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How should a DM resolve a smooth-talking player with a weak Charisma score PC? [closed]

If a player is naturally a smooth-talker, does well with on-the-spot dialogue, is instinctively persuasive, and is overall great in social situations, but role-plays a character with a poor Charisma ...
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If a secret door is noticed with a DC 10 Wisdom (Perception) roll, don't most characters notice it passively?

In one of the published 5e campaigns there is a secret door that: can be noticed with a successful DC 10 Wisdom (Perception) check. The way I read this and the way I understand passive perception,...
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Mathematically, is a +2 bonus to AC better than attackers having disadvantage?

Mathematically speaking, I'm trying to determine if Bracers of Defense (AC+2) is better than a Cloak of Displacement, which causes all attackers to have disadvantage on attack rolls against you. If ...
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How to encourage players to state approach and goal, rather than asking for skill checks? [closed]

Or, to phrase the question as a negative, "How do I stop players asking to make rolls?" An example, from a couple of weeks ago. Me: You see a pile of bodies at the end of the field. Player: ...
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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Does the Resilient (Con) feat or the War Caster feat most improve the chances of maintaining concentration?

The Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168) allows you to increase one ability score by 1 and gain proficiency in saving throws using the corresponding ability. In essence, taking the Resilient feat and picking ...
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What is the difference between giving advantage on a roll and reducing the DC?

I run a 5e campaign, and I like rewarding my players for thinking outside the box, roleplaying well, etc. Suppose we have the following scenario: Violet is a bard, and is attempting to intimidate a ...
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Can someone decide to be hit?

In this question, I asked about whether a character could willingly not use their shield or Dex bonus on certain attacks due to wanting to be hit. This raises the greater question- Can someone decide ...
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Can you lower your AC on purpose?

For roleplaying reasons I would like to make a NPC appear weaker than it actually is. When the players first fight it, it should seem to have a very low AC and miss many attacks. Is this possible in ...
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Do two simultaneous castings of Guidance increase the likelihood of a better outcome?

The guidance cantrip says the following (PHB, pg. 248): You touch one willing creature. Once before the spell ends, the target can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to one ability check of its ...
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Use of Mage Hand during combat to gain advantage?

In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure module, our party (consisting of three second-level PCs, a fighter, wizard, and cleric, with me DMing) was fighting a singular ogre. We had already taken some ...
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How is shooting into water handled?

I'm running a D&D Next Campaign and it does seem that there must be some kind of mechanic that would in-game handle these problems, but I just don't know where to look. I've gone into a few forums ...
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The Passive Wisdom (Perception) score of my character on D&D Beyond seems too high

I just made a 7th-level Dragonborn Vengeance Paladin character on D&D Beyond. It says his Passive Wisdom (Perception) is 18, but I don't understand how they calculated that number. The ...
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Would this house-rule that treats advantage as a +1 to the roll instead (and disadvantage as -1) and allows them to stack be balanced?

I've been playing Open Legend RPG and I love that the Advantage in that game can be stacked. I love it when players try to strategize and stack as much advantage as possible. I want to do this in D&...
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Does using Sharpshooter really remove Advantage?

I was browsing an older question recently thanks to a duplicate, and I found that the accepted answer for that question said something odd: Sounds obvious. When you have advantage, there is a good ...

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