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How to deal with DM favoritism toward a player who is able to silence other players in order to avoid being constantly overruled by the group?

I've been in a campaign for the past 4 months with a very controlling DM and a player who has been dubbed their favorite. The DM in question is very flexible with anything in their game... as long as ...
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Can I move an Arcane Eye in&out an Antimagic Field?

An Antimagic Field is a 10-foot-radius invisible sphere which suppresses the magical effects on objects and creatures, prevents spell casting inside its AoE and spells with an AoE (e.g., Fireball) can'...
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Can a Paladin use a Necklace of Prayer Beads as slots that can be expended to use the Divine Smite feature?

My level 7 Paladin(2)/Fighter(5) found a necklace of prayer beads. Can those spells bound to the beads be used for Divine Smite? The relevant part of the paladin's Divine Smite feature description ...
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How can I help my players that are new to answering story-building questions?

It's common in powered by the apocalypse games, as a part of the narrative flow, to ask players questions about the world to which their character would know the answer. For example you might say: As ...
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Muffling sounds during attack (booming blade cantrip)

My character is a Rogue Arcane Trickster casting Booming Blade. Unfortunately the setting is very adverse to large noises, particularly magical noises/effects. What are my options for muffling or ...
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Can the DM break the rule of maximum starting money?

The DM has the power to break and add rules, but can they change the starting money? What is the starting money? Even if the DM can change the amount, how much can he/she give? In the campaign I'm ...
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How do you balance a group with both charismatic players who enjoy role-playing and introverted players who don't?

I have been involved with RPGs in general for a long time, but have only been involved with tabletop RPGs (like D&D 5e, currently) for a year or so. In my current game (D&D 5e), I play a ...
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How can I improve combat so my players don't always use the strategy of collectively focusing fire on one enemy at a time until it's dead?

I'm DMing a 5e campaign with a group of four players. We're all experienced in RPG in general but not specifically in 5e. Players are Level-4 Wizard, Fighter, Rogue and Druid, Circle of the Moon. My ...
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How do you handle role-playing NPCs as a DM?

I DM a 5e D&D Campaign. I've been playing D&D for under a year. In this new campaign I'm planning to have a few NPC allies. While I'm able to Role-play less important NPCs, these NPCs feel ...
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What can cause a rider in a Saddle of the Cavalier be unseated against their will?

Is there any circumstance that a rider on a mount, in a saddle of the cavalier, could be unseated against their will? Here are some possible things to consider: Mount is pushed (combat action), ...
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Without Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, how to make Drow cleric competitive?

In my next campaign I'll be exploring the idea of a male drow cleric. We are using the standard array, and that leaves me with a maximum score of 15 in my spellcasting ability, and racial increases to ...
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How to role-play serious characters?

In my last campaign I tried to play a druid. I made quite a detailed background story that involved him being rejected from his dwarf clan and had travelled the world after that without too much human ...
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How do I roleplay Prejudice/Xism?

The world is not always nice place, and typically neither are our pretend ones. There are plenty of times in games where Characters may come across others who are prejudiced in some form. Perhaps ...
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Is there a mechanism for gaining proficiencies or skill improvements in play?

So if in play, my character spends a lot of time trying to learn a new skill, or a new language, or learn how to use a tool, is there a mechanic for adding that on the sheet? Or does 5E streamline ...
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How does the spell Healing Spirit work?

From Xanathar's Guide, 3 questions: Does it heal on the caster's turn if you cast it on someone or move it on top of someone? If the spirits space is occupied but you use double movement to move ...
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How to calculate the chances of reaching a certain success level prior to failed channeling?

In Warhammer 4e casters can use channeling in order to gain success level prior to casting a spell. Success levels are essentially for every 10 you exceed the skill number you gain a success level and ...
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After a Mark of Detection half-elf casts a spell using the Magical Detection trait, can they cast the trait's other spells before taking a long rest?

The Variant Half-Elf: Mark of Detection, from Eberron: Rising from the Last War p. 40, replaces the PHB half-elf's Skill Versatility trait with several new traits, one of which is the Magical ...
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Is there any way to change one magic item into another with the same properties?

Is there a spell, ability or skill that will let a player transform one magic item into another? For example, if I have a Staff of power could I transform it into a rapier, with all the same ...
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Is this sword-catching feat for monks balanced against other feats?

I'm a big fan of the Monk class, as a lover of martial arts, martial arts films, and the spectacular stunts the class seems to enable. Still, however, I see too often the class be played like a quick-...
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How to deal with a player who makes bad characters and kills them?

This is kind of a two part question, firstly about the bad character thing and secondly wrangling table drama. For context, I am currently DMing D&D 5e Curse of Strahd, with 5 players. Some of you ...
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How should damage thresholds be assigned?

The Dungeon Master's Guide has the following rule for objects (p.246): Damage Threshold. Big objects such as castle walls often have extra resilience represented by a damage threshold. An object ...
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How do I deal with being envious of my own players?

I am the problem GM in question. I haven't played for a long time. My last two attempts at it were with GMs that represented "no" rather than "yes, but" approach. Often railroaded to the point of ...
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Do multiple instances of the Death Ward spell stack on the same target?

In most situations, spell effects of the same name do not stack, per the rule on combining game effects added in the errata for the DMG (p. 252): [...] when two or more game features have the same ...
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What happens when Kitsune Impersonators swap their disguise?

Kitsune Impersonators1 choose a clan and family they depict as in character generation. This solves the main problem of making them, but... The sidebar there also claims they could choose at any ...
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What's the order of operations when multiple game elements check that a monster's dropped to 0 hp?

I'm considering for my PC the epic destiny Keeper of the Everflow, in part, because of the level 30 epic destiny feature turning the wheel that, among others, grants the following ability: When you ...
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How Many Sorcery Points Should This Homebrew Metamagic Cost?

I'm back with another homebrewed thing. But, I can't decide on a reasonable cost for it. See below: Sharpened Spell You spend X Sorcery Points. You modify a spell with a range that is not Self or ...
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Can a multi-class spellcaster have one thing be two different focuses?

In my group, I have a Cleric 1/ Bard 1 character. He bangs on his engraved shield (cleric focus) to turn it into a war drum (bard focus). What are the rules concerning if a player can have two ...
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Bag of Holding and fragile items

My party has a bag of holding and I have a fetch quest prepared for them. They have to go run a noble woman's errands and pick up items at the store for her. Some are fragile and they are supposed to ...
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Is this “Fehl-her” homebrew race balanced?

I'm still relatively new to dnd, and was trying to build a homebrew race for the first time. I tried basing myself mostly on orcs and lizardfolk at first, but the race I was making took quite a turn ...
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Can you effectively store an Air Genasi in a Bag of Holding?

I know that you can fit creatures inside the bag and that the bag has a limited amount of air, with part of the Bag of Holding's description reading "Breathing creatures inside the bag can survive ...
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If you as a player character get frightened and the caster dies, are you still frightened by the corpse?

Does the frightened Condition end when the monster you are afraid of dies?
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Where is the treasure generation table mentioned in Buffalo Castle?

I have 7th edition of Tunnels and Trolls (30th anniversary edition) and I am playing the "Buffalo Castle" solo adventure. I defeated a wandering monster and rolled for treasure, which the ...
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Do any of the various effects that adjust wind speed stack, and if so which ones?

There are multiple ways to affect wind speed: natural phenomena, psionics, magic, even certain feats can produce minor wind effects.... Do any of the various effects that adjust wind speed stack, and ...
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Does Kitsune Hybrid Form affect Rampaging Form?

Does Hybrid Form allow you to speak when using the abilities listed in the Rampaging Form (5th-level animal form, a Polymorph Battle Form, and 7th level fiery body)? Hybrid: When you Change Shape, ...
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Can a Shadow Dragon become a Dracolich or vice versa?

Can a Shadow Dragon subject itself to the ritual that would transform it into a Dracolich? Likewise, would a Dracolich that stays in the Shadowfell for a time gain the traits of a Shadow Dragon? ...
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Can an army of psionic characters create a crystal sphere in the astral plane?

My favorite part about D&D is the extensive lore and metaphysics, so I like to make non-canon additions to my own game's world which are in line with established D&D lore/canon. New, but not ...
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Do potions use concentration for their effects?

For example, is it possible to drink a flying potion and cast greater invisibility spell on myself (both spells would require concentration), so I can fly around invisible?
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Running a game of Microscope that isn't totally insane?

I purchased Microscope quite a while ago, and have played countless games that were really awesome. We've created things like superheroes with the power to turn any weapon into fish, people marrying ...
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What are the differences between the first and second editions of Mouse Guard?

I have the hardcover first edition of Mouse Guard, and I’ve been trying to determine what differences there are in content between the book, the box set and the second edition versions of both. ...
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Can I cast the Light cantrip on an 11-foot pole?

The description of the Light spell in D&D 5e says: You touch one object that is no larger than 10 feet in any dimension. Until the spell ends, the object sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius ...
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Using handouts in non-latin fonts

Many games have their secret languages, usually used by having players use phrases like "I say in <language>: ". For text on handouts, I have often seen GMs tack the note "In <...
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Why is it benificial to split initiative pool on Decisive attacks?

I have noticed a few charms that have some variation of the same mechanics, but I don't understand why it is beneficial. One example: Thousand Razor Wind (Dragon Blooded p278) The mechanic lets you do ...
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What can I do to make a Kobold encounter interesting? [closed]

I have painted myself into a bit of a corner here. My party is approaching an encounter with a gang of Kobold thieves who have been stealing from local church groups - they've been tasked by the 'mob ...
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Unusually Unfair Trap in White Plume Mountain

In the 3rd Edition rewrite of the famous module White Plume Mountain, the titular dungeon gets modified highly successfully to use 3rd Edition rules while staying very true to the original version in ...
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Can an Armorer Artificer get around the Armor Model feature's limitation of changing models after a short/long rest by swapping in different armor?

At 3rd level, the Armorer artificer gains the Armor Model feature, which allows a choice between Guardian and Infiltrator models (TCoE, pg. 16). Because the former is good for all-out melee but the ...
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Is this adjustment to the Lucky feat underpowered?

I have the feeling Lucky feat in 5e is overpowered. I have a modification that I want to propose my players with says you have to decide to use your luck point BEFORE rolling the dice. That's the ...
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How many Opportunity Attacks can a PC make during a round?

How many Opportunity Attacks (OA) does a PC get per round? Example: if multiple foes go by a PC engaged in combat, and leaves their weapon reach, does the PC get an OA against each creature that ...
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What happens when Restrained creatures are removed from the area of effect of Entangle?

The victims of an Entangle spell are Restrained and cannot move themselves; but can be moved by others. I had always assumed that moving them out of the Area of Effect of the spell would free them; ...
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Where can I find other RPG players?

I'd really like to learn how to play pen-and-paper RPGs. I know that it takes a few players to actually sit down and play, but I'm not at all sure where to find more gamers. How do I find existing ...
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Is the magic system in the XD20 roleplaying system unbalanced? [closed]

I'm currently reading XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, published in 2009. The "deconstructed" magic system in their XD20 roleplaying rules caught my eye - magic-user ...

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