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Problem with DM and bodyswitching death [on hold]

While the party's cleric and I were mid-bodyswap my level 3 warlock got killed by a green gelatinous cube. The player and I are not on very good terms (he hates me) and my character died because of ...
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How do I manage a player who is handling traps by metagaming?

I have a high-hitpoint character who barges down hallways without regard to traps because that's what His Guy would do. In reality, he's metagaming: doing this because he knows he has the HPs to soak ...
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What type of damage does Holy Weapons deal?

A holy weapon is imbued with holy power. This power makes the weapon good-aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against all of evil ...
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Does the PC or GM determine what caused the trail to end in Hunt & Track?

Hunt & Track (WIS) On a 7+, you follow the creature’s trail until there’s a significant change in its direction or mode of travel. On a 10+, you also choose 1: Gain a useful bit ...
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What to do with a player who falsely claims My Guy Syndrome, so MGS handling doesn't work?

I have a player that is claiming "that's what my guy would do", but I don't think they're actually suffering My Guy Syndrome. Based on What is "my guy syndrome" and how do I handle it?, a ...
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Feat classification/ranking

While reading some answers, I have found that people say things like: "Combat Expertise, Dodge, Mobility, and Spring Attack are all quite weak." Is there a resource that performs a ranking of most ...
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How can I become a better judge of a feat's value?

I'm new to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, and I'm having trouble figuring out what makes a feat either weak or strong. This answer, for example, says that Combat Expertise, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack,...
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How is a ranged touch spell attack calculated?

I know that when attacking with a melee weapon you would add your Attack Bonus to your attack roll and your Strength Modifier to the damage roll. How does this work when you're casting a ranged spell ...
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Does “Ready” cantrip action requires a spellcaster to maintain Concentration? [on hold]

I've encountered the problem during my adventures as a Warlock, the situation was as follows. During my turn I've used my movement action to take a few steps in a sneak mode to get to my partymates ...
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Can a God change alignment? [on hold]

So, I want to, at some point in the future, DM a campaign. Now I like to create and prepare stuff, most of which leads nowhere (have done so from the day D&D was first introduced to me some 8-9 ...
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Is positive energy trap possible?

Positive energy plane has major positive-dominant trait. Its positive effects are granting fast healing 5 ability and 5 temporary HP per round for fully healed heroes. On the other hand, failed DC 15 ...
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How many times may a character attempt a skill roll for the same test?

We have a rogue locked in a cell and he is trying to escape. How many attempts does he get to try and unlock the same door with the same hairpin if no outside influences ever change? I have a vague ...
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Can a monk attack an enemy and then immediately hide?

We have a monk in the party who believes that he can run up to an enemy, hit them in the back of the head, and then dive into the grass to hide until the next round. His argument is that: He is a ...
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How to encourage players to work better as a team?

Related: What kind of rules promote good team cohesion? Unlike that question, this one is about problem players, not problem character personalities. There is a group of good friends who I ...
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Eclipse Phase - Is permadeath even a thing?

I have little time to prepare a Sci-Fi game so I thought I would ask for some help. I kinda love the idea behind Eclipse Phase but I can't see how a game without death can be a horror game and I kinda ...
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How to stop a player constantly using Detect Magic/Evil?

In a group I play with there is a player who, assuming he has the ability to do so, constantly uses Detect Magic/Evil. There's nothing in the rules against this (that I'm aware of) when it's a class ...
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How do I get around players losing interest during mapping?

For the past couple months, my D&D hack game has been experiencing the same persistent issue. While all my players seem to have fun during the exploring/debating/combat/social parts of the game, ...
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What does one see, when he sees through a physical illusion?

My character did cast the Physical Mask spell. Basically this spell lets me look, sound, smell like I want to, and according to the spells description it is affecting all senses and also cameras. (It'...
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Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard

Is there any way for an arcane spell-casting class other than wizard to obtain and use a spellbook without multi-classing into wizard? I'm interested in this because a campaign my group is currently ...
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Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative?

I know in some homebrew classes, such as Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Archetype, you can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative modifer. Are there any ways of doing this in the official rulebooks?
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Exactly how many hitpoints can Channel Divinity: Preserve Life restore?

Using Channel Divinity: Preserve Life, can a 4th level Life domain cleric give a character 20 HP? Two examples of what I'm unsure of, both involving a 4th-level Life cleric: A character with 50 max ...
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Would my opponents be denied their Dex bonus if I were to target them with a spell while invisible or in stealth?

If I were to cast a spell targeting an opponent while invisible or stealthed, would they be denied their Dexterity bonus? For example, if I cast Enervation while under the effect of Invisibility, ...
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Do illusionists see through their own physical illusions?

In the English core rule book on page 290, under the Mana Illusions heading, it says "you're never affected by your own illusion spell", but doesn't qualify this statement as explicitly only applying ...
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Keeping things Moving; what to do if they don't know what to do?

I'm preparing to GM my first game of Dungeon World and want to make sure I can keep the flow of the game exciting. The players are new to the system too, though, so I'd like to make sure I have an '...
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Where can I find easy spell list printouts? [on hold]

I'm wondering if anyone knows somewhere a spell list can be easily selected and printed out that includes full spell effects. I'm already using some printed spell cards but they can be a pain to ...
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What happens when I have zero Cool?

Bubblegumshoe 68, "Effects of Cool Damage," has entries labelled like this: Cool 5 to 0: [mechanical effects] Cool 0 to -5: [mechanical effects] Cool -6 to -10: [mechanical effects] Cool ...
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How many unarmed strikes can a Monk make between Flurry of Blows and Martial Arts?

The Flurry of Blows class feature allows the character to spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. Is this in addition to the bonus unarmed strike that monks get from their ...
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Can a Barbarian use Defense Fighting Style while raging?

I have not found any rule that prevents it, but to me the spirit of the Rage ability is attacking with no time to think about self-defense, just focus on doing the most damage possible. So: Does a ...
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Where do I find the “official” rules for D&D 5e?

I play D&D 5e and sometimes come here with questions. But sometimes I see things referenced here as sources that I don't have or aren't aware of.... Which are the "official rules" for D&D 5e, ...
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Being naturally unCool

Bubblegumshoe 68, "Effects of Cool Damage," talks about the negative effects of spending my Cool points down to 5 or lower. But it's totally possible (though understandably discouraged) to start with ...
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2answers
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Can Chain warlocks have any familiar regardless of alignment?

Can a warlock with the Pact of the Chain Boon have any familiar regardless of the warlock's and familiar's alignments? Is it permissible, as an example, for a Lawful Good Warlock to have a Chaotic ...
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Can a worn boot be the target of Grease?

This weekend one of our party members tried to cast a grease spell on the boot of an enemy. This caused some internal quandry about whether it was allowed and resulted in a GM call. The spell does ...
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Can a Sorcerer use Sorcery Points to create spell slots higher than he can cast?

At level 6, a Sorcerer may have a maximum of 6 Sorcery Points. This is enough to create a level 4 spell slot. Would the Sorcerer be able to create a level 4 spell slot, even though he only knows level ...
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What is the best class for a character strong versus mind-affecting spells? [closed]

I am GMing a Pathfinder campaign and need to build an party NPC who is as strong as they can possibly be against mind-affecting spells and abilities. They don't need to be especially skilled in combat....
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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Does a spell stored in a weapon, using spell storing, keep the bonuses of the original caster

So looking over this for 5th edition made me wonder if it is usually considered the same in 3.5 since it is not specified. Spell Storing: A spell storing weapon allows a spellcaster to store a ...
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When rolling percentages, do 1d100 and two d10s (percentiles) share the same probabilities?

I know d100s are shunned because they take too much time to roll, and 1d10+1percentile is really fun, but do they share the same probabilities? Is it better to use a (digital) d100? Also, do d100s ...
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1answer
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What are the prices for Permanency when you don't know the spell yourself?

I want to make an item, say a sword, permanently invisible and I am a little unsure as to the pricing required for this. The price of the item doesn't need to be figured out. Having an NPC cast a ...
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1answer
48 views

Which caster level bonuses stack for overcoming SR?

Which of the following bonuses stack for overcoming SR? Master Specialist: Caster Level Increase: Upon reaching 6th level, add 1 to your caster level whenever you cast a spell of your chosen ...
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How family-friendly is the Ravenloft setting and the Curse of Strahd storyline?

The newest storyline in D&D Adventurers League looks like it is returning to the Ravenloft setting. I've just started introducing my 10 year old to D&D by playing in Adventurers League events ...
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What do I do if my DM wants revenge for when I was the DM? [on hold]

I ran my first D&D campaign last year for 8 players (too many I know, but they really wanted to play). One player was super excited and made a detailed character and background. Long story short, ...
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12answers
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Does roleplaying inherently put you at a disadvantage?

My friend is going to be DMing DnD 3.5 with me and 4 other new players. I want to be the best player I can be. One thing I have always struggled with is roleplaying. I am an analytical, competitive ...
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3answers
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Can Contingency plus Dispel Magic be used to mitigate all negative Wild Magic outcomes?

Is the following use of Contingency legal? You are a Wild Mage Sorcerer with Wizard levels. You cast Contingency with the following trigger condition: any time wild magic causes you to cast fireball ...
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How can I clean a stained battlemat?

I just bought a brand new $40 Chessex Battlemat. Instead of reading the included paper I just assumed that Crayola "WASHable markers" would easily wash off. Now I have a brand new mat covered in ...
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1answer
133 views

Druid Shapeshifting Mechanics

I just started running a new Dungeon World campaign and one of the players is the Druid. One thing I noticed is that he was changing shapes a lot. This seems reasonable, as the rules don't really ...
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3answers
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How to cause a missed shapeshift roll for Dungeon World

I was looking at the Druid and the shapeshift move. I can imagine consequences for failing the wizard's spellcasting and the thief backstabbing moves, but how can you make shapeshifting turn out bad?
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Spending Hold whilst shapeshifting as a Druid

When a Druid shifts shape, they get a certain amount of Hold with which to carry out actions. An issue came up in the session I ran tonight with exactly what this means. The player in question was of ...
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Did spirit guardians just wipe out the Orc army?

I have a cleric who wants to ride a war horse (movement speed 60', dash speed 120') with a spell cast on himself. Controlling a mount does not appear to cost an action, you simply decide if you are ...
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1answer
208 views

How does two-weapon fighting work when using an off-hand triple dagger?

The triple dagger (Arms and Equipment Guide 6, 10) (10 gp; 1 lb.) is—with some minor adjustments due to the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 revision—a light exotic melee weapon that deals 1d4 points of ...
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How many spells does a cleric add to its repertoire at each level?

A 1st level wizard starts by knowing all level 0 spells and a number of level 1 spells equal to 3 plus his Intelligence modifier, and he gets 2 more spells per level for free. How does this work for ...

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