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Are there any examples in published D&D material of how to destroy a lich's phylactery?

According to the D&D 5e Monster Manual, regarding destroying a phylactery, it says: Destroying a lich's phylactery is no easy task and often requires a special ritual, item, or weapon. Every ...
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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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What spells or abilities can I use to create a ton of undead? [closed]

Being a summoner, I really love the idea of having minions fight for you but I just can’t seem to find the right spells and class for having a ton of monsters/minion to fight.
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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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Why are elves immune to a ghoul's paralyzing touch?

I was reading Are Half-Elves immune to the paralyzing property of a Ghoul's Claw action? and it struck me that I have no idea as to why elves would be immune to the paralyzing touch of a ghoul, ...
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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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Did the Xakhun ever make it into official production sources?

The Xakhun were a subrace of Drow, introduced in Dragon Magazine #244, along with the accompanying descriptions of their airships, powered by a gemstone called Uhl. They believed that Lloth wanted ...
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Help me re-find this role-playing story

I want to find this story again to inspire my fellow newer players to break the mold of role-playing. I remember reading an incredibly inspiring [D&D probably] story about a player who was role-...
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Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?

I've been wondering lately if there is any sort of precedence or context for the soft level-cap of level 20 in various D20 style tabletop games. I say soft cap because I'd like to, for the purposes of ...
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Do the competition scorecards for D&D tournaments have the same ranges of scores?

D&D tournaments were judged according to a system whereby each party was given points for accomplishing specific tasks and taking certain actions in a competition dungeon. [see this question] I ...
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Were the gith originally human before the illithids enslaved them?

Firstly, I will point out that I am only really familiar with D&D 5e and the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on D&D 3.5e and set in the Forgotten Realms; incidentally, if the ...
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Have any of the designers of D&D explained why Strength increases Hit Chance? [closed]

This is a personal bias, but when I think high strength score, the imagery I get is: When it comes to accuracy of a muscle-bound and bulky person, the imagery I get is: Bruce Lee had stated he didn'...
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Why did D&D Paladins originally have a requirement to be Lawful Good? [closed]

In every edition of D&D before 4e, Paladins are required to be Lawful Good. If they stray from that, they are completely stripped of their powers. This means that evil deities can't grant powers ...
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Is it practical to run a weekly lunch-hour game of D&D with my coworkers?

I'm looking to get some of my coworkers together and start a lunch time, casual, D&D game. Has anyone done this - is there a practical way to do this? Our lunch breaks run for about 1 hour, but I ...
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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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What is the etymology of the term 'Gish'?

I understand that it roughly means a fighter/mage, as per this question: How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character? But I just wanted to know more about how the term came about. It's so hard ...
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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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What's the inspiration for the owlbear?

The standard explanation for the owlbear in-universe is "A Wizard Did It." Which is fine, as far as it goes, because the trope of "madman tinkering with bizarre mutations" is part of our speculative ...
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Is it legal to design and publish a game with D&D's ability scores?

If I were to design an RPG that had Str/Dex/Con/etc... would it be legal to publish it? I know that games like Pathfinder and Dungeon World got away with it, but I'm not sure how or why. Looking at D&...
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What is homebrew? Should I use it in normal games? [closed]

I keep on hearing about homebrew in D&D and I was just wondering what it meant.
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How were Dungeons and Dragons tournaments judged?

While reading another question I was introduced to the notion of a D&D tournament. According to the wikipedia article on the D&D Championship Series, the basic idea of these tournaments is ...
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What was the first adventure to use boxed text?

James Introcaso recently wrote a blog post titled, "We Can Do Better Than Boxed Text", where he outlines the benefits and drawbacks of boxed text. This has raised the question, who started it and how ...
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What was the first D&D Module?

I'm planning to start an Old School Campaign next week, for players who have mainly played D&D 3.0 and 3.5. I'd like them to play a real classic old school module. I have both B1 - In Search of ...
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Have PCs Historically Played Through More Campaigns Than is Currently Typical?

I'm relatively new to D&D, only having tabletop experience with 5e and a bit of 3.5, along with some scattered exposure to earlier editions through video games. I've heard references to ...
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Where should I look to start learning about the lore of the Forgotten Realms?

I'm a GURPS oldschool player, playing GURPS 3e since 2000, using GURPS Magic, GURPS Fantasy and the Core Rules. I have heard a lot of things about D&D and specially about the Forgotten Realms, ...
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What do I need to buy to get started with D&D? [duplicate]

Obviously, the Starter Set. But when I see the catalog of my game shop I saw there's Dragonfire, Dungeon Masters Guide, and Monster Manual. But do I need all these to have an interesting D&D ...
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Is there a guide/reference for possible character hairstyles in D&D Forgotten Realms universe?

I was playing a D&D session as a female cleric of Qotal and, at some point, the party encountered some kind of wind monster. As I tried to cast spells requiring concentration, the DM argued that I ...
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Is there a spell, magical item, or any other method to accurately calculate how long ago an object/construct was created?

I'm interested in D&D 5e but I will also accept answers from previous D&D versions as well as similar systems (e.g., Pathfinder 1e/2e). Janathiel II, famous historian, cartographer, and the ...
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Reward players for dumb actions regarding NPC interactions or not? [closed]

To setup the scene. In a political intrigue game (with fighting). The game was advertised where both elements can be of use but one or the other won't always net all the solutions when I pitched it to ...
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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 has been published about the legendary tarrasque's mind? Can the tarrasque feel love?

I want answers related to any published Dungeons & Dragons materials from any edition, as well as any licensed novelizations. For the one-off tarrasque fight I'm running, my players are looking ...
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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Which (if any) fiends die of old age?

I've seen people say that fiends can live forever, but never a source for where this fact is from or when/why it's the case. At least in 3.5e various things refer to creatures' "time being up" without ...
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Does non-Athasian magic work on Athas?

Most magic on Athas functions solely by defiling, or life draining. Even preserving magic works the same way, only the consequences are less severe. But magic on other Primes doesn't function this ...
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Dark Lord knowledge in Ravenloft

When in Ravenloft, would the town in question know that the Dark Lord is indeed, say, a vampire? That he or she would be the real ruler of that Domain? For example: Barovia. Strahd has been there for ...
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How do gelatinous cubes reproduce?

Last time when our party encountered a gelatinous cube, we wondered how they reproduce. We instinctively agreed that they reproduce like amoeba - by mitosis or cell division. However, I'm curious: Is ...
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Relationship Mechanics for D&D/Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder/D&D games tend to involve relationships - romantic, friendly, etc. - between PCs and NPCs alike. 3.x only has the Diplomacy mechanic for any kind of relationship mechanic. I'm ...
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Can I use a salad fork to get into the Prime Material Plane?

In several editions of Dungeons and Dragons, the Plane Shift spell requires a forked metal rod, the design and material of which varies depending on the destination plane. Is there any canonical list ...
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How do I get my family to play D&D with me? [closed]

I have not played D&D in a long time, and I have never been a Dungeon Master. I want to play again. How would I get my family to play with me? I don't have a close group of friends. What would I ...
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How can I avoid problems that arise from rolling ability scores?

Rolling ability scores is a time-honored tradition across many editions of D&D. However, it can sometimes cause problems for players and/or the DM. For example, one player character may end up ...
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Was there an Amulet of Yendor in any of the D&D official, or 3rd party published material?

Amulet of Yendor is a main artifact in many rogue-alike games, for example Rogue itself, NetHack and Pixel Dungeon families of computer / mobile games. It also appeared in many places as a homage or ...
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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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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

I had an interesting thing happen in my last session of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. My players' characters are in a dragon-heavy adventure. A player tried to do a Perception check to detect ...
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Do multiple resistances combine into immunity? [closed]

If my character for D&D has resistance to spells and magical damage (a yuan-ti) and if a class feature also gives resistance to spells and magical damage, does that mean my character would have ...
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How much information is there about the Wall of the Faithless and the crusades against it, and where can I find it?

I'm getting ready to DM a Forgotten Realms campaign against the Wall, but I'm not sure if I have all the information I could have. This will be a sequel to the last campaign we had, where one of the ...
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What is the history of the Eldritch Knight as a class/character option?

When was the Eldritch Knight first introduced, and what is the basis for the kind of character? Obviously there's the space for some kind of cross between a mage and a warrior in D&D and other ...
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When did 5 foot squares become standard in D&D?

Perhaps showing my age here, but in "The Good Old Days", 10-foot squares were a standard map size. Each square on the map was 10 feet, and a 10-foot wide corridor was normal. Now, having started ...
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Does Celestial Warlocks' Radiant Soul feature increase damage on concentration spells? [closed]

Starting at 6th level, your link to the Celestial allows you to serve as a conduit for radiant energy. You have resistance to radiant damage, and when you cast a spell that deals radiant or fire ...
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Do the Grung have any official deities?

Grungs (a race of frog-like humanoids) have no deities listed in D&D 5th edition. Are there any deities at all? (in other WotC/TSR material such as adventure supplements, previous-edition stuff, ...
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Is there an in-setting explanation for how dragons breathe fire?

I'm currently in the process of writing a new campaign setting in which many classical mythical creatures have been rendered extinct for various reasons, one such creature is the dragon. My initial ...