D&D Next, is a playtest of the soon to be published (Fall 2014) Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition by Wizards of the Coast. D&D Next is a heroic fantasy RPG inspired by the mechanics and setting of all previous D&D editions.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Flurry of Blows Damage Calculation

Flurry of Blows You can make unarmed strikes with supernatural speed, using your fists, kicks, and head-­butts.** You can use your attack action to make two unarmed attacks*. If you ...
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Does the Fencing Master feat stack with the 5th level extra attack?

Do the extra attacks from the Fencing Master feat and the extra attack 5th level class benefit stack? Do I get to attack 3 times in one turn when having both of these?
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Can I make a worthwhile one-handed paladin?

I would really like my pally to use just ONE weapon, and wield nothing in their other hand (or at least appear to do so), but I don't really see any thing that makes it beneficial at all. Using 2 ...
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Can someone explain what the “proficiency Bonus” is in D&D Next exactly?

I am reading the final playtest rules, and I keep seeing how you can add proficiency bonus to Attack rolls checks with weapons you are proficienct and skill checks in skills you are proficient in, but ...
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Using 3d6 instead of d20 for D&D Next

I am currently running a campaign with D&D Next playtest packet released at September. My player has been complaining about his terrible attack rolls (He didn't prevail because of fumbles, even at ...
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How can I convert D&D Next Saving Throws into Defences?

In the last public playtest packet, saving throws for spells had the following formula: The DC was set to 8 + prof bonus + magical stat bonus. The target would then throw a saving throw, adding their ...
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On Challenging D&D's Expectations on Death and Wealth accumulation

Background I am planning on running a game in a setting (of my own creation) where there are penalties for improperly handling the bodies and possessions of deceased intelligent creatures. Simply, ...
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Sonic or Concussion Damage

I am working with "crafting a bomb" and was just wondering if, in the DnD world Sonic Damage encompassed the effect of a concussion blast or if it was considered something else. I don't know where to ...
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Does a negative Dex mod affect AC and Initiative?

I'm rolling up a Human Paladin for the opening session of the latest D&D Encounters season (Legacy of the Crystal Shard) and trying to decide where my dump stat (randomly rolled 8) is going. I ...
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How is shooting into water handled?

I'm running a D&D Next Campaign and it does seem that there must be some kind of mechanic that would in-game handle these problems, but I just don't know where to look. I've gone into a few forums ...
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How to calculate cantrip damage

I noticed Ray of Frost does 1d8 damage accordig to the Spells section. Do you add your magic ability modifier to this? It makes sense, as otherwise it would be less than Light Crossbow with 12 Dex. ...
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How to handle character death in adventures with save-or-dies

I am currently running an LotFP adventure using D&D Next, the amazing Better than any man. In SevenSidedDie' s great answer to a previous post of mine he touched upon philosophical differences ...
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Conversion of LotFP (OSR) monsters to D&D Next Final Playtest rules

I am running an LotFP adventure for my group; we play using the Final Playtest ruleset of D&D Next. LotFP is part of the old school renaissance, and James Raggi (the creator) writes that it ...
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Attack Bonuses in Final D&D Playtest Packet

When attacking, do you add your proficiency bonus to the attack if you're proficient with the weapon you're using? Or does being proficient with a weapon simply allow you to use that weapon without ...
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No Meat-Shield Dilemma

I am running a D&D Next playtest (which is its own ball of awkwardness in a pleasant way) and none of my PC's have wanted to play the quintessential "Meat-Shield." I have a monk, 2 rangers, a ...
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D&D Next (Final Playtest): Proficiency bonus and armor?

Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC when wearing armor you are proficient with?
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DnD Next (Final Playtest) Finesse + Ability Modifier Damage

The the How to play document says Weapon Attacks. If you’re attacking with a melee weapon, apply your Strength modifier to the damage, and if you’re attacking with a ranged weapon, apply ...
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Point of strength versus strength feat

Why would anyone take a point of Strength when they'd get an ability score increase, if taking the Athlete feat instead does that and more?
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Do clerics have access to every spell of the level they can cast?

The playtest notes are not clear in regard to clerics. It specifically states how many spells wizards can learn. So do I just assume that a cleric learns one spell per level or do they have access to ...
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Where does the damage bonus for the level 1 pre-gen characters come from?

My friends and I have just started playing D&D. We have played through the Red Box and we decided to keep playing D&D so we downloaded the play-test materials for D&D Next. I read through ...
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Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest?

Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest? I can't tell if it's suppose to be run with the map or not. This will be our first time playing D&D.
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Do any of the pre-gens have daily powers?

I've heard about dailies but I'm new to D&D and will be starting a game with the D&D Next playtest materials. Are there any daily powers in the pre-generated character sheets we will be ...
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Removing attack spells from Cantrips

I have been thinking about removing the Cantrip spells that are exclusively used as attack spells (i.e. the description lists it as doing damage only). This in effect will make Cantrips non-lethal ...
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Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?

My sister expressed interest in playing D&D, and I'm interested in DMing, so I decided to try and run The Caves of Chaos from the D&D Next playtest packet. Reading through the materials, I ...
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How does bull rushing work in D&D Next?

As per the latest playtest packet, Bull Rush is a martial feat with the following text: Effect: Choose a Large or smaller creature within 5 feet of you. Contest your ...
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Does the Spell Attack modifier apply to spell damage?

My group and I are new to D&D and we read through the rules for the D&D Next play test. It seems to indicate that attack modifiers apply to damage as a bonus. Does this apply with the magic ...
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How are dual-wielding penalties applied?

Regarding dual-wielding as outlined in the 2012-01-28 (latest as of posting) playtest packet for D&D Next; with two light weapons equipped – one in each hand – do both attacks made on a turn ...
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Rules for multi-classing in D&D Next?

I am participating in the D&D Encounters current season, which is being run with the recommended D&D Next ruleset. I am fond of the striker classes from 4e that combine martial with magic and ...
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What happens if I get a skill from my background and class?

As part of a playtest, Magician and I rolled up "typical" (for us) characters in the latest (December 17) playtest of D&D Next (commentary here). I went with a trickster cleric with spy ...
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Looking for help on expanding my campaign concept while avoiding railroading

I have split this into two more specific questions: How can I represent the use of fire being misrepresented in a campaign? and How to make rituals a part of everyday life. Below is the broad-strokes ...
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How can PCs stop a fleeing foe without opportunity attacks?

I tried running a dnd-next playtest and there was a particular problem that the party could not deal with monsters running away. This problem did not exist in 4e because of OAs. Was there a rule ...
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In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?

Inspired by the closed question: DnD Next Hitpoint Inflation, There have been claims of HP inflation in dnd-next, and there certainly were increased in the absolute value of HP in 4e. In order to ...
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Which are the advantages of Medium armor?

[Based on playtest material delivered on May] Light armor = (12-15) + Dex Medium armor = (13-17) + 1/2 Dex Heavy armor = (15-18) What are the advantages of wearing Medium armor when trying to get ...
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How does rolling two dice and taking the highest affect the average outcome?

I've read that the D&D 5E playtest has an "advantage" concept where instead of rolling 1d20, you roll 2d20 and take the highest. Likewise, disadvantage means rolling 2d20 and taking the lowest. ...
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Does flanking always grant advantage, or is it up to discussion?

The rules packet does not provide any specific rules about flanking. However the rule do say that the DM has lots of leeway in deciding when to give advantage or disadvantage in combat. Should it be ...
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How does monster hiding work when some players detect them and some don't?

In one of our battles in DnD Next, I had some bugbears hiding in trees trying to attack the players. The bugbear rolled a 21 on its attempt to hide. Four of the players rolled less than 21 on their ...
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Is an attack a check, or only similar to a check?

In the DnD Next Bestiary, it describes Berserker as having a Rage power that (among other things) gives the character +2 to Strength checks and saving throws. Does this mean that the Berserker gets a ...
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Can monsters make multiple attacks in a single action?

In the bestiary for the new D&D Next playtest packets, some creatures look as though they get multiple attacks per round. e.g.: An owl bear gets Melee Attack: Claws +5/+5 (etc.) and Bite +5 ...
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Ack! Where do I find the spell descriptions for casters?

I've downloaded the play test and the clerics' and wizard's spells are not on their character sheets. It is unclear from the character sheet where those are listed. Where can I find their spell ...