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online dungeons-and-dragons [closed]

Im looking for a D&D online room for english foreing student. Thaks!
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Is there a specific group of Adjectives that are used in Dungeons and Dragons to describe spells that get progressively better?

I know in Dungeons and Dragons there are a vast amount of Adjectives that describe spells that are documented (Minor, Major, Lesser, Greater) where specific words denote progressively better effects, ...
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What is the name of this book with an adventure on the backside?

I'm trying to find a book again that I had decades ago. It was a book for the Dragonlance setting. It had a map on the backside with the city, the inn from the first novel, and the surrounding area. ...
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What is the origin of non-evil/non-hostile Yuan-ti?

I've recently been made aware that some 'deep lore' may imply the existence of canonically good Yuan-ti groups. Is there an origin to this 'Good' group of Yuan-Ti? Graeme Barber implies this may be in ...
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Are there any races that follow the God Nerull in D&D?

I have found many a wiki that talk about the god Nerull from Greyhawk in D&D, and they all talk about how his followers are necromancers and murderers. I feel like I'm missing something though in ...
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How does the Day/Night cycle work on the Elemental Plane of Fire?

So I found out, that there is a curfew every night in the City of Brass on the Elemental Plane of Fire. This makes me wonder: How does a day/night cycle work on the Elemental Plane of Fire? Is there a ...
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When is it appropriate to contest a DM? [closed]

Ι am struggling to find helpful information about when it is appropriate for a player to challenge a DM's decision. There was a recent question which triggered this "old chestnut" for me: ...
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Do Elves reach social maturity later than humans?

In most long-lived player character races' descriptions I see comments about how fast they physically mature and when they're considered adults. What I am wondering is how fast they socially mature. ...
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I am new to dnd, what are the main rules? [duplicate]

I am new to Dungeons and Dragons. I've heard a lot about it, briefly played it, and know almost nothing about it. Can anyone help me out, want to play, and/or teach me how to play? My discord is on my ...
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Where can I find more lore on the Lady of Pain?

D&D 5e lore has precious little to say about the Lady of Pain. A search of DNDBeyond yields only 3 references in the entire 5th Edition corpus. From the Dungeon Master's Guide: The city is the ...
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What is this RPGA world/campaign design contest winner (ca. 2006?) I remember?

More than a decade ago, my best friend had an online subscription to various D&D materials. When he was back home visiting, he let me spend a few hours exploring this treasure trove. From what I ...
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What are the circumstances of Traxigor's transformation and do they explain how he retained his magical abilities as an otter?

Traxigor is an Archmage with a rather unique morphology, who is encountered during Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: Traxigor was polymorphed into an otter years ago, and decided he preferred the ...
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How do you handle a difficult DM in D&D?

I am currently in a long-running game with friends and family. The question is, what do you do about an inconsistent and abusive GM? Example: Recently mid-session, there was a routine turn of combat ...
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When and under what circumstances did the order of ability scores change in D&D? [closed]

In OD&D, the order in which abilities were presented and listed was: Strength, Intelligence, Wisdom, Constitution, Dexterity, Charisma. Today, the broadly accepted order is Strength, Dexterity, ...
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What Greyhawk deity is this?

I was doing my weekly browsing of the paizo forums, when this post caught my eye. Greyhawk deity that was published in a number of the Dragon magazine. Her portfolio includes comfortable life, her ...
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Looking for an old adventure module - Heroes explore a tower and find a trapped wizard

I'm looking for an old adventure module and I can't remember the name. This is what I remember: For AD&D 1e, and may have been a DM's Guild publication For low level characters, not more than 5th ...
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Which Sword Coast port has bugbears loading and unloading ships?

I remember reading in some published book (most probably from the 3e era but I'm not sure; surely not from 5e) that in a certain port in the Sword Coast (I'd say Waterdeep, but Neverwinter and Luskan ...
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Help with motivations on Player driven games

I hope someone can give me some help. I've been running a sandbox campaign for a few sessions now, and I'm having the problem on how to explain to my players what are good character motivations. They ...
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What planes have time warping effects?

In the 5e DMG travel to the Feywild is accompanied by a time warping effect, which is determined by rolling on a random table. My wizard (semi-inspired by an ancient ball of fun from Critical Role) is ...
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What has Mordenkainen done to maintain the balance?

I understand that Mordenkainen has become a wizard who strives to 'maintain the balance'. My understanding of which involves ensuring that neither good, evil, law or chaos become too strong (though my ...
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What is the “Ultimate Book of The Master”

Dragon magazine #82 features an article from Bruce Heard referencing magical research. One early chapter contains the following line: To begin finding the answer to that question, we must first roll ...
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What does a Deep Gnome home look like?

Are there any official descriptions of Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin) homes? I am making some research notes for how my magnificent mansion might look, and have searched for descriptions of a Deep Gnome ...
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Trying to find an early D&D module that had a drider lair

I played this module about 25 years back and don't remember much of it, but it did have these features: There was a 'trap' consisting of a long chain that descended into a pool leading to an ...
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Are there any descriptions of the casting of Identify in official writings?

I am making a list of how my wizard would cast spells, specifically using the components supplied. Sometimes this is pretty obviously a joke which I can play upon, but sometimes the components don't ...
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What does a D&D adventure format look like? [closed]

I am writing a D&D story and I am new to the world of D&D, and wanted to make an adventure of my own. I am not quite sure how to write one though. How should I format it? What format are D&...
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What was the first published map for an adventure?

What is the first officially published dungeon map from D&D? I believe there was no dungeon map in the first published book, but I'd like to know what the first map was that was published.
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Is there a complete map of Faerûn? [duplicate]

Is there a complete map of all known places in Faerûn? Many of the top-level maps don't have all locations (Helm's hold next to Neverwinter), Phandalin, and generally all of the locations that are ...
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Are there any elemental plane rules or details?

I have been reading through Volos Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes and gained a lot of interesting knowledge of various facets of the D&D universe, namely the 9 hells, abyss, ...
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Did the Thousand-Year War involve all dragons?

The description of the dragon giant war is ambiguous, on the one hand it says that all dragons fought in the war but the dragons were led by Tiamat and Garyx. I know that Garyx was worshipped by some ...
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In lore from previous editions/stories, has Annam ever returned?

I am working on a campaign setting idea where Annam returns and then triggers a series of cataclysmic events. Much of my inspiration for this is the initiation of Ghehenna in the world of darkness ...
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Has a demon ever switched sides in the blood war?

Within the background of the blood war the Demon Graz’zt is presented as a former devil who switched alignments and joined the demon ranks. Is there any example within the lore of DnD (from any ...
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What is the origin of the terms used for 5e plate-based armors?

This question came to mind when I was searching for historical examples of "half-plate" and found the term conspicuously missing from reliable sources. As far as I can tell, "half-plate&...
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What is the Mage Hand spell lorewise and how did it change throughout the editions?

What exactly is a character conjuring? Is it a ghost, a construct made out of raw force, their astral/ethereal/etc body part? Do they choose the side of the hand (left or right)? Could they summon ...
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What is the “strange platypus-like creature” referenced in abberant mind's origins?

I don't recall any “strange platypus-like” creature in D&D, let alone one appropriate for the Aberrant Mind. I can only think of Perry the Platypus from the Phineas and Ferb cartoon. Nevertheless ...
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How to answer to someone saying D&D is stupid? [closed]

I'm a senior in a US high school, so people's opinions are still very important to me. At my school, the board game club consists of like five people, and in the rest of the school, everyone thinks ...
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How To Get Into D&D [duplicate]

Ok, so this is kind of a loaded question. My family thinks that D&D is stupid, so here I am, asking questions. Let it be known that I'm extremely new, and I'm talking about the board game D&D, ...
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Can you source this claim that Gebbeth were the / an origin of Intellect Devourers?

On this blog, a response posting from one Michael Rooney makes the claim (05/10/2019) [The nature of the Intellect Devourer] was reshaped by Dave Trampier’s art. If you read the original description (...
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Comprehensive list of D&D products [closed]

I’m not sure I can ask this here, but lately I have been expanding my personal collection of Dungeons and Dragons products. Does anyone know if there is somewhere (official or unofficial) a complete ...
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What is Epic Magic in D&D 5e?

I've been reading and writing some adventures for my level 18 party. Currently we are exploring Epic Magic. I've described the realm of Netheril, Karsus's Folly, and Mystra's Ban. I've explained that'...
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Do Magic Tattoos exist in past editions of D&D?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Magic Tattoo is introduced as a type of magic item with a number of different options. Do magic tattoos exist in past editions of D&D? If so, which magic ...
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Was Dweomercore created for Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage?

Did Dweomercore, Halaster's magic academy in Undermountain, exist in any published Forgotten Realms lore prior to Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage? If so, where? Or was Dweomercore created for ...
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1st Edition Lawful Good woes

I have a few questions I’m hoping more experienced players can help me with. I’ve been playing in a 1st edition D&D game for about 1.5 years now as a lawful good human Paladin. I’m not super ...
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Why did the spellplague happen after Cyric killed Mystra?

From what I understand, when a god kills another god he gets their portfolio. Wouldn't this mean that when Cyric killed Mystra he should have just gotten her portfolio over magic, spells, and the ...
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Where does poisonous “oil of taggit” come from?

Is there any lore in D&D, whether in 5th Edition or prior, about where the poison "oil of taggit" comes from? What kind of thing is a "taggit"? An animal or plant? A mineral? ...
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What high-end fantasy fabrics and textiles exist in the Forgotten Realms?

Dungeons and Dragons has defined many fantastic and interesting metals (mythril, adamantine...) and leathers (dragon scales, Leather golem armour...). The lore also likes to call out food and drink as ...
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Is there any specific order to the four Elements when people talk about them? [closed]

In Dungeons and Dragons, the four elements are Air, Earth, Fire, and Water (like the planes and the elementals). In the lore, is there any specific order to these elements, for example the order ...
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How do you determine a dragon's gender?

How do you determine the gender of a dragon, without resorting to asking them? A number of published D&D adventures have dragons in them that are clearly identified as male or female. However, ...
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Where can more information be found about Dragonmoots?

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, Dragonmoots are briefly mentioned in chapter 14: And again on chapter 9: Other than these two instances there seems to be nothing else to be found, at least in D&...
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Are there any examples in D&D lore (all editions) of metallic or chromatic dragons switching alignment?

In a previous question I asked about a dragon antagonist I am planning. I originally intended this to be a chromatic dragon because I believed they are always evil, but an answer to that question got ...
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If a Defiler native to Athas managed to get to another Material Plane, could they still use Defiling magic?

From what I understand, in Dark Sun, Defilers can destroy the plants around them to make their magic more powerful. If a Defiler from Athas somehow ended up in another material plane (don't care which,...

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