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What does “chaotic” as in “chaotic good” or “chaotic evil” mean?

I do not play D&D, but players in my roleplaying game have called stuff "chaotic," like "chaotic good" and "chaotic evil" and I would like to know what they mean. The game I play does not use this ...
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I need to assassinate someone and my group will meta-game to stop me [closed]

My dm wants me to kill the head of the town watch and make it look like an accident However the entire party regardless that they don't know my character is an assassin will meta to stop me Any ...
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Are doppelgangers neuter?

Because of their shapechanging ability, I was wondering if Doppelgangers have a sex or are they sexless? Are they male, female or neither? Does it differ between editions of D&d?
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In my D&D 5e game, I have a custom cosmology, and I'm currently working on a concept for an afterlife plane where any sentient creature who enters is sorted by alignment and guided to the ...
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Is there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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Do the precursors to D&D 5e include details for magic items in their respective Players' Handbooks

In one of my other questions, there appears to be a popular opinion in the comments that the general absence of a Magic Items section in the D&D 5e PHB (and their restriction to the DMG) infers ...
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How can I create a magic system that works like the one in The Black Company novels? [closed]

I'm building a D&D campaign modeled after the Black Company books by Glen Cook. I especially like the system of magic used in his books. What guidelines should I follow when creating a magic ...
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Are there any established artifacts of Garl Glittergold?

Recently Garl Glittergold has taken a larger than expected role in my game and I'm looking for artifacts related to him. After searching for awhile I've been unable to find any. I'm aware that I can ...
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Legality of publishing a book based on a D&D game

I'm planning to write a book based on a game of Dungeons and Dragons. The rest of the people in my party will get credit as will the DM, who wrote the adventure. If I change the things that were ...
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Where did the misspelling 'Lloth' originate?

In the past you could sometimes come across the deity Lolth being spelled 'Lloth'. I once heard it was a typo that somehow kept being repeated. Where did the spelling 'Lloth' first appear?
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What to do when your character gets stabbed in the back by the whole party? [closed]

I'm fairly new to playing D&D. I played a few games with my husband. This is the first game I have played where he was not a player or the DM. I am running a Paladin (of Mask the god of ...
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Do different monsters cooperate? Do I need to justify it when they do?

I'm new to GMing, and am having difficulty with understanding how often different types of monsters interact cooperatively (so to speak). In keeping with trying to give my PC's variety, and to also ...
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Have classes and levels ever been recognized officially in-game?

Has there ever been an official (A)D&D product in which character levels (as per the rules governing the game) were recognized and utilized to some degree in-game, within the game world, by the ...
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How many D&D rule books from 1st edition to 5th are there? [closed]

Im doing an item on D&D for my class and i thought that the amount of D&D rule books would be an interesting statistic.I can imagine there are hundreds of them but i cant seem to be able to ...
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How do I approach my DM about toning down the game's lethality? [closed]

I am a new D&D player with a group of 4 players with level 4 characters. Every session at least one and sometimes two of the party end up unconscious and close to dying, and at the end of the ...
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Did it change that demons,… could be killed only on their natural plane?

Back in the days there was the novel series resolving around Cadderly the priest. In there it was stated that demons killed on the physical plane just come back after a hundred years. I'm pretty sure ...
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Is it legal to design and publish a game with D&D's ability scores?

If I were to design an RPG that had Str/Dex/Con/etc... would it be legal to publish it? I know that games like Pathfinder and Dungeon World got away with it, but I'm not sure how or why. Looking at ...
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What is the reason behind “one level at a time” level advancement in D&D?

During the answering to this question about large experience point gains getting truncated -- when a single XP award would raise a character more than one level at a time -- the following question ...
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Do the extra HD of an animal companion make the animal bigger? [duplicate]

The title is probably a bit poorly worded. In short: The Dire Weasel has an advancement that states that if it has 4-6 HD, it is medium. But if it has 7-9 HD, it is large. Do the HD that are added to ...
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Was Dungeons and Dragons the first to introduce colour-coded dragons?

The colour-coded dragon is a popular trope, where dragons have distinct colourings that affect their strength level and the nature of their abilities: red dragons breathe fire and thrive in hot ...
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Are there female djinn?

I've been writing my back story for one of my characters who is an Air Genasi, and I was thinking of making the mother of my character the djinni, but I can't find any literature that references a ...
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Can I run The Isle of Dread with AD&D?

The D&D module The Isle of Dread is for "Expert D&D", which is the Expert Set. Are there any differences between the Expert Set rules and the AD&D that would prevent me running The Isle ...
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Can anyone help a newbie group get started with P&P D&D? [closed]

My friends and I have been always being fascinated with D&D, and even better the community is great and really helpful. Can you help us get started with D&D? Since we've never played the ...
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With Friends or Group D&D [closed]

Hi so I recently played a campaign with my friends and I have to say I've had a real blast. So much so that I kind of want to make it a weekly thing. But they don't really want to play D&D very ...
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Are there any D&D publications with settings in Mechanus?

Is there any official published content centred around the plane Mechanus? I'd really want to know much more about the plane and its inhabitants. I feel inspired by the 5e Monster Manual, DM's Guide ...
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Are there any D&D rules for spells addressing past lives and the effects of reincarnation?

To clarify: This is not a question asking about different mechanics of reincarnation, or about a framework for reincarnation that spans any number of D&D variants. The tl;dr is that the question ...
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Travel Chart for the Forgotten Realms

I've got a game set in the Sword Coast and Savage Frontier area of the Forgotten Realms. Is there a book or online resource that I can look at that has travel times between the various locations. For ...
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Are Drow Cities Illuminated?

I am delving into DM'ing a Drow campaign. Despite having read numerous novels and publications spanning from TSR to WotC to Paizo, I am now having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of their ...
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in-universe tabletop RPG in dungeons and dragons

I remember reading about a roleplaying game, similar to dungeons and dragons, that is played in-universe in a D&D setting. That is, the characters played an RPG. However, after searching for a ...
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Being DM for a DND 5E club [closed]

I'm new to this website, so forgive me if this question has been asked a billion times, but I'm kind of a predicament here. I haven't played either DND or PF in a little less than 2 years, and I'm ...
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What's the difference in lore content between the editions' Monster Manuals?

I own the 5E Monster Manual. I also have the Monster Manual I, code number 2009 from 1E. I can see the difference between these two versions but I don't know what the other editions' Monster Manuals ...
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How accurate is the depiction of RPGs in “Dungeons, Dungeons, & More Dungeons”?

In Gravity Falls, a Disney cartoon, there's an episode “Dungeons, Dungeons, & More Dungeons” where characters Dipper and Ford play a fictional RPG called Dungeons, Dungeons, & More Dungeons (a ...
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Have any of the designers of D&D explained why Strength increases Hit Chance?

This is a personal bias, but when I think high strength score, the imagery I get is: When it comes to accuracy of a muscle-bound and bulky person, the imagery I get is: Bruce Lee had stated he ...
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How to find a D&D group when you are around 12 [duplicate]

I am around 12 and I want to play D&D but I have no group. I can't find anyone in school and i need other ways. So if you can help I would appreciate it.
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How to get players to get familiar with the rules? [closed]

So I read this post: How do you help players not focus on the rules? and I can of course see the point that story is the main source of fun. I would like to ask the opposite question though: what if ...
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What is the meaning of the term “natural 20”?

In Dungeons & Dragons, does "natural 20" mean rolling 20 on a single roll as opposed to a composite 20 from multiple dice? Or does it refer to something else?
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Are there sourced statements about what inspired the D&D Demogorgon visuals

Wikipedia states: Demogorgon is based on the invented, supposedly pagan god or demon Demogorgon, which was first spoken of by Christian scholars as a being whose very name is taboo. A creature ...
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Why are psionics controversial?

I have recently had a conversation with some of my friends about psionics and their place in the D&D universe, both lore-wise and gameplay-wise. We were discussing the psionics as an optional part ...
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Can a chaotic evil character/creature follow orders? [closed]

As far as I can tell from different sources about alignments, chaotic evil characters just do "evil for evil's sake", and are quite unpredictable and easy to provoke. Now, can such a character follow ...
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What did Gygax and Arneson base the Bag of Holding on?

The Bag of Holding has been a staple of D&D since the game started. The idea of a bag that can hold more than it's physical capacity (and weight less than the it holds) can also be seen in other ...
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Is “DnD” used officially as an abbreviation for “Dungeons and Dragons”?

I've noticed that it's not uncommon for Dungeons and Dragons to be shortened to "DnD." Is this officially correct? I know official sources often shorten it to "D&D," but have any official sources ...
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What to do when being Lawful and being Good are mutually exclusive? [closed]

Do any of the D&D guidebooks or rulebooks, from any edition, state what should be done when a Lawful Good character is faced with a dilemma where "being Good" would require breaking the law, and ...
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Do owlbears lay eggs?

Well, do they? And has this changed across editions? I'm interested in "canonical" answers. While not something a typical Monster Manual entry would cover (am I wrong?), there may well be an article ...
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Has Christianity ever been given stats?

Background We have plenty of material through several editions of D&D for several pantheons of old - Norse, Greek, Egyptian, and etc. Have there ever been published material for Christianity? Or ...
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Some creatures have unbelievably high ACs in the 40s, but how is that even possible to hit? [closed]

I'm looking at creatures in the d20 SRD and seeing monsters that have really high AC, like 45. Is that the correct AC or is it supposed to be something else? And if it is correct, then how is anyone ...
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What are the main differences between 3.5e and 4e of D&D [duplicate]

I've been playing D&D 4e for a while, and I've been considering n getting 5e or 3.5, and what are the main differences between 4e and 3.5e? I know 4e is more combat orientated, is 3.5e that same ...
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Can you play D&D without a map and miniatures? [duplicate]

I'm just completely lost, how does movement and attacking work? And what about battles with people and monsters moving around?
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Why did the designers make it so chromatic dragons can't shapechange?

In 5e, the Monster Manual states that each kind of Metallic Dragon gains the Change Shape ability by the time it is Ancient or Adult. However, no such ability is ever mentioned for Chromatic Dragons. ...
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Level 1 beginning for a new gm [duplicate]

So currently I'm trying to start a D&D game with some friends, but I'm trying to figure out some kind of hook, something that afterwards makes them say "you know what? Maybe we should probably ...
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What dragon is most likely to take in and raise other races?

My character is a folk hero. My plan is already approved by my DM. When my character was young(barely old enoigh to remember his village), his village was destroyed by forces unknown to him (Raiders, ...