Questions tagged [inspiration]

For questions about inspiration, a Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition mechanic that can be awarded by the Dungeon Master and expended by a player to gain advantage on an attack roll, saving throw, or ability check.

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Can a Bard inspire another characters inspiration roll? [on hold]

I was recently thinking of cool ideas for my new character, when I thought of something. Is it possible for another bard to inspire my inspiration roll? Or is it possible to inspire the roll of ...
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Granting inspiration on a natural 1

I’ve seen Critical Role run their 826LA promotion where they pledged $100 to the charity for every natural 1 they rolled on the show, and I’ve seen Dungeon World’s rule of marking XP on a miss. I’m ...
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Inspiration for failed idea?

Let's say one of my players comes up with an ingenious idea. It's fun, it's creative and it makes sense for their character. I want to reward them and inspiration is the obvious choice. But then they ...
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By how much would incorporating the “Benny” system from Savage Worlds affect the game in 5e?

In Savage Worlds, I particularly like the "Benny" system, and I was wondering what the effects of incorporating this into 5e might be? So basically, the Benny system grants each PC 3 Bennys at the ...
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Does using the Inspiration rules for character defects encourage My Guy Syndrome?

The rules on Inspiration, from the Basic Rules state: Typically, DMs award it when you play out your personality traits, give in to the drawbacks presented by a flaw or bond, and otherwise portray ...
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Can inspiration allow the Rogue to make a Sneak Attack?

I was creating a character for one of my players who has difficulty doing so. He is playing as a Rogue, but while I was reading the Sneak attack in the PHB, I noticed that it can be done any time the ...
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What happens to bardic inspiration if either the bard or the recipient of the inspiration dies/goes unconscious?

In D&D 5e, a bard can give Bardic Inspiration - a d6-d12, depending on the level of the bard - which can be used by the recipient to add to a single ability check, attack roll, or saving throw ...
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Is it unbalanced to start players off with Inspiration every session?

I'd like to push my players to try and do more heroic things and take fun risks in every session. I'm considering having each player start with Inspiration to encourage this - but they can still get ...
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Does Combat Inspiration require the GM to announce attack roll totals?

I'm currently playing a 5E bard for the first time, and choosing the College of Valor route. Stated in the PHB (pg. 55) in regards to Combat Inspiration: When an attack roll is made against the ...
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Does using an inspiration point give you automatic advantage, overriding even disadvantage?

I ran into this in my current campaign, in which I am the DM. My players were fighting a half-orc and one of them decided to use his Inspiration point to gain advantage on an attack roll. At the time, ...
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How does Pathfinder's Investigator inspiration system work with 3.5's Factotum inspiration system according to a strict reading of the RAW?

So, I have a GM who wants to run a strict RAW 20th level arena fight campaign. I'm making a factotum. Said DM also allows Pathfinder material to be freely backported to 3.5, but doesn't allow ...
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Can a player give up his inspiration to another player at any time?

We know that a player can choose to give his inspiration to another player (PHB, p. 125, emphasis mine) : [...] if you have inspiration, you can reward another player for good roleplaying, clever ...
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Is the game unbalanced without inspiration?

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...
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Can a Bard use Inspiration Dice and Cutting Words when casting a spell with a Wisdom Save?

I am playing a level 5 bard, stolen away from my group to the underdark by a mindflayer. I have 28 HP, two third level spells slots, and no weapons. I'm in deep trouble, but I think if I cast ...
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Can you negotiate with the DM about inspiration?

I have been reading the D&D 5th edition players handbook and the inspiration section drew my attention. I have never played a game where the DM employed the inspiration mechanic and I was ...
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Is using Inspiration to give the enemy Disadvantage an issue?

I have been using Inspiration in my campaign for many things, especially though for awarding players for good roleplay, being creative with what 5e offers, and making sessions fun. All has worked ...
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Can Inspiration be used after the roll or only before?

I've been reading through RAW, and I simply cannot find an answer to this question. My apologies if it is stated somewhere and I'm just missing the obvious. Once Inspiration has been granted, when ...
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Are there any guidelines for awarding inspiration?

In D&D Next, Inspiration can be granted to a player for good roleplay and playing your background's bond, personality, ideal or flaw. Because inspiration is not cumulative so you have it or not, ...
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What is inspiration?

I've noticed a new mechanic in the 5th edition rules that stands out from the rest. It's called Inspiration. What is this, what is it good for and how should I as a DM grant it? It looks like it's ...