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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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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?
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Is there a way in the Forgotten Realms to Time Travel?

Does time travel or chronomagic exist in the Forgotten Realms? I'm working on an idea for a Halruuan airship equipped with a device that allows time and dimensional travel, so I'm looking for ...
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Has any edition of D&D ever described specific ability score values in real-world terms?

A defining feature of Dungeons & Dragons is ability scores ranging over the result of 3d6 — that is, 3 through 18 — with possible modifiers going over or under that. Has any edition of D&D ...
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As a new GM how do I figure out rules quickly?

I tried my hand at GMing for the first time recently and my biggest challenge was figuring out rules on the fly. I frequently found players wanted to do things that I didn't know the rules for, ...
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How do adventurers keep track of time in shifts?

We where about to sleep in the woods and decided who takes what 2 hour shift as lookout. The DM was new to D&D but knowledgeable about tabletop games and asked us a simple yet stupefying question: ...
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How do interpretations of Hit Points vary among D&D editions?

Is it true that Hit Points in different editions mean different things in the game world? For instance, hit points are quite abstract concept in 5e: Hit points represent a combination of physical ...
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What are the NG, CG, and N iconic group of monsters? [duplicate]

I've been playing this game for a long time but I cannot recall if there has ever been an iconic group of monsters of neutral good (or for that matter chaotic good or true neutral) alignment native to ...
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Is it okay for the DM to create their own world, races, classes, and abilities?

First post and newish to tabletop RP games Is it normal/acceptable for DMs to essentially create their own world, races, classes, and abilities? I have kept some of the traditional races and classes ...
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What is living wood?

On the Plane Shift Innistrad material, it mentions that "Weapons cut from living wood are particularly effective against vampires, though any weapon can harm or kill them." But I can't find any ...
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What is the fineness (purity) of gold coins in D&D? [closed]

Preface: I am not tagging this for a specific edition, because the subject is very narrow. I believe it has not changed much through the editions. If the reviewers find that an edition is required, ...
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Is there a way to remove a spellcaster's magic forever? [closed]

A spellcaster has gone and murder hobo'd and has gotten caught by the authorities. Now he faces either life imprisonment or capital punishment. However, as a third alternative, his spellcasting can ...
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Throughout all editions, has one been able to cast Feeblemind on oneself and how exactly has it worked?

Various editions of D&D have had a Feeblemind spell. Through each iteration has one been able to cast the spell on oneself and if so is a save required or optional? How has this changed throughout ...
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Ambient music for online sessions [closed]

I'm DMing a Forgotten Realms campaign online, and wanted to ask how people play music so everyone can hear. I'm looking for a site or application, possibly that I could integrate with Fantasy Grounds, ...
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Can campaigns require PCs to have a certain backstory?

Normally, the player creates every aspect of their character, but what if the campaign requires the player characters' backstories to have certain elements? Like for example in the computer game ...
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Steal the Gold: Wait, does it even exist, what is it? [closed]

Having more gold in Dungeons and Dragons allows a player to add things to their character sheet, and effects the actions they can take in a combat round. But what is gold in terms of game mechanics ...
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maximize an Illithid's lunch [closed]

An Illithid Savant will gain skills, class abilities and feats and either an extraordinary special attack or special quality of creatures whose brain it eats. Assuming I get one of each of these for ...
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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 ...