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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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Where does the Duergar's growth power come from?

Since their introduction in the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual II, Duergar have had the ability to change their size. It has varied a little from edition to edition, and the ability has altered ...
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D&D 3.5e Drow Wizard LA balance and survivability

A few years back I played D&D 3.5e with some friends and now we are starting a group again. I want to create a Drow Wizard, Specialised in Conjuration. When reading about the Drow configuration I ...
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Free, easy to learn D&D-like game. [duplicate]

What is the best way to share a free role playing game? I've painstakingly worked to make it easy to understand and play. I'm giving it away to get my works out in the gaming world.
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How would SCAG Baldur's Gate protect itself against an Ancient Red Dragon? [closed]

How would Baldur's Gate (the D&D 5e Forgotten Realms city as described in Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide) protect itself / push back against an Ancient Red Dragon? (With the dragon coming out of ...
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What do kua-toa young look like?

Since Kua-toa are walking fish (kind of like murlocs from Warcraft), are their young like large fish with appendages, or do they look smaller versions of the adults? I am playing D&D 5e, but if ...
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Are there any canonical correlations or known overlaps between D&D campaign setting's various timelines that could be used to determine the WHENs?

D&D canon has demonstrated numerous times that the various campaign settings are in fact, connected to each other. Powerful beings from Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and even Athas have found ways ...
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What is the in-game origin of the D&D clone spell?

What is the in-game origin of the clone spell? I'm looking for the inventor (or the first inventor) of the clone spell within the multiverse of D&D settings. Since D&D settings have a ...
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What is the difference between an Artificer and an Enchanter?

I'm working on a homebrew tabletop RPG, based off of D&D since that's what I'm familiar with, and I am having trouble seeing the difference between an Enchanter and an Artificer. So here's my ...
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Has there ever been a quasi-lich in an official TSR or WoTC publication? [closed]

More specifically has there been any lore for a quasi-lich or proto-lich type of monster of lesser strength than a lich or Demi-lich in an officially sanctioned product or from a licensed third party ...
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Are D&D PDFs sold in multiple versions of different quality?

I'm looking for official PDFs (all editions of D&D). I wanted to give drivethrurpg a try, but I wonder: do different PDFs version of the same book exist (in different quality)? Subsidiary ...
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Do any of the Demon Lords in Out of the Abyss have lieutenants?

Background: I am currently running an Out of the Abyss campaign for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. The group has gotten pretty far, they have I am also straying off the book a bit as most ...
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What are the origins of Vermin Lord? [closed]

What exactly is the origin of vermin lord? Vermin Lord are spellcasters who focus on the use of vermin, slightly turning into one of them by developing insectoid wings and chitinous plates. I have ...
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Play-By-Post - On Races and joining [closed]

I’m pretty new to PbP so please bear with me if I screw up in what I wish to ask. I am wondering if someone could help/advise me on a few questions I have. Though I am relatively experienced at PbP ...
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Need help remembering the name of an adventure

I ran this adventure about 4 years ago is D&D 3.5. I'm not sure how old it was when I ran it (it could have been earlier editions as it didn't have any combat and minimum mechanics). It was only ...
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Some core rulebook material isn't in the SRD. Is it licensed under the OGL? [closed]

My core rule books have more material than the SRD. Several sections that are in the rule books the SRD cuts off or leaves out. For example: Some racial subtypes are missing. Some class options are ...
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When was it first published that Drow weapons were destroyed by sunlight?

What was the first publication that documented that certain types of Drow weapons were destroyed by sunlight? I thought it was sometime in the AD&D D series of adventures for Greyhawk, but I've ...
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The rule basis for “aerial traceries” of a spell [closed]

On most illustrations of a spellcasting the somatic component means doodling glowing magical glyphs in the air —Warcraft game and movie exemplify this, but the PHB itself has also images of it. (I am ...
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Is there public domain prior art for frost-breathing Winter Wolves? [closed]

Does anyone know of any public domain prior art for the breath weapon of D&D's winter wolf? I ask because I'd like to use ice-breathing wolves in fiction, but would have to avoid litigation in ...
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Is there a common ancestor for the Slaadi and the Slann?

Both the Slaadi and Slann originated from White Dwarf / Games Workshop in the UK sometime in the late 70's or early 80's. The writer Charles Stross who contributed the Slaad to White Dwarf's Fiend ...
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Is there an established method for bringing a White Box D&D character through a grand tour of D&D? [closed]

I'm running a tour of D&D sort of game, spending about two levels in each significant edition (I'm arbitrarily defining this as White box -> AD&D 1e -> 3.5 -> 4e -> 5e) I remember a few ...
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Why are Clerics and Druids Wisdom-based?

Since early D&D, the cleric/druid/priest-analogue classes have been Wisdom-based spellcasters. Does anyone know why that is and/or what justification was given originally (if any)? There are ...
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Who is that demon on the cover?

One of the most enduring and iconic images from the history of D&D is Trampier's cover for the 1ed AD&D Player's Handbook. You know the one: orange demon idol with the thieves prying out the ...
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Is there a realistic depiction of Planescape's Sigil regarding its horizon?

I've seen quite a number of artistic interpretations of Sigil, the central city of the Planescape setting. A lot of them are really great and do help set the mood -- however, they all seem somewhat ...
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Has the Dikesha dice set from Forbidden Lore ever been reissued or updated?

The Forbidden Lore boxed set for Ravenloft (AD&D 2nd ed.) included, besides the original, awesome Tarokka deck illustrated by Stephen Fabian, a set of fortune-telling / gaming dice as well, which ...
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Are there other versions (art mainly) of the Ravenloft Tarokka Deck available?

I have the new (Curse of Strahd) Tarokka Deck, but have seen some cards that have really great/vintage art online. I believe that there may have been an older version of the Tarokka Deck for Ravenloft....
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Ecology of green slime: What happens to it once it has dropped, if it's immobile?

I own two books describing Dungeons and Dragons green slime: the Monstrous Manual for 2nd Edition and the Dungeon Master's Guide for 3.5. In both, green slime sticks to a ceiling until, upon detecting ...
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2d10/d100/Percentile Dice question [duplicate]

So rolling a d100, or percentile dice, you (typically) would roll 2d10, take one in the tens place and one in the ones place. Does this mean if I roll a 90 and a 0 (a 10) that I get 100? Does that not ...
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Has D&D been translated into Romanian or Serbian?

I have a cousin in Serbia who is very interested in D&D, but speaks no English. He does speak Romanian and Serbian, and I would love to send him some source books. Was any edition of the D&D ...
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How can I manage maps for battles that happens in streets of a city?

I am preparing a D&D campaign for a group of 4 PCs and in one part of the campaign, there is a possibility that they may fight against the local guards in the streets of a city. I can draw a ...
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What is the longest running D&D game with the same players and characters? [closed]

Bruce Schneier, a "celebrity" security specialist in the computer industry, recently had an AMA session over at Reddit. In an answer to a question, he made a surprising comment: I've been playing D&...
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Is relying on 3 ft. of steel a D&D thing?

Several years ago, a friend who played Dungeons and Dragons described the difference between wizards, monsters, and fighters as, "When your spells fail, when your saves fail, you can always rely on 3 ...
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Difference Between Shadowfell and the Vale of Shadows

Further to this question: What is the Vale of Shadows? There are apparently some similarities, as well as vast differences, between the Vale of Shadows, as shown in the Netflix series Stranger Things ...
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What is the Vale of Shadows?

Now I'm sure plenty of us on here have seen Stranger Things recently (honestly I'm surprised I haven't seen a question like this yet) and it's whole premise about the Vale of Shadows has me intrigued. ...
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Has a god ever changed alignment?

Is there an example of a god changing alignment in the published lore of D&D settings? I'm brainstorming for a future campaign and want it to revolve around a Good or Neutral god of knowledge who ...
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What do I do if my DM wants revenge for when I was the DM? [closed]

I ran my first D&D campaign last year for 8 players (too many I know, but they really wanted to play). One player was super excited and made a detailed character and background. Long story short, ...
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What D&D manual describes this game dragons play?

In a D&D manual, I once read about a game that dragons play against each other. They use kingdoms as pawns and the games can last decades or centuries. What book is the game in or what is the ...
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Is a GM hiding rolls standard? [closed]

I haven't been playing D&D for too long, maybe a year, but the DM of the main campaign I'm in always hides his dice rolls. I don't have an issue with it, but when I play with another group the DM ...
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Which edition(s) of D&D is the Caverns of Thracia (1979) compatible with?

I am interested in running an open table along the same lines described by this Alexandrian post and I want to use the original Judges Guild Caverns of Thracia. I can find a compatible OSR game I'm ...
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What is the logic behind the interactions of positive and negative energy? [closed]

Positive and negative energy have a rather idiosyncratic relationship. While ostensibly opposites, creatures and spells that make use of these energies interact in ways that do not seem to follow a ...
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Player has arachnophobia: what to use in place of spiders?

I have a player who joined an ongoing campaign; after a session which involved a fight against giant spiders and an anxiety attack, I was asked by said player's partner to remove the spiders from the ...
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Do common folk like staying dead?

This is based on How do I prevent a character from being resurrected? One of the answers was that a good way to keep them dead is to threaten a loved one, but then the comments pointed out that you ...
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Give your players characters to play or let them decide for themselves? [closed]

I am starting out as a DM in my third D&D game (first as a DM), and during my time making a world and an adventurer I found out that the characters playing your game (ingame characters of the ...
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What is the difference between arcane and eldritch in D&D lore?

As the title says, I am curious if the D&D lore mentions the differences between arcane power and eldritch power. I noticed that eldritch is mostly associated with "evil" aspects of the mythology,...
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What types of food are typically grown in the Underdark?

I'm currently working on a story arc where a bunch of Drow have just had their major food supply threatened by a demon of the Underdark, and as a consequence they are rising to the surface and ...
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How can I prevent players ruining immersion?

Me and some friends are thinking of starting a D&D adventure, the problem is some of my friends already played D&D and some didn't... I will not be the DM (one of the experienced players will ...
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What does “chaotic” as in “chaotic good” or “chaotic evil” mean?

I do not play D&D, but players in my roleplaying game have called stuff "chaotic," like "chaotic good" and "chaotic evil" and I would like to know what they mean. The game I play does not use this ...
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Are doppelgangers neuter?

Because of their shapechanging ability, I was wondering if Doppelgangers have a sex or are they sexless? Are they male, female or neither? Does it differ between editions of D&d?
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In my D&D 5e game, I have a custom cosmology, and I'm currently working on a concept for an afterlife plane where any sentient creature who enters is sorted by alignment and guided to the ...
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Is there any precedent for granting a circumstantial bonus to ranged attacks made from high ground in D&D?

I have been told that having the high ground is historically useful for military units in general but also ranged combatants in particular. I am the DM who has to make this call, but having never shot ...
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Do the precursors to D&D 5e include details for magic items in their respective Players' Handbooks

In one of my other questions, there appears to be a popular opinion in the comments that the general absence of a Magic Items section in the D&D 5e PHB (and their restriction to the DMG) infers ...