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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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What is the difference between an Arcane Focus and a Component Pouch?

Reading through the Player's Handbook, I've noticed that the Sorceror, Warlock and Wizard classes can all take either an arcane focus or a component pouch. My understanding is that an arcane focus ...
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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 using material components in spells make D&D 5e more challenging?

In my campaigns we typically don't rely on material components, allowing casters to use any spells as long as they have the right spell slots available. My impression is that using components would be ...
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What's the in-universe reasoning behind sorcerers needing material components?

Sorcerers are "spontaneous" spell casters. They don't "learn spells" the way a wizard does; their spells aren't granted by a powerful extraplanar entity the way a cleric's, paladin's, or warlock's ...
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How to make spell components relevant again?

The spell components mechanic has always seemed a bit ham-fistedly handled in D&D since 2nd edition. What should be an interesting way of defining a wizard generally becomes "I have my pouch" and ...
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Do I need to hold an actual copper piece in order to cast Detect Thoughts?

The "Detect Thoughts" spell has as its material component "a copper piece". (Yet another in the long list of punny material components.) The rules for material components say, Casting some spells ...
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Does Casting a Spell with Somatic and Material Components Require 2 Hands?

Question Can a spell with both somatic components and material, focus, or divine focus components be cast with only one free hand? To clarify further... What does it mean to prepare material ...
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How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one?

Many of the spells in the Basic Rules indicate that they require material components. For the components that don't have a specific cost (I tend to call these mundane components), the Basic Rules ...
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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How to handle spell components in AD&D 1st edition

In the AD&D players handbook, many of the spells require spell components. However, there are no rules associated with spell components. So I'm guessing it's safe to assume that this is one of the ...
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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation? [closed]

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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Modifying spell components to add flavor

One of my player's character is playing a tiefling wizard (evil party). He asked me if he could modify the spells components to add flavor and narrative uniqueness. I said yes, of course, and we ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting [closed]

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...