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Alright, it sounds like you have a lot of problems going on here that I'm going to address individually using the ruleset that you've chosen for your game. First off, you're being taken advantage of. There's no easy way to say this, but your friend is attempting to take advantage of you during the course of this game that you're playing. An item to double ...


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How do the Kobolds remember which parts are trapped? Basically, this answer is about weaving the Kobold's own marking system into the narrative. It does assume you draw your own maps and don't use Dungeon Tiles or anything. Obtain 6 or so pretty looking symbols (they don't need to have meaning, but if they look Draconic it's bonus awesome) Mark every ...


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No, they're very different games. Anything you try to use out of the D&D 5e Player's Handbook will be nonsense to the “game engine” that a D&D 3.5e game uses. It would be like trying to put a Blu-ray disc into a CD-ROM drive: it will superficially look like it fits, but it will not function. To play in their 3.5e game, ask them what you need. They ...


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Short answer: Tell this player that he can either play the game with the party, or go home and turn the cheats on Skyrim and play that if he feels like being a god character that doesn't need to bother following rules. Long answer: First: Frenzy and Rage can stack. The wording in Complete Warrior leaves no room for misinterpretation (CW pg. 34). Note ...


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"OK, you're refusing to accept the rules of the universe. What are the rest of you doing while he is arguing with the universe?" It really is that simple. You do not have to justify your rulings to him, and every time you argue with him you strengthen the impression (for him and the rest of the group) that his way is the only way to play, which would be ...


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Officially, probably not... There are no precise limits provided that state exactly under what circumstances an item is attended, except that the item be "grasped, touched, or worn" (PH 166), and attending an item is the usual bar for determining whether an effect that affects only a creature also affects that creature's gear. (Further, attending an item ...


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Since adamantine has hardness 20, and 20 is not less than 20, another adamantine sword will not be able to bypass its hardness. A sundering attempt will work as normal.


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Well, there's shield, of course, as well as the brooch of shielding. Lesser globe of invulnerability works (as does similar spells), as does an antimagic field, the spell Nightshield (Spell Conpendium 3.5), Spell turning is an option 2 I think . You can counterspell it with magic missile or dispel magic. A ring of counterspells can be used by non-casters. ...


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Follow the steps when creating a character The steps listed on page 6 of the Player's Handbook are the steps in order for creating a character ("[T]hen follow these steps to create a 1st-level character"). Choose Your Class and Race is third on that list. Select a Feat is eighth. A creature with an inherited template like the template proto-creature ...


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While we only have your side of this story, it does not surprise. Small group dynamics often play out like this: in offices, in families, on sports teams, in schools. Someone tries to be the alpha dog. This answer addresses personality styles. The red flag was confirmed by other points, but these two stand out. He actually forced players to play ...


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This answer basically trades significant amounts of out-of-game prep-time in order to save in-game play-time. For a variety of reasons (but mostly because it’s horribly tedious), I have only used it a few times. The idea is to mark traps on the grid, and then cut up post-it notes and cover the markings. Have to make sure you have sufficiently-opaque post-it ...


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Rapid Reload feat says: If you have selected this feat for hand crossbow or light crossbow, you may fire that weapon as many times in a full attack action as you could attack if you were using a bow. Rapid Shot feat says: You can get one extra attack per round with a ranged weapon. [...] You must use the full attack action to use this feat. ...


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Draw lines through corners. None of your examples seem correct to me. While almost everyone uses area templates, the rules specify that you have to draw lines out from the chosen center point until you hit an obstruction or reach the limit of the effect’s radius. These are known as lines of effect, and are actual, geometrical, 1-dimensional lines, not ...


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I'm not going to address the specific rules-lawyering cases; others have done so better than I could. I will point out that your ex-GM seems to want all of the great parts of gaming (the creative control, as evidenced by the demand to be able to quest after an artifact that has no place in your game; the mechanical control, as evidenced by the rules ...


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D&D 5e is a completely different game from 3.5e. While the two have superficial similarities, the rules are so far apart from one another that you can't really use one set of rule with the other. Your 5e books will not do. If the people you're playing with already have the 3.5e games, you don't need any books - they already have all the books you ...


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Sorry, no, you can't re-use them. A prepared spell in Vancian systems like D&D's is a one-and-done deal: it's impossible* to retain the full form of it after casting it once, and it's similarly impossible** to keep the full forms in memory in any way. The closest you can get is to avoid casting at least one copy of each spell until you can write it down ...


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I did something like this for a specific large passage in a dungeon in my game, the solution that worked well for me was to have trap placement dictated by a hidden pattern At first it might seem like this would be too obvious, but you'd be surprised how difficult it is to work out a pattern when you don't even know if there is a pattern in the first place, ...


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You can enter the class as early as 2nd-level, but doing so is pointless as you have no second class to advance. (Arguably, this could advance one class at double-speed, but that’s a terrible idea even for a high-optimization game.) Thus 3rd is the earliest meaningful level to do it. This is pretty typical early-entry stuff; there’s a whole handbook on ...


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Brains Over Brawn says this: At 3rd level, you gain your Intelligence bonus as a modifier on Strength checks, Dexterity checks, and checks involving skills based on Strength or Dexterity, such as Hide, Climb, and Jump. So we have four qualifying categories: Strength ability checks Dexterity ability checks Skill checks for Strength-based skills Skill ...


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Generally, no If you're playing standard D&D, I don't think that restriction is in place, particularly because standard D&D tends to stay based on the Prime Material Plane and doesn't tend to bother with extraplanar matters in detail. However, if you're running Planescape, or a variant of it, that is completely different. The Planewalker's ...


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Yes, you can by RAW take a second level in Ur-Priest. The requirement of not being able to cast divine spells is a requirement "to become an ur-priest". It is not a prerequisite for taking levels in the prestige class, only for taking the prestige class in the first place.


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The rules The answer is no, there are no shields granting cover on its own and allowing to bash with them. Having such a shield would destroy the balance because tower shields would become obsolete in the face of a shield that does both and heavy shields would be at least challenged, depending on your playstyle. I am also not aware of any official ...


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Yes, of course. That's exactly what it's saying.


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Yes and yes. Characters without access to any schools of magic can benefit from those items, too!


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Wikipedia actually has a page that seems to list all of them and their locations: List of prestige classes.


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I've used a "Minesweeper" strategy for this to good effect. To use @Lunin's example: |T 3 T| | T | |T 4 T| | T | |T 4 T| | T ========= |T 4 T T T | T 4 T 4 T 4 T |T 3 T T T =============== Instead of the numbers, I drew a star-like pattern with a point pointing toward a trap (and a dot in the center if that square was ...


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For the purposes of this answer, I am assuming that the DM is running everything just as given in the book, even when they are just recommendations or suggestions and the rules explicitly acknowledge the possibility of exceptions. The rules don’t really entitle you to anything You are affirming the consequent, unfortunately. The rules state that if an item ...


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Why don't you have an NPC suggest that he challenge Thor to a duel for Thor's belt? Thor can probably pummel him into the ground. Or, a minor demigod aligned with one of the existing D&D gods in your world can take offense at this fellow's hubris and show up dressed as Thor (perhaps from the legend where Thor had to dress as a woman to get his hammer ...


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Crusader is the best option in the game for this. Warblade is also solid, since it also gets access to White Raven maneuvers, but it doesn’t get heavy armor proficiency by default and likes Intelligence more than Charisma. Both classes, along with White Raven, are from Tome of Battle. The crusader itself is extremely tough, with d10 HD, heavy armor, and the ...


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When you are flat-footed, you lose your dexterity bonus to armor class as well as any Dodge bonus. So use the same calculation you would use for your normal armor class but don't include any bonuses from dexterity or dodge. Against touch attacks, you lose any bonuses from armor, shield, and natural armor, but retain bonuses from dexterity, deflection, ...



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