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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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How to play when you have little experience and speech difficulties?

I can't talk, not a word, but I am really interested in getting into tabletop RPGs. But from my understanding of the game, this is difficult to do when you can't talk. I am learning sign language but ...
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Where can I get fantasy public domain art? [closed]

I'm working on a series of NPC cards but I'm having trouble finding good pictures. Is there a good source for public domain/creative commons fantasy-themed art out there? Is there another good way to ...
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

It appears that in anticipation of D&D Next Wizards of the Coast has removed much of the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition Web content. I didn't perform a thorough search to determine if all the ...
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Where did the writing-focused roleplaying forums go?

Asking on behalf of a friend. She writes: One of my first experiences with text-based roleplaying was on an anime AU (alternate universe) forum. While they accepted people with all levels of literacy,...
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Is there any objective reason to favour d20PFSRD over the Paizo PRD?

I've seen different references to online manuals for Pathfinder at d20pfsrd.com and paizo.com/prd. What is the difference between these two sites? Since the core rules are likely to be the same, ...
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What happened to EN World's D&D Lifeboat?

A while ago when the WotC forums were getting shut down, EN World started up an Emergency Evacuation Lifeboat in an attempt to preserve all the important material and handbooks various parts of the D&...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Background: I am about to start running a virtual D&D5e game over Zoom (I don't have a choice of platform) through the local library. I have invited four of my friends to join, and only one has ...
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Good resources for travel times? [closed]

What are some good resources, on or off-line, for determining clear travel times for: different methods of travel (eg: foot, horse, vehicles by period and type, etc) different terrain types (eg:...
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Can the original WotC-published SRD RTF files be found anywhere?

The “Revised (v3.5) System Reference Document” page on wizards.com still exists, but all of its links, described as RTF (rich text file) downloads of a given size, all result in 404 page-not-found ...
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Where can I find free digital dungeon tiles? [closed]

I'm currently running a D&D 4e campaign on Roll20. I have been drawing the maps in Roll20, but it's a hassle and I'd like to switch to something pre-made. Most of the tiles on Roll20's site aren't ...
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Is D&D Beyond an official rules source?

At least once, I have encountered comments on answers suggesting that D&D Beyond is not official. It is also not listed in Where do I find the “official” rules for D&D 5e? (it was asked and ...
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Where Can I Find Good Ship Plans? [closed]

I need a variety of ship plans - not surface deck plans, and not side views, but actual interior arrangements of various sorts of vessels - orlop deck, cable locker, that sort of thing. They are ...
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City Services Generation [closed]

I'm looking for a way to determine typical numbers of services that would be available for a medieval city/town/village based on population which I can then project into a fantasy setting. (System is ...
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Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?

I was looking for the Wizard Handbook but all the links were broken. Somewhere on the handbooks of other classes (on other forums) I saw a This was archived by WotC, here's the link But the link ...
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Should the Sage Advice Compendium be considered a 1st party resource?

Should Jeremy Crawford's Sage Advice Compendium found here be used as official Wizards of the Coast content or rather as his own home-rules?
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Pre-built square-grid maps?

I will be running a 4e adventure tomorrow night. The adventure will take place in Fallcrest. One of the main sites will be a Raven Queen temple in the city. I need to put together a map of the ...
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What is a good source for non-fantasy floor plans?

I run a lot of of modern and science fiction RPGs (Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, Eclipse Phase, nWod and the like) and I have found that actual, printed floorplans for locations can really enhance play ...
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Where can I find the various D&D 4e web articles? (If they even still exist.)

Back in 2014, Wizards redesigned their website. A whole lot of links broke, but we figured out various archive URLs to still access the same content: How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast&#...
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How much of the 5e resources can be found online?

I'm not a big fan of spending 100ish dollars to buy all three core rulebooks. Are there monster stats to be found online? Also, is there an online substitute for the DMG (for items)?
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Looking for resource material for a dream world [closed]

I have started working on a world that is set in a dream realm. I am using it to create one-off gaming sessions that I can do in a single day and pull in any characters that are currently being used. ...
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Online resource for names by culture

Looking for resources to find names for a campaign, preferably sorted by language/culture. I like BehindTheName, but am wondering if there are other favorites that people always use.
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Where is the "One-sentence NPCs" collection?

A while ago ChattyDM and someone else ran a couple contests where people submitted one-line NPCs. The collection of submissions was free to download, but now that I want to use it my google-fu has ...
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Website where people contribute descriptions of NPCs, items, cities and so on

I'm looking for a specific website that I saw a year ago or so. I just cannot remember the name but I'm sure it is reasonably well known here. It is a website that hosts stories and descriptions of ...
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What POD services are available for printing & selling custom card decks?

I'm designing a card-based role-playing game and I'm looking for an equivalent to Lulu for printing online cards on demand. The cards would be either playing cards like Magic or similar, or Tarot ...
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Where can I find a proper library of free adventures for Fate Core and Accelerated?

I can't find a proper repository of premade adventures, and I'm pretty lost as to what I'm going to GM with Fate Accelerated. I'm willing to take Core adventures and try to adapt them, but it's not ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive (and constantly updating) list of 5e reference and adventure books?

When I started D&D, I bought the PHB, MM, and DMG, of course. And not too long after that I picked up Tyranny of Dragons and Out of the Abyss. I haven't checked in for a while and I'm suddenly ...
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How to map out and run an encounter set in a predominantly vertical area online?

Upcoming in one of my D&D 5E games, the player characters are going to have to venture down a dwarven mineshaft while being attacked by dwarf zombies. The shaft itself is an entirely vertical pit, ...
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DM resources for stock images

When I create a campaign, I generally create a whole new world. The problem with this is that even though I have a plethora of amazing ideas, I just can't handle all the drawing and visuals that I ...
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What tools are available to help me create creatures and NPCs? [closed]

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software tools or ...
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Using (Android) tablet as a virtual online whiteboard [closed]

I am considering running some online RPGs, and even though I have Cartographer to make maps, players always tend to get into situations not planned for. So I thought since I have an Android tablet ...
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Is Most Excellent Adventure available anywhere other than 1d4 chan?

Most Excellent Adventure, to my knowledge is a free time-travel RPG based on Bill and Ted's Most Excellent Adventure. To my recollection, the only copy available was hosted on 1d4chan. However that is ...
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Neverwinter & Sword Coast adventures [closed]

We're a new group of D&D 5e players and I've been DMing the Lost Mines of Phandelver with a great deal of success. What I am looking for for my group are a few good resources that will help flesh ...
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Does there exist a complete list of D&D 3.X Wizards of the Coast Web site articles?

The Wizards of the Coast Web site has some buried Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and 3.5 articles like this and this.1 The usual site's article categories omit some categories, especially ...
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Contradictory parts of D&D Beyond: which is official?

If D&D Beyond is considered an official source, how do you figure which part is official when parts of the site contradict other parts? Example: the monster page for the gelatinous cube says: ...
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How are materials on DMs Guild classified?

DMsGuild (Dungeon Masters Guild) is a Wizards of the Coast-sponsored platform that holds an immense amount of material provided by the community and WoTC themselves. It seems to contain a mix of ...
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What was the source of this Magic Items PDF found on Wizards' website?

This "New Magic Items" PDF, found in the files section of the Wizards of the Coast website, has been shared around on various forums and linked in handbooks over the years. It has several fairly ...
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How do I integrate Obsidian Portal into my campaign? [closed]

I've heard a bit lately about "Obsidian Portal", a free-to-use site for campaign management, that apparently features wiki's, calendars etc. What is it good for, and how do I get started using it? ...
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Is it possible to negatively filter spells in D&D Beyond?

I would like to filter for all spells on the ranger spell list that aren't on the druid spell list; in other words, all ranger spells, unless it is a druid spell. Is this possible with D&D ...
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Is there a directory of Optimization Handbooks for Legend?

I'm the sort of person that likes looking at optimization guides for d20 related games. I know directories for handbooks to certain classes/playstyles exist for both D&D 3.5 and D&D 4E, but I ...
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List of (small northern US town) occupations?

Let's say I'd like to run a campaign inspired by David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and would like to learn a bit about the everyday life of such towns outside what's been presented on the show - as a first ...
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Purchasing old GURPS and other out of print games online [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories? Can anyone help me? I'm looking for some old GURPS games (and quite often I want to buy ...
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What software tools or websites are available for running RPG, grid-based combat? [duplicate]

Are there any software tools (or websites) that support creating tactical combat maps as well as actively running them for combat? I'm looking to do away with paper and battle-mats. Here are my ...
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Is the Dungeon Magazine 4e Adventure List spreadsheet still available?

This link used to go to a spreadsheet with all the 4E adventures published in Dungeon Magazine (and possibly some others, IIRC) during that edition's duration. I remember it listed out each adventure ...
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Are there any online guides, official or unofficial, to help create new classes? [closed]

I'm looking at creating a homebrew class for dnd-5e, but have had trouble finding resources to assist with this. The DMG includes guidelines for modifying existing classes, but there don't appear to ...
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Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class?

Question is in the title: Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class? I'm only looking at the Core NPC class, not any homemade or other "Experts" floating around. I have checked all the ...
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Resources for adventuring building support [closed]

I am a new DM using D&D 5E, and I am building my first adventure. Stack exchange is a great resource for answering specific questions, but is there a good forum out there for getting broader ...
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Using the Beyond20 extension, how can I roll from my D&D Beyond character sheet in Roll20?

I recently discovered the Beyond20 browser extension and have installed it. The extension is supposed to make it so you can "roll" from your DNDbeyond character sheet and it will do the roll in your ...
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Where can I find a complete index of all AD&D 2e monster entries compiled on to one site that is still up and functional at this point in time? [closed]

Lomion.de, the online Monstrous Index of all 2e monsters, is currently down. In lieu of it being missing: Where can I find a complete online index of all AD&D 2e monster entries compiled on one ...
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The content available online seems to vary from site to site. How can I tell if a given piece of content is legally available for free?

I thought that only the SRD content was supposed to be offered for free, but on some websites I can find content from the Basic Rules document (that isn't in the SRD) or even the Xanathar's Guide to ...