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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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What is a “build” in the D&D/Pathfinder family of games?

Over in another question, I ran into some communication breakdown with another person because we didn't have a shared understanding of what the term "build" meant. Basically, the asker understood a ...
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Searching for a lore-backed mineral that generates heat

In my current D&D campaign, I'm an artificer. Part of our role playing is me inventing numerous weak magical trinkets for my allies. I like to write the item descriptions for these in a WotC-style ...
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How common is faction membership in Planescape?

The second-edition setting Planescape introduced 15 factions for player and NPC usage. I'm in the early stages of running one of the Planescape adventures and I'm wondering: how common is faction ...
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How do Illithids act in society?

Through the Forgotten Realms wiki and Wikipedia entries on illthids/mind flayers, I've been able to gather the fact that Mind Flayers will usually never act alone, accompanied usually by 2 or more ...
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Dungeons and Dragons god symbols in real life crafts [closed]

I understand that the D&D deities of the multiverse and various setting pantheons are protected by copyright laws, as are official artworks, but is there anything prohibiting a hobbyist from ...
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How did the multiclassing rules change in the different editions of D&D?

I'm interested in how the multiclassing rules evolved/changed throughout the history of the game. A small summary of differences should be sufficient. Please include Pathfinder in the answer. I ...
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What do MAD and SAD mean?

Straight-forward question. I've seen the terms used a lot, mostly in optimization questions and guides, but they aren't usually explained. From googling, it's easy to find that they are abbreviations ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for “Waterdhavian” being the adjectival form of Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide uses the term "Waterdhavian" throughout, suggesting an etymology for "deep" here that is different than simply the English word deep, but this is never addressed in ...
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What demons are under the dominion of Baphomet?

I am researching Baphomet and would like to include some of his demonic minions in a campaign. I have done some research and can only find information about more mundane threats such as Minotaurs, ...
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What is the origin of the expression/trope “Rocks fall, everyone dies”

I think most people are familiar with this scenario (either first hand or via media). The PCs are going off the rails, the GM gets fed up, and then suddenly, Rocks fall, everyone dies This is more ...
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What about the ranger keeps making it weak?

This question was inspired by the first answer of this question which notes that in 5e the ranger is acknowledged as (one of) the weakest class(es). I don't play 5e but I used to play 3/3.5e and ...
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Godly non-interference and godly summoning [Rise of Tiamat spoilers]

I'm running the Rise of Tiamat campaign, and a fundamental question about when gods do/can and don't/can't interfere directly in mortal affairs (particularly via manifesting avatars on the Material ...
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What do the different “schools of magic” refer to?

The magic schools in D&D confuse me. If I were creating a wizard character and I wanted to make a backstory, would I have to put multiple schools where I learned magic, or could I make a school ...
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Is there a dragon-level threat to the dragons in the Forgotten Realms?

In Forgotten Realms, few things are as feared and iconic as the Dragon. There may be more powerful beings, but few of them are well-known. The Dragon is decent on land, a powerful flier, some even ...
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Is it appropriate for a DM to critique players actions or mistakes DnD 3.5/any [closed]

I'm sure this is answered elsewhere, but maybe I'm using the wrong search words: I DM. I watch my players often make strange decisions. I do not advise them. Most of this comes down to bad ideas and ...
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Are there examples of priests/clerics having water creation abilities that predate D&D? [closed]

As far as I know, many D&D spells were inspired by popular fantasy tropes, like priests' blessings and healing hands or wizards' fireballs and lightnings. However, the Create Water spell seems to ...
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What is under the Underdark?

Amongst D&D players, especially those familiar with the Forgotten Realms setting, the existence of the Underdark is well-known. This world beneath the surface has even made it into many other ...
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Is it explained anywhere why do Sorcerers get Bluff as a class skill? [closed]

I've never quite understood why Sorcerers get Bluff as a class skill but no other social skill. Why do they get Bluff and not Diplomacy, for instance? Is there any official fluff or other published ...
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How do I encourage Drow players to not make Drizzt clones?

Every once in a while, I have a player wants to create a Drow character. The problem is, virtually every one of them winds up looking suspiciously like Drizzt Do'Urden: they are some variation of Good ...
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What is the history of the stories and imagery around Asmodeus?

I recently purchased the D&D 5e book Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and found the devils really interesting. I know there was a section in... 2nd edition(?) where there were no devils or demons ...
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The PCs are boring; how do I involve them in the story?

I just started running my first D&D campaign, and I've run into this problem. I want the story to go to places that involve the PCs personally, and help the players feel more invested. One player'...
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Have green dragons ever dealt fire damage rather than poison?

I was playing in a friend's in a 5e session a few weeks ago, and we encountered a young green dragon, I was absolutely convinced it would do fire damage, but I was very much mistaken to find it was ...
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Do pets and mounts age in Myth Drannor's uncorrupted mythal?

Do animals like pets and mounts age in the mythal of Myth Drannor, before the fall? To clarify, I am asking about the Mythal in its full glory, circa 600~660 DR. Before the weeping war.
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How would adventures be run with traps on maps that show where they are?

I am currently prepping an adventure and have purchased some source material from an older D&D 2E one-shot (The Shattered Circle) which I have loaded onto Roll20 and am prepping for a 5E adventure....
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When does a Truly Polymorphed creature gain its 'new' form as a 'base' form? [closed]

True Polymorph: Getting the new form it easy - it's keeping this new form that's the trick. True Polymorph transforms creatures quasi-permanently, at least until one runs afoul of Dispel Magic or any ...
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How long is an Elvish generation?

I can't seem to find any good resources on this. How old is the typical elf when they first have children? How many generations would typically be alive at one time from a single family? Is it in the ...
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How can I publish a document to look like a 1st / 2nd ed. AD&D adventure product?

IIRC someone released information publicly online in the last year or two enabling someone to publish an RPG product with the same look as standard late 1st / early 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & ...
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Is there a way to leave Ravenloft?

I've heard that once you enter Ravenloft, you cannot leave. This is a bother for the planar adventurer who accidentally stumbles into that realm. Are there any ways to leave Ravenloft, in any edition ...
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Are there any easy known ways to play DnD 5e without other real people? [duplicate]

I love DnD 5e and do play it with my friends a lot, but of course I am not always right next to 3 or more other friends who happen to know how to play DnD (and if I am, I do not always have the time). ...
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What was the best selling TSR Dungeons & Dragons module?

As the title says, I want to know what was the best selling TSR Dungeons & Dragons module - no matter for what D&D edition - before Wizards of the Coast acquired TSR in 1997. I suspect it ...
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Can Different Elf Subraces Produce Offspring? [duplicate]

We're playing a homebrew D&D 5e game in which the players will all be from an elven kingdom and I'm curious if different subraces of elf are capable of having children together. For example: ...
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What is the history of creatures having Multiattack versus multiple attacks?

In D&D 5th edition, Multiattack for creatures makes it so that all of its attacks are treated as a single action. As a result, one of the attacks cannot be used for grappling. So, for example, a ...
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What is the general term for a persistent/ongoing magical effect in D&D?

I'm trying to figure out an appropriate word to describe a magical effect of unknown origin in a D&D game. I can't call it a spell or spell effect since it's not known whether the effect is caused ...
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Where does the D&D concept of a Gnome come from?

Outside of D&D, whenever anyone thinks of a gnome, they are more likely to think of a "garden gnome" or (something along the lines of "David the Gnome"), not how they are presented in D&D. ...
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Is there a term used to define all “sentient races”? [closed]

I don't know if "sentient races" describes what I'm wanting to say, it probably doesn't. Let me explain, sometimes during my sessions I'm like: "And then, all humanity united to fight against the old ...
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Are there heroic or good Yuan-Ti? [closed]

What I've read seems to suggest "no". I haven't found anything in the SCAG that suggests this as true. I'm aware that in Adventurer's league there was a reference guide for the monsters in Volo's ...
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What are strategies to roleplay through a saving throw my GM must make? [closed]

As I try really hard to always be improving my in-game persona through better roleplaying, one area I find difficult is when my abilities cause the GM to roll a saving throw. Are there any strategies ...
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Automated D&D with DM assistance [closed]

Is there a way to automate D&D without losing the creativity? I played an Adventurers League game where the DM kept presenting the players with choices. For example on the "Day at the Races" ...
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What is the origin of deities gaining power from worship?

Among players of various editions of Dungeons & Dragons, there is the idea that a deity's power, perhaps even existence, is derived from the number of people who worship them. A deity who gains ...
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Do pre-written modules exist regarding the role the drow played in the Crown Wars? [closed]

I'm building a campaign that includes the drow and read about the Crown Wars which has elements I'd like to include. In addition to pulling ideas from these articles I would like to know if any pre-...
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How to stop players from making the game X-rated

After 30 years, a few of my friends and I finally managed to get together and play D&D. We've managed to play 2hrs once a week for the last 6 weeks. I unfortunately ended up being the DM. My ...
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How can I run a game where the players are lesser deities [closed]

I am going to be DMing a game in which the players all start as lesser gods in a pantheon of gods with 3 tiers. They start at the lowest tier in each of four branches of the pantheon, life, death, ...
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Does D&D have a spell similar to Dark Souls 3's Sacred Flame? [closed]

I stumbled over the spell Sacred Flame, which instantly reminded me of a pyromancy of the same name that is featured in Dark Souls 3. A bit of wiki walking taught me that these two spells are very ...
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Can Kenku speak with minor illusion? [duplicate]

The cantrip's description states you can make a sound that can be "your voice or someone else voice." could a spellcasting Kenku use it to speak regularly without mimickry?
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What is the origin and meaning of D&D Beyond's spell school symbols?

Browsing the D&D Beyond spell list it is clear that each spell has an associated symbol related to the spell's school: $$\require{HTML} \newcommand{\schsym}[2][]{ \style{ display: inline-...
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Why aren't Halflings Hobbits?

Just curious, given how heavily from Tolkien D&D drew, and the fact that games like Wizardry used Hobbits, is there a good design reason why Gygax and company used Halflings (a term that also ...
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What is an “Ardragon”?

The Zhentarim have according to the 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 22, chapter Factions and Organisations > Renown) the following ranks: “Fang (rank 1)” — Like the tooth “Wolf (rank 2)” — ...
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Was there ever a published “world of tarrasques”?

Sometimes I pick in some discussions hints about a "Tarrasque planet". Is it an official place? Was it published in what book / magazine / source material? P.S.: I know the default stance is to take ...
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What is the origin of the term fizzled?

When a spell like raise dead fails due to something such as a soul not being willing to return to its body, it will cause the spell to fizzle. It's a term I'm used to and not surprised to see describe ...
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What is this early D&D or AD&D image of a rogue-type leaping into two-weapon combat? [closed]

I am looking for an image that I remember from early D&D or AD&D artist of a roguish-type human (maybe a Halfling) jumping into combat with two weapons in hand. It could have been from a ...