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

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How can I add story to every encounter so that they don't seem like I'm just piling monsters on the characters for xp?

I am running a Viking themed 3.5 adventure and the party is traveling to confront a barbarian king on the way though they have just been fighting wild animals and it feels like these encounters don't ...
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What would happen if you use Disjunction on a golem?

What would happen if a character were to cast a Mage's/Mordenkainen's Disjunction on an iron golem? Would it stop functioning because Disjunction has removed its magic? Or would its spell immunity ...
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What is the cost for the upkeep of gear?

Our campaign setting is money poor, the cost of a master work weapon is far out of the commoner's reach. When players need to purchase things they certainly think it through. NPC crafters do not have ...
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How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?

One of my biggest headaches as a DM (though perhaps I am overcomplicating things) is coming up with consistent prices for goods and services not listed in the reference books for a medieval setting ...
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Writing new campaign, is it fine to “make it up as we go along”?

I'm making new fantasy Dungeons and Dragons third edition game. I wrote out the entire first situation with most general situations in mind. Should I try and just "ole" the whole creative process ...
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How can I offer players a balanced opportunity to take powerful races, without adjusting their level?

I'm planning to run a Planescape game in 3.5 and want to offer players the opportunity to play unusual characters within the system. Ideally power level wouldn't be a concern, but some players might ...
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Generate an engaging and “realistic” tribe of orcs (also one of ogres)

My players recently turned a slaughter of low-level orcs & ogres (separate situations) into a massive recruitment drive. Given the choice between death and lucrative mercenary work, most chose to ...
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Can you use a Longbow outside level flight?

Are there any rules for using a Longbow in parabolic flight, e.g. when you don't have Line of Sight or the target is a very long way a way?
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How do I quicken / sum up larger (but not army-scale) d20/DnD3.x combat?

I'll be rather specific: Imagine you have five lv7 characters (in DnD3.5), a bunch of their followers (skeletons raised by their priestess and whatnot), and they're facing about the same number of ...
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Group-wise Combinable Magic Items (each member owns 1)

I realize this isn't the best reference, but there was a show in the 90's "Captain Planet" where there was 5 kids, and each had a ring of power, and it was when they would combine all of them the ...
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How do cursed items work?

I have never really used cursed items in my campaigns, but I'm considering doing so for my latest one. For the most part, cursed items seem pretty straightforward except for two things: How do you ...
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Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs in D&D 3.5?

Checking the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook rules, the rules are explicit that the Diplomacy skill cannot be used to influence other PCs, only NPCs. But I see no such restrictions for Intimidate or ...
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How should we thematically deal with failed skill checks?

Is there a specific ruling or generally-accepted-practice that determines how players should handle failed skill checks? Does it depend on the skill? Specifically, do PCs know when they failed a ...
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How can I play an Artificer predictively?

Of the various classes held to be Tier One, the Artificer is perhaps the absolute trickiest to play. Though their potential power - especially with access to downtime - is immense, they more than any ...
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In what circumstances (if any) is Fighter 3 a good level to take?

I've heard a lot about how Fighter 3 is a bad level to take. However, are there ever any circumstances in 3.x where it is a good idea for optimisation purposes? I'd appreciate hearing the reasoning ...
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How can I optimize a factotum?

I'm playing a level 3 factotum (class from Dungeonscape) in a Midnight game. The race provides an extra bonus feat and an extra 4 ranks in skills per level. The skills are taken from pathfinder, but ...
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How could I have a sidekick/squire in DnD3.5?

In Mutants and Masterminds you can purchase a side kick as a feat. I'm rolling up a knight, and I want a squire, using a similar game mechanic. Is there anything like this in DnD, other than ...
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What is wrong with the Truenamer?

I have seen a lot of people say that the Truenamer does not work (such as this answer placing Truenamer at the bottom tier) or that it's terrible. As far as I can read and see, though, it seems to be ...
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Is grappling symmetrical?

Once a character successfully starts grappling a target, is there now any difference between the aggressor and the defender? Or do both characters get exactly the same mechanical effects, such as no ...
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Are there any Animal Companions that are not actually Animals?

I’m just curious if any supplement out there includes an Animal Companion that is not, in fact, an Animal. As in the type. I mean that just any Druid of sufficient level can take; there are ...
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Fending off phase spiders in 3.5

You're in a dungeon filled with phase spiders. They can ethereal jaunt in as a free action, bite you with their hideous poison dripping mandible of doom, and slip back to the ethereal plane as a move ...
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Can Kobolds count as tiny for sharing a square with a teammate?

I'm playing a Dragon Fire Adept Kobold, and the Slight Build feature made it seem like I could share a space with a party member. Slight Build: The physical stature of kobolds lets them function ...
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What effects do critical and fumble tables have on D&D 3.5?

Just getting some extra damage, and just missing, seem pretty boring. A lot of people like to spruce things up by having critical hits and natural-1 fumbles result in a roll on a special table, which ...
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How are Pathfinder Fighters different from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play?

How do Pathfinder Fighters differ from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play? Is the feat structure different? What are the changes regarding combat feats and special rules like ...
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Limits and rules for Silent/Minor/Major Image spells

What are the limits of Image spells? An example in the 'All about Illusions' articles on wizards.com (1, 2, 3, 4) is an illusionary guard: Can I make the guard (keeping concentration) dissolve into ...
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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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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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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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What is this creature that increases in strength as its allies die?

I remember some years ago coming across a creature in 3.5e that works in groups and as each individual of the group is slain the surviving creatures increase in strength. Can anyone give me the ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?

I was looking for the Wizard Handbook but all the links were broken. Somewhere on the handbooks of other classes (on other forums) I saw a This was archived by WotC, here's the link But the ...
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Where is the Belt(?) of Shared Space?

I would swear that I've seen an item which allows anyone who has a linked copy to access the same extradimensional space; I'm 99% sure it was published by WotC or Paizo, and I'm 90% sure it was a ...
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How do I force a party from the Astral Plane?

I am running a high-level, low magic campaign, currently 13th level. When the seas iced over thanks to a Levistus activating an elder relic, the possessed warlock of the party spent some time ...
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Things a Paladin with low Wis/Cha can do with his spellcasting ability?

One of my players was fairly new to the game back when he made his Paladin, and decided to emphasise heavily on Strength/Constitution. However it's now a bit later into the game and he has reached the ...
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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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Too many magic rings and trinkets

I am a DM, and I have two player's who love +1 Ac Rings, or any kind of ring or trinket to help with AC. Every bit of gold or other item of any value they use it to trade for it. I try not to be mean ...
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A level 18 wizard's heritage (treasure) in D&D 3.5

To cut a long story very short, the campaign's opening story ends with the following: The party's mentor, master, and "step-father", a level 18 neutral evil wizard who dabbled in shadow magic, is ...
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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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What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?

So, I have a problem. I have a warforged character who, the DM insisted, would be created with a class first and THEN have stats rolled, 3d6, in order and no re-ordering (i.e. STR first, then DEX, ...
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Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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How should a DM handle Vorpal + Surge of Fortune?

I have a fairly clever player whose character recently died. He decided to make a new one, whose thing is being an Eldritch Disciple Halfling that throws a Returning Vorpal Dagger around. As a ...
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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Are the Clerics of Pelor supposed to be celibate?

So, I've rolled up a Dwarf who happened to be raised by humans. I call him "Gilly". At one point in the game I returned to my room at an inn only to find a woman there waiting for me. I started ...
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May magic missile be energy substituted

Does energy substitution cover force damage type? I'd like to fire flaming missile to exploit monster weaknesses and searching for a way to add fire description to the spell or replace original with ...
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Why use NPC classes for NPCs?

I am a fairly novice game master, but something I've never really understood NPC classes. As far as I understand them, they are noticeably weaker versions of PC classes (e.g. the NPC warrior in 3.5 ...
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Should the DM try to actively fix party wealth in a sandbox game?

This question is inspired by this WBL question. The consensus seems to be that WBL is important. But in a sandbox game , where the course of action is determined by the players, what should be DM's ...
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Does a Warforged barbarian never get fatigued?

When a barbarian's rage ends, the character becomes fatigued for the rest of the scene, as per the rules in the PHB. On the other hand, the warforged race (introduced in the Eberron campaign setting) ...
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Ways for a Sorcerer to cast Spells he doesn't “know”

A Wizard prepares and casts Spells from his Spellbook and can therefore cast pretty much any Spell he has the appropriate Slot for and can get a Scroll to learn it from. I'd like to have a similar ...
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How many arrows an archer can carry/bring with him

What would be a realistic number of arrows an archer can have/carry/bring with him? Dozens or hundreds?
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Can a 6th level character do forced march forever?

If a character fails a Constitution check while doing a forced march, they take 1d6 nonlethal damage and become fatigued. Eliminating the nonlethal damage also eliminates the fatigue. However, ...