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How do I solve the apparent discrepancy between XP thresholds, Encounter Multipliers, and Adventuring Day XP?

I'm hoping for a RAW answer. Point 1: In the DMG on page 260, it says that each monster has a XP value based on its challenge rating, and that upon defeating a group, the total of that XP should be ...
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My players think they found a loophole that gives them infinite poison and XP. How can I add the proper challenges to slow them down?

(I'm the game master.) The party (lvl. 4) reached a Kobold village. It has several dozen Kobolds, many of them pretty powerful. The players aren't supposed to kill everyone in it, but to solve the ...
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Is my DM taking too long to level us up? [closed]

We spent 13 sessions, which usually run about 4 hours, just to get from our starting level of 4 to level 5. Our campaign is heavier on role play and problem solving (we’re trying to solve a mystery ...
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How much XP does a level 3 character receive for defeating a level 16 NPC solo?

If a level 3 character single handily defeats a level 16 NPC (16 level fighter) in combat. How much xp would they receive?
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How high level should my party of 4 be before facing the lich bbeg?

A bit about the story of my campaign- the party is an elite adventurers guild employed and funded by the emperor. When they complete the quests of delivering the items to the emperor, they discover ...
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Lost Mines/Icespire Peak Combo Campaign Milestone/XP Hybrid, Does this look resonable?

I'm setting up to run Lost Mines and Icespire Peak at the same time. I wanted to use milestones instead of XP but I didn't want to feel like progress only happened at certain times so I assigned each ...
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Using RAW, can the Polymorph Any Object spell allow a Simulacrum to gain in power?

I was unable to delete this and post the revised question. I apologize to those who have invested time in answering, but I feel that this is now more evidence based than presentation based and better ...
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How can I make sure my Roll For Shoes character gets XP or new skills?

I played some RFS (Roll for shoes) recently and I was having so much fun I didn't really check to see what XP or skills I had acquired. Going back I noticed over the 45 minutes of play I hadn't gotten ...
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Balancing a combat around the surprised condition

I'm a new DM trying to put encounters together. My players are often either surprised by monsters (eg: mimics) or surprise the monsters (because they stealth into the lair) and I've noticed surpise ...
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What story points make suitable level-up milestones in Lost Mine of Phandelver?

I'm running the Lost Mine of Phandelver module with my players, and I've been using monster and reward XP as the book says so far. I have 5 players and they're all level 2 and have just cleared the ...
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Does Primal Base commited to Omnipresence count for the sake of calculating evolution?

To clarify the scenario I have in mind is a deity using limited omnipresence on their biggest temple on a particular plane since the religious dogma they cultivated involves them always being in that ...
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What can I do about players who "cheat" when answering the end of session questions?

At the end of a Dungeon World session, the GM has to ask to the players 3 questions. They win 1 xp if they answer positively. The questions are: Have you discovered something about the world? Have ...
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Why do characters level up? [closed]

Is there any reason given to why characters in D&D get experience points and level up? Is there a background reason given in any of the campaign worlds or rules anywhere? Is there any description ...
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Experience before rest to Level Up

After a character has enough experience to level up, but before they have rested, should you calculate their experience as their current level or not yet new level. (This is assuming a not RAW house ...
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Two contradictory mechanics for XP discount for Guild instruction in Arcanoi

The 20th Anniversary edition of Wraith: the Oblivion has two different ways that the XP cost for learning arcanoi might be reduced, and these seem to conflict when it comes to their mechanics. The ...
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How is experience awarded for critical hits?

When awarding experience in Rolemaster Classic for critical hits is it the crit level rolled or the crit level adjusted i.e -2 severity? It's been a couple of decades since I last ran Rolemaster and ...
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What's the XP cost to learn an unknown 1-dot art in a known arcanoi?

The 20th Anniversary edition of Wraith: the Oblivion describes the mechanic for learning unknown arts at the same rating as a known art (e.g. learning an initiate art, when the common art is known) ...
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Training in the Dojo

I have scanned the 4th edition rules for the fifth time by now, and I still can't seem to find what I am seeking. I know, that it takes a measure of weeks (typically two to four) to train an animal to ...
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High-level party and Low-level adventuring experience points issue

I am running a mega dungeon, and the party has been completely finishing off the parts of the adventure that are more than 5 levels below their party level. This means they are finding plot points and ...
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Character progression of someone wielding an overpowered artifact [closed]

Gaining XP and progressing is viewed as a reward of learning, becoming better in what you do, with greater rewards stemming mainly (though certainly not solely) from achievements in combat, whether ...
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Does Lycanthropy give you XP?

Does a template that grants HD (lycanthropy, but also multi-headed, zombie, etc.) necessarily give XP to be at that new character level? Is there some requirement somewhere that one has to have enough ...
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Where do I find the rules concerning my Ghouls evolution?

I am a vampire player and currently own a ghoul. I would like to evolve my ghoul but I can't find the rules concerning her evolution(XP). I saw that she could have more discipline, and that we could ...
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How to calculate Adjusted XP for heterogenous monster groups?

To recap my understanding... The point of Adjusted XP is provide a metric with which to judge the difficulty of a combat, to give your party well-balanced encounters and well-balanced adventuring ...
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Is there any generalised formula for converting monster CR into XP in D&D 5e?

I am trying to make a spreadsheet to track encounters, and I was wondering if there is any generalised formula I can use to calculate the average XP for any given Challenge Rating, or is it like ...
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How to get from 3rd to 5th level in "The Forge of Fury" using XP?

I am a DM who has started my campaign with new 3rd level characters running The Forge of Fury as published in Tales from the Yawning Portal. The synopsis contains the line It is designed for four 3rd-...
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How much xp is a lightsaber worth?

I'm new to the star wars force and destiny role game. While reading through the rules on page 322 of the core rulebook I found the following statement: PCs uninterested in lightsaber combat should ...
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Exp reward vs player power

I have a set of players whose characters I think are great, unique, and powerful. I dont find it hard or impossible to balance around, but they hit way above their weight class. They are a group of 3, ...
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In OD&D, how do you calculate XP, HP and Max HP when switching class?

In Original D&D, specifically the rules described in Men & Magic, it says: Elves can begin as either Fighting-Men or Magic-Users and freely switch class whenever they choose, from adventure ...
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Should my party get xp twice, first for a negotiation, and then for killing the creature

My party negotiated a truce with the Nothic in LMoP, then shortly afterwards the wizard found the sword hidden away and decided to try and steal it. The Nothic noticed and engaged in combat, at which ...
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Do PCs receive XP for Strahd when encountering (but not killing) him?

I've been running Curse of Strahd for about 25 sessions now. The party just encountered Strahd in combat for the first time on top of Yester Hill. It was an intense fight where only two out of six PCs ...
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Should PCs receive XP for enemies that die to friendly fire?

Should player characters receive XP for enemies they're in combat with who die to friendly fire? For example, say an archmage and two berserkers are fighting a party of three. The archmage casts ...
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Am I correctly calculating the difficulty/XP for this encounter for a 15th-level party of 5 PCs?

I am putting together a campaign and have been experimenting with the guidelines for creating encounters and managing difficulty. I've done the math for quite a few encounters at each of the "...
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Do you gain XP based on your "level" or your XP total?

Let's say a 3rd-level character with 5900 XP (100 away from reaching 4th level) clears two EL 5 encounters during an adventure. The PHB says on page 58 that XP is handed out at the end of each ...
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Milestone leveling for a party of players who drop in and out?

Historically I have generally used XP for tracking character progress in my party. But my latest new campaign I intend to move to a milestone approach. However the one thing I don’t fully understand ...
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Can I defer levelling up after reaching the XP threshold?

As a rogue, I've gained enough XP to level up to level 3. However, I'm not yet ready to pick what archetype would fit best for me. Despite having gained enough XP, can I wait until later to level up ...
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Does a Split Party Gain XP Evenly?

I'm running a campaign with six player characters. Since it's a larger group, they occasionally split up. During these times, individual groups have gotten into encounters and been awarded XP. My ...
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Applying XP to a pre-created adventure with milestones?

I have bought my first DnD adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak, mainly because I wanted a good opening adventure to introduce some new players to the game. However the module uses milestone leveling ...
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Dream Experiences and experience gain

I'm about to run my D&D 3.P (Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 / Pathfinder) group through a "dream game" while they're on a journey between the Material Plane and the plane of Mechanus on the ...
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How should XP be awarded when facing enemies with class levels? [duplicate]

A lot of games I've been in have had either enemies with player levels or straight up PvP. How should XP be awarded when facing enemies like that? Should you attempt to calculate the CR of the enemies ...
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Are there alternative XP/Level Tables in 5e?

In an old tweet from Mearls, he states the Dungeon Master Guide would contain a "quick progression XP table" (as well as a slow progression, by the way). However, the section Experience ...
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Calculating the XP threshold for a party with "monster" companions

Suppose that a member of an adventuring party has a companion. I can think of the following broad categories ... Something that came with his/her class (familiar, beastmaster companion) Part of a ...
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Do you get XP again if you beat the same enemy/trap twice?

Say you beat a flameskull or some other enemy that can be revived. On your way back out of the dungeon, you beat it again. Do you gain XP for the second encounter just like you did for the first one? ...
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Should I add encounters to help level my players before moving on to a new adventure that starts at a higher level? [closed]

Me and the boys played D&D, Lost Mine of Phandelver, but only got to level 4. What are the pros and cons of either making them fight some more monsters, or just go to the next campaign and make ...
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I am using milestone leveling, what happens when a character dies?

In D&D 3.5e, resurrection can be achieved using several different spells. Only the 9th level spell True Resurrection, however, comes with a completely monetary cost; all other more economic ...
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Is there a cap on experience for Ironsworn?

The Ironsworn character sheets have bubbles for tracking the experience that you mark by fulfilling your vows. The portrait character sheet has 30 bubbles, and the more-recently-released landscape ...
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Do summoned creatures, such as with Summon Lesser Demons, give experience points to the party?

I've looked at various conversations on here, Reddit, and other forums, but I can't seem to find any official ruling on this topic, so I figured I'd ask here and see if anyone knows of any. There are ...
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What are some possible repercussions of using story-based leveling rather than experience points?

I am the DM for a D&D 4e game. Recently, I stopped keeping track of XP, on the assumption that I could just give my players a level every time they finished a major quest. In my mind, this had a ...
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Experience in Eberron [duplicate]

I just got my copy of the Eberron Rising sourcebook and am keen to run a game. I love the idea of a noir detective style story, but it seems to me that it will revolve around a lot of role-playing and ...
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How do you give spell casters xp?

I’m a D&D 3.5 dungeon master and was playing a session with my players in which they went on a rampage and killed/murdered 100-200 low level soldiers with their spells, in some cases 75 at a time ...
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Is this change to how XP works in D&D 3.5 unbalanced?

I have been concerned for a while about how to treat experience totals in D&D 3.5 when a character gains or loses Level Adjustments (LA). Gaining/losing LA in play is too punitive and is ...
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