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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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What is a good way to explain the difference between a Chaotic Neutral character, and a character who is just crazed?

When I first started playing with a group of completely new players, one of the first things I did was to explain the alignments as best I could at the time. When describing Chaotic Neutral, my exact ...
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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 [on hold]

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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How to randomly generate a village or town for old school D&D game?

There is a lot of material written on random generation of dungeons for play. But inevitably characters have to return from the to spend those ill-gotten gains. And where else but a nearby ...
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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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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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I'm a quarter Draconian, a quarter Dragonborn and half Half-Dragon?

What are the differences between "Dragonborn", "Half-Dragon", and "Draconian" races in D&D? In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, for example there is a Half-Dragon npc. I had assumed that ...
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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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Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?

Sorcerers use Charisma as their primary Ability Score for spell-casting in Dungeons and Dragons. Wizards use Intelligence to cast, and Clerics use Wisdom. Intelligence and Wisdom make sense for the ...
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Which D&D spells are most likely to encourage creative role-playing? [closed]

Beyond the Cantrip/Wish spells, which are fairly open ended, which other spells are most likely to encourage creative role-playing in a D&D session?
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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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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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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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Homebrew D&D with only 2 players (plus DM)

I DM'ed for my buddies this semester and it was really fun. I got my roommate hooked and now he's asking for me to make another campaign (I've got a great idea). The problem lies in the fact that I'll ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does “dungeon” mean the places adventurers go to kill stuff?

Why does ‘dungeon’, in the context of roleplaying games and D&D in particular, mean the places adventurers go to kill stuff? I’m asking because ‘dungeon’ usually means a kind of prison, and I ...
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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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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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Where does the distinction between “Mind Flayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mind Flayer is an Illithid, and vice versa. And I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mind Flayers refer to themselves or their race as ...
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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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Why are Solars so powerful compared to other Outsiders in D&D?

Going through a number of D&D books that feature the Solar I noted that it is amongst the most powerful monsters in the book, frequently only matched in level and power by the likes of the ...
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Upgrading from D&D Adventure System to a full D&D Campaign

Me and my gaming group recently decided to try Role-playing as it's something that isn't offered by any of the local gaming groups / stores. Since the popular hobby around here is miniature ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can DMs effectively telegraph specific dangers in D&D?

There are some play-styles of D&D in which the spectre of player-character death is considered a feature of the game rather than a bug. For my own reasons (which aren't the point of the question), ...
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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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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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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

I was just wondering, is it possible for one or more people to abandon/betray the rest of the party in D&D? Like, if they're offered a deal by the antagonist that they're obviously meant to say no ...
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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 ...