The original release of Dungeons & Dragons third edition from 2000, not including the v3.5 revised edition.

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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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What items grant bonuses to Heal skill checks?

In Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition and Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 corpus, the number of items I've found that grant a direct bonus to Heal skill checks is 2. The healer's kit ...
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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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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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Are the Magic Items Compendium and Spell Compendium both 3.5e? [duplicate]

Are the Magic Items Compendium and Spell Compendium both for 3.5e, or are they based in 3rd version and need conversion before being used in 3.5?
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

It appears that in anticipation of D&D Next Wizards of the Coast has removed much of the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition Web content. I didn't perform a thorough search to determine if all the ...
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What creatures/templates have Powerful Build?

I'm particularly interested in templates, but in general can anyone tell me what playable races and usable templates would grant Powerful Build to a creature? I only know of like, one. The ...
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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 to make my session Faster

What are good ways to make my sessions move faster and my plot to develop quicker? I like to keep a balance between roleplay and dungeoncrawling, and don't mind spending hours in a dungeon on purely ...
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How to use INT as CHA for all purposes

I am wondering if there is a way to use my INT Ability score as my CHA score, plain and simple. Basically I would like a feat or something that makes this the case. However, if that is not possible, ...
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?

I'm looking for any sort of ability to add onto an intelligent magical lance that will allow it to change into other weapons. Whether this is something like making it "wear" a ring of Polymorph Any ...
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What are the key in-setting differences between D&D Oriental Adventures and L5R?

The Legend of the Five Rings product line has a moderately interesting history (OOC and IC). What I have been able to piece together of the setting's publishing history: AD&D has a setting ...
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What changes between 2E and 3E D&D, if any, made standard XP progression appropriate?

In editions of Dungeons & Dragons up to and including AD&D 2E, each class has its own progression rate, so that at 3,000 XP you could have a level 2 fighter, or a level 3 thief. In 3E, 4E, ...
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I'm looking for a good Coup de Grace weapon for my sneaky dude for when he needs to get up close and personal with someone, any suggestions?

Of particular interest are weapons that can be used one-handed, hidden relatively well, and are light, but I'll take a look at everything that's suggested. Weapon proficiency is not a problem for me ...
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Which splatbook describes horse breeds in the Forgotten Realms?

I clearly remember one of the Forgotten Realms manuals having a list of made-up breeds with stat modifiers for each. Which splatbook are they in?
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What tools are available to help me create creatures and NPCs?

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software tools or ...
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What are the limits to the potions a Master Alchemist can make?

I found the Master Alchemist prestige class in the 3rd edition book Magic of Faerûn (p. 34-35), whose main shtick is making potions of up to level 9 with full casting progression (without type!). The ...
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The half-elf: is it balanced?

I always had the feeling that the half-elf is unbalanced in D&D 3. It gets some racial bonuses on saving throws, immunity to sleep, low-light vision and a couple of pluses in abilities, but it ...
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Do Class Skill Bonuses Count as Ranks?

In Pathfinder do class skill bonuses count as ranks, especially for the purpose of prestige classing, or are they a generic bonus? If they are a bonus, how should I adjust the required ranks for ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...
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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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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

I've been discussing critical strikes with a friend. He states that there is no way to get more than 11-20 range in any D&D version, but he refuses to explain how he gets there, and it's based on ...
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Techniques for making high level D&D play more manageable?

Many people complain about high level D&D 3.x play. It can become less enjoyable for both players and GMs because of the huge nest of rules and complexity required for every character, the prep ...
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...
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How do I determine number of damage sources for calculating Damage Reduction?

Damage reduction reduces damage from each source: Consider having DR2, if you were attacked by 6 sources each dealing 3 damage, you would take 6*(3-2)=6, however, if it was 1 source dealing 18 you ...
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What are important things to keep in mind when converting a 3e/3.5e module to Pathfinder?

I'm interesting in converting one or more of my existing modules for Dungeons and Dragons 3/3.5e to work with the Pathfinder rules. I'm interested to know from others who have done this kind of ...
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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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Multiple attacks in a round (iterative attacks)

In what order do iterative attacks resolve? Right after the character who has initiative has resolved his first attack (attack with highest BAB), or do the other characters and npc's resolve their ...
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What was this set of RPG tools called?

Years ago, I found a set of free RPG tools on someone's website. It included: A random treasure hoard generator for D&D third edition. A random dungeon map generator. It created black-and-white ...
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Investigating suspects and evidence in a D&D3.x based world

First of all, I know there's been a question titled Crime Investigation in a fantasy world. My question is only partially similar to that, though. The problem: In a DnD3.x based world (including ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

Background: I've been playing RPGs for a long time and I've been playing AD&D for years. I enjoyed both the original D&D and D&D3/3.5/Pathfinder, other than (especially) tons of other ...
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How many stun attacks can a monk do in one round?

A level 15 monk has 4 attacks when using bare-hands. Is it possible to do 4 stun attacks in one round, or is only 1 stun attack possible and 3 normal attacks?
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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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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What happens when a Dragonfire Adept with a template uses Humanshape?

If a Dragonfire Adept has the Draconic template (LA+1) then uses Humanshape, does that affect his alternate forms in any way? Would that allow him to apply his template to his other forms, or perhaps ...
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How do I determine my Spell Save and Spells Per Day?

I have a copy of the 3rd Edition PHB (take note: that's 3e, not 3.5e,)and decided to make a few characters using the official character sheet from the back of the book. Based on what I've learned ...
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Aganazzar's Scorcher: Rules for 'path' Spells

Agnazzar's Scorcher, a spell from the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, reads as follows: A jet of roaring flame bursts from your outstretched hand, scorching any creature in a 5-foot-wide path ...
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Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?

A few years back our group tried to come up with the fastest possible D&D character. If I remember correctly we could build a character that could go faster than the speed of sound, but I can't ...
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D&D 3.x criticals similar to Dragon Age RPG's Stunts?

Having just skimmed the Dragon Age RPG Quickstart Guide PDF for practically the first time, I've found the game's Stunts system - which gives you a chance to accomplish some interesting, useful trick ...
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Do Sleeping or Otherwise Helpless Targets Get Reflex Saves in 3rd Edition D&D?

According to the 3.5 PHB (p. 309), a helpless (e.g., sleeping) target is treated as having Dex 0, and has a "-5 modifier". On p. 153, it further explains that a helpless defender can't use any ...
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What's the attack of opportunity for a monk

What if a monk is allowed to do an attack of opportunity on a spellcasting enemy, is the monk only allowed to one attack, or use full attack like +10 / +5 for a level 14 monk?
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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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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for free. However, after playing a bit ...
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Ways to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell

Is there a spell, feat, special ability, etc. in DnD3.x – or possibly Pathfinder – that would allow a character to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell? Or is there a certain ...
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The Sunless Citadel and its errors

Is there any official errata for the adventure module by Bruce Cordell, The Sunless Citadel? Failing that, is there a decent-sized unofficial errata available on the web? Something more than "I ...
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Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there ...
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Fixed Psionic Combat

This question (especially KRyan's answer) made me remember what Psionic Combat was. In my 3.0 group we never encountered psionicenemies so we didn't realize how bad it was. On paper, it looked good ...