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What is the source of the “spells do only what they say they do” rules interpretation principle?

Every time somebody asks a question like "can I use X spell for doing Y" the answer is usually "no" because spell descriptions are very short in 5e, and usually they don't explicitly say a spell can ...
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How can I handle a player who pre-plans arguments about my rulings on RAW?

When playing D&D, I have always taken the following approach: I will do my best to adhere to Rules As Written (RAW) If I don't know a rule off the top of my head I will look it up If something I ...
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What RPG concepts does “rules as written” encompass?

The term "rules as written" (or RAW) gets thrown about fairly often in RPG circles, especially around D&D. But what does it actually mean? Is RAW an analysis technique? A playstyle? An entire ...
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How can I roleplay a follower-type character when I as a player have a leader-type personality?

Background When I started playing RPGs, I made characters with high intelligence and problem-solving skills. As an engineer, these kinds of characters were similar to myself in real life and suited ...
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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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With Jeremy Crawford taking over Acquisitions, Inc, will his rulings on the show be considered RAW?

Jeremy Crawford's published statements about the rules are considered Rules Canon for D&D 5e (except Adventurer's League, where they are not). During his stint as GM on Acquisitions Incorporated,...
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Can a rider move using his mount, attack from his mount, then have the mount dash away?

I seem to have misunderstood the mounted combat rules. Reading them again it seems that the mount and rider are treated as separate entities but share initiative (this assumes a controlled mount, not ...
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Where does the term Rules as Tweeted (RAT) come from?

Rule As Tweeted (RAT) is ironically used when a tweet from a the game designers contradicts RAW (rules as written) or (perceived) RAI (rules as intended). Who used it first? Did it originate here on ...
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What is the source for 5e defaulting to plain English readings of non-game terms?

In many discussions involving rules interpretations the meaning of words is often called into question. Often, people will claim that if the game doesn't define the term that it defaults to the plain ...
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With the 2019 Sage Advice Compendium release, are Jeremy Crawford's tweets considered to be “official rulings”?

The 2019 Sage Advice Compendium has been released. Previously, the SAC has indicated that Jeremy Crawford's tweets were considered to be official rulings. Is this still true?
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Administering a Goodberry

Potion of Healing (DMG, page 187): You regain hit points when you drink this potion. Potions (DMG, page 139): Drinking or administering a potion to another character requires an action. As ...
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Should the Sage Advice Compendium be considered a 1st party resource?

Should Jeremy Crawford's Sage Advice Compendium found here be used as official Wizards of the Coast content or rather as his own home-rules?
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Can Volley be used twice with the extra attack from the ranger class? [duplicate]

According to page # 194 "If there’s ever any question whether something you’re doing counts as an attack, the rule is simple: if you’re making an attack roll, you’re making an attack." Then on page #...
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Does a centaur PC also count as being mounted?

One of our characters created a centaur Eagle totem barbarian (level 3) - which I thought was a good idea. But to duck and weave in tight spaces, she'd need high AC, so she came up with a character ...
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Can you grapple-drag someone out of a grapple?

You are grappled by an enemy. You cannot move (Grappled Condition), though he could move you. Moving a Grappled Creature. When you move, you can drag or carry the grappled creature with you, but ...

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