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Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, published in 2014 by Wizards of the Coast. D&D 5e is a heroic fantasy RPG inspired by the mechanics and settings of all previous D&D editions. Previously code-named D&D Next.

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Where is the “Tyranny of Dragons online appendix”?

The D&D 5e adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen states that it requires the "Tyranny of Dragons appendix online" which contains some of the monster stats. However I can't seem to find this on the D&...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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Do targets of Spell Reflection get a saving throw?

The description of a Spectator from the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure says they have the following reaction (p. 62): Spell Reflection. If the spectator makes a successful saving throw against ...
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Do I have to apply a negative modifier to the damage roll?

I'm converting the characters for my party from D&D4E to D&D5E, and I have a question about the Cleric (level 1). He has a Dexterity of 8, and also has a Light Crossbow (which he is ...
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Is Forgotten Realms the default setting in 5e?

In D&D 3.x, the core books stated that the default setting was Greyhawk and the first few adventures were set in it (e.g. The Sunless Citadel, Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil). In D&D ...
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Passive checks or active checks when looking for monsters or hidden objects?

The basic rules 0.1 state on p61: When your character searches for a hidden object such as a secret door or a trap, the DM typically asks you to make a Wisdom (Perception) check. Such a check ...
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Are the Old Deities coming back for D&D 5e's Forgotten Realms?

I was surfing on the internet, and I have encountered rumours that in the 5th edition of DnD in Forgotten Realms world, the Old Deities will come back (Bhaal, Myrkul, Leira etc.) What is more, I have ...
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Does picking up a weapon or drawing one take an action?

I ran into a couple of questions while playing D&D 5th: Does drawing a weapon take an action? Does picking up a weapon from the ground take an action?
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Does the Evocation Savant feature apply to evocation spells copied into backup spellbooks?

The normal cost of copying a foreign spell into your spellbook is 2 hours and 50 gp per spell level. If you are copying spells from one of your spellbooks to another of your spellbooks (to keep ...
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Can Minor Illusion wake a sleeping party member with its sound?

Imagine your party is making camp near a dungeon that the party is planning to delve. If you have the Minor Illusion cantrip and are the member of the group keeping watch for hostile creatures, can ...
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Does copying a spell from a scroll into your spellbook consume the scroll?

The text on page 32 of the Basic Rules that talks about copying spells does not explicitly state that the process consumes the scroll. Does it?
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Does an ability or spell grant me the bonus action with which to use it?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of casting times says that spells with a casting time of "bonus action" require a bonus action to cast (p. 79, emphasis mine): Most spells require a ...
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What does “+6 to hit, Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4)” mean in a creature's stat block?

My friends and I are very new to D&D, played like 3 times. In a monster's stats next to weapon damage it says stuff like "+11 to hit" and "Hit: 5 (1d8+1)". For the premade characters it just says ...
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Looking for a Detective/Mystery Adventure (D&D) [closed]

I have been playing D&D for a month or so now and I have realized that games I enjoy most are the ones that are Detective/Mystery centred. I have played Assassins Knot but it was far too easy and ...
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What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends?

The 5e D&D Basic Rules v0.1 description of the second-level cleric spell Aid says (p. 83): Your spell bolsters your allies with toughness and resolve. Choose up to three creatures within range. ...
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Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E [closed]

I'm looking for a DM tool like Masterplan for 5e (standalone tool, offline preferred) for making loot tables, plot and quest tracking. Or maybe is there an Add-on to the original Masterplan for other ...
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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying “I attack”?

Recently I heard a friend saying that melee combatants had fewer options than 4e or 3.x: Ranged combat was somewhat interesting in that you could deal with cover, aiming, and so forth. Fighters ...
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Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane focus?

If an elven wizard had proficiency in a bow, could he use that as his arcane focus?
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Can a Transmuter/Abjurer with Racial Proficiencies compete in melee?

I like odd (but not completely broken) builds, and am intrigued when I see them, but I do like to see them somewhat balanced. Right now I'm considering whether a melee Wizard build is feasible. I am ...
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According to the Playtest Rules, can a Paladin own a Familiar? [closed]

I'm here discussing with a friend if the Paladin can have a Familiar or not. The Familiar Feat says that as long as you have a spell of the Wizard list on your Spell List, you can own a familiar, ...
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Would there be issues with porting the 3.5e Breaking & Entering rules and object tables to 5e?

Would there be any major balance concerns with porting the Breaking & Entering rules (specifically the tables contained within, but also possibly adjusting DCs) from 3.5 to 5e?
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How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting? [closed]

Most of my group and I share a trait: We all hate the idea of monsters who can be talked or negotiated with, it kills the scary, dangerous part of a monster; that combined with the fact I suck at ...
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Does the Dueling Fighting Style prevent using a shield?

The Dueling fighting style doesn't seem to state anything about shields, stating that the character can only wield one weapon while fighting to gain the benefit. Does a shield count as a weapon or ...
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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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Is there a OGL or GSL license for D&D 5e?

With the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Basic Rules being a free PDF, they are practically the SRD. But is there a license available for content creators that want to create commercial products ...
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Can you cast a spell at a higher level, even if it doesn't have an “At higher levels” entry?

Many spells have "At higher levels" that provides for more targets or more damage. For example Magic Missile can be cast as a second level spell and shoot 4 missiles instead of it's 3 as a first ...
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Can I use modified playtest characters in my 5e game?

I understand that some of the information will change, and that there are some important differences between the last playtest package and the basic rules. For player characters I see the major ...
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What ability is used for playing a woodwind instrument?

While reading the D&d 5E Basic Rules, I noticed that under "Other Dexterity Checks", it said "Play a stringed instrument". This led me to wonder what ability is used for playing other types of ...
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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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Where do I go after the Starter Set?

I'm new to D&D and RPGs in general, but have wanted to play for a long time. Jumping into the new edition, If I purchase the starter set I'm trying to figure out where we would go after we finish. ...
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Is it worth teaching ourselves D&D with the Starter Set, or better to join an existing group?

I'm new to playing D&D and RPGs in general, and I have a group that's unsure about the game. Is the new Starter Set (5th edition) a good way to start? Is it even worth the cost when there are ...
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Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?

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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Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?

On Page 101 of the D&D 5e Basic PDF the effect of a Sleep Spell is stated as follows. This spell sends creatures into a magical slumber. Roll 5d8; the total is how many hit points of ...
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Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?

(This question is a comparison to 3.x, though things might have been different in 4e) In 3.5e there is a large power and capability gap between fighters and wizards that fighters couldn't hope to ...
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How can I prepare unique locations for my sandbox, when I don't know which unique locations my group will travel to? [duplicate]

I'm making a sandbox campaign using 5e to run a post apocalyptic fantasy Tokyo adventure, so each main location is known to the players and I can't just put in random encounters. Those locations need ...
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What are the differences between 5e compared to 4e and 3.5e in terms of power level?

Looking for a short, sweet, and authoritative answer as to the tone/theme power level of characters in 5e in comparison to 4e and 3.5e. I'm looking specifically for theme of the power level presented ...
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Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting?

As this blog post suggests, there seems to be a hole in the D&D Basic rules. Maybe. The rules for readying an action state: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right ...
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Are peoples' competencies really as flat in D&D 5e as its math suggests?

Bounded accuracy is a major feature of the new system. It promises that bonuses to rolls won't grow too much throughout a character's career. And indeed, a first-level fighter would have an apex skill ...
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Do negative Hit Points exist in D&D 5e?

Say that a character has 5 HP remaining and is dealt 10 damage from an attack. Of course, 5 - 10 = -5, so the character has dropped below 0 Hit Points and follows the rules for making death saving ...
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How to follow up the adventure if the party split?

In the last session, the party I'm DMing got into a great fight against the spirit of the valley (a big dire wolf). In the heat of the fight the cleric was bitten to the point that he dropped to 0 hp (...
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What Conditions prevent a caster from using Somatic spells?

The text from Somatic reads that the caster must have a hand free to gesture with when they cast a spell with a somatic component. None of the conditions such as restrained or grappled seem to ...
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What function does the “light” weapon property serve on the hand crossbow?

In the equipment section of the D&D basic rules, it lists "light" as a weapon property of the hand crossbow. The "light" property offers the following attributes: Light. A light weapon is ...
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Our group had some confusion about preparing spells for a Wizard and Cleric. The rules say that you prepare a number of spells from your list and that you tick off spell slots when you cast a spell. ...
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How can I stop being afraid of PC death as a GM? [closed]

Well guys, I've noticed that I have a tendency to hold back too much with my players. All of them have been playing for long, however they're used to linear plot style campaigns, and besides the fact ...
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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long rest,...
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Is there any good 1 session D&D stories for beginners? [closed]

I am hoping to organize a small D&D night for me and 3-4 of my friends, who are all new to the game. I bought the starter set so I already have characters (Level 1 to start, but modifiable) and ...
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Does Grappling in D&D 5 have any rules other than preventing movement?

I seem to remember in previous versions of D&D, Grappling would grant bonuses to attackers and make grappling creatures harder to attack and such things. However, I'm reading the rules for ...
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How can I design encounters that appeal more to stealth based characters and are fun for me to run?

I'm currently running a levels 1 to 20 campaign with my friends, and one of them is a Ninja (Pathfinder's class using the Basic Rogue Template). Functionally it's pretty much the same, and the thing ...
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Roleplaying a female teen bard as a male GM? [closed]

Well guys, for years I've roleplayed women NPCs with minor roles and such. Besides fanservice, love interests or villiains, I have never used a "GM PC" that was not of my gender and age (22), ...
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How do I avoid “prepping too much”? [duplicate]

I'm prepping a hexcrawl-style game, my first sandbox game ever, and I'm expending all the online resources I can to learn how to run them and prep them. I'm actually having a lot of fun (and work) ...