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Calculating encounter level with mixed CR enemies?

In D&D 3.5 how do you calculate the Encounter Level of an encounter when the encounter involves elements (usually enemies) of multiple CRs? For example an encounter involves 4 Zombies (CR1/2) ...
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Are Transmutation spells lost after dismissing or casting Alter Self

The description of transmutation spells is Transmutation spells change the properties of some creature, thing, or condition. So if a transmutation spell was cast after an alter self, and then ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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Which issues of Paizo's Dragon magazine had alternative rules to replace 3.x familiars?

I've seen this mentioned under this question: Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X, and I do remember having read, ages ago, an issue or two (?) of Paizo's Dragon that dealt with optional rules that ...
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Does freedom of movement enable you to tumble underwater?

Tumbling is impossible in a deep bog, and presumably also in any kind of aquatic terrain. But what about the freedom of movement spell (and related magic items, eg. Pearl of the Sirines), which allows ...
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How to create a D&D 3.5 player character race for Poison Elves

The Poison Elves of Drew Hayes' comic book series differ in several significant ways from their D&D counterparts: they are immune to poison (although they can still develop an addiction and ...
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Are there any resources for diseases or plagues in D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder?

In creating an adventure, there will be a major meterological event causing massive damage to the town's infrastructure. In the aftermath, there will be a pretty significant outbreak of at least one ...
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If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?

I'm aware that you can't brew a potion from any spell with range:personal, target:you, since it is restricted to: any 3rd-level or lower spell that you know and that targets one or more creatures ...
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Were there ever DnD3.X rules for leprechauns?

Were there ever DnD3.X rules for leprechauns?
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Does resurrection heal ability damage?

The description of the resurrection spell states that it restores "life and complete strength to any deceased creature." Does this include any ability damage that the creature may have suffered, prior ...
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Does raising a familiar from the dead restore the lost experience points?

In 3.5 edition, Wizards and Sorcerers suffer an XP penalty if their familiar dies: If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. ...
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Alternative to Barbarian's Rage in DnD 3.X?

I'm not fond of the Barbarian's Rage ability. Whenever I roll up a Barbarian character, I think of the character more as a "brick" - strong, powerful and seemingly unstoppable, like... He-Man ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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Are there any rules for building demolition?

I'm planning a scenario in which my players, being a crafty lot, may try to destroy a building. Are there any rules for what it would take to accomplish that? Would a building have an AC?
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Is the banshee's wail a death attack?

The banshee is described on page 30 of the Monster Manual II: Wail (Su): During the night, a banshee can loose a deadly wail. This attack can slay up to eighteen living creatures within a 30-foot ...
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Is an Ooze a living creature?

Is an Ooze or something with Ooze traits a living creature for the purposes of things like Vampiric Touch?
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Need a good “Katrina Horror” scenario/resources for my Pathfinder campaign

AVAST! THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD! In my current Pathfinder campaign, set in Golarion, I'm mashing up the Second Darkness Adventure Path, initially set in the seedy pirate-infested town of Riddleport, ...
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How could I have a sidekick/squire in DnD3.5?

In Mutants and Masterminds you can purchase a side kick as a feat. I'm rolling up a knight, and I want a squire, using a similar game mechanic. Is there anything like this in DnD, other than ...
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What's the difference between a Ranger and a Scout?

Apparently the Complete Adventurer contains rules for a new base class, the Scout. Can anyone explain, at a high-level, what is the difference in character concept between a Ranger and a Scout? When ...
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How can you build a character based on Lord Voldemort? [closed]

This question and it's answers may contain spoilers for the Harry Potter series of books If you were rolling a character based on Lord Voldemort (either as a player character or an NPC) for a DnD ...
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Can you be Polymorphed and then be made into a Familiar?

If a character is converted to a snake using baleful polymorph, can they then be made a Familiar or a Druid's Animal Companion (or other similar conditions). And what happens once they are changed ...
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What are important things to keep in mind when converting a 3e/3.5e module to Pathfinder?

I'm interesting in converting one or more of my existing modules for 3/3.5 to work with the Pathfinder rules. I'm interested to know from others who have done this kind of conversion what ...
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What is a good item vs Undead in D&D 3.5

I've been out of D&D for a long time, but getting involved in a new campaign, heavily weighted with undead. I'm playing a Paladin and the DM is allowing us choice of item. Not sure what to get ...
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How can I pass through a Blade Barrier?

Can I safely get through a "Blade Barrier" by crawling through with an overturned bathtub over me or does the blade barrier form inside it as well?
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What is the DC for Crafting an arrow?

In 3.5e D&D, what is the DC for Crafting an arrow or quiver of arrows? The table on p71 of the PHB gives DCs of 5, 10, 15 and 20 for a Very Simple, Typical, High Quality and Complex/Superior Item, ...
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As a DM, how can I integrate a commerce aspect to D&D?

In my current game, two of my players are always on the lookout for "get rich quick" schemes and they are looking into establishing trade routes between cities to make money. That led to great ...
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Can you use a Longbow outside level flight?

Are there any rules for using a Longbow in parabolic flight, e.g. when you don't have Line of Sight or the target is a very long way a way?
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Can you use a mirror to get line of sight?

Some spells only require line of sight for targeting. Can you use a mirror to look around a corner and target your foe? For example, Magic Missile: The missile strikes unerringly, even if the ...
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Do you need line of sight to cast spell with Divine Ward?

I suspect so, since you needed to touch the person in the first place, which, clearly, requires line of sight. But how good of a line of sight? Can you do it to someone with cover? Even so, the feat ...
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Can you use a Metamagic Rod and a Scroll together?

Are you allowed to use a Metamagic Rod (say Extend) with a Spell read from a Scroll?
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Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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Optional but official rules that balance “instant death” threats in DnD3.5?

I'm looking for optional rules from (semi)official publications that offer players (and their characters) a chance to avoid "instant death" threats (such as the petrifying gaze of a (CR7) medusa) ...
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...
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Are there counterspell rules in DnD3.X?

Are there counterspell rules in DnD3.X?
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Lower spells in higher spell slots

Can you place a lower level spell in a higher spell slot? In other words, can you place magic missile in a 4th level slot if you want to, without a metamagic feat? This came up in our Pathfinder game ...
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Counter to Celestial Brilliance

The cleric in my party makes frequent use of the spell Celestial Brilliance (from Book of Exalted Deeds) and I've been doing some research on the web. Most people I've seen in other forums tend to ...
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Warrior with two long swords. Penalties?

Suppose I have a warrior who wants to wield two long swords, one in each hand (clearly). What are the penalties associated to this combat style, and which abilities can I choose in order to reduce the ...
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Improving the Fighter through research

I would like to enable fighters to research new moves in a way similar to wizard researching new spells. Currently, the mechanism of fighter improvement goes through abilities, but I feel like it's ...
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Putting more focus on knowledge skills

Knowledge skills are the cinderella of the skill set. Nobody really puts grades in Knowledge (local), Knowledge (Nature) or Knowledge (Royalty). If you have a bard in the group, all these knowledge ...
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Is there a list of non-OGL monsters?

I would like to find a list of monsters that are not OGL - like mind flayers, beholders, etc. How do you identify whether a monster is OGL or not?
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Character good for underwater environments?

What would be the best character to make for sub-sea and island-hopping adventuring? This would be a newly-rolled level 5 Pathfinder character.
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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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Can Prestidigitation color people's skin?

The Prestidigitation spell in D&D 3.5 specifically says that it is possible to use it to color items (see SRD). Given the wording, "items" can be interpreted either as "inanimate object" or more ...
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What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
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Does Trampling allow you to attack many units in a row?

I was arguing with my DM over if the Trampling special ability allowed you to run over many units. I said that my summoned celestial elephant could run in a straight line and trample all units it runs ...
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3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance

Does a Level 4 Monk deal full damage against a creature with DR 5/Slashing? From the D20 SRD regarding Damage Reduction: "The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), ...
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Beyond hit points: injury in D&D

I'm interested in adding a touch of realism to combat in D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder. Hit points are a very simple way of measuring injury and stamina, that contributes to the "hit things first, ask ...
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How can I convert D&D 3.5 to 2nd Edition or older AD&D?

I have accumulated a lot of D&D 3.5 modules and adventure settings, but I play older editions of the game. What is the best way to convert these to an older edition, say AD&D 2nd edition? Is ...
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What is the meaning of the “bardic lore” skill?

The bardic lore skill always left me baffled. I never had clear the terms of such skill. A bard can roll a bard lore throw to know some abstruse information. The fact is that the throw is bound to a ...
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What is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...