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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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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 ...
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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 settings' various timelines that could be used to determine when they correspond?

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 ...