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Which Dragon Magazine issue did this unusual rat-like race appear in?

No rat-like race appears in any "Letters," "Forum," "D-Mail," or "Questions of the Month (Forum)" column appearing in Dragon #153 (January, 1990) through #266 (...
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Tiny Creatures Can't Kill Players, Right?

There is no such rule. I have over 1500 D&D 5e posts on this site and have read the PHB and DMG cover to cover numerous times, as well as every other supplement at least once. I am confident there ...
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Which creature is depicted in this Xanathar's Guide illustration of a war mage?

It is indeed a Ki-rin Jeremy Crawford has stated in a tweet as a response to someone posing this same question: Casey White @CaseyDaWhite @mikemearls @JeremyECrawford Not sure who to ask, but ...
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Has the floating city on the back of the Dungeon Master Guide ever been positively and officially identified?

It's the City of Brass The Dungeon Master's Guide (1979) says Cover: The book cover painting shows an encounter between three adventurers and an efreet on the Elemental Plane of Fire. The fabled ...
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Are there rules and/or lore in any edition of D&D for managing time-travel paradoxes?

Try AD&D 2e's obscure product Chronomancer. This product (which is long out-of-print but purchasable in PDF form) includes rules for time manipulation, paradoxes, etc. It includes spells ...
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Is there a spell that can create a permanent fire?

Continual Flame The spell you are thinking of is called continual flame which is a 2-nd level evocation spell on the Artificer, Cleric, and Wizard spell lists. Each casting costs 50 gp worth of ruby ...
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What D&D manual describes this game dragons play?

It's called Xorvintaal. Monster Manual V (3.5) has some information on it, and there may be more in certain 4e books. The actual rules for the game are enormously convoluted, taking "years to learn, ...
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What were the names of the colored bolt spells of old D&D?

The most likely origin of these is a mangled account of the Prismatic Spray spell. That creates a long narrow fan of seven shifting beams of colour, red through violet. You roll a d8 to find out which ...
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Does this "yield your space to an ally" rule my 3.5 group uses appear anywhere in the official rules?

It does not exist in the official rules. It’s impossible to prove a negative, but I am absolutely confident on this. The word “yield” is not used much at all in the core rules, and even then it’s used ...
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What were the names of the colored bolt spells of old D&D?

Nuts! No bolts! So far as I'm aware the spells black bolt, blue bolt, and green bolt don't exist under those names. I checked the Wizard's Spell Compendium (4 vols.) and the Priest's Spell Compendium ...
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Where do the D&D 5e books talk about the social contract?

The Code of Conduct sidebar is on page 172 of XGtE. There is a sidebar titled "Code of Conduct" at the start of Appendix A: Shared Campaigns (XGtE, p. 172). It specifically suggests agreeing on one ...
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What are the scenes & monsters on the covers?

The answer can be found on page 2 of all books under the heading On the Cover accompanied by the full image of the cover. The PHB reads: In this fiery scene illustrated by Tyler Jacobson, the fire ...
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Tiny Creatures Can't Kill Players, Right?

There is no such rule ... See Thomas Markov's answer for the assessment of a site veteran much more accomplished than myself. That being said, although I'm not quite as accomplished, I can only ...
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Which Deck of Many Things cards are depicted in this art?

I found this image online which lists all of the cards shown, as well as the two missing ones. The gallery where I found this image can be found here
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What was this Giant, Metal Death Monster I remember?

You are most likely thinking of the Marut, a powerful construct/outsider (depends on the edition) that hunts those who cheat death, and has been in every edition since AD&D. What they are like ...
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What is Wonderstone and are there any references to it pre-1982?

Wonderstone did not appear in D&D until 1983. Wonderstone is a real-world semiprecious gemstone referring to a type of banded rhyolite. In D&D, wonderstone is noted for its ability to glow ...
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What is the typeface used on the 'red box' Basic D&D boxed set exterior logo?

Masquerade I followed fontsinuse.com's Related Typefaces (which even has a convenient hover preview) and found among them Masquerade by the late Martin Wait then working for Letraset: It's a ...
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What is this cave-dwelling, dream-causing D&D monster?

I am fairly certain you refer to a Dream Larva, from the Epic handbook. Those are shy, cautious and solitary creatures that attempt to live hidden near small communities, in any dark inhabited spot, ...
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What spell lets you break an item to return home?

Seek refuge That spell is likely the 7th-level cleric spell and 9th-level sorcerer/wizard spell refuge: "[Y]ou create powerful magic in a specially prepared object [that] contains the power to ...
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What was the big pillar-shaped Beholder in 3.5?

I believe you're talking about an "Overseer." Overseers were among the most dangerous of the beholderkin. Rivaling the power of a hive mother, an overseer resembled nothing more than a ...
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What is the winged creature on the back of the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes book?

It appears to be a Berbalang Looking through the pictures in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes it most looks like the Berbalang. Wizards of the coast has been known to put baby pictures of monsters in ...
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Are there warm clothes in 5e?

The best I can find right now is in the DMG on page 110 under "Extreme Cold": Whenever the temperature is at or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, a creature exposed to the cold must succeed on a ...
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Is there any feat/condition/encounter that gives a character grey eyes?

Characters are free to pick any eye-color they want. The character can have gray eyes just because the player says he or she does. Likewise, having seen an angel in the past is, in most campaigns, a ...
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Is there another +1 Charisma feat for a half-elf warlock who doesn’t want to be a "face"?

Tasha's adds several new half-feats for charisma that aren't related to being a party face. In addition to the Dragonmarks covered by another answer, there are now the following options: Fey Touched: ...
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Old thing-like race from D&D 3.5e?

Tsochari It sounds like you're describing the tsochari, a species of aberrations from the 3.5e book Lords of Madness. The tsochari aren't from another dimension per se, but they do hail from a distant,...
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Where are the maps in the Dungeon Master's Guide from?

The page-14 hex map of Daggerford was created specifically for the DMG, by Mike Schley. The page-57 elemental planes map was created specifically for the DMG, by Mike Schley. The page-103 sample ...
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Is Tales of Old an official bard ability?

This variant bard class seems to have the feature you're looking for, but be advised, this is what we call a "Homebrew". What you're looking at is not official material, and many GMs will straight up ...
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What is the source of the "rulings not rules" statement?

July 9, 2008 This is when the Quick Primer for Old School Gaming by Matthew Finch was published online. It's the first example I can find of the exact phrasing and seems to be the original source. ...
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What are the “unique magic abilities” that draconians get instead of a breath weapon?

They have not been specified for PC races. While the statistics for draconians as monsters are included in Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, there are no rules for playing draconians as a variant of the ...
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What type of content is the XGtE Expanded Racial Feats?

It should be treated like all other third-party, unofficial content on DM's Guild. Expanded Racial Feats was authored by Adam "BadEye" Bradford, who leads the D&D Beyond team. It was offered as a ...
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