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Is there a list of famous heroic characters of D&D?

Edition #359 of the Dragon Magazine presented a list of notable villains (across many settings) in the article 1d20 Villains: D&D's Most Wanted; Preferably Dead. It included Strahd von Zarovich ...
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Does an artificer's Spell-Storing Item bypass the need for costly/consumed material components?

Suppose I am an 11th-level Artificer with a +5 intelligence modifier, and I use my Spell-storing Item feature to store Continual Flame, whose material component is "ruby dust worth 50 gp, which ...
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Who's the artist that drew the art on pages 148 and 220 of the PHB?

Anyone know the name of the artist or artists that drew the art on page 148 and 220 in the Player's Handbook? I know there's a list of artists in the credits, but looking through it, I haven't been ...
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Do all RPGs have critical failures, and which was the first?

In all the games I remember playing, critical failures have always, in every case triggered an event. This critical failure is due to exceptionally bad rolls on dice, either a 'natural one' in DnD or ...
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Can you drop concentration on the Reverse Gravity spell while the targets are mid-fall?

When you cast the spell Reverse Gravity (5e), creatures start falling upwards into the air. Assuming that there is nothing in their way the spell must somehow halt their momentum when they reach the ...
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Do aarakocra have arms as well as wings?

Earlier versions of D&D had illustrations in which aarakocra did not have both arms and wings. Instead, their hands were akin to those of bats, with fingers part way along their wings. Yet in 5e, ...
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What was this role playing game from the 70s or 80s?

Does anyone know the name of the role playing game from around the 80s (or possibly 70s) that was sort of a Star Wars ripoff? There was combat, experience points you could earn. There were tall Jawa ...
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What are all the hints in Acererak's message?

In another question, I asked how to translate Acererak's message from the Tomb of Horrors in French, but since no one could answer that yet, someone suggested in the comments that I split the answer ...
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When do you use ability checks without a specific skill?

When, if ever, as a DM would you ask players to make an ability check without allowing them to apply a skill proficiency? The Player's Handbook (p. 174) says: The DM calls for an ability check when a ...
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“Does Eldritch Canon count as an enemy for purposes of sneak attack?”

"Does Eldritch Canon count as an enemy for purposes of sneak attack?" What I mean by this is, if I was an Artillerist Artificer and a Rogue (multiclassing), would I be able to use my ...
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Is this “Siren” creature balanced?

I just finished playing a 6th level 4 players session and the GM used this creature in a fight with us: https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Siren_(5e_Creature) Specifically it used the ability: Sing (5/day)...
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Do the races of D&D have different core temperatures?

Are there any official sources of bioinformatics (for lack of better word; though mapping the elven genome might be a useful way to figure out their longevity...hmm...) for the races of Dungeons & ...
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Do you need a free hand for your holy symbol if you're wearing it visibly?

I've been creating a Paladin who uses the Defense fighting style while wielding two weapons (instead of the more common Dueling style with weapon and shield). However, I was worried that spell ...
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Can a Polymorphed creature still command a Dancing Sword?

If a creature has been Polymorphed into a beast, can it still use an already summoned Dancing Sword to attack? Polymorph says: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are ...
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Is the offspring between a demon and a celestial possible? If so what is it called and is it in a book somewhere?

I have a friend trying to make a hybrid between a celestial and a demon in 5e. I know the Aasimar exists (human/celestial) and I know the Tiefling exists (Human/demon) but what if you cut out the ...
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Where to find the rules for Abilities for Alola and Galar Pokémon?

Though the main Dex for 1.05 does not include the Alolan and Galar Dex, I have found files for these that are- As far as I am aware, official. However, some Pokémon included in these have abilities ...
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How to roll for avoiding damage when using Black Hack 1e with optional rule “Original armor”?

The Black Hack 1e has an optional rule called "Original Armour". It reads like this: Original armor The traditional concept of ascending AC bonuses can still be used with The Black Hack. ...
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How do I handle when my players overestimate the importance of an encounter/a location?

TL;DR: How can I (and should I) make the players' efforts worth their while when they overestimate the importance of an encounter or a location? I am running a homebrew DnD 5e adventure where the ...
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Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre?

Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre? In RAW, how proficient is the shadow assassin with the sawtooth sabre? Weapon and Armor Proficiency A shadow assassin is proficient in all simple ...
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Why does arcane magic work outside Toril?

I'm currently DMing a campaign in the Forgotten Realms, but I want to later on add some Planescape and Spelljammer stuff in the story, allowing the PCs to travel beyond the world of Toril to other ...
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What means of resurrection does the Implosion spell prevent?

This new (and therefore spoiler-filled) strip of The Order of the Stick makes the claim that Implosion has been used to prevent resurrection, presumably from the party's Wizard's access to Limited ...
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Are there any established mechanics for firing into close combat and missing very badly?

While working my way through the combat rules, the need to shoot into close combat came up. The attacker, a Human with a Smith and Wesson .357 (2d6+1) wanted to shoot a frogman who has just Stunned ...
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How does thin-blood alchemy interact with passive powers?

As I run Vampire the Masquerade v5 with some thin-blood players, a lot of question goes on the thin blood alchemy, even if I haven't the situation at my table yet. One of them is how does thin-blood ...
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Why is it so important for the party to acquire the Tome of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, as part of the Tarokka card reading, the party are told the locations of three "treasures"; the Sunsword, the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind, and the Tome of Strahd. Looking at the Holy ...
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What do I roll for seduction?

I plan to play a bard who is very seductive, somewhat of a Casanova. Do I roll persuasion, performance or some other skill check to determinate the outcome? Our game is less dungeon-delving and more ...
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In what order should one apply max HP reduction and damage?

A character at 10/26 HP is hit by a Wraith and fails the Constitution saving throw. They take 21 damage and their maximum HP is reduced to 5. Are they unconscious because the 11 excess damage is less ...
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How compatible are the published D&D 5e rules with the rules in the SRD?

As of the time I'm writing this question, Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is published only in English, and to the best of my knowledge, no plans exist for an official translation into other ...
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Do Illusionist's Bracers actually allow you to cast two minor illusions?

The description of the illusionist's bracers states (GGR, p. 178; emphasis mine): A powerful illusionist of House Dimir originally developed these bracers, which enabled her to create multiple minor ...
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Do existing benefits of the piety system continue to work in planes other than Theros?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros book introduces mechanics for Piety (p. 36): The strength of your devotion to your god is measured by your piety score. As you increase that score, you gain blessings ...
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How long does the Storm Sorcerer's Storm Guide feature stop rain from falling near you?

The Storm Sorcerer gains the Storm Guide feature at 6th level (XGtE, p. 52; emphasis added): At 6th level, you gain the ability to subtly control the weather around you. If it is raining, you can use ...
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How do I determine which warlock pacts/patrons are best suited to which entities on Theros?

The Mythic Odysseys of Theros book lists, for each of the gods, the domains most associated to them, as well as a list of suggested classes. Here is an example for Athreos (p. 38): Athreos’s ...
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How would you optimize a multiclass druid/monk for DPR assuming Natural Weapons are considered Unarmed Strikes?

Assuming that the Unarmored Defense, and Flurry of Blows features both work with the Druid's Wild Shape feature, what is the optimal DPR build for a Druid/Monk multiclass, and what are the notable ...
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Is the Piety system restricted to only the deities of Theros?

The new sourcebook Mythic Odysseys of Theros includes the Piety system, which allows the player to earn buffs and abilities depending on their relationship with their deity. The book defines all of ...
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Choosing an experience point system for a new RPG [closed]

I am creating my own tabletop RPG and keep coming back to the question of fairly and easily distributing experience points. I have it narrowed down to two systems that I like, but would like the ...
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How do I read 2d10 as a percentage?

I own 2 d10 dice with differently numbered sides (0 through 9, and 00 through 90), although the same applies for two identical 'regular' d10 dice. How do I read the percentage value if I use both ...
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How do nested planes/pockets work?

Outpocketing: Sometimes planar borders bulge and stretch, forming an outpocket, a bulge onto another plane. Outpockets are discrete areas, visible as transparent walls or bubbles on the affected ...
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Can the third benefit of the Mobile feat prevent multiple creatures you attack in a single turn from making opportunity attacks against you that turn?

I am playing a monk. I wanted to use the Mobile feat, specifically the third option that prevents opportunity attacks, to do the following: hit creature 1 with my attack, then move away from creature ...
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At level 6, can a Totem Warrior barbarian choose a second option from the Totem Spirit feature in place of the Aspect of the Beast feature?

The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian's 6th-level Aspect of the Beast feature says (PHB, p. 50): At 6th level, you gain a magical benefit based on the totem animal of your choice. You can choose ...
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Have the “celestial beings” from Hunter: the Reckoning been confirmed/denied as angels in fluff?

In the Classic World of Darkness' game line Hunter: the Reckoning the player characters are usually visited by some angelic looking beings. Or they get messages from them or otherwise communicate. At ...
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Do multiple sources of counting as one size larger for carrying capacity stack?

I am currently mocking up a Goliath Barbarian, and was wondering if there is a limit to the amount of sources of "You count as if you were one size larger for the purpose of determining your carrying ...
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Does reducing a character's max HP with a spell also reduce the “negative HP” threshold needed to cause instant death?

Here's my situation: In a fight with a group of vampire thralls, the party's wizard got caught in a corner and was being savaged by vampire bites, his max HP dropping from 24 to 11. They fended off ...
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Can a Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian have different totems chosen for each subclass feature at the same time?

I was creating a goliath Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50), and had chosen the Bear totem for his 3rd-level Totem Spirit feature. The 6th-level Aspect of the Beast feature, however, is ...
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What counts as a “specific goal, event, or activity” for the Divination spell?

The divination spell states: Similar to augury but more powerful, a divination spell can provide you with a useful piece of advice in reply to a question concerning a specific goal, event, or ...
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Will it be a significant disadvantage to play a tiny character?

I'm looking to play in my first Starfinders game, and am delighted by the variety of races available. My inclination is to play a Raxilite Biohacker. I'm very familiar with Pathfinder but just ...
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What editions of D&D are derived from the d20 system?

The tag wiki on this website says: For questions about the d20 System, an RPG system originally published in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast. The d20 System was developed alongside D&D 3e and is a ...
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How do the Checks and Balances work in Mutants and Masterminds 3 and DC Adventures?

Using the specific example of Attack Bonus v Effect Ranks, the rules state that when added together your attack bonus and the effect ranks of your attack cannot exceed twice the series power level. ...
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Echo Knight multiclass damage calculations [closed]

I am currently working on a new character concept for an upcoming game and was unsure about what damages the Echo Knight's echo would actually be able to do. For this scenario, the build will be a ...
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How is a soul different from the living creature that it came from?

Short Version If someone who can cast a spell like Plane Shift or Gate dies, what prevents their soul from simply casting the spell and returning to the Material Plane? Explanation From what I can ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in one round on your turn? [closed]

I was surprised that this question has not been asked. I want to find out what the most damage that can be done in a single round? Here are the rules. Rules from Official Hardcover books only. Any ...
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Curse of Strahd - Does NPC ability trump Inspiration rule?

In Curse of Strahd, the players can encounter an NPC with a special ability. Is the NPC's use of this ability supposed to be an example of "specific beats general", where their ability as ...

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