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Is the DM Always Right?

I recently got into a disagreement with my DM for a D&D 5E game regarding a use of Prestidigitation. The argument was that since it could create a Non-Magical Trinket, and Music Boxes are ...
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How do I deal with players persistently arguing for rules loopholes, even after I've tried to finalise my rulings?

TL:DR question is at the bottom. I'm pretty new to being a DM (2nd run) and started with a party of 6 (I know, it's a tough way to start) players who are all incredibly inexperienced. We had a session ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

Everyone in this story works mostly together. Some work friends and my wife were talking about playing D&D, and I was appointed the DM. I've played the game once 20 years ago, so I've spent the ...
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How has D&D's guidance to DMs on when to extrapolate from written rules and when to improvise changed over time?

This answer (to a question about a levitating character trying to catch an object that exceeds the spell's weight limit in D&D 2e) states that: The spell levitate has a maximum weight limit, ...
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What do I do when a player doesn't want to listen to me as the DM?

I am playing with 2 players because no one else can, or wants to, play. One of the players feels like I target him. When he tries to do something that won't progress the game, I let him do it; if he ...
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As a DM, how much freedom does one have to create new rules for use in game?

In order to add customization to my game, I'd like to add new rules that change certain traits or strengths from different races and classes. Is this allowed or not?
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Is a DM allowed to add restrictions mid-campaign? How can I deal with that?

This afternoon we had our first session of D&D 5e with a group we found on the internet. After finishing our first encounter, I did the following: Put me next to the Wizard. Cast Guidance on him....
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Can Mage Hand be used to apply a healer's kit in order to stabilize another character?

The description for Mage Hand is: A spectral, floating hand appears at a point you choose within range. The hand lasts for the duration or until you dismiss it as an action. The hand vanishes if it ...
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What mechanic would be used for taking an opponent's weapon from its sheath on his belt in combat?

Here is the scenario: I am attacking a fighter with a crossbow. I run out of bolts and am unarmed as he charges at me with a spear. My opponent has a short sword on his belt. He misses with his ...
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Is it possible for DM to give armor on non-armor items?

Playing the D&D starter set, I found a Goblin Helm after and I would like to know if it is even possible for it to give an armor bonus. When my character found it, I was told it had a +1 AC ...
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Can a ring of spell storing and access to Find spells produce an endless menagerie?

This is looking at what appears to be a somewhat bizarre rules exploit, and attempting to determine if it is, in fact, viable under the rules. Premise We have a Bard who likes having friends - a lot ...
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What justification could there be for a PC learning thieves' cant when multiclassing Rogue?

In our campaign, I'm currently considering multiclassing into Rogue very soon. One thing I'm wondering is how, if at all, it could be justified for me to learn thieves' cant when our party is ...
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How can one use the Shape Water cantrip offensively? [closed]

The shape water cantrip description says: You choose an area of water that you can see within range and that fits within a 5-foot cube. You manipulate it in one of the following ways: You ...
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Does a Stone Giant get an opportunity attack if I move only 5 feet away from it?

The description of opportunity attacks in the PHB (p. 195) says: You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. For a creature who has no ...
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Can the Healer Feat be used through an Imp familiar with a healer's kit?

While familiars have been commonly used to deliver potions of healing because "your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys your commands" and "can take other actions as ...
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