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For questions about Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, an RPG 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. It was previously code-named D&D Next during the playtest period.

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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) ...
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How many times can I use a spell component pouch before having to purchase a new one?

Many of the spells in the Basic Rules indicate that they require material components. For the components that don't have a specific cost (I tend to call these mundane components), the Basic Rules ...
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Are there any guidelines for awarding inspiration?

In D&D Next, Inspiration can be granted to a player for good roleplay and playing your background's bond, personality, ideal or flaw. Because inspiration is not cumulative so you have it or not, ...
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Starter Set Cleric's Hit Points don't add up

In the Starter Set, the Hill Dwarf Cleric's character sheet shows a Hit Point maximum of 11. Shouldn't it be 10 from a 1d8 Hit Die and the Constitution bonus of +2?
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Have death saving throws changed in 5e? [closed]

I was reading an article and saw an image of what's in the Starter Set box. I was surprised to see this: Ok, there are 3 box for failures, but why are there 3 boxes for success? Is it best out of 5 ...
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How can a PC change their class in middle of an Adventure?

I have a little problem here, this week I'm starting a new D&D next adventure using the ongoing Basic Rules, I'm planning on buy the PHB next month and PC already asked me if they can change their ...
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Is it possible for a wizard to change the spells in her spellbook?

Wizards choose new spells to add to their spellbooks at level-up; however, through the course of play a wizard might find that one of the spells she learned is not very useful, and want to exchange ...
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How does Overchannel work with Cantrips?

On Page 32 of the D&D 5e Basic rules we have the following 14th level Wizard Ability. Overchannel Starting at 14th level, you can increase the power of your simpler spells. When you cast a ...
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How can I associate Hit Dice with healing?

My first version of D&D was 4th Edition and one of the things that was new to me during the Next playtest period was the inclusion of Hit Dice (which I understand were present in earlier editions)....
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Why does the Folk Hero get a shovel?

Equipment: A set of artisan’s tools (one of your choice), a shovel, an iron pot, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp I get pretty much everything else, but the shovel ...
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How does a damage dealing Wizard use higher level spell slots optimally?

In D&D 5e, one of the neat features for spell casting is the ability to cast spells at higher levels than the spell is originally set at. For Clerics, this makes it handy such that Cure Wounds, ...
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How do I help players whose time with previous editions confuses their understanding of D&D 5th Edition?

When I first was teaching D&D 5e to my group, one of my friends (he mostly had experience with 2e and OSR) kept getting confused every time I asked for a saving throw, because he believed he hadn'...
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Do NPC and monsters also double damage on a natural 20?

I'm just reading through the basic rules and I came across the new rules for critical hits. I'm sure the answer is simply "Yes" and an obvious one but I want to be sure I didn't miss anything here. ...
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High Elf Racial Cantrips: Do they improve for non-Wizards? [duplicate]

For example if a High Elf Rogue chooses Ray of Frost for his or her racial cantrip, does that cantrip improve as his or her Rogue level increases? Ray of Frost gets better damage as you advance in ...
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Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?

The entry for Shield says that the reaction is triggered by being hit by an attack, which would tend to imply that you can wait to see if your opponent actually succeeds on their attack roll (...
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Does Mage Armor stack with the Shield spell?

Mage Armor sets the target's base AC to 13+Dex. The Shield spell gives you a +5 bonus to AC. If you cast both on yourself, does that give you an effective AC of 18+Dex while both spells are in effect?
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Does a single PC who is stealthy get to surprise monsters when the rest of the group is not?

The rules for a surprise round, seem to be focused on the people being surprised. (They lose a turn) rather than being focused on the people doing the surprising (They get an extra turn) The rules ...
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What guidelines, if any, exist to guide the DM in establishing difficulty level for skill/ability checks?

Reading through the Basic Rules, there is a DC Check difficulty table found on page 58: … but aside from the basic description of what a check is and the basic mechanics (d20 + mod/skill + any ...
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When can I make opportunity attacks?

What provokes an opportunity attack? In 3.X moving out of a threatened square, standing up from prone, casting a spell (unless cast defensively), or making a ranged attack provoked, while in 4e ...
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work? [closed]

In 3.X wizards had spellbooks, while clerics had their entire spell list, but they both memorized/prepared spells every day from those lists, and had a certain number of slots for preparing spells in. ...
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How do you calculate the odds of success for an ability contest

I'm having a hard time understanding how to figure out the odds of success from an ability contest. I originally thought that each +1 would be 5% but anydice suggests 4% but only after a +1 ...
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Can I give the blinded condition through an improvised action?

Under the rules for contests it says that anytime you wish to do something that is opposed by another you make a contest ability check. Later in the combat rules it says that you can use a shove ...
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Any tips on how to build my first and highly hostile Hexcrawl? [closed]

I'm starting to develop my first sandbox campaign ever, I'll be using 5e to run it and I'll start the game in October, so I'm taking these two months to prep everything. I'm using Hexographer as my ...
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What does an average monster in the Starter Set look like?

Based on the monsters that have been previewed so far by WOTC (we've seen 4 from the starter so far, 3 are easily found here). We've only really seen a small range of Challenge levels (all 3 in the ...
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Do proficiencies with one thing from multiple different sources stack?

In D&D 5e it is possible for a character to receive proficiency in the same skill, tool, weapon and/or armor more than once via Class, Race, and/or Background. Do any of these proficiencies ...
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Which Fighter (TWF Fighter vs. Great Weapon Fighter) is better optimized for Dealing Damage?

With Basic's release the Fighter is given six different Fighting Styles to choose from at level 1. Each fighting style offers a solid mechanical benefit to the fighter, but both Great Weapon Fighting ...
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How do you calculate an average damage when damage is conditional on circumstances?

I'm trying to compare two rogue builds to each other. The first rogue is easy. It's a wood elf with a long bow in a wilderness campaign, doing 1d8+mod damage and always being hidden with SA damage. ...
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How can I deal with players who don't consider the narrative?

I am currently GMing a D&D Next game and, so far, we're having a blast. However, I noticed that I have a group of players who hope to have everything served to them, require several explanations ...
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Does a short combat or casting one spell interrupt a Long Rest?

D&D Basic Rules v0.1 says on page 67 that a long rest is interrupted by "at least 1 hour of walking, fighting, casting spells". So does that mean that 59 minutes of combat doesn't interrupt the ...
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Does being in the same space as an ogre allow a halfling to hide between its legs?

Say I have a level 3 lightfoot halfling rogue fighting an ogre. Can I move 10 feet into the space of an ogre, use cunning action to hide, hit It with sneak attack (in its groin?), and then move out ...
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Advice for making an adventure entirely based on “boss” battles? [closed]

we're currently playing D&D Next using the Basic rules and covnerted Pathfinder monsters covnerted based on the Playtest monster stats. Next session my players (Monk, Ninja (Pathfinder converted ...
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How can a goblin attack and hide in the same turn?

In the basic rules both an attack or going into hiding counts as an action, of which you can only do one per turn. But in the demonstration video of the Starter Box in the very first fight the group ...
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How do I copy and paste from the Basic D&D rules?

As I've been answering questions on the stack, I've noticed that it's rather difficult to copy and paste text from the Basic D&D rules. Here is what I get when I try to copy text from the PDF (...
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Does a hit to a stabilized character count as a death saving failure?

The 0.1 basic rules (p76) say: A stable creature doesn't make death saving throws [...]. The creature stops being stable, and must start making death saving throws again, if it takes any damage. ...
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When teaching D&D 5e basic to players of previous editions, which terms have new meanings that will likely lead to confusion? [closed]

When I previously taught D&D 5e to my group, I had a few players who were confused about specific terms. Which terms in the rules tend to confuse people because they get it mixed up with ...
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What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?

A persistent problem in D&D is the implementation and understanding of stealth mechanics. 5e provides for hiding when creatures "can't see" you. How do the obscured rules work with hiding, ...
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What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?

5e is described by its marketing materials as: The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends may tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with ...
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Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e [closed]

With the free release of the 5e Basic Rules, I'm looking for an adventure to introduce myself and my group to 5e (in the spirit of this question): we want to try the system before deciding if we'll ...
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What are the major differences between the final playtest package and D&D 5e Basic?

Back in October 2013 we had the "final playtest document" which allowed people to play Next for almost a year before D&D5e Basic was released. What major changes are there in the rules that were ...
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What is inspiration?

I've noticed a new mechanic in the 5th edition rules that stands out from the rest. It's called Inspiration. What is this, what is it good for and how should I as a DM grant it? It looks like it's ...
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What's a good way to deal with Random Encounters inside Dungeons? [closed]

I've been wondering, what's an interesting way to use random encounters while exploring dungeons? We're currently playing D&D Next Playtest and every 10 minutes of dungeon turns or such I make a ...
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Any tips for running more action based and less tactical encounters? [closed]

I've been using "tactical minis" games for all my games as of now, specifically Savage Worlds and 4E which has been my bread and butter. Just recently we picked up D&D Next Playtest (Oct 2013) to ...
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How do I tailor a Solo Monster for 1st level characters on D&D Next?

I'm running my first campaign of D&D Next and I'm tailoring some custom monsters, and using some of the weakest from the Monster Manual from the Playtest (I'm using the October 2013 document). I'...
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What major changes does 5e bring to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting?

As I understand it, D&D 4e takes the Forgotten Realms storyline up to around 1469 DR. How far does 5e take it, if at all? Are there many changes to the story? I am using many Forgotten Realms ...
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Converting Saving Throws from AD&D to D&D Next

I'm trying to run the newly released Against the Slave Lords compilation using the D&D Next rules and I've run into a problem with converting Saving Throws. How do I go about converting something ...
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Can I use my newly gained limited-use ability right after leveling up?

This question came into mind after seeing this question. It may be an absurd question, but can I use a limited-use ability which I have gained by leveling up without taking any rest? For example, can ...
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Does D&D 5e have rules for gaining experience from gold?

I have read in some of the Old-School Basic D&D incarnations that characters are awarded more XP for the gold value of the treasure they find than they gain by defeating enemies. I like how this ...