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

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Repercussions to DM-mandated limit on books allowable for characters?

When running a campaign, especially one with newer players mixed with optimizers, is it a fair call to limit the variety of books available for play? For feats, classes, prestige classes, magic items ...
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Introduce CoC d20's spell costs into DnD3.x

Call of Cthulhu d20 has a Sanity point loss and/or (temp.) ability drain cost for spellcasting. How would it be best to introduce this system into DnD3.x? Are there (semi-)official guidelines for ...
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Still spell with Arcane Spell Failure and Mounted casting

My players asked a couple of questions concerning the Still Spell feat. First, on armor: Arcane Spell Failure: Armor interferes with the gestures that a spellcaster must make to cast an arcane ...
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True Mind Switch and Dragons - D&D

Suppose you managed to cast True mind switch in a juvenile golden dragon for example. As with a polymorph you don`t get supernatural or spell-like abilities. But then you remain a badass psion in a ...
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Optimizing a Warforged Fighter/Artificer for Survivability

I'm designing a Warforged character for a new 3.5 campaign I'm playing in. I'm looking at going the 'sword and board' route to maximize my AC, as I'll be the party's tank. Fighter is the main class ...
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Any gods of balance in the 3.5 default setting pantheon?

Are there any deities whom favor balance between good and evil over all things? Less emphasis on war/valor/tyranny than Heironeous and Hextor, less about magic than Boccob. I'm looking for a deity or ...
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Can a familiar be a character?

I had an odd idea for a Warlock character who was pretty much under the control of his familiar. Backstory-wise, he had made a contract with an extraplanar entity that would allow it to live on the ...
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Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?

I know the rules for TFD in 3.5 mention it can carry anything within its weight limit and can be directed by the caster within its range limits, but are there any rules about actually riding Tenser's ...
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Can a Warmage make his own spells?

This might just be DM's discretion, but are there any actual rules about Warmages crafting/learning their own spells? i.e. is a Warmage capable of crafting his own spell, and if so, would he need to ...
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Starting wealth for Complete classes

Does D&D 3.5e have official random starting wealth tables for the classes given in the Complete supplements? I know there's a table for the core classes in the Player Handbook, but I can't find an ...
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How can I get more spell slots for my caster without resorting to the Extra Slot feat?

Im planning on building a wizard/Warmage/Ultimate Magus. By level 15 I will have caster level 11 in both classes, this leaves me with 5 levels left. I was planning on taking Dragon Disciple to ...
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What modifiers are and are not included in a DnD 3.5e critical hit?

I see one line in the SRD stating: A critical hit means that you roll your damage more than once, with all your usual bonuses, and add the rolls together. Unless otherwise specified, the threat ...
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Minimizing Arcane Spell Failure with an armored Warforged

I'm starting out playing with a warforged in a D&D 3.5 campaign. I'm looking to minimize ASF – the concept behind this character is to play a sorcerer that specializes in touch attacks and uses ...
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Enhancement Bonus = Crit Threat Improvment? [closed]

In the AD&D Second Edition book Player's Option:Combat and Tactics, an enhanced weapon (+1 bonus or better) also improved the critical range by that much. So if I had a +2 Longsword (19-20 x2) it ...
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In which module did Goblins terrorize villagers with a Giant Mechanical Turtle?

A while ago I stumbled upon a low-level adventure in which a band of goblins has a giant mechanical turtle and terrorizes/scares the locals with it. I think it must have been a D&D/Pathfinder 3.X ...
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How do you make a wizard who doesn't need a spellbook?

I know what you're thinking: "Dude, just play a Sorcerer". Well, I ask this question because of two main reasons. Wizards get some extra spells for specializing, and my DM says sorcerers are rare. I ...
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What makes grease a good spell?

I often see people list grease as good go-to 1st level spell. Why is this? The spell description lists 3 of its uses: forcing saves and slows movement of enemies, disarming enemies, and preventing ...
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What are the best ways to move and full-attack in the same round?

One of the most important things for any physical fighter to accomplish is to maximize the amount of time you spend full-attacking. Once you have BAB +6, not full-attacking halves your potential ...
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Is there a feat to let monks multi-class as spellcasters without losing monk progression?

Feats like Ascetic Hunter or Ascetic Rogue allow a monk to multi-class with other martial classes. Is there a feat to allow a monk to freely multi-class with a spellcaster class? I'm looking ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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Do magical beasts have a magical aura with regard to Detect Magic spell?

The description for Detect Magic doesn't explicitly cover this. Some monsters, like the Ankheg, are categorized as magical beast, but don't have any magical or spell-like abilities. If they are ...
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Plot granted special ability standards?

For the campaign in question, I'm running one person through a dungeon inspired by Vagrant Story. Clearly some things from the video game can't be emulated, and many of those are integral to the game: ...
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Updating 3rd Edition Shade to 3.5e

I tried the other day to get my DM let me be a Shade (a template from page 314 of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, a 3.0 book) for a new campaign. He looked at its abilities and said there was ...
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Programs for keeping track of spells [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a spell managing program/app for D&D 3.5e? I have always loved playing spell casters, whether Divine or Arcane. It's nice to know that you do more than ...
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Can any dragon be used for half dragon?

I would like to know if the half-dragon template can use other dragons from the various monster manuals like the Ssvaklor (MM3) or Dragon Turtle(MM1) or any other nonstandard dragon (i.e. the ones ...
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When should I separate encounters?

I had a session this week involving a fairly large battle at sea. The encounter involved a couple of boarders while the enemy ship was still at quite a distance, and the larger group still on the ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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Can a custom spell's effect last after the caster's death?

As GM, I am having a now-deceased 30th-level wizard's spell last after his death. It is a spell to conceal an object in a Dimensional Pocket keyed to one of the right bloodline who knows the password. ...
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Why the huge difference between divine and arcane compulsion effects?

In designing a new compulsion spell am not sure whether to follow the cleric tree or the bard/wizard/sorceror tree in regard to spell levels and other rules/effects. On the cleric side, we have ...
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What extent of elemental traits do Elemental Savants gain?

There is this prestige class called Elemental Savant, which makes the character, actually, an elemental (with all the immunities AND the ability to be raised from dead, not to mention one can even be ...
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Epic Maneuvers?

So, the Book of Nine Swords gives us the opportunity to become the %race% of steel and pure awesomeness, it gives us maneuvers that make the character into one-man-army and stuff, and that's really ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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How does the werewolf template alter my level?

If I'm a 5th-level monk who gains the werewolf template, what exactly happens to my character? I know I gain 2 d8-sized hit dice, but do I become a 7th-level monk? Or do the hit dice and level ...
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Is there an oldschool-style morale system for D&D 3e?

Oldschool D&D has rules for morale, such as these from Labyrinth Lord: Monsters have a listing for morale, which represents how likely they are to fight or flee when in an aencounter. Morale ...
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In 3.5/Pathfinder, what is the rough CR adjustment for Damage Reduction?

I have seen several breakdown and rough rules for adjusting a monster's CR according to various special abilities and qualities. The Pathfinder Core book and Bestiary has rules about things like high ...
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Where is the D&D 3.5 random loot table?

This should be easy -- however I've gone through three books trying to find it. What book and page number is the random loot per level table for 3.5 edition? I saw it a couple months ago and didn't ...
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Does “Dispel Magic” suppress the magic of an item whose imbued spell-type is instantaneous?

The "Dispel magic" descriptor states that "the effect of a spell with an instantaneous duration can't be dispelled, because the magical effect is already over before the dispel magic can take effect", ...
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Castles construction costs in D&D

I remember in the original AD&D books there was something on the prices of building a castle. Cost for a tower, a length of wall, a drawbridge etc. Does anyone recall this, or know where I can ...
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Can the spells used to bind elementals in Eberron's airships/galleons/etc be dispelled?

Many of the descriptions of the magical forms of transport in the Eberron (v3.5) campaign setting (e.g. airships, galleons, lightning rails) speak of bound elementals as the source of propulsion for ...
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Does your initiative change if your dex changes?

After combat has started will changes to your DEX stat (sufficent to change your dex bonus) change your initiative score? Example: Wizard Bob sees a goblin approaching and initiative is rolled; the ...
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Survivalist NPC build?

How can I best optimize an NPC so that instead of having perfect power attack or sneak attack, they're just really hard to kill? I can think of thief acrobat and perhaps exemplar or dungeon delver, ...
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Alignment restrictions and Trap the Soul

Saw it mentioned in a thread (How do you make a vampire cleric stay dead?) and now I'm curious... Does binding a creature's soul into a gem in itself constitute an evil act? Trap the soul says ...
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Does turn undead from different sources stack?

I've read somewhere in the Internet (in a Divine Metamagic build) that having levels as Cleric and Paladin lets you have twice thee turn undead attempts per day. Is that true?
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Can a spellcraft check reveal the target of a spell?

You can use spellcraft to identify a spell as it is being cast. But does this check let you know the target of the spell? As an example of when this could matter quite a lot, Dominate allows you to ...
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Does Quick Reconnoiter let me use Hear the Unseen as a free action?

I have the Complete Adventurer, and I saw these two feats: Hear the Unseen Benefit: As a move action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity, you can attempt a DC 25 Listen check. If ...
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Helpless opponent & Coup de Grace

I had a question about Coup de Grace. It says you can use it against a helpless opponent. Helpless opponent is defined as "Paralyzed, held, bound, sleeping, unconscious, or otherwise completely at an ...
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Is there a way to make a fey or outsider eligible for the Eidolon Ghost class?

In Ghostwalk it says that humanoid souls are able to resist the pull of the "True Afterlife" and return to the material plane. These souls become ghosts and are forced to take the Eidolon class. Is ...
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Silence as a ready action

If a caster readies an action to cast the spell silence next to an enemy wizard who begins casting a spell with a verbal component, what happens? The silence interrupts the casting attempt, causing ...
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Can I brew a Lightning Bolt potion? What does it do?

If I brew a potion of lightning bolt, what happens when someone drinks it? Lightning bolt strikes them? They can cast a lightning bolt? They emit lightning that strikes where they point? Nothing ...
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Casting Feather Fall on an ballista bolt

Can casting feather fall on a ballista bolt make it travel farther? Feather fall makes objects fall 60ft/round, but only vertically. So, if I cast it on the ammunition then fire, it would fall only ...