guide handling a PC being king? I ask because I want to know if there is anything special rules for a king PC, since one of my players has wound up as one. It does ...
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How to get early entry into mystic theurge?

I've heard there is some "cheese" that would allow you to enter mystic theurge without going wizard 3 / cleric 3: how do you do that? What is the earliest you can enter the class?
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Spell Resistance vs Necklace of Fireballs

My party just picked up a Necklace of Fireballs, and I'm trying to figure out how much damage our Drow rogue can expect to take from it. This brings up a couple questions: Does spell resistance work ...
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Does the freedom of movement spell allow you to ignore the max dexterity bonus on armor?

If you are wearing Freedom armor (magic item compendium), do you ignore the maximum dexterity bonus that normally applies to armor?
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Is there an official 3E D&D character builder?

Is there an official D&D 3E character generator online or downloadable? (Not just a character sheet or tracker.) If there are no official generators, is there a good one anywhere?
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What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?

The mayor of Generic Fantasytown wants a means to monitor his town (population 4,000, perhaps 1 mi. (1.64 km) square). The townsfolk are cowed and submissive, fearing their mayor but fearing even more ...
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How does DR granted by the feat Roll With It actually work?

Dilemma The feat Roll With It (Savage Species, p. 39) contains come text that is confusing1: This applies in addition to any damage reduction you have from other sources. This appears contrary ...
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Martial Classes Attacking with Saving Throws

I've been looking for ways that a fighter (or other martial class) can fight effectively, preferably at low levels, against other high AC opponents. I know there is things like "Ki Shout", where you ...
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Is it possible to make a vampire PC?

Would it be hypothetically possible to make a player character that's a vampire? I think it would make a really good backstory. By make them a vampire, I mean the whole deal, vampire powers and all. ...
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Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception

When casting a touch spell, I can leave the spell on my hand and deliver strategically. What happens when that same touch attack is enhanced with Reach metamagic? Lets say I cast Invisibility on an ...
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Is it legal to write and distribute adventures or campaign settings for D&D 3.5?

I am considering writing and selling adventures and/or a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons v3.5 and I am wondering if it is legal to do so. Also what am I allowed to use from the official ...
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Where do I find prestige classes?

I have several PrCs that I want to try but I don't know what books/expansions they are in. Can you please tell me? I would like to try Shadowdancer, Airship Pilot, Arcane Drummer, and Gunslinger.
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Does Telepathy need a shared language to work?

I have telepathy as the MM1 says: Telepathy (Su) A creature with this ability can communicate telepathically with any other creature within a certain range (specified in the creature’s entry, ...