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Questions tagged [dungeons-and-dragons]

Questions relating to Dungeons & Dragons as a whole, or to multiple versions of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Can a new player join a group only when a new campaign starts?

I moved into a house share with my friends (ages 24-29), and they play role-playing games on weekends at the house, but they won't let me join in because they say it's not fair to the players that ...
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What is Wonderstone and are there any references to it pre-1982?

What is Wonderstone? Is there any source indicating that it was created pre-1982? I'm trying to find a reference to wonderstone in D&D pre-1982.
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What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate?

Is it possible, and if so, what happens when a metallic and chromatic dragon mate? I'm most interested in blue and bronze dragons. I'm interested in lore from all editions except the fourth edition. ...
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How can the DM most simply and fairly choose 1 out of an odd number of players to be targeted by an attack or effect?

When DMing and randomly determining a character to take damage or an effect, it's easy to roll a die if you have an even number of players. But what about if you have an odd number of players? What ...
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Does 3d6 per attribute represent the entire (human) population or just adventurers?

In more "old school" D&D editions charterer creation required the generation of character attributes by rolling 3d6 for each one of the six (most commonly) attributes (Strength, Dexterity, ...
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Is there a guide to implementing realistic army logistics in D&D? [closed]

I just read Grain into Gold. If you don't know it, it is a guide for creating a realistic medieval/fantasy economy. I just wanted to know if there is any equivalent for fantasy army management, ...
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Are there specific descriptions of what each of the racial languages sound like?

Running adventures with varied races of NPC, I run into a lot of times where I simply say "It sounds like they're speaking Elvish/Orcish/etc etc". I'd like to know if perhaps there are descriptions of ...
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Is the D&D universe the same as the Forgotten Realms universe?

Recently my friend and I were discussing this question. He’s convinced the default universe of D&D is the Forgotten Realms, but I have my doubts about that. I did read that certain cosmic events ...
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What were the first publication dates of the Big Bads in the Elder Evils?

Elder Evils (2007) is a supplement for world or multiverse-ending Big Bads published by Wizards of the Coast. It contains nine primary antagonists (see below) with a host of subordinate or supporting ...
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What regular Faerûn-wide events are there?

I'm wondering if there are any regular, realm-wide events (about every century or so) that would affect the Material Plane. Either nearly everybody knows it's happening, or just that strong magic-...
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Is Forgotten Realms geo-location data copyrighted, or free to use?

I am in the process of creating a gis map of Toril, starting from the Faerun Continent. (More details are in this question on GIS.SE: Starting a QGIS project for a fantasy world map from raster images....
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Which 3rd party D&D nested random encounter resource includes combat/social/treasure/mystery encounters for each type of environment?

I had once found a nested random encounter resource, as in there was a master table to determine the whether the party discovered interesting terrain, combat, mysteries, etc and one could then find ...
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Hoar's dogma seems to indicate to value true justice above the law. Are there further details on this in other sources?

One of Hoar's dogma (Uphold true and fitting justice and maintain the spirit of law, not the letter of law) seems to point to the fact that to a devotee of hoar justice is more important than law and ...
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Who owns the Dragonlance intellectual property?

This answer states that Margaret Weis "owns" Dragonlance, and that she "won the rights to Dragonlance in a court battle." Is this accurate? I could not find any details of such a court battle, or ...
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Which 3rd party D&D book introduced new rituals that gave player characters monstrous body parts and their associated powers?

A long time ago, I remember reading a book which introduced new spells that allowed a player to take abilities from monsters by performing ritual magic that gave them the body parts associated with ...
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How can I format a single monster statblock for an adventure designed to work across multiple editions?

I'm writing a module that has hopes of being as edition-neutral as possible. However, new monsters are presented so I'm left with the very hard task of making it accessible to older and newer editions ...
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Is there a list of famous heroic characters of D&D?

Edition #359 of the Dragon Magazine presented a list of notable villains (across many settings) in the article 1d20 Villains: D&D's Most Wanted; Preferably Dead. It included Strahd von Zarovich ...
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Has the Underdark ever been a separate plane to the Material Plane?

I play D&D 5e; I am not that familiar with the other editions of D&D. However, I'm looking for lore on the Underdark from any edition, since the settings (e.g. the Forgotten Realms) are still ...
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Does the race of half-elves on Khorvaire in Eberron have its own name?

In Eberron, specifically on the continent of Khorvaire, the half-elves have lived on the continent for centuries, to the extent that the majority of half-elves are descended from half-elven parents, ...
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What is D&D lore establishing Evil/Good = Dark/Light? [closed]

D&D is strongly rooted in the duality of Dark/Light (and the tones black/white) as an equivalent for Evil/Good. This is tiring for a number of reasons both as a GM and as a player. While examples ...
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Has there ever been a class that creates magic by drawing it?

In the long history of Dungeons & Dragons, has there been a character class that can only create magical effects by drawing on surface? For example, a class that needs to draw a circle on the ...
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A player's character stole from another PC, leading to a conflict. As a DM, what can I do? [closed]

I am the DM for an online Evil campaign for D&D. The players just found the Book of Vile Darkness however one of my players decided to pickpocket the book from the player who had found it and had ...
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Unarmed strikes with Monk/Aarakocra [duplicate]

I am playing a Level 5 Monk/Aarakocra with the monk I get 1d6 + 5 (20 dex) but with Aarakocra’s talons I get 1d4 + 5. Does it become 1d6 + 1d4 + 5?
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History of poison usage in Dungeons and Dragons [closed]

Reading the 5e version of the rules (PHB), I realized, that there are very few rules on (using) poison (different poison types, poisonous plants etc.) or being poisoned. I thought, that in a game ...
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What's the earliest instance of a “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” reference to beholders?

Is there any recorded use of the phrase, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" being used in a commercially available D&D campaign or any rulebook of any edition, specifically to reference (...
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Good Resources for Making Custom Artwork for a Non-Artist? [closed]

I like to employ PowerPoint in my adventures with my party (Eberron right now!). I feel, as the DM, like it provides a "taste" of the world to my players and helps springboard their imaginations along ...
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How can I run regular one-hour sessions of D&D? [duplicate]

I had an idea while talking to some co-workers today. I asked them if they'd be interested in starting a game that we could play during our lunch hours. My idea is that we'd spend at least one hour a ...
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When did rolling a natural 20 on the d20 become a “critical success” in the history of Dungeons & Dragons?

I've only played Dungeon @ Dragons in its 5th edition, and I have only limited exposure to earlier editions from PC games, but never understood the rules behind them (or knew the calculations), so I'...
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Should I purposefully kill my PC's for the sake of the story? [closed]

I have a group of friends that I'm going to be DMing for the first time. They are almost all veterans of TTRPGs and want to play a game for sure, but I have a plan that may be controversial and rage-...
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Where do I buy items in D&D? [closed]

I want to play D&D but in the rule book it never said if I could buy items at any time or if you have to do it at a certain area. Do I have to buy it in a city or town? Can i buy it on the road? ...
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How do I keep my players from focusing too deeply on unimportant details?

A little bit of backstory. Me and a few friends from my job decided to play D&D 5e while we're kinda stuck in one place and were quite bored. So we got everything we needed and they chose me to DM....
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Too many people want to DM [closed]

So my friends and I started a D&D group about a month ago. I am the only experienced player. Because I was the only one with any knowledge of the game, I decided to give a tutorial session as DM. ...
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How is Mialee associated with the adventure Sunless Citadel?

I have a copy of Tales from the Yawning Portal. On the front cover is a collage of characters who appear in the adventures within. However, there is an odd one out. Inside the front cover it tells ...
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What are the laws in Sigil?

I am referring to Sigil, the city floating above the spire in the Outlands. I have looked into multiple different sources, but it seems that there is no clear answer. I have been trying to find some ...
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Are eladrin celestial or fey?

This question was sparked by looking into the lore about eladrin after reading the comments under this question. According to this wiki page, Celestial eladrin [...] were fey celestials native ...
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What are the consequences of telling players their character's thoughts as a method to help guide their actions?

I generally try to keep my campaigns fairly open-ended and avoid railroading my players, or keep it to a minimum when it is performed. Generally they always tend to have a plot hook or two that they ...
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How to convert “EPIC” 4E Solo monsters to 5E? [closed]

I've been scouring the web to find a good example of converting D&D 4E EPIC monsters (level 20-35+ in 4E) to equivalent 5E versions. I did see a couple of threads here and they help with how to ...
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Is there any official timeline of when spells were developed in Toril?

In the 2e Netheril: Empire of Magic boxed set there are several references to who, and occasionally when, spells were developed such as "Seed of Moander" p.g 23 in the Encyclopedia Arcane and "Detect ...
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Modify healing spell to deal damage? [closed]

Is it possible to do damage to a non undead with healing? Like too much of something should be harmful right? Does healing work like accelerating the rate of natural regeneration, then you could keep ...
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As DM, how do I deal with PCs that expect everything in the game to be relevant to the story?

I've started DMing a new group. We've only had two short, 2hour sessions, and most players are new to DnD. I've been a DM before (though just a dozen or so sessions) but in those cases it was with a ...
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How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for?

I know there are quite a few editions of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), each of which has loads of rules, source, and splat books. But how do I know which edition the books I'm looking at are for? ...
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Can a slaad control gem be used to command a slaad that's on a different plane? [closed]

The PCs fought a dark elf and a gray slaad. The PCs killed the dark elf, but the gray slaad used plane shift to escape. The PCs found among the dark elf's gear the gray slaad's control gem. Must a PC ...
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Can there be two high elves in Dungeons & Dragons? [closed]

I'm trying to make my own character sheet but I'm lost. One of the main characters is already a high elf; does that mean I can't be one?
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Are there any official maps of the Seventon Alliance?

I have checked the AD&D books Netheril: Empire of Magic and Lost Empires of Faerun, and the 3E book Grand History of the Realms. Are there any official maps of the Seventon Alliance and the ...
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Are there any official maps of the Netherese Empire?

I have checked the AD&D books Netheril: Empire of Magic and Lost Empires of Faerun. Are there any official maps of the Netheril empire?
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What are other sources of information about Gadhelyn?

Backstory I'm planning to play a Half-Drow Warlock (Hexblade) whose patron is a lesser elvish deity. Long story short: the character escaped the Underdark under guidance of its patron. The patron I ...
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How has the Sibriex changed across editions of the game?

We are looking for a creature, curse or ability that changes parts of characters bodies into those of Fiends (i.e. an arm becomes a tentacle, the tail of a scorpion grows etc.) In a post titled "The ...
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In which edition of D&D did players stop earning bonus experience points for high prime requisite ability scores?

Both basic and AD&D have rules for characters gaining a +10% bonus on earned experience points if they have high scores in the prime requisite ability of their class. Initially there were also ...
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Is there any indication that high level spells could return to the Realms? [closed]

In the Forgotten Realms (before Mystra's ban) the great arcanists of Netheril designed and frequently used spells such as Proctiv's move mountain, a 10th level spell used to raise a mountain and turn ...
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Are there any official Grung deities? (the D&D frog-like Grungs)

Grungs have no deities listed in 5th edition. Are there any deities at all? (in other WotC/TSR material such as adventure supplements, previous-edition stuff, D&D novels etc) (Re-asking ...