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There is no rule for this. The rule doesn't exist because D&D 3.5 largely doesn't deal with characters losing limbs or suffering similarly grievous harm, wounds being abstracted away by hit points instead. Which leads to the slightly awkward situation of there existing a lot of ways to recover from dismemberment, but no ways to lose the limbs to begin ...


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Yeah, Handle Animal is Borked You've accidentally run into something that Optimizers have intentionally used to break world optimization records. Handle Animal has no real limit except the DCs required to train beasts, and finding some way to stop the beast from killing you in the meantime. With Charm Animal and the like, it becomes very possible for a ...


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Yes, that was fine. You're their GM, not their mommy. A lot of this comes down to the kind of game you all play. Statements like "dice rolls should never kill a character" or "you should never have hidden enemies" are total BS. Those are valid agreed-upon social contract items for your group, but they are not generally true statements. Players in my ...


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There's no such thing as senseless violence, according to the one who commits it. Characters who kill or torture without at least an internal justification are crazy, not evil. You don't have a reason to kill people in the party or at random, so you don't. This doesn't make you nonevil. Also remember that just because you're Evil doesn't mean you're a ...


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That's What Augury Is For! You were totally in line. That's a perfectly valid use of the spell, and an equally reasonable thing for your character to do. Ditch the Divinations If you insist on playing with this DM, you're taking the right steps. If the DM hasn't banned yet he hates divination spells, don't prepare them, and, instead, scribe such spells ...


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Spells A fair number of spells prevent teleportation; a wizard will struggle to gain access to some of them, but the skill Use Magic Device and a wand or staff will solve that. The 4th-level Sor/Wiz spell dimensional anchor [abjur] (PH 221) for 1 min./level prevents 1 creature from using any extradimensional movement if a ranged touch attack succeeds ...


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There are a few things you're probably glossing over that should be making this circus-collecting way harder than it has been. First, influencing an animal using Wild Empathy requires a whole minute of interaction and study, as this is the animal equivalent of Diplomacy. That can't normally be done during combat! (Incidentally, intelligent magical beasts ...


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Well first off, to answer your question about magic item limits, a character in 3.5e is limited to two magic rings. Found here: http://www.d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/rings.htm in the very first paragraph. Second, AC bonuses do not stack unless they are different types of bonuses (armor, deflection, shield, etc.) or state that they stack. Usually, you cannot ...


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It's Just Your Time... They don't really have a choice but to pass on eventually. As the rules say... You cannot resurrect someone who has died of old age. So, yes: they have no reason to not live a very long, long life for whatever race they are and ripen to the oldest age possible. A human emperor could rule for over 100 years, defying every ...


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Yes! if you perform any standard action (or any other strenuous action) you take 1 point of damage after the completing the act. The rules then go on to explicitly mention the possibility of healing thyself: Unless your activity increased your hit points, you are now at −1 hit points, and you’re dying.


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It's d20 + attack bonus vs. AC, not just d20 vs. AC. For example, the basic ogre in the Monster Manual makes attacks at +8. So that ogre can hit AC 20 on a 12 or higher. Rolling a "natural 20" (i.e. the die itself comes up 20) is a hit regardless of AC, so opponents have at least a 5% chance of inflicting some damage on you. (Damage tends to scale with ...


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Yes, this was an entirely appropriate use, but... Okay, so this is what augury is meant to do. Because let's be honest, it's only a choice if you have information. Otherwise its a random selection. Now, your GM could have pre-planned for this eventuality but that doesn't make the conclusion any more sensible and that's probably why it frustrated you so ...


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You should avoid telling the players current/total hp values. The same is true for AC, save values, and attack bonuses of the monsters. It breaks immersion (suspension of disbelief) and also gives the players a large advantage. Instead, describe the state of the monster. You can use the adjectives such as minor, major, serious, severe, critical, & ...


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This question is very much about personal preference; therefore there isn't going to be a "right answer" or "solution." Here are my reasons for still playing: AD&D 1e is the last edition where a player's skill during the game mattered more than their skill during the character creation process (if we ignore some of the changes introduced by Unearthed ...


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What he did was evil, but... In D&D, at least on the 3.x side, your perception of what you did doesn't matter - some acts are evil, some others are not. Assaulting the logger in a violent manner is an evil(-ish) act. While violence is a common way of "fixing things" in D&D, Good characters are expected to try to find a more... pacifistic resolution ...


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Step 1: Talk to them If this is bothering you, bring it up at the table. Just explain that you'd like to finish describing the scene and they're cutting you off. Maybe you can work it out without having to do anything else. Remember that your goal as a GM is for the players to have fun, but you should be having fun too. If you're not having fun because of ...


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The simplest method is to simply go along with brutal consequences: if they don't wait to see what you describe, then they crash into it headlong. This can be both effective and hilarious when used judiciously. But it does require some care: you don't want to use it when the consequences will be lethal, because that just isn't fun for anyone involved. You ...


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Yes, because confirmation has the same modifiers as attack (all pluses and minuses). As written in SRD: ...you immediately make a critical roll—another attack roll with all the same modifiers as the attack roll you just made.


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What are tiers? Tiers are a ranking of how "powerful" the various 3.5 base classes, with low numbered tiers being considered more capable than high numbered tiers. It's important to remember that certain caveats apply to the rankings: Tiers assume similar levels of optimization. Someone playing an optimized "weak" class (like a fighter) and using its ...


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Each Game Is Different It sounds like your problem is with 'play style'. You want a game where your cool scouty guy can go and scout, scrag a few guards, and get the players into the enemy fortress with none the wiser until the alarm gets raised - when the players are already in the mage's sanctum. Killing him. Messily. Instead, what you've got is ...


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No, you didn't. Roleplaying as an activity has a default "fog of war", where players are not necessarily informed of things that their PCs wouldn't know. This is true regardless of whether it's a mystery investigation or a fight. What the players don't know could kill them. In this case, failing to anticipate threats did get one of them killed, and it ...


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Security is always a function of risk mitigation. Specifically, it must cost less to secure the goods than the total value of the goods, and make accessing the goods a cost higher than the total value of the goods. What compounds this problem is that you're talking about doing this in a game that is designed to let "good guys" penetrate the defenses of "bad ...


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There's two questions wrapped up together here that need to be separated: So if a character does something evil but they can justify their actions as good are they themselves still of a good alignment? If they commit an evil act, but it can be justified as good, is the act still evil? If a good-aligned person commits an evil act, are they still ...


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Here's a really easy approach. Remove alignment for mortals. Keep alignment subtypes for planar beings. How do you tell which is which? That's easy. Any creature with an alignment subtype in its type line still has alignment. Any creature without one is functionally unaligned. Additionally, consider adding alignment types for undead. This'll keep a few ...


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While the DM Can Do Anything, You Can Also Walk Away The DM can simply declare that rocks fall and everyone dies. The DM can have bolts from the sky strike unruly PCs (a technique suggested--correct me, Comments, if I'm wrong--in AD&D's Dungeon Master's Guide). Certainly, this also includes deleting from the game's reality some equipment. The DM can do ...


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Unfortunately, without access to magic that prevents the druid from shapeshifting, there's nothing magicless barbarians can really do except putting him in a windowless room, and he still might be able to break the walls. One good solution to the problem is to beat him senseless (this works even with non-druids). Deal him nonlethal damage so he can't wake ...


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"Only damage taken while wearing the ring" does not imply that the regeneration only heals damage done since the last time the ring has been worn. Let's imagine I'm a character wearing a ring of regeneration. I get dealt some damage, let's say 20 damage, and my ring heals me, round by round, 10 hit points. Then I remove the ring and I still have 10 damage. ...


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No. From 3.5 SRD: The Basics – Abilities and Spellcasters: Abilities And Spellcasters The ability that governs bonus spells depends on what type of spellcaster your character is: Intelligence for wizards; Wisdom for clerics, druids, paladins, and rangers; or Charisma for sorcerers and bards. In addition to having a high ability score, a ...


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Erin - Kind Of This part of what Erin said is right: Erin thinks that the DMG guidelines are flexible and we should consider the cost of the Ring of Cure Light Wounds in context of other, existing magic items. DMG p. 282 says something pretty similar in the bottom right corner (SRD version): Not all items adhere to these formulas directly. ...


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Every New DM Goes Through This We're all new at some point. :) It's normal to be nervous about it. The most important thing when you're starting out as a DM is to have players with some patience. You will have to look stuff up a lot, and there will be hiccups. So long as your players are on board with that, there's no reason why you can't do it. The growing ...



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