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Questions about rules or systems for regulating or managing what characters do between adventures, both "on screen" and "off screen". (Not for questions about issues related to the real-world people's downtime between sessions.)

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How long does Xendros from Ghosts of Saltmarsh need for this downtime activity?

Got a question about Xendros in Ghost of Saltmarsh. If the Player goes with the specific item. Is it 1d4 + 1 week or is it just 1d4 weeks of down time?
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campaigns spanning long time [closed]

In my experience, campaigns often span a relative short amount of time, and i'd like to change this. On one side, this is because downtime is often hard to play and justify and make meaningful: you'...
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Do the rules for the “Buying a Magic Item” downtime activity allow a character an opportunity to purchase the item later?

I'm DMing using the "Buying a Magic Item" downtime activity rules in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 126). Are any rules (or suggested approaches) to allowing my players to purchase one of their ...
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Are there any official rules regarding studying books? [duplicate]

I have one simple question: Are there any official rules regarding studying books? Any kind of books really. For example, if I spend 10 days downtime studying books does my Intelligence or Wisdom ...
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What does it cost to buy a tavern?

Suppose an adventurer retires and wants to buy a tavern. Is there an official gold piece figure in D&D 5e for how much it would cost to buy a tavern or similar property in a town or city? If not, ...
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Can you hire an hireling in order to produce things for you?

According to downtime rules, you can spend a day and pay half of the gold normally necessary to buy labor or goods if you do unskilled work. Is it possible to hire untrained hireling and have them ...
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How do you roll for a business when you are out of town?

My character has recently acquired some wealth and rather than buy magical items I decided I would buy an inn and have the group use it as a home base. I looked at the Ultimate Campaign rules and ...
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What is the correct interpretation of the Gambling Results table in Xanathar's Guide to Everything?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, one of the downtime options provided in "Downtime, Revised" allows a character to gamble during their downtime to earn extra money. Gambling Games of chance ...
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Portent, as it relates to the Gambling downtime rules from Xanathar's Guide to Everything

The Gambling downtime rules in XGtE state that it takes the character a workweek (5 days) and a stake of between 10gp and 1000gp to partake in the gambling downtime activity. The resolution of this ...
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How can my character start a thieves' guild without being disruptive to the rest of the group?

Background: D&D 5e with a steam punk flair. My protagonist is a changeling rogue (can assume the role of other people) with a small bit of magic (Arcane Trickster). My deity has requested that I ...
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What difficulties would a character encounter if they tried to take Amphail as a protectorate?

In Storm King's Thunder, our group has visited Amphail and found it severely damaged by marauding hill giants. There was an NPC (some minor noble) who was visiting after the attacks and he was ...
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Which downtime activities cover lifestyle expenses?

I am puzzled by the interaction between Lifestyle and Downtime Activities, particularly as to lifestyle expenses. One of the downtime options presented in the Player's Handbook, p. 187, is ...
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How long should a Performance last to earn a living?

If a bard (or anyone skilled in Performance) wants to earn a living during downtime without paying for any lifestyle expenses, how long should the performance last? Chapter 8 in the PHB states the ...
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How does the repair downtime action work in Scum and Villainy?

If I understand correctly, the repair downtime action on page 188 lets you spend an action and 1 cred to clear 1 damage. However, in the “Downtime Activities in Play” section on page 194, Hayley uses ...
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Adventurers League: What is downtime and what can it be used for?

The Adventurers League DM gave me 5 days of downtime. I don't even know what it is for. What can I do with my 5 days of downtime? I'd like some examples of things that can be done other than what is ...
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Can you craft during an adventure?

Player's Handbook lists some rules about downtime activities, including crafting (p. 187), as does Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 127). In both resources, downtime activities are defined as activities ...
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What to do between battles while traveling for 1 week with no gold?

I am writing a campaign in which the party will likely be traveling through a savanna over a distance that will take them a week. The characters in the party are each at level 1, and the only ...
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Are there any pbta systems with built in downtime systems? [closed]

I'm about to start running a Monster of the Week campaign and I wanted to have a downtime system for between adventures to give the players an opportunity to do extra stuff on the side and get a ...
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Trading multiple permanent magic items in AL

Is it possible in AL exchange multiple magic items all at once, respecting the rules for each exchange, between the same 2 characters through the usage of 15 downtime days (and not necessarily 15 ...
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Does spellcasting service require components?

There's no mention about components in spellcasting service. I only found this: Acolyte Background A character possessing the acolyte background requesting spellcasting services at a temple of ...
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Replacing dead hirelings in Pathfinder downtime system

I am currently pricing up the cost of running a mercenary guild for a game I am assisting with (GM for downtime). I've combined Guildhall and Barracks (while removing duplicates between building ...
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In the “Buying Magic Items” downtime activity, can I roll on a more affordable table than my Charisma/Persuasion check would normally indicate?

In our current campaign we're nearing a point where we will be allowed to use the downtime activities from Xanathar's Guide To Everything for the first time. After discussing with our DM, we've agreed ...
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Are there rules for multiple characters working on the same downtime activity besides crafting?

In multiple official materials (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Xanathar's Guide to Everything), characters are given the option to pursue downtime activites. The DMG and Xanathar's Guide ...
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Awarding Downtime Days Using Rules-as-Intended

I am currently DMing a group through CCC-YLRA01-02 Uneasy Lies the Head. They are all experienced DMs so it resembles a Dentist Convention (but sexier of course!). We are having a slight disagreement ...
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Does the “Downtime: Catching Up” option require DM permission, or just logging it?

In the 5e Adventurer’s League 7.0 Guide, there’s an option listed for players to “catch up”: Downtime: Catching Up. Sometimes you might like to advance to the next tier to catch up with friends, ...
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Is it possible for an Adventurers League character to buy a magic item during downtime?

The Dungeon Master's Guide lists price ranges for magic items related to their rarity. For example, an uncommon magic item can be worth between 101 and 500 gold pieces. Consummable magic items are ...
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How do profits from running a business work?

On page 129 of DMG, the Running the Business chart says "The business covers its own maintenance cost for each of the days. It earns a profit of 1d6 × 5 gp.", for example. I'm a bit confused on this....
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Can the alchemist adventure during their mummification process?

The Alchemist's Mummification discovery states that "the alchemist must perform a 30-day regimen of a special diet, rigorous exercise, and drinking a mildly poisonous alchemical tea." Can this ...
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Are there shops and places to train in Curse of Strahd?

Are there shops and places to train (as in PHB p187) in Curse of Strahd? The town we're currently in at the very start (Barovia) of playing the module is completely deserted. I just want to know if ...
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Trying to do a time skip, but how do I justify it to my players?

I want to run a game in Eberron, but start it on the Day of Mourning (using the adventure in the back of the 4E book), then advance the time four years. However, as I want to use 5E, I want them to ...
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How much time would it take for a PC to train NPCs to get class features?

One of the Folk Hero's Defining Events is to have trained peasants against a tyrant's army. Is it possible to train NPCs (say, peasants) to gain (limited) level 1 features of a given class (say, monk ...
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My characters are in prison and don't plan to escape. What should I do for the next 14 (in game) years? [closed]

First off, some backstory. One of my players accidentally killed 25,000 people & the center of culture for this continent by dropping a hyper-intelligent ooze on the largest city in the area. This ...
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System or advices to allow players to handle their downtime [closed]

I'm currently dming for a group of 4 level 2 that took control of a small goblin village. They have a week of downtime ahead of them (they are waiting for a delivery to resolve their current quest) ...
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How do Organizations occupy and affect buildings when generating Downtime income?

I know that, in Downtime Actions, it states that you can have a building or organization work to create you capital or money. What I'm trying to find out is the rules for making all of that work ...
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How to award Downtime and Renown in Curse of Strahd?

I'm trying to locate details on awarding downtime and renown in the Curse of Strahd. The Curse of Strahd DM's Guide from Adventurers League says this about awarding renown (page 6): Many ...
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Given this specific land and business, what can the PCs expect to earn from it?

In The Lost Mine of Phandelver, So given this land and property plus the specific feature connected with it, what can the net outcome of it expected to be? I have no clue and the official material ...
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Is there any reason not to choose a modest lifestyle?

My players and I are looking at the Lifestyle Expenses in the PHB for the first time. The way the information is laid out, you'd think that choosing a lifestyle would be a tactical choice. But if that'...
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How do skills progress during a Downtime Apprenticeship?

I am a Level 3 Fighter Battle Master in a 5e group. When I leveled up I became proficient in Smith's Tools and have since got an apprenticeship with an NPC blacksmith to hone my skills, which I do ...
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How do your Adventurers League characters use their downtime days? [closed]

With the rather rigid (but welcome) parameters set for the Adventurers League, I was wondering how your AL-compliant characters use their downtime days? I assume that many of use use them to level up, ...
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Advice for Running the “In Between Times”

I usually run published adventures which may or may not be related to each other. During and in between the adventures there are often times when the two main facets of RPGs, story role-playing and ...
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Can you bypass travel by fast forwarding in your campaign?

Instead of having the players cover every single room in a dungeon or square of travel overland, is it permissible (or even warranted) to "fast forward" to a more interesting place, provided that ...
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What is the income by profession and social class?

On pages 81–83 of RuneQuest 6 the social class and profession of a character are referenced several times as determining base downtime income. There is a Social Class table mentioned as well. But no ...
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How to calculate earnings for downtime buildings when the hero is away?

I have read the Downtime rules and I am still unsure about some key aspects of it. Lets say I have a building with an Artisans' workshop and a team of Craftspeople Craftspeople Earnings gp, ...
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Pathfinder Downtime: Earning capital, Owning Buildings, in a small town

My character is a bard with a lyre of building which the GM states generates 300 labor for the 10g per point but has no limit based on the small town. A small town normally has a limit on "utilising" ...
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Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
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Does Owning a Shop or Trading Post Really Cost Me Money?

The Dungeon Master's Guide on page 127 lists the costs of maintaining various buildings. While some of these make sense, of note is that Shops and Trading posts are listed. This means that, rather ...
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What's the best way to make time spent travelling more interesting?

My players are going from Neverwinter to Comyr in D&D 4e Forgotten Realms. So, what I do everytime they travel is, learned from The Order of the Stick, a single random encounter (which, honestly, ...
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Where is the down-time “life experience” system I recall from?

I remember reading somewhere that characters can gain general 'life' experience during story downtime, usually downtime that takes place over years of story line... Could someone (if anyone remembers ...
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What level of lifestyle do you have when living in the wild without practicing a profession?

Now the box on page 159 says that if you live in the wild and practicing a profession you have the equivalent of a poor lifestyle and if you have proficiency in the survival skill you have the ...
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What upkeep is needed to run buildings and organizations?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for running buildings and organizations during downtime. One of the phases is the upkeep phase, which reads: Phase 1—Upkeep: Pay costs ...