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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian

What's the name of the AD&D book (1st Edition) that has the other character classes that were popularized in the Saturday morning cartoon? I'm talking about the Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian, ...
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Are there limitations/cautions to “Vorpal”?

I want to give one of my good characters a vorpal Dwarven Ax. My first thought is about alignment issues. I realize that it's how it's actually wielded that would cause alignment conflicts, but is it ...
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How much errata is there in D&D 4e?

I got the initial 3 core rule books when they were first released. From reading various questions and answers here there is errata for the core rules and seem that some involves more than just fitting ...
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Is there a layer of the Abyss that is controlled by celestials?

I heard a rumor that there is a published reference to a layer of the Abyss that is controlled/populated by celestials. Is this true? If so, what source mentions this? I'm really just curious about ...
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What would a rogue call him/herself in game? [closed]

I just thought that they wouldn't announce themselves as such. So what would they say if they are trying to get the message across but not be open about it. Anyway I wanted an opinion so why not here? ...
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Considering Complex Dice Roll Probabilities

Hoping someone more math and excel/troll/anydice competent than I can help me out. I've long been considering implementing some Dungeon World style die roll mechanics into D&D. With Next about ...
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Has anyone released Castle of the Mad Archmage upper levels?

I'd really like to run COTMA, but for some reason the idea of coming up with the ruins and level 1 kind of intimidate me. I'd like to see some examples that I could either use as written or just use ...
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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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Written language alphabets

To add more flavor, I want to create documents written in the actual script. I remember awhile back seeing examples of the Common/Elven/Dwarven alphabets for instance, but can not recall where I can ...
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Thus spake the Warforged: How do their mouths work?

Does the mouth of a Warforged move when it's talking? Or does it have some internal, magical speaker-like system? Perhaps a combination of the two? Based on the illustrations depicting Warforged ...
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What published D&D adventures take place in the Astral Sea/Plane?

My players may soon find themselves in the Astral Sea. I don't know much about the area, but if that's where the adventure goes, so be it. Only problem is I find the 4e Manual of the Planes to be ...
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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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Can I use a salad fork to get into the Prime Material Plane?

In several editions of Dungeons and Dragons, the Plane Shift spell requires a forked metal rod, the design and material of which varies depending on the destination plane. Is there any canonical list ...
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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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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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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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How to gather a group of players in a foreign country?

I am a person who has to relocate a lot due to employment reasons. I tried to build English-playing groups with little or no success. In some cases, I was able to gather only one person or two. Only ...
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Are the names of the more generic planes copyrighted under the OGL as Product Identity?

E.g. "Negative Energy Plane", "Elemental Plane of Air", "Material Plane", essentially all the inner planes plus the material plane: Are these considered Product Identity or could I use them for other ...
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Where can I download “Expedition to the Ancient Academy” podcast episodes?

I want to listen to the following podcast featuring early edition D&D: http://robertsongames.com/dnd/robertson-games-podcast But I can't find the actual audio files anywhere. The podcast is in ...
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Is there any information detailing Vecna's relationship with prophecy?

Vecna is depicted in 3rd and 4th edition D&D as the god of secrets. Is there a information (ideally in official sources, but failing that in well detailed unofficial sources) that outlines Vecna's ...
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How many dragons exist in Dragonlance, post War of the Lance? (e.g. 360 AC)

How many dragons of any color do you expect to exist: in the Dragonlance setting post War of the Lance (360 AC) in Ansalon (not interested in Taladas, etc.) of any one color (I will extrapolate the ...
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Removing XP as a requirement to level

I was reading on geek-related.com that there is a large debate on the effectiveness of using experience ("XP") as a means to level up for DnD Next. I want to start using a non-XP method of ...
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How to roll perception checks for characters who aren't actively looking?

This applies to all d20 systems, but with an example from the from the Pathfinder PRD (emphasis mine): Stonecunning: Dwarves receive a +2 bonus on Perception checks to potentially notice unusual ...
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How can I find old Dungeon and Dragon magazine articles without a subscription?

I have an interest in the pre-WOTC editions of Dungeons & Dragons, and would like to learn more about the history and foundation of the game; I would therefore like to get a hold of various back ...
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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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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 size or scale of the world of Greyhawk?

I'm looking to run a campaign in Greyhawk, but I'm not sure of the actual size of the place. I have found several maps online, but not one map has a scale of any kind that I can see. I know I've ...
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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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Film Noir D&D Setting

Could you use D&D for a film noir setting? What would have to be changed? By "film noir", I'm imagining something set in the 1940s, urban, dark, private eyes and all that. There would be cars, ...
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Where can I find/buy/get a detailed output NPC generator tool (digital or paper)?

As a part of my on-going quest to be a better GM, I am looking for a tool, paper based or digital, that can generate solid NPCs rapidly. These could be used as one shots but I am looking primarily ...
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Pelor's punishment of the Undead & creation of vampires

I am looking for the source (book) that has this myth. I have seen it mentioned many times but never the full myth. Does it exist in writing or is the blurb about the existence of the myth the only ...
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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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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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What class pairs well with a fighter in 4e?

We're getting ever closer to our 4e game and have begun to hash out backgrounds. Much like in Fire Emblem (yes I do pretty much decide all of what I want to do based on video games) I really want my ...
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Can AD&D Thieves Wear Studded Leather Armour?

AD&D (1e) states that thieves can only wear leather armour. Does this include studded leather? I've always played not as I can't think of any instances where studded leather is expressly ...
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On average, how much does beer, wine and spirits cost in Faerun?

Or can someone point me to the relevant sections of the books that talks about this stuff, please? Reason I ask is that I'm trying to gauge the cost of living in Faerun and I plan on repricing some ...
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What are the historical and literary backgrounds of Dungeons & Dragons Languages?

Is there a source for the nature of the fantasy languages in D&D? An official source would be best, but I'd also be interested in other players' interpretations of the languages. If the D&D ...
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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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Can someone identify this specific Dungeons and Dragons product I picked up at a thrift store?

It has little to no information other than what you see. I'm pretty sure it's 1E, but I can't figure out much of anything about it. I was looking at wikipedia's list of DnD products and their ...
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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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Do any editions of DnD have race/monster stats for Moggs?

I always liked including a variety of sub races or demographics for the major nations and races in my games. I'd always wanted more variety to goblins; not goblin-oids (Bugbears/Hobgoblins) but plain ...
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Are there any canon reasons for why evil beings put up with the certainty of damnation? [closed]

Is there any written canon material that explains why evil beings in the D&D multiverse put up with the certainty of damnation? Here's a thing that's always bothered me about the "default ...
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In D&D 3.5, do wild shaping druids gain the senses of the new form?

In D&D 3.5, do wild shaping druids gain the senses of the new form? The rules for the Alternate Form ability (on which Wild Shape is based) explicitly state that the shape-changing creature "does ...
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Reading material to present to completely new players

I'm about to start running a game for a completely new group. I've been playing DnD for over a decade, and have a lot of experience as a DM, but my group is completely green. I believe one person has ...
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Where can I find the full Clyde Caldwell artwork that appears on these covers?

The art by Clyde Caldwell (identified in this question) that was featured on the cover of both the Genesis CRPG Warriors of Eternal Sun and the AD&D sourcebook The Book of Lairs is an excerpt from ...
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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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Why do spells need to be “prepared”? [closed]

I'm not asking about the rules or concepts of spell preparation, as they are well described and reasoned, but I'm wondering why it's even necessary, from a logical (well, however logical you can be in ...
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If a Paladin purposefully goes bad, can they still atone and return to prior status?

This question is for research purposes. I am writing a piece of fan fiction set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In the series, it had been established that Andrew plays D&D, but never ...
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Is there an in-setting explanation for the existence of religion in Eberron?

Most real world religions, current and past, are (very generally) based on either the idea of a pleasant afterlife for the faithful (or avoiding death through reincarnation), or appeasing angry gods. ...