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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 [on hold]

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 ...
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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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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 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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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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Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?

I've been wondering lately if there is any sort of precedence or context for the soft level-cap of level 20 in various D20 style tabletop games. I say soft cap because I'd like to, for the purposes of ...
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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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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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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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Does D&D 4 suffer as much drift/house-ruling as previous versions? (Primarily 3 and 2) [closed]

Let me start by clarifying "drift". 'Drift' is the process by which a playgroup, consciously or unconsciously, moves away (drifts) from playing the game according to the rules as written (“RAW”). ...
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What inspired the D&D version of the Rakshasa?

Rakshasa have been part of D&D for more than 35 years, appearing in every edition. These evil magic cat-people are clearly inspired by the rakshas from Hindu and Buddhist mythologies, but they ...
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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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What are the core tropes or assumptions of D&D?

After an interesting discussion with my local GM, I was left wondering What are the core tropes and assumptions that players bring to a game of D&D? Specifically the ones that are different from ...
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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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How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?

How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
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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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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, ...
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Is there a resource for Animal Ethics and Intelligence? [closed]

I would like to know if there is a hard-and-fast rule indicating that one creature is "intelligent" enough to be considered too sacred to slaughter, for D&D 5e in particular, and for other systems ...
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Are PCs supposed to start a game knowing each other, and if not, how should they meet?

I'm currently putting together a D&D game and I have most of it worked out. The only part about it that I'm still a little unclear on is whether or not the player characters should know each other ...
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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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Is there any material about words and gestures for Verbal and Somatic components?

I think that casting a spell in-game is one of the actions more difficult to portray for the players. You can at most point your finger at your DM and pretend to scorching ray-him or say Shirak a-la ...
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Why aren't magocracies and theocracies dominant in D&D settings?

Anyone has (or has links to) well thought-out, logical explanations for why magocracies and theocracies are not the dominant forms of government of D&D worlds? I'd also be really interested in ...
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Writing stories based on a D&D homebrew setting

I've been considering writing and posting (for free) stories based on a homebrew D&D setting I came up with. Most of the questions on here deal with the legality of posting rules mechanics etc, ...
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Where can I find the lore on the Snake style of Bladesingers?

In the new Sword Coast Adventure Guide for 5e, there is a small blurb about the Snake style of bladesingers who use a whip, and focus their magic on poison and disease. Normally this would be enough ...
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DMing without any resources: Is this DND anymore? [closed]

I have a DM who doesn't use a map or minis, rarely uses our stats, and usually only uses rolls. Sometimes he uses a book. Most of the time he's really only telling a story, and we're telling it with ...
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Why do druids use scimitars?

I know this question has been asked on other forums, and I have heard some explanations, but I wondered if there was a source that could be cited (not the rule itself, rather an outside source that ...
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Keeping Tyr's favor [closed]

The Forgotten Realms' wiki for the Church of Tyr states that To keep Tyr's favor, one must respect fallen enemies, never make sacrifice of a corpse, and keep one's alignment lawful good. What do ...
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What and where was the Cloak Tower?

What I Want to Know In the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS), there is a building called Cloak Tower. The NCS says this about Cloak Tower: The tower takes its ...
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Do dragons rest in the air or on the ground?

You're a dragon who has just spent 16 hours straight of dodging tropical thunderstorms and in-flight icing. You really would like a nice nap about now...can you simply "lock your wings" and glide ...
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How long does a D&D battle usually last? How can length be reduced? [closed]

I was a bit astonished when I noticed that battle in my last game ran for 1h30. That was for a party of 4 6th-level characters, played by 2 players. It was a mechanical battle, with minimal, if any, ...
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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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Why are constructs so hard to build?

Golems and other constructs have a long history in Dungeons & Dragons and its spinoffs, but, almost invariably, it's extremely difficult for PCs to create them, and they often have varying ...
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How to run a side quest [duplicate]

Recent commitments means one of our group cannot attend our once monthly DnD game for a few weeks. We are in the middle of a campaign, a close knit group and we are usually always present at every ...