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What's the point of requiring specific inexpensive material components?

I understand the necessity of consumable or costly material components, but what is the point—in terms of making the game more interesting—of inexpensive material components, like a leaf of sumac or a ...
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Would being stickler for material components break the game?

Inspired by How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one? In DnD 3.5, as in 5e, the RAW say that a wizard is assumed to have any spell component that does not ...
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Does Keen Mind feat allows a Wizard to have prepared all his spells?

The question is different from this one. Disclaimer: I want to clarify something. My question is not meant to find a way of breaking the class or whatnot. My question is because I am curious of if it ...
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What is the origin of D&D 1-9 spell levels?

D&D spells in all editions (except for 4e powers) are categorized according to "spell levels". This is something that I haven't seen in other games. When did these spell levels first appear and ...
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Is there a lore-based reason for verbal components in arcane spellcasting?

Somatic components are addressed more or less in the PHB with: The caster plucks directly at the strands ofthe Weave to create the desired effect and Whenever a magic effect is created, the ...
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Are casters aware of spell slots?

Players use spell slots as a meta concept to manage a character. For instance, Liz the Wizard gets so many spell slots at this level, and so many spell slots at that level. It says so right there in ...
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Do wizards really have to prepare spells multiple times to cast them multiple times?

According to the Pathfinder Magic overview, a wizard has to prepare a spell multiple times to cast it multiple times, which make 0 sense to me. I've also read other comments saying otherwise. Can ...
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Will this house-rule method of choosing prepared spells unbalance the game?

I have a party consisting of two PCs; a lv5 fighter (3 fighter, 1 rogue, 1 barbarian) , and a lv5 ranger (4 ranger, 1 cleric). Focusing on the ranger for the purposes of this question. She doubles ...
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Can a caster prepare extra cantrips?

My 5e cleric needs to cast mending but it's not one of my memorized cantrips. Can he use one of his number of prepared spells to prepare a cantrip he doesn't know?
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Why do spells need to be “prepared”? [closed]

I'm not asking about the rules or concepts of spell preparation, as they are well described and reasoned, but I'm wondering why it's even necessary, from a logical (well, however logical you can be in ...
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Can a wizard partially switch out and replace prepared spells during a short rest?

In the section Preparing and Casting Spells (PHB 114) it is said (emphasis mine): You can change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a new list of wizard spells ...
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Couldn't the cooperative casting of Binding apply to all casting?

The 8th level MU spell binding found in Unearthed Arcana describes the ability of up to six assistant mages to essentially enhance the power of the primary spell caster. Can anyone explain to me, in ...
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How does D&D 5E Wizard's magic work, in Lore terms?

Not asking about the mechanics, but about the "lore" for the purpose of eg novel or short story. Before, memorisation was represented in the following, IMHO coherent way: You prepare a spell and ...