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D&D Fighter (Brute) damage increase [closed]

I couldn't find anyone mentioning anything to do with this at all. I am assuming it is definitely not how I'm reading it, however: Why does it sound like the fighter brute stacks damage on every hit? ...
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Parody of early D&D rules set, and specifically character creation, as part of a web novel of some kind

I'm looking (with no luck so far) for a story I read online at least a decade ago. It had some specific interpretations of early D&D rules that are, at best, controversial but I'd like to ...
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What is the origin of the Dancing Sword?

Most magical swords in the game either have a special name, like the frost brand, nine lives stealer, defender or holy avenger, or they follow a naming pattern of "Sword of X", for example ...
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What is the origin of the Deck of Many Things?

The Deck of Many Things has appeared in every edition of D&D so far, and while the exacting particulars have varied, the overall feel of the deck has remained consistent: the rules for how to draw ...
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What early D&D book features a black-&-white illustration of Ao playing a board game with Tiamat?

I don't know that the image was explicitly labeled "Ao & Tiamat" (spoiler: it wasn't), so it could have been almost any giant humanoid, playing a board game with a multi-headed† draconic ...
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Is there any explanation or discussion regarding the change in the Bard class from its AD&D1ed orignal implementation?

If I recall correctly, the Bard in AD&D1ed was a true dual (triple) class character who had to progress as a pure fighter, then a pure thief, and then finally could begin to progress as a bard. In ...
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Looked at a different rolling (3d6, 3d6, average) for D&D characters in AnyDice and the result didn't come out as expected. What am I missing?

One of the historical dice mechanics in AD&D that can be used is: 3d6 twice for each attribute and pick the best of each pair of rolls. Normal 3d6 once gives a mean of 10.50. Rolling two sets of ...
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What gods/deities live in the Nine Hells?

In Forgotten Realms lore, what gods or deities make their home in one or more layers of the Nine Hells? (Asking for all editions of the D&D). I get that each layer is ruled over by a "lord&...
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Can my username include a D&D monster?

I had planned on creating a Twitch/YouTube channel. My username on PS4 and other places contains the name of a D&D monster (the bugbear.) Would my channel ever be in danger of action against it ...
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What is "Vancian" magic in D&D?

In discussions of D&D, especially discussing older editions, the term Vancian sometimes comes up: "Vancian" spellcasting, "Vancian" magic system. But this word doesn't actually ...
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Awakened forest/valley/piece of land. Was there any official monster like that?

The question is about DnD, any version. Was there any official monster ever published that had a description of being an awakened piece of land in general (with whatever the land had on it) and could ...
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Do lycanthropes age faster based on their form?

Many lycanthropes take the form of short lived creatures such as rats. Lycanthropes fully become the animal they change into during the full moon, that is to say all statistics not solely physical ...
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What is the origin of the simulacrum spell?

Simulacrum is a peculiar wizard spell that is widely held to be broken when it comes to power level, and is the source of so many rules questions that it is one of the very few spells has its own tag, ...
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Is the lore in Baldur's Gate 3 canon?

Is the lore in the video game Baldur's Gate 3 canon? The story in the game can play out differently depending on choices you make, so anything related to that obviously isn't canon. But is e.g. ...
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Has the role of Xanathar ever been vacant?

Looking at FR Wiki's list of Known Xanathars, has there ever been a time where the title of Xanathar wasn't held? Has it ever been held by a creature other than a beholder? Either with a catspaw/...
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When and where was the first mention of Xanathar in any D&D publication?

I've been told the beholder monster first appeared in Greyhawk (1975), but what was the first appearance of Xanathar in particular? Title and year would be nice.
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In Dragonlance, what color is goblin blood?

In the Dragonlance setting of D&D, what color is goblin blood?
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Shouldn't Magic Missile be a Divination Spell instead of Evocation? [closed]

Don't take me wrong, but in all editions I've seen so far, Magic Missile is a spell that launches darts or orbs of pure magical force (thus, it's an Evocation Spell). Inside its descriptions, it says ...
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Which D&D edition is this board game inspired from?

Recently, a coworker told me they have started playing D&D with friends and they have shown me pictures of their gaming materials... and they really look like one of those introductory D&D ...
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Is there a concept in D&D where you can assume a 20 on a roll because you can retry as much as you want?

I don't know why, but for a long time I though that a "natural 20" meant that a skill check was done under circumstances where the player can just retry an action until they get a 20, so the ...
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History of Tarrasque in RPGs

The tarrasque is one of the iconic monsters of Dungeons and Dragons, designed to be a creature that is nearly impossible for players to deal with - or at least challenging them to be creative. But in ...
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Other than in The Book of Vile Darkness, are there any other books/modules that refer to drug use?

In 3.5 there was a section in The Book of Vile Darkness (TBoVD) where if refers to fantasy use of drugs, such as "Devilweed" among others (pp. 41-44). It includes quite a lot information ...
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Have different types of normal clothes ever done anything in DND?

In 5e there are common clothes, travellers clothes and fine clothes, but I don't think they actually have any rules around them. I have found there isn't much in the way of clothing materials on older ...
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Am I allowed to use the name Greyhawk in a group name and website name?

I have been running a 5e D&D group for several years with the tentative title "Spoils of Greyhawk" since the main campaigns have been placed in the World of Greyhawk. I am now looking to ...
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Is there any lore about faerzress being used for portals?

The 1st edition of D&D introduced the Underdark with the Adventure D1, D2, and D3, later compiled into the Queen of Spiders supermodule. One characteristic feature of the Underdark was that long-...
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Are there published encounters that send you into an illusion or dream state?

Our DM in a recent adventure had us transported into a matrix like illusion when we used a portal. We thought we were traveling back to Undermountain from an orbiting satellite that was occupied by ...
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Through various editions of D&D, why would you use a shortbow rather than a longbow?

Since my beginnings with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons until now (playing Wrath of the Righteous, having played 2e and Pathfinder in between), I'm still asking myself: Is there, in term of D&D ...
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What is the origin of the Beholder?

The Beholder is one of the games most iconic monsters. It is on the title of the Fifth Edition Monster Manual. It has spawned a whole collection of creatures, including undead Death Tyrants, Gazers, ...
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Does being in the Shadowfell (5E) in any way affect spells that players cast?

The 5E DMG mentions only that the plane has a hatred of light and lacks color, mentions the Domains of Dread, and then gives an optional rule for despair. Does the Plane of Shadow cause radiant damage ...
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Where did the term cantrip originate?

Forogtten realms wiki contains information about the history of cantrips in DnD, going back to first edition. Cantrips first appeared in print in Dragon magazine and were then reprinted in the First ...
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What are known portals to the Abyss in Greyhawk?

In the 2nd Edition Module WGR6, The City of Skulls, the players are to infiltrate Doraaka, Iuz' capital, to rescue a prisoner. They however cannot teleport there because, as the Master Elementalist ...
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What are known portals to the Hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I know that there is (or at least, used to be) one portal in the dungeons under Dragonspear Castle that linked the castle to Avernus, the first level of the Nine Hells. Are there other such fixed ...
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What is the best way to learn 5E coming from 3.5E? [duplicate]

I have been playing 3.5E for the past 7 years. My group wants to try 5th edition. What is the best way to get started for me and my group? What are the major differences between 5E and 3.5E that we ...
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What is the etymology of Mind Blank?

The spell mind blank protects you from divinations. For most spells, I can figure out how their name reflects what they do: mind fog produces fog that makes your mind foggy; meteor swarm creates a ...
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Are there consistent rules or lore guidelines about what creatures cannot be magically put to sleep?

I've recently become unreasonably annoyed by sleep effects and how the game seems to handle them. There is a story tied to this: I play a level 11 bard in our bi-weekly 5e game. Our party was recently ...
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Can half-Elves interbreed with half-Orcs?

Can half-elves and half-Orcs interbreed with each other and who will be born in this case?
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How to reconcile Planescape's multiversal gods with the Time of Troubles?

The Forgotten Realms setting's cosmology famously clashes with the Great Wheel cosmology, but large parts of it, for example the tree placement of their Outer Planes, can be easily dismissed as "...
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DND while travelling [closed]

Me and My friends every weekend travel for about 3 hours (each saturday and sunday). I was wondering if there was a way to play dungeons and dragons with them while travelling in the cab (for free) , ...
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Can I make a entirely homebrew D&D campaign? [closed]

Can I make a entirely homebrew D&D campaign? Or do I have to follow the books for D&D?
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Are there any monsters in D&D lore that focus on devouring memories?

Are there any monsters in D&D that would feed on memories/emotions? I know about illithid and intellect devourers, but I was hoping there might be another type of monster that is known for that ...
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Is there an AI that is capable of DMing using the 1983 Mentzer Basic DnD rules? [closed]

I'd like to solo play using the 1983 Mentzer Basic DnD rules (red box). Is there an AI that can deploy the rule set if I provide dice rolls and do the record keeping? Either published modules or ...
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What reason could a Mind Flayer colony get involved with lycanthropy? [closed]

Recently I ended a campaign centered around lycanthropy where a few lycantropes were acidentally let loose and wild, in the same world with other players I hinted towards mindfalyers starting to make ...
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Would The Map Of The Sword Coast In The Front Of Tyranny Of Dragons Be Considered A Province, Kingdom, Or Continent Scale?

I need an answer to this because I'm trying to figure out the distance between some of the towns for chapter 4. Now, I'm not running this chapter as it is because...well...if it's boring to read it's ...
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Is speed or momentum preserved if a moving object is shrunken or if the shrinking is dispelled? [closed]

Shrinking a projectile and then removing the effect after launching it (for example, shooting it across an anti-magic field) raises the question whether the now restored (and larger) projectile ...
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What is the origin of the Vorpal Sword?

This question reminded me of the peculiar "vorpal" swords. Vorpal blades are great flavor, but in many editions of the game, they also have been quite overpowered -- in 1e, it really was not ...
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Can a Bard restart a Glamour Bard's Enthralling Performance after being interrupted or is the ability used for that day?

I have a friend playing with a Bard and wants to use the class ability, but he is asking me if the person he wants to enchant leaves the place for a moment during the use of the ability he can ...
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What loot has the highest value to weight ratio in D&D?

Reading "What are Astral Diamonds Made of?" made me wonder: what is the most valuable treasure in the game per pound? I mean, treasure that actually does have a price, have a weight, and is ...
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What are Astral Diamonds made of?

In any edition of Dungeons and Dragons, or in any related fiction in any campaign setting, is there official word for what Astral Diamonds actually are? Lacking that, any hints or clues in any ...
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How would a Grung Cleric work?

I am a major Grung appreciator, so I'd like to play one. My idea is for a Grung cleric, but I have worries about how this would work. Mainly because most healing spells are contact-based. Because of ...
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What are the dimensions of a Red Great Wyrm's leg bone?

I'm trying to figure out the cross sectional area of the smallest part of a Red Great Wyrm's leg bones to mathematically determine how much force it has to be able to withstand in order for said Great ...
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