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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 ...
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How do I have my PCs fight one another in an arena setting but then allow them to group up for the last encounter in the arena? [closed]

I am in the middle of a homebrew and my PCs have been given the option to fight in the arena in the city they are seeking to help. The award is to be allowed a personal audience with one of the BBEG ...
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How do I determine the expected duration/runtime of older Adventurer's League adventures for purposes of DM rewards? [duplicate]

In reference to this question: How do I apply & record DM Experience Rewards? Where in a published D&DAL Module (I'm specifically working with the Tyranny of Dragons modules) would I find the ...
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Does the interior of a portable hole rotate to adhere to the hole's orientation?

I've always accepted that you could place a portable hole on any flat surface, but I've never really thought about it. Let's say I was a eccentric Faerûnian wine collector who recently got his hands ...
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What is a Speaking Campaign in D&D? [closed]

I just recently learned a bit about it, but not much. I actually read a Tumblr post that referred to a speaking campaign, and so I was wondering if any of you people knew what it was, as I do not. ...
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In which D&D editions does alignment play a big part?

D&D 5e was my first tabletop game and I was disappointed to see how little does the alignment influence the game, since I am a big fan of the Good-Evil, Order-Chaos axes. In which editions does ...
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Multiple Spells (Wand/Rod/Staff)? [closed]

I completely for got what source I read this so I'll ask all, but wasn't there rules for wand, rods, or staffs to have multiple spells and still have 50 charges. Same activation rules and spell ...
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Since which edition is the origin story of the elves told by Mearls canon?

Mike Mearls details "The Origin of Elves in Dungeons & Dragons" in a short video published on D&D Beyond's Facebook account. Since which edition is the information he shares considered canon, ...
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What does 1d20 mean in dnd? [closed]

I’m new to dnd and I’m having a hard time getting what all the stats mean, one of the things I’m having the most trouble with is things like, for example, 1d20. What does this mean and how does it ...
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Travel between D&D editions or gaming systems [closed]

What official "in-game" materials exist that allow back-and-forth travel of characters between different editions of D&D or between D&D and other gaming systems? Please note that I am not ...
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When did D&D stop having DMs roll skill checks for players?

I've been playing DnD 5e for some time now, but just recently I've begun reading the ADnD rulebooks as they've come into my ownership. A peculiar change I noticed is that the DM rolls many of the ...
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What happens to an unconscious Troll if all the pieces are eaten?

I'm building an ecology that revolves around an infinite food source being eaten by Trolls, who then make more Trolls, which they then kick out of the cave because they don't fit around the food ...
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Where did the first Dungeons and Dragons miniatures come from?

Did the first players even use miniatures? If they did, how did they acquire such things? The main reason I'm asking is because I'm looking for a cost effective way to create my own miniatures. I've ...
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Is the shapeshifting druid an original D&D invention?

The Dungeons & Dragons druids have been largely defined by their ability to change into an animal form in every edition, e.g. through the Wild Shape ability in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Is the ...
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Pathfinder/D&D Compatability [closed]

I've known for quite some time that the Pathfinder RPG is designed to be compatible with D&D 3.5e, however, I currently don't understand what the benefit of doing such a thing is. Additionally, I ...
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XP through the ages

I'm looking for the definitions and basic usage of experience points in all the versions of D&D. Of particular interest is the stated purpose of having xp (and levels) in the game at all, if it's ...
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What edition of dnd should i use? [closed]

I am a newer DM for Dungeons and dragons, recently created my own club and i need to get an edition but i don't know the large differences between them. I want to be able to craft a story that is very ...
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What are other sources with information about Lathander?

Backstory I'm playing a Bard in my current campaign of D&D 5e and I'm just taking a level in cleric with Lathander as my god (after being inspired/trained by a Paladin of that same deity). ...
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What are the consequences for an illithid rejecting his brain diet?

So I had this idea about a rogue illithid, fighting against his own race. He will be chaotic evil or chaotic neutral, I have not decided yet. But while he does this it is simply too dangerous, or too ...
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Why is the D&D gorgon a metal bull?

In mythology, the gorgons were Medusa and her sisters; snake-like beings who petrified those who saw them. In Dungeons & Dragons, gorgons are bulls with metal scales and the ability to breathe ...
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What is this underground giant creature?

Every once in a while i remember reading about an underground (underdark?) creature that had somewhat following qualities: giant that lives underground it was very ugly and was extremely hunched to ...
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Creature that should defend gods and prevent godhood

I remember that there was a creature, a construct I believe, that was meant to prevent mortals from achieving godhood and defend existing gods against threats. However I couldn't find its name in the ...
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What kinds of Metallic Dragons were ever shown in D&D products? [closed]

Everyone knows the iconic metallic dragons that come in almost every single core monster book, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, Brass. Let's call those the "core five" There were some others, like dunno ...
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Why were there two ongoing D&D magazines, and what distinguished them?

D&D has over its history been accompanied by two core supplemental magazines: Dragon magazine, starting in March 1975. Dungeon magazine, starting in September/October 1986. Both went on hiatus ...
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Is it possible for a Druid to defeat a Wizard? [closed]

We're currently all level 4, about to become lvl 5 and have just finished our first real campaign (LmoP). It was a lot of fun, and we're all quite comfortable with our classes by now. Our DM has ...
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What is the availability of Maztica Imported Food in the Realms?

To celebrate 20 years of campaign, my wife's party is holding a party ingame (its a feast to celebrate the founding of the adventuring party) and a party in real life (because why not). So they are ...
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What sound does an owlbear make?

A discussion in my gaming group led to us wondering: what does an owlbear sound like? Many monsters, especially those as iconic and strange as this one, have had long-winded descriptions across the ...
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Can Guenhwyvar communicate?

I was wondering if the panther companion of everyone's favorite drow ranger can communicate or be communicated with. Does she have above average intelligence? Does she "speak" in the books? Can ...
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What is the lifespan of a beholder?

Basically, the title says it all. What is the lifespan of a beholder ? I searched in the 5E Monster Manual and Volo's Guide to Monsters but could not find any hints about their lifespan, so a ...
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A History of Dragonblood Races [closed]

So, I've always been interested in dragon-descended characters, so I wanted to look into how they've developed through different editions of DnD. My experience has mostly been in 3.5 and 4e, as well ...
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What is this humanoid moose monster?

I am trying to recall the name of a creature I saw in an early d&d game, certain it was before 2e, but don't recall if it was in a core book or an adventure, or other supplement. It was a humanoid ...
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How has the relative combat prowess of Bugbears as opposed to Goblins changed over time?

Bugbears are the big bad goblinoids. A single average bugbear has always been more than a match for a single average goblin, in a straight up fight (which sort of fighting neither generally employs). ...
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How hard is it to get a license from WotC to publish a novel set in a D&D setting? [closed]

Everybody is trying to get around writing their own stories without infringing any copyrights by WotC. That got me wondering... How hard could it be to obtain a license to actually publish a book ...
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How do Modrons go rogue?

I want to create an adventure involving Modrons, specifically rogue Modrons, that something is making them go rogue and you have to stop the thing that is making them go rogue. If that sounds vague, ...
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Why does dandwiki have a poor reputation?

Dandwiki has a markedly poor reputation in the online RPG community; material from it is often dismissed out of hand, and users are encouraged to avoid it and to not incorporate work posted there into ...
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Does an Ooze (Gelatinous Cube) float?

If I have a situation where an ooze, such as a Gelatinous Cube, is near a source of water, like a small pond or underground stream, is there source material somewhere that says whether the ooze floats ...
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In what paradigm is +1 to hit the same as improving your chance to hit by 5%?

People all the time are saying that +1 to hit is a 5% better chance of hitting. I assume this is because when you roll to hit you roll a d20 and 1 is 5% of 20, but that doesn't really make a whole ...
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Why didn't Takhisis get Soth returned from Ravenloft during his long stint?

Does it imply that the Dark Powers are more powerful than Takhisis? If so, then why didn't they nab Takhisis herself?