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Do they players know when their attacks connect? [on hold]

Now, this is a pretty odd question to ask, maybe. But depending on the narrative style of the game, "hitting their armor class" doesn't always mean you physically struck your opponent with your weapon....
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Can you shrink down then teleport inside an enemy using alter size and then Again to expand yourself and explode the creature? [on hold]

So my party is playing a god campaign and my character has divine rank 1. I’ve chose alter size as my divine ability, but one of the perks of being literal god is I can teleport at will as a free ...
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What are these circled numbers under the Modifier Numbers? [closed]

What is the circled number in the modifier section? How do you use it?
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When did 5 foot squares become standard in D&D? [duplicate]

Perhaps showing my age here, but in "The Good Old Days", 10-foot squares were a standard map size. Each square on the map was 10 feet, and a 10-foot wide corridor was normal. Now, having started ...
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Why, from a lore perspective, are druids the only class who can cast the Flame Blade spell?

I am only really familiar with D&D 5e, and whatever of D&D 3.5e I was exposed to whilst playing NWN2 some number of years back, but as far as I am aware, only druids have the spell flame blade ...
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Young, one out of two of the only girls and British [duplicate]

Okay, so I'm 13/14, a dnd nerd, a beginner, in a dnd club and has seen enough of the Internet to be pretty f---ed up. I live in Cambridge, England and I really wanna find a good dnd group. I've never ...
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What published intelligent race has the shortest lifespan?

I'm looking for the published intelligent race (INT 3+) with the shortest lifespan. No need to be a playable race. Any edition will do, but 3.5 is preferable. Hoping for something with a lifespan of ...
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Origin and Actual Meaning of 'Stress and Consequences are Not HP' [closed]

Over the course of my interactions with the fate community, I've repeatedly encountered the mantra that Stress and Consequences are not HP and should not be treated as such. The comparison can be ...
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Are there any published post-apocalypse style adventures? [closed]

I am looking at a homebrew campaign in a post-apocalypse world and looking for inspiration on the kind of scenario's that might occur. Are there any officially published adventures for any edition, ...
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How do I set up a card game using a Deck of Many Things? [closed]

After seeing this recent thread I felt it might be fun to introduce my players to some sort of poker or native game to the forgotten realms with a slightly tweaked deck of many things. My players ...
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Is it possible for a person to be tricked into becoming a lich?

A great evil has been prophesied and a powerful wizard knows that he is unable to stop it himself. His plan is to create several heroes who will be able to fight the evil despite the event taking ...
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How to pass a world to a different DM

I'm about to pass the campaign setting I've been working on to a different DM. I've given them the references I made and I've done some slight explaining of certain elements. Is there anything else I ...
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Was there an Amulet of Yendor in any of the D&D official, or 3rd party published material?

Amulet of Yendor is a main artifact in many rogue-alike games, for example Rogue itself, NetHack and Pixel Dungeon families of computer / mobile games. It also appeared in many places as a homage or ...
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Could a spellbook be destroyed/emptied by being viewed by someone else?

In my first ever game of D&D (this was many years ago), I joined an existing game, and at the table, I was sitting beside a player playing a wizard (or "Magic User" to use the parlance of the time)...
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Does the Order of the Aster still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of my characters is part of the Order of the Aster. What is their presence in Waterdeep (circa 1492 DR)? I was able to find some information ...
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Does the Order of the Silver Chalice still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of the characters is a Knight of the Silver Chalice. I believe that this organization was originally founded in Waterdeep. Do they still ...
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More publications on Miska the Wolf-Spider?

I'm curious about Miska the Wolf-Spider, 2nd (Known) Prince of Demons, in Dungeons & Dragons Great Wheel Cosmology. Miska was raised to power by the "Queen of Chaos" after stripping the title ...
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Is there another name for the Core Domains?

Is there a name for the lands of Barovia, Mordent, Darkon, etc which make up the Core Domains of first edition? I've only ever seen them referred to as the Core Domains but it seems to me that this ...
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What would happen to an adventurer's personal identity when turning into a God?

I recently played RP with some friends, and one these friends is also one who's playing in the D&D campaign I DM (Lost Mine Of Phandelver). While they were explaining me their home-made RP system,...
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Who is the god Ao?

I have seen numerous mentions of "the Overgod" Ao but other then being obscenely powerful, I have not found any information on him. So, who is Ao and what is his portfolio?
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What events, tests, and troubles could a party trying to establish a nation expect to face [closed]

My players have decided to establish a new nation which consists of Phandalin, Triboar, Red Larch, and all lands in between (per their own highly unofficial declaration). I'm trying to come up with ...
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Does non-Athasian magic work on Athas?

Most magic on Athas functions solely by defiling, or life draining. Even preserving magic works the same way, only the consequences are less severe. But magic on other Primes doesn't function this ...
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Do devils have to speak their true name backwards?

In reading the 1992 Forgotten Realms novel Pools of Darkness, I have not seen any evidence of this in other D&D books or actual D&D rules. So, is this just Pools of Darkness or is it an ...
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Is there any lore about whether a creature can see themselves and their gear while invisible?

I've separately asked about the mechanics of whether an invisible creature can see themselves and their own gear in D&D 5E. And from a rules perspective, it's pretty clear that they can't. But ...
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How much time/lifespan does the sun of Athas have left?

I realize that magic ignores physics, and that RPGs are notoriously inaccurate... but I'm curious if a close enough or approximate answer can be deduced from the existing lore. Given that, do the ...
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As a player I want to help a new GM with 1 or 2 problem players. Turn the negativity into something fun [closed]

I'm looking for "out of the box" solutions and "how to debate this" techniques for a very "group and players" specific issue Looking for experience backed advices, ideally. I did search for similar ...
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Is two-person D&D feasible for any edition?

Background I was recently involved in a production of a play in which main character finds deceased sister's D&D binder, and takes it to a DM so she can play it. D&D monstering ensues on ...
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How can I stop myself from micromanaging other PCs' actions?

I’ve been having a problem in D&D. I love the game, perhaps too much. I keep finding myself trying to control the other players' characters (telling them what they should do, or where to go), and ...
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What is the oldest published version of the Sorcerer class/kit in D&D?

I'm wondering if the absolute first incarnation of a Sorcerer EVER in the history of D&D (and D&D compatible published works) was 3rd edition. My gut tells me there's probably been 100+ ...
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What kind of anatomy does a centaur have?

My friend showed me a D&D meme about centaurs (see below). This got me wondering if centaurs also having two sets of lungs, two livers, two hearts (like a Time Lord?), and so on, or if centaurs ...
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How has the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) changed through the editions of D&D?

A follow-up on this Q&A regarding the origins of the Holy Avenger and similar "holy" weapons in the Forgotten Realms, and in D&D more generally. As noted there, the Realms have experienced ...
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What do Unicorns want?

I am making a Celestial Warlock who has made a pact with a particularly powerful Unicorn, as suggested in XgtE. One thing I want to do is flesh out the pact and my patron, but I am struggling to find ...
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What was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. For purposes of a campaign to be set in the ...
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What will happened if two dragons of different color try to have a baby? [duplicate]

In all d&d books that I had on my hand, nothing mention the progeniture of two dragon of different colors (red and green, silver and gold or even red and gold). Is something say that dragon can ...
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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

I had an interesting thing happen in my last session of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. My players' characters are in a dragon-heavy adventure. A player tried to do a Perception check to detect ...
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Is there a monster/plague that makes people go berserk?

I'm looking for a creature, spirit or plague that infects or possesses people into becoming berserk, granting them superhuman strength and durability as well as bloodthirsty rage, akin to the ...
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What challenges arise from playing a Chaotic Evil character in a heroic party? [closed]

I have seen several questions similar to this one closed for being too broad, but it certainly seems like an often-enough asked question that I will attempt to narrow the focus down such that it is ...
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Elf (adjective) vs. Elvish vs. Elven

Are there rules on when to use elf (as an adjective) versus elvish versus elven in D&D? For example, would any of the following sentences be more or less correct than the others? "Many of them ...
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Bartering (Persuasion) - Discount and DC Amounts [closed]

This week my players are heading into the major city and while they're there, will have a chance to buy some scrolls, potions, and two Uncommon magical items. I've already come up with prices, but ...
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What is a Gloomblade (the magic item) in D&D lore?

In Adventurers League Season 6 (for Tales from the Yawning Portal), there were two adventures that mentioned the gloomblade: DDAL06-02 The Redemption of Kelvan DDEP06-02 Return to White Plume ...
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How many planes are there? [closed]

I'm new to D&D and I thought I read about teleporting to different planes. How many planes are there and what are they like?
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Handling a player (unintentionally) stealing the spotlight

Quite recently, I replaced a friend as DM for a D&D game. During that game, I came across something I did not expect: One of the players was just too good. When I am saying "too good" I am not ...
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Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR?

Who are the Dark Eight in 1492 DR (Forgotten Realms' Dalereckoning)? I'm currently preparing a campaign section that will involve an ambitious devil that is preparing to climb the ranks and their way ...
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Can creatures other than devils make pacts enforceable by the ruby rod?

Inspired by Can PCs create their own magically enforceable contracts? it occurred to me that the usual enforcement of contracts is the natural law enforced by the ruby rod owned by Asmodeus (If I am ...
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How can I find out about the game world without meta-influencing it?

I'm a fairly new D&D player and as you can see from one of my other questions I'm attempting to play as spoiler free a game as possible. With this in mind I try and keep my reading about D&D ...
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What differences exist between adamantine and adamantite in all editions of D&D?

I have stuff in my notes about adamantine's durability and ability to autocrit against structures and objects (5e), reduce critical hits to normal ones (5e) and act as a virtually indestructible ...
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Can a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer?

In the Baldur's Gate III announcement trailer, we can see what seems to be a human be transformed into a Mind Flayer. What is happening there? Are Mind Flayers created by transforming other creatures?...
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What is known about tabaxi language and terminology, particularly the word “tabaxi” and the name of the Cat Lord?

According to this Dragon+ article, the term tabaxi originates with the race of cat people (at least in the Forgotten Realms setting as of D&D 5th edition): Tabaxi with a capital T is the ...
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What happens when a steel dragon dies in its human form?

When a steel dragon is about to die from old age, it supposedly goes into hiding to recall all the memories of all the human lives it has lived, but what if a steel dragon is killed during battle ...
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Does any lore text explain why the planes of Acheron, Gehenna, and Carceri are the alignment they are?

Acheron is between pure law and lawful evil; Gehenna is between pure evil and lawful evil; and Carceri is between pure evil and chaotic evil. But this seems wrong to me. It seems to me that Acheron ...