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Enchant Item Spell

Is Enchant Magic Item (a 6th level AD&D spell) is written up anywhere in the OD&D books, supplements, or Strategic Review? I am researching the difference between OD&D magic item creation ...
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Why can't clerics use sharp weapons?

In many versions of D&D, clerics can't use bladed/edged/pointy weapons, and are instead restricted to things like staves, clubs, maces, etc. Why is this? Is there some historical reason? Is ...
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Why can't a Cleric use a sling?

So by the book 1st Edition AD&D, clerics can't use a sling. Other than game balance (it essentially means that other than the odd thrown hammer clerics have no ranged weapon ability which further ...
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What do you see in a mirror when a vampire picks up an object?

When a D&D-vampire picks up an object, what do you see in a mirror? With the vampire having no reflection (and neither his clothing), does the item float? Does it get invisible? Does it depend on ...
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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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What's the origin of the term “gold piece”?

What is the literary or historical origin of the term "gold piece" to mean a gold coin? Was it used before D&D, or did D&D coin the term?
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Is it possible to play with just 1 player book in a group?

I want to start a game with some friends. We never played using any book but now we want to try that out. I got the PLayer, DM and monster book but that's it. As I'll be DMing for the first time I'm ...
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What exactly is a saving throw?

Dungeons and Dragons has had the concept of a "saving throw" for a long time. What exactly is it supposed to represent in the real world? And why is it called a "saving throw"?
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At what point does a trap on a lock spring?

So a thief finds a chest which is trapped and locked (though he knows neither of these things at this point). He fails his find traps roll and assumes / risks that it's not trapped. At what point ...
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Configurations for D&D dungeon tiles?

I'm looking to pick up some of the D&D dungeon tiles sets. I'm wondering if the sets come with recommended designs for the tiles, or are their sites online where people have provided possible ...
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What temperature can Endure Elements withstand?

The D&D spell Endure Elements can prevent five hit points per round of damage. What temperature range does that correspond to in both directions? That is, how cold an ambient temperature does it ...
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Which book were the Pegataur Ranger rules in?

I remember from many years ago, I had a pegataur ranger in a DnD campaign. I can't remember which version of D&D it was from, or which book it was from. Any ideas? I do remember that the book had ...
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Could non-lethal damage draw blood?

Can non lethal damage draw blood? Does it leave bruises? Is it possible to knock a character out with non-lethal damage without leaving a mark? For the purposes of this question, consider a mark to ...
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Can I convert a 4e D&D character to 3.5e?

I have a character in 4e that I've been using for a while, but I recently met a DM who wants me and a friend to play his 3.5e campaign, since he doesn't like 4e or something... but our characters are ...
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Is it possible to start a character with tremorsense? What kind of negative stats would I need to take? [closed]

I'm starting a campaign and I think it'd be cool if I could be a human and have tremorsense. I know it'd be hard, but I'd be willing to take a lot of negative stats to counteract that. If it'd be hard ...
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D&D: How to find out if someone is a spellcaster?

I know that one can use the spell "Detect magic" to find out whether any spells are being cast or active. But is it also possible, using some spell, feat or whatever, to find out whether a person is ...
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Why do characters with a high prime requisite gain bonus XP?

In earlier versions of Dungeons & Dragons, a character with a high ability score in their class' prime requisite receives a bonus to all experience he earns. For example, the 1983 Frank Mentzer ...
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How do the rules that govern a Cleric's Turn Undead ability vary among D&D editions?

I would like to know how the rules for the Cleric's Turn Undead ability have changed between D&D editions. I don't own or have access to all the rule books for the various editions, so I'm curious ...
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What's the history of the Darkness spell?

In D&D 3.0, the darkness spell was a sphere of blackness, impenetrable even to darkvision, which was terrifyingly powerful (except against demons and devils). In D&D 3.5, it's a zone of 20% ...
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Updating a couple of old Arduin magic items

So here a couple of magic items from the old Arduin books that I'd like to use in more recent D&D. How would you update (or stat) these? Stasis Bag - a sort of super bag of holding. It's size ...
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Can a Psion become a Thrallherd, then drop Diplomacy with Psychic Reformation?

I have a Psion(Egoist)/Thrallherd with Psychic Reformation. I'm wondering whether I can use Psychic Reformation to drop the points in Diplomacy and the Inquisitor feat, and reassign the points to ...
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Feat prerequisites

Related to this question: Skill rank feat prerequisites, and specifically this rule text: Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, ...
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Resisted energy types and immunity

I would like to know the distribution of energy resistances and immunities in 3.5 monsters, and especially the four basic types fire, cold, electricity and acid. It is often said that fire is most ...
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Ways to add the [Good] Descriptor to Spells for Arcane Spellcaster

The 'Consecrate Spell' feat from Book of Exalted Deeds adds the [Good] descriptor to spells cast. Is there another way to achieve this for arcane spellcasters, e.g. as a prestige class feature? The ...
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Does snipe allow for multiple successive ranged sneak attacks?

If I have a rogue who fires a ranged weapon as a sneak attack, then passes his stealth-20 check to snipe, can he then make a second ranged sneak attack on the next round? If so (or if not), what is ...
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Limits and rules for Silent/Minor/Major Image spells

What are the limits of Image spells? An example in the 'All about Illusions' articles on wizards.com (1, 2, 3, 4) is an illusionary guard: Can I make the guard (keeping concentration) dissolve into ...
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Is there a (semi-canon) concordance between the peoples of the Forgotten Realms and their “real-world” equivalents?

I think there's no official stance on this, but I wonder if there's an accepted, semi-canon list of the peoples of the Forgotten Realms and their real world counterparts (that most likely inspired the ...
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Skill rank feat prerequisites

The feat Practiced Spellcaster (Complete Arcane) has a prerequisite of four skill ranks in Spellcraft. Can I take this feat on the first level if I use my skill points to get Spellcraft to four ...
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Does Elemental Spellcasting stack with Draconic Power?

The 'Elemental Spellcasting' feat (Planar Handbook, p39) raises the Caster Level for specific elemental spells (fire, cold, etc). by +1. The 'Draconic Power' feat (Races of the Dragon, p104) raises ...
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Does anyone know of specific types of room lists for different kinds of (fantasy) buildings?

Here's a problem I encounter when creating buildings for D&D: I quickly run out of specific room types. For instance, when I create a temple, I can think of the main worship area, chambers for the ...
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What happens when a grabbed target of Avalanche Stomp is teleported

Avalanche Stomp is a power of the Stone Titan (all quotes are from the DDI Compendium): Close burst 3; +21 vs Fortitude; 3d10+7 damage, and the target is grabbed by earth and stone. The stone ...
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What is the best way to compose/express a resurrection wish in D&D?

In the name of Greater Good, my Lawful Good character sacrificed an Avoral Guardinal. This happened in Occipitus (layer 507 of the Abyss), which he now controls as its Demon Lord. My character has ...
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Pitfalls in using Feats as a Reward System

I'm planning a fairly non-traditional campaign, in a completely custom setting (still high-fantasy, but slightly more modern). While in this campaign, I have certain events that I've planned to ...
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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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What are the big differences between the D&D editions?

I've been out of the loop for a while, and I used to play AD&D 2nd ed, but today I find there are a lot of different versions that have fairly different gameplay. Can anyone summarize the really ...
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Running a business in a D&D 4e game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any games that include a good rule system for running a business? My group is looking to set up a trading post in our game where we can sell our loot through, ...
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Chances of rolling up characters for classes in first edition Dungeons and Dragons

I recently read a blog post about the probabilities of rolling up a character that would meet the requirements for all of the different classes in first edition Dungeons and Dragons. I'd love to read ...
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Does the +1 DC from Tattoo Focus stack with the +1 from Spell Focus?

Tattoo Focus, a Forgotten Realms regional feat, gives +1 DC to specialization school. Does this stack with the +1 from the feat Spell Focus? Why?
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Guide to convert a 3.5e DM to a 4e DM

I have never played fourth ed, I have read most of the new books, but it is so different as to be quite foreign to my play style. Is there a primer or guide out to help 3.5 DMs switch to 4th smoothly? ...
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How could you adapt the Vitality and Wound Points system from Unearthed Arcana to the 4th ed rules?

Inspired by this answer to a question: How could you adapt the Vitality and Wound Points system from Unearthed Arcana to the 4th ed rules. What major changes would you need to make?
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Can Druid in Shifted Form Speak Normal Languages?

In 1st Edition AD&D if a druid shape shifts form into an animal can they speak their normal languages? I am assuming they can not, but wanted some clarification.
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Would the alignment of a character with multiple personality disorder change? [closed]

A character has a certain alignment that in general defines how he acts. With multiple personality disorder or other similar disorders (maybe bipolar disorder with severe depression/severe mania), ...
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How does D&D Vancian magic make sense in-game?

One thing that bugs me about Vancian Magic in D&D as I understand it is the following: How is "fire and forget" remotely believable when I can slot and ready more than one "copy" of a spell? Say ...
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What qualifies exploration gaming?

In the run up to DnD Next the designers seem to have categorised gamers and/or classes that focus on Combat, Roleplay and Exploration. See this quote from Mike Mearls: "Setting aside mechanics, I ...
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History of Hell and the Arch Devils and Demon Lords

My favourite book when I played Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 was the Book of Vile Darkness, for one and only reason: Its last chapter on Demon Lords and Arch Devils, malign beings that ruled over the ...
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Possible explanations for the Mourning?

In Eberron there is an event known as the Day of Mourning, that changed the face of the world forever, and feeds the political fears and motivations of many characters within the system. I know no ...
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What is the relationship between Monster CR and player level

I haven't ran a dnd game in a few years and a couple of my pc's want to apply some monster templates to their starting characters. Is player level directly proportional to Monster cr? IE: If we want ...
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How can I more effectively use darkness in a dungeon?

In more than one of my D&D campaigns, I've found myself feeling disappointed at my inability to make the darkness of the dungeon matter. Everyone has enough torches, and I'm not likely to be able ...
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Simplifying/introducing marking for 2e/3e players?

I received this question from a group I'm a member of on facebook, and whilst I'm not sure how appropriate it is for me to ask this, I'm going to anyway. Anyway the poster said this Marking. I ...
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What effect does being slowed have on overland movement in D&D 4e

On page 336 of Heroes of the Fallen Lands it states that if a character tries to carry 20 times their strength score then they are slowed. I know during combat being slowed means you can only move ...