D&D Next is the prerelease term for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, written by Wizards of the Coast, to be published in Fall of 2014. D&D Next is a heroic fantasy RPG inspired by the mechanics and settings of all previous D&D editions.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

2
votes
1answer
56 views

How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest

I'm having a hard time understanding how to figure out the odds of success from an ability contest. I originally thought that each +1 would be 5% but anydice suggests 4% but only after a +1 ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

Advice for running a non linear storyline on a sandbox? [on hold]

As a game master, I'm used to linear campaigns with pre-set plots, I plan my stories as TV episodes, but I usually give my players a sneak peak of what's coming next so they decide which adventure to ...
4
votes
3answers
87 views

Can I give the blinded condition through an improvised action?

Under the rules for contests it says that anytime you wish to do something that is opposed by another you make a contest ability check. Later in the combat rules it says that you can use a shove ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Any tips on how to build my first and highly hostile Hexcrawl? [on hold]

I'm starting to develop my first sandbox campaign ever, I'll be using 5e to run it and I'll start the game in October, so I'm taking these two months to prep everything. I'm using Hexographer as my ...
4
votes
1answer
128 views

What does an average monster in the Starter Set look like?

Based on the monsters that have been previewed so far by WOTC (we've seen 4 from the starter so far, 3 are easily found here). We've only really seen a small range of Challenge levels (all 3 in the ...
4
votes
1answer
158 views

Do proficiencies stack?

In D&D 5e it is possible for a character to receive proficiency in the same skill, tool, weapon and/or armor from Class, Race, and/or Background. Do any of these proficiencies stack, thereby ...
5
votes
1answer
114 views

Which Fighter (TWF Fighter vs. Great Weapon Fighter) is better optimized for Dealing Damage?

With Basic's release the Fighter is given six different Fighting Styles to choose from at level 1. Each fighting style offers a solid mechanical benefit to the fighter, but both Great Weapon Fighting ...
1
vote
2answers
194 views

How do you calculate an average damage when damage is conditional on circumstances?

I'm trying to compare two rogue builds to each other. The first rogue is easy. It's a wood elf with a long bow in a wilderness campaign, doing 1d8+mod damage and always being hidden with SA damage. ...
8
votes
1answer
302 views

Does a short combat or casting one spell interrupt a Long Rest?

D&D Basic Rules v0.1 says on page 67 that a long rest is interrupted by "at least 1 hour of walking, fighting, casting spells". So does that mean that 59 minutes of combat doesn't interrupt the ...
5
votes
2answers
367 views

Does being in the same space as an ogre allow a halfling to hide between its legs?

Say I have a level 3 lightfoot halfling rogue fighting an ogre. Can I move 10 feet into the space of an ogre, use cunning action to hide, hit It with sneak attack (in its groin?), and then move out ...
2
votes
3answers
143 views

Advice for making an adventure entirely based on “boss” battles? [closed]

we're currently playing D&D Next using the Basic rules and covnerted Pathfinder monsters covnerted based on the Playtest monster stats. Next session my players (Monk, Ninja (Pathfinder converted ...
11
votes
2answers
736 views

How can a goblin attack and hide in the same turn?

In the basic rules both an attack or going into hiding counts as an action, of which you can only do one per turn. But in the demonstration video of the Starter Box in the very first fight the group ...
11
votes
2answers
252 views

How do I copy and paste from the Basic D&D rules?

As I've been answering questions on the stack, I've noticed that it's rather difficult to copy and paste text from the Basic D&D rules. Here is what I get when I try to copy text from the PDF ...
5
votes
2answers
152 views

Does a hit to a stabilized character count as a death saving failure?

The 0.1 basic rules (p76) say: A stable creature doesn't make death saving throws [...]. The creature stops being stable, and must start making death saving throws again, if it takes any damage. ...
8
votes
2answers
343 views

What terms are used in D&D 5e basic that have different meanings than the same term in all previous editions? [closed]

5th edition uses something like Vancian magic but it isn't, and it will be using 'challenge rating' to mean something different than in 3rd edition. Which terms in the rules tend to confuse people ...
9
votes
2answers
375 views

What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?

A persistent problem in D&D is the implementation and understanding of stealth mechanics. 5e provides for hiding when creatures "can't see" you. How do the obscured rules work with hiding, ...
34
votes
4answers
1k views

What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?

5e is described by its marketing materials as: The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends may tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with ...
10
votes
3answers
303 views

Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e

With the free release of the 5e Basic Rules, I'm looking for an adventure to introduce myself and my group to 5e (in the spirit of this question): we want to try the system before deciding if we'll ...
7
votes
2answers
368 views

What are the major differences between the final playtest package and D&D 5e Basic?

Back in October 2013 we had the "final playtest document" which allowed people to play Next for almost a year before D&D5e Basic was released. What major changes are there in the rules that were ...
4
votes
1answer
181 views

What is inspiration?

I've noticed a new mechanic in the 5th edition rules that stands our from the rest. It's called Inspiration. What is this, what is it good for and how should I as a DM grant it? It looks like it's ...
4
votes
2answers
178 views

What's a good way to deal with Random Encounters inside Dungeons? [closed]

I've been wondering, what's an interesting way to use random encounters while exploring dungeons? We're currently playing D&D Next Playtest and every 10 minutes of dungeon turns or such I make a ...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

Any tips for running more action based and less tactical encounters?

I've been using "tactical minis" games for all my games as of now, specifically Savage Worlds and 4E which has been my bread and butter. Just recently we picked up D&D Next Playtest (Oct 2013) to ...
3
votes
3answers
130 views

How do I tailor a Solo Monster for 1st level characters on D&D Next?

I'm running my first campaign of D&D Next and I'm tailoring some custom monsters, and using some of the weakest from the Monster Manual from the Playtest (I'm using the October 2013 document). ...
3
votes
1answer
142 views

What major changes will 5e bring in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting?

As I understand it 4e takes the Forgotten Realms storyline up to around 1469 DR. How far will 5e take it, if at all? Will there be many changes to the story? I am using many realms characters, such ...
2
votes
3answers
142 views

Converting Saving Throws from AD&D to D&D Next

I'm trying to run the newly released Against the Slave Lords compilation using the D&D Next rules and I've run into a problem with converting Saving Throws. How do I go about converting something ...
3
votes
2answers
156 views

Can I use my newly gained limited-use ability right after leveling up?

This question came into mind after seeing this question. It may be an absurd question, but can I use a limited-use ability which I have gained by leveling up without taking any rest? For example, can ...
4
votes
1answer
380 views

Does D&D Next have rules for gaining experience from gold?

I have read in some of the Old-School Basic D&D incarnations that characters are awarded more EXP for the gold value of the treasure they find than they gain by defeating enemies. I like how this ...
7
votes
2answers
408 views

Does D&D Next or Dead in Thay have rules for equipping new PCs above level 1?

My game group at the local shop recently got our hand on the next season of D&D Encounters, Dead in Thay, and will be running it in a few days. Previous editions, such as 4e, have very specific ...
11
votes
1answer
397 views

In D&D Next, is 4 hours long enough for a long rest for Elves and Warforged?

The Long Rest rules read as: Long Rest A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which you sleep or perform light activity: reading, talking, eating, or ...
3
votes
1answer
90 views

Are non-concentration spells dismissable?

Looking through the spell list in the D&D Next playtest, it seems like spells don't call out whether or not they can be dismissed before their duration has expired, like they would in 3.X. I also ...
14
votes
4answers
1k views

D&D Next and “Theatre of the Mind” in combat

My group have been using the play test material for D&D Next. Our target play style for combat encounters would be to use battle boards roughly half the time (when there is enough of interest in ...
5
votes
1answer
179 views

What plans (or indications) are there for D&D Insider content & features for D&D 5e?

I know that Dungeon and Dragon magazines will be publishing with the same regularity they did for 4e and feature much of the same types of content, but has there been any statements from Mike Mearls ...
7
votes
5answers
937 views

Is the Player's Handbook sufficient to run a campaign?

The Player's Handbook (PHB) for D&D Next is being released in August. The Dungeon Master's Guide and the Monster Manual are being released a few months after, however. Can a group run a successful ...
6
votes
2answers
140 views

Will D&D Adventures have International access?

Wizard of the Coast just announced a new program for Organizational Play. I'm not aware of how organizational play has worked in the passed other than the Encounters Program when it was for official ...
14
votes
2answers
226 views

How do I convert traps from older modules to fit D&D 5e?

I recently acquired a bunch of old modules for 2nd and 3rd edition. Most of the module has been very easy to convert, however there is one thing I'm a bit stuck on. Traps. It seems that some of ...
8
votes
4answers
154 views

Throwing versatile weapons two-handed?

Most of the time, when you think of throwing a weapon like an axe or a spear, it's done with one hand. However, some weapons like the trident are versatile... is there anything that says you can or ...
8
votes
1answer
289 views

Is the NDA for DnDNext still in Effect?

When signing up for the playtest, you sign an agreement that basically says you can't quote or share material from the playtest packet. However, recently, Wizards of the Coast has started to sell ...
3
votes
1answer
237 views

Why is Resistance not a mage spell? [closed]

I'm playing what's effectively a counter-caster, and a spell I noticed that is on both the cleric and druid spell lists is the cantrip Resistance. This spell gives a bonus to a single saving throw, ...
2
votes
3answers
94 views

Can I add Divine Favor damage to Two Weapon Fighting?

If I'm a War Cleric, and I cast Divine Favor on myself and I use two light weapons and they both hit, do I add the extra damage twice since both weapons hit, or just once since both weapons are part ...
6
votes
1answer
258 views

Spell DC Saving Throws

In the Class sections, each class Spell DC is stated as "8 + your [Ability] modifier." So for example, a Mage with 16 Intelligence would have a Spell DC of 11. However, on page 28 of How To Play, it ...
2
votes
1answer
446 views

Calculating Hit Points past Level 1

What is giving me trouble is the phrase "+ your Constitution modifier per [class] level after 1st." Does this simply mean I add my CON modifier once each time I level up, or add my CON modifier a ...
4
votes
4answers
335 views

Typical amount of time for a Story Arc to complete

Background: I'm new to tabletop role-playing games, with D&D Next being my first. I like the idea of tabletop role-playing and thought I'd give it a try. The group on average meets about 3 times ...
7
votes
2answers
276 views

Initiate Feats DCs for non-spellcasters

These feats from D&D Next grant limited spell casting abilities: (Arcane /Divine /Druidic) Initiate: You learn two cantrips of your choice from the (Mage/Cleric/Druid) spell list. In ...
5
votes
3answers
341 views

Is a spell with an attack roll “an attack” for the purpose of Sneak Attack?

Sneak Attack says: When you attack a creature and hit, you can deal extra damage to that target if you have advantage against it or if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it and that ...
0
votes
1answer
213 views

Is there an Alchemy system that enables me to make all the potions? [closed]

I've been working on making a half-orc mercenary for a D&D Next campaign who used to be a field alchemist for his tribe. However, the way D&D Next is set up makes alchemy very hard. For ...
5
votes
1answer
355 views

How can a Paladin add CHA mod to melee damage?

I'm playing a level 3 paladin and remember reading about spell or class feature that led me add my CHA mod in addition to my strength mod on melee damage rolls, but I cannot find it. Does anyone know ...
7
votes
2answers
246 views

What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?

I need some elaboration on what is covered by "surprised". The Assassin Rogue’s special feature “Assassinate” states: …In addition, if you (...) hit a creature that is surprised, you score a ...
7
votes
2answers
253 views

Do Paladins add their Proficency bonus to their Spell Save DC?

The basic formula in D&D Next for Spell Save DC is 8 + Magic Modifier + Proficiency. However, the Spell Casting feature Paladins gain at level 2 says: Magic Ability Charisma is your ...
6
votes
1answer
283 views

Should a Mage prepare a spell to cast it as a ritual?

Ritual casting does not expend a spell slot, I know that. However, the Mage class feature does not say anything about whether you should prepare the subject spell to cast it as a ritual. On one side, ...
5
votes
1answer
277 views

How can I squeeze a place for utility spells with limited number of preparable spells?

A full caster in D&D Next can prepare 1 + Caster Level kinds of spells per day. It seems to me those are not enough to justify preparing utility spells. Assuming a single defensive and offensive ...