Questions tagged [dnd-next-playtest]

For questions specific to the playtesting packet materials for the D&D Next Playtest” (packets dated from May 24, 2012 to September 20, 2013, plus the “final playtest packet” from October 2013). Use [dnd-5e] for questions about D&D 5e not related to the original playtest packets.

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Was Murder in Baldur's Gate a part of the D&D Next/5e playtest?

I have recently purchased Murder in Baldur's Gate, and downloaded the Monster Statistics supplement with the three-edition-stats for named NPC's (tough thugs, Flaming Fist Privates, etc). These ...
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What factors justify the decision to change Barkskin from a bonus to its current 5e wording? [closed]

The D&D 5e rules for barkskin: […] the target's AC can’t be less than 16, regardless of what kind of armor it is wearing. In 3.x, barkskin provided "a +2 enhancement bonus to the creature’s ...
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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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Does D&D Next or Dead in Thay have rules for equipping new PCs above level 1?

My game group at the local shop recently got our hand on the next season of D&D Encounters, Dead in Thay, and will be running it in a few days. Previous editions, such as 4e, have very specific ...
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Are non-concentration spells dismissable?

Looking through the spell list in the D&D Next playtest, it seems like spells don't call out whether or not they can be dismissed before their duration has expired, like they would in 3.X. I also ...
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Spell DC Saving Throws

In the Class sections, each class Spell DC is stated as "8 + your [Ability] modifier." So for example, a Mage with 16 Intelligence would have a Spell DC of 11. However, on page 28 of How To Play, it ...
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What does Assassinate mean by “surprised”, and can it be used multiple times?

I need some elaboration on what is covered by "surprised". The Assassin Rogue’s special feature “Assassinate” states: …In addition, if you (...) hit a creature that is surprised, you score a ...
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Flurry of Blows Damage Calculation

Flurry of Blows You can make unarmed strikes with supernatural speed, using your fists, kicks, and head-­butts.** You can use your attack action to make two unarmed attacks*. If you haven’t ...
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Using 3d6 instead of d20 for D&D Next

I am currently running a campaign with D&D Next playtest packet released at September. My player has been complaining about his terrible attack rolls (He didn't prevail because of fumbles, even at ...
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Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC?

Do you get a proficiency bonus to AC when wearing armor you are proficient with?
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DnD Next (Final Playtest) Finesse + Ability Modifier Damage

The the How to play document says Weapon Attacks. If you’re attacking with a melee weapon, apply your Strength modifier to the damage, and if you’re attacking with a ranged weapon, apply ...
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Do clerics have access to every spell of the level they can cast?

The playtest notes are not clear in regard to clerics. It specifically states how many spells wizards can learn. So do I just assume that a cleric learns one spell per level or do they have access to ...
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Where does the damage bonus for the level 1 pre-gen characters come from?

My friends and I have just started playing D&D. We have played through the Red Box and we decided to keep playing D&D so we downloaded the play-test materials for D&D Next. I read through ...
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Do any of the pre-gens have daily powers?

I've heard about dailies but I'm new to D&D and will be starting a game with the D&D Next playtest materials. Are there any daily powers in the pre-generated character sheets we will be using?...
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How does bull rushing work in D&D Next?

As per the latest playtest packet, Bull Rush is a martial feat with the following text: Effect: Choose a Large or smaller creature within 5 feet of you. Contest your ...
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How are dual-wielding penalties applied?

Regarding dual-wielding as outlined in the 2012-01-28 (latest as of posting) playtest packet for D&D Next; with two light weapons equipped – one in each hand – do both attacks made on a turn ...
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Which are the advantages of Medium armor?

[Based on playtest material delivered on May] Light armor = (12-15) + Dex Medium armor = (13-17) + 1/2 Dex Heavy armor = (15-18) What are the advantages of wearing Medium armor when trying to get ...
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How does monster hiding work when some players detect them and some don't?

In one of our battles in DnD Next, I had some bugbears hiding in trees trying to attack the players. The bugbear rolled a 21 on its attempt to hide. Four of the players rolled less than 21 on their ...
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Ack! Where do I find the spell descriptions for casters?

I've downloaded the play test and the clerics' and wizard's spells are not on their character sheets. It is unclear from the character sheet where those are listed. Where can I find their spell ...