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Why would I ever choose rolling hit points?

In DnD 5th edition, all classes seemingly have the option of rolling hit points -or- just increasing their hit points by a set value. That set value is defined as the dice roll's average, rounded up. ...
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Why do Warlocks only have spells up to 5th level? What's the correct progression for their slots?

Instead of a “Spell Slots for Spell Level” table, the warlock just has two columns: one for number of slots and one for slot level, because all of their slots are the same level. However, the table ...
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What is the reason behind "one level at a time" level advancement in D&D? [closed]

During the answering to this question about large experience point gains getting truncated -- when a single XP award would raise a character more than one level at a time -- the following question ...
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Mechanically speaking, why does level 1 seem so different from level 2?

I find that the survivability and general performance of my party increases massively from levels 1 to 2. At times, level 1 feels like a completely different game from level 2. However, I can't fathom ...
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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

I've been running a D&D 5e campaign where the levelling up has been done at certain landmark points or milestones. Regardless of your opinion on that specific system, it's reached a point where ...
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How important is it for a spellcaster to increase primary ability scores quickly to 20 to remain at "party level"?

One can increase ability scores at 4th and 8th level, or take a feat instead with the optional rule. Assuming player-characters are built with point-buy rules, one is probably going to start with a ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

In D&D 3.5e, being behind in levels compared to the party grants the relevant characters more experience per encounter. Intuitively, this is because the encounter is relatively harder for them and ...
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Can you roll for HP at levelup in Adventurers League?

Are you allowed to roll for your hit points when gaining a level in Adventurers League,or do you have to take the fixed value? A DM I played with today told me I had to use the fixed value, but I ...
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Can a character gain two levels with the same encounter?

We played with the Deck of Many Things last night and a character drew the card that gives you 50000 XP. The character was 14 and the XP amount was enough for him to gain the next two levels. 15 and ...
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Are Constitution changes retroactive when calculating max HP?

Lets say I'm a fighter that just leveled up to level 4, and decide to bring my Constitution up from 16 to 18. How many hit points do I have? Level 1 = 10 (base) + 3 (Con mod) = 13. Level 2 = 10 + 6 (...
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Dungeon World Leveling at level 10

I didn't really understand the leveling portion other than: XPTotal & LevelUp = Level+7 - XP However when you hit level 10 the manual says you must create a new character as an assistant or etc. ...
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Do you gain current HP when you level up?

Let's say your hero is at max HP and he/she is levelling up. PHB p. 15, "Beyond first Level" says about HP increase when levelling up: add the total to your hit point maximum Will she/he need ...
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Roll For Shoes - Does the advancement system work for longer campaigns?

I'm about to start in on a new campaign with the Roll For Shoes system, but I'm concerned that the characters will swiftly outstrip basic and intermediate challenges as they grow in dice. In the title ...
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How can I balance gradual character advancement for new players vs. trying to keep the PCs at a similar level?

I've been running an Open Table game this summer and it's going pretty well. I normally favor milestone leveling or other forms of keeping all PCs at the same level so I don't have to deal with level ...
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What are the consequences of giving an ASI or feat every 4 character levels instead of every 4 class levels?

I'm trying to figure out why Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition designers decided that ASI or feats would be given every 4 class levels and not every 4 character levels. If I allowed my players to ...
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Do you get skill points retroactively for increased Int?

In D&D 3.5 you don't get skill points retroactively, only from the next level onwards after you increase your intelligence enough to gain an increased bonus, leading to extra skill points per ...
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Can you take the same feat multiple times?

Can the same character take a given feat multiple times to gain the benefits all over again? It seems obviously stupid that you can't, but I can't find anywhere in the RAW that actually states that. ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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Does a True Polymorphed player character continue to gain experience?

Suppose a 5th-level human wizard (let's call her Morgan) is subject to true polymorph, and the spell becomes permanent. While polymorphed, Morgan remains with the party and contributes to adventures. ...
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Can I have net negative maximum HP per level with a negative CON modifier?

For the sake of an example, assume I'm a level 1 Sorcerer or Wizard who's somehow had the misfortune of winding up with 1 CON. Maximum HP at level 1 is determined by the highest possible roll on your ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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Does a Wizard copying a spell count as one of their two new spells for a level?

In D&D 5E Wizards get an additional two spells per level to add to their spellbook: Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two wizard spells of your choice to your spellbook. If a Wizard ...
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How does a character know when she's leveled up?

As we play we gain experience. The players know when they can level up because they can either see if they have enough experience or the DM will tell them they can level up. How does the character ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Me and a few of my group members came to a disagreement about when racial stat bonuses apply. I believe that your racial ability score increases are only applied once at character creation. However, ...
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Can College of Lore magical secrets be traded at level up?

The Player's Handbook says that a spell can be traded at level up for any other spell in any slot that you can cast. I'm wondering if I can trade a spell learned from magical secrets and if the new ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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How necessary is mechanical character advancement?

I've been fiddling around with a game system for some time (ever since the 2010 Game Chef competition) that's based around characters that are shape-shifters. Because of this, characters have a fluid ...
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If a feature gives proficiency in a skill you are proficient with, can you always choose any skill to replace that proficiency?

Page 125 of the PHB in the rules for backgrounds we have this statement: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of ...
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Can I defer levelling up after reaching the XP threshold?

As a rogue, I've gained enough XP to level up to level 3. However, I'm not yet ready to pick what archetype would fit best for me. Despite having gained enough XP, can I wait until later to level up ...
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Is a character obligated to advance in level?

Kind of a crazy question, but I was wondering if there were any written rules on the obligation of a character to advance in level? The reason I'm asking is this: since this summer, I have created ...
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What to do when a PC’s Story ties heavily into another’s?

A Story and its Steps are mechanics in 7th Sea 2nd edition’s character advancement system. I have a problem with how to manage this mechanic when players choose Stories that interact. Two of my ...
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Are there any rules on how characters go from 0th to 1st level in a class?

One group I played with some years ago, back in 2nd edition, had, as part of their character generation/background process, an explanation of what event caused that character to gain the experience ...
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Can a DM limit which spells a character knows?

I'm starting up playing again with 5e. Our DM wants to dictate which cantrips and 1st level spells our characters can know. He doesn't think we should be able to pick from the full list of cantrips ...
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What are the most important things magic items do for the players into higher levels of the campaign?

Currently I am planning for a campaign that might essentially end up with no magic items, and I wanted to get an idea of how that tends to effect game balance with the PCs. The previous campaigns I've ...
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As a DM, how can I manage a group with different amounts of free time?

I've started playing D&D 5e with a group of friends recently. I'm the DM and there are four players. One is still working and is only available during weekends, while the other three (and I) have ...
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What is the effect of the Feeblemind spell on Ability Score Improvements?

Our Bard had the Feeblemind spell cast on him and failed his save. The battle ended and we gained a level. Feeblemind states that: On a failed save, the creature's Intelligence and Charisma scores ...
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Does the Martial Adept superiority dice scale up alongside the Battle Master fighter's superiority dice if you acquire the subclass after the feat?

Assume two 1st level Rogues, Alice and Beatrice. Alice gained 3 levels of Rogue and on her 4th level of Rogue, instead of an ability score increase she picked up the Martial Adept feat. She later ...
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When do a wizard's new spells appear after leveling?

My 5e D&D party is on an extended set of encounters in which we won't be in civilization for a while, and my DM and I have gone back and forth about the new spells my Wizard gains after leveling ...
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Making it more convenient for new players to pick spells in 5e

I am a fairly new DM and I have a group of new players. The campaign is going well and everyone seems to be having fun so far. One of the players plays a sorcerer, however, which means that he has to ...
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How do I motivate players to do character sheet updates outside of session?

I run a weekly campaign with one session every Sunday. My core group (4-5 people) always show up, with the occasional person who joins from time to time (either playing a new character they wanted to ...
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Do Wizards have to pay to learn new spells as they level?

I have long been conflicted on this point: do Wizards need to pay to write spells they learn for leveling into their spellbook, or just when copying from a scroll or another spell book? It seems that ...
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How can I play as a DM, and still have a character who keeps up in levels and can influence the story?

I'm forming a group of new players along with myself to play D&D 5e together. The DMing will probably fall to me, and maybe another friend. However, I'd also like to sometimes have my own ...
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Can I increase my intelligence from a Headband Of Intellect?

2 sessions ago, my wizard found a headband of intellect, and used it to up his spells. Your Intelligence score is 19 while you wear this headband. It has no effect on you if your Intelligence is ...
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I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?

Three years in the past my character and the rest of the party were level 1. At that time, our selfs from 30 years in the future traveled through time and possessed us for two years. We don't remember ...
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Are there any official adventures that are supposed to end on level 20?

I have looked up a lot of adventures now and the highest average was to be supposed to let the adventurers finish it at level 15. Are there any official published adventures supposing the PC's to get ...
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How does AC scale with character level?

In D&D 3.5, I know that base attack bonus scales with level. How does AC increase over levels to meet it? I know saves do, so there should be some kind of AC thing? Is it done more with HP, or is ...
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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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What is it like to play in a campaign with Milestone XP? [closed]

I am currently playing D&D fifth edition with a GM I have never played with before. He will be giving out XP in milestones, so that we will be given XP when we do something specific or reach a ...
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In what circumstances (if any) is Fighter 3 a good level to take?

I've heard a lot about how Fighter 3 is a bad level to take. However, are there ever any circumstances in 3.x where it is a good idea for optimisation purposes? I'd appreciate hearing the reasoning ...
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What's the nicest way to handle lycanthropy when it comes to XP?

I've been running some published adventures in D&D 3.5 and two of the PCs in the party have contracted lycanthropy (they're now were-rats). They've had their first night of the full-moon. While ...
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