Questions tagged [dungeons-and-dragons]

For questions relating to Dungeons & Dragons as a whole, or to multiple versions of Dungeons & Dragons. If your question is about a specific version of D&D, you probably should tag it with the corresponding tag instead (see the full tag info for this tag if you're unsure which tag is appropriate).

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
18
votes
3answers
2k views

What is a “build” in the D&D/Pathfinder family of games?

Over in another question, I ran into some communication breakdown with another person because we didn't have a shared understanding of what the term "build" meant. Basically, the asker understood a ...
18
votes
3answers
2k views

What is the in-universe explanation for “Waterdhavian” being the adjectival form of Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide uses the term "Waterdhavian" throughout, suggesting an etymology for "deep" here that is different than simply the English word deep, but this is never addressed in ...
18
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
18
votes
8answers
3k views

What adventures are there out there that would fit in this old school campaign?

In a few weeks I'm starting a game of old school D&D for a group of fairly new players, and I'd like to be able to have a few published modules to drop on my hex map, so I can mix it up a bit and ...
18
votes
1answer
1k views

What is a joiner, with regard to Waterdeep's “Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners”?

One of Waterdeep's many guilds is the Fellowship of Salters, Packers, and Joiners (listed in the introduction of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, p. 13). What is a joiner in this context? Merriam-Webster ...
18
votes
4answers
2k views

The Giants modules in BRP Classic Fantasy

I'm interested in playing some of the classic early AD&D adventures, like the Giants modules, with Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying using their Classic Fantasy module. My big issue is power doesn't ...
18
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
18
votes
1answer
1k views

Where did the misspelling 'Lloth' originate?

In the past you could sometimes come across the deity Lolth being spelled 'Lloth'. I once heard it was a typo that somehow kept being repeated. Where did the spelling 'Lloth' first appear?
18
votes
1answer
2k views

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, ...
18
votes
2answers
590 views

What is the complete lifecycle of souls in the Nine Hells?

The Descent into Avernus adventure provides more information about what happens to souls in the Nine Hells/Baator than was previously available (soul coins and their uses, in particular). It's also ...
18
votes
5answers
6k views

Does anyone know of specific types of room lists for different kinds of (fantasy) buildings?

Here's a problem I encounter when creating buildings for D&D: I quickly run out of specific room types. For instance, when I create a temple, I can think of the main worship area, chambers for the ...
18
votes
2answers
2k views

Can you “backstab” with a siege weapon?

The 2002 movie The Gamers has a famous scene where the party's thief backstabs someone with a ballista.* The movie uses a vaguely Dungeons-and-Dragons-ish system. Would any of the versions of D&...
18
votes
2answers
528 views

Handling different, bordering cultural levels in Ravenloft

How do you as a DM handle the transition/interaction between differing cultural level domains that live alongside (practically bordering, thanks to the Mists) one another in Ravenloft (any edition)? ...
18
votes
3answers
1k views

How worldly is a polymorphic elf?

In the 3.5e campaign I'm running, a very real concern has arisen that the player characters might actually fail to save the world from the horrific fate that the villian has planned for it. If this ...
17
votes
7answers
3k views

How can the DM most simply and fairly choose 1 out of an odd number of characters to be targeted by an attack or effect?

When DMing and randomly determining a character to take damage or an effect, it's easy to roll a die if you have an even number of characters. But what about if you have an odd number of characters? ...
17
votes
3answers
3k views

Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with?

Which school of magic is Mordenkainen most closely associated with? In particular, I'm not interested in speculation or opinions, but rather if such a thing has ever been outright stated in any ...
17
votes
7answers
3k views

Are PCs supposed to start a game knowing each other, and if not, how should they meet?

I'm currently putting together a D&D game and I have most of it worked out. The only part about it that I'm still a little unclear on is whether or not the player characters should know each other ...
17
votes
5answers
4k views

How attached should players be to the characters they make? [closed]

I'm new to RPGs and I'm not sure how attached I should be to any characters I make. On one hand I don't think it would be pleasant to spend hours making an in depth character only to have them die off,...
17
votes
2answers
2k views

When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Artificers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? based on the initial question regarding Warlocks by aaron9eee: ...
17
votes
2answers
5k views

Why is the Deck of Many Things called the Eater of Campaigns?

I hear this term tossed around a lot. Where does it come from and what does it mean?
17
votes
2answers
2k views

Are there examples of priests/clerics having water creation abilities that predate D&D? [closed]

As far as I know, many D&D spells were inspired by popular fantasy tropes, like priests' blessings and healing hands or wizards' fireballs and lightnings. However, the Create Water spell seems to ...
17
votes
3answers
6k views

Is there any precedent for time distortion when traveling to other planes?

I'm currently the DM for a group playing a 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign in the Neverwinter Campaign Setting. In a recent adventure, my players asked me some unexpected questions, I said "...
17
votes
4answers
20k views

What exactly is a saving throw?

Dungeons and Dragons has had the concept of a "saving throw" for a long time. What exactly is it supposed to represent in the real world? And why is it called a "saving throw"?
17
votes
2answers
3k views

Are DCs supposed to be secret?

Are players not supposed to ask what is the DC for a roll? If you're the DM and someone asks, would you tell them you can't say? Would you instead tell them the difficulty in relative terms like, "It'...
17
votes
3answers
3k views

Solo player: best way to mitigate tiny party size? [duplicate]

I'm looking to start a solo DnD adventure with my wife as the only player. She's a total novice. Which is generally the most successful way to handle the single-PC issue in your experience: NPC ...
17
votes
2answers
2k views

What official lore events have marked the changes between editions?

KRyan's answer to "How would a group get from Toril to Ravenloft and back?" mentions that: Only two characters have ever managed to free themselves from Ravenloft, and the only one to actually ...
17
votes
3answers
3k views

Are there advantages to descending AC?

From a game design standpoint, are there any advantages to descending AC? I've tagged this D&D because I think this was the most popular game which required a low AC all the way to the year 2000 ...
17
votes
1answer
2k views

What is the Ordial Plane and is it canon?

I have seen several references to something called the "Ordial Plane" to exist in Planescape. From what I can tell it is the third Transistive Plane which houses the bodies of the gods and the ...
17
votes
3answers
2k views

How should one-word “commands” work in languages other than English?

In various versions of D&D, there's a cleric spell called "Command" where the cleric compels an enemy to obey a one-word command. Typical commands might be "sleep", "flee", "surrender", "undress",...
17
votes
1answer
623 views

Is a lich aware of its phylactery being destroyed?

The party, going up against a lich, finds out the location of its phylactery and how to destroy it. They get to its phylactery without the lich knowing about it and manage to destroy the phylactery. ...
17
votes
4answers
24k views

How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
16
votes
15answers
5k views

What are some interesting ways to structure a random encounter table? [closed]

The standard tables I've seen have been basic 'Wandering Monster' tables where you roll some dice in order to generate a random encounter. I'm sure many have taken this concept further, but I haven't ...
16
votes
5answers
2k views

Memory After Death

A recent campaign started with the death of the party and reincarnation of the party with the premise of "we brought you back to find those who killed you". One player was concerned that these people ...
16
votes
4answers
1k views

What's the origin of the term “gold piece”?

What is the literary or historical origin of the term "gold piece" to mean a gold coin? Was it used before D&D, or did D&D coin the term?
16
votes
2answers
5k views

What are the consequences for an illithid rejecting his brain diet?

So I had this idea about a rogue illithid, fighting against his own race. He will be chaotic evil or chaotic neutral, I have not decided yet. But while he does this it is simply too dangerous, or too ...
16
votes
5answers
977 views

What are the consequences of telling players their character's thoughts as a method to help guide their actions?

I generally try to keep my campaigns fairly open-ended and avoid railroading my players, or keep it to a minimum when it is performed. Generally they always tend to have a plot hook or two that they ...
16
votes
11answers
8k views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
3k views

Which Great Elder One wants to be symbiotic with a world and rule it as part of its body?

My player wants to be a warlock of the Great Old One. The campaign would be in the Forgotten Realms setting (D&D 5e). He wants to make a pact with an entity that wants to gather all knowledge in ...
16
votes
3answers
3k views

Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
16
votes
3answers
10k views

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 ...
16
votes
6answers
2k views

Clocking the round. Tools?

Chess players use a special clock to keep timings of each move within a reasonable amount, or they lose. During fighting session, I'd like to introduce a similar technique to prevent excessive ...
16
votes
1answer
648 views

What does “CMV” in “CMV hypothesis” stand for?

While reading some of the archives of the Mimir.Net mailing list I encountered the "CMV Hypothesis". In short, it says: Under the CMV hypothesis, Eladrin, Guardinals, Asuras, and Aasimar are all ...
16
votes
1answer
1k views

How is “slaad” pronounced?

Is there any official pronunciation guideline for how to pronounce "slaad"?
16
votes
5answers
4k views

What did you do for a Tarrasque adventure? [closed]

What did you do for a Tarrasque adventure? When you ran it, did you wait for the players to be epic level? Did having such an overpowered enemy detract from anything? Or did your players - on the ...
16
votes
2answers
641 views

When did Artificers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity arose after reading When did Warlocks make their first appearance in D&D and how do they differ between editions? by aaron9eee: A quality answer would have more than just a release ...
16
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
2k views

Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...
16
votes
1answer
1k views

Dungeons & Dragons starring Dragons: Which edition would work best for dragon PCs? [closed]

Next year's theme for our local gaming 'Con is "Year of the Dragon", and I've had inspiration to prepare and run a "Dungeons & Dragons starring the Dragons" scenario. While I have a fairly varied ...
16
votes
5answers
12k views

Is there a good searchable database of D&D adventures? [closed]

I have shelves and shelves of RPG books, and a lot of it's D&D. I have every Dungeon magazine from #1 on. But for some reason I can never find the right adventure for what I need. What I'm ...
16
votes
3answers
5k views

Limits and rules for Silent/Minor/Major Image spells

What are the limits of Image spells? An example in the 'All about Illusions' articles on wizards.com (1, 2, 3, 4) is an illusionary guard: Can I make the guard (keeping concentration) dissolve into ...

1
3 4
5
6 7
18