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Spell to change the appearance of minions?

In old-school DnD, what spell would a wizard (or illusionist) use to change the appearance of his minions? For example, if a wizard had a bunch of bugbear henchmen, what spell would she cast to make ...
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What does a perception check really signify? Can they be repeated?

When a character makes a perception check, does fail indicate whether they permanently fail to see what is hidden, or just that they need to try again? So far our DM has let us repeat perception ...
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Why does everyone carry a 10' pole?

Based on this comment over on CRPG Addict: No adventuring party is complete without a ten foot pole. ... Jason, but WHY? In God's name, WHAT IS IT FOR?! What is a 10 foot pole used for (its ...
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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Why do Sorcerers use Charisma?

Sorcerers use Charisma as their primary Ability Score for spell-casting in Dungeons and Dragons. Wizards use Intelligence to cast, and Clerics use Wisdom. Intelligence and Wisdom make sense for the ...
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What kind of rulings predated ability or skill checks in old school D&D?

As I grow more weary of 4E and more nostalgic for my days playing 2E, I'm spending more and more time reading the old rules and the retroclones. I'm having a great time. One of the things that I ...
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Where does the distinction between “Mind Flayer” and “Illithid” come from?

I know that a Mind Flayer is an Illithid, and vice versa. And I know in some of the D&D fiction, like Forgotten Realms and the like, that Mind Flayers refer to themselves or their race as ...
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What published D&D adventures take place in the Astral Sea/Plane?

My players may soon find themselves in the Astral Sea. I don't know much about the area, but if that's where the adventure goes, so be it. Only problem is I find the 4e Manual of the Planes to be ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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Can the Cavalier use a Holy Avenger?

Can the Cavalier class from the AD&D Unearthed Arcana use a Holy Avenger?
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Are there limitations/cautions to “Vorpal”?

I want to give one of my good characters a vorpal Dwarven Ax. My first thought is about alignment issues. I realize that it's how it's actually wielded that would cause alignment conflicts, but is it ...
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Out-Of-Control Characters [closed]

As I review the suggestions in the D&D 4E DMG (pg32), I wonder what other suggestions that are realistic. I know that if a player is out of control (ie: killing masses for no reason) a DM would ...
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What are the core tropes or assumptions of D&D?

After an interesting discussion with my local GM, I was left wondering What are the core tropes and assumptions that players bring to a game of D&D? Specifically the ones that are different from ...
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Inter-planar Merchants of D&D

What race best fills this role? I'm mostly looking for someone who does this in a Planescape-style setting. Neogi kinda do this, but they're a little too specialized for what I'm looking for. Ditto ...
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Where can I find/buy/get a detailed output NPC generator tool (digital or paper)?

As a part of my on-going quest to be a better GM, I am looking for a tool, paper based or digital, that can generate solid NPCs rapidly. These could be used as one shots but I am looking primarily ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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If I'm invisible do I get a bonus to my saving throws?

In any D&D or AD&D game... Once my character has become invisible, do I get a bonus to any/all saving throws to which I am entitled? Does this vary by edition? Feel free to specify for any (...
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Which D&D spells are most likely to encourage creative role-playing? [closed]

Beyond the Cantrip/Wish spells, which are fairly open ended, which other spells are most likely to encourage creative role-playing in a D&D session?
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Can AD&D Thieves Wear Studded Leather Armour?

AD&D (1e) states that thieves can only wear leather armour. Does this include studded leather? I've always played not as I can't think of any instances where studded leather is expressly ...
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Resources containing practical, yet non-combat, non-adventuring D&D spells [closed]

Continuing the train of thoughts emerging from the discussion of this previous question (about magocracies and theocracies in DnD), I'd like to know if there are any good official or unofficial ...
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Why aren't magocracies and theocracies dominant in D&D settings?

Anyone has (or has links to) well thought-out, logical explanations for why magocracies and theocracies are not the dominant forms of government of D&D worlds? I'd also be really interested in ...
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Fantasy adventure modules with naval adventuring

At the Recess mini-convention this weekend, someone was telling me about a classic D&D module that involved seafaring and presented rules for falling overboard in armor, etc. I'm wondering if ...
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Glossary of Common Dungeons & Dragons Terminology [closed]

This is a Community Wiki containing a list of terms specific to the D&D game with which outsiders looking to enter may not be familiar. Dungeons and Dragons may share some terminology with the ...
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What's the youngest age to play D&D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs? Hi there, I have four kids aged 11-6. I used to play D&D when in my teams and loved it, and would like to introduce it to ...
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Is it practical to run a weekly lunch-hour game of D&D with my coworkers?

I'm looking to get some of my coworkers together and start a lunch time, casual, D&D game. Has anyone done this - is there a practical way to do this? Our lunch breaks run for about 1 hour, but I ...
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Is there any popular contemporary “classic” D&D material? [duplicate]

I've played the gamut of D&D editions from 2e, 3e, 4e, and the classic BECMI system, and after a year long hiatus from 4th edition, I'm considering running some "classic" D&D again. I'm aware ...
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As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges?

As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges? Equally, how do you make use of them? For them to be a relevant threat, do they have to be in such numbers that they become unmanageable?
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Is it possible to actually kill a Tarrasque? [closed]

I've seen a good bit of conflicting information on this creature. Is it possible to actually kill it? Permanently? Is the answer to this something that varies from edition to edition of D&D?
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Was Chaosium's founder first to buy a copy of D&D?

Quote Alexander Dotor once interviewed Greg Stafford, during which Greg Stafford stated the following: Greg Stafford: I knew about D&D. I had a friend in Lake Geneva who was picking up ...
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As a GM, how do I keep Dungeons & Dragons more interesting for young players?

Currently, my group of players is my children, ages 7+ through 14+ (and several in between). They all are really excited about playing, but I am having great difficulty keeping them all interested ...
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Need a good “Katrina Horror” scenario/resources for my Pathfinder campaign [closed]

AVAST! THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD! In my current Pathfinder campaign, set in Golarion, I'm mashing up the Second Darkness Adventure Path, initially set in the seedy pirate-infested town of Riddleport, ...
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Do any editions of DnD have race/monster stats for Moggs?

I always liked including a variety of sub races or demographics for the major nations and races in my games. I'd always wanted more variety to goblins; not goblin-oids (Bugbears/Hobgoblins) but plain ...
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What about character death should be included in a social contract?

For a D&D (4e, primarily) game what about player-character death should be included in a group's social contract? What are some options for best reaching consensus about the possibility of death ...
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Old school dungeon with undead toads

I remember reading a dungeon that involved either undead or vampiric toads as the final encounter. Now I can't find it again. Does anyone know what it was? I know it was from one of the OSR-type ...
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Where can I find official depictions of the written alphabets/scripts of the various languages of D&D?

To add more flavor, I want to create documents written in the actual script. I remember awhile back seeing examples of the Common/Elven/Dwarven alphabets for instance, but can not recall where I can ...
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What is the relationship between Yuan-Ti and Nagas? [closed]

Yuan-ti are snake humanoids. Nagas are snake humanoids. What are the differences? What different roles do they serve? Is there in-game history about this?
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Is there a good searchable database of D&D adventures? [closed]

I have shelves and shelves of RPG books, and a lot of it's D&D. I have every Dungeon magazine from #1 on. But for some reason I can never find the right adventure for what I need. What I'm ...
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Where can I download the Dragon and Dungeon Magazines PDFs?

Several answers to What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you? mention PDFs of Dungeon and Dragon. Where can I find the link to download these PDFs?
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Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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How can DMs effectively telegraph specific dangers in D&D?

There are some play-styles of D&D in which the spectre of player-character death is considered a feature of the game rather than a bug. For my own reasons (which aren't the point of the question), ...
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Looking for good advice and links on mapping a MegaDungeon

Partly thanks to the wonderful blogs of Tony Dowler and Dyson Logos, I've found myself obsessed recently with the idea of building that epically classic D&D adventuring environment: the dangerous ...
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Effective use of many close combat characters?

In systems with a square grid, it seems that melee/close combat characters are limited by their numbers. In one of my games we currently have more than five melee characters, and are now being ...
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Which AD&D book contains the Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian, and other classes popularized by the cartoon?

What's the name of the AD&D book (1st Edition) that has the other character classes that were popularized in the Saturday morning cartoon? I'm talking about the Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian, ...
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Are fantasy RPG races racial/cultural analogues to reality?

Prior to a recent game, our group had a great discussion on culture/race and it's relation to RPG races. While it is fairly established that Tolkien based some of the iconic aspects of his fantasy ...
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Relationship Mechanics for D&D/Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder/D&D games tend to involve relationships - romantic, friendly, etc. - between PCs and NPCs alike. 3.x only has the Diplomacy mechanic for any kind of relationship mechanic. I'm ...
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Where does the D&D concept of a dwarf come from?

Where does the modern D&D of a dwarf come from? I've noticed it's fairly far from the old Germanic concept of a dwarf. Where did Gary Gygax and company get the idea for the current long bearded, ...
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What makes a creature Aberrant?

Aberrant creatures are native to or corrupted by the Far Realm. But what other than origin makes something thematically of the Far Realm?
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Where do you find Dark Sun Minis? [closed]

Apart from picking up the old 2ed Dark Sun miniatures off ebay, does anyone have any suggestions for a line of mini's that work well thematically for Dark Sun? Perhaps a line of primitive or aztec ...
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How to communicate to the players that an encounter can be solved also through diplomacy?

When you play D&D, you are not supposed to chat with the enemy during encounters. The system is made for fighting. However, in some circumstances, it would be nice to make the players conscious ...
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Were Illithids inspired by Cthulhu?

Mind Flayers seem to look a whole lot like Cthulhu. Is there any relationship/inspiration between the two?