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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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Is there a name for the grand Greyhawk campaign?

The Village of Hommlet module, T1 was originally released as a stand alone adventure. A planned sequel got put on ice but the material was eventually recompiled and expanded into a super-module, T1-4, ...
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Is there a published adventure in any D&D edition where the dungeon is a construct?

Does anyone know if a campaign exists that takes the PCs through a dungeon, where they are looking for a construct, only to realize at the end that the dungeon itself is the construct? I am asking ...
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Are there any resources that compare Forgotten Realms cities?

I am looking for information about the main cities in the Forgotten Realms for developing a backstory. Are there any resources out there that compare what makes one city different than another? What ...
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What is the overview of TSR's Basic editions of D&D? [duplicate]

There are a variety of editions of D&D published by TSR in parallel to AD&D that get collectively called “Basic D&D”, but the overall relationship of the editions to each other — and which ...
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Does there exist a table associating character level to a description of character's typical notoriety, influence, power and status?

Does there exist a table for any edition of D&D giving a suggestion of a PC's role within a setting based upon their character level? I mean role in terms of notoriety, level of direct and ...
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What deity holds the Time Portfolio in Faerun's modern times (from the Time of Troubles to after the Second Sundering)?

The time portfolio (not to be confused with the 3e+ time domain - I'm talking strictly about lore here) is one of the most elusive portfolios to track in Realms lore. From the Realms wiki on ...
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Did dragon breath ability change between different TSR D&D/AD&D editions?

In most Dragonlance books (Chronoicles+Legends), dragon breath attacks are classified per color/metal. Although confusing, especially with metallic dragons and their dual weapon, it makes sense. ...
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What was the fate of Garnet after the Weeping War?

Garnet is a red dragon that lived in Cormanthor circa 600DR, and is well known for being I know the sourcebook "Fall of Myth Drannor" has info on him during the Weeping War, but what happened to him ...
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Where can I find more information about the Cat Lord?

I'm writing my own D&D universe and there are two deities I've chosen from the official setting to incorporate: Lolth and the Cat Lord The Cat Lord seems to be depicted as a deity for the Tabaxi ...
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What other edition of D&D should I buy for someone who loves the first edition? [closed]

My boyfriend (31) LOVES D&D and has been playing it since the first edition came out. He doesn't have any other editions, but I wanted to surprise him with another one. He's a real perfectionist ...
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Is there a definitive set of monster icons or images that is royalty free? [closed]

I'm about to start broadcasting a D&D campaign on roll20 via twitch.tv. My current account is loaded with images that are, suffice to say, copyright infringement. I intend to replace all of the ...
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How can I make surrender or capture of the party a (more) acceptable outcome to the players?

In 99% of the D&D games I've played/DM'd across almost all editions (never did 1st and 4th though), the party is completely unwilling to surrender or let themselves be captured. The 1% accounts ...
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Who invented Difficulty Class?

As far as I can see, one of the watershed changes with D&D 3e, which has survived down into 5e, was the replacement of a plethora of different systems for determining success to a d20-roll-over ...
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Do Yuan-Ti Purebloods lay eggs?

The Yuan-Ti are an odd race. They come in a variety of different physiological shapes (pureblood, halfblood, abomination, and anathema), but are all (theoretically?) biologically compatible. Serpent ...
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Are there any spells that allow a Druid to create a focus out of a living tree previous to 5E?

In my previous question, I asked if there was any means, in RAW or RAI, DnD 5e, for a character to create a druidic focus out of a living tree, as described in the PHB: A druidic focus might be a ...
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In what medium does D&D get played nowadays?

I'm 38, and I remember playing D&D when I was a kid, almost 20 years ago, but to my knowledge have not heard of or know how it is played today. Being that there is a stackexchange for concept it ...
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Materials associated with alignments [closed]

I'm looking to make a little puzzle associated with the various alignments, and was wondering if there are special materials associated with Good and Evil. The idea is to have two keys each of a ...
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What does thieves' cant sound like? [closed]

Related but not exactly what I'm asking: Can Thieves' Cant be understood without a level in Rogue? Also related: Would other PCs eventually notice two rogues talking in Thieves' Cant? ...
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In 5e (or earlier editions), how does demonic ascension work?

I read in one of the 5e books (probably Monster Manual or Volo's Guide) that "even a lowly Mane could one day become a demon prince". I assume demons "graduate" from mane to type 1 demon to type 2 ...
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What is the average benefit of this particular stats rolling scheme?

In one D&D campaign I played years ago, we had to roll our stats with the usual "roll 4D6 and drop lowest" rule, however with a special exception, that is, if all four dice had the same result, ...
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Can the name of a D&D character be changed without having to make a new character?

I used a nickname of mine for a recently created D&D character, but it doesn't really suit her. Can I change her name and keep her EXP? I don't play in any organized format.
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How and why has D&D changed its character generation across editions? [closed]

The first version of D&D that I played - Basic - instructed players to roll 3d6 for each stat and assign the number to that stat. I believe these are the rules for OD&D as well. In AD&D ...
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Solving player - GM disputes about using props [closed]

I have been playing D&D for a couple of months now, so I'm still a bit new on the whole being a GM thing. :) Recently, I had an adventure with my regular group and we kind of fell into a ...
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Identify this race of ancient evils

An ancient race of evil creatures, older than life itself, and older than the demons who feed off life. While the demons seek to corrupt the mortal souls of the deceased into more demons, these guys ...
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Situations that limit equipment use [closed]

How often should a DM remove or restrict a character's ability to use their equipment? Is it considered bad game design, overly punishing, or otherwise frowned upon to do so regularly? There are a ...
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What's the Head of Vecna and why is it important?

I'm vaguely familiar with the RPG anecdote the Head of Vecna. Is there more to this tale? Why is this story important to RPG culture? Note: In Comments on this question (now deleted but available on ...
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The Keys on the Borderlands?

In The Keep on the Borderlands (1980) in the Caves of Chaos the doors to rooms 3 and 11 are locked. Does the adventure disclose the location of each door's key? Are there other hard to find keys ...
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One of my friends/players committed suicide. How do I continue the game from here?

Content Warning: Suicide I'm posting anonymously for privacy and I'm sorry if this is kind of disjointed, the topic is obviously very emotional. About a month ago one member of our friend group, and ...
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In the history of D&D were Demons and Devils the same thing at one point?

I recently finished the book Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore and in it a Balor warns a wizard of his Pit Fiend subordinates and a character uses an Imp to collect information from the Abyss. Now as ...
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Can sub-races breed and produce half-subraces? [closed]

Can the different sub-races of a particular race interbreed, like a drow with a wood elf, or a hill dwarf with a mountain dwarf? If so, would the child be a half-subrace from each parent? Is this ...
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How to play when you have little experience and speech difficulties?

I can't talk, not a word, but I am really interested in getting into tabletop RPGs. But from my understanding of the game, this is difficult to do when you can't talk. I am learning sign language but ...
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Evolution of the Rogue in D&D

How and why has the concept of the "rogue" evolved over D&D's history? It seems that what the general perception of what people think of with a "rogue" or "thief" has changed drastically over the ...
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Do (some) Halflings have pointy ears like Elves?

I was under the impression that Halflings in D&D look pretty much like little humans. But when I browse online concept art and fan art, I see a lot of Halfling images with Elf-like pointy ears... ...
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Alternative Underdark Mounts

I am currently working as the DM for Out of the Abyss and have a Paladin in my party. This means at level 5, I need to come up with a Mount for her. Due to the Underdark being the Underdark, ...
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What are the advantages of letting the PCs roll vs rolling for them?

In the multiple campaigns I have been privy to (across DnD 5th, 3.5, and Pathfinder) there have been three different scenarios I've seen. The upper extreme: the DM/GM rolls everything, the lower ...
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Were “class tiers” in D&D and Pathfinder made on purpose?

As I read it everywhere, classes in the games I mentioned in the title differ in power a lot. This takes place in 3.5e and wasn't fixed in Pathfinder. Some search indicates that this problem isn't ...
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What Edition of D&D Would be Best for Children? [closed]

My experience with D&D is not as extensive as most. I used to play 3.5 years ago and have never been in the DM role before. I have six children that are interested in the game that have never ...
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What does #AT mean in d&d? [duplicate]

Farmer; AC 7; Level 0; hp 6; #AT 1; D 2-8; XP 16 i am a new player and cannot understand what these mean. Can someone explain to me? I am trying to play The Temple of Elemental evil
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What do I do about a selfish and controlling player (the DM's best friend)?

I'm currently in my second campaign and have come across something specific to a person in my group. Ill call them the selfish individual. The selfish individual is prone to things like: Butting in ...
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Engaging players away from the table [closed]

So I'm running a D&D 3.5 game right now with 4 friends, soon to be 5. I was talking with one of them after a session asking what they thought I could do to improve the campaign and they ...
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Is there a root language from which multiple Forgotten Realms languages were derived?

I am looking for an analogue to Latin for the world of D&D. To modern English speakers, Latin is not well known, but since it is still taught in some areas and it supplies a lot of vocabulary to ...
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Where can more information about Droaam be found?

To me the idea of a nation of monsters trying to establish itself as a world power is an interesting concept. Are there resources besides the Eberron Campaign Setting for more information about the ...
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OD&D said it could be played with 20-50 players and one referee. How was that expected to work and still be fun?

Original D&D is often the shorthand name for the 1974 Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 1, Men & Magic, written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The section on "Scope" has this quote: Number of ...
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Was there ever an official “win condition” in early D&D editions?

Just saw a post in a D&D group saying: Challenge for those not playing for decades. What was the only official way to beat the game? (That quote is the whole message of the post, for those who ...
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What is the origin of, “Never eat or drink anything a Greater Fey offers you?”

Over the course of about 4 years listening to D&D actual-plays, I've heard time and time again that if a Greater Fey offers you a meal, you're not supposed to accept it. The phrase is used like an ...
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Why are the requirements to drop a Prismatic Wall's layers so specific?

Unless a caster uses mage's disjunction, a Pathfinder caster must employ 7 different and specific spells to bring down a prismatic wall. These really are specific spells like cone of cold for the ...
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Is there any feat/condition/encounter that gives a character grey eyes?

We are going to start a D&D 3.5 campaign. One of the players said that he wants to play a character something like "kissed by angels" or "a character who encountered something divine before and ...
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What is the origin of D&D 1-9 spell levels?

D&D spells in all editions (except for 4e powers) are categorized according to "spell levels". This is something that I haven't seen in other games. When did these spell levels first appear and ...
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How would you sever the material plane from the rest? [closed]

I won't bore you with my world and plot details, but the end goal for the BBEG is to cut the material plane entirely from the other planes, thereby: Eliminating all forms of magic Preventing gods ...
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Why do attacks function differently to spells? [closed]

In D&D 4E as with many RPGs, characters have a fixed armour value or AC. When attacking, the attacker must roll a die to overcome the target's AC. In 4E offensive magic works the same way: the ...