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They are all fun, so you don't need to worry any on that count. For cheap, you're in luck—Basic D&D 5th edition (the current edition) is free to download and play right now. Fifth edition is an edition designed to be easy to get into for new players, while still being the full D&D adventure experience. The free PDFs contain the complete rules, but ...


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tl;dr: Demiliches were originally weaker than regular Liches back in AD&D. The Lich is found in the 1977 Monster Manual, and the Demi-lich is found in the 1983 Monster Manual II. The Demilich's description is a duplicate of that found in the Tomb of Horrors adventure. Back then, a Lich was what we might think of today as a template. It had the powers of ...


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Gary Gygax (2007): Elves' positive energy makes them immune to paralysis from ghouls Gary Gygax answered exactly this question on a forum in 2007, (typo original): When I devised the ghoul for the D&D game it was most assuredly with non-living energization, that is undead status, that enabled these creatures to exist and hunger for the flesh of dead ...


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Arranging a separate session is both most convenient and most effective. It's actually most convenient, because it inconveniences two people (you and the player) a little bit, while avoiding inconveniencing even more people (everyone else) by having them sit around doing nothing. Arranging a separate session might be slightly inconvenient for you two, but ...


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I've seen three (4, now that I've seen harlandski's Gygax quote) reasons for Elves being immune to a Ghoul's paralysis ability: Positive Energy Per the Gygax quote, elves are suffused with positive energy, rendering them immune to the negative energy which powers a Ghoul's paralysis. Tolkien Immortality (and historical inertia) Apparently, an old source ...


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There is a huge number of options to get D&D basically for free, since there are so many different versions of D&D. My personal favorites are Basic Fantasy and Lamentations of the Flame Princess (which each loosely emulate early 1980s Basic/Expert D&D). There is also OSRIC (closely matches Advanced D&D, 1st edition) and Swords & ...


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You are running into a common problem, and not one that has an easy solution, as it depends on the nature of your group. Let me offer you some options. The Solo Session Meeting up with your assassin, either in person or over some form of RP conducive communication tech (Skype, chat room, what have you), you have a micro-session for the assassination, which ...


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Good news - the Basic Rules of the latest edition of D&D is available free-of-charge from the publishers. I have recently started playing it with a group of beginner players (though I am an experienced DM), and they are loving it. I have also DMed AD&D 2e and D&D 3e with beginners, and I would say that the 5e rules are both easier and more fun. ...


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The Ordial Plane is not canon While it's a cool idea, the concept originated, as far back as I have found, on mimir.net, and became a popular fan idea from there. But as I say, it was a reasonably well-designed idea and there was a niche the author wanted to fill, so let's talk about that. The Ordial Plane is the Plane of Proof The cosmological model of ...


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Let the uninvolved players control the opposition If nothing will happen while the PCs sleep and the assassin heads off to perform the assassination, continue playing, but give the players whose characters are sleeping control of the foes and have the players defend the assassination target. Then make that engagement fast and simple. This means perhaps ...


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Is the player of the assassin interested in not having the other players know, or just the other characters? If it's the first, as has been suggested, try doing a separate, one on one session for the assassination mission. If it's the second, talk to the other players about arranging a special session where the assassin sneaks away and they take on other ...


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It corresponds to "not able to fly right now", no more, no less. It is a very abstract abstraction, and attempting to find more reason than "it's a gameable rule" is futile. D&D simply isn't simulationist, and even its most simulationist-minded edition (AD&D 1st edition) explicitly said that gameability always trumps simulation. Why do flying ...


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If you are looking to purchase something, I'd like to present 3 different options, all of them have their own pros and cons and none of them are the right choice for everyone. If you're just getting into D&D there's no reason not to head right for 5e, there is copious information published by the publisher free on the website and all of the currently ...


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It's easier to get in than it ever has in the past. A useful thing to consider is if you are set on playing "D&D" as it name-branded D&D or one of the many, many "clones" which have been put out there (most of which are, D&D, with minor modifications). Actual D&D The current 5th Edition of D&D has starter rules available for free ...


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It’s purely up to you and your players; there is no “should” here. Many campaigns start with a “session 0” where people discuss their characters, and whether or not any of them know any of the others. Typically DMs merely set a time and place, and tell players “make sure your character has a good reason to be here when the story starts,” or something along ...


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It's the same reason why things like "defending yourself from being attacked" don't take away your action. They are assumed to be occurring in the process of fighting and are abstracted out of the combat system.


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Believe it or not, the D&D fifth edition designers must have read this very question, because 5e goes as far as explicitly defining its thickness and behavior when splitting an occupied square (PHB p. 285): ... In any form, the wall is 1/4 inch thick. It lasts for the duration. If the wall cuts through a creature's space when it appears, the ...


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Concurrent Encounters Twice in my 4e campaign I had situations where a person would be in in single-combat. I solved the issue of splitting the party by running both encounters concurrently, with everyone still playing at the same time, everyone in the initiative order, but with the individual PC in a different location dealing with a different threat. The ...


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Have some mindless good fun I realize that this is not a generic solution for everyone. But it can work quite well if you get the chance. What you need is a group of people that has a common agreement on mindless fun. And a place to do so. For example, when I was in school, our roleplaying groups consisted of 5-7 people and the group was split up ...


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The Nameless One from Planescape: Torment can escape the Maze. (via a portal puzzle that doesn't appear to require any special skills/abilities, and just involves wandering around and using them in a specific order) Of course, he IS immortal and as I recall getting sent there is optional in the first place, so it might not be present in the canon retelling ...


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This is only meant as an added option, as the answers above are all very good suggestions and lots of useful information. The cheapest paper-based RPG I have ever seen was one a friend had done using only charts and tables loosely based on AD&D, maps he had made on inexpensive graph paper, and the only real or significant expense were the dice. It's ...


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With a little resourcefulness, you can play 5th Edition D&D for free. It is possible to try 5th edition with just paper, pencils, and a computer. You need: Rules for players and DMs Character sheets and pencils Monsters Mats and figurines (optional) As stated by other posters, the basic D&D 5th edition rules for both players and DMs can be ...



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