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Stylistic, Mechanical and Contextual summaries of Candlekeep Mysteries

My group is playing through Candlekeep, which consists of 17 different 'Mysteries', each tied to a book that the party finds in Candlekeep. Only one of us is an experienced DM, but we agreed it would ...
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Is it reasonable to have an extremely overpowered GMPC accompany the party early on to let them with enemies that they can't overcome on their own?

I created a scenario that features an antagonist who has armies of demons and creatures at their disposal. I made a gmpc character to help my players because the game features a ton of difficult ...
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What human ethnicities exist in other settings besides the Forgotten Realms?

There are 9 human ethnicities mentioned in the PHB (pages 30-31): Calishite, Chondathan, Damaran, Illuskan, Mulan, Rashemi, Shou, Tethyrian, Turami. The Player's Handbook says under "Human Names ...
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Do paper books exist in the 5th ed. of D&D?

In the PHB a Spellbook is described as a leather-bound tome with 100 blank vellum pages The way PHB describes a Forgery Kit is: This small box contains a variety of papers and parchments The word &...
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GURPS supplement for Poul Anderson's “High Crusade”?

Recently I've been re-reading the amusing novel "The High Crusade" by Poul Anderson and enjoyed it as much as I did back then. As I was reading, a thought came to my mind: I seemed to ...
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Are there official rules for Vecna published for 5E

I am considering creating a campaign with Vecna as the main antagonist. The Critical Roll show has the party fight against Vecna with Matt Mercer having stats and rules he refers to, I am trying to ...
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What is the full list of official D&D settings?

What are the official Wizards of the Coast / TSR D&D campaign settings? The ones I know of off hand are the following, also it would be good to know what rule edition they initially started in ...
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What changed in Eberron between 3.5e and 4e?

Both in terms of setting fluff and game mechanics, what are the differences between the original D&D 3.5 version of Eberron and its D&D 4th edition version?
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Moving between different D&D universes

I have a group of mid-high level players. As part of some D&D shenanigans, I wanted to have them plop into Athas (Dark Sun) as a surprise joke. But knowing them, sadistic as they are, they might ...
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Campaign in already existing world and story - fear of NPC domination

I am attempting to create a campaign utilizing a setting and lore from an already established series, World of Warcraft, but I fear my players may feel their story and characters overshadowed by this ...
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Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM

The problem What are the best practices to overcome that certain “complexity paralysis” that may strike a GM when trying to learn and immerse himself in a setting that has a lot of intricate ...
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What monsters and races are from the Shadowfell?

I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list ...
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What happens on a critically failed secret check while camping in “Age of Ashes - Cult of Cinders”?

I have a question concerning the Camp in the Mwangi Jungle activity taking place during the exploration of the jungle in the part 2 Cult of Cinders of the Age of Ashes campaign. The activity is ...
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What are the differences between Pathfinder's Kingmaker and Birthright?

I've only read the rules for Kingmaker, but I've heard that Birthright is similar in many respects. How is the AD&D 2nd edition setting similar to or different from the Pathfinder setting? I know ...
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Are there guidelines for punishments for crimes?

I have a player with a character that is a likely to get in trouble with the law. His character is currently Chaotic Neutral and is slowly slipping toward Chaotic Evil. The player is not being ...
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The Free City of Greyhawk: War of the Archmages

Where can I find print or online information on the archmages and/or the War of the Archmages?
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Is there a plausible explanation for a large number of armed adventurers in a fantasy RPG setting?

I'm working on a Dungeons & Dragons setting. I'm looking for a comprehensive and logical explanation why, in a feudal society similar to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, there might be bands of ...
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How do you seamlessly blend inspiration into a campaign?

Often I have campaigns that are inspired by things that are outside of genre and easily recognizable. Lets take Vikings in Space for example. I could have a race ...
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Is Matt Mercer's homebrew setting of Exandria now considered an official setting, as of the release of the “Explorer's Guide to Wildemount”?

Now that Explorer's Guide to Wildemount is out, I'm curious to know how much of Matt Mercer's homebrew content is now considered "official". Since this is a first-party WotC official D&D ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder? [closed]

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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What would it take for a villain to get his domain transported to Ravenloft on purpose?

In all the cases I can remember in which somebody got taken by the mists to become a Dark Lord, it happened to an unwilling subject (which makes sense, given the torment they suffer there). Let's ...
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Can Blades in the Dark be played in a custom setting?

I'm looking at systems for my next campaign. Currently I really like the look of Blades in the Dark however I have one concern before I invest in buying the rulebook. Every review of the system I ...
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Could an elf PC start adventuring at the age of 20?

I'm helping my friend make an Elf to play in a campaign I'm making. We wanted him be around the same age as the other player's characters, which is early-mid twenties, so that he is not far more ...
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What D&D setting or universe resembles Warcraft's Outlands?

A few years ago, I wrote a homebrew campaign. For a few levels of the campaign, the players are teleported from a city within the Forgotten Realms setting into another dimension of the multi-verse. I ...
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Is there a Forgotten Realms campaign setting book for D&D 5e?

To immerse myself into the world of the Forgotten Realms I wanted to pick up a book or source materials of the lore. Is there a comparable book like it exists for Pathfinder with the Inner Sea World ...
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Has Brian Jacques's estate licensed the Redwall IP for an official role-playing game?

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Is there an RPG system that has been licensed for the Redwall setting created by Brian Jacques? I expect the answer to be "No" so as a follow up, has there been ...
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How can I write up interesting filler for my campaign? [closed]

At the end of the fourth session, just yesterday, I actually ran out of content for the session almost an hour before I thought I would. So I'm going to employ the old 'Adventurer's Guild' trope to ...
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Real World Mythic Setting Material [closed]

Can you recommend setting material for roleplaying games (books, websites, etc.) that presents places in the real world but with supernatural overtones based upon a locale's myths, fairytales, and ...
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Does Forgotten Realms setting count as “High magic”?

Could you please provide some sources about that? I am asking about the categories listed in the DMG in the Starting Equipment equipment table, and for calculating price of enchantment items and such ...
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Are D&D novelizations considered canonical source materials?

I'm curious if the works of R.A. Salvatore and the like are considered canon source material for D&D campaign games. Or if they are treated more like fanfictions.
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Are the Tiefling subraces from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes specific to a particular campaign setting?

Are the Tiefling subraces from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes specific to a particular campaign setting? In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (MTF) there is a section on Tiefling Subraces (p.21), which ...
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How can I write a historical timeline for my campaign's magical world?

I'm writing a campaign and I'm a big fan of history and I want to write a history of my campaign's world. The problem is, I have no idea how to do this. I am aware that I should bullet point wars ...
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Did the spellplague change the cosmology of other crystal spheres too, or just realmspace?

The spellplague changed the cosmology of Forgotten Realms into the world axis cosmology. Great wheel no more, world tree no more (it seems I missed/skipped this one). But did the spellplague affected ...
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Why did Paizo say they dropped the evil subtype from Animate Dead? [closed]

I was reading the new Starfinder Core Rulebook and as going through the spells section, I stumbled upon Animate Dead lacking the evil subtype (which was there in Pathfinder). Further reading the ...
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Dystopian sword & magic settings [closed]

Actually something that just came to my mind and something I've never encountered before. Are there any settings or systems centering about dystopian worlds, but without technology, nothing more ...
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How can I make a homemade setting with WFRP 3e?

I created a setting with my friends and players and we are all familiar with it. We created legends and previous characters are now gods of the current age in the game. I decided that my next game ...
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What are the campaign settings published for AD&D 2nd Ed? [closed]

I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the second edition, and my brother and I want to try to buy used second edition campaign box settings (Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, etc...). When I ...
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How do we know what content is in/from the different settings?

How do I know what is in the different settings? (e.g. races, classes, landmarks, and history). I can't find anything in the PHB except the Gods of the different settings. Is there a guide to know ...
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How to pass a world to a different DM

I'm about to pass the campaign setting I've been working on to a different DM. I've given them the references I made and I've done some slight explaining of certain elements. Is there anything else I ...
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Which dark SciFi Fate Core settings other then Mindjammer exist? [closed]

I want a list of dark SciFi Fate Core settings. I have already looked Mindjammer, which can be played with a grim mood in mind. Are there anything else?
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

My boyfriend is DMing a D&D 5e game for a good friend of mine and I. It's a pirate themed campaign, which I was excited about, and takes place in a universe where magic is not believed in by most (...
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Athas: A terrifying vision of the future?

Athas, the desolated world of deserts, obsidian and ecological ruin that is the focus of the Dark Sun campaign setting, is generally portrayed as a prime world nearing the end of its life expectancy. ...
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Any good rulesets that are gritty, dark, and low-magic? [closed]

I am currently making a world setting for my group of players and I was hoping for recommendations for any ruleset that is Low-Magic - A hint of magic known to those who are born into special ...
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Are Red Court Vampires/Infected affected by the saliva of other Red Court Vampires/Infected?

In The Dresden Files RPG, Red Court Vampires(RCV)/Infected have the supernatural power Addictive Saliva (YW162). The power itself does not say anything about it conferring immunity to the saliva of ...
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Are there any canonical correlations or known overlaps between D&D settings' various timelines that could be used to determine when they correspond?

D&D canon has demonstrated numerous times that the various campaign settings are in fact, connected to each other. Powerful beings from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and even Athas have found ways ...
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What is the name of the default D&D 4E world containing the Nentir Vale?

The 4E Essentials rules compendium describes the Nentir Vale as a region of the Dungeons and Dragons world, but it does not mention the name of the world. Does it have a name?
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A spell that let's you travel to another setting. Which level would it be? [closed]

My last campaign took place in the Forgotten Realms. The characters lived in a kingdom, which was threatened to be annihilated by some strange outside force. In the course of the story, the characters ...
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What else is in the Traveller galaxy?

In Traveller the Imperium charted space is a small portion of the galaxy. In the T5 book, the Galaxy map (page 417) has Abyssals and Denizens west of Core, Dushis Kurisi North of Core, Essaray east of ...
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What changes would the City Domain (UA) need to work in Waterdeep? [closed]

I am hoping to start running Dragon Heist in the near future (leading in to Dungeon of the Mad Mage) and would like to make the Unearthed Arcana City Domain available to users. While it introduces ...

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