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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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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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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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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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How exactly do “Domains of Dread” function?

So I've never played Curse of Strahd or anything in the Ravenloft campaign setting - but I'm working on my own campaign world and I was reading through some texts and found out about Domains of Dread. ...
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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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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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What is the world of Ravnica like, outside the Tenth District?

Ravnica is an ecumenopolis: a world-wide city. The biggest map in Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica shows only the 10th district. Its diameter is around 10 miles, which makes it as large as Amsterdam. ...
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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. PHB says (under "Human Names and Ethnicities" on ...
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What areas are there where magic is forbidden or “dead”?

I want to write a campaign where magic is totally absent using an existing setting—like an existing area where magic is strictly forbidden by authorities or an existing dead magic zone. For the ...
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How common is faction membership in Planescape?

The second-edition setting Planescape introduced 15 factions for player and NPC usage. I'm in the early stages of running one of the Planescape adventures and I'm wondering: how common is faction ...
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Which Golarion features are important to Curse of the Crimson Throne?

I'm trying to convert this Adventure Path to a different setting, namely the Forgotten Realms, possibly in the mapped areas (Faerun). In doing so; I need to know which features of the Golarion ...
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If Drow and Duergar are allowed as monsters in the D&D 5e SRD, are they allowed as subraces as well?

I'm developing a campaign setting with my S.O. which we intend to publish. (We're uncertain of exactly where we'll publish yet.) I was reading through the D&D 5e SRD released under OGL to see what ...
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War: Cyberpunk 2020 vs Shadowrun [closed]

I've been reading a lot about Cyberpunk 2020 and Shadowrun, mostly 4&5e for Shadowrun. What I notice is there are large standing armies in Cyberpunk 2020, but in Shadowrun I only see "Security ...
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How does Mind Control work against a Stormer?

I'm going to be running Emerald City Knights soon and I have a question: what would happen if a Psychic attempted to Mind Control a Stormer? Taken from Emerald City Knights: While two of the ...
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Has anyone tried adapting “Rivers of London” as a RPG setting? [closed]

I am a big fan of the series of books and graphic novels by Ben Aaronovitch, collectively named after the first book in series, Rivers of London (sometimes also called the Peter Grant series after the ...
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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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Creating an RPG with a similar setting to Shadowrun: is it a derivative work?

I have spent a lot of time looking at both other posts on this form about derivative work and its actual definition/ conditions, but I would like to hear your thoughts on this specific case. I have ...
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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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Do Pathfinder supplements have a dependency order?

I want to start GMing for 3 friends, and I was wondering if there is a certain order for the way the Pathfinder Core Rule Book material should be expanded by supplements. That is, can I just pick ...
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Are there campaign setting books (released or planned) for D&D 5e? [closed]

As a DM, I'm always searching for new and exciting settings in which to run my campaigns. I know that for previous editions, books based around settings for campaigns (most notably for me, Eberron for ...
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Do Edges and Rippertech stack?

So I was perusing the Rippers Ressurected book and found that there is rippertech that gives +d4 to unarmed damage, and was wondering if that would stack with the Martial Artist edge, giving a total ...
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Are there any published adventures located in Geb

My party wants to travel to Geb and now I am looking for adventures located there to get a feeling for the atmosphere. I have checked the big Adventure Paths so far but could not find any. I know of ...
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How hard is it to get a license from WotC to publish a novel set in a D&D setting? [closed]

Everybody is trying to get around writing their own stories without infringing any copyrights by WotC. That got me wondering... How hard could it be to obtain a license to actually publish a book ...
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How to get Fame and Prestige Points

I have read the pathfinder society field guide and want to use the Prestige and Fame System but I still have a few questions about how it works. They write a lot about what to do with it but not how ...
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How much does the Pathfinder Society pay for adventuring?

I'm running a campaign centered around the Pathfinder Society. The PCs have successfully become members. How much are they paid? I remember from the Pathfinder Guide that a pathfinder gets paid for ...
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Why did Paizo say they dropped the evil subtype from Animate Dead?

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 Patfinder). Further reading the spells ...
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Is Tormenta an RPG system or a campaign setting for 3D&T?

Wikipedia believes Tormenta (Portugese for 'Storm') is a campaign setting usable with either Wizard's d20 system or 3D&T. The publisher, however, seems to indicate the Tormenta core book presents ...
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Translating a D&D 5e campaign setting to Pathfinder [closed]

As a fan of the Critical Role podcast, I'm looking into buying the podcast's Campaign Setting written by the host. However, Critical Role's campaign setting is for D&D 5e, while my group and I are ...
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Where can I find more information about Urdvaergs?

This Web article on Dwarves mentions the Urdvaergs: Extremely rare to be seen, an Urdvaerg is almost regarded as a half-god by other dwarves. It is said they live for thousands of years and that ...
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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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Is there any copyright infringement if you prepare a campaign setting based on a published book or movie?

I'm working on a project to prepare roleplaying settings. We first wanted to make it for ourselves but we thought that if anyone wants to use it why not. We even thought further and figured that it ...
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Race population in the Inner Sea

I am looking for some sources that give me an idea of how many humanoids of the different races live in the inner sea. Best would be if I can get information for each country. I have the Inner Sea ...
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How to limit high-level PCs actions in an urban setting [closed]

When designing/GMing an urban quest, it is easy to limit PC actions or access to specific areas or buildings. City guards, bandits, heavy locked doors and so on represent relevant obstacles to their ...
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For the 5th edition, what Eberron-like official settings exist?

I want to set my campaign in a fantasy world with these attributes: high-level magic is nearly impossible and very rare on the other hand, low-level everyday magic is common and well-known non-mages ...
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What is the default date of Fireborn?

From what I see is that 2001 magic came back. But what I didn't find is when the usual Fireborn game is mostly meant to be set date wise (neither in the published adventure nor in the infos in game). ...
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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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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 ...
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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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A witcher and their apprentice…

In an upcoming game set in the Northern Realms of the Witcherverse, two of my players decided to come up with this character concept: One plays an older established Witcher, the other plays their in-...
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Fantasy Setting Building Tools [closed]

Well I've finally decided to create my own home brewed fantasy setting and I was wondering what the best resources for creating one was. I'm most interested in creating a map.
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How can I run an interesting council meeting? [closed]

The Story so Far The end is nigh for planet earth! The sun is running out of fuel and life on earth only has about 100-500 years before it gets burnt to a crisp as the sun expands. Several years ago ...
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How do we transition from D&D 4e's world to D&D 5e's world?

My group started in late Dec 14th with D&D 4e, in the Points of Light. My players have expressed an interest in making the switch to 5e. D&D 5e is set in Forgotten Realms, a completely new and ...
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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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How much do players need to know before a campaign [closed]

My friends and I are soon going to start a short campaign. The DM is wondering how much information he should give us at the start. Any tips? We are pretty new to DnD.
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Is there a way to play a mage in Dragon Age that won't be bossed around, locked up, or killed?

In Dragon Age canon, mages are controlled by the Chantry, who assigns Templars to watch them. They stay in the Tower unless given a specific mission, and when they leave it is with a Templar to guard (...