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

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Genesis spell clarification and Placing gates in portable holes

I'm building an artificer for an upcoming 3.5 campaign but Campaign will have very little downtime for crafting. My idea is to create a Demiplane that has a timeline out of sync with the material ...
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What do you do when there's nothing to do in combat?

There are a lot of situations in D&D combat where characters seem to be left without anything to do that round. For example, a bard out of inspires and without slashing weapons beset by zombies, ...
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Passing an item in combat

One player wants to pass a potion to another player in the middle of combat. What kind of actions are needed?
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How do Multiple Multi-Class Feats work?

I am wondering if I took 2 multiclassing feats, could they a) effect a class ability given by a class other then the one the feat is made for (Having wildshape ability but getting it from Ranger ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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Are there rules for custom feats/abilities?

The rules explicitly acknowledge the possibility of spellcasters producing entirely new spells, for example, Independent Research A wizard also can research a spell independently, duplicating ...
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Does the (Swift,) Fly spell cause physical resistance when an object was hovering

Last Saturday, during our regular D&D session, the party's Dusk Blade cast Blade of Blood on a needle she was carrying, then used the spell Fly, Swift to levitate it into position in front of a ...
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How similar to normal attacks are attacks made with a telekinetic violent thrust?

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell telekinesis [trans] (PH 292) allows the caster to move objects or creatures by concentrating on them.… [T]he spell can… exert a single short, violent thrust [allowing] ...
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can you use swift actions as a second attempt at an action?

Can you use a swift action (I.e. travel devotion) as a save from falling to make a second attempt to grab a rope, etc., for example?
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What is the highest dispel check one can hope to roll?

To my knowledge, the dispel check is ruled by two things: your caster level, which is theoretically evergrowing, and small bonuses coming from feats, prestige classes and several other sources, which ...
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Epic Bluff Use - Instill Suggestion

I have read over the insert on page 39 of the epic level handbook and am still confused by how it reads. The example shows a +50 sense motive modifier and the description says its a sense motive 25 to ...
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Where is the Gold Slaad mentioned?

One of the various species of monsters created for D&D is the Slaad — vicious, large bipedal 'frog-beings' native to the plane of Limbo, that diverge into various subspecies based on color — red, ...
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Does making a Sleight of Hand skill check really provoke an attack of opportunity?

The feat Cutpurse (Dragon Compendium Volume 1 95) has as its normal entry the following: Using Sleight of Hand in melee provokes an attack of opportunity. The feat Master Pickpocket (City of ...
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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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Where does a lich reappear after its destruction?

The key thing about being a lich is that destruction never sticks - the lich's soul is locked away in his phylactery, and ensures that the lich always returns to plague the living: Unless its ...
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What classes would fit a singing assassin? [closed]

My friend is going to create a character of a virtuso assassin. If I understand him correctly, he'd like to be someone with split personality. A successful, well-known musician and dancer, who becomes ...
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When do I have to decide whether to use Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) or not?

The "Wall of Blades" description says: You can decide to use this ability after you learn the result of your opponent's attack. Tome of Blades, p. 70 So, can I decide whether or not to use ...
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Does Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) work against touch attacks?

The maneuver Wall of Blades reads: When an enemy makes a melee attack or ranged attack against you, you can initiate this counter to oppose that attack by making an attack roll with any melee ...
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Is the Cancer Mage overpowered?

I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign, and a player wants to go for the Cancer Mage prestige class in the Book of Vile Darkness. Is this prestige class overpowered, as defined in this question?
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Warblade / Swordsage Hybrid

The background: my current warblade is too powerful compared to the rest of my party. I am aware, that the issue might be inefficient builds of other characters, but I wanted to focus on this ...
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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 it possible to dual wield two double weapons with two hands for four attacks?

I have tried googling it, went through over 50 books, overviewed Dragon Magazines, Wotc Articles and couldn't find anything. Is there any race, template, feat, class feature, spell, power or other ...
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What is the maximum skill bonus that can be crafted into a magic item?

So, I know that a weapon enchantment caps out at +10 or 200K GP value. But what about skill increasing items? It seems pretty cheap to get a +10 ring of Jump. (10,000 GP) But I remember reading ...
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Reach question for Dancing Blade Parry Stance

When in the Stance Dancing Blade Parry from the Tome of Battle, it says "your reach increases by 5 ft." Does this mean I can only attack enemies with the extended reach or do I still have the option ...
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How are bonus feats affected by reincarnate?

A reincarnated creature recalls the majority of its former life and form. It retains any class abilities, feats, or skill ranks it formerly possessed. The reincarnated creature gains all ...
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Can player characters pick monster feats?

Some of my player characters have a race from a template but without monster hit dice (like half-orc) and others have a race from a template with monster hit dice (like ogre). Now in the back of ...
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How is Assume Supernatural Ability Feat treated if the ability is passive?

Assume Supernatural Ability is a feat that allows a shape-shifted creature to use an ability of its adopted form: You learn to use a single supernatural ability of another kind of creature while ...
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At what point does an adept gain the bonus to AC from the absolute steel stance?

When does the Armor Class bonus from the Iron Heart maneuver absolute steel [stance] (Tome of Battle 66) activate? For example, can a martial adept take a move action to move ten feet then take a ...
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how to balance a character with the half-ogre template (or the party)

I have a party of 6 or 7 players all currently level 2 and one of them has just created a new character: a half-ogre (Savage Species p218) barbarian. we just played one session and it feels as if this ...
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What are the consequences of failing the Strength check to move in a Web spell?

Regarding this part of the Web spell in D&D 3.5: Each round devoted to moving allows the creature to make a new Strength check or Escape Artist check. The creature moves 5 feet for each full ...
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How to obtain lots of temporary hit points?

Most of the spells can grant a few temporary hitpoints, like 10, 20 or 30. Is there any spell granting an ammount of 100 or more? What about psionic powers(along with other variants of psionics, ...
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Relations between types of sources of magic

Currently, after years of not playing using D&D 3.5, I am planning magic-heavy campaing. Basically each player will have to play caster class (no mundane fighters or rogues), so I wanted to ...
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Can legless species jump?

For example, could a Yuan-ti with a snake tail instead of legs still use the jump skill? I am specifically asking about creatures without legs who still have some mode of land-based locomotion, e.g. ...
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Warblade maneuver recovery

Can a warblade recover their maneuvers using a swift action and a full-round attack? Typically the manual says: You can recover all expended maneuvers with a single swift action, which must be ...
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How much XP does a character with LA start with in D&D 3.5e?

I understand that a newly minted drow (LA +2) sorcerer will have an ECL of 3, meaning that for XP purposes he is treated as being level 3. Thus he will require a total of 6,000 XP to gain his second ...
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Earth Mastery - What is the “ground”?

An earth elemental has earth mastery, Earth Mastery (Ex) An earth elemental gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls if both it and its foe are touching the ground. If an opponent is airborne ...
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Necropolitan sub-type?

In the creation paragraph of the Necropolitan (Liber Mortis ~p112) is said that a creature acquiring this template gain the undead type and atypical sub-type (The subtype may have another name but I ...
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Does dance of ruin hurt the caster

I was reading the text for dance of ruin and it says it spreads outwards centred on the caster, does this mean the caster is also hit by dance of ruin? EDIT: the spell is from the book of vile ...
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Does an entity speaking the god's language understand every language?

I can't remember exactly the name, but I heard of a language used by gods, wich is understandable by every sentient being. It directly form the concept in the auditor's mind (thus, you can adress ...
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Can a vampirized but devout cleric of Pelor avoid losing spellcasting?

Situation: The cleric of Pelor was held against his will, and forced to become a vampire. Pelor is known for especially hating the undead, but also "urges his followers to remember that excessive ...
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Do you lose DEX AC bonus while standing in Grease

Do you lose your DEX bonus to AC while standing in the area of effect of a Grease spell?
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My character is more powerful than the others in the party

Background: DnD 3.5 Homebrew campaign. Level 5 party. Warblade (me). Bard. Warlock. Paladin. Rogue. The dilemma: my character completely outshines the others in almost every single combat ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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Do you have to know the target spell to use Spiritual Counter?

My DM is saying the cleric needs to know the spell in question to counter it, but the wording of the power does not imply that. I checked the errata for the book (Complete Champion) and the feat was ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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Arcane Hierophant Variant: Archivist prestige class creation

I'm planning on creating a prestige class based on the Arcane Hierophant. The Arcane Hierophant however is more wizard/druid bias and since I'm an Archivist I decided to create a variant with the ...
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DEX vs. CON on overall longevity

Would pumping one stat over the other increase the overall longevity as it pertains to a squishy hard-caster? (Wizard/Druid/Sorcerer/Witch types). I am not talking about about any skills or class ...
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Can you buy off Level Adjustment (LA) for monster classes?

Using the rules presented in Unearthed Arcana, can you buy off the LA from monster classes presented in Savage Species? Does this affect balance at high level play? The monster PCs might be a few ...
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Is adding common item effects to magic items dependent on caster level?

The Magic Item Compendium introduced the possibility of adding common item effects, like ability bonusses, AC bonusses, energy resistance or resistance bonuses to saving throws, to other magic items. ...