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Should a paladin who accidentally tells a falsehood lose his Paladin-hood? [on hold]

Its my 1st time as a D&D GM and I have a question on Paladins. If A Paladin says something that is not true, but he/she honestly believes it to be true, does he/she lose his/her paladin status. ...
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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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Where does the D&D concept of a dwarf come from?

Where does the modern D&D of a dwarf come from? I've noticed it's fairly far from the old Germanic concept of a dwarf. Where did Gary Gygax and company get the idea for the current long bearded, ...
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Why is the Deck of Many Things called the Eater of Campaigns?

I hear this term tossed around a lot. Where does it come from and what does it mean?
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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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Any news regarding Planescape?

Riding on the coattails of the equivalent question on Spelljammer... Is there anything happening on the Planescape front? Both Wizards-related as well as independent updates are interesting.
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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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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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If undead exist, why do cemeteries exist & cremation not a standard?

I have less fingers than the nr of cemeteries I cleared in campaigns of various scenarios and game mechanics. I find time and time again cemeteries crawling with undead. Either graves or crypts. I ...
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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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What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D?

What are the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D? Also, which one came first?
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What exactly is the World Serpent in pre-4e D&D?

Going through the book Serpent Kingdoms I have seen several references to a being called the World Serpent. From what I have gathered it was some kind of over-deity from which the deities of the ...
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Basic D&D without play map and miniatures [duplicate]

I'm busting out some basic D&D for some my gaming group. We primarily play pathfinder. Playing without a tactical map and figures is going to be a shock to all of us. My main questions are how ...
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Are there advantages to descending AC?

From a game design standpoint, are there any advantages to descending AC? I've tagged this D&D because I think this was the most popular game which required a low AC all the way to the year 2000 ...
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Overview of D&D retro-clones

I'm getting more and more interested in the D&D retro-clones. I keep seeing various names thrown around, like Labyrinth Lords, Swords and Wizardry, Lycanthropes &… something else starting with ...
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Is it common for D&D characters be moved to or reused in different DMs' campaigns?

When you've played a character for a while and have invested a lot of time building this character up, seeing the campaign end, losing your group by moving to a different city, or otherwise leaving ...
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What is a Wyrm in D&D?

So I keep seeing things like "The Great Wyrm", "Forest of the Wyrm", "Wyrm aged" and they seem to be all related to Dragons. Is Wyrm just another name for Dragons? Is this a general thing or does it ...
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How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?

I'm thinking of starting my own campaign with a few of my friends with me as DM, primarily because I wasn't extremely impressed with the campaign my friend was DMing. When I started thinking about the ...
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Is there a map for the feywild equivalent of Faerûn?

It is stated somewhere between the books in D&D 4e that the Feywild is a lot like Toril when its about its geographical shape. Even though, it isn't the same. And I'm looking for those small ...
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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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Where's a good place to play D&D online? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner, but I've played other RPGs before. I travel a lot so I can't really dedicate myself to a local group. Are there places to play campaigns online? Is this even feasible? Edit: To be ...
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Is there an area of Feywild in the Underdark?

I'm considering running a campaign where I want the players to transition from the Feywild to the Underdark. I've read through the Faerûn campaign setting and I can't see anything. The reason I want ...
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How much to bend “the rules” about populating a world?

All right, I have a question about creating a world and populating it with appropriate monsters, etc. I created a world a little while back, loosely based off of the world found in Michael ...
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What's the best way to make travel time more interesting?

My players are going from Neverwinter to Comyr in D&D 4e Forgotten Realms. So, what I do everytime they travel is, learned from The Order of the Stick, a single random encounter (which, honestly, ...
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What would be the best way to turn the seeker into the Arcane Archer? D&D 4e house-rule

So, this is supposed to be simple. I wanted to turn the Seeker into the Arcane Archer class since the Arcane Archer is something that most people in my group wanted to play as and there's no REAL way ...
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I need help with a 3e-4e merger homebrew system (specifically fighters)

I am trying to create my own RPG system, similar to 4e and 3e, and hopefully a happy merger of both. For casting classes, there are 4 tiers of spells per 10 levels, totaling 12 tiers of spells ...
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How to communicate to the players that an encounter can be solved also through diplomacy?

When you play D&D, you are not supposed to chat with the enemy during encounters. The system is made for fighting. However, in some circumstances, it would be nice to make the players conscious ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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Why do Ability Score method names imply difficulty inversely? [closed]

While in video games, playing with more difficult parameters, the selections are named easy (the game is easier to play than normal) normal difficult (the game is more difficult than normal) but ...
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The Giants modules in BRP Classic Fantasy

I'm interested in playing some of the classic early AD&D adventures, like the Giants modules, with Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying using their Classic Fantasy module. My big issue is power doesn't ...
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What is the full list of official D&D settings?

What are the official Wizards of the Coast/TSR D&D campaign settings? The ones I know of off hand are the following, also would be good to know what rule edition they initially started in and if ...
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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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Demons vs. Devils? [closed]

I come across Demons in 13th Age, and Devils in the 13 True Ways, and sort of know that such distinctions exist in d20 games. In D20 games, what are the differences between demons and devils, and do ...
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What was the first D&D Module?

I'm planning to start an Old School Campaign next week, for players who have mainly played D&D 3.0 and 3.5. I'd like them to play a real classic old school module. I have both B1 - In Search of ...
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When laws conflict what does a Lawful character do? [closed]

I was thinking of Lawful dragons originally but this question could apply to extra planar creatures and even Paladins visiting from another country. It also applies to followers of gods who might obey ...
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Virtual Immortality [closed]

I'm looking for ways to make PC's and NPC's virtually immortal. I know that EVERYTHING can be killed in one way or another, but that's not where I'm headed with this discussion. Elves have extremely ...
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Need Help Explaining DnD [closed]

I am going to be starting a D&D club at my school but need help explaining what D&D is to the principal to get the idea accepted. Any pointers?
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A “perverted” guide to morality? [closed]

Does anyone know any books (or .pdf, online material, anything really) that take morality and pervert it in such a way that justifies evil actions? Since English is not my main laguage I can't explain ...
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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Where can I get cheap 28mm D&D figures [duplicate]

There is this one thing called hero forge, and it looks really cool, https://www.heroforge.com/ but... it really expencive for what im looking for, I also tryed Warhammer but that was expencive and ...
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What inspired the Ioun Stone?

While looking over the rules for Ioun Stones a question came to mind. What inspired the Ioun Stone? It is present in nearly all editions of D&D, and also made it into Pathfinder. This ...
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The evasive shulassakar: origin and resources

The shulassakar crop up in Eberron materials for both 3.5 and 4e, and they have a brief uncited mention in the Wikipedia article on yuan-ti. However, the rainbow serpent folk never seem to get much ...
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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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How do you pronounce 'svirfneblin'?

In a campaign I'm writing, an aged sage sends my party to the underdark to aid Deep Gnomes against a Drow takeover. The group that will be playing this has read R.A Salvador's books and knows both ...
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Where can I find the stats for a magic item that produces magically delicious spices?

I remember reading somewhere about a magic jar that produced an inexhaustible supply of spices that magically made anything cooked with them taste fantastic. It didn't change the mechanical effects of ...
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Old school dungeon with undead toads

I remember reading a dungeon that involved either undead or vampiric toads as the final encounter. Now I can't find it again. Does anyone know what it was? I know it was from one of the OSR-type ...
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I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?

I'm no gamer at all, so this could be like a very silly, basic question for you guys. The thing is that I always read about "Dungeons and Dragons" game (not the video game, but the normal game to play ...
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How do I create fantasy cities? [closed]

What do I need? How do I start? etc. I want to create city states up to 1,000 years old with probably (but not necessarily) aristocratic, oligarchinc, or tyrannical (in the ancient Greece sense) ...
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How to challenge epic level characters? [closed]

I've seen a lot of people ask about epic level characters in D&D. I have played a lot of D&D from 1e to 5e with only a short dip into 4e, which was so different (not necessarily bad, just ...
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In which Ravenloft domain does the “Tapestry of Dark Souls” take place?

There is a Ravenloft novel written by Elaine Bergstrom titled "Tapestry of Dark Souls". I am wondering in which realm of the Domains of Dread this book is supposed to take place.