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Making an optimized Rage character for d&d 3.5 [closed]

Although there is a question for the 4.0 version, I want to ask it for 3.5. I would like some lvl 20 builds for a Rage focused character, official wotc books only except for Book of Exalted Deeds and ...
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How do I read 2d10 as a percentage?

I own 2 d10 dice with differently numbered sides (0 through 9, and 00 through 90), although the same applies for two identical 'regular' d10 dice. How do I read the percentage value if I use both ...
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What do I consider when populating D&D 4E Dungeons?

Ok guys, tomorrow is gonna be my first dungeon crawl experience with my new group of level 1 players, and after some encounters to let them understand the game, we're finally trying dungeon delving. ...
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How to give directions to megadungeon locations without giving players too much info?

One of my favorite blogs, Beyond the Black Gate, had a good post a while back about structuring megadungeon play for episodic (i.e., irregular) games by creating mini-quests or missions that get the ...
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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps? [on hold]

I'm trying to design a module and I was wondering if there were any free or open source encounter or trap designers for D&D 4e Mostly I just like something that lets me fill in the blanks and ...
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Help Identify a Medieval City [closed]

This is a fictional city. What I need help with is finding a medieval city that has roughly the same shape. I want to get a sense of the surrounding geography in order to create my regional map around ...
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How can I turn the Kobold Hall delve into a full-fledged Adventure? [on hold]

For my first experience as a DM, I'm taking the Kobold Hall adventure included in the first DMG, and repurposing it. The overall idea is to turn it from a 5 encounter delve to a "Level 1 to Level 2 ...
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Is using the term “gypsy” in a game racist?

I've been working on a set of house rules for a "retroclone" game called OSRIC. This game plays similar to the original 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. I was planning to tweak a few of ...
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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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Show off your Character Sheet Designs [on hold]

Notice: This thread has a associated meta-thread, If you want to discuss if it is on topic please do so there. This is a chance to show off the great character sheets you have created. Rules: 1 ...
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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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What to do in the Shadowfell? [on hold]

I have a drow assassin character who has recently been brought to the Shadowfell by the Raven Queen for a short quest involving taking out an upstart Dark One toying with necromancy. It will be a ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over the Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMG's quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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How do different ways of increasing carrying capacity work together?

How would ant haul, enlarge person, and muleback cords (or bulls strength) work together for carrying capacity? Ant haul increases carrying capacity by 3x. Enlarge person increases carrying capacity ...
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Stacking the skill ranks from multiple headbands of vast intelligence

I have been researching magic item creation and headbands of vast intelligence. There is a specific property of the headband which interests me. A headband of vast intelligence has one skill ...
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Ideas for Challenges to face in a One Shot [on hold]

I'm a first time DM writing a one shot campaign for four players. I'm using a simplified version of 5e, same mechanics but simpler and no magic anywhere in the world. It's essentially medieval fiction,...
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What happens if a character has more than one gang?

Some improvement picks in Apocalypse World allow the same character to control more than a single gang. For example, Maestro'd can pick the security options of armed staff (providing 2-harm gang small ...
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What RPG was the first to use stats, and what was it inspired by?

The notion that different characters or pieces have different attributes seems to be one we take for granted today, but upon a quick historical survey, it is not so. After all, in chess, a pawn takes ...
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Are the dreamlands compatible with the Cthulhu Mythos-like RPG?

Reading the stories of H. P. Lovecraft always felt like glimpsing a dark realm in which mankind is insignificant. The greater powers (mythos creatures) at work are so powerful and alien to us that the ...
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How to head off problem players before they start? [on hold]

I am about to embark on my first campaign as a GM (D&D 5e if you think that might be relevant), and I will be leading this game for a whole slew of new players. Most of the players seem great, I ...
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Looking for a fun Table Top game for Three to Four people [on hold]

i recently got a couple of friends together and we started playing Dread (amazing game btw.) Now i want us to delve deeper into the table top rpg world, is there anyone who can suggest any games ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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Where is the cost for adamantine and cold forged iron weapons? [duplicate]

I've been up and down the indexes but I can't seem to find this. There are monsters that are vulnerable to adamantine, silver, and I think cold forged iron, but I can only find rules for the creation ...
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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...
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Where are the giant lizards in this chapter of Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen indicates that there are giant lizards The table in question contains: but no giant lizards. I skimmed the chapter a few times and couldn't find anything more on it. ...
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Pathfinder Mithral Breastplate Costs

What is the price and armor check penalty of a Mithral Breastplate?
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character generation,...
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Are Will-o-the-Wisps immune to the Slumber hex?

Will-o-the-wisps have Immunity to Magic. The Slumber witch hex is a supernatural ability. Can a witch put a Will-o-the-Wisp to sleep? My guess is yes even though it seems kind of silly.
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Why does master craftsman allow skills like profession?

Why does the feat master craftsman allow skills other than craft (bows, weapons, armor)? Even if it was for the wondrous item aspect, it still does not make sense to me. Specifically to state that it ...
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Can a marshal add double his Charisma modifier to his Diplomacy skill?

Can a marshal add his Charisma modifier twice to Charisma-based skills like Diplomacy?
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How many times would you need to take master craftsman for both weapons and armor?

I have been looking into making magical items with a non-magical character. Naturally this brings up the feat master craftsman. I get the part about the ranks count as your caster level for creating ...
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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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Did the events in Spider Queen turmoil cross over to 5e?

I read all of the Spider Queen books including the fall of most of the Pantheon for deities for drow. Since Vhaeraun and the other drow deities met their demise. Can males that were clerics to the ...
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Goblin's Challenge Rating and Nimble Escape

So I'm trying to tinker with a few custom monsters and decided to give one Nimble Escape. As a reference, I tried to see how nimble escape interacts with creatures that already possess this ability: ...
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Does a Master Alchemist allow an Alchemist Savant brew 9th level Universal Potions?

Regarding a build mentioned in KRyan's answer to a question: Does a Master Alchemist's... Brew Potion (9th): As Brew Potion (4th), except that the master alchemist can brew potions of 9th-level ...
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Are there rules regarding a found Warlock grimoire? [on hold]

I'm currently playing a 'pact of the tome' Warlock in a 5e campaign. In our last session, we were exploring an ancient library and my character managed to find an item that the DM described as a ...
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Can a Fallen's Faith pool be greater than their permanent Faith?

Going by the rules in the core rulebook for Demon: The Fallen (p. 159) a Fallen starts out with a number of points in its Faith pool equal to its permanent Faith. It then states that this pool can go ...
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Do Story rewards have to be narratively tied to the Story?

In 7th Sea, it doesn't seem to state whether story rewards have to be tied to the goal or story in some way or not. It would seem to me that they should be, so that part of the story is providing a ...
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Thunderbolt Strike + Find Familiar + Shocking Grasp

I'm planning to roll an Eldritch Knight Fighter 6/Tempest Domain Cleric 14. I can get shocking grasp and find familiar from EK fighter at lvl 3. I also know that my Familiar can use Shocking Grasp on ...
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Can you damage a creature with vibrations in a zone of silence?

This question is for D&D 3.5E and pathfinder types of games. If you look at how vibrations work, they are a wave of energy. Does the spell silence simply negate the ability to hear, or does it ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

In D&D 3.5e, being behind in levels compared to the party grants the relevant characters more experience per encounter. Intuitively, this is because the encounter is relatively harder for them and ...
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Would the non-leathal damage from Aqueous Orb bypass DR?

So it came up recently that my group was fighting creatures with DR, (silver, for what it matters), and we assumed that aqueous orb, while it would still contain them, wouldn't bypass their DR. I got ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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Is there a minimum damage rule?

In D&D3e, if you successfully hit a target you always did at least 1 point of damage (before applying Damage Resistance), even if you had a Strength penalty. I can't find any mention of that rule ...
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What skill gives knowledge of undead?

In a recent D&D 5e session, the issue came up where the party wanted to identify an undead creature, along with its strengths and weaknesses. The party Wizard wanted to use the skill he was ...
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Is there any D&D 5e art for the Acolyte background/monster?

I run a lot of adventures on roll20, and I do my best to use official D&D art for my monsters to match the feel of the world I am trying to represent. Currently, I'm doing stats for an Acolyte, ...
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Does the chance of rolling a 1 in a pool of d10s increase as the number of dice increases?

Just a question about probability. If I roll one d10 there is a 10% chance of rolling a 1. Assuming that receiving any 1s among the results of a pool of dice is a failure, what are the chances of ...
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Stats of a Sheep

Effect 77-78 of the wild magic surge table in the Player's Handbook states: You cast polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell's duration. ...
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How can I effectively track changes in alignment?

In my game, I have decided that alignment will play a larger role than it does in most others. Players declare their 'intended alignment' at character creation by writing it in their alignment box. ...
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Does the 1-2 diagonal count reset on each move action?

In Pathfinder and 3.x (and possibly other systems I imagine?), diagonal movement is handled by a 1-2 rule to simplify calculation; first diagonal move is 1 square, then 2, then 1, and etc. But what ...

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