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

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Virtual Immortality [closed]

I'm looking for ways to make PC's and NPC's virtually immortal. I know that EVERYTHING can be killed in one way or another, but that's not where I'm headed with this discussion. Elves have extremely ...
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If I take a feat that allows Critical Hits on undead, can I make sneak attacks too?

Maybe this question has a very simple answer, but I'm not sure how this works. The SRD says about the Rogue's Sneak Attack: "Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to sneak ...
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Since Spellforge is gone, what Spellbook management software is available? [duplicate]

I want to be able to manage my Sorceror's "spellbook" on my computer and print a nice list of spells, and ideally descriptions. We level up very frequently compared to normal (accelerated campaign), ...
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Help to the creation of epic boss battle [closed]

A little intro:         We are playing in Faerun and currently are in a southern city in calimshan. The story is that this city used to be controlled by a great ...
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Is there a standard way of calculating XP when the characters are in no immediate danger?

Awarding experience points in D&D is usually scaled with the difficulty of a task, this most often boils down to comparing the levels of the players with the levels of their enemies, and adjusting ...
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How does changing a PC's creature type but not race affect the character sheet?

I'm using the deck of many things in my campaign, it's a way to let the chaotic characters create chaos and to let the lawful characters fight against drawing cards. Anyway, I'm trying to be prepared ...
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Should players be told to make a listen check when an enemy is sneaking about?

If players sneak around enemy NPCs the NPCs make a listen check. But what about when an enemy NPC is sneaking up on players? Do you tell all the players to make a Listen check? And if yes, how do you ...
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Is there a prestige class that grants Turn Undead/Rebuke Undead?

Is there a prestige class in D&D 3.x or Pathfinder which, at first level, grants Turn Undead or Rebuke Undead if you don't already have it? I'm using Arcanist/Rainbow Servant. I need Turn/Rebuke ...
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Is there some way to skip or negate dead levels?

Is there any way to "jump" dead levels in a class? In other words, if a class does not gain any special features, you bypass that level and move directly on to the next level that does gain a special ...
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Merits of vow of poverty in this build

I'm rolling up a character for a 20th level one-shot game I hope to get started at some point, as follows: Blackscale Lizardfolk (3hd+3LA) Druid 10 with shapeshifter variant/(monk or ninja) 2/(full ...
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Can a spellcaster know why a spell failed?

I just read this answer to Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on? and it made me wonder: As a spellcaster, how do I know why spell failed? Is there any roll for it in either Pathfinder ...
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Are there homebrew fix classes or rules that put Fighting types and Roguish types into Tier 1?

See the question on what character tiers are if you don't understand this. Basically, I'm fine with Tier 1 classes being able to do all their tricks; a fun game can be had that way. What I'm not ...
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Divine Spellcasting as an Arcane Spellcaster

Is there a class that allows one to learn and cast Divine spells the way they can learn and cast Arcane spells? Without multiclassing specifically as a Divine spellcaster such as Cleric or Druid, but ...
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Are There Weaker Alternatives to Cleric, Wizard, or Druid? [closed]

Clerics, Wizards, and Druids are widely regarded as having so many more and more powerful options than non-spellcasters, like Fighters, that trying to play a game involving both of them will leave the ...
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How can I undo the physical effects of aging while keeping the mental effects?

In DnD 3.5e, is there any way that I can take an "venerable" character, which takes a -6 to all physical stats and +3 to all mental stats, and UNDO the physical stat losses? This character is a level ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Does XP allocation double as a catch-up mechanic?

The D&D 3.5e DMG has the following for giving out exp: To determine the XP award for an encounter, follow these steps. Determine each character’s level. Don’t forget to account for ECL ...
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Can prestidigitation colour something permanently?

Can this zero level spell be used to colour something permanently black, such as a sword's blade? I know it can be used to soil something permanently. What I'm trying to do is make a blade look ...
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How does the Shatter spell's single target option work?

When I use Shatter in the second way, targeting just one object, does it break the object entirely or act like sunder attack? The wording in the third paragraph is a bit confusing to me. It seems that ...
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Do animals have souls?

I've come to this question when dealing with an animal companion death. This is not only a question about animals, I can't find any RAW material that specifies which creature types have souls. I've ...
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How does a dire toad's tongue attack work?

An upcoming encounter with a dire toad (Monster Manual II 74, 76) has me concerned with its tongue attack. The stat block lists the creature's tongue Attack as tongue +5 ranged and the creature's ...
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Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?

I've been wondering lately if there is any sort of precedence or context for the soft level-cap of level 20 in various D20 style tabletop games. I say soft cap because I'd like to, for the purposes of ...
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Playing (some) monster races without racial HD

I'm interested in whether it is possible to play certain (monstruous) humanoids from MM without adding their racial HD, whist at the same time preserving balance. What exactly would I need to do to ...
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Is a Bluff check necessary when telling the truth?

Backstory During a session recently played, an NPC asked my character a question. I answered the question. The DM, after hearing a die roll, told me to roll a bluff check. I told him I wasn't lying. ...
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What was the name of this Cleric Prestige Class that shapes metal with its bare hands?

I know this is a vague question, but I seem to remember a Cleric prestige class that was very into crafting metalic items. They even became able to shape metals with their bare hands without the use ...
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Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?

I am playing with a group of relatively new players aside from one and the DM, and while another character and I seem to be contradicting each other, we have both been told we are right. What we don't ...
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How to DM mind control effects without angering my friends?

I have a bit of a problem, particularly relating to a custom monster I created. D&D has a lot of effects and abilities that change a character's behavior, ranging from a simple intimidate check ...
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How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?

For example, could characters build a simple self-propelled, steerable wagon using either magic spells or magic items to rotate and guide the wheels, with rules as written from Dungeons & Dragons ...
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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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How to make D&D-like Alignment work [closed]

This is something I've been thinking about for some time, and now KRyan's Excellent Answer made me think about that again: is there a way to make alignments work, albeit not as intended? I'm looking ...
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Action in Combat , Can I make a full attack with touch attacks for a trigger spell?

Myself and the other characters have 10 levels for templates or monster class and 8 levels for class levels, with Divine Power I gain a bab equal my character level. (18 right?). I cast Shivering ...
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Are there any metamagic feats worth taking for bard?

My question is simple - are there, in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, any metamagic feats that work good for Bard? Two most useful from core would be Quickened and Silent, but both are simply forbidden1. ...
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Will I lose my undead traits when I'm resurrected?

I have a ghost template in our new horror adventure. If I die (as a ghost) and after that am resurrected, I will return to being human (my race before becoming a ghost). Will I also lose all of the ...
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Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed

Could you have a chaotic neutral character, who in a public setting appear lawful good? Saving people, turning in bad guys, following all of the laws of an area to a T, if he knew that by doing so it ...
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Energy Substitution and Energy Admixture. Usefulness and Mechanics? [closed]

Editing my question on the topic of the two feats Energy Substitution and Energy Admixture. I was questioning the mechanics of the two feats after rereading them several times along with the ...
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How do I make adventurer-resistant door opening counters?

This question is in partial research for a magical surveillance state inspired from two different sources, Potter and the Natural 20 and Doc Smith's lensman series. Functionally speaking, there must ...
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How can PCs defeat a magical Necrotic Cyst-based surveillance state?

In his excellent answer to this question, Brian Ballsun-Stanton posited a horrifying surveillance state using, at its core, a handful of powerful creatures, the feat Mother Cyst (LM 28), and a ...
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Would it be OK to allow Sublime Chord to smooth and join both castings?

Sublime Chord has two spell lists and two separate tables of spells per day. Let's assume Bard 10 / Chord 5 for a moment: Per day Spell level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bard 3 3 ...
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How do you handle the cost increase for magic items with multiple effects?

In the DMG for D&D 3.5 on page 285 there is a chart for estimating the cost of new magic items. Under the section "Special" there is an attribute titled "Multiple Different Abilities". This ...
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Does the Necromancer's Skeletal Minion prevent familiars gained from other sources?

Among the Wizard's Necromancer variants is the Skeletal Minion feature, which says (among other things): A 1st-level necromancer using this variant can begin play with an undead minion (a human ...
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What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?

The mayor of Generic Fantasytown wants a means to monitor his town (population 4,000, perhaps 1 mi. (1.64 km) square). The townsfolk are cowed and submissive, fearing their mayor but fearing even more ...
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Does Heedless Charge, Domino Rush and Improved Trip work together?

I have a fighter with Power Attack, Leap Attack, Improved Trip, Improved Bull Rush, Shock Trooper and Combat Reflexes, who has a reach weapon (Guisarme). Let's assume that I am in a charging range of ...
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In what order do multiple readied actions with the same trigger resolve?

My players have been scheming with rapid entry tactics for the megadungeon I've recently started running. Unfortunately, the monsters are aware of the adventurers, and this has lead to a weird ...
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How do Metamagic feats apply to Warlock Invocations?

I'm looking at some of the invocations I can get as a Warlock, and the thought occurred to me, can I apply Metamagic feats to them? Would the standard Metamagic feats work or would I need to hunt ...
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How does a Wizard achieve a very cheap spellbook full of spells?

At 1 page per spell level and 100gp ink per page scribing spells gets extremely expensive, and I have to spend money on spells instead of magical items. Assuming aggressive spell research, what's the ...
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What special materials exist for weapons and armor in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?

Can anyone give me a good reference to a relatively complete list of Item Special Materials, such as Adamantine, Mithril, etc? Most sources are so spread out and lack vital information that it's ...
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What ways are there to magically enforce an agreement?

Assume a PC (or the whole party) wants to make a deal with another PC or NPC. What magical ways are there to make this "contract" binding and enforceable, or at least somewhat so? Examples where this ...
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Alternatives to Wisdom to AC

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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Where does the Sun go at night?

Planes are flat, right? And the Material Plane is infinitely large? I typically describe the sky material plane in a manner similar to that of the Earth: there's a sun in the sky and clouds and ...