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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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Where do I find the “official” rules for D&D 5e?

I play D&D 5e and sometimes come here with questions. But sometimes I see things referenced here as sources that I don't have or aren't aware of.... Which are the "official rules" for D&D 5e, ...
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Why is using a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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What would happen if you cast the Disjunction spell on a golem?

What would happen if a character were to cast a Mage's/Mordenkainen's Disjunction spell on an iron golem? Would it stop functioning because Disjunction has removed its magic? Or would its spell ...
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Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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Do you lose your prestige class features when you no longer meet its requirements?

Certain prestige classes detail a list of requirements that are possible for the player to lose (alignment, casting at a certain level), but not what happens if you no longer meet those requirements (...
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What Armor Optimization applies to a Mithral full plate?

The Description of Mithral Armor describes this effect: Most mithral armors are one category lighter than normal for purposes of movement and other limitations. Heavy armors are treated as medium, ...
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Apostle of Peace committed murder willingly. Now what?

The apostle of peace killed an orc. Willinglly. Justify as you wish that said orc is chaotic evil, that he eats newborn elf babies, whatever. They broke the vows. The vow of peace feat was stripped ...
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Does Pathfinder FAQ share the same problems as 3.5e FAQ?

According to many answers in the related question, D&D 3.5e FAQ has many content problems. Even though it is possible to make a mistake and think of it as an official ruling, it isn't one, so 3.5e ...
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Do Nightsticks stack with themselves?

The Nightstick is a magic item from Libris Mortis (p. 78) that gives anyone who owns one 4 extra turn/rebuke attempts per day. A number of builds use this item in conjunction with abilities that ...
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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder and ...
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Can a Warlock become Neutral Good?

In my game group there is a player who plays a warlock-druid (1-1). He started as a warlock. He realized he was playing as an NG, but he took CN for the restrictions regarding the alignment of his ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?

The “locate city bomb” is a somewhat-notorious example of theoretical optimization, turning a minor 1st-level divination into something quite similar to a nuclear blast that kills everything for miles ...
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Is it possible to have a surprise round if your opponent is aware of you, but unaware of danger?

I couldn't find the proper answer for this question. There may happen scenarios with some doublecrossing used-to-be allies, but is it mechanically correct to allow the traitor to have a surprise ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Lightspeed supreme cleave, does it work?

Minsc the barbarian has to warn Dynaheir of impending doom because Thay is on the move. Unfortunately he is deep in Rashemen mountains, and Dyn' is studying in Candlekeep. Minsc is lv 20, well ...
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Can I make a jump to avoid an obstacle and still charge?

In a recent game, the situation came up where one of the players wanted to take a charge action. The path, however, was obstructed, and the player suggested that they jump as part of the charge. I don'...
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Can a character meet prerequisites using a magic item?

Just as the title says, I'm wondering if a character can meet the prerequisites of a particular choice (feat, prestige class, etc.) by using a magic item that grants the prerequisite? As an example: ...
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Where is the barding trick?

I remember reading in a first-party book that the ability to wear barding could be taught as an animal trick. The internet in general seems to take this as a given. But I just spent quite a while ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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How to prolong the time limit on resurrection?

The Scenario: Three-thousand years ago, a powerful mage has died. As soon as he died, someone cast Temporal Stasis on him. The effects of the spell are as follows: You must succeed on a melee touch ...
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Is Precocious Apprentice enough for Mystic Theurge?

Mystic Theurge has this requirement: Spells Able to cast 2nd-level divine spells and 2nd-level arcane spells. My DM argues, that the arcane spell requirement is in plural, and Precocious ...
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What are the armor limits for stone warden?

The prestige class deepwarden (Races of Stone 105–7) has the class feature stone warden that says Beginning at 2nd level, a deepwarden knows how to use his strengths to compensate for his ...
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Do effects granting extra dice stack?

I am sure I read somewhere that bonus dice to attacks do not stack with each other, one of my players disputes this, and I can't find rulings about it either way. I know that generally speaking, ...
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The D&D 3.5 FAQ states “the most current sourcebook is considered correct and all previous sources are superseded.” Is this absolute?

Complete Arcane and Spell Compendium state "Of course, if you’re playing with older material and it’s working fine in your game, you shouldn’t feel compelled to change." So can a previous source still ...
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If a character delays on their first turn in combat, are they still flat-footed?

Characters are generally flat-footed until their first turn in combat. However, the “special initiative action” delay allows you to take no action and then act normally on whatever initiative count ...
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How far can a half-orc monk with 18 STR throw a pig?

In 3/3.5e D&D, how far can a half-orc monk with 18 strength throw a pig? We shall assume the pig is a domestic pig weighing 200 pounds who looks like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web. The pig will ...
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How many Astral Constructs may exist at one time, created from the same manifester?

I can find nothing in the Expanded Psionics Handbook mentioning a limit on the number of astral constructs that can be manifested at one time. The duration of the Astral Construct power is 1 round / ...
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Where are the rules about what sources are primary?

Maybe it's just too early in the morning and my brain does not properly connect with the rest of the body, but... ...yes, this is a question about primary sources. What happened is I was talking with ...
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How does a Dispel Magic attached to a Hallow or Unhallow effect work?

Hallow and Unhallow (in D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder) allow a second spell (from a specific list) to be fixed to the site, and has a duration of 1 year. Dispel Magic normally has a duration of ...
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Do the rebuilding/retraining rules from PHB II allow “bootstrap” qualification, creating legal characters that could not be made without these rules?

The rebuilding/retraining rules (PHB II, p. 192) allow a player character to retroactively change character choices, including feats and class levels. The rules include some restrictions that look ...
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When you lose levels, can you choose which levels are lost?

When you permanently lose a level, for example via Raise Dead, can you choose which level is lost? For example, if a Wizard 3/Fighter 2 loses a level, can she choose to lose a level of fighter? If ...
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What counts as a target for Chain Spell?

The Chain Spell feat (Complete Arcane p76) can be used with: Any spell that specifies a single target and has a range greater than touch... What counts as a spell that specifies a single target? ...
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Full attack with multiple weapons

When making a Full attack, do I have to use the same weapon for each attack, or may I use any weapon I currently wield? Example: I typically use a longsword and a handaxe. If I hit a target with ...
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Cheapest way to cast spells with sword and (heavy) shield?

Suppose a spellcaster wishes to use a heavy shield, or even a heavier shield like a tower shield. Divine, so arcane spell failure doesn’t apply, but they are using a weapon. Since heavy (and heavier) ...
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What actions to retrieve and drink a stowed potion?

In order to drink a potion do you have to first retrieve the item as a move action and then drink it as a standard? I am assuming one could have a potion on say a belt and then it would only take a ...
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Aside from Epic Spellcasting, what earned Epic level play its bad reputation? [closed]

Among 3.5e players, the Epic Level Handbook has a very bad reputation and its rules are often called out as being highly dysfunctional. In addition to this, high level play in general has a poor ...
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Do both rider and mount provoke an attack from movement?

When a mount and its rider move throught a threatened square, an AOO is provoked. If the creature they provoked from has combat reflexes, can they attack both rider and mount, or are they only allowed ...
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How do I sit down or stand up?

According to the "Table: Armor Class Modifiers" in the combat rules, a character who is kneeling or sitting has a -2 AC vs melee attacks and +2 AC vs ranged attacks. However, I cannot find the rules ...
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Using TWO tower shields?

I am fully aware you would only get the AC bonus from one - and this would be very impractical... But if someone chose to wield two for whatever reason, could they then choose two edges of their ...
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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Early entry into mindbender prestige class

This splits from my previous question: Increasing multiclass cleric/wizard caster levels This time I'm interested in the fastest way to enter mindbender prestige class as a wizard (or cleric 1/wizard ...
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What does the Exotic Weapon Master's Uncanny Blow require?

The Exotic Weapon Master (Complete Warrior, p. 30) has, as one of its optional class abilities, the Weapon Stunt Uncanny Blow. Uncanny Blow gives a benefit to the Exotic Weapon Master "[w]hen ...
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What happens when a mount is trained for combat riding using the handle animal skill

Considering D&D 3.5 edition rules a heavy or light horse can be trained for combat riding, my question is: Does the horses stats remain the same as per page 273 of the monster manual or do they ...
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Do simulacra have biological functions?

Assuming a simulacrum, created by the simulacrum spell, of a creature that has all the below biological needs (example: a human peasant): Do simulacra age? Even if their apparent age doesn't change, ...
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Can you take the run action underwater?

I have an underwater encounter coming up soon in my D&D 3.5e game. They will be entering a flooded section of dungeon. Rules say PCs can walk on the bottom, at half normal speed. (DMG, p. 92, or ...
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Can any corpse become undead?

The shabti are the only race I know of which seem to have a built in defense against becoming undead. But dont they become corpses once they die and lose all their abilities, thus becoming able to be ...
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What does an Extended Augmented Mass Lesser Vigor cast by a Shield Guardian do?

With some help my level 13 (divine) character has constructed a Shield Guardian. Shield Guardians have Spell Storing and can store a spell of up to 4th level. I was thinking of storing an Extended ...
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Can a warforged with magical plating attach to it an augment crystal?

Can a warforged that has magical composite plating attach to its composite plating an armor augment crystal? A typical warforged does not benefit from wearing armor nor magical robes due to their ...

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