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

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Narrating a lopsided combat vs. rolling it out

If the PCs are so overwhelmingly more powerful than their foes and it wouldn't make sense for there to be backup / higher level foes around from a story standpoint (no "deus ex machina" for the ...
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What is the caster level of a spell effect from a magic item?

I am in the process of creating a custom item and I have hit another snag. This time with the spell I'm putting on it: Divine insight (1/day command word activate). For reference this is the part I'm ...
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Kensai's Signature Weapon special abilities

Maximum Kensai's Signature Weapon Bonus is +10. However, maximum enhantment bonus is +5, so as Complete Warrior says "it can have special abilities that are the equivalent of additional bonuses". ...
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How to allow no-level lackeys access to a secret area/ specially designed demiplane? [closed]

First off, I'd like to give credit where it is due: I was watching a walk through of Jak and Daxter 3, when this occurred to me. Jak gets many special ability that lets him access new areas. The one ...
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Is Refocus an action in 3.5?

Is Refocus still an action in D&D 3.5? In original 3e, it was a full-round action which reset your initiative as though you had rolled a natural 20. However, I can't find that rule on d20srd.com. (...
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Is Holding initaitive possible?

Can characters hold their initiative (or simply wait until another acts) in order to coordinate with each other, like to perfectly strike the enemy in sync? Would there be any mechanical benefit from ...
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Can an illusion hold weight?

For this quesiton, I'm asking for RAW rulings. Let's say you have a "standard" illusion over a pit, and the character believes it's real; does it support weight? (Typically the answer would be no, ...
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Can the skill Craft (cooking) influence magical effects?

Can a cleric use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting create food and water to attempt to create better tasting food and water? Similarly, can a wizard use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting ...
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Nature vs nuture: How much of a race's abilities and stats are genetics vs. upbringing? [closed]

If a person of X race were raised in Y (different) race's culture, would they "pick up" the stat bonuses, penalties and racial abilities of Y race? If so, how would one determine which bonuses, ...
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Do class levels obtained from a gestalt count towards a Swordsage's maximum maneuver level known? [duplicate]

So I wanted to take a short dip in Swordsage to give my character some options if he gets caught in melee, and maybe eventually work up to learning Assassin's Stance (he's a homebrew martial class ...
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Does anyone have any Epic Stats for Arch Lich Vecna?

Vecna and his worlds-dominating plans has become a central figure in our 8-year campaign. If I allow a meeting, I want to be ready with an awesome, God-like immortal with multiple prestige classes, ...
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How does one hide one's class from others?

I'm a Lawful Evil (evil like greedy and selfish) warlock with an Imp familiar (through Obtain and Improved familiar feats) in a party with a Good druid. The druid does not have Knowledge Religion or ...
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Can the Shadow Cloak teleport you out of a grapple?

The Shadow Cloak (Drow of the Underdark, P. 101) reads: If you are attacked, you can use the cloak three times per day to produce one or the other of the following effects.You can gain ...
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Do spells with a duration >8 hours last after resting?

In our last session the PC's prepared an attack on drow. One PC had caster level 13 and intended to cast darkvision before resting with a duration of 13 hours. So after 9 hours resting and preparing ...
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Is a golem immune to a Dread Necromancer's Charnel Touch?

Imagine a situation: you're a Dread Necromancer with a ring of spiderclimb, and you're stuck in the room with the only exit being guarded by a [nonspecific] golem. You're out of spells, but you still ...
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How do I enforce laws against powerful PCs? [closed]

I've noticed that players, over time, tend to be a "law unto themselves" taking whatever liberties they feel is necessary for the storyline they're trying to figure out / win/ solve, and can leave a ...
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Are undead ever healed by positive energy?

I always thought that positive energy is harmful to undead and negative energy heals them, but I recently found out that, technically at least, undead by default are only healed by negative energy, ...
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How can spells per day be determined mathematically?

I want a character sheet I'm designing to automatically show available spells per day at each spell level without the user having to enter that information by hand. Is there a formula for ...
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Would replacing the type of damage done by a monster make a big difference, provided the damage dealt is the same?

If you replace any one damage type with any of the others for the type of damage a monster is able to do, should that have much difference in gameplay, provided the damage stay exactly the same? This ...
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Does level adjustment count for Initiator Level in Tome of Battle (for maneuvers)?

Say I want to build a half dragon half human crusader, with a total equivalent level of 5. Has he 3 as Initiator Level or 1 ? Level Adjustment = +3 divided by 2 = 1.5 Starting Crusader as level ...
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How can I run a crumbling ground hazard?

This is something I see in the movies that I want to use: People are running while the ground crumbles beneath their feet. Sometimes they need to stop, take a few steps back, and launch themselves ...
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Do all spells with durations require concentration and prevent casting other non-instant spells?

How does spell casting work with regards to concentration and multiple spells? The other players in my group are arguing that duration-based spells require concentration and the casting of any other ...
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What actions can you take when disabled or staggered mid-action?

For example, a character starts a full attack, and the first attack provokes, and the character takes damage, such that the total is equal to their hit points (they are now at 0 and disabled, or ...
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Does verbal communication negate invisibility's advantage? If not, does it give enemies more of a chance at hitting the invisible character?

Let's say you have an invisible character who shouts a warning to one of their teammates to alert him/ her that they're in danger. Does that automatically pinpoint the invisible character? If not an ...
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Combat Expertise/Readied Action

If one readies an attack using the combat expertise feat, does one immediately get the dodge bonus to AC, or only until after the attack is actually initiated?
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Balance issues for gestalt melee (or other lower Tier) characters

An idea I had for balancing higher level play is to allow characters who are not tier 1 spellcasters to gestalt. The worries I have are What is the cutoff where a character becomes tier 1? generally ...
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What's the wizard prestige class that creates its own familiar?

I'm trying to locate a prestige class. The prestige class is designed for wizards. One of the requirements is the feat Craft Wondrous Item. The class description mentions that the wizard studies and ...
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Cost of custom crafted item with multiple enhancements spells?

Google-fu has thus failed me. I've been researching and learning the 3.5 crafting system for my upcoming artificer and I seem to have hit a snag in the pricing system. I am aware that it is only ...
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Can a marshal add double his Charisma modifier to his Diplomacy skill?

Can a marshal add his Charisma modifier twice to Charisma-based skills like Diplomacy?
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Can you damage a creature with vibrations in a zone of silence?

This question is for D&D 3.5E and pathfinder types of games. If you look at how vibrations work, they are a wave of energy. Does the spell silence simply negate the ability to hear, or does it ...
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Does the 1-2 diagonal count reset on each move action?

In Pathfinder and 3.x (and possibly other systems I imagine?), diagonal movement is handled by a 1-2 rule to simplify calculation; first diagonal move is 1 square, then 2, then 1, and etc. But what ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

In D&D 3.5e, being behind in levels compared to the party grants the relevant characters more experience per encounter. Intuitively, this is because the encounter is relatively harder for them and ...
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Must both creatures have the feat Darkstalker for a beholder to be flanked?

A beholder has the extraordinary ability all-around vision, which says, in part, that "they can’t be flanked" (Monster Manual 25). The benefit of the feat Darkstalker says, in part, that "you can ...
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Warlock and Hellfire Warlock stacking for Eldritch blast in D&D 3.5

The Hellfire Warlock text says: At each level, you gain new invocations known, increased damage with eldritch blast, and an increase in invoker level as if you had also gained a level in the ...
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Multiplying and dividing

Rules for "multiplication" in D&D and Pathfinder are unusual. This is what Pathfinder rules say about multiplication: When you are asked to apply more than one multiplier to a roll, the ...
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WarForged composite plating as item Familiar?

Item familiar says it can be applied to any magical item (including weapons and armor as it shows examples of both) with a minimum +1 Enhancement and a magical effects the user understand ds and can ...
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Order of cost reduction application? [duplicate]

Ive read through the cost reduction handbook and a few other locations on reducing the cost of an item during item creation. Using my currently available cost reductions 25% extraordinary Artisan ...
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Passing an item in combat

One player wants to pass a potion to another player in the middle of combat. What kind of actions are needed?
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How do Multiple Multi-Class Feats work?

I am wondering if I took 2 multiclassing feats, could they a) effect a class ability given by a class other then the one the feat is made for (Having wildshape ability but getting it from Ranger ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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Genesis spell clarification and Placing gates in portable holes

I'm building an artificer for an upcoming 3.5 campaign but Campaign will have very little downtime for crafting. My idea is to create a Demiplane that has a timeline out of sync with the material ...
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Does the (Swift,) Fly spell cause physical resistance when an object is hovering

Last Saturday, during our regular D&D session, the party's Dusk Blade cast Blade of Blood on a needle she was carrying, then used the spell Fly, Swift to levitate it into position in front of a ...
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Are there rules for custom feats/abilities?

The rules explicitly acknowledge the possibility of spellcasters producing entirely new spells, for example, Independent Research A wizard also can research a spell independently, duplicating ...
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How similar to normal attacks are attacks made with a telekinetic violent thrust?

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell telekinesis [trans] (PH 292) allows the caster to move objects or creatures by concentrating on them.… [T]he spell can… exert a single short, violent thrust [allowing] ...
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can you use swift actions as a second attempt at an action?

Can you use a swift action (I.e. travel devotion) as a save from falling to make a second attempt to grab a rope, etc., for example?
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What is the highest dispel check one can hope to roll?

To my knowledge, the dispel check is ruled by two things: your caster level, which is theoretically evergrowing, and small bonuses coming from feats, prestige classes and several other sources, which ...
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Epic Bluff Use - Instill Suggestion

I have read over the insert on page 39 of the epic level handbook and am still confused by how it reads. The example shows a +50 sense motive modifier and the description says its a sense motive 25 to ...
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When do I have to decide whether to use Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) or not?

The "Wall of Blades" description says: You can decide to use this ability after you learn the result of your opponent's attack. Tome of Blades, p. 70 So, can I decide whether or not to use ...
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Where does a lich reappear after its destruction?

The key thing about being a lich is that destruction never sticks - the lich's soul is locked away in his phylactery, and ensures that the lich always returns to plague the living: Unless its ...
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Does Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) work against touch attacks?

The maneuver Wall of Blades reads: When an enemy makes a melee attack or ranged attack against you, you can initiate this counter to oppose that attack by making an attack roll with any melee ...