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

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Capping hit points in D&D possible without seriously breaking the game?

By "cap" I mean set a maximum level of hit points a character can acquire, let's say 20 hit points. I realize D&D is intended to be heroic fantasy, and there are other RPG systems which are more ...
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Does bestow curse stack?

I was curious that would the spell "bestow curse" stack with any other curses? Would it stack if two "bestow curses" were to be casted on one given target? Is it the same ruling for "greater bestow ...
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Ideas on a PvP campaign [closed]

I'm a young DM, and I need ideas for a PvP campaign. I am currently overwhelmed by trying to make a campaign and I need a little more time. I have 4 players, all level 3. Do you have any suggestions?
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Do Teleportation spells transfer kinetic energy?

The Short question here is do teleportation spells in Pathfinder/3.5 carry over any kinetic momentum you were subject to before the teleportation. For context, please see this example situation (which ...
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How Does Inappropriately Sized Spiked Armor Work?

Question: Can a creature use spiked armor (PH 116 and 121 and cf. armor spikes on PH 123, 124) that is 1 or 2 size categories inappropriately sized (PH 113) so that the creature employs the spiked ...
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Advancing a Choker

I'm designing an encounter into which I'd like to include a Choker, but I'd like to make it lawful evil and give it levels in Monk. Would its Constrict special attack (extraordinary ability) damage ...
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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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DnD 3.5 and “Blink” [closed]

The spell Blink raises some interesting problems. First, many players believe the spell allows its recipient to attack with the benefits of invisibility (+2 to attacks, denial of Dexterity AC ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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Death During Possession?

What happens when a person, monster, animal etc is possessed but dies? Such as a PC kills the possessed creature, a suicide, or any other means? What happens to the creature causing the possession? ...
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In 3.5 DnD, readying a move action to go adjacent to an enemy provoking AoO

If you ready an action to move into threat range of an enemy triggered by that enemy doing something that would trigger an Attack of Opportunity (such as casting a spell or moving out of a square), do ...
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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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Is it possible to work a Spiked Chain as a collar?

I had an idea for a spiked chain-wielding Barbarian character, but instead of the usual warrior brute I thought I'd try something different; he was some kind of escaped slave or something that had ...
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Homebrew special ability for invincibility in 3.5

Concept (spoilers in first and third links) I'm interested in creating something along the lines of the Dahaka from the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within game. In summary, it's invincible throughout ...
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Designing Puzzles Requiring Halt Undead and Animate Dead

I am currently designing an adventure filled with several puzzles. The point of each puzzle is to get a character to use a power they don't know that they have in order to proceed. For example, for ...
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4th Edition-style Alternate Rewards in 3.5e/Pathfinder

Is it possible to give players magical gifts or supernatural powers that don't come as a physical item? In 4e, there's the "alternate rewards" which give similar effects to magical items, without ...
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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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Making an optimized Rage character for d&d 3.5 [closed]

Although there is a question for the 4.0 version, I want to ask it for 3.5. I would like some lvl 20 builds for a Rage focused character, official wotc books only except for Book of Exalted Deeds and ...
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Do the penalties from Two Weapon Fighting and its improved version stack?

Does the additional off-hand attack penalty from Improved Two Weapon Fighting stack with that of the off-hand penalty from Two Weapon Fighting? I ask because I am unsure if the -5 penalty for the ...
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What does the skill “Knowledge (any)” mean?

In Dungeons and Dragons, my character is a Bard Elf. I have the Bard Starting Package, which includes four starting skills (I can only choose 4 due to modifiers) But after "Knowledge", in parentheses ...
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Monsters description and number of attacks

I need some clarification about how many attacks a monster can do and the way this is specified in the monster description. I noticed that these entries are separated by "," or "and". Is there any ...
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Math for calculating radius attacks [closed]

I am working on implementing the SRD in Python (programming language), but unfortunately I am not great at math. I am stumped with figuring out how to calculate all of the squares that are within ...
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Gestalt character with the same invocation from two classes

I have recently decided to run Rappan Athuk - Dungeon of Graves again, and due to the difficulty of the dungeon, I have decided to allow Gestalt Characters. One player applied with a ...
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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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Line of sight & cover along walls and around pillars

In these scenarios in DnD 3.5, do I have line of sight to the target? If so, does the target have cover? (A = attacker, W = wall, T = target, . = empty square) Along a wall: W W W A . T . . . ...
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My starting players miss a lot against enemies

I have a fresh campaign with new characters in my campaign, but one thing that becomes increasingly clear is how poorly they do in combat, even against simple encounters. In 3.5, An attack roll is ...
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How many creatures should face a party of 6 PCs?

I am going to DM for the first time. The group of players is 6 people. I have no clue on how many creatures I should make them face. For example, a group of 2 people would face about 3-5 bugbears but ...
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Do abilities like Extra Spell and the Master Specialist Expanded Spellbook allow you to take spells outside of your class list?

Several abilities including feat Extra Spell and the Master Specialist class feature Expanded Spellbook allow spellcasters to learn an additional spell. However, these abiities do not specify that ...
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How do you get a DM to stop targeting you? [closed]

My group previously had our latest session over the weekend. It was the first one in this campaign so we changed up the roles a bit. I usually DM and I wanted to be PC for a while so we switched it ...
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How many squares does a prone medium-sized creature occupy?

A medium-sized creature occupies one square when it stands. But what about when it's lying on the floor? We had a troll with a reach of two squares that had just beaten my paladin (who was directly ...
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Sanctified one discrepancy

Recently, I encountered one of the abilities of Sanctified One: Holy Fire (Su): Whenever you cast a spell with the fire subtype, you can choose to change all the fire damage it deals into raw ...
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Do Psicrystals get feats?

I've been looking at the uses of Psicrystals lately and have been wondering why I keep seeing references to them getting feats. I have not read anything to support the idea. They technically don't ...
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Does Ninja's Sudden Strike apply for multiple-attack rounds?

Given the following information; I have a Ninja which has the necessary feats and levels to have four attacks in a single round. I can turn invisible for a full round. The invisibility of a ninja ...
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How flexible is the Fang Dragon's Sound Imitation

The Fang Dragon (taken from Draconomicon) has an ability called Sound Imitation: Sound Imitation (Ex): A fang dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard, anytime it likes. Listeners must ...
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Help me buff out a rhino

Hi so for tonight's session I am making a mini boss 10 lvl druid. I want him to have a rhino as an animal companion and I believe that if he awaits that a battle is at hand, he would have buffed out ...
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How would I handle the mechanical repercussions of removing alignment?

I, as well as many people in some of the groups I play with, have come to the conclusion alignment is a clunky horrible mess. I personally don't like the way it oversimplifies morality and makes ...
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How does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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Feedback for a Point Buy System for Spellcreation/Research [closed]

I'm working on an RPG as a class project that uses 3.5e rules, and as a experiment I created a point buy system for spell creation rules. Its a very rough second draft that seems to come out roughly ...
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How can I recreate in 3.5e the Shifter class from Neverwinter Nights?

I would like to create a shapeshifting character. I'm used to Neverwinter Nights' Shifter prestige class, I would like to play something similar in DnD 3.5. I would appreciate some pointers about ...
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Wondrous Effects: What Are the Durations?

The rod of wonder (DMG 237) creates Wondrous Effects that have printed durations, creates Wondrous Effects that mimic spell effects yet don't include printed durations, and creates Wondrous Effects ...
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Off-hand penalty in PHB 3.5 glossary, how does it work?

I've played 3.5 for quite some time, and this has been something I've never quite understood, at least with respect to rules as written. On pp 311 of the 3.5 Player's Handbook, under the entry for ...
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Are there items that can be worn under/in addition to armor that grant AC bonuses?

Pretty self-explanatory; I began wondering this when I misread the description of Mithral Shirt and thought it could be worn on the body slot in addition to existing armor to grant additional AC ...
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Does casting while greater invisible make the spell effects also invisible?

I'm pretty sure that even if you're greater invisible and cast say, a lightning bolt, while you stay invisible per the spell, that the spells effects are still visible. I can't find a rule citation ...
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What books comprise “Core” D&D3.5e?

I keep seeing references to "Core" D&D3.5e (as opposed to the SRD), but I'm not sure which books are included. I know the Player's Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and Monster Manual ...
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Does an attack with a ghost touch weapon work normally vs. corporeal opponents?

So it's a bit of a habit as it seems for my questions to have a really explanatory title. My characters randomly rolled a looted ghost touch weapon last session. I'm a bit confused about the ...
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Mechanics of tearing apart a character

NPC monster creature tries to tear apart character after successfully grabbing him. Just like it can tear apart objects with brute force completing strength check. What mechanics should be used to ...
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How do deity weapons from “Spiritual weapon” work?

Does the spell Spiritual Weapon just make a powerless copy of the weapon, or is it a powered down version of its weapon? I'm playing a level 4 Cleric whose deity is Chronus, the God of Time. I ...
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Homebrew “magic” version of Soulknife

So it seems the Soulknife, though its ability to conjure energy blades at will sounds cool, actually sucks. Also, my DM (and possibly many other DM's) aren't particularly fond of Psionic rules. In ...
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Convert a caster level to base attack bonus

Is there any means to use a character's Caster Level as their Base Attack Bonus? Abjurant Champion has a class ability to use your BAB in place of your Caster Level (if higher), I'm looking for ...
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Brilliant energy not all it's cracked up to be?

I have this sai and it's already a speed weapon. That character will be taking improved disarm. Am looking at the entry for brilliant energy. "A brilliant energy weapon ignores nonliving matter." ...