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

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What can make a dragon familiar suitable for a low-level character?

I would like to allow a level ~5 character to have a dragon as a familiar. (My DM style is a little more flexible.) Other than having a "baby dragon," how would you keep that balanced? I'd also ...
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What happens when a spell fails?

I was running a campaign the other evening, and I ran into a problem. One of the players wanted to cast 'color spray' on a creature. The player did not know that the creature was undead, but suspected ...
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Where can I get ready-to-play characters for D&D 3.5?

The last time I played D&D was about 10 years ago. Now I've decided to show it to my university friends, who have never played it before but are pretty excited. For that first game, nobody would ...
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Is there a playable undead race?

Is there a playable race of undead in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5? I would prefer a race that isn't a vampire or lich. If possible, please share their stats.
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What are some quality low-magic d20 (3.5e/PF) systems?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm getting ready to run a very low-magic (but high martial combat/adventure) Pathfinder campaign, and am looking for any systems to draw mechanics and inspiration ...
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Does the ability Sudden Raystrike work on rays cast from a Wand?

One of the abilities that the Spellwarp Sniper gains at 2nd level is Sudden Raystrike (p64 of Complete Scoundrel). The description says: If you can catch an opponent when he is unable to ...
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How would one create a bag of coin-changing?

I was chatting with a friend about Dungeons and Dragons, and he had mentioned that in 4th edition, there is an item that converts coins to different denominations. In the campaign that I am running, ...
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Can touch-range spells be counterspelled at range?

Rather than fight our way out of a particularly hard encounter at the end of the last adventure, the party tried to teleport away. An enemy spellcaster attempted to counterspell it from across the ...
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Options for a D&D 3.5 Play-By-Email Game

I would like to get involved in a Play-By-Email game, as a character not DM. Where is the best place to begin my search for such a game?
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Can you stack Combat Expertise and Power Attack?

Are you allowed to stack the feats of Power Attack and Combat Expertise in a single round?
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Is there a working online random adventure generator for DND 3.5e?

I'm looking for a random adventure/encounter generator for the 3.5e. It doesn't have to be particularly good or fleshed out, I intend to use it to generate ideas for one-off side- adventures - ideally ...
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Minor Effects for Magical Items

I tend to prefer high-magic fantasy games, where magical items can be purchased (at around the DMG prices, in D&D) in many large(ish) towns - it's common for the very well-off to have magical ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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How can I convert a 3.5 Psion into a Pathfinder Game?

Basically how and what should I convert to change the Psion from the Expanded Psionics Handbook for 3.5 to be usable in Pathfinder?
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Do you get a save vs Falling Damage?

In AD&D1e, does a character get a Saving Throw vs. Falling Damage? If so, which save applies? (By the book only, and give specific supporting citations please). Does a save apply in D&D 3.5 ...
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Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?

From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ineffective underwater unless the caster makes a Spellcraft check (DC 20 + spell level). If the check succeeds, the ...
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Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters

I'm considering running a campaign in the Urban Arcana D20 Modern setting. Instead of taking the usual approach by creating new characters for the D20 Modern system, I want to make the "modern" part a ...
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Does polymorph or wildshape give you extra attacks?

If a player casts polymorph and they get more arms, can they have extra attacks with those extra arms? If they do get extra attacks, what is your base attack bonus? Is the same true for wildshape? ...
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When using the polymorph spell is the new shape always centred on the targets old shape?

Normally, you would assume that a character changing from a medium sized character to a Huge character using polymorph would do so as shown in example A, filling the empty squares. Is example B a ...
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Are there any established rules for flying in combat for D&D 3.x or d20 Modern?

My game is d20 Modern, but the two systems are very similar, so either is fine just to give me some templates to work from. I'm basically looking for anything that isn't me pulling stuff out of thin ...
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What are some resources or tips on dragons as PCs?

Our DM is preparing a new D&D (3.5) campaign in which we all have to play as a (True) dragon. We're all going to play non-evil dragons (we're allowed to pick chromatic ones and change their ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3.5 to d20 Modern?

What sort of issues would I run into if I wanted to co-opt some D&D 3.5 creatures into a D20 Modern setting? I'm looking mostly at devils, demons and some of the astral creatures. Will such ...
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Does anyone have a pokemon/D&D crossover guide?

A friend is looking to introduce pokemon into a standard D&D 3.5 edition game. Are there any existing resources which can help him deal with the workload?
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Can you ready a charge?

In 3rd edition, you could ready a partial charge. From the PHB, p134: Only partial actions can be readied. To do so, specify the partial action you will take and the conditions under which you ...
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Do underwater opponents have cover from someone in the water?

Someone under the water has total cover from someone on the land. If you are in the water but not under it you have partial cover from a land based opponent. What I'd like to know is if you are in ...
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Optional rules to replace various XP costs in DnD3.5?

Are there any official optional rules to replace various XP costs (that characters have to pay for things like potion making and so on) with something else in D&D3.5? If not, do you have any ...
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How does Magic Circle against Evil work?

Magic Circle against Evild20SRD has two primary effects: Affecting all creatures within 10-ft. of its target with a Protection from Evild20SRD effect. Drawing a 10-ft.-radius circle centered on its ...
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Is there a Potion of Magic Circle against Evil?

I know that you can brew a potion for any 3rd-level or lower spell that targets one or more creatures : If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?. ...
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Flanking while using Total Defense?

Can a combatant using Total Defense flank an opponent? Is a combatant using Total Defense threatening its surrounding? I'd say yes, but I am not sure, so I thought I'd better ask you.
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Does shutting your eyes help when mirror images are in different squares?

The spell mirror image creates figments of the caster. These figments separate from you and remain in a cluster, each within 5 feet of at least one other figment or you. You can move into ...
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Can hide in plain sight, melee, spring attack, hide work together?

My character has recently obtained the ability to hide in plain sight. And I am having trouble understanding how it all works. So if my character is hiding (using the hide in plain sight ability). And ...
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Best ways to spot sneaky characters

I am playing in a game where it has been hinted we may come across creatures with very good hide and move silently skills, and most likely have abilities such as hide in plain sight, darkstalker ...
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Do special abilities require an action every round they are active?

Extraordinary ability is a free action to use. Is it a free action to turn on, and then no action afterwards. For instance, if someone is using hide in plain sight, and then becomes unconscious, is ...
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How does telepathy work

I would like peoples opinions on this ability. According to the MM books, telepathy is described as A creature with this ability (supernatural) can communicate telepathically with any other ...
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4e Skills in D&D 3.5?

One of my favorite facets of 4e is the new simplified skill system, particularly the reduced skill lists. Stealth vs Hide and Move Silently. Athletics vs Jump and Climb Is there a set of rules ...
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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 ...