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I dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

Well, I don't think I need to tell you that it's within RAW, per the spell description of Fireball [emphasis mine]: A bright streak flashes from your pointing finger to a point you choose within ...
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I dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

Boy, so many people lining up to tell you "don't do it that way it's badwrongfun!" I'll offer a differing perspective, which is yes, absolutely, use a house rule to this effect. It has the ...
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I dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

This meta-game accuracy is a purposeful feature of using the optional grid rules — that kind of tactical detail is the whole point of using a grid. An obvious alternative that eliminates miniatures-...
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

You do not need to use miniatures and a battle grid. In fact, playing on a grid at all is listed as a variant game option - it is not the default rules assumption.
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How do I help players frustrated by darkness in Roll20's dynamic lighting?

I'm going to give the solution I came up with following some experimenting with my player following the game. It isn't perfect and somewhat mitigates the challenge of darkness but seems to be the best ...
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Would changing world scale have unintended consequences?

Don't change the number, change the units Instead of it being 5ft squares, call them 5 inch squares, continue with the rest of the game as normal safe in the knowledge that everything is exactly the ...
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How do I help players frustrated by darkness in Roll20's dynamic lighting?

You as the GM should move their token based on how they describe what they are doing. It is pitch black, all they can feel is the hand they are holding and have to follow it blindly. Let the player ...
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How can we allow remote players to effectively interact with a physical tabletop battle-map?

For remote play at our table, we use a camera that is stuck on a microphone-boom-arm that can be rotated by 360°. We found out that we prefer it to have our rest position at about 45°, instead of top-...
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When did 5 foot squares become standard in D&D?

D&D 3rd edition (2000-2003) The five-foot square was not standardized on until D&D 3rd edition, which made it a standard part of the rules in the original core rulebooks published in the year ...
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How do you calculate the range of an attack when attacking diagonally?

Let's get one thing out of the way first: Playing on a grid is a variant to the normal rules. These variant rules can be found in the green insert/sidebar on page 192 of the Player's Handbook. To ...
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How would adventures be run with traps on maps that show where they are?

In the old days, in the 1980s and 1990s, scenarios never came with a map at an appropriate scale for use with miniatures. The GM's map would be complete, with secrets, at a much smaller scale, in the ...
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

No, you do not need to use miniatures Miniatures and grids are not necessary for playing D&D 5e, they can be useful visual aids for combat as you can see exactly where you are relative to other ...
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What size is the standard grid used when playing D&D 5e?

Miniatures come in varying sizes and they are all described in metric units. For D&D and most other RPGs the most commonly used scale is 25/28mm - this is a scale of 1:64/1:56-58. Mats are ...
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Is a 5 foot square on a battle map 5 sq. ft.?

Each 5' square actually takes up 25 square feet (5' x 5'). So you could divide up the 241/25 to get roughly 10 squares, or you could figure out the original length and width and divide each of those ...
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How do I target the Moonbeam spell, using a grid?

It originates from a corner DMG 251: Choose an intersection of squares or hexes as the point of origin of an area of effect, then follow its rules as normal. If an area of effect is circular and ...
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I dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

In the earliest rules, Chainmail with its Fantasy Supplement (Gygax & Perren, 1971), the fireball referenced the catapult rules for its mechanic. That includes the following optional rule (2E, p. ...
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What space does the spell Cloud of Daggers fill?

Cloud of daggers fills one 5-foot square. Neither of the options that you show are correct. The spell description states that it takes up: a cube 5 feet on each side Since one square is five feet ...
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How can I manage maps for battles that happens in streets of a city?

Draw up a number of city map sections as geomorphic map tiles. Lay out a few tiles as a starting area and then, when the PCs get close to the edge of that area, grab another tile and use it to extend ...
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

I am unable to find a specific answer to your question by RAW (maybe somebody else can help), but having a look at a relevant rule may help: PHB 198: If the mount provokes an opportunity attack ...
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The Gust of Wind spell creates a 10-foot-wide line of wind originating from the caster; how do I center it on a 5-foot grid?

Choose an intersection as the point of origin. The rules for areas of effect on a grid require that you choose an intersection of squares or hexes as the point of origin. From the Dungeon Master’s ...
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Can you flank from above?

Strictly RAW, using the optional flanking rules from the DMG, this would not qualify for flanking. The flanking rules read: When a creature and at least one of its allies are adjacent to an enemy and ...
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Playing on a grid, does this creature have half cover or three-quarters cover?

Three-quarters cover As stated above, the rules for determining cover on a grid read: To determine whether a target has cover against an attack or other effect on a grid, choose a corner of the ...
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

Space Controlled The size is not about physical boundaries the creature occupies, but to area the creature effectively controls. The Size Categories table shows how much space a creature of a ...
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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

Reach is measured from the rider RAW Nothing in the rules says that mounting another creature changes your size. So, according to the most basic reading of the rules, your size simply does not change. ...
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Is it impossible to flank a large creature on a hex grid?

The DMG rules are consistent if you count the exact number of spaces, while measuring either way around. In other words, if you have two creatures adjacent to a middle creature, then count both ...
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Is the Kolat Towers map properly drawn?

It's a crooked building. The City of Splendors box set depicts the towers, as illustro pointed out in a comment: Following Ryan Thompson's idea, I searched for the Kolat Towers' lore. According to ...
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Is it mathematically possible to only have 3/4th cover?

Yes. This does it: Choosing any other corner gives full cover.
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Will uneven speed be rounded up or down?

Always round down (unless told not to); half your speed is 10 The General Rules state: Rounding You may need to calculate a fraction of a value, like halving damage. Always round down unless ...
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When using a battlemap, can a lightning bolt be directed between squares to affect both?

There are 4 different rules in 2 books XGtE contain two options, Tokens and Templates, while DMG has a rule that would make a lot of sense, but it is limited to circular effects. Yes, using the ...
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Can a Medium-sized creature effectively block a 10-foot-wide hallway by standing in the middle of it?

You can't block a 10-foot-wide hallway, regardless of the grid Rules as written, a Medium creature controls a 5-foot-by-5-foot space. When you play on a grid but try to "stand between squares&...
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