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Can monsters enter the area controlled by a character who is playing dead?

A creature doing nothing to control its space does not control its space. This is explained in the rules for creature size: A creature’s space is the area in feet that it effectively controls in ...
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If the verbal component of a spell isn't visible, can it be Counterspelled?

Yes, it can be counterspelled 1 reaction, which you take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you casting a spell You are still a creature casting a spell, you can still be seen, and the spell ...
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When using elven accuracy, do you have to take the results of the reroll?

Reroll means re-roll: You roll the die again, whatever old value it had is gone and the new value is the new value. If it meant "roll another die and pick whichever you want", it would say ...
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Do we have to stick to the confines of a Multiattack description?

If you modify Multiattack you need to be mindful of balance Generally the indicated CR for a creature is for playing the monster exactly as it is presented. This also means using Multiattack exactly ...
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How can we streamline a game with seven players in DnD 5e?

7 players is a lot. It takes very little for the game to stall with that many people. My group solved that issue with a few rules: Everyone gets a turn. We just go clock-wise and DM asked one after ...
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How do I encourage players to use items and strategy in combat, instead of just standing there and saying "I attack"?

First of all, as we're talking about first time players, it's to be expected that they'll struggle at first. Basically if you need to devote a large portion of your attention to managing the game ...
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Is it possible for two characters using the Sword of Kas and the Eye and Hand of Vecna to have the items destroy each other at the same time?

Not by RAW combat rules To destroy the Sword, someone attuned to the Hand and Eye needs to cast Wish which the artifacts enable them to do. To destroy the Eye and Hand, the creature attuned to them ...
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Is the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons an attack?

It’s not an attack If there's ever any question whether something you're doing counts as an attack, the rule is simple: if you're making an attack roll, you're making an attack. This is the general ...
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How does the Circle of The Star Druid's free guiding bolt work?

When a feature allows you to cast a spell without expending a spell slot, you cast it at its minimum level unless it specifies otherwise** Sage Advice Compendium pg 13 Such a spell is cast at its ...
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Can multiple Legendary Actions be used in 1 round?

Yes, the creature can take as many as listed, provided there are enough combatants to give it turns to do so Legendary actions are explained on p. 11 of the MM: A legendary creature can take a ...
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If the verbal component of a spell isn't visible, can it be Counterspelled?

Yes, it can be dispelled There are two factors in this; one based on reality and one based on game play. One, masks do not always stop someone from seeing another creature use their mouth When you ...
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How do I encourage players to use items and strategy in combat, instead of just standing there and saying "I attack"?

Comparable Experiences What are your players' brushes with RPGs before this game? Strong odds say they're working against conditioning from some kinds of video game or another. It becomes difficult to ...
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Multiclassing - Extra Attacks and Sneak Attacks

Unfortunately, no, this does not work as detailed. This answer is based in 5th edition D&D for rules and rulebook citations. (I think you've conflated "having multiple attacks" with &...
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Can monsters enter the area controlled by a character who is playing dead?

Creatures do not fill their spaces, they control them The PHB tells us that: A creature's space is the area in feet that it effectively controls in combat, not an expression of its physical ...
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Are the 'Rules of the Game' web articles for using special attacks as attacks of opportunity corroborated by any other source?

The Player's Handbook includes Table 8–2: Actions in Combat that, in footnote 7, says These attack forms [i.e. disarm, grapple, and trip] substitute for a melee attack, not an action. As melee ...
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How Is Damage Determined For Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

There is clearly not a uniform rule in place If there was a relation to CR or hit points, the damage wouldn't be the same for the Vampire and Vampire Spawn. Many numbers in the monster stats are ...
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How do I run combat when an enemy is hidden from the players?

On the Abishai's first turn it will cast darkness heavily obscuring an area from the players, presumably with them inside it. The Abishai will then attempt to stay within the darkness fighting the ...
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Is the Dragonborn's Breath Weapon from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons an attack?

It is not an attack There are two ways in which something could be called an attack. The following section from the Basic Rules states: If there's ever any question whether something you're doing ...
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How Exactly Do I Balance Combat Encounters In D&D With The Rules From The DMG?

The CR encounter system is not an exact science I think, overall you are worrying too much about getting the exact point values calculated here. In our group's experience, a typical party can endure ...
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How to make physical character's combat become more tactical and interesting?

Upfront, I don’t think the system has great answers to this even in the best cases. The system wasn’t really designed for this; compared to what came before (2e) and what came after (5e), even just ...
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When using elven accuracy, do you have to take the results of the reroll?

As mentioned in the other answer, your re-roll overwrites the (one) die you re-rolled, but since you can pick the lower die to re-roll, there is never a reason not to do it - you will get at least the ...
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Homebrew Review: exhaustion and "dying"-Condition

This is too complicated Your new rule achieves what it sets out to do: it lets players act when at zero other than rolling death saves. But I'm not sure that design is an improvement, and it also is ...
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How strong are elite mortal troops in Vampire: the Masquerade?

A top of the line very well trained mortal would have a dice pool of 7-8 for relevant task (before specialities). A world-class one would have a dice pool of 9. The best of the best would have 10. For ...
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Is it possible for two characters using the Sword of Kas and the Eye and Hand of Vecna to have the items destroy each other at the same time?

Yes, with a lot of hand waving As a DM, you have the right and responsibility to shape a compelling narrative, and an aiuchi or 'mutual kill' of important characters or plot elements can be a powerful ...
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Can the spell "Final Sacrifice" be used on the homunculus from the spell "Shadow Spy?"

You can't sacrifice the bird The target of Final Sacrifice is: 1 creature with the minion trait that you summoned or permanently control Unfortunately, the bird isn't a minion. Shadow Spy's third ...
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How can we streamline a game with seven players in DnD 5e?

With so many players, it is very important to manage your time well. In combat you can implement a turn timer. Make sure everyone is aware of initiative order and is preparing their next move before ...
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Do we have to stick to the confines of a Multiattack description?

I don't believe there is much written in the rules about this, and I think there are two levels to it: Can you use same rules as PCs when substituting shoves and grabs for regular attacks in a ...
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When a Beast Master Ranger is incapacitated, who controls the primal companion?

The players usually control their characters and use of class features, but this is not their character the PHB says on page 5: The DM creates adventures for the characters, who nav­igate its hazards ...
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How do I encourage players to use items and strategy in combat, instead of just standing there and saying "I attack"?

Your player is probably making a math error A 16 strength level 5 fighter with a +1 sword has a +7 to hit; a 8+ hits. 5 attacks miss 0.5% of the time, or 1 in 200. It is unlikely. Now, if it turns ...
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How Exactly Do I Balance Combat Encounters In D&D With The Rules From The DMG?

Short answer: You don't round anything. Instead, the difficulty of the encounter is given by: Calculate the number-adjusted XP for the encounter Calculate the thresholds (look up thresholds for each ...
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