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

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How can I get a character with the lowest hit points possible?

A friend of mine has asked me to help him create an escort mission for his April Fool's game (actually held this weekend, because, you know, scheduling). The players will be escorting a tenth-level ...
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Is an Ooze a living creature?

Is an Ooze or something with Ooze traits a living creature for the purposes of things like Vampiric Touch?
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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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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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Finding alternatives to rogues in campaigns

In a nutshell, I'm looking to join a game, but it seems that the type of character that I play often (rogue), has been done by everyone else in the group. Are their any other classes or sub-classes ...
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Meld Into Stone would fail if I have living spell components in my pouch?

I'm in a funny situation here. I have a gestalt Wizard/Druid (or a "Druizard", as my group call his "class") in my party, and recently his player tried to use Meld Into Stone to set up am ambush point....
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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 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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It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters?

It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters? Available options I've read about include things like chain-gating solars to ...
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What's the difference between a Ranger and a Scout?

Apparently the Complete Adventurer contains rules for a new base class, the Scout. Can anyone explain, at a high-level, what is the difference in character concept between a Ranger and a Scout? When ...
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Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs?

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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Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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Killing Elementals

So, you've got, let's say, an air elemental you want to kill, and it's basically made of air. How do you kill it? Simply by hitting it with any weapon seems a little bit illogical to me - it's air and ...
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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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How real are illusions?

The PCs this week tried to do something that stumped me this week, though I am sure this question has been asked before. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the PCs decided that they would cast an ...
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How does an Intelligence penalty affect skill points when character-building/leveling-up?

In character-building/leveling-up, you take your class's skill points and add your Int bonus. So a Fighter gets 2 Plus their Int bonus. Say my fighter is really smart(16) he'll get 2+3 (int bonus) ...
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Character Build - “Bad Luck” Theme

I'm trying to build a character who suffers a strange and inexplicable stigma that attracts misfortune to all the people around him. (In South America it's called "mufa"; in colloquial language, "...
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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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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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Are there rules for identifying class abilities?

Are there rules for PCs making checks to identify class abilities of NPCs? For example, if a Monk uses Slow Fall, or a Druid uses Woodland Stride, or a Paladin uses Lay On Hands, can nearby PCs ...
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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 belt....
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When are you “in range” of a spell's effects?

Based on this question: Can I dismiss a spell one target at a time? A follow-up. When are you considered "in range" of a spell's effects? The SRD says: If the Duration line ends with "(D)," you ...
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How do I convince players to play a D&D campaign with a restrictive premise?

Background Information I have been DM'ing for several years. My players and I have always loved 3.5e. We love the number crunching. We love the optimization. We love the options. But it seems every ...
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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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What is the best way to prevent abuse of the gate spell?

The gate spell may be used for calling a extraplanar creature up to 39 HD for your service, e.g. Solar. That creature may be commanded to use wish spell for raising your attributes or for creating a ...
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Is AC really as powerful as I think it is?

My understanding of AC is that an enemy must roll higher than your AC to take any damage on you. However, if this is the case, wouldn't a player only need an AC higher than 20 to be invincible? I am ...
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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 dead,...
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Can an attacker tell they're dealing non-lethal damage?

While reviewing regeneration I was reminded that "damage dealt to the creature is treated as nonlethal damage". This made me wonder if the attacker can tell (before regeneration happens) that the ...
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Would it be fair to ask the GM for benefits for self-imposed character limitations?

Is it fair to ask the DM for some kind of benefit if you give your character self-imposed weaknesses/downsides with definite consequences/mechanics behind them? For example, if I had a character with ...
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How do I turn a NPC undead in a way that maintains all their abilities, feats, etc.?

I have an upper level NPC druid that I plan on killing and then making undead, along with his animal companion. Do the rules allow the undead animal companion in this situation? (If so does it ...
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What would a player character need to better eat live animals raw?

Ok, so I mentioned in another question an idea for a character known for "(eating) small animals live and fresh with all the dignity and etiquette of a nobleman eating a sandwich"; would a character ...
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Does flight warrant Move Silently checks?

I just had a thought concerning a Half-Fae Warlock I'm building: if the Half-Fae template grants him butterfly wings for flight, and butterflies aren't exactly known for having audible flying sounds. ...
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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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Are there negative impacts to having characters advance at different rates?

It's my first time running a campaign (D&D 3.5), and I'm trying to figure out how to assign XP to the players. I am used to playing in games where everyone gets exactly the same XP, whether they ...
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Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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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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How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?

In one of my groups, there is an evil cleric. He constantly uses the 'harm' spell to greatly reduce the enemies hp (after several buffs and debuffs). The thing is, since he is playing with an evil ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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Is there a game-balance reason for Weapon Finesse to require a BAB of +1?

For a new campaign, I'm considering removing the Weapon Finesse (WF) prerequisite of BAB +1. I'd like clerics, monks and especially rogues to have access to it at first level. I'm trying to suss out ...
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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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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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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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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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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 handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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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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Why is holding a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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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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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 ...