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

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Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?

Monster Classes are completely crippled from what I see. You start out greatly underpowered and it's a slow climb to being half-way decent with most creature's insane Level Adjustment. You don't get ...
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Can you dual-wield bows with four hands?

I know, I know, dual-wielding a bow would be near impossible to manage with the basic races (human, elf, dwarf etc). But, what if you were playing a monster race that had four hands such as a ...
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Barbarian's Rage + Eye of Gruumsh's Rage = Greater Rage?

I was wondering if a Barbarian's Rage with an Eye of Gruumsh's Rage would stack to make Greater Rage. It would make sense to me since you can have two classes with Uncanny Dodge which turns into ...
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Can a Neutral cleric cast Sanctified Magic?

When I read through Book of Exalted Deeds once again, I came up with a question: Can a true neutral cleric cast sanctified spells? While the book explicitly says that evil ones cannot cast such ...
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Is there an undead-heavy adventure that takes PCs from level 1 to level 20?

Is there either a single adventure or a collection of linked adventures that meets the following criteria: The primary foes are undead creatures. The adventuring sites include maps. The adventure ...
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Would being stickler for material components break the game?

Inspired by How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one? In DnD 3.5, as in 5e, the RAW say that a wizard is assumed to have any spell component that does not ...
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Can Warforged be repaired with a skill check?

We're running a Pathfinder game, set in Eberron. In our first session, our Warforged was brought to very negative health and is thus disabled. She won't heal naturally, only receives half of magical ...
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Can you save skill points for later levels?

When you level up you get a degree of skill points equal to your INT modifyer plus whatever your class modifyer is. But are you required to use these skill points when you level up, or can you save ...
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Is there a system for PC reputation in D&D 3.5

I'm looking for an optional, 3rd party or well defined homebrew reputation for 3.5. I want to be able to track the impact of my player characters interactions with the environment, their access to ...
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Ring of the Ram and (Any) Golem 3.5 D&D

Golems, pretty terrifying in their own right (and, I've heard, broken in design), are immune to any spells or spell-like abilities that allow spell resistance and have DR 5-15 / adamantine (and ...
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How to help my low-level spellcaster PCs feel more useful

My party right now consists of a pair of incredibly optimized characters (a half-orc fighter and a ranger/scout), one fairly well optimized character (a swashbuckler who's thinking about mutliclassing ...
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Improving my Character's Grapple

I am about to level up my character to level 12. I wish to improve its grapple, specifically the damage it does to grapple. Just to be clear the whole concept of the character is crushing people to ...
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How to create and run a realistic cult?

I am starting a new campaign in D&D 3.5 using Forgotten Realms, and the main antagonist of the campaign will be the Cult of the Dragon. I have been reading the "Daily D&D" by Ed Greenwood ...
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How do I tell how long my adventure is going to be?

I'm a new DM starting a campaign I've written myself. I have a party of 4 players right now- three have been playing for years, one has never played before. My problem is I'm not sure how to tell how ...
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What are the limits of Mage's Magnificent Mansions?

I am DMing true D&D for the first time. So far it has been one of the most fun experiences in my life. However, I have found myself in a bit of a pickle. Starting off I was very liberal in what I ...
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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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Where does the “apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order” rule come from, if it exists?

I have seen quoted several places on the internet a rule that one can apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order. An example I come across frequently (as a druid) is the combination of ...
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How is Polymorph “broken”?

I have read numerous posts from various websites saying that the wizard/sorceror spell "polymorph" breaks game balance. Even Wizards of the Coast somewhat admits that. Sticking to just the core ...
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What happens to a quasi-undead creature when fortunate fate activates?

The creature casts the 8th-level spell veil of undeath [necro] (SpC 229), which says, in part, that Like an undead creature, you are damaged by cure spells and healed by inflict spells. You don’t ...
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Penalties for Pushing/Dragging?

A character can lift as much as double his maximum load off the ground, but he or she can only stagger around with it. While overloaded in this way, the character loses any Dexterity bonus to AC ...
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Is there a complete list detailing all Magical Beasts and Outsiders native to the Outer Planes?

I am looking to write a guide on the interaction between the Planar Shepherd and the various Outer Planes, but for this I am looking for an overview of all Magical Beasts and Outsiders native to said ...
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Do all spellcasting classes get unlimited cantrips?

I at least know that Wizards get to use level-0 spells an unlimited number of times a day, but is this a class feature, or are all cantrips unlimited use? I ask this because some spontaneous ...
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How to deal with lack of downtime as a wizard?

As we all know the wizard is a physically weak class that relies on his spells to perform in his adventures. Other than the spells gained at each level-up however he needs to spend 32 hours learning ...
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How is treasure determined randomly for CR 21 or higher creatures?

The Magic Item Compendium says Step 1: Roll on Table A-1: Treasure, using the monster's CR to determine which row you will use. (265) Table A-1: Treasure only goes to Challenge Rating 20. The ...
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Should I show the health of enemies?

This is my first time hosting a PnP session, and one issue I've run into is whether to let players know the health of their enemies. Should I show them the monster's HP number, or describe in varying ...
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Kineticist with several Energy Lashes

The Kineticist class from Expanded Psionics Handbook and Mind's Eye archive is, basically, a "trade your power progression for a number of specific energy power-like abilities at will". That is, ...
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Is there a prestige class called “Chosen Of Mystra”?

I would like to know if there's a prestige class named "Chosen Of Mystra". I've read a lot about it in stories, but can't find anything in the rulebooks. Is it a fictional PC only or is it described ...
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More Optimized Warblade Build (3.P)

So, I have these two Warblade builds, and I'm trying to decide which one to take. The second of these builds is more theoretical because I didn't know about the Legacy Champion until rather recently. ...
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How can I give orders to summoned animals?

What ways are available to give orders to animals summoned through the Summon Nature's Ally spells? I know that Speak With Animals is available, but especially in combat I may not have an additional ...
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Does the Impeding Stones spell render affected creatures flat-footed?

Impeding Stones is a spell from Cityscape (p66). I am considering using it as an alternative to Entangle in areas with no plants. Affected creatures can choose to try a balance check as an ...
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If a Psion of 15th level or higher with Psicrystal Affinity uses Channel Power to manifest True Mind Switch

Channel power states that "The owner of the psicrystal can manifest powers through the psicrystal to a distance of up to 1 mile. The psicrystal is treated as the power’s originator, and all ranges are ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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How to design and determine CR of a respawning horde encounter?

I wish to design an encounter where players must reach a place or press a kind of switch while waves of enemies attack them. Enemies should continue respawning as players pursue their objective. The ...
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How should I do unimportant crits?

What I mean is if a character gets a crit on something like a appraise check should I reward them or say the just know the history about the weapon. I have a character who got a crit on appraise and ...
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Which, and how many, skills should a Human Scout pick?

I've been taking a look at the Scout, and it seems like a really fun class! What I am struggling with a bit is which skills to pick for one. Now, for a ranged Scout build DEX is of course important, ...
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How to kill a character without making their player too angry

I have been DMing a game for a group of friends. In between two sessions, which ended with them facing a few enemy NPCs, I realized that these intelligent opponents had a very good way to kill one of ...
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How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?

Complete Arcane has rules for alternate spellbooks, including tattoos (P. 186-187). While this is less economical than just putting on a Ring of Regeneration, cutting your fingers off and carving the ...
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Any good steampunk material for d20?

The DM of my current Friday night game is running a steampunk-setting, using the Pathfinder rules system. We have two artificers in the party, but my feeling is that all of our material is fantasy and ...
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When do skills count as class skills when you have multiple (prestige) classes?

If you have multiple classes and/or prestige classes, what happens to the lists of class skills you have? Do they exist seperately and you use them when you take a level of that skill, or are they all ...
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Immortality and Psionics

There are several ways to become immortal in DnD - like creating a phylactery to become a Lich, or eating chunks of starmetal to gain Construct traits. The most of those methods apply to arcane users, ...
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What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?

I am new to D&D. I just recently started a game where we are using 3.5 books for character creation, but the world is completely homebrew and the rules are heavily house-ruled. Pretty much the DM ...
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Are Maneuver Pre-Reqs like Feat Pre-Reqs?

I have a level 19 character that has 16 levels of Warblade and 3 levels in non-initiator classes. Due to the way initiator levels are determined, I qualify for my first 9th-level maneuver at this ...
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Archer from Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance in D&D 3.5

I have a friend of mine who will be joining a 3.5 campaign I'm hosting, and the character he's describing to me sounds an awful lot like the archer from Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. I know that the ...
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What tools are available to help me create creatures and NPCs?

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software tools or ...
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Can you make items with a “misc” or “unnamed” bonus to an ability score?

Back when I was learning about how to craft magic items in 3.5, I was told by the GM that in order to get around enhancement bonuses not stacking, you could make an item with a "misc" bonus, or an ...
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When transforming from a race using Polymorph any Object, what changes?

In the campaign I'm in, the narrative of my character's backstory involves being raised by a race that is not her own, and she is so enamored with the race as a whole that she actively pursues the ...
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If a spell gives an enhancement bonus to an attribute, does that affect the base attribute or the modifier?

For example, Cat's Grace gives a +4 bonus to Dexterity. Would that translate to a +4 for all dexterity checks or a +4 to the base attribute and therefore only a +2 to the skill checks?
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Trivial Knowledge vs Kirin Path

I'm trying to make an optimized factotum build for a 3.P game, and I'm trying to decide on whether to take the Trivial Knowledge or Kirin's Path feat. I can not find any threads out on the Internet ...
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Can you put a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without tearing a hole in reality?

As long as you can fit a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without touching it (and costing you your Bag), could you put the Sphere into the extradimensional space of a Bag of Holding and ...
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Can I wish to never auto-miss on a natural 1?

Any attack roll that comes up a natural 1 is an automatic miss regardless of bonuses. I'm playing a wizard and I like my touch-attack spells, and now I have access to wish. Can a wish be used to ...