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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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What reason did the designers have to make a spear not both piercing *and* bludgeoning? [closed]

I get why they have different damage types, but it seems to me the role of the short spear in D&D 5e (versatile, throwable) really sets itself up for a fighting style not unlike a quarterstaff. ...
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What is the purpose of old-school D&D class level limitations?

When I played 1E and 2E, racial level limits was one of the first rules we decided to ignore. We decided that it would prevent us from playing (say) an Elven fighter for as long as the party might ...
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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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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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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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Why are staves class-dependent?

Why can any player use a wand, but magical staves have class limitations? Is there historical context for this? Is there any commentary on the topic from Crawford or others with "authority"?...
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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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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 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 did the designers choose to include the Goliath as a PC race in Volo's Guide to Monsters?

I was looking through the new race options for PCs in Volo's Guide to Monsters and noticed they included the Goliath. About 2 years ago the Goliath was also published in the Elemental Evil Player's ...
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Why Does Spellcasting Have Levels?

I was reading this question, and it occurred to me: I don't know why the designers of 5e chose this magic system. There are a lot of spellcasting systems out there, and I want to know why they choose ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why did the designers make it so chromatic dragons can't shapechange? [closed]

In 5e, the Monster Manual states that each kind of Metallic Dragon gains the Change Shape ability by the time it is Ancient or Adult. However, no such ability is ever mentioned for Chromatic Dragons. ...
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Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional? [closed]

In the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the selection of a race determines one or more bonuses to a primary attribute. For example, humans get +1 to all six attributes, while a wood elf gets +2 to ...
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Have any of the designers of D&D explained why Strength increases Hit Chance? [closed]

This is a personal bias, but when I think high strength score, the imagery I get is: When it comes to accuracy of a muscle-bound and bulky person, the imagery I get is: Bruce Lee had stated he didn'...
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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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Why did D&D Paladins originally have a requirement to be Lawful Good? [closed]

In every edition of D&D before 4e, Paladins are required to be Lawful Good. If they stray from that, they are completely stripped of their powers. This means that evil deities can't grant powers ...
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Why is mayo in the alchemy jug?

The 5e Alchemy Jug (on page 150 of the Dungeon Master's Guide) has several uses. Some are common and useful, like water, poison, acid. Some are natural ingredients and liquids, like honey, vinegar, ...
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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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Why do undead have darkvision in 4E? [closed]

I just recently noted that essentially all of the undead (maybe actually all?) in fourth edition have darkvision. I was going to reveal some information to my party by having one of their associates ...
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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 did the designers make Werewolves *immune* to most non-silvered damage? [closed]

The Werewolf's statistics are that of a CR1 monster, even though it is listed as CR3 in the Monster Manual, presumably as a result of playtesting. By my personal experience with pop culture, ...
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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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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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What happened to the Permanency spell? [closed]

As the title asks, I'm curious about why the permanency spell isn't in 5e. It's not in the PHB, DMG, or any forum page on the interwebs. It's been incorporated into various spells like true polymorph ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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What reason have the designers said for why they spelled "Rötschreck" with an Umlaut? [closed]

In German language the word rot (meaning "Red") is spelled without an Umlaut, so would the word Rotschreck be if composed in German, meaning "red fear", composed of rot and der Schreck, "fear". Why ...
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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 is there a saving throw for each ability score? [closed]

From reading the current preview of the "Basic Rules" it looks like each ability score is now granted the possibility of being connected to a Saving Throw. In fact, certain classes get proficiency ...
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Can a Mystic use more than one discipline in the same turn?

Even if psionic disciplines are different from spells (as psionic is different from magic in general), there seems to be a clear correspondence between them, as well as between psionic talents and ...
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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 ...