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Why do Elves, who can see in starlight, have a lifepath called Chandler (candle-maker)?

BWGR p. 131: Chandler, 50 yrs, 15 rp, +1 M, (Citadel, Protector) Skills: 5 pts: Chant of Offering‡, Haggling, Conspicuous, Appraisal Traits: 1 pt: — Wikipedia: A chandlery (/ˈtʃændləri/ or /ˈtʃɑːnd-...
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In Princes of the Apocalypse, is this monster “supposed to” kill a player character?

In Princes of the Apocalypse Ch. 6, has plenty of time and warning to prepare for his encounter with the party, along with the spells to do so: He is also in possession of a powerful magic item, ...
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In Fallout: The Roleplaying Game (2d20 system by Modiphius), is it intended that gun bashing with a missile launcher would have the blast quality?

I have noticed that gun bash simply states a one-handed gun or a two-handed gun, so there seems no reason you could not gun bash with a big gun (which are all two-handed guns). The part where it gets ...
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Is there a statement from Gygax on the origin of the Unseen Servant spell?

Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions is is cited in Appendix N of the original Dungeon Master's Guide as one of the inspirations for D&D, and is an influential source that contributed to ...
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Why do 6 ft. weapons not have the Reach property? [closed]

There are several weapons in D&D 5e that are at least six feet: Quarterstaff Spear Battleaxe Greataxe Greatsword Trident Warhammer Yet these weapons(although there may be some incorrect ones in ...
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Why wasn't Rolemaster further developed and expanded?

Rolemaster is a great system and big in its day - but is now to be consigned to online pdfs, a small fan base (like me) and in particular never developed for a (very) long time. Iron Crown Enterprises ...
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Should Tiamat's cold breath target the ability score indicated in its save?

The party is looking at facing Tiamat as the 20th-level epic boss fight that will end the campaign. The evoker has only four spell slots that can directly affect her, due to her limited magic ...
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What is the origin of Pharasma's name in Pathfinder?

Many names in Pathfinder come from Earth languages or refer to things. Where does the name Pharasma come from? The only similar name I could find is Pharasmanes, the Latinized Georgian name of two ...
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What is the source of the persistent rumor that D&D 3.5's Orb spells were written to provide an advantage in the writer's home game?

D&D 3.5's Complete Arcane introduced the Orb of Fire/Acid/Whatever line of spells. They are conjuration spells (normally you might expect them to be evocation), they do a reasonably large pile of ...
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What is the origin of the name Yan-C-Bin?

I'm planning a story arc for my D&D campaign that will heavily involve the elemental plane of air, with Yan-C-Bin being the BBEG at the end. The name Yan-C-Bin is very strange, and I'm wondering ...
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Why was damage denoted in ranges in older D&D editions?

In early editions of Dungeons and Dragons, monster damage was denoted as a range of possible outcomes, for example, if a monster dealt 3d6 of damage, it would state the monster dealt 3-18 damage. You ...
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Why is the capacity of a barrel/bucket different for solids vs. liquids?

The PHB states the following volumes on page 153: Barrel: 40 gallons liquid, 4 cubic feet solid. Bucket: 3 gallons liquid, 0.5 cubic feet solid. Why is the volume for solids lower than that for ...
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Why did 'Let it out' change so much from Urban Shadows 1e to 2e?

In my Urban Shadows 2e quickstart the basic move 'Let it out' reads: LET IT OUT When you let out the power within you, choose an ability from your playbook and roll with Spirit. On a hit, mark ...
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Why are there five chromatic dragons and not four?

The five chromatic dragon types are already in the original edition of D&D. In that same game, player characters had access to four primary kinds of damage: physical blows, fire, cold and ...
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Why do bards and druids get Heat metal? [closed]

As per Player's handbook, only bards and druids get access to Heat metal. Later books added forge clerics to that super-exclusive list, and UA artificers are in it too. But why? Artificers and forge ...
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Why is the Ring of Warmth only an Uncommon item?

Related: Why is this uncommon magic item better than this rare magic item? The related question and associated answers indicates that the opportunity costs of attunement can be significant driving ...
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Why is the base DC for a spell saving throw 8? [closed]

Does anyone know what was the rationale behind making the base DC of a spell saving throw 8 instead of 10 in D&D 5e? Most attacks, passive attributes, spell attacks use 10 as the base. The average ...
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Why is there no Permanency spell in 5e? [duplicate]

In 3.5e, there's the permanency spell, which makes other spells permanent. There isn't a spell like this in 5e, but there are ways to make specific spells permanent, usually by casting it in the same ...
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What is the justification (design/mechanic) for the +1 AL Rule? [closed]

I was thinking out character ideas to maybe someday play in AL, and I came across the +1 rule. My question is, why is character creation limited in such a way? Other than 'less complexity', what ...
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What is the rationale behind the comparatively low number of spells known for Sorcerers? [closed]

Druids, clerics and wizards are full casters as well and can "prepare a number of spells equal to your spell casting ability modifier plus your class level", which is considerably more than what the ...
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Why is the XP awarded from an encounter the sum of monster XP values and not Adjusted XP? [closed]

The Dungeon Master's Guide presents guidelines for gauging encounter difficulty based on the Adjusted XP of monsters faced. The Adjusted XP is the sum of the monsters' experience values, modified by a ...
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What have designers said for why they made worn items fireproof? [closed]

When playing 5e, most of, if not all of the fire spells I've seen say that "a flammable item ignites if not being worn or carried." This makes all items basically fireproof when being worn or carried. ...
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Why did the designers refactor Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saves into six different saves in 5e? [duplicate]

In Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, there were Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saving throws, each tied to a particular ability: CON, DEX, and WIS respectively. (Prior to this edition, saving throws ...
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Where does the name 'Sigil' come from?

I would like to learn about any designer explanations about how they came up with the name of the famous city. One possible hypothesis I have is that the designers were inspired by the planet "Nivil" ...
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Have the developers given a reason why the ranger has fewer spells than caster archetypes for non-casting classes? [closed]

I was just curious why the Designers have the ranger class (a half spell-caster) had less spells known than spell archetypes ie. Arcane Trickster and Eldritch Knight. Both Arcane Trickster and ...
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Why did the developers add Dex bonus to damage on Dex based attacks? [closed]

Why did the developers make Dexterity add to damage on DEX-based attacks? Are there statements by the writers/developers describing why DEX bonus is on damage done as well as to hit rolls? Have they ...
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Why did the D&D 4e designers scale everything for 5 players? [closed]

There are many questions about changing the scaling on encounters, but I am curious if anyone knows why the designers chose 5 players as the default. FWIW, I would assume that 4e would use a 4 player ...
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Why is finding traps so easy at high levels? [closed]

After reading through traps a bit, I saw that finding most mundane traps requires just a Perception skill check (DC 20), which means that quite early on anyone skilled in Perception (and especially ...
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Is there a reason Polearm Masters can't use a Pike to make the bonus attack? [closed]

Polearm Master (page 168, Player's Handbook) says You can keep your enemies at bay with reach weapons. You gain the following benefits: • When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive,...
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Is the difference between a Medusa's and a Bodak's passive gaze power intentional? [closed]

The specific difference I'm thinking about is this: Medusa: Unless surprised, a creature can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it can't ...
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What reason has been given for the "standard array" being lower than the expected average from the rolled method? [closed]

When one levels up and gets an increase in maximum hit points, one can either roll or take the average roll rounded up. Statistically, you're better off with the non-random method. For ability scores,...
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What in the world is going on with the Ring of Ki Mastery?

I was looking over building an unchained monk for a campaign I'm going to be starting, and I wanted to reduce the price of some of the Ki Powers. Looking for a way to do that brought me to the Ring of ...
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What are the designers' reasons for blowguns requiring martial proficiency? [closed]

This question is a follow up to my broader question, What's the point of blowguns?, in which I asked about their overall purpose in the game and how they compare to other weapons. Generally ...
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What is the reason to only give casters a single high level slot up to the upper levels? [closed]

Looking at the spellcasting progression, casters only get a single 8th and a single 9th level slot, from when the spell level becomes available up to the 20th level(1). A similar situation happens to ...
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Were warforged starting ages ever explained?

The Eberron Campaign Setting on Random Starting Ages (27) lists a warforged's random starting age as 0 then +1d12 if its first class level is in a simple class like barbarian, +1d6 years if its first ...
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Why did Ed Greenwood and R.A. Salvatore dislike the Spellplague arc? [closed]

The Forgotten Realms campaign setting includes an world-changing event called the Spellplague, which provided lore reasons for many of the mechanical changes introduced by Dungeons & Dragons 4e. ...
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What is the reasoning behind having sorcerers' and warlocks' spells rely on charisma? [closed]

I'm hoping to find an explanation from the developers as to why charisma became the primary spell-casting stat for both sorcerers and warlocks in 5e. What was their logic in that decision? Was it a ...
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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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How are pluses on vanilla weapons and armour different than previous editions?

How are pluses on vanilla weapons and armour different in 5e than in previous editions? I have noticed old editions are capped at +5 and 5e is capped at +3. What, if anything, would change if higher ...
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What reason have the designers given for why minimum hit die size is d6?

In D&D 3rd edition and also D20 I remember some hit points for classes being well below 1D6 per level (especially for wizards and the like). Still though Pathfinder surprised me that it went ...
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What designer statements are there for why there is a lack of weapon variety in 5th edition? [closed]

I was taking a look at the 4th edition weapons page and that thing is massive, with relatively well-known weapons like Falchions, Bastard Swords, and parrying daggers. Yet in 5th edition, they've ...
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Why does the book suggest polymorphing into a giant? Can polymorph do that? [closed]

This question is prompted by a particular passage in Storm King's Thunder: The level 4 spell Polymorph allows to transform a character into a beast with challenge rating ≤ character level and Hill ...
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Why don't we find out what the Frost Shepherds are?

In The Quiet Year, the game is ended by the arrival of the Frost Shepherds. When this happens, the instructions tell us to end the game immediately and without discussion. (And, if we like, we can ...
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Why doesn't Medium Armor Master include a stat bump? [closed]

Medium Armor Master is the only armor feat that does not include a stat bump. Why is this? Has there been any statement from the designers or rules-makers about the decision to omit a stat bump from ...
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Is there an official explanation for the difference in duration between Infernal Healing and Celestial Healing?

Infernal Healing and Celestial Healing are similar spells and seem to be opposites of each other, but the former has a duration of 1 minute while the latter has a duration of 1 round/2 levels (which ...
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What reasons for Find Familiar being limited to specific creatures have the designers stated? [closed]

What reasons have the designers stated for making Find Familiar limited to a specific list of creatures rather than summoning any creature of a particular type or size or challenge rating? Similarly, ...
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Why can't a quarterstaff be made out of metal? [closed]

Both Pathfinder and 3.5e have restrictions on the use of special materials in crafted weapons. For instance, by mithral and adamantine they both specify that items not made of metal (or not primarily ...
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Why is there no non-combat XP in D&D 5e? [closed]

Has there been an answer to why there is no non-combat Experience points awarded in D&D 5e? I'm not referring to XP gained from monsters by defeating them other than combat, but XP awarded for ...
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What have designers said about why druids can't cast the spells associated with wild shape?

I am working on a druid character and I just noticed that Beast shape 1-4, Elemental Body 1-4, and Plant Shape 1-3 do not appear on the druid's spell lists. Considering that these spells are the basis ...
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How and why has D&D changed its character generation across editions? [closed]

The first version of D&D that I played - Basic - instructed players to roll 3d6 for each stat and assign the number to that stat. I believe these are the rules for OD&D as well. In AD&D ...
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