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

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How can I get a character with the lowest hit points possible?

A friend of mine has asked me to help him create an escort mission for his April Fool's game (actually held this weekend, because, you know, scheduling). The players will be escorting a tenth-level ...
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Ways to boost a low HP character in D&D 3.5

There's a wizard (effective character level: 5) in our party who is very low on HP (has a total of about nine, if I remember correctly), thanks to an initial low CON and an acquired template (+1 ECL) ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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What's a good class and race for beginners?

I'm a newbie GM and I have a new player at the table. He wants to play and I'm letting him (despite his loud, overly energetic behavior, and has a short attention span). Whats a good 3.5 class for ...
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Do you need to take a feat to get the background?

I'm currently running a D&D 3.5e game for The Shackled City Adventure Path and have allowed my players to use backgrounds provided for it to fit their character's in a little better if they so ...
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Can Bluff be used to emulate an alignment?

If a character has something like the Touch of Golden Ice feat (Book of Exalted Deeds, pg41) could an evil character use bluff to avoid the ill effects, or is there an item that already does this?
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Can a lich redeem itself?

According to the rules, The process of becoming a lich is unspeakably evil and can be undertaken only by a willing character. What if a lich, having done this, slowly over time realizes its ...
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How does acquiring a template that changes hit dice affect pre-existing hit points?

When an existing creature acquires a template, and that template changes the creature's hit dice, does this change the creature's existing hit points? Example: A 3rd level human cleric with no bonus ...
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Silence spell and when to roll saving throw

This is the spell (as most people know). The saving throw section makes me confused. It is a powerful spell and the description reads as: The spell can be centred on a creature, and the effect ...
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Can we add trains in D&D without breaking the world

Question upfront: Is there a way I can add trains to the core world of D&D 3.5 (Greyhawk/Oerth) without “messing up” the world or its economies? Reason: 1st: Mainly, it makes no sense to me ...
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What are the feats and class features that turn will and fort saves into reflex saves?

What are the feats and class features that turn will and fort saves into reflex saves? I vaguely remember reading something like this in a D&D 3.5 or PF book.
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Published adventures rewarding an athletic stealthy character

Probably largely inspired by all the time I spent fresh out of high school playing Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, I put one of my players through a solo game in which I encouraged all the physical skills ...
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Gauntlet that provides benefits of Monkey Grip?

I remember reading about gauntlets that had an effect what somewhat like Monkey Grip (Complete Warrior feat). The thing was that the wording was off just a bit. How I read it, and my DM agreed, was ...
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Can Benign Transposition be used on your familiar as a form of teleportation?

I might be thinking of Pathfinder, but if familiars in DnD can teleport to their masters, would it be possible to use Benign Transposition to switch places with your familiar, then have it return to ...
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Does a natural 20 initiative roll have any special rules?

I rolled a 20 for initiative in a pickup game today and I realized that I didn't know if that was supposed to be treated specially, like some other rolls treat a natural 20. Does rolling a natural 20 ...
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Do I lose access to a feat if ability drain results in no longer meeting the prerequisite?

Do curses or ability damage/drain cause a character to be unable to use his feats? For example, a Ranger with 20 Dex who has two-weapon-fighting feats and is using two weapons gets cursed or ability ...
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Can Ability Score increases caused by magic items qualify me for feats?

As far as I know, only a player character's non-temporary ability scores are considered for taking feats, taking prestige classes, etc. Meanwhile, any ability bonus that comes from spells, or magic ...
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Do two standard actions equal a full round action?

If a character was somehow able to get two extra standard actions on their round in combat, could those actions be used as an extra full attack action or full round action? Elaboration: In the first ...
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Temporal Acceleration and Linked Power

Say you manifest Temporal Acceleration for 1 round, and while accelerated, manifest, using the Linked Power feat (Complete Psionics, page 62), power A linked with power B. Does power B kick in as soon ...
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Which non-light weapons does Weapon Finesse apply to?

Weapon Finesse says it applies to all light weapons, and then a small number of other weapons (rapier, whip, spiked chain) from the "Player's Handbook". I know there are other non-light weapons ...
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What are some good chance/luck-themed spells for Sorcerers?

I'm building a gambler-themed Spellscale Sorcerer, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good luck-themed spells. I know there's things like Unluck and the various Prismatic/Rainbow spells (the ...
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Draconic Lineage feats vs Reserve Feats

Dragon Magic presented draconic Lineage feats, which let you convert spell slots into various attacks/abilities that varied in power by the slot spent. Complete Mage gave us Reserve Feats, which gave ...
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How do Substitution levels in Champions of Valor work?

As you may know, the substitution levels, as introduced in Champions of Valor are, as quoted: Substitution levels are levels of a given class that you take to gain certain benefits instead of the ...
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Running a game with intentionally “over-powered” PCs [closed]

I've been playing for a few years now (I know I'm green) but I've been planning on running a game with intentionally "Over-Powered" PCs. This is the style of play I would like to try: My idea is to ...
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Why did WotC release Psionics under the OGL?

Wizards of the Coast released the core rules of D&D 3.5 under the OGL, but only added a small amount of material after that point. Was there some historical reason that the rules for psionics ...
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What is the difference between these Player's Handbooks?

They appear to all be 3.5 Player's Handbooks. However, they have different covers, etc. Player's Handbook II (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying) (Bk. 2) Hardcover Dungeons & ...
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Would a greatsword that is +1/+3 vs aberrations unbalance my game?

My current D&D 3.5 campaign is about aberrations and I want to give my low-level characters an advantage against aberrations. (They're level 2 at the moment). One of my players is playing a ...
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Question about ability score bonus spells

The Player's Handbook states that you can get "bonus spells" for certain ability scores, but does that mean more spell slots/spells per day, more spells known, or both?
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Multipurpose spell focus?

Do all spells that require a focus need their own dedicated focus, or can you use the same item as a focus for multiple spells as long as it meets the criteria? For example, say you have three spells ...
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Does a quiet or loud environment affect listen checks?

A invisible caster with no move silent skill is a dc 10 to hear. 2 guards whispering at 100ft distance is normally a dc 35 to understand. However, can the sound of battle increase this DC? Does the ...
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Being a good secret keeper: protection against mind manipulation

In the D&D 3.5 universe, there are lots of spells and magical effects that read your mind, read and modify your memory, or otherwise force you to unveil the secrets you've heard. I'm looking for ...
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Is Greater Mage Hand worth it?

I know Greater Mage Hand lets you carry stuff up to 40lbs with it, but is that useful in combat, or just more meant for roleplay/story segments?
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Do spells that grant the caster a tail benefit from already having one?

Some spells like Tail Slap and Tail Sweep work by temporarily granting the caster a "tail of force" with which they can attack. (From what I recall, these are from Dragon Magic or Races of the ...
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Treasure tables with mixed groups

In reference to this Treasure tables in 3.5, how does the system expect a GM to handle groups with mixed treasure types?
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Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?

It recently occurred to me that each monster in the MM has a treasure value, I've been rolling on the treasure table per encounter, am I supposed to roll per monster that has a treasure value over ...
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What are the steps for creating an animal companion?

I'm having some issues statting out a badger Animal Companion for a 6th level Ranger in D&D 3.5. Can anyone provide step by step instructions that I can follow whenever I create an animal ...
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Is the Psionics handbook from 3.0 compatible with D&D 3.5

My local gaming shop has an old copy of the Psionics handbook from D&D 3.0, I know the name of the book for 3.5 is Expanded Psionics but I'm really a big fan of supporting local businesses and I ...
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Cthulhu in D&D 3.5

I am planning a campaign arc where the antagonists are followers of the entity known as Cthulhu from H.P Lovecraft's strange tales. In the end of the campaign I'd like to have the adventurers fight ...
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Are undead subject to the adverse effects of having 0 in a mental ability score?

Undead are immune to the ability-score altering attacks I know of, but hypothetically, if one somehow suffered ability damage to their mental stats, would they suffer the adverse effects of having ...
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Is OD&D faster than D&D 3e at low levels, and why?

I've never played OD&D, AD&D or retro-clones, but fans of those games often say they run much faster than D&D 3e and 4e, especially to resolve combat. However, it's my experience that ...
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What feats are useful for a Dragonfire Adept build?

I'm building a Human Dragonfire Adept (from Dragon Magic) with the Draconic template (as presented in Races of the Dragon), as well as a feat for Draconic Tail, but I need a bit of help picking out ...
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How should I hand out magic items in D&D 3.5e?

So, I started running a standart 3.5 campaign (magic average) with four PCs several weeks ago, and as I am a rookie DM and quite an inexperienced player myself, I am starting to wonder when and in ...
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What book has archer volley rules?

In what book (and preferably, page numbers) are the rules for archer volleys in D&D 3.5?
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What kind of action is rake?

Rake descriptions are annoyingly unclear. Does winning a grapple check let you rake immediately as a free/triggered/no action, or Is winning a grapple check simply a prerequisite for being able to ...
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Can a creature use rake when you can't win a grapple check?

Creature A grapples creature B. Creature B has Rake. Creature B attempts to rake creature A. Can you rake when you did not start the grapple, and can't win a grapple check? Edit 1: In this case, ...
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Can you have an Undead Bane and Disruption on the same item for extra damage?

I was thinking of a good weapon vs undead, namely Skeletons, obviously a Mace of Disruption came to mind. Then I began wondering if you could also have a Bane of Undead on there as well to stack or ...
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Is there a way to mix Unarmed Strike Damage with Natural Attack Damage or vice versa?

I want to maximize my damage output on my character by Finding a way to add his Unarmed Strike Damage to his Natural Attacks. If there are ways to do this I would also Like to know at what levels it ...
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How to better implement Spiked Chain build from OOTS 216?

I was wondering if the build posted on Order of the Stick 216 is still valid in pathfinder, and how to better implement in terms of: Better races, preferably, being a common (medium sized) race, ...
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Is it really possible to represent a 'genius' character completely accurately?

In this thread, we had several examples of many ways to role-play a character that's smarter than its player. Many suggested letting the DM give information to the player that the character could ...
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Responding to players paying exclusively with gold coins

I noticed that my players would pay everything in gold. A simple piece of bread? 1 copper. "Here, have a gold and keep the change." They get into a tavern. A beer! Here, have a gold coin and keep the ...